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10 Tricks To Immediately Make Your Day More Productive

10 Tricks To Immediately Make Your Day More Productive | hokusai | Scoop.it

We’ve all had those days: You’re under pressure to get things done, but you can’t seem to accomplish anything.

 

There is still hope. Here are a dozen strategies you can put to work immediately to help you salvage your day and get more done.


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Jerry Busone's curator insight, August 4, 7:55 AM

Many of these work ...when Im at my peak performance Im staring my day with quick lists and doing 5 tasks no longer than 9 minutes each to jump start my day... Read -Write-Social Media _ etc etc ...

CCM Consultancy's curator insight, August 7, 1:32 AM

Being busy isn’t the same as being productive, Bailey says. Be sure you’re not craving activity instead of meaningful accomplishment.

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Six Productivity Experts Share How To Actually Get Work Done During The Summer

Six Productivity Experts Share How To Actually Get Work Done During The Summer | hokusai | Scoop.it

Summer isn’t known to be the season for high productivity. Unplanned absences spike, especially on Mondays and Fridays and before holidays. These days off reduce productivity by 36.6%, according to a survey in the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).

 

But that doesn’t mean your company needs to suffer. Whether you’re fighting the urge to take a day off or picking up the slack from a missing team member, it’s a good idea to create a summer productivity plan. We spoke to six productivity experts who shared their best advice for getting work done during the summer.


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The Learning Factor's curator insight, July 9, 7:31 PM

Here’s your productivity plan to beat the summer slump.

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6 tips to harness female talent and create the next generation of leaders

6 tips to harness female talent and create the next generation of leaders | hokusai | Scoop.it

There is an ongoing debate in Australian business about the need for more female leaders. Confronted by the lack of leadership development opportunities for young women in the workplace, Sarah Liu decided to do something about it.

 

In 2012, Liu, who is also the founder of Gemini3, founded The Dream Collective, in order to encourage employers in Australia to shift their approach from focusing on the senior executive level towards developing entry-level talent.

 

“Australian corporates need to fast shift their approach from focusing on the senior executive level to turning their attention to the pipeline of young female talent coming through their doors,” Liu said.


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The Learning Factor's curator insight, July 6, 7:29 PM

Australian corporates need to fast shift their approach from focusing on the senior executive level to turning their attention to the pipeline of young female talent coming through their doors

Anita Nason's curator insight, July 25, 11:45 PM
This article I found great, as this topic of female leadership is one that I'm extremely passionate about. Although the numbers may never be as high as I would like to see them, I totally agree with this article discussing Organisations' looking at different options as opposed to already skilled senior executive employees. Likewise approaches to achieving this will include, developing entry-level talent. With Organisations' implementing human resource management activities like adequate secession planning aligned with leadership training and development programs, existing talent in the workplace can be further developed.

Also this can shape a great organisational culture regarding health and safety, as leaders will have a greater tenure. Therefore increased health and safety training and development programs, will emphasise the importance of overall adoption of the entire organisation towards heath and safety.  


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This Is Why Your Startup Plan Needs To Include HR

This Is Why Your Startup Plan Needs To Include HR | hokusai | Scoop.it

Startups get a lot of advice. And for good reason–there are millions of decisions to be made as you begin the journey of building a company.

Some of the advice is clear-cut, and some less so. One of the most confusing piece of advice is perhaps the question of when and how a company should add HR or People functions.

There are a lot of reasons why this is particularly contentious territory:

Tech companies often prize a relaxed environment (think: hoodies and office kegs) that blurs the line between work and social.Admittedly, HR doesn’t have the best reputation. It’s often associated with liability or the times when things go wrong.Startups generally pride themselves on being fast-moving, driven by philosophies like “done is better than perfect” and “move fast and break things.” They don’t want to get too bogged down by heavy policies and procedures.

As a result, tech startups with 100 or fewer employees have half as many HR professionals as same-size companies in other industries, according to data from PayScale.


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The Learning Factor's curator insight, June 29, 6:40 PM

If you’re only thinking about it when there’s a team conflict, it’s probably too late.

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A small business can be a tricky business. Let Halpern and Associates help you. 
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A Model of Personal Learning

What does personal learning look like? Stephen Downes demonstrates the model he has developed over fifteen years of research on education technology and learni…

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5 Tips To Empower Your Team (And Make Your Job Easier)

5 Tips To Empower Your Team (And Make Your Job Easier) | hokusai | Scoop.it

Empowered employees are the mark of real leadership and the symbol of a healthy company. Whether you're a mid-level manager or a C-suite executive, as a leader, you want the people who know how to take initiative, and do it well. But before you can expect your employees to magically start taking charge on their own, managers need to do their part to unlock potential. Here are five ways you can foster empowerment and score all the benefits that come along with it.


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The Learning Factor's curator insight, March 7, 5:56 PM

Empowered employees are the mark of real leadership and the symbol of a healthy company. But managers have to do their part to unlock potential.

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Your Brain Has A “Shuffle” Button--Here’s How To Use It

Your Brain Has A “Shuffle” Button--Here’s How To Use It | hokusai | Scoop.it
In the early 1890s, everybody wanted the newest technological marvel. Democratic and affordable, the bicycle could cut people's commute to work in half and enable them to enjoy the countryside on the weekend. Thousands of bicycle mechanics appeared as if overnight, looking to make bicycles lighter, safer, more comfortable, and easier to pro­duce. They would tinker with ball bearings, rolled steel, differential gears, air-filled tires, and so on.
 
The more raw material you give your brain, the more connections it can make.

Many of these enthusiasts would later use what they’d learned in bicycle workshops to create greater transportation breakthroughs. Both of the Wright Brothers were bicycle mechanics. So was a man named Henry Ford, who watched mass production take hold at a time when cyclists began lobbying for better roads to be built. Before long, thanks to him, the modern automobile was ambling down them.

 


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The Learning Factor's curator insight, February 21, 6:05 PM

Having breakthrough ideas means priming your brain with lots of raw material for it to rummage through at random.

rodrick rajive lal's curator insight, February 21, 10:02 PM
The more raw material you give to the brain, the more creative it will become. The brain tends to shuffle through a lot of information before coming to a conclusion, a solution or and idea. The implications of this belief for school education is obvious, give students a content rich environment. What matters most greatly is for people to have access to diverse content, even if it is content that they are not professionally related to! 
 
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How To Harness Psychology To Ace Your Performance Review

How To Harness Psychology To Ace Your Performance Review | hokusai | Scoop.it

Performance reviews have been reportedly going extinct for quite some time. But they aren't completely in the grave yet, and maybe they shouldn't be. Despite the dread with which many employees greet their year-end evaluations,psychological studies have shown that people still generally find them useful—as long as those reviews offer a chance to discuss relevant issues, outline key objectives, and provide constructive feedback.

 

But for that to happen, you need to go in prepared. In fact, you may think the biggest factor in your success is how you perform throughout the year, but your manager may know less about how well you're actually performing than you may hope—meaning your annual review might count for more than you imagine. That can be good news for you, though. These are three tips, based on some fundamentals of human psychology, to help tilt the field in your favor.


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The Learning Factor's curator insight, October 27, 2016 5:41 PM

Hint: It's about your boss's job as much as your own.

Hugo Hernandez's curator insight, October 28, 2016 2:28 AM

Hint: It's about your boss's job as much as your own.

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An Introductory Guide to Content Curation

An Introductory Guide to Content Curation | hokusai | Scoop.it

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Alfredo Corell's curator insight, January 23, 2014 3:25 PM

A very useful guide from one of the Pioneers in Content Curation

Bookmarking Librarian's curator insight, April 1, 2014 10:35 PM
Content curation
Anne-Laure Conté's curator insight, December 14, 2015 3:04 AM

What about a test on this matter at the baccalaureat ?

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How to Support Employees’ Learning Goals While Getting Day-to-Day Stuff Done

How to Support Employees’ Learning Goals While Getting Day-to-Day Stuff Done | hokusai | Scoop.it

Many of the most successful people had to fight tooth and nail for opportunities to learn new skills and advance up the corporate ladder. That’s often because what they wanted to learn and achieve wasn’t in sync with what their bosses wanted for them. You’re not a data scientist. You’re not cut out for engineering. Sales isn’t what you do. Lines like this are still used all too frequently when employees tell their managers that they want to move in a new direction.

 

But this is only half the story. Managers are under tremendous pressure to generate results. You have annual quotas, quarterly goals, and increasing competition. Who has time to let employees go learn skills that may not be relevant for years, or may not serve your unit at all?

 

I hear these challenges all the time as I work with managers at all levels, particularly in large corporations. I’ve also faced them myself with the companies I founded and scaled. It’s a tough balancing act. But I’ve learned key lessons to help managers turn lofty goals — such as making learning and development a central pillar of the workday — into real actions that mitigate damage to, and even help strengthen, the bottom line. Here’s how.


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The Learning Factor's curator insight, August 1, 6:31 PM

It’s good for them, the team, and the company.

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Jerry Busone's curator insight, August 4, 8:00 AM

I come across this all the time...leaders hold back a person from a 3.5 day learning program because their team is off to a slow start when doing the opposite would help change the results  .. I ask .How will your unit’s monthly, quarterly goals change as a result? Also todays associate if they are not allowed to stretch their wings and learn they leave..or do nor perform at their best.

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Six Productivity Experts Share How To Actually Get Work Done During The Summer

Six Productivity Experts Share How To Actually Get Work Done During The Summer | hokusai | Scoop.it

Summer isn’t known to be the season for high productivity. Unplanned absences spike, especially on Mondays and Fridays and before holidays. These days off reduce productivity by 36.6%, according to a survey in the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).

 

But that doesn’t mean your company needs to suffer. Whether you’re fighting the urge to take a day off or picking up the slack from a missing team member, it’s a good idea to create a summer productivity plan. We spoke to six productivity experts who shared their best advice for getting work done during the summer.


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The Learning Factor's curator insight, July 9, 7:31 PM

Here’s your productivity plan to beat the summer slump.

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Leaders really are made and not born

Leaders really are made and not born | hokusai | Scoop.it

Do you remember that executive who was such a natural? She never seemed stressed, always knew the right thing to say, delivered good results consistently. A born leader, right? Just had the right genes for leadership from the start.

Remember that other boss you had? He was rubbish. Not much point trying to fix him. He just wasn’t a leader.

 

That’s how it looked. But it wasn’t true.

My company’s research from multiple fields, as diverse as neuroplasticity (the ability of the brain to form and reorganise synaptic connections, especially in response to learning experience or following injury) and musicology, shows that skills are not as innate as we naturally believe.

And that applies to leadership just as much as any other capability.


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rodrick rajive lal's curator insight, July 3, 1:42 AM
Leadership skills are apparently not as innate as we thought them to be. They myth of leaders being born is debunked as behaviorists talk about the neuroplasticity and the ability of the brain to learn.
 
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Leadership Development: The Path To Becoming Our Highest Self

Leadership Development: The Path To Becoming Our Highest Self | hokusai | Scoop.it

We call ourselves “human beings,” but I think that title is aspirational: one we are meant to earn. Being human should mean we are capable of higher-level thought and can choose rationally how we respond to external events as well as to internal thoughts and emotions. Now, I don’t know about you, but all I need is to be cut off in traffic or have my husband use the wrong tone of voice to witness my own inability to do this well.

 

Perhaps the most surprising element in business today is that we often behave in ways that are extremely ineffective and quite beneath us. Even those among us who are highly educated senior-level professionals fall into these traps. 


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Ian Berry's curator insight, June 14, 8:27 PM
Like the reference to creative mind v reactive mind. We're all a one-of-a-kind therefore we have an obligation to be the best version of ourselves that we can be
clara noble's curator insight, June 15, 8:49 AM
Working on the being part of human... what about you?
Jerry Busone's curator insight, June 30, 7:51 AM

#leadership #development #offthebenchleadership

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The Leadership Playbook: 8 Rules For Healthy Interactions At The Top

The Leadership Playbook: 8 Rules For Healthy Interactions At The Top | hokusai | Scoop.it

In any fast growing company, it's natural that conflict arises. It holds true at just about any company -- every type, every stage. Doesn't matter what market or size.

You'll see it happen most between functional areas. Sometimes marketing and operations will be at odds. Sometimes, it's marketing and sales, or sales and finance. Technology may want to go one direction, marketing another. Finance might lean too conservative.

It's why it's super important for your leadership team to have strong interpersonal skills and interactions. You can't rely on hiring great people alone. You also need to set the pace for solid interactions, help create and foster them. Nurture it at every turn.

We accomplish it a few ways at my company.


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The Learning Factor's curator insight, March 10, 12:32 AM

It's said good leadership comes from the top down - how your leadership connects and works together makes a big difference.

EruditeLifestyle's curator insight, March 10, 1:30 AM

Managing people is about negotiation, rather than dictating.

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The Fundamental Differences Between Leadership and Management

The Fundamental Differences Between Leadership and Management | hokusai | Scoop.it

Visionary leadership and great management achieves the best results. Seems obvious right? Then why do so many companies get it wrong, especially during times of needed change?

 

There are core fundamental differences between leadership and management that apply to any team or organization, but the focus of this article is to explore the strengths of each as they apply to leading organizational change.

 

Generally speaking, management is a set of systems and processes designed for organizing, budgeting, staffing and problem solving to achieve the desired results of an organization. Leadership defines the vision, mission and what the "win" looks like in the future. It inspires the team to embody the beliefs and behaviors necessary to take the actions needed to achieve those results.

 

The most successful transformations occur when strong visionary leadership converges with great management. Both are required to define a clear path, plan accordingly and see the mission plan through to fulfillment.


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The Learning Factor's curator insight, February 23, 5:15 PM

Visionary leadership and great management combined achieves winning results. Here's why.

Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, February 23, 5:18 PM
The first paragraph and its questions are essential. We confuse leadership and management. We put managers in roles and call them leaders.
Begoña Pabón's curator insight, March 22, 5:41 PM
Existen diferencias entre direccion y liderazgo...Cierto! Aunque nada es excluyente... lo idea: un fuerte liderazgo visionario con una gran direccion. ¿Posible?...Yo creo que si.
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11 Ways the Most Successful People Differ From Everyone Else

11 Ways the Most Successful People Differ From Everyone Else | hokusai | Scoop.it

How a person defines success is a subjective thing, but likely involves some combination of financial independence, loving relationships, a solid education, and a rewarding career. Over the years, I have been fortunate to interview hundreds of founders and executives who fit this bill. Collectively, they tend to exhibit a handful of habits that set them apart from average achievers.


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The Learning Factor's curator insight, February 9, 4:26 PM

It's all about having the discipline to do the same simple things every day.

Adele Taylor's curator insight, February 13, 4:30 PM
Number 6 is my downfall...
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7 Awesome Habits of Highly Effective People

7 Awesome Habits of Highly Effective People | hokusai | Scoop.it

As we go through our daily-by-day lives without a pause or a moment to think about what it is we are actually doing, it's easy to assume we are working as effectively as we can. It is important to take that pause and observe others in action. Are we working as effectively as our extremely successful peers?

Inspired by Stephen R. Covey's The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, take a look at the things very successful people do and see how their habits aid them in achieving their maximum effectiveness.

Want to become one of those highly effective people and no longer a bystander? Try these 7 habits and find your own success.

1. Be proactive

Nothing will ever get done if we do nothing but sit around waiting for things to happen. Effective people know that there is no value in overthinking, in spending more time on our words than our actions. The most powerful thing anyone can do is simply take the reins in their own hands to instigate movement.

2. See the end

While the process of action is undoubtedly important, sometimes the impetus for our most powerful, effective actions comes from knowing where the end lies. If we continue to keep that in mind, we'll be able to maximize our productivity to reach our highly desired, very rewarding end goal.

3. Prioritize

When embarking on a task with many steps, it can be tempting to stop something halfway through when the going gets tough. What we should do, however, is actually push through. The difficulty of an action shouldn't change that it's our priority.

4. Visualize

Effective people can always imagine a favorable outcome--even if one doesn't seem likely to be written in the books. When you feel bogged down, or your actions are simply not getting you where you want, practice visualization for a couple minutes. Visualize your goals and the steps you need to make to get you there.

5. Try to understand things beforehand

Often, people jump into things without properly reading the instructions--ultimately resulting in ineffective actions far from the results they had previously envisioned. Setting aside adequate time to sort through and plan can really benefit your end results.

6. Synergize

There is nothing more powerful than combining forces. Regardless of how competent we might be on our own, there is always greater strength in numbers. Synergize on everything you can--how much more effective you are may surprise you.

7. Renew and improve

Last, one of the most important habits of all is that of self-care. We need to allow ourselves the time and space--not just once in a blue moon, but a bit here and there every day--in order to mend our burnt-out ends. Make time to regenerate and you will find that you are better able to effectively achieve your personal best.

 

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The Learning Factor's curator insight, May 5, 2016 7:42 PM

Are you working as effectively as your extremely successful peers? If not, there's something you can do about that.

Chris Carter's curator insight, May 6, 2016 7:55 PM
Yep, works for me ... See what I did there?
Adele Taylor's curator insight, May 8, 2016 5:45 PM
Some good tips to become more effective!