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Daniel Durrant
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Ditch deadlines for optimal creativity and insight

"[I]nsight is unconscious and automatic — it can’t be rushed.

"When the process runs to completion in its own time and all the dots are connected unconsciously, the solution pops into awareness as an Aha! moment."
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"The conclusions come from a series of experiments in which people had to solve puzzles that required flashes of insight."
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"Deadlines are helpful to keep people on task, but if creative ideas are needed, it’s better to have a soft target date."

The study was published in the journal Thinking & Reasoning (Salvi et al., 2016).

#Creativity #Insight #psychology #mind hT +Michael Josefowicz
Two rules for generating really creative, breakthrough ideas.
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#CC  
On this thread at my stream, answering to your Q::
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//Kika Pott Hey. Yeah, that's nuts. 
BTW 
when/where I can buy a copy of your book?
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Hi Dan, so so sorry for being so late. But because of you, I asked my Spanish editor on the reedition of the book you've asked for in English and... unfortunately she told me that there is no date at the moment to publish it again.
Meanwhile, my best friend +João Lacerda Seixas  reminded me of a mockup we did back on 2006 when the actual editor had firstly the idea for the book in flash. We are going to republish it with CC, creative commons' licensing but you can take a peek to see if you like the illos. This version is audio and in Spanish and in low res but have fun. I am going to digitize my illustrations but I am sick due to a rewiring in my brain. If sometimes I behave uncannily it's because I can only see parts of reality and my mac's buttons. Horrifying. Link:: http://lab.dfx.net/imaginarium/
Hold there and don't write for a while, I'm trying to deal with a client and life and it is chaotic, he he.
==  ░L░o░V░e░❥─❥⊱♡✿⊱╮
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Language is literally "a reef of dead metaphor"

This author makes some great points about the use (and misuse) of "literally," reminding us that so much of the language we use to communicate has 'roots' in metaphor.

"When we’re being figurative, we say “it was a million miles away”, meaning “I walked for hours.” When we’re being literal, a million miles away is somewhere between the moon and Mars."
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"Guy Deutscher, a linguist at the University of Manchester, calls all language “a reef of dead metaphor”. Most of the time we do not realise that nearly every word that comes out of our mouths has made some kind of jump from older, concrete meanings to the ones we use today. This process is simple language change. Yesterday’s metaphors become so common that today we don’t process them as metaphors at all."

#metaphor #communication #language
Almost everything is a metaphor, even the word "literally"
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Organizations Within

"[E]ach employee has a whole version of the organization within themselves. While employees are parts of the system objectively, they also embody a system. In other words, any one person from the CEO to the front-line employee, holds within themselves a version of the whole organization. However expansive or limited, that representation is formed of their understandings, associations, experiences, and everyday dealings with others. We posit that these ‘inner organizations’ — when understood in combination — are the most real expression of the organization that one can locate. An organization is best understood through the aggregate levels of human experience. These are the organizational ecosystems.

"In this way, there are no organizational structures, but only practices which, overtime, coalesce into the feeling of a structure through repetition. Thus the most vital intervention into an organization is through these ‘inner organizations’ — and that happens from the inside-out."

#BuildResilience #wellbeing #HumanResources

HT +Inma VP
by Dara Blumenthal and Nathan Snyder
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Defensive Pessimism

"[S]cientists don’t necessarily find virtue in pure, unadulterated pessimism. Rather, they find benefits in what they call “defensive pessimism.” This is a strategy, as summarized by The Wall Street Journal, where people "lower their expectations and think through all the possible negatives that could happen in order to avoid them.” Frieder R. Lang, author of the Psychology & Aging study mentioned above, told WSJ, “Those who are defensively pessimistic about their future may be more likely to invest in preparatory or precautionary measures, whereas we expect that optimists will not be thinking about those things.”

#ReduceRisk #DecisionMaking #psychology
These days, you don't really hear many people making the case for pessimism. Quite the contrary, positive psychology is now en vogue. And its founder, University of Pennsylvania psychology professor Martin Seligman, has written bestsellers with titles like Learned Optimism:
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The very basis of "risk avoidance."
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Cognitive Overload & The Focus Movement

The author describes cognitive overload as "one of the most insidious, productivity-sapping maladies afflicting today's managers."

"Some chief executive clients of Icebreaker had banked up to 70,000--yes, 70,000--unread messages."
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"Gloria Mark, a professor of informatics at the University of California, Irvine, says a worker distracted by something like a Web search gone wild or a new text popping up on the phone can take about 25 minutes to return to the task at hand."
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" At Google, employees take courses that help sharpen attention skills. At smaller companies such as Zumba and Box, the founders have devised their own methods, including putting aside large blocks of time to reflect, far from the madding crowd."
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"Why is focus so important to success? Academics such as Nobel Prize-winning neuroscientist Eric Kandel say the best way to understand your competition, learn from your employees, chart a long-term strategy, or innovate is to have the mental discipline to home in on what really matters to your business. Only by intensely concentrating can you link new ideas and facts "meaningfully and systematically with knowledge already well established in memory," Kandel writes in his 2006 book In Search of Memory. Simply put, if you have the presence of mind to absorb new data, trends, and events -- and then synthesize them with what you already know -- you will be more likely to formulate the breakthrough idea."
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"In his latest book, Focus: The Hidden Driver of Excellence, [psychologist Daniel] Goleman explores why people become distracted in the first place. In layman's terms, he explains that the prefrontal cortex of our brain, the outer layer that controls your executive functions--concentrating, planning, and synthesizing--is in a constant tug-of-war with the deeper, more atavistic sector where your impulses arise."
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"One approach to improve your concentration, says Goleman, is to make yourself aware of the three basic types of focus you apply from time to time: inner, other, and outer. Inner focus is the ability to listen to your deepest self, your "true north." Who are you, what are your values, why are you doing the work you're doing?"
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"Entrepreneurship professor Steve Blank, who teaches at Columbia, Stanford, and Berkeley and has co-founded four Silicon Valley startups, including MIPS Technologies, says Goleman's framework is perfect for entrepreneurs. Blank says leaders who can focus inwardly have a competitive advantage: They can function in turmoil--like great generals who can see through the fog of battle. "When a company is young and growing, it can be chaotic. In the same way, a good general knows a battle never goes according to plan so he needs to have the composure and focus to do triage in real time.""

#TodaysChallenges #Managers #BuildResilience
#leadership #overload 
The Focus Movement is being embraced by entrepreneurs big and small. The payoff? A more productive workplace.
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Notes from a keynote address by bestselling author Jim Collins

The creativity of great leaders is inspired by data-driven insights.

"Great leadership begins with the right people, and then building a culture that can deal with the shocks of the environment.  And the most important managerial skill is picking the right people and putting them in the right seats.  So what does it take to lead in these times of turmoil? Greatness generally comes not from charisma, but character, choices and consistency over the long term.  So for great leadership, the most important characteristics to have are the humility and will associated with “Level 5” Leadership ambition, in addition to a 3-way combination of:

- Fanatical discipline,
- Empirical creativity,
- Productive paranoia.

One key linkage I made is with the point about emprirical creativity. It's the handmaiden of analytics.  And it seems that great leaders' fondness for analytics means that they make confident decisions and they also ask great questions.  When I think about great leaders, it's the thoughtful curiosity and engagement in the form of the questions they ask that stand out for me.  Think about strong leaders in your organization - what makes them great?"

#Analytics   #BuildResilience   #DecisionMaking   #DriveInnovation   #Managers    #creativity   #leadership   #culture  
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character, choices, consistency...with them charisma is not so important.  A person's character determines their fate.  Even good character can be swayed into bad choices so care must be taken to make the good choice--which is always right.
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Language and music meet at the neural crossroads

Fascinating.

"Language and music appear to be fundamentally more alike than you might think. A word in a sentence derives its meaning from the context. The same applies to a tone in a chord sequence or a piece of music. Language and music share the same brain region [known as Broca’s area] to create order in both processes: arranging words in a sentence and arranging tones in a chord sequence. Reading and listening at the same time overload the capacity of this brain region, known as Broca’s area, which is located somewhere under your left temple."

#language #music #reading   #cognition   #neuroscience

HT +Giorgio Bertini +Michael Josefowicz 
 
Difficult grammar affects music experience.Reading and listening to music at the same time affects how you hear the music. Language scientists and neuroscientists from Radboud University and the M
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+Daniel Durrant Hi 😀 I will be back in around one or two weeks and then we will keep talking. I am in a bit of a hurry now ... terrible sorry. I hate to dismiss people ... ❤️⚘⚘❤️ But read what you wrote, do not worry ...
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Professional mind maintenance 

Excellent lines of inquiry into the value of #mindfulness in the workplace. Worth the full read.  H/T +John Kellden 
 
A chorus of criticism has grown alongside mindfulness at work programs. But do they throw the mindful baby out with the corporate bath water?
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Awsome....
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Going Meta

"Psychologists and educational researchers, for example, stress how metacognition — the awareness and understanding of one’s own thought processes — is integral to enhanced learning and better decisions. Rigorous “thinking about thinking” boosts cognitive capabilities, and framing business competences and aspirations in meta-context invites ingenuity around their fundamentals."
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"Here’s an example: At a professional services firm rolling out KPI dashboards, a breakthrough came when a cross-functional design group and IT considered creating a KPI dashboard to manage KPI dashboards. What literally began as joking comments about “dashboard management” turned into creative debates around designing “master dashboards.” How could disparate KPIs be effectively aggregated and synthesized across the enterprise?

That macro-perspective fundamentally altered the mission. Designing KPI dashboards for KPI dashboards transformed how the team perceived its opportunity to impact top management, as well as individual users."

#DriveInnovation #DecisionMaking #leadership #metacognition 
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Rationality of Mindfulness

"The idea of becoming “one with it” sounds exotic and mystical, but it really means to accept [the emotion], and this is as much a rational process as a mindful one. Often, before we can deal more rationally with our stressors, we first need to un-stress about being stressed. We get anxious about our anxiety, get angry at ourselves for getting angry at someone else, or we simply try to shove our emotion into the dark, denying it all together."
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"Once we recognize it and accept it, we are already beginning the process of calming the set of feelings and fabrications that make up the emotion. As we observe the flow of thoughts, sensations, etc. that we identify as “anger” or “anxiety,” we begin to let them slow down and settle. Then, finally, we can let it go.

"Afterward, or if the emotion continues to arise, we can do what Thich Nhat Hanh calls "looking deeply” into the emotion. We ask ourselves, “What is this emotion?” and begin to look for its cause. Invariably, the cause originates in our view of the world—as an aspect of our view that is not in harmony with reality."

#mindfulness #emotions #psychology
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Mindfulness is a Buddhist term related to memory or remembering.

Mindfulness: "A mental factor that functions not to forget the object realized by the primary mind."

I'm not sure I understand what the psychology definition has to do with this.
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The Best Leaders Are Constant Learners
by +Kenneth Mikkelsen  +Harold Jarche 

Click the link to learn more about Personal Knowledge Mastery

"We live in a world that increasingly requires what psychologist Howard Gardner calls searchlight intelligence. That is, the ability to connect the dots between people and ideas, where others see no possible connection. An informed perspective is more important than ever in order to anticipate what comes next and succeed in emerging futures."
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"As we attempt to transition into a networked creative economy, we need leaders who promote learning and who master fast, relevant, and autonomous learning themselves. There is no other way to address the wicked problems facing us. If work is learning and learning is the work, then leadership should be all about enabling learning. In a recent Deloitte study, Global Human Capital Trends 2015, 85% of the respondents cited learning as being either important or very important. Yet, according to the study, more companies than ever report they are unprepared to address this challenge."
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"By seeking, sensing, and sharing, everyone in an organization can become part of a learning organism, listening at different frequencies, scanning the horizon, recognizing patterns and making better decisions on an informed basis."

#AnticipateChange   #DecisionMaking   #learning   #leadership  
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Great post Dan. "...we need leaders who promote learning and who master fast, relevant, and autonomous learning themselves". Elon Musk talks about 'Just In Time learning', and Aristotle's concept of first principles, "In other words, you have to get to know the tree's trunk, then branch out from there":
http://uk.businessinsider.com/elon-musk-how-to-learn-quickly-2015-1
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    Digital Environments, 2012 - 2013
    Web 2.0, Mobile Technology, Digital Literacy, Business Process Improvement, Project Management, Leadership, Organizational Identity, Sensemaking, Corporate Writing and Editing
  • University of Oregon
    International Communications, 2007 - 2011
    Globalization, Tribes and Identity, Journalism, Public Relations, Video Production, Ethics, Existentialism, Philosophy of Religion, Consumer Culture, French, Africa, Mind and Brain