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There is nothing more frustrating than listening to people haggle over different definitions of what constitutes "work." Catty conversations about who's working harder, who's working smarter, or who's not working at all are more about judging others than solving inefficiencies.
I'd like to steer you away from this all-or-nothing dialogue ("I work all the time and you never work") to a more robust conversation about what work really is. And, in the process, help you to appreciate not only your own unique working style, but also the working style of others on your team.
As my thinking has developed over the years, and after perusing many, many personality tests, I believe that there are four basic working styles: Doing, Leading, Loving, and Learning.
The best teams have a balance of all four styles. And the best organisations have many well-balanced teams who are confident in their working style and understand the necessity of divergent types or work. So, what's your style?
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As the world increasingly looks for a workforce built on intellectual property and creativity, it’s important to consider the merits of our educational system. There is growing evidence that entrepreneurship and small business ownership characterize the way to economic prosperity. This raises the question: Can entrepreneurship be taught? As a result, I am asked more and more frequently how I “did it.”
Other entrepreneurs have used their college years to meet the people who would eventually be their business partners. Facebook, Microsoft, reddit, WordPress and Yahoo! were all conceived in college dorm rooms.
College degree no long ensure lifetime success.
Is happiness just a natural state some of us are born into (and others are not)? Is it a matter of luck? Nope, say social scientists, to a large degree happiness is a matter of good mental habits.
That’s great news, of course, for those of us who want to improve our well being (honestly, who doesn’t?), but it also raises a serious question: What’s the best way to go about training yourself to be happier. Startup Happify aims to be the answer to that question.
If you’re struggling with personal issues or stress at home, Happify may be one answer
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Gen Y Australians have been maligned for being self-centred and materialistic. Now, new travel research about the under 34s has revealed that on business trips they are also spendthrifts with the boss's money.
They'll splash out with their corporate cards on luxury purchases such as flight upgrades, room service and expensive meals, according to research by online travel company Expedia and corporate travel specialist Egencia.
The research shows that Gen Ys, known as millennials, are travelling more for business than pleasure. They take an average of five business trips a year at an average of two days each – and only three personal trips.
This compares with travellers aged over 35 who average two work-related trips and three for personal reasons.
Whether your audience is your boss, your banker, a small team of direct reports, a ballroom full of conference attendees, or thousands of people worldwide connected via teleconference, your success depends on being able to make a great presentation.
Great presentations are well-organized, flow logically from one idea to another, and ultimately leave the audience leave feeling rewarded and enlightened. All well and good, but if you don’t hook your audience in the first 30 seconds, all your careful preparation may be for naught. Therefore you have to begin with a bang! A television commercial has only 30 seconds to grab your attention; the same is true for you and your presentation.
You want your audience to hang on every word. To make that happen, you have to be sure you win them over in the first 30 seconds of your presentation.
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Women can't parallel park and men can't communicate with emotional intelligence. These common stereotypes get used as ammunition in the so-called battle between the sexes.
But, a new study by the University of Pennsylvania provides support for these (often unfair) standards.
Previous studies have looked at brain size; men's tend to be around 10 per cent bigger than women's, and composition; men have more white matter in their brains, which is linked to motor skills, while women have more grey matter, which is linked to sensory perception such as seeing and hearing, memory, emotions, and speech.
Are differences in the brain a result of nature, or nurture or both? Interesting to learn about but my concern remains as ever to value similarities and differences and be aware of our personal biases in assessing which qualities are 'preferable'.
It always seems like you’re losing your wallet or keys, right? Technology finally has a solution for that. One of the latest crowdfunding trends is small devices that are for affixing to valuable items that are likely to be lost such as your laptop, car keys or wallet to help you locate them when lost.
The idea is that you attach something to whatever is important to you — such as a handbag or your keys — and register the object with an application on your phone using Bluetooth. Once registered, whenever you open the app (or go out of range of the object) you’ll be able to track where it was and receive an alert with the last known location.
LAST week, Johnson took a look at some of the advantages of bilingualism. These include better performance at tasks involving "executive function" (which involve the brain's ability to plan and prioritise), better defence against dementia in old age and—the obvious—the ability to speak a second language. One purported advantage was not mentioned, though. Many multilinguals report different personalities, or even different worldviews, when they speak their different languages.
It’s an exciting notion, the idea that one’s very self could be broadened by the mastery of two or more languages. In obvious ways (exposure to new friends, literature and so forth) the self really is broadened. Yet it is different to claim—as many people do—to have a different personality when using a different language. A former Economist colleague, for example, reported being ruder in Hebrew than in English. So what is going on here?
I guess it is more about being better equipped for life. There is a belief that those who know two or more languages are better equipped for life. It is not that they are more intelligent, rather it is about having a good social aptitude, and being better communicators!
THERE can be few better places to talk about complexity than Vienna. This was the capital of the most complicated political organisation yet seen: the Austro-Hungarian Empire. It was also the centre of some of the most convoluted cold-war spy games. On November 14th and 15th hundreds of management enthusiasts converged on the Austrian capital to debate the subject. They had little interest in the complexities of the Habsburgs or the cold war. They were preoccupied instead by two points: that business is more complicated than ever before; and that managing complexity is at the top of businesspeople’s agenda.
We’re facing a growing demand for collaboration at work, in life — but we’re creating conditions for the opposite. We’re at war with ourselves, at a cellular level, as our brains struggle to cope with requirements that are beyond the design scope. While current neuroscience makes this descending spiral brutally clear – it also offers solutions.
“Stress” is a generalization. It’s shorthand for a sense of imbalance and impending chaos. Cycle times are accelerating. Financial systems are melting. Waters are rising. So we feel stress. It’s an emotional signal of danger, and it’s one reason emotional intelligence is more important than ever. Unfortunately, stress is increasing.
Research shows stress is increasing: health problems & business costs. Empathy is decreasing to damage collaboration: The case for emotional intelligence
Very few founders, startup CEOs, board members, investors, and others supporting the entrepreneurial community actively pursue and advocate disciplined, professional leadership development. This is an enormous missed opportunity.
Entrepreneurs, especially founders and startup CEOs, need not wait to be encouraged to do this work. They should not consider their own development as a nice-to-have, an indulgence, or an unnecessary expense. They certainly should not delay until their jobs are threatened by their poor performance.
Here are seven reasons (among many) that every founder and entrepreneurial CEO should actively develop their leadership, and a question about each.
Very few entrepreneurs, board members, or investors give much thought to leadership development. That's a huge mistake.
Agility and adaptability are no longer the quirky characteristics of unusual businesses. They’re critical in delivering growth in organisations of all shapes and sizes, and in all sectors.
In order to address the challenge of agility, talented individuals are needed. New processes and procedures may have a part to play, but people must come first, freed from the chains of “how we’ve always done things”, and empowered to innovate so their organisations can adjust to a constantly changing world.
Can you afford to choose between people and process for sustainable business growth in the 21st century? Two business leaders present the case for each
Dale Carnegie was a successful and famous writer and lecturer on self-development who also developed popular courses to improve public speaking, interpersonal skills and salesmanship. He is the author of many well-received books including “How to Win Friends and Influence People”, “How to Stop Worrying and Start Living” and “Lincoln the Unknown”.
Dale Carnegie rose from a humble farm background in Missouri to become successful and renowned all over the world. He advised that you can change other people’s attitude and behavior towards you by reacting positively towards them. In this article, we look at six valuable lessons we can glean from Dale Carnegie’s life and body of work.
Dale Carnegie’s Keys To Success
Dale Carnegie was a successful and famous writer and lecturer on self-development who also developed popular courses to improve public speaking, interpersonal skills and salesmanship.
Every entrepreneur, almost by definition, sets out to change something--an inefficient market, a previously unsolvable customer problem, an ossified internal culture. Compared to what Nelson Mandela changed in his country’s political arena all that seems rather petty. But what allowed him to succeed against utterly improbable odds were the same characteristics that you need to employ in effecting lasting change in your business arena. Leading through change takes earned authority, authenticity, commitment, mastery of communication and consistency of message.
It's hard enough to change a small company, but Mandela transformed an entire continent. Here's what gave him the authority to do it.
When I think of Mandela I also think of perseverance and stead-fast faith.
What makes some people more successful in work and life than others? IQ and work ethic are important, but they don't tell the whole story. Our emotional intelligence -- the way we manage emotions, both our own and those of others -- can play a critical role in determining our happiness and success.
Plato said that all learning has some emotional basis, and he may be right. The way we interact with and regulate our emotions has repercussions in nearly every aspect of our lives. To put it in colloquial terms, emotional intelligence (EQ) is like "street smarts," as opposed to "book smarts," and it's what accounts for a great deal of one's ability to navigate life effectively.
What makes some people more successful in work and life than others? IQ and work ethic are important, but they don't tell the whole story.
A CEO and the HR function are uniquely, inexorably linked. HR actively touches every element and person in an organization. The CEO is the one person accountable for keeping all company functions aligned and moving in the right direction. And because the CEO is also the only individual who touches every element and person in an organization,
HR should be the conduit that helps or hinders these vital connections.
HR is a reflection of how a CEO sees his/her role in leading the organization’s people and culture.
If the CEO isn't accountable for a company's people and culture, who is?
It doesn’t take long for reality to set in before new managers realize that leading people is a whole new ballgame. What made them successful as individual contributors will not ensure their success as managers.
Upon promotion to a supervisory position, all first-time leaders should be issued the New Manager’s Survival Kit. This metaphorical kit includes the basic items a new manager needs to survive the transition from being an individual contributor to a people manager. This kit doesn’t include everything a new manager needs to succeed on the job just a few essential emergency relief items.
Stepping into a management role for the first time is a daunting task for anyone. Most new managers are eager to make their mark as leaders and approach their supervisory opportunity with verve.
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Not long ago, the collective might of "Chindia" was seen as a palpable force. Today, that powerhouse image has eroded as China confronts the fallout of its aggressive pace of growth and India fails to live up to its economic potential. The economic crisis has taken a toll on other economies in the Asia-Pacific region as well.
More recently, there is talk of an Asian recovery, with renewed growth in Southeast Asian economies such as Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, and Singapore. There's also a sense of optimism about the potential of some of the "tiger cub" economies, including Vietnam and Myanmar. The region seems to promise a new wave of economic revival.
The economic crisis has sharply highlighted the need for better leadership in businesses globally. That need is even more urgent in Asia, which seems poised for an economic revival.
Nobody likes getting rejected, which is one reason we often think twice before asking for a favor. If we believe we’re likely to get turned down, why bother? But recent research led by Daniel Newark, a doctoral candidate in organization studies, shows that we overestimate the chance that our requests for help will be denied — especially after we’ve been turned down before. And that suggests we should be asking for help more readily and from a wider set of people than we currently are.
Why the people you least expect to help you are the ones you should approach.
When each of us gets up in the morning, we start messing with what might as well be avatar customization tools to change our appearance. We decide what clothes and jewelry to wear, and we decide which hairs to shave and which hairs to style. Some of us occasionally make more radical alterations, such as getting tattoos, piercing various dangly bits with metal, or even going in for cosmetic surgery. In real life, though, we’re often limited in the changes we can make to appear taller, say, or more prosperous. Videogames and virtual realities, on the other hand, are more flexible.
Are you more dominant, kind, assertive, clever, or flirty depending on how your character appears in-game? Both new and old research has shown that the avatars we adopt can influence our behaviours.
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“Studies have shown that, in general, people create slightly idealized avatars based on their actual selves,” says Nick Yee, who used to work as a research scientist at the Palo Alto Research Center but who now works at Ubisoft. He should know: before joining Ubisoft Yee has spent years studying the effects of avatars on human behavior in settings such as Second Life and World Of Warcraft. “But a compensation effect has been observed. People with a higher body mass index – likely overweight or obese – create more physically idealized avatars, [which are] taller or thinner. And people who are depressed or have low self-esteem create avatars with more idealized traits, [such as being] more gregarious and conscientious.”
Other researchers have found that the ability to create idealized versions of ourselves is strongly connected to how much we enjoy the game, how immersed we become, and how much we identify with the avatar. Assistant professor Seung-A ‘Annie’ Jin, who works at Emerson College’s Marketing Communication Department, did a series of experiments with Nintendo Miis and Wii Fit.1 She found that players who were able to create a Mii that was approximately their ideal body shape generally felt more connected to that avatar and also felt more capable of changing their virtual self’s behavior – a fancy way of saying that the game felt more interactive and immersive. This link was strongest, in fact, when there was a big discrepancy between participants’ perceptions of their ideal and actual selves.
What do you write down? For most of us, writing consists of emails, task lists, and perhaps the odd work project. However, making time to write down certain things, such as our daily experiences, our goals, and our mental clutter can change the way we live our lives.
Here are six different ways that writing things down can change your life, and what you can do to get the most out of each.
Writing things down can foster a sense of achievement and progress, expanding our possibilities and increasing our productivity.
When speaking in public, make sure that what you have to say is engaging, otherwise you risk boring the crowd. Regardless of what you have to say, it will not go over well if it is boring. Practice your speech on people you know to see how the message you are giving is being received.
Time your speech. This ensures your speech fills the time you have. If it is short, get more information through research to fill your time slot. Finally, don’t rush when speaking.
Public speaking is something that many people dread. It does not have to be complicated, and in fact you can improve your skills in this area. Thankfully, you came here, and if you would like to be better at public speaking, then continue reading.
There are some recurring themes among these issues such as clear communication for alignment of objectives and employee engagement in the workplace. One solution that companies are looking into to address these issues is to revamp their performance management system. Long gone are the traditional annual performance appraisals.
Companies are looking for social, agile, and innovative ways to make performance reviews more regular with real-time feedback. Managers are becoming coaches and 1:1 coaching sessions are employee driven Managers are becoming coaches and 1:1 coaching sessions are employee driven.
It has become a known fact that nowadays, the average worker stays in each job for 4.4 years.The new wave of Generation Y workers entering the workforce will stay in a job for less than 3 years
Perfrmance management is necessary, but we can make it better and more relevant!
Aaron Levie is pacing onstage, a microphone in one hand and a coffee in the other. His Kramer-like hair bobs above his head. We’re in the lunchroom of Box's 97,000-square-foot Los Altos, California, headquarters, and a group of about 50 new Box employees, mostly in their 20s, sit on steel picnic tables facing Levie.
“There are phases in technology,” Levie announces, midway through a presentation that sounds more like a TED talk than a welcome speech. “Mainframe to PC, PC to cloud, to cloud and mobile. These things come around every 10 to 15 years, and we’re in one right now.”
He pivots and changes direction.
The improbable but beautifully executed pivot. The prescience about technological change. The insight about what users want and need. Aaron Levie, the 28-year-old CEO of the billion-dollar cloud-computing company Box, just keeps getting it right.
It’s pretty easy to guess why 40% of employees are not engaged at work. And in your own life, you’re either in the same boat or have heard the gripes, quips and complaints from others. But what about the 60% of employees that are engaged? What is it that they love about their jobs and how can you love yours, too?
That’s exactly the question asked by TINYpulse, a company providing weekly employee surveys to over 40,000 people at 300 companies located across the globe. As an advisor to the company, I was able to get a sneak peek into some of the findings TINYpulse will be publishing on employee engagement for 2013.
To reach their findings, the company surveyed their clients’ employees, asking a relatively simple open-ended question: "What do you love about your job?" TINYpulse then tabulated and analyzed the results, identifying these top five reasons people love their jobs.
The top reasons why people love their jobs and how to get job satisfaction for yourself as well.
This is such a good article! It summarizes what makes places of work so loved by all! No wonder places of work are like a second home to many of us! What endears our places of work in the cameraderie, the fact that our coleagues are but like an extended family!