December 22, 2017: Friday News Roundup

Well, this is probably the final roundup of 2017, but never fear: we’ll have plenty of goodies for you to read and think about in the new year. Until then, we wish you and yours a happy holiday season and all the best for a 2018 full of learning and growing!

How Are You Perceived at Work? Here’s an Exercise to Find Out
Do you suffer from “the transparency illusion — the belief that we’re all open books and that what we intend is what people see”? If so, you may be surprised to hear what other people really think of you, but facing difficult truths will also help you become the professional and coworker you want to be.

These Three Strategies Can Help You Master Any Subject
Want to learn better in 2018? This author wants to “define more of my learning, making it more deliberate and intentional, and hopefully, effective.” So, she consulted an expert who shared his suggestions for effective learning, what he calls “the most important skill in life.”

Improve Your Life by Improving Your Questions
Another tip for achieving better outcomes? Crafting better questions. This podcast examines “how the world’s leading innovators, education leaders, creative thinkers, and red-hot startups ask game-changing questions to nurture creativity, solve problems, and create new possibilities.”

Can Robots Learn to Improvise?
It wouldn’t be a news roundup without a robot story. While it’s commonplace to program robots to perform well-defined, repetitive tasks in controlled settings, engineers have a harder time making them adaptive and responsive. The next quantum leap in automation will require overcoming practical limits on what robots can currently do in the real world.

Get Bach To Work: Company Orchestras A German Tradition
You might think your department runs like a well-oiled machine, but it is as well-orchestrated as an actual orchestra? Apparently, it’s a thing in Germany for some companies to form symphonies from among their employee ranks. Not just a fun extracurricular activity, it’s also “an excellent model for the creative teamwork companies need to compete.”