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Watch Now: Think Like Your Future Depends On It, Because it Does


For most of our lives, we’ve been told that to be a success you need to become an expert. Find your sweet spot—what you’ll major in, your career path, what you’ll be when you “grow up”—and then get great at that one special thing you do.

But industries are evolving faster than ever. Specializations are becoming outdated. Single-mindedness is closing us off from opportunity. The question is, how can you become future ready when “what you know” won’t necessary apply and, in fact, might be blocking your view and ability to learn?

Sometimes it takes a big, “aha” moment to answer that question. In her new TEDx Talk, Think Like Your Future Depends On It, Because it Does (below), Ann Herrmann-Nehdi opens up about an intense moment in her life that changed everything—and how that changed everything else.

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Should We Be Mindful?


With all the attention mindfulness has been getting, it seems like heresy to even ask the question. But a recent New York Times article, “Actually, Let’s Not Be In the Moment,” may well leave you wondering if we’re overthinking this whole thinking thing.

The truth is, mindfulness, like anything, can become a trend that gets oversimplified or watered down and ultimately leads to the type of cynical view that’s presented in this article. But rather than throw away the entire concept, it seems like it makes more sense to consider what aspects of mindfulness can truly benefit us and then to focus in on those.

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Embracing Entrepreneurial Thinking for Greater Employee Engagement


Are Millennials the most entrepreneurial generation ever? The jury’s still out, but one thing’s for sure: The Millennial generation’s interest and desire for entrepreneurial opportunities, along with an increasingly disruptive and fast-paced business climate, have sparked new conversations in organizations of all sizes about the importance of an entrepreneurial mindset.

All this attention focused on the need for employees to be more entrepreneurial echoes a lot of what we’ve heard for years about the importance of innovation. It plays out in a similar way, too. Executives say they want it. They recognize the benefits to the business. They talk about it in meetings. They put it in the values. They make it part of the employee value proposition. And then…not much changes.

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Thinking Agility® - 4 Steps to Thrive in a VUCA World (VIDEO)


Volatility. Uncertainty. Complexity. Ambiguity.

The US Army War College coined the acronym VUCA to paint a picture of the world that emerged from the end of the Cold War. You’d be hard-pressed to find a better description of today’s business environment than these four words.

What makes this VUCA world particularly challenging is the fact that our education and training didn’t prepare us for it. We’ve been taught to focus on our strengths and get really great at that one special thing we do. But extreme specialization doesn’t cut it any more.

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Why You Should Reconnect With Your Teenage Risk-Taking Brain


“How about we all go bungee jumping after today’s session?”

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Why We Instituted Meetingless Mondays


Ever come down with a case of the Mondays?

The Monday blues can get the best of all of us. In fact, one study has pinpointed the exact time—11:17 am—when the Monday mood hits rock bottom.

One of the reasons we dread Mondays is because everything that’s carried over from the previous Friday and everything that’s on deck for the coming week all hit us at once. The pressure’s on. The inbox is full. You’re busy digging out. You need a game plan to get going.

If there was ever a time when you needed focus, creativity and a clear head, this is it. And nothing can interrupt that flow or pull you further off course than yet another meeting.

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7 Yoga Poses for Better Thinking


September is National Yoga Month, and what better time than the beginning of fall to stretch, refresh and reconnect with our bodies, minds and spirits.

As you practice your yoga poses this month, why not use it as an opportunity to develop your thinking agility, too?

Grab your yoga mat and your thinking cap, and check out these 7 yoga poses to inspire better thinking.

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The Real Reason They're Not Reading Your Emails


Here’s an experiment. Read the following paragraph once:

With hocked gems financing him, our hero bravely defied all scornful laughter that tried to prevent his scheme. “Your eyes deceive,” he had said. “An egg, not a table, correctly typifies this unexplored planet.” Now three sturdy sisters sought proof. Forging along, sometimes through calm vastness, yet more often very turbulent peaks and valleys, days became weeks as many doubters spread fearful rumors about the edge. At last from nowhere welcome winged creatures appeared, signifying momentous success.

Did that paragraph make any sense?

Probably not.

This little passage, from Robert Ornstein’s book “The Right Mind,” is actually about the first voyage of Christopher Columbus. Go back and read the paragraph again with this in mind. Makes more sense now, doesn’t it?

You’ve just experienced the power of context. Your brain searches for it constantly. And while it searches, you won’t be paying attention to anything else. Your mind will drift while it works to fill in the blanks—whether it fills in those blanks correctly or not.

When it comes to workplace communications, lack of context is just one of the ways the brain can get thrown off course, and when it happens in email, it can lead to misunderstandings, frustrations or even conflict.

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15 Ways to Celebrate World Brain Day


In celebration of World Brain Day 2016 on July 22, we’ve been thinking about some easy ways to keep your brain in tip-top shape so you can get the most from your brainpower. This year's theme is "Brain Health and the Aging Population," so we're paying special attention to tips for maintaining a sharp and healthy mind.

Here are 15 ideas to get you started:

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Millennials—Just Like Us?: The Truth Behind Generational Thinking Style Trends


We hear that they’re entitled. Lazy. Hard to please. Self-centered. Lacking a strong work ethic.

But just who is that “they”? Today’s Millennial workforce? The Gen X “slackers” of 25 years ago? The spoiled “Me Decade” Baby Boomers?

All of the above?

While there’s no denying that differences do exist between the generations, when you take a broader view of the topic, a lot of similarities emerge. Is it possible that the stereotypes aren’t so much about generations as they are about life stage?

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