Summary of “IDEO’s Sandy Speicher on Constructivism: The uncomfortable secret to creative success is “disequilibrium””

In order to bring yourself back to a calm state of knowing, you have to generate a new “a-ha” inside your mind that reframes your old information with the new information.
A mental model that, through the force of your imagination and intelligence, connects those dissonant dots into new meaning.
Learning isn’t about the consumption of new information.
Synthesis is our natural creative process, and once you start to put those pieces back together into new frameworks of understanding, that’s when the new ideas start to flow.
It’s no longer just about understanding the word “Cow”: Now it’s about designing whole new offerings, experiences, and organizations that go against the convictions that have solidified in our minds.
While I constantly think about the time required to tick off my to-do list, I rarely evaluate how much emotional energy is required to take my work to new creative heights.
So how does this Constructivist learning theory help us support creative teams? What if, as creative leaders, we saw ourselves as great Constructivist teachers instead of orienting around our knowledge and expertise? How would Piaget’s theories change our behavior?
Just like classroom teachers, leaders face pressure to accomplish a set of outcomes within a particular timeframe and often, unintentionally, send signals to their teams that their time messing about in search of a new mental model isn’t valid.

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Summary of “How to Stay Focused If You’re Assigned to Multiple Projects at Once”

Few people today have the luxury of working on a single project at a time; most of us are juggling the demands of many teams at once.
In theory, this system of “Multiteaming” offers a number of upsides: You can deploy your expertise exactly where and when it’s most needed, share your knowledge across groups, and switch projects during lull times, avoiding costly downtime.
Switching attention between tasks takes time and saps your focus and energy.
Moving between teams, you probably also need to adjust to different roles – you might be the boss on one but a junior member of another, for example – which changes not only your level of accountability but also your ability to juggle resources when a crunch time hits.
By proactively identifying crunch times when multiple projects have high demands, you can better manage your time and set expectations.
If you know you are going to need to answer phone calls at random intervals, work on another task that can be interrupted at any time.
Obviously, you can’t go overboard and become a bottleneck just to carve out contemplation time, but make sure team members see reflection as “Real work.”
Across the world, the significant financial benefits of multiteaming mean it has become a way of life, particularly in knowledge work, despite the stresses and risks it can pose for people working across multiple teams at once.

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Summary of “Why You Should Explain “Why” as a Manager”

There’s so much to learn and master when managing a team: how to give feedback effectively, how to run an effective 1:1, how to delegate, how to develop your team, and more.
Sharing a decision with your team? Tell them why you made it.
One of the most frequent things that’ll happen when you start explaining why you made decisions is that you’ll start sharing more context with your team.
Once your team has more context and understands your priorities and why you make decisions, you’ve created a feedback loop!
If you explained the decision as being tied to a number of people on the team being gluten-free, they’ll bring you options that fit that criteria and start thinking about the needs of the team as part of the decision.
You’re empowering your team to learn and do better next time, which is what management is all about.
When you share what’s happening, your team is informed.
I don’t know about you, but I’d love a team that’s constantly learning, making better decisions, and feeling more engaged.

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Summary of “Golden State Warriors not worried about slow start to season”

Particularly this year as the Warriors have gotten off to a rather sloppy 5-3 start heading into Thursday’s game in San Antonio.
You say that word in the modern NBA and people go straight to the San Antonio Spurs resting players en masse during the regular season or last year’s leaguewide debacle around resting star players for high-profile nationally televised games.
As a player on the Michael Jordan-era Chicago Bulls and the Tim Duncan-era Spurs, he says this Warriors team reminds him of the 1997-98 Bulls team that won “Only” 62 games in the regular season after winning 72 and 69 games and NBA championships the previous two seasons.
“That’s why LeBron [James] going to the Finals seven years in a row, to me, is one of the most amazing accomplishments ever for a player in this league.”
After the Warriors won in 2015, Kerr missed the first 43 games of the season due to complications from back surgery.
The team rallied around young assistant coach Luke Walton to win its first 24 games of the year and set a course to break the Bulls’ 72-win regular-season NBA record.
Such is the conundrum of a team in the middle of a dynasty, which is why so many fizzle after two or three years or have a gap year between runs.
“We have to get there. And I can’t force that. As a coach, it’s my job to recognize that and adapt to that and try to guide us and navigate us. I can tell you this year is gonna be a lot harder than that first year.”

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Summary of “Your Strategy Won’t Work If You Don’t Identify the New Capabilities You Need”

The strategy was sound, but making it happen required many new capabilities: dozens of sales people had to learn new approaches to selling and relationship building, different sales divisions needed to share information and collaborate, new roles for coordinating enterprise accounts had to be created, financial information had to be presented and analyzed differently, and so on.
Capabilities lie at the heart an organization’s ability to achieve results, so it’s hardly a surprise that different results require different capabilities.
First, many strategic planners and senior executives assume that if the strategy is logical, then people will figure out what to do, and don’t build capabilities development into their plans at all.
Developing capabilities requires experimentation, trial and error, and iterative learning to figure out what will work in each organization’s unique culture, functional structure, and environment.
While some work focused on innovation strategy – the customary task of identifying where the company should place innovation bets – equal attention was paid to understanding the capabilities needed to execute the strategy.
As teams were chartered to pursue promising opportunities, they were also tasked with developing specific capabilities that were critical to the innovation strategy.
As successive phases of this work took place, teams brought learnings to new iterations and new teams, helping to scale and sustain the development of these capabilities.
Then identify opportunities for teams to create or strengthen those capabilities while actually executing some aspect of the strategy.

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Summary of “Best, worst, most lopsided deals from 2017”

Patriots get: WR Brandin CooksSaints get: 2017 first-round pick and third-round pick.
Patriots get: TE Dwayne Allen, 2017 sixth-round pickColts get: 2017 fourth-round pick.
49ers get: 2017 fourth-round pickColts get: 2017 fourth-round pick and fifth-round pick.
Vikings get: 2017 third-round pickJets get: 2017 third-round pick and fifth-round pick.
Ravens get: 2017 third-round pickEagles get: DT Timmy Jernigan, 2017 third-round pick.
Browns get: QB Brock Osweiler, 2017 sixth-round pick, 2019 second-round pickTexans get: 2017 fourth-round pick.
Texans get: 2017 first-round pickBrowns get: 2017 first-round pick, 2018 first-round pick.
Vikings get: 2017 third-round pick, fourth-round pick, seventh-round pickChiefs get: 2017 third-round pick.

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Summary of “The Texans, Seahawks, and the NFL’s Week 8 Winners and Losers”

Every week this NFL season, we will celebrate the electric plays, admonish the colossal blunders, and explain the inexplicable moments of the most recent slate.
Winner: Everybody Who Watched Seahawks-Texans The game of the year took place in Seattle on Sunday: The Seahawks won 41-38, but Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson confirmed he’s perhaps the most exciting player in the league just a couple of months into his rookie season.
The last player with 400 passing yards, four touchdowns, and 50 rushing yards in a game? Nobody.
Its most exciting players are hurt, its best teams seem mediocre, its marquee matchups have been duds.
You know what’s better than my memory? Pro-Football-Reference’s Play Index! I searched the PI database for plays that were a punt, resulted in a score, and resulted in a score that was a safety.
Twenty-one were punts that were blocked; 19 have the description “Punts no gain, safety,” which seems to also be a descriptor for punts that were blocked; five are plays where the punting team committed a holding penalty in the end zone.
The NFL’s players have become great actors this season, but I think Smith-Schuster is the first person asked to play an inanimate object.
He’s on a team forced by its owners to abandon its fans and play 16 road games, and his team specializes in excruciating losses.

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Summary of “Zach Lowe on the LA Clippers and Blake Griffin”

If you think the Clippers don’t matter in Los Angeles – that they have too much ugly baggage to generate fan interest in a Lakers town – grab coffee with Blake Griffin in Beverly Hills.
The Lakers will always rule L.A., but Griffin matters, and the Clippers with him – even without Chris Paul – still matter in a way they never did during their pathetic prior history.
Griffin walked his 3-year-old son, Ford, through the art gallery-style corridors, and found photos hanging at each turn: Griffin on his green Huffy bike with his brother, Taylor, when they were kids; Griffin playing in college; Griffin as a Clipper.
The Clippers don’t care that building around two behemoths would make them an anachronism – even with Griffin, having drained 41 percent from deep on almost six attempts per game, blossoming into a legitimate 3-point threat.
The post-CP3 Clippers want to reinvent themselves as a fast-paced, unpredictable and egalitarian offense with Griffin as fulcrum.
The Clippers are averaging a mammoth 1.455 points per possession on any trip featuring a Griffin post-up, according to Second Spectrum.
It’s easy to suggest the Clippers re-sign Jordan, and trade him later if they need space for a superstar – or if they can’t crack the contender’s circle with Griffin and Jordan as their top two players.
Give Griffin a decent supporting cast on short-term deals, and he might be able to keep the Clippers competitive enough without Jordan to make an appealing case for free agents.

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Summary of “Meet The Badass Women Wrestlers Of Senegal”

ZIGUINCHOR, Senegal – It was lunchtime and 67-year-old great-grandmother Marie-Thérèse Sambou was recalling a childhood spent crisscrossing nearby villages to take part in wrestling matches.
Among the family members gathered around her – including nephews, nieces, and an old man gently extricating a thorn from a baby goat’s front leg – were two women who have each ranked among Africa’s top female wrestlers.
Eveline Diatta, 41, Marie-Thérèse’s daughter, was one of the first women wrestlers to represent Senegal internationally, and is currently head coach of the women’s team.
In most of Senegal, women are still forbidden to wrestle – partly because of conservative religious values, and partly because they’re banned from even witnessing some of the lavish mystical rites that surround the sport.
Male wrestlers at the top of the game receive corporate sponsorship, tens of thousands of dollars per fight, and the adulation of fans breathlessly following Senegal’s most popular sport.
For women, who are expected to give up wrestling once they’re married – and swiftly concentrate on having children – a fleeting chance to go professional comes in the form of a handful of local festivals.
Because the rules of laamb are similar to those that govern international freestyle wrestling, Coly felt many women would instinctively be able to make the leap.
Paradoxically, just as opportunities to wrestle beyond Casamance have flourished, fewer Jola women want to continue the sport.

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Summary of “How LeBron James Shaped the Modern NBA”

Tuesday night, with Isaiah Thomas out with a lingering hip injury and Derrick Rose down with an ankle sprain, LeBron James played point guard for the Cavaliers.
LeBron James changed the game, but in a different way.
By controlling the message, the delivery system, and the setting, James was essentially seizing the means of content production, presaging the trend that would ultimately result in outlets like The Player’s Tribune and LeBron’s own Uninterrupted.
Over the years, LeBron has grown into the role of the game’s shadow imperator.
To be considered a great, LeBron would need to win titles.
LeBron was 26 when made his decision and he’s now on his second go-round with Cleveland.
Thanks largely to LeBron, taking steps to avoid the Chuckster’s fate is both more possible and more socially acceptable than ever.
Via his social media accounts, LeBron celebrates the journey to greatness as a destination unto itself.

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