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Why A Week Of Saying No Wasn't That Hard

Why A Week Of Saying No Wasn't That Hard | Business Brainpower with the Human Touch | Scoop.it

Many people thought last week's challenge of saying no to almost everything sounded, if not impossible, at least unwise.


After all, don't successful people say yes to everything and take chances?


Well, yes and no.


"There is a flip side to saying no," says senior editor Erin Schulte, who participated in this week's challenge. "It means you are saying 'yes' to something else more important to you. I'm okay with that trade-off."


"I think there are seasons of 'no,' and seasons of 'yes.' A challenge like this is a good reason to evaluate or reevaluate which one you might be in," she explained.


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It turns out that turning people down wasn't as hard as we thought. Here's what we loved and hated about our week of saying no.

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The New Habit Challenge: Wake Up Insanely Early

The New Habit Challenge: Wake Up Insanely Early | Business Brainpower with the Human Touch | Scoop.it

There are so many proponents out there for starting your day early, it’s kind of hard to ignore this advice--though for my entire life I’ve always preferred shrugging the idea off and hitting the snooze button more times than I can count.


“Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.” Yeah, okay Ben Franklin, I’ll take that under advisement.


But it seems like almost any successful person you can think of starts their morning insanely early: Square CEO Jack Dorsey rises at 5:30 a.m., Virgin Group founder Richard Branson wakes around 5:45 a.m., and Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz gets up at 4:30 a.m. every morning--good thing he has an infinite supply of coffee at his disposal.

Vicki Kossoff @ The Learning Factor's insight:

 Suggesting you rise before the sun is even up may seem a little mean. So we'll wake our groggy selves up, too, for some extra motivation.

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rodrick rajive lal's curator insight, August 4, 2014 1:50 AM

There is so much in this article that rings true. I, myself wake up at five in the morning and then go for a half an hour walk. It is that magical hour where you can plan for the whole day. Since I also do a lot of creative writing, I use this time to search for ideas and thoughts  that I can use while writing. 

Denise Griffitts's curator insight, August 4, 2014 10:34 AM

This is something that comes very naturally to me as I sleep very little anyway. Mornings, for me at least, are the most productive time of day. I also use this time before dawn to review my weekly goals and decide what one thing I can do TODAY to move myself closer to accomplishing that goal. And then I go do it!

howtoselllaptop's curator insight, August 5, 2014 12:52 AM

Ya ..! i just agree to it

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What The Happiest People Know About Work

What The Happiest People Know About Work | Business Brainpower with the Human Touch | Scoop.it

Study, work hard, and you will be successful.

 

This was the mantra repeated by educators throughout my youth. None of them added "be happy" to the success equation.

 

But a growing body of research in positive psychology and neuroscience is demonstrating that happiness is the secret ingredient to success. It turns out, our brains are more engaged, creative, productive, and resilient when in a positive state.

 

All this unhappiness comes with a high price tag to businesses, costing more than $550 billion a year in lost productivity. In his book, Donovan identifies 60 simple steps individuals can take to improve their happiness and get back on the path to success. Here are six of the top things happy workers do:


Vicki Kossoff @ The Learning Factor's insight:

Hard work and skills will only get you so far. The most successful people also find joy in working life. It's not as difficult as it may seem.

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Denise Gabbard's curator insight, April 10, 2014 1:19 PM

Doing what you love can make you happy-- finding a way to make money while doing what you love is even better! 

Graeme Reid's curator insight, April 10, 2014 7:55 PM

If you don't enjoy what you do it is very difficult to be successful.  There are ways to re-frame the way that you look at things to help you focus on what is important to you.

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, April 22, 2014 11:01 PM

Avoiding energy sappers is what led me to retire from teaching. It was not the students and parents. It was the bureaucratic and technocratic nonsense that went on in school which passes itself off as education.

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Here’s Why 2014 Is Going to Be the Year of the Employee

Here’s Why 2014 Is Going to Be the Year of the Employee | Business Brainpower with the Human Touch | Scoop.it

Top people with key skills (engineering, math, life sciences, energy) will be in short supply due to global economic growth. 


For the first time in more than five years organisations are competing for talent and the formula for success this time is different. To compete for key talent, organisations will need to adapt and innovate.


Challenges & Opportunities Employers Face in 2014:


Building passion in the workplace. Top issues will be employee attraction, retention, and engagement. More than 60 percent of the companies we recently surveyed told us they are worried about losing top people in 2014...

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Here are 10 big predictions for HR, talent, and learning in 2014 and the theme is “The Year of the Employee.” Global economic growth will cause the balance of power to shift, allowing top talent to exert more control

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The #1 Problem Every Leader Has But Isn't Aware Of

The #1 Problem Every Leader Has But Isn't Aware Of | Business Brainpower with the Human Touch | Scoop.it

The job of every leader is to avoid, minimise or altogether eliminate problems. When the inevitable problems do arise, it’s a leader’s job to turn said problems into opportunity. The issue is this; most leaders are woefully inept when it comes to problem solving.


Pick any leadership challenge and it boils down to a problem solving issue nothing more, nothing less. Issues surrounding talent, finance, public policy, operations, strategy, social purpose, execution, competition, litigation, etc., are simply problems to be solved.

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The biggest problem all leaders face is problem solving itself. The job of every leader is to avoid, minimise or altogether eliminate problems.

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Top 10 TED Talks for Entrepreneurs in 2014

Top 10 TED Talks for Entrepreneurs in 2014 | Business Brainpower with the Human Touch | Scoop.it


TEDGlobal 2014 kicked off this week in Rio de Janeiro with panels focusing on how ideas, both good and bad, spread across borders. 


If you’ve yet to accumulate enough frequent-flier miles to dash off to South America for this global-minded innovation conference, you can get inspired at home by watching the following top TED Talks of the year. 


Bill and Melinda Gates: Why giving away our wealth has been the most rewarding thing we’ve done.


In 1993, Bill and Melinda Gates took a trip to Africa that changed the way they viewed what was truly valuable. The extreme poverty they witnessed then instigated a lifelong commitment to give back 95 percent of their wealth.

Vicki Kossoff @ The Learning Factor's insight:

Bill Gates, Edward Snowden, Larry Page, and the inventor of the World Wide Web converged on the year's hottest topics.

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Marco Favero's curator insight, October 16, 2014 8:21 AM

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Viren Lall's curator insight, October 16, 2014 11:13 AM

TED is a great resource for some inspirational stories on entrepreneurship

J.Frazier's curator insight, October 17, 2014 9:50 AM

A great forum for insight into some pretty awesome though leader and even those not so awesome that have something provocative to say.

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5 Lessons In Self-Improvement We Can Learn From The Marines

5 Lessons In Self-Improvement We Can Learn From The Marines | Business Brainpower with the Human Touch | Scoop.it

A common mantra espoused by the U.S. Marines, “Make It Happen” guides troops when they are confronted with any challenging task: from conducting humanitarian and disaster relief operations and relieving suffering in the Philippines to taking down pirates off the coast of Somalia.


Like the Marines, we too can learn and apply a code of conduct in our daily lives so that we can face our challenges head-on.


Here are five fundamental Marine Corps values that can move each of us forward no matter what we do in life and help us make it happen.


1. Know yourself and seek self-improvement


Vicki Kossoff @ The Learning Factor's insight:

“Make It Happen” is a common mantra espoused by Marines, a code that every one of us should learn and apply in our daily lives.

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Developing a Growth Mindset Culture in the Classroom

Developing a Growth Mindset Culture in the Classroom | Business Brainpower with the Human Touch | Scoop.it

If a task is set at the correct level of challenge then 50% of pupils should fail at it. That’s potentially a lot of failure for pupils to deal with everyday, but as a school and as a classroom practitioner, we need to support that failure and show pupils the link between failure and learning.

 

The overall outcome of the process is what pupils are eventually judged on through assessments, but pupils need to understand that the process they go through to understand a new concept is just as important (if not more important) as getting it right.

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Learn hot to develop a growth mind set for teaching in everyday practice. Failure is visible so teachers can see it straight away and support.

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How to Lead When Employees Don't Want to Follow

How to Lead When Employees Don't Want to Follow | Business Brainpower with the Human Touch | Scoop.it

Employees aren't going to like every decision you make. Strong leaders, though, know how to rally the troops, even around an initially unpopular idea.


Whatever you do, you can't buckle under unpopularity: Sooner or later you encounter fierce resistance. Leadership feels a lot like peddling uphill, swimming upstream, or running into a stiff headwind. The challenge is to overcome the resistance instead of being overwhelmed by it.

Vicki Kossoff @ The Learning Factor's insight:

Are the troops pushing back on your solutions to problems? Learn four ways to overcome their resistance.

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