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18 Must-Have Apps to Become Your Best Self

18 Must-Have Apps to Become Your Best Self | Leadership Practices | Scoop.it
We've rounded up the 18 best apps to help you improve yourself and your life. Whether you need a reminder to stick to your goals or a yoga workout to refresh after a long day, we've got you covered.
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Leverage technology keeps you organized and on top of things. Having systems and processes in place helps free up brain power so you can focus on more creative thinking tasks like developing your relationships with your clients and growing your business.
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5 Time-Management Tools for Small Businesses to Improve Productivity

5 Time-Management Tools for Small Businesses to Improve Productivity | Leadership Practices | Scoop.it
Many believe that the reason behind time-tracking is limited to billing clients by the hour; but in reality, time-tracking helps you eliminate redundancy and streamline your work process so that you can successfully reduce your overhead costs. Most importantly, effective time management helps you improve your team’s productivity. 
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Each of these tools serves different purposes, but all are designed to save you time and make you more productive at work. However, it is recommended that you do your homework before opting for any particular one, especially the paid versions. The good news is that almost all of these apps offer a free trial period. You can therefore explore your options via a "test drive."
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Good Bosses Create More Wellness than Wellness Plans Do

Good Bosses Create More Wellness than Wellness Plans Do | Leadership Practices | Scoop.it

As one employee shared, “I feel like my workplace wants me to take care of my wellness yet pressures me with such tight deadlines that I barely have time to eat lunch at my desk. I know it would be good for me to attend, but I also feel anxious when my manager and colleagues frown at me leaving my desk to go stretch.

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Organizations are first and foremost places of human interaction, not just transaction. Research shows that our greatest need after food and shelter is social connection — positive social relationships with others. 

If we create work environments characterized by these kinds of positive and supportive interactions, we create organizations that thrive. Organizations with very low turnover. Organizations that inspire. And organizations that enjoy superior results for employees and employers alike.
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Seven Ideas to Help You Get the Most Out of Executive Coaching

Seven Ideas to Help You Get the Most Out of Executive Coaching | Leadership Practices | Scoop.it
Almost without exception, senior leaders invest in executive coaching for high potential individuals, not problem employees on a fast track to the exit. And while the coaching will likely involve identifying and curing blind spots in your behaviors, the emphasis is on helping you grow from good to great or great to greater.
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The opportunity to work with an executive coach can be transformational. For you, not the coach! However, coaching only works for someone who truly wants to improve. If you believe you have it all figured out, don’t bother. 

If you are willing to listen and change, I guarantee you will come out the other end of the process a more effective professional. Message me to set up a complimentary, no obligation consultation to see if coaching is right for you. 
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Why Gender Parity Could Be A Massive Boost To The GDP

Why Gender Parity Could Be A Massive Boost To The GDP | Leadership Practices | Scoop.it
Advancing women’s equality could add $12 trillion to the global GDP by 2025. Here in the U.S., it’s between a $2.1 trillion and $4.3 trillion addition to the country’s GDP in the next decade. If every state and city made progress toward gender parity, they could add at least 5% to their own economies. Half of U.S. states can add more than 10%.
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As much as 30% of a boosted GDP could come from getting more women into higher-productivity sectors such as manufacturing instead of where they dominate: health, social work, and education. While these industries are growing, they have less of an impact on the GDP per worker, and women in those roles earn less. 
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Proof That Positive Work Cultures Are More Productive

Proof That Positive Work Cultures Are More Productive | Leadership Practices | Scoop.it

A large and growing body of research on positive organizational psychology demonstrates that not only is a cut-throat environment harmful to productivity over time, but that a positive environment will lead to dramatic benefits for employers, employees, and the bottom line.

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Kamal Birdi of Sheffield University has shown that empowerment, when coupled with good training and teamwork, leads to superior performance outcomes whereas a range of efficient manufacturing and operations practices do not.
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Why Companies That Teach Will Win

Why Companies That Teach Will Win | Leadership Practices | Scoop.it
The world is changing too fast, and the only way to keep up is to enable a culture of learning in the workplace. Companies need to think of learning as a core function on par with traditional functional units such as finance, operations and marketing.
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Managers are learning that vocational and skills training is not enough. It’s not enough to ask employees to take a class or a seminar, or view a tired PowerPoint so they can be better when answering the phones, closing deals or filling out forms.


Corporate learning should be individualized to tap into employees’ raw potential and intellectual and creative power and into their abilities as knowledge-producers, leaders and learners.

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10,000 Paraguayans Trained by John Maxwell and Certified Coaches -Thousands Experience Team Leadership Training

10,000 Paraguayans Trained by John Maxwell and Certified Coaches -Thousands Experience Team Leadership Training | Leadership Practices | Scoop.it
The group has converged on Asunción, Paraguay at the invitation of President Horacio Cartes. The special team leadership training delegation has conducted a national not-for-profit leadership education project known as Transformación Paraguay, under the guidance and development of in-country leaders, Tim and Gabriella Teasdale.
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Maxwell has been invited to deliver this transformational training by the leaders of a further 22 nations. He and a special delegation first delivered the method in Guatemala with tremendous results. I was honoured to be a part of that first team of trainers in 2013. This process is expected to create a cultural paradigm shift from the top down, Roundtable to Roundtable, participant to participants.

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How Company Culture Shapes Employee Motivation

How Company Culture Shapes Employee Motivation | Leadership Practices | Scoop.it
Business leaders believe a strong organizational culture is critical to success, yet culture tends to feel like some magic force that few know how to control.
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While it is difficult to measure whether someone is being creative, proactive, or resilient in the moment, it’s actually not difficult to calculate total motivation. Cultures that inspired more play, purpose, and potential, and less emotional pressure, economic pressure, and inertia, produced better customer outcomes. 


Senior leaders can build and maintain a high-performing culture by teaching managers to lead in highly motivating ways. A great culture is not easy to build — it’s why high performing cultures are such a powerful competitive advantage.  Leaders have to treat culture building as an engineering discipline, not a magical one.

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How an Accounting Firm Convinced Its Employees They Could Change the World

How an Accounting Firm Convinced Its Employees They Could Change the World | Leadership Practices | Scoop.it
A survey by Calling Brands found that working for an organization with a clearly defined purpose is second only to pay and benefits in importance for employees, and ranks ahead of promotion opportunities, job responsibilities, and work culture.
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Ultimately, unleashing the untapped power of people inspired by a sense of purpose not only heightens employee engagement, satisfaction and loyalty, but drives employees to strive for peak performance as well.


Being able to tell the story of why the company exists is not a job for the marketing department. It is the job of the leadership. But to not just tell it but to live it every day. To model the behaviour of someone who is living from that purpose. 

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Understanding the Debate Over Inequality, Skills, and the Rise of the 1%

Understanding the Debate Over Inequality, Skills, and the Rise of the 1% | Leadership Practices | Scoop.it
Ask CEOs about income inequality and stagnant wages, and you’ll inevitably hear about skills. The argument goes like this: Workers today face global competition and even the threat of automation. Those who can work with technology and possess sought-after skills in fields like computer programming are thriving in the labor market. Those without a college degree or specialized skills are struggling.
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The original idea of a “race between education and technology” posited that new technologies increase the demand for skilled workers. Therefore, when technology progresses faster than the supply of college graduates, the wage premium for college graduates will rise. Yet wages for college graduates have stagnated since 2000, suggesting that this means skills are not necessarily the issue. 


The truth is that no single factor can explain the rise of inequality on its own. There is globalization, and the decline of the union as well. Whatever the cause, the inequality between the top and the rest is growing and that should be a cause for worry. Revolutions have begun for less. 

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Twenty Predictions For The Next 20 Years

Twenty Predictions For The Next 20 Years | Leadership Practices | Scoop.it

Fast Company turns 20 this month and the world has changed dramatically since the cover of issue No. 1 declared "Work Is Personal. Computing Is Social. Knowledge Is Power. Break the Rules." Yet that manifesto is more relevant than ever.

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Recent real-world studies have shown that having a purpose associated with work produces better performance than pure financial reward. The next generation of workers will expect to be engaged in their jobs through more than just financial means.


Leadership, real leadership will be more important than ever because of the need to be able to cast a vision that has an effect beyond the bottom line. 

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Gender Initiatives Are Culture Change Initiatives

Gender Initiatives Are Culture Change Initiatives | Leadership Practices | Scoop.it
“I wish honestly that I could rewind time and go back and put that women’s equality issue into the culture from the beginning,” says Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff.
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Part of the reason change has been slow is that so many companies misunderstand the reality of the issue: it ain’t the women who need to change. It’s the cultures that need to change.


And that culture change has to come from the top down in more than just words. They have to live, breathe and BELIEVE the change.

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Surprisingly Simple Ways You Can Trick Your Brain Into Focusing

Surprisingly Simple Ways You Can Trick Your Brain Into Focusing | Leadership Practices | Scoop.it
What separates strategic, visionary thinkers from the rest of us? And why do we tend to worry about our ability to remember names—or where our keys are—rather than loss of cognitive memory that makes great performers?
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The key to truly developing the sharp focus necessary to get things done requires working at a deeper level. We keep loading ourselves down so we’re mentally exhausted all the time. Our battery is too worn down to really engage in deeper-level thinking and be more efficient. 

Cognitive improvement is possible when we slow down, stop letting technology interrupt us repeatedly, and practice focusing on the task or information with which we’re engaged.
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Why Successful People Spend 10 Hours a Week Just Thinking

Why Successful People Spend 10 Hours a Week Just Thinking | Leadership Practices | Scoop.it
Most people see leadership as a sport where success is determined by hard work. Instead, I like to think of business as being more like surgery.

My father was one of the top surgeons in Canada, so when I was young I saw how surgeons aim to have maximum impact with minimum intervention. Like Lincoln chopping down a tree, accomplishing this is about careful planning. The actual surgery-the physical work-is only a small part of the process.
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Reacting to problems is essential, but so is proactively coming up with new ideas to better your business. In this complex, rapidly-changing world, setting aside some time to brainstorm new ways of doing things, or new opportunities to explore will make you more effective, not less.
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The Scientific 4-Step Process to Become World-Class at Anything

The Scientific 4-Step Process to Become World-Class at Anything | Leadership Practices | Scoop.it
If you want to become world-class at what you do, you must get to the point where it becomes unconscious and automatic. Once you get to this level, you'll be able to innovate and make your craft your own, because you'll be operating at a higher frequency.
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Once you automatize a skill, it becomes subconscious; and thus, you free up by 90 percent your working memory, which allows higher-level functioning. For example, you can drive for minutes at a time without even thinking about driving.
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Can small businesses afford to pay employees a living wage? This bakery owner thinks so

Can small businesses afford to pay employees a living wage? This bakery owner thinks so | Leadership Practices | Scoop.it
Josie Rudderham can’t live on $11.25 an hour and she doesn’t think her bakery staff should have to, either.

“It’s under the poverty line,” said Ms. Rudderham, co-owner of the Cake and Loaf bakery in Hamilton. “These are people I have to work with every day and I have to look them in the face.”

When Ms. Rudderham and her partner, Nicole Miller, started the bakery five years ago, their goal was to funnel profits into wages so that they could afford to pay more than Ontario’s minimum.
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The conventional wisdom is that when businesses raise wages, that raises their production costs and then they have to raise prices – and then they get beaten out by their competitors and have to lay off staff, said David A. Green, an economics professor at the University of British Columbia. But that doesn’t seem to be the case, he said.

Even though December is the bakery’s hardest month with long hours and a lot of stress, “productivity went way up,” she said. “It was subtle and people just seemed happier.” Staffers with two jobs were able to quit their second jobs and came in less tired, Ms. Rudderham said.

Research shows that after minimum wages are increased, companies do hire less. But that applies only to teen workers, he said. Surprisingly, research also shows that when the minimum wage goes up, the likelihood of a business laying off a worker in the next year actually goes down.
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Why So Many Thirtysomething Women Are Leaving Your Company

Why So Many Thirtysomething Women Are Leaving Your Company | Leadership Practices | Scoop.it
Organizational leaders report that women are leaving primarily because of flexibility needs and family demands. Women in their thirties disagree.
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As a result of the misperceptions about why women leave their organizations, there is a disconnect between current talent retention strategies and the desires of top female talent. While work-life balance, flexibility, and family are important, they are not the only — or even the primary — reasons women leave companies. With men and women expressing similar concerns about why they leave their jobs, leaders have the opportunity to retain and advance their top talent, both male and female, by focusing on common priorities: pay and fair compensation.
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Why we need to rethink capitalism

Why we need to rethink capitalism | Leadership Practices | Scoop.it

Over the past 50 years, we as a society have come to view our companies and corporations in a very narrow, almost monomaniacal fashion with regard to how we value them, and we have put so much emphasis on profits, on short-term quarterly earnings and share prices, at the exclusion of all else.

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Higher profit margins do not increase societal wealth. What they actually do is they exacerbate income inequality, and that's not a good thing. 


The gap between the wealthiest and the poorest will get closed. History proves that always does it. It typically happens in one of three ways: either through revolution, higher taxes, or wars.


But there is a better way if we have the will, determination and courage to do what is needed.

 

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How poor management is driving your staff away - CMI

How poor management is driving your staff away - CMI | Leadership Practices | Scoop.it
We are just one month into 2016 and already one fifth of all workers are searching for a new job, according to a new report by Investors In People. The reason? The stress, frustration and annoyance of dealing with poor managers.
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Leadership is about more than holding a position. It takes people skills to attract and keep the best a the brightest people. Many organization spend a fortune recruiting the best people but do little to develop the leadership skills of the management team. 

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Inspection blitz finds three-quarters of bosses breaking law | Toronto Star

Inspection blitz finds three-quarters of bosses breaking law | Toronto Star | Leadership Practices | Scoop.it
A Ministry of Labour inspection blitz focusing on precarious employment has found 78 per cent of workplaces in violation of the Employment Standards Act, according to a detailed breakdown requested by the Star. These include household names like Goodlife Fitness, G4S Security, and Bowlerama, who were caught for a variety of infractions including shoddy record keeping, excess hours of work, and failure to shell out overtime pay.
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The onus can’t be on the worker who we already know is marginalized. Often these workers are desperate for work and unwilling to risk job loss, have poor to non-existent English skills being new to the country. 


Although many of the infractions were for poor record keeping, such oversights are significant because they mean vulnerable workers can lose out on accurate amounts of public holiday, vacation, and overtime pay which few can afford being at the bottom of the payscale in most cases.

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Rohn: Why Personal Development Is Critical to Success

Rohn: Why Personal Development Is Critical to Success | Leadership Practices | Scoop.it
If you want to be wealthy and happy, learn to work harder on yourself than you do on your job. And so began Jim Rohn's belief in the importance of self-improvement. In his classic book, 7 Strategies for Wealth and Happiness, Jim Rohn wrote an essay entitled "The Miracle of Personal Development" in which he explains why working on yourself is a never-ending pursuit
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Income rarely exceeds personal development. Sometimes income takes a lucky jump, but unless you learn to handle the responsibilities that come with it, it will usually shrink back to the amount you can handle. 

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4 Things to Look For When Choosing an Executive Coach

4 Things to Look For When Choosing an Executive Coach | Leadership Practices | Scoop.it
Leaders often engage a coach when they are faced with opportunities and challenges such as a significant hurdle to overcome, an opportunity to be promoted, or a career that is stalled. The basis for coaching is to assist the leader from going from point A to point B and help them grow and learn throughout the process
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Organizations today are in a constant state of change. They need leaders who can adapt and change with them. Coaching has become a sought after development tool because the change it achieves with leaders is visible and significant. If these guidelines are embraced and both coach and client are committed to the process, coaching can be a life changing experience.

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Here's What Really Happened at That Company That Set a $70,000 Minimum Wage

Here's What Really Happened at That Company That Set a $70,000 Minimum Wage | Leadership Practices | Scoop.it
Dan Price decided to pay all 120 employees at least $70,000. Grown men cried. Profits soared. Then things got really crazy.
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While other business leaders whine about how they can’t afford to pay struggling U.S. workers even $15 per hour, Gravity Payments CEO Dan Price slashed his own pay to raise the wage floor for his employees to a minimum of $70,000 a year.

 

Six months later, how's that $70,000 minimum wage working out? Paul Keegan from Slate Money Box reports Price has proven all the doomsayers wrong: Business is booming for Gravity Payments.

 

Yes the business would not exist except for the entrepreneur who took that risk, but the business continuing success is dependent upon the people who work there. 

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5 Reasons Millennials Aren't Answering Your Phone Call

5 Reasons Millennials Aren't Answering Your Phone Call | Leadership Practices | Scoop.it
Phone calls have been second fiddle to texting since 2007, when Americans sent and received more text messages than phone calls, thanks largely to the launch of the iPhone and to Millennials.
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A phone call can still be necessary, welcomed, and in some instances, productive. The tone or urgency that can be conveyed in a human voice remains powerful, but if you're interested in elevating the productivity of your Millennial workforce, consider a text.

 

It comes down to understanding your audience's prefered communication style, not yours. 

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