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7 Habits that Defeat Distraction and Find Focus

7 Habits that Defeat Distraction and Find Focus | Learning At Work | Scoop.it
Frantic leaders lack focus. Nothing meaningful gets done without focus. Unfocused leaders: Allow trivialities to become urgencies. Persistent drama suggests lack of focus. Start too much and finish...
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7 Ways Successful People Have Better Mindsets

7 Ways Successful People Have Better Mindsets | Learning At Work | Scoop.it
A successful person is not someone in a certain set of circumstances, but rather a person with a certain set of smart attitudes.

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Why Build Personal Learning Networks  

Why Build Personal Learning Networks   | Learning At Work | Scoop.it

In this era of constant flux and uber connectivity, one way we can remain relevant as individuals and as organizations is to make continuous learning a part of our DNA. An effective way to achieve this is taking onus of our personal development by building Personal Learning Networks (PLNs).

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16 powerful habits of productive, successful people

16 powerful habits of productive, successful people | Learning At Work | Scoop.it
You've got to remember to reward yourself.

Via Marc Wachtfogel, Ph.D.
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The concept of comfort zone – and why you need to step outside it

The concept of comfort zone – and why you need to step outside it | Learning At Work | Scoop.it

The concept of comfort zone is important because it can positively affect our lives.

When we talk about comfort zone, we generally refer to the natural human tendency of prefering those situations we perceive as reassuring and stress-free.

Have you ever moved blissfully through an environment you know and, on the contrary, been self-conscious in a new environment? Do you always hang out with the same friends and in the same places? Answering these questions can help you discover the boundaries of your own comfort zones.

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Apprenticeships: The industrious revolution

Apprenticeships: The industrious revolution | Learning At Work | Scoop.it
A new breed of apprenticeship is offering employers a way to accelerate and keep top talent
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How to Focus at Work in the Age of Distractions

How to Focus at Work in the Age of Distractions | Learning At Work | Scoop.it
Here are some solid tips for increasing your ability to focus at work when the entirety of the internet is waiting to distract you.

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, July 18, 1:15 AM

Useful infographic with some good advice.

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Assertiveness: Getting What You Want or Need By Working With People, Not Against Them

Assertiveness: Getting What You Want or Need By Working With People, Not Against Them | Learning At Work | Scoop.it

Being assertive means knowing where the fine line is between assertion and aggression and balancing on it. Learn how to do this.

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Maximising productivity and performance - using your brain better by managing your body

Maximising productivity and performance - using your brain better by managing your body | Learning At Work | Scoop.it

In this series we look at an aspect of science that gets too little (in our view) attention in business and that’s what we eat, how we move our body and use our brain. 

Maybe one reason there is limited focus on this area is it’s confusing.

A lot of recent research has found that long established ideas are basically wrong and were based on poor or biased science.

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6 Things the Most Organized People Do Every Day

6 Things the Most Organized People Do Every Day | Learning At Work | Scoop.it
Recent research in social psychology has shown that happy people are not people who have more; rather, they are people who are happy with what they already have. Happy people engage in satisficing all of the time, even if they don’t know it. Warren Buffett can be seen as embracing satisficing to an extreme— one of the richest men in the world, he lives in Omaha, a block from the highway, in the same modest home he has lived in for fifty years… But Buffett does not satisfice with his investment strategies; satisficing is a tool for not wasting time on things that are not your highest priority. For your high-priority endeavors, the old-fashioned pursuit of excellence remains the right strategy.

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David Hain's curator insight, July 9, 5:18 AM

I wish you enough - plus several other hacks to be more productive.

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5 Skills You Need to Work on to Get Ahead—No Matter What Industry You're In

5 Skills You Need to Work on to Get Ahead—No Matter What Industry You're In | Learning At Work | Scoop.it
Listening and accountability are just some examples of small traits that make a big difference. These five soft skills can make or break your career.

Via Ariana Amorim, Marc Wachtfogel, Ph.D.
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MONTSE ANDREU MAGAROLAS's curator insight, July 12, 6:21 AM
Entrenem també els "softs skills" per a esdevenir millors professionals i, per tant, millors persones també. 
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Stop Serving the Feedback Sandwich — Medium

Stop Serving the Feedback Sandwich — Medium | Learning At Work | Scoop.it
How do you give feedback to a CEO who’s twice your age? I was 25, a new professor called in as a last-ditch, Hail Mary effort to save a dying company. They had already fired three consultants, so why not try me?
The CEO had been leading longer than I’d been alive. After several weeks of watching him in action, interviewing his senior team, and gathering data from his employees, it was time for me to bring down the hatchet. His company had merged with another firm and he was still trying to figure out where to go. His team desperately needed him to outline a vision.
When I went to colleagues for advice, they all told me the same thing. Put a slice of praise on the top and the bottom, and stick the meat of your criticism in between. It’s the compliment sandwich, as Stewie Griffin called it on Family Guy — a technique for giving feedback that’s popular among leaders and coaches, parents and teachers.
But when I looked at the data, I learned that the feedback sandwich doesn’t taste as good as it looks.

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David Hain's curator insight, July 11, 12:54 AM

Feedback is a critical component of achievement - buttony if it is delivered skilfully!

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What are the Key Dispositions of Good Critical Thinkers?

What are the Key Dispositions of Good Critical Thinkers? | Learning At Work | Scoop.it
Scholars have suggested that there may be a number of core personal dispositions that support good critical thinking. But what are these critical thinking dispositions?

Via Klaus Meschede, Lee Miles, David Hain
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David Hain's curator insight, July 10, 3:05 AM

Useful insight into how we think.

Ron McIntyre's curator insight, July 10, 8:18 AM

Some good insights.

ReSkill Work's curator insight, July 14, 11:41 PM
Critical thinking is must in successful businesses.
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How Storytelling Can Enhance Any Learning Experience

How Storytelling Can Enhance Any Learning Experience | Learning At Work | Scoop.it

Researchers are discovering just how powerful an effect a good story can have on the brain, and not just in terms of entertainment. A memorable yarn can also help us retain important information, both in casual and formal learning settings.



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Not Sure Where You’re Going? Start with a Personal Mission Statement

Not Sure Where You’re Going? Start with a Personal Mission Statement | Learning At Work | Scoop.it

Most organisations have mission statements—a clearly defined and articulated purpose to focus energy and help leaders make decisions.

But what about a clearly defined and articulated personal purpose? While most of us have some idea about what we want to do with our lives, many of us don’t have a personal mission statement.

This is an important concept. A personal mission statement harnesses energy and enables us to have a greater sense of well-being—especially if we can connect our personal purpose with our department’s purpose as well as our organisation’s purpose.

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Leadership and Management Mistakes Most First-Time Managers Make

Leadership and Management Mistakes Most First-Time Managers Make | Learning At Work | Scoop.it

If you’ve been promoted to a management position for the first time, you’re probably feeling pretty terrified. While stepping into a managerial role is a huge accomplishment, it’s the beginning of a set of arduous challenges. If you’re not quite sure how to smoothen the transition, here are some common leadership and management mistakes most first-time managers make, which when avoided can help you get off a pretty good start.

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7 Poisonous Thoughts That Interfere With Your Success

7 Poisonous Thoughts That Interfere With Your Success | Learning At Work | Scoop.it

Whatever it is that you are trying to achieve in life, it can be extremely frustrating when you encounter roadblocks to accomplishing your goals and obtaining success. Sometimes, these roadblocks are due to circumstances beyond your control. However, in many cases, the direct or indirect cause of failure comes from within. Negative, fearful thoughts and thoughts that reflect a lack of confidence can definitely prevent your success. The good news is that if you can recognize them, you become empowered.

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How we (unconsciously) make bad decisions

How we (unconsciously) make bad decisions | Learning At Work | Scoop.it
And how mindfulness training can help
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donhornsby's curator insight, July 20, 10:21 AM
The problem isn’t that we don’t know what to do. The problem is that we are subject to cognitive biases—ways of deciding and acting that result from a lifetime of conditioning—which cause us to unconsciously make decisions that are less than optimal.
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Encouraging Workplace Creativity - What Gets Real Results

Encouraging Workplace Creativity - What Gets Real Results | Learning At Work | Scoop.it
Workplace creativity comes from a) thinking in different ways; b) sharing those ideas; c) implementing the discoveries. And those could be something big

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Round-Robin Brainstorming: Allowing Everyone to Contribute

Round-Robin Brainstorming: Allowing Everyone to Contribute | Learning At Work | Scoop.it
Round-Robin Brainstorming helps you ensure that people will contribute great ideas without being influenced by others.
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How to Get Your Voice Heard in Meetings: Finding the Best Way to Contribute and Get Noticed

How to Get Your Voice Heard in Meetings: Finding the Best Way to Contribute and Get Noticed | Learning At Work | Scoop.it
Building confidence in your own value and speaking up for other people will make it easier for you to play an active part in meetings.
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Coaching - a partnership of trust

Coaching - a partnership of trust | Learning At Work | Scoop.it

Great coaching works because it is a partnership. More than that, it succeeds because it is built upon trust and mutual respect. In fact, according to Ashridge and others, the single most important factor for achieving a successful outcome in executive coaching is the quality of the relationship between the coach and the coachee.

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Strategies for negotiating in a way that makes it harder for the other party to lie.

Strategies for negotiating in a way that makes it harder for the other party to lie. | Learning At Work | Scoop.it
Tactics for getting to the truth

Via Marc Wachtfogel, Ph.D.
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How To Manage A Negative Employee

How To Manage A Negative Employee | Learning At Work | Scoop.it

No matter how carefully you pick the members on your team, you may still end up with a negative employee. These workers don’t necessarily fall into the category of "toxic," but they’re just kind of a drag with their cynical, pessimistic worldview.

Managing negative employees requires its own set of skills and approaches, says David Lewis, president and CEO of human resources consultancy OperationsInc. And while the best course of action will vary depending on the situation’s specifics, this dynamic shouldn’t be ignored, because it can affect culture and the morale of your other employees, he says.

If you’re dealing with a negative employee, here are six steps to take.


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24 Easy Ways to Empower Everyone Around You

24 Easy Ways to Empower Everyone Around You | Learning At Work | Scoop.it
Here are simple habits that will help create a culture of empowerment.

Via Marc Wachtfogel, Ph.D.
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What's Your Memory Style? 5 Ways to Accommodate the Way Your Brain Works  

What's Your Memory Style? 5 Ways to Accommodate the Way Your Brain Works   | Learning At Work | Scoop.it
Not all memory is created equal. While some of us have detailed, context-dependent accounts of when and where we learned something, others seem to have a reserve of facts in their brain that they can pull from, independent of the original context in which they learned the information. Why does memory differ from person to person in this way, and how does it affect learning? A research team from the Rotman Research Institute at Baycrest Health Sciences is on the path to finding out.
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David Hain's curator insight, July 10, 3:01 AM

Learning more about how our brains work is a genuine WHE factor for a successful life!