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Why You Need to Write Your Ideas Down

The human brain is far, far better at creating than remembering. In fact, research says that a person’s short-term memory seems to be about 20 seconds, with the capacity about 4 items. The brain simply isn’t designed to remember stuff, which is why we make grocery lists and jot down tasks in our planners. As good as we are at keeping a list of what we need to buy for the party, most of us are...
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What Do You Say When You Talk to Yourself?

A few years ago, I was consulting with a company that went through an unexpected management shuffle, leaving most everyone in the company confused and a little on edge. A few weeks later, I happened to be chatting with the new CEO who, instead of losing his job, had been promoted. During the conversation, he was unusually candid and forthright. He told me he had no idea what to do in this new...
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So, You Think You Have a Good Handle on Reality?

Not So Fast. . . In 1995, astronomer Bob Williams pointed the Hubble Space Telescope at a postage stamp-size patch of sky filled with absolutely nothing. It was completely black. For 100 hours between Dec. 18 and 28, Hubble stared at this lonely patch of sky near the Big Dipper’s handle that was only about 1/30th as wide as the full moon. In total, the telescope took 342 pictures of the region....
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What Your Brain Does While You’re Sleeping

While doing our research for the book, BIG IDEAS, we studied sleep, and its connection to creativity and idea generation. The more we learned, the more we came to appreciate the value and importance of a good night’s rest. Up until the 1950s, it was believed that sleep was simply a passive period of unconscious rest, but now we know that it’s a complex process, essential to creative thought,...
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Your Hurry Up, Beta Brain Life Style Is Changing You – And Not in a Good Way

In the book BIG IDEAS, we explain the main differences between the beta and alpha brain states. • The beta brain state is the conscious working brain. It gathers information, makes decisions, deals with problems, pays focused attention, and gets things done. The beta brain state is fast, requires lots of oxygen and glucose, and tires after a few hours. Most people spend much of their awake time...
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Does Worry Keep You Up at Night?

A few weeks ago, I posted a short video on What Your Brain Does While Your Sleeping. I was surprised at the number of responses that came through regarding sleep, anxiety and insomnia. Sometimes it’s hard to tell whether you’re having trouble sleeping because you’re anxious, or if you’re anxious because you can’t sleep. The answer may be both. It’s a two-way street: Stress, anxiety...
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Problems…Problems, Anyone?

A problem can be defined as the difference between where we are and where we want to be, or what we have versus what we want. Problems are ubiquitous and incessant - like the waves of the ocean or the setting of the sun. Everyone, regardless of their background, intelligence, good looks, or charm, has problems. Problems can’t be avoided. If you happen to go to bed tonight without any problems...
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“Innovate or Die” ~ Peter Drucker

In today’s competitive business environment, a creative and innovative culture is a notable characteristic of most successful companies. Many of these businesses encourage their employees to think “outside of the box” by providing them with time and resources to explore and test new ideas. It is believed such thinking is essential for progress and differentiation. However, history is full...
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Does Your Brain Run Fast or Slow?

And does it matter? (YES!) In the book BIG IDEAS, we explain how the human brain has evolved to operate at different rates of speed. Three of these speeds are called beta, alpha and gamma, and each one is essential to creativity and innovative thought. You are in beta when you’re awake and aware, when you’re gathering information (like reading this blog), dealing with challenges, in active...
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Albert Einstein’s World-Changing Aha! Moment

Aha! Moments are incredible instances when answers or solutions seem to come into focus, leaving us enlightened, astounded, and changed. Aha! Moments make the ambiguous crystal clear and provide answers where, just moments before, there was nothing but confusion. Some Aha! Moments leave the person or the world forever changed. Such was Albert Einstein’s Aha! Moment that took place on a street...
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