Contrary to what we've always been told, we don't mind-wander enough. Research shows a number of benefits to mind-wandering in the realms of creative problem solving, planning, and holding out for something better in the future. With our devices pouring information into us constantly, we block out the important background processing that occurs when we mind-wander.
You may be tempted to write off some team members as never being able to manage themselves. They may be great at execution, but the level of handholding they need about what actually has to get done is frustrating. It would be ideal if there were a way to get everyone on a work team to be thinking about the big picture.
The week before the year-end holiday, Adam, a commodities trader, wanted to flatten out his riskiest positions to have his mind at ease on vacation with his fiancé. But when news broke that he hadn't planned on, he panicked and messed up his well-laid plans. We'll see how neuroscience highlights five mistakes he didn't have to make, and what to do instead.
I was baffled. It was years ago, during my first semester as a physics and math teacher at a last chance Brooklyn public high school. I could be as clear as day about my intentions, what I wanted from the kids, my reasons, and the consequences for non-compliance, and yet the kids did whatever they wanted. But after a while, they started to fall in line. What was happening?
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Josh Davis, Ph.D., is the author of "Two Awesome Hours: Science-Based Strategies to Harness Your Best Time and Get Your Most Important Work Done", and also Director of Research for the NeuroLeadership Institute.