Four short links: 08 March 2013


An essential reading to inspire your morning
  1. Listening as a Tool to De-escalate Conflicts – Recently, I read this statement: “They keep yelling at me that I’m not listening.” I would love to give credit to the person who said it, but I’ve lost the source. I think I saw it as a tweet in my twitter stream. I’m just not sure of that. In any case, I thought it was funny. Funny? Yes. A good perspective for conflict resolution? No.
  2. Facebook’s Answer To Pay-to-Play: The “Following” Feed – Worried that you might miss an update to Facebook Pages you subscribe to? Or are you concerned that your legions of followers aren’t seeing your shared stories? Either way, Facebook has an answer: its new “Following” feed.
  3. Forget Flow – The Secret to Skill Lies in Discomfort – We as a society have become increasingly obsessed with being “productive,” and it’s not hard to see why: who doesn’t want to get more done each day? The problem is that the content in this hotly discussed topic often revolves around apps and “workhacks.” Downloading the latest productivity software isn’t the way to go, you have to start with what makes your brain tick if you really hope to overcome the barriers that stop you from being productive.
  4. E.U. to Microsoft: Brother, can you spare a dime? – The E.U. came down like a hammer on Microsoft’s head yesterday, fining the software giant a whopping $731 million for failing to provide users of Windows 7 a clear and distinct choice of Web browser. To which Microsoft quietly replied, “Thank you, sirs, may we have another?”
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