Bob Ryan

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How to trick your brain into being productive when you can't focus

The assignment you need to complete has been pulled up on your computer screen since the moment you walked into the office, yet it still looks exactly the same as it did when you opened it.

Or, worse, it’s completely blank, save for the cursor mocking you each time it blinks (rude).

It’s happened to …

The Brain

Which Type Of Learner Are You? Find Out

The way people learn varies from person-to-person. Depending on individual biases, people will retain different levels of knowledge from certain …

How To Be The Most Effective Version of Yourself

By James Oconnell

A huge part of being an effective manager, either of people or of projects, is managing yourself effectively. You can’t execute your …

The Secret Ingredient for Faster Learning? Laughter

Science says that those who smile more, learn faster.

Picture someone studying hard. Does a student with a serious face hunched over a thick textbook come to mind?

Thanks to dreary experiences at school and the simple intuition that difficult subjects must be difficult to study, most of us associate …


How the Most Successful People Avoid Burnout

How do people thrive in a climate where 65% of us are stressed at work and two-thirds of the workforce feels disengaged?

At the recent Well-Being at …


What Happens in the Brain When Children Learn?

Neuroscience NewsFebruary 10, 2016

Have you lost your house keys recently? If so, you probably applied a spot of logical thinking. You looked first in

Want to be a better leader? Observe more and react less

Most time-strapped executives know they should plan ahead and prioritize, focus on the important as much as the urgent, invest in their health …


Is Google's model of the creative workplace the future of the office?

When it comes to keeping employees happy and productive, companies such as Google lead the way. The brand is as famous for its staff perks – pool tables and bowling alleys, free food and gym memberships – as it is for its technology, and even employs a chief happiness officer whose sole job is to …

Human Resources

Adult Neurogenesis May Be Increased by Sustained Aerobic Exercise

Neuroscience NewsFebruary 8, 2016

It may be possible to increase the neuron reserve of the hippocampus – and thus improve preconditions for learning –


Want to be more productive? Don’t go paperless.

Brick-and-mortar bookstores are closing their doors. Libraries lend out e-books. Receipts are emailed or texted. Bank statements are sent …


Do You Like Being a Manager, Except for the "Managing?" 4 Steps Get You Moving in the Right Direction!

Whether you are working alongside your direct reports or viewing them through a window from your corner office, managing people can be challenging.

After all, people are messy. They don't come in neat little packages tied up with pretty ribbons. They come with perspectives, attitudes, histories, …


Want to Move to Europe? Here Are the Happiest Cities

If you’re looking for Europe’s happiest residents, don’t head for the temperate shores of the Mediterranean. The most content Europeans are found in …


Science Says It's OK If Your Ten-Finger Touch Typing Is Total Garbage

Not a perfect touch typist? A new study shows that it's not the end of the world.​

Here's an embarrassing fact: I mainly use about six fingers to type, despite years of home key drilling and touch typing skill tests in my middle school Business Tech classes. I can get along at a pretty respectable …


4 Simple Things to Do When You’re Stuck In a Creative Rut

You might not be a painter staring at a blank canvas. But if you’ve ever despaired late into the night, struggling to pull together a presentation about improving your company’s quarterly numbers, then you know how hard it can be to think creatively.

“To be creative isn’t to just think in the clouds …

Job Satisfaction

How to Learn

The 80–20 Rule Applied to Learning.Continue reading on Medium »


How to make your office a den of productivity

This article is part of DBA, a series on Mashable about running a business that features insights from leaders in entrepreneurship, venture capital and management.

No one ever designs an office space thinking, "This is going to be the least productive space possible." But when employees don't …

Job Satisfaction

Don’t Let Outdated Management Structures Kill Your Company

During a consulting engagement at a $50 billion conglomerate, I spoke with a young man who was worried about a potential project overrun. I asked if he had hit a stumbling block. “It really isn’t a big deal — I know we have the in-house expertise to solve this,” he said. “I just need to rope in …


Why It Might Be Time to Abandon the Office

With the growth of the internet and mobile and its continued integration into our daily lives, society has moved its work channels from the physical to the digital, erasing the lines between work and life in the process. And with it, perhaps we have created a unique problem: We are trapped between …

Job Satisfaction

A Stanford professor says eliminating 2 phrases from your vocabulary can make you more successful

The way you speak not only affects how others perceive you; it also has the potential to shape your behavior.

Swapping one word for another could make all the difference in how you approach your goals.

That's according to Bernard Roth, a professor of engineering at Stanford and the academic director …

Stanford University

8 Ways to Be Totally Awesome at Remote Work

In the modern age of knowledge workers, the issue of where and how we work has become complicated.

Here's why: remote work.

Some people are in favor of remote work. Take Jason Fried for instance. He literally wrote the book on remote work. Others are against it. Marissa Mayer took flak for forbidding …


Here's why it's so hard to get your work done — and how to fix it

When it comes to getting our work done, most of us have good intentions.

You start the day with an ambitious (but reasonable!) to-do list. Grab a coffee, maybe a snack, and sit down at the ol' computer to start hammering away at news articles or spreadsheets or PowerPoints or whatever the work of …


Learning a Second Language is a Waste of Time

Learning a second language is unproductive and a veritable waste of time. At long last I have come to my senses. After years expounding and arguing about the benefits of learning foreign tongues I have come to realize the truth and seen the light. I intone the mea culpa and offer my apologies. …


Scientists have found a way to help you learn new skills twice as fast

The key to learning a new motor skill - such as playing the piano or mastering a new sport - isn't necessarily how many hours you spend practising, …


An Industrial-Age Solution To Email Overload

A century ago, the Pullman Company came up with an ingenious solution to help brass workers do their jobs without distraction.

In the early 20th century, the Pullman Company, manufacturer of the eponymous sleeper train cars, was in trouble. As its president, John Runnells, described it in a business …


Are You a Leader, or Just Pretending to Be One?

We’ve rarely needed leaders more — but wanted the leaders we have less.

It’s as if we’ve forgotten what leadership really is, and confused it with what it isn’t.

What’s not leadership? For one thing, performing. Leadership is not making the right faces, memorizing the right lines, pumping your fist …


Think You Stink at Math? Amazon Wants to Change That.

“I stink at math.”

If you have kids, you’ve probably heard that phrase — or maybe you’ve even uttered some variant of it yourself. But in a world where good jobs increasingly require good math skills, that mind-set should no longer be acceptable, according to Rohit Agarwal, general manager of …


Eat Brains Like a Zombie: Why We Should Learn From Others

I mean that figuratively, not literally. This isn’t Walking Dead or anything of the sort. When I say eat brains like a zombie, I’m saying that we …


10 Signs That Your Boss Is a Manager vs. a Leader

Are you frustrated with your boss's inability to lead you? Well put that frustration on pause because your boss may be a manager and not necessarily a leader.

Yes, there is a huge difference and understanding some of those nuances allows you to set the right expectations as it relates to your …


5 Key Design Factors for an Effective Home Office

Discipline can be difficult when you’re working from home. You might be too easily distracted during office hours, or you might find yourself struggling to maintain a healthy work-life balance and seeing your sleep patterns suffer as a result.

Every entrepreneur faces these problems when first …

Home Offices

Three Management Strategies You Can Use Today For Higher Team Performance

Your business is successful when all of the right ingredients come together. An idea. A plan, a market opportunity. And a great team. Having the right people in the room with you is key. We know instinctively that the successful teams – the High Performance Teams are an indispensable part of the …