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Get Lucky: How to Put Planned Serendipity to Work for You and Your Business by Lane Becker, Thor Muller

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Going the Distance

If we're going to learn to practice the skill of preparation reliably, we're going to have to seek out ways to make our organizations more amenable to helping employees find their inner geek. In order to do this, however, we first need to understand what makes the skill of preparation tick; that is, how people attain the mental readiness to recognize and create new ideas from disconnected experiences.

Essential to preparation is the ability to create mental distance from the problems you're trying to solve—to put psychological space between yourself and your current task—in order to be able to observe it in an entirely new way. Dr. Thomas, for example, had the ability to look at the problem of the floppy-eared bunnies with ...

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