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We live in a time of information abundance, which far too many of us see as information overload. With the sum total of human knowledge, past and present, at our fingertips, we’re faced with a crisis of attention: which ideas should we engage with, and why? Big Think is an evolving roadmap to the best thinking on the planet — the ideas that can help you think flexibly and act decisively in a multivariate world.

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Big ideas are lenses for envisioning the future. Every article and video on bigthink.com and on our learning platforms is based on an emerging “big idea” that is significant, widely relevant, and actionable. We’re sifting the noise for the questions and insights that have the power to change all of our lives, for decades to come. For example, reverse-engineering is a big idea in that the concept is increasingly useful across multiple disciplines, from education to nanotechnology.

Themes are the seven broad umbrellas under which we organize the hundreds of big ideas that populate Big Think. They include New World Order, Earth and Beyond, 21st Century Living, Going Mental, Extreme Biology, Power and Influence, and Inventing the Future.

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Use Social Media to Be a Better Leader

April 10, 2012, 3:45 PM
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Rather than sign up for a new social media service that will take more of your precious time, use the networks to which you already subscribe to make your business run more effectively. By using iGoogle or Google Reader, you can create a leadership dashboard which aggregates the articles, academic research and leadership models that interest you. Planning and visualization tools like MindMeister can help you diagram your business priorities for the quarter or the entire year. And project collaboration tools like Basecamp make it easy to track your team's tasks and progress.  

What's the Big Idea?

Social media have made the problem of not having enough time even more acute. But it may be the way we look at social media that makes it inefficient. Rather than looking at each platform as another tool you must learn to use, "start seeing it for what it can be instead: a personal toolbox for improving your practice of leadership." If your goal is to keep your team motivated, use Pinterest to create visual reminders of the goal you are working towards. Finally, social media can serve as a relaxation tool, for example, by curating photos of the things you love when you have those five-minute pauses during the day. 

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