Category Archives: How to

Why You Should Hire For Potential, Not Experience


(glasbergen.com)By Dinah Wisenberg Brin – “The question is not whether your company’s employees and leaders have the right skills; it’s whether they have the potential to learn new ones.”

The ability to choose such employees will be more critical in coming years, as globalization, demographics, and underdeveloped pipelines of future company leaders will make senior talent more scarce.

While it’s easier to measure past performance, it’s also possible to evaluate potential.

“High potentials … show deep personal humility and invest in getting better at everything they do.” more> http://tinyurl.com/q4ptxmg

How We Think


BOOK REVIEW

How We Think, Author: John Dewey.

By Maria Popova – What separates thinking, a basic human faculty we take for granted, from thinking well?

What it takes to train ourselves into mastering the art of thinking, and how we can channel our natural curiosity in a productive way when confronted with an overflow of information.

A subject urgently relevant today, in our age of snap judgments and instant opinions. more> http://tinyurl.com/knfc3fz

If You Want To Succeed, You Have To Screw Up


By Jennifer Miller – “When you’re just starting to learn something new, the errors that you experience are helping you learn faster,” says David Herzfeld, a PhD student in Biomedical Engineering involved with the Hopkins study.

Which means anyone struggling to master a sport, skill, or creative task should keep this in mind: Don’t beat yourself up for repeatedly fouling on your serve or drawing a human hand that more accurately resembles a starfish. more> http://tinyurl.com/mrpaum2

Why An Anti To-Do List Might Be The Secret To Productivity


By Joel Gascoigne – My approach with the Anti-To-Do List is to have not just a single list each day, as many of us do now (our to-do list), but to have two.

The idea of the Anti-To-Do List is that it is the account of progress for that day. In some ways it’s a “Done” List.

This is really powerful, because you can always look back at your Anti-To-Do List and see how much you’ve got done (even if the items weren’t on your todo list). more> http://tinyurl.com/llr3ag8

What Happened When I Woke Up Two Hours Earlier For A Week


By Rachel Gillett – The idea is that having a time in the day where there is no pressure and no expectations from other people would result in better focus and more creative thinking.

The first day I had so many endorphins shooting around my body that I almost felt manic–but in a good way.

My mind was bursting with thoughts and ideas, possibly because of the effect exercise has on our bodies, but also because I felt unencumbered by the need to start working immediately. My inner dialogue just wouldn’t shut up on the walk to work. more> http://tinyurl.com/m2br9hz

5 Things You’re Doing That Seem Productive, But Aren’t


BOOK REVIEW [ SMARTER WORK ]

Getting Things Done, Author: David Allen.

By Vivian Giang – Your brain is “dumbed down” when you multitask because you’re using a different part of it that “adversely affects how you learn.”

Instead, a good strategy to adopt is to perform tasks in sequences, called “set shifting,” which is the practice of switching consciously and completely from one task to the next instead of doing everything at once.

This will allow you to use your brain at high capacity for each task, but you can only think of the task you’re currently working on. more> http://tinyurl.com/mpngx9b

12 Tips for Designing an Open-Ended Project


By John Kamensky – How do you tackle a large-scale, complex challenge that evolves over time, involves thousands of stakeholders, and where there is no clear solution?

For example, is there a road map for how the Internet evolved? Could we do it again?

Traditionally, leaders use hierarchical “closed system” approaches to solve large, complicated problems. A closed project has a defined staff, budget and outcome, and uses hierarchy and logic models to direct activities. It is particularly appropriate for problems with known solutions and stable environments, such as the development of a major highway project.

But today there are instances when a problem is so complex, that it demands another approach. David Witzel calls this an “open project” approach. more> http://tinyurl.com/nxcknn5