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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 Signs It's Time for You to Change Careers

5 Signs It's Time for You to Change Careers | Business Brainpower with the Human Touch | Scoop.it

Many people hate change; contemplating the unknown is scary. So many stick with familiar things even though they no longer fit. This is especially true of careers. Sometimes people get stuck in a career direction or work environment that makes them terribly unhappy, and they stay there because it's tough to change careers once you have gained experience, power, and good compensation.


People often end up in the wrong careers by accident. They start out with a job and become proficient, so they advance and make a good living. They may even start a company in that field. They get so focused on growth, meeting objectives, or making the money to support their lifestyle, they don't realize how toxic their life has become.

Vicki Kossoff @ The Learning Factor's insight:

Sometimes you just end up following the wrong career path and it takes someone else to objectively point it out. Here are 5 signs you can identify on your own.

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Graeme Reid's curator insight, July 28, 3:36 PM

If you recognise these signs then it may be time to consider a career change.

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, July 28, 4:02 PM

I left School before any of these became too engrained. I look back in incredible experiences with students and some colleagues with considerable fondness. Other colleagues and bosses less so.

 

@ivon_ehd1

James Cracknell's curator insight, Today, 1:24 AM

Recognise any of these? - I felt many of them in my career but one that is not mentioned is guilt. Guilt that you are doing a job that many would crave for; guilt that you feel this way at all; guilt that you constantly keep asking that there must be more to life yet how would others that you love feel about a sudden urge to change?

 

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21 Ways to Motivate Yourself

21 Ways to Motivate Yourself | Business Brainpower with the Human Touch | Scoop.it

You'd like to think you are going to be just as motivated and enthusiastic on Day 1,672 of work as you were when you first began.


But sometimes we can all use a bit of help to keep going.


In the face of the inevitable obstacles you are going to encounter, here are ideas that have worked for me, my friends who run both entrepreneurial and micro businesses, and others I talked to.


1. Necessity.  This one is incredibly underrated which is why I put it first. You have bills that have to be paid and employees who are counting on you. If those two things won't keep you going, I don't know what will.


Vicki Kossoff @ The Learning Factor's insight:

Surely a few ideas on this list will work for you.

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Protek Cnc Technology's curator insight, July 28, 1:07 AM

Self efficacy, brain performance and motivation.

What are you doing to improve your way to work?

And your life approach?

Empower yourself... by the heart!

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We've Been Thinking About Talent The Wrong Way All Along

We've Been Thinking About Talent The Wrong Way All Along | Business Brainpower with the Human Touch | Scoop.it

Where does true talent come from, anyway? And what’s more important, genes or practice?


This scientific war rumbles on with the new release of a meta-study in Psychological Science (a study that analyzed 88 other studies) concluding that practice time matters less than innate gifts.

Step One: Pick a skill you have always wanted to possess.

Guitar, sales, comedy, golf, public speaking. Don’t pick the whole thing--just one targeted area. If it’s guitar, focus on one particular song. If it’s golf, focus on putting.

Vicki Kossoff @ The Learning Factor's insight:

Practice doesn't always make perfect, and you many not just be born with it. So where does true talent really come from?

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Stop Saying 'Workaholic' Like It's a Good Thing

Stop Saying 'Workaholic' Like It's a Good Thing | Business Brainpower with the Human Touch | Scoop.it

Let's just make one thing clear--being called a "workaholic" is not a compliment. Taking time off is essential for being a happy, healthy, whole individual. So unless you want to be a miserable, sickly mutated chimera, you should be taking more time off. Stop working so hard. It could be killing you.


Stop Giving Up Vacation Time! Are You Crazy?


It's been increasingly more common for employees to sacrifice their vacation days in exchange for a nod from higher ups. Some believe that surrendering their time off demonstrates their commitment to the company, serving as a testament to their work ethic and, hopefully, resulting in job security.


Vicki Kossoff @ The Learning Factor's insight:

Extended time off is key for a happy, productive life. So why isn't it more common?

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Haresh Patel's curator insight, July 25, 2:26 AM

If American feels, they are work-alcoholic then what about Indian IT Crowd? I always envy my German friend who always makes most out his every extended weekend - vacationing round the year. 

 

Way to go....

Ellen Naylor's curator insight, July 26, 9:46 AM

The lack of vacation Americans take can't be emphasized enough. Being a workaholic is unhealthy. The way most of us work, it takes at least one week of vacation to unwind. 

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Innovation is Magic. Really

Innovation is Magic. Really | Business Brainpower with the Human Touch | Scoop.it

Magicians are always under pressure to reinvent their performances to stay ahead of the competition. When David Copperfield made the Statue of Liberty "disappear," Franz Harary responded with a vanishing space shuttle. The same is true of business managers: They must strive to be innovative, providing the kind of magical product and service experiences that exceed customer expectations and the offerings of competitors. What's the secret?


Success in business as well as magic has less to do with clever marketing and more to do with the innovation process, Thomke and Randal write in the 2012 paper Innovation Magic. The authors also teamed to write The Magic of Innovation, published in the European Business Review earlier this year.

Vicki Kossoff @ The Learning Factor's insight:

When business executives create innovative products or services, they often look to impress their customers by delivering an experience more meaningful, more delightful, than possibly expected. A true "wow!" moment.

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The 2014 State of Digital Transformation

The 2014 State of Digital Transformation | Business Brainpower with the Human Touch | Scoop.it

Today, I’m proud to announce the release of Altimeter Group’s second report on Digital Transformation. This new report is aimed at executives and digital strategists to help them (you) further understand the state of digital transformation as you plan your next steps and investments.


In our initial report, “Digital Transformation: Why and How Companies are Investing in New Business Models to Lead Digital Customer Experiences (DCX),” we learned that digital transformation was as much about technology as it was about people. It was a much more human story, one that shared insights, advice and cautionary tales from those on the front lines.

Vicki Kossoff @ The Learning Factor's insight:

This new report is aimed at executives and digital strategists to help them further understand the state of digital transformation.

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How To Re-Discover Your Motivation

How To Re-Discover Your Motivation | Business Brainpower with the Human Touch | Scoop.it

Companies spend a lot of time and money trying to motivate their employees.


But when was the last time a mug with your company’s logo or a coffee shop gift card made you truly excited? Real motivation doesn’t come from external rewards--it comes from making some shifts in how you think about your situation, says San Diego, California-based personal empowerment expert Susan Fowler


“Give a whale a fish and it’ll jump as high as you want. Give a pigeon a pellet and it’ll turn 360 degrees. That whole animal behavior theory is what the workplace is built on. We’ve got to get away from that because we’re not pigeons and we’re not whales,” she says.

Vicki Kossoff @ The Learning Factor's insight:

Changing the way you think and adding a few key habits can help you get back the motivation that you lost somewhere along the way.

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Graeme Reid's curator insight, July 22, 5:49 PM

Once you make the connection between what you’re doing and how it relates to something that matters to you, you’re going to be more motivated.

Birkbeck Careers & Employability's curator insight, July 23, 8:41 AM

An interesting take on employee motivation - do you agree?

 

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How to Retain Talented Employees

How to Retain Talented Employees | Business Brainpower with the Human Touch | Scoop.it

In 1997 I decided to move my organizations from San Diego to Atlanta. I knew the relocation would mean saying goodbye to some great friends and colleagues on these teams. I wondered: How many would stay in a city they loved and how many would pick up their lives to make the move with the rest of us?


You can imagine my delight when more than 60 people came with us. Though I have always known the importance of hiring the right people, in that moment I realized how special my people were, how committed they were to our vision and how fortunate I was that they wanted to stick with us even when it wasn’t convenient.

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Your employees are your business, so use these four guiding principles to help you make the right moves to hold on to them.
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70% Of Your Time At Work Is Wasted - How To Change That

70% Of Your Time At Work Is Wasted - How To Change That | Business Brainpower with the Human Touch | Scoop.it

The average tech CEO works about 300 days a year, 14 hours a day. That’s 4,200 hours a year.


The stats for most other tech leaders and startup employees aren’t too far off. It sounds like a lot of time, but for most, it’s not enough. Nearly 30% of that time gets sunk into email. Another third gets spent in meetings--and studies show that half of those hours are completely wasted.

Vicki Kossoff @ The Learning Factor's insight:

Streamline time-sucks, like email, meetings and task-running, to get your time back.

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Jacob M Engel's curator insight, July 22, 3:44 AM

According to Dr. Stephen Covey, time wasters (quadrants 3&4) are what bankrupts organizations.

Joy Moore's curator insight, July 22, 6:55 PM

Interesting insight into time management with some good tips

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Are You Spending Enough Time With Your Boss?

Are You Spending Enough Time With Your Boss? | Business Brainpower with the Human Touch | Scoop.it

If you only rarely see your boss, it’s time to get on her calendar. A new study claims that spending just the right amount of time with your supervisor might make you happier at work.


A study released Wednesday by leadership training and research company LeadershipIQ found a correlation between time spent with a direct supervisor and employees’ levels of work-related inspiration, engagement and motivation.


Researchers found that those levels peak for workers who spend six hours a week with the boss.


Beyond six hours, benefits decreased for many workers. Mark Murphy, founder and CEO of Leadership IQ, said too much time with a boss can become counterproductive or irritating.

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A new study claims that spending just the right amount of time with your supervisor might make you happier at work.

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What Leaders Can Learn from Narcissists, Manipulators and Psychopaths

What Leaders Can Learn from Narcissists, Manipulators and Psychopaths | Business Brainpower with the Human Touch | Scoop.it

Sometimes scientific research teaches us things we might not want to know. That happened when organizational psychologists studied West Point cadets to learn what personal qualities were most likely to predict success. The No. 1 answer? Narcissism.


Think Napoleon and Steve Jobs. Narcissists achieve amazing things, usually by putting their needs and desires ahead of everything and everyone else. They'll also go to great lengths to achieve their goals. Most important, they can be great at getting others on board as well.

Vicki Kossoff @ The Learning Factor's insight:

Can dark qualities help you achieve professional success?

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JeanGuillaume Pieyre's curator insight, July 18, 7:11 AM

Interesting!

Ian Berry's curator insight, July 18, 3:17 PM

As the Jungian psychologist Robert Johnson once observed "Gold is in the shadow."

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Three Secrets of Organizational Effectiveness

Three Secrets of Organizational Effectiveness | Business Brainpower with the Human Touch | Scoop.it

When the leaders of a major retail pharmacy chain set out to enhance customer satisfaction, market research told them that the number one determinant would be friendly and courteous service. This meant changing the organizational culture in hundreds of locations—creating an open, welcoming atmosphere where regular customers and employees knew one another’s names, and any question was quickly and cheerfully answered.

Vicki Kossoff @ The Learning Factor's insight:

How the practices of pride builders can help you build a high-performance culture.

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Rick Garza's curator insight, July 18, 6:44 AM

People still buy from people they like.  We spend millions on research to remind us of the Golden Rule, "Treat others they you want them treat you"  Whoever wrote that must be a brilliant individual.  Good advice!

Gottfried's curator insight, July 23, 9:42 PM

social animal and scientific validation: pride building as an organizational effectiveness method

Frank J. Papotto, Ph.D.'s curator insight, July 24, 7:07 AM

Well not terribly new, not particularly secret but still helpful. Autonomy, clear purposes, and recognition are described as sources of pride but we've known about these for quite some time in connection with high performance. More specifically, all of the ideas referred to: pride, trust, autonomy, purpose and recognition are associated with employee engagement--a key driver of organizational effectiveness in the #empoweringeffectiveness model.

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Leadership Is Swell, But Your Receptionist Makes Or Breaks Your Business

Leadership Is Swell, But Your Receptionist Makes Or Breaks Your Business | Business Brainpower with the Human Touch | Scoop.it

Why does company after company – including companies that I encounter as a customer experience consultant – treat reception as an entry-level, stepping-stone position?

This approach, which I see all the time in companies who hire me as a customer experience consultant, is an inevitable, slow-motion business catastrophe. Because, whatever you call it, ‘‘First and Last Impression Creator’’ is among the most important positions in your enterprise.

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A clueless receptionist today, a bankrupt business tomorrow

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How To Manage Your Web-Life Balance

How To Manage Your Web-Life Balance | Business Brainpower with the Human Touch | Scoop.it

In theory, technology should increase both work flexibility and productivity, but it is also responsible for procrastination and a major threat to people’s work-life balance.


In fact, much of the recent debate about work-life imbalance is concerned with our relationship with technology, in particular our inability to disconnect or go offline.


For example, in the U.S. almost 50% of working adults report being “hooked” on email, which is estimated to cost the nation's economy at least $900 billion a year in productivity loss. According to consulting firm McKinsey & Company, professionals spend 28% of their work time reading or answering emails. These statistics explain the international success of bestselling books like The Four Hour Work Week.



Vicki Kossoff @ The Learning Factor's insight:

Do your Internet habits hold you back, or help you succeed?

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Simon Cripps's curator insight, Today, 12:43 AM

We have a perfect web-life balance. When not online we are talking about being online.

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How to Deal With A Boss With Zero Emotional Intelligence

How to Deal With A Boss With Zero Emotional Intelligence | Business Brainpower with the Human Touch | Scoop.it

You might already know that your emotional intelligence can influence your job success. But what about your callously oblivious boss or your ambiguously rigid colleagues?


Boosting your emotional intelligence might mean you are better at your job--but what can you do if your boss or colleagues don't exhibit anything close to emotional intelligence?


The good news is, the situations more hopeful than you think. The bad news is, you might have to have a difficult conversation. But don't worry, we've got you covered.

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To work well with people with low Emotional Intelligence, you need to learn how to communicate differently. Here's how to make sure they get it.

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Why You Should Be Working From Home Today

Why You Should Be Working From Home Today | Business Brainpower with the Human Touch | Scoop.it

If you decide you’d like to try working from home, you know the usual advice: schedule a meeting with your supervisor, and ask to try it one day a week.


But which day?


For most people, the default answer is “Friday,” which makes sense. Your manager knows that Friday is less productive than, say, Tuesday. People schedule fewer meetings. Therefore, it’s less of a risk.


But there are reasons not to automatically ask for Friday. First, asking for any specific day negates much of the magic of working from home. What if Thursday has fewer meetings this week? What if you really need to crank something out on Tuesday for a Wednesday deadline, and your office has way too many distractions? Rather than negotiating for any specific day, getting permission to work from home when you need to is a much better benefit.

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Prolonging the weekend with a work-from-home day is tempting, but Wednesday is actually the best day to work from home.

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515 Best Positive Quotes Ever

515 Best Positive Quotes Ever | Business Brainpower with the Human Touch | Scoop.it
  • Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we've been waiting for. We are the change that we seek. Barack Obama
  • Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear not absense of fear. Mark Twain
  • Your life does not get better by chance, it gets better by change. Jim Rohn
  • I've learned that no matter what happens, or how bad it seems today, life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow. Maya Angelou
  • The only reason we don't have what we want in life is the reasons we create why we can't have them. Tony Robbins



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Positive quotes have been a life saver so many times in my life. When you are negative, feeling down, or just need some motivation to lift your wings to new heights then read some of these to give

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Christie's Luxury Bahamas Real Estate's curator insight, July 24, 12:30 PM

This all sounds like wisdom to us!

Manoj Sam's curator insight, July 24, 4:42 PM

A bit of positiveness can't hurt :)

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4 Lessons Learned from Oracle's Harassment Court Case

4 Lessons Learned from Oracle's Harassment Court Case | Business Brainpower with the Human Touch | Scoop.it

Just this week, a former employee at Oracle Australia was awarded $130,000 for the distress she experienced from being sexually harassed by a male colleague at the company.


You would think that a global organisation like Oracle, who has every resource at hand, would be at the top of their game in protecting their employees from any type of harassment.


What can we learn from this case?

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Is you eLearning Harassment and Bullying program leaving your organisation legally exposed?

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To Succeed, Be The One Everyone Can Count On

To Succeed, Be The One Everyone Can Count On | Business Brainpower with the Human Touch | Scoop.it

Everyone needs someone in their lives that they can count on, someone to call when there’s no one else to call. And, these days, with radical change and ongoing disruption a constant part of every business, the most valuable people in any company are the ones you can count on in a crisis or a crunch--the "go-to" guys and girls. The people who are there in a pinch and who you naturally tend to run to, not from, when the feces hits the fan.


This isn't part of anyone's job description, and it's not something you can create on the fly. That's why there's no better investment you could possibly make in your career or your future than being the first stop when someone's looking for help, versus the last resort.


The good news is that this is a trait you can develop over time, like any other part of your reputation. If you're truly committed and your efforts are sincere and authentic, you can make it happen. Here's how.

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Talent is great, hard work is essential, but there's an intangible quality that makes all the difference. Here's how to develop it.

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Is Seven Hours A Night The Optimal Amount Of Sleep

Is Seven Hours A Night The Optimal Amount Of Sleep | Business Brainpower with the Human Touch | Scoop.it

You're probably not getting enough sleep, but you might not be as far off the mark as you think.


Most sleep experts would offer that aiming for between seven to nine hours of snooze time a night is optimal for feeling refreshed and productive the next day. In a new report, however, the Wall Street Journal writes that researchers are closing in on what may just be that magic nightly number--and it's not nine hours, or even eight as once believed.

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New research zeroes in on the time you should spend snoozing but take it with a dose of skepticism.

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Why You’re Probably Not Enjoying Your Job Very Much

Why You’re Probably Not Enjoying Your Job Very Much | Business Brainpower with the Human Touch | Scoop.it

Almost certainly, you’ve been having a bad time at work. In a perfect world, work should do so much for us: lend us purpose and a sense of achievement, offer us meaning and comradeship. But invariably, something goes wrong: our talents feel like they’re not being recognised, the company seems unfit to sacrifice a life for, the day-to-day tasks are mundane and stressful and many in management are like grown-up versions of playground bullies.

We are readily drawn to blaming ourselves for the mess: we were impulsive in our career choices, we were vain and lazy; we haven’t got the drive of a classmate from university (she now runs an empire). Yet for all the truths that self-condemnation might contain, many of the factors that cause our dreams to run into the sand in fact lie outside of our direct control, in the very structure of employment within the capitalist system. To blame ourselves is to misunderstand the nature of reality.

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There are a number of factors that can make you unhappy at work. Check these out.

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Something Bizarre Happens to Your Brain When You Don't Get Enough Sleep

Something Bizarre Happens to Your Brain When You Don't Get Enough Sleep | Business Brainpower with the Human Touch | Scoop.it

What did you do last night? Careful — if you didn’t get enough sleep, your brain could be lying to you.


Turns out sleep deprivation can do worse than give you memory loss. It can actually implant false memories in your brain. This discovery comes from a new study published this week in Psychological Science.


“We examined the relationship between self-reported sleep duration and false memories and the effect of 24 hr of total sleep deprivation on susceptibility to false memories,” the researchers wrote. “We found that under certain conditions, sleep deprivation can increase the risk of developing false memories.”

Vicki Kossoff @ The Learning Factor's insight:

Lack of sleep has been linked to plenty of problems.

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Stephan Nothnagel's curator insight, July 21, 3:10 AM

Working late nights to "get ahead" or catch up may well end up being counter productive and even damaging. Rather focus on prioritising better and getting more productive during the day - but make sure you sleep enough.

Ellen Naylor's curator insight, July 22, 4:10 PM

My brain feels tired when I don't get enough sleep and I have trouble concentrating. I like to get my 7 hours. 

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How To Build A New Habit

How To Build A New Habit | Business Brainpower with the Human Touch | Scoop.it

According to researchers at Duke University, habits account for about 40 percent of our behaviors on any given day. 


Understanding