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The Reasons People Don’t Follow Their Passions, and What You Can Do

The Reasons People Don’t Follow Their Passions, and What You Can Do | Business Brainpower with the Human Touch | Scoop.it

It's pretty hard to pursue something you aren't sure about. If you can't seem to find something you'd love doing, you're not alone. Many of us struggle with what our own ideas of what a "dream job" would be. If you feel a little like you're just floating along the river of life, it might be a good idea to grab a paddle and start exploring uncharted waters. Take a step out of your comfort zone and experience new things. When you're stuck in your bubble, you're afraid of being uncomfortable. Branch out and see what's out there. Eventually you'll encounter something that gets you excited.

Vicki Kossoff @ The Learning Factor's insight:

Pursuing your passion can mean different things to different people, but no matter your definition, it seems people always have a reason why they can't do it. If you're someone who has always wanted to follow your dream but never gained any traction, here are some answers.

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Graeme Reid's curator insight, September 25, 2014 1:34 AM

How many of these excuses can you tick off?  There are plenty of ways to challenge your fears.

Nelly Renard's curator insight, September 25, 2014 1:37 AM

Je vous recommande la vidéo de Larry Smith (TED) qui a aussi le mérite d'être aussi drôle qu'enrichissante.

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Nike Founder: Find Your Calling and Ask for Help

Nike Founder: Find Your Calling and Ask for Help | Business Brainpower with the Human Touch | Scoop.it

Nike founder Phil Knight earned his MBA from Stanford's Graduate School of Business in 1962. Over the weekend, he spoke at the same school's graduation ceremony. 


You might think of Knight as a large-company executive, but entrepreneurship is in his bloodstream. The roots of Nike began shortly after he graduated, with his cold-calling the owner of a Japanese factory where sneakers were made. Knight left a $1,000 deposit for shoe samples. When those samples arrived, Knight's business partner, Bill Bowerman (who'd coached Knight on the University of Oregon track team), adjusted them to better serve serious runners.

Vicki Kossoff @ The Learning Factor's insight:

Now that you have graduated, the goal should not be to seek a job, or even a career, but to seek a calling

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Dr. Jan Hoistad's curator insight, June 19, 2014 7:01 PM

Asking for help, seeking great mentors and guidance is key.

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Employee Engagement Survey: Engaging Employees for Happier Companies

Employee Engagement Survey: Engaging Employees for Happier Companies | Business Brainpower with the Human Touch | Scoop.it

The role of co-workers in employee happiness continues to grow along with the need for increased transparency. Investors and efficient capital markets demand transparency and employees want the same from their leaders. An important part of transparency, is the communication and understanding of the company’s vision, mission, and values.


As the workplace becomes increasingly flat and decentralised, this puts a premium on stronger employee-to-employee relationships. HR and team leaders must prioritise recruiting talent that is collaborative and team-oriented.

Vicki Kossoff @ The Learning Factor's insight:

Management transparency is the top factor when determining employee happiness. This finding surprised us too, with management transparency coming in at an extremely high correlation coefficient of .93 with employee happiness.

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CATHLEEN SLONE's curator insight, December 12, 2013 11:02 AM

Employee Engagement Survey: Engaging Employees for Happier Companies | #iinov8u #careers #engagement 

Paulette Steele's curator insight, August 5, 2014 9:37 AM

Employee engagement is vital to all businesses

Bettina Gifford's curator insight, August 5, 2014 6:11 PM

Interesting  infographic regarding the power of employee engagement 

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What Job Does HR Really Do?

What Job Does HR Really Do? | Business Brainpower with the Human Touch | Scoop.it

With just one exception, every department in your organisation has a razor-sharp focus: Sales sells stuff. Marketing finds and keeps customers. Finance makes money. Operations achieves efficiencies.

 

And human resources . . . . . . What does HR do, exactly? Scout and hire talent? Not always. Recruiting often falls to the managers who best understand the shifting needs of their teams.

 

How about training and development? Nah. Serious organisations bring in a dedicated team for that.

Vicki Kossoff @ The Learning Factor's insight:

What if you could reimagine your HR department not as a function of what needs to get done but as a means to achieve your company's strategic plan?

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Terence R. Egan's curator insight, February 21, 2014 8:07 AM


Does your organization need the HR Department?


Can (and should) the HR department's role be redefined?


Which functions, in your opinion, must be handled by an HR Department and which HR-related functions would be better handled in other departments?

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Best Advice I Ever Got: Have the Courage to Follow Your Vision

Best Advice I Ever Got: Have the Courage to Follow Your Vision | Business Brainpower with the Human Touch | Scoop.it

I attribute much of our success to three pieces of advice that have become our guiding principles:


1. Ask, "How much do I really want it?"


My high school crew coach told me that success only depends on one thing: how much you really want it. The difference between winning and losing, he would say, is nothing more than deciding that you want to win.

 

This advice has had a huge impact on my life and career. Every time I've dreamt up a new idea or venture, my coach's words have come to mind: How much do you really want this?

 

Asking yourself this question forces you to pause and evaluate the situation honestly. Do you have a true passion for it? Are you ready to do whatever it takes to make it work? Taking a genuine look at how much something matters to you will help you weed out certain projects and make time for the ones that truly captivate you.

Vicki Kossoff @ The Learning Factor's insight:

You're the captain of your own ship, so at the end of the day, you must trust yourself to do what's right.

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AHORA MAS RECURSOS HUMANOS's curator insight, September 15, 2014 5:14 AM

Although not always success is just a matter of your decision to get it, it is interesting this article

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Why Your Life Needs A Mission Statement

Why Your Life Needs A Mission Statement | Business Brainpower with the Human Touch | Scoop.it

Forming a personal mission statement means identifying your purpose. While this may sound like too profound a question on par with the meaning of life Rimm says asking “what am I here to do?” isn’t as challenging as it seems. Here, she walks us through what it takes to make a personal mission statement


Fantasize about your perfect day or week


What do you need to have in a day to make it joyful? For Rimm, a joyful life meant connecting with people on a daily basis and doing something that made a valuable contribution to someone else’s life. Make a list of all the things you need in your day to make it joyful. Perhaps it’s as simple as spending time outdoors every day or seeing your kids off to school. “It’s not picturing yourself on a beach with a pina colada, but what you need to make your life meaningful to you,” says Rimm.

Vicki Kossoff @ The Learning Factor's insight:

We’d all love to say we wake up in the morning feeling exhilarated joyful even and move through the day with purpose and intention, but the reality is most of us spend the larger part of our day going through the motions, feeling exhausted and wondering what the point of it all is.

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How Writing Things Down Can Change Your Life

How Writing Things Down Can Change Your Life | Business Brainpower with the Human Touch | Scoop.it

What do you write down? For most of us, writing consists of emails, task lists, and perhaps the odd work project. However, making time to write down certain things, such as our daily experiences, our goals, and our mental clutter can change the way we live our lives.


Here are six different ways that writing things down can change your life, and what you can do to get the most out of each.

Vicki Kossoff @ The Learning Factor's insight:

Writing things down can foster a sense of achievement and progress, expanding our possibilities and increasing our productivity.

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Sarah Busse's curator insight, September 28, 2014 7:24 PM

Something to think about.

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How to Set Goals: 10 Steps to Stay Focused

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Vicki Kossoff @ The Learning Factor's insight:

For most people, creating goals is easy! The execution and application is the struggle. As Diana Scharf Hunt says, “Goals are just dreams with a deadline!” Everyone has dreams, but successful people turn them into goals that they accomplish. In order to ensure you reach the finish line with your goals achieved, here are 10 steps to help you move from dreamer to doer.


So what are you aiming for? If your answer is nothing, then you probably won’t like what you get out of this life. Instead of simply drifting along reacting to what life brings you, take proactive steps to go out and create the future you want. While we can’t control everything that happens to us, we can control ourselves by following goals that bring out our passion for life.

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Girija Tickoo's curator insight, August 29, 2013 10:13 PM

Receipe for staying focussed!