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Guerillas in the Boardroom

Guerillas in the Boardroom | Business Brainpower with the Human Touch | Scoop.it

It didn’t garner much attention, but earlier this month, the chairman of a Fortune 500 company was kicked out of his job, and it wasn’t by management. Shareholders voted out Ray Irani, the chairman and former CEO of Occidental Petroleum, at the company’s annual meeting, with 76 percent of investors denying Irani the post. Irani had planned to retire in 2014, but criticism of his outsized compensation package—he averaged over $80 million in annual salary over the past decade—and questions about his using the board to attempt to replace his successor, CEO Stephen Chazen, led to an early demise.

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Shareholder activists are getting smarter—and could soon claim their biggest scalp.

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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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Inside the Mind of the Entrepreneur

Inside the Mind of the Entrepreneur | Business Brainpower with the Human Touch | Scoop.it

Feldman is a "creative thinker," one of the key entrepreneurial strengths identified by significant new research into entrepreneurship. Over five years, Gallup, the global research and consulting firm, studied more than 4,000 founders to understand the talents that foster business creation and growth, and determined the 10 most significant. The organization then created an online assessment tool to measure those talents in individuals. The tool is the latest iteration of Gallup's very popular StrengthsFinder methodology, introduced by Marcus Buckingham and Donald O. Clifton in their 2001 best-selling book, Now, Discover Your Strengths.


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Without risk, a company can't be born. Without business focus and determination, the Inc. 500 CEOs' second- and third-ranked strengths, a company can't survive and scale.

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How Your Boss Will Run Your Life In A Few Years

How Your Boss Will Run Your Life In A Few Years | Business Brainpower with the Human Touch | Scoop.it

Consulting firm PwC recently published its outlook for work in 2022, based on interviews with 500 human resources experts and 10,000 others in the United States and several other countries. You probably won’t be surprised to hear that big companies could end up so powerful and influential they morph into “ministates” that fill the void when government is unable to provide essential services. Companies will also use sensors and other gizmos to monitor employees around the clock. And workers will mostly acquiesce to this digital leash, in exchange for job security, decent pay and important benefits.

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Workers whose skills hit the sweet spot will still be able to call the shots in 2022, earning the best pay and benefits, and perhaps exempting themselves from corporate micromanagement.

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Teamwork Takes Work: 7 Ways to Play Nice With Others

Teamwork Takes Work: 7 Ways to Play Nice With Others | Business Brainpower with the Human Touch | Scoop.it

Remember your kindergarten report card, when you were evaluated on things like your ability to follow directions, name the colors, and sing the alphabet? It also included an early assessment of a skill that would influence your success for the rest of your life: the ability to "play well with others." The criteria were pretty basic at the time: share, wait your turn, don't hit or yell, help when someone is struggling. As you grow up, many of the same basic principles apply, but situations can be much more complicated for adults to play well together and still achieve desired results.


Context and personal needs often create internal conflict when trying to weigh the needs of the few against the good of the whole. And as a leader, sometimes you have to make a conscious choice to make others unhappy. Still, with a little finesse, you can meet objectives and still all play in a happy sandbox. You may not satisfy everyone all of the time, but then working together to resolve conflicts, rather than just being pleasant all of the time, can make a team stronger.

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The workplace is basically an adult sandbox. There are those that play together well, those who are aloof and of course there are bullies. These tips will help you manage them all.

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What Do All Mentally Tough People Do? By Chris Gaborit

What Do All Mentally Tough People Do? By Chris Gaborit | Business Brainpower with the Human Touch | Scoop.it

In all of these different contexts, one characteristic emerged as a predictor for success. It wasn't social intelligence, good looks, IQ, or physical health. It was "grit," which the dictionary also defines as "mentally toughness."


Duckworth describes this quality in successful people as "perseverance and passion to achieve long-term goals; having stamina; sticking with your future day in and day out and working hard to make that future a reality; a marathon not a sprint.”


Her studies have shown that there is a correlation between mental toughness and self-control. To achieve those long-term goals there are things mentally tough people avoid. Here are seven of those:

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The seven things common to everyone who displays psychological fortitude.


What is mental toughness? Is mental toughness essential to high achievement? What do mentally tough people avoid?

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5 Signs Your Employees Dislike You

5 Signs Your Employees Dislike You | Business Brainpower with the Human Touch | Scoop.it

In addition to all of your achievements, you're sure that you're a great boss. After all, your leadership skills have helped you climb the ladder of success. But some of the world's top companies succeed in spite of poor leadership, a result of great products or concepts rather than motivated team members.


According to entrepreneurial counselor Michelle McQuaid, bad bosses cost businesses $360 billion in lost productivity every year. The stress caused by difficult supervisors can negatively affect an employee's overall health and workplace morale, eventually driving him or her out the door. Since losing one employee costs a business tens of thousands of dollars or more, your business will eventually suffer financially if you can't keep employee loss at a minimum.

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If you look closely, you may find indications that you're not as popular with your staff as you think you are.

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, August 18, 4:16 PM

I wonder if in School we consider that 1/2 of new teachers leave the profession within 7 years? That does not account for those who obtain a degree and never enter the classroom. What does that mean in relationship to high staff turnover?

 

One way to look at leaders who are not liked is are they leading or managing. We need both, but I found many School managers focused on managing people and avoiding leading.

 

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20 World-Class Presentation Experts Share Their Top Tips

20 World-Class Presentation Experts Share Their Top Tips | Business Brainpower with the Human Touch | Scoop.it

Have you ever sat through a presentation that seemed to slog on and on? Presenters that are disorganized, dwell on trivial information and give long winded explanations that lead nowhere?


Too many presentations are afflicted by poor planning and poor visuals. The audience who come to see these presentations, pay attention for a few minutes then retreat to their mobile phones. As much as we hope that the next presentation will be different, they rarely are.

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The top 20 presentation experts share their top tips to keep your audience engaged.

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Bettina Gifford's curator insight, August 18, 9:34 AM

If you're stuck for new Powerpoint and presentation tips, this is a good guide..

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5 Things Hustlers and Entrepreneurs Do Differently

5 Things Hustlers and Entrepreneurs Do Differently | Business Brainpower with the Human Touch | Scoop.it

There are 2 types of people in this world: hustlers, and everyone else.


Now, when I say “hustler,” I don’t mean someone who conducts shady business or sells illegal products. I’m talking about people who are extremely motivated to succeed, and have equal parts ambition and aspirations lined up. Someone who knows exactly what they want, and will sacrifice almost anything in order to get it. Hustlers are people who will either find a way or make one.


There comes a time in a your life when in order to get where you want to go – there may be no doors or windows – and you have to break through a wall. Hustlers don’t make excuses, and they don’t understand words like ‘no’, ‘can’t’, ‘impossible’, or ‘defeat’.

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Bettina Gifford's curator insight, August 17, 3:03 PM

While the language in this is questionable, it defines certain "hustler" traits perfectly

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Too Late To Start? Why Success Doesn't Have An Expiration Date

Too Late To Start? Why Success Doesn't Have An Expiration Date | Business Brainpower with the Human Touch | Scoop.it

Does success really have an expiration date? Is there an actual deadline you have to meet before you cant be successful? And if you answered yes to all of these questions, whats the best age to succeed? Let me break it down for you; time has, with no exceptions what so ever, no expiration date. It’s never too early to start a venture. It’s never too late to become great. Whatever rationalized concept or idea you have, imagining that there is a strict correlation between age and success, forget about it! Because at the end of the day success is what we all strive for and the only people who “cant” achieve it, are the ones who put up imaginary barriers between them and their goal.

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Does success really have an expiration date? Is there an actual deadline you have to meet before you cant be successful?

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You just need to recognise your skills can be transferred..

John Leith's curator insight, August 17, 5:05 PM

Most people who are successful try try and try again.

If we were all to fall over at the first hurdle, nothing would be achieved.

Some of the worlds super brands didn't enjoy great success the first time around.

John Leith 

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Why Millennials Want To Work For Themselves

Why Millennials Want To Work For Themselves | Business Brainpower with the Human Touch | Scoop.it

Or do they? Millennials want to work on their own terms--without a bad boss micromanaging their every move.


In the 15 years I’ve been teaching MBA students, their career plans have changed dramatically. Until the early 2000s they aspired to work in traditional corporate jobs for companies like Deloitte, JPMorgan, and GE. After that, the top destinations became tech giants such as Apple, Google, and Facebook.


In the past few years; however, a new favorite career choice has emerged, which eclipses any other form of traditional employment--working for themselves or launching their own business.

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Employers can learn a big lesson: If they want to attract millennials, then they must present themselves as innovative and successful without seeming greedy

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4 Steps To Making The Life You Always Wanted by Chris Gaborit

4 Steps To Making The Life You Always Wanted by Chris Gaborit | Business Brainpower with the Human Touch | Scoop.it

Is something holding you back from getting to the next level, but you can’t put your finger on it?


Today, you are your manager and you need to plan out your own career path to your dream job. That’s why it is important that you are not focused on the job position, but rather on the skills required.


Here are the four steps to moving your career, salary, and life to the next level.

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Getting to the next level isn't about a series of smart moves or just-right strategies, but mental toughness and knowing yourself better.

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How Single-Tasking Boosts Your Productivity

How Single-Tasking Boosts Your Productivity | Business Brainpower with the Human Touch | Scoop.it

While writing this post, I had 18 tabs open. I’d like to say they were all for research, although I’m pretty sure one or two slipped down a YouTube wormhole.


Does this sound familiar?


It seems like my multi-tab madness is right in line with the status quo. We all love to have multiple tabs open at once, adding more and more as we find new articles to click and sites to visit. Pretty soon, it’s likely we’ve forgotten what we were online for in the first place.

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Overwhelmed and in need of an attention-overhaul? Might be time to approach your workflow in a new way.

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Graeme Reid's curator insight, August 12, 10:49 PM

Thank goodness - the death knell on multi-tasking. Focus is the key to being effective.

Michelle Bish's curator insight, August 13, 10:09 AM

I have 17 tabs open, 3 Excel, 2 Word and 2 ppt files open. And a second browser. I need some single tasking!

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How Your HR Team Is Setting You Up for Failure

How Your HR Team Is Setting You Up for Failure | Business Brainpower with the Human Touch | Scoop.it

You want a team full of motivated employees and a rocking company culture. You're doing everything you can, but somehow it's just not working. Turnover is still high. Employees look good on paper, but seem to get demotivated no matter what you do. What could be going wrong?


Your human resources team could be the culprit. It's time to take a hard look at your company's interviewing practices.


Sometimes HR wants to "sell" a really great candidate on the position. So they start telling them all of the great things about being a part of the company or fulfilling the role they're trying to fill. There's nothing wrong with that on the surface. The problem arises when HR starts making promises on your behalf. Promises you can't keep, or won't keep, for whatever reason.

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When employee turnover is high and morale is low, it's time to take a good look at the promises your human resources department is making to new hires.

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Age and Gender Matter in Viral Marketing

Age and Gender Matter in Viral Marketing | Business Brainpower with the Human Touch | Scoop.it

To gain better insight into what makes people share content online, Fractl studied the emotions associated with viral marketing campaigns, plotting the ones that are most commonly associated with viral content on Robert Plutchik’s comprehensive Wheel of Emotions:


  1. Curiosity
  2. Amazement
  3. Interest
  4. Astonishment
  5. Uncertainty


Then, we looked more closely to see how certain demographics respond to different types of content.

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Nearly every digital marketer has a goal of creating a viral campaign. Getting mass exposure for high-quality content provides huge value to clients, but it’s not always easy to pull off; it takes an understanding of the complexity of human emotion and how it plays into consuming and sharing content online.

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Fixing a Work Relationship Gone Sour

Fixing a Work Relationship Gone Sour | Business Brainpower with the Human Touch | Scoop.it

The good news is that even some of the most strained relationships can be repaired. In fact, a negative relationship turned positive can be a very strong one. “Going through difficult experiences can be the makings of the strongest, most resilient relationships,” says Susan David, a founder of the Harvard/McLean Institute of Coaching and author of the HBR article, “Emotional Agility.” The bad news is that fixing a relationship takes serious effort.


“Most people just lower their expectations because it’s easier than dealing with the real issues at hand,” says Brian Uzzi, professor of leadership and organizational change at Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management and author of the HBR article, “Make Your Enemies Your Allies.” But, he says, the hard work is often worth it, especially in a work environment where productivity and performance are at stake. Here’s how to transform a work relationship that’s turned sour.

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Sometimes you get stuck in a rut with someone at work — a boss, a coworker, a direct report. Perhaps there’s bad blood between you or you simply haven’t been getting along. What can you do to turn the relationship around? Is it possible to start anew?

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Uncomfortable Being the Boss? 5 Tips That Will Help

Uncomfortable Being the Boss? 5 Tips That Will Help | Business Brainpower with the Human Touch | Scoop.it

1. Don't pretend you're not really in charge.


If the buck stops at your desk, acting like you're the same as everyone else won't work. It's a bit like parents who try to function as their children's friends, rather than as authority figures. It may be more fun in the short run, but will likely lead to bad results in the long run.


There are a very few exceptions--one is Morning Star, the tomato processor that has rigorously maintained a non-hierarchical structure since the 1970s. But that takes a lot of forethought, planning, and careful hiring of like-minded individuals. And even so, the company's non-CEO founder must occasionally serve as decider of last resort when employees are unable to resolve their conflicts.

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Being the top decision-maker doesn't always feel right. Here's how to make it better.

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How To Keep It Together At Work When Your Personal Life Is A Mess

How To Keep It Together At Work When Your Personal Life Is A Mess | Business Brainpower with the Human Touch | Scoop.it

We’ve all been there, even if you don’t want to admit it. It’s life.


And take it from someone who usually has great composure in a professional setting. You can try as hard as you want, bottle it all in, throw on some peppy tunes, but sometimes you just can’t help losing it a bit at work.


I started my first real job in February, and up until about three weeks ago, I was the epitome of professional. I showed up on time, wore appropriate clothing, engaged in meetings, spoke up when necessary, you get the picture. But then Monday rolled around, and I felt like my life (outside of work) had fallen apart. I was knee deep in friend drama, utterly confused about the dating scene in NYC (it’s rough), and I just found out that I was, yet again, roommateless and apartmentless for my impending move in September.

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Barely holding it together once you step into the office? Here's how to cope at work when you feel like your life is falling apart.

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The Secret to Tory Burch's Success: Storytelling

The Secret to Tory Burch's Success: Storytelling | Business Brainpower with the Human Touch | Scoop.it

Last February, Tory Burch got a gift from her staff to mark the 10th anniversary of her first store: a coffee-table book chronicling the company’s first decade. Every detail was perfectly on-brand, from the volume’s cloth cover (in a blue hue called “Tory Navy” that appears in every collection) to the numerous photos of family and friends. Though it contained few words, the book illustrated perfectly the cornerstone of Burch’s success: “It’s all about storytelling,” she said one morning as we sat at the kitchen table in her apartment, where the brand began. “It’s years of stories.”

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The designer had no design training or entrepreneurial experience. So she built her brand on what she knew: her own story

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Ian Berry's curator insight, August 19, 10:38 PM

We all of our own story and need to share it

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The Global Workforce Crisis: $10 Trillion at Risk

The Global Workforce Crisis: $10 Trillion at Risk | Business Brainpower with the Human Touch | Scoop.it

In 1494, an Italian monk named Luca Pacioli published an overview of the mathematics of his time. His 36-chapter work described what has since become standard knowledge among the world’s finance and business professionals and a building block of balance sheet accounting: double-entry bookkeeping. And since the advent of this method, invested capital has been the pillar of every enterprise, government, and economy. Even today, in the wake of the global financial crisis and amid a spreading debt crisis, invested capital remains the core and the promise of economies everywhere. But a much bigger crisis is yet to come—one that strikes at the very purpose of economies but is scarcely noted, let alone managed: the crisis in human capital.


Every economy’s ability to compete depends on a steady supply of human capital and talent. When that supply is inadequate, imbalances result, creating serious threats not only to the economy but also to social and political stability and future development. This impact, moreover, extends beyond borders.

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Significant imbalances in the demand for labor and its supply threaten 25 of the world’s major economies. Here are BCG’s projections country by country along with proposed remedies.

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10 Collaboration Apps For Project Managers

10 Collaboration Apps For Project Managers | Business Brainpower with the Human Touch | Scoop.it

Chances are a lot of your work and projects are done online. However, you and your boss may have a hard time prioritizing tasks that are more important than others. Because of this, a need for managers to use multiple online collaboration applications arises. Moreover, this is also the time when the necessity for the use of task management tools come in.

Online collaboration tools help keep your manager, team members and yourself constantly updated with changes in projects that you may otherwise overlook. If there are many updates and modifications on the project instructions and project itself, updates are readily available in the control panel. Here’s a look at 10 Collaboration Apps that you, as a project manager, can utilize.

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Google's New Program Pushes for Paperless Education

Google's New Program Pushes for Paperless Education | Business Brainpower with the Human Touch | Scoop.it

Google launched a new tool Tuesday designed to help teachers communicate more effectively with students as part of its Apps for Education suite.


Google Classroom is a resource similar to learning management systems like Canvas. It allows students to submit assignments via Google Drive and see when homework is due. Teachers are also able to leave comments and feedback on turned-in work, as well as post general announcements.

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Google Classroom is a new teaching tool designed to promote interaction between teachers and students.

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Is Your Cost of Sales Too High?

Is Your Cost of Sales Too High? | Business Brainpower with the Human Touch | Scoop.it

CEOs are often in the middle of a tug-o-war between sales and finance. The CSO believes the answer to solving the sales problem is increasing headcount. In contrast, the CFO looks at the cost per head, quota attainment and believes cutting heads is the answer.  

This scenario plays out often as companies review budgets and do annual planning. Does the situation ring true for you? If so, you’re not alone.  Oftentimes companies are looking at the wrong metrics and need to broaden the view.

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Often times companies are looking at the wrong metrics to determine the right sales force size. Find out if you should increase headcount or cut it.

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The Business of Behavioral Economics

The Business of Behavioral Economics | Business Brainpower with the Human Touch | Scoop.it

You've done everything—endured diets, purged your freezer of Ben & Jerry's, and educated yourself on fat, sugar, and calories. Yet, you can't manage to lose weight.


What's wrong with you? According to standard economic theory, which gives humans (perhaps too much) credit for making rational choices, those efforts should be enough to change your behavior. If you know the consequences but still get fat, you must want to be overweight.


“Losing $100 is more painful than gaining $100 is pleasurable”

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Leslie John and Michael Norton explore how behavioral economics can help people overcome bad habits and change for the better.

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Graeme Reid's curator insight, August 13, 7:00 PM

Interesting article on how behavioural economics can lead to behaviour change.

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The Carbon Dioxide Trapped In Your Meeting is Making You Think More Slowly

The Carbon Dioxide Trapped In Your Meeting is Making You Think More Slowly | Business Brainpower with the Human Touch | Scoop.it

If, after sitting for hours in a stuffy, crowded meeting room or classroom, you've found yourself thinking a little more slowly than usual, it may not have been your imagination.


An emerging body of research is indicating that the high levels of carbon dioxide and other indoor pollutants that we face in poorly ventilated rooms reduces our cognitive performance and decision-making ability.

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If you find yourself feeling a little less sharp during a long, stuffy meeting, it may not be your imagination.

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13 Surprising Ways Your Name Affects Your Success

13 Surprising Ways Your Name Affects Your Success | Business Brainpower with the Human Touch | Scoop.it