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60 Selfless Ways to Pay It Forward

60 Selfless Ways to Pay It Forward | Life @ Work | Scoop.it
Selflessness is the sincere concern for the well being of others.  It’s about love.  It’s about compassion.  It’s about kindness and faith.  It’s about making a difference in the world.  Sure, you are only one, but you are one.  You cannot do everything, but you can do something.  Smile and enjoy the fact that you have the ability to make a difference – one you’ll likely remember forever.
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The World's 10 Happiest Countries: What They Have in Common

The World's 10 Happiest Countries: What They Have in Common | Life @ Work | Scoop.it
Filed under: Weird & Wonderful
If leisure time is the 21st century's new barometer of wealth, it's no wonder Danes feel they're the most fortunate people on the planet.
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10 Steps to Temper Your Temper

10 Steps to Temper Your Temper | Life @ Work | Scoop.it
This article is by Deborah Grayson Riegel, president of Elevated Training Inc., a communication skills training and coaching company. It is excerpted from her book, Oy Vey! Isn’t a Strategy: 25 Solutions for Personal and Professional Success.

 

Temporarily losing my left eyebrow changed me permanently.

 

As I entered the salon, I should have wondered if a seven-dollar procedure could include rigorous safety measures. But by the time I might have thought it through more carefully, the salon lady had already applied a gluey glob of hot wax to my face, let it set, and, with a flex of her toned bicep, ripped it off. With an inch of eyebrow attached. The part I had been planning to keep.

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Bring Your Garden to Work

Bring Your Garden to Work | Life @ Work | Scoop.it
It's the time of year when those of us living and working in the north northern hemisphere wish we could take the office outside, the way indulgent teachers once moved our classes outside if the spring weather were especially alluring.
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Check Out The Incredible Buildings That Are Transforming London

Check Out The Incredible Buildings That Are Transforming London | Life @ Work | Scoop.it
Slowly but surely, London is gearing up for the 2012 summer Olympics — though we have good reason to be doubtful about the logistics of the games, the hope is that they will leave a permanent mark on the city.
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Are you your own worst enemy at work?

Are you your own worst enemy at work? | Life @ Work | Scoop.it
Are your saboteurs winning? Are you going through life with a negative frame of mind, casting negative judgments on the people and ideas before you? Are you a stickler, a pleaser, a hyper-achiever, or prone to play the victim? Do those tendencies keep you from total success?
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Danger in the Microwave: Germs At Work And How To Avoid Them

Danger in the Microwave: Germs At Work And How To Avoid Them | Life @ Work | Scoop.it
You probably think a microwave door handle must be cleaner than the toilet seat in your office. In fact, most people believe the restroom is the epicenter of germs in the office—and it turns out, most are wrong.
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Introverted Leaders: Revelations on Communication

Introverted Leaders: Revelations on Communication | Life @ Work | Scoop.it
Leaders of all types, do you care enough about your teams to inspire, engage, & communicate outside your comfort zone? 5 Tips fr The People-Skills Coach™.
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Siri, Y U No Understand Me? [INFOGRAPHIC]

Siri, Y U No Understand Me? [INFOGRAPHIC] | Life @ Work | Scoop.it
Siri is a loyal mistress, following you wherever you go — but is she a good listener?

Since the iPhone 4S began coming standard with Siri last October, the voice activated personal assistant has become a cultural phenomenon. Samuel L. Jackson and Zooey Deschanel star in Siri-themed ads for the phone. A creepy iPhone case forces you to interact with Siri. A different project enables Siri to destroy your phone if it’s lost or stolen, and a viral video shows what happens when Siri goes psycho.
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5 Unlikely Career Tips From William Shakespeare

William Shakespeare may be one of the most keen observers of humanity to have ever lived, and his plays are full of ideal role models for the modern business world.

Here’s how some of his most successful characters — under-appreciated thanes, bastard children without prospects and hunchbacked maniacs — achieve excellence  in the unlikeliest of circumstances.
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The Top 3 Skills You Need to Bounce Back From Anything

The Top 3 Skills You Need to Bounce Back From Anything | Life @ Work | Scoop.it
Resiliency is a hot topic these days and for good reason. Not only do we have the usual setbacks in our everyday lives, but the global economy has many of us spinning as well.

So, how can you bounce back from everything from the dog vomiting on your shoe to job loss to foreclosure? While there are many aspects to resiliency, here are the three top skills for you to use:
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On Facebook, deleting an app doesn’t delete your data from their system

On Facebook, deleting an app doesn’t delete your data from their system | Life @ Work | Scoop.it
Facebook announced some intended changes to its data use policy to "enhance transparency", according to a Friday post on its Facebook and Privacy page. The updates include better explanations, examples, and "tips" denoted in the text with a lightbulb, as well as some revelations about how third parties deal with users' data.

In the revised data use policy, Facebook makes explicit that any time one of your Facebook friends starts using an app, game, or partner website (that, is a site where you can log in using Facebook credentials), Facebook hands that service all of the "publicly available" information on that user. Information that is always publicly available only includes basic stuff like your name or cover photo, but users can have their entire profile publicly available, and thus handed to a service.
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Deadly Meetings in the Workplace

Deadly Meetings in the Workplace | Life @ Work | Scoop.it
When it comes to meetings, co-workers can be deadly. Among the biggest offenders are naysayers and co-workers who wander off-topic. To boost productivity, some managers take extreme measures.
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Want to Reduce Productivity? Go to an Open Office Environment

Want to Reduce Productivity? Go to an Open Office Environment | Life @ Work | Scoop.it
Count me in as one of those who believes the “open” office environment makes it a lot harder to get any real work done. I know that lots of people like to trumpet the benefits of a wall-less, collaborative workspace, and I’ve worked in a number of them, but all I  found is that they’re noisy, distracting, and impossible to easily have a private phone call in.
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8 Tips to Get More Restful Sleep

8 Tips to Get More Restful Sleep | Life @ Work | Scoop.it
Most of us don’t realize the importance of sleep until we are unable to perform daily tasks because we are too exhausted.
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‘Before I die’ wall coming to Toronto this summer

‘Before I die’ wall coming to Toronto this summer | Life @ Work | Scoop.it

The public art project was started by Candy Chang, a New Orleans-based artist. In February of last year, she painted the side of a derelict house in her neighbourhood with chalkboard paint and stencilled the sentence “Before I die I want to …”

 

Anonymous people wrote down their hopes and secrets. They were funny, sad and poignant — the kind of stuff you get lost in for hours. Strangers wanted to “transend (sic) the space time continuum,” “get my wife back” or “see a moose.” The wall was taken down last September, but Chang’s idea caught on.

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How to Love the Unlovable

How to Love the Unlovable | Life @ Work | Scoop.it
If you are annoyed and distracted by the people around you, chances are you are missing out. Communication and connection are just a few of the things that you miss when you are deep in disapproval.
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Michelle Higgins Q&A: Moose, what moose?

Michelle Higgins Q&A: Moose, what moose? | Life @ Work | Scoop.it
Michelle Higgins visited a spot on the TransCanada highway Tuesday in an attempt to recall what happened when her car hit a moose, a story that has been making headlines around the world. On May 7, the night-shift worker left her home in Norris Arm, N.L., en route to work 60 kilometres away. When she pulled into the parking lot, shocked co-workers asked about her car’s smashed windshield and missing roof. Physicians say her traumatized state allowed the woman to finish her journey in the mangled car, oblivious to the fact she had hit one of Canada’s largest terrestrial animals. Even returning to the scene failed to jog her memory. Jake Edmiston of the National Post caught up with Ms. Higgins late Tuesday to talk about the experience
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The Stupid Things You Do on Facebook (and How to Fix Them)

The Stupid Things You Do on Facebook (and How to Fix Them) | Life @ Work | Scoop.it
Reluctantly or otherwise, Facebook is the place most of us have chosen to share our lives online.
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Why Chutzpah Is The New Charisma - And How To Use It To Get What You Want

Why Chutzpah Is The New Charisma - And How To Use It To Get What You Want | Life @ Work | Scoop.it
I’m going to say it straight up: Charisma is old school. Not Vince Vaughn Old School but Bill Clinton’90s old school.*

Here’s why.

We are living in a new era dominated by Millennial hoodie-and-Converse-wearing billionaires, a world in which a staggering rate of change and disruptive innovation is the order of the day. Old-fashioned charisma is no longer enough to get attention, get ahead, or get the job anymore. Now, it’s those with the fearlessness to go after what they want and the audacity to do it how they want who are making their mark and changing the world.
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Are You a Youthful Optimist or a Learned Pessimist?

Are You a Youthful Optimist or a Learned Pessimist? | Life @ Work | Scoop.it
There’s no question that the school of hard knocks can be, well, hard.
When life becomes tough, many of us stop chasing our dreams and retreat under a big ugly flannel security blanket. Let’s face it: we’re terrified of failure.
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Joe Smith: How to use a paper towel | Video on TED.com

Joe Smith: How to use a paper towel | Video on TED.com | Life @ Work | Scoop.it
You use paper towels to dry your hands every day, but chances are, you're doing it wrong. In this enlightening and funny short talk at TEDxConcordiaUPortland, Joe Smith reveals the trick to perfect paper towel technique.
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10 Essential Ways to Hack Your Life (Instead of Letting Life Hack You)

10 Essential Ways to Hack Your Life (Instead of Letting Life Hack You) | Life @ Work | Scoop.it
1. Stop waiting for things to change – change yourself NOW! 
Most often that means changing your attitude!
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7 Easy Ways to Improve a Bad Day

7 Easy Ways to Improve a Bad Day | Life @ Work | Scoop.it
Some days, just don’t seem to go right. Maybe you get into an argument with your partner, or end up yelling at the kids. Or perhaps work goes badly -- you make a silly mistake, or accidentally delete the file you were working on.
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The Truth About Piles and Your Productivity

The Truth About Piles and Your Productivity | Life @ Work | Scoop.it
I was in a client’s office recently as they were getting ready for a meeting.
They were looking for a document. (Actually, they were frantically looking for a piece of paper.)
I asked if could help.
As they moved piles around their desk, they replied, “No… I put it right here. I know where it is.”
Apparently not.
Five minutes later, they gave up looking for the document and headed off to a meeting (late!) without their reference materials.
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