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Sleep, lucid dreaming, Einstein, questioning and pay-to-quit

Inspiration

We all know that sleep is essential for cognitive function, but when it comes to our work lives, it often takes a back seat. Why you need to talk to your team about sleep by Jenny Murray explores the importance of making sleep a priority for your employees. Murray demonstrates that long periods of wakefulness have a similar effect on the mind to drinking several glasses of wine. She states: “Some competencies, such as decision -making, creativity and innovation, collectively known as ‘executive functions’ have been shown to be highly susceptible to even relatively minor sleep loss.”

Murray goes on to outline several methods for managers to promote good sleeping habits. These include considering the message that working all hours and midnight emails sends to employees. She also suggests that we look at the quantity and quality of work rather than the hours spent in the office, when rewarding staff members.

From our lives outside of a good night’s sleep, to the worlds within our dreams, Vaughan Bell has been exploring the mysteries of ‘lucid’ dreaming. The article discusses recent developments into what Bell describes as “a technique that allows real-time communication from within the dream world.”

Time to wake up now. Shane Parrish from Farnam Street recently discussed his thoughts on the mixing bowl process of creativity. “[…]a lot of innovation and creativity comes from the combination of worldly wisdom, perspective, accumulating existing ideas, failures from multiple disciplines, amongst other things. These ideas — sometimes consciously and sometimes unconsciously tossed around in our head — combine into something new.” Parrish’s article, Einstein on The Essential Feature of Productive Thought considers Einstein’s approach to the issue, quoting extracts from his book, Ideas and Opinions.

Warren Berger has some useful recommendations for how to Become a Company That Questions Everything. He questions the necessity of being open to constructive criticism regarding business methods and highlights the need for constant improvements on the business model. Berger makes 4 observations:

– A culture of inquiry starts at the top — with leaders who question
– Questioning should be rewarded (or at least, not punished)
– Give people the time and space to question deeply
– Provide the tools to question well.

And finally, Kathy Rapp from Fistful of Talent discusses Pay to Quit, Pay to Stay, Or Just Pay Me to Work for an Awesome Boss. She takes a look into Jeff Bezos’ ‘Pay to Quit’ program and Tony Hsieh’s ‘The Offer’. While this is a somewhat opinionated post, she makes a key point: look at the root of the problem rather than the symptom.

“Instead of paying people to quit, or paying them more money to stay—what if we hired, developed and nurtured more adept bosses of people?”

Some more things we enjoyed reading recently
Could alcohol actually increase cognitive function depending on your genes?
7 insights into idea management
The restaurant that Googles you back
A review of Amy Brann’s book Make Your Brain Work
What ‘my door is always open’ really means

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