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Hand Selected Stories To Keep You On The Leading Edge

Hand Selected Stories To Keep You On The Leading Edge | Business Brainpower with the Human Touch | Scoop.it

Let us help you stay connected, educated and networked by filtering some of the most interesting and relevant business content for you. Right here, we become your personal content curator, putting you in touch with the hottest, most interesting and most valuable business resources from around the world.


So you may be asking "Who is The Learning Factor?" Quite simply, we are Asia Pacific's leader in Training Outsourcing. We provide awesome developmental opportunites for people around the world.

 

Each day we aim to deliver an outstanding learning experience to our training participants - services which strengthen skills, enlighten minds and empower the spirits of managers and employees. In turn, we know this will help their employers to prosper and grow and employees will say, "we have great managers in this company and I am going to give 100% to support them and their vision".

 

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How A Culture Of Learning Makes Teams More Productive

How A Culture Of Learning Makes Teams More Productive | Business Brainpower with the Human Touch | Scoop.it

Make it okay to ask questions


“We have weekly Q&A sessions where the whole company comes together. This was true when we were 20 people and it’s true now when we’re closer to 100. People can ask questions of [CEO Adam D'Angelo], of other managers, or each other. It's really about being encouraging of what people what to know about in the company.


The second area is making it okay to ask outside. We feel comfortable consulting with other companies we might have some connections with, where they might have similar challenges, where we might learn if we share best practices with each other. An example: Recently, we hosted a roundtable where startups came to Quora to talk about infrastructure. A lot of us use Amazon Web Services and we were starting to think about how we could improve cost. We wanted to learn from bigger companies and smaller companies what they had taken on."


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So how can encouraging your employees to learn boost productivity? Huang lays out four guiding principles:

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Kesiena Okooboh's curator insight, September 18, 5:42 PM

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Qiufang Chen's curator insight, September 19, 4:06 AM

This article is give us four ideas of been  learnt more productive as a team from other culture. Ask questions is good and to be encouraged  to do it. And trust people can learn whether where they belong to the   Culture, investing people to learn. Other idea is that creating the opportunity  to help the team to learn, and able to get feedback from people very fast and efficiently. The process of getting data includes running experiences, getting data, getting feedback and tackling the problems. Finally the important factor of culture learning is that learning to prioritize proper.

 

All of those ideas show that the team have an attitude of dealing prioritized questions and data throughout the culture learning.

it is also about the two channels of communications in the team to better serve a company been more productive.

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4 Steps To Getting What You Want By Chris Gaborit

4 Steps To Getting What You Want By Chris Gaborit | Business Brainpower with the Human Touch | Scoop.it

Is there something you want so badly that it hurts? Is there a secret goal that you have? Do you wish there was a way to get what you want?

If you answered “yes,” then remember these four tips to make your dreams a reality.

1. You Are Drawn To That Thing That You Look At The Most

If you dig down deep into your innermost thoughts, you will discover that the thing you concentrate on the most is the same thing drawing your conscious mind.


At the age of 24, I was working for a nonprofit organization earning a pitiful salary. There was no room for promotion, salary increase, or ever being wealthy. However, one day I heard a man speak about goal setting. This teaching changed my life forever.

Vicki Kossoff @ The Learning Factor's insight:

Sometimes you can get what you want. Set some goals and go get it.

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Graeme Reid's curator insight, September 17, 8:20 PM

Your mind is more powerful than you realise.  Set yourself up for success by focussing on what you want.

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7 Ways to Avoid Decision Paralysis

There's a passage in Atul Gawande's Complications: A Surgeon's Notes on an Imperfect Science that captures three decades of research on human judgment. "The mind overestimates vivid dangers, falls into ruts, and manages multiples pieces of data poorly. It is swayed unduly by desire and emotion and even the time of day. It is affected by the order in which information is presented and how problems are framed."


In this "news-feed" era, there's simply too much information. And as long as Google exists, it will be harder and harder to say "I don't know," even though the feel of not knowing--those vexing moments when we can't think of the answer--is the critical last step of problem-solving. Instead of pushing through a mental impasse, we pull out our phones and search for information, even though more information can often detract us from making an accurate judgment. It's a frustrating, self-perpetuating cycle.

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The more choices you have, the more stressful it can be. Here's how to move from frustrated to decided.

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George Lianos's curator insight, September 18, 6:29 PM

An interesting phrase..."The mind overestimates vivid dangers...it is swayed unduly." It is important for us to consider all sides of an argument. Opinion is just that. One hypothesis is that we don't need to acknowledge good as it probably won't hurt us (except for an excess of chocolate or alcohol or the like:) ). However, our freeze, flight and/or flight mechanisms are tuned to react to what our thinking patterns and belief structures tell us are dangers. Our judgement and decision making is based on our thinking patterns, beliefs and motivations, which are derived from our memories and experiences, and probably in part our DNA. So, what is dangerous to one, may or may not be dangerous to another. Self-awareness is one of the key's to this puzzle.

How is your judgement in certain circumstances?

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5 Tips to Totally Dominate Your Monday

5 Tips to Totally Dominate Your Monday | Business Brainpower with the Human Touch | Scoop.it

If Friday is the day we welcome with excitement and a big sigh of contentment, Sunday night is the time when we mentally brace ourselves for the workweek that lies ahead.


But there's nothing to dread about Monday morning--especially if you make a point of doing these five simple things:


Give yourself time.


It's so easy as a leader to pack your day full of meetings. Although I meet with our senior executive staff first thing every Monday morning, I also think it's important to cordon off some time that day just for thinking. A blank spot on your calendar that's reserved for creative brainstorming--not actual work products or Facebook procrastination--at the start of the week is a great idea if you can swing it. See what bubbles up.

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Who kills it on Mondays? You do, starting now. Beat back the blahs with these easy steps.

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6 Simple Ways To Improve The Way You Speak

6 Simple Ways To Improve The Way You Speak | Business Brainpower with the Human Touch | Scoop.it

Business leaders pay a great deal of attention to communication. Mastering what you need to say and how you need to say it are important factors if you’re going to be an effective communicator. However, one element of spoken communication is often overlooked--the way you speak.


We’ve all heard people whose voices are too grating, soft, or fake. Some people’s speech is so unpleasant that they undermine the speaker’s message entirely. However, you can take steps to improve the quality, tone, and expression of your voice, and how you express yourself vocally. It just takes a little know-how and practice.



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What's the secret of all great communicators? It's all in the delivery. Here's how to enhance, tone, and take care of your speaking voice.

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The Traits That Lead To Success - And How To Tell Who's Got Them

The Traits That Lead To Success - And How To Tell Who's Got Them | Business Brainpower with the Human Touch | Scoop.it

Technology changes quickly. Companies implode and people switch jobs every few years.


If 30% of information in some fields becomes obsolete in a year, how long does expertise last? says Liz Wiseman in her forthcoming book, Rookie Smarts: Why Learning Beats Knowing in the New Game of Work.


It’s not that expertise isn’t helpful, but success comes from constantly approaching work as a “perpetual rookie,” Wiseman writes, someone who is “living and working perpetually on a learning curve.” People who can do that will thrive. Here’s how to recognize someone who’s always in back-to-school mode:


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Being a good leader often means approaching situations with a rookie mindset. Here's how to tell if you are up to the challenge.

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How To Talk About Money During The Hiring Process

How To Talk About Money During The Hiring Process | Business Brainpower with the Human Touch | Scoop.it

If you need inspiration to ask the salary question, just think about a plumber.


The plumber isn’t going to come over and walk around looking at the work that a homeowner needs done without talking about money. Eventually the plumber is going to say “You’re looking at about ten thousand dollars worth of work” or the homeowner is going to say “How much is this going to cost me?”


They’re not going to dance around the topic and hope for the best. Only job-seekers do that, and only a certain kind of job-seeker.


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You can’t keep going on interviews with no idea of what an employer is planning to pay you if you get the job. You have to bring up the topic of salary.

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James Schreier's curator insight, September 15, 5:41 PM

A different take on an important topic!

Loans Knight's comment, September 16, 1:11 AM
But sometimes i feel little embarrass by asking that question :(
B Goburn Smith's curator insight, September 16, 10:22 AM

Yes salary is important, however, use a little common sense and diplomacy.  Hopefully the hiring manager will broach the subject first.  Bring up salary when it appears the company is seriously interested in you. Above all do your "homework" and research the industry salary standards, the company's salary ranges and your point of entry.   

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How Introverts Can Network Without Losing Their Minds

How Introverts Can Network Without Losing Their Minds | Business Brainpower with the Human Touch | Scoop.it

Introverts recharge by spending time alone. They lose energy from interacting with other people for long periods of time, particularly in stimulating, crowded environments.


Extroverts, conversely, lose energy from spending time alone. They recharge by interacting with other people in highly social environments.


This personality dimension has nothing to do with shyness. According to author Susan Cain, presiding commander in chief of the introverts, shyness is a fear of negative judgment, while introversion is a preference for quiet, minimally stimulating environments. In other words, a lack of interest in socializing (introversion) is clearly different than fearing it (shyness).

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A survival guide for making the most of a networking event, or everyday opportunities, as someone who'd rather run the other way.

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How To Be A Super Influencer by Chris Gaborit

How To Be A Super Influencer by Chris Gaborit | Business Brainpower with the Human Touch | Scoop.it

Everyone from general managers to system engineers is trying to influence stakeholders. Even the richest man in the world, Bill Gates spoke in a recent interview about having to influence stakeholders to complete his latest project. He said, “Helping convene global stakeholders to establish a set of measurable, actionable and consensus-built goals focused on extreme poverty is invaluable.”


Ultimately, all projects depend on the buy-in and ongoing support of stakeholders. Some are internal, such as managers and employees. Other are external, such as suppliers and shareholders.

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If influencing stakeholders is going to help your project, as well as your performance review, bonus, salary, and future career, then it's important to find out how you can become a better stakeholder influencer.

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8 Female Leaders On How To Overcome What's Holding Women Back

8 Female Leaders On How To Overcome What's Holding Women Back | Business Brainpower with the Human Touch | Scoop.it

“Who or what is your worst enemy?” If you ask women leaders this question, you might find a lot of the answers to be “myself.”


It doesn’t matter that we’ve come a long way. We’re educated, we’re climbing--and excelling--in corporate ranks. When you’ve been fighting so hard to get to the top for so long, it’s easy to convince yourself that luck had a hand on your success.


According to authors Katty Kay and Claire Shipman in their book The Confidence Code, women tend to struggle with a lack of confidence disproportionately. When something goes wrong professionally, women blame themselves while crediting others when things go right.


Kay and Shipman also found that women are more likely to be perfectionists and hold themselves back from asking for a raise or even answering a question until they’re 100% sure the outcome will be as they predicted.

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Societal pressure, gender bias, insecurity--these leaders have all felt weighed down at some point. Here's how they took back the control.

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Why Your Boss in The Corner Office Is Healthier Than You

Why Your Boss in The Corner Office Is Healthier Than You | Business Brainpower with the Human Touch | Scoop.it

Employees who are lucky enough to snag an office with a view not only have a sunnier disposition, thanks to the rays of sunshine splashed across their desk. It turns out they also have better overall health than their coworkers whose desks are stuffed in drab corners lacking natural light.


A recent study published in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine shows workers with office windows get 46 more minutes of sleep per night, tend to exercise more, and have lower blood pressure than those without a view.

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Open up your blinds and crack open those windows. An office with a view could make you a better worker, and a healthier person.

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How to Keep Going When You're Demotivated at Work

How to Keep Going When You're Demotivated at Work | Business Brainpower with the Human Touch | Scoop.it

Much like most people, I've faced multiple instances where there was nothing keeping me at a job, but bills and responsibilities meant quitting wasn't an option either. In such cases, it's difficult to show up, let alone do your work to your best ability. But a few strategies have helped.


Stop Blaming Yourself, But Take Responsibility


Motivation is intrinsic. While external factors affect it, your reaction to those factors is what ultimately leaves you demotivated. But there's a difference between taking responsibility for this and blaming yourself for this—and far too often, we do the latter.

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Sometimes, you get to a point at work where your motivation is completely depleted. But circumstances dictate that you can't quit. So how do you keep going? There's always a way.

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rodrick rajive lal's curator insight, September 10, 12:14 AM

Life has so much more to offer beyond the expected pitfalls that one will always come accross in life! In many cases we think we are the mistakes that we make. In reality we are more than the mistakes we make. Motivation depends on our attitude towards life and the challenges it poses before us. 

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The Importance of Listening to Your Employees

Corporate culture is not static; it grows and changes with the people in it. As a business owner, I like to think that the business has a lot to do with me, but I have realized it has just as much to do with the people who work with me and how they feel about the business.


We spend a lot of time before we hire getting to know prospective employees and making sure they fit the team. I also do employee surveys once a year to gauge where things are. I am far from being the perfect manager, so I am grateful to my employees who have taught me how to improve.


I ask employees what they like about their jobs, what they hate about their jobs, and what they think we should be doing differently. Many of my innovations come from employees' suggestions. But be careful not to ask a question that may yield an answer you will not be ready for.

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Want to know what is wrong with your business? Ask your employees, and pay attention to what they say and what they don't say.

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A Lesson In Overcoming Adversity Through Innovation

A Lesson In Overcoming Adversity Through Innovation | Business Brainpower with the Human Touch | Scoop.it

Overcoming adversity through innovating is a process that begins with mental toughness, cultivating one’s curiosity, and doing what others aren’t doing.

Mental Toughness

The first step in becoming innovative is accepting that the world around us needs to change, sometimes because of unexpected and unprecedented events, and believing that we as individuals must take initiative to make that change happen. It requires ongoing learning and an open mind with a willingness to see the world in new ways. Upon such realization, one must develop an unshakable mental toughness for the long haul. As Kamkwamba said during his 2009 TED talk, “How I Harnessed The Wind:”



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A boy from Malawi teaches us how to tackle socio-economic issues with innovation.

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Are You An Entrepreneur?

Are You An Entrepreneur? | Business Brainpower with the Human Touch | Scoop.it

Entrepreneurs are people who dream big, achieve much and make the nation a better place. Having lived in Silicon Valley a few years ago, I recall feeling the vibe of success as I drove past huge companies like Apple, Google and Cisco that were built by entrepreneurs.


A report by MBO Partners, predicts that as much as 50 per cent of the US workforce will be entrepreneurs, freelancers or consultants in six years' time making them effectively self-employed. Similar growth is being experienced in Australia according to Adecco's Temporary Labour report.


What does your future hold? Will you be the next millionaire or billionaire entrepreneur? How do you know if you have an entrepreneurial spirit?

Vicki Kossoff @ The Learning Factor's insight:

Today, Australia needs entrepreneurs to arise, set themselves some huge challenges and succeed both for themselves and the nation.

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mathieu's curator insight, September 18, 1:00 AM

It is true

Qiufang Chen's curator insight, September 18, 6:45 AM

this article is talking about how to be entrepreneurs, especially in the Internet world. Lots people start with their creatives ideas, such as the success of viber, Facebook, twitter and so on. The report made by  MBO Partner shows that 50% of US workers will be entrepreneurs to create better place in the nation. 

People may look at the success of entrepreneur ignored the failure of it. Entrepreneurs may not mix with office politics, while willing to receive challenges. They also may face the risks of developing management and leadership skills.

By facing the challenges, entrepreneurs are willing to push the boundaries, breaking the certain rules.

 

Fred Patrick's curator insight, September 18, 12:00 PM

Well, are you? I like to think I am.

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25 Incredibly Useful Websites Every Entrepreneur Should Bookmark

25 Incredibly Useful Websites Every Entrepreneur Should Bookmark | Business Brainpower with the Human Touch | Scoop.it

As a budding entrepreneur, you will come across thousands of sites while you search for the information that you need to start and run a successful business. While some of these websites are one-shot deals, a number of them will become favorites that you visit over and over. Here are 25 websites every entrepreneur should bookmark. These are sites that will prove incredibly useful to you as you change the world. These sites will provide priceless tools, strategies and inspiration for you ranging from marketing, information for starting up and building soulful businesses.

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Find out the 25 most useful websites every entrepreneur should bookmark for growing your business. You'll find tons of tools, strategies and motivation.

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7 Habits of the Most Joyful People in the Office

7 Habits of the Most Joyful People in the Office | Business Brainpower with the Human Touch | Scoop.it

Want to change your mood around the office? It all starts with your actions.


Smile when you walk in the door and people will know you are ready to get things done. Look down at the floor and smirk at people waiting for that morning meeting and you're giving them the message that you'll be hiding in your cubicle all day. Sometimes, seemingly trivial facial expressions, minor activities, and routine habits can reveal your mood. But these habits can do more than just reveal your mood; they can also dictate your mood.


The best way to change your attitude, experience more joy in your work life, and spread a little of that happiness around the office is to adopt habits that foster a better mood. Sure, we all get a little cranky about the Starbucks barista who scoffed at the stain on our shirt or the taxi driver who smelled like yesterday's pizza. No worries. Try a few of these activities and develop habits to increase your happiness during the day.

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Want to be happy? Try adopting these habits to change your mood.

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Ellen Naylor's curator insight, September 17, 1:11 PM

I particularly like the idea of smiling just before it's your turn to talk and taking a deep breath to get grounded during company meetings. They can be such a grind. Another thing that brings me joy is asking the meeting planner to produce an agenda before the meeting. 

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Terminate The Terminator: Hack Your Emotional Intelligence And Control Your Future

Terminate The Terminator: Hack Your Emotional Intelligence And Control Your Future | Business Brainpower with the Human Touch | Scoop.it

Want to leave your number one business rival lying in a crumpled pile of rubble? Then put down your Android for a minute so you can size up exactly who that opponent is.


The assassin most likely to destroy your business isn’t the guy down the street. It’s not a brilliant 19-year-old coder lying in wait in a ranch house in Palo Alto.


It’s a ‘bot that does what you do—even better.


If robots can be encoded with artificial, emotional intelligence and it is greater than what you and your team have to offer to guests, you will be out of work. And emotional intelligence in robots is closer than you’d think.


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Train yourself and your people with the latest research on the uses of emotional intelligence. And look for talent that is strong in this area.

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