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Valeria Maltoni
Works at Conversation Agent - http://bit.ly/bestrategic
Attended University of Bologna
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Kids are the ideal readers of literary fiction because they can get to that place more easily. But adults can re-learn from them how imagination and a willing suspension of disbelief enrich our lives.
Many of the stories we read as children open new worlds to us. By cultivating this interior space we call imagination, we learn to weave together ideas we get with situations we face in the world. What is real? It depends on who we ask more than we'd like to admit. Mac Barnett is the author of fifteen books for children. He was the executive director of 826LA, a nonprofit writing center, and founded the Echo Park Time Travel Mart, a convenience s...
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The Wright brothers had insight into, and a reverence for, quantitative empirical data that was unique in aeronautical engineering at that time.
“Heavier than air flying machines are impossible.” [Lord Kelvin, President Royal Society, 1885] On a winter day in 1903, in a remote spot called Kitty Hawk the Wright Brothers were the first to fly a motor-powered airplane. It had taken them four years to get there. They also understood how much they still needed to do, learn, and experiment. By pursuing their act of curiosity, the two brothers from Dayton, Ohio changed aviation history. In The W...
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The link to competence is based on physical dominance. Leaning in is a low dominance pose, for example. Which is why it makes for a bad metaphor if we seek to provide advice to groups that are already facing an uphill battle in perception.
In a paper on Warmth and Competence as Universal Dimensions of Social Perception published with Susan Fiske and Peter Glick, Amy Cuddy presents a framework that synthesizes how individuals and groups perceive a combination of these traits to determine status as they decide whether to collaborate or compete with someone. We use warmth and competence as human data to decide who to trust because they help us answer two critical live saving questions...
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Grandin's advocacy for understanding different ways of thinking contributes greatly to our understanding and appreciation of the nuances necessary to learning.
Temple Grandin is an expert on animal behavior. She has designed humane handling systems for half the cattle-processing facilities in the US. The culmination of almost thirty years of research, experimentation, and experience her Animals Make Us Human teaches us to challenge our assumptions about animal contentment. At an emotional level, she says, we have more in common with our animal friends than we think. “All animals and people have the same...
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When procrastination hurts us the most.
“To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.” [Oscar Wild] We all suffer from bouts of procrastination, and we may not even be aware of when these instances occur and understand how they hurt us until it's too late. It's become common practice to focus on deconstructing the habits of original thinkers and successful people to find methods and practices we can emulate and adopt. But we rarely look at the habits we hav...
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In business, it's our job not just to read, but to notice, not just to see, but to observe to make sense of our work.
Intellectual curiosity and spirit of inquiry are part of the same continuum. There isn't a switch that activates one and keeps the other off. Rather, when we pursue inquiry we cultivate our ability to increase the number and richness of connections in our minds. Warren Buffet is a widely known example in the business world. In a recent WSJ article#, the chairman of Berkshire Hathaway comments on the reading habits of a young investment manager wh...
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A body of work includes many years of deliberate practice before it becomes the solid foundation upon which we learn to solve new problems, carving one module at a time, building our way into new combinations.
Bill Evans was a classically-trained American Jazz pianist. In a rare recorded interview from the '60's on the creative process#, he says: “It’s better to do something simple which is real. It’s something you can build on because you know what you’re doing. Whereas, if you try to approximate something very advanced and you don’t know what you’re doing, you can’t build on it.” To further explain the concept of starting from what we know when solvi...
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Understanding history and where we came from, can go a long way at helping us create the best possible future.
Neal Stephenson is an author of speculative fiction who weaves minutely detailed historical and technical information into his complex stories, usually combining it with a wicked sense of humor. His ground-breaking novels include Snow Crash, which weaves virtual reality with Sumerian myth, Cryptonomicon, which leaps forward and back between World War II and the World Wide Web, and Anathem, which transports readers into an alternate universe where...
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Yes, always amazes how history keeps repeating itself. So many bad things could be avoided if people would learn from history.
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Because of our biases and assumptions, we learn more from the feedback we receive from others. Which takes some parsing, as others are also focused on self.
We are constantly pressed to do more with less, or to become better at producing more of the things that get us greater results. We want to spend more of our time doing things that work and less on failing. To do that, we need to become more of what we are. Because of our biases and assumptions, we learn more from the feedback we receive from others. Which takes some parsing, as others are also focused on self. Our methods should helps us experim...
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An in depth look at why systems thinking is not getting the systems to do the thinking for us... exactly.
In an attempt to manage risk tightly, most organizations still have an industrial approach to hiring. This involves the formulation of increasingly more detailed task-oriented long descriptions of to do things for individual positions, which are then entered into systems still configured to spit out form letters in response to input. Sometimes the content of the letter is out of sync with the actual experience —for example, when a note says: “Tha...
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What are the three characteristics originals have in common?
1. Quick to start, slow to finish —we don't have to be first; we just have to be different and better
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After years of studying the dynamics of success and productivity in the workplace, Adam Grant discovered a powerful and often overlooked motivator —helping others. Grant's message resonates deeply at Conversation Agent. In Originals: How Non Conformists Rule the World Adam Grant set out to understand a group of people who take initiative, bring creative ideas to life, and thus become successful. He called them originals: Originals are nonconformi...
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Grazie/Thanks !! +Valeria Maltoni​
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The most demanding part of the work in developing a point of view as an organization is that it cannot make up the deficiencies in collecting facts, doing the analysis, and using logic by papering over them with buzzwords.
When we ask for someone's point of view on a topic or subject, what we mean is the opinion or feelings they have from their experience or situation. Point of view is the angle of considering things. The philosophical aspect of point of view is perspective. In their work, Heraclitus and Parmenides discussed the relation between “appearance” and reality —as in what is appearance, what is reality, and the relationships between the two. In literature...
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    Most organizations struggle with two problems: not creating the right products or services, and not reaching the right people. We translate big “S” Strategy into action strategy using learning to build contextual understanding of your brand and its relationships, including customers and their networks and create advantage for your business. Our framework is built on observation and orientation to lead to decision and action.
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Conversation Agent | Make sense. Make do. Make it.
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strategist - design of service/product experiences to help businesses rediscover the value of promises and its effect on relationships + culture. 

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Publisher #LearningHabit | Strategist | passionate about digital, brands, creativity, culture, languages.
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  • University of Bologna
    linguistics
  • Villanova University
    marketing
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