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Machine learning—also for the bats

Neuroecologist, Yossi Yovel and his team modified a machine learning algorithm, so they could analyze how Egyptian fruit bats communicate. The result? Bats speak to each other as individuals—and actually communicate specific problems. This is breakthrough research in our understanding of how animals communicate. From Jason Daley’s Smithsonian article: “They were able to classify 60 […]

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The right way to conduct a debrief

I recently came out of what was supposed to be a project debrief quite shocked. It was a complex project with a lot of moving pieces, and the result was quite amazing. But the external consultant leading the debrief was solely focused on finger-pointing. The value of a good debrief is important, but they should […]

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The biggest red flag personality trait is…

We’ve all worked in environments where there was that one person who seemed to thrive on negativity. It turns out; their impact is even more destructive than once thought. Harvard Business School’s TOXIC WORKERS paper “found that this type of ‘toxic’ co-worker is a major red flag because of their ability to drive other employees […]

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What millennials want

Continuing with generational cohorts, a LinkedIn Workplace Culture Report found that “Nearly nine out of ten, or 86 percent, of millennials (those between the ages of 22 and 37) would consider taking a pay cut to work at a company whose mission and values align with their own.” Yet “only 9 percent of baby boomers […]

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Generational cohorts

We were asked to write about the different generational cohorts. Your cohort is always the year you were born. I was born a baby boomer, and I will always be a baby boomer. Here’s how the Pew Research Centre has divided up the cohorts: The Silent Generation: born between1928 and 1945 Baby Boomers: born between […]

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A life well lived—and loved

We wanted to draw your attention to one of the most lovingly crafted (and humorous) obituaries we’ve ever come across. His daughters wrote and published it in The Hartford Courant, Joe Heller (1937-2019). Among the tidbits:  “Feel free to be as late as you’d like as Joe was never on time for anything because of […]

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Use an interactive conversation coach to help with skeptics

Getting people to listen when they have made up their minds is difficult. But what if someone has based their decision on false and faulty information and the emotional takes over rather than the rational? Health information website, Verywell launched an interactive experience called Healthy Conversations “that uses the format of a choose-your-own-adventure text message […]

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Six killer examples of gamification in learning

Compliance training tends to be a serious matter—and it is. But that doesn’t mean you can’t add some fun, including gamification. Wikipedia’s definition: “Gamification is the application of game-design elements and game principles in non-game contexts. It can also be defined as a set of activities and processes to solve problems by using or applying the […]

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