December 16, 2013

Happiness is a virtue, not its reward.”

— Baruch Spinoza, Dutch philosopher

The brighter you are

December 16, 2013

“The brighter you are, the more you have to learn.”

— Don Herold, American humorist


Brain test

December 16, 2013

By Kim Komando via http://www.komando.com   Article

A fascinating brain test that takes just 30 seconds

“What kind of person are you? Are you creative and chaotic or logical and detailed? Are you some kind of mixture? You can find out for sure with this fun and easy quiz!

The left side of your brain controls the right side of your body along with language, strategy, rules, logic, details and rationality. The right side of your brain controls the left side of your body and creativity, chaos, intuition, fantasy, images and curiosity.

Find out which side of your brain is the dominant side with 10 easy questions. There are no wrong answers and you can retake the test as many times as you like.

How well did you score? Are you one-side dominant or did you come out equal?

Brain test

Growth always hurts

December 16, 2013

By Dan Rockwell via http://leadershipfreak.wordpress.com   Article

20 Ways to Give Negative Feedback

“Growth always hurts. But, stagnation is death. Growth requires feedback. Successful leaders are great at giving feedback.

… Done well, negative feedback is a gift. Done poorly, it devalues, demotivates, and discourages. …

  • Commit to connect with the recipient. Distance undermines positive impact. Sit on the same side of the table, for example. …
  • Stick with one issue. More than one issue indicates you already failed in the past.
  • Express issues in one or two sentences. The more you talk the worse it is. …
  • Provide adequate time and privacy.
  • Embrace the possibility you could be wrong.
  • Avoid “but.” You’re doing a great job, BUT, is interpreted as, “I’m not doing a great job.”
  • Focus on observable behaviors. Don’t interpret intentions or motivations.
  • Collaborate on solutions and develop a path forward. …

Optimism is essential when giving negative feedback. Avoid giving feedback until you believe growth is possible. If growth isn’t possible, you’re on the path to terminate them or live with the problem.”

A piece of litter

December 16, 2013

By Seth Godin via http://sethgodin.typepad.com   Article

Culture and selfishness

“One person selfishly drops a piece of litter on the ground, the other selfishly picks it up.

Everything we do is done because it’s better than not doing it. “Better” is the complicated term. Better might mean, “gives me physical pleasure right now,” for some people, while better might mean, “the story I tell myself about the contribution I just made gives me joy and satisfaction.”

Society benefits when people selfishly choose the long view and the generous view. The heroes we look up to are those that sacrificed to build schools, to overcome evil, to connect and lead–even though it didn’t necessarily help them in the short run.

Culture, then, provides the bridge between childish, naive instincts to only do what feels good now, to only help ourselves and maybe our kids. Culture makes it too socially expensive to brag about not giving money to charity or, to pick an absurd example, to kill the infirm and the less fortunate. We reduce sociopathic behavior by establishing norms and rewarding those that contribute while shunning and punishing those that don’t.

Marketers have a huge role in this, because we are the amplified culture creators. When we sell people on quick satisfaction now, is it any wonder that people buy it? …

Sure, we’re all selfish, but our culture rewards those who take their selfishness to the long-term, to the narrative of leader and caretaker and gardener, not merely self-interested consumer.”

One and only one leadership principle

December 16, 2013

By Ron Edmondson via http://www.ronedmondson.com   Article

“I received this email recently:

Ron, a question for you.

If you had to pass one and only one leadership principle to others leaders, What would that one principle be and why that one?

That’s a hard question, but I thought for a minute and came to a thought. Here’s my reply:

It’s not about you.


Because, leadership is about something bigger than you.

If ever we begin to believe its about us, or our agenda, or our planor even more dangerousour peoplewe will become controlling, prideful and eventually ineffective.”

Engineering students – more cynical and less concerned

December 16, 2013

By  via http://www.futurity.org   Article

For Engineering Students, a Lesson in Caring?

“As part of their education, engineering students learn the profession’s code of ethics, which includes taking seriously the safety, health, and welfare of the public. However, it appears that there is something about engineering education that results in students becoming more cynical and less concerned with public policy and social engagement issues.

Results showed that the students left college less concerned about public welfare than when they entered.

‘The way many people think about the engineering profession as separate from social, political, and emotional realms is not an accurate assessment,’ Cech says. ‘People have emotional and social reactions to engineered products all the time, and those products shape people’s lives in deep ways; so it stands to reason that it is important for engineers to be conscious of broader ethical and social issues related to technology.’

This ‘culture of disengagement’ is rooted in how engineering education frames engineering problem-solving. ‘Issues that are nontechnical in nature are often perceived as irrelevant to the problem-solving process,’ Cech says. ‘There seems to be very little time or space in engineering curricula for nontechnical conversations about how particular designs may reproduce inequality—for example, debating whether to make a computer faster, more technologically savvy and expensive versus making it less sophisticated and more accessible for customers.’

Ignoring these issues does a disservice to students because practicing engineers are required to address social welfare concerns on a regular basis, even if it involves a conflict of interest or whistleblowing, Cech says. ‘If students are not prepared to think through these issues of public welfare, then we might say they are not fully prepared to enter the engineering practice.'”