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FigurePrints Makes Minecraft Real With 3-D Printers

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"FigurePrints is a service that allow gamers to convert videogame characters and settings into 3-D printed statues. With it, a statue of an undead warlock or a cityscape of creative digital urban planning can be immortalized in colored plaster."

 


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The Neo-Generalist

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In their new book The Neo-Generalist, authors Kenneth Mikkelsen and Richard Martin claim that our cultural, societal and professional worlds are enthralled by extreme and inhibitory specialisation, and that it is time to make a change. They argue that now more than ever, we need the outlook of the ‘neo-generalist’ if we want to thrive in an uncertain future.


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Many of the lessons presented in The Neo-Generalist are drawn from interviews with professionals, artists, writers, scientists, athletes and film makers, as well as from historical figures that each in their separate ways embody the neo-generalist approach to work and life. This diverse cast of characters underlines a point central to the book: that there is no fixed, one-way approach to neo-generalism, and that what Mikkelsen and Martin are describing is more of a mindset than a how-to guide. Read our interview with Mikkelsen and Martin here.

 

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According to Research, Procrastinating Can Boost Your Creativity

According to Research, Procrastinating Can Boost Your Creativity | Good Advice | Scoop.it
Procrastination improves creativity
Art is never finished, only abandoned.” — Leonardo da Vinci
Everything left undone is always still very much on your mind most of the time. You get to think about it more often than tasks you have completed. This encourages you to think about new ways to improve or do it better.

 

Adrienne Branson of Canva says:
“Unfinished work is hard for your mind to let go of — in a good way. Your mind keeps churning, considering other options, creative solutions to the problem. Ever had a project that you just couldn’t stop talking, thinking, or dreaming about? This is how you make that happen.”

 

"The procrastination thought process works best for people who are working on innovative projects and need creative ideas for solve pending problems. You probably won’t benefit from procrastination if you have to deliver on tasks at the office and have strict deadlines to meet.

 

"Innovators and creative professionals use procrastination to their benefit more often than everyone else. Leonardo Da Vinci was a famous procrastinator. He finished the Mona Lisa in 1517 despite having started it in 1503."

 


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I don't know about you - but I never count anytime I do by way of design "finished".  Its an Art.
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A Not-So-Little Happier: Announcing the Launch of "The Onward Project" Podcasts!

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I’m launching The Onward Project, a family of podcasts all about how to make your life happier, healthier, more productive, and more creative.
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Why Constant Learners All Embrace the 5-Hour Rule

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Benjamin Franklin did this 1 hour a day, 5 hours a week. Why you should do it too.
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Scientists Prove That Pop Music Is Literally Ruining Our Brains

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Not all music is created equal.

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What Apopka High School Lost in Auto Tech

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Dan Hogan, Auto Tech Instructor - Apopka HS 2000-2013. I taught Automotive Technology at Apopka High School from the year 2000 through the year 2013. Every year Teachers have that one chance to make a first impression. As was customary, I would stand in the doorway and greet the students as they entered the classroom for the first time. I would say “Good morning! Welcome to Automotive Technology.” On just such a morning, a young lady approached my door, and I could only describe her looks as part She-devil and part Rebecca from Sunny Brook Farms.
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4 Ways Being An Ambivert Has Helped Me As A Leader

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Advantages of Being an Ambivert

When you understand what it's like to be both an extrovert and an introvert, it can help you relate to the people you work with better. Especially, if you are in a leadership position.  Here are the ways I've used being an ambivert to my advantage.

 

1) I know when to give introverts time to collect their thoughts. Introverts aren't comfortable being put on the spot. They appreciate time to contemplate and then respond. I allow my introverted coworkers ample time to review and come to their own conclusions so they can feel comfortable articulating their ideas and responses.

 

2) I know when to give extroverts the opportunity to speak their mind. Extroverts want to openly contribute. They are energized by speaking and engaging with others. I create opportunities for my extroverted coworkers to talk and share their thoughts and feelings so they can be heard.

 

3) I can sense when an extrovert is overwhelming an introvert. When an extrovert is spending too much time talking, it can be a major distraction for the introvert. There are times when I need to step in and create opportunities for the introvert to have some quiet time to calm his or her brain. 


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When you're both extrovert and introvert, it can give you a leadership advantage.

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Curate Your Life, and the Rest Will Follow

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Owning less isn't deprivation. It's curation. If we want happiness, curate your life with the decisiveness a museum director uses to curate his exhibit.
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Helen Keller on Optimism

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"Doubt and mistrust are the mere panic of timid imagination, which the steadfast heart will conquer, and the large mind transcend."
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[PDF] The digital talent gap: Developing skills for today's digital organizations

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The shortage of digital skills in the current marketplace is unprecedented. It is estimated that over 4.4 million IT jobs will be created around Big Data by 2015; however, only a third of these new jobs will be filled. Martha Lane Fox, the UK’s digital inclusion champion, believes over 16 million people in the UK lack the basic digital skills to fully benefit from the Internet. Even Millenials are a matter of concern. In a survey comprising over 800 middle to upper management executives from over 50 industries, nearly one in five Millenials in the modern workplace are perceived to be lacking in analytical skills.
 
The reasons driving this skills shortage are not hard to identify. The usage of mobile, social and analytical tools is permeating the length and breadth of every function across the organization. Unlike the past, the impact of these digital technologies and tools is felt not just in the IT department. This means that the magnitude of training and re-skilling thatis required is enormous. Moreover, each new technology cycle has brought forth new requirements and these cycles are increasingly getting shorter. Employees must now refresh their skills more frequently if they wish to stay relevant in this rapidly changing digital environment. The head of India R&D Labs of software firm SAP succinctly states: “The shelf life of a software engineer today is no more than that of a cricketer – about 15 years. The 20-year-old guys provide me more value than the 35-year-olds do.
 
Organizations are beginning to recognize the magnitude of the problem. Our own research with the MIT Center for Digital Business has revealed that 77% of companies considered missing digital skills as the key hurdle to their digital transformation. Digital leaders or ‘Digirati’ a are already investing in digital skills and reaping significant benefits in comparison to other companies (see Figure 1). On average, ‘Digirati’ are
26% more profitable than their industry competitors.
 
This skills shortage is creating a ‘war for talent’, where companies have to compete for the best talent with new categories of players. Unlike in the past, the hunt for the best talent is no more limited to localized skills in certain departments. In this case, the talent war is manifest across the entire organization. The important questions are: Do organizations include digital skills as a key component in their workforce plans? Are HR departments equipped and skilled to bring innovative solutions to bridge the digital skills gap? How are Digiratis developing digital skills?

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“It is no longer sufficient that you think of your job as doing what you have constantly done for many years. If you have that mindset long enough then software will be developed to do what you do making you redundant.” Terry Harrison, past President of INFORMS and Professor at the Penn State University.
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Lessons From Sun Tzu: How to Use Military Strategy to Build Better Habits

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The teachings of Sun Tzu extend far beyond the field of battle. His approaches can be applied to everything from business growth and goal setting to weight loss and habit formation.
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How to have a growth mindset. Some thoughts from today's students

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Thoughts about growth mindset from students in Spring 2017.
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Why time management is ruining our lives

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All of our efforts to be more productive backfire – and only make us feel even busier and more stressed.

 


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Kenneth Mikkelsen's curator insight, January 18, 9:21 AM

You can seek to impose order on your inbox all you like – but eventually you’ll need to confront the fact that the deluge of messages, and the urge you feel to get them all dealt with, aren’t really about technology. They’re manifestations of larger, more personal dilemmas. Which paths will you pursue, and which will you abandon? Which relationships will you prioritise, during your shockingly limited lifespan, and who will you resign yourself to disappointing? What matters?

 

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What do you want to be when you grow up?

“The notion that you need to have a passion and follow it is a destructive idea." Bill Burnett, executive director of the Design Program at Stanford, talk
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Should I Teach like a TV, or like a Video Game? - Julie Smith

Should I Teach like a TV, or like a Video Game? - Julie Smith | Good Advice | Scoop.it

"TweeI would prefer my kids play video games instead of watch television. This statement typically earns me suspicious look."

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From the article: "When my boys watch TV, they are passive consumers ... But when they are gaming, they lean forward. They are making decisions. Prioritizing. Solving puzzles. Collaborating with their friends. Changing characters, choosing helmet colors. Designating locations, many of which they have created themselves. They move, plan and operate in a story and world of their own creation. They are active."
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Uber, But for Millennials Who Want Orchestras in Their Living Rooms

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Watch out, Top 40: string ensembles are heading Bach to Brooklyn.
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Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment

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Discipline is one of the most difficult words that I know. No, it isn't a spelling thing! The difficulty comes from all the aspects that it encompasses. All of the little things that are required to truly have discipline. The importance of goals will not be included here beyond the point that you NEED goals…
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Do You Listen to Music While Working? Here's What It Does to Your Brain (and It's Pretty Awesome) | #Research

Do You Listen to Music While Working? Here's What It Does to Your Brain (and It's Pretty Awesome) | #Research | Good Advice | Scoop.it
The Chorus to Remember

Music can make a huge difference in your workday. Feel free to crank up the volume if noise has you working like a snail, you've got a case of the Monday's, or you've got something mundane or familiar to do. Ideally, though, make your playlists out of songs you already know, and if your tasks involve any sort of linguistic processing, focus on lyric-free options. Lastly, if you have something to learn, pump up your mood with music before you get started.

 

Learn more / En savoir plus / Mehr erfahren:

 

http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching?q=music

 


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The Chorus to Remember

Music can make a huge difference in your workday. Feel free to crank up the volume if noise has you working like a snail, you've got a case of the Monday's, or you've got something mundane or familiar to do. Ideally, though, make your playlists out of songs you already know, and if your tasks involve any sort of linguistic processing, focus on lyric-free options. Lastly, if you have something to learn, pump up your mood with music before you get started.

 

Learn more / En savoir plus / Mehr erfahren:

 

http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching?q=music

 

 

Jerry Busone's curator insight, July 22, 2016 10:45 AM

Who knew...and folks tell me to turn it down :-)

Alfredo Corell's curator insight, July 23, 2016 5:12 AM

Classical or instrumental music enhances mental performance more than music with lyrics. Music can make rote or routine tasks (think folding laundry or filing papers) less boring and more enjoyable. Runners who listen to music go faster. But when you need to give learning and remembering your full attention, silence is golden

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Decluttering the ADHD Mind in 30 Minutes - The ADHD Nerd on Productive Flourishing

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The ADHD mind isn't designed to compartmentalize, so can we sort through the clutter? The ADHD Nerd shows you how with a 30 minute exercise.
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We shouldn't be ashamed of ourselves - be a weirdo

We shouldn't be ashamed of ourselves - be a weirdo | Good Advice | Scoop.it
Be different. Be original. Be more. Everybody who considers weirdness as something wrong is in a huge mistake. Let your wild side go out!
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From the article: "Do you want to look back in 10, 20 or 30 years and say “what if”? It’s better to make a mistake and know the feeling and consequences rather than not doing anything at all and wonder how your life would look if you had had more courage."
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The 7 Essential Work Habits That'll Make You Happier at the Office

The 7 Essential Work Habits That'll Make You Happier at the Office | Good Advice | Scoop.it
You have more control over your happiness than you think, and forming these seven habits can help you be a lot happier at work—and in life.
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“First you make your habits, then your habits make you.”
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Why It Pays to Be a Jerk

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New research confirms what they say about nice guys. Smile at the customer. Take the initiative. Tweak a few rules. Steal cookies for your colleagues. Don’t puncture the impression that you know what you’re doing. Let the other person fill the silence. Get comfortable with discomfort. Don’t privilege your own feelings. Ask who you’re really protecting. Be tough and humane. Challenge ideas, not the people who hold them. Don’t be a slave to type. And above all, don’t affix nasty, scatological labels to people.


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