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It has long been known to the scientific world that, if we do not "use" our brain, we lose it. This "it" they are talking about is our ability to think for ourselves.
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Brain power: why using it helps stop losing it

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AuthorMichael Valenzuela

Associate Professor & Leader of Regenerative Neuroscience Group, Brain & Mind Research Institute at University of Sydney


“Use it or lose it” is a catch-cry that applies to the brain as well as the body. For some time now, researchers have known that, in general, people who stay more mentally active throughout their lives tend to have a lower risk of developing dementia in their later years. Why this is has been much less clear.


Research my group has recently published sheds light on this interesting and potentially very powerful biology. We started off with a broad interest in “cognitive lifestyle”, a term used to describe a person’s lifetime patterns of learning new things, engaging with others, and challenging the mind.


In this study, cognitive lifestyle was measured by asking each person about their educational experiences, classifying how complex and demanding the main job was during their working years, and more currently, how often they were catching up with family and friends.


The study


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VIDEO: Fox News Reporter Shrugs Off 4-Minute Attack Ad Aired By His Network

VIDEO: Fox News Reporter Shrugs Off 4-Minute Attack Ad Aired By His Network | USE IT, OR LOSE IT! | Scoop.it

by LEE FANG, Republic Report

 

Fox News has taken flak for airing a four-minute political attack ad against President Obama during its regular programming this week. The ad wasn’t purchased by any outside group; it was simply produced by the network and aired as part of regular Fox News content. Though the network has tried to deflect criticism for the ad by blaming an associate producer, we tried to get more direct answers.

 

Yesterday on Capitol Hill, Republic Report ran into Griff Jenkins, an on-air reporter for Fox News. Although he covers politics and campaigns for the network, Jenkins told us he had no opinions on the ad and couldn’t comment. Asked about how average Americans can ever have their voice heard if billionaires and multi-billion dollar corporations continue to expand their role in shaping elections, Jenkins incredulously told Republic Report’s Zaid Jilani, “I don’t know, but I’m glad you’re looking into it!”

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Judy Zitko's comment, June 3, 2012 5:46 AM
Glad to hear a Fox political reporter was happy to have someone looking into the problem of corporations shaping political elections. Wish someone would say that on mainstream media.
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Leadership Is a Conversation

by Boris Groysberg and Michael Slind, "The Magazine", Harvard Business School

Leadership Is a Conversation


The command-and-control approach to management has in recent years become less and less viable.


Globalization, new technologies, and changes in how companies create value and interact with customers have sharply reduced the efficacy of a purely directive, top-down model of leadership. What will take the place of that model? Part of the answer lies in how leaders manage communication within their organizations—that is, how they handle the flow of information to, from, and among their employees.


Traditional corporate communication must give way to a process that is more dynamic and more sophisticated. Most important, that process must be conversational.


We arrived at that conclusion while conducting a recent research project that focused on the state of organizational communication in the 21st century.


Over more than two years we interviewed professional communicators as well as top leaders at a variety of organizations—large and small, blue chip and start-up, for-profit and nonprofit, U.S. and international. To date we have spoken with nearly 150 people at more than 100 companies. Both implicitly and explicitly, participants in our research mentioned their efforts to “have a conversation” with their people or their ambition to “advance the conversation” within their companies. Building upon the insights and examples gleaned from this research, we have developed a model of leadership that we call “organizational conversation.”

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The Human Brain: Friend or Foe? - Forbes

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ForbesWoman 5/29/2012 Work in Progress, Career talk for Women, Author, Holly Green, Contributor


Not long ago, Car and Driver Magazine conducted a test to compare normal driver braking times against “impaired” braking conditions, such as drinking, texting, or checking email while driving.


The test involved a driver going 70 miles per hour (on a straight course) who was instructed to hit the brakes as soon as he saw a red light come on. The results were surprising – and sobering.


When compared to normal braking time, driving at the legally drunk limit added four feet to the unimpaired braking distance. Reading an email added 36 feet. Sending a text added an astonishing 70 feet. Way more than enough to make the difference between life and death!


Clearly, it makes no sense to check email or engage in texting while driving. It puts our own lives in danger as well as the lives of others. So why do we do it?

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A Sign of a Strong Leader by Stephan De Villiers

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Written by Stephan De Villiers, "Inspiration, Leadership" SwitchandShift.com


People need to be trained to think. It may sound strange, because doesn’t thinking come rather naturally?


The truth is very few people actually learn to think in terms of problem solving. Thinking skills like lateral thinking, thinking out of the box and analytical thinking, unfortunately does not come without training.


As a leader it is your job to help people to develop these skills. At first it will take a lot of effort and will not be easy, especially if your organization has a culture of dependency. It will also take effort from your side, because you will have to trust people to come up with solutions and make the right decisions.


You will have to deal with wrong decisions and mistakes as part of the growing pains.

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