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Generational Progress (from Gen Depression era to Gen Z)

Generational Progress (from Gen Depression era to Gen Z) | Business Coaching | Scoop.it
Generational Progress - 03/25/2013
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Interesting and very comprehensive summary of the generations... which are plenty in every here and there as topics... it just reminds me an anecdote-type of quote from Kurt Vonnegut:

 

"Now you young twerps want a new name for your generation? Probably not, you just want jobs, right? Well, the media do us all such tremendous favors when they call you Generation X, right? Two clicks from the very end of the alphabet. I hereby declare you Generation A, as much at the beginning of a series of astonishing triumphs and failures as Adam and Eve were so long ago."

 

(in Syracuse University commencement address, May 8, 1994 - quoted by Douglas Coupland: "Generation A"...)

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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, 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.

Via David Hain
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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, 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, 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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Ready For The Internet of Things? 5 Skills You'll Need

Ready For The Internet of Things? 5 Skills You'll Need | Business Coaching | Scoop.it

What will be most essential for success when the Internet of Things becomes mainstream? These 5 skills will dial up your innovation capability.


Via Kenneth Mikkelsen
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I especially like the associative thinking part...:-)))

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Kenneth Mikkelsen's curator insight, December 7, 3:05 PM

This fall, the National Science Foundation (NSF) completed a two-year study on what it takes to be ‘innovative’ as an individual. A complete summary of results will be released in 2015, but among the 20 qualities identified, five are crucial to spanning the entire spectrum of the innovation process itself.


These five qualities offer a compass for every individual and every organization seeking to map its future as the Internet of Things approaches:


  1. Associative Thinker – Joins or connects ideas and facts from different experiences. Transposes observations across unrelated domains.
  2. Collaborator – Brings together people with a diversity of knowledge to solve complex problems. Actively integrates knowledge or strategies of others though they may differ from their own.
  3. Communicator – Explains ideas or concepts effectively through multiple means including writing, speaking, gestures, pictures, diagrams or stories.
  4. Knowledgeable – Possesses expertise that is both broad and deep. Is skilled in independent learning.
  5. Persistent – Continues to do something although it is hard, and other people want your actions to stop. Continues beyond the usual or expected effort.


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Responding to That Giant Sucking Sound

Responding to That Giant Sucking Sound | Business Coaching | Scoop.it
Every organization has pockets of energy. Work is easier. People feel enthusiastic. Stuff gets done. Watch for pockets and people of energy in your organization. They are the future. Drains: Every ...
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Good one... about the energy dissipating...

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The Science of Productivity: How to Get More Done in a Day

The Science of Productivity: How to Get More Done in a Day | Business Coaching | Scoop.it
Many of the barriers to productivity are solvable. Here are four of the best productivity hacks backed by scientific research.
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Yeaaahhh... time management with all type of resources, details... only, I don't know when I will have time to look after them before using all the science in them...

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Mission Statement vs Vision Statement - Difference and Comparison | Diffen

Mission Statement vs Vision Statement - Difference and Comparison | Diffen | Business Coaching | Scoop.it
What's the difference between Mission Statement and Vision Statement? Organizations summarize their goals and objectives in mission and vision statements. Both of these serve different purposes for a company but are often confused with each other. While a mission statement describes what a company wants to do now, a vision s...
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Let's get serious... these are the magic words lots of people (and consultants...) are speaking about but rarely are they really motivating forces... they are too esoteric, other-worldly to have really moving power in the deepness of the organisations... I was always a little bit in confusion what these are really meaning, what are the differences between the two, how they are connected and built on each other,  what is the priority between them and what is two be prepared first... I know perhaps I should have know it long time ago but somehow it was always difficult for me to grasp  their essence... I found them always superfluous, pompous, far from the real life and from what we really did... perhaps, now I know...:-)))

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Are You Full of Mojo or Nojo? | LinkedIn

Are You Full of Mojo or Nojo? | LinkedIn | Business Coaching | Scoop.it
Your Mojo is “that positive spirit toward what you are doing now that starts from the inside and radiates to the outside.” The most striking evidence of Mojo is to compare it to its opposite, what I call Nojo, which is “that negative spirit towards what you are doing now that starts from the inside and radiates to the outside.”

The contrasts between Mojo and Nojo are so daunting that I wrote them down on a cheat sheet:

Via David Hain
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I bet, nobody will wote him-/herself nojo... who would have done that might be not alive...

 

I am just thinking... alway a little bit rebel...:-))) Well, definitely nojo...:-))) to create at least a one-member set...:-))) "Painful to be around..." (meaning too much sharing...:-)))

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David Hain's curator insight, December 2, 2:59 AM

Make today a Mojo day, not a Nojo Day!  Great concept from @coachgoldsmith!

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How To Turn Character Flaws Into Strengths

How To Turn Character Flaws Into Strengths | Business Coaching | Scoop.it
An easy mental trick to turn poor personality traits to your advantage.

Via Kevin Watson
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Actually, these are strengths... everything  could be strengths used/reframed  smartly... I mean really usages, not only renaming... please, let's be serious... like it...:-))) What we always have in abundance (and what we are always hiding or trying to hide) they are our character flaws... diamond-mine, isn't it? ...:-)))

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ARE YOU REALLY STUCK WHERE YOU ARE?

ARE YOU REALLY STUCK WHERE YOU ARE? | Business Coaching | Scoop.it
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Actually, I am not a big fan of the full-blown attacks about "Why aren't you more brave to change? What are you afraid of? Stand up and be yourself! What do you want to wait for to change?!"... of course, it depends on regions, countries and industries, even within the same industries how the supply & demand on the workforce/investment/freelancer opportunities markets are behaving... there are professions with very high demand and there are some where the supply is vastly overshadowing the demand... and in the long term it is known that there will be no real need for the  work of a good & growing part of the world population... therefore I would be cautious about to make those taste bad who would try but...

 

Notwithstanding, I know that there is a not small set of people who are worth more than used, who actually blocked by their fear of the unknown, "the" change and those could profit from reading this article... No, I rectify... actually everybody could profit from it... how? How on earth could you find out otherwise in which population are you in?!

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Comment travailler avec quelqu'un que l'on aime pas ? | Le Blog de Coaching Go

Comment travailler avec quelqu'un que l'on aime pas ? | Le Blog de Coaching Go | Business Coaching | Scoop.it
Et oui, le monde professionnel n'est pas celui des bisounours et on n'a pas toujours le choix. Qu'il s'agisse de collègues, de clients ou de fournisseurs, il est bon de savoir travailler avec des personnes que l'on aime pas !

Via Caroline Carlicchi
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Bon... se concentrer sur les faits, etc... 

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Clayton Christensen: How Management Can Advance

Clayton Christensen: How Management Can Advance | Business Coaching | Scoop.it
At the close of the Drucker Forum in Vienna, Austria, last week, Clay Christensen made some important remarks as to how management can advance. (These remarks came after my summary, published here earlier this week.) He suggested that the impact of the good ideas being discussed at the Drucker Forum was hampered by differences in language and terminology. With so many good ideas, it was hard to make sense of them. What if, Christensen asked, these thought leaders could learn to speak in the same language with common terminology?

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Well, I like this very much... to agree on the terms before starting to discuss them... egg of Columbus... really...:-))) basic but missing idea...:-)))

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David Hain's curator insight, November 28, 12:39 AM

So many ideas, so much competing jargon. Perceptive plea from Clay Christensen to use common language to change the world.

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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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Our obsession with heroic sustainability leaders will leave us all disappointed

Our obsession with heroic sustainability leaders will leave us all disappointed | Business Coaching | Scoop.it

We need to let go of the assumption that captains of industry must control, rather than liberate and empower, people and nature.


Via Kenneth Mikkelsen
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Right... although to search for traits helping leaders being more apt to lead the more and more complexity remains always searching for traits determining the potentially useful leaders...

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Kenneth Mikkelsen's curator insight, December 8, 7:17 AM

The damaging consequence of a focus on traits is that it suggests we need to select the right people to run our lives, rather than consider what forms of hierarchy or non-hierarchy can elicit the best group behaviours to achieve desired goals.


Instead of a focus on heroes with great traits, to develop sustainability leadership we should enhance our understanding of how to develop leaderful groups, where senior role holders act as hosts not heroes, and enable leadership to emerge from within the group.


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Just Show Up

Just Show Up | Business Coaching | Scoop.it
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If you are in trouble and you would like to remain in your cave, instead just show you up... every day...:-)))

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Are You an Effective Sales Coach?

Are You an Effective Sales Coach? | Business Coaching | Scoop.it
It is very difficult for the sales executive to assess their sales managers coaching. The Coaching Effectiveness Snapshot™ works on sales rep feedback.
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Are you? It's about the coaching attitude of sales managers...

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▶ Oprah There Are No Mistakes - YouTube

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"There is no mistakes... no failures... your life is bigger than anything one thing happening with you... the most important is the next right move..." - Good...

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Forget the Glass Ceiling; It’s Time to Break the Talent Ceiling

Forget the Glass Ceiling; It’s Time to Break the Talent Ceiling | Business Coaching | Scoop.it
Despite the grand talk about talent acquisition being the most important thing a company can do, I contend that companies actually set up policies that prevent them from hiring great people.

CAUTION: you should not read this post if you are an advocate of behavioral interviewing, competency models, assessment tests, compensation bands, hiring based on cultural fit, and the use of traditional skills- and experience-laden job descriptions.

Spoiler alert: I am about to demonstrate how these tools and techniques filter out the best people before they’re even considered. This essentially puts a lid on the quality of people a company hires.

Via David Hain
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Really good thoughts about hiring...:-)))

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David Hain's curator insight, December 1, 10:33 PM

'!n order to hire stronger people, you’ll need to think out of the box. But consider that the box you’re in now was built with the wrong tools." ~ Lou Adler

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Millennials Want to Lead. Are They Ready?

Millennials Want to Lead. Are They Ready? | Business Coaching | Scoop.it

In the near future millennials will occupy every consequential leadership position in the world, be it in business, academia, government, or in the non-profit sector. Will they be ready to lead?

Contrary to popular belief, millennials (the generation born between the years 1984 and 1996) around the world are ambitious and eager to work hard to become leaders. But they want to do it on their terms, in jobs that give them meaning and allow them to contribute to society.


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Interesting point... I am just curious... all the other cohorts of generations, were they really prepared? Everything looks like they were?

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David Hain's curator insight, December 2, 8:07 AM

INSEAD reminds us that today's young manager is tomorrow's world leader - somewhere! How are they being prepared?

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Thanks for Nothing? What to Say When You Don't Get the Job

Thanks for Nothing? What to Say When You Don't Get the Job | Business Coaching | Scoop.it
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Yeah... lots of megastar was first rejected... there are more... e.g. the story of The Beatles with Decca... "...Keep it simple... and ... don't burn the bridges...."

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What You Can Learn About Culture From These 4 Successful Companies

What You Can Learn About Culture From These 4 Successful Companies | Business Coaching | Scoop.it

Company culture is a buzz phrase at the top of many minds these days yet a lot of executives still struggle to understand exactly what culture is and how to create it.


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Interesting examples of company cultures well presented...

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The Myth of Multitasking And What It Means For Learning

The Myth of Multitasking And What It Means For Learning | Business Coaching | Scoop.it
Multitasking is pretty much seen as a necessity in the modern world. The ability to do several things at once – even if it’s something as apparently simple as emailing and talking at the same time – is taken for granted.

But the belief that engaging in several tasks at once means we are more productive is a myth. Instead of saving time, multitasking not only takes longer but also makes mistakes more likely. It also does something to our brains

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Yeahhh... true... everything which is not multitasking, vibrating extensively is simply boring... I live in this life too not only my children... and it's true also that it's not effective at all... I mean, the multitasking... it "helps" more or less to forget the bad things, the chimers (for the moment)  and gives the feeling of being very effective... false... fake... voila, one of our biggest dilemmas... and don't fool ourselves, it's ours too, not only that of our children...

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, November 28, 11:49 AM

Multitasking does not increase productivity, creativity, and learning. It works against them.

 

@ivon_ehd1

Elaine Roberts, Ph.D's curator insight, November 28, 1:36 PM
Many of us have discovered the myth of multitasking the hard way. We like to think we're being more productive, but we're not.
Elaine Roberts, Ph.D's curator insight, November 28, 1:39 PM

Multitasking is rarely an efficient or effective method of working, which many of us learn the hard way.