Summary of “The Two Traits of the Best Problem-Solving Teams”

In these groups, we observed a blend of different problem-solving behaviors, like collaboration, identifying problems, applying information, maintaining discipline, breaking rules, and inventing new approaches.
We also asked the same 150 executives to choose five words that best described the dominant behaviors and emotions in their organization.
To identify which behaviors correlated with the best- and worst-performing groups, we matched the chosen words with the levels of reported psychological safety and cognitive diversity.
In the Generative quadrant, we find behaviors associated with learning, experimenting, and confidence.
These behaviors are conspicuously absent from the Generative quadrant.
Hierarchical behavior is cited as one of the top 5 dominant behaviors 40% of the time in the non-generative quadrants.
We see controlling cited 33% of the time as a top behavior in the non-generative quadrants compared with only 10% in the generative quadrant.
We see directive cited 24% of the time as top behavior in the non-generative quadrants compared to only 5% in the generative.

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Summary of “The Biggest Surprises and Disappointments of the NBA Season”

Which player is the biggest surprise of the regular season? Justin Verrier: Victor Oladipo.
An unlucky face contusion at the hands of Markelle Fultz may sideline Embiid for the rest of the regular season, but Embiid staying injury-free from the neck down and playing at an All-Star level for 63 games is shocking given his injury-filled past.
The Raptors’ bench has been one of the best stories of the season, and he’s been the captain of it.
Which player is the biggest disappointment of the regular season? Gonzalez: Isaiah Thomas has had an awful run.
Wall’s playoff performance last year had him on a short list for the top players in the East, but his age-27 season ended up being a lost one.
Which team is the biggest surprise of the regular season? Tjarks: The Blazers have emerged out of the pack in the middle of the West and look like the third-best team in the conference heading into the postseason.
Which team is the biggest disappointment of the regular season? Gonzalez: Detroit.
There weren’t a lot of expectations surrounding the Pistons coming into the season, but given that they went all in on this season twice it wasn’t unreasonable to expect them to snatch one of the playoff spots at the bottom of the Eastern Conference-or at least make the race competitive into the final week of the season.

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Summary of “5 Fundamental Skills for First-Time Managers”

If you’re like many leaders in the startup environment, you might be managing people for the first time-possibly without the training and development that leaders in mature companies receive on a regular basis.
Develop your leadership style with these five essential management skills we’ve distilled while consulting with some of the most successful leaders in the world.
Instead, managers need to create the opportunity for new thinking and behavior to take root.
The manager understood this when he encouraged the team to host weekly potlucks.
Everyone on the team knows that sharing ideas and information is critical to the company culture and its success-all because the manager made collaboration a priority, not an afterthought.
A recent Gallup poll showed that managers who received regular feedback were 10% more profitable than those who did not.
Managers are quick to give feedback when anyone on the team is missing the mark.
To get up-to-speed quickly, focus on honing these fundamentals for an instant boost to your impact and effectiveness as a leader: clarify expectations, lead culture, give recognition, ask for feedback, and manage your time.

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Summary of “The Gravity of Steph Curry’s Knee Injury”

Stephen Curry suffered a Grade 2 MCL sprain to his left knee in the Warriors’ 106-94 win over the Hawks on Friday.
The MCL flexes as the knee bends during the type of quick lateral movements and changes of direction that guards like Curry use to create space.
Things weren’t the same with Steph the first time we saw him fight through a knee injury in the postseason: Curry lacked his typical elite shiftiness and burst after a Grade 1 tear to his right MCL forced him to miss two weeks of the 2016 playoffs.
The Warriors outscore opponents by an amazing 14.3 points per 100 possessions when Curry is on the floor, per Cleaning the Glass.
The game undeniably changes without Curry; the Warriors’ ball movement isn’t as crisp, their assist totals dip, and they settle for more midrange jumpers.
Only 28.9 percent of their shot attempts come from midrange with Curry on the floor, per Cleaning the Glass, compared to 42.9 percent when he’s off; they essentially go from shooting the second-fewest in the league to the fourth-most without Curry.
That’d be a burden on both players considering the demand they’d have to handle in Curry’s stead. Warriors coach Steve Kerr would probably be better served saving those lineups for the later rounds.
The G-League call-up is averaging 21.5 points, 5.3 rebounds, and 4.5 assists with a 69.3 true shooting percentage over the past four games, while showcasing a skill set that can coexist with Curry’s once the Warriors star returns.

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Summary of “How March Madness Affected the Draft Stock of Three Top Prospects”

On the whole, Young played as well as could be expected given all he was asked to do for a team without much talent around him.
College teams do much more scouting and game-planning for conference games than nonconference ones, and Young is a unique player who is almost impossible to prepare for.
Young started off scoring 10 points on 4-of-4 shooting, as it took the Rams some time to understand just how little space they could give him.
If the Rams tried to give that player the ball, Oklahoma would immediately switch the action to keep Young far away from guarding the point of attack.
The threat of his 3-point shot opens up the rest of his game, and Young already knows how to take advantage.
What people don’t realize when they say Young is more Seth Curry than Steph Curry is that Seth is a good NBA player in his own right.
How much rope will an NBA team give Collin Sexton? Young wasn’t the only one-man band in college basketball.
NBA scouts question how Knox compares athletically to the elite players at his position at the next level, as well as his overall feel for the game.

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Summary of “UConn coach Geno Auriemma is only pretending to be okay”

He’s mad at his team for lots of things, like not keeping their hands up on defense, which is really just a symptom of a larger disease.
He’s mad at himself for not making them play like some of his other great teams, who walked into opposing arenas like wolves.
While the team stretches, Auriemma talks to the television crew who’ll broadcast tonight’s game, complaining with his wry sense of humor about his team’s lack of basketball sense and fundamentals.
No team in the history of sports has faced the UConn Huskies’ ongoing problem.
Nine years ago, Auriemma took USA Basketball to play in Russia against teams with international stars.
“Everyone else thinks you have a flawless team,” he says, “And you’re the only one who’s miserable. Before you know it, the season is over and you didn’t have any fun. I have to keep reminding everybody, myself included, we have to celebrate every little thing we do.” He’s given the Huskies three specific goals for their final three regular season games against Tulane, SMU and South Florida.
Auriemma wears his emotions – particularly anger at his team’s mistakes – on his sleeve.
Yeah, he’s won 1,000 games … but part of him internalizes the common criticism that he’s not coaching D-1 men or in the NBA. It’s a criticism he levels at himself from time to time, as he fights the urge to diminish his own accomplishments.

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Summary of “Zach Lowe on Damian Lillard, CJ McCollum and the Portland Trail Blazers”

As the calendar flipped to 2018, the Portland Trail Blazers found themselves facing an existential crisis.
Portland has effectively traded five or six mid-range 2-pointers per game for five or six 3-pointers.
Portland ranks fifth in points per possession since early January.
Since early January, Portland has poured in 1.2 points per possession anytime Lillard shoots after a switch on a pick-and-roll – or passes to a teammate who shoots right away, per Second Spectrum tracking data.
Portland with Harkless starting is bigger and switchier on defense, and more balanced.
Zach Collins is contributing more on both ends than anyone in Portland’s brain trust imagined he would as a rookie.
Portland is not in the same stratosphere as Houston or Golden State, and it doesn’t project to be in the next two or three seasons – Lillard’s apex.
Portland with Aldridge almost randomly arrived at that “Something more” stage in 2014 and 2015 – an accidental, cobbled-together semi-contender.

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Summary of “The Jets Just Changed the Entire Complexion of the 2018 NFL Draft”

To solve their quarterback problem, the Jets signed both Josh McCown and Teddy Bridgewater after falling short in their courtship of Cousins.
If Bridgewater plays half of the offense’s snaps and leads the Jets to the playoffs, he’ll pocket an additional $2.5 million.
The Jets constructed the Bridgewater deal to mitigate their risk given the concerns about his health.
On one hand, the Jets finished 26th in Football Outsiders’ rushing DVOA last year and committed no guaranteed money to Crowell beyond this season; on the other, there’s little reason to believe that Crowell will be any more effective than a back Maccagnan could have taken in the middle rounds of this year’s draft and retained for four years at a similar price to what Crowell will make in 2018 alone.
Regardless of whether the moves are prudent, the Jets did need to address their holes at center and running back in some capacity.
In a draft class supposedly replete with quarterback options, the Jets’ decision to give up three second-round picks to jump from no.
By moving up, the Jets ensured they can get one of the top three passers in the draft, and in a way, only added to the intrigue surrounding the top five.
The Jets’ trade with Indianapolis threw a roaring chainsaw into the draft landscape, and it’s possible that the chaos extends far beyond the seemingly inevitable run on quarterbacks.

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Summary of “She Was Told ‘No’ 100 Times. Now This 30-Year-Old Female Founder Runs a $1 Billion Business.”

Melanie Perkins, the co-founder and CEO of popular design platform Canva, and her team are constantly chasing big goals.
Her first venture, designing and selling handmade scarves to sell in her hometown of Perth, Australia, was launched when she was just 14.
At the age of 22, Perkins founded her next company, an online system for schools to design their yearbooks called Fusion Books.
In 2013, Perkins launched her third business, Canva, a platform that allows anyone to create professional-quality designs no matter their level of expertise.
What’s a book that changed your mind and why?I learned a lot from reading a book called Designing the Obvious by Robert Hoekman.
Just recently we heard about a person who had a Canva design broadcasted on a digital billboard without any previous design training! Other than small businesses and large Fortune 500 companies, we also have over 17,000 non-profits from all around the world who are using Canva to fundraise.
What was your first business idea and what did you do with it?My co-founder, Cliff Obrecht, and I decided to test the idea of making the design process much simpler by launching Fusion Books, an online design tool to help schools pull together their own designs for yearbooks.
It’s a learning process that never stops as design continues to evolve.

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Summary of “Is Fandom Really Worth It?”

Following a loss, fans are more likely than usual to eat unhealthy food, be unproductive at work, and-in the case of the Super Bowl-die from heart disease.
What about fans of the winning team? Well, their testosterone levels tend to increase, which may account for why triumphant fans are more likely than other fans to suffer a postgame traffic fatality if the score was close.
Rival fans’ treatment of one another is hardly more reassuring.
A recent neuroimaging study found that fans experienced greater pleasure when watching a rival team fail, as opposed to non-rivals.
The same subjects were significantly more willing to heckle, threaten, or hit rival fans.
Fans in another study reported feeling schadenfreude when reading about the injury of a rival team’s player, and gluckschmerz when later reading about the player’s unexpectedly speedy recovery.
A landmark 1976 study described fans’ tendency to embrace a winning team as “Basking in reflected glory,” or birg.
Sports fans are inclined to respond to reminders of mortality with optimism, and to remember victories much more clearly than defeats.

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