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It's Time To Break Up With Break-Out Groups

It's Time To Break Up With Break-Out Groups | Creativity & Decision-Making | Scoop.it
Does anyone actually enjoy break-out groups? It's a serious question.

 

From the article: "Break-out groups are intended to break up the monotony of a long meeting and get people talking to each other on key topics. These are worthy goals; break-out groups are just lousy at realizing them.

 

"What could work better? I think time slots devoted to mini 'unconferences'would. ... At an unconference time slots and meeting rooms are predetermined, but nothing else is. Using whiteboards or sticky notes, people propose sessions that they want to lead / facilitate, and also decide (by looking at the whiteboards or sticky notes) which ones they want to attend."

 

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What To Do When You Don't Know What To Do

Are you frustrated? We know we are. Most of us prepared hard for the future we expected, and yet things aren't working out as we had planned.

 

When the future is unknowable ... how we traditionally reason is extremely limited in predicting what will happen. You need a different approach -"entrepreneurial thought and action." We use a simple shorthand and call it "Act, Learn, Build, Repeat."

 

Put simply, in the face of an unknown future, entrepreneurs act. They deal with uncertainty not by trying to analyze it, or planning for every contingency, or predicting what the outcomes will be. Instead, they act, learn from what they find, and act again.

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Depressed People Make Better Decisions

Depressed People Make Better Decisions | Creativity & Decision-Making | Scoop.it
Patients with major depressive disorder fared better than non-depressed counterparts on a decision-making task, one possible upside to lower mental health.
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John Kay - Obliquity

John Kay - Obliquity | Creativity & Decision-Making | Scoop.it

"Strange as it may seem, overcoming geographic obstacles, winning decisive battles or meeting global business targets are the type of goals often best achieved when pursued indirectly. This is the idea of Obliquity. Oblique approaches are most effective in difficult terrain, or where outcomes depend on interactions with other people."

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Decision-Making Under Stress: The Brain Remembers Rewards, Forgets Punishments | Healthland | TIME.com

Decision-Making Under Stress: The Brain Remembers Rewards, Forgets Punishments | Healthland | TIME.com | Creativity & Decision-Making | Scoop.it
If you're trying to make an important decision while the baby is crying, the boss is shouting on the phone and the cat has chosen this moment to think outside the box, you might want to take a breather and wait.

 

It's counterintuitive, but under stress we tend to focus more on the rewards than on the risks of any decision.

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Stress Roots from Decision Making

It might be astonishing that stress makes individuals pay attention on the ways in which things could go right. Stress is generally linked with pessimistic experiences, so you tend to think; maybe I am going to pay much attention on the pessimistic outcomes.

 

But the scientists have discovered that when the individuals are put under stress, they begin giving more attention to optimistic information and discounting pessimistic information. Stress tends to aid individuals learn from optimistic feedback and keeps them away from learning anything from negative feedback.

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Using a Foreign Language Helps Decision-Making - Association for Psychological Science

"People are more likely to take favorable risks if they think in a foreign language"

 

"'We know from previous research that because people are naturally loss averse, they often forgo attractive opportunities,' said University of Chicago psychologist Boaz Keysar, a leading expert on communication. 'Our new findings demonstrate that such aversion to losses is much reduced when people make decisions in their non-native language.'"

 

See also the Wired magazine article: http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2012/04/language-and-bias/

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Making Decisions in Groups

Podcast - Intereview with Tom Davenport, Babson College professor and coauthor of "Judgment Calls: Twelve Stories of Big Decisions and the Teams That Got Them Right."...

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Integral Options Cafe: The Role of Emotions in Decision Making

Integral Options Cafe: The Role of Emotions in Decision Making | Creativity & Decision-Making | Scoop.it

There is an interesting article from Jonah Lehrer over at Wired. He looks at a recent study that asked subjects to predict outcomes for 8 different events - those who people who trusted their feelings were more likely to predict the outcomes.

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Why The Future of Neuroscience Will Be Emotionless

Why The Future of Neuroscience Will Be Emotionless | Creativity & Decision-Making | Scoop.it

Should you trust your gut? This article provides answers from neuroscience. One finding: "go with your gut if your energy is low."

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‘Explorers’ use uncertainty and specific area of brain | Brown University News and Events

‘Explorers’ use uncertainty and specific area of brain | Brown University News and Events | Creativity & Decision-Making | Scoop.it

Life shrouds most choices in mystery. Some people inch toward a comfortable enough spot and stick close to that rewarding status quo. Out to dinner, they order the usual. Others consider their options systematically or randomly. But many choose to grapple with the uncertainty head on.

 

“Explorers” order the special because they aren’t sure they’ll like it. It’s a strategy of maximizing rewards by discovering whether as yet unexplored options might yield better returns. In a new study, Brown University researchers show that such explorers use a specific part of their brain to calculate the relative uncertainty of their choices, while non-explorers do not.

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BPS Research Digest: Introducing "enclothed cognition" - how what we wear affects how we think

BPS Research Digest: Introducing "enclothed cognition" - how what we wear affects how we think | Creativity & Decision-Making | Scoop.it

Whether donning a suit for an interview or a sexy outfit for a date, it's obvious that most of us are well aware of the power of clothing to affect how other people perceive us. But what about the power of our clothes to affect our own thoughts?

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