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everything you thought you knew about learning is wrong

Robert Bjork, professor of psychology, director of UCLA Learning and Forgetting Lab:

  • study, practice several related things at once, not just one thing in one focused block at a time
  • learn at different locations
  • space repetition, reviewing – f.ex, don’t necessarily take notes in class, rather right after

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the open-office trap

from www.newyorker.com/business/currency/the-open-office-trap

the open office, flourishes: some seventy per cent of all offices now have an open floor plan.

…. a growing body of evidence suggests that the open office undermines the very things that it was designed to achieve.

…. In 2011, the organizational psychologist Matthew Davis reviewed more than a hundred studies about office environments. He found that, though open offices often fostered a symbolic sense of organizational mission, making employees feel like part of a more laid-back, innovative enterprise, they were damaging to the workers’ attention spans, productivity, creative thinking, and satisfaction. Compared with standard offices, employees experienced more uncontrolled interactions, higher levels of stress, and lower levels of concentration and motivation.

….Physical barriers have been closely linked to psychological privacy, and a sense of privacy boosts job performance.

….the ability to control the environment had a significant effect on team cohesion and satisfaction.

….An open environment may even have a negative impact on our health.

….noise has been repeatedlytied to reduced cognitive performance. The psychologist Nick Perham, who studies the effect of sound on how we think, has found that office commotion impairs workers’ ability to recall information, and even to do basic arithmetic. Listening to music to block out the office intrusion doesn’t help: even that, Perham found, impairs our mental acuity.

….it seems that the more frantically you multitask, the worse you become at blocking out distractions.


work with culture through storytelling

from Nancy Duarte: Strengthen and Sustain Culture with Storytelling

stories are more than content for marketing campaigns. They’re the fuel that feeds and sustains a strong corporate culture.

good stories remind employees and customers about the values of an organization.

tell if your company has a truly story-driven culture:

Information delivery reflects a balance of analytical and emotional content

…. anecdotes or narratives that explain their origin

….high value on activities that foster understanding between people and invests in training to build communication skills