9 skills hard to learn that will pay you off forever

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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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4 reasons to learn a new language

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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?

In this TED talk, Linguist and Columbia professor John McWhorter shares four alluring benefits of learning an unfamiliar tongue, which can be summarised as:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Languages are just lot of fun.
  4. We live in an era when it’s never been easier to teach yourself another language.

 

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Persuasion, trust and personal credibility

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Persuasion is at the heart of the diplomatic process and in turn depends on credibility and inter-personal communication qualities of the envoy to function in effectively.
The essay “Persuasion, trust and personal credibility” by Kishan Rana, former Indian ambassador, explores the linkage between persuasion and trust, given that the one is impossible to practice without the other.

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Become Mentally Strong People? Don’t do it!

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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.

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One Ingredient for Employee Engagement

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Randy Conley, Director of Client Services and Trust Practice Leader at The Ken Blanchard Companies, is deeply interested in making employees more engaged and interested in their work.

In his article The One Indispensable Ingredient for Employee Engagement published by http://switchandshift.com, Conley observes that there is an epidemic of workers who are uninterested and disengaged from the job they do.
There are many excellent strategies that deals with this challenge, but according to him only one strategy can be good: trust!

The TrustWorks! ABCD Model® provides that framework and illustrates the four elements of trust that leaders need to focus on building high-trust relationships:

  • Able – Demonstrate Competence
  • Believable – Act with integrity
  • Connected – Care about others
  • Dependable – Maintain Reliability

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