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Researchers have electronically linked the brains of pairs of rats for the first time, enabling them to communicate directly to solve simple behavioral puzzles. Credit: Duke University Medical Center Researchers have electronically linked the brains of pairs of rats for the first time, enabling them to communicate directly to solve simple behavioral puzzles.
An experiment by Microsoft Research aims to see how people will interact to solve a puzzle that relies on teamwork and cellphones
Chicago gave rise to the radical community organising approach of Saul Alinsky (made famous by its Barack Obama connection – and a rather unexpected endorsement by David Cameron). Grassroots neighbourhood planning, in a near-derelict black community on the West Side of Chicago, was also the seedbed for the group facilitation approaches developed by the Institute of Cultural Affairs (a global network focusing on the human factor in world development) – such as the Focused Conversation method and the Consensus Workshop. A huge amount of brainstorming goes on in groups, but not nearly enough clustering and naming - Martin Gilbraith, Chief Executive, Institute of Cultural Affairs: UK (+ co-trainer)
A few weeks ago, at the Fast Company offices, we convened an all-star panel of designers and design leaders to talk about the problems that they found most vexing in the past year, and what they were trying to do to solve them.
Brainstorming, whether you believe in it or shun it , is a fantastic neologism.
Editor's Note, July 30: Jonah Lehrer has recently admitted that he fabricated some of the quotes attributed to Bob Dylan in his book Imagine.
Success in companies requires working across the organization in collaboration with others throughout the globe. Purely hierarchical approaches continue to erode. As a result, staff must often hit the bullseye without the power or authority to call the shots. New grads entering the workforce in search of the hidden rules, seasoned professional grappling with the evolving non-hierarchical approach, and the growing contractor population suddenly thrust into new organizations — you all find yourselves in this position. Fear not. You can hit the bullseye without authority or power if you embrace and hone these 12 most beneficial people skills.
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In Douglas Adams’ famous book series, The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy , space traveler Arthur Dent carries with him a galactic guidebook with the two words on the cover: “Don’t Panic.”
If you believe the conventional wisdom, everyone under the age of 30 is needy and narcissistic. They want the corner office and a company car, but they aren’t truly committed to their organization. They don’t take kindly to criticism, but can be easily won over with the next hot gadget. Such stereotypes of millennials abound, and some may have a degree of truth. But as this massive cohort enters the workforce in increasing numbers, can companies afford to put their trust in these types of characterizations? I’ve seen many corporate leaders and human resources departments twist themselves in knots trying to accommodate what media and marketers have told them are the preferences of this new generation of employees.
Performance feedback can be given two ways: through constructive feedback or through praise and criticism. Don't fall into the trap of giving praise and criticism on employee performance. Constructive feedback is information-specific, issue-focused, and based on observations. It comes in two varieties: • Positive feedback is news or input to an employee about an effort well done.
In the late nineteen-forties, Alex Osborn, a partner in the advertising agency B.B.D.O., decided to write a book in which he shared his creative secrets. At the time, B.B.D.O. was widely regarded as the most innovative firm on Madison Avenue. Born in 1888, Osborn had spent much of his career in Buffalo, where he started out working in newspapers, and his life at B.B.D.O. began when he teamed up with another young adman he’d met volunteering for the United War Work Campaign. By the forties, he was one of the industry’s grand old men, ready to pass on the lessons he’d learned. His book “Your Creative Power” was published in 1948. An amalgam of pop science and business anecdote, it became a surprise best-seller.
The business practice of brainstorming has been around with us so long that it seems like unadorned common sense: If you want a rash of new ideas, you get a group of people in a room, have them shout things out, and make sure not to criticize, because that sort of self-censoring is sure to kill the flow of new thoughts. It wasn’t always so: This entire process was invented by Alex Osborn, one of the founders of BBDO, in the 1940's. It was motivated by Osborn’s own theory of creativity. He thought, quite reasonably, that creativity was both brittle and fickle: In the presence of criticism, it simply couldn’t wring itself free from our own minds.
By EMILY GLAZER "Manage our worm bin!" Virtual assistant apps like Zaarly and Task Rabbit are creating a mobile marketplace for peer-to-peer transactions, in real time and in the immediate vicinity of the users. WSJ's Andy Jordan checks out a few, and farms out the bathing of his own cat.