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Leaders Under Managers

Leaders Under Managers | Business Coaching | Scoop.it
It's when the chips are down that true leaders rise to the surface. In struggle, confusion, and challenge, real leaders take stock of the situation and lead others through the chaos. For some reason, the others are happy to follow.... - OK but then, they should also manage... for me, it's a dilemma of who has the right size "coat"... IMHO, on each and every level you can (should) have leadership qualities but also, management qualities... the proportion is different on the different levels, the need for some visionary qualities (always with a bit of salt...) is growing upwards... - Henry Mintzberg has written a lot about this and he's not too bad... :-))
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This Professor Says Learning To Be Happy Is 'No Different Than Learning The Violin'

This Professor Says Learning To Be Happy Is 'No Different Than Learning The Violin' | Business Coaching | Scoop.it
Richard Davidson, professor of Psychology and Psychiatry at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, touted the importance of being mindful, especially in the workplace.

"I think people in leadership positions are starting to understand the impor...
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Very interesting... Mr. Davidson has written several books as well around the subject (e.g. "The emotional life of your brain", or the chapter "Toward the biology of positive affect and compassion" in "Visions of compassions"), so, he is a sort of neuroscientist researcher of the emotions and feelings...

 

Just to mention: when he is making the comparison, he is speaking about learning to play violin... not piano, guitar or riding bicycle.... so anyone who wants to jump to the happiness bandwagon, first he/she has to think about how easy or difficult would be for him/her learning playing violin... it's definitely not a royal (i.e. easy) road but the good news is that it exists...:-)))

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What does the term "blended learning" mean"? The results

What does the term "blended learning" mean"? The results | Business Coaching | Scoop.it
Back in December, I ran a poll asking you what you understood by the term blended learning, as I was hearing the term being used in many different ways. I provided three possible definitions plus a...
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Terminus technicus: "blended learning"...

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Open Salaries at Buffer: Our Transparent Formula and All Our Salaries

Open Salaries at Buffer: Our Transparent Formula and All Our Salaries | Business Coaching | Scoop.it
At Buffer, we have the concept of "Open Salaries." We have a simple formula to calculate salaries and we share this with the whole team--and with you, too.
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It's interesting on different levels... look at the job descriptions, isn't it amazing to have some Happiness Officer and  Happiness heroes around the house?! ...:-)))

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Start Speaking A New Language Fast! | Pimsleur Approach ™

Start Speaking A New Language Fast! | Pimsleur Approach ™ | Business Coaching | Scoop.it
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Like very much the graphic prezentation... the video will be not available forever... whether I believe in such quick and easy ways? Of course not...:-)))

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How GE Has Business Storytelling Right: You Can Do The Same

http://futureofstorytelling.org/video/mind-share/ See the rest of our 2014 FoST films here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLs6Vd3jEmIsvQTuwyNo6KaILrA...

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Excellente model (even an ad) for storytelling...:-)))

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Karen Dietz's curator insight, January 12, 1:47 PM

This is a terrific 4.22 minute video by Beth Comstock at General Electric (GE) explaining how and why they do storytelling. GE does a masterful job at business storytelling and are a great example to follow.


GE has their heads on straight about what makes an effective business story, which Comstock goes over here. Watch this video and take notes on what they are doing. Then do the same for an awesome 2015.


This review was written by Karen Dietz for her curated content on business storytelling at www.scoop.it/t/just-story-it 

José Antônio Carlos - O Professor Pepe's curator insight, January 13, 7:13 AM

Storytelling levada a sério, por quem leva a inovação a sério. Vale a pena assistir com atenção. 

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Comment expliquer à un collègue que ça va pas... du tout !

Comment expliquer à un collègue que ça va pas... du tout ! | Business Coaching | Scoop.it
Pas toujours facile de dire les choses quand ça ne va pas ? Pourtant dans le domaine professionnel, comme personnel, communiquer sur ce que l'on pense ou ressent dans une situation difficile permet d’ouvrir la porte de la résolution du problème.

Via Caroline Carlicchi
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Par example si vous devez le faire aujourd'hui, lisez le d'abord...:-))) ca va vous aider...

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How To Imagine The Future(s) Of Your Business

How To Imagine The Future(s) Of Your Business | Business Coaching | Scoop.it

Can seeing the future - of the economy, your company, the science world - be a skill anyone can learn?

 


Via Kenneth Mikkelsen
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Good points... e.g. now every training, every coaching session starts with the solicitation of the trainee/coachee to imagine how it will work in the future, what is the desired state, and i'ts - in its basic concepts - OK because "no wind is useful to a captain of a ship who does not know where he wants to go..." OK, we know well this tune... Why then still that it might be so hard to make it for not a few people especially in a business setting (beyond a very general statement that "yes, of course, everything will go well by then...") Then, the reaction of the trainers, coaches are sometimes incomprehension and they might see in this the "resistance" of the trainee/coachee in the process...

 

Well, let's face it, it happens more than once... this article tries to propose some practical elements how to turbo up the imegination in such a situation... Good...:-))

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Kenneth Mikkelsen's curator insight, January 11, 11:31 PM

It isn’t enough to simply imagine the future. The future should include people with emotional stories. That’s what gives it a real-world context. There are many levels of detail you might think about. Consider at least the following three:

  1. WORLD VIEW. This is where we explain what the world we have imagined would actually look like. These are usually broad generalizations about what the future world is about. Is it utopian? Is it dystopian? Is there peace or war? What is the overall setting and mood of this world?


  2. SYSTEM VIEW. Here, we go even deeper, describing how the future world plays out in terms of political, social, ethnic, religious, and economic systems. It is not enough to just imagine a future world; we need to have some idea, albeit imaginary, of how the world might work in those dimensions.


  3. INTERACTION VIEW. This is the most emotional and personal level. Once we have imagined the world and described how it works, we now need to place a person in that world and tell a story about him. What does that person care about, what objects does he interact with, what does it mean to have a daily routine? For a full effect, create artifacts, sounds, and videos of what it means for that person to live in that world.
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Why Your Brain Can't Tell The Difference Between Good Habits and Bad Habits

Why Your Brain Can't Tell The Difference Between Good Habits and Bad Habits | Business Coaching | Scoop.it
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Interesting perspective... still thinking... quoi que I share it...:-)))

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Why Introverts Need "Creative Space"

Why Introverts Need "Creative Space" | Business Coaching | Scoop.it

I reel back. My “problem”, if we want to call it that, is that I tend to want part — and occasionally all — of my weekend as a sort of quiet alone time to decompress and re-energize after the workweek. I can’t survive without space, and some people just don’t understand that. I argue that needing this kind of space (I call it “creative space”) in your life doesn’t make you a non-social hermit. This space is a crucial component to living life as a creative person. Creative space isn’t about putting up walls or hiding from the outside world, nor is it a simple desire to be away from people. Creative space is about finding solace and silence in the external world, so that we may adequately listen to our own minds. This can mean different things to different people: writers may want time to read and jot down thoughts, painters time to paint, designers time to sketch, process, and brainstorm. Creativity is not a singular process, but rather an approach to every aspect of life, so it follows that not having time in our lives to express ourselves creatively — whether that’s by painting watercolors or organizing our closets — can cause unrest in every other part of life......


Via Thomas Menk
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True... also, it came to my mind... moi, je veux un Ferrari pour bien réfléchir...:-))) I would be sooooo creative by driving it you cannot imagine it...:-)))

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MBAs Predict The Future: Sharing Economy Drives Freelance Consulting

MBAs Predict The Future: Sharing Economy Drives Freelance Consulting | Business Coaching | Scoop.it
We are in the age of the sharing economy. Disruptive companies are shaking up established businesses in travel, accommodation and services and are uprooting the traditional employment market.

Companies are using digital platforms to give customers access to, rather than ownership of, assets and these increasingly take the form of business services. PwC predicts that the sharing economy could be worth £9 billion by 2025 in the UK alone.

Competitors at the forefront of this economy – including peer-to-peer lenders and car sharing groups – are disrupting traditional industries and recruitment is the newest sector caught in its crosshairs. Advances in technology and mass social change have created nations within nations of self-employed workers.

Self-employment in the UK is higher than at any point in past 40 years, according to the Office for National Statistics. The Freelancers Union, a New York-based group, estimates that 53 million people carry out freelance work in the US – a third of the workforce.

Via jean lievens, David Hain
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Yeahhh... the old Industrial Age job security has died, welcome to the new Age of Freelance consulting... It's better to accommodate to that than sing the nostalgia tune...:-)))

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David Hain's curator insight, December 22, 2014 1:51 AM

Future of work is a series of gigs rather than a lifetime in one place. Work on that freelance skillset and mindset now!

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The Paradoxical Traits Of Resilient People

The Paradoxical Traits Of Resilient People | Business Coaching | Scoop.it
Resilient people develop a mental capacity that allows them to adapt with ease during adversity. Like bamboo, they bend but rarely break. How...
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"Accept your battle..."

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Helps to be a bit of a Psychopath?

Helps to be a bit of a Psychopath? | Business Coaching | Scoop.it
Organizational psychopaths are generally more motivated, competitive, political and better than other leaders to rise in the organization. They are more motivated because they are turned on by power and prestige. They are equipped for career success because they lack a genuine concern for others, are ruthless at times and prepared to lie to get what they want, and typically present a charming façade and appear to be an ideal leader (at least initially). These results are interesting in light of several findings suggesting that narcissistic leaders might rise in organizations but they are certainly not valued.

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Well, I train myself already... earlier, to become a coach from a long time CFO I had to have more sot skill, empathy, and all these, you know, d... psy staff... now, I am urged to be back into the good old ...pathy... OK, please, no...

 

I understand, one will be so ruthlessly successful  like them but Jesus, NO... instead try to know and handle and have power over your emotions... normally it's the psychopaths' weapon and not the ignoring of the others (this last one is rather harmful for them as well...) They are exceptionally good in controlling their emotions... practically they have none...  

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David Hain's curator insight, December 18, 2014 2:18 AM

Psych studies suggest psychopathic tendencies can predict success.  What does that say about our organisations?

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Seven Things Leaders Can Learn from Bill Clinton About Connecting with People

Seven Things Leaders Can Learn from Bill Clinton About Connecting with People | Business Coaching | Scoop.it

Most Presidents are more popular out of office than in. In Clinton’s case, he likely gets a lot of credit for the work he’s doing through his Foundation. He also does a lot of public appearances and is a master communicator and connector.

Earlier this week, I got to see exactly how much of a master he is when President Clinton spoke to a packed house for the Los Angeles World Affairs Council. For just under 90 minutes, Clinton held an audience of 1,500 people rapt as he answered questions on everything from Ebola to education to Putin to what his most favorite thing was about being President (that last question was submitted by the moderator’s 4th grade son).

There were a lot of things I noticed Clinton doing that makes him world class at connecting with an audience. There were a lot of lessons that leaders can use to connect with their people. Here are seven of them:


Via Anne Leong, Prof. Hankell, David Hain
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Good... like it...:-))) the role of the (smart) guy next-door...:-)))

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Prof. Hankell's curator insight, December 18, 2014 9:29 AM

President Clinton would be an awesome contestant on Jeopardy. No matter what topic came up in the Q&A, Clinton had an informed point of view backed up with stats and specifics. People are much more likely to listen to and connect with leaders who are well informed...

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conversation matters: Transferring Expertise: The Best Way to Move Tacit Knowledge

conversation matters: Transferring Expertise: The Best Way to Move Tacit Knowledge | Business Coaching | Scoop.it
One of the really tough nuts to crack in KM has been how to transfer the knowledge of experts to those less skilled. Organizations have made a lot of attempts. One of the early attempts was made by the World...
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Good piece about knowledge management...

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2015: The Year of the Learner

2015: The Year of the Learner | Business Coaching | Scoop.it
courosa/Flickr Handing every student a tablet or laptop will not magically usher our classrooms into the future. Instead, the future of education will be c
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Only 2015?

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Les sept péchés capitaux de la pdg de Yahoo Marissa Mayer

Les sept péchés capitaux de la pdg de Yahoo Marissa Mayer | Business Coaching | Scoop.it
Marissa Mayer détonne parmi les pdg du Fortune 500. Blonde et âgée d’à peine 39 ans, ...
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Well, this post is an overview from a new book titled "Marissa Mayer and the fight to save Yahoo", mentioning the 7 sins of the 8th CEO of the company... with interesting conclusions...

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Facebook’s empathy team idea is a plainly cynical concoction

Facebook’s empathy team idea is a plainly cynical concoction | Business Coaching | Scoop.it
Facebook’s recent ‘emotional awakening’ likely to fall flat, writes Lucy Kellaway

 

The only proper role for empathy in business is in the office, and even then it is needed only in exceptional circumstances. When we are struck by illness, bereavement, divorce or are in periods of miscellaneous emotional upheaval, we may need empathy from our colleagues.

 

When I have occasionally pitched up at work ravaged by life, a small injection of empathy from a workmate makes me feel not only vastly better, but fonder of my employer. The times when I have received nothing of the sort, I have been left feeling even more miserable.


Via Edwin Rutsch
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Wow, Lucy Kellaway... I liked very much her witty, smart what you want articles in FT, her two (?) books, everything... ironic and wise... 

 

It is not only about FB, check the two paragraphs about the CEOs and empathy... you find more in these than in 10 other management gurus' books...:-))) 

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How to detox your flabby, unhealthy business - Telegraph

How to detox your flabby, unhealthy business - Telegraph | Business Coaching | Scoop.it
Treat your business to the corporate equivalent of cold-pressed juices and hot yoga
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A good checklist...:-)))

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The Brain: Being Positive or Negative, and Intuition

The Brain: Being Positive or Negative, and Intuition | Business Coaching | Scoop.it
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"...cultivation of intuitive calmness..." - I like very much this formulation...:-))) worth to read it...

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Infamous study of humanity's 'dark side' may actually show how to keep it at bay

Infamous study of humanity's 'dark side' may actually show how to keep it at bay | Business Coaching | Scoop.it
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In a famous research study Milgram (in 1961) had set up a test situation (with 800 volumteers) where the teacher (T) separated from the learner (L) was told that he  could admistere an increasing voltage electroshock to the learner (L) when the learner was giving a wrong answer to the actual question (the teacher was told that the learner was told about this will happen but in reality there was no real electroshock given (800 volunteers chosen for the role of  teacher were misled while the learners were mainly actors, people who knew the reality). The experimenter (E) was in the same room as the teacher and made notes and played and authority figure's role  to instruct the "teacher" to administer the shock with an increasing intensity (up to 450! volt...).

 

The famous study report said that the great majority of the study subjects with more or less conformity showed high level of obedience (despite all of the evident ethical considerations) and gone through up to highest punishment of administering the maximum 450 volt despite even of the very realistic circumstances created  (for each shock an increasingly panicky sound-sample was hearable to the study subjects to elevate the reality feeling of the test situation).


The results were always used to demonstrate that when ethical considerations and authority  are challenge each other in most cases the authority's instructions prevail (one of the trigger to make at that time this research was to find out how the nazis could be followed by so many people). Also, some of the most recent examples when otherwise normal people in a stressful situation are doing things for order which are way below of any ethical standard (latest are those investigations...) are still explained partly by this study, saying that the homo sapiens has this dark side...

 

Other recent studies on the recordings of the original Milgram study come to other conclusions on the same set of data. They say - on the base of mainly the disobedients ' recordings that what happened were much more complicated a phenomenon than what the original study has emphasized. Everybody - even the obedients - had tried to come out from the stressful situation but actually the disobedients with much more effectively... the attached article is about the main fatures of the new analysis...

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Want Brand #Storytelling Success? Deconstructing The Art And Science Of It

Want Brand #Storytelling Success? Deconstructing The Art And Science Of It | Business Coaching | Scoop.it

“Deconstructing the art and science of storytelling, This sentence, the one you're reading right now, is the most important one in this entire feature.”


Via Karen Dietz
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You know what? The less arty and artificial is it, the better... 

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Russell R. Roberts, Jr.'s curator insight, January 2, 2:45 PM

Although I'm not a great storyteller, Karen Dietz is.  Her advice has proven useful in the past when I needed  to explain a concept on one of my blogs.  She is direct, easy to understand, and provides plenty of real life examples of how storytelling can help your business or your personal life.  Take her advice and become something new in the "blogosphere."

Jeff Domansky's curator insight, January 3, 10:30 AM

Karen Dietz shares a valuable article on brand storytelling. Recommended reading. 9/10

Venkatesh Iyer (venkyiyer.com)'s curator insight, January 4, 12:48 AM

Interesting read. Interesting examples.

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The Biggest Reason We Steal Other People's Ideas

The Biggest Reason We Steal Other People's Ideas | Business Coaching | Scoop.it
The psychologist Dan Gilbert calls this kleptomnesia: generating an idea that you believe is novel, but in fact was created by someone else. It's accidental plagiarism, and it's all too common in creative work....
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"Kleptomnesia („stealing” others’ ideas without realizing it and „owning” them)  happens due to a pragmatic, but peculiar, feature of how human memory is wired. When we encode information, we tend to pay more attention to the content than the source. Once we accept a piece of information as true, we no longer need to worry about where we acquired it..." - Very interesting... d'un côté everything is yours - contentwise -  independently from the sources, de l'autre côté it is fair to (try) to remember & to make the distinction and to mention thee source when appropriate....

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Unique Insights: 10 Reasons Why Your Business Needs External Advisors

Unique Insights: 10 Reasons Why Your Business Needs External Advisors | Business Coaching | Scoop.it
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Excellent points...:-))) And not only for divisors/consultants... consider e.g. for coaches the "fresh & different perspectives" or the "unbiased viewpoint"...

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Amazon.com: Solution-Focused Team Coaching eBook: Kirsten Dierolf: Kindle Store

Amazon.com: Solution-Focused Team Coaching eBook: Kirsten Dierolf: Kindle Store | Business Coaching | Scoop.it
Amazon.com: Solution-Focused Team Coaching eBook: Kirsten Dierolf: Kindle Store
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I have just added a comment to this excellent book, voilà:

 

"Beware, solution focus (SF) approach might be sticky...:-))) I have never met somebody (be her/him already a coach or trainer or a manager of an organization) who hadn't been "poisoned" by some of the thoughts/guiding ideas of it if exposed to it (e.g. in a training, or as a coachee or simply by reading one of the excellent SF books...).

 

Therefore, I would say it's a little bit limiting to think that this book would only strictly be (very practically) useful for SF practitioners. It is a readily useful resource for team-coaches from any field, even if they are not rigidly following the SF principles (BTW, there is no less SF-sounding statement than "rigidly following the SF principles"...:-))) - and it will be clear why from this book).

 

You can start to use therefore the book depending on what you know about SF at all...

 

It's obvious that for somebody new to SF thinking it is reasonable and useful to start to read the book in the sequences it is organized in. In the first chapter ("Foundations of Solution-Focused Team Coaching", p. 17) the author summarizes in 22 pages the SF way of thinking (what - as I mentioned already - has much wider significance and effect on the supporting professions than one might think) and you will be guided through a very logically ordered set of chapters.

 

But if you are "initiated", you can follow a different path... E.g. I have started on page 96 ("Team coaching processes") for gathering info for an actual assignment. Here the author writes down the main aspects to consider step by step as you move from the contact/sales/negotiation phase with the HR until even how to handle "Possible difficulties" - in an SF-way... (and, as I said, it might help any type of consultant, trainer and coach). Then, I've moved to "Differences to individual coaching" (p. 39) and then "Tools" (p. 48). Important part is the last chapter ("Typical request for team coaching", p. 155), about conflicts, bullying/mobbying, teambuilding, virtual teams...

 

Disclaimer: I know and respect the author for the work she is doing in the international SF community. I have also participated in the translation into Hungarian of two other SF books (Ben Furman & Tapani Ahola: "Cooperation" (this book is mentioned in the text) and Chris Iveson et alii: "Brief coaching")."

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A Foolproof Way To Use Forgetting To Help You Remember, Study Reveals

A Foolproof Way To Use Forgetting To Help You Remember, Study Reveals | Business Coaching | Scoop.it
When you save information digitally, your real memory for that information is worse, but a new study reveals a positive flipside.

Via Kevin Watson
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"Saving acts as a form of offloading." ... and all the type of "saving"...:-))) true... just filing and filing lots of things instead to work on thoroughly on a very few... who is remembering any telephone numbers? Or why to study to test the map before the journey?! The GPS will do the  job...:-))) 

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