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Valeria Maltoni
Works at Conversation Agent - http://bit.ly/bestrategic
Attended University of Bologna
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The more we read, the better we learn how others see the world.
A dozen books exploring people and their stories, facets of cognition, and our humanity. I'm rereading Quiet: the Power of Introverts in a World that Can't Stop Talking by Susan Cain We tend to think that becoming more extroverted not only makes us more successful, but also makes us better people. The reality is eye opening and much more nuanced. Something the sensitive people among us would fully appreciate. For example, peer pressure is not onl...
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The more powerful one feels, the worse, typically, their perspective-taking abilities become.
Dan Pink has spent the past two decades trying to understand how people work, how organizations function and in particular how we can use social science —psychology, economics, linguistics, etc.— to do things a little better. In his 2016 Commencement Address at Georgetown, Pink shares one piece of research to help soon-to-be graduates learn one important lesson. To keep with the experiential learning nature of education at Georgetown, he recreate...
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We tend to see what we expect to see and it takes effort to get into the habit of questioning what we think we see. When we reach out to others to learn what they see and experience, we gain perspective and a deeper appreciation of the problem.
“When you risk little, you can’t be disappointed if you don’t excel. You are not failing to thrive; you just aren’t trying.” [Ambassador Samantha Power] To live fully and leave the world in a better place that we found it, we have to get close to the action. This is the message Ambassador Power gives the Yale class of 2016 after sharing a personal story of how she found her path. The story is an example in contrasts —over here she getting by in s...
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We have plenty of tools to document and track things, and to assign tasks to people. Yet much of the planning, predicting, and analyzing is aimed at trying to control rather than understand.
“For fragmentation is now very widespread, not only throughout society, but also in each individual, and this is leading to a kind of general confusion of the mind, which creates an endless series of problems and interferes with our clarity of perception so seriously as to prevent us from being able to solve most of them... The notion that all these fragments are separately existent is evidently an illusion, and this illusion cannot do other than...
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When we study extroverts, we learn about the importance of the external environment.
What makes an individual who they are? How do they develop their personality? Cambridge research professor Brian Little focuses on moments when we transcend the traits psychologists study. We do it because our culture demands it, or because we demand it. Trait psychology looks at people along five dimensions —1./ open vs. closed to experience; 2./ conscientious vs. lackadaisical; 3./ extroverted vs. introverted; 4./ agreeable vs. non-agreeable; 5...
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It turns out that having the options at our disposal does not equal taking the option.
But there is a deeper truth than just information overwhelm at the root of this particular puzzle.
When we search for an item, the list of entries our browser brings back to us is more or less a self-fulfilling prophecy —the list of items most linked to, searched by and clicked on as a result of our own search behavior and the average of the people around us. The business model of search engines is based on this data and at last look it's still quite vibrant. A very similar thing happens when we go to social networks to discover new things —ou...
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Our internal state of mind drives the quality of our life. When are interpretations of reality are inaccurate we try to fit reality into our worldview.
“Men are disturbed not by events but by their opinion about events.” [Epictetus] Culture is a powerful driver of value systems. We absorb the most during our formative years. The currents of thought, ways of doing things, and implicit or explicit rules they produce have enormous influence on how we relate to others and respond to events. Because they involve us at emotional level. Emotions drive our beliefs, which in turn lead us in how we interp...
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Clarity in communication is often a reflection of clarity of thought, which allows us to make better decisions about the relative importance of data and information.
Along with sincerity, clarity is one of our most valuable traits. When we can convey our thinking and answer questions with brevity and simply, we make it easier for others to understand us. An additional benefit is that we have a chance to stand out in a sea of words and create signal. The need to be concise and get to the point is greater where complexity meets expertise in one domain. Not only we should care for fact checking and precision, we...
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When we start with a good question, we can write a good invitation to connect, for example. Because we do want to be the person whose emails and messages are worthy of attention and not just feel entitled to it or take it for granted as part of the promise of a frictionless system where personal agency has been smoothed out.
With our pace anywhere from quick to ludicrous, as Mel Brooks would say, we tend to skim the surface of most things and situations. For many, this is a survival mechanism, until it becomes a habit and keeps us from the actual physical experience of living. Sir Ken Robinson would quip that we use our bodies as transport systems for our heads. Charlie Munger would probably add we think too little, using our heads mostly as calculating apparatus. We...
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It reminds us of the challenge in putting back together many established networks when we tear them apart because they stopped functioning properly due to change in the surrounding context —the organization being a prominent example.
Hungarian physicist Albert-László Barabási wrote about the new science of networks prior to the founding of Facebook. His account of how everything is connected to everything else is remarkably accurate 13 years later, when the science of networks has taken on a greater role in explaining what the world looks like. In Linked: How Everything Is Connected to Everything Else and What It Means for Business, Science, and Everyday Life Barabási helps u...
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Anthropologists have a dozen characteristics that make them good at what they do.
“Because we think we know, we stop looking.” [Alan Judd] There is still plenty of opportunity in the gaps between what we say and what we do, between what we want and what we actually need, and in good experiences. In The Ten Faces of Innovation IDEO's Tom Kelley and Jonathan Littman say the people who are most valuable in organizations have a solid grounding in the social sciences. Subjects like linguistics, cognitive psychology, and/or anthropo...
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When something becomes the only lens through which we see the world, we are in danger of messing up with our own mind.
“From 1733 to 1758, Ben Franklin dispensed useful and timeless advice through Poor Richard's Almanack. Among the virtues extolled were thrift, duty, hard work, and simplicity. Subsequently, two centuries went by during which Ben's thoughts on these subjects were regarded as the last word. Then Charlie Munger stepped forth.” [Warren Buffett] In a Commencement Speech at USC Law in May 2007, Charlie Munger set the tone by acknowledging the importanc...
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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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