The echo chamber is one of the more surprising evolutions of our connected age. It is defined as a virtual digital-social arena which enables anyone with to present and amplify their views with other like-minded individuals without obstruction. Within this chamber, continuous repetition of these ideas bounce off of and reinforce each other at an exponential pace. The amplitude of the echo grows drowning out non-conforming or dissenting views, tending toward creating a single, potentially polarizing point of view about a specific issue or a topic. Continue reading Are we becoming Information Rich, but Knowledge Poor
Sometimes leadership lessons come from the most unexpected places. While leadership fads come and go, a few timeless pieces resonate with their simplicity and pragmatism.
One such piece of advice comes from Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) World Champion, Frank Shamrock. It outlines a simple mental model we can all use to become more successful in work, and in life.
According to Mr. Shamrock, we all need a mindset of a plus, a minus, and an equal.
The fact that we are more attracted to bad news than good news is well-grounded in science. Our emotional connection to bad news is deep rooted in the amygdala – the small part of the brain that governs our internal neurological wiring.Through evolution, the human brain has developed and perfected circuitry that was primed to seek, intercept, and prioritize bad news over anything else simply … Continue reading The Good, the Bad, and the Worldly: 3 ways to build Brand Equity in the Era of Social
The term “innovation” may just be the biggest buzzword of the last two decades. Strategy gurus have identified 15 different variants of innovation ranging from “red ocean” innovation to “blue ocean” innovation; from incremental innovation to frugal innovation; from disruptive innovation to sustainable innovation; etc.Innovation buzzword bingo, while sometimes parodied, is real and here to stay. The “business” of innovation itself may be one of … Continue reading Innovation “Disrupted”
With more attention than ever before on sports and athletic performance, I find myself intrigued by why some athletes are able to consistently perform extraordinarily well under high-pressure while others don’t. Is it just because they’re more skilled and better trained? Are they trying harder? Are they taking more (or fewer) risks? Or maybe they just have an innate, God-given gift to make the right … Continue reading Choke Point: How to make critical decisions when under pressure
Ever wondered why it’s so hard to swat a fly? Researchers from Caltech offered early answers to this age old question in a 2008 study, which was later expanded in a recent study published in Animal Behavior. The first determinant is based on an objective measure called Critical Flicker-Fusion Frequency (CFF) which is the lowest frequency at which a flickering light appears as a solid … Continue reading Swatting Flies, Bored Dogs and the Future of Business
Like many of us during the holidays, it was hard to escape the shopping frenzy stimulated and supercharged by big BLOW OUT SALE banners, provocative advertisements touting Deals of the Year, and creative promotions supported by huge discounts. Popular media reported breathlessly how salivating consumers braved inclement weather, traffic snarls, aggressive crowds, pesky relatives, and overworked sales staff to buy, buy, and then buy more some more. For decades, consumer brands … Continue reading Will 2014 herald the end of the $9.99 deal?