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The Art of the Done List: Harnessing the Power of Progress

The Art of the Done List: Harnessing the Power of Progress | Knowledge Broker | Scoop.it

From carpenters to sculptors, makers end each workday with a physical object looking different than it did that morning. But what if you’re a knowledge worker? How do we know our level of progress when the fruits of our labors can be easily and quickly buried by our next task? 



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In Defense Of A Liberal Arts Degree

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People with degrees in subjects such as history and literature - and, yes, even philosophy - tend to possess many of the qualities, skill sets, and aptitudes that are in highest demand in my industries that rely on creative thinking and foresight. 

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The Science of How Memory Works

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In The Guardian of All Things: The Epic Story of Human Memory technology writer Michael S. Malone takes a 10,000-year journey into humanity’s understanding of our great cognitive record-keeper, exploring both its power and its ongoing perplexity.


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Malcolm Gladwell Talks at Google: David and Goliath

Malcolm Gladwell, discusses his latest book: "David and Goliath" at Google. 


In David and Goliath, Malcolm Gladwell challenges how we think about obstacles and disadvantages, offering a new interpretation of what it means to be discriminated against, or cope with a disability, or lose a parent, or attend a mediocre school, or suffer from any number of other apparent setbacks.

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The Stoic: 9 Principles to Help You Keep Calm in Chaos

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Observing individuals who lead a creative life, we can identify elements of expertise, grit, an understanding, and passion. What’s easy to overlook is the inner system within an individual—the set of principles that govern their mind and behavior. When failure ensues or the need to adapt is necessary, how does one respond? What do they tell themselves? In other words, what’s their philosophy?


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10 Online Tools for Better Attention & Focus

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Finding focus is rapidly becoming the biggest workplace challenge. We highlight a handful of apps to help cure internet addictions and better manage your time.

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6 Changes That Will Make You More Imaginative

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Originality is fundamental to innovation and the key to building sustainable businesses and brands. However, in order to innovate, we must move from the known to the unknown - we must dream.


Sadly, the metaskill of dreaming is not taught in business schools - or any other school for that matter. There is no “Dreaming 101” class. This is disheartening, especially in an age when innovation is often the dividing line between success and failure.


The good news is, dreaming can be harnessed for a specific purpose using applied imagination. Once we learn the skill of dreaming--of disassociating our thoughts from the linear and the logical--we can become wellsprings of originality.


While some people may be naturals in the realm of imagination, we can all improve our skills with deliberate practice.


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This article by Marty Neumeier - author of the wonderful book Metaskills: Five Talents for the Robotic Age - highlights six strategies for applied imagination that can help to trigger new ideas.


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The Psychology of Messiness: How Disorder Can Make You More Creative

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Kathleen Vohs, a marketing professor at the University of Minnesota with an extensive psychology background, believes that messier office spaces spur creativity. Here's the evidence.


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Why Aren't We More Compassionate?

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In this TED Talk Daniel Goleman, author of Emotional Intelligence, asks why we aren't more compassionate more of the time.

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The Science of Character

While virtues have been around since Aristotle, two seminal psychologists from the University of Pennsylvania, Martin Seligman and the late Chris Peterson, undertook research to identify the universal traits that are best about human beings. They combed through nearly 2,500 years of history to identify six core “virtues” found across religions, cultures, nations, and belief systems.

The virtues that made the cut were wisdom, courage, humanity, justice, temperance, and transcendence. Each virtue contains three to five character strengths, with a total of 24 topping the list. You, just like every other person you work with, have five “signature” strengths - like a unique strain of DNA - that make up the “real you.”


If you're interested in learning more about it, check out award-winning director Tiffany Shlain's 8 minute film, The Science of Character.


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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, March 31, 2014 8:05 PM

These are great and timeless virtues. They are education.

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You can buy a set of strength cards based on these qualities - great for positive coaching!

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Brainswarming: Because Brainstorming Doesn't Work

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Something to watch before your next brainstorming session. 


Dr. Tony McCaffrey outlines a new way to generate ideas: Brainswarming. 


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1. Map is my favourite and more effective tool

2. Biomimetism is powerfull

so I Love Brainswarming

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Indecision Is Sometimes The Best Way To Decide

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Acting on gut feelings without agonising over alternative courses of action has been given scientific credibility by popular books such as Malcolm Gladwell’s Blink, in which the author tries to convince us of ‘a simple fact: decisions made very quickly can be every bit as good as decisions made cautiously and deliberately’.


But what if the allure of decisiveness were leading us astray? What if flip-flopping were adaptive and useful in certain scenarios, shepherding us away from decisions that the devotees of Blink might end up regretting?


Might a little indecision actually be a useful thing?




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Taking a Closer Look at Health Benefits of Meditation

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Meditation research has come a long way since the first scientific study on meditation was published in a peer-reviewed journal in 1971 . 


Now there are over 1,000 published studies on various meditation practices, with over 600 studies on the Transcendental Meditation technique alone.

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Meditation fills a need that women crave: to carve out time for themselves "to rest, to restore, to settle in

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How Successful Networks Nurture Good Ideas

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We write the equivalent of 520 million books every day on social media and email. The fact that so many of us are writing — sharing our ideas, good and bad — has changed the way we think. Just as we now live in public, so do we think in public.



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John Michel's curator insight, March 30, 2014 8:43 AM

Studies have found that the effort of communicating to someone else forces you to pay more attention and learn more.

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I think in Private but I make mistakes in public 

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Does Thinking Fast Mean You’re Thinking Smarter?

Does Thinking Fast Mean You’re Thinking Smarter? | Knowledge Broker | Scoop.it

As a society we certainly equate speed with smarts. Think fast. Are you quick-witted? A quick study? A whiz kid? Even Merriam-Webster bluntly informs us that slowness is “the quality of lacking intelligence or quickness of mind.”


But we also recognize something counterintuitive about accepting full-stop that people who react faster are smarter. That’s why, even though athletic training improves reaction time, we wouldn’t scout for the next Einstein at a basketball game. Intelligence probably has a lot to do with making fast connections, but it surely has just as much to do with making the right connections.

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mixmaxmin's curator insight, March 29, 2014 5:31 PM

Interesting article, thanks. Worth reading in this context is Thinking Fast and Slow by Daniel Khaneman http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thinking,_Fast_and_Slow

 

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The Secret Powers of Time

Renowned psychologist Professor Philip Zimbardo explains how our individual perspectives of time affect our work, health and well-being. 


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Brian Eno on Cowboys, Creativity and Surrender

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Brian Eno is one of the rare creative geniuses that allows people a glimpse into their creative process.  Few artists are candid about how they approach creativity and so when you hear someone sharing an insight about it, listen closely because you will find ways in which you can apply aspects of their process to what you are working on.

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The Fascinating Neuroscience Of Color

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This seemingly simple area of study offers insights into all sorts of behavior - from attention to decision-making.


Neuroscientist Bevil Conway thinks about color for a living.


An artist since youth, Conway now spends much of his time studying vision and perception at Wellesley College and Harvard Medical School.


His science remains strongly linked to art - in 2004 he and Margaret Livingstone famously reported that Rembrandt may have suffered from flawed vision - and in recent years Conway has focused his research almost entirely on the neural machinery behind color.

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Our rivals look ‘mindless’ until they’re a threat

Our rivals look ‘mindless’ until they’re a threat | Knowledge Broker | Scoop.it

We are less likely to humanize members of groups we don’t belong to—except, in certain cases, when it comes to members of the opposite political party.


A new study suggests that we are more prone to view members of the opposite political party as human if we view those individuals as threatening.

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The Daily Routines of Geniuses

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Juan Ponce de León spent his life searching for the fountain of youth. I have spent mine searching for the ideal daily routine. But as years of color-coded paper calendars have given way to cloud-based scheduling apps, routine has continued to elude me; each day is a new day, as unpredictable as a ride on a rodeo bull and over seemingly as quickly.


In a his 2013 book, Daily Rituals: How Artists Work. Author Mason Curry examines the schedules of 161 painters, writers, and composers, as well as philosophers, scientists, and other exceptional thinkers.


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You should also read Maria Popova's review of Daily Rituals on Brain Pickings here


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Practice Not As Important As Thought For Success

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A new study shows that the "10,000 hour rule" might be a lot less important than previously touted. 
In 1993, K. Anders Ericsson and his colleagues published a paper suggesting that practicing for 10,000 hours was how many people made it to the top of their fields. The paper, which looked at elite violinists at the Music Academy of West Berlin, was popularized by Malcolm Gladwell’s 2008 book “Outliers.” Gladwell again harped on the concept in a2013 New Yorker piece. Gladwell’s emphatic kicker stated, “In cognitively demanding fields, there are no naturals.”


A new study may give Gladwell pause. According to Popular Science, a scientific study published in the journal Intelligence states, ”we have empirical evidence that deliberate practice, while important, is not as important as Ericsson has argued it is — evidence that it does not largely account for individual differences in performance.” 


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Our Brains Deliberately Make Us Forget Things, To Prevent Insanity

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The ability to retain and recall information is an imperfect process even at the best of times - a shortcoming that now appears to be no accident. A new study shows that our brains are actively making us forget unimportant details, and that if it didn't, we'd probably go insane.


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What Fear Can Teach Us

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Imagine you're a shipwrecked sailor adrift in the enormous Pacific. You can choose one of three directions and save yourself and your shipmates -- but each choice comes with a fearful consequence too. How do you choose?


In her TED talk titled What fear can teach us Karen Thompson Walker explains how fear is like an unintentional story we tell ourselves. By learning how to read our fears and imagine possible futures, we can make smarter decisions.


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Show Your Work: Austin Kleon on the Art of Getting Noticed

Show Your Work: Austin Kleon on the Art of Getting Noticed | Knowledge Broker | Scoop.it

In 2012, artist Austin Kleon gave us Steal Like an Artist, a modern manifesto for combinatorial creativity that went on to become one of the best art books that year. He now returns with Show Your Work!


In the book Austin makes a strong case for daring, caring, and sharing: 


"The act of sharing is one of generosity — you’re putting something out there because you think it might be helpful or entertaining to someone on the other side of the screen."


"Almost all of the people I look up to and try to steal from today, regardless of their profession, have built sharing into their routine. These people aren’t schmoozing at cocktail parties; they’re too busy for that. They’re cranking away in their studios, their laboratories, or their cubicles, but instead of maintaining absolute secrecy and hoarding their work, they’re open about what they’re working on, and they’re consistently posting bits and pieces of their work, their ideas, and what they’re learning online. Instead of wasting their time “networking,” they’re taking advantage of the network. By generously sharing their ideas and their knowledge, they often gain an audience that they can then leverage when they need it — for fellowship, feedback, or patronage."


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Read Maria Popova's blog post on Brain Pickings about Austin new book. It's worth understanding how working out loud will get you noticed, provide you feedback, and enable you to learn in the process!


Entrepreneur had an interview with Austin Kleon last week related to his talk at SXSW14. You can read it here.



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8 Ways to Say No Without Hurting Your Image

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If you want something done, ask a busy person. The old saying rings true, but it also spells doom for that busy person. When you develop a reputation for being responsive and generous, an ever-expanding mountain of requests will come your way. This may be why Warren Buffett says: “The difference between successful people and very successful people is that very successful people say ‘no’ to almost everything.”


For those of us who enjoy being helpful—or just plain polite—this is no

easy task. Every “no” is a missed opportunity to make a difference and build a relationship. And if it comes across the wrong way to the wrong person, it’s also a surefire way to brand yourself as selfish and rude.


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Karen Bowden's curator insight, March 12, 2014 8:21 AM

1. The Deferral

2. The Referral

3. The Introduction

4. The Bridge

5. The Triage

6. The Batch

7. The Relational Account

8. The Learning Opportunity

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Thinker ★ Speaker ★ Writer ★ Leadership Adviser ★ Learning Designer ★ Neo-Generalist

Kenneth Mikkelsen is co-founder of FutureShifts. He helps visionary companies identify and tackle the big shifts in the world by cultivating the skills, mindsets, behaviours and organisational cultures needed to succeed in times of change.