Curated Catalyst for July 28 - workplace ADD, packaging, and overconfidence

Three articles curated to provoke thinking and purposefully cross-pollinate diverse solutions in the field of information security.

Thanks for the great conversations on twitter last week as a result of the curated catalyst and other articles. 

Let's do it again.  

Thought for the week

To tell people what to do without showing them how is a recipe for failure.

I shared that thought earlier this week on twitter to get the quick, one-word responses of "google" and "youtube." I walked into those, and they were good for a laugh. 

The reality is that the challenges we face go beyond content and delivery. It's time to start to reconsider how we share our craft with others for our mutual benefit. 

Here are three articles selected to stimulate some thinking -- and discussion -- on how we might draw on other fields to change our approaches. 

Mindfulness: An Antidote for Workplace ADD

Link:http://www.mindful.org/at-work/mindfulness-an-antidote-for-workplace-add

What I took away from it:

The introduction nails the experience of most security professionals. It also describes most of the environments in which we work. The suggestions that take just 10 minutes to apply (daily) have the potential to significantly change how we connect with others and practice security. Change starts with each of us on an individual level, then grows. 

I challenge you to try these each day this week. I'll do the same. Let me know how it goes. 

But how does it work?

Link: http://www.mcwade.com/DesignTalk/2013/06/but-how-does-it-work/

What I took away from it:

The packaging matters. It influences consumer choice, and we need to consider that in security. More than moving away from pain, it's an opportunity to think about the design of the experience. The work we do internally, as vendors, and across the industryHow are we packaging our solutions and selling them to people? 

Engaging lecturers can breed overconfidence

Link: http://bps-research-digest.blogspot.com/2013/05/engaging-lecturers-can-breed.html

What I took away from it:

This is the gem of the week. Perfection and smooth delivery gets good marks in Toastmasters when presenting information, but might negatively impact how people perceive and act on the information. 

It's a short article, but it resonates with my own experience. This doesn't mean less preparation and more "winging it" are in order. Quite the opposite, actually. 

I see this as a signal to bring more authenticity and candidness into our presentations. It means we need to craft experiences that give people honest exposure, and then the support to make sense of it in their own context. What was your take?

Get involved

What do you think?

Selecting an article isn't necessarily an endorsement. The purpose is to purposefully cross-pollinate ideas, offer out ideas for consideration, and stimulate some conversation. 

Take a few minutes to read, reflect, and advance. Engage with me by commenting below, on twitter, or by email. Or discuss with your team and colleagues. 

I love submissions and challenges.

Have some outside thinking that others would benefit from? Send it to me -- and tell me what you took away from it. 

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