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Volume 5, Issue 23

March 2013 

Greetings!Dear (Contact First Name),

What's your see? squeegie


Like most kids, I believed a lot of goofy stuff - primarily because my grandmother, who I adored, got her jollies by convincing me they were true. I was confident I ran faster in new tennis shoes. I was terrified to swallow a watermelon seed lest I grow big fruit in my belly. And I thought I was the only kid on the block who ate shell pasta because I had the only grandma willing to go to the beach to pick 'em up. This last one was especially nutty, given that we were landlocked. But it's easy to understand how as kids, we hang on to the goofy stuff - there's comfort in its familiarity.


Apparently, as adults, some of us also believe a lot of goofy stuff. In a recent Gallup poll, 6% of those asked said they believe Elvis is still alive...just living off the grid somewhere. In another poll, 40% of people said that the product, I Can't Believe It's Not Butter, is in fact...butter. (Guess they don't buy "truth in advertising.") And as recently as the turn of this century, 20% of Americans believed that the sun revolved around the earth. Frankly, it's hard for me to fathom how people cling to beliefs that are so clearly untrue.


It's not hard for me to believe, however, that many of us cling to perceptions that may no longer be valid (or never were), simply out of habit. In this month's see-musings, we highlight how important it is to rigorously challenge our "see". We've all heard the phrase, "What you see is what you get." It turns out that this is not always the case - lies are plentiful and tough to spot. For those of us who may have considered ourselves master multi-taskers - alas, there is no such thing. And if you've ever considered that napping during the day may be a sign of laziness or lack of ambition, Thomas Edison proves otherwise.


I invite you to think about your own habitual ways of "seeing" the world. Are there any that you're ready to challenge?



Boldly yours,


Jennie Ayers

Senior Partner

March 2013

In This Issue
  • Be a Liespotter!
  • Mastering Mindfulness
  • Edison and 40 Winks

BrainBe a Liespotter!
Curated by Janice Criddle, Principal at BoldWork

My best friend happens to be an exceptional manager and leader. Recently, she confided that she believes an employee is lying to her. It's certainly possible, given that on any given day, each of us is lied to from 10 to 200 times. And it's not easy to spot these deceptions. Fortunately, author Pamela Meyer helps make it easier in her book, Liespotting: Proven Techniques to Detect Deception.


liespotting book cover As I started reading the book, her style and wit immediately captured me. She provides research on the science of deception in a way that makes you hungry for more.


I went to her website where she gives you the opportunity to Test Your Lie-Q. I suggest you take it before you get too far into the book. Scoring as "competent", I have to admit some of my correct answers were "educated" guesses. The book confirms some things I already knew while also providing me with new information. Click on the title above to take the quiz.


I also watched Meyer's Ted Talk video, How to Spot a Liar. It's 18 minutes of fascinating information about human behavior. She takes you from "lie spotting to truth seeking and, ultimately, to trust building."


I believe the information in this book will help my friend with her problem employee. Whether dealing with a performance issue, job interview, strategic planning or accountability in the workplace, all leaders can use insight into detecting deception. This book and video certainly are changing my "see". I can't wait to get to the 10 questions that get people to tell you anything!



Mastering Mindfulness 
Curated by Jennie Ayers, Senior Partner at BoldWork


I value improvisation - the ability to live "in the moment". It's not easy to do, especially in today's world where vast amounts of info come at us in what seems like every waking second. We trick ourselves into believing that we can multi-task; what really happens is that our brain flits from thought to thought, sometimes in a nanosecond. Buddhists call this our "monkey mind," because we swing from thought to thought like monkeys swing from tree to tree. And when we're in "monkey mind", we can't be truly effective.

swinging monkey 


Enter the concept of "mindfulness", the ability to be fully in the moment. It's been 30 years since Jon Kabat-Zinn launched his Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center. The program began as something of a lark, the attempt of a molecular biologist to bring meditation to mainstream medicine. But since then, we've amassed a growing body of research that documents the physical and psychological health benefits of practicing mindfulness.


Now if, when you hear the word "meditation", you immediately think of sitting in a lotus position, the scent of patchouli wafting in the air as you chant "om" for an hour, it's time to change your "see". Mastering Mindfulness takes less time - as little as 12 minutes a day to create a healthy habit. Click here to "learn to live in the now". 




A Fascinating Affair - Edison and 40 Winks 
Curated by Kris Campbell, Managing Partner at BoldWork


There are so many topics about being human and living a vital and healthy life that captivate me. One of them is the whole idea of sleep. What is its purpose? Why do we dream when we sleep? Is it good to not sleep so much? What happens when we ignore sleep? Why can't I sleep?


Another source of fascination for me is the life of Thomas Edison. The fourth most prolific inventor in the history of humankind, Edison holds 1093 U.S. patents and many more in the United Kingdom, France and Germany. Oh, and he added to these amazing accomplishments by founding 14 companies, including General Electric, currently ranked as the fourteenth most profitable company in the U.S., the third largest company in the world and ranked the fifteenth most admired in the world.


Yes, I know Edison had his light side (no pun intended); he also had a compulsive dark side. He did kill that elephant to prove a point and win a war of ideologies against his nemesis, George Westinghouse. I struggle to keep the elephant story in the context of the times.


"Sleep" is profoundly bundled together with my fascination with Edison. I get to feed my curiosity regarding both in one fix, via last February's Brain Pickings. Maria Popova published a detailed, rich article about Edison's storied, adversarial courtship with sleep. For Edison, sleep just got in the way of doing more of what he called his "great scientific adventures"! Edison power napping Right up until his death at the age of 84, he managed his work and life around a phenomenal ability to "power nap"; he elevated the practice to one of both art and science. Good or bad, healthy or detrimental, Edison seemed wired differently than the average person when it came to his cycles of sleep and wakefulness. Every time I read stories about the makings of an average day for Thomas Alva Edison, I can only shake my head and wonder what my own life might be like if I could tap into only a mere fraction of his supreme focus and total commitment to his Work.


As a final aside, Henry Ford reportedly convinced Edison's son, Charles, to seal a test tube of air from the inventor's room shortly after his death - as a memento. This test tube containing Edison's last breath resides at the Henry Ford Museum.




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