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How to Deal with People Who Have No Time to Learn New Things At Work

How to Deal with People Who Have No Time to Learn New Things At Work | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it
The following post outlines some ideas that you can use in the workplace on how to deal with people who have no time for learning.

Say what? No time to learn?

That’s like saying you don’t want to be up to speed with what’s happening in your industry, profession or even your customer market – the same one you’re servicing but I get it. Work is busy. People are busy. You’re busy.

When your priority is to get through emails, attend back-to-back meetings or finish that PowerPoint presentation that your boss asked you for the umpteenth time, making the time to switch your brain from ‘busy mode’ to ‘learning mode’ seems daunting.

Instead, we think about the work that we will need to catch up on and instead, put our learning off for another day.  However, if we don’t make time for learning at our work every day, it means that you are behind your peers, competitors, customers and your market – and that is an easy position to get into when the world is constantly changing.

So what do you do if deep down, YOU understand this but others in your work team might not?  How can you encourage your business team to consider ways of learning from each other and with each other at work? Read more: click image or title.

 

 

 

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Turn Data Into Visuals: 28 Apps that Generate Reports and Charts

Turn Data Into Visuals: 28 Apps that Generate Reports and Charts | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it

A blog about productivity, workflow automation, company building and how to get things done with less work.

Humans love patterns—in fact, our superior ability to process patterns is what sets us apart from other species.

We still need help drawing conclusions from data, though. That’s where reports come in: They provide a visual overview of information, From summarizing work expenses to recapping research findings, reports help sort connect the dots.

But no one has the time to dig through data, make charts and lists, and turn every single project and activity into a report. That's where these 28 apps can help—they create reports for clients, team, and yourself in minutes. Read more: click image or title.

 

 

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7 Incredibly Simple But Effective Habits To Develop In 2016

7 Incredibly Simple But Effective Habits To Develop In 2016 | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it
From getting more sleep to learning how to forgive, these powerful habits will transform your life and open a greater path to success.

The new year is fast approaching which means we're all looking to the future. Some of us, like me, are hitting the gym to develop healthy habits early. Others are contemplating the next steps in their jobs and careers.

Just as a few tweaks in your exercise regime might do wonders for your body, so will a few tweaks to your daily habits do wonders for your professional life. Whether it's starting your own business or angling for the next promotion, here's 7 habits to develop that will power you into even greater success in 2016. I'll gladly toast to that!

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Distracted? 11 Hacks That Will Help You Focus. (Infographic)

Distracted? 11 Hacks That Will Help You Focus. (Infographic) | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it

These easy tips will help you zero in on the task at hand -- so pay attention!

Just because you’re not doing work right now doesn’t mean there’s no work to be done. I’ll bet you’re just about to get started on that work right after you read this. Well… you do have to return that phone call first, but then you’ll do work. Oh wait… but isn’t it someone’s birthday today? You’ll just check Facebook and make sure you’re not being so incredibly rude by not wishing your friend (read: that acquaintance that you very rarely talk to) a happy birthday. It’ll only take three minutes and then, you swear, you’ll take care of work.

Sound familiar? If procrastination and a lack of focus are problems for you, check out the infographic below by Anna Vital, information designer at Funders and Founders. These 11 tricks to help you get your focus on, if you can pay attention long enough to remember them. Some Cliff’s notes: Classical music and pets are helpful, a cluttered desk and an uncomfortable chair are not.

Check out the rest of the advice and get to work.

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7 Tips to Increase Your Service Business Bottom Line

7 Tips to Increase Your Service Business Bottom Line | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it
Your service workflow should be digitized so that when a service call comes in, it’s captured electronically. Computer-based scheduling tools streamline the process of capturing and dispatching service requests, saving as much as 80% over the effort of a paper-based process. If your company is not leveraging smartphone technology, you’re missing a golden opportunity.

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Using technology and common sense will increase your sales, efficiency and the respect you get from your clients. Great article.

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17 Tricks To Get More Things Done During the Work Day

17 Tricks To Get More Things Done During the Work Day | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it
Practice these simple tips to start freeing up your time and getting more done during the day.

Sometimes, we wish there were more hours in the day. Unfortunately, we can’t control time. What we can control is our productivity. Being cautious with how we spend our time is vital to getting more done during the day. Waking up earlier, meditating, creating daily to-do lists -- there are a number of ways to make the most out of every minute.

If you want to be more productive during your day, these simple hacks will help get you on your way. Read more: click image or title.

 

 

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31+ Startup Tools, Both Online & Offline

Over the past year I have used hundreds of tools while building Pixc. It’s now time I list them for everyone.



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3 Ways Startups Can Accomplish More With Less | Inc.com

3 Ways Startups Can Accomplish More With Less | Inc.com | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it
Rather than chasing gobs of capital, early-stage startups should chase capital efficiency - or doing more with less.

In the age of unicorns, startups that are increasingly reaching valuations of over $1 billion, it's easy for entrepreneurs to get caught up in chasing as much capital as they can raise - often more than they actually need in order to maintain and scale their operations.

As the CEO and co-founder of an emerging growth company that just raised a Series B, I understand where the desire comes from. Without a healthy supply of capital, a startup can't grow.

But rather than chasing gobs of capital, I would advise early-stage startups to chase capital efficiency - that is, doing more with less. In addition to burning less capital, it has the benefit of instilling discipline in the team early, planting the seeds for a company culture that is focused on the long-term. Sean Jacobsohn, a venture investor at Norwest Venture Partners, recently wrote that establishing capital efficiency early and maintaining it to scale helps startups develop passionate, insightful leadership, in addition to a targeted and loyal customer base.

Here are three of the most important things I've learned as an entrepreneur about capital efficiency that any startup leader can apply. All of these boil down to one common theme: the importance of embracing capital scarcity. Read more: click image or title.




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3 tips that make a lot of sense, excellent for business, #learningcurve and best #practices.

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5 Tips To Become a Morning Person

5 Tips To Become a Morning Person | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it

A majority of people in the world are night owls, staying up late either catching up on “to-do” lists, watching a late night show or socializing with friends, but is staying up late into the night and sleeping later in the morning a smart approach?

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Being a morning person definitely makes you more competitive. You can get an incredible amount of work done in the morning, and then you still have the whole day available to be creative and relaxed and to enjoy what you do, or want to do.

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22 Powerful Productivity Hacks for Small Business #Entrepreneur

22 Powerful Productivity Hacks for Small Business #Entrepreneur | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it
Instead of working harder - why not work smarter? Tips for Small Businesses

Let’s face it – as a small business owner, there are never going to be enough hours in the day. Whether you’re a solopreneur or you’ve got a small team pitching in, the “to-do” list sometimes feels a thousand miles long. Next thing you know, you’re pulling 14 hour days, drowning yourself in coffee and scratching your head trying to remember what “sleep” means, all in the name of getting things done.

How’s that working out for you?

Instead of working harder – why not work smarter? Improving your personal productivity is like cheating the universe and adding more minutes to every hour. If you want to up your output, we’ve compiled a list of tried, tested and proven ways to improve your productivity. From common sense that isn’t so common to downright weird tricks with surprising results, here’s how to take back your hours, shorten up the to-do list and bring balance back to your life.

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