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The Disposable Academic

The Disposable Academic | Business Brainpower with the Human Touch | Scoop.it

ON THE evening before All Saints' Day in 1517, Martin Luther nailed 95 theses to the door of a church in Wittenberg. In those days a thesis was simply a position one wanted to argue. Luther, an Augustinian friar, asserted that Christians could not buy their way to heaven. Today a doctoral thesis is both an idea and an account of a period of original research. Writing one is the aim of the hundreds of thousands of students who embark on a doctorate of philosophy (PhD) every year.


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Hand Selected Stories To Keep You On The Leading Edge

Hand Selected Stories To Keep You On The Leading Edge | Business Brainpower with the Human Touch | Scoop.it

Let us help you stay connected, educated and networked by filtering some of the most interesting and relevant business content for you. Right here, we become your personal content curator, putting you in touch with the hottest, most interesting and most valuable business resources from around the world.


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5 Toxic Beliefs That Make Success Impossible

5 Toxic Beliefs That Make Success Impossible | Business Brainpower with the Human Touch | Scoop.it

It's hard to think differently and be able to dream new dreams. We'd all like to be visionary thinkers like Bezos, Buffett, and Branson (the Three B's of Bold Thinking) and achieve great things.

But most of us aren't bold visionaries. (I'm definitely not.)

And that's OK, because while you and I might never come up with the next big thing, we can decide to think differently from other people--and in the process, achieve differently from other people.

Vicki Kossoff @ The Learning Factor's insight:

Success starts with thinking differently from everyone else, because then you can achieve differently from everyone else. Break bad patterns and make it easier for yourself to become successful.

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What The Most Successful Employers Know

What The Most Successful Employers Know | Business Brainpower with the Human Touch | Scoop.it

If you read the lists of best places to work, you might notice the same companies appear year after year. Google, Bain & Company, Nestlé Purina PetCare, Facebook, and Twitter, for example, are perennial favorites on Glassdoor’s annual list.


Renowned perks like company chefs, nap rooms, and massages might seem like obvious reasons for their ranking, but Rosemary Haefner, chief human resources officer for CareerBuilder, says it’s deeper than that; the best employers know how to use workforce data.


"Smart companies rely on data to inform all of their recruitment decisions—everything from job seeker perceptions to industry trends and talent supply," she says. "They analyze this data to gain meaningful insight that helps them understand where to focus their recruitment efforts to get the best return on their investment."



Vicki Kossoff @ The Learning Factor's insight:

Those companies that are always topping the best-places-to-work lists? They are following these steps to find and keep employees happy.

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Charles Kaufman's curator insight, April 30, 7:31 AM

In business, you need to gather a lot of tips and ideas from other business people to make your own. You cannot just put your money on some ventures and expect it to grow. Learn what these employers know and apply them before you expect success to come your way.

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Keep your inbox empty with one of these four strategies

Keep your inbox empty with one of these four strategies | Business Brainpower with the Human Touch | Scoop.it

No matter how much time we spend trying to optimize our inbox — from batch checking messages to adding bells and whistles — email takes over our lives. Looking at my stats from last month, I received and processed over 10,000 emails (eek!), so finding the right way to manage all this online correspondence has been critical for my day-to-day sanity.

Turns out, though, the "right way" to manage email depends a lot on your own personal style. I've rounded up some of the most popular and successful strategies so that you can decide which one is best for you.

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Your own personal style has a big impact on what the 'right way' to manage your emails will be. Find out which one of these four strategies will work for you.

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4 Estrategias para empresar. Just do business...<<<<<<<<<

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"...critical for my day-to-day sanity." Yours?

jessica's curator insight, May 2, 11:37 AM

How to control emotions?

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Seven Ways to Make LinkedIn Help You Find A Job

Seven Ways to Make LinkedIn Help You Find A Job | Business Brainpower with the Human Touch | Scoop.it

Now that LinkedIn is 12 years old and has more than 300 million members, most professionals have figured out how to set up a profile and build connections. But with ever-increasing numbers of hiring managers and recruiters using the site to hunt for job candidates and potential employers routinely checking LinkedIn before they make hiring decisions, it’s worth reviewing your profile to make sure it does you the most good. Here are seven basic steps you can take to make your LinkedIn profile more powerful.

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Linkedin is now an indispensable tool for managers and recruiters. Here are some tips to make your profile work for you!

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12 Habits of Genuinely Courageous People

12 Habits of Genuinely Courageous People | Business Brainpower with the Human Touch | Scoop.it

That means bravery sometimes an extraordinary level of bravery--is required in business and entrepreneurship. Like taking a chance when others will not. Or following your vision no matter where it leads. Or standing up for what you believe in even though those beliefs are extremely unpopular.


Or simply doing the right thing, even though the right thing is definitely the hardest thing.


(Think of courage that way and you may be surprised by just how brave you really are.)


Here are ways otherwise ordinary people display extraordinary courage:


Vicki Kossoff @ The Learning Factor's insight:

Think of courage and you may first picture physical bravery, but there are many other forms of courage. After all, "Courage is not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it." (Who should know better than Nelson Mandela?)

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Graeme Reid's curator insight, April 22, 8:10 PM

There are many different ways to be courageous.

Elías Manuel Sánchez Castañeda's curator insight, April 22, 9:19 PM

Jeff Haden shares with us " ways otherwise ordinary people display extraordinary courageā€:

They're not afraid to believe the unimaginable.They're not afraid to be patient.They're not afraid to say no.They're not afraid to take an unpopular stand.They're not afraid to ask for help.They're not afraid to show genuine emotion.They're not afraid to forgive... and forget.They're not afraid to stay the course.They're not afraid to earn the right to lead.

10. They're not afraid to succeed through others.

11. They're not afraid to say, "I'm sorry."

12. They're not afraid to take undeserved blame.

Alex Pfeiffer's curator insight, April 23, 1:29 PM

This helps create a top transferable skill.

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5 Tricks to Be More Powerful at Work

5 Tricks to Be More Powerful at Work | Business Brainpower with the Human Touch | Scoop.it

"Power is a subject that makes many people extremely uncomfortable," Stanford professor Jeffrey Pfeffer argues, but just because we don't like to think about power doesn't mean it's not the lifeblood of business. "Power is in fact all around...like air and water and gravity," he insists.

Ignoring power, therefore, won't make it disappear any more than wishing away gravity will help you fly. Instead of sticking your head in the sand, Pfeffer suggests you get real and start thinking constructively about accumulating power. How can you do that? In the video he offers a handful of actionable (if not necessarily universally palatable) tips.

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Power makes lots of us uncomfortable, but that's no excuse for sticking your head in the sand and not cultivating your professional clout

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Charles Kaufman's curator insight, April 20, 11:03 AM

Sure having power somehow makes some people uncomfortable, but we have to accept that it is the lifeblood of business. Here's how to get that power and boost your business to success.