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Why Your Life Needs A Mission Statement

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The same strategies used to create a business plan can tell you if you're on the right track in your career and personal life.


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Management consultant and coach Allison Rimm, author of The Joy of Strategy: A Business Plan for Life says it’s possible for all of us to find joy in our business and personal lives, but to do so requires strategy.

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Pat Headley's curator insight, May 8, 2014 11:17 AM

We’d all love to say we wake up in the morning feeling exhilarated--joyful even--and move through the day with purpose and intention, but the reality is most of us spend the larger part of our day going through the motions, feeling exhausted and wondering what the point of it all is. 6Steps2Success  6StepsCoaching 

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We're About to Tell You the Secret to Creativity, and You May NOT Want to Sit Down

We're About to Tell You the Secret to Creativity, and You May NOT Want to Sit Down | Knowledge Broker | Scoop.it

The study found that walking indoors or outdoors similarly boosted creative inspiration. The act of walking itself, and not the environment, was the main factor. A person walking indoors – on a treadmill in a room facing a blank wall – produced twice as many creative responses compared to a person sitting down.



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Anne Whisken's curator insight, May 8, 2014 7:51 PM

'It’s important to note that, according to the study, the type of creativity affected by walking is associated with “divergent,” rather than “convergent,” thinking. In other words, walking benefits creative brainstorming but not the kind of focused thinking required for single, correct answers.'

Cited From: http://www.opencolleges.edu.au/informed/news/creativity-and-walking/#ixzz31Ag3q0vI

Character Minutes's curator insight, May 14, 2014 4:55 PM

Great info to share with the trait of creativity.

Γιώργος Παπαναστασίου's curator insight, May 17, 2014 6:17 AM

Κάτι ήξερε και ο Αριστοτέλης: 

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Dwight Eisenhower Nailed A Major Insight About Productivity

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"What is important is seldom urgent," Dwight D. Eisenhower liked to say, "and what is urgent is seldom important." 


The quote shows how Eisenhower distinguished between urgency and importance, an understanding that's critical for anyone who wants their hours worked to actually advance their careers. If you're checking your email every 10 minutes, you might not know the difference. 



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Scott Belsky: What Are You Willing to Be Bad At?

Scott Belsky: What Are You Willing to Be Bad At? | Knowledge Broker | Scoop.it

In our careers and in our work, we can only get a few things right, so we need to choose what we focus on purposefully. More importantly, we need to choose things that are different from our peers. This is our competitive advantage and it is what can propel us to success.


In this 99U talk, Behance co-founder Scott Belsky shares how companies like Apple and Southwest Airlines use this strategy to ensure long term success. But finding your competitive advantage is only step one, the world changes quickly, and just as fast as you find your niche, you should be looking for another one.


“Self-awareness,” says Belsky, “is the only sustainable competitive advantage you can find.” 

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4 Ways To Amplify Your Creativity

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Creativity is key to innovation. So how do you expand your own creative capacity and that of your business? Through social engagement, argues Bruce Nussbaum. 


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Here are four specific ways to lead a more creative life and boost your creative capacities. Creativity is not about blue rooms and brain waves but about social engagement and mining the existential.


Bruce Nussbaum is the author of Creative Intelligence. In the book he introduces the idea of magic circles - in reality it's quite similar to a personal learning network - it helps you bring your best ideas out and tap into the power of collective intelligence.


I highly recommend that you read Bruce's book. Combine it with also reading Creativity, Inc by Ed Catmull and Amy Wallace.


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BBC Documentary - Horizon: The Creative Brain How Insight Works


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The Psychology of Trust in Work and Love

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The science of why tit-for-tat isn't the best strategy for cooperation and why you should hear out your hunches.

What does it really mean to “trust,” and perhaps more importantly, how can we live with the potential heartbreak that lurks in the gap between “often” and “always”? That’s precisely what psychologist David DeSteno, director of Northeastern University’s Social Emotions Lab, explores in The Truth About Trust: How It Determines Success in Life, Love, Learning, and More.


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This article was featured on Brain Pickings by Maria Popova. Here's an excerpt from the article:


Unlike many forms of communication, issues of trust are often characterized by a competition or battle…. It’s not always an adaptive strategy to be an open book to others, or even to ourselves. Consequently, trying to discern if someone can be trusted is fundamentally different from trying to assess characteristics like mathematical ability. … Deciding to be trustworthy depends on the momentary balance between competing mental forces pushing us in opposite directions, and being able to predict which of those forces is going to prevail in any one instance is a complicated business.


An excellent and enormously enriching read in its entirety, The Truth About Trust goes on to explore the intricacies of navigating trust with ourselves and others in contexts as wide-ranging as power and money, love and sex, and the dynamics of the social web.



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David Hain's comment, May 2, 2014 5:59 AM
Great spot as always Ken, thanks!
David Hain's curator insight, May 2, 2014 6:00 AM

This is definitely on my wish list!

daniel peled's curator insight, May 3, 2014 11:48 AM

המאבק הניצחי בין המוח לבין הלב...

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13 Social Media Rules to Live By

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Social networks are now commonplace in sales, marketing, and general business communications. Unfortunately, some people still don't know how to use social media in the workplace without landing in hot water.


Here are the rules, loosely adapted from IBM's social networking policy with an extra dollop of common sense.



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The Strange Triumph of 'The Little Prince'

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Of all the books written in French over the past century, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s “Le Petit Prince” is surely the best loved in the most tongues. This is very strange, because the book’s meanings - its purpose and intent and moral - still seem far from transparent, even seventy-five-plus years after its first appearance. Indeed, the startling thing, looking again at the first reviews of the book, is that, far from being welcomed as a necessary and beautiful parable, it bewildered and puzzled its readers. Among the early reviewers, only P. L. Travers - who had, with a symmetry that makes the nonbeliever shiver, written an equivalent myth for England in her Mary Poppins books - really grasped the book’s dimensions, or its importance.

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3 Secrets to Rewriting Your Past

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We each are traveling our own paths, some experience a personal discovery, or revelation, early on in life while others are much later. Sometimes maybe not at all.


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In this article you'll find a link for a free download of Erik Ungs' ebook: Unless You Care Manifesto - For a journey of intentional self growth.

 

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AleksBlumentals's curator insight, May 6, 2014 3:55 AM

In this article you'll find a link for a free download of Erik Ungs' ebook: Unless You Care Manifesto - For a journey of intentional self growth.

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The Confidence Gap

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Evidence shows that women are less self-assured than men - and that to succeed, confidence matters as much as competence. Here's why, and what to do about it.


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Questions to Spark Self-Discovery

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Self-reflection is a powerful tool for cultivating a fulfilling, meaningful life. When you dig deeper, you can discover what it is you know, what you think and how you want to be in the world. 

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10 Most Brilliant Social Psychology Experiments

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Ten of the most influential social psychology experiments. Each one tells a unique, insightful story relevant to all our lives, every day. 

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Legendary Harvard Psychologist Jerome Bruner on the Art of “Effective Surprise” and the 6 Essential Conditions of Creativity

Legendary Harvard Psychologist Jerome Bruner on the Art of “Effective Surprise” and the 6 Essential Conditions of Creativity | Knowledge Broker | Scoop.it

One of the greatest preoccupations not only of our culture but of our civilization is the question of what creativity is, dating back to the dawn of recorded thought. But it wasn’t until the advent of modern psychology in the early twentieth century that our answers to the question began to take the shape of something more structured and systematic than metaphysical hunches.


One of the most compelling in the past century comes from the influential Harvard psychologist Jerome Bruner, celebrated for his contributions to cognitive psychology and learning theory in education. In 1962, Bruner published On Knowing: Essays for the Left Hand  - a wonderfully dimensional exploration of “the act of knowing in itself and how it is shaped and in turn gives form to language, science, literature, and art.


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Take Notes by Hand for Better Long-Term Comprehension

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Dust off those Bic ballpoints and college-ruled notebooks — research shows that taking notes by hand is better than taking notes on a laptop for remembering conceptual information over the long term. The findings are published in Psychological Science.


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15 Signs You Are a Narcissist

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Do you always have to be in control? Do you hate having emotions? Take a look in the mirror, you might be one.


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How to Be Entertaining: 10 Simple Instructions from 1904

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Being the life of the party was hard in the early 20th century. Here are 10 tips directly from 1904 to help the uninteresting.


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Superstars of Psychology: 10 Best Short Talks

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Here are 10 of the best talks about psychology from some of the superstars of psychology. 

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How the Mind Works: 10 Fascinating TED Talks

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How memory works, what visual illusions reveal, the price of happiness, the power of introverts and more…..

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A wonderful collection of mind candy. 

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What Makes the Best Infographics So Convincing

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Infographics have an emotional power because they can show you an idea — or a relationship, or how something works — very quickly. People respond to that. A persuasive infographic surprises the viewer. It moves them in some way and makes them want to keep looking at it or show it to other people.


A great infographic is an instant revelation. It can compress time and space. It can illuminate patterns in massive amounts of data. It can make the abstract convincingly concrete. 




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The Origins of Office Speak

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Over time, different industries have developed their own tribal vocabularies. Some of today’s most popular buzzwords were created by academics who believed that work should satisfy one’s soul; others were coined by consultants who sold the idea that happy workers are effective workers. The Wall Street lingo of the 1980s all comes back to “the bottom line,” while the techie terms of today suggest that humans are creative computers, whose work is measured in “capacity” and “bandwidth.”


Corporate jargon may seem meaningless to the extent that it's best described as “bullshit,”  but it actually reveals a lot about how workers think about their lives.

Kenneth Mikkelsen's insight:

Fantastic story in The Atlantic!! A must read….

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, April 24, 2014 11:52 PM

This is prevalent in education as ways to keep outsiders out and to socialize teachers into a particular order. It is "bullshit" for the most part.

David Hain's curator insight, April 25, 2014 4:30 AM

Very perceptive article.

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The Difference Between What You "Should" Do And What You "Must" Do

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This is a story about two roads: Should and Must.


It’s a pep talk for anyone who’s chosen Should far too long - months, years, maybe a lifetime, and feels like it’s about time they give Must a shot.


There are two paths in life: Should and Must. We arrive at this crossroads over and over again. And each time, we get to choose.


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If you aren't doing what you love, it's time to examine your ideas about calling, career, and how to chase both toward success.

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50 Tweetable Twitter Tips You Wish You Knew Years Ago

50 Tweetable Twitter Tips You Wish You Knew Years Ago | Knowledge Broker | Scoop.it

Want to get more followers and increase engagement on Twitter? Or ... just want to make sure people don't think you're a space case on Twitter?


Either way, here's a massive list of 50 Twitter tips that will make you a more effective Twitter user, and that you wish you knew years ago. 


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Pascal Corbé's curator insight, April 23, 2014 12:58 PM

Important basics on properly utilizing twitter - a medium we won't get around anymore.

Besides all the well-founded criticism, that is twitter creating a lot of noise, one has to remember not confuse the medium with the content. Content will always be king - and remains the basis for any thorough messaging.

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Forget mindfulness. Try nevermindfulness

It is time for a reboot! Forget mindfulness. Try nevermindfulness.


Watch this excellent TEDx Talk by Bruce Turkel. 

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How the internet is using us all

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If the origins of Western civilization are linked to ancient Greece, the future of human existence is pegged to Silicon Valley.


The “Valley” is not merely a byword for technological innovation and economic growth: it is the lush seedbed for a new ideology of the twenty-first century, one that fills the void left by the Cold War. This ideology revolves around the internet. Its fundamentalist narrative has been spun over several decades from such diverse strands as free-market economics, techno-mysticism, anarchist leanings and utopian longings, and has now assumed a prominent place in everyday conversation alongside the technologies that inspired it.


The internet ideology provides a quasi-religious vision of how human relationships will be transformed, material abundance created, and transcendence attained through human - machine interactions. Its prophets cite its decentralized and open structure as the model for a free, egalitarian and transparent world order.


Image credit: O’Rear/Corbis.

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Excellent article from The Times Literary Supplement. 

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Kenneth Mikkelsen is co-founder of FutureShifts, a consultancy that helps visionary companies identify and tackle the big shifts in the world by cultivating the skills, mindsets, behaviors and organizational cultures needed to succeed in times of change.