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10 Ways You’re Making Your Life Harder Than It Has To Be

10 Ways You’re Making Your Life Harder Than It Has To Be | Business Stuff | Scoop.it
Two words: Live boldly. Every single time you are offered a choice that involves greater risk, take it. You will lose on many of them but when you add them up at the end of your life you’ll be glad...
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A somewhat long time ago, a very wise person finally got through to me with this message:  The only person stopping you is you.

Since that moment, taking risks (#6) has been MUCH easier for me, and the payoffs have far exceeded my expectations.  I wish the same for you!

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What Multitasking Does To Your Brain

What Multitasking Does To Your Brain | Business Stuff | Scoop.it
Having 20 tabs open on your laptop while Snapchatting with your best friend, eating a sandwich, and listening to Taylor Swift is overwhelming. And...
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"Multitasking stunts emotional intelligence."

I used to pride myself on my ability to multitask, until I saw the light some years ago and realized I was doing many things in a good, but not excellent, manner.  Reading about the relationship between multitasking and emotional intelligence reinforces my opinions on the matter.

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MLB, MLBPA agree to upgrade of Joint Drug Program

MLB, MLBPA agree to upgrade of Joint Drug Program | Business Stuff | Scoop.it
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Changes to the Major League Baseball Joint Drug Program - players suspended during the season under the JDP are no longer eligible to play that post-season.  Other changes are included as well, all of which, in my opinion, are sound business decisions.  For those not familiar with the process, both MLB and the Players' Union must agree to such changes, and they have.

Play Ball!

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Fortune ranks the World's 50 Greatest Leaders

Fortune ranks the World's 50 Greatest Leaders | Business Stuff | Scoop.it
In an era that feels starved for leadership, we've found men and women who will inspire you -- some famous, others little known, all of them energizing their followers and making the world better.
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Pope Francis, who's first on the list, wonderfully models servant leadership.  Number 11, who I'm pleased and surprised made the list, is recognized because he "never offer excuses or give less than maximum effort."

Great tidbits on great leadership qualities throughout, whether or not you agree with the rankings (or a person's inclusion on the list, for that matter!).

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Sheryl Sandberg on why you should never call your daughter bossy

Sheryl Sandberg on why you should never call your daughter bossy | Business Stuff | Scoop.it
Lean In and the Girl Scouts are launching a public service campaign to encourage girls and women to lead.
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Bossy - a "gateway" word for gender discrimination.  Haven't thought about being called bossy for a LONG time, and the moment I read this article, my brain and heart became flooded with memories.

Yes, I've been called bossy (and aggressive, and "too strong") more than once, and more often than not, it wasn't intended to be a compliment.

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'Nones' and the Common Good

'Nones' and the Common Good | Business Stuff | Scoop.it
What will happen to U.S. civil society as the pews empty out?
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Straightforward, non-sectarian look at the impact US religious organizations have on our civil society and certain business sectors.  Quick read, and thought-provoking.

 

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What Bothers Us Most About Our Leaders

What Bothers Us Most About Our Leaders | Business Stuff | Scoop.it
Leaders have unique qualities that don’t always rub people the right way. This can unknowingly create distractions and misunderstandings that lead to a dysfunctional workplace. Unless employees learn to adapt, the same character traits that make effective leaders will begin to wear on them and grow tiresome. Though a leader’s responsibility is to guide the organization in the right direction and sustain profitable growth – inspiring the success, significance and capabilities of their employees along the way -- they must also become more self-aware of how their approach and style may be standing in the way of their employees realizing their full potential. As one Fortune 400 leader recently told me, “My intensity and sense of urgency can get annoying and I need to be more mindful of the potential repercussions on employee morale and the burden it places on my teams and the corporate culture.” Whether you’re evolving into a leadership role or just want to evolve your thinking about how to engage most effectively with your employees, be aware of these eight things that bother employees most about their leaders:
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"We are transitioning from a knowledge-based to a wisdom-based economy.   For leaders, it’s no longer just about what they know, but what they do with what they know."

In leadership, we're (finally) starting the transition from "I'm Monarch of the Universe" to something much closer to servant-leadership.  I'll be watching several companies closely to see how they survive the transition.

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Six Health Tips for Geeks

Six Health Tips for Geeks | Business Stuff | Scoop.it
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Sad to report that I'm what Dr. Brady calls a "Pixel Potato."  This gentle reminder from one of my Saints Sibs is inspiring me to do something about it ... thanks, Dave!

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Sad to report that I'm what Dr. Brady calls a "Pixel Potato."  This gentle reminder from one of my Saints Sibs is inspiring me to do something about it ... thanks, Dave!

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10 Words to Cut From Your Writing

10 Words to Cut From Your Writing | Business Stuff | Scoop.it
Want to improve your printed and online content? Chop these words -- mercilessly.
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Good list - although, I must admit to a penchant for "stuff."

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The Art of Crafting a 15-Word Strategy Statement

The Art of Crafting a 15-Word Strategy Statement | Business Stuff | Scoop.it
A long, often vague document won't do you any favors.
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While I hadn't considered a word limit before, this matches the advice I share with all my customers - if you can't get your vision into a single sentence that your employees can recite from memory, you need to try again.

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Creativity training

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When we think of creativity as just another line-item in the long checklist of marketable credentials, we temper its power and make genuinely creative thinking more difficult to attain. The purpose of creativity is not to make us better employees, but to make the world a more expressive and innovative place.


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A welcome reminder of the greater potential of the power of creative imagination. Celebrate World and Innovation Week April 15-21.
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Top 10 professional life coaching myths

Top 10 professional life coaching myths | Business Stuff | Scoop.it
Think you know what a professional life coach does? Guess again
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While many of the business-side clients I coach focus on their work goals, most discussions invariable spill over into areas beyond ...

"Myth 3: Personal coaches can only help you reach personal goals / Professional coaches can only help you reach business goals.

Fact: A good coach is someone who is an expert at helping others create positive change in their lives."

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Who Goes to Work to Have Fun?

Who Goes to Work to Have Fun? | Business Stuff | Scoop.it
Trying to make employees happy may achieve the reverse.
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In honor of April Fool's Day, an op-ed piece on fun in the workplace.

Something to consider (seriously!): "Instead of striving to make work fun, managers should concentrate on creating the conditions in which a variety of personality types, from the excitable to the naturally downbeat, can flourish."

As someone who has fun at least part of the day, every day, when I work, I couldn't agree more.

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The Duchess of Cambridge’s first Mother’s Day | notonthehighstreet blog

The Duchess of Cambridge’s first Mother’s Day | notonthehighstreet blog | Business Stuff | Scoop.it
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Originally was going to categorize this as "Other Stuff," but the more I got to thinking, it really belongs with my Business Stuff postings.  The article, related video, and images, all speak to finding competitive advantages when, where, and how you can.  Sometimes, the answer is staring you right in the face when you look in the mirror.

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How Your Labor Day Vacation Can Boost Your Performance At Work

How Your Labor Day Vacation Can Boost Your Performance At Work | Business Stuff | Scoop.it
I recently read a profile of Amazon’s Jeff Bezos that suggested he thinks work-life balance is for people who don’t like their work. A vacation will do your brain some good. (photo credit © Christy Thompson | Dreamstime.com) It’s a maxim that American business culture validates. You’ve probably found yourself talking about [...]
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In case you've wondered where I've been (or even if you didn't notice I was gone), I just took some time away with the husband.  How did I spend my time?  Taking some 3600 pictures over a period of 5 days.  What did I NOT do?  Check e-mail / voicemail every day.  For the most part, I was unplugged - with prior planning and by design.  It CAN be done ... and I highly recommend it!

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Sports medicine pioneer Jobe dies at 88

Sports medicine pioneer Jobe dies at 88 | Business Stuff | Scoop.it
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Doing things differently, and ending up with extraordinary results, is just part of the legacy of Dr. Frank Jobe, known to many of us as the Tommy John Surgery doctor.  His innovations regarding surgical techniques allow many athletes to continue their playing days while facing what was previously considered career-ending injuries.

Thanks, Dr. Jobe, for the inspiration from a job well-done.  May you rest easy, and may all who hold you dear be comforted with happy memories.

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Catholic Charities, Diocese of Metuchen, and Mennonite Disaster Service volunteers help Sandy victims return home

Catholic Charities, Diocese of Metuchen, and Mennonite Disaster Service volunteers help Sandy victims return home | Business Stuff | Scoop.it
Sandy-impacted families are getting back in their homes thanks to a partnership between Catholic Charities, Diocese of Metuchen, and the Mennonite Disaster Service.
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Great example of intentional leadership skills in action:  networking, relationships, connecting, expertise, and more!

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Is Attention the Secret to Emotional Intelligence?, by Jason Marsh

Is Attention the Secret to Emotional Intelligence?, by Jason Marsh | Business Stuff | Scoop.it
If you go to a restaurant these days, for instance, you see people sitting together, at the same table, staring at their video screens, their phone, their iPad, or whatever it may be -- and not talking to each other, says Daniel Goleman, author of Focus: The Hidden Driver of Excellence. In his book, Goleman postulates that our emotional intelligence is directly tied to our own self-awareness -- an awareness of our mind, our emotions, and that of those around us. That
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Interview with Daniel Goleman on focus and emotional intelligence - something he said that really stuck out for me about today's first-world society is this:  "We’re alone together."

Good read, especially for anyone wedded to their electronic devices.

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Find the Coaching in Criticism

Find the Coaching in Criticism | Business Stuff | Scoop.it
Business management magazine, blogs, case studies, articles, books, and webinars from Harvard Business Review, addressing today's topics and challenges in business management.
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It's the time of year when many of you are writing performance appraisals, receiving the feedback, or both.  A lot of companies offer workshops on preparing and delivering feedback, but very few offer the opportunity to practice receiving it.  Several great suggestions are included in this article, especially in "5. Ask for just one thing," for those who usually feel particularly overwhelmed with the process.

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5 ways to improve your business blog | Philly Marketing Labs

5 ways to improve your business blog | Philly Marketing Labs | Business Stuff | Scoop.it
A look at 5 reasons your blog is not drawing the audience you want. A blog must align with your marketing goals and overall content strategy. Tips to help.
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Yep ... finally took care of #5 on the list!

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41 Online Backup Services Reviewed (Updated February 2014)

41 Online Backup Services Reviewed (Updated February 2014) | Business Stuff | Scoop.it
A list of the best online backup services, updated February 2014. Online backup services back up your files to secure data centers over the Internet.
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Thanks, Robin Wiley, for sharing this article on FB.

I'm diligent about backing up my machine (and taking full backups with me when I travel), but like many of you, am vulnerable on a day-to-day basis to disasters or break-ins since my backups are usually sitting in my office.  I'll be reviewing the options and taking action this week!

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