What ‘The Secrets of the Grown up Brain’ Can Tell Us About Having A Happier Outlook

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I always have my eye open for research that might tell us more about how to leverage the expertise in our organizations, from novices to experts.  I stumbled across The Secret Life of the Grown up Brain (2010) I appreciated the highly readable, research-based and optimistic account of the (then) state of the cognitive, social and emotional development of the brain over a lifespan.  Yes, what one may lose in a bit of computing speed is made up for in better decisions, faster, a happier outlook and easier relationships. A case is made for pairing novices, with their blazing computing speed, with an expert, for mentoring and acting on the output of the novice. That's why it works to have five generations at work at the same time.

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