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By Brian Swinden
Brian Swinden is the Owner of Brian Swinden Productions Winnipeg, Canada
As a Creative Director for 20+ years, I’ve learned some tricks that help amplify creativity in any department of a company.
1. Create an environment of praise instead of fear. Nothing dries up creativity faster than rampant negativity and fear of making a mistake.
2. Don’t give people a million rules, give them a few absolute ones then let them have
free rein on everything else.
3. Don’t take the credit, give the credit.
4. Praise the behavior you want loudly and often.
5. Be fair, but don’t tolerate non-performers. Keeping around dead weight demoralizes the people who are trying really hard.
6. Don’t compete with your underlings. If you’re always trying to one up your staff, they
will quit trying eventually. If they don’t solve the problem exactly the way you would have,
7. Give people a clear, simple, lofty vision of where you want to go. BE VERY CONSISTENT TO SUPPORT THAT VISION.
8. Don’t worry so much about watching the clock on employees. If they accomplish the goals you want, let them figure out creative ways and times to make it happen.
9. Try in inject some aspect of fun into everything you do right down to the office space.
Just look at the offices, benefits and the results that Google has.
Do all that and you’ll have the best and the brightest lining up to work on your team.
Dr Brian Monger
All of us would like to increase our mental brain power. The following memory techniques will help you do it.
The brain wasn’t designed to remember abstract symbols like numbers and miscellaneous facts. However, if you can translate those symbols into vivid visual images and associations, even the dullest list of dates can become as memorable as your own telephone number. The key is to develop a system that allows for quick encoding and easy recall.
We’ll start with the basic techniques and then move on to the more advanced ones. Although the more advanced techniques do take a bit more practice, they also deliver bigger benefits, so don’t write them off too quickly. With practice, you can become a memory master.
One of the most common memory techniques is the use of acronyms. This technique uses an easily remembered word whose first letters are associated with the list of items that need to be remembered. Pilots use these extensively to run through essential checklists during flight time.
An example would be:
ROY G. BIV: the colors of the visible spectrum Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Indigo, Violet
Keep in mind that associations which are exaggerated, absurd, humorous, and involve all five senses are much easier to remember than normal ones. We remember emotionally charged events much better than boring ones.
Chunking is one of the oldest memory techniques. Using this method, the items to be memorized are divided into small chunks or groups. Chunking is especially helpful for memorizing telephone numbers, ID numbers, etc.
For example, if you want to memorize the number 411645754, then split it up into small groups: 411, 645, 754. You can then memorize each group by rote. By dividing the larger number into smaller subsets, it will be much easier to commit the number to memory.
When using this technique, it is also helpful to make connections and associations among the different chunks and numbers.
For example, if you want to memorize a grocery list, you should group each of the items into related categories. So, one chunk or group might be composed of oranges, apples, and pears, while another chunk is made up of vegetables.
An acrostic is a memory technique that uses a made up sentence or poem with a first letter cue. The first letter of each word is a cue to an idea you need to remember.
One example is:
Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally (PEMDAS).
This acrostic represents the sequence in solving or evaluating math equations. Parenthesis, Exponents, Multiplication, Division, Addition, Subtraction
4. The Method of Loci
The Method of Loci is a memory technique that dates back to ancient Greek times when orators, philosophers, and others had to rely on memory for memorizing speeches and knowledge in general. This was essential seeing that the printed book wouldn’t come around until approximately two thousand years later.
Therefore, they invented the Method of Loci. This memory technique involves associating information you want to remember with specific locations, also known as loci.
These locations can be points along a journey or objects in a room. The ancient Greeks not only created rooms, but entire palaces and cities to remember lots of information.
According to Wikipedia,
“In ancient advice, the loci were physical locations, usually in a familiar large public building, such as a market or a church.
To utilize the method, one walked through the building several times, viewing distinct places within it, in the same order each time. After a few repetitions of this, one should be able to remember and visualize each of the places in order reliably.
To memorize a speech, one breaks it up into pieces, each of which is symbolized by vivid imagined objects or symbols. In the mind’s eye, one then places each of these images into the loci.
They can then be recalled in order by imagining that one is walking through the building again, visiting each of the loci in order, and viewing each of the images that were placed in the loci, thereby recalling each piece of the speech in order.”
To create your own mental journey, you must first select the path you wish to use. Be sure to choose a location that has the same number of locations as the number of chunks in the information you wish to memorize.
Take a mental journey through the selected path. You should be able to recall the specific order of the locations without trouble.
Now it’s time to associate this new information with each location along your chosen path. If you want to memorize the presidents, then you might take a mental journey through your school. In the first room, you could have George Washington in an astronaut suit and cutting firewood. In the second room you could have John Adams break dancing in front of the classroom. And on and on until you have completed all 43 presidents.
Remember, emotion and exaggerated associations are the key to memory.
5. The Image-Name Technique
Here’s an excellent (but simple) memory technique for remembering names.
All you have to do is make up a relationship between the name and the physical characteristics of the person’s name you are trying to remember.
For example, if you were trying to remember a person by the name of Tom, you might associate their name with the person you went to prom with who was also named Tom. In this instance, you are making the connection between Tom and prom (rhyming) and between someone you previously knew from high school.
If you want to remember the name Sally, you might imagine them in a ballet. This association will help you remember their name because of the visual imagery and the connection between the “closely related” words that almost rhyme: Sally and ballet.
By making connections, you are instantly more likely to remember their name the next time you see them.
6. Mind Mapping
One of the best ways to learn new things is to relate what you want to learn with something you already know. This is known as association and it is the mental glue that drives your brain.
Associations are also one of the best ways to improve your memory. To maximize our mental powers, we must constantly look for associations that connect new ideas and knowledge with old ideas and concepts that we are already familiar with.
Association is the primary method that memory champions use to win international memory competitions. If you want to enhance your mental abilities, then association is one skill that you will definitely want to practice.
Mind mapping is one of the best ways to practice association.
“is a diagram used to represent words, ideas, tasks or other items linked to and arranged radially around a central key word or idea.”
Mind maps have been used for centuries to aid in learning, brainstorming, memory, and problem solving.
To start creating your own mind map, simply get out a piece of paper, multiple colored pens, and begin drawing a handwritten mind map that connects a variety of ideas and concepts to a central key word or idea. The simple act of using your hand for thought can really get the brain going.
7. Write an Article
One of the best ways to learn a topic is to start writing about it yourself. This forces you to clarify your thoughts and dig a bit deeper into the topic at hand.
By expressing the core ideas in your own words, you will gain a much deeper understanding of the topic.
Explaining a topic to others will help you to “really” understand the matter because teaching something to others requires a completely different level of insight.
Think about it. If you had to teach a class, wouldn’t you make sure that you understood the material even better than the students. Take on the role of an instructor and you will find yourself gaining a much deeper understanding of the topics you study.
8. Peg words
Peg words are extremely powerful, but it does take some time to learn how to use them. However, once you master this technique, you can probably cut your studying time in half.
The use of pegs goes all the way back to the seventeenth century and Henry Herson. He came up with a list of ten objects that physically resembled the number itself. For example, the number 1 was represented by a candle. Number 8 was a pair of spectacles.
Peg words essentially become “hangers” or pegs on which you can hang different items that you want to remember.
This system works by pre-memorizing a list of words that are easy to associate with the numbers they represent. To begin, you can connect simple objects with the numbers 1-20. Those objects form the “pegs” of the system.
Once you have created a list of words for each number, you can then begin using your peglist to quickly memorize a list of objects.
For example, let’s say you want to memorize a grocery list of 10 items. To begin, you would need to make a peg list for the numbers 1-10. Here’s an example:
1- pencil 2- shoe 3- phone 4- door 5- book 6- basketball 7- hat 8- radio 9- car 10- barn
Now, you must associate the groceries on your list with each of your peg words. Remember that your associations must be exaggerated and filled with emotion in order to make them easy to remember. Here are some examples of how you could associate the grocery list with each of the peg words:
1- tomatoes – Visualize an army of pencils attacking a field of overgrown tomatoes. 2- grapes – Visualize your favorite TV character stomping through a big barrel of grapes with bright white shoes. 3 – cereal – Visualize opening your phone and having your favorite cereal start shooting out of the mouth piece.
Get the idea?
Once you have created your list of peg words, you can use them over and over again to memorize a variety of different lists.
You could use the peg system to memorize the Presidents of the United States, the periodic table, or the state capitals.
When creating your peg words, it’s best to use tangible things or objects for each peg word because objects are easier to associate other items to.
Also, make sure that you don’t use similar peg words for different numbers. For reference, always keep a full list of the peg words close by. In fact, putting this list in your wallet or purse is one of the best places. This way, you will always have access to the peg system.
At first, you may find it difficult to come up with the creative, illogical, and exaggerated associations that help you remember more. It comes with practice. However, once you have mastered the technique of association, you will find that you have also increased your creativity and problem solving skills at the same time. The key to creating good associations is thinking like a child again. Let your mind wander past the limitations created out of what we now know as “adulthood”.
Visualization is an extremely powerful memory technique. However, visualization doesn’t just improve memory. It can also help reduce stress, improve sports performance, and increase your motivation.
Create descriptive pictures of your possible future and move yourself towards it. Visualize your next sports event or public speech to improve your performance.
When studying history, play out visual renditions in your mind of historical events that you want to remember. Imagine the smells, sights, and sounds of Gettysburg or the excitement and unity created by Martin Luther King’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech. By visualizing history with mental replays, you are much more likely to remember them in detail.
When it comes to rote memorization, flash cards are my favorite memorization tool. Flashcards can help you learn new subjects quickly and efficiently. They are especially useful for learning new vocabulary or even a new language.
One of the biggest benefits of flashcards is their portable nature. They allow you to study anywhere at any time. It doesn’t matter whether you’re on the bus, stuck in traffic, or in the doctor’s office. You can always whip out your flashcards for a quick 2 to 3 minute study session.
To create effective flashcards, dedicate one point to each card. For example, you could put a vocabulary word on one side and the definition on the other side. This way, you can repeatedly quiz yourself until you have mastered all of the concepts.
Considering that memory is such a fundamental skill, it’s surprising that schools don’t teach us more about how to learn and use our memory to its optimum potential.
Our mind, just like the rest of our body, needs continuous exercise and training. Those who think they have a poor memory actually just have an untrained memory.
Just reading this article won’t improve your memory. A good memory comes from practice. Find something new and exciting to learn. Start testing out these methods as soon as possible.
You could learn how to fly, learn a new language, photography, or even investing.
When you have mastered these memory techniques, the world’s knowledge is yours to discover.
Dr Brian Monger
Trust is a big issue in today’s business world. It is difficult to have effective working relationships without trust. Therefore, trust is critical for every organisation.
Successful teamwork involves building trust among team members and associates.
One of the main keys to the survival of a business is trust. Trust is a critical issue in any type of relationship because a relationship without trust is not really a relationship at all. One of the problems that managers encounter when dealing with teams is that trust is not automatic and may never develop at all. Even with the appropriate individuals on a team, a team that does not build a trusting relationship is not an effective team.
Trust is necessary for the following reasons:
Organisations Needs Teamwork to Survive
You have probably heard the statement that there is “no ‘I’ in the word ‘Team’.” This is a good though and reasonably true (although we need to remember that people do not lose their individuality while working with others – and nor should they). In reality high level collaboration is rare. So called teams are usually populated with folk who know that the only people they trust are themselves. I becomes number 1.
Face it, in the vast majority of firms individual success is rewarded better than team participation. Organisations need to be able to develop policies, methods and tools for individuals to want to grow and develop within teams.
Don’t automatically involve everyone from the sake of it. Others not in a team who need to know about it can be simply just kept in the loop and have their suggestions taken without having to populate the team
It is a manager’s responsibility to recognise when a group is not working and not developing healthy working relationships.
Folk should like being on a team. It is more than a waste of time and a chore
Recognise the group as a whole for their accomplishments.
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From a Discussion on Monash Uni Alumni LinkedIn group Started by Brian Monger – Early 2012
LinkedIn Discussion started by Dr. Brian Monger
From LinkedIn – TED: Ideas Worth Spreading – Unofficial
Julianne Vaughn, MBA • Don’t resent the game – learn the rules … and then play your best.
Ed Foley • “Let It Be” – – McCartney
Ed Foley • “Be the change you wish to see in the world” – – Gandhi
Ed Foley • There will always be a faster gun
Ed Foley • Live for today, there may never be a tomorrow
Ed Foley • Dr. Monger, thank you for prompting me to think about it…you have me on a roll. One more for tonight that has really stayed with me ever since I heard the words (variation on “if at first you don’t succeed”):
“You can get it if you really want
You can get it if you really want
You can get it if you really want
But you must try, try and try
Try and try – you’ll succeed at last”
– Jimmy Cliff
Ipshita Mazumdar • Value every moment of the present …. as it is the only window that shows what you have been through in the past and what you are in for in the future 🙂 So live every moment like there is no tomorrow !
Dr. Brian Monger • Good thought Ipshita. I also do what I do, for tomorrow – not for me so much but for others
Ipshita Mazumdar • Thank you Dr. Monger, for bringing out this thought from my mind. A single good deed done for others, comes back to us manifold times …
Phil Frederix • Carpe Diem.
Thomas Meeh • We can predict everything, except the future.
Amy Lunov • Less is more.
rémy rodriguez • Brian I like these two quotations which guides me a lot:
“This is not looking at the light that we become luminous, but by plunging into obscurity. But this work is often unpleasant thus unpopular “(Carl Gustave Jung)
“we never possess really things. We are only holding them one moment. If we are incapable to let them go, it is them who possess us ” (Antony de Mello)
Damian Corbet • Follow your intuition. You may not succeed in your endeavours but at least, by trying, you’ll never have to ask yourself, “what if?”
Jane Canning • The Moving Finger writes; and, having writ,
Moves on: nor all thy Piety nor Wit
Shall lure it back to cancel half a Line,
Nor all thy Tears wash out a Word of it.
Omar Khayyam (fate)
Stefan Weyers • This too will pass
John Mark Williams • Follow your heart.
Dr. Brian Monger • Never put off until tomorrow what you can totally dispose of today.
Dr. Brian Monger • To thy own self be true
Oscar De La Peña • Fire with enthusiasm or you will be fired with enthusiasm!!! V.Lombardi.
Nobody left behind…USMC code of honor.
Naela Blosh • Genius is the ability to renew one’s emotions in daily experience. – Paul Cezanne
Dr. Brian Monger • A stich in time – saves nine
Dr. Brian Monger • Make something from nothing – one of the 36 Strategies of Asia. – One of my favourites. Any fool can spend a lot of money
Farzaana Garib • Never let success get to your head.
Never let failure get to your heart
Mark Bischak • It is better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to open one’s mouth and remove all doubt.
Mark Bischak • Don’t put the key to your happiness in someone else’s pocket – keep it in your own.
Mark Bischak • Blessed are those that can give without remembering and receive without forgetting.
Mark Bischak • You know you’ve got the greatest friends when the only time they make you cry is when you’re laughing too hard, or they gently touch your heart.
Richard Gould • Don’t sit on fences (You get shot from both sides)
Sarah Clark • The key to failure is trying to please everyone
Anupama Thakur • In the end, it’s not going to matter how many breaths you took, but how many moments took your breath away
Ed Foley • “Don’t follow leaders, watch the parking meters” – Dylan
Ed Foley • The darkest hour is right before the dawn.
Crystal Kay • NEVER stop learning
Dr. Brian Monger • Albert Einstein: “I fear the day when the technology overlaps with our humanity. The world will only have a generation of idiots.”
Dr. Brian Monger • More than one path to reach a destination – Meng Bo Yuan
Jane Canning • In every gain there is a loss; in every loss, a gain.
TJ Bren • Treat self, others and the Earth with the kind of tender care that ensures well-being. Everything else is detail to customize for your comfort.
Dr. Brian Monger • Life is like a game of cards. The hand that is dealt you represents determinism; the way you play it is free will.” – Jawaharal Nehru
rémy rodriguez •
The last two stanzas of a song of ” Atahualpa Yupanqui ” Preguntitas sobre Dios:
“Hay un asunto en la tierra
Mas importante que Dios.
Y es que nadie escupa sangre
Para que otro viva mejor.
Que Dios vela por los pobres ?
Tal vez si, y tal vez no .
Pero es seguro que almuerza
En la mesa del patron. »
“There is one subject on earth
More important than God.
That nobody spits the blood
So that the others live better.
Does God stay up the poor people?
Maybe that yes, maybe that not.
But it is sure that he lunches
At the table of the boss.”
The penultimate stanza speaks about the disappointment on the human nature and its incapacity to suffer for the others.
The last stanza was treated repeatedly by other poets anti-authority as Sartre or even Pascal, but as the subject is taboo it’s little approached by the men of property.
Atahualpa led a fight for his people by wondering all his life, aout the contradictions between the acts of gringos and what their God said to them that was good or bad.
Dr. Brian Monger • “Learn from the mistakes of others; you can’t possibly live long enough to make them all yourself”
Duane Sharrock • “Nothing fails like success. In other words, when a challenge in life is met by a response that is equal to it, you have success. But when the challenge moves to a higher level, the old, once successful response no longer works–it fails; thus, nothing fails like success.” –historian Arnold Toynbee
Duane Sharrock • “Sometimes, when you win, you lose.” This applies in relationships, especially for conversations. I had first heard these words in a Robin Williams movie. Now, it reverberates as I read the book Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When Stakes are High.
Haytham Al-Nasairi • Make sure your words are nice and sweet, you never know from time to time which one you have to eat….
Sarah Clark • Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass.. It’s about learning how to dance in the rain.
Michael Pinto • The definition of Insanity (I have this framed sitting on my desk so I look at it…very often): Doing the same thing over and over again, expecting a different result – Albert Einstein
Don’t be afraid to make new mistakes everyday. Try not to repeat the same ones twice.
Thomas Yonker • This too shall pass.
Eswari Kalugasalam • There is a higher court than courts of justice and that is the court of conscience. It supercedes all other courts – Mahatma Gandhi
John Urwin • Don’t try…just do. Yoda.
Show me your friends, and I’ll show you your destiny.
Vlad Kunko • “A good day starts with a good breakfast.” — Winnie-the-Pooh
Ed Han • In whatever you do, make it about the people, not the work. Do the people part right and the work will follow.
Lynn GentryWood • Never do something permanently stupid just because you are temporarily upset.
rémy rodriguez • “La sagesse commence où finit la crainte de Dieu. Il n’est pas un progrès de la pensée qui n’ait paru d’abord attentatoire, impie.”
” The wisdom begins where finishes the fear of God. It is not a progress of the thought which seemed at first attentatoire, godless. ” (André Gide / 1869-1951 / Newspaper 1889-1939 / January 15th, 1929)
“Tout le problème de ce monde, c’est que les idiots et les fanatiques sont toujours si sûrs d’eux, tandis que les sages sont tellement pleins de doutes.”
“All the problem of this world, it is because the idiots and the fanatics are always so sure of them, whereas the wise men are so full of doubts”
(Bertrand Russell / 1872-1970)
Jane Canning • Been there, done that, and got the t-shirt Lynn. Agreed.
Arabi Mahbub • Wisdom of the all wisdom is that the Life, of the Human.
Jim Walters, D.V.M. • How much easier it is to be critical than to be correct. – Benjamin Disraeli
It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.- Henry David Threau