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What Are You Reading? Here Are Four for the Intellectually Curious

Are all creative people a little bit crazy? Not necessarily, but there some connections. Fast Company’s Eric Jaffe lays out the studies in What Neuroscience Says about the Link Between Creativity and Madness. Some stuff for a good conversation or two as well as support for the explanation that Hollywood (and business) creative types are sometimes manic-depressives. You don’t want to dispose of the schizoidal types because Cognitive disinhibition may make schizotypal personalities more prone to delusional thoughts. It could also make creative minds more fertile.Sylvia Hewlett’s HBR blog, How to Choose the Right Protege, is a reminder that “building a posse of proteges is one of the smartest things a leader can do.” Hewlette points out that the “protege effect” leverages career traction for managers. It makes them far more promotable. She adds seven tips for going about choosing your proteges. A must read for every manager who really wants to succeed. Adam Grant, (Why Men Need Women) the Wharton Professor, is one of those guys you’ll want to get to know. I regularly read his blogs, articles and research, but somehow I missed this one back in July so thought you’d want to read it. Grant is young, smart–no, brilliant–and immensely aware, aside from being a highly popular professor and researcher. Typical of men who become generous, Bill Gates explained that two female family members — his mother, Mary, and his wife, Melinda — were major catalysts for his philanthropic surge. Rolling Stone’s Tim Dickensonlays out the facts–and I do mean the real data– in How Republicans Rig the Game. Dickenson is smarter than hell, an award-winning journalist and a guy who’s work has been anthologized in The Best American Political Writing. Of course, he’s also beloved by Russ Limbaugh (I’m just kidding.) “One man one vote” may be going the way of the dodo bird as the Republicans hold back the tides. But eventually the younger, browner, queerer electorate is certain to swamp them. Flickr photo by Klast 
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Are all creative people a little bit crazy? Not necessarily, but there some connections. Fast Company’s Eric Jaffe lays out the studies in What Neuroscience Says about the Link Between Creativity and Madness. Some stuff for a good conversation or two as well as support for the explanation that Hollywood (and business) creative types are sometimes manic-depressives. You don’t want to dispose of the schizoidal types because Cognitive disinhibition may make schizotypal personalities more prone to delusional thoughts. It could also make creative minds more fertile.

Sylvia Hewlett’s HBR blog, How to Choose the Right Protege, is a reminder that “building a posse of proteges is one of the smartest things a leader can do.” Hewlette points out that the “protege effect” leverages career traction for managers. It makes them far more promotable. She adds seven tips for going about choosing your proteges. A must read for every manager who really wants to succeed. 

Adam Grant, (Why Men Need Women) the Wharton Professor, is one of those guys you’ll want to get to know. I regularly read his blogs, articles and research, but somehow I missed this one back in July so thought you’d want to read it. Grant is young, smart–no, brilliant–and immensely aware, aside from being a highly popular professor and researcher. Typical of men who become generous, Bill Gates explained that two female family members — his mother, Mary, and his wife, Melinda — were major catalysts for his philanthropic surge. 

Rolling Stone’s Tim Dickenson lays out the facts–and I do mean the real data– in How Republicans Rig the Game. Dickenson is smarter than hell, an award-winning journalist and a guy who’s work has been anthologized in The Best American Political Writing. Of course, he’s also beloved by Russ Limbaugh (I’m just kidding.) “One man one vote” may be going the way of the dodo bird as the Republicans hold back the tides. But eventually the younger, browner, queerer electorate is certain to swamp them. 

Flickr photo by Klast 

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