Innovation, 2011

They’re mobile devices and not phones anymore. Microsoft’s Kinetic takes the Nintendo Wii to the next level with a hands free gaming device. An inventor in Japan is designing a high speed train that doesn’t have to stop to pick up or let off passenger For the leaping impaired, Concept 1 has designed a new basketball shoe that adds 4 inches to a basketball players vertical leap, even giving guys like me hope that someday I may be able to...

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Create Happiness

(http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/10296/1097382-110.stm). It was perhaps not too surprising then when I came upon an interview about research work done by  Michael Norton a Harvard business school professor and some colleagues from the University of British Columbia. Their studies show that (at least) one path to happiness is not about spending money but by giving it away. They found that in measuring happiness, if an individuals income doubled, their happiness measure only increased by 7%. But to further test their ideas, they...

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Routines that Automate

What make  computers powerful and ubiquitous is their ability to automate easy (and eventually complex) tasks. When I was watching Apollo 13 the other night, I saw the NASA engineers checking the calculations of Astronaut Jim Lovell using their slide rules. Slide rules and other such devices are mechanical in nature but soon calculators and now our smart phones easily automate calculations as simple as addition or as complex as amortization tables. What would happen if we began to apply...

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So You Think You Can Multi-Task…Dream On

Unfortunately, this is one area where computers have us beaten hands down. Research over the past 20 years have clearly shown that we humans are not very good at multi-tasking. Among the finding are that when people multi-task: Error rates increase. Research on drivers who are distracted indicate that over 20% or all crashes are due to distracted driving Time for completion takes longer Prioritization as to what is most important may be lost Retention decreases People will tend to...

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The Resilience Advantage (Part 1)

How you navigate through the stress in real time. We all know the feeling of dealing with a stressful situation in the moment. We feel overwhelmed, pressured, tightness in our shoulders. Foundational resilience strategies such as breathing are the single best way to gain a bit more control in the midst of the event. Being able to bounce-back is pretty important and is all about healing from stress whether it is a big stressor like life threatening illnesses or getting...

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