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Mind the (Skills) Gap

Mind the (Skills) Gap | Business Brainpower with the Human Touch | Scoop.it

A bachelor's degree used to provide enough basic training to last a career. Yet today, the skills college graduates acquire during college have an expected shelf life of only five years according to extensive work we've done in conjunction with Deloitte's Shift Index. The key takeaway? The lessons learned in school can become outdated long before student loans are paid off.

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10 Smart Rules for Giving Negative Feedback

10 Smart Rules for Giving Negative Feedback | Business Brainpower with the Human Touch | Scoop.it


Praising good performance is easy, but what about those times when someone on your team needs a kick in the butt more than a pat on the back?


In that case, you’ll need to give some negative feedback–and do it without demotivating or demoralizing the other person. This post explains exactly how to do this.


Before we get started, though, it’s important to remember that the goal of feedback isnot to tell people what to do or how to do it. That’s mistaking the process for the goal.


The actual goal of feedback–even negative feedback–is to improve the behavior of the other person to bring out the best in your entire organization.

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The Top 75 Websites For Your Career

The Top 75 Websites For Your Career | Business Brainpower with the Human Touch | Scoop.it

In early August, Forbes Leadership put out a call for nominations for our inaugural list of the best career websites, largely inspired by ForbesWoman’s annual list of Top 100 Websites For Women. We endeavored to assemble a comprehensive guide to smart and engaging sites. To accomplish this people were challenged you to submit their picks for the best online destinations for interns, job seekers, business owners, established professionals, retirees, and anyone else looking to launch, improve, advance, or change his or her career.


They received a wealth of comments, emails and tweets with your choices–about 1,500 of them, naming roughly 700 different websites.

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Simple Image collaboration and markup tool

Simple Image collaboration and markup tool | Business Brainpower with the Human Touch | Scoop.it

Simple Image collaboration and markup tool - Take screenshots and discuss feedback...

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The top 20 Data Visualisation Tools

The top 20 Data Visualisation Tools | Business Brainpower with the Human Touch | Scoop.it
From simple charts to complex maps and infographics, Brian Suda's round-up of the best – and mostly free – tools has everything you need to bring your data to life...
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Creativity and IQ, Part I: What Is Divergent Thinking? How Is It Helped by Sleep, Humor and Alcohol?

Creativity and IQ, Part I: What Is Divergent Thinking? How Is It Helped by Sleep, Humor and Alcohol? | Business Brainpower with the Human Touch | Scoop.it

Left brain vs right brain and creativity


Have you ever heard people say that they tend to be more of a right-brain or left-brain thinker? Left brain people are said to be more rational, analytic, and controlling, while right brain people are said to be more intuitive, creative, emotionally expressive and spontaneous.

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What to Do With a Workplace Whiner

What to Do With a Workplace Whiner | Business Brainpower with the Human Touch | Scoop.it

Toiling alongside a chronic complainer can lower both productivity and morale. Here's how to cope.


It's one of the diciest challenges of office politics, one that invades the cubicle farm and executive suite alike: How to deal with workplace whiners.While it's often best to walk away, that can be difficult in today's team-based workplace, where many people work closely in groups.


Trying to stay neutral by just listening and nodding can also backfire, says Dana Brownlee, founder of Professionalism Matters, a corporate-training firm in Atlanta. "Before you know it, there's another version of the story circulating, saying you were the one saying something negative about the VP. And they're talking about you over by the Coke machine."

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The Leadership Premium:: How companies win the confidence of investors

The Leadership Premium:: How companies win the confidence of investors | Business Brainpower with the Human Touch | Scoop.it
The study puts a hard metric on the intangible asset of leadership and what it means for business.


More than 50 percent of stock market analysts routinely factor leadership into their valuations—and 80 percent award a premium for particularly effective senior teams, according to a new Deloitte research paper.Based on a global study of investment bankers, private equity companies, and financial analysts, the paper, The Leadership Premium: How companies win the confidence of investors, puts a hard metric on the “intangible asset” of leadership, revealing that, in some sectors, good leaders can account for more than one-fifth of equity value.


In interview after interview, analysts told Deloitte that the quality of senior leadership helped decide the long-term potential of a stock.

The gap between the value of an effectively-led and ineffectively-led company could, says the paper, be as much as 35.5 percent.

So how do analysts judge leaders—and how can companies bridge that gap?


The Leadership Premium reveals the core capabilities analysts look for and how they “test” the quality of leadership.

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10 Principles of Change Management

10 Principles of Change Management | Business Brainpower with the Human Touch | Scoop.it

Way back when (pick your date), senior executives in large companies had a simple goal for themselves and their organizations: stability. Shareholders wanted little more than predictable earnings growth. Because so many markets were either closed or undeveloped, leaders could deliver on those expectations through annual exercises that offered only modest modifications to the strategic plan. Prices stayed in check; people stayed in their jobs; life was good.

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