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Are you running a technology business? Or do you have tech people on staff? Tech people aren't cheap, and there can be demand for certain skills can be high. Every business would love to have a loyal, hardworking, skilled set of tech workers for less money than they currently have, right? How can you do this? Telecommuting.
A new study by GetVOIP says that, on average, tech workers would be willing to take a 7.9 percent pay cut in order to have the privilege of working from home.
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Over the past few decades, enormous amounts of effort (and dollars) have gone into understanding how the mind works. This is good news for you, especially when it comes to public speaking, which requires getting into the minds (and hearts) of an audience. Neuroscience research offers loads of insights that every business person ought to apply to presentations.
Here are eight rules, based upon conversations with Stephen M. Kosslyn, former chair of the psychology department at Harvard University, and what he knows about the brain.
Giving memorable and persuasive presentations is more than an art. It's brain science.
The last decade of entrepreneurship has taken place within a rapidly changing environment of growth, struggle, triumph and confusion. The cornerstones relied upon in the past for small business stability and growth have crumbled, leaving an expensive hodgepodge of misguided efforts and bipolar business strategies.
Fundamentally, sales and marketing behaviors are no longer the same. Technology changes have made accurate access to complex business answers easier than ever. Data systems are faster and more people have smarter phones with faster access to the internet. Things we used to wonder about are now quickly answered by an audio search on Google. Business is no longer about having inside access to sales information.
Business is now about having rich conversations with global audiences. Here are four winning attitudes for success at a time of great change.
Creativity is a chaotic place to be and for managers this is not where they want to be. They want certainty, but the real certainty is in uncertainty. This requires conversations and embracing the uncertainty along the way. Consider the way we hold curriculum as a plan that leads to learning. When learning does happen, it is because the classroom is a chaotic places where great conversations happen and bring meaning and life to inert outcomes.
Social changes make it easier than ever to build and maintain relationships that matter. External boundaries such as time zones, location and means of communication have rapidly evolved. People can now share pictures, video, quick thoughts or even their current location with thousands of individuals with just a few clicks of a button. Business is now about rich conversations with an audience all over the world
A manager who regularly steps in to solve a problem for an employee may think that he or she is helping. In fact, this well-intentioned manager is actually limiting – and hurting – the employee. The effective manager enables employees to utilize the full depth and range of their intellect and capabilities. In this article, readers will learn how managers can do that.
What are the vital few differences between Diminishers and Multipliers leaders, and what impact do they have on organizations?”
Competitors are a nice easy target to blame for your lack of success. This is an easy little excuse for avoiding greatness that takes very little effort to think up. “Well, they came up with this idea and now we’re playing catch up…” But why are you playing catch up? Why were you not leading the way in the first place? The answer is you were pretty comfortable with where you were at and were not pushing yourself in the way that your competitor was. Your competitor meanwhile was not sat in his or her comfort zone. In fact your competitor was working on the edge. Your competitor was flying by the seat of his pants. Your competitor was way outside their comfort zone. That’s why they were able to get ahead of you. You can bet that your competitor loves this.
How Your Comfort Zone Can Be Your Real Competitor.
Research has found about 9 zillion things you can do to increase happiness. Of course, you’re probably not doing any of them.
So you want to start? You want something insanely easy to do that research has demonstrated over and over again works.
To be fair, most people don’t really do much to deliberately make their lives happier.
What's the simple thing that most people naturally do in the world to make them so happy?
An article to savour.
One of the most astounding facts about the the creation of memories is that it is the result of a biochemical reaction that takes place inside neurons, one particularly common among neurons responsible for our senses. Scientists have recently discovered that our short-term memory — also known as “working memory,” the kind responsible for the “chunking” mechanism that powers our pattern-recognition and creativity — is localized to a few specific areas of the brain. The left hemisphere, for instance, is mostly in charge of verbal and object-oriented tasks. Even so, however, scientists remain mystified by the specific distribution, retrieval, and management of memory.
Are you interested in seeking to understand the seemingly mysterious workings of human memory? Very interesting read.
Ideas like this are absolutely crucial for teachers to know about. This article could be a good way to reform the lesson plans of one teacher, many, or even the way the U.S. public education system works as a whole. Definitely something I will take into consideration as I work towards my desired career.
How do companies create value and achieve competitive advantage in an age of great complexity? This is a question we constantly ask ourselves as we go about our work of helping chief executives and their leadership teams build successful businesses.
When we reflect on our work with the companies we have helped over the years—five hundred or more in all kinds of industries in more than forty countries—what we remember most vividly is rarely the specific problem that caused a business leader to call us in.
Conventional management theories and practices are no match for the dizzying complexity that so many managers face. There’s a better approach. It’s called smart simplicity.
Study, work hard, and you will be successful.
This was the mantra repeated by educators throughout my youth. None of them added "be happy" to the success equation.
But a growing body of research in positive psychology and neuroscience is demonstrating that happiness is the secret ingredient to success. It turns out, our brains are more engaged, creative, productive, and resilient when in a positive state.
All this unhappiness comes with a high price tag to businesses, costing more than $550 billion a year in lost productivity. In his book, Donovan identifies 60 simple steps individuals can take to improve their happiness and get back on the path to success. Here are six of the top things happy workers do:
Hard work and skills will only get you so far. The most successful people also find joy in working life. It's not as difficult as it may seem.
The secret sauce for success? Finding happiness in our work -- even simple things -- makes a difference.
Doing what you love can make you happy-- finding a way to make money while doing what you love is even better!
If you don't enjoy what you do it is very difficult to be successful. There are ways to re-frame the way that you look at things to help you focus on what is important to you.
It has increasingly become accepted that emotional intelligence is an important factor in our success and happiness, not only at work, but in our relationships and all areas of our lives.
So what sets emotionally intelligent people apart? Here are seven habits that people with high EI have:
1. They Focus on the Positive
While not ignoring the bad news, emotionally intelligent people have made a conscious decision to not spend a lot of time and energy focusing on problems. Rather, they look at what is positive in a situation and look for solutions to a problem. These people focus on what they are able to do and that which is within their control.
People with high emotional intelligence tend to do better at work. So what habits do they have that set them apart?
The Learning Factor, Asia Pacific’s leader in Training Outsourcing, announced today that it has been included in the 2014 Training Outsourcing Companies Watch List. This is the seventh year that TrainingIndustry.com has identified the Training Outsourcing Companies Watch List.
The Learning Factor, Asia Pacific’s leader in Training Outsourcing, announced today that it has been included in the 2014 Training Outsourcing Companies Watch List.
Google the phrase “assertiveness training” and over 700,000 possibilities will pop up. Thanks to Sheryl Sandberg, “lean in” is the new mantra for women—and judging from the search options, it appears that every second person is either worrying about being a doormat, or working as a life coach.
We take it as truth that how assertive or unassertive we are affects every aspect of our lives, including work and relationships. Culturally, we link assertiveness to success, leadership, and getting ahead, but still, there’s ambivalence: Look up “assertive” in the dictionary and you’ll see its synonym is “aggressive.”
Don’t rely on your own perception of how assertive or unassertive you are; it’s not likely to be accurate. New research shows who really gets ahead.
It’s a pattern with which most full-time professionals are familiar–you’re spending increasing amounts of time at your desk, but it feels like you’re getting less done. The hours stretch on, the to-do list grows, and you find yourself facing a future where you might let go of your apartment and just start keeping a toothbrush and slippers in your desk. Otherwise you’ll never get it all done—right?
It’s an understandable assumption. Most people feel they have too much to do at work, and the time-space continuum did not change when people started using organizational buzzwords like “multi-tasking.”
Want to leave work at 5pm and still get everything done? Learn how.
One of the reasons launching a startup appeals to a lot of people is that being your own boss--and the boss of others--is a lot more appealing than than being an employee.
But just because you're the boss doesn't mean the problems go away. In fact, there seem to be more--clients, employees, investors, regulations--and sometimes, the biggest problem is you. Here are a few ways to tell if some of your so-called problems could easily be fixed by changing your behavior and attitude.
Face it, sometimes you're the cause of a lot of problems in your office.
As I read, I thought the points applied well to school. The managers I worked for did not want teachers to have opposing view. When I retired, I was told not to tell anyone. I told who I wanted to and my employer was one of the last to be told. There is a culture that insists on dependency in schools that is not healthy
Over my career, I have been blessed and I have been cursed. I have been blessed when managed, coached and trained in business, sports and life by some of the world’s best leaders. However at times I have also been cursed by being managed, trained and coached by some of the world’s worst leaders.
The best leaders brought out the best in me and helped me to excel. The worst strangled my creativity and questioned my abilities, which robbed me of confidence and courage.
What was it that those amazing leaders had that made me develop so much, excel in my skills and abilities and ultimately succeed? The secret is an encouraging spirit.
What kind of leader are you - An Encouraging Leader or a Critical Leader?
There's no denying that a job interview can be incredibly stressful.
Most candidates secretly fear that nerves will get the best of them, making them lose their composure and, ultimately, the job.
One misstep during an interview doesn’t necessarily mean you’re out the door, but it’s always best to make sure you’re prepared to avoid mistakes.
Two hiring experts shared six things you shouldn’t do during a job interview, and what you should be doing instead.
Bosses all over the Western world have been warned. Unless they make allowances for the religious faiths of their ever more diverse workforces, they will suffer lawsuits, official rebukes and protests from staff. Employees increasingly expect to be able, for example, to dress in accordance with their faith while at work, and be given appropriate times and places for prayer.
Toxic managers are a fact of life. Some managers are toxic most of the time; most managers are toxic some of the time. Knowing how to deal with people who are rigid, aggressive, self-centered or exhibit other types of dysfunctional behaviour can improve your own health and that of others in the workplace. This author describes the mechanisms for coping.
Toxic managers dot the landscape in most organizations, making them seem, at times, like war zones. These managers can complicate your work, drain your energy, compromise your sanity, derail your projects and destroy your career. Your ability to deal with these corporate land mines will have a significant impact on your career. Those who are able to recognize toxic managers quickly and understand what makes them tick will be in the best position to protect themselves. Difficult managers are a fact of life and how they affect your life depends upon the skills you develop to deal with them.
Toxic managers are a fact of life. Some managers are toxic most of the time; most managers are toxic some of the time. Learn how to deal with them.
Every organisation has toxic managers - some thoughts on how to deal with them.
Are you a toxic manager? Do you known one? Understand your personnality and have sincere feed=back from your team is important to identify such toxic elements. With individual feedbacks as well as team leadership survey, we can easily identify, and train people in conflict management...
Article is a bit long, but tables give a quick summary. Bottom line, developing your emotional intelligence is the best way of dealing with toxic managers.
Highly confident people believe in their ability to achieve. If you don’t believe in yourself, why should anyone else put their faith in you? To walk with swagger and improve your self-confidence, watch out for these15 things highly confident people don’t do.
Highly confident people believe in their ability to achieve. If you don't believe in yourself, why should anyone else put their faith in you?
There are many ways to distance yourself from the crushing tidal wave that is your work inbox. You can, for instance, impose an email sabbatical, which is supposed to be good for your mental health. Or you can plow through all of your emails in one go with the savvy use of search filters.
Now, there's a new lifehack for dealing with email 24/7, and it might just be our favorite yet: Move to France. The Guardian reports that the country's workers unions just imposed a ban that forbids employees from attending to "work-related material on their computers or smartphones" after they clock out for the day:
Now, there's a new lifehack for dealing with email 24/7, and it might just be our favorite yet: Move to France.
I wonder if this idea could be implemented into the U.S. public education system. I'm a strong believer in being a well rounded person, and devoting time each day to something you actually WANT to do, just for the sake of doing it! So much time seems to be devoted to things that you HAVE to do, and it's painful to realize.
Now thats a good idea; too much time is spent batting emails backwards and forwards to colleagues, partners, customers and clients. So many issues can be sorted out by conversation, either face to face or by telephone, but with the availability of email, and the fact that we can communicate when we want without a thought about the person we are communicating with means it has become the easiest and most popular method of conversation in the workplace. The downside is that we can spend entire days just responding to emails and never find time to be creative or innovative.
By having a general shutdown/shutoff point for everyone within an organisation, it will force the more traditional methods of communication to come into play, and also give timeout to employees with out the usual feelings of guilt associated with working late/ Well done FRANCE !
Innovation often comes from having an eclectic approach. It’s less about expertise and more about minds that can think through details while focusing on the bigger picture. It’s about having an aptitude for both the qualitative and the quantitative. It’s also about the ability to mesh a wild idea with reality, and the fortitude to bring it to market.
The potential for innovation in your company increases when you have employees who demonstrate unrestrained thinking and the ability to connect seemingly disparate ideas. Is it possible to identify the people with these capabilities during a first interview? Absolutely—if you know what you look for and if you’re armed with the right questions.
Find out before it’s too late if you’re recruiting a trailblazer or an imposter.
Someone can do very well in college and not have what it takes to succeed in the real world – and vice versa. Bock went on to say that an increasing proportion of people hired at Google these days don’t have college degrees. Bock then shared the five criteria Google does use when evaluating job candidates. I was struck not only by the list, but by the order. Here’s my understanding of what he said, and why it’s important for any job seeker:
What makes a great job candidate these days? You may be surprised to hear what the folks at Google think.
There is popular cartoon going around, that plays off of a popular quote, that has a bunch of animals (students) lined up in front of a tree. A presenter (teacher) commands them to climb the tree. Obviously the array of animals, including a fish in a bowl, monkey, elephant, and cat, will all have varying abilities to accomplish the task. The bottom reads "Our educational system". There is a bit of truth to that, I think, which is why I advocate the introduction of practical skills into the education system. Learning to balance your checkbook and do your taxes is more important to some students, where advanced calculus may be more appealing to some as well.
"Ability to Learn" #1 criteria for being hired at Google?
Most of us are busy — and probably busier than we’d like to be. Between work, family, friends, staying healthy, and having fun, there’s just so much to do! Thankfully, technology offers several great ways to save you time. In fact, not only do the tools below save you time, but they save you time on some of the tasks you probably like the least. Read on to discover how you can be saving hours a week.
Eliminate the most tedious tasks on your to-do list with these nifty tools.
Awesome tools -- I can't wait to test drive!
Do you have any tools that you or your organization use to save time, and boost productivity? Would love to hear from you.
Until next time....PS - Live on Purpose!
Great leaders come in many different shapes and sizes. They have different experience, skills and knowledge that shape what they are able to do. This can make emulating a great leader challenging; as it is hard to know what the characteristics are that truly make that person great. There are however a number of different characteristics that may be seen as common to many of the truly great leaders out there, past and present.
Much has been written about leadership. There are whole industries based on leadership learning and development and lots of research into what makes great leaders successful. One way to understand what makes a great leader great is to learn it from those leaders themselves, most of whom have a fair bit to say on the subject. Here are the top seven features of great leaders, as identified by leaders who have at some time or another been described as “great” by their followers, using their own words to explain what makes great leaders great:
What Are The 7 Top Features Of Great Leaders?
Are you looking for the secret path to a successful life? Something you can find out there in the world – if you just keep searching for it. You see, most people make the mistake of looking outward for success opportunities.
However, the easiest and most rewarding path to success is looking within. Discovering what you have to offer to the world that nobody else can. Finding your own unique talents and sharing them in a meaningful way.
So here is a little run down on the importance of finding your true talents.
Most people never find their natural talents and strength. If you want to be successful, discovering your uniqueness is not a nice bonus – it’s a necessity.
Alternate reality game" is the term du jour for what used to be called "playing make-believe with your friends outside." The main difference is that ARGs are designed by professionals, aimed at adults, and usually harness the Internet and mobile phone technology to create their fantasy worlds as virtual "layers" over the real world. Run an Empire is a new ARG app that challenges you to conquer territory and defend it from rivals, rather like the classic strategy game Risk--but the territory is your own neighborhood, and the only way to conquer it is to walk or run around it with your own two feet.
Check out this smartphone reality game where players compete to capture and maintain control of as much of their local territory as possible. To capture somewhere you have to run (or jog, or walk) around it.