Creativity is not mystical or reserved for artists, says Wilco band leader and author Jeff Tweedy, whose new book gives amateurs the tools to write songs, even if they don't know anything about music. "Everybody's born with a certain amount of ability to improvise, or we wouldn't know how to find our way back home when we get lost," he says.
Why it matters: Studies about the impact autonomous vehicles (AV) will have on society are always fascinating. AVs stand to reduce traffic accidents by 94% by eliminating driver error, but there are also areas where AVs might have a negative impact on health. To that end, researchers have developed a new model that identifies 32 transportation-related risk factors where widespread adoption of AVs might affect human health.
See your business as part of a system of possible events instead of using a linear strategy model to better identify unforeseen consequences of decisions, writes Barry O'Reilly. "You can forecast what might happen by looking at alternative scenarios or actually show the interrelationship between challenges and problems," O'Reilly writes.
Wally Bock writes that his mother always asked, "What good can we make of this?" even when she was diagnosed with cancer, as a way to see possibilities in challenges. Asking this question is a way leaders can wisely help their employees adjust to the changes brought on by the pandemic, Bock writes.
Disney is banking on its streaming service, Disney+, to pick up the slack from movie theaters, theme parks, cruises and other ventures shut down by the pandemic after growing its subscribers to 60.5 million in 10 months. "Even for seemingly unrelated industries, such as construction or even energy, the writing on the wall is clear: boldly transform yourself into digital-first businesses or go obsolete," writes Cambridge Judge Business School Visiting Fellow Hamza Mudassir.
When negotiating with a client, ask questions about how your business can solve their problems instead of talking too much about features and money, writes Clint Babcock, and never make concessions without getting something in return. "Hold onto concessions for as long as you can; don't give them up until late in the sales or negotiation process," he writes.
Focusing on breathing the right way, and breathing less often, can help stabilize the body, boost immunity and speed healing, writes James Nestor, author of "Breath: The New Science of a Lost Art." "Breathing really is the key to unlocking the human body's true potential," he writes.
Residents of Asbestos, Quebec, Canada, will now live in Val-des-Sources come December after voting to remove the toxic name it earned as host to the world's largest chrysotile asbestos mine. The name, which means "valley of the springs," was among six options and almost half of the residents 14-years and older took part in a drive-in vote.
Workplace change is made easier for employees when leaders communicate consistently, quickly manage pain points, offer incentives and establish a positive narrative, Adrian Gostick writes. Gostick advises that emphasizing transparency helps nurture trust, which leads to a healthy culture.
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