In his 2014 Graduation address, Admiral William H. McRaven provides us with 10 lessons on how to change the world:
1. If you want to change the world, remember that are little things in life that make the difference.
2. If you want to change the world, understand the importance of teamwork.
3. If you want to change the world, always measure a person by the size of his hearts, not the size of his flippers.
4. If you want to change the world, always keep moving forward, regardless the difficulties you might be going through.
5. If you want to change the world, don’t be afraid of challenges.
6. If you want to change the world, learn to take risks.
7. If you want to change the world, don’t be afraid to face your fears.
8. If you want to change the world, you must be your very best in the darkest moment.
9. If you want to change the world, never loose hope.
10. If you want to change the world, NEVER QUIT.
Read and listen to Adm. McRaven’s inspiring full speech here
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In this TED talk, Ida Abdalkhani enagages the audience in a laughter yoga session. Laughter session forces oneself to laugh but within 2 minutes the forced laughter becomes real. “We laugh 300 times a day as children but only 30 as adults”. Laugh makes people release a flood of positive neurotrasmitters which stimulate our brains, our immune and our nervous system.
As Ida Abdalkahni concludes, “it’s within your power to make your narrative a joyful one”.
Maximising time is about properly prioritising things and doing what is really important. But how to do it? Here are some tips:
1) Work out where your time goes: once you have identified those points in the day where time is clearly being wasted then this will assist you in setting priorities.
2) Set targets: having a firm idea of your targets will help you know where to put in all your efforts.
3) Compile a list to tick: free your mind by making a list of all the things that you need to do, that way you can look at it and tick stuff off as you go.
4) Get your priorities right: Avoid the temptation to do the easy stuff first, rather than the tasks that actually are the priorities.
5) Nail it first time: Do a job when you are in the mood for it, rather than trying to squeeze it in your day when you are tired or hungry as you’ll only end up doing half a job.
6) Don’t procrastinate: try to distance yourself from all those potential distractions that could put you off the tasks you should be doing.
7) Be organised: declutter your home and working environment and give everything a permanent place where you know you’ll be able to find it.
8) Delegate more: free up some time for yourself by enlisting others to do the tasks for you. Passing over tasks that someone else can do, particularly if they can do them quicker and better than you, makes sense.
9) Multi-task: by combining tasks well you can make the most of your available time.
10) Say ‘no’ more frequently: saying “no” will help you avoid overload and potential burnout and you won’t be dumped with additional tasks to look to delegate.
11) Avoid distractions: avoid those things that could distract you unnecessarily.
12) Take time out: taking time out will fully charge you both mentally and physically and you’ll be able to work more efficiently.
For more information, read the full article.
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Experts agree: the compounding stress from the never-ending workday is damaging. It can hurt relationships, health and overall happiness.
Here are some tips suggested by experts to help you find the balance that’s right for you:
1. Let go of perfectionism: the healthier option is to strive not for perfection, but for excellence.
2. Unplug: by not constantly reacting to the updates from work, you will develop a stronger habit of resilience.
3. Exercise and meditate: exercise, yoga or meditation are effective stress reducers. They pump feel-good endorphins through your body.
4. Limit time-wasting activities and people: identify what’s most important in your life and make sure it truly reflects your priorities. Then, draw firm boundaries so you can devote quality time to these high-priority people and activities.
5. Change the structure of your life: instead of trying to do it all, focus on activities you specialize in and value most. Delegate or outsource everything else.
6. Start small. Build from there: taking on too much too quickly is a recipe for failure, so start with small changes.
For more information read the full article.
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The executive leadership coach, Lolly Daskal, lists a few tips to follow in order to improve your leadership skills.
No courses or teaching sessions can make you an exceptional leader. The key element to become an amazing chief is to get out of the office and follow some simple advices:
1.Smile to connect with people and make them feel part of a great project.
2.Becoming the best leader possible is not only about talking, but also about listening, asking the right questions and answering earnestly.
3.Make sure your team constantly exchange information.
4.Always give and ask for feedbacks.
5.Make people understand that you care: leaders are remembered for how they make people feel.
If you want to read more, see the full article
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