The Octopus

By Mac M. Martirossian

At a young age we all learned never to judge a book by its cover.  This would hold true for a creature of the ocean often mistaken for a monster in mythology.  Through no fault of its own, the octopus is one of the ugliest and scariest creatures in open water.  So much for the cover.

The Octopus is highly intelligent in the order of invertebrates.  For example, Octopus have been known to break out of their tanks and into others in search of food.  They have boarded boats, opened holds to eat crabs.  They even know how to open a jar to reach the food inside  Research has shown them to be strategic, with an ability to learn.

Perhaps we are motivated to be creative when we have a need to satisfy basic needs like eating.  Whatever the motivation, we need to be more innovative in everything we do, in order to add value to our respective stations in life..  Here some ways to do that:  Learn More »

Intuitive Thinking: Feel Your Way Forward

By Jennifer Bridges, PMP (formerly, Jennifer Whitt)

“Never ignore a gut feeling, but never believe that it’s enough.” – Robert Heller, Businessman

Women’s Intuition is often hailed, but both men and women possess an inner faculty that allows them to intuit solutions to a problem. When making important decisions, working with team members, and leading a group of people, a “sixth sense” can help you navigate through the gray areas – those times when there’s no clear answer.

While everyone can exercise their intuition, many people are afraid to use it; some will even deliberately do the opposite of what they feel. How do you use the intuition you’ve got? With the little practice, that knowing voice can grow louder. And with a little trust in yourself, you can learn when and how to listen to it.  Learn More »

Influence, Persuasion and Self-Promotion In A Low-Trust Environment

By David Nour

What do you need to know when attempting to influence, motivate, or sell an idea or project today?

Behavioral science shows us why those who keep pitching as they did before the crisis are headed straight for a cliff.  In times of crisis, when anxiety levels are high, our ability to respond rationally (i.e. through our cognitive brain) is short-circuited by our primal brain, which does not understand logic or reason. Therefore, attempting to pitch your ideas before you’ve quieted down the primal brain is doomed to failure.

To convince the primal brain to take a backseat and let the cognitive brain re-engage, you need to establish Learn More »

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