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Lightening the cognitive load. A longtime colleague and friend of mine used to love to say “Let’s just make this easy for them” whenever we discussed an upcoming meeting.

Lightening the cognitive load

I think I winced the first few times I heard it. It didn’t seem like much of a negotiation strategy… at least, that is, until he helped me appreciate how powerful it can be to manipulate “cognitive load.” It’s a fairly straightforward principle — cognitive load is the level of mental energy you expend to interpret a situation and act on it. Because our “working memory,” the part of our brain that powers conscious thought, is limited to only 4-5 pieces of information at any given time… the lower the cognitive load, the easier and faster a decision can be made.

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It often feels like a sign of weakness, an admission that you're doing something wrong. Or maybe you feel like you're imposing on the advice-giver. But looking to other people for guidance is one of the most important habits of successful people. Whether you're entry-level, a manager, or a senior VP, everyone can benefit from reaching out. Help Your Team Manage Stress, Anxiety, and Burnout. We hope the conversations that take place on HBR.org will be energetic, constructive, and thought-provoking.

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Take a look at the fastest growing social media platforms at the end of 2014: Tumblr, Pinterest, and Instagram: all image-focused. Add that to the fact that 65% of people are visual learners, and you have a compelling case for why your business needs to incorporate visuals throughout your office—especially if you’re a technology company.