"…keeping you great"
Fun Summer Thriller —
recommended by Seth Godin, I just finished Australian writer Max Barry's latest
If you're a student of persuasion (and the raw power of words) you'll especially
love the underlying science behind this page-turner. Plus good to take a break
from pure biz books! Enjoy.
Vacation Without Your Phone — this latest
Anne Fisher FORTUNE article highlights PwC's program to support all 37,000
employees to do just this – truly disconnect from work while on vacation.
However, according to research cited in the article 62% expect to work while on
vacation. The article outlines 3 steps for planning a vacation so you can truly
disconnect (details in the article):
Notes one of the PwC managers quoted in the article, "So much of the work people
do on vacation is self-imposed. It takes self-discipline to put work completely
out of your mind." It always comes down to discipline – even to relax. FYI, I'm
disconnecting Aug 3 – 10 – no insights that week as well.
Slowing Down Time
— "It's simple: if you want time to slow down, become a student again," notes
Richard A. Friedman, professor of clinical psychiatry at Cornell, in his
Sunday New York Times Opinion piece. For those that feel like life is
passing more quickly the older you get, Friedman shares some findings that shed
light on this phenomenon. Explains Friedman, "Studies have shown that the
greater the cognitive demands of a task, the longer its duration is
perceived…repeated stimuli appear briefer in duration than novel stimuli of
equal duration. Is it possible that learning new things might slow down our
internal sense of time?" So, there you have it – take 3 minutes to read his
piece – and keep learning!
Chinese (or any language) for Young Children — preparing your
children to do international business – or just want to improve their cognitive
abilities? The LittlePim
approach works. For children six months to six years old (the optimum age for a
child to learn a second language), Julia Pimsleur Levine's company has produced
a series of Entertainment Immersion Method-based programs (available on iTunes,
DVDs, LeapPad) that teach children other languages the way they learn their
native language. And learning a second language early in life provides all kinds
of cognitive and social benefits.
— To test the process, my 5 year son and I have been taking the summer to go
through her Chinese program – and sure enough, Quinn really looks forward to the
15 minute sessions together – and he's picking it up (faster than me, of
course). Julia is an EO NYC member, award winning documentary film maker, and
the daughter of Dr. Paul Pimsleur, who created the Pimsleur Method, the popular
language learning program for adults. Slow down time and keep learning something