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As the convergence of digital technologies drives unprecedented levels of change in global marketplaces, it is very much a reality that a company must, as Bill Gates put it, “innovate or die!” In the race for relevance to future customers, the greater a company’s innovation capacity, the greater its chance of success.
So how does a firm build its power and agility in innovation? The answer is simple and, to my mind, obvious – yet, it is not the direction in which most innovation-seeking firms seem to be channeling their efforts.
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Local SMEs must wake up if they want to innovate and find a competitive edge. Do not stinge on compensation!
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Meditation rooms, unplugging, digital Sabbaths, reflection retreats, mindfulness classes--it seems like everyone is clamoring to find a pause button in the face of our always-on, socially connected, fear-of-missing-out lives.
There’s definitely something happening here with pauses, but it isn’t exactly clear that we’re putting our pauses to good use. We’d better learn how to do so in a hurry because pausing has become a crucial capability for leaders, employees, and organizations in the 21st century.
Reigning in our breakneck-paced lives requires hitting the pause button every now and then, but you may be doing it wrong.
A new study published yesterday in the American Journal of Medicine reported over the last 20 years there has been a sharp drop in Americans’ physical exercise, and an increase in average body mass index (BMI), but that average caloric intake has remained the same.
The obesity epidemic is caused by many factors, and it’s solution will have to incorporate many different strategies.
Are today's most talked about business leaders--Jobs, Bezos, Gates--a group to be admired and followed? They seem to lack the humility and lead-from-behind mentality so espoused by serious management thinkers such as Jim Collins and Bill George. Who do you want leading your company?
With a growing number of women business owners on the horizon, this information is valuable and could be moreso with a few women named to give it a better balance.
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After six years of measuring and reporting on well-being and health in the U.S., Gallup and Healthways in January 2014 decided to propel the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index to the next level. In short, we’ve given the way we measure well-being a thorough makeover. The updated survey reflects countless hours of research conducted by Gallup and Healthways experts to advance the science of well-being. This research increases the power and scope of the Well-Being Index, which now predicts more key health and business outcomes and provides more actionable insights to leaders and individuals than ever before. The revamped survey includes 27 brand new questions on everything from perceptions of physical appearance to weekly alcohol consumption; from having an inspiring leader to time spent taking vacations with loved ones. We delve into community pride and financial worry as well.
The new way to look at well-being.
You'd think it would be easy spot when you're working too hard--long hours, painful wake-ups and general exhaustion are sure tip-offs, right? The funny thing is, our bodies and minds have a funny way of adjusting to the demands we place on them, at least for awhile.
As your hours creep up and the pressure gradually intensifies, you may end up feeling like you're flying (or at least grinding it out) until one day, burnout hits with a vengeance and your health or your sanity crumbles. Rather than get to that point, wouldn't it be good if you could keep an eye out for early warning signs that your schedule and stress levels are starting to get out of whack so you can make adjustments before you collapse?
Stress can creep up on you. Keep an eye on your state of mind by watching out for these warning signs.
Some early warning signs of over-working.
What does it take to be a great leader?
Once upon a time, birth order and socioeconomic status were considered powerful determinants in who would successfully climb the ladder.
Lately, though, the focus has shifted to personal qualities.
Guiding vision, passion, and integrity are well known leadership traits. But there are lesser known leadership traits, as well--in fact, some historically have been perceived as weaknesses.
These hidden traits can be developed and nurtured to help further your career and your role as a leader, at work, in your community, or in life in general.
See if you just might have some or all of these personal qualities that lend well to leadership:
These are things you don't need to learn in books or B-schools. Build on these personal traits to become a more effective leader.
Hidden traits you can develop and nurture to advance your career and your role as leader.
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Strong negotiation skills are hugely advantageous throughout one’s life, from the boardroom to the bar. These skills largely rest on your ability to back up your words with physical actions that exude openness, honesty, and confidence. This fosters trust and increases the other party’s desire to react cooperatively and reach agreement.
According to psychologists and a recent study from language experts Gengo, body language and non-verbal communications has a greater impact in a discussion than the actual words that you say.
Never sure what to do with your hands or where to look? Your crossed legs and habit of close-talking could be working against your words.
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Also some great tips for competitive intelligence collectors at trade shows. Or those in Sales and Marketing. And don't forget they're reading your body too.
I enjoyed reading this article, it gave me some knowledge on how to negotiate with people. I believe further in life this will become valued knowledge.
I have been staying with my parents recently, while my house is being renovated. I have also been breaking out in hives.
They appear in the evening, soon after my dad starts clearing his throat over and over while reading in his study. I start to itch furiously when my mom, every half-hour or so, slowly opens the door to the room where I am writing, peers in and cheerfully chirps, "How's it going?"
I have wonderful parents, and I love them, but after spending last weekend away from them—with zero hives!—I had a troubling thought: Am I allergic to them?
Experts use the term "social allergens" to describe behaviors or habits that drive others nuts. Some of these actions begin to annoy us soon after we meet someone. Others get to us slowly and surely over time.
Experts call annoying habits 'social allergens' and advise you to ask: Was it intentional? Was it directed at me personally?
Other people's habits can be really annoying whilst our own habits are fine!!!!
Recently, a number of analysts and editorialists have attempted to tackle the much-debated question: are degrees and advanced degrees worth it?
With the jury still out, Glassdoor and market research firm Harris Interactive asked nearly 1,000 U.S. employees about their own opinions on the value of higher education.
A large majority of respondents--82 percent--said that their undergraduate degree has, indeed, helped to boost their career. However, when it comes to further acquiring the skills they need for their job, 72 percent of employees said they value specialized training over earning a degree.
Employees responding to a Glassdoor survey said they believe they're more likely to advance with greater skills and experience.
Last Spring my college son asked me to proofread his resume and critique his cover letter. I scanned his resume but told him I had no idea how to help him with a cover letter. He pointed to my years of experience in writing cover letters, and still I balked.
Here is the problem. My son was applying for jobs that not only did not exist when I was in high school, but they did not exist when he was in high school. These are companies that measure their tenure in months, rather than years. Their dress codes are not established, their cultures are fluid and there is no clear career path. For parents who have mortgages, tuition payments and IRAs in mind, this can be a scary, or at least unsettling thing. But it shouldn’t be.
Parents need to understand that their young-adult children don’t want to go to work at a great company they want to create one.
A simple view of negotiation presents a cold transaction between what one person has and what the other person is willing to pay for it. If the price is right, the deal gets done.
As anyone who has recently bought a car or sold a house knows, however, negotiations are rarely so dispassionate. As soon as the checkbook comes out a flood of emotions comes out with it—fear, anxiety, competiveness, anger, annoyance—all of which can influence what either side is willing to accept.
HBS Senior Lecturer Andy Wasynczuk, a former negotiator for the New England Patriots, explores the sometimes intense role that emotions can play in negotiations.
These are Daley's tips for creating a collaborative culture.
1. Play musical chairs. When 4moms started, marketers, engineers, supply-chain managers, and industrial designers sat in their respective departments. But soon they began to rearrange themselves into project-focused, cross-functional teams. Rather than send them all back to their offices, Daley says, the company embraced the idea, because it brought conversations about product form and appearance into the process earlier, a "big part of making a product successful. We're tripling our lab space because this is the way people like to work."
4moms busted down departmental walls to boost team collaboration and create the first robotic stroller.
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The workplace is a melting pot of personalities--no surprise there! All types of employees must work together and are expected to overcome personal differences to reach a common goal. But ethics, cultural norms, and temperament can sometimes cause friction.
Let's discuss temperament. All employee groups will exhibit two main types: introverts and extroverts. Each type can interact very differently in the workplace. One may be better suited for leadership than the other. But can you always tell which is which?
How do you manage different personality types to accomplish the mission?
We focus on completing the task at hand, fighting for the next promotion, outperforming a colleague. But there are many seemingly minor actions that can have a major impact on your career’s trajectory. Ignore them and you risk arriving on a shore you didn’t choose, or worse, capsizing on an unexpected reef! Here are 5 career mistakes that can negatively impact your career down the road:
1. Network only within your company. Most people are aware of the value of networking.
Too many of us navigate our careers like we’re paddling across a lake, not sailing across an ocean. We are short-sighted when making decisions.
Want to gain an edge in your working life? Learning new skills online doesn’t cost you anything but time.
Based on data from online education platform Coursera, we compiled a list of the 12 most popular, free online classes for working professionals.
Here they are, ranked by popularity.
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Based on my experience in working for companies and studying people at all levels, these are my top 5 keys to not losing your job.
1. You Need to Have Drive
If you were a car, what kind of car would you be, a 1962 Mini, a 1960 VW Kombi, a Mustang, or a Porsche? Although Minis and Kombis are cute and good for cruisin', to not lose your job, you need to become a Mustang or Porsche. It’s the people with drive, torque, and power and who work harder, achieve, come early, leave late, make the highest number of calls, sales, and complete projects on time who are most likely to keep their jobs.
2. Always Say YES
There is a lot of talk about how to get a job but how do you not lose your job? What does it take to keep your job? What sort of person do you need to be? What things do you need to do?Based on my
To find out exactly what these signs are, and what they really mean, BusinessNewsDaily asked employees in a variety of fields how they know it’s time to move on. From not being able to get out of bed in the morning to dreaming about your cubicle every night, here are the top 10 signs that it’s time to quit your job:
Extreme boredom — Sure, some days at work are more exciting than others, but if you find that every day in the office is a snooze-fest, it may be time to find a new gig.
Boredom is the number one sign that it’s time to throw in the towel.
It's a dilemma many workers face — how to know when it’s time to quit. Boredom is the number one sign that it’s time to throw in the towel.
You’re a more-than-qualified professional ready to take on the job market, and although you know the job search can be highly competitive, you believe your experience, online reputation and accomplishments will make you a shoe-in at any organization. There’s just one problem: No one is calling you back.
This is an all-too-common story in the job search saga. With an average of 250 resumes received per corporate job opening, it's clear that employers are looking for a little something extra in applicants — and perhaps the key factor you’re missing is emotional intelligence.
Employees with emotional intelligence can instantly take the temperature of the room and adjust to different personalities.
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While we all expect setbacks and challenges in work and life, sometimes they’re beyond epic. Perhaps you lost your job a year ago or you’re about to run out of money. Maybe you flunked your certification exam for the third time and everyone knows about it. Or it could be that your angry rant went viral, and now all of your coworkers are either whispering about you or shunning you entirely.
An occasional disaster does happen for most of us, either in our professional or personal lives. And while it’s not helpful for someone to say, “Well, at least you didn’t [insert something worse],” many people have been through unimaginable hardships.
Don't bury your head in the sand when challenged by hardship. Here's how the most resilient face off against life's toughest tests and win.
The skills required to bounce back from a major professional trauma are remarkably similar to those necessary for resilience in virtually any other area of life. Here’s what highly resilient people do in the face of adversity:
There is a particular, awful feeling you get working in a company that is sinking. You can tell the minute you walk in the door that the energy is off. If you pay attention to the vibe you get on a job interview, you’ll know when a company is broken. People don’t look you in the eye. No one wants to be there, but you might take the job regardless if you’re out of other options.
Here are 9 HR policies rooted in fear and guaranteed to drive smart and capable people into the arms of competitors.
Are you working properly?
Are we doing all we can to keep our good ones? This definitely applies to education, too.
If you're on the hunt for a new position that will let you shine, practice demonstrating these top seven traits that CEOs look for in star employees.
Your resume can get you the interview. But these traits can get you hired:
No one wants to work with an unhappy person. Negativity, unnecessary drama, and melancholy attitudes can bring the entire company down, so although your own personal happiness may not seem important when applying for a job, it most certainly is. Happiness also reflects your ability to tackle challenges without becoming discouraged. If you show the hiring CEO that you're a positive, mentally healthy person, your chances of becoming the company's next star employee will vastly improve.
A resume will get them in the door. But what about their personality? Here's what you need to look for in a new hire.
Giving actionable EP feedback marks you as a great leader. From our interviews, consensus emerged on what constitutes truly constructive criticism:
Strike while the iron is hot. Deliver the feedback when your employee is most receptive to receiving it: either right before he might blunder or right after he did. For example, upon returning from a conference, Tara, a new addition to Anand's team, got this direction on how to better represent the company in the future: "Look, this job requires a lot of networking. I see, when I take you to events, that you're not mingling except with people on your team. I want you to come back from these gatherings with a stack of business cards. I want you to forge at leave five new relationships and follow up on each of them, because as a member of this team, it's important that potential clients know you personally."
Giving feedback on touchy topics is a vitally important element in developing and retaining talent within an organization
Well, in my experience, the profile of the top performing salespeople is changing. And fast! As I built the HubSpot sales team over the last 6 years, I probably hired close to 200 salespeople. It amazes me, even in that short period, how the profile of the industry’s top performers has shifted. Here are four habits that today’s top performers exhibit that yesterday’s top performers did not.
#1: They are Data Jocks
Historically sales managers have taken extraordinary strides to measure the performance of their salespeople… and salespeople have avoided these tactics like the plague. “What I do cannot be measured. It is an art form.”Today’s top sales performers love the data. To them, data represents the blue print to excellence. They want to know:
What does a top performing sales person look like? Seriously. Picture him or her in your mind. How do they dress? Are they attractive? Are they eloquent speakers? What do they do in their free time?
There are certainly a few really good points here.
On the eve of her promotion, the highest ranking woman in Naval history spoke with Forbes about innovative teams, how to help employees stay committed, and what she’s learned from a caffeine habit.
Can an organization more than two centuries old built on tradition and hierarchy learn things from the private sector?
If you want to innovate, first take a hard look at yourself–and be flexible about making changes.
Catherine Hoke (CEO of DEFY VENTURE'S) says She was desperate to “fill a seat” instead of postponing the search and spending time to find the right person for the job, she admits.
“We ended up compromising, hiring people that didn’t have the attributes I was looking for,” Hoke says. “[It] becomes more costly in the long run.” If a candidate doesn’t have the skills but does have the traits for the job, they can grow into the position, she says. (For example, a salesperson better be a closer, and an assistant needs to be detail oriented.) Having to fire someone sets the organization back and is unpleasant, Hoke says. “[The] pain could be avoided on the front end.”
Everyone says they want to start with a great team, but when you don’t have the infrastructure, that’s hard to do,