Fruitful skills at work can sometimes be hard to learn and practice.
Here’s some tips to boost your work every day.
1.Time Management: planning is the first step and needs discipline. To do list and scheduling will help you to focus.
2. Empathy: do you feel what people feel? That’s the key to foster the team spirit in your office.
3. Better sleep helps, as many medical studies confirm.
4. Positive self talk: it doesn’t matter what others think of you, but what you think of yourself certainly does. Are you confident enough with yourself?
5. Be consistent. To mantain a top position you have to work harder.
6. Ask for help: when you ask people for advice, you validate their intelligence or expertise, which makes you more likely to win them over.
7. Shut up, if needed, but also listen
8. Mind your business: it will take time, but will surely help the atmospher at work.
9. And finally master your thoughts, directing them to what you want to do and accomplish.
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Are you afraid to be alone with your thoughts ? Do you usually expect immediate results from your committment? In this case, you have much to learn to become a mentally strong person and gain access to succes in life!
This is, at least, the opinion of Amy Morin, a psychotherapist, passionate about strategies for overcoming life’s inevitable challenges and author of “13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do”, a best-selling book that is being translated into more than 20 languages. link
Mentally strong people don’t give away their power, don’t worry about pleasing everyone, don’t dwell on the past. In sum, they manage their emotions, thoughts, and behaviors.
Leadership is an important function of management which helps to maximize efficiency and to achieve organizational goals.
All successful organizations and businesses need effective leaders.
The leadership of effective and well trained leaders is paramount to providing an agreed upon goal for the company’s success. Leaders are invaluable when it comes to formulating and communicating new strategic directions, as well as communicating with and motivating employees to increase dedication to organizational goals.
Ongoing leadership skills training is essential to making sure that leaders are on the right track.
In this article, there are some tips provided by Steve Jobs, founder of Apple and iconic leader, who invented the Macintosh computer for the masses and started a revolution of the idea of the smart information technologies.
Under the watch of Steve Jobs, Apple was one of the most successful companies in history.
His beliefs set him apart from Western leaders and allowed him to focus on vision rather than reality. Spirituality combined with intensity allowed him to “think different” or imagine a new order of things. The “think different” philosophy embraces the need for simplication, innovation, confidence, collaboration, rebellion.
The 10 Lessons of Steve Jobs are excerpts from Walter Isaacson’s, “The Real Lessons of Steve Jobs,” published in the Harvard Business Review, April 2012.
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Steve Cartwright, in this article on Web Design, points out the five common mistakes made by leaders:
- Focusing on tasks rather than reaching the ultimate goal. You can’t lead others if you don’t know what you’re striving for, so be sure you’re clear and focused on the vision rather than the small tasks of the job.
- Checking up on employees rather than engaging them. Make it a point to get to know your team members: it’s important to get your vision across, and you can’t do that if you merely check in once in a while.
- Don’t stick to your own leadership style. You can learn from other leaders in history and in your business, but don’t mimic them when it comes to your leadership style: find your own way and stick to it!
- Resist change. Many leaders tend to do what they’ve always done in terms of leading. If you want your business or team to prosper and grow, take some time to expose yourself to new ideas.
- Hire people too fast to fill a slot. True leaders take their time when hiring and make sure they can complete the work and grow along with the company or team.
Lolly Daskal, President and CEO of Lead From Within, provides a list of the best websites that can be used for professional and personal development. Instead of chasing after provocative headlines and weird old tricks, why not spend time on sites that will make you smarter in life, shrewder in business, and wiser in leadership?
1. TED Talks
TED’s tagline is “ideas worth spreading.” TED Talks is a video collection in the form of short, powerful speeches on every subject imaginable (18 minutes or less).
2. Brain Pickings
Brain Pickings has interesting posts drawn from art, science, design, history, and philosophy.
99U’s actionable insights on productivity, organization, and leadership help creative people push ideas forward.
Lynda has thousands of video tutorials covering technical, creative, and business skills, all taught by industry experts.
5. University of the People
University of the People is a nonprofit, tuition-free online university based in California and committed to educational access and inclusion.
Learnist is a collaborative knowledge-sharing site where users create and curate “learning boards” composed of text, images, video, and audio.
Alison offers free online courses with certification and diploma options.
8. Mental Floss
Mental Floss tests your knowledge through quizzes, brainteasers, and games.
9. Brain Pump
Brain Pump lets you learn something new and feeds your curiosity, through a vast library of entertaining videos on topics ranging from chemistry to physics to history.
10. Peer 2 Peer University
Peer 2 Peer University is an open education project in which learners gather in lightly organized circles that meet at public libraries and other accessible sites.
Platzi offers live-streamed courses–many free–on topics including web and app development, online marketing, interface design, and server administration.
EdX, a collaborative project of Harvard University and MIT, provides free online courses and classes from the world’s best universities and other institutions.
OpenSesame is a marketplace for business-oriented online training.
At Udacity, find free online courses, self-paced with code reviews, when you want to make a career change or get a new job.
Coursmos is a micro-course platform with short video lessons on topics ranging from business to lifestyle.
Highbrow lets you choose one course and receive new knowledge every morning. Super-brief lessons are delivered to your inbox. Learn, grow, repeat … in all subjects: art, health, history, literature, logic, nature, philosophy, productivity.
Coursera is a platform where anyone can take free online classes from 120-plus top universities and educational organizations.
18. University Webinars
On University Webinars and Videos for Blended Learning, top college faculty, staff, and experts in their field share knowledge from their courses and programs, targeted for higher education professionals.
DataCamp is the most engaging way to learn R and data science. Learn in the comfort of your own browser via tutorials and coding challenges. A monthly or annual fee provides access to all courses.
At CreativeLive, take free live online classes taught by the world’s most inspiring instructors. Choose from video workshops in photography, video, design, business, audio, music, crafting, and software training.
Investopedia is a premiere resource for investing and personal finance education, market analysis, and trading simulators. Access free educational content and tools.
Gibbon is a peer-to-peer learning network that connects users who want to teach one another and learn about anything. An enterprise knowledge portal for employee development and learning, individually accessible courses are also available.
23. BBC Languages
BBC Languages provides free online language Learning that includes the alphabet, phrases, vocabulary, pronunciation, grammar, activities, and tests. Free interactive tutorials come in 40 languages.
24. Future Learn
Future Learn has free courses in subjects including law, psychology, and teaching, offered in partnership with top universities and specialist organizations in the U.K. and around the world.
25. MIT OpenCourseWare
MIT OpenCourseWare is a web-based publication, open and accessible, of virtually all MIT course content.
26. Project Gutenberg
Project Gutenberg is a digital library of more than 50,000 free e-books to read online or download. Included are book listings, a search engine, a newsletter, articles, and information on how users can help create more free e-books.
Quora: the best answer to any question. On Quora, ask a question on any topic or subject and receive an answer from an expert.
Udemy is an online education marketplace with limitless variety: more than 30,000 courses, developed by subject-matter experts.
Skillshare is a learning community for creators. Anyone can take an online class, watch video lessons, create projects, and even teach a class.
Inc.com is all about advice, news, tools, and services to help small businesses grow. Everything you read on Inc.com will make you a smarter leader and entrepreneur.
Just as time management is vital to the effectiveness of managers, so the management of memory is vital for their productivity and success. Organizing our thoughts is as important as organizing our desk. Our multitasking reality puts a strain on our memory since we have to manage at the same time different information and deadlines belonging to different duties and tasks.
Ask anyone in the workplace if problem solving is part of their day and they’d certainly answer “Yes!”. But how many of us have had training in problem solving?
Because people are born problem solvers, the biggest challenge is to overcome the tendency to immediately came up with a solution. The most common mistake in problem solving is to put the solution at the beginning of the process, when what we need is a solution at the end of the process.
Here are seven-steps for an effective problem-solving process.
- Identify the issues
- Understand everyone’s interests
- List the possible solutions (options)
- Evaluate the options
- Select an option or options
- Document the agreements(s)
- Agree on contingencies, monitoring, and evaluation
Read the article written by Tim Hicks
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Nowadays, self-confidence is considered to be one of the key skills one should master to be successful, especially at work. However, it doesn’t mean that on your workplace you should be arrogant, or exceed your own limits, showing off more than you are demanded to. In fact, there is a difference between self-confidence and certainty, and every professional should be humble enough to know that.
Sanjay Sanghoee explains the importance of humility at work, considered both as a moral value and as a form of intellectual honesty. In order to improve your skills, and to create a better working environment, you should, first of all, learn how to be humble. Some advice could be useful:
- Think twice before acting;
- Ask plenty of questions;
- Admit your mistakes and avoid being defensive;
- Create your own professional goals.
Read the full article here.
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