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Any book lover can tell you: diving into a great novel is an immersive experience that can make your brain come alive with imagery and emotions and even turn on your senses. It sounds romantic, but there’s real, hard evidence that supports these things happening to your brain when you read books.
We make photos in our minds, even without being prompted:
Reading books and other materials with vivid imagery is not only fun, it also allows us to create worlds in our own minds. But did you know that this happens even if you don’t mean it to? Researchers have found that visual imagery is simply automatic. Participants were able to identify photos of objects faster if they’d just read a sentence that described the object visually, suggesting that when we read a sentence, we automatically bring up pictures of objects in our minds.
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Rumors and speculation abound when it comes to discussions about CEO succession at high-profile companies such as Ford, Proctor & Gamble, and Cisco Systems. “That’s because succession planning processes are not transparent and may be less systematic than you would expect,” says Stanford Graduate School of Business faculty member David Larcker, who codirected this new study about CEO succession by The Rock Center for Corporate Governance at Stanford University and The Institute of Executive Development (IED).
The study is based on in-depth interviews with executives and directors at 20 companies regarding their succession and executive development practices. The researchers found that only 46% of respondents have a formal process for developing successor candidates for key executive positions. What’s more, only 25% of respondents agreed that there was an adequate pool of ready successor candidates for the CEO position at their companies.
When it comes to hiring, more organizations are casting a wide net to find top talent. As such, they are incorporating technology into their recruiting processes.
It’s just not practical for companies to fly every potential candidate to their headquarters for an interview in person, so today’s job seekers need to be prepared for a recruiter to say the words "video interview." It can seem intimidating, especially if you’re not happy about the way you look on camera. But with these expert tips, you can learn to master the logistics of the video interview and spend your time focusing instead on wowing the company.
More and more employers are relying on video interviews to screen candidates. Here are some tips on how to rock an on-screen job interview.
I remember meeting Dr. Stephen R. Covey during my days as a corporate manager. It was at a training conference that ran for about two days straight, and I was blown away by his ability to captivate the crowd, present salient details, and whip through a presentation.
The author and speaker, who wrote The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People in 1989, died tragically in a bike accident in 2012. His son, Stephen M.R. Covey, has continued the legacy of disseminating productivity strategies in the workplace and is also a book author and speaker. Recently, I talked to him about his latest research on how to stay efficient at work.
The 25-year-old business book is still supremely relevant but the number of distractions fighting for your attention might make you work a little harder.
“Intuition is real; it comes from memory,” he says. “The brain is always searching for things you’ve known or experienced that are similar to what you’re experiencing now. When it identifies one, it gives you that feeling of intuition or deja vu.”
But the memory could come from anywhere, including a past experience, a friend’s past experience, or even the plot line from a movie, says Duggan. “If you think the feeling through, you might be able to identify where it’s coming from,” he says. “If it’s coming from a science fiction movie you saw when you were 13, it might be a bad idea to listen to it.”
That "gut feeling" is real, researchers say--but do you know the difference between basic, expert, and strategic intuition?
This is the age of instant communication, and a good example of it is how within the reach of a click, we can “skype-dive” into the room of someone else, living thousands of kilometers away. Businesses flourish everyday, coming out of networks of collaborators, scattered in many countries and geographies, permanently engaged in constant processes of communication, via Skype, Whatsapp, Twitter, Facebook, mail.
Due to constant technological innovation, it is now extremely easy to speak to others, regardless of where you are. Who doesn’t recognize this scene: you are seating at your desk, having in front of you your laptop. To your right side is your iPhone, on the other side, your tablet. While you check your emails, you suddenly have John on Skype. Then Elise calls you on Facetime, whereas Christian demands your attention by using Whatsapp. How to properly communicate with all these people, demanding your personal attention to different issues, at precisely the same moment?
12 Sentences to Improve Your Communication.
Very true! Great sentences to use every day!
Excellent article that captures it well. When I was doing training on reflective listening and interviewing skills, we got into the practice of using these 12 sentences and gradually they become incorporated into everything that you do - all aspects of your life and certainly aid in clarity of communication. Try them! You will be amazed.
"Power is my mistress. I have worked too hard at her conquest to allow anyone to take her away from me." --Napoleon Bonaparte, 1804
Research over the past two decades has established the panoptic effect of power on people. Put simply: Power changes people. People who rise to the tops of companies and other organizations tend to prioritize their own goals and desires above those of others, fail to take other people's perspectives into account, tend to disregard other people's feelings and are, well, less polite. They act to preserve their power, sometimes aggressively, when they feel that it is threatened.
A Stanford Business School professor explains why you must address conflict within your management team.
Picture this: You need to quickly fix an image and you loathe the thought of launching your desktop app. Or—same situation—except you’re not in front of your own computer. Do you leave that poor, underexposed shot as is? Or just forget about it? Of course not.
Online image editors, which operate directly in the browser, are there to rescue any shot quickly and easily. Here are nine online imaging tools that can perform photographic heavy lifting for you on any platform. Upload images directly from the computer, pull them off your social networks and send them back there, or retrieve them from online storage sites like Flickr and Picasa.
Online image editors, which operate directly in the browser, are there to rescue any shot quickly and easily. Here are nine online imaging tools that can perform photographic heavy lifting for you on any platform.
Sure, running a business is about maximizing the bottom line, but few entrepreneurs care only about the dollars and cents. For most, going into work every day is also about making the world a slightly better place and helping your team get better at what they do.
In other words, most business owners aspire to be not just managers but coaches.
How do you learn to be a great coach?
A new study finds that great coaches don't focus on finding and fixing their team's weaknesses. They do this instead.
Rather than focussing on what isn't working take a more positive approach and focus on where people want to get to. The results are more rewarding all round.
The research shows that focusing on the desired future lights up the visual cortex ( amongst others). Visual coaching is a great vehicle to build on this.
Rather than viewing work as a stressful obligation, or a means of getting rich, my work was a game I chose to play.
I wanted my work to be a game I would willingly play. I thought back on the activities I repeatedly played throughout my life because they were fun and I was good at them:
I started setting aside 20 minutes each day to play one of my games. I’d come up with a fun project that allowed me to do work I cared about. The project could be small (assembling furniture, drawing a funny picture) or ambitious (learning a guitar solo, writing my first book). As long as I gave myself 20 minutes each day to work on something personally rewarding, I was happy. It gave me an internal paycheck.
What do Steve Jobs, Bob Dylan, and Plato all have in common? Apart from being some of the most influential people in history, all of them thought of work as a game.
With so much uncertainty in the current job market, asking for a promotion can be more stressful than ever. No thoughtful employee wants to come off as overly-ambitious and in certain situations, rocking the boat at the wrong time can create unwanted tension.
However, if you’ve determined that now is the time to ask for that raise or promotion, you should plan your opening ahead of time. According to Forbes, many employees are denied promotions because they fail to phrase their requests in an effective manner.
Asking For A Promotion? 6 Things Your Boss Needs To Hear You Say
Not every job is going to be your dream job, and sometimes sticking it out in a less-than-desirable position could be necessary to rise up the corporate ladder.
But after time, some jobs may not be worth the effort you're putting in or the negative effects on your health and wellbeing.
How do you know it's time to call it quits? Here are 10 key signs you should quit your job and move on.
How do you know when it's time to quit your job? Here are the key signs it's time to move on.
What is it about millennials that captivates the minds of older folk like me, tantalizing and infuriating them at the same time? You’d think that an older generation had never given way to a younger one before, except that this is the same basic motion that has spared our species from extinction for a million years or more.
Have we forgotten what parents said about their kids in the fifties, when the kids started rockin’ out to Bill Haley and the Comets?
The millennial generation is the canary in the coal mine for the old working world. It is going away anyway — millennials are only calling our attention to it, and maybe pushing the pace a little.
In 2011, a game called Foldit caused a sensation by solving a decades-old scientific mystery in just three weeks. Scientists have long struggled to determine the structure of a monkey enzyme that played a critical role in how the AIDS virus matured and spread. Knowing its structure would help in the development of drugs to fight the virus.
The online folding protein game, which was created by computer scientists at the University of Washington, challenged thousands of gamers worldwide to come up with the enzyme’s structure in exchange for points and rankings. Even though most gamers had little or no background in biochemistry, the approach worked. “These results indicate the potential for integrating video games into the real-world scientific process,” according to a paper by Foldit creators and players published in the journal, Nature Structural & Molecular Biology, in September 2011.
Criticism of managers who use workplace games to promote productivity has been gaining steam lately -- how can businesses use games effectively?
Here's an interesting contradiction: According to a survey from executive team consultancy Gap International, executives overwhelmingly agree that talent can make or break a company; yet only a minority actually say they invest in leadership development programs.
How important is maximizing a company's talent? Very, said 85 percent of execs surveyed. In addition, 83 percent said the same of empowering employees to succeed. The problem: the "maximization" bar is set too low.
Only 37 percent of leaders surveyed said they believe their employees can become top performers. What's more, less than half said they would "invest innovation efforts" in leadership development or employee performance training this year.
If talent is so important, why aren't more companies investing in leadership development?
If you haven’t had a bad boss before, consider yourself lucky--most people have had at least one in their lives. Narcissistic, bullying, arrogant, backstabbing--just a few of their traits that can make your life a living hell. So what steps can you take to navigate out of this dystopian work environment?
1. Work on your escape plan
The first thing to do is come up with an escape plan. You need to get out before you have all of your emotional energy sucked out of you. Consider what you need to do to not only to keep your sanity, but also develop your skills and use your current job to get to the next level.
Working for a horrible boss can leave some serious emotional scars unless you keep them from making your work life miserable. Here are five tips for keeping your sanity.
I had the opportunity to attend the keynote presentation of Sara Blakely, Founder of Spanx. In her one-hour talk, Sara highlighted her fascinating journey from launching a start-up with $5000 in savings to becoming the youngest self-made female billionaire in history. Anyone who’s heard Sara’s story knows it’s exhilarating and motivating, but to see her live brings a new dimension to her story. She’s fresh, exuberant, funny and completely passionate about helping women feel and look their best, and about reforming all of the misguided trends that have kept in women in painful and ill-fitting undergarments over the last 50 years.
Here are the top 10 lessons I learned from Sara’s journey from fax machine saleswoman to entrepreneurial superstar
I was so inspired this morning when I read this article. That you are a female or male this article is worth the read!
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The popular image of the business burnout involves somebody who's been busting their hump too hard for too long. It's an image of a somewhat virtuous fatigue, and something brought on by hard, hard work--to the victim's own detriment.
But new research suggests that this is only one version. Your employees (or you, for that matter) might begin showing the sure signs of burnout--exhaustion, cynicism, irritability, and most importantly a lack of productivity--for other reasons, too.
Long hours and hard work aren't the only reason you or your employees might be dragging.
Eighteen minutes or less. That's the length of a riveting bedtime story; John F. Kennedy's inaugural speech; and the ultimate TED talk.
At 18 minutes, your pitch or presentation can deliver the impact, critical message, and enough information to influence your audience and leave a lasting impression. According to best-selling author and communication coach Carmine Gallo, creativity thrives under constraints, and a shorter presentation will elicit the strongest reaction from your audience. Just as we've learned to create intrigue with just enough information to capture our audience in 140 characters or less on Twitter, confining your information to the constraints of an 18-minute presentation will promote creativity and deliver loads of impact.
Looking to give a killer presentation? Keep it to 18 minutes or less. Then follow these simple guidelines.
A study by University of Sydney researchers produced this map showing the flow of jobs and wages around the world.
In Australia’s case, China has 5 million people just to make goods for Australians.
The workers, on low wages, support Australia’s lifestyle.
For example, a computer bought in Australia (average domestic wage US$59,700) might be assembled in China (average domestic wage $US2,700) and Thailand ($US2,100) using electronic circuits made in the Philippines ($US1,700).
You feel charisma the moment it enters the room. It's not just that someone is likable. Charismatic people draw attention. They automatically energize you and motivate you to step up, to take action. What is it about them? All in all, they are certainly likable, but it's more than that. Are they born charismatic, or do they learn how to be that way? It's probably a little of both. But either way, charismatic people inspire us and get us talking.
It's likely that you have some charismatic traits that can be developed to help you attract and inspire those around you. If you aspire to be charismatic, here is a list of behaviors to expand on.
Some people are likeable, but others have great charisma. Here is how you can recognize and achieve the difference.
A new study says I have good company in that kind of work flexibility, and not just among entrepreneurs and those who work for themselves. Nearly one-third of full-time employees do most of their work in homes, coffee shops, and other remote places, according to the Flex+Strategy Group report.
After extensive study, here are the best ways I've learned to make this arrangement work. (If you have other suggestions, let me know in the comments below or drop me a line.)
Commuting sucks, and one big advantage of working from home is that you no longer have to deal with it regularly. But it's crucial to reclaim the time you used to devote to travel for something productive. For example, maybe use the first 30 minutes of your day to answer emails you didn't get to the day before and the last half hour to set long-term strategic goals and specific objectives for the next day.
Working from home can be fantastic, or it can be fraught with peril. Here's how to make it work better for you.
In business, intelligence is always a critical element in any employee, because what we do is difficult and complex and the competitors are filled with extremely smart people. However, intelligence isn’t the only important quality. Being effective in a company also means working hard, being reliable, and being an excellent member of the team. Companies where people with diverse backgrounds and work styles can succeed have significant advantages in recruiting and retaining top talent over those that don’t.
Still, you can take it too far. (I did.) Here are three examples of the smartest people in the company being the worst employees. You may find yourself with an employee who fits one of these descriptions but nonetheless makes a massive positive contribution to the company. You may decide that you will personally mitigate the employee’s negative attributes and keep her from polluting the overall company culture. That’s fine, but remember: You can only hold the bus for her.
In business, intelligence is always a critical element in any employee, because what we do is difficult and complex and the competitors are filled with extremely smart people.
With its continued focus on education, Google has launched Oppia (beta). The Open Source project is a free educational tool that lets anyone create online educational activities through the web interface. Interactivity is its strong suit. The interactive activities are called “explorations”.
Explorations can be created by anyone in any part of the world – alone or working in teams. Oppia is designed for everyone – no programming knowledge is required if you want to create your own explorations. Lessons can be created with numeric, text, and multiple choice inputs. Specialized lesson tools like a clickable map and a code evaluator are also supported.
Oppia is also a smart tool with intelligent feedback that takes the learner through a lesson based on the answers they give.
This report is the first part of a sustained effort through 2014 by the Pew Research Center to mark the 25th anniversary of the creation of the World Wide Web by Sir Tim Berners-Lee. Lee wrote a paper on March 12, 1989 proposing an “information management” system that became the conceptual and architectural structure for the Web. He eventually released the code for his system—for free—to the world on Christmas Day in 1990. It became a milestone in easing the way for ordinary people to access documents and interact over a network of computers called the internet—a system that linked computers and that had been around for years. The Web became especially appealing after Web browsers were perfected in the early 1990s to facilitate graphical displays of pages on those linked computers.
The overall verdict: The internet has been a plus for society and an especially good thing for individual users
It took humiliating himself on stage for Allison to learn this lesson. Telling a story or giving a speech to an audience by yourself can feel very alienating. Sometimes, you can't help feeling like a talking head. But it doesn't have to be this way, says Allison. Even if you're the only one talking, think of it as a conversation rather than a monologue. "It's so much easier to be in conversation with the audience when you drop the act and simply tell your own stories as yourself," he says.
Whether it's a board room or a banquet hall, speaking to an audience can be intimidating. Beyond imagining everyone in their underwear, how can you get past the stage fright to tell a riveting story