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Is Giving the Secret to Getting Ahead?

By Art Streiber Art Streiber The Generosity of Key and Peele: To illustrate the work of Adam Grant and his theories on the benefits of helping others, we asked the comedy duo Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele to demonstrate the … Continue reading

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CalTech Tries to Teach Tech Wizards People Skills

Although I think manners are important, I don’t think this is the critical issue.  Geeks can learn to better communicate who they are by learning to listen actively, to engage others, to work together, to understand others.  These are the … Continue reading

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Uncle of Sacha Barron-Cohen’s discovers that eyes really are ‘the window to the soul’

It’s true.  Did you know that up to 80% of a human being’s ability to “read” other people — that is the ability to understand what another person is feeling whether it be love, anger, sadness, etc. — comes from … Continue reading

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ON BECOMING A SUPER GEEK

You and your geek brethren are responsible for every innovation since one of your fraternity invented fire many eons ago. Yet, for all your efforts, your only reward from society is scorn! Is it because non-geeks suck? Well, partly. But … Continue reading

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Good News Beats Bad on Social Networks – from the New York Times

March 18, 2013 By JOHN TIERNEY BAD NEWS SELLS. If it bleeds, it leads. No news is good news, and good news is no news. Those are the classic rules for the evening broadcasts and the morning papers, based partly … Continue reading

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Ny times Your Phone vs. Your Heart

By BARBARA L. FREDRICKSON March 23, 2013 CAN you remember the last time you were in a public space in America and didn’t notice that half the people around you were bent over a digital screen, thumbing a connection to … Continue reading

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Wired.com – The Geek Syndrome

Autism – and its milder cousin Asperger’s syndrome – is surging among the children of Silicon Valley. Are math-and-tech genes to blame? By Steve Silberman Nick is building a universe on his computer. He’s already mapped out his first planet: … Continue reading

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32-Year Study Shows How Geeky Kids Become Happy Adults

from Geek Dad, Wired.com 8/12 Feeling good was good enough for Janis Joplin and her Bobby McGee, but most parents want a little more for their kids, perhaps including a sense of coherence, positive coping, social engagement, and pro-social values. … Continue reading

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It’s all about who you know – New York Times

In Hiring, a Friend in Need Is a Prospect, Indeed By NELSON D. SCHWARTZ Published: January 27, 2013 Riju Parakh wasn’t even looking for a new job. But when a friend at Ernst & Young recommended her, Ms. Parakh’s résumé … Continue reading

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MIT is a charm school?!

Colleges step in to fill students’ social-skills gaps By Jon Marcus , Hechinger Report After final exams are over, MIT students will return from their holiday break to experience something different from their usual studies—but almost as important. It’s the … Continue reading

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Answering the Phone — Simple? Not so simple

I often hear my sister-in-law answer the telephone.  Her “hello” sounds like someone who has never before seen this device call the telephone.  She hears a ringing coming from this device that she usually texts on.  “What is strange sound … Continue reading

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AMAZING STORY — People WANT to Help You

People tend to grossly underestimate how likely others are to agree to requests for help. And many don’t know how to ask for help. They also overestimate how many people will come to them for help. Francis Flynn presented at … Continue reading

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Lex Luthor: And Kryptonite will destroy him. Any questions, class?

This communication tip is written by Patricia Weber for the readers of Communication Weekly.  Visit Weber’s website www.prostrategies.com.  Mark Dykeman, an online blogger who no longer maintains his Mighty Introvert Blog, has an appropriate metaphor for what happens to the introvert in … Continue reading

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Authenticity is the new currency

The new book Likeonomics is about how likeability is the secret to building real trust. But it is NOT about just being nice. By weaving together cutting edge psychological research with real life stories of everything from the shocking moment … Continue reading

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TED talks: 6 tips on how scientists and engineers can excite, rather than bore, an audience

Melissa Marshall has a message for scientists and engineers: Contrary to popular belief, the general public is interested in your work and does want to hear the details of your research. The trick is that you must communicate your ideas … Continue reading

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Harvard Busines Review: Why I Decided to Rethink Hiring Smart People

by Roger Martin Chris Argyris’ “Teaching Smart People How To Learn” utterly changed the way I thought about management. It didn’t just give me a somewhat different view; it convinced me of the exact opposite of what I had believed … Continue reading

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Wall Street Oasis » Blogs » DonVon’s blog next > Dude…Engineers

So I have been in the dark about how much money engineers _actually_ make until recently. Apparently, these smart guys and gals rake it in — even in comparison to those of us in investment banking, especially when adjusting on … Continue reading

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On the Internet and Basic Interpersonal Skills

From Subjunctivemorality.com Disclaimer: If this comes across as ranty, that’s probably because it is. There’s this trend online where some people seem to think that being in front of a computer entitles them to flout the rules of basic interpersonal … Continue reading

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Harvard Study on Defensiveness as an Impedement to Learning

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Creativity, innovation and the American geek

Fascinating article in the October issue of “FastCompany” discusses how education  shouldn’t all be about the STEM disciplines–science, technology, engineering, mathematics– but should be fostering innovation, creativity, problem solving. Indian tech outsourcing companies say that the American system is the best … Continue reading

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The Pros and Cons of Fear

Fear has always been my biggest motivator and my biggest inhibitor.  At first I am stunned by the feeling, unable to move, to meet the challenge. Then, as a I look for a way to quell my fear, I turn … Continue reading

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Managing Up: 7 Ways to Keep the Boss Happy

How to take the lead when communicating with your higher-ups By Joel Schwartzberg – September 28, 2012 You may have only one career, but you have two key jobs. The first is doing whatever you were hired to do. The … Continue reading

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Geeks have feelings, too! 5 lessons in giving and getting constructive criticism

I had just come out of a meeting with a group of engineers and I was shaken. A younger IT guy was pitching his idea for a product feature of the chief technical officer and the CTO didn’t like the … Continue reading

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13 Powerful people skills to up your life game

Here are 12 things that you can learn to do by practicing the three pillars of people skills — observe, listen, acknowledge. When you listen and observe, you learn about people, how they act, what they feel, who they are.  … Continue reading

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Dancing in a mirror

We all think we are able to listen but are we really able to hear and demonstrate to the person speaking that we really are hearing what they’re saying? Students studying psychology on the road to becoming psychotherapists spend a … Continue reading

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