Lumosity claims to be number one brain games and cognitive training app on its Google Play Store page. It is also an Editor’s choice app. On its web site, the company claims to improve memory, increase focus, and find calm with its app. However, its Wikipedia page informs us that on January 5, 2016 the company (Lumos Labs) agreed to a $50 million settlement (reduced to $2 million subject to financial verification) to the Federal Trade Commission over claims of false advertising for their product. As such there is no good medical evidence to support claims that memory training helps people improve cognitive functioning. Nevertheless, we liked the app as it provides three games per day in its free plan that put our critical thinking, memory and problem-solving skills to the test. We recommend this app provided you do not blindly trust the benefits claimed by the app.
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Accenture has published seven free digital skills courses on FutureLearn site. FutureLearn is UK-based MOOC provider. The courses cover topics such as social media, digital marketing, user experience, web analytics, etc. The duration ranges from two to three weeks and the expected time commitment ranges from one to two hours per week. These are introductory-level courses so can help you get familiar with topics such as digital marketing or web analytics.
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Flow is defined as the state in which people are so involved in an activity that nothing else seems to matter; the experience itself is so enjoyable that people will do it even at great cost, for the sheer sake of doing it.
Flow is one of the key concepts in positive psychology. Developed by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi and his colleagues starting in 1980s, a lot of research has been done to explore how flow happens in various domains such as sports, education, work and leisure.
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi wrote a book, titled “Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience”, in which he has presented this research in a language that can be understood by laymen like us. Though the book has only around 300 pages, it takes a good amount of time to read and absorb the concepts discussed in this book. In case, you need a gist of it then you can watch his 19-minute TED talk recorded in year 2004.
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“The Truth About Employee Engagement” is a book containing a fable and theory. It provides a story of a CEO, who turns around three businesses, a restaurant being one of them. During this journey, he develops a model of three signs of a miserable job. The model is simple; the three signs are anonymity, irrelevance and immeasurement. The author, Patrick Lencioni, has given detailed description of this model after the fable. A good book to read for every employee and employer!
In case, you are too busy to read this book then you can visit its web site. This site provides 3-page summary article, explaining the model.
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If you are looking for a mobile app that provides bite-sized lessons for learning about digital marketing then you will find Google Primer app very useful. This app initially had lessons only on digital marketing but has added many new lessons on topics such as business planning, selling, and brand building.
This app is absolutely free to use. Though we have not read all lessons, whatever lessons we have read, we found them of high quality. The same content is not available on any web site. It’s available only in the form of mobile app. And yes, the lessons are not in the form of long articles but rather in the form of mini-cards, which you see one after another.
As the name suggests, the learning content is at the beginner level and does not have in-depth coverage of any topic. So it’s good to use if you need an introductory view of topics such as email marketing, analytics, and brand building.
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Mindfulness has become one of the most popular ways to mitigate the stress at workplace and home. While there are so many books, articles and sites telling us what is mindfulness and how it works, we would recommend this 10-minute video to get started with mindfulness. Obviously there are more things to know but this video can be a good starting point if you are not sure what is mindfulness and how it can help.
BTW this is a TED talk recorded in year 2012 and has got more than 9 million views. It’s delivered by Mr. Andy Puddicombe, who has written three books on mindfulness and has co-founded an online healthcare company called Headspace.
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