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Super Brains: Kaku on What Makes a Genius

Super Brains: Kaku on What Makes a Genius | Knowledge Broker | Scoop.it

Are champions born or are they made? Science still cannot settle that debate. But one thing is clear: Certain brain injuries can produce super geniuses. This is not an invitation to throw yourself down the stairs head first. Science has yet to figure out why specific brain injuries can give people remarkable abilities.


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The Cumulative Power of Narrative

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Narratives have great power, but their power increases dramatically when building on other narratives. What does that mean in practice? It means that we need to be thoughtful and deliberately make choices about where we choose to pursue our narratives.


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John Hagel has been writing a series of blog post about the power of narratives. Follow the link and submerge yourself in a foundation of wisdom. 


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Gained In Translation

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“Would You Kill the Fat Man?” is the title of a recent book about a set of moral problems that philosophers like to ponder, and psychologists to put to their experimental subjects.


In the canonical form, you are on a footbridge watching a trolley speeding down a track that will kill five unsuspecting people. You can push a fat man over the bridge onto the tracks to save the five. (You cannot stop the trolley by jumping yourself, only the fat man is heavy enough.) Would you do it?

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Nudging people’s judgments - When moral dilemmas are posed in a foreign language, people become more coolly utilitarian.

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In Praise of Slowness

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Journalist Carl Honore believes the Western world's emphasis on speed erodes health, productivity and quality of life. But there's a backlash brewing, as everyday people start putting the brakes on their all-too-modern lives.

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Reinvent Yourself

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Major life changes are never easy, because your instincts and the urgent matters of the day work against you. But when you learn to focus on your future self, you'll be surprised at what you can achieve.


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Many of us dream of a future that's very different from our present. We'll live in Hawaii instead of Hackensack; abandon singlehood for family life; or paint murals for a living. But getting from here to there is hard, largely because some powerful psychological forces align against reinvention.


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Why You Should Plan for Serendipity

Why You Should Plan for Serendipity | Knowledge Broker | Scoop.it

If you’re a busy professional like me, chances are your calendar looks a lot like a Tetris board. Every minute of every day is accounted for. Some hyper-organization is necessary, of course. How else would business get done? But on a recent trip to Chicago, my colleague Aaron Ferber reminded me of the importance of leaving room in one’s personal and work life for serendipity.


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Don't Fool Yourself - There Is No Work/Life Balance

Don't Fool Yourself - There Is No Work/Life Balance | Knowledge Broker | Scoop.it

The idea of achieving work/life balance is a modern-day knockoff of the American Dream, rooted in the minds of ambitious yet overworked professionals who want to “have it all” -- work and play, career and family.


I don’t believe there is such a thing as “work/life balance.” You don’t hear people talking about finding a “family/life balance” or an “eating/life balance.” IT'S ALL LIFE.


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malek's curator insight, May 9, 7:44 AM

Achieving work/life balance means having equilibrium among all the priorities in your life . But, as difficult as work/life balance is to define, most of us know when we’re out of balance.

To find out more about your own personal balance 

Work/Life Balance Quiz
Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, May 9, 2:32 PM

Work/life balance is about integrating various activities into life. It cannot be about finding a mythical mean where we are at work 50% of the time and the rest is free time. It is all life and when we work we should be present and when we play we should be present. Here is where mindfulness plays an important role.

M. Philip Oliver's curator insight, May 12, 2:06 PM

Thanks Malek!

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Oasis Way and the Postnormal Era: How Understanding Serendipity Will Lead You to Success

A highly anticipated book by Ilkka Kakko on Seredipity.


The key conclusion of the book is that innovation activities can be improved by understanding serendipity and applying serendipity management principles. The book gives practical, hands-on advices, how to harness serendipity on individual, community and organizational levels. It describes the possibilities to enhance serendipity in business environments by workspace design, both physical and virtual, and explains how to increase coincidencity in the team building process.


Download the book for free on Slideshare through the link in this Scoop. 

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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, 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, 4:55 PM

Great info to share with the trait of creativity.

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

Κάτι ήξερε και ο Αριστοτέλης: 

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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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BBC Documentary - Horizon: The Creative Brain How Insight Works


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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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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, 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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United States of Secrets

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In “United States of Secrets,” the excellent documentary - FRONTLINE -reveals the dramatic inside story of how the U.S. government came to monitor and collect the communications of millions of people around the world - and the lengths they went to trying to hide the massive surveillance program from the public.


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Why Are We So Busy?

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Since the 1930s, U.S. G.D.P. has grown, in real terms, by a factor of sixteen. Why hasn’t that wealth translated into more leisure time?


Once, we were warned about a future of overabundant leisure. Now we’re busy complaining about being busier than ever.


Illustration by Nishant Choksi.


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6 Reasons Why People That Annoy You Can Make You Happy

6 Reasons Why People That Annoy You Can Make You Happy | Knowledge Broker | Scoop.it

I hate to admit it, but people annoy me pretty regularly. Not only strangers and acquaintances, but those dear to me, as well! What’s wrong with everyone?! That’s what I used to wonder – what’s their problem?


Now I know better. When something that someone is doing annoys or irritates us, it is actually something about ourselves that we are not fully aware of.

This is the concept of “mirroring”. Psychology calls this projection. We are projecting that which we need to see about ourselves onto someone else so that we are able to see it. When we see that behavior in ourselves, it is called projection recall. Think of it like an actual mirror, where other people are the mirror. We cannot see ourselves clearly until we look in the mirror. The mirror does not get personal or have an agenda. It simply and truthfully reflects back
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Shakia's curator insight, May 19, 12:29 PM

This one shows us how their are many different people in your life who have an impact on you. The ones that gets on our nerves the most and the ones who bug us are the ones who really make our day better. 

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Challenging the Wisdom of Crowds

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A new paper by a Princeton evolutionary biologist suggests that small groups make the best decisions. 


It is the noise inherent in small groups that enhances their accuracy, allowing individuals in such groups to avoid the detrimental effects of correlated information while exploiting the benefits of collective decision-making.


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Read the journal from Proceedings of the Royal Society hereDecision accuracy in complex environments is often maximized by small group sizes.

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The Military Case For Sharing Knowledge

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When General Stanley McChrystal started fighting al Qaeda in 2003, information and secrets were the lifeblood of his operations. But as the unconventional battle waged on, he began to think that the culture of keeping important information classified was misguided and actually counterproductive. In a short but powerful talk McChrystal makes the case for actively sharing knowledge.

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Kenneth Mikkelsen's curator insight, July 21, 10:47 AM

This is a strong case for personal knowledge mastery.


Powerful reflections from General McChrystal: 


"What we found is we had to change. We had to change our culture about information. We had to knock down walls. We had to share. We had to change from who needs to know to the fact that who doesn't know, and we need to tell, and tell them as quickly as we can. It was a significant culture shift for an organization that had secrecy in its DNA."


"What we did was we changed the idea of information, instead of knowledge is power, to one where sharing is power. It was the fundamental shift, not new tactics, not new weapons, not new anything else."

Deb Nystrom, REVELN's curator insight, July 22, 2:45 AM

This piece features an interactive transcript of a talk with this four-star general credited for creating a revolution in warfare that fuses intelligence and operations. ~ D

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The Simple Secret to Reinvention

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If someone is going to eat your lunch, shouldn’t it be you?


That’s the question posed by entrepreneur and venture capitalist Josh Linkner in his new book, The Road to Reinvention: How to Drive Disruption and Accelerate TransformationLinkner urges companies to pursue not success, but rather a long series of successes, each springing from--and sometimes obliterating--the one before it. Toward that end, he advises leaders to develop a heightened awareness of change and a willingness to strike when the iron is just warming up.


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'Look Up' - A spoken word film for an online generation

'Look Up' is a lesson taught to us through a love story, in a world where we continue to find ways to make it easier for us to connect with one another, but always results in us spending more time alone.

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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, 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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Dwight Eisenhower Nailed A Major Insight About Productivity

Dwight Eisenhower Nailed A Major Insight About Productivity | Knowledge Broker | Scoop.it

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

This is definitely on my wish list!

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

המאבק הניצחי בין המוח לבין הלב...

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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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