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I’m Of Two Minds

February 20, 2019
I’m Of Two Minds

Bicameral: The latest neuroscience is refining our concepts of left-brain and right-brain functionality. Not very long ago, scientist thought that the right-brain did predominantly creative kind of thinking. The left-brain, it was thought, did the logical thinking. Today, the understanding is that things are much more integrated, and the two halves of our brain are […]

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Different Answers

January 9, 2019
Different Answers

Same Questions: I love the story told about Einstein teaching his class of advanced physics students. It goes like this. He administered an examination to the students. One of his teaching assistants noticed that the exam he handed out was the same exam as the prior year. The assistant carefully approached Einstein and pointed out […]

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Language is Never Quite Right

June 13, 2018 0 Comments
Language is Never Quite Right

Words: What do you hear when I speak? I’m trying to paint a word picture of what I see in my mind so that you see “the same picture” in your mind. I share those words with you. We speak the same language. Let’s agree that the language, whatever it is, is native to both […]

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Filters

September 20, 2017 0 Comments
Filters

Optical Filters The optical filters with which I am most familiar are those that photographers use to enhance their images and videos. These particular filters screw into or clip onto the camera lens. I’m not going to bore you with examples of how the filters are used. Suffice it to say that filters modify the […]

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Creative People

September 30, 2015 0 Comments
Creative People

Creative People: — that sounds redundant to me. We (people, that is) ARE creative. Can we really speak of creativity and not be speaking of people for the most part? Yet we people also wind up somehow creating environments that stifle creativity. Why? Perhaps we don’t know where creativity comes from. Certainly we haven’t figured out exactly how […]

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Book Review: The Innovators by Walter Isaacson

December 23, 2014 0 Comments
Book Review: The Innovators by Walter Isaacson

This book, and writing this review, was a trip through memory lane for me! Having spent more than three decades in the semiconductor and high technology space, the people listed in Isaacson’s excellent book were almost all familiar to me. Some I have met, others I have listened to in presentations and almost all I […]

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Book Review: Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman

September 17, 2014
Book Review: Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman

Daniel Kahneman’s book Thinking, Fast and Slow required me to be slow and deliberate in my reading. I stopped frequently to mull over what Kahneman had to say and it was worth every bit of energy I expended. Kahneman starts with this “wish:” “So this is my aim for watercooler conversations: improve the ability to identify […]

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The Science of Leadership

September 10, 2014
The Science of Leadership

Sooner or later we will see a neuroscience-based profile of leadership. I don’t mean a list of words that are “attributes,” or someone’s list of “Top 10 Habits of Highly Successful Leaders.” What I’m envisioning is a neural map showing synaptic connections and particularly active parts of the leader’s brain. There will be detailed explanations […]

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Leadership: “The Truth is . . .”

April 30, 2014
Leadership: “The Truth is . . .”

I hear this phrase frequently during discussions and meetings. Someone will inevitably start a statement or counter someone else’s comment with the assertion “The truth is . . .” How can that statement be accurate? As leaders, should we let it stand? A more accurate statement might be, “A truth is . . .” or better […]

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Nothing Ruins a Good Story Like Good Research

January 29, 2014
Nothing Ruins a Good Story Like Good Research

Either your own good research or someone else’s good research. It’s a bummer. It has to do with confirmation bias. We tend to find facts, data and anecdotes that support our hypothesis. When we “put ourselves out there” and make a definitive statement as though it is factual, and then have someone who happens to […]

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