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Don’t Get Defensive: Communication Tips for the Vigilant

When we get defensive, we make it that much harder for our conversational counterparts to hear what we’re saying. We also make it harder to really listen to what *they* have to say. Soon, we’re shadow-boxing, defending ourselves against attacks that aren’t real, and wasting energy — and …

Control Is for Beginners

My daughter’s voice teacher recently told another student to stop practicing. ”What?!” I almost yelled. ”What happened to the theory of 10,000 hours of practice for mastery?” But she explained that, at times, over-practicing can stifle music, just like over-training can stifle athletes and …

The Five Characteristics of Successful Innovators

There is not much agreement about what makes an idea innovative, and what makes an innovative idea valuable.<p>For example, discussions on whether the internet is a better invention than the wheel are more likely to reveal personal preferences than logical argumentation. Likewise, experts disagree on …

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Moral Licensing: How Being Good Can Make You Bad | Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement

We are quick to beat ourselves up for our apparent lack of willpower. However, the reason why we struggle so much with self-control is often not some …

The Myths of Meditation | Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement

When we look at the peaceful monks sitting in meditation we likely have some interesting opinions about what it is that they are actually doing. We …

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Laser Cutting Acrylic Origami

LaserOrigami uses selective focusing and defocusing of the laser to achieve different effects, allowing users to fold acrylic in the laser. First the laser makes the actual cuts, then the laser is defocused (pulling it back so the heat is distributed over a wider surface) and proceeds to soften the …

Why Conformists Are a Key to Successful Innovation

When my colleagues and I were interviewing a corporate executive about innovation practices, we heard something very interesting that says a lot about the risk of involving too high a proportion of creative people in a radical-innovation group.<p>The company had set up an “innovation forum” where …