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Avoiding Psychological Bias in Decision Making - From MindTools.com. How to Make Objective Decisions © iStockphotokemie.

Avoiding Psychological Bias in Decision Making - From MindTools.com

How the Difference Between Your Experiencing Self and Your Remembering Self Shapes Your Happiness. By Maria Popova Beneath the biases of intuition, or how your experiencing self and your remembering self shape your life.

How the Difference Between Your Experiencing Self and Your Remembering Self Shapes Your Happiness

Legendary Israeli-American psychologist Daniel Kahneman is one of the most influential thinkers of our time. A Nobel laureate and founding father of modern behavioral economics, his work has shaped how we think about human error, risk, judgement, decision-making, happiness, and more. For the past half-century, he has profoundly impacted the academy and the C-suite, but it wasn’t until this month’s highly anticipated release of his “intellectual memoir,” Thinking, Fast and Slow (public library), that Kahneman’s extraordinary contribution to humanity’s cerebral growth reached the mainstream — in the best way possible.

Absorbingly articulate and infinitely intelligent, Kahneman examines what he calls the machinery of the mind — the dual processor of the brain, divided into two distinct systems that dictate how we think and make decisions. John Cleese on the 5 Factors to Make Your Life More Creative. By Maria Popova “Creativity is not a talent.

John Cleese on the 5 Factors to Make Your Life More Creative

It is a way of operating.” Much has been said about how creativity works, its secrets, its origins, and what we can do to optimize ourselves for it. In this excerpt from his fantastic 1991 lecture, John Cleese offers a recipe for creativity, delivered with his signature blend of cultural insight and comedic genius. Specifically, Cleese outlines “the 5 factors that you can arrange to make your lives more creative”: The lecture is worth a watch in its entirety, below, if only to get a full grasp of Cleese’s model for creativity as the interplay of two modes of operating — open, where we take a wide-angle, abstract view of the problem and allow the mind to ponder possible solutions, and closed, where we zoom in on implementing a specific solution with narrow precision.

A few more quotable nuggets of insight excerpted below the video. Creativity is not a talent. We need to be in the open mode when pondering a problem — but! The Cornell Note Taking System - Learning Skills from MindTools.com. Effective and Efficient Note Taking © iStockphoto When you're taking notes at a meeting, conference or training class, how much information can you hope to recall?

The Cornell Note Taking System - Learning Skills from MindTools.com

Do your notes help you easily recall the key points and actions? Or do they help very little even just a few hours after the event? Over the years, there have been many tried and tested systems of note taking proposed for students and business people alike. Originally developed for students by Walter Pauk at Cornell University, it is effective whenever you need to take notes and recall information. The Cornell System is a great way of organizing your notes so that you can later identify the key points and actions, and recall information easily. The Cornell Format The Cornell format is very simple. Use a full sized piece of paper for your notes. Using the Cornell System Using the Cornell note taking system involves three main stages... ... for the complete article: Mind Tools Club members, click here. SQ3R - Learning Skills from MindTools.com. Studying More Effectively Learn how to understand and retain written information better.

SQ3R - Learning Skills from MindTools.com

Nowadays, it's easy to access new reading material. You can read on a smartphone, tablet, or e-book reader, and you can order traditional media such as books and magazines for next-day (or same-day) delivery. However, it's not so easy to remember everything that you've read. 7 Things New HR Professionals Should Know. Is it a full moon or something?

7 Things New HR Professionals Should Know

I ask because I have four different people in the past two days who are aspiring HR people want to know what advice I have for new HR professionals. I’ve had 10 of these in August alone. Appreciation Process - Problem Solving Training from MindTools. Understanding the Full Implications of a Fact Squeeze out as much information as you can, by appreciating the situation accurately. © iStockphoto/only_fabrizio A few months ago, Josh found out that a competitor was opening a new office in the same city as his organization.

Appreciation Process - Problem Solving Training from MindTools

He went over the implications of this, but even after he'd covered all of the bases, he still felt that he was missing something important. Now, he has discovered that this competitor is headhunting his best managers. And he doesn't have a plan in place to do anything about it. Does this sound familiar? Sometimes we're given a piece of information that seems straightforward, only to find out later that more was going on than we thought. One way to deal with these situations is by using Appreciation. About Appreciation Appreciation helps us uncover factors that we might have ordinarily missed, and it can be very useful for brainstorming solutions to problems. Using Appreciation is easy.

Uses. Maria Konnikova – Empathic Sherlock Holmes. What’s the first thing you think of when you hear the name Sherlock Holmes?

Maria Konnikova – Empathic Sherlock Holmes

It might be a deerstalker, a pipe or a violin, or shady crimes in the foggy streets of London. Chances are, it’s not his big, warm heart and his generous nature. In fact, you might think of him as a cold fish — the type of man who tells his best friend, who is busy falling in love, that it ‘is an emotional thing, and whatever is emotional is opposed to that true cold reason which I place above all things’. Perhaps you might be influenced by recent adaptations that have gone so far as to call Holmes a 'sociopath'. Not the empathetic sort, surely? Let’s dwell for a moment on ‘Silver Blaze’ (1892), Arthur Conan Doyle’s story of the gallant racehorse who disappeared, and his trainer who was found dead, just days before a big race.

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