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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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5 Habits Of People Who Always Get What They Want

5 Habits Of People Who Always Get What They Want | Business Brainpower with the Human Touch | Scoop.it

You’ve been offered a job but the salary wasn’t the number you were hoping to hear. Or you’ve received a bid on a project and it’s under what you think it’s worth. Instead of accepting the deal in disappointment or firing back with another amount, sports agent Molly Fletcher says it’s time to start a conversation.


Unfortunately, most of the world doesn’t ask for what it wants. A recent survey by Salary.com found that just 44% of people negotiate for a better salary.


And companies are happy when you don’t negotiate, says Fletcher: “Few offer their best price out of the gate,” she says.

Vicki Kossoff @ The Learning Factor's insight:

The fine art of the counter-offer: Do your homework, have a real conversation, and arrive with confidence.

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Passion at Work: Cultivating worker passion as a cornerstone of talent development

Passion at Work: Cultivating worker passion as a cornerstone of talent development | Business Brainpower with the Human Touch | Scoop.it
Up to 87.7 percent of America’s workforce is not able to contribute to their full potential because they don’t have passion for their work. Less than 12.3 percent of America’s workforce possesses the attributes of worker passion. This “passion gap” is important because passionate workers are committed to continually achieving higher levels of performance. In today’s rapidly changing business environment, companies need passionate workers because such workers can drive extreme and sustained performance improvement—more than the one-time performance “bump” that follows a bonus or the implementation of a worker engagement initiative. These workers have both personal resilience and an orientation toward learning and improvement that helps organizations develop the resilience needed to withstand and grow stronger from continuous market challenges and disruptions.
Vicki Kossoff @ The Learning Factor's insight:

By cultivating the traits of worker passion in their workforce, organizations can make sustained performance gains and develop the resilience they need to withstand continuous market challenges and disruptions.

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Jerry Busone's curator insight, Today, 8:09 AM

Theres nothing more rewarding that doing what you love ...good read on passion at work .Lifes too short find what gets you up before the alarm everyday.

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How Do Trustworthy Leaders Behave?

How Do Trustworthy Leaders Behave? | Business Brainpower with the Human Touch | Scoop.it

It can be easy to trust too quickly, especially when a leader is affable, has an impressive résumé, and tells you what you want to hear. In 30 years of surveying senior executives, social psychologist Roderick Kramer has found that 8 out of 10 report being burned at least once because they trusted too much or put their faith in the wrong person at some point in their careers.

Vicki Kossoff @ The Learning Factor's insight:

It’s important for an organization to build trust among workers for several reasons. Employees who know they can trust their leaders are happy workers who believe in what they are doing.

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5 Things You Can Do To Improve Your Relationship With Your Boss (And Your Next Boss)

5 Things You Can Do To Improve Your Relationship With Your Boss (And Your Next Boss) | Business Brainpower with the Human Touch | Scoop.it

“The most important driver of employee engagement is the relationship they have with their immediate manager,” says Piera Palazzolo, Senior Vice President of Dale Carnegie Training. She says the most successful relationships are those where bosses and employees really get to know one another.


“That’s different from years ago, when you were supposed to ask any personal questions. Those lines are blurred now, people want you to care about them, particularly if there’s something going on in their lives that might affect their performance.”


1) Find out exactly what your boss wants, and understand the pressure they’re working under.

Vicki Kossoff @ The Learning Factor's insight:

As offices across the country close out a week marked by celebrations of "Boss's Day," now is a great time to consider your relationship with your current boss--could it be improved, or maximized in some way?

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David Hain's curator insight, October 20, 3:02 AM

Relationship matters - and relationships do matter!

donhornsby's curator insight, October 20, 8:00 AM

“A great boss changes your career. Carefully consider your boss and be prepared to take an ‘innovator’ role yourself–it’s not just up to them to reveal themselves it’s up to you to ask the questions.”

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The Gen Y Way to Get Promoted (and other things)

The Gen Y Way to Get Promoted (and other things) | Business Brainpower with the Human Touch | Scoop.it

Gen Y is often labelled as lazy, debt-ridden and programmed for instant gratification but are they smarter than we think? They are being courted by the Banks, promoted into management by Fortune 500 companies and given more benefits than any other generation.

What can you learn from Gen Y so you can get what you want? With seven Gen Y children I think I have learn the secrets.

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What can you learn from Gen Y so you can get what you want?

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You're Boring Millennials Out Of Your Company

You're Boring Millennials Out Of Your Company | Business Brainpower with the Human Touch | Scoop.it

You know the statistic: By 2020, the Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts millennials will comprise nearly half of the U.S. workforce. But how prepared is your company to handle the generational shift? Not as well as you'd think, according to Keith Kitani, CEO of employee communications company GuideSpark.
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As Kitani notes, there are stale business practices that need to be remixed in order to accommodate how millennials are consuming information. For example, a survey shows almost 50% of millennials don't bother reading employee handbooks.

Vicki Kossoff @ The Learning Factor's insight:

Here's how to keep your millennials around. You need them because they will compromise nearly half of the US workforce by 2020.

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Why Great Leaders Are Made, Not Born

Why Great Leaders Are Made, Not Born | Business Brainpower with the Human Touch | Scoop.it

Friedman profiles luminaries including Michelle Obama, Bruce Springsteen, and Sheryl Sandberg in his book and shows how they gradually became leaders. He shows the skills they exercised and how they integrate different parts of their life together.


Friedman says he chose subjects who possess what he calls the three principles of total leadership: "Being real, acting with authenticity and knowing your values and vision; being whole, respecting the whole person and knowing there are different parts of your work, community, and personal lives that affect each other; and being innovative, constantly learning and experimenting in new ways to get things done."

Vicki Kossoff @ The Learning Factor's insight:

The debate over whether great leaders are made, or born, has gone on for ages. Stewart Friedman, the founding director of the Wharton Work/Life Integration Project, says he has the definitive answer.

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Pierre Galeon's curator insight, October 18, 2:34 PM

Very very true! this article validated many beliefs I had on that subject!

Jerry Busone's curator insight, Today, 8:11 AM

To all those who have had this discussion .... 

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World's Most Popular TED Speaker, Ken Robinson, Shares 5 Secrets Of Giving A Great Speech

World's Most Popular TED Speaker, Ken Robinson, Shares 5 Secrets Of Giving A Great Speech | Business Brainpower with the Human Touch | Scoop.it

How do you take a presentation from good to great?

Preparation, confidence, and the ability to relax, Ken Robinson told Business Insider in an interview at this week’s World Business Forum in New York. Eight years ago, Robinson gave a TED Talk on how schools stifle creativity. It has since been watched more than 28 million times, making it the most popular TED Talk ever.

We asked Robinson to share his top secrets for giving a compelling speech. Here’s what he said.

Vicki Kossoff @ The Learning Factor's insight:

Ways to take a presentation from good to great.

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chris chopyak's curator insight, October 15, 10:57 AM

From one of my favorite people - great tips on speaking publically - 

Jacob M Engel's curator insight, October 19, 8:47 AM

Great speaker and great insights!

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13 Things Successful People Do In The First 10 Minutes Of The Workday

13 Things Successful People Do In The First 10 Minutes Of The Workday | Business Brainpower with the Human Touch | Scoop.it

How you handle the first 10 minutes of your workday can largely determine how productive and effective you’ll be the rest of the day.

“Getting off on the right foot isn’t just important with relationships, it’s important with the start of any workday, as well — particularly busy ones,” says Michael Kerr, an international business speaker and author of “You Can’t Be Serious! Putting Humour to Work.” “The first 10 minutes can also set the tone and your attitude for the day — so it’s imperative that you start it off right, with a clean slate.

Vicki Kossoff @ The Learning Factor's insight:

How you handle the first 10 minutes of your workday can largely determine how productive and effective you’ll be the rest of the day.

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Bob Hutchins's curator insight, October 14, 10:09 AM

Great advice!

Dermot Crowley's curator insight, October 14, 5:23 PM

I reckon that taking 10 minutes to plan your day is one of the most effective productivity strategies you can implement. The problem is most people feel they don't have time to stop and plan - but the outcome is you get more of the right work done if you do!

ZingEvents's curator insight, October 17, 6:41 AM

I have noticed that I can make a big change in my attitude towards the rest of the day by following a few of these tips.

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13 Things to Remember When Life Gets Rough

13 Things to Remember When Life Gets Rough | Business Brainpower with the Human Touch | Scoop.it

We’ve all gone through hard times. And we all get through them. However, some get through them better than others. So what is their secret? Most of it has to do with attitude. Here are 13 things to remember when life gets rough.

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13 things to remember when life gets rough.

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Entrepreneurs Like Steve Jobs And IKEA Founder Share These 3 Personality Traits

Entrepreneurs Like Steve Jobs And IKEA Founder Share These 3 Personality Traits | Business Brainpower with the Human Touch | Scoop.it

Author Malcolm Gladwell — who’s sold some 4.5 million books — says that entrepreneurs like Steve Jobs and IKEA founder Ingvar Kamprad become so successful thanks to a rare combination of personality traits.

As he said on stage at on Tuesday at the World Business Forum in New York, they are open to experience, conscientious, and disagreeable.

Vicki Kossoff @ The Learning Factor's insight:

The best entrepreneurs are open, conscientious, and disagreeable.

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How Strategic Is Your Board?

How Strategic Is Your Board? | Business Brainpower with the Human Touch | Scoop.it
In a world where business models are evolving rapidly and new competitors can emerge almost overnight, strategic thinking — especially at the top of the company — is more important than ever to a company’s survival. Unfortunately, boards of directors have no clear model to follow when it comes to developing the strategic role that is best suited to the company they oversee. At one extreme, the board does little more than rubber-stamp the CEO’s decisions, while at the other, the board constantly second-guesses the executive team. Neither extreme adds value.
Vicki Kossoff @ The Learning Factor's insight:

Many corporate boards lack clarity about their role in strategy. A structured assessment of the board’s strategic responsibilities — and how these should evolve if the company’s competitive context shifts — can change that.

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Debbie's curator insight, October 10, 1:07 AM

It really is quite scary how many businesses do not think about their strategies.  

AHORA MAS RECURSOS HUMANOS's curator insight, October 10, 5:16 AM

Muchas PYME´s deberían dar una profunda pensada a este artículo.

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Many corporate boards lack clarity about their role in strategy. A structured assessment of the board’s strategic responsibilities — and how these should evolve if the company’s competitive context shifts — can change that.

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How Successful People Handle Toxic People

How Successful People Handle Toxic People | Business Brainpower with the Human Touch | Scoop.it

Either way, they create unnecessary complexity, strife, and worst of all stress.


Studies have long shown that stress can have a lasting, negative impact on the brain. Exposure to even a few days of stress compromises the effectiveness of neurons in the hippocampus—an important brain area responsible for reasoning and memory. Weeks of stress cause reversible damage to neuronal dendrites (the small “arms” that brain cells use to communicate with each other), and months of stress can permanently destroy neurons. Stress is a formidable threat to your success—when stress gets out of control, your brain and your performance suffer.

Vicki Kossoff @ The Learning Factor's insight:

Toxic people defy logic. Some are blissfully unaware of the negative impact that they have on those around them, and others seem to derive satisfaction from creating chaos and pushing other people’s buttons.

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17 Ways to Know You Were Born to Be an Entrepreneur

17 Ways to Know You Were Born to Be an Entrepreneur | Business Brainpower with the Human Touch | Scoop.it

Being an entrepreneur is hard. Really hard.


You put everything on the line: your talent, your creativity, your ideas, your money, and yet you still do it, sometimes again and again.


That's why your friends often don't understand. (Sometimes even your family doesn't understand.)


"Why don't you just play it safe and get a job?" they ask. The next time people ask, show them this.


Here's why you're an entrepreneur:

Vicki Kossoff @ The Learning Factor's insight:

It can be hard to explain to non-entrepreneurs why you choose such a challenging journey. Here's what to tell them.

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Oliver Durrer's comment, Today, 8:39 AM
Beautiful. Thanks for this gem!
Oliver Durrer's curator insight, Today, 8:50 AM

Great reasons to explain to anyone why you are an entrepreneur. It is not about fame or getting rich quick. It's about having to (rather than just wanting to) contribute, make a dent in the universe, realize your dream helping others realize their dreams. Following your purpose with passion equals developing your full potential and live your dream. Live, learn and contribute!

"You make a living by what you get; you make a life by what you give." (falsely attributed to Winston Churchill)
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Interactive Tool Explores How Companies Generate Value With Social Business

Interactive Tool Explores How Companies Generate Value With Social Business | Business Brainpower with the Human Touch | Scoop.it

The third annual Social Business Global Executive Study and Research Project, conducted by MIT Sloan Management Review and Deloitte, reveals three drivers of social business maturity — and a strong connection between social business maturity and social’s value to the enterprise. An analysis of the findings was published in the Summer 2014 research report, "Moving Beyond Marketing."

This Fall, MIT SMR and Deloitte launched a new 2014 Social Business Interactive Tool to encourage our visitors to interact with the survey data. These interactive charts explore how survey respondents say their companies are using social business to transform their organizations and reap greater gains from their social business efforts. Users can explore and customize each interactive chart by filtering and isolating the data on the fly — and creating customized visualizations to share.

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This interactive tool explores how companies generate value with social business.

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