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



The 5 dissent tactics of employees and how to deal with them

We often hear about ways to constructively engage employees. This post takes a bit of a different approach. It discusses employees who feel that the organization has wronged, or mistreated them in some way. It looks at what are referred to as “psychological breaches” and how they impact an organization.

I really like this approach by David Wilkinson in this 27 May 2016 post at The Oxford Review blog.

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The 5 dissent tactics of employees and how to deal with them

It is estimated that somewhere between 50 and 70% of employees, will, at some point in their employment feel that the organisation has wronged, mistreated or let them down in some way.

These issues are referred to as psychological contract breaches. This is where an employee feels that the organisation has failed to fulfil its obligations to them. Over the years there has been a considerable amount of research attention looking at these psychological contract breaches and their effect.

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Source: The 5 dissent tactics of employees and how to deal with them – The Oxford Review – The Oxford Review Blog

How Granular should my (Personal) Kanban Board be?

Lots of us use a personal kanban to visualize our daily work. Kanban is a great way to see what you’re doing and what needs to be done. This article addresses a couple of real problems with kanban. How do I handle different types of tasks? What is the ‘right’ level of detail? I found this useful and I hope you will too.

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This question comes up not only in Personal Kanban but also for teams and enterprise (portfolio) kanban boards as well. It is a great question – and quite often tricky to answer! What should be the level of work breakdown that gets visualized on the Kanban board? Should each card on your Kanban board be a project or a mini-project? Or should be each task that you can think of that you need to do at the lowest (smallest duration) level?

Click the link to continue to the article: How Granular should my (Personal) Kanban Board be? | The #1 Blog on Agile, Kanban and Project Management – Digite

Stop Telling People What To Do — David Marquet

More great insights from David Marquet!

Leadership Nudge™ – STOP TELLING PEOPLE WHAT TO DO This week’s Leadership Nudge comes from my visit to France. I was in Saint-Tropez where I saw some incredibly beautiful sail boats. I am always amazed at how well the crews function when sailing these magnificent craft. When these guys round the mark there’s not a lot…

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Six Brain Hacks To Learn Anything Faster

This is a great piece from Stephanie Vozza at

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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