Thursday, March 30, 2017

Presidents As Leaders: A fun place to work – and learn

— A poem? I don’t know much about that.
But I know one, and it is hot like fresh bread of Zummer.
When you eat it, a little is always left over.

TRAINING YOUR BRAIN so you don’t need reading glasses

Why Do We Want Good Musicians To Be Good People, Too?

Interesting question. But it’s not just musicians: “A product’s worth is often linked to the perceived ethics of those who produce it. When it comes to music, this means that artists are viewed as part and parcel with the work they create.”

Man versus machine: Evidence that robots are winning the race for jobs

Lessons of the Hermit

Hiding in a forest for 27 years, a man found what the rest of us can no longer comprehend: solitude in nature.  NATHANIEL RICH

In honor of President’s Day, we have decided to examine the leadership competencies of several US Presidents. The nation’s 33rd President had impressively high highs and exceptionally low lows during his tenure. At the end of World War II, and the decisive Allied victory, Truman enjoyed some of his highest approval ratings.
Leadership Competencies: Case Studies of US Presidents

Long before he encountered Marx, Lenin was radicalized by literature. He read Shakespeare, Goethe, and Pushkin aloud. He was hostile to the avant-garde... Cold Rivers of 1800s

“In business, government, philanthropy and the arts, and all over the globe, these men and women are transforming the world and inspiring others to do the same. Read more about our fourth annual list Fortune – World’s 50 great leaders.” 

From the New York Public Library Digital Collections – see these 100 year old color cards –  gallaher how to do it – they instruct us on how to do simple but still necessary and often fascinating tasks (that are often fun, calming, and help us focus and concentrate without distractions for online and or digital intrusions)

"Good morning Heads of Mission, welcome home."

Minister for Foreign Affairs Julie Bishop addresses an unprecedented meeting of senior diplomats in troubling times: "There is significant economic volatility, rising nationalism and protectionism driven by populist campaigns, terrorism, violent extremism and radicalisation." (Full speech  )
Foreign policy in a time of disruption.  Senator Penny Wong addresses the same meeting: "Both the Minister and I operate in a democratic system where governments come and go. It is your role, and one on which we both depend, to provide continuity both in policy advice to government and the execution of government policy. That continuity is a function of your experience and your expertise – without which governments of any political hue cannot function." (Full speech)

Mick Fuller confirmed as NSW Police Commissioner to replace Andrew Scipione in the top job

  I studied how journalists used Twitter for two years. Here’s what I learned

When selecting the most enchanting school in every state, we considered the setting and scenery; the design of the buildings ... ; and the upkeep of the campus grounds. And we took plenty of other details into account, too, including knowledge from campus visits, in-depth virtual tours, first-person references and word of mouth, extensive general research, and hours upon hours of examining campuses from images shot at just about every imaginable angle.

Robotization Without Taxation? Robert Shiller, Project Syndicate

The Social Media Information Blog Investigator’s Guide to Tumblr – “Founded in 2007,  Tumblr is a microblogging and social networking website. The platform, which was acquired by Yahoo in 2013, allows users to share text, images, quotes, links, video, audio, and chats. Tumblr’s appeal is that it allows users to be creative and build independent content on a personalized page with little effort. How does Tumblr work? A large part of Tumblr’s appeal to its users is the simplicity and ubiquity of the features it offers. In fact, they claim on their website that “Tumblr is so easy to use that it’s hard to explain.”

A simple exercise that boosts presentation performance


There’s a good chance that public speaking can be a valuable competency for just about everyone in your organization to have. The bad news: Most people dread it. The good news: Researchers have found a simple technique that can help.

Group learning: How it can help – and hurt – memory

Learning often happens in groups. And multiple studies have shown that group learning has significant benefits. But it can also have a downside

We remember what we see (and touch)

A new study demonstrates how using spoken words alone could be problematic for learning.

Productive failure: Should you ever let learners sink or swim in Cold River?

Training professionals typically aim to create learning experiences that are positive and successful for learners. But it turns out that feel-good training could be less effective.

Need a boost of creativity? Take a walk

Trying to get your creative juices flowing? Researchers found that a simple walk can significantly boost creativity.

Can distractions be a good thing?

When you’re training people, you want to keep the learning environment free of distractions. Right? Well, maybe not.p

Sleeping in class might not be a bad thing

Research suggests that critical learning tasks happen while we’re sleeping.

How clickbait can help you build better learning


Recent research has explored how activating curiosity can promote positive behaviors. And the findings suggest that curiosity can also successfully boost learners’ motivation and engagement in workplace learning.

A fun place to work – and learn

When employees informally share knowledge, work performance and engagement increase. And recent research has uncovered a surprisingly powerful way to encourage informal learning: fun.

Peer learning: It’s not just about sharing knowledge


The importance of peer learning has been touted here at Insights before. It should come as no surprise that the more knowledge sharing that occurs between learners, the more powerful your workplace learning program becomes. But a recent study shows that knowledge sharing isn’t the only reason peer learning is successful. The social dynamics between…