A collection of items for strategists and problems-solvers who aim to be well-informed about global affairs and perspectives; capable of developing and evaluating new knowledge; generating and analyzing courses of action; and who are interested in expressing clearly reasoned opinions and communicating effectively in writing, oral presentation, and visual display.
Just as the body is influenced by what you eat, your mind is also influenced by your thoughts, your mindset and your life experiences. With mindfulness, you can train your mind to be in the present moment and spend less time preoccupied with unhelpful, unproductive thoughts. Recognizing that I am not my thoughts and that thoughts are simply that, thoughts has been hugely helpful in terms of the way I experience the world.
In this post, I interviewed two coaches, Kat Shinoda and Scott DiNardo, M.Ed on how you can use mindfulness to get out of the habit of persistent, negative thought patterns.
This year I reached out to 40 of the best and brightest in the Insights & Analytics space and asked them for their predictions for 2017. They delivered in spades, with a deep, broad, and varied set of thoughts on what the year ahead will bring for market research & marketing analytics. There are themes that run through all of these, mainly about the continuing disruption brought by technology to our space, but also about the impact of perceived failures in polling accuracy, changes in consumer behavior, economic factors, and evolving business processes that will continue to reshape our industry.
The tale is one of the many stories that populate Mazur’s new book, “Fluke,” in which he explores the probability of coincidences.
Mazur argues that most of the coincidences we experience -- like stumbling into a close friend halfway around the world, meeting someone with the same birthday, or even dreaming of an event before it happens -- can be explained by simple mathematics. If coincidences seem so surprising to us, it's because people often fail to understand how the basic laws of probability work.
A four-step approach. Yet despite all of the data available, people often struggle to convert it into effective solutions to problems. Instead, they fall prey to what Jim March and his coauthors describe as “garbage can” decision making: a process whereby actors, problems, and possible solutions swirl about in a metaphorical garbage can and people end up agreeing on whatever solution rises to the top. The problem isn’t lack of data inside the garbage can; the vast amount of data means managers struggle to prioritize what’s important. In the end, they end up applying arbitrary data toward new problems, reaching a subpar solution.
Of course, sometimes your instinct is right and it really is a bad decision, one that ignores inconvenient facts or expert advice in favor of the decision-maker’s internal beliefs. Some leaders believe themselves infallible, and some people won’t accept that they can’t get what they want until every possible approach — including the ridiculous — has failed. But a lot of decisions that might seem downright crazy to you make more sense than you suspect. Most of the time, when you don’t understand why a decision was made, it means that you don’t really understand the decision-maker’s goals or overall mandate. If you take a step back, you might be able to make sense of the situation.
The 14-year-old couldn't believe his eyes. The virtual currency he'd worked so hard to amass in the online role-playing game Runescape had vanished. He'd lost the equivalent of $700 in the blink of an eye, after investing his pocket money into the game's economy for months.
"Critical thinking skills truly matter in learning. Why? Because they are life skills we use every day of our lives. Everything from our work to our recreational pursuits, and all that’s in between, employs these unique and valuable abilities. Consciously developing them takes thought-provoking discussion and equally thought-provoking questions to get it going. Begin right here with the Critical Thinking Skills Cheatsheet.
It’s a simple infographic offering questions that work to develop critical thinking on any given topic. Whenever your students discover or talk about new information, encourage them to use these questions for sparking debate and the sharing of opinions and insights among each other. Together they can work at building critical thinking skills in a collaborative and supportive atmosphere."
The more information you have about your competitors, the better you can position your brand. First, you can identify opportunities. For example, you are an insurance company competing with 3 other firms in the area. Competitive analysis results show that none of them are active in social media. This knowledge allows you to own the social media space and pioneer a social media strategy to attract additional leads. Second, competitive analysis lets you prioritize efforts in areas you can make the most impact. Let’s face it; you cannot outplay your competitors on everything. What a competitive analysis does is give you a comparative data of your strengths and weaknesses vis-à-vis your competitors’ strengths and weaknesses. This way, you know what areas you can leverage on and which areas you need to step up your game.
Straight thinking can keep you running in circles, especially when planning for the age of disruption. So, what’s wrong with this traditional approach? Well, for one thing — and perhaps this is all you really need to know — it rarely succeeds, especially over the long haul. In a world awash in digital connectivity, disruptive innovations, political instability, cultural fragility, continuous interactive feedback loops, and exponentially evolving technologies, linear thinking is less and less effective for building even moderately effective mid-range strategies.
“Knowing everything” is impossible however creating an infrastructure of information/data which heightens your awareness of issues that are applicable to your situation can be improved. Here are six ways to improve your chances of asking the right questions.
Via Bonnie Hohhof
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