Six Brain Hacks To Learn Anything Faster

This is a great piece from Stephanie Vozza at

bh 2016/09/27

Six Brain Hacks To Learn Anything Faster

Fast Company | Business + Innovation

Whether it’s a new technology, a foreign language, or an advanced skill, staying competitive often means learning new things. Nearly two-thirds of U.S. workers have taken a course or sought additional training to advance their careers, according to a March 2016 study by Pew Research Center. They report that results have included an expanded professional network, new job or different career path.

Being a quick learner can give you an even greater edge. Science proves there are six ways you can learn and retain something faster.

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Make Your Story Powerful

I just ran across this wonderful presentation by Nancy Duarte. She has a wonderfully engaging presentation style, but the best part of this talk is the analysis she uses to map a presentation. Watch this if you spend any amount of time trying to communicate to other people.

bh 2016/09/26

The Sherpa Shuffle — David Marquet

Another outstanding insights from David Marquet! Many of us are up to our ears in corporate cultural issues. I love this idea of linking the Sherpa Shuffle to change in an organization!
Thanks again David!
bh 2016/09/13

Leadership Nudge™ – SHERPA SHUFFLE This summer I spent a week hiking in the Swiss Alps. I had a full seven days to hike, think, learn, admire, and reflect, among other things. In my Leadership Nudge™ this week I want to share one of the things I learned and how it applies to changing your culture.…

via The Sherpa Shuffle — David Marquet

Representing data is the best way possible is art and science.

This is an interesting post by machine learning enthusiast Sachin Johglekar. Here’s a quote from the article.

Non-Mathematical Feature Engineering techniques for Data Science – Sachin Joglekar’s blog

Why do I say art/science? Because good Feature Engineering involves an elegant blend of domain knowledge, intuition, and basic mathematical abilities. Heck, the most effective data representation ‘hacks’ barely involve any mathematical computation at all! (As I will explain in a short while).

What do I mean by ‘best’? In essence, the way you present your data to your algorithm should denote the pertinent structures/properties of the underlying information in the most effective way possible. When you do feature engineering, you are essentially converting your data attributes into data features.

The article goes on to discuss ways that we present data. It’s thought provoking and definitely worth your time.

bh 2016-09-12

Communicating Change… ick

Change is hard, but communicating changes just stinks. This is a good piece about ways to communicate change using video. Have you used video to communicate change?
bh 8/15/2016

Three ways to use video to communicate change


Use video to communicate change, connect with audiences, and create a unified change story

We get it. Change is hard.

According to research, one of the main reasons change efforts fail in business is the lack of effective communication. If there’s anything that employees and clients dislike more than uncertainty, it’s silence.

Video is the richest, most engaging communication medium. It’s the opposite of silence. So when inevitable changes occur, video can help you cut through the perceived silence with powerful, nuanced communication.


Here are three ways you can leverage video to communicate change.

1. Live broadcasts 

Deliver short live interviews with employees or clients – use these events to address changes and the impact of new regulations, merger and acquisitions, staff changes, etc.

For example, there is a lot of uncertainty regarding post-Brexit vote outcomes in the UK and EU. Legal services and financial firms – and others – are leveraging video to reach their customers promptly to help them navigate Brexit. Live streaming video is a great way to interact with your employees and customers in real time. It keeps your organization agile and helps you reach targeted audiences across regions.

Make it personal  video brings the human side of the organization into change initiatives.

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The Danger of Comparison (from Launchpoint)

My daughter has a reminder from Theodore Roosevelt posted on her refrigerator:

Comparison is the thief of joy.

As I look back on my life, my unhappiest memories involve me comparing myself to others and anxiousness about where I “should” be. When I focus on where I am and try to improve from there, I am much happier and much more successful.

This is a great post and worth your time.


The Danger of Comparison

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.wpb_animate_when_almost_visible { opacity: 1; }</style&We’ve all watched the Olympic swimming rivalry play out between the USA’s Michael Phelps and South Africa’s Chad le Clos. The not-so-subtle jabs in the media between the two have spanned continents, from the London games all the way to Rio, and are credited with Phelps’s return to the sport from retirement.

phelps+faceFor those of you who haven’t been salivating over this story, le Clos narrowly beat Phelps in the 200 meter butterfly race during the London games and giving Phelps his first international loss. Phelps announced his retirement shortly after, with this one blemish on his nearly spotless competitive record. He watched le Clos dominate in the 200 meter fly race in international competition and eventually announced his return to the event stating the other swimmers really “are not that fast,” clearly taking a jab at his rival. That statement has unleashed a slew of back-and-forth comments from both parties in the news and on social media.

And since arriving in Rio, le Clos has been trying to psyche Phelps out, most notably while shadowboxing in front of Phelps as they wait for a qualifying race, launching a thousand memes featuring Phelps’s hilarious scowl.

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Leading through Transformation

EGM-TO-Candid-1New Opportunity! I am privileged to have begun working with our new team members from DirecTV as Team Lead for the Entertainment Group & Mobility (EGM) Tech Dev Transformation Office. We are responsible for organizational change management, leadership development,  monitoring and reporting of progress, and supporting leadership communication for the EGM Tech Dev organization.

In the picture above, I’m taping the latest edition of our TO: You video segments, where we communicate information tailored specifically to address the needs of our new DTV colleagues.

The folks in El Segundo have been incredibly hospitable and I will be spending a great deal of time in California this summer.

Bob Hubbard
Team Lead
Entertainment Group & Mobility –Transformation Office
M: 770.317.1841 / SfB: 470-277-6853
Twitter: @BobHubbardATL

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