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  • There are lots of myths in psychology,

  • things that people believe

  • there simply is no academic research for.

  • When it comes to brainstorming,

  • right now around the world companies will all

  • be getting together to kick around some ideas

  • and generate some new thoughts.

  • A terrible, terrible idea.

  • If you look at the research on brainstorming,

  • it decreases the number of ideas and the originality

  • of those ideas by around about 20%.

  • Why? Because when we all get together,

  • the most dominant people take charge of the meeting,

  • and who knew they're not the most creative people

  • in the world?

  • A very, very simple change which is that you ask people

  • to brainstorm on their own to come up

  • with three innovative solutions before they get together,

  • and then when you get together you go around the group

  • and everyone talks about their solutions no matter how crazy

  • actually increases innovation and creativity.

  • Again, a very, very simple change.

  • A very easy change, but a very powerful one.

  • When it comes to meetings,

  • often we all like to sit around and we all like,

  • quite frankly, to waste a great deal of time.

  • If you stand up in a meeting, a standing meeting,

  • it doesn't reduce productivity.

  • What it does do is massively reduce the time of the meeting.

  • People want to be out of that room quickly,

  • so they're just as productive in a much, much shorter time.

  • Also, if you think that a colleague

  • or maybe a client is not being entirely straight with you,

  • what's the best thing to do

  • to try and find out if they're being economical

  • with the truth?

  • Well, if you look at the amount

  • of lying across different types of communication,

  • you see people lie a lot face-to-face,

  • a bit less on the phone, a little bit in texting,

  • but absolutely not in emails.

  • Only around about 10% of emails carry a lie,

  • because people don't want to commit themselves to print.

  • And so If you think someone isn't being entirely straight with you,

  • just say, "Oh, can you email me about that?"

  • and instantly you'll find out whether

  • or not they're being economical with the truth.

  • At the moment,

  • we're trying to cut down on sleep as much as possible.

  • There's an epidemic of sleeplessness

  • and sleep is absolutely vital.

  • It underpins productivity, it underpins focus,

  • it underpins creativity.

  • What's happening right at the moment

  • is we're taking our smartphones to bed,

  • often putting them on our bedside table

  • and treating them as alarm clocks,

  • and then, of course, in the middle of the night,

  • you wake up, I think I'll just check social media

  • or whatever it is and you get this blast of light,

  • which actually contains blue light,

  • which is very disruptive to the production of melatonin,

  • which is essential for sleep.

  • And then it really messes up the rest of the night.

  • So, value sleep.

  • If there's any way of incorporating a 20-minute nap

  • into the middle of the day, really good for productivity.

  • Businesses should be doing that.

  • Value sleep.

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    April Lu posted on 2018/09/03
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