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7 Seriously Hardcore Project Management Apps

7 Seriously Hardcore Project Management Apps | Business Brainpower with the Human Touch | Scoop.it


Running your own business can be hard — there’s time-tracking, invoicing, and contacts to keep track of, plus knowing what your entire team is doing (especially important if you manage a team remotely). If you’re trying to use a different solution for each one of these problems, things can easily get overwhelming (and the bill can get high!). These apps can help you stay on top of it all at once, in one spot.

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When you need to handle all the different aspects of running a business or department  (time tracking, invoicing, and project management), try one of these apps.

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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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Life Long Learning Journey ...

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

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

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


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


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

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

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

Relationship matters - and relationships do matter!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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You're Boring Millennials Out Of Your Company

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

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

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

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Why Great Leaders Are Made, Not Born

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

How do you take a presentation from good to great?

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

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

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Ways to take a presentation from good to great.

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

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

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

Great speaker and great insights!

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

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

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

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

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

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

Great advice!

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

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

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

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

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13 Things to Remember When Life Gets Rough

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

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

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13 things to remember when life gets rough.

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

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

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

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

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The best entrepreneurs are open, conscientious, and disagreeable.

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Carlos Rodrigues Cadre's curator insight, October 13, 12:43 PM

adicionar a sua visão ...

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How Strategic Is Your Board?

How Strategic Is Your Board? | Business Brainpower with the Human Touch | Scoop.it
In a world where business models are evolving rapidly and new competitors can emerge almost overnight, strategic thinking — especially at the top of the company — is more important than ever to a company’s survival. Unfortunately, boards of directors have no clear model to follow when it comes to developing the strategic role that is best suited to the company they oversee. At one extreme, the board does little more than rubber-stamp the CEO’s decisions, while at the other, the board constantly second-guesses the executive team. Neither extreme adds value.
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Many corporate boards lack clarity about their role in strategy. A structured assessment of the board’s strategic responsibilities — and how these should evolve if the company’s competitive context shifts — can change that.

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

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

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

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

Michael J Rutherford's curator insight, October 10, 1:31 PM

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

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The Limits of Friendship

The Limits of Friendship | Business Brainpower with the Human Touch | Scoop.it
Robin Dunbar came up with his eponymous number almost by accident. The University of Oxford anthropologist and psychologist (then at University College London) was trying to solve the problem of why primates devote so much time and effort to grooming. In the process of figuring out the solution, he chanced upon a potentially far more intriguing application for his research. At the time, in the nineteen-eighties, the Machiavellian Intelligence Hypothesis (now known as the Social Brain Hypothesis) had just been introduced into anthropological and primatology discourse. It held that primates have large brains because they live in socially complex societies: the larger the group, the larger the brain. Thus, from the size of an animal’s neocortex, the frontal lobe in particular, you could theoretically predict the group size for that animal.
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Study shows if you spend most of your time online, you may not get enough in-person group experience to learn how to properly interact on a large scale.

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5 Strategies To Prepare For A Difficult Conversation At Work

5 Strategies To Prepare For A Difficult Conversation At Work | Business Brainpower with the Human Touch | Scoop.it

You’ve got a tough conversation coming up. Maybe you’re giving a negative performance review, or maybe you need to deal with a personality clash that’s upsetting the whole office.


You know you need to think through this conversation beforehand, but inadequate attention is not the problem. You can’t stop thinking about this conversation. The problem is that the way you’re thinking may not be helpful.


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Before saying these four dreaded words to a colleague: "We need to talk," here's how to make a tough confrontation go smoothly.

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5 Networking Secrets From A Professional Spy

5 Networking Secrets From A Professional Spy | Business Brainpower with the Human Touch | Scoop.it

Fourteen years ago when I was working in corporate America I began wooing "Big Firm," a potential new client. I started with a cold-call letter I’d spent an embarrassing number of hours composing. It met with silence.

But like a teen boy crushing, I kept pursuing Big Firm for many awkward months, painstakingly crafting proposal after proposal. These earned me a series of thanks-but-no-thanks replies, each signed by the same guy. We’ll call him “John.”

I studied Big Firm and sussed out that John was a mid-level but well-connected player and, by all accounts, a rising star. I wrote to John directly. Another polite rebuff.

It was time to turn to the darker side of my skill set (I've been in intelligence investigations for 23 years).

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A private investigator shares his tactics for cracking even the most difficult career connection.

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How to be truly happy at work, by Chris Gaborit

How to be truly happy at work, by Chris Gaborit | Business Brainpower with the Human Touch | Scoop.it

There have been many letdowns in my life and valleys along the way. I was promised promotions from managers that never eventuated, pay raises that I never saw, and opportunities that never came.


Today, however, I am so happy and where I wanted to be. I am financially blessed and in love with life. However, life was not always so happy. What are the keys to reaching your goals and being where you want to be?


1. Commit to give 100% in all you do.

From the first time in Grade 1 when teams and captains were chosen at school, I wanted to be the captain. I have always wanted to be financially successful and be a leader. Maybe it is because we were so poor as a family that I had to ride my old bike every morning to the bakery to buy 20 cents worth of 2-day-old chook (chicken) bread, which we ended up eating, or maybe because we could not afford real milk or butter.

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Have you ever been frustrated because you are not getting the salary you are worth, not being promoted when you thought you deserved to, and had promises from employers broken?

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Ruchi Malhotra's curator insight, October 19, 11:46 PM

http://www.surrogacyivf.com/

Jose Rosario Garcia's curator insight, October 20, 10:24 AM

It seems that we need engage our employees

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How To Turn Your Career Envy Into Motivation

How To Turn Your Career Envy Into Motivation | Business Brainpower with the Human Touch | Scoop.it

Here are fives ways these experts suggest reshaping your career envy into something good.


1. Never Assume Luck


Everyone’s acting as their own best public relations specialist. Just because their star seems to rise effortlessly, doesn’t mean their path was devoid of sacrifices.


Reaching out to someone you admire--and yes, envy a little--is empowering and enlightening for both sides (and chances are, they never saw themselves as someone to envy!). Find out their process, and what unique challenges they had to face on their way to where they are. They likely made their own luck, or had a mentor that changed everything.


2. Ask Yourself Why You’re Envious

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Hating on someone else's success gets you nowhere fast. So why don't your turn that jealousy into something productive?

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The 9 Different Species of Office Lunchers

The 9 Different Species of Office Lunchers | Business Brainpower with the Human Touch | Scoop.it

Unless you are lucky enough to either work from home, or not work at all, you have to find sustenance in some way while at the office. But how we go about doing so varies quite a bit from person to person. Unlike other meals, lunch forces you to eat with, and interact, with those who may not necessarily be your friends or family. That can be awkward, and each of us respond to it differently.

For that reason, we give you the nine different types of office lunchers.

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Lunch at work forces you to eat with, and interact, with those who may not necessarily be your friends or family. Check out the different species of office lunchers.

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Why A Week Of Saying No Wasn't That Hard

Why A Week Of Saying No Wasn't That Hard | Business Brainpower with the Human Touch | Scoop.it

Many people thought last week's challenge of saying no to almost everything sounded, if not impossible, at least unwise.


After all, don't successful people say yes to everything and take chances?


Well, yes and no.


"There is a flip side to saying no," says senior editor Erin Schulte, who participated in this week's challenge. "It means you are saying 'yes' to something else more important to you. I'm okay with that trade-off."


"I think there are seasons of 'no,' and seasons of 'yes.' A challenge like this is a good reason to evaluate or reevaluate which one you might be in," she explained.


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It turns out that turning people down wasn't as hard as we thought. Here's what we loved and hated about our week of saying no.

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Top 10 TED Talks for Entrepreneurs in 2014

Top 10 TED Talks for Entrepreneurs in 2014 | Business Brainpower with the Human Touch | Scoop.it


TEDGlobal 2014 kicked off this week in Rio de Janeiro with panels focusing on how ideas, both good and bad, spread across borders. 


If you’ve yet to accumulate enough frequent-flier miles to dash off to South America for this global-minded innovation conference, you can get inspired at home by watching the following top TED Talks of the year. 


Bill and Melinda Gates: Why giving away our wealth has been the most rewarding thing we’ve done.


In 1993, Bill and Melinda Gates took a trip to Africa that changed the way they viewed what was truly valuable. The extreme poverty they witnessed then instigated a lifelong commitment to give back 95 percent of their wealth.

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Bill Gates, Edward Snowden, Larry Page, and the inventor of the World Wide Web converged on the year's hottest topics.

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Marco Favero's curator insight, October 16, 8:21 AM

aggiungi la tua intuizione ...

Viren Lall's curator insight, October 16, 11:13 AM

TED is a great resource for some inspirational stories on entrepreneurship

J.Frazier's curator insight, October 17, 9:50 AM

A great forum for insight into some pretty awesome though leader and even those not so awesome that have something provocative to say.

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How To Get The Busiest People To Reply To Your Emails

How To Get The Busiest People To Reply To Your Emails | Business Brainpower with the Human Touch | Scoop.it
There’s probably a person you admire — an author, executive, entrepreneur, artist, athlete, or anyone else interesting — who you would really enjoy interacting with but feel is way too out of your league.

The thing is, unless you’re looking to grab a coffee with someone like President Obama, you shouldn’t dismiss the idea of networking with an influential figure, says personal finance author Ramit Sethi on author and investor Tim Ferriss’ podcast.

Here’s how to get important people to read and respond to your emails — and maybe even agree to meet with you:
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How to get your busiest people to reply to your emails.


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