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Hold yourself to a higher standard. Tips to be better in your personal and professional lives.
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Dress For The Job You Want

Dress For The Job You Want | Betterness | Scoop.it
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"Just like you should dress for the job you want and not the job you have, we should treat Detroit as the city we want it to be, the city it could be."

 

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Talk Your Way to the Top: Why Old-School Communication Skills Are the Competitive Edge New Grads Need - PhilanTopic | PND | Foundation Center

Talk Your Way to the Top: Why Old-School Communication Skills Are the Competitive Edge New Grads Need - PhilanTopic | PND | Foundation Center | Betterness | Scoop.it
You've just graduated from college and are (justifiably) proud of your accomplishment. But as you head into the workforce, don't expect your new credentials or your great GPA to do the heavy lifting for you. Geoffrey Tumlin warns they don't...
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"Old school" communication skills - they're not just for grownups anymore!

 

Though the article focuses on the need for recent grads to hone their communication skills, I think it's save to say that we could all stand to do a little self-improvement.

 

In a technology-satiated society, we often overlook the personal side and etiquette that has fueled relationships for centuries before twitter and texting were ever created. It's incredible how far a bit of self-control, professionalism, and good listening can take you.

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How To Build Connections When You’re Just Starting Out

How To Build Connections When You’re Just Starting Out | Betterness | Scoop.it

Serial Entrepreneur Matt Galligan on how he went from small town Illinois to founding his third startup.

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Some great insights from serial entrepreneur, Matt Galligan, on how to make and keep connections when you're just starting out:

- Find your community, online or in-person, and build relationships

- When connecting with someone for the first time via email, be specific and ask questions

- Making connections is just like dating, so don't make the ask in your first interaction: "Your goal at the end of the day should be to get another date, not just hook up."

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13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do

13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do | Betterness | Scoop.it
Mentally strong people don't pick up these bad habits.
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Don't let fear, control, and self-doubt hold you back. Set yourself up for success by breaking these limiting habits.

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A VC: Starting and Finishing

A VC: Starting and Finishing | Betterness | Scoop.it
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"I'm a crotchety old guy. I worry about all these new companies. I’m glad that they’re easier to start, but the problem is, they’re just as hard to finish as they have always been." - Mike Olson

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When You're Innovating, Resist Looking for Solutions

When You're Innovating, Resist Looking for Solutions | Betterness | Scoop.it
If someone comes to you with a problem, you start thinking of a solution. That's natural — everyone does it. But as soon as you start thinking of a solution, you unconsciously begin shutting off po...
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When looking to problem solve through innovation, try to remain in the "problem space" as long as possible. Focusing on the solution will only lead to expected results, binding you to existing conventions. Understanding the problem thoroughly may open you up to new perspectives and subsequently new approaches (such as divergent collabaration) to resolve the issue.

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Digital Dexterity for Deeper Social Impact

Digital Dexterity for Deeper Social Impact | Betterness | Scoop.it
The UN Foundation had plans to increase nonprofit awareness of, access to, and capacity for utilizing online, digital, and social tools to enhance their performance. Digital dexterity may be lacking in the social sector and inhibiting organizations from maximizing their impact.
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Lessons on Success and Deliberate Practice from Mozart, Picasso, etc.

Lessons on Success and Deliberate Practice from Mozart, Picasso, etc. | Betterness | Scoop.it
Deliberate practice is the one strategy that will make the biggest difference to your success. Read this article to learn more.
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To be the expert, elite, cream of the crop in your craft, 10 years of practic may not be enough...10 years of deliberate practice is what you should strive for!

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Using Outcomes to Measure Nonprofit Success

Using Outcomes to Measure Nonprofit Success | Betterness | Scoop.it
"The people and communities served by charities don’t need low overhead, they need high performance.”
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My Six-Point Plan for Doing Projects | Design on GOOD

My Six-Point Plan for Doing Projects | Design on GOOD | Betterness | Scoop.it
#1 Tell everyone your idea. As many people as you can, especially people not in your industry. Tell your mom’s friends. Do not make them sign an NDA. What are they going to do, steal your idea? Not a chance.
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No matter how great of an idea you have, it won't go anywhere if you don't start. Sam Potts offers 6 tips for jumping in, head first!

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Regulation for Business Success (SSIR)

Regulation for Business Success (SSIR) | Betterness | Scoop.it
World-class regulation helps the development of world-class industry. We need more of it.
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"Regulation has the ability to enhance business success and build more competitive economies. Yes, businesses will always tend to argue for the status quo. That is part of the inherent laziness that effects all of us in one way or another. But uncertainty is more damaging to business than good regulation. When faced with good, well-designed regulation, businesses adapt rapidly and continue on their profitable way. They become better businesses and more competitive in the long-term, compared to their counterparts in unregulated markets.

 

The reality is that high-quality, forward-looking, and clear regulation forces businesses to strengthen themselves. The result is the emergence of industries that are ahead of the game."

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Escape from Brainstorm Island

Escape from Brainstorm Island | Betterness | Scoop.it
Thomas Wedell-Wedellsborg, coauthor of Innovation as Usual, explains how to drive innovation on a daily basis....
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Get away from occasional brainstorming and make innovation a part of your daily routine, 365 days per year.

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Nonprofits Need to Compete for Top Talent

Nonprofits Need to Compete for Top Talent | Betterness | Scoop.it
Faced with a massive talent shortfall, the sector needs to change its hiring and retention tactics.
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Model your nonprofit's benefits and hiring and leadership development practices after those of the private sector, and you'll be setting up your organization for long-term success.

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How to Spend the First 10 Minutes of Your Day

How to Spend the First 10 Minutes of Your Day | Betterness | Scoop.it
It shouldn’t involve email.
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Take a page out of the food industry's recipe book and start your day off with "mise-en-place:" a 10-minute practice to assess and plan your day, prioritize and break down your to-do list.  

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Culture Eats Strategy For Breakfast | TechCrunch

Culture Eats Strategy For Breakfast | TechCrunch | Betterness | Scoop.it
I used to think corporate culture didn’t matter. Discussion of vision, mission and values was for people who couldn’t build product or sell it! We had..
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Oftentimes, management deviates from company culture and values to meet short-term objectives, not realizing the long-term, damaging impact it has on internal operations, morale, performance, and engagement. 

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In the Name of Love | Jacobin

In the Name of Love | Jacobin | Betterness | Scoop.it
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" 'Do What You Love' distracts us from the working conditions of others while validating our own choices and relieving us from obligations to all who labor, whether or not they love it. It is the secret handshake of the privileged and a worldview that disguises its elitism as noble self-betterment."

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Think Saving the World Is More Important Than Your Health? Read This.

Think Saving the World Is More Important Than Your Health? Read This. | Betterness | Scoop.it
The greatest truth is this: if the health of the individual is not cared for then all the big ideas die when the thinker becomes too ill or tired or burned-out to carry them out. The big thinkers are going to need health on their side to get it done.
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Your ideas can't survive without you. Don't forget to take some time for yourself every once in a while. 

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This Is The Number One Thing That Holds Most People Back From Success

This Is The Number One Thing That Holds Most People Back From Success | Betterness | Scoop.it
Research and experts agree: it's not intelligence or hard work.
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Getting your attitude right is the first step to success.

 

Do people like you? Focus on this before anything else...

 

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Facebook’s Shared Value Status: It’s Complicated (SSIR)

Facebook’s Shared Value Status: It’s Complicated (SSIR) | Betterness | Scoop.it
Facebook and Google may be the new poster children for shared value, but is Internet access a critical social issue?
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Just call it like it is...shared value is a good thing, as it allows corporation to justify solving (though not always the most pressing) social problems as it will also benefit their bottom line. But shared value is not philanthropy ... and calling it is a disservice to all.

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Here's What Really Happens When You Extend a Deadline

Here's What Really Happens When You Extend a Deadline | Betterness | Scoop.it
People just go back to procrastinating.
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To avoid the procrastination that will inevitably set in when you get an extension, try setting intermediate deadlines, take your past experiences into consideration, and anticipate things that could go wrong.

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How to Stop Procrastinating on Your Goals by Using the Seinfeld Strategy - - The Buffer Blog

How to Stop Procrastinating on Your Goals by Using the Seinfeld Strategy - - The Buffer Blog | Betterness | Scoop.it
Stop procrastinating by following the most famous comedian's advice on becoming a better you. Here is how:
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Consistency. Plain and simple. Doing something that is impactful and simple to do on a consistent basis will get you one step closer to excellence!

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The syringe designed for behaviour change.

The syringe designed for behaviour change. | Betterness | Scoop.it
We have a chat to David Swann from the University of Huddersfield to learn more about the design for his behaviour changing syringe.
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Saving lives through smart design!

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Inside the Brains of Rebellious Leaders

Inside the Brains of Rebellious Leaders | Betterness | Scoop.it
True iconoclasts don't just happen upon a novel approach. Their brains are actually wired in a way that makes them more likely to take the road less...
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"Iconoclastic thinking demands a brain that functions differently from the standard model in three areas: perception; the fear response; and social intelligence." -George Burns on innovation, creativity, and leadership

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Dan Pallotta: The way we think about charity is dead wrong | Video on TED.com

Activist and fundraiser Dan Pallotta calls out the double standard that drives our broken relationship to charities. Too many nonprofits, he says, are rewarded for how little they spend -- not for what they get done.
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Scale is the answer to solving global social problems. But the current structure and thinking about the nonprofit sector doesn't allow for such growth and scale to occur!

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Seth's Blog: Macro trends don't matter so much

Seth's Blog: Macro trends don't matter so much | Betterness | Scoop.it
How many people will be using the internet in 2016? Are women more likely than men to choose the brand of potato chip the family buys? What percentage of the world's population will speak Spanish in a decade?
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Don't play the numbers game with your customers. Focus on quality and the individual and you'll create a customer and support base for life!

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