Archive | October, 2013

Spark Creativity: Seeing Green, Daydreaming & Mind Wandering

30 Oct

 

Walking away from a problem to do simple, routine tasks, and letting the mind wander in the process, can spark creative new connections or approaches to solving dilemmas.

 

Also, drinking beer and massive creative stimulus followed by total solitary confinement.

Check out the article and video in the WSJ

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Third of Three: Relationships, Roles, Organizations and Lives

23 Oct

 

 

 

 

Beginning with the idea that an attitude is a combination of cognition and emotion and demonstrating that attitudes are learned and can be motivating or otherwise is a series of three articles that are thematic.  These show how attitudes are related to relationships and how relationships are the basic building blocks of roles, roles of organizations and organizations of effective lives. This is a simple and powerful way to think of the elements necessary to lead a productive and satisfying life.  Check them out:

Attitudes are major motivators

Relationships are the starting point to understand your life.

Linking relationships, roles and organizations gives a model for understanding our lives

Fail To Success

16 Oct

 

Occasionally I see an article that tickles my funny bone (wherever that is). Scott Adams has such an article in the WSJ last week entitled Scott Adam’s Secret of Success: Failure.  Here are some of his main points: Beware of advice from successful people, you are not them and the world is very complex. Be careful of where following your passion leads you. Use systems not goals. Luck is important and he suggests some ideas about how to improve your luck. Read the article, it’s full of good advice and it’s a hoot.

PS: There is a great video interview with him in the link.

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23 signs of introversion

9 Oct

 

Many of you know that I am interested in introversion-extraversion.  It is one of the “Big 5” personality constructs derived from many years of personality testing with a variety of instruments.  Also, people seem to be doing quite a bit of writing about it these days.  GOTO:

https://langhorne.wordpress.com/2012/04/11/introversion-5-spend-a-little-time-inside-your-head/

for a charming TED video of Susan’ Cain’s book: The Power of Introverts. Or GOTO http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hYn6NeWemVw for a 4 minute with her.

 

However, there is some confusion about shyness and introversion. SHYNESS AND INTRAVERSION ARE NOT THE SAME THING.  Read the article and watch the 4 minute video.

 

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Human Behavior is Reciprocal

2 Oct

 

or what you give is what you get.  Self-esteem is a result of behavior, not a cause.  This is why in the absence of competence, respect or integrity, self-esteem development is a behavioral dead-end.  People who believe they are competent, respectful or honest when they are not are likely to have that belief pounded out of them by reality.  Fortunately reality, if you pay attention, is a very good teacher.  If two parties in a failed relationship are both working on rebuilding the relationship, the outcome will likely be quite satisfactory to both.  These comments were catalyzed by a recent article in the WSJ entitled How to Handle a Run on the Friendship Bank.  Take the time for a good read.

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