How to See Yourself Clearly: Skip the Introspection Mode

How to See Yourself Clearly: Skip the Introspection Mode by Gustavo Razzetti (Medium)
Too much self examination can kill you
People who score high in self-awareness (“Aware) know themselves well and also understand how others see them. Source: Harvard Business Review Conversely, “Introspectors” lack external self-awareness. They are unaware of their blindspots — they don’t know what they don’t know. Looking for external feedback is critical to developing external self-awareness. “Pleasers” are focused on external perception. They care so much…

The ‘Terms and Conditions’ Reckoning Is Coming

The ‘Terms and Conditions’ Reckoning Is Coming (Bloomberg.com)
Everyone from Uber to PayPal is facing a backlash against their impenetrable legalese.
Much of what’s in the terms and conditions might be affected by the settings a user chooses, and including that information in the initial agreement unnecessarily complicates the document. “Users typically only have the choice of accepting the terms and conditions in their entirety or not using the service at all,” Garner says. Companies must…

OpSec for activists

OpSec for activists (The Outline)
This group shows activists of color how to protect themselves from digital threats.
This group shows activists of color how to protect themselves from digital threats.   In response, a group of organizers at the Center for Media Justice and May First/PeopleLink put together a digital self-defense toolkit called Defend Our Movements. Their goal is to help activists, especially activists of color, protect their data, encrypt their communications, and learn…

How to give feedback that really works, without hurting anyone more than you have to

How to give feedback that really works, without hurting anyone more than you have to (Quartz at Work)
Critiquing a colleague is never easy, but anyone can master the art of feedback.
As Charlie Munger, vice chairman of Berkshire Hathaway, famously stated, “You are not going to get very far in life based on what you already know.”   The tension between giving transparent feedback and caring for your direct reports is what makes giving good feedback so difficult. Kim Scott, a former executive at Google and…

The weight of integrity

The weight of integrity (mailchi.mp)
There’s a universal desire to have our ideas, opinions and work treated with respect and given significance. We want to be seen as experts and true professionals—we want what we do to have enough weight to matter.
You do what you say you’re going to do. I mean really, that’s our consistent complaint about the disappointments of humanity. If people only did what they said they were going to do, the world would operate with both efficiency and incredible beauty.

The Mind-Expanding Ideas of Andy Clark

The Mind-Expanding Ideas of Andy Clark (The New Yorker)
The tools we use to help us think—from language to smartphones—may be part of thought itself.
The first section of the article follows Clark's development of idea that our minds must be defined as extended beyond our bodies to include the tools in our environment without which they cannot function: Clark started musing about the ways in which even adult thought was often scaffolded by things outside the head. There were…

12 tips to give a solid scholarly talk within a short time frame

12 tips to give a solid scholarly talk within a short time frame by Raul Pacheco-Vega (raulpacheco.org)
One of the things I’ve noticed at conferences, workshops and seminars is that we tend to overestimate our abilities to give a talk within a short time frame. I see this at MPSA, ISA, AAG, and all other scholarly conferences I attend. We KNOW in advance that we have only 10 minutes, 12 minutes at t...
1) state what you learned/found UPFRONT 2) don't spend 7 minutes in context - don't spend 4 minutes in literature review 3) NEVER go over your allotted time 4) clearly state PUZZLE 5) provide BRIEF context (<2 minutes) 6) describe methods, sampling BUT don't dwell on this unless methods paper 7) INTERPRET table/results 8) when…

The ethics and responsibilities of fiction

The ethics and responsibilities of fiction: Andrea Phillips at TEDxTransmedia
Andrea Phillips is an award-winning transmedia writer and author of A Creator's Guide to Transmedia Storytelling. Her work includes The Maester's Path for HBO's Game of Thrones with Campfire Media, The Drunk and On Drugs Happy Funtime Hour Quest with Stitch Media, America 2049 with human rights nonprofit Breakthrough, the independent commercial ARG Perplex City,…

Ethics of Immersive Digital Storytelling

Video: Ethics of Immersive Digital Storytelling by dogtrax (dogtrax.edublogs.org)
https://images.duckduckgo.com/iu/?u=http%3A%2F%2Fdeusexmachinatio.typepad.com%2F.a%2F6a00d8341ef9a653ef0133ec8290f3970b-500wi&f=1 (image via Andrea Phillips) A conversation recently unfolded on Twitter about Transmedia Storytelling, in which author and transmedia storyteller Andrea Phillips joined i...
She voiced concern over the ethics and responsibility of digital storytellers, particularly those who use media to trick/entertain viewers to enter into the story from different angles. (Transmedia is the idea of a story unfolded over different media, technology and platforms — the pieces joined together to tell a story, although each piece could stand…