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    1. How 15-Minute Boredom Sessions Can Help You Manage Stress and Emotions

      How 15-Minute Boredom Sessions Can Help You Manage Stress and Emotions

      If you want to know the state of a nation, we generally look no further than online. A proper portrait, that does not yield. Look, instead, at the line in front of you, waiting for a cappuccino or to pay for groceries. Look into the cars surrounding you at a red light. Look around anywhere in the public space, except at your phone. Then you’ll get a sense of where our heads are at.

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    2. A.I. Will Serve Humans—But Only About 1% of Them

      A.I. Will Serve Humans—But Only About 1% of Them

      It doesn’t have to be this way, but for now it is: AI’s primary purpose is to maximize profits. For all of the predictions of its benefits to society, right now, that’s just window-dressing—a pie-in-the-sky vision of a world we don’t actually inhabit. While some like Elon Musk issue dire warnings against finding ourselves beneath the silicon thumbs of robot overlords, the fact is we’re already under threat.

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    3. How Traveling Abroad Changes Your Outlook on the World for the Better

      How Traveling Abroad Changes Your Outlook on the World for the Better

      When the term “armchair” is applied to a job title, it’s almost always derogatory. An armchair general, for example, refers to someone who considers himself an expert on military matters even though he’s never seen combat, or perhaps even served in the military. It implies a critical lack of real-world experience.

      Considering that the United States remains the world's only superpower, that begs the question: How informed are Americans when it comes to their country's vast global power?

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    4. Economics and Politics: Depressing, Right? Not So, Say Young People

      Economics and Politics: Depressing, Right? Not So, Say Young People

      Despite a growing sense of unease at the uncertainties of modern society—from turbulent political events to widening income inequality—youth around the world continue to be very optimistic, a large global survey concludes.

      Taken in 45 cities across 32 countries between November 2016 and January 2017, the survey gathered responses from 7,394 individuals aged 18-24. It was carried out by the international research firm Ipsos as part of Citi Foundation’s Pathways to Progress initiative.

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    5. Are We Born Optimistic? Or Is It a Coping Skill We Learn as Adults?

      Are We Born Optimistic? Or Is It a Coping Skill We Learn as Adults?

      LORI MARKSON: As a developmental psychologist who studies cognition in children we were really excited to be able to focus on a particular aspect of a cognitive bias, which is the development of optimism in children.

      So we’re often studying cognitive mechanisms and how children are using these to reason about various aspects of the world around them, including other people’s thoughts and preferences.

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    6. Why Adults Need to Play More Often

      Why Adults Need to Play More Often

      People take fitness seriously. Those ten thousand steps. Marathon over, time to tackle the ultra-marathon. Pounds upon pounds on the squat rack—just make sure to post it or it never happened. And yoga, well, people take their yoga very seriously.

      Taking health seriously is wonderful, arguably better than not considering it at all. That said, one of the greatest joys of exercise is play. Your workout should be hard, otherwise you’ll plateau and never grow stronger.

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    7. This Is How You Can Become a Damn Good Writer

      This Is How You Can Become a Damn Good Writer

      The rhythm of a good sentence moves through you as powerfully as a solid beat. It can cause you to fall silent, placing the book face down, pages spread, to contemplate the vast sweep of life, all thanks to the combination of a few simple words. It can call you to action, creating a swell of motor neurons dictating forward momentum. A dopamine cascade tingling the extremities of limbs and minds when the puzzle pieces of language fit together in just the right form.

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    8. There Are "Two Halves" To Great Design, Says iPod Co-Designer

      There Are "Two Halves" To Great Design, Says iPod Co-Designer

      Posting and discussing examples of bad design has recently become a curiously popular online hobby. The subreddit r/crappydesign, perhaps the mecca of ridiculing design faux pas, boasts nearly 700,000 subscribers and features posts like an elevator with completely unordered buttons and a height chart that's placed several feet off the ground. (r/crappydesign's motto, for the record, is: "MAY THE COMIC SANS AND LENS FLARES FLOW UNFILTERED}".)

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    9. How Some Myths about the Brain Just Don't Go Away

      How Some Myths about the Brain Just Don't Go Away

      Some commonly held ideas about what we know about the brain are nothing more than myth, and a new study recently published in Frontiers of Psychology has set out to disprove these falsehoods despite their prevalence in culture.

      Our infant daughter spent years with her face pressed up against our TV screen supposedly having her learning capacity expanded through classical music and “stimulating images” delivered to her by a then-popular video series, Baby Einstein.

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    10. Women in Countries With More Gender Equality Have Better Cognitive Health

      Women in Countries With More Gender Equality Have Better Cognitive Health

      The extent of gender equality in a country can affect women's cognitive health. Such is the conclusion of a new study that looked at how the cognitive functioning of women changed over time based on where they lived.

      The lead author of the study, Eric Bonsang of University Paris-Dauphine and Columbia University, said this is the first attempt to shed light on the negative consequences that gender inequality has on women's health later in life.

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    11. What the Early Life of Steve Jobs Can Teach Us About Success

      What the Early Life of Steve Jobs Can Teach Us About Success

      Steve Jobs is one of the most admired and admonished figures of the technological age. With his razor sharp focus on his work, continuous quest for perfection, unapologetic behavior, selfishness at times, seeming disregard for the feelings of others, and absolute dedication to his life's work, he is like the hero of an Ayn Rand novel. His life, character, achievements and failures are repeatedly debated by admirers and critics alike.

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    12. VIP Invite: ATD & SHRM Members Receive 30% Off at ELC17

      VIP Invite: ATD & SHRM Members Receive 30% Off at ELC17

      Added Benefits to Membership- 30% off Enterprise Learning! Conference 2017 (ELC17)

      The Enterprise Learning! Conference 2017 hosts global thought leaders and executives from corporate enterprise, government agencies, higher education and non-profit organizations. This conference reveals how leaders are building high-performance organizations in the age of digital disruption. ELC17 serves the robust $243 billion enterprise learning market expanding at 17% CAGR. Now, ATD and SHRM members earn a VIP discount of 30% when using offer code: ATD30

      Focused on delivering the answers you need, ELC17 features 6 keynoters who are embracing these technological forces and re-inventing their organizations’ products, services and learning ecosystems. Leaders from Saleforce, Zappos, T-Mobile, Cisco, IBM, Ingersoll-Rand, Scripps Health will offer insights into evolving enterprise learning. From AI, machine learning to simulations, discover how to tap technologies to drive productivity.

      ELC17 convenes over 125 award-winning learning professionals to share the best practices of high performance organizations, lessons learned, and future strategies. Invest 48 hours at ELC17, and discover how to engage teams, build a productive learning culture, measure impact and embrace the future digital enterprise.

      Who Should Attend

      Executives charged with driving enterprise performance via learning and workplace technologies, including HR, Talent, Development, Training, E-learning, Project Management, Education, Sales & Service should attend ELC17.  Government, non-profit agencies and educational institution leaders are also in attendance to collaborate on the now and the next in learning. Attending this conference is an amazing opportunity to meet colleagues from across the globe.  Registration is now open at:  http://www.elceshow.com. As ATD or SHRM members, you qualify for 30% off ELC17.

      Invest 2-days at the Enterprise Learning! Conference and create your action plan to thrive in this age of disruption.

      View ELC17 Conference Brochure at:

      http://2elearning.com/images/ELC2017/ELC17_ConferenceGuide.pdf

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    13. Trump and Brexit: How Cognitive Elitism Caused Nations to Divide

      Trump and Brexit: How Cognitive Elitism Caused Nations to Divide

      DAVID GOODHART: My book is basically about the value divides in modern societies. I focused a lot on Britain, but I think a lot of it applies to America too. And I'm talking about not so much the kind of elite/non-elite divide—when we talk about elites we often mean I think the top three or five percent of the population—I’m talking about a much bigger divide between the educated and often mobile people, who I call the “Anywheres,” who tend to value openness, autonomy, fluidity—they can surf social change comfortably, they tend not to ...

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    14. Women Closing Gap in Male-Dominated Professions

      Women Closing Gap in Male-Dominated Professions

      A new CareerBuilder Research Study shows women have taken a significant share of new jobs for male-dominated occupations.  Of the 785 occupations classified by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, two thirds have a higher concentration of men employed. However, a new study from CareerBuilder shows a greater number of women are moving into these roles. 

      Nearly 1 in 4 (24 percent) of new jobs added in male-dominated occupations from 2009 to 2017 were taken by women. As it stands today, 23 percent of all male-dominated occupations are held by female workers. More women are breaking into roles ranging from CEOs, lawyers and surgeons to web developers, chemists and producers and directors. The top 3 fields females are migrating to in larger numbers are: General Managers/Operations Managers (84,523), Team Assemblers (77,426) and Management Analysts (41,030.)

      On the flip side, 30 percent of new jobs added in female-dominated occupations from 2009 to 2017 were taken by men. Today, 27 percent of all female-dominated occupations are held by male workers. Men have grown their presence in roles ranging from education administrators, pharmacists and interior designers to cooks, accountants and human resources managers.

      “Women and men are sidestepping pre-conceived notions and crossing over into roles that historically have been heavily populated by the opposite sex,” said Rosemary Haefner, chief human resources officer for CareerBuilder. “Over the last ten years, women have been gaining ground in management, law and various STEM-related roles. More men are moving into education and training, support roles and creative fields. While there is still room for improvement in terms of finding balance, there seems to be less gender bias when it comes to hiring and choosing career paths.”

      Women Gaining Ground in Male-Dominated Occupations from 2009 to 2017

      According to CareerBuilder’s analysis, more women are moving into leadership roles as well as occupations tied to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Of the 12,385 new chief executive jobs that were added from 2009 to 2017, women accounted for 28 percent of them. Women also took nearly half of new jobs for lawyers, veterinarians and marketing managers and nearly a third of new jobs for surgeons and web developers.

      The study involved extensive analysis of 2009 to 2017 data from Emsi, CareerBuilder's labor market analysis arm, which pulls information from multiple federal and state labor market sources.

       

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    15. Five Days Left to Register for Enterprise Learning! Conference at Early Bird Rates -Discover How to Build the High-Performance Organization in the Age of Disruption

      The Enterprise Learning! Conference 2017 (ELC17), produced by Elearning! Media Group, a B2B Media Company, announced only 5 days remain for Early Bird Registration, a $500 savings on the 2day conference pass. The event takes place August 29-30, 2017 in San Diego, CA. The theme is “Building the High-Performance Organization in the Age of Disruption.”

      The Enterprise Learning! Conference 2017 hosts global thought leaders and executives from corporate enterprise, government agencies, higher education and non-profit organizations. This conference reveals how leaders are building high-performance organizations in the age of digital disruption. ELC17 serves the robust $243 billion enterprise learning market expanding at 17% CAGR.

       “The Enterprise Learning! Conference is one of the best events to attend. There is something new to learn every year. The event’s focus on technology and learning impact is important for every learning leader to know about,” reports Dr. Christopher Hardy, Global Strategy Director, Defense Acquisition Academy, Department of Defense.

       ELC17 Event Highlights:

      > ELC17 convenes over 125 award-winning learning professionals to share the best practices of high performance organizations, lessons learned, and future strategies.

      > Attend 6 Keynotes focused on Thriving in the Digital Age, Re-invention, Engagement, Technology Transformation & Culture.

      > Discover how to engage teams, build a productive learning culture, measure impact and embrace the future digital enterprise.

      > See simulations at work at Scripps Health Simulation Center Tour and simulation session.

      > Get a deep dive in Virtual Reality for Learning in 3 Easy Steps by CLO, Ritchie Djamhur.

      > Network with the industries elite Learning! 100 and Learning! Champions. Increase your network and best practices at ELC17.

      > Attend Celebration of Excellence Opening Night Reception.

      > Collaborate with thought-leaders and change-makers from Salesforce, Cisco, Zappos, T-Mobile, Ingersoll Rand, Future Workplace, NASA, ADL and more.

      > Bring the learning back to the office with selected On-demand sessions.

      Download complete conference program and speaker line up at http://2elearning.com/images/ELC2017/ELC17_ConferenceGuide.pdf

      “We all learn as we go. By attending the Enterprise Learning! Conference, we gain knowledge that is invaluable. This is our school. There is no better way to learn than from our peers, “says Ashley Robins, Trainer at McDonald’s Corporation.

      Who Should Attend

      Executives charged with driving enterprise performance via learning and workplace technologies including HR, Talent, Development, Training, E-learning, Project Management, Education, IT and Sales & Customer Service should attend ELC17.  Government, non-profit agencies and educational institution leaders are also in attendance to collaborate on the now and the next in learning. Attending this conference is an amazing opportunity to meet colleagues from across the globe.  Registration is now open at:  http://www.elceshow.com/register/     Register by July 1st and save up to $500.

      Registration & Discounts

      Registration is open now. Reserve your conference pass at:  http://www.elceshow.com/register/

      Various discounts are available. Register by July 1st and save up to $500. Government, education, non-profit organizations and association members earn a 25% discount on 2-day conference passes when registering with .gov, .edu, .mil, .org email address. Groups of 3 or more will earn 30% discounts when booked at the same time.

      About the Event

      In the 7th year, Enterprise Learning! Conference is being held in San Diego, CA on August 29th-30th, 2017. At ELC17, you will network, learn and share from the top global learning leaders from corporate, government, education and non-profit organizations to build the high- performance organization.    Convene with award-winning learning professionals to share best practices and strategies to embrace the future digital workplace.  The intimate conference format assures you high level engagements and interactions across the audience. Access the full conference program at: http://2elearning.com/images/ELC2017/ELC17_ConferenceGuide.pdf

      About Elearning! Media Group

      Elearning! Media Group is owned by B2B Media Group LLC. Elearning! Media Group consists of eleven media products including: Elearning! Magazine, Government Elearning! E-Magazine, e-mail newsletters, Alerts, Websites, Web seminars, the Enterprise Learning! Summit and Enterprise Learning! Conference. Elearning! Media Group serves the $243 billion learning & workplace technology market.  Suppliers and practitioners can follow us: online at www.2elearning.com; on Twitter: @2elearning or #ELCE; via Facebook: Elearning! -Magazine or LinkedIn: Elearning! Magazine Network or Enterprise Learning! Conference

       Enterprise Learning! Events

      Since 2008, Enterprise Learning! Events bring onsite and online audiences together to learn, network and share. Mark your calendar for Enterprise Learning! Conference on August 29-30, 2017 in San Diego, CA. Enterprise Learning! Conference hosts the Learning! 100 and Learning! Champion Awards. The Enterprise Learning! Conference Online is an on-demand event available to all ELC17 conference attendees, and online only attendees after the live event. For more information about the Enterprise Learning! Conference visit http://www.elceshow.com.

       

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    16. CEOs Reveal Top Priorities for 2017 -Learning & Development Rates 6th With Only 37% Measuring Impact

      CEOs Reveal Top Priorities for 2017 -Learning & Development Rates 6th With Only 37% Measuring Impact

      The Second Annual Corporate Pulse Survey conducted by Financial Times reveals CEO’s top priorities for 2017. The survey of almost 1,000 executives from Europe, the Middle East, Japan and China, shows their top priorities for 2017 are in-market growth (33%), strategy development and execution (31%), financial management (26%) and cyber security (26%). Executive education and leadership development (24%) are sixth on the priority list, with 22% also seeing this area as a challenge they must address in the next three years.

       “That said, the top three things that senior professionals say need immediate attention include recruitment, training, and executive education and leadership development (38% each),” says VanDyck Silveira, FT | IE Corporate Learning Alliance CEO.

       Key areas for concern in learning and development were also revealed:

      • Senior professionals understand and recognize the long-term benefits of learning and leadership development, admitting it isn’t a number-one priority for their organization.
      • To date, learning and leadership development programs haven’t lived up to senior professionals’ expectations, although these professionals are optimistic that future programs will be worth the investment.
      • Although organizations have attempted to measure the impact of executive education and leadership development, they don’t always succeed - despite this being a priority when choosing the right programming.
      • Compared with last year’s survey results, learning priorities have remained roughly consistent among senior professionals.

      There are regional differences when it comes to views on the impact of learning and leadership development programs. Satisfaction with these programs is highest in China (72%), Spain (64%) and Germany (57%) – with the lowest satisfaction ratings coming from Japan (16%) and the Nordic countries (37%).  Moreover, respondents - especially those in China, Spain and Germany - believe the senior leaders in their organization are optimistic about future investments in executive education / leadership development.

       “Over 80% of senior professionals believe that executive education / leadership development has improved their skills, is vital to achieving business goals, and is more important than ever. In addition, 58% of them believe that executive education and leadership development are the key to holding on to their best employees,” says Silveira.

      Less than half of respondents report their senior leadership teams believe past investments in executive education have added value to their organization. This varies by market, with perceived value being strongest in China (69%), Spain (60%) and Germany (60%).

      Where senior professionals measured the outcomes of past corporate learning programs, they measured impact based on:

      • Employee satisfaction (72%)
      • Customer satisfaction (72%)
      • Employee engagement (72%)
      • Revenue, profit and margins (68%)

       In terms of impact, only 37% report seeing a tangible impact on employee engagement, 34% see benefits in terms of customer satisfaction; while revenue, profit, and margins, and employee satisfaction both return figures of 32%.

      “It would appear senior professionals agree there’s room for improvement when it comes to executive education and leadership development - including better alignment with business goals (41%), more engagement from employees (40%) and better long-term planning of programs (37%),” adds Silveria.

      “This research further highlights the place of corporate executive education and leadership development, along with today’s key issues in this area across a large proportion of the globe,” concludes Silveria.

      The 2017 Corporate Learning Pulse global survey report is available to download from: http://resources.ftiecla.com/en-gb/pulse2017/  

      A video summary of the 2017 report findings can be viewed at https://vimeo.com/223015129

      About the author:

      David Wells is Head of Communication at FT | IE Corporate Learning Alliance. Contact him at: +44 (0)7921 582419; david.wells@ftiecla.com

       About Financial Times | IE Business School Corporate Learning Alliance

      Financial Times |IE Business School Corporate Learning Alliance, formed in December 2014, connects academic excellence with real-world insights from award-winning Financial Times journalists and global business practitioners. FT | IE Corporate Learning Alliance members are top business schools and learning organizations, globally as well as in their region and country. The Financial Times has been a trusted guide to business for more than 125 years, recognized internationally for its authority, integrity and accuracy. IE Business School is recognized as a world leader and offers one of the most prestigious international MBA programs.

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    17. High School, College, Career. Simple, Right? Not Any More.

      High School, College, Career. Simple, Right? Not Any More.

      It used to be so simple: Graduate high school, get into a decent university, graduate, and start cashing your paycheck. For more and more people though, that’s just a story about how things used to be. McGraw-Hill Education Executive Jeff Livingston says that — ironically — the only people who think it’s still true are those who’ve gone into Education. Unfortunately, they’re the ones setting education policy in the U.S.

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    18. Condition of Education Report Released by National Center for Education Statistics --Those with higher education see better health, graduation rates & technology access.

      Condition of Education Report Released by National Center for Education Statistics --Those with higher education see better health, graduation rates & technology access.

      The National Center for Education Statistics released the “Condition of Education 2017” report this week; a congressionally mandated annual report summarizing the latest data on education in the United States. The report is designed to help policymakers and the public monitor educational progress. This year’s report includes 50 indicators on topics ranging from pre-kindergarten through post secondary education, as well as labor force outcomes and international comparisons.

      Highlights:

      -Graduation Rates Higher for 4-year Post Secondary Students

      Among first-time college students, the percentage of students who were still enrolled or had graduated after 3 years was higher for students who began at 4-year institutions (80 percent) than for those who began at 2-year institutions (57 percent).

      -Access to Internet at Home Increases with Parent’s Education Level

      The percentage of students who use the Internet at home varied by parental education level, ranging from 42 percent for children whose parents had not completed high school to 71 percent for those whose parents had completed a bachelor’s or higher degree.

      -Disability Rates are Inversely-related to Education Level

      Sixteen percent of 25- to 64-year-olds who had not completed high school had one or more disabilities in 2015, compared to 4 percent of those who had completed a bachelor’s degree and 3 percent of those who had completed a master’s or higher degree.

      The takeaway is everyone benefits from advanced education across all human indicators- health, financially, success.

      Download full report at: https://nces.ed.gov/pubs2017/2017144.pdf

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