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Navigating Negativity: 4 Ways to Be Properly Optimistic in the Workplace

Navigating Negativity: 4 Ways to Be Properly Optimistic in the Workplace | Strategies for Managing Your Business | Scoop.it

The Power of Positive Thinking was a revelation when Dr. Norman Vincent Peale’s classic self-help book debuted in 1952. Now, over 60 years since we started seeing the glass half-full as the secret to happiness, positive thinking as a success strategy is more popular than ever.

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7 Social Media Trends That Are Shaping 2014 [INFOGRAPHIC]

7 Social Media Trends That Are Shaping 2014 [INFOGRAPHIC] | Strategies for Managing Your Business | Scoop.it
7 Social Media Trends That Are Shaping 2014 [INFOGRAPHIC]

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Emmanuel Gigante's curator insight, April 16, 11:17 AM

funny how we forget the #relationship  on Social

Roberta Budvietas's curator insight, April 16, 3:48 PM

Interesting but I wonder if it is true

 

Thérèse SCHUBETZER - HEMERY's curator insight, Today, 2:25 AM

Plus qu'un métier, une attitude

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Evolutions in Leadership

Evolutions in Leadership | Strategies for Managing Your Business | Scoop.it

As the structure of our society has changed, as social dynamics have moved away from authoritarian models towards more socially collaborative ones, backed up by the speed, breadth and fluidity of communications, so the nature of leadership has changed too


No longer purely authoritarian (although often needing to include elements of this), there is a more constructivist dimension: leadership created in the moment through consensus of the community. Leadership of it’s time: a time when communities enable us to be more effective, to create ever stronger meaning and share it ever more widely.


Yesterdays leaders may have been about bluster and orders, today’s are about curation, sharing, social capital and trust. Today’s successful leaders gain support through their communities and provide a light touch of leadership on decisions that are co-ownedthroughout the community.


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David Hain's curator insight, April 15, 2:30 AM

3 core dimensions of social leadership - the ecosystem is changing!

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Free Wi-Fi hotspots: What you need to know

Free Wi-Fi hotspots: What you need to know | Strategies for Managing Your Business | Scoop.it
They may appear harmless, but free Wi-Fi hot spots come with a number of risks of which which most users, and even many providers, are …
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What The Happiest People Know About Work

What The Happiest People Know About Work | Strategies for Managing Your Business | Scoop.it

Study, work hard, and you will be successful.

 

This was the mantra repeated by educators throughout my youth. None of them added "be happy" to the success equation.

 

But a growing body of research in positive psychology and neuroscience is demonstrating that happiness is the secret ingredient to success. It turns out, our brains are more engaged, creative, productive, and resilient when in a positive state.

 

All this unhappiness comes with a high price tag to businesses, costing more than $550 billion a year in lost productivity. In his book, Donovan identifies 60 simple steps individuals can take to improve their happiness and get back on the path to success. Here are six of the top things happy workers do:



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Jill Miller, SPHR's curator insight, April 10, 11:23 AM

The secret sauce for success? Finding happiness in our work -- even simple things -- makes a difference.

Denise Gabbard's curator insight, April 10, 1:19 PM

Doing what you love can make you happy-- finding a way to make money while doing what you love is even better! 

Graeme Reid's curator insight, April 10, 7:55 PM

If you don't enjoy what you do it is very difficult to be successful.  There are ways to re-frame the way that you look at things to help you focus on what is important to you.

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10 Things High EQ People Don’t Do

10 Things High EQ People Don’t Do | Strategies for Managing Your Business | Scoop.it
Why do some people seem to make friends and create success wherever they go? You may find they have developed their high EQ over IQ. Here's how you can too!
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Change Leader, Change Thyself

Change Leader, Change Thyself | Strategies for Managing Your Business | Scoop.it

Organizational change is inseparable from individual change. Simply put, change efforts often falter because individuals overlook the need to make fundamental changes in themselves. Anyone who pulls the organization in new directions must look inward as well as outward.



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Anne Landreat's curator insight, April 4, 1:26 AM
Organizations don’t change—people do
Joyce Layman's curator insight, April 4, 12:25 PM

An American Management Association study of Fortune 500 companies found that “…less than 50% of changes in their organizations were successful, and that employee resistance was the main reason for failures.”  This is why it's necessary to focus on the person.

Susan Burnell's curator insight, April 4, 12:43 PM

Change starts with awareness. This article has excellent insights, along with an easy-to-understand chart from Erica Ariel Fox on leaders' power sources and "sweet spots."

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Planning - Cybersecurity: Time to think like a fox to fend off the hedgehogs

Planning - Cybersecurity: Time to think like a fox to fend off the hedgehogs | Strategies for Managing Your Business | Scoop.it
A report into cybercrime and stolen data has highlighted the risks for online companies saying that “the ability to stage cyber-attacks will likely outpace the ability to defend against them”.
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Why Getting Comfortable With Discomfort Is Crucial To Success

Why Getting Comfortable With Discomfort Is Crucial To Success | Strategies for Managing Your Business | Scoop.it
In an increasingly competitive, cautious and accelerated world, those who are willing to take risks, step out of their comfort zone and into the discomfort of uncertainty will be those who will reap the biggest rewards. When I first left my parents’ small farm at eighteen to move to “the city” [...]

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AlGonzalezinfo's curator insight, March 28, 7:24 AM

Great scoop by Anne Leong via via @anne_leong.  As a work with a number of clients and continue my own journey through this process, I find the questions listed extremely helpful!


Again and again, we have to decide:

  • Do I keep doing what’s always been done, or challenge old assumptions ad try new approaches to problems?
  • Do I proactively seek new challenges or just manage those I already have?
  • Do I risk being exposed and vulnerable, or act to protect my pride and patch of power?  
  • Do I ask for what I really want, or just for what I think others want to give me?
  • Do I ‘toot my horn’ to ensure others know what I’m capable of, or just hope my efforts will be noticed?
  • Do I speak my mind or bite my lip, lest I ruffle feathers or subject myself to criticism?
Brian Kirby's curator insight, April 1, 11:07 AM

Wow, those questions were not exactly "fun" to answer (especially rapidly and honestly). However, I have always been told that "If your dreams don't scare you, then they aren't big enough". This is something that I have lived my life by for quite some time now, and it definitely appears to be more than true... "If you are always comfortable, then you are never growing." It's worth some discomfort/fear in order to grow and reach goals! Thoughts? How tempting is it to stay under the umbrella of comfort? Is it worth it?

Brian Kirby's curator insight, April 1, 11:08 AM

Wow, those questions were not exactly "fun" to answer (especially rapidly and honestly). However, I have always been told that "If your dreams don't scare you, then they aren't big enough". This is something that I have lived my life by for quite some time now, and it definitely appears to be more than true... "If you are always comfortable, then you are never growing." It's worth some discomfort/fear in order to grow and reach goals! Thoughts? How tempting is it to stay under the umbrella of comfort? Is it worth it?

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Five Ways to Use Your Brain to Build a Better Business

Five Ways to Use Your Brain to Build a Better Business | Strategies for Managing Your Business | Scoop.it

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Jeff's curator insight, March 26, 3:20 PM

visit www.AffiliatesApps.com

Melita Valcich's curator insight, March 27, 7:02 PM

This is worth a read.

Nacho Vega's curator insight, March 28, 4:28 PM

"This excellent article, suggests that business owners can better use their brains to understand what employees need psychologically in order to excel and perform, and it recommends the adoption of five neural leadership practices to help them work better with their teams to solve problems and make more-informed strategic decisions."

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5 Ways To Keep Your Cool In Heated Times

5 Ways To Keep Your Cool In Heated Times | Strategies for Managing Your Business | Scoop.it
Chronic stress can kill. Here's how to stay calm, even when you're ready to snap.

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Cath Daley's curator insight, March 20, 5:33 AM

In the daily rush we often forget what we need to do to slow down- a great reminder of simple things to do to gget rid of the stress

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ATO considers adding tax debt to credit ratings as it chases SME debt

The Australian Taxation Office has revealed in Parliament that it is considering adding tax debts to credit ratings, in a bid to make businesses and individuals more accountable for paying on time.
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Why Good Managers Are So Rare

Why Good Managers Are So Rare | Strategies for Managing Your Business | Scoop.it

Gallup has found that one of the most important decisions companies make is simply whom they name manager. Yet our analysis suggests that they usually get it wrong. In fact, Gallup finds that companies fail to choose the candidate with the right talent for the job 82% of the time.


Bad managers cost businesses billions of dollars each year, and having too many of them can bring down a company. The only defense against this massive problem is a good offense, because when companies get these decisions wrong, nothing fixes it. Businesses that get it right, however, and hire managers based on talent will thrive and gain a significant competitive advantage.



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donhornsby's curator insight, March 16, 9:12 AM

(From the article):Very few people are able to pull off all five of the requirements of good management. Most managers end up with team members who are at best indifferent toward their work — or are at worst hell-bent on spreading their negativity to colleagues and customers. However, when companies can increase their number of talented managers and double the rate of engaged employees, they achieve, on average, 147% higher earnings per share than their competition.

Kimberley Richardson's curator insight, March 17, 1:59 PM

Great managers begin with great people.  When they bring out the best in themselves, they bring out the best in others. ~quote #genuineleaders #leadership

Efficienarta's curator insight, March 19, 4:44 AM

What values do you use to help make decisions on Manager appointments? Do you put enough effort into selecting and developing first line supervisors / managers? (As Tom Peters puts it - a most critical strategic decision) .http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t7ue3XwGMAw)

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Copyright infringement is on the rise: How to protect your IP assets

Copyright infringement is on the rise: How to protect your IP assets | Strategies for Managing Your Business | Scoop.it
Unfortunately, it seems that there is very little someone needs to change in your work to call it their own. Thankfully, there are some ways you can protect your intellectual property.
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Seeds of Powerful Stories: 30 Powerful Quotes on Failure

Seeds of Powerful Stories: 30 Powerful Quotes on Failure | Strategies for Managing Your Business | Scoop.it
Whether we like it or not, failure is a necessary stepping stone to building our dreams. Here are 30 quotes that will hopefully inspire you to look at failure differently.

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Karen Dietz's curator insight, April 15, 7:31 PM

What is one of the most powerful leadership/business stories you can share? Yep -- stories of failures, mistakes, and disasters.


Yet they rarely get told in our perfectionist society. Oh to admit we screwed up! Yet sharing stories of your failures humanizes you like no other story. On hearing a mistake story, every listener will say to themselves, "Whew, if he/she can admit to screwing up, so can I." or "Wow, it's not fatal if I make a mistake -- and I'll also learn something valuable in the process."


So take heart -- use these quotes to build your confidence and start sharing a few of your failure stories. They are a good shot in the arm. And thank you to author Ekaterina Walter for putting these quotes together to share with us all.


This review was written by Karen Dietz for her curated content on business storytelling at www.scoop.it/t/just-story-it 

Abdou Sani Boukari's curator insight, April 16, 2:57 PM

The easiest thing to do is " to find fault with others". The most difficult is “give thanks always for all things.”

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Five ways to build credibility with your customers

Five ways to build credibility with your customers | Strategies for Managing Your Business | Scoop.it
Here are five ways you can establish credibility with your potential customers before you start talking about yourself.
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The Science of How Memory Works

The Science of How Memory Works | Strategies for Managing Your Business | Scoop.it

One of the most astounding facts about the the creation of memories is that it is the result of a biochemical reaction that takes place inside neurons, one particularly common among neurons responsible for our senses. Scientists have recently discovered that our short-term memory — also known as “working memory,” the kind responsible for the “chunking” mechanism that powers our pattern-recognition and creativity — is localized to a few specific areas of the brain. The left hemisphere, for instance, is mostly in charge of verbal and object-oriented tasks. Even so, however, scientists remain mystified by the specific distribution, retrieval, and management of memory.


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Vicki Kossoff @ The Learning Factor's curator insight, April 13, 4:46 PM

Are you interested in seeking to understand the seemingly mysterious workings of human memory? Very interesting read.

Keaton Toscano's curator insight, April 14, 12:48 AM

Ideas like this are absolutely crucial for teachers to know about. This article could be a good way to reform the lesson plans of one teacher, many, or even the way the U.S. public education system works as a whole. Definitely something I will take into consideration as I work towards my desired career.

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Change Management Models

Change Management Models | Strategies for Managing Your Business | Scoop.it

Organizational development has been of focus for several years, but still many companies do not understand the importance of change management models. Almost 70% of all major organizational change efforts fail, which among others is because of a lack of holistic approach to the management of change and the extend of the models used. This emphasizes the importance for companies to have a good and realistic change management model before starting to implement the transformation.


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David Hain's curator insight, April 3, 3:08 AM

If you believe that change is top down, this one's for you.

Miklos Szilagyi's curator insight, April 3, 4:01 AM

"Change is about changing people not organisations, organisations will transform when the management and employees change their way of doing business, which is why good change management models are central to a successful transformation of a firm." - could not agree more, yesss, it's about people...  change management is one of the leading topics... I don't know exactly, say, in the last 50 to 70 years and it will remain... it's not the first and last article/blog/book about it bu also not the worst one... additionally, a quick read...:-)))

Alain Theriault MBA's curator insight, April 3, 8:38 AM

In the first years of a startup there are many iterations and sometimes a pivot. Even if it touches only a few employees, the model here still applies

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10 Steps To Effective Listening

10 Steps To Effective Listening | Strategies for Managing Your Business | Scoop.it

In today’s high-tech, high-speed, high-stress world, communication is more important then ever, yet we seem to devote less and less time to really listening to one another. Genuine listening has become a rare gift—the gift of time. It helps build relationships, solve problems, ensure understanding, resolve conflicts, and improve accuracy. At work, effective listening means fewer errors and less wasted time. At home, it helps develop resourceful, self-reliant kids who can solve their own problems. Listening builds friendships and careers. It saves money and marriages.


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It's probably the most valuable business tool you can ever have...

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Cath Daley's curator insight, April 9, 10:32 AM

A key skill for anyone who is involved in coaching is the ability to really listen. here are some tips to help you improve your listebing skills.

Jerry Busone's curator insight, April 9, 9:18 PM

Greta quote in the cartoon. "nobody hates a listener"

Jerry Busone's curator insight, April 9, 9:19 PM

Great caption in cartoon "Nobody hates a listener"

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Why Leaders need to ask Empowering Questions?

Why Leaders need to ask Empowering Questions? | Strategies for Managing Your Business | Scoop.it

Peter Drucker, considered the leadership guru of the twentieth notes that, “The leader of the past may have been a person who knew how to tell, but certainly the leader of the future will be a person who knows how to ask.”


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Peter Ø. Christensen's curator insight, March 31, 3:28 AM

A kind of coaching approach to leadership which cope great with the non-hierarchic company structure, which the greatest employeers and top minds of the future demands.

 

Efficienarta's curator insight, March 31, 6:00 AM

One of the more rewarding periods of my business career included a leadership meeting weber of CEO adjourned discussion of a topic because the team were not asking questions ............. When we discussed the topic at the following meeting we had a lively debate both initially in a  "seek to understand" phase and then later in what amounted to brainstorming of potential solutions.

Ron McIntyre's curator insight, March 31, 9:45 AM

Absolutely a valid assumption for the 21st century leader.

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Social media law in employment: What you can control and what you can’t

Social media law in employment: What you can control and what you can’t | Strategies for Managing Your Business | Scoop.it
You want to allow your employees to build an audience, promote your brand and sell your products via Facebook and Twitter. But how do you still legally own the accounts and customers when they leave?
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How to remember people’s names, seriously

Why is it so important to use people’s names? A person’s name is the greatest connection to their own identity and individuality. Some might say it is the most important word in the world to that person.
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Stretched Too Thin? 5 Strategies For Coping With Too Much Work

Stretched Too Thin? 5 Strategies For Coping With Too Much Work | Strategies for Managing Your Business | Scoop.it

Having too much work has become the new normal. With the economy still volatile and employment opportunities still tight, the perfect environment exists for overwork. Employers keen on doing more with less keep resources lean and don’t give managers the budget to do otherwise. Employees nervous about dwindling options take on the extra responsibilities and don’t push back. Everyone suffers when there is too much work — decreased quality, lower morale, increased burnout. Ideally, the entire company is in on the fix – additional resources are brought in, emphasis is renewed on sustainable work/ life balance, key priorities are clarified. However, until there is a clear directive that the workplace will change, your work still needs to get done.


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Vicki Kossoff @ The Learning Factor's curator insight, March 24, 4:49 PM

Here are 5 strategies for coping with too much work.

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Prep your business for end of Windows XP and Office 2003

Prep your business for end of Windows XP and Office 2003 | Strategies for Managing Your Business | Scoop.it
Businesses beware: from April 8th, Microsoft will be ending support for its flagship Windows XP and Office 2003 products.
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Leadership: How to Get From Good to Great

Leadership: How to Get From Good to Great | Strategies for Managing Your Business | Scoop.it
Focus on a few core components of leadership and you can take your company to new heights.
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The Overwhelmed Employee

The Overwhelmed Employee | Strategies for Managing Your Business | Scoop.it

"We just completed a major study of human capital trends around the world (Deloitte Global Human Capital Trends, 2500 organizations in 90 countries) and the message is clear:  companies are struggling to engage our modern, 21st century workforce.

 

This is a worldwide issue. Gallup research shows that only 13% of employees around the world are actively engaged at work, and more than twice that number are so disengaged they are likely to spread negativity to others.

 

...And when we asked companies to evaluate their management practices they were particularly critical of the way they manage performance, leading us to the conclusion that performance management is broken. (Read The Myth of the Bell Curve for more on this topic)…"


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John Michel's curator insight, March 16, 12:22 PM

Now is the time to think holistically about your company’s work environment and consider what you can do to create passion, engagement, and commitment. It may be “the issue” we face in business over the next few years.

Sushma Sharma's curator insight, March 17, 1:18 AM

Much needed

Paul Cadario's curator insight, March 17, 2:39 PM

A global problem for organizations