The New Science of Building Great Teams
The data also reveal, at a higher level, that successful teams share several defining characteristics:
1. Everyone on the team talks and listens in roughly equal measure, keeping contributions short and sweet.

2. Members face one another, and their conversations and gestures are energetic.

3. Members connect directly with one another—not just with the team leader.

4. Members carry on back-channel or side conversations within the team.

5. Members periodically break, go exploring outside the team, and bring information back.
10 hours ago
Isaac Asimov Asks, “How Do People Get New Ideas?”
How do people get new ideas?

Presumably, the process of creativity, whatever it is, is essentially the same in all its branches and varieties, so that the evolution of a new art form, a new gadget, a new scientific principle, all involve common factors. We are most interested in the ‘creation’ of a new scientific principle or a new application of an old one, but we can be general here.

One way of investigating the problem is to consider the great ideas of the past and see just how they were generated. Unfortunately, the method of generation is never clear even to the ‘generators’ themselves.

But what if the same earth-shaking idea occurred to two men, simultaneously and independently? Perhaps, the common factors involved would be illuminating…”
art  creativity  psychology  science 
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The AIDA Model and How to Use It
Use the AIDA format for your emails and correspondence: Attention, Interest, Desire, Action.
email  writing 
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Life Lessons from a 97-Year-Old Lobsterman
“John shows me the lobster fisherman’s license he received at age 16. Dated July 1, 1938, the creased and torn document is a remnant from the Depression, when lobsters sold for 15 cents a pound. After high school, he bought a brand-new boat, paying for it the Maine way: ‘I went into the woods and cut 100 cords of pulpwood with a bucksaw and ax,’ John remembers. ‘There weren’t no chainsaws.’

World War II put the brakes on John’s burgeoning business. He was 20 when he hitchhiked to Portland, Maine, to enlist in the Navy, where his sea legs came in handy aboard the USS Nelson. ‘First year on that destroyer, I had to sleep in a hammock, and, boy, that is a job in itself,’ he says. ‘She’d roll upside down and headfirst and all kinds of ways.’ John worked his way up from seaman to torpedoman before being stationed off the coast of Normandy, France, for the D-Day invasion. On June 13, 1944 — the sixth night of the battle — a German torpedo took out 70 feet of the Nelson’s stern…”
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