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The 5 Must-Have Qualities Of The Modern Employee

The 5 Must-Have Qualities Of The Modern Employee | Business Brainpower with the Human Touch | Scoop.it
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It’s not just the managers that need to adapt and evolve to the changing workplace; it’s also the non-managerial employees. Dramatic changes in the way we work are being fueled by new behaviours and new technologies.


In fact, there are five trends which are shaping the future of work. To keep pace there are five qualities that the modern employee needs to possess.

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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".

 

Make sure you join us on the life-long learning journey. Just click the 'follow' button at the top, right of this page to be kept up with our daily recommendations. 

 

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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, 2:41 PM

A different take on an important topic!

Loans Knight's comment, September 15, 10:11 PM
But sometimes i feel little embarrass by asking that question :(
B Goburn Smith's curator insight, Today, 7:22 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 9, 9:14 PM

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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Management Intuition For The Next 50 Years

Management Intuition For The Next 50 Years | Business Brainpower with the Human Touch | Scoop.it

Intuition forms over time. When McKinsey began publishing the Quarterly, in 1964, a new management environment was just beginning to take shape. On April 7 of that year, IBM announced the System/360 mainframe, a product with breakthrough flexibility and capability. Then on October 10, the opening ceremonies of the Tokyo Olympic Games, the first in history to be telecast via satellite around the planet, underscored Japan’s growing economic strength. Finally, on December 31, the last new member of the baby-boom generation was born.

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What’s the future of strategy setting, decision making, and management? We examine how the collision of rapid emerging-markets growth, technological disruption, and widespread aging is upending long-held assumptions.

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Peter van Cuylenburg's curator insight, September 9, 5:33 PM

Here is an article with massive implications for future workplaces and the people who will be employed there.  In our schools today we will have to consider the implications for our students. The education we provide would depend on flexible technological formats, developing inter-personal skills, enriching creativity, building clarity into ethical frameworks and so on.  Lots to think about.

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8 Steps To Create A Successful Virtual Training Strategy

8 Steps To Create A Successful Virtual Training Strategy | Business Brainpower with the Human Touch | Scoop.it

An increasing number of organizations, either public or private, are utilizing virtual training to develop employee skill sets and keep them up-to-date with the organization’s policies and procedures. However, in many respects, creating a successful virtual training strategy is an art, and various elements should be present in order to implement an informative and engaging experience for the employees. But what are these elements, and which techniques should be utilized when developing a virtual training strategy that offers the best return on your investment?

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How to create a Successful Virtual Training Strategy: Check the following 8 Steps To Create A Successful Virtual Training Strategy.

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6 Ways to Relieve a Serious Case of Writer's Block

6 Ways to Relieve a Serious Case of Writer's Block | Business Brainpower with the Human Touch | Scoop.it

Stuck. Stagnant. Can't break out of a rut. Frozen.


OK, let me start over.


As a writer, it sometimes feels like I'm stuck to a large piece of Velcro that won't let go.


Writer's block is the ailment that prevents you from coming up with good ideas when you sit down to write. We'll save the debate about whether it even exists for another day. And, we'll skip the obvious solutions like going for a walk or drinking coffee.


Here's my official advice on how to break out of a writing muckfest.

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Stuck with a writing project? Don't just go for a walk or drink coffee. Try these tips.

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12 Entrepreneurs Share The Best Advice They Received From A Teacher

12 Entrepreneurs Share The Best Advice They Received From A Teacher | Business Brainpower with the Human Touch | Scoop.it

1. Don’t Let Bad Days Stop You


“My 12th-grade anthropology teacher told me: ‘When you’re feeling bad, do the work and let the feelings take care of themselves.’ This turned out to be great advice for running a business. Every startup, even the most successful, is a roller coaster. When the bad days hit, you can’t let them stop you. I’ve found that the act of doing the work often makes you feel better.”


2. Be Precise


“My second-grade teacher, Ms. Caruso, gave us a seemingly simple writing assignment: Describe how to build a peanut butter sandwich. On the day we turned in our assignments Ms. Caruso had bread, silverware, and jars of peanut butter and jelly.



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From fostering character to keeping things simple, it’s often words of wisdom that teachers offer during casual conversations or informational sidebars that have the biggest impact on students.

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1. DON’T LET BAD DAYS STOP YOU
“My 12th-grade anthropology teacher told me: ‘When you’re feeling bad, do the work and let the feelings take care of themselves.’ This turned out to be great advice for running a business. Every startup, even the most successful, is a roller coaster. When the bad days hit, you can’t let them stop you. I’ve found that the act of doing the work often makes you feel better.” ...

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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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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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De l'art de dépasser les robots avant qu'ils ne prennent votre place.

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How to Develop a Healthy Lifestyle While You're Running a Business

How to Develop a Healthy Lifestyle While You're Running a Business | Business Brainpower with the Human Touch | Scoop.it

Except for the superhuman, few of us are able to achieve our ultimate fitness goals while working on our startup. But with a few lifestyle changes, you can have both a healthy body and a great business.


Excercise


This is the most important habit you can start developing to build a healthier lifestyle. Because you don't have enough time for your startup as it is, Mike has developed a workout plan you can do in 10 minutes.


A) Try not to use machines when possible. You'll burn more calories doing free-weight or body-weight lifts.

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A fitness expert on how to improve your habits, even if you have little free time on your hands.

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Best Advice I Ever Got: Have the Courage to Follow Your Vision

Best Advice I Ever Got: Have the Courage to Follow Your Vision | Business Brainpower with the Human Touch | Scoop.it

I attribute much of our success to three pieces of advice that have become our guiding principles:


1. Ask, "How much do I really want it?"


My high school crew coach told me that success only depends on one thing: how much you really want it. The difference between winning and losing, he would say, is nothing more than deciding that you want to win.

 

This advice has had a huge impact on my life and career. Every time I've dreamt up a new idea or venture, my coach's words have come to mind: How much do you really want this?

 

Asking yourself this question forces you to pause and evaluate the situation honestly. Do you have a true passion for it? Are you ready to do whatever it takes to make it work? Taking a genuine look at how much something matters to you will help you weed out certain projects and make time for the ones that truly captivate you.

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You're the captain of your own ship, so at the end of the day, you must trust yourself to do what's right.

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Great Leaders Know How to Reframe a Story

What sets great leaders apart from everyone else? Their ability to reframe their point of view and tell different stories. That's according to Lee Bolman, co-author of How Great Leaders Think: The Art of Reframing.


"How does that work?" I ask, so he uses me as an example. He's read my blog about my husband's and my upcoming move to the Seattle area to support my husband's music career. There are two ways of looking at this story, he says. "One story is that it's good for him and a small price for you, part of two people's long-term commitment to each other. That's one version, but there's another story about how you feel rooted and in love with Woodstock and so leaving comes with a tremendous sense of loss for you."

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The story you tell yourself and others can make all the difference.

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10 Business Development Techniques to Grow Sales Fast

10 Business Development Techniques to Grow Sales Fast | Business Brainpower with the Human Touch | Scoop.it

For a little guidance, I give you 10 lessons from John Whitehead, the fabulously successful former chairman of Goldman Sachs. Besides climbing to the top of the corporate ladder and making billions for his firm, Whitehead stormed the beach at Normandy on D-Day. We should memorize his pearls of wisdom:


1. Don't waste your time going after business you don't really want.


We hired a mechanical engineer from West Point this month to help us grow sales. His focus is to help manufacturing engineers in industrial S&P 500 companies understand why Marlin Steel, my company, is better than our competitors. Why? Our clients are not marketing companies, nor are they point of purchase display companies. These folks don't appreciate quality and engineering. Instead, they are looking for the lowest price. Make sure you point your sales and marketing team in the right direction for profitable business.



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Time to crank up sales. Thankfully, the economy is starting to heat up, and as such, it may be an ideal time to learn how to crank up your sales.

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Ask The Experts: How Do I Ask For A Raise?

Ask The Experts: How Do I Ask For A Raise? | Business Brainpower with the Human Touch | Scoop.it

After you've been with the company for a year. No, after you successfully complete a big project: There is a lot of conflicting advice about when you should ask for a raise.


It's likely one of the most difficult and important conversations you'll have with your boss, so it helps to get it right. That's why we've turned to Leadership coach Lolly Daskal for advice.


You will need to have a clear understanding about the best time to discuss an increase, the nature of the increase, and the strategy that will best position you to prove you have earned it.



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Who doesn't want a raise? Asking your boss for one, however, is rarely an easy conversation. Leadership coach Lolly Daskal is here to help.

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8 Ways to Be Happy and Productive in Your Home Office

8 Ways to Be Happy and Productive in Your Home Office | Business Brainpower with the Human Touch | Scoop.it

Working from home is everyone's dream, right? If that's true, then why did 60 percent of the employees who participated in a Stanford University work-from-home experiment opt to go back to corporate HQ?


The 2013 study offered a sampling of employees in the air travel and hotel booking industry an opportunity to work from home for nine months. Surprisingly, many of them had a very lonely experience. After only a few months, 50 percent of the volunteers and 10 percent of the non-volunteer group asked to return to their cubicles.


Loneliness and lack of social interaction were cited as the No. 1 reason for abandoning home offices, but these aren't the only drawbacks. How can you have your cake and eat it, too? Because I've successfully worked from home for nearly 16 years, I consider myself an expert on the topic.

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A surprising number of people find working from home to be lonely and stressful. Adopt these habits and it will no longer have to be that way.

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