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Pixar's 22 Rules of Storytelling

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These rules were originally tweeted by Emma Coats, Pixar's Story Artist. Number 9 on the list - When you’re stuck, make a list of what wouldn't happen next - is a great one and can apply to writers in all genres..

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Kenneth Mikkelsen's comment, March 29, 2013 1:36 PM
Thanks, Penelope. I really enjoyed this one!
Penelope's comment, March 29, 2013 2:23 PM
You are welcome, Kenneth! It was really personal for me. That is one of my favorite movies! ;)
Janet Vasil's curator insight, April 1, 2013 8:45 AM

Break through writer's block by reviewing these rules.

 

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How writing affects your brain

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Great illustration! 

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No Straight Lines: Making Sense of our Non-linear World

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In his book No Straight Lines: making sense of our non-linear world, author Alan Moore argues that humanity shifts gear when it demands fundamental change to its real world circumstances and that this moment stands as a turning point in the collective approach to the organisation of the economy and society as a whole.

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Stop Believing Work Gets Done at Work

Jason Fried's Tedx Talk: “Why Work Doesn’t Happen at Work.” The talk deals with the absurdities managers believe about the nature of work and how it gets done. Perhaps a valuable lesson for Yahoo's Marissa Mayer. 


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The Surprising Secret To Getting Your Emails Read

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Do you feel like you send your emails into a black hole? Let's get to the point: You need to start with the conclusion.

 

1. Start by writing what you think you are trying to say

2. Discover that the first few lines are wholehearted hogwash

3. Rejoice in your determination to write something well

4. Keep your hands on the keyboard, look for the conclusion when it appears

5. THEN move that conclusion to the top of the message

 

[Image: Flickr user Saxon]

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John Michel's curator insight, March 26, 2013 3:41 PM

E-mails are the most common document in the business world. Unfortunately, many e-mails are so poorly written that recipients must struggle to figure out why they're reading the e-mail and what they're supposed to do about it.

Here's a foolproof method to write e-mails that get the job done.

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John Michel, experienced leader, humanitarian, visioneer, and renown status quo buster, is the author of the ground breaking book, Mediocre Me: How Saying No to the Status Quo will Propel you from Ordinary to Extraordinary. Check out his blog at www.MediocreMe.com or drop him a note at johnmichel@MediocreMe.com


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Do You Hire For IQ Or Klout Score?

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What is the right balance between intelligence and social connectivity? From an innovation perspective, this difference is very significant. In fact, it can mean the difference between success and failure.

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Are You (Subconsciously) Afraid of Success?

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Have you ever found yourself on the verge of a big success, and noticed things starting to go wrong? It begins with a feeling of agitation. The tiniest details irritate you. Reliable people start making alarming mistakes.

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The Science of Productivity

Productivity is on the minds of many. So what can science tell us about the human brain and productive work? How do we become more efficient at working, and spend less time working overall?

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Why Companies Act Like They Hate Curiosity

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Curiosity - something that drove us to Mars and profoundly motivates individuals - seemingly has no home in the corporate world. The end result is a dull, doggedly problem-solving formula for innovation.

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Hacking Habits: How To Make New Behaviors Last For Good

Hacking Habits: How To Make New Behaviors Last For Good | Knowledge Broker | Scoop.it

Want to write everyday? Start exercising? Quit smoking? We look at how to hack our brains' hard-wired habit loops to change our lives for the better.

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Kimberly Togman's comment, March 18, 2013 5:06 PM
Duhigg's narrative on habits is a good one. He lays out a clear path to effecting personal and system wide change. And helps us understand why it is so hard. Also check out Chip and Dan Heath's "Switch," William Bridges "Transitions" and Rick Maurer's "Beyond the Wall of Resistance."
The BioSync Team's comment, March 18, 2013 8:04 PM
Thanks Kimberly for the book recommendations. I am familiar with William Bridges "Transitions". It is one of the books I recommend on my site (http://www.biosync.com/resources/recommended-reading/). I will look at the other two as well.
Kelsey Walsh's curator insight, February 11, 1:51 PM

I chose this article because it answers the question, "How do I get in the habit of running?" It explains how to replace old habits with new ones and include rewards.

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The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore

A wonderful animated short movie: "The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore" - what a title and what a powerful story.


This movie won an Oscar in 2012.  

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The Power of Words

Wonderful and highly inspirational video. Reminds us all to strive for authentic and purposeful communication. So choose your words wisely. They are extremely powerful.

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The great illusion of the self

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Your mind's greatest trick is convincing you of your own reality. Discover the elaborate illusions involved and what they mean in our special feature.


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AlGonzalezinfo's comment, March 28, 2013 2:01 PM
I was soo looking forward to reading this. Bummer that they are selling the content :(
Cadu Souza's curator insight, March 28, 2013 7:08 PM

Really interesting!

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Decisive: How to Make Better Choices in Life and Work

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Dan Heath took time out and answered some questions about his new book, Decisive: How to Make Better Choices in Life and Work, co-authored with his brother Chip.  

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Five Practices to Enhance Your Problem-Solving Mindset

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A growth mindset also means we need a problem-solving one. Solving problems is what makes us a better leader, team member, and citizen.
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John Michel's curator insight, March 27, 2013 8:49 PM

As Steven Snyder points out in Leadership and the Art of Struggle, having a growth mindset is essential as we navigate through leadership challenges. It keeps us optimistic as well as wanting to learn more and enhance the way we do things.

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The Internet 'Narcissism Epidemic'

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Social media are an important part of the lives of hundreds of millions of users around the world. If you are one of them, maintaining perspective is important. Don't let popularity set your standard.

Kenneth Mikkelsen's insight:

Excellent article from The Atlantic.

 

Check also this article + video from NBC Today: http://www.today.com/id/30312181/ns/today-books/t/me-me-me-americas-narcissism-epidemic/#.UVLdHb_BTSG - relates to the book: "The Narcissism Epidemic,” by psychologists Jean M. Twenge and W. Keith Campbell. 

 

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The Question All Smart Visualizations Should Ask

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"A picture is worth a thousand words" may be a lovely cliché, but it's exactly the wrong way to view visualization.
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The Future of Working Life

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Lynda Gratton, The London Business School professor and top 50 management thinker describes the possible ups and downs of the future of work
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Léonne Willems's curator insight, March 25, 2013 4:04 PM

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Tony Brugman (Bright & Company)'s curator insight, April 9, 2013 11:28 AM

Another great and extensive interview at Forbes with HR Guru, London Business School professor Lynda Gratton. She describes 32 trends and five broad forces that will shape the future of work and organizations. Must-read!

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Time to Reinvent Yourself?

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Kare Anderson's insightful review of the new book: "Reinventing You" by Dorie Clark. A great blog post with lively examples of what it takes to make a career transition. A highly relevent subject for many people in today's job market.   

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Prove You Matter: 5 Routes to Relevance

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Ever wonder why some people seem integral to the plot, while others tend to be easily written out of the story? The answer is relevance—and it can be generated in several ways.
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John Michel's curator insight, March 26, 2013 3:43 PM

Ever wonder why some people seem integral to the plot, while others tend to be easily written out of the story? The answer is relevance—and it can be generated in several ways. To be relevant is to grasp an invisible power, the power to influence, participate, and alter events. It’s the wind behind the sails of cultural movements, historical icons, and even creepy cults. Here are a few ways to make yourself, and your cause or company, relevant.

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We Love You

To the Iranian people To all the fathers, mothers, children, brothers and sisters For there to be a war between us, first we must be afraid of each other, we must hate. I'm not afraid of you, I don't hate you. 

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How social media enables people to stand up for world peace. Valuable leadership lesson for any world leader....Power to the people! 

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Free Virtual Crash Course in Design Thinking - Stanford University

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Using the video, handouts, and facilitation tips below, we will take you step by step through the process of hosting or participating in a 90 minute design challenge.

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How To Be interesting

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You want to leave a mark, not a blemish. Be a hero, not a spectator. You want to be interesting. Who doesn’t? This excellent new book combines fresh and pithy lessons with deceptively simple diagrams and charts.

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Kenneth Mikkelsen's comment, March 17, 2013 2:46 PM
Check also Jessica's blog here: http://thisisindexed.com and her contributions on Forbes here: http://www.forbes.com/sites/jessicahagy/
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Sugata Mitra: Build a School in the Cloud

Educational researcher Sugata Mitra is the winner of the 2013 TED Prize. His wish: Build a School in the Cloud, where children can explore and learn from one another.

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