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21 Tips for The Art of the Novel

1. Find a great plot or story. 2. Play with form and language. 3. Have the reader enjoy identifying the plot. 4. Combine plot and character. 5. Create stories that continue long after having been read. (e.g. William Trevor) 6. Place surprise on the page: even on every paragraph. (e.g. Jorge Luis Borges, JG Ballard) … Continue reading

Ten Tips to the Art of the Short Story

1. Write a back story for the characters, then remove it. 2. Find the source of tension in the story. 3. Point of view (POV) originates in the nervous system. 4. Find a route that allows you in to the POV. 5. Find a voice that is clear and consistent. 6. Incorporate elements of science-fiction or … Continue reading

Dan Ariely on Behavioral Economics (in San Francisco)

Overview “…no one knows his place in society, his class position or social status; nor does he know his fortune in the distribution of natural assets and abilities, his intelligence and strength, and the like” —John Rawls “The Veil Of Ignorance” What are the nudges or pushes that we can use to steer better behavior from … Continue reading

The Neuroscience of Art Appreciation

Extracted from “What is art? Why we like what we like” by Matthew Huston, The Atlantic, July/August 2014 In order to appreciate art, we must first understand that what we are looking at is art. Researchers found that telling people to imagine themselves a year in the future (a tactic meant to induce abstract thinking) … Continue reading

Neuroplasticity – Lessons from “The Brain that Changes Itself” Norman Doige

Excerpt From: Norman Doidge, M.D. “The Brain That Changes Itself.” iBooks. https://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewBook?id=357928935   Brain Maps And The Plastic Brain Spatial reasoning is necessary for forming a mental map of where things are. We use this kind of reasoning to organize our desks or remember where we have left our keys. Kinesthetic perception allows us to … Continue reading

Open Source Software and Innovation

From the Fujitsu Labs Innovation Forum, June 4th, 2014, Mountain View, CA     Ryan Singer, CryptoCorp Avery Ching, Facebook Andreas Gal, Mozilla.org Jim Zemlin, Linux Foundation   “We are moving from a product-based world to a services-based world.” – Jim Zemlin. This is primarily due to:   Software Abstraction: Virtualization, SDN, etc.hardware is getting commoditized … Continue reading

The Art of Enchantment – For Your Products, Services, or Organization

How do we achieve enchantment with a product or service? 1. Achieve Likeability – make a Duchenne smile (crinkling around the eyes). Accept others. Default to “yes”.  2. Achieve Trustworthiness – Trust others first. Be trusting in order to be trusted. Be a baker, not an eater (not a zero-sum game.)  Find something to agree … Continue reading

Nine Tips to be Successful at Selling Anything!

Let the buyer TRUST you. (To buy is to trust.) Establish trust through honesty and credibility early with the buyer. Let the buyer TALK 90% of the time. (It is remarkable how many sales people fail at this!) Switch from TELL mode to ASK mode. Keep asking questions until the buyer is tired of talking… … Continue reading

Twenty Tips for Workforce Productivity for People in Their Twenties

1. There’s always time. Time is priorities. You never run out of time. If you didn’t finish something by the time it was due, it’s because you didn’t consider it urgent or enjoyable enough to prioritize ahead of whatever else you were doing. 2. Days always fill up faster than you’d expect. Build in some buffer time. As … Continue reading

What is Mindfulness?

The purpose of mindfulness is to wake us up. It’s designed to reconnect us with our intrinsic ingenuity and our indestructible, innate excellence. The Buddhist world that modern mindfulness practices emerged from is explicit about this: human beings are wired for excellence. It maintains six ways – known in Buddhist Sanskrit as paramitas – that we are … Continue reading