Shawn Achor On Happiness

This TEDx Talk is a bit dated (2011), but I’d not seen it and it’s worth sharing for its summary of Harvard professor Shawn Achor’s research on happiness (learn more via his books). It’s also an excellent example of a speaker who can balance gravitas and humor, which is a difficult balance to pull off.

The Secret To Raising Smart Kids

The secret to raising smart kids appears to have a lot to do with rewarding effort and not telling them they’re smart. The “A” that they managed to get while coasting isn’t nearly as important as the “B” they worked hard to get. Read Carol Dweck’s book on this research (most of which she has pioneered), Mindset, for more.

Comics, Kids, And Devices

Two comics, Paula Poundstone and Louis C. K., weigh in on kids and devices. Not that comics are authorities about this topic, but they also tend to shine a light on what needs seeing.

Reclaiming Conversation And The App Generation

MIT’s Sherry Turkle makes a convincing argument that our increasing reliance on our devices, and in particular our phones, is diminishing our ability to engage in conversation, relate with each other, engage in solitude (as opposed to loneliness), and it seems for the generation now coming of age, feel empathy. From the New York Times […]

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A Comparison Of Three Mission Statements

I collect mission statements. Here are three from the collection. The Economist: “To take part in a severe contest between intelligence, which presses forward, and an unworthy, timid ignorance obstructing our progress.” Eisenhower’s “Commander’s Intent” for the liberation of Europe: “You will enter the continent of Europe and, in conjunction with the other United Nations, […]

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Debunking Generational Differences

There is much being made in organizations of late about generational differences. This includes a lot of consulting, study, and work around Millennials and what organizations must do to entice and keep them as talent, and the “four-generation workforce” and how to simultaneously bind people from four generations to one organization. Books are being sold, trainings run, […]

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