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On the Persistence of Bad Luck (and Good)

On the Persistence of Bad Luck (and Good) | Business Brainpower with the Human Touch | Scoop.it

We’ve all had the experience—over and over all the time. You go down to the street to wait for the bus (the train, the subway, the boat); you know that buses come roughly every 10 minutes, so you expect to wait about 5 minutes (arriving, on average, in the middle of the between-buses interval). But in fact, we all know that almost always you have to wait longer than that! Is this an illusion we’ve developed over the centuries because we believe in the “persistence of bad luck,” or is it, perhaps, something real?


It is, in fact, a real phenomenon, and this result can even be proved mathematically. Because you arrived after the last bus has left, your overall waiting time is, on average, longer than half the average interval of 10 minutes.

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Some kinds of bad luck, like long waits for buses, can be proved mathematically - and the same is true for some of our good fortunes as well.

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David Hain's curator insight, October 28, 2013 3:17 AM

Fascinating!, particularly for those who regularly curse their luck...

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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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6 CEO Productivity Tips to Steal for Yourself

6 CEO Productivity Tips to Steal for Yourself | Business Brainpower with the Human Touch | Scoop.it

Everyone knows that leading a company is one of the toughest gigs around. Whether running a small business or a multi-national corporation, CEOs have to manage time, resources, and multiple demands while finding the time and head space to make decisions and plot strategies that will determine the course of their business.


Which means that they’ve developed some master systems and tricks to maximize their productivity.


So, why can’t we steal a few moves from their playbooks? Whether you aspire to run your own business or want to be more productive at your current job, check out this list of CEO-proven tips that you can apply to any facet of your life.

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Check out this list of CEO-proven tips that you can apply to any facet of your life.

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Too Busy? 7 Ways To Increase Leisure Time, According To Science

Too Busy? 7 Ways To Increase Leisure Time, According To Science | Business Brainpower with the Human Touch | Scoop.it

Feeling overwhelmed? Are you constantly running from thing to thing but never getting it all done?


When researchers survey people, they say they’re too busy — about everything.


Too busy to make friends, date, sleep, have sex, to go on vacation… or  to even have lunch.

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Where did free time go? Here's the science behind why we feel so busy and how to get those leisure hours back so you can relax.

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Graeme Reid's curator insight, April 21, 9:45 PM

If you think you are too busy - take a minute to read this article.  Some great advice. 

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Why Some People Are Genetically Wired To Be More Confident

Why Some People Are Genetically Wired To Be More Confident | Business Brainpower with the Human Touch | Scoop.it

Is confidence encoded in our genes?


Yes — at least in part. That's the belief of neuropsychologist Steve Suomi of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), who is studying the personalities of monkeys, and it's also the belief of every one of the dozen or more scientists that were interviewed

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Is confidence encoded in our genes? Yes — at least in part.


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8 Ways Neuroscience Can Improve Your Presentations

8 Ways Neuroscience Can Improve Your Presentations | Business Brainpower with the Human Touch | Scoop.it

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.

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Giving memorable and persuasive presentations is more than an art. It's brain science.

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What High Performers Do When Things Get Tough

What High Performers Do When Things Get Tough | Business Brainpower with the Human Touch | Scoop.it

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.

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Business is now about having rich conversations with global audiences. Here are four winning attitudes for success at a time of great change.

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, April 15, 9:15 PM

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.

John Michel's curator insight, April 16, 7:56 AM

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

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Are You An Accidental Diminisher?

Are You An Accidental Diminisher? | Business Brainpower with the Human Touch | Scoop.it

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.

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What are the vital few differences between  Diminishers and Multipliers leaders, and what impact do they have on organizations?”

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How Your Comfort Zone Can Be Your Real Competitor

How Your Comfort Zone Can Be Your Real Competitor | Business Brainpower with the Human Touch | Scoop.it

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.

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How Your Comfort Zone Can Be Your Real Competitor.

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The Simple Thing That Makes the Happiest People in the World So Happy

The Simple Thing That Makes the Happiest People in the World So Happy | Business Brainpower with the Human Touch | Scoop.it
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.

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What's the simple thing that most people naturally do in the world to make them so happy?

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Graeme Reid's curator insight, April 13, 8:11 PM

An article to savour.

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The Science of How Memory Works

The Science of How Memory Works | Business Brainpower with the Human Touch | Scoop.it

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.

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Are you interested in seeking to understand the seemingly mysterious workings of human memory? Very interesting read.

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Keaton Toscano's curator insight, April 14, 12:48 AM

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.

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Why Managers Need the Six Simple Rules

Why Managers Need the Six Simple Rules | Business Brainpower with the Human Touch | Scoop.it

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.

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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.

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What The Happiest People Know About Work

What The Happiest People Know About Work | Business Brainpower with the Human Touch | Scoop.it

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:


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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.

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Denise Gabbard's curator insight, April 10, 1:19 PM

Doing what you love can make you happy-- finding a way to make money while doing what you love is even better! 

Graeme Reid's curator insight, April 10, 7:55 PM

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.

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, April 22, 11:01 PM

Avoiding energy sappers is what led me to retire from teaching. It was not the students and parents. It was the bureaucratic and technocratic nonsense that went on in school which passes itself off as education.

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7 Habits of Highly Emotionally Intelligent People

7 Habits of Highly Emotionally Intelligent People | Business Brainpower with the Human Touch | Scoop.it

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.

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People with high emotional intelligence tend to do better at work. So what habits do they have that set them apart?

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To Create Change, Leadership Is More Important Than Authority

To Create Change, Leadership Is More Important Than Authority | Business Brainpower with the Human Touch | Scoop.it

Aspiring junior executives dream of climbing the ladder to gain more authority.  Then they can make things happen and create the change that they believe in.  Senior executives, on the other hand, are often frustrated by how little power they actually have.

The problem is that, while authority can compel action, it does little to inspire belief.  It’s not enough to get people to do what you want, they also have to want what you want — or any change is bound to be short lived.


That’s why change management efforts commonly fail.  All too often, they are designed to carry out initiatives that come from the top.  When you get right down to it, that’s really the just same thing as telling people to do what you want, albeit in slightly more artful way.  To make change really happen, it doesn’t need to be managed, but empowered. That’s the difference between authority and leadership.

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To make change really happen, it doesn’t need to be managed, but empowered. That’s the difference between authority and leadership.

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Study: Female Executives Make Progress, But Mostly in Support Functions

Study: Female Executives Make Progress, But Mostly in Support Functions | Business Brainpower with the Human Touch | Scoop.it

Sixty percent of the top U.S. companies now have at least two women on their executive committees. Eight companies (including IBM, Pepsico, Lockheed Martin and General Motors) have a woman CEO.  But closer inspection shows there’s a long way to go.


20-First has just published its annual Gender Balance Scorecard (pdf) of the top 300 companies in the world across the US, Europe and Asia. They tried to broaden the focus from the current buzz around corporate boards to the more relevant metric of the gender balance of executive committees.


By focusing on the top management of a company – people who have worked their way to the top and have executive responsibility for its results – the report offers a clear picture of the attitudes and environments that companies have built – or haven’t – to gender balance their leadership teams.

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Study shoes that leadership is the key variable in improving the balance of gender at the top.

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The Confidence Gap

The Confidence Gap | Business Brainpower with the Human Touch | Scoop.it

For years, we women have kept our heads down and played by the rules. We’ve been certain that with enough hard work, our natural talents would be recognized and rewarded.


We’ve made undeniable progress. In the United States, women now earn more college and graduate degrees than men do. We make up half the workforce, and we are closing the gap in middle management. Half a dozen global studies, conducted by the likes of Goldman Sachs and Columbia University, have found that companies employing women in large numbers outperform their competitors on every measure of profitability. Our competence has never been more obvious. Those who closely follow society’s shifting values see the world moving in a female direction.

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Evidence shows that women are less self-assured than men - and that to succeed, confidence matters as much as competence. Here's why, and what to do about it.

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5 Signs You're The Problem at Work

5 Signs You're The Problem at Work | Business Brainpower with the Human Touch | Scoop.it

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.

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Face it, sometimes you're the cause of a lot of problems in your office.

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, April 16, 8:54 PM

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

Hemant Galviya's curator insight, April 17, 2:55 AM

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The One Big Secret of Amazing Leaders

The One Big Secret of Amazing Leaders | Business Brainpower with the Human Touch | Scoop.it

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.

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What kind of leader are you - An Encouraging Leader or a Critical Leader?

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The Worst Job Interview Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

The Worst Job Interview Mistakes and How to Avoid Them | Business Brainpower with the Human Touch | Scoop.it

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.

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Two hiring experts shared six things you shouldn’t do during a job interview, and what you should be doing instead.

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Faith in the Workplace

Faith in the Workplace | Business Brainpower with the Human Touch | Scoop.it

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.

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Managers are having to accommodate workers’ religious beliefs while taking care in expressing their own.
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The Tyranny of Toxic Managers: An Emotional Intelligence Approach to Dealing with Difficult Personalities

The Tyranny of Toxic Managers: An  Emotional Intelligence Approach to Dealing with Difficult Personalities | Business Brainpower with the Human Touch | Scoop.it

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.

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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.

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Graeme Reid's curator insight, April 14, 6:32 PM

Every organisation has toxic managers - some thoughts on how to deal with them.

nathalie job's curator insight, April 14, 11:11 PM

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...

Maribel Young's curator insight, April 15, 11:32 AM

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.

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15 Things Highly Confident People Don’t Do

15 Things Highly Confident People Don’t Do | Business Brainpower with the Human Touch | Scoop.it

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.


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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?

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France Just Banned Work Emails After 6 P.M

France Just Banned Work Emails After 6 P.M | Business Brainpower with the Human Touch | Scoop.it

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:

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Now, there's a new lifehack for dealing with email 24/7, and it might just be our favorite yet: Move to France.

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Emeric Nectoux's comment, April 13, 3:46 PM
Might sounds a bit extreme, isn't it? By the way, this is very anecdotal, and only applied by some companies who have experienced waves of suicide, after drastic reorganizations. (Lay-off)
Keaton Toscano's curator insight, April 14, 12:53 AM

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.

4twenty2's curator insight, April 14, 5:24 AM

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 !

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Fourteen Interview Questions to Help You Hire Your Next Innovator

Fourteen Interview Questions to Help You Hire Your Next Innovator | Business Brainpower with the Human Touch | Scoop.it

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.

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Find out before it’s too late if you’re recruiting a trailblazer or an imposter.

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How Google Picks New Employees (Hint: It's Not About Your Degree)

How Google Picks New Employees (Hint: It's Not About Your Degree) | Business Brainpower with the Human Touch | Scoop.it

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:

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What makes a great job candidate these days? You may be surprised to hear what the folks at Google think.

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Keaton Toscano's curator insight, April 14, 1:08 AM

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.

Eric Anderson's curator insight, April 16, 12:48 AM

"Ability to Learn" #1 criteria for being hired at Google?

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9 Tools That Create Hours of Free Time a Week

9 Tools That Create Hours of Free Time a Week | Business Brainpower with the Human Touch | Scoop.it

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.

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Eliminate the most tedious tasks on your to-do list with these nifty tools.

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Patricia D. Sadar - Career and Leadership Acceleration Coach's curator insight, April 8, 6:33 PM

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!