Why Talented People Don’t Use Their Strengths

Why Talented People Don’t Use Their Strengths


If you watched the Super Bowl a few months ago, you probably saw the coaches talking to each other over headsets during the game. What you didn’t know is that during the 2016 season, the NFL made major league-wide improvements to its radio frequency technology, both to prevent interference from media using the same frequency and to prevent tampering. This was a development led by John Cave, VP of football technology at the National Football League. It’s been incredibly helpful to the coaches. But it might never have been built, or at least Cave wouldn’t have built it, had it not been for his boss, Michelle McKenna-Doyle, CIO of the NFL.

When McKenna-Doyle was hired, she observed that a number of her people were struggling, but not because they weren’t talented — because they weren’t in roles suited to their strengths. After doing a deep analysis, she started having people switch jobs. For many, this reshuffling was initially unwelcome and downright uncomfortable. Such was the case with Cave.

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The Difference Between Human And Dolphin Brains

​The difference between human and dolphin brains

There are strong possibilities that cetaceans can project an auditory image that replicates a sonar message that they may receive. So a dolphin wishing to convey an image of a fish to another dolphin can literally send the image of the fish to the other animal – it’s similar to a Star Wars hologram, or sending an image via Facebook Messenger.

Even with sleep cycles, cetaceans do it differently. Captive dolphins have been observed to allow half their brain to sleep at any given time, whilst the other part will stay wide awake and aware. This is likely due to the ocean environment – with few places to hide this keeps the dolphins aware at all times. Cetaceans are also considered to be incredible planners

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Brains of Young People with Severe Behavioral Problems ‘Wired’ Differently

Brains of Young People with Severe Behavioral Problems ‘Wired’ Differently


Research published today has revealed new clues which might help explain why young people with the most severe forms of antisocial behaviour struggle to control and regulate their emotions, and might be more susceptible to developing anxiety or depression as a result.

The study, published in the journal Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, used neuroimaging methods to investigate young people with the condition ‘Conduct Disorder’ – typified by symptoms that range from lying and truancy, through to physical violence and weapon use at its more extreme end.

Researchers from the universities of Bath (UK), Cambridge (UK) and the California Institute of Technology (USA) wanted to understand more about the wiring of the brain in adolescents with Conduct Disorder, and link connectivity to the severity of Conduct Disorder and ‘psychopathic traits’ – the term used to define deficits in guilt, remorse and empathy.

Wired differently?

Through functional MRI scans of young people with Conduct Disorder as well as typically-developing teens, the team analysed the amygdala – a key part of the brain involved in understanding others’ emotions – and how it communicates with other parts of the brain.

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7 Strengths of Deep Souls: The Thinkers We Need But Rarely Understand

7 Strengths of Deep Souls: The Thinkers We Need But Rarely Understand


The underlying traits that fuel deep soul strengths are universal characteristics of creative thinking. Research shows that nearly all of us have an intense combination of these strengths in early childhood, but they get dulled over time–especially during our school years. Deep souls, however, have resisted this dulling. They can’t help it. The intensity of their ability to think differently cannot and will not be stopped.

He reads slowly but remembers everything he’s read, using this random knowledge to make unusual connections.

She’s the person I go to who always has a new perspective, a new way of looking at a problem. She helps me get out of a thinking rut.

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5 Ways to Quiet the Negative Voices in Your Head


5 Ways to Quiet the Negative Voices in Your Head

“There’s a brilliant, beautiful, priceless piece of art hanging right in front of you. It’s sophisticated and meticulously detailed—a painstaking labor of passion and deep devotion. The colors, patterns and textures are like no other—they soar and dip, they shine bright and leap right off the canvas at you. And yet, you choose to fixate your eyes on the tiny, dark housefly that has landed on the edge this masterpiece. Why would you choose to do such a thing?”

She cracked a half smile in my direction and then shifted her gaze down to the ground.

“Look,” I said, “the point here is that there’s no possible way to be 100% certain about anything in this world. Life, like great art, is sophisticated, complex and unpredictable. So you’re left with a choice: either appreciate it and look for the beauty it holds, or focus on the worst and dwell on it.”

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Why You Keep Waking Up At Night? It May Be Your ‘Neuronal Noise

Why You Keep Waking Up At Night? It May Be Your ‘Neuronal Noise

You may not know that you wake up a dozen times a night because you don’t remember it, but research finds virtually everyone does. (And if you often wake up and can’t get back to sleep, my sympathies.)

In a new paper in the journal Science Advances, researchers from Boston University and Israel offer an explanation for these “short arousals.” They blame “neuronal noise” — random fluctuations in your neurons’ voltage that sometimes rise to the level of waking you up.

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The daunting math of climate change means we’ll need carbon capture


​The daunting math of climate change means we’ll need carbon capture

At current rates of greenhouse-gas emissions, the world could lock in 1.5 ˚C of warming as soon as 2021, an analysis by the website Carbon Brief has found. We’re on track to blow the carbon budget for 2 ˚C by 2036.

Amid this daunting climate math, many researchers argue that capturing carbon dioxide from power plants, factories, and the air will have to play a big part in any realistic efforts to limit the dangers of global warming.

If it can be done economically, carbon capture and storage (CCS) offers the world additional flexibility and time to make the leap to cleaner systems. It means we can retrofit, rather than replace, vast parts of the global energy infrastructure. And once we reach disastrous levels of warming, so-called direct air capture offers one of the only ways to dig our way out of trouble, since carbon dioxide otherwise stays in the atmosphere for thousands of years.

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