Archive for February, 2017

Teams Only Grow When They Evolve Together

Posted on February 27th, 2017 by The Learning Factor

As a kid, I always gravitated to disruptors in the music I listened to: Elvis who disrupted the sound of the 1950s; Michael Jackson who disrupted the world of videos in the 1980s. Not surprising since disruption was in my blood. Shortly after he graduated college, my dad left a career in engineering and decided to pursue his passion for music. In the 1950s, his quartet, Los Llopis, disrupted the sounds of Cuba, becoming the first to integrate American rock ‘n’ roll with the rhythms and the sounds of the island.


But today I realize something: My dad wasn’t just disrupting the status quo – he was creating something new: Cuban crossover music. Elvis and Michael Jackson were creators too.

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Throw the old mindset out when it comes to your teams: Great teams know how to evolve together by allowing everyone to find their distinction and best apply it to the organization they are serving.

Exactly How To Spend The Last Hour Of Your Workday

Posted on February 27th, 2017 by The Learning Factor


It’s 4 p.m. and you’re having a hard time focusing. So you stare at your computer and click in and out of lots of tabs. But when you look up, you see it’s only 4:03 p.m. Then, you get a glass of water, which takes all of seven minutes. You’re not feeling inspired to tackle something important, but ducking out early—or sitting at your desk and twiddling your thumbs for 50 minutes—aren’t options either

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Try these 60-minute “soft projects” to wrap up every day of the week.

Your Brain Has 2 Ways of Finding Answers. Which Is Best?

Posted on February 27th, 2017 by The Learning Factor

Think about the last time you solved a business problem, such as coming up with a new product idea, formulating a new marketing plan, or deciding which job candidate to hire. How did you do it. Did you sit down with the facts and figures, make pro/con lists, and analyze the situation until you found the solution? Or did it come to you as a sudden insight–an “Aha!” moment, as some people call it?


It turns out many problems can be solved either of these two ways. But the two methods are not equal. In a fascinating experiment, a research team at Northwestern University led by Carola Salvi, set out to learn whether analysis or insight leads to better problem-solving. To find out, they presented more than 200 students at Northwestern and the University of Milano-Bicocca in Italy were given various problems to solve that included word puzzles, anagrams, rebuses, and a puzzle where you had to identify a partial image of an object.

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Fascinating study compares flashes of insight with careful analysis.

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