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10 Tricks To Immediately Make Your Day More Productive

10 Tricks To Immediately Make Your Day More Productive | Learning At Work | 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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Goal Setting Made Easy — A Proven Goal Setting Strategy 

Goal Setting Made Easy — A Proven Goal Setting Strategy  | Learning At Work | Scoop.it
Goals and goal setting can be challenging, so check out my proven goal setting strategy that will help you set AND complete challenging goals.

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donhornsby's curator insight, June 7, 9:42 AM
To recap, this goal setting process is proven to help you reach your goals. You must first set SMART goals that are specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and timely or time bound. Once you have set SMART goals, follow the five steps to complete your goals. The five steps are: Create an Action Plan Schedule the Goals into Your Life Take Action Review the Goals Regularly Refresh the Goals
 
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What To Say When You Shouldn't Say 'Yes' And Can't Say 'No'

What To Say When You Shouldn't Say 'Yes' And Can't Say 'No' | Learning At Work | Scoop.it
Recognize your power to find the space between yes and no.

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donhornsby's curator insight, May 30, 9:58 AM
In the moment, it seems like you are trapped between saying “yes,” and bearing the workload cost or saying “no,” and damaging your reputation and relationships. Happily, there are a range of viable responses in between. Next time you’re confronted with a situation in which you shouldn’t say yes, but can’t say no, consider one of these alternatives:
 
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Mentoring is just another way of helping

Mentoring is just another way of helping | Learning At Work | Scoop.it
“Mentoring is the thing that propels people to successful lives, in my opinion. It’s a great support system, it builds your self-confidence, and, more importantly, even if you’re asking for a mentor, I find -- particularly with millennials -- millennials can mentor you, too.” ~Dennis C. Miller Dennis C. Miller is a longtime Ivy League-educated executive, including a stint as CEO of Somerset Medical Center and Healthcare Foundation. He is a trusted speaker and adviser to nonprofits and leaders, and an author of several books.

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donhornsby's curator insight, May 5, 9:40 AM
Mentoring also fulfills a key need of most people, particularly millennials. “People want connection and constant learning and satisfaction and feeling a sense of connection and purpose, millennials more than most,” Miller told me. Strategically, mentoring can be a smart move for executives and organizations. Miller is an advisor to boards, and the benefit of mentoring is clear there, as boards are always in danger of becoming disconnected from what’s going on. This is especially true for board members who want to do more than work on the budget, Miller told me. “I actually don’t bring it up enough, but board members, I do try to encourage them to be mentors to the senior team and staff.” Reverse mentoring is another potential benefit. The obvious example is technological expertise from younger people, though that's not necessarily the only thing older people can learn from the younger generations. Finally, mentoring can remind executives of their journey and their humble beginnings. As Miller told me: “Some people can forget. If you got to the corner office, you can forget. You know, you didn’t get there all on your brains and your looks there, buddy. Someone mentored you along the way. So I always give back, and I think it’s satisfying, personally.”
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Stop Wanting And Start Doing: 5 Practices For Building Mental Toughness

Stop Wanting And Start Doing: 5 Practices For Building Mental Toughness | Learning At Work | Scoop.it

I’ve been asked on a number of occasions the “secret” to harnessing mental toughness to overcome adversity. The “secret,” I tell them, isn’t a secret but a fact that they don’t want to hear because it’s simple. But simple isn’t easy. That secret is this: make a decision and go with it.

That’s it.

I remember waiting for Hell Week to begin in BUD/S (Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL training) and students asking the instructors—in a somewhat uncommon cordial setting—what the secret was to making it through five and a half days of constant, nonstop activity. Here’s what the instructors said, “The secret to making it through BUD/S, is knowing you’re going to make it through BUD/S.”

It’s belief.

You need to believe that you’re the type of person who has the skill and will to make that goal happen, and then make it happen. Don’t worry about what’s right and don’t wait for the perfect opportunity because “perfect” doesn’t exist—it’s an excuse to procrastinate.


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The Learning Factor's curator insight, March 28, 6:17 PM

Mental toughness is a muscle, and like all other muscles, it demands consistent exercise to get stronger.

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6 Ways To Become A Better Listener 

6 Ways To Become A Better Listener  | Learning At Work | Scoop.it

Ever zone out while someone is talking? Of course. We all do. The average human has an eight-second attention span. With electronic distractions competing for your time and an abundance of responsibilities at work, it makes listening attentively to someone else speak pretty difficult.

“We are living in a time when it’s more challenging to be consistently aware and intentional because so many things are demanding our attention. Our brains haven’t caught up to the technology that’s feeding them,” says Scott Eblin, author of Overworked and Overwhelmed: The Mindfulness Alternative. “The impact of this leaves people in a chronic condition of fight or flight.”


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The Learning Factor's curator insight, March 19, 7:23 PM

Humans have an average eight-second attention span. You’re going to need to do better if you want to get things done.

donhornsby's curator insight, March 20, 9:01 AM
We all require self-focus, but leaders who make a difference are the ones who know the purpose is bigger than themselves, says Gregersen. “When a leader is operating on the edge of what’s possible, they’re in strong listening mode,” he says.
 
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9 Keys To Building Trust And Increasing Influence

9 Keys To Building Trust And Increasing Influence | Learning At Work | Scoop.it
The more trust people have in you the higher your influence

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donhornsby's curator insight, February 1, 9:23 AM
The world is ready for a new type of leaders, one who is trustworthy, and transparent in everything that they do. If you can adopt these nine habits, it will help you on the journey to inspiring trust in yourself, building teams that will follow you anywhere and deliver outstanding results.
 
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Why The Most Productive People Do These Six Things Every Day

Why The Most Productive People Do These Six Things Every Day | Learning At Work | Scoop.it

Of all our available resources, everyone has the same number of hours in a day. Some, however, happen to get more done. Are they faster or smarter? Do they have more help? Perhaps. But they’ve also learned tricks that can help them stretch time and eliminate the unimportant.

Here are six things super-productive people do every day to maximize their results and success.


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The Learning Factor's curator insight, January 15, 5:27 PM

The secrets behind four-minute meetings and scrapping your to-do list.

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7 Destructive Habits You Need to Eliminate From Your Daily Routine

7 Destructive Habits You Need to Eliminate From Your Daily Routine | Learning At Work | Scoop.it

The internet is chock full of daily habits that will help your routine, but what about bad habits? Because habits are so ingrained into our daily routines, we often don't notice how harmful ones sneak in and ruin our success.

 

Try eliminating the following habits from your life and see how your success in business and in life improve:


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The Learning Factor's curator insight, December 18, 2016 4:44 PM

These common habits are a lot more damaging than you might believe.

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10 Effective Communication Habits of the Most Successful People

10 Effective Communication Habits of the Most Successful People | Learning At Work | Scoop.it

Being able to communicate effectively, I believe, is one of the best life skills you can develop. Think about it, colleagues who can masterfully communicate their thoughts, feelings, ideas, concerns and wishes are better equipped to manage or avoid conflict, negotiate win-win scenarios, and increase their ability to collaborate at a high level.

 

Yet effective communication isn't just about talking; it is also the ability to listen and understand the other side of the fence, to "read" and interpret body language, and to know how to approach another person so you can get your points across in a respectful manner.


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Bryan Worn's curator insight, December 14, 2016 2:18 AM

Good reminder checklist if things have gone off course in our communication.

Adele Taylor's curator insight, December 14, 2016 3:58 PM
Some great communication tips!
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How To Turn Stress Into Productivity Fuel

How To Turn Stress Into Productivity Fuel | Learning At Work | Scoop.it

Feeling stressed lately? Chances are you're not alone. We carry varying degrees of stress around with us all the time—sometimes more, sometimes less. Does that pressure make us more productive or less? As with so many aspects of human psychology, the answer is: It depends. But what it depends on is something called the Yerkes-Dodson curve, a theory that dates back to 1908. Here's how understanding it can help you channel the stress you may be feeling into energy to get things done.

 

The Yerkes-Dodson curve relates the amount of motivational energy, called "arousal," a person may possess to how well they'll perform at a given task. The basic idea is that at low levels of arousal, people don't perform particularly well. In this state, people aren't all that motivated to get much done. That helps explain why being totally stress-free can breed laziness or complacency, and also why some of your most productive days are those when the clock is ticking for you to wrap up a big projec


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rodrick rajive lal's curator insight, November 30, 2016 4:20 AM
Stress, surprisingly is a precursor for success! Some of the best art forms were produced in times of stress. The poet P.B. Shelley wrote 'Ode to the Westwind' when he was undergoing a lot of difficulties in life. The poem was to become one of the best works of poetry. It is for this reason that we need to understand that stress can be turned around and made into a tool for promoting success!
Adele Taylor's curator insight, November 30, 2016 3:34 PM
Interesting... I always thought the whole 'I work well under pressure' was a bit of a cliché but it turns out to be true
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Use This Five-Part Checklist To Tell If You're Overcommunicating

Use This Five-Part Checklist To Tell If You're Overcommunicating | Learning At Work | Scoop.it

There’s definitely some truth in the wisdom that it’s better to overcommunicate than undercommunicate. Ideally, every manager gives their team members just enough direction to get on course and the leeway to do their thing free of micromanagement.

 

The reality is often different, though. No good boss wants to leave their teams feeling empty-handed or unsupported, so they sometimes veer off too far in the opposite direction. I’ve learned the hard way that overcommunication is easier to fall into than you might think, and it winds up obfuscating my message and wasting everyone’s time.

 

Fortunately, I’ve managed to get better at figuring out when my communication is more distracting than useful. Here are some of the key criteria I use in order to tell whether I'm overcommunicating


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rodrick rajive lal's curator insight, November 20, 2016 11:42 PM
Overcomunication can sometimes be ineffective communication. repetitive and redundant information has the tendency to fall on deaf ears. I have learnt this the hard way while teaching senior students in school! Students 'zone out' when they listen to information that is repetitive, resulting in 'overcommunication!' Professionals, especially in leadership positions can avoid the curse of overcommunication by taking care about the timing of the communication, ensuring that it is not redundant, examining its value, and ensuring that it is coherent, according to the the writer.
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5 Common Communication Misfires (And How To Avoid Them)

5 Common Communication Misfires (And How To Avoid Them) | Learning At Work | Scoop.it
 

Miscommunication happens frequently in life and work, partly because technology allows us to communicate faster, but not necessarily better. While some miscommunications are merely annoying, others can create conflict or be a disrupting influence in relationships.

 

Based on being both the giver and the recipient of unintended communication gaffes, here are five reasons why I believe they occur, and what to do to prevent them in the future.


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The Learning Factor's curator insight, November 10, 2016 5:55 PM

Tech enables faster communication, but that also means there's a greater chance to say something you didn't intend.

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3 Qualities of a Great Mentor

3 Qualities of a Great Mentor | Learning At Work | Scoop.it
Great mentors do three things that conveniently all start with the letter E – they encourage, equip, and exemplify.

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Andrea Ross's curator insight, June 8, 8:40 PM

To mentor someone is a great gift, if you have the opportunity to both be mentored and mentor someone then this article will be of use to you. What skills do you think you need to be a great mentor? 

Paulette Dotson's curator insight, June 9, 11:48 AM
Great leaders need to encourage, equip and exemplify. 
Begoña Pabón's curator insight, June 17, 6:33 AM
En las orgizaciones actuales el mentoring está demostrando ser una practica de éxito para desarrollar el potencial de los empleados. Un verdadero mentor sigue la regla de las "3 Es": empodera, "equipa" y ejemplifica
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Productivity Is All About Mastering These 4 Mental Tricks, According to Psychologists

Productivity Is All About Mastering These 4 Mental Tricks, According to Psychologists | Learning At Work | Scoop.it
This is what's standing between you and achieving what you want in life.

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donhornsby's curator insight, June 2, 9:32 AM
Graveyards are filled with good intentions. Don't be a victim of time. You can choose what your life becomes a tribute to. These few strategies are daily habits that can help you take back your time and achieve what you want in life. What's written in your yearbook?
 
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9 Super Simple Ways You Can Practice Emotional Intelligence Every Day

9 Super Simple Ways You Can Practice Emotional Intelligence Every Day | Learning At Work | Scoop.it
You'll need it. By the year 2020, expect emotional intelligence to be one of the top 10 job skills.

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donhornsby's curator insight, May 22, 9:28 AM
How Do You Actually Practice Emotional Intelligence?
 
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Una de las competencias mas valoradas en cualquier posicion de cara al 2020 será la Inteligencia Emocional. Descubre 9 simples formas de ponerla en practica diariamente.
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Your Brain Doesn't Want to Change: 5 Ways to Make It

Your Brain Doesn't Want to Change: 5 Ways to Make It | Learning At Work | Scoop.it
Change is always awkward at first, but it gets easier with practice.

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donhornsby's curator insight, April 14, 8:31 AM
Remember, if you want to behave differently, you have to think differently. We can retrain our brains and form new habits. It just takes courage and the willingness to step outside our comfort zones. Change can be scary, but by taking some time to proactively manage the process, you can set yourself up for success.
 
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Build Your Resilience: 5 Ways To Lean Into Life's Curves

Build Your Resilience: 5 Ways To Lean Into Life's Curves | Learning At Work | Scoop.it

Life isn’t linear. No matter how well thought out your plans, they’ll eventually collide with a reality you didn’t plan on. Learning to "lean into the curves" when life doesn’t unfold as you’d hoped will help spare you untold stress, bounce back faster and emerge better off.  Here’s five ways to do just that.


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The Learning Factor's curator insight, March 21, 6:30 PM

Life isn't linear. Sooner or later the best laid plans collide with a reality you didn't plan on. Learning to "lean into the curves" will help you handle them better and emerge better off.

Pamela Usukumah's curator insight, March 22, 1:19 PM
Nothing ever goes as planned, learning to roll with the punches can help you succeed.
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simple  necessary energizing
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Pressure Doesn’t Have to Turn into Stress

Pressure Doesn’t Have to Turn into Stress | Learning At Work | Scoop.it
Four steps to stop it.

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donhornsby's curator insight, March 16, 12:14 PM
Pressure is not stress.

"While struggling with cancer, it took me a couple of years to train myself to follow these steps. But ultimately it worked. My stress levels went down, my health improved, and my career took off. More heartening, I discovered that everything Derek had taught me could be taught to others, with similar results."
 
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What good does it really do us to be reflective?

What good does it really do us to be reflective? | Learning At Work | Scoop.it

What is so important about reflecting? What good does it really do us to be reflective? 

 

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donhornsby's curator insight, January 25, 9:42 AM
(From the article): Reflection allows us to go longer and deeper. Reflecting is about the themes and values behind or underneath what we do and who we are. Spending time in reflection is not about mastering what we find. It is more about recognizing how the underlying reasons of our lives master us.
 
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How to Overcome the Fear of Public Speaking: 5 Tips from the Pros

How to Overcome the Fear of Public Speaking: 5 Tips from the Pros | Learning At Work | Scoop.it

Like most people, at one time in my life I was terrified of public speaking. I remember one moment particularly clearly. My classmates were waiting for me to read a paper I’d written—an experience, I’m sure, many remember from high school and college. 


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donhornsby's curator insight, January 4, 10:53 AM
Fear can be a terrifying, all-consuming emotion—but so can many others. Speaking about something you’re passionate about can help drive the fear into a corner where it’s manageable. 

Remember that Gandhi example above? His fear was so severe that he struggled to even get out a few sentences in his younger years. What finally motivated him to overcome his fears of public speaking was the fact that he found something greater than himself that he felt he had to advocate—seeing India as an independent nation. 

 When you’re passionate about something, you’ve likely got a lot of facts down already, since you’ve probably done a lot of research on your own. Moreover, finding a topic you’re passionate about will make you more comfortable speaking on it.
 
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Do You Reflect? 4 Simple Questions To Make Your Reflection A Habit

Do You Reflect? 4 Simple Questions To Make Your Reflection A Habit | Learning At Work | Scoop.it

When do you make time to reflect?
Is it at the end of the day or week? The end of the month, or even the year?
Perhaps after a project or challenging piece of work? Maybe you reflect after a particularly tough conversation? 


It’s important to recognise that without these moments to reflect, your growth as a leader would be somewhat constrained.
How can you go about achieving clarity and self-awareness?
Read on for 4 simple questions you should be asking yourself after every day.

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David Hain's curator insight, December 14, 2016 7:09 AM

Kevin Watson, @kjcoach, on why and how to make reflection part of our daily practice...

donhornsby's curator insight, December 14, 2016 9:49 AM
Follow effective action with quiet reflection. From the quiet reflection will come even more effective action. - Peter Drucker
 
Tom Wojick's curator insight, December 15, 2016 11:43 AM

I subscribe that there are three culture conditions that leaders should create and sustain to keep their organization open to change and for continuous improvement: Engagement, Practice and Reflection. This article provides a framework for creating the condition of reflection. The wording and focus may change but the process is worthwhile. One of the key questions in the process is how did you feel and did your feelings affect what you did?

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The Emotionally Intelligent Person's Guide To Disagreeing With Your Boss

The Emotionally Intelligent Person's Guide To Disagreeing With Your Boss | Learning At Work | Scoop.it

There are few occasions where having high emotional intelligence (EQ) comes in handy more than when you disagree with your boss. But it's hardly the only one. Many of us would even happily trade off a few IQ points in exchange for some extra EQ. In fact, people with very high IQs but lower emotional intelligence may be more likely to upset their bosses by focusing too much on the logical side of an argument while ignoring the social and emotional dimensions.

 

In fact, the most effective approach to disagreeing with your manager should really be based on EQ rather than IQ. Unsurprisingly, research suggests that employees with higher emotional intelligence are generally more rewarding to deal with, which is why they're more often promoted than those who aren't. In a world that still bases so many crucial career decisions on a single subjective factor in the eyes of one's direct manager, likability often trumps ability and work ethic.


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The Learning Factor's curator insight, December 4, 2016 4:43 PM

Hint: Know when to cut your losses and back down.

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12 things successful people do in the last 10 minutes of the workday

12 things successful people do in the last 10 minutes of the workday | Learning At Work | Scoop.it

Perhaps you spend the last 10 minutes of your workday staring at the clock, counting down the seconds until you’re free. Or, maybe you bury yourself in your work until the very last minute — then you grab your stuff and go without saying goodbye to your colleagues.

 

If either of the above scenarios sounds familiar, it may be time to reassess your end-of-day routine. “How you finish the workday is very important,” says Michael Kerr, an international business speaker and author of “The Humour Advantage.” “It can set your mood for the rest of your day; it may impact your personal relationships, overall level of happiness, and how well you sleep that night; and it will set the stage for the next day.”

 


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The Learning Factor's curator insight, November 23, 2016 4:30 PM

Perhaps you spend the last 10 minutes of your workday staring at the clock, counting down the seconds until you’re free. Or, maybe you bury yourself in your work until the very last minute — then you grab your stuff and go without saying goodbye to your colleagues.

 

If either of the above scenarios sounds familiar, it may be time to reassess your end-of-day routine.

Jerry Busone's curator insight, December 1, 2016 7:37 AM

These tip are simple and really work ... love 3,4 9, 11 and do them everyday.Try it 

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How To Negotiate When You're At A Disadvantage

How To Negotiate When You're At A Disadvantage | Learning At Work | Scoop.it
In an ideal world, a negotiation is fair. Whether it’s a sales deal, salary package, or overarching agreement, the best negotiations have two or more parties who are looking for common ground and committed to finding the best possible solution for all.
 

But, we don’t live in an ideal world. Bias, deception, and hidden agendas can put even the most forthright negotiator at a disadvantage. A new study bears this out. Women ask for raises as often as their male counterparts, however the research found that they got what they wanted 25% less often.

 

Whether you’re dealing with people’s stereotypes or biases because of who you are, or if there’s another reason your counterpart is not being forthright and honest, how you handle the negotiation can make all the difference, says leadership consultant and career coach Avery Blank.


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The Learning Factor's curator insight, November 15, 2016 4:27 PM

Even when the playing field isn't level, you can still make the negotiation more fair.

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Nevermore Sithole's curator insight, November 25, 2016 11:14 AM
Negotiation skills