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Here are five of the most popular insights on development shared by our community of Amigos from around the world! From networking and creativity to quality execution and self-awareness, the following articles offer powerful insights to inspire and fuel your development journey.

“I hate networking.” It’s a familiar refrain. But in today’s world, networking is a necessity—and fortunately, an aversion to it can be overcome. Drawing on laboratory experiments and on studies at a large law firm, the authors have identified four strategies that can help people become more excited about and effective at building relationships.  Continue reading on HBR»

Every emotion has a purpose—an evolutionary benefit,” says Sandi Mann, a psychologist and the author of The Upside of Downtime: Why Boredom Is Good. “I wanted to know why we have this emotion of boredom, which seems like such a negative, pointless emotion.”

That’s how Mann for started in her specialty: boredom. As Mann dived into the topic of boredom, she found the it was actually “very interesting” not pointless. Wijnand can Tilburg, the University of Southampton, explained the important evolutionary function of that uneasy, awful feeling this way: “Boredom make people keen to engage in activities that they find more meaningful than those at hand.” Continue reading on Nautilus»

We should all stop saying “I know exactly how you feel”. You don’t know. And by saying that you’re also steering the focus away from someone who probably just wants to be heard. Here’s how to be a more considerate conversation partner, says radio host and writer Celeste Headlee. Continue reading on TED»

A surprisingly potent technique can boost your short and long-term recall – and it appears to help everyone from students to Alzheimer’s patients.

It’s easy to assume that the more work you put in, the better you will perform. Yet taking the occasional down time – to do literally nothing – may be exactly what you need. Just dim the lights, sit back, and enjoy 10-15 minutes of quiet contemplation, and you’ll find that your memory of the facts you have just learnt is far better than if you had attempted to use that moment more productively.  Continue reading on BBC  »

There is a phrase you are as likely to find in a serious philosophy text as you are in the wackiest self-help book: ‘Know thyself!’ The phrase has serious philosophical pedigree: by Socrates’ time, it was more or less received wisdom (apparently chiselled into the forecourt of the Temple of Apollo at Delphi) though a form of the phrase reaches back to Ancient Egypt. And ever since, the majority of philosophers have had something to say about it. Continue reading on Aeon »

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