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Top 11 Trusted (And Free) Search Engines For Scientific and Academic Research

Top 11 Trusted (And Free) Search Engines For Scientific and Academic Research | High-Performance Work Culture | Scoop.it
Whether Conducting Academic Research or Purely Scientific Research, These Sites can be an Invaluable Aid. Researching is the most crucial step of writing a

Via Tom D'Amico (@TDOttawa)
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When you are asking teammates to think out of the box to improve performance, are you suggesting alternate tools for them to use to discover new ideas and approaches?

 

Sometimes it only takes one thought to trigger something exciting.

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Good info for student research or even my own!

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House, Senate Talks to Reform the VA Close to Collapsing over Money

House, Senate Talks to Reform the VA Close to Collapsing over Money | High-Performance Work Culture | Scoop.it
Efforts by the House and Senate to agree on a bill to reform the Department of Veterans Affairs appeared close to collapsing Thursday over how to pay for billions of dollars in spending. The fight raises the possibility that Congress will leave for its August break without passing...
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This is what happens in a poisoned culture when doing the right things right are put on the back burner because of side issues.  The right thing in the VA is to walk the talk for each and every veteran that served this country.  Service to our veterans needing help is paramount.  Paperwork, political posturing, suffocating bureaucracy, ineffective communications, and all the other challenges can be overcome by focusing on service and a 'can-do' attitude.  There are alternatives.  Activate them.

 

Any fool can make a great system fail.  But people working together can make a poor system work.  It is time to make the VA system work for our veterans.  

 

The VA culture is terminal as it stands without senior adult leadership stepping up to the plate to lead by example and blowing away all the barriers in the way of providing award-winning service to our veterans as the #1 priority - with a sense of time is of the essence.

 

Talk is cheap!  Enough talk.

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Create a high performance organisation with wisdom of effective work teams - Daily Mirror

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Create a high performance organisation with wisdom of effective work teams
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Look at these 12 points and grade (school grade A, B, C, D. F) one team you are on for each point.

 

Which point is your strongest?

Which point is your weakest?

What would you work on first to make the biggest difference and why?

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Turnover drains profits and productivity - Post-Tribune

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Turnover drains profits and productivity
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Employee turnover is a serious profit-draining issue with small firms and contributes to poor productivity as well as a disengaged workforce.
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What do you do at your company when someone leaves for any reason?  Interview them to learn what could be improved?  Ask them what was the determining factor in their decision to leave?   Find out if they had the power and they could have made any 2 changes while they worked at the company, just what would those 2 changes be and why?

 

Turnover is expensive.  But it is really much more expensive if you don't learn from it.  

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4 Things Your Boss Won't Tell You About Advancing Your Career - Forbes

4 Things Your Boss Won't Tell You About Advancing Your Career - Forbes | High-Performance Work Culture | Scoop.it
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4 Things Your Boss Won't Tell You About Advancing Your Career
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Those who have successfully advanced in the workplace—and hope to continue on that path—know that working for the right leader is the first logical step to becoming a leader.
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Yes, these are good points.  But not all organizations work this way.

 

3 things that work almost every time to earn opportunities others won't get a chance for are:

 

1) a great can-do attitude

2) asking 'what else can I do to help"

3) excel at each task you do and exceed expectations

 

Everyone loves a team player with a great attitude and work results they don't have to worry about.

 

 

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Effective Leaders - Character Traits - Small - SRF

Effective Leaders - Character Traits - Small - SRF | High-Performance Work Culture | Scoop.it
"Lead by example. If you demand excellence, model excellence. People learn from observing." - Lee Cockerell ("Lead by example. If you demand excellence, model excellence.
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How many leaders do you know that meet these expectations?

 

Lead by example with honesty eliminates many elected officials today.  WHY?

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If You Aren't Mentoring, You Aren't Leading

Chip Bell explains why mentoring is a vital part of the 'learning organization.' (Be an inspiration to someone's career. Lead by example...
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Do you have any effective mentoring taking place in your organization on purpose?

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Obama to Nominate Robert McDonald as Head of Veterans Affairs - NBCNews.com

Obama to Nominate Robert McDonald as Head of Veterans Affairs - NBCNews.com | High-Performance Work Culture | Scoop.it
NBCNews.com Obama to Nominate Robert McDonald as Head of Veterans Affairs NBCNews.com “Any time you put highly specific performance measures in place, and you're reporting them publicly … they become high stakes and it encourages people to do...
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The problems at the VA are not new.

 

Do you think just putting performance measures in place will do the trick?

 

What about the need to overhaul the civil service employment system so people have to EARN their jobs everyday and meet expectations?

 

How about stopping paying bonuses when the organization is chronically failing its customers?

 

Where does putting customer service before paperwork enter in?

 

How about timely, accurate communications on needs and broken processes?

 

Where would you start if you were named to head the VA? 

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Who ya gonna trust? - Wyoming Business Report

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Who ya gonna trust?
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Their actions follow their words, which intentionally reinforces the character culture of their organization and builds a high-performance business model.
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It is a simple fact that trust is earned everyday by actions.  It can be destroyed quickly.  When people say 'trust me' they need to reflect on why they have to ask anyone to 'trust me'.  Wouldn't that indicate that trust hasn't been earned?

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The Art of Creating Perfect Social Media Posts - infographic

The Art of Creating Perfect Social Media Posts - infographic | High-Performance Work Culture | Scoop.it

Each social media operates a bit differently, and each brand's followers have their own preferences and moods.

The fact is that, there is no One-Size-Fits-All trick or strategy, however, there are some guidelines that can help you create the perfect social content.

Use this infographic to find tips on how to craft perfects posts for GooglePlus, YouTube, Blog, Tumblr, Vine, Twitter and Facebook.


Via Lauren Moss
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Effective communications are tough to accomplish.

 

Do you have some type internal training or processes to improve communications inside and outside your organization?

 

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Creating success at low-performing Guilford County schools - Greensboro News & Record

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Creating success at low-performing Guilford County schools
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turnaround birthday.
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Hire for attitude.  Train for skill.

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Look at the attitude - can do, no excuses, addressing other needs, urgency for achievement, constant monitoring of progress and supporting each other.

 

Tough yes.  A formula for success - absolutely.

 

Let's hope it gets contagious.

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It's Time To Rethink The 'Employee Engagement' Issue - Forbes

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It's Time To Rethink The 'Employee Engagement' Issue
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Rethinking the Concept: Think Holistically. Creating a high performance work environment is a complex problem.
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This article makes some strong points.


Do you think "the word “engagement” often limits our thinking. It’s assumes that our job is to reach out and “engage” people, rather than to build an organization that is exciting, fulfilling, meaningful, and fun".


What school grade (A,B,C,D,F) would you give your existing organization culture on being:

- exciting

- fulfilling

- meaningful

- fun


WHY?  What would you change to improve it?

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Culture Eats Strategy For Breakfast - TechCrunch

Culture Eats Strategy For Breakfast - TechCrunch | High-Performance Work Culture | Scoop.it
Culture Eats Strategy For Breakfast TechCrunch The employee who gave us a tour proudly showed off their conference rooms named after big events that they had helped their customers pull off, including “Promunism,” which was a Communist-themed high...
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What are the key attributes of your organization's culture?

 

Does you management team walk it, talk it and reinforce it?

 

Are you energized to be in it?

 

What would you change to make your operating culture better?

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What are the Common Mistakes of New Managers? - Management - WSJ

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It's tough to build a high performance culture if you don't do the fundamentals well.

 

Do you have examples of other common mistakes you have seen new managers make?

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To The Point News - MAY WE LIVE UP TO HIS LEGACY

To The Point News - MAY WE LIVE UP TO HIS LEGACY | High-Performance Work Culture | Scoop.it
To The Point News - the oasis for rational conservatives
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Like our freedom, a company's culture must be fought for, protected, and handed on.  It doesn't survive if the fundamentals are neglected.

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Leaders need to be team players - Milford Daily News

Leaders need to be team players - Milford Daily News | High-Performance Work Culture | Scoop.it
Leaders need to be team players
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Great teams have leaders who act more like members, because high performance teams don't need to be led - in fact, an overbearing leader can often get in the way of a team reaching it's potential.
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A leader is a great team player if he/she simply removes the barriers in the way of teammates so they can excel.

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Unleashing the power of teams to deliver superior customer value

Unleashing the power of teams to deliver superior customer value | High-Performance Work Culture | Scoop.it
Early on the Journey, when you start a Lean Transformation in any company, you usually find that the level of capabilities on the operating teams is low and therefore, continuous improvement work is ("The three areas of concern when moving a team ...
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When you read this article ask yourself how hard  you really work at continuous improvement of all of these aspects to increase your value to your customer and to your teammates?

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The 5 Secrets of Great Bosses - Entrepreneur

The 5 Secrets of Great Bosses - Entrepreneur | High-Performance Work Culture | Scoop.it
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The 5 Secrets of Great Bosses
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When you think of your best boss ever, what did he or she do that created an inspiring work environment for you?
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Which trait do you think is the most important?

 

Why?

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21 Ways to Know You're Leading a Great Team

Here's a checklist to find out. (This month's competency has been: Building High Performance Teams. Are you?
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This is a good list to see how ingrained your bureaucracy really is today.

 

How many actions on the list do you do?

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3 Tips to Create a Kick Butt Culture - Business 2 Community

3 Tips to Create a Kick Butt Culture - Business 2 Community | High-Performance Work Culture | Scoop.it
3 Tips to Create a Kick Butt Culture Business 2 Community We've all heard how important organizational culture is to success…most have heard the names of some businesses often used as examples of high performance cultures - Zappos, Google,...
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What school grade (A, B, C, D, F) would you give to your organization to indicate the size of the gap you must overcome to have a Kick Butt Culture  in these 3 areas?

- Communications

- Leadership

- People

 

Where would you start to close the gaps?

What would you do first?

Why?

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What Stops Your Organization From Having a Winning Culture?

What Stops Your Organization From Having a Winning Culture? | High-Performance Work Culture | Scoop.it
If the CEO is committed to creating possibilities from “nothing”, he or she cannot transform those possibilities into reality as a lone wolf.
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What is the language in your organization?

 

Do you let the failures of very visible government initiatives lower your standards and expectations?

 

Is finger-pointing and making excuses an accepted practice?

 

OR do you under promise and over produce to constantly build credibility?

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Examining The DNA of High-Performance Leadership Teams - Lead From Where You Are Now

Examining The DNA of High-Performance Leadership Teams - Lead From Where You Are Now | High-Performance Work Culture | Scoop.it
DNA fingerprinting was an idea in the not-so-distant past heard only in science fiction genres. But today, it’s used routinely to solve crimes or...
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It takes personal initiative to achieve and sustain a high performance team.

 

How often do you hear people on your team ask 'what else can I do to help you' or jump in to help when it might not be convenient for them?

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Building & Leading High-Performance Teams | Lea...

Building & Leading High-Performance Teams | Lea... | High-Performance Work Culture | Scoop.it
“ Critical questions for Managers and Leaders to ask in order to build and lead high performance teams. Effective leaders ask many questions – and listen to the answers they receive.
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What a great set of questions. 

 

Wouldn't these be great questions for a management team to provide answers to using an anonymous survey and then compare those answers with the leader's answers?

 

Wouldn't these be great questions for all employees to give their perspective on to the management team?

 

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High Performance Self-Directed Teams | Organization Survival Playbook

High Performance Self-Directed Teams | Organization Survival Playbook | High-Performance Work Culture | Scoop.it
Early in the journey, when you start a Lean Transformation in any company, you usually find that the level of capabilities on the operating teams is low. (RT @CharleeHanna: "What does your #team need to be a high performer?
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How does your organization score if you gave school grades (A,B,C,D,F)  the six key components integrated into this High-Performance Team Model?

 

- Purpose?

- Leadership?

- Ownership?

- Work Processes?

- Communication?

- Respect?

 

Communication usually scores lowest?  Why?

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The Worst Thing Any Leader Can Do To High Performers - Forbes

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The Worst Thing Any Leader Can Do To High Performers
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A healthy company culture is a set of norms and behaviors that support high performance and the company's ultimate success.
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Do nothing is a gutless decision.  Why do you think managers elect to 'do nothing' in many circumstances when 'do something' is obviously necessary?

 

How long do you think a high performer will carry tough tasks when people that cannot carry the tough tasks are treated the same?

 

Is there an incentive to be a high performer in your organization?  

 

Does leadership remove people that do not walk the talk on the desire culture's behaviors?

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Jewish moms train kids to ask why - Korea Times

Jewish moms train kids to ask why - Korea Times | High-Performance Work Culture | Scoop.it
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Jewish moms train kids to ask why
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After school, elementary school students go to cram private institutions to take middle school courses in advance, while middle school students preview courses they are to take in high school.
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Shouldn't asking 'WHY' be  the key to learning and continuous improvement in all environments?

 

How many examples can you list of accepted practices that have never been challenged with a simple 'WHY'.  

 

Just because something is done a certain way does not mean it is best done in that way. 

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