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The Science of Daydreaming: How It Benefits Creativity and Problem-Solving

The Science of Daydreaming: How It Benefits Creativity and Problem-Solving | Business Brainpower with the Human Touch | Scoop.it
Daydreaming is a state of mind where thoughts that are experienced by an individual are unrelated to what is going on in the environment around them.


We all experience daydreaming from time-to-time: at school, at work, or at home. It most often happens when we are doing something that we find boring, so our mind begins to drift onto other, more interesting things.


According to a recent study published in Science, people daydream about 47% of the time they are awake. Research was conducted by developing an iPhone app that contacted 2,250 volunteers at random intervals during the day, asking them to report what they were doing and thinking at a particular moment in time.


In our culture there is a stigma about daydreaming. People tend to think that it is a sign of apathy, laziness, or an unfocused mind. However, recent research shows that occasional daydreaming may serve an important purpose in creativity and problem-solving.

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Hand Selected Stories To Keep You On The Leading Edge

Hand Selected Stories To Keep You On The Leading Edge | Business Brainpower with the Human Touch | Scoop.it

Let us help you stay connected, educated and networked by filtering some of the most interesting and relevant business content for you. Right here, we become your personal content curator, putting you in touch with the hottest, most interesting and most valuable business resources from around the world.


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How to Compensate For Overoptimistic Project Leaders

How to Compensate For Overoptimistic Project Leaders | Business Brainpower with the Human Touch | Scoop.it

All too often, executives are caught by surprise when projects — particularly complex IT projects — run into trouble. Project participants can be overconfident, always put a positive spin on anything they report or even have a cultural propensity to be silent in the face of bad news.

But “complex IT projects do not fail overnight; they fail one day at a time, and generally only after numerous warning signs.”

That's according to Mark Keil, H. Jeff Smith, Charalambos L. Iacovou and Ronald L. Thompson, authors of “The Pitfalls of Project Status Reporting,” in the Spring 2014 issue of MIT Sloan Management Review.

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Leaders can avoid unhappy project status surprises if they understand how — and why — people avoid sharing bad news.

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Email Templates for 27 of your Toughest Work Tasks

Email Templates for 27 of your Toughest Work Tasks | Business Brainpower with the Human Touch | Scoop.it
Communication is hard work. A 2012 survey by McKinsey found that highly skilled desk workers spent an average of 28% of their work weeks dealing with email — a number that is surely rising. And that doesn't even take into account the stress involved in figuring out how to convey a potentially difficult message, like asking for help, saying no, or admitting you messed up.

To help make the most of your time and energy, we've rounded up some of our favorite scripts and templates for making email (and a few other things, like that pesky LinkedIn recommendation you need to write) much easier and less time consuming. Whether you're job searching, networking, dealing with day-to-day work communications, or trying to be a better manager, find your situation below, tweak the template to your liking and send it off!
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Neuroscientist Warns Young Brains Being Re-Wired By Technology

Neuroscientist Warns Young Brains Being Re-Wired By Technology | Business Brainpower with the Human Touch | Scoop.it

Susan Greenfield of Oxford University said technology was re-wiring brains, particularly for young people who were growing up knowing nothing else.

Baroness Greenfield gave a sold-out public lecture at the University of South Australia on Wednesday night, having previously worked in Adelaide as one of the South Australian Government's thinkers-in-residence.

"People like me, a baby-boomer, grew up with the television being the new luxury that came into our home," she told 891 ABC Adelaide.

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The use of digital technologies is reshaping human brains and the impact on young people must be considered by their parents and educators, a neuroscientist warns.

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, November 20, 7:13 PM

We know this and the result should be questioning how we use digital technologies and how they use us.

 

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LET Team's curator insight, November 21, 3:15 PM

Set screen times and moderation Is the key.

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Finding a Corporate Culture that Drives Growth

Finding a Corporate Culture that Drives Growth | Business Brainpower with the Human Touch | Scoop.it

Corporate leaders and academics have been debating the connection between institutional culture and growth for more than three decades. Yet most can’t really put their finger on the single aspect of an organization’s culture that’s most effective at driving financial performance.

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Adaptive cultures minimize predictability and encourage innovation.

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5 Tips To Charm Your Way To The Top

5 Tips To Charm Your Way To The Top | Business Brainpower with the Human Touch | Scoop.it

Charm gets you places. It is a magical quality that makes people like you. When you have charm, you can basically get what you want. It will open doors for you and bring promotions to you. It will even get you that big project you would love to manage.

What is charm, and how do you get it? Is it about being good-looking and having an extraordinary personality or your uncle’s infectious laugh?

Charming people are able to attract and engage people. They are often invited into the inner circles, and they present themselves well, speak well, and act debonairly.

Vicki Kossoff @ The Learning Factor's insight:

Here are five tips that will help you charm your coworkers, manager, or that client that you have been trying to win over for years.

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5 Habits That Can Turn Interviewers Against You

5 Habits That Can Turn Interviewers Against You | Business Brainpower with the Human Touch | Scoop.it
Having spent the last decade recruiting, I've had many a conversation with hiring managers after a candidate exits the interview. And, while I always hope for exceptional feedback, sometimes the news is not so glowing.

Sometimes, the candidate has done something so annoying to the interviewer that, at best, she is now questioning her interest in keeping this person in the running.

What are the things that drive interviewers the most crazy? Listen and learn.
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How Human Behavior Can Skew Innovation

How Human Behavior Can Skew Innovation | Business Brainpower with the Human Touch | Scoop.it

A variety of human group behaviors can undermine innovation. For best results, we need to be aware of them and mitigate those that can derail innovation efforts.

Herd behaviour describes how individuals in a group can act together without planned direction. When animals partake in herd behaviour, for example in a dangerous situation, each individual group member reduces the danger to itself by migrating as close as possible to the centre of the fleeing group. The herd thus appears as a unit in moving together, but this action emerges from the uncoordinated behaviour of self-serving individuals.

Herd behaviour is distinguished from herd mentality because it applies to all animals, whereas the term mentality implies a uniquely human phenomenon. Herd mentality implies a fear-based reaction to peer pressure which makes individuals act in order to avoid feeling “left behind” from the group, i.e. to adopt certain behaviours and follow trends. Herd mentality is also sometimes known as “mob mentality.”

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Paul Mendelsohn's curator insight, November 14, 10:12 AM

Insightful article on how human nature often skews group think processes to result in a herd mentality that quashes innovation, and how to overcome this phenom by striving for collective intelligence. Very useful observations for any organization striving for true innovation around change rather than inadvertently gaining less than optimal results through acquiesence by the flock.

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Pensée de groupe

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4 Undeniable Signs that it's Time to Quit your Job

4 Undeniable Signs that it's Time to Quit your Job | Business Brainpower with the Human Touch | Scoop.it
Does this sound familar? You are hyperactive and mighty on your first year, and then you plummet like a roller coaster by the time you hit your fifth year. You are were one of the high-flyers in the company, but these days you’re not giving your best. You’ve lost the spark, the passion, and the flame – you finally want to quit.

You want to quit, but you’re not sure why, and you can’t put your finger on it. Maybe you hate your new boss, you’re fed up with the perceived incompetence of people in your organization, you got an invitation from a recruiter on LinkedIn, or you simply don't feel excited about your job anymore.
Vicki Kossoff @ The Learning Factor's insight:

Quitting your job can be a good thing when you know that the timing, and your reasons, are right.

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Anthony Crecco's curator insight, November 12, 4:42 PM

Jobs Can Be Stressful!!

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How To Raise Girls To Be Better At Negotiating

How To Raise Girls To Be Better At Negotiating | Business Brainpower with the Human Touch | Scoop.it
The recent research about women and negotiation isn’t pretty. Often, women don’t negotiate for what they deserve. But they also face obstacles like a widespread pay gap and even backlash when they do negotiate.

But what if we raised girls to help them both master negotiation skills and navigate the challenges? Would that help us raise a generation of women who are more likely to succeed by the time they need to ask for what they’re worth?
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If we are going to raise the next generation of good negotiators who happen to be women, here's where to start.

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