It might seem counterintuitive to use a set of tools to enhance creativity, since creativity necessitates doing things that haven’t been done before. But a guide is just what we need. Just as scientists adopt tried-and-true scientific methods to design experiments, enhancing your creativity benefits from a formal set of tools for idea generation. Consider the fact that we are taught how to use the scientific method from the time we are children. Starting at an early age, we learn how to make hypotheses and to test them in order to discover how the world in which we live works. We learn how to ask probing questions, to unpack all the assumptions, and to design experiments to reveal the answers. This important skill and the associated vocabulary are honed for years until they become quite natural. … [Read more...] about The Science Of Creativity
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At this time of soaring infection rates, shortages of medical supplies, and economic downturns, there are also examples of people looking for ways to express their gratitude to those on the frontlines of fighting the epidemic. In many European countries, for example, people are expressing gratitude for the work of the medical staff by clapping from their balconies. Recently, this same practice has migrated to New York City. … [Read more...] about The science behind expressing gratitude will surprise you
Geographers at Penn State have created a VR forest, so anyone can walk through simulations of what different climate models mean for the future of our trees. The VR experience, which simulates a Wisconsin forest, was created as part of a National Science Foundation grant, and in partnership with the Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin. … [Read more...] about Can a hike through a VR forest make people understand climate change?
If you already believe you know better than the person you’re listening to, you’re not listening. If you already have advice to give, you’re not listening. If you already know how this story turns out, you’re not listening. If you’re already listening only to the parts of the story that confirm your beliefs, you’re not listening. And if you already have your counterattack planned, you’re not listening. If you want to be a more effective listener, drop your agenda. And what I mean by that is make sure that really listening is your only agenda item at that moment if you want to build trust, develop relationships, solve problems, create collaboration, and demonstrate your leadership. … [Read more...] about The Crucial Body Part All Great Leaders Must Enhance
To deepen relationships, it’s important to discuss more than just work. It goes a long way for employees if you provide the space for conversations in which you check in and dive deep on the employee’s passions outside of work not specific to their role. When managers encourage their people to talk about the bigger things they want to accomplish in their lives, it can help managers find and present opportunities that help their people feel more aligned to their larger purpose. … [Read more...] about 6 ways to help employees craft their job into their calling