Our body shapes who we are.
In this TED talk, Amy Cuddy, a social psychologist, explains how our body language can influence our life, detrmining what people think of us. This is why she suggests to take few minutes before our next stressful situation to change our body language in a way to cope with that situation. Our bodies change our mind, our minds cand change our behaviour and our behaviour can change our outcomes.
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Jacob Shriar on the Blog business2community highlights the 10 main challenges you will face when you are assigned to a managerial position.
It can be tough to adjust to this new role and potentially new environment, the first piece of advice is to understand that it’s normal to be nervous.
Here are 10 challenges that you will face to motivate the employees under you:
- Failure to Set Clear Goals and Expectations.
- Poor Time Management.
- Unclear or Inconsistent Communication.
- Pressure To Perform.
- Shifting From Coworker To Boss.
- Solving Other People’s Problems.
- Getting The Team To Be Productive.
- Not Asking For Help.
The key is to change your mindset and get into a new way of approaching work.
Read the entire article here
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Understanding one of the most important skills of a Japanese warrior, or “samurai”, can improve our daily life, including our attitude towards apparently unsolvable issues.
This skill is called “gaman”, a word that can be translated as “patience”, “endurance”, “perseverance” and which deals with the capacity of living “without complaint whatever problem may throw in your path”.
“Gaman” is a fundamental aspect of the samurai’s code of life, or “bushido”, but it is not necessary to fully practice this tough philosophy in order to experiment a truly fulfilling “gaman attitude”.
Broadly speaking, something similar can be found even in Western societies: ancient Romans, for instance, used to practice self-conditioning by following the stoical conduct of enduring hardship without a word of complaint.
Nevertheless, it is even unnecessary to face pain or disasters in order to experiment “gaman”.
In fact, a simple and achievable “gaman-ese” code of conduct can be summed up by 5 tips, useful to face our daily issues:
1- Stay consistent
2 – Set small goals for yourself, and achieve them
3- Take your time
4- Be human, with dignity
5 – Breathe!
More about GAMAN here
Motivation is the secret to transform Tech-Resistant Learners into eLearning enthusiasts. In this article Christopher Pappas, founder of the largest online community of professionals involved in the eLearning Industry, share 7 tips on how to work with learners who are less-than enthusiastic about interactive eLearning, mobile-friendly online courses, and other tech-centric eLearning resources.
- Be clear about expectations and goals
- Offer a demo
- Encourage group collaboration
- Stress the benefit up front
- Showa proven track record
- Ask for their feedback
- Introduce the eLearning strategy slowly and steadily
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English is fast becoming the world’s universal language, and instant translation technology is improving every year. So why bother learning a foreign language?
- If you want to imbibe a culture, if you want to drink it in, if you want to become part of it, then you have to control to some degree the language that the culture happens to be conducted in. There’s no other way.
- It’s been shown that if you speak two languages, dementia is less likely to set in, and that you are probably a better multitasker. Bilingualism is healthy.
- Languages are just lot of fun.
- We live in an era when it’s never been easier to teach yourself another language.
Great leaders recognize that, like it or not, humans are animals. This is why to be great leaders we can learn a lot from the alpha wolf.
- Be a master communicator. Like wolves use their howl to keep their pack synced, leaders must be good communicators in order to become great leaders;
- Buil the pack to mass. Like in a wolf pack, attracting more talented members who embrace your mission and values will make everyone want to contribute more for the group;
- Go predator on them. In a wolf pack you work as one to hunt food. Equally a great leader must show his team that by working together to hunt your prey you can survive another day;
- Track down your beta. In a wolf pack beta wolf reminds all that alpha is the king. A great leader needs a great number two;
- Value your omegas. In a wolf pack lowest-ranking wolves have an important role as safety valve and in absorbing the stress of the pack. Front-line employees play the same role. This is why a great leader must trust and support them.
Image source: Gray Wolf Maya – Wikimedia Commons