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Developing Leadership Character - Ivey Business Journal

Developing Leadership Character - Ivey Business Journal | GIBSIccURATION | Scoop.it
The sum of virtues, values and traits equals good character, which, in addition to competence and commitment, is one of the 3 ingredients that make a leader
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Leadership-  "In assessing leaders at any level in an organization, we must always ask three questions:

  • Do they have the competencies to be a leader?  Do they have the knowledge, the understanding of key concepts, facts, and relationships that they need to do the job effectively?
  • Do they have the commitment to be a leader?  Yes, they aspire to be a leader, but are they prepared to do the hard work of leadership, engage with others in fulfilling the organizational mission, achieve the vision and deliver on the goals?
  • Do they have the character to be a good leader and strive to be an even better one?  Do they have the values, traits and virtues that others – shareholders, employees, customers, suppliers, regulators and the broader society within which they operate – will use to determine if they are good leaders?"
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Yahoo, Twitter, Facebook... Some social media stats to ponder

Yahoo, Twitter, Facebook... Some social media stats to ponder | GIBSIccURATION | Scoop.it
Looking for some social media stats? Here is a list of interesting numbers I came across while doing some research for my classes: Yahoo - 800 million monthly users Google+ - 359 million monthly ac...
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How Do You Classify Everything? - #WikipediaProblems:

How Do You Classify Everything?   -   #WikipediaProblems: | GIBSIccURATION | Scoop.it
Design the wrong system, and “selenium” and “sex” get sorted the same.
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Wikidata  -  "Wikidata promises a single, shared infrastructure of knowledge beneath Wikipedia in every language. This underlying data layer, which is Wikidata, can be read by both humans and machine, and it propagates changes from one language’s version of Wikipedia to other languages. If Canada, for instance, gets a new finance minister, and someone edits Wikipedia in English to reflect that change, then Wikidata will propagate that information to Wikipedia in other languages."

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Forget roads – drones are the future of goods transport - opinion - 09 September 2013 - New Scientist

Forget roads – drones are the future of goods transport - opinion - 09 September 2013 - New Scientist | GIBSIccURATION | Scoop.it
In rural parts of the world, building a reliable road infrastructure seems nigh on impossible. Andreas Raptopoulos has another idea: vast networks of
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Africa, cities/transport, innovation - Q&A


"You think that drones could help get vital supplies to the one billion people without reliable access to roads?

That's correct. The key concept for us is a network of small drones. Alone, each of those vehicles could cover only a small segment of the transportation network, but together they can have a big spread.

Why not build roads?
Following the lead of road systems in the West is a nearly impossible task for the African continent. You're talking about a massive infrastructure investment and a huge ecological footprint. If you were to deliberately plan out an approach to transportation and logistics in Africa, would you do it in the same way? I'm convinced that the answer is no. Instead, I think you would use a few different modes of transportation – and one would be an aerial method like the drone network we're proposing."

Cellphones have transformed life for many in Africa. Do you think the same could happen with drones?
Yes. It's a radical idea, but we believe that drones could do for transportation what mobiles did for communications. Fifteen years ago, if you had said that mobile telephones would give access to these extremely poor communities and enable their economic growth, nobody would have believed it. We believe it's the same for transportation.

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Think (and Market) Like a Rock Star [Visual Sketch Notes]

Mack Collier is a well-known social media strategist, trainer, and speaker. Mack also hosts the Web's largest Twitter chat, #Blogchat, a weekly conversation abo
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visual sketch notes on


  • how2 measure success
  • how2 be fan-centric etc.
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Every Leader Needs a Challenger in Chief

Every Leader Needs a Challenger in Chief | GIBSIccURATION | Scoop.it

Who in your organization serves as your Challenger in Chief? Interrogating the choices you are considering making? Making you consider the uncontemplated, the unimaginable and that which contradicts or refutes your position? A vast body of research now points to the import of contemplating diverse, dissenting views, making us smarter decision-makers.When group members are actively encouraged to openly express divergent opinions they not only share more information, they consider it more systematically and in a more balanced and less biased way.


Via Bonnie Hohhof
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Decisionmaking, leadership - "A vast body of research now points to the import of contemplating diverse, dissenting views, making us smarter decision-makers.When group members are actively encouraged to openly express divergent opinions they not only share more information, they consider it more systematically and in a more balanced and less biased way."

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Try viewing the competitive intelligence role as Challenger in Chief.

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6 Tips For Having Productive Conversations

6 Tips For Having Productive Conversations | GIBSIccURATION | Scoop.it
Ever walk away from an exchange feeling as though you didn't get anything out of it Prevent that connectionless FOMO with these linguistic maneuvers.
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Bog blog Q4 - 


"1)  DO YOUR HOMEWORK, BUT DON’T BE A CREEP- if you're trying to know as much about the other person as Facebook does, you're probably going too far."

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Introverts Or Extroverts - Who's More Productive?

Introverts Or Extroverts - Who's More Productive? | GIBSIccURATION | Scoop.it
Yes. Everyone's a little introverted. Everyone's a little extroverted. And everyone can work better by embracing both qualities.
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which 'vert are you?  -  As we've noted again and again, managing your productivity is really a matter of managing your energy levels, so figuring out your introversion-extroversion orientation lends specifics to the oft ambiguous art of the recharge."


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The Lewis Model Explains Every Culture In The World

The Lewis Model Explains Every Culture In The World | GIBSIccURATION | Scoop.it
The Lewis Model identifies countries as Linear-actives, Multi-actives, and Reactives.
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stereotyping acknowledged - ""Determining national characteristics is treading a minefield of inaccurate assessment and surprising exception," Lewis wrote. "There is, however, such a thing as a national norm."

Many people think he nailed it, as his book "When Cultures Collide," now in its third edition, has sold more than one million copies since it was first published in 1996 and was called "an authoritative roadmap to navigating the world's economy," by the Wall Street Journal."




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There's a Generation Gap in Your Workplace

There's a Generation Gap in Your Workplace | GIBSIccURATION | Scoop.it
Baby Boomers and Gen X employees are distinctly less engaged than others -- and they make up 88% of the U.S. workforce. Here's what to do about this problem.
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Boomers, Gen X + Millennials:  "For Baby Boomer employees, as well as Generation Xers, engagement is connected to having a strong sense of their company's mission and purpose. Businesses that can find ways to help them understand and embody what their company stands for -- and what it means to them personally -- will keep them engaged or increase their engagement.   

The mobile workforce: Millennials  -  Millennials -- the first to come of age in a culture saturated with mobile technology and social media -- are reportedly changing the marketplace and workplace. Millennials are generally more upbeat about all aspects of engagement than are Baby Boomers or members of Generation X, but Millennials are specifically more positive about growth and development opportunities.   -  And Millennials seem to be more mobile than workers in other generations in one other important way. Despite their higher engagement levels, they are particularly prone to job hopping. Millennials are the most likely of all generations to say they will leave their company in the next 12 months if the job market improves.

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Loyal employees often make more money - Futurity

Loyal employees often make more money - Futurity | GIBSIccURATION | Scoop.it
MICHIGAN STATE (US) — A loyal workforce can boost a firm’s bottom line. Now a new study finds employees who … Continued
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motivating employees- "The findings have implications in the global economy.  -   Western-based companies looking to set up shop in countries such as Azerbaijan or Russia, for example, need to know how to train their managers to motivate workers. Knowing which strategies promote loyalty is crucial.   -   “If Western managers come in and start offering them praise, telling them they’re doing a great job and so on, it might not have that big of an effect,” Linz says. “Managers might have more success by offering the workers a chance to learn new skills, which can contribute to their sense of better job security or desire for more job autonomy, all of which were positively linked to loyalty in our study."

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Millennials want jobs that are meaningful to society | SmartPlanet

Millennials want jobs that are meaningful to society | SmartPlanet | GIBSIccURATION | Scoop.it
Millennials are more socially conscious and are looking for jobs that have a positive impact on the world.
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compassion -  " . . . The recession-era 12th grade students surveyed between 2008 and 2010 showed an increase in concern for others and had more of an interest in social issues compared with pre-recession 12th graders surveyed between 2004 and 2006. One example is that students surveyed during the recession were increasingly looking for a job that is “worthwhile to society,” as this graph shows:

The study also found that recession-era youth were more likely to turn down the heat in their home to save energy (63 percent) compared with pre-recession youth (55 percent); more likely to think about social problems (30 percent versus 26 percent); and more likely to use a bicycle or public transit to get to work (36 percent versus 28 percent).

“This is the silver lining of the Great Recession,” said Patricia Greenfield, professor of psychology at UCLA and senior author of the study, in a statement. “These findings are consistent with my theory that fewer economic resources lead to more concern for others and the community. It is a change very much needed by our society.”

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Are the Brains of Introverts and Extroverts Actually Different? - The Crux

Are the Brains of Introverts and Extroverts Actually Different? - The Crux | GIBSIccURATION | Scoop.it
Personality types are often lumped into introverts and extroverts - but are they actually so distinct that we can see differences between their brains?
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Intro vs Extro-  " . . .it’s important to point out a significant distinction. When Carl Jung coined the terms “extrovert” and “introvert” in the early twentieth century, he emphasized that introverts aren’t necessarily shy or insecure—nor are extroverts necessarily empathic or loving. The distinction between the two, Jung wrote, lies mainly in the fact that introverts get exhausted by social interaction, while extroverts get anxious when left alone. Introverts need solitude in order to recharge, while extroverts draw energyfrom socializing.  -  Modern psychologists have added a third category, the ambivert, a personality that combines both introverted and extroverted traits—for example, a ruthless lawyer or CEO who loves to lead but doesn’t crave peer approval. And the Russian psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi reports that his most artistic patients tended to drift between introversion and extroversion throughout their lives. “[They’re] usually one or the other,” hewrote, “either preferring to be in the thick of crowds or sitting on the sidelines and observing the passing show.”

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This is a fascinating article! Several studies in neuroscience find that the brains of introverts and extroverts are acutally different from one another! Wow, this is quite amazing and really confirms that we need to let people be who they really are! 

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Social librarians - Infographic

Social librarians - Infographic | GIBSIccURATION | Scoop.it
Shine on the web
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LIBRARIANS - "he social librarian is enmeshed in the fabric of the Internet of Things as curator, educator, filter and beacon. In this complex, dynamic and demanding environment, librarians are extending themselves and empowering library users. In recognition of this, Elsevier's Library Connect Newsletter and Joe Murphy, Librarian & Technology Analyst/Trend Spotter, offer up a visual portrait of The Social Librarian, and invite you to download and post, share on your social streams, and discuss with your library stakeholders."

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High Demand Employees - How to tips

High Demand Employees - How to tips | GIBSIccURATION | Scoop.it
Does your organisation have a small cohort of employees that sap the energy out of you, leaving you mentally exhausted each time you have to interact with them…
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Managing high-demand employees: "High demand staff staunchly believe their reality (highly tainted in emotional distortions) and expect you to believe in them too. They also seem to enjoy remaining in the conflict and escalating it to new levels.  -  It’s not uncommon to experience these workers as highly defensive, argumentative, irrational and illogical. They confuse and perplex us and then worry us that they will never be appeased even though we have given them more attention and resources than we really care to. Each interface with high demand employees is extremely stressful. They continually attack you personally and blame everyone and everything else but themselves. At some point we realise that this situation is untenable and probably start to wish that the employment relationship would come to an end.  -  Believe it or not, these staff and these situations can be managed for better outcomes and in a way that can keep your stress levels down. Here are 5 tips to get you started on this process:


  • 1)      Treat every interaction with every staff member as though that employee might be a high demand employee. Set strong professional boundaries from the beginning. Keep yourself alert such that you are not influenced and coerced into lowering your guard.
  • 2)      Remain courteous and professional at all times, resisting the temptation to ‘put them back in their place’ when they attack you personally. Do not respond to the attack but remain focused on the issue at hand.
  • 3)      Only do what is reasonably necessary for you to do. Do not go above and beyond the reasonable expectations of your professional duty.
  • 4)      Focus on the process and not on the drama and diversions high demand employees will demand you address.
  • 5)      Enrol in our new training course: ‘Managing High Demand Employees’ to understand more behind these behaviours and to learn and practice more successful strategies and tips.
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Gartner's 2013 Hype Cycle for Emerging Technologies Maps Out Evolving Relationship Between Humans and Machines

Gartner's 2013 Hype Cycle for Emerging Technologies Maps Out Evolving Relationship Between Humans and Machines | GIBSIccURATION | Scoop.it
The evolving relationship between humans and machines is the key theme of Gartner, Inc.'s
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Hype cycle, 2013  -  

"In making the overriding theme of this year's Hype Cycle the evolving relationship between humans and machines, we encourage enterprises to look beyond the narrow perspective that only sees a future in which machines and computers replace humans. In fact, by observing how emerging technologies are being used by early adopters, there are actually three main trends at work. These are augmenting humans with technology — for example, an employee with a wearable computing device; machines replacing humans — for example, a cognitive virtual assistant acting as an automated customer representative; and humans and machines working alongside each other — for example, a mobile robot working with a warehouse employee to move many boxes." 

"Enterprises of the future will use a combination of these three trends to improve productivity, transform citizen and customer experience, and to seek competitive advantage," said Hung LeHong, research vice president at Gartner. "These three major trends are made possible by three areas that facilitate and support the relationship between human and machine. Machines are becoming better at understanding humans and the environment — for example, recognizing the emotion in a person's voice — and humans are becoming better at understanding machines — for example, through the Internet of things. At the same time, machines and humans are getting smarter by working together."

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Benchmark Report: Pan-African Social Business - IDG Connect

Benchmark Report: Pan-African Social Business  -  IDG Connect | GIBSIccURATION | Scoop.it
New report from Cerebra, powered by Fusenet, offers first-of-a-kind insights into the social practices of the top 200 African companies
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social business, Africa - "Stopforth, who hails from South Africa, highlights the usual cultural problems you get with any business involvement in Africa. There is a tendency to assume that the whole African continent is just one country. Yet there are huge cultural differences across the region. One thing thrown up by the report that was especially surprising was that 80% of the most popular YouTube content was in Arabic French. This flies in the face of the assumption that English is the dominant language.  -  Other interesting takeaways include the calculation that social companies generate 63% more revenue than non-social companies. This is based on the revenue of companies with at least one social profile against those with no social profiles. In a similar vein the report calculates that companies with a higher social engagement index generate 53% more revenue, based on the average revenue of companies in the top 50 social engagement leaderboard, against those in the top 150. The report also states that the B2B space hasn’t had “any breakthrough brand” yet. On top of which, across the board earned media “remains a mystery”.

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Startup 101s: The Business Model - Boardroom

Startup 101s: The Business Model - Boardroom | GIBSIccURATION | Scoop.it
Startup 101s: The Business Model
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Business models- "

Well-thought out business models set the pace for organizational growth and above average returns. Developing the right product is hard, but even harder is building a good business model. Management writer, Joan Magretta defines a business model as “the story that explains how an enterprise works”. A business model shows how your business is going to generate revenues and profits. It details your long term strategy and day-to-day operations.


Here are six components to take into consideration when developing a business model"

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Top 10 most competitive economies in the world | SmartPlanet

Top 10 most competitive economies in the world | SmartPlanet | GIBSIccURATION | Scoop.it
Will the world’s economies soon be distinguished as “innovation rich” or “innovation poor”?
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COMPETITIVENESS : "... top 10 most competitive economies, according to WEF’s Global Competitive Index, determined by the strength of factors such as infrastructure, higher education, and technological readiness:


Switzerland

Singapore

Finland

Germany

US

Sweden

Hong Kong SAR

Netherlands

Japan

UK

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Henry Ford on Leadership

Henry Ford on Leadership | GIBSIccURATION | Scoop.it
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Lifelong learning
  • Education is not something to prepare you for life; it is a continuous part of life.
  • Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young.
  • All that I personally own of any value is my experience, and that cannot be taken away. One should not complain of having one’s fund of experience added to.
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Inside Search – Google : How Search Works

Inside Search – Google : How Search Works | GIBSIccURATION | Scoop.it
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Search - mobile graphic : "Behind your simple page of results is a complex system, carefully crafted and tested, to support more than one-hundred billion searches each month."


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Michael Bloomberg - in conversation

Michael Bloomberg - in conversation | GIBSIccURATION | Scoop.it
The mayor has harsh words for Bill de Blasio, rebuts the charge that he’s in the tank for the wealthy, questions just how poor the poor really are, and considers (for the first time) what he might like named after him.
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NY mayor's office, looking back 12 years- "..we begin the first of several conversations about his twelve unusual years in office, sitting beneath a countdown clock showing the time left in his mayoralty ticking away."


A common theme in the campaign to succeed you has been that you’ve governed primarily for the rich.   -  I’m fascinated by these comments—and it is just campaign rhetoric—suggesting that we haven’t done enough for the poor. The truth of the matter is we’ve done a lot more than anybody else has ever done. The average compensation—income—for the bottom 20 percent is higher than in almost every other city. Of course, the average compensation for the top 20 percent is 25 percent higher than the next four cities. But that’s our tax base. If we can find a bunch of billionaires around the world to move here, that would be a godsend, because that’s where the revenue comes to take care of everybody else.   -    Who’s paying our taxes? We pay the highest school costs in the country. It comes from the wealthy! We have an $8.5 billion budget for our Police Department. We’re the safest big city in the country—stop me when you get bored with this! Life expectancy is higher here than in the rest of the country—who’s paying for that? We want these people to come here, and it’s not our job to say that they’re over- or underpaid. I might not pay them the same thing if it was my company—maybe I’d pay them more, I don’t know. All I know is from the city’s point of view, we want these people, and why criticize them? Wouldn’t it be great if we could get all the Russian billionaires to move here?"

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Cutting out the middle men

Cutting out the middle men | GIBSIccURATION | Scoop.it
WHEN the workers in the City of London head home each evening, a hidden legion of homeless people shuffles out of the shadows to reclaim their territory. The Square...
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Homelesness - "Roland Fryer, a Harvard economist, has invested more than $6m to test the proposition that paying pupils can improve poor schools. The most successful method was the simplest, in which children in Dallas were rewarded for reading books. Similar schemes are proliferating in the developing world. In Malawi, the World Bank recently gave a trial to the idea of paying adolescent girls to stay in school. That worked, too. Researchers also found that rates of HIV infection were much lower among girls paid to stay in classrooms: one more lesson in the power of responsibility and self-control."

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100 Resilient CIties - Rockefeller Foundation

100 Resilient CIties - Rockefeller Foundation | GIBSIccURATION | Scoop.it
The Rockefeller Foundation is hosting a global conversation on resilience and selecting 100 Resilient Cities, ready to withstand disasters and bounce back.
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urbanization in the 21st century- " . . .  businesses to build their own resilience – and that of their workforce – to potential crises in the larger community. This means moving beyond contingency plans to keep the office running to ensuring gasoline, food supplies and shelter is available for employees critical to those processes. This has wider benefits – prolonged economic losses erode the tax base and can lead to layoffs down the road, both of which can further exacerbate the vulnerabilities of the population.

To provide the risk capital that will allow cities to begin planning and acting on resilience strategies, the Rockefeller Foundation is making a $100m commitment to building urban resilience. As part of this effort, the100 Resilient Cities Centennial Challenge will select 100 cities to receive funding to hire a chief resilience officer, support to develop a resilience plan, and access a suite of innovative services, including technical support for big data analytics and leveraging private financing.  -  Cities don't have to wait until after a crisis hits to benefit from resilience efforts, nor should they. Many resilience-building strategies – such as improving water and solid waste management, implementing energy-saving smart grid technology, or adding options for rapid transit – also increase the efficiency, livability and vibrancy of cities every day."

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Flowing Purposefully Through Your Workday - Quick Fixes

Flowing Purposefully Through Your Workday  -  Quick Fixes | GIBSIccURATION | Scoop.it
Flow is what happens when you're totally absorbed in your work. Here's how to make it happen.
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bored?  -  

" . . . train up your problem-solving skills, for example by:

  • Learning the keyboard shortcuts for whatever you're doing
  • Finding apps and other tools that can simplify the task
  • Rooting out inefficiencies

The point is to raise the challenge of a given awful-boring task to something more rewarding--and that frequently requires a meta-awareness of the task itself. If we can understand what components comprise the task, then we can alter those pieces into something more suitable."

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