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This Week on #TalkTech: Obstacles to Change, Sleep Technology, and Stress Management

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How might you be standing in your own way? Do you agree with the article?

“Too often we believe if we gain enough information and understanding, we will do something different,” says Majer. “But that just isn’t true.” A bold claim from our first article, which states “transformation requires another level—a capacity to act.” They list 7 big obstacles you might encounter when trying to learn new behaviors or improve yourself. Do you have any additional ones? Do you agree with the 7 listed?

7 Obstacles Keeping You From Change

Would you be interested in sleep tracking? Is sleep the next frontier for consumer tech?

“Apple has recently picked up Roy J.E.M Raymann from Philips Research, an expert on sleep research with extensive experience in wearables, sensors, and non-pharmacological methods of improving sleep quality. The possibilities here are absolutely fascinating…”

I would have to agree. It seems like there is a lot of potential for tech related to sleep, things that could really improve the quality of our lives. And then don’t get me started on dreams… So what do YOU think about all this?

Apple hires sleep research expert Roy J.E.M Raymann from Philips for iWatch team

How do you stay calm?

“TalentSmart has conducted research with more than a million people, and we’ve found that 90% of top performers are skilled at managing their emotions in times of stress in order to remain calm and in control.” Are you skilled at handling stress? Do you have any experiences with handling stress, or advice for a fellow worker? But it’s not just about eliminating stress, researchers found that you need a “healthy” level of stress to have optimum performance and motivation. So that brings up the question: how do we find the balance?

How Successful People Stay Calm

This Week on #TalkTech: Leadership Balance, Computers for Creativity, and Building a Better Calendar

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What maximizes and diminishes our ability to lead others? 

Due to project oriented nature of our work we ALL act as leaders at some point. What maximizes and diminishes our ability to lead others? What is your “leadership balance?” The article says the attributes of a great leader mostly fall into 4 categories: Trust, Relationships, Results and Emotional Intelligence. The best leaders exhibit qualities from all levels; however, Results and Relationship behaviors were the categories that were mentioned more often than all the others. What does that say about leadership?

What Is Your Leadership Balance?

In what ways do computers make you more creative?

With the 30th anniversary of the Macintosh computer, I thought we should take some time to look at how computers have impacted your life. You can see here that the Macintosh was designed to bring computers and art together: “We were trying to make a machine that a person with an artist’s or a musician’s sensibilities would want to use.” I know that all of my art and music wouldn’t be possible without the computer (I couldn’t imagine analog recording). What are some ways that the computer has improved (or worsened) your creativity? Are there things you would never have done without it?

5 Ways The Macintosh Changed Creativity Forever

Can you make the calendar better?

These designers are trying to improve upon one of the oldest tools you use every day: the calendar. Much like building a better mousetrap, I don’t even know if it can be done. Sure you can change it, but are you improving it? They’ve set out to make a calendar that is “just enough” for casual use. Are then any ways you would want to improve the calendar? Think of all the new technology that’s coming out, is there anything we could be doing better?

Ex-Ideo Designers Rethink The Calendar For Mobile Devices

This Week on #TalkTech: Expanding Horizons, Fueling the Creative, and Personal Leadership

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This week’s guest curator is Sharon Boller, President of Bottom-Line Performance. If you are interested in being a guest curator for TalkTech, let me know!

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How do we expand our sphere? How do we push ourselves to make some connections with groups that are NOT like ourselves?

This article struck me because – when I read it I realized how true it was. Like sticks with like – and that makes for comfortable but it doesn’t make for expanding horizons. If I ONLY interact with one group of people, I will get very comfortable with that group of people but I won’t cultivate any new ideas. If we only hang with other tech people or other L&D people or other people with kids or empty-nesters or 20-something’s – how do we expand our minds and see different perspectives?

What impact does it have on work if we stick within our own comfort zone all the time in terms of who we hang out with and whom we most want to work? Some of my most fun work experiences have been when I’ve had the chance to be paired with a team member that I’ve never worked with before. I find it generates a ton of creativity. This is counter-balanced by people’s push to be more efficient – and it’s definitely more efficient to work with someone you have worked with before and know their habits, preferences, etc.

Why Successful People Have So Many Groups of Friends

What could help us find a better work/life balance?

I was struck by a few of the nuggets in here that I KNOW people struggle with: 1) taking a break every 90 minutes, 2) not feeling like they have to constantly be in their email inbox, 3) recognizing the criticality of sleep.

Both articles here strike me as requiring some discipline in making yourself do stuff you know is good for you but isn’t always easy to do.

Why Your Creativity Needs Boundaries to Thrive

Speaking of personal development, is selling really essential to all careers?

This article makes what I think is a great point: “You may not intend to be in the selling profession. You may fear it. You may have some other pre-conceived notion about why selling is not for you. However, because selling, influencing, and generating buy-in is critical to today’s career success, improving your own rainmaker capability is one career resolution all professionals should make.”

What do you thinking? Is selling really that important? Could you benefit from honing your sales skills?

The One Career Resolution All Professionals Should Make

This Week on #TalkTech: All About Wearable Tech

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Is wearable tech the next megatrend, or is this just hype?

This infographic has some strong data backing the huge growth in wearable technology, but it also shows that most of it is just fitness trackers. I still don’t know anyone with a smart watch or Google glass. So should we really consider this the next megatrend? It’s hard to tell. If it is, when do you think it’s going to catch on? Are you going to buy in?

The Next MegaTrend: Wearable Tech {Infographic}

Can performance be quantified with wearable tech in the office?

“The age of the quantified self is here.” Do you think companies could leverage wearable tech to better quantify the performance of employees? The article says “companies from Hitachi to Walt Disney World resort are using wearable tech to track staff and improve collaboration and customer service.” So it seems like the idea is moving forward, but how accurate or useful do you think this data really is?

Can performance be quantified? Wearable tech in the office.

How can wearable technology impact training?

This final article touches on many points from the first two, but has added examples of real world uses of wearable tech right now. Take a look at the examples and then think, “How could this help MY industry?” How could wearable tech impact training and development? What needs to happen before it is a viable option?

Wearable technology set to take the workplace by storm

This Week on #TalkTech: 2014 Trends, Tech You Wish Existed, and Holiday Gifts

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What's on your holiday gift list this year?

What major trends do you see emerging in 2014?

“Juniper released its top 10 tech trends for 2014 today. And if the research firm is right, our cities are going to get smarter, our money is going digital, and we’ll be printing a lot more products at home.” So what are your thoughts on the trends of 2014? Do you agree with this list? Does anything surprise you all that much?

These Are The 10 Tech Trends You’re Going To See In 2014 

What technology do you wish existed?

I love the idea behind this article: what technology products do you want that don’t actually exist yet? Right off the top of my head I can think about the hover boards we’re supposed to be getting soon (Back to the Future) and maybe better robots? So put on your imagineering caps and think of the tech you want to exist. Be creative!

All I Want For Christmas Is… This Non-existent Technology 

With the holidays fast approaching, what’s on your gift list?

’Tis the season of presents, right? So as a final fun holiday question before we go on a two-week break, what’s on your gift list this year? TechCrunch has some pretty awesome wish list items, but I’m sure you all have something great you’ve been dying for. Whether it’s a long vacation with the family or the new Mac Pro that’ll set you back 3 grand or more, let us know what you want this holiday season!

Gift Guide: A Few Of Our Favorite Things

This Week on #TalkTech: Cognitive Biases, Phablets, and the End of Snow Days

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HP almost missed out on the idea for the laser printer! How do we make sure that doesn’t happen to us?

How do we overcome cognitive biases when seeking to innovate?

“Truth is many managers face what might be called a creativity dilemma: their desire for novel ideas and creative workers is at odds with their need to provide practical order.” That’s a powerful statement, because I know for me it rings very true. I want to be innovative, but there is a fine line between innovative and overly risky. Our work requires a certain sense of order just to get anything done, but how much can we experiment with that order without being completely disruptive?

Why Companies Are Terrible At Spotting Creative Ideas

When it comes to mobile phones, do you want bigger or smaller?

If you haven’t heard of the term “phablet” yet, then you’re about to. I want to talk about the extreme fluctuation in the size of our mobile phones. For the longest time we pushed for them to be smaller and smaller, now we’re seeing phones the size of our face. Smartphones definitely changed the game when it comes to size, because now the screen size is an important factor… but even today there are smart phones that pride themselves on being the smallest and ones that want to be the biggest. Which do you prefer? Do you feel one is better than the other?

Hey Google, why is my freaking phone so big?

Could eLearning get rid of snow days?

This last topic is a topic just for the holidays, hopefully we can have some fun reminiscing! Apparently a school in Waterloo, IL is getting rid of snow days. Using a program called My Big Campus; students check in and get their assignments. If they fail to log on, they’re marked as absent. At first I was outraged, but then I read this senior’s quote: “Pretty amazing to know that you won’t have to worry about when your final exam is, you’ll know when you’re getting off of school, and you can plan your vacation ahead of time.” So what do you think, is this a good thing or does it mark the end of a pseudo holiday that children should have the joy of experiencing? Do you think many schools will adopt this practice?

High school gets rid of snow days thanks to e-learning

This Week on #TalkTech: Wearable Tech, App Overload, and a Programmer Code of Ethics

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With over 1 million apps out there, think hard before you decide the world needs another one—because we probably don’t.

What are your predictions for wearable technology? 

Last week I saw a commercial for a ‘smart watch’ for the first time in my life. The week before I saw people wearing Google Glass for the first time outside of a tech conference. It looks like wearable technology is slowly but surely coming to fruition. So what are your predictions for the capabilities of wearable tech, in eLearning and in your day-to-day life? How do you feel about the “real” big data that the article talks about—data about every little activity we engage in? Sounds a little Big Brother, honestly. But it seems this is the natural progression from smart phones…

Wearable Computing Technology In Learning

Have you seen apps for the sake of apps? How do you talk them out of it?

I know I’ve seen my fair share of apps that make me go “why on earth did they make this?” It seems like more and more companies are developing apps because they heard it was the hip thing to do, not because they have any reason to. There are so many apps out there that are actually less functional than just accessing the company’s website via your mobile browser. So in eLearning I know we have to have made some pointless apps… how do we curb that practice? What are some ways to talk clients out of pointless apps? What are some good alternatives?

Enough With The Apps Already

Do Developers Need A Standardized Code Of Ethics?

“Doctors, lawyers, police, and even accountants have codes of ethics. With the rise of mobile computing and its increasing importance of it in our daily lives–and the revelations of some big-time developers delving into shady practices–is it time to write a code for coders?” Since we’re an industry that employers plenty of developers/coders/programmers, I figured we could weigh in on this. There a re a lot of shady tactics that can be used in this field, and because the majority of the general public doesn’t understand what’s happening on the backend, it seems a code of ethics might be necessary. What do you think? What would you include in your code of ethics?

Do Developers Need A Standardized Code Of Ethics? 

This Week on #TalkTech: Going All Digital, Privacy Issues, and Automatic Content Recognition

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Google admits it is tied to the physical world when it comes to its Google Wallet service.

Google admits it is tied to the physical world when it comes to its Google Wallet service.

Will we ever go all digital?

This article about Google rolling out a debit card really got me thinking. The author puts it bluntly: “This isn’t a new concept for a digital wallet. PayPal itself has a debit card. The significance for Google is more in its apparent acknowledgment that its business needs to play in the physical world.” No matter how much Google wants us to do everything online (using their services, no doubt), they are being pulled back into the physical world.

Tactile things are important to us. How many of you won’t buy something online without having interacted with it in a brick and mortar store before? I know I usually won’t. So my question is… do you ever think we will go all digital? All digital money, all digital resumes, all digital learning. I know right now you’re saying “of course not!” But think further into the future, could any technology make us more comfortable with the idea?

With New Debit Card, Google Admits Digital Isn’t Everything

Will technology make privacy a thing of the past?

Now I have two Google articles in a row. But this article isn’t so much about the company as it is about their chief internet evangelist, Vint Cerf. He suggests that “privacy may actually be an anomaly.” He’s right… it’s honestly a rather new concept. Well the concept isn’t new, but the expectations are—the idea that privacy is a right.

So whether it’s the way your eLearning starts tracking more and more of what you do (MindFlash eye tracking that forces you to pay attention), or it’s everyone’s social media usage out there for the world to see, it seems technology is doing away with privacy. What do you think?

Google’s chief internet evangelist says ‘privacy may actually be an anomaly’ 

How could we utilize Automatic Content Recognition if it became readily available?

I’ll let the article sum up: “What exactly is ACR? It’s most recognizable form today for consumers is that of song recognition apps like Shazam.  Shazam uses a form of audio fingerprinting that matches a sound clip against a database of songs to identify the song. But ACR, which can be done both with audio and video fingerprinting technology, is being built into a new generation of software and hardware that will vastly increase the capabilities of both second screen and connected TVs in the future.”

So this is obviously really cool technology. Could you see the training and development field taking advantage of it? Any crazy ideas? It’s pretty apparent that advertisers are going to LOVE this technology, but I think it can do so much more than just place ads.

Three Ways Automatic Content Recognition Will Change TV

This Week on #TalkTech: MakerSwarm, Interactive Video, and Data Hoarders

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MakerSwarm makes "hacking" devices so easy a 10-year could do it—and that's how we inspire the next generation of engineers.

MakerSwarm makes “hacking” devices so easy a 10-year could do it—and that’s how we inspire the next generation of engineers.

Could MakerSwarm inspire and empower a whole new generation of engineers?

“The idea is simple: We’re surrounded by electronics with Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and computer chips inside them: gadgets like smartphones, e-readers, TVs, toys, appliances, and more. What if hacking them to work together was easy enough for even a 10-year old to comprehend?” That sounds pretty amazing to me, not just for what it can do, but for what it can inspire.

The most important part for me was this: “If not, MakerSwarm will still allow you to connect them anyway and see what happens, because trying weird, dumb things is how MAYA believes people learn the limits of what is possible in the first place.”

Any developers out there want to comment on the value of tinkering?

This App Is A Roll Of Duct Tape For The Internet Of Things

What are some outside the box ways to utilize interactive video?

Interactive video has been around for a while now, and it certainly is a valuable tool in our toolbox. But it seems like new easier-to-use, better looking, and better performing technologies are coming out to make interactive video even better. An example that jumped out at me was Rapt Media, but there are other programs out there as well.

So with all of the improvements to interactive video… what are some crazy ways to use it? How can we push the boundaries by combining it with other solutions or just coming up with wild enough stories and interactions? Then, how can we produce these solutions faster and more affordably?

Rapt Media

Is the Internet of Things Creating Data Hoarders?

This article is a great read because it never tries to rehash “big data” as a buzzword or anything like that—it simply lays out the problems we face with having so much data stored in so many places. I bet we all work with huge repositories of files in our jobs, and while those file should hopefully be useful in some way, I don’t think any of us could accurately estimate the percentage of junk. This paragraph really struck me:

“Take for example, “dark data,” which is typically files, presentations, reports, images, and emails that are stockpiled but not analyzed, used or otherwise monetized. Dark data not only consumes valuable storage, network and management resources, it increases liability unless proactively purged using pre-established criteria for defensible deletion.”

So what do you think about hoarding data? Are we our own worst enemies with digital clutter?

Is the Internet of Things Creating Data Hoarders?

This Week on #TalkTech: Halloween Tech, Scary Tech, and Wearable Tech

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This week’s curator is Nancy Harkness, Vice President of Learning Services here at Bottom-Line Performance. If you are interested in being a guest curator for TalkTech, let me know! Nancy’s descriptions and topics are below.

In the future, smartphones might be hooking up with your clothing to do all kinds of crazy things.

In the future, smartphones might be hooking up with your clothing to do all kinds of crazy things.

It’s Halloween … what’s the link with technology? When I was a kid, “Halloween Tech” meant making sure the batteries in your flashlight worked, or painting a cardboard box grey and going as a robot (no, never did, but I saw a couple …). Now — well, consider these Halloween haunts.

Trick or Track?

As a parent, trick or treat can be a little scary for reasons other than ghosts and goblins: What if it gets dark faster than we expect? What if my son gets separated from his group? What if he is out past the deadline … how can I find him? These apps may help. Where else might this functionality be useful?

Tech Review: Safety-minded apps for Halloween, beyond

Wearable technology just for the skull of it?

Wearable technology has been in science fiction forever – from the shoe phone to the video watch — and it is rapidly becoming reality. If you count items like glasses and watches, it will be worth $19 billion by 2018. Most wearable technology is functional, though – it’s just too expensive to use for pure visual impact. A former NASA engineer is changing that by cleverly using smart phones in clothing in interesting ways … I want a pulsing heart shirt next time I design a medical course! How else could we put this to use?

A NASA Engineer Builds a Better Halloween Costume

What technology screams wake you up in the middle of the night?

During a spooky time of year, let’s turn our attention to the technology issues that scare people most. Will a witch put a spell on your email? Will a vampire suck the funds from your on-line bank transaction? Will a demon post photos of you on line? What scares you the most? How can this impact what we design and do?

Halloween ’13: What tech frightens us most