Guest AuthorPavan Soni

Inflexion Point, August 2023

By | Dr Pavan Soni | IIM-B Innovation Evangelist

We start with the McKinsey’s 2023 summer reading guide, quantum computing for leaders, naps can help a healthy brain, the way hobbies outside work help you be more productive, and why creative brains are more densely connected.
Hope you find these insights useful. 
Here’s an insightful compilation of the hand picked books across the realms of biography and memoir, business, fiction and poetry, history, innovation, personal development, politics, psychology, and workplace culture. My recommendation is to not be choosy here, but to read on wide ranging topics so as to broaden your horizon. I have read just a few of these, and look forward to picking them up. Hope someday one of my books will be featured here. (Source: McKinsey)
To put things in perspective, an 8-bit classical computer can represent only a single number from 0 to 255, but an 8-qubit quantum computer can represent every number from 0 to 255 simultaneously. One of the prime use cases for quantum computing is encryption, digital privacy and security. It can result in improvements which are a factor of a few thousands, if not millions. The five most prominent use cases of quantum computing are: 1) simulation, 2) linear systems, 3) optimization, 4) unstructured search, and 5) factoring and encryption. (Source: HBR) 
Research suggests that naps can boost at least some people’s cognitive performance in the short-term, while in the long-term it may positively impact cardiovascular health and a protection against loss in brain volume. On solving maths problems, those who napped—and spent even just 30 seconds in the first, lightest phase of sleep—were 2.7 times more likely to figure out the math shortcut than those who stayed awake. But entering a deeper sleep phase had a negative effect on creativity. A 20-min nap seems to be the sweet spot. (Source: Scientific American)
Research based on 341 employees indicates that partaking in creative activities is linked to experiencing mastery, control and relaxation, as well as positive work performance related outcomes. Creative hobbies help people with self-expression and ability to discover something new about themselves. It’s not just a stress buster from the work, but has an impact directly on the quality of your work, however unrelated. (Source: Time)
Creativity is a biological matter. Scientists reveal that the creative types have more neural connections between the left and right sides of their brains, especially in the prefrontal cortex, the brain region responsible for decision making. The diffusion tensor imaging of links between 68 different brain regions reveal the importance of connectomics – a field of neuroscience that looks at the connections between parts of the brain, as well as the individual parts themselves. (Source: Science Alert)
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