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Why You Can Never Finish Anything And How to Finally Change It

Why You Can Never Finish Anything And How to Finally Change It | Business Brainpower with the Human Touch | Scoop.it

The law of inertia tells us a body in motion stays in motion. And the same goes for projects, creative ideas, daily tasks, half-written emails, and that thing you stopped working on to read this article. When you interrupt a task, it can be difficult to pick it up again.


And we are interrupted nearly every three minutes, according to Gloria Mark, professor of informatics at University of California, Irvine. What's telling is that roughly half those interruptions are self-imposed.


The result: When you're working on something without a clear deadline, seeing it through to its end can be a huge challenge.

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Never finishing what you start is more than a bad habit it stems from fears and hesitations. Here's how to get past the procrastinator's paralysis.

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Chris Shern's curator insight, February 5, 7:39 AM

Being a big picture person can be a wonderful quality but you have to be able to "see the trees through the forest" in order to get things done. Find some tricks or useful techniques, whatever it may be find one that works for you.

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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".

 

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7 Habits of the Most Joyful People in the Office

7 Habits of the Most Joyful People in the Office | Business Brainpower with the Human Touch | Scoop.it

Want to change your mood around the office? It all starts with your actions.


Smile when you walk in the door and people will know you are ready to get things done. Look down at the floor and smirk at people waiting for that morning meeting and you're giving them the message that you'll be hiding in your cubicle all day. Sometimes, seemingly trivial facial expressions, minor activities, and routine habits can reveal your mood. But these habits can do more than just reveal your mood; they can also dictate your mood.


The best way to change your attitude, experience more joy in your work life, and spread a little of that happiness around the office is to adopt habits that foster a better mood. Sure, we all get a little cranky about the Starbucks barista who scoffed at the stain on our shirt or the taxi driver who smelled like yesterday's pizza. No worries. Try a few of these activities and develop habits to increase your happiness during the day.

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Want to be happy? Try adopting these habits to change your mood.

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Ellen Naylor's curator insight, Today, 1:11 PM

I particularly like the idea of smiling just before it's your turn to talk and taking a deep breath to get grounded during company meetings. They can be such a grind. Another thing that brings me joy is asking the meeting planner to produce an agenda before the meeting. 

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Terminate The Terminator: Hack Your Emotional Intelligence And Control Your Future

Terminate The Terminator: Hack Your Emotional Intelligence And Control Your Future | Business Brainpower with the Human Touch | Scoop.it

Want to leave your number one business rival lying in a crumpled pile of rubble? Then put down your Android for a minute so you can size up exactly who that opponent is.


The assassin most likely to destroy your business isn’t the guy down the street. It’s not a brilliant 19-year-old coder lying in wait in a ranch house in Palo Alto.


It’s a ‘bot that does what you do—even better.


If robots can be encoded with artificial, emotional intelligence and it is greater than what you and your team have to offer to guests, you will be out of work. And emotional intelligence in robots is closer than you’d think.


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Train yourself and your people with the latest research on the uses of emotional intelligence. And look for talent that is strong in this area.

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Nelly Renard's curator insight, September 16, 2:56 AM

De l'art de dépasser les robots avant qu'ils ne prennent votre place.

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How to Develop a Healthy Lifestyle While You're Running a Business

How to Develop a Healthy Lifestyle While You're Running a Business | Business Brainpower with the Human Touch | Scoop.it

Except for the superhuman, few of us are able to achieve our ultimate fitness goals while working on our startup. But with a few lifestyle changes, you can have both a healthy body and a great business.


Excercise


This is the most important habit you can start developing to build a healthier lifestyle. Because you don't have enough time for your startup as it is, Mike has developed a workout plan you can do in 10 minutes.


A) Try not to use machines when possible. You'll burn more calories doing free-weight or body-weight lifts.

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A fitness expert on how to improve your habits, even if you have little free time on your hands.

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Best Advice I Ever Got: Have the Courage to Follow Your Vision

Best Advice I Ever Got: Have the Courage to Follow Your Vision | Business Brainpower with the Human Touch | Scoop.it

I attribute much of our success to three pieces of advice that have become our guiding principles:


1. Ask, "How much do I really want it?"


My high school crew coach told me that success only depends on one thing: how much you really want it. The difference between winning and losing, he would say, is nothing more than deciding that you want to win.

 

This advice has had a huge impact on my life and career. Every time I've dreamt up a new idea or venture, my coach's words have come to mind: How much do you really want this?

 

Asking yourself this question forces you to pause and evaluate the situation honestly. Do you have a true passion for it? Are you ready to do whatever it takes to make it work? Taking a genuine look at how much something matters to you will help you weed out certain projects and make time for the ones that truly captivate you.

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You're the captain of your own ship, so at the end of the day, you must trust yourself to do what's right.

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AHORA MAS RECURSOS HUMANOS's curator insight, September 15, 5:14 AM

Although not always success is just a matter of your decision to get it, it is interesting this article

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Great Leaders Know How to Reframe a Story

What sets great leaders apart from everyone else? Their ability to reframe their point of view and tell different stories. That's according to Lee Bolman, co-author of How Great Leaders Think: The Art of Reframing.


"How does that work?" I ask, so he uses me as an example. He's read my blog about my husband's and my upcoming move to the Seattle area to support my husband's music career. There are two ways of looking at this story, he says. "One story is that it's good for him and a small price for you, part of two people's long-term commitment to each other. That's one version, but there's another story about how you feel rooted and in love with Woodstock and so leaving comes with a tremendous sense of loss for you."

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The story you tell yourself and others can make all the difference.

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10 Business Development Techniques to Grow Sales Fast

10 Business Development Techniques to Grow Sales Fast | Business Brainpower with the Human Touch | Scoop.it

For a little guidance, I give you 10 lessons from John Whitehead, the fabulously successful former chairman of Goldman Sachs. Besides climbing to the top of the corporate ladder and making billions for his firm, Whitehead stormed the beach at Normandy on D-Day. We should memorize his pearls of wisdom:


1. Don't waste your time going after business you don't really want.


We hired a mechanical engineer from West Point this month to help us grow sales. His focus is to help manufacturing engineers in industrial S&P 500 companies understand why Marlin Steel, my company, is better than our competitors. Why? Our clients are not marketing companies, nor are they point of purchase display companies. These folks don't appreciate quality and engineering. Instead, they are looking for the lowest price. Make sure you point your sales and marketing team in the right direction for profitable business.



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Time to crank up sales. Thankfully, the economy is starting to heat up, and as such, it may be an ideal time to learn how to crank up your sales.

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Ask The Experts: How Do I Ask For A Raise?

Ask The Experts: How Do I Ask For A Raise? | Business Brainpower with the Human Touch | Scoop.it

After you've been with the company for a year. No, after you successfully complete a big project: There is a lot of conflicting advice about when you should ask for a raise.


It's likely one of the most difficult and important conversations you'll have with your boss, so it helps to get it right. That's why we've turned to Leadership coach Lolly Daskal for advice.


You will need to have a clear understanding about the best time to discuss an increase, the nature of the increase, and the strategy that will best position you to prove you have earned it.



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Who doesn't want a raise? Asking your boss for one, however, is rarely an easy conversation. Leadership coach Lolly Daskal is here to help.

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8 Ways to Be Happy and Productive in Your Home Office

8 Ways to Be Happy and Productive in Your Home Office | Business Brainpower with the Human Touch | Scoop.it

Working from home is everyone's dream, right? If that's true, then why did 60 percent of the employees who participated in a Stanford University work-from-home experiment opt to go back to corporate HQ?


The 2013 study offered a sampling of employees in the air travel and hotel booking industry an opportunity to work from home for nine months. Surprisingly, many of them had a very lonely experience. After only a few months, 50 percent of the volunteers and 10 percent of the non-volunteer group asked to return to their cubicles.


Loneliness and lack of social interaction were cited as the No. 1 reason for abandoning home offices, but these aren't the only drawbacks. How can you have your cake and eat it, too? Because I've successfully worked from home for nearly 16 years, I consider myself an expert on the topic.

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A surprising number of people find working from home to be lonely and stressful. Adopt these habits and it will no longer have to be that way.

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What I Wish I Knew About Creativity When I Was 20

What I Wish I Knew About Creativity When I Was 20 | Business Brainpower with the Human Touch | Scoop.it

Imagine you could go back in time and give your 20-year-old self a bit of advice on investing in the creative process, coming up with new ideas, and producing good, fun work.


What would you say?


I’ve thought a bit about this topic lately, as I reflect on how I’ve changed from the person I was in my twenties to the person I’ve become in my thirties. Creativity has become more and more important to me, both at work and at play. And the lessons I’ve learned along the way (and the ones I’m still learning) seem like something 20-year-old me would have liked to know.



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You've probably learned a few things about creativity that your younger self could benefit from. Take these pieces of advice now.

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2discoverRecruitment's curator insight, September 9, 9:52 PM

Spring is here! Time to think about new beginings..what area of your life would you like to be more creative with.....???

Susan Robin Sorrell's curator insight, September 11, 11:30 AM

In my 20's I was just floundering around..trying to find my place in this world. I knew I wanted to create art, but had no direction. It has been a real journey to where I am now at 50.

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25 Best Professional Resume Templates

25 Best Professional Resume Templates | Business Brainpower with the Human Touch | Scoop.it

Find innovative ways to design a Creative Resume with these collection of free and premium templates we have gathered here for you. You can easily find resume templates but you may have to implement a personal model to get a bold design out of it and it will be worth your hard work. This topic contains both free resume templates as well as premium templates for professional design.

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Find innovative ways to design a Creative Resume with these collection of free and premium templates.

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Five Trends Shaping the Future of Work

Five Trends Shaping the Future of Work | Business Brainpower with the Human Touch | Scoop.it

If there’s one thing that we can all agree on it’s that the world of work is changing…quickly. The way we have been working over the past few years is NOT how are we are going to be working in the coming years. Perhaps one of the most important underlying factors driving this change is the coming shift around who drives how work gets done. Traditionally executives would set the rules and pass those down to managers who in turn would pass those down to employees. But as Dan Pink aptly put it, “talented people need organizations less than organizations need talented people.” In other words employees are now starting to drive the decisions and conversations around how work gets done, when it gets done, who it gets done with, what technologies are being used to get it done, etc. The next few years are going to bring about dramatic changes. But why now? What are the key trends that are driving this new future of work? There are five of them - take a look.

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Take a look at the five trends shaping the future of work.
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Ian Berry's curator insight, September 10, 5:39 PM

I agree with the trends One is missing for me The rehumanisation of the workplace. The future is not about technology rather why and how we use it to bring humanity back to the workplace or in some cases put humanity into the workplace

Michael Thiel's curator insight, September 11, 6:53 AM

In den nächsten Jahren wird sich die Arbeitswelt immer mehr verändern aufgrund der mobilen, globalisierten Welt und des daraus resultierenden erhöhten Bedarfs an kollaborativen Verhaltensweisen. Diese Veränderungen rufen nach Führungskompetenzen, die vernetztes, kooperatives Denken in den Vordergrund stellen und Führung als komplexen Prozess betrachten. 



Momentum Factor's curator insight, September 11, 11:07 AM

Go with the flow or fight your way upstream?  Here are 5 undercurrents that will push business in the next few years. 

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7 Keys to Get What You Want By Chris Gaborit

7 Keys to Get What You Want By Chris Gaborit | Business Brainpower with the Human Touch | Scoop.it

Two of the people I met with last week, a systems engineer and a GM, both said the same thing to me, "my biggest challenge is influencing stakeholders." This inspired me to write an article for the Sydney Morning Herald titled, How to Influence Your Stakeholders.


The No.1 most powerful leadership quality you can have is influence.

Influence will:


▪ bring promotion to you
▪ make people see and hear you
▪ and get you want you want

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How do you get what you want? Whether a promotion, getting your project off the ground or funding for your new venture, we all need influence to get what we want.

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Marcus Gibbs's curator insight, September 7, 10:47 AM

BECOME INFLUENTIAL!

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5 Tips to Totally Dominate Your Monday

5 Tips to Totally Dominate Your Monday | Business Brainpower with the Human Touch | Scoop.it

If Friday is the day we welcome with excitement and a big sigh of contentment, Sunday night is the time when we mentally brace ourselves for the workweek that lies ahead.


But there's nothing to dread about Monday morning--especially if you make a point of doing these five simple things:


Give yourself time.


It's so easy as a leader to pack your day full of meetings. Although I meet with our senior executive staff first thing every Monday morning, I also think it's important to cordon off some time that day just for thinking. A blank spot on your calendar that's reserved for creative brainstorming--not actual work products or Facebook procrastination--at the start of the week is a great idea if you can swing it. See what bubbles up.

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Who kills it on Mondays? You do, starting now. Beat back the blahs with these easy steps.

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6 Simple Ways To Improve The Way You Speak

6 Simple Ways To Improve The Way You Speak | Business Brainpower with the Human Touch | Scoop.it

Business leaders pay a great deal of attention to communication. Mastering what you need to say and how you need to say it are important factors if you’re going to be an effective communicator. However, one element of spoken communication is often overlooked--the way you speak.


We’ve all heard people whose voices are too grating, soft, or fake. Some people’s speech is so unpleasant that they undermine the speaker’s message entirely. However, you can take steps to improve the quality, tone, and expression of your voice, and how you express yourself vocally. It just takes a little know-how and practice.



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What's the secret of all great communicators? It's all in the delivery. Here's how to enhance, tone, and take care of your speaking voice.

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The Traits That Lead To Success - And How To Tell Who's Got Them

The Traits That Lead To Success - And How To Tell Who's Got Them | Business Brainpower with the Human Touch | Scoop.it

Technology changes quickly. Companies implode and people switch jobs every few years.


If 30% of information in some fields becomes obsolete in a year, how long does expertise last? says Liz Wiseman in her forthcoming book, Rookie Smarts: Why Learning Beats Knowing in the New Game of Work.


It’s not that expertise isn’t helpful, but success comes from constantly approaching work as a “perpetual rookie,” Wiseman writes, someone who is “living and working perpetually on a learning curve.” People who can do that will thrive. Here’s how to recognize someone who’s always in back-to-school mode:


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Being a good leader often means approaching situations with a rookie mindset. Here's how to tell if you are up to the challenge.

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How To Talk About Money During The Hiring Process

How To Talk About Money During The Hiring Process | Business Brainpower with the Human Touch | Scoop.it

If you need inspiration to ask the salary question, just think about a plumber.


The plumber isn’t going to come over and walk around looking at the work that a homeowner needs done without talking about money. Eventually the plumber is going to say “You’re looking at about ten thousand dollars worth of work” or the homeowner is going to say “How much is this going to cost me?”


They’re not going to dance around the topic and hope for the best. Only job-seekers do that, and only a certain kind of job-seeker.


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You can’t keep going on interviews with no idea of what an employer is planning to pay you if you get the job. You have to bring up the topic of salary.

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James Schreier's curator insight, September 15, 5:41 PM

A different take on an important topic!

Loans Knight's comment, September 16, 1:11 AM
But sometimes i feel little embarrass by asking that question :(
B Goburn Smith's curator insight, September 16, 10:22 AM

Yes salary is important, however, use a little common sense and diplomacy.  Hopefully the hiring manager will broach the subject first.  Bring up salary when it appears the company is seriously interested in you. Above all do your "homework" and research the industry salary standards, the company's salary ranges and your point of entry.   

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How Introverts Can Network Without Losing Their Minds

How Introverts Can Network Without Losing Their Minds | Business Brainpower with the Human Touch | Scoop.it

Introverts recharge by spending time alone. They lose energy from interacting with other people for long periods of time, particularly in stimulating, crowded environments.


Extroverts, conversely, lose energy from spending time alone. They recharge by interacting with other people in highly social environments.


This personality dimension has nothing to do with shyness. According to author Susan Cain, presiding commander in chief of the introverts, shyness is a fear of negative judgment, while introversion is a preference for quiet, minimally stimulating environments. In other words, a lack of interest in socializing (introversion) is clearly different than fearing it (shyness).

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A survival guide for making the most of a networking event, or everyday opportunities, as someone who'd rather run the other way.

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How To Be A Super Influencer by Chris Gaborit

How To Be A Super Influencer by Chris Gaborit | Business Brainpower with the Human Touch | Scoop.it

Everyone from general managers to system engineers is trying to influence stakeholders. Even the richest man in the world, Bill Gates spoke in a recent interview about having to influence stakeholders to complete his latest project. He said, “Helping convene global stakeholders to establish a set of measurable, actionable and consensus-built goals focused on extreme poverty is invaluable.”


Ultimately, all projects depend on the buy-in and ongoing support of stakeholders. Some are internal, such as managers and employees. Other are external, such as suppliers and shareholders.

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If influencing stakeholders is going to help your project, as well as your performance review, bonus, salary, and future career, then it's important to find out how you can become a better stakeholder influencer.

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8 Female Leaders On How To Overcome What's Holding Women Back

8 Female Leaders On How To Overcome What's Holding Women Back | Business Brainpower with the Human Touch | Scoop.it

“Who or what is your worst enemy?” If you ask women leaders this question, you might find a lot of the answers to be “myself.”


It doesn’t matter that we’ve come a long way. We’re educated, we’re climbing--and excelling--in corporate ranks. When you’ve been fighting so hard to get to the top for so long, it’s easy to convince yourself that luck had a hand on your success.


According to authors Katty Kay and Claire Shipman in their book The Confidence Code, women tend to struggle with a lack of confidence disproportionately. When something goes wrong professionally, women blame themselves while crediting others when things go right.


Kay and Shipman also found that women are more likely to be perfectionists and hold themselves back from asking for a raise or even answering a question until they’re 100% sure the outcome will be as they predicted.

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Societal pressure, gender bias, insecurity--these leaders have all felt weighed down at some point. Here's how they took back the control.

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Why Your Boss in The Corner Office Is Healthier Than You

Why Your Boss in The Corner Office Is Healthier Than You | Business Brainpower with the Human Touch | Scoop.it