If Russ Ackoff had given a TED Talk

Understanding Dr. Ackoff’s 1994 thoughts on systems thinking are essential in 2017 and beyond

It seems we haven’t learned much from intellectual giants like Russ Ackoff and W. Edwards Deming. In this short video, Dr. Ackoff destroys our current understanding of how we manage companies and how we proport to educate students. His comments are pointed and topical even more than 20 years after they were made.

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The Greatest Myth about Math Education 

Great piece from the Foundation for Economic Education

Math is important, but… even numbers-centric people, like engineers or actuaries, report that they use Excel and eighth grade mathematics in their day to day jobs. This article points out that many companies use degrees with high level math thinking as convenient filtering mechanisms. I’ve said for some time now that statistics should replace calculus at the top of the high school learning tree. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a huge fan of calculus. Without calculus, the modern world as we know it might not exist. But, I have never had someone try to fool/influence me or others with calculus. If world citizens had a better understanding of statistics, we would not be so easily fooled by those seeking to get our votes or our money.

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Higher mathematics should be offered and taken by those who need it, or want it; but never required of all students.

Source: The Greatest Myth about Math Education | Foundation for Economic Education

Surprisingly Simple Ways You Can Trick Your Brain Into Focusing

This is a great read from Fast Company’s  Gwen Moran. Like many things in life, getting our brains to focus better is somewhat counter-intuitive.

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Surprisingly Simple Ways You Can Trick Your Brain Into Focusing

This research-based approach has shown improvements in brain function in as little as 12 hours.

What separates strategic, visionary thinkers from the rest of us? And why do we tend to worry about our ability to remember names—or where our keys are—rather than loss of cognitive memory that makes great performers?

These were questions that puzzled Sandra Bond Chapman, founder and chief director of the Center for Brain Health at the University of Texas—Dallas. She wondered if high-level cognitive function could be taught or improved and set about figuring out how to do so. As a result, she and her team have developed Strategic Memory Advanced Reasoning Training (SMART), a research-based brain training program that they claim can improve focus, memory, and cognitive function, starting with just nine hours of training.

Here’s the entire article: Surprisingly Simple Ways You Can Trick Your Brain Into Focusing | Fast Company | Business + Innovation



Six Brain Hacks To Learn Anything Faster

This is a great piece from Stephanie Vozza at FastCompany.com

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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.

Click here for more: Six Brain Hacks To Learn Anything Faster | Fast Company | Business + Innovation