alexanderhartley:

The other day I found an interesting article at my grandmother’s house about a mathematician named Pascal who had written a document called the Pensees. In this, I found a philosophy on intuitive thinking and mathematical thinking. Now this probably already sounds very boring, but it gets kind of…

Yoda Knows

 ”…fear of failure is one of the greatest reasons people procrastinate. When people are afraid their work may bring about derision and retribution, they are more likely to delay completing it.”

“Fear is the path to the dark side. Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering.”  - Yoda

Excerpts from Debunking the Myth that Jerk Bosses get Results by Rachel Gillet, Fast Company.

analyticisms:

#FridayFunFact: what happens within the Google universe in 60 seconds.  

Innovation can take place in many, often unexpected, forms.  Whether it be business models, products, services, or even twerking; Google is exemplary.

analyticisms:

#FridayFunFact: what happens within the Google universe in 60 seconds.  

Innovation can take place in many, often unexpected, forms.  Whether it be business models, products, services, or even twerking; Google is exemplary.

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I was eating at a local Chinese restaurant this week and upon eating my fortune cookie found this proverb, "The usefulness of a cup is in its emptiness."  This caused me to consider the value of age diversity in the workplace.  The value of the well experienced researcher is in their fullness of knowledge and experience, and hopefully, a willingness to share as their cup runneth over.  In contrast, the value of the newly minted researcher is in their emptiness of knowledge and experience.  Technically astute, yet with youthful exuberance and curiosity, the upstart is unconstrained by the knowledge and/or experiences that may limit the older worker.  How complimentary!  What a powerful combination! 

I was eating at a local Chinese restaurant this week and upon eating my fortune cookie found this proverb, "The usefulness of a cup is in its emptiness."  This caused me to consider the value of age diversity in the workplace.  The value of the well experienced researcher is in their fullness of knowledge and experience, and hopefully, a willingness to share as their cup runneth over.  In contrast, the value of the newly minted researcher is in their emptiness of knowledge and experience.  Technically astute, yet with youthful exuberance and curiosity, the upstart is unconstrained by the knowledge and/or experiences that may limit the older worker.  How complimentary!  What a powerful combination! 

Excellence is a Choice

 

“Excellence is never an accident. It is always the result of high intention, sincere effort, and intelligent execution; it represents the wise choice of many alternatives - choice, not chance, determines your destiny.”

 - Aristotle

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Bandwidth Poverty

'Princeton psychologist Eldar Shafir studies the brain on scarcity. Shafir states that it doesn’t matter what kind of scarcity you’re dealing with. When humans don’t have enough of something, that fact dominates their consciousness; at the exclusion of everything else.  Shafir says for the poor, constantly solving money problems takes up a huge amount of the their cognitive capacity — a limited resource.  There’s very little of it left to worry about things that are not right in front of your eyes … and then you start doing things you wish you hadn’t done. You don’t quite remember to do things on time. You don’t anticipate things that are going to happen tomorrow.’ (1)

This “bandwidth poverty” affects how the poor think.  However, the same applies to others under stress when experiencing extreme scarcity in their lives.  Managers need to be cognitive of the stress their people are under, whether personal or professional, as the same principles of bandwidth poverty apply.  This can manifest itself in unsafe work practices, poor quality workmanship, or lack of creative output.

The issue of bandwidth poverty should be on the table for organizations that are seeking to innovate in a fast paced work environment.  Understanding how to channel creative thought and energies are necessary for achievement as well as energizing a creative and productive workforce.

(1) paraphrased from an article by Laura Starecheski on NPR.org 

Fear of Change

When an innovation is being first introduced, it is always met with fierce resistance and ridicule by those who fear change. But in the end, action speaks louder than empty words and time will tell who is right and who is wrong. As history wills it, since then, Apple (AAPL) has risen to unprecedented heights through the success of the iPhone, while BlackBerry has faded into obscurity by stubbornly adhering to outdated traditions.” 

William Feng, Seeking Alpha, on how Corning is at risk to become the next “Blackberry” in its response to Apple’s coming introduction of Sapphire glass.

"What you think, you become
What you feel, you attract
What you imagine, you create"

— Buddha

"How Wolves Change Rivers" …by Sustainable Man

We often implement change in organizations with clear intentions, but more often than not, unintended consequences emerge; both good and bad.  This video is exemplary of the law of unintended consequences.  Now, if only they would reintroduce wolves to New Jersey!

Business is a game, and as with all games, the team that puts the best people on the field and gets them playing together wins. It’s that simple. - Jack Welch

Business is a game, and as with all games, the team that puts the best people on the field and gets them playing together wins. It’s that simple. - Jack Welch

“In rivers, the water that you touch is the last of what has passed and the first of that which comes; so with present time.”   - Leonardo da Vinci


…so it is with what we do in our lives.  Live in the moment and be mindful of what is happening in the present and not be distracted by the past or the future.  I believe this to be a key ingredient for exceptional creative thinking, whether it be painting the Mona Lisa or designing the next package for Kraft foods.

“In rivers, the water that you touch is the last of what has passed and the first of that which comes; so with present time.”   - Leonardo da Vinci

…so it is with what we do in our lives.  Live in the moment and be mindful of what is happening in the present and not be distracted by the past or the future.  I believe this to be a key ingredient for exceptional creative thinking, whether it be painting the Mona Lisa or designing the next package for Kraft foods.

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Expect The Unexpected
I use this phrase often and people will ask what I mean?  For me, it’s simply a recognition of uncertainty in our world and that while we may have expectations on how things will turn out, rarely do they follow the script we prescribe.  The observant one will watch for unexpected details to emerge and learn from them because it is in these unexpected clues where our understanding develops.  Be patient, be observant, don’t assume, suppress your bias, and allow the data to lead.  Be open to ideas that differ from your own and be willing to accept conclusions that are counter to your expectations.
Fun Fact:  Apparently, this phrase has been used at least as far back as Heraclitis (535 BC-475 BC).

Expect The Unexpected

I use this phrase often and people will ask what I mean?  For me, it’s simply a recognition of uncertainty in our world and that while we may have expectations on how things will turn out, rarely do they follow the script we prescribe.  The observant one will watch for unexpected details to emerge and learn from them because it is in these unexpected clues where our understanding develops.  Be patient, be observant, don’t assume, suppress your bias, and allow the data to lead.  Be open to ideas that differ from your own and be willing to accept conclusions that are counter to your expectations.

Fun Fact:  Apparently, this phrase has been used at least as far back as Heraclitis (535 BC-475 BC).

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Adaptable leaders expect the unexpected and continuously adjust to the changing conditions of their environment.  Avoid the rigidity of rules and the certainty of known solutions.  Embrace the ambiguity of the unknown and encourage your team’s discovery through questioning guidance, tolerance of thought, and encouragement of risk.  

Adaptable leaders expect the unexpected and continuously adjust to the changing conditions of their environment.  Avoid the rigidity of rules and the certainty of known solutions.  Embrace the ambiguity of the unknown and encourage your team’s discovery through questioning guidance, tolerance of thought, and encouragement of risk.  

Trust is the foundation upon which great leaders bring people together. It’s not something that comes easily; its not something you can delegate; nor is it something you can mandate.  Leaders must earn trust through their behaviors, integrity, and by impassioned commitment to their team.  Most of all, they earn it by standing for something.  If you stand for nothing, you can’t be trusted.

Trust is the foundation upon which great leaders bring people together. It’s not something that comes easily; its not something you can delegate; nor is it something you can mandate.  Leaders must earn trust through their behaviors, integrity, and by impassioned commitment to their team.  Most of all, they earn it by standing for something.  If you stand for nothing, you can’t be trusted.

Uncertainty

Sitting down by the highway
Looking down the road
Waiting for a ride
I don’t know where I’ve been
Wishing I could fly away
Don’t know where I’m going
Wishing I could hide
Oh God this is some shape I’m in
When the only thing that makes me cry
Is the kindness in my baby’s eye

- Jackson Browne, ‘Sleeps Dark and Silent Gate’

Uncertainty can test your confidence, beg you to withdraw, avoid, and run away.  While confidence may ebb and flow, there is comfort in being able to retreat to the inner strengths that define your character.  Believe in the good and it will make you strong.