Presenting Makes You Smarter

by Terry Gault When I read this recent piece in Wired Magazine, I thought, “Yes!  That’s what I’ve been thinking for years!” The article makes the point that when people are called upon to present their reasoning to others, it actually improves their cognitive ability. “GOING FROM AN AUDIENCE OF ZERO TO AN AUDIENCE OF 10 IS SO BIG THAT IT’S ACTUALLY HUGER THAN GOING FROM 10 PEOPLE TO A MILLION. … a group of...

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Trick Your Brain for Good

Editor’s Note:  This is a guest post by Denise Green of Brilliance Inc. Life is always testing, and if we let it, teaching and stretching us. And as a coach, I often feel like life is giving me a chance to practice what I help others do: see challenges in a way that helps them take positive action and feel better about a situation. Recently, an unimaginable, tragic event took the life of one of...

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Brain Rules

12 things we know about how the brain works from The Week and Brain Rules: 12 Principles for Surviving and Thriving at Work, Home, and School 1. Exercise boots brain power Wondering whether there is a relationship between exercise and mental alertness? The answer is yes. Just about every mental test possible was tried. No matter how it was measured, the answer was consistently yes: A lifetime of exercise can result in a sometimes astonishing...

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The Complaint Dept.

by Terry Gault This article at Inc. is very gratifying.  Scientific research confirms that complainers will make you stupid! …”The brain works more like a muscle than we thought,” Blake says. “So if you’re pinned in a corner for too long listening to someone being negative, you’re more likely to behave that way as well.” Even worse, being exposed to too much complaining can actually make you dumb. Research shows that exposure to 30 minutes...

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Choose Your Mood

Editor’s Note:  This is a guest post by BrillianceInc. Had any negative thoughts recently that you just couldn’t seem to shake? Maybe someone cut you off in traffic and it bugged you the whole commute. Or maybe the company issued yet another dictum that had you steaming all day. Or maybe you keep running a frustrating conversation over and over again in your mind. Ever get home and dump accumulated frustration on the closest innocent...

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The Games People Play

by Terry Gault Games get attention and cause people to take action. This article in Wired magazine illustrates why Zynga and companies like them are having success using games to make our world a better place. “Games are the future of positive psychology,” says Jane McGonigal, a game designer and the author of the new book Reality Is Broken (a manifesto of this new movement that I not only enjoyed but also wrote a blurb...

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Why Change Efforts Fail (and How to Change That)

Editor’s Note:  This is a guest post by BrillianceInc. Resolve No More A few years ago, I gave up the practice of making New Year’s Resolutions, thus giving up the sense of failure and accompanying guilt that rolled around mid-March. Maybe you are one of those people that always keep your resolutions. If so, stop reading. If not, don’t despair: you are entirely normal (unlike those other freaks). Blame it on the Brain Here’s neuroscientist...

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Clive Thompson on the Power of Visual Thinking

by Terry Gault Gray Kuglen, who designed our web site  and also happens to be the brother of Chuck Kuglen, my fellow Managing Partner at THG, turned me onto a book titled, “The Back of the Napkin” awhile back.  As the Clive Thompson piece in Wired quotes the author Dan Roam who: … argues that our culture relies too heavily on words: Our school systems—and political systems—are designed to promote people who are verbal and...

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‘SixthSense’ Demo: wearable gestural interface

This demo — from Pattie Maes‘ lab at MIT, spearheaded by Pranav Mistry — was the buzz of TED.  It’s a wearable device with a projector that paves the way for profound interaction with our environment.  Imagine “Minority Report” and then some.  ‘SixthSense’ is a wearable gestural interface that augments the physical world around us with digital information and lets us use natural hand gestures to interact with that information. Pattie Maes and Pranav Mistry...

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The Mathematics of Powerful Communication: Concrete > Abstract

by Terry Gault This article from NPR’s website makes the point that abstract communication is FAR less effective than concrete communication. “Concrete and abstract words activate different parts of the cerebral cortex. Concrete words like hammer, hit and hard are processed more by areas at the back of the brain that handle visual and spatial information. Abstract words like justice, fairly andrender activate the frontal lobes, which process information independent of any particular sense (vision,...

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