Skeptics vs Cynics: Problem-Solving with a Bias Towards Resolution :: Tips :: The 99 Percent

I’ve written before about the valuable role that skeptics play in a creative team. Although these poo-poo’ers that love to find fault with new ideas can be annoying, they’re always helpful – and essential to making ideas happen. Without them, we can get intoxicated on idea generation and fail to focus, refine our ideas, and follow through enough to succeed. So skeptics are good.However, skeptical does not mean cynical. I have observed in some teams a dangerous dynamic where skeptics turn cynical and negative. Rather than try to fix problems, they obsess over what is broken. Not only does this further obstruct finding an expedient resolution, it also sucks energy out of the team.

Here’s the difference:

The skeptic: “I’m concerned about the issue, and I think we need to revisit X and Y. Perhaps we want to try Z instead? Or maybe there is a way we can tweak Y to work?”

The cynic: “We did not discuss the issue enough. X and Y are both wrong. We’re not approaching this in the right way.”

Notice how both people disagree, but the skeptic is pushing the search for a solution while the cynic is simply focused on what is wrong.

Rather than try to fix problems, they obsess over what is broken.

In a creative environment that moves a mile a minute, everyone should act with a bias towards resolution. This means discussing the problem with the intention of solving it rather than embellishing it. As a leader of a creative team, you should expect possible solutions from everyone, even those that are pessimistic. The possible solutions don’t need to be the right solutions, and they don’t need to be fully constructed.

The process of discussing a problem in the language of resolution can help a team maintain enough energy to debate the options. Like throwing spaghetti on a wall, the more solutions proposed, the more likely one sticks. If you’re the team skeptic, you can rest assured knowing that debating the merits of various solutions will shed more light on the problem.

Many leaders insist that adversity only serves to strengthen a team. Problems help us better understand our product and further refine the way we work. Unfortunately, problems also bring out the worst in people. Tempers, insecurities, and fears are most likely to flare up during conflict. Nevertheless, the best teams are able to weather the storm by keeping their eyes on the prize – the prospect of resolution.

This post was written by Behance Founder & CEO Scott Belsky, whose new book, Making Ideas Happen, chronicles the methods of exceptionally productive creative people and teams. Learn more about MIH.

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Become a More Flexible Thinker With Disconnection | Brain Health

Ever stayed up late trying to find a creative solution to a tough assignment at work? Ever been in a situation where you’ve needed a new perspective to keep up with a constantly shifting challenge? Or maybe you’re looking to be better at the multi-tasking necessary for life in a world filled with cell phones, computers, and instant communication. No matter who you are, you could probably benefit from having better flexible thinking skills. That’s why we’ve created Disconnection, a new game designed to give those skills a boost.


To succeed at Disconnection you’ll need to connect puzzle pieces based on the symbol on each piece as well as the type of puzzle piece that symbol is on. Match them quickly enough and you’ll unlock new levels and new symbols!

What are you waiting for? Give it a try, and let us know what you think!

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¿Qué portales visitan los twitteros?

¿Qué portales visitan los twitteros?

Sitios especializados para compartir fotografías, videos y otros de entretenimiento asoman como las principales preferencias de los usuarios de Twitter.

La mayoría de los mensajes que se emiten a través de la red social Twitter vienen acompañados por un vínculo que deriva a otra página, dependiendo de lo que se quiere mostrar.Por ejemplo, a los comentarios sobre nuevos videoclips, casi siempre se les añade el sitio web donde se puede reproducir, entre ellos destacan YouTube, Vimeo y Google Video.

Phishing, la gran amenaza para 2010

hishing, la gran  amenaza para 2010

Un reciente estudio de IBM señala que una de las principales amenazas en la red para 2010 será el robo de información para obtener beneficios monetarios.

IBM dio a conocer su Reporte Anual de Riesgos y Tendencias de X-Force para este año donde señala las mayores amenazas que deberán enfrentar los usuarios de ordenadores.El informe identifica los principales riesgos y demuestra cómo los hackers atacan en la red para robar información y conseguir dinero de forma ilícita.

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9 Most Amusing Twitter Greeting Cards | Online Media Gazette

With the rapid growth of Twitter, naturally there’ll be a slew of slogan t-shirt and witty e-greeting card companies on the Web to ride on this wave. One particular company, Someecards, caught my attention for their personification of our social media addictions, especially to Twitter.

The most interesting bit about the cards produced from this site, is the direct relation to the power users on Twitter, along with past-century advertising images. We hope that you find these cards amusing as we did!

1. Lent

2. Cry For Help

3. Encouragement

4. Earth Day

5. Thinking Of You

6. Breakup

7. Flirting

8. College


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Happy Google Fools’ Day: Timeline Of Pranks | Online Media Gazette

April Fools’ Day is a holiday celebrated in various countries on 1st of April every year. The day is marked by the commission of hoaxes and other practical jokes of varying sophistication on friends, family members, and neighbours. On top of that, the ‘victims’ may be sent to run a fool’s errand, in which it aims to embarrass the gullible.

Google, a multinational public cloud computing and Internet search technologies corporation shows their mischievous side during this time. In fact, they have a tradition of perpetrating hoaxes to the public. Let’s take a look at those that are caught my interest from the year 2000 to the more recent ones. What are your favourites?


Google announced a new search technology called “MentalPlex” that supposedly reads user’s minds to determine what the user wanted to search for; simplifying search queries.



Google uncovers the algorithm behind its PageRank systems; the use of PigeonRank. The technology relies heavily on the superior trainability of the domestic pigeon and its unique capacity to recognize objects regardless of spatial orientation.


They announced that they were looking to hire for their research centre on the moon called the Google Copernicus Centre. On top of that, Google announced that they came out with a new operating system dubbed the Luna/X.


Google announced that they will start producing a beverage that would optimize one’s use of the Google search engine by increasing the drinker’s intelligence with the introduction of Google Gulp.


In 2006, Google claims that “Dating is a search problem. Solve it with Google Romance.” It tricks people into believing that from that year onwards they’ll be offering a “Soulmate Search” to send users on a “Contextual Date.”


At about 10:00 PM Pacific Time on 30 March 2007, Google changed the login page for Gmail to announce a new service called Gmail Paper. The service offered to allow users of Google’s free webmail service to add e-mails to a “Paper Archive”, which Google would print and mail via traditional post.



In 2008, Google announces a joint project with the Virgin Group to establish a permanent human settlement on Mars called Project Virgle. The announcement includes videos of Richard Branson as well as Larry Page and Sergey Brin on YouTube, talking about the project.


Google reports that on March 31, 2009 they’ll be releasing a new “Cognitive Autoheuristic Distributed-Intelligence Entity” or CADIE for short. This new technology is implemented into Google Mobile’s “Brain Search”. The instructions are to “Put phone to forehead for brain indexing” and “Think your query”. When you click “Try Now”, a page loads with “Brain indexing” status. When indexing is complete, a button comes up with “search me”. However, after clicking this button, the user is directed to fake search results.


Google wants to bridge the gap between animals and humans with the introduction of Animal Translator BETA. They placed a link on their main page and when users click on it, a new page opens up showing the app for Android phones for the translator.


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How To: Get Insights Of Audiences On YouTube | Online Media Gazette

Before the start of any campaign, it is vital for marketers do some research on the demographics of their target audience. Marketing research is simply a process of systematic gathering, recording and analysis of data about issues relating to marketing products and services. I came across this tool by YouTube to get insights on potential audiences.

I believe that by sharing this tool with everyone, marketers or even everyone can easily find out the size and interests of their potential audiences. The tool lets you check which sorts of people use YouTube, and what sorts of videos subsections are being watched.

For this example, we’re going to look at statistics from the United States.



From the data churned out, we found that the highest age group that are utilizing YouTube are those between the 18 and 24 years old; making up 43.5% of the group. This is then followed by those in the 25 to 34 years old age group; making up 27.9% of it.

It is also possible to find the percentage of males and females in the U.S that are using YouTube; 68% and 32% respectively.



The tool also lets you find out the popularity of videos in certain categories amongst the people that you’re targeting. On the y-axis, the figure ‘x’ represents the likelihood an average YouTube user watches that type of video.

You can also narrow down the categorical search to specific ones from the main menu; rather than having a whole lot of data that are pointless to you.

Search Terms

I’m sure everyone knows the importance of key words and the above shows the most searched term users are inputting on YouTube’s search queries. If you have a video that you would like to have a lot of hits, be sure to key in highly searched AND relevant keywords into your video tags.


Personally, this tool will be very useful for me in determining the demographics and relevant information of my targeted audiences. In what ways would the tool help you? Do share with us.

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¿Cómo posiciona Google sus sitios?

Para nadie es un secreto que gran parte del éxito de un sitio web es la facilidad con la que los contenidos de éste pueden encontrarse mediante los buscadores web, y de entre ellos con prioridad el de Google. A ello se reduce para muchos la así denominada arte de posicionamiento en buscadores.

Y aunque pudiera parecer banal, desde el mismo Google se ponen las pilas y comparten las normas y lineamientos que siguen para el posicionamiento de sus sitios y productos, que termina siendo un auténtico “cómo hacer”, dando repaso a lo que ya manejan los expertos y de gran utilidad a los iniciados en el SEO.

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