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How To Get The Really Good Ideas Flowing

How To Get The Really Good Ideas Flowing | Learning At Work | Scoop.it

Yeah. We know. To get to great ideas, you have to create a culture that values them.

 

But you can have the best culture in the world and your people aren’t going to spontaneously combust into fireballs of Da Vinci-level inspiration. You’ve got to work at it.

 

And, frankly, much of that work isn’t terribly difficult, although some of it is counterintuitive. If you’re ready to harness the power of great ideas in your organization, try these tips.

 

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Don’t Let Your Brain’s Defense Mechanisms Thwart Effective Feedback

Don’t Let Your Brain’s Defense Mechanisms Thwart Effective Feedback | Learning At Work | Scoop.it

Think, for example, how easy it is to psych ourselves out (and read the response as “negative”) when we initiate an honest but difficult conversation with a peer or boss. And think how easy it is to feel attacked and raw when we’re on the receiving end of tough feedback, whether or not the person giving it is actually offensive, defensive, or angry. Because we seldom test these reactions for accuracy, our thoughts quickly spiral to a place where they are no longer useful. Our sensitive “danger radar” make us feel safer in the short-term but can undermine our long-term goals — for instance, having honest conversations that allow for learning while leaving both parties feeling psychologically intact.

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How to Make Feedback Feel Normal

How to Make Feedback Feel Normal | Learning At Work | Scoop.it

I’ve spent much of my career teaching people how to have “crucial conversations.” In the work place, most crucial conversations are about feedback – the process of helping others improve by pointing out deficiencies in their behavior or work. I’ve realized lately that a lot of my work could have been avoided if leaders had understood one simple thing: 


 The primary reason people struggle with giving and receiving feedback is not a lack of proficiency but of frequency.

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10 Things Emotionally Intelligent People Refuse to Think

10 Things Emotionally Intelligent People Refuse to Think | Learning At Work | Scoop.it
Believing these negative thoughts can become a self-fulfilling prophecy you want no part of, trust me.

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7 Ways to Ask Questions like a Coach

7 Ways to Ask Questions like a Coach | Learning At Work | Scoop.it
Leaders should be more coach-like. I’m probably not the first person who has penned those words in a blog post. My guess is that you’ve heard that advice before—possibly even tried being more coach-like with your team members and direct reports but ultimately realized that it takes a lot of time to do well.
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How to deal with people you just want to strangle

How to deal with people you just want to strangle | Learning At Work | Scoop.it

One of the most common challenges I’m presented with as a behaviourist, is how to handle individuals who exhibit especially challenging behaviours. The fact is that the larger the group of people, the more likelihood there is for conflict and the more likely we are to work with or alongside people that we don’t especially get on with – and certainly wouldn’t actively choose to spend time around.

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How to Have a Great One-On-One: Catch Problems Early and Build Trust

How to Have a Great One-On-One: Catch Problems Early and Build Trust | Learning At Work | Scoop.it
You have a problem that you want to talk about, but your boss always seems so busy. So you keep it quiet and hope it goes away. Yet, as a manager yourself, you're not sure how to approach a shy member of the team without causing him or her undue worry.

You might think of one-on-ones as a chore, as a waste of valuable time, or even as a downright awkward experience. But regular, effective meetings between managers and their team members are essential to both individual and team success.
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These 4 Hobbies Can Actually Improve Job Performance

These 4 Hobbies Can Actually Improve Job Performance | Learning At Work | Scoop.it
 While downtime of any kind can help relieve stress, there are several science-backed ways that let you enjoy life outside of the office while improving your productivity within it.
 

Research conducted by Kevin Eschleman, an assistant psychology professor at San Francisco State University, suggests hobbies that are less relevant to one’s career are paradoxically more beneficial for it.

 

"Whatever the activity is that you're doing in your free time, it becomes incredibly more valuable if it is different from what you've been doing most recently in your work environment," Eschelman told Fast Company in a previous interview. "People need to be mindful and aware of what resources they're using in the work environment to realize which resources they need to protect and refuel in their free time," he said.


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The Learning Factor's curator insight, August 14, 6:32 PM

How you spend your downtime can have a profound impact on your productivity levels at work.

Kimberly Kline's curator insight, August 15, 5:32 PM
Be Creative!  Spending your free time listening or playing music, getting outside and moving, or even playing video games will actually make you more productive at work ~ and I believe it will also make you happier overall!
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The Do’s and Don’ts of Public Speaking Infographic - e-Learning Infographics

The Do’s and Don’ts of Public Speaking Infographic - e-Learning Infographics | Learning At Work | Scoop.it
With the Do’s and Don’ts of Public Speaking Infographic you will learn what to do, and most importantly what to avoid when speaking in public.
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What to Do When You’ve Made a Bad Decision

What to Do When You’ve Made a Bad Decision | Learning At Work | Scoop.it
It can be painful to admit when we’ve made a bad decision. Maybe you hired the wrong person, or took a job that wasn’t a good fit, or launched a new product line that no one seems to want. It’s human nature to be optimistic and assume that success is just around the corner.

Eventually, as the ominous evidence mounts, you may start to doubt your idea. But it can feel overwhelming to admit the mistake in front of your colleagues and professional network. Here’s what to do when you’re starting to realize you’ve made a bad decision.
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The Hidden Curriculum of Work

The Hidden Curriculum of Work | Learning At Work | Scoop.it

What do you do for work? Not, what is your job title, or what’s written in your official job description? But what do you actually do?

 

It’s potentially the most important question you can ask yourself if you care about standing out, staying ahead of the change curve, and continuously elevating your performance to gain access to choice assignments and opportunities to advance.

 

This is because the value you deliver, the results you produce, and the impact you have on others come more often from the execution of unspoken intangibles that are not reflected in your title, job description, or the daily tasks and activities you’re responsible for. This severe mismatch is based on a fundamental misunderstanding of the true demands of work.

 


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rodrick rajive lal's curator insight, August 10, 5:33 AM
The hidden curriculum of work, is about what goes beyond your job profile. When you apply for a perticular post, you are accepting two jobs, one is the what you applied for, and the other is the interpersonal work, the hidden curriulum that goes with the post. The post of teaching includes your knowledge of the subject, pedagogical skills and most immportant of all are your inter-personal skills, your life skills, your attitude towards the learners, approachablility...etc.
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Excellent discussion of something that I believe is often ignored and really forms the core of career management.

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Stress Literally Shrinks Your Brain (7 Ways To Reverse This Effect)

Stress Literally Shrinks Your Brain (7 Ways To Reverse This Effect) | Learning At Work | Scoop.it

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4 Ways to Boost Your EQ

4 Ways to Boost Your EQ | Learning At Work | Scoop.it
Like verbal or mathematical skills, there are ways to strengthen your emotional intelligence with hard work and practice.

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Developing Personal Accountability: Taking Responsibility to Get Ahead

Developing Personal Accountability: Taking Responsibility to Get Ahead | Learning At Work | Scoop.it
In this article, we’ll look at what personal accountability means. We'll also explore how you make it one of your core values.
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What to Do When You and Your Boss Aren’t Getting Along

What to Do When You and Your Boss Aren’t Getting Along | Learning At Work | Scoop.it

Even the best office relationships hit a rut, but if it’s your relationship with your boss that’s suffering, work can be especially challenging. Maybe you’ve lost their trust, or you haven’t been seeing eye to eye lately, or maybe you’ve never really gotten along. Whatever the reason, how can you build a connection that’s more than “just OK”? What steps can you take to improve your interactions? And are there times when you have to accept that the relationship may never get better?

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Give Feedback That Inspires Employees' Best Performance

Give Feedback That Inspires Employees' Best Performance | Learning At Work | Scoop.it
Telling an employee to make changes is never easy. Here's how to do it right.

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The Neuroscience & Psychology of Procrastination, and How to Overcome It

The Neuroscience & Psychology of Procrastination, and How to Overcome It | Learning At Work | Scoop.it

Procrastination is a skill, an art, a slight-of-hand technique. I’m procrastinating right now, but you’d never know it. How many tabs do I have open in my multiple browser windows? Pick a number, any number. How many tasks have I put off today? How many dreams have I deferred? I’ll never tell.

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Could You Be More Coach-like in Your One-on-One Conversations?

Could You Be More Coach-like in Your One-on-One Conversations? | Learning At Work | Scoop.it
Recently I was reading the white paper “Bringing Science to the Art of Coaching.” Authors Jack Zenger and Kathleen Stinnett look at a couple of key questions to explore while examining what research says about the effectiveness of coaching. Consistently, the data shows strong correlations between a leader’s coaching effectiveness and measures of employee commitment and engagement.
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Mindful Listening: Developing Awareness to Listen Fully

Mindful Listening: Developing Awareness to Listen Fully | Learning At Work | Scoop.it

In today's busy world, it can be hard to shut out distractions such as noise and electronic devices, and our own thoughts or reactions can draw us away from a conversation. So, how can we listen more effectively? When we listen "mindfully," we can be aware of these barriers and still remain open to the speaker's ideas and messages.

In this article, we explore mindful listening and suggest simple ways you can use this technique to improve your listening skills.


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There Are Actually 3 Kinds Of Listening--Here's How To Master Them

There Are Actually 3 Kinds Of Listening--Here's How To Master Them | Learning At Work | Scoop.it
Here's a quick primer on "physical," "mental," and "emotional" listening, and how to put them together.

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Listening is a skill that we all can do better at.  This article touches on focusing on three kinds of listening and learning to master them.  First we must understand that it is a skill that we need to practice consciously

 

Read and practice.....  

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How Easily do you Take Offense? 7 Strategies for Maintaining Your Cool

How Easily do you Take Offense? 7 Strategies for Maintaining Your Cool | Learning At Work | Scoop.it
If you are the type of person who regularly takes offense to the actions of others, here are some suggestions for staying more rational in the moment rather than losing your cool.
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Deep Work: The Secret to Achieving Peak Productivity

Deep Work: The Secret to Achieving Peak Productivity | Learning At Work | Scoop.it
A new book says focusing intensely without distractions on a cognitively demanding task leads to peak productivity.

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When To Influence People, When To Inform Them, And How To Know The Difference

When To Influence People, When To Inform Them, And How To Know The Difference | Learning At Work | Scoop.it

In order to get your leaders to have confidence in your ideas and your career potential, you need to persuade them. Sharing information—informing your supervisors—is part of that process, but it isn't the process itself. No matter how much you want them to understand the depth of your work, your knowledge, and your expertise, your leaders are not studying for a test. By shifting your focus from educating to influencing, you can build the credibility you need to get where you're trying to go.

 

When you try to educate somebody about a particular subject, you implicitly assume that you have the power. You're the one with ideas, knowledge, and information—that's why you're imparting it, after all. Everyone else is just hoping to soak in as much as they can.

 


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Sharing knowledge, expertise, and information can help you be more persuasive, but it isn't persuasion itself.

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The Importance of Day-to- Day Learning

The Importance of Day-to- Day Learning | Learning At Work | Scoop.it
The checklist of questions that learning leaders ask themselves before deciding which learning technology best fits their organization is long; which vendor is the best? What kind of platforms are available? What kind of content is most appropriate? What are the organization’s most important needs now and in the future?

But CLOs often forget to ask one very important question: “Does the learning technology work cohesively with an employee’s everyday workflow?”
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How to Be Organized: Taking Control of Your Day

How to Be Organized: Taking Control of Your Day | Learning At Work | Scoop.it

Do you waste much time during your day due to disorganization? Perhaps you spend 5 minutes searching for a misplaced file, another 5 looking for an email detailing an important meeting, and perhaps 10 minutes more finding today's to-do list, lost in the piles of papers on your desk. Before you know it, you've spent an hour throughout the day looking for things you can't find. And that's just one day! Imagine how much time you're losing each week, each month, and each year!

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Just 6 Seconds of Mindfulness Can Make You More Effective - Mindful

Just 6 Seconds of Mindfulness Can Make You More Effective - Mindful | Learning At Work | Scoop.it
All you need is a single breath.
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Ron McIntyre's curator insight, August 9, 5:12 PM

Your thoughts? I believe we need to be more mindful & intentional.

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