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Tips and tricks for improving your professional attitude (personal and professional development) (mostly english)
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"Safe is Risky" cartoon | Tom Fishburne: Marketoonist

"Safe is Risky" cartoon | Tom Fishburne: Marketoonist | Professional Mind Hacks | Scoop.it

"Organizations can spot the risks of a new idea a mile away. But there’s a curious blind spot when it comes to the risks of not taking those risks. The path of least resistance is to play it safe and keep the idea as close to the tried-and-true as possible. We just need to ask Polaroid how that strategy works in the long run."

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Would be funny if it weren't so sad. I've heard the phrase "pivot or die" a few years back, but I much prefer Tom's way of describing this with his boat metaphors:

 

Failing completely: "Sinking the ship" 

Becoming obsolete: "Missing the boat" 

Being agile & looking for robust change: "Rocking the boat"

 

I hope we keep rocking the boat and make waves to fuel change & innovation!

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The four lessons of happynomics

The four lessons of happynomics | Professional Mind Hacks | Scoop.it
‘Happiness is surely important, but the case for letting economists loose on the subject is less clear’ The discipline of happynomics (or to give it an academically respectable title, “the economic...
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A happy mind is a productive mind, and it is generally known to also be also better at solving problems. 

 

'Undercover economist' Tim Harford dives into the economics of happiness, and what you can do with the scientific findings from this field. 

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Eccentex Finds Knowledge Workers Lacking Necessary Tools for Productivity [Infographic]

Eccentex Finds Knowledge Workers Lacking Necessary Tools for Productivity [Infographic] | Professional Mind Hacks | Scoop.it
How prepared are you to thrive in your work environment? Are you able to access the information you want when you need it?
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Very insightful survey results about Knowledge workers and their tools, BYOD options, etc.

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A Personal Story, Told Twice - by @samanthaettus for Forbes

A Personal Story, Told Twice - by @samanthaettus for Forbes | Professional Mind Hacks | Scoop.it
Though we are not always in control of life events, we are always in control of how we tell our stories and how we live them. Here I will share with you a personal story of mine, told twice - in the negative and the positive.
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Everything you tell others is a story. Imagine which kind of story you'd like to hear: a positive twist or a negative one? After which version would you like to hear more?

 

It's your decision. How do you want to be perceived?

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I wish everyone would blog - Chris Coyier on @thepastrybox

I wish everyone would blog - Chris Coyier on @thepastrybox | Professional Mind Hacks | Scoop.it

I enjoy living vicariously through you, even for a moment. Give blogging a shot, I bet you won’t regret it.

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Amen to that. Everyone has something wortwhile. So share. 

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Agile improvement: Seven Common Mistakes with the Daily Stand-up Meeting

Agile improvement: Seven Common Mistakes with the Daily Stand-up Meeting | Professional Mind Hacks | Scoop.it

The daily stand-up meeting, also known as the daily scrum, may be the best of all of the agile practices.

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As good as the stand-up meeting is, if done incorrectly it can do more harm than good. As an agile coach I have found I often skimp on stand-up training because it seems so simple. But this skimping has come back to bite me several times. How have I been bitten? By the seven common stand-up mistakes below.

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Excellent write up on the most common pitfalls of the Daily Standup in agile projects. Have seen some of these happen can attest to the importance of these tips. Keep in mind, continuous improvement applies not only to the job done but also the way you do it, including the agile process!

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5 Tips For Surviving The Dreaded Business Dinner

5 Tips For Surviving The Dreaded Business Dinner | Professional Mind Hacks | Scoop.it
“I hate business dinners,” George Brinkman says to me. He says it with a ferocious conviction, and I am startled by the intensity of his comment. He is a seasoned business executive, a sharp guy with a keen mind.
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Five tips to help you truly connect to a (business/christmas) conversation partner. In short: don't be afraid to have an opinion and be honestly curious about the other person's story.

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The #1 Reason Leadership Development Fails - @mikemyatt for Forbes

The #1 Reason Leadership Development Fails - @mikemyatt for Forbes | Professional Mind Hacks | Scoop.it
Over the years, I’ve observed just about every type of leadership development program on the planet. And the sad thing is, most of them don’t even come close to accomplishing what they were designed to do – build better leaders.

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This may be heresy to some – but training is indeed the #1 reason leadership development fails. While training is often accepted as productive, it rarely is. The terms training and development have somehow become synonymous when they are clearly not.

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Great article detailing why Leadership development should not focus on training but on *drum roll* development. Don't train leaders, but coach & develop them! 

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Big Idea 2013: Learning Fast From Failure

When thinking about tackling complex, difficult problems “It’s not how much you know, it's how fast you learn.”

Learning from failure is hard, complicated work. But all leaders could be well served if they admit what they don’t know and learn from their own and others' experiences.
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President of the World Bank Group Jim Kim reminds us that it's not just about being succesfull but as much about knowing how to fail and subsequently learn fast from your failures. Let's keep on failing AND learning in 2013!

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Verne Harnish on maximizing your Return on Luck

Verne Harnish on maximizing your Return on Luck | Professional Mind Hacks | Scoop.it

"Hunkering down in year-end strategic planning sessions, you and your team are probably thinking hard about what’s next for the economy and how that will affect your business.
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great companies don’t have better luck than other companies. Sometimes, they get a bum deal. After all, they’re subject to the same economic forces as any other companies competing within the same regions."

 

Instead of looking for solid ROI, it may be more useful to look into a different factor: Return on Luck. In short it boils down to maximizing your chance of rapidly adapting to new opportunities, and maximizing your exposure to new opportunities.

 

Two tips in short:

1. Identify your historic lucky and unlucky breaks and find out the success factors in dealing with them. Plan ahead accodringly.

2. Build a "luck network"; connect to more successful people thus growing the pool of opportunities available to you.

 

 

 

 

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Why Persuading is stronger than convincing

Why Persuading is stronger than convincing | Professional Mind Hacks | Scoop.it

Nice insight by Seth Godin: "Persuasion appeals to the emotions and to fear and to the imagination. Convincing requires a spreadsheet or some other rational device."

 

Convincing changes the way people think about things. Persuasion changes the way people think and do something about/with it.

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A short interview with Dan Ariely at #dfc

A short interview with Dan Ariely at #dfc | Professional Mind Hacks | Scoop.it

A small interview with Dan Ariely (professor of behavioral psychology) with a dutch transcription to go along, courtesy of Frankwatching.

 

One of the questions asked is whether persuasive techniques are ethical to use. In short, Ariely answers, it depends. If the technique that is used to influence consumers is based upon facts and an honest message, it can be considered ethical. If however, the persuasion is based upon falsehoods then it is not ethical. 

 

The inview then goes on to talk about honesty and trust in general. I'll sure be looking into Ariely's two bestsellers "Predictably Irrational" and "The upside of irrationality".

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Why Jargon Feeds on Lazy Minds

Why Jargon Feeds on Lazy Minds | Professional Mind Hacks | Scoop.it

"RT @ajlburke: This best-of-breed article from @berkun is full of innovative learnings: Why Jargon Feeds on Lazy Minds #keysynergies"

> "The people who use the most jargon have the least confidence in their ideas. The people who use the least jargon have the most confidence."

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Julian Treasure: How to speak so that people want to listen - YouTube

Julian Treasure: How to speak so that people want to listen - YouTube | Professional Mind Hacks | Scoop.it
Have you ever felt like you're talking, but nobody is listening? Here's Julian Treasure to help you fix that. As the sound expert demonstrates some useful vo...
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Great TED talk (10mins) where Julian describes 7 pitfalls that will make people STOP listening to you & 4 foundations to keep people listening, creating the acronym 'HAIL'. 
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xkcd: Debugger > understand everything?

xkcd: Debugger > understand everything? | Professional Mind Hacks | Scoop.it
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Using tools that we don't understand the inner workings of has never been a problem, right?

 

Don't think too hard, or you might end up in a Catch-22...

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"The Things That Go Wrong Often Make the Best Memories" -- and Further Secrets of Adulthood.

"The Things That Go Wrong Often Make the Best Memories" -- and Further Secrets of Adulthood. | Professional Mind Hacks | Scoop.it
Every Wednesday is Tip Day. This Wednesday: More Secrets of Adulthood. What have I learned, with time and experience? Not much, I fear. Here are my latest Secrets of Adulthood.
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'Secrets' aka learnings from becoming an adult. Some highlights:

 

- It’s important to be nice to EVERYONE

- If you’re not failing, you’re not trying hard enough

- Don’t let the perfect be the enemy of the good

- Remember to choose your boss carefully

- The opposite of a great truth is also true

- People don’t notice your mistakes and flaws as much as you think

- Most decisions don’t require extensive research

- It’s okay to ask for help

- You don’t have to be good at everything

 

All of the above ring true to me ears, either through personal failure and repeated attempts or through seeing this happen to others. And most, if not all, of the above are also applicable to your professional life.


So be nice, fail often, relax, follow your gut, bring along friends and let go of perfectionism. 


Which ones do YOU like best?

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7 ways to change your relationship to distractions

7 ways to change your relationship to distractions | Professional Mind Hacks | Scoop.it
I'm sure you know the feeling: that familiar tug, that tells you to pull out your phone, open that app, check your email or Twitter or Facebook or Instagram, or see what's new on Tumblr ...
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I know I struggle with this, and chances are, so do you. Some solid advice in here.

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Hate Small Talk? These 5 Questions Will Help You Work Any Room

Hate Small Talk? These 5 Questions Will Help You Work Any Room | Professional Mind Hacks | Scoop.it
Mastering small talk will help you find common ground to create a mini-bond with new contacts.
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When meeting new people in a professional context, having a good conversation can be challenging. The bottom line is, be relaxed and genuinly interested in other people and their motivations.

 

To be more confident in your small talk, you can use the five questions in this article to get things going.

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The Five Drivers of Happiness at Work

The Five Drivers of Happiness at Work | Professional Mind Hacks | Scoop.it

The "science of happiness at work" is not soft new age touchy-feely nonsense says the iOpener Institute. Their research shows that it is a key element within successful firms. 

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Are you happy at work? You should be, otherwise you are playing yourself and your boss at being less productive than you could be. 

 

Both you and your boss have a stake in your happiness and therefore both parties have a responsibility to make sure you are a happy camper and stay that way thourghout your career. 

 

According to this report:

"Employees who report being happiest at work:

Stay twice as long in their jobs as their least happy colleaguesSpend double their time at work focused on what they are paid to doTake ten times less sick leaveBelieve they are achieving their potential twice as much"

For more pointers and takeaways read the rest of the article at the WSJ.

 

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Twitter insight on perfection by @robhawkes

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For true. In my words:

 

Getting stuff done trumps leaving perfection unfinished.

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Learning to be Choosy by @HartleyBrody #longread

Learning to be Choosy by @HartleyBrody #longread | Professional Mind Hacks | Scoop.it

Do I really enjoy my career? Do the people I surround myself with make me happy? Am I learning new, interesting things? Am I getting enough exercise? If the answer is “no,” that might still be okay if there are no better options, but it should certainly give me pause.
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I think the hard part for most people is knowing what to be choosy about, and when to grit your teeth and be durable.

...be choosy where it makes you happy, and then suck it up and cut costs where you don’t mind it so much.

...Always remember your durability when they doesn’t work out, but be relentless in choosing the things that make you happy.

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Hartley Brody writes a great #longread on being Choosy vs being Durable. Making a great case for taking control of your own happiness by being consciously choosy when possible, and only defaulting back to durable when absolutely neccessary.By all means read the entire piece, it is a great read, but if you're just browsing, I think the main takeaways are included in the quotes above.

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How to deal with jerk programmers

How to deal with jerk programmers | Professional Mind Hacks | Scoop.it

"The best place to start is empathy. Why is someone acting like a jerk? There are basic psychological reasons for this: Either they are insecure, unhappy, or angry about something.


Ok, there is a fourth reason, that they are psychopathic hell spawn put on the earth to torture all living things in a 10 foot radius, especially you, but lets assume that’s not the case for a moment."

 

With good sense of humor Scott Berkun writes on how to deal with Jerk Programmers, but this can be translated to Jerk Colleagues, no special programmer-stuff in there. Although some of the tips are a bit of an open door, it's always good to keep these in mind soa s to keep a positive, forward moving attitude on the job.

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Insites Xmas Special—Integrity and Polarity by @laurakalbag

Insites Xmas Special—Integrity and Polarity by @laurakalbag | Professional Mind Hacks | Scoop.it

It's a nice read, but here's the (spoiler alert) conclusion that drives it all home:

 

"We need to continually question what we’re doing and why we bother. I think I’m right in saying that most of what we do isn’t just “a job.” We do this because we care and we want to make better experiences for everyone."

 

Well said!

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Can Non-UXers Really Know UX? > Insight in non-expert input

A nice short article, using football and ux to remind us of a very useful thought: 

 

Non-experts can provide great insights, even if they do not know a topic very well. It is up to the experts to guide them and enable them to contribute. Then assign appropriate value to those non-expert insights and use them as added value to reach your own expert conclusion(s).

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High Achiever or Wide Achiever? Why We Need a Revolution in Career Advice

High Achiever or Wide Achiever? Why We Need a Revolution in Career Advice | Professional Mind Hacks | Scoop.it

Despecialisation is the key to the future of a healthy workforce, according to Roman Krznaric.

 

Flexible working enables us once again to be a true homo universalis.

 

As management thinker Charles Handy says: "For the first time in the human experience, we have a chance to shape our work to suit the way we live instead of our lives to fit our work. We would be mad to miss the chance."

 

So question the focus on specialisation and develop a broad range of skills to become a 'wide achiever'

 

Let's hope career coaches will listen to this.

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