Nancy K. Napier, Idaho Statesman

Nancy K. Napier

Idaho Statesman

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Past articles by Nancy:

Nancy K. Napier: Happy music can boost creative thinking

Nancy Napier: New research shows that listening to upbeat music can boost creativity. → Read More

Sure, you can walk in someone’s shoes, but why not learn to speak their language?

Business Insider columnist Nancy Napier advises to understand someone’s perspective, first understand the context of their “language.” → Read More

Want to be more productive? Take a rest from intense work? Try these steps

Tips for “deloading” and becoming more efficient from Tim Ferriss, author of “The 4-Hour Workweek,” who has a new book out. → Read More

Do you remember the decisions that changed your life? This woman’s rings remind her

Nicole Brown, executive director of OGA, a medical practice serving women, has a set of 13 rings looped together, each representing something. → Read More

Dorothy had it right: Your own backyard is pretty special

On June 7, I saw the Statesman’s article about Boise hosting its largest conference ever —1525 epidemiologists. The conference moved from North Carolina to Boise and could be the start of more to come as “word of mouth” comments spread. → Read More

Unlike L.A., Boise offers creativity without overstimulation

Huge cities, such as Los Angeles, London or Tokyo, abound in experiences but can overstimulate. Boise’s balance allows the choice of stimulation or quiet. → Read More

I placed my Amazon order with one click. Here’s what happened next.

Nancy Napier was astounded to learn what happens when she uses Amazon’s one-click ordering service from her home computer using CenturyLink’s internet service. → Read More

Will Idaho’s growing old-age population shape Boise in a different way?

Demographic changes happen slowly but have big impacts. Idaho’s aging population could affect gerontology and compassion for the elderly. → Read More

How do you hire for passion or curiosity? Here’s one question to ask

How do you hire the right people? You learn through mistakes, but it’s still a challenge. Writer Cal Sussman asked rapper Dr. Dre a revealing question. → Read More

Being easy to deal with is a competitive advantage Idahoans should keep

My husband and I just returned from a few days in Phoenix, reconfirming the joys of Boise. But more than that, I learned that Idahoans have a reputation. → Read More

How we Idahoans can help save wild African animals

Zoo Boise has helped fend off the obliteration of magnificent animals in Gorongosa National Park in Mozambique. A drive to raise funds for a Gorongosa exhibit at the zoo can use help reaching its conclusion. → Read More

What’s the top worry about children’s health? Obesity? Drug use? Bullying?

A nationwide survey of adults on children’s health concerns shows differences in concerns among whites, blacks and Hispanics about racial inequalities, suicide and gun violence. → Read More

When you’re wrong, how do you react?

Astrophysicist Neil Degrasse Tyson knows cosmology, but he got two of three questions about cosmetology wrong on the NPR radio quiz show, “Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me.” We can learn from how he handled his mistakes. → Read More

Being open to proactive serendipity can alter your future

It is not enough just to have an unexpected encounter or piece of information. For serendipity to happen in a positive way, we have to notice and decide whether to pursue that unexpected event. → Read More

Why I have trouble keeping up with the pace of technological change

As technology changes rapidly, people struggle to keep pace. Realizing that has helped Nancy Napier understand that she is a human on the adaptability line, moving more slowly than what’s happening around her. → Read More

Why “necessary honesty” and daily showings matter to people in organizations

Honest communication about issues and daily displays of progress and imperfections are two techniques for helping teams improve their work, Nancy Napier writes. → Read More

In a rut? If you’re a leader, you’d better not be

I cringe when I hear “That’s just who I am” from a person who is (or wants to be) a better leader, especially when the statement is intended to explain away his or her behavior. Too often, we use that phrase to excuse ourselves from making changes, or even trying. → Read More

Enough already! How to make whatever wears you down feel fresh again

The snow keeps coming. So does football. Nancy Napier is ready to move on. Since she can’t make them go away, she has made it a personal challenge to change how she look at them. → Read More

Had it with the Valley’s bad weather? Consider the silence of the snow

Amid the griping and disruptions caused by the Treasure Valley’s record-breaking bouts with cold and snow, Nancy Napier stops and listens to the snow itself. → Read More

I will find those five wasted minutes in my day and use them for these three things

As few as five minutes of time waiting for someone or something can offer a chance to reflect, pause or listen, Nancy Napier says. → Read More