Mood, Creativity, & Cognitive Errors

Mood, Creativity, & Cognitive Errors

In Thinking Fast and Slow, Daniel Kahneman comments on research studying people's mood and cognitive performance. He writes the following about how we think when we are in a good mood, "when in a good mood, people become more intuitive and more creative but also less vigilant and more prone to logical errors."   We … Continue reading Mood, Creativity, & Cognitive Errors

Afternoon Creativity – The Inspiration Paradox

"The Inspiration Paradox – the idea that innovation and creativity are greatest when we are not at our best, at least with respect to our circadian rhythms," is an idea that Daniel Pink writes about in his book When. Time is important for us human beings. We all have experienced first hand how frustrating it … Continue reading Afternoon Creativity – The Inspiration Paradox

Cities Suffer From Loss Aversion

"Many U.S. cities are, in essence, a fact-free zone when it comes to public assets. They have little knowledge of the assets they own and the market value of those assets, either under current or altered zoning regimes. Ironically, U.S. cities know what they owe (such as pension liabilities) but not what they own. Rectifying that … Continue reading Cities Suffer From Loss Aversion

Negotiations

In his book Political Realism Jonathan Rauch describes the importance of negotiations in politics. The act of negotiating is the act of coalition building, finding support for an idea, position, or program among legislators with varied interests. Negotiation needs to be creative, with all options on the board for at least consideration or evaluation. Within a … Continue reading Negotiations

Finding Your Voice in Writing

Amanda Gefter’s book, Trespassing on Einstein’s Lawn, mostly focuses on physics and the complex state of how our leading physicists were thinking about the universe in 2014. The book also, however, focuses on Gefter’s journey into science journalism, about her life and experiences, about our quest for knowledge, and about the ways in which we … Continue reading Finding Your Voice in Writing

What it Takes to Overcome Obstacles

There are three parts to overcoming our obstacles that Ryan Holiday lays out in his book The Obstacle is the Way. In a single short quote he gives us a quick roadmap for developing ourselves and facing our challenges.   “Overcoming obstacles is a discipline of three critical steps.      It begins with how we look … Continue reading What it Takes to Overcome Obstacles

Creativity and Goals

In his book The Obstacle is the Way, author Ryan Holiday writes about the struggles we face in reaching our goals, and what is required of us when we face obstacles along the path to success. “All great victories, be they in politics, business, art, or seduction, involved resolving vexing problems with a potent cocktail of creativity, … Continue reading Creativity and Goals