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Changes to the Fair Work Act receive Assent!

Changes to the Fair Work Act receive Assent! | Strategies for Managing Your Business | Scoop.it
The controversial amendments to the Fair Work Act (“the Act”) received Royal Assent late last week presenting more challenges for employers and more red tape t…
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Since Your Brain Constantly Compares You With Everyone Else, Try This | Fast Company

Since Your Brain Constantly Compares You With Everyone Else, Try This | Fast Company | Strategies for Managing Your Business | Scoop.it

Your brain is a comparison engine. In every new situation, it automatically rifles through your memory of every other situation you’ve encountered in the past. It swiftly finds one or a few that are similar to the current scenario, then uses that information to figure out what to do next. Most of the time, you do this without you ever realizing it.

 

Sometimes this cognitive reflex works to your advantage, and sometimes it doesn’t. But since it’s always happening anyway, you might as well make it work for you more often than against you–at least as best you can. Here’s how.


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The Learning Factor's curator insight, October 15, 6:36 PM

Social comparisons sometimes make us feel better and sometimes don’t. Here’s how to use that tendency to actually get better.

David Stapleton's curator insight, October 15, 9:05 PM
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CCM Consultancy's curator insight, October 16, 1:48 AM

When you compare yourself to someone better than you on a dimension, that’s called an “upward social comparison”; when you compare yourself to someone you consider worse off on a given dimension, it’s “a downward social comparison.” So while these comparisons can be useful (in both directions) for figuring out where you stand, they can make you miserable, too. If you’re always making upward social comparisons and find yourself lacking something, you may start feeling bad about how you measure up.

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How to Have a Good Day at Work: Interview with author Caroline Webb

How to Have a Good Day at Work: Interview with author Caroline Webb | Strategies for Managing Your Business | Scoop.it
Caroline Webb shares her expert perspective on how to be happier at work – and weighs in on the value of Glassdoor.
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To Be a Great Leader, You Have to Learn How to Delegate Well

To Be a Great Leader, You Have to Learn How to Delegate Well | Strategies for Managing Your Business | Scoop.it

One of the most difficult transitions for leaders to make is the shift from doing to leading. As a new manager you can get away with holding on to work. Peers and bosses may even admire your willingness to keep “rolling up your sleeves” to execute tactical assignments. But as your responsibilities become more complex, the difference between an effective leader and a super-sized individual contributor with a leader’s title is painfully evident.

 

In the short term you may have the stamina to get up earlier, stay later, and out-work the demands you face. But the inverse equation of shrinking resources and increasing demands will eventually catch up to you, and at that point how you involve others sets the ceiling of your leadership impact. The upper limit of what’s possible will increase only with each collaborator you empower to contribute their best work to your shared priorities. Likewise, your power decreases with every initiative you unnecessarily hold on to.


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The Learning Factor's curator insight, October 10, 5:39 PM

Focus on the big picture, not just the execution.

Bryan Worn's curator insight, October 11, 2:28 PM

One of the biggest stumbling block to getting leverage in a business Is poor or lack of delegation.

Andrea Ross's curator insight, October 11, 7:58 PM

Moving from individual contributor to a manager is tricky and delegating I believe is the hardest part. You never really want to fully let go - but if you don't you will struggle to empower your people. Nice little article for you. If you are a podcast fan like me then check out Manager Tools by Mark Horstman (he's an ex recruiter amongst other things) and has a great podcast on Delegation Skills and juggling those glass and rubber balls. Check it out - it will put everything into perspective. 

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Three Work Tasks You Need To Cut From Your To-Do List Right Now

Three Work Tasks You Need To Cut From Your To-Do List Right Now | Strategies for Managing Your Business | Scoop.it

Some days you get to work early, work nonstop, and head home without being able to figure out what you actually accomplished. Everything rushes past you in a blur of emails, meetings, and errands, and your to-do list remains more or less untouched. You’re always going to have a few workdays like this no matter what you do. But if they start happening regularly, you may have a problem on your hands.

 

If that’s the case, then it’s time to start looking for systematic failures, not just one-off fumbles. And ironically enough, the best place to look may be at your to-do list itself. What better record do you have of the tasks that you’re consistently failing to achieve? These are a few common to-do list items that might be getting in the way of your more important goals. If you can cut them out–even just for a day or two–you may be able to regain your footing.


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The Learning Factor's curator insight, October 8, 5:35 PM

These are a few common to-do list distractions that get in the way of what you really need to get done.

CCM Consultancy's curator insight, October 9, 1:38 AM

"There’s such a flood of work to do that it’s hard to focus for long on just one thing. So you begin work on that major report, only to find yourself 20 minutes later flitting between your email, your text messages, and maybe two other tasks on top of that. You’re always going to have a few workdays like this no matter what you do. But if they start happening regularly, you may have a problem on your hands."

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16 bad habits that are sabotaging your productivity

16 bad habits that are sabotaging your productivity | Strategies for Managing Your Business | Scoop.it

Being more productive is about working smarter, not harder, and making the most of each day.

 

While this is no easy feat, getting more done in less time is a much more attainable goal if you’re not sabotaging yourself with bad habits.

 

Following are 16 things you should stop doing right now to become more productive.


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The Learning Factor's curator insight, October 3, 5:55 PM

Getting more done in less time is an attainable goal if you’re not working against yourself with bad habits.

CCM Consultancy's curator insight, October 4, 1:23 AM

Being more productive is about working smarter, not harder, and making the most of each day. While this is no easy feat, getting more done in less time is a much more attainable goal if you’re not sabotaging yourself with bad habits.

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Trumans October 2017 Newsletter: What the proposed housing-based super contribution initiatives offer; and more

Trumans October 2017 Newsletter: What the proposed housing-based super contribution initiatives offer; and more | Strategies for Managing Your Business | Scoop.it
After waiting for what seems like an eternity, the government has finally put to Parliament its proposed legislation around two of its proposed schemes, the First Home Super Saver and Contributing the proceeds of downsizing to superannuation.
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Are you really an entrepreneur? Probably not.

Are you really an entrepreneur? Probably not. | Strategies for Managing Your Business | Scoop.it
"I'm an entrepreneur". Youngprenuer, Mumpreneur, Investorprenuer – it seems these days that everyone is their own business idol. I put to you that if one calls
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Leadership Develops When You Escape Your Comfort Zone • George Ambler

Leadership Develops When You Escape Your Comfort Zone • George Ambler | Strategies for Managing Your Business | Scoop.it
Successful leaders know that they must get out of their comfort zone to succeed. These leaders have spent a lot of time outside their comfort zone.

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Younger and Older Executives Need Different Things from Coaching

Younger and Older Executives Need Different Things from Coaching | Strategies for Managing Your Business | Scoop.it
The former tend to want rules; the latter, insights.

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Ariana Amorim's curator insight, September 19, 7:04 AM
A research by Lois Tamirand Laura Finfer explored the relationship between the age of an executive and the coaching process or coaching outcomes. Their goal was to identify how executives in their thirties might differ from older executives when they receive the specialized attention of executive coaching.
They analyzed 72 executive-coaching engagements to evaluate the relationship of age to 4 variables: Responsiveness, Self-reflection, Nondefensiveness, and Degree of Change. 
Results indicate that the age group 30 to 39 was significantly lower on Self-reflection and Degree of Change compared with executives in the 40 to 49 and 50 to 59 age groups. In light of these findings, they recommend two approaches for those who manage, mentor, or coach younger executives to help them reach their full potential.
Jerry Busone's curator insight, September 20, 7:53 AM

In a diverse and ever changing world the idea of someone being so polarized that they feel there is only one way to do something baffles me ... different people need different th

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This Is How To Actually Work Smarter, Not Harder

This Is How To Actually Work Smarter, Not Harder | Strategies for Managing Your Business | Scoop.it

Possibly no piece of productivity advice is more well-worn than the adage, “Work smarter, not harder.” Of course, the directive points to the fact that it’s not how many hours you put in at your desk that matters—it’s how you spend your time there. In other words, get results faster and you won’t be spending so many late nights at the office.

 

But what does it really mean to work smarter?

 

“It means figuring out better, faster ways to work,” says personal productivity expert and trainer Peggy Duncan. But before you enrol in a time management course or start playing “beat the clock” with your project list, consider these counterintuitive ways to get more done.


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The Learning Factor's curator insight, September 17, 6:51 PM

We’ve found eight unexpected (and counterintuitive) ways to squeeze more out of your workday.

Runi Akhter's curator insight, September 19, 5:00 AM
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Want to Be Much Happier? Science Says Always Do Any 1 of These 8 Things

Want to Be Much Happier? Science Says Always Do Any 1 of These 8 Things | Strategies for Managing Your Business | Scoop.it

1. Learn something new, even if it's stressful: Mastering a new skill means more stress now but more happiness later.

 

If you are willing to push through a bit of added stress in the short term, you can experience huge gains in happiness for the long term.

 

So learn a new skill. Though you'll take on a bit more stress, research shows you'll be happier on an hourly, daily, and long-term basis.

 

The gains from this investment in time and energy were documented in a 2009 study published in the Journal of Happiness Studies. Participants who spent time on activities that increased their competency, met their need for autonomy, or helped them connect with others reported decreased happiness in the moment yet increased happiness on an hourly and daily basis.

 

The key, according to the study, is to choose the right new skill to master, challenge to undertake, or opportunity to get out of your comfort zone. The greatest increases in happiness come from learning a skill you choose, rather than one you think you should or feel forced to learn.


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Marcia Buxton's curator insight, September 15, 6:26 AM
Something to consider for the wellbeing of our teams. 
Lucero D's curator insight, September 15, 8:42 AM
When we were first married my husband and I played a game for married couples with some long married friends.  One of the questions was, "How would you describe yourself in one word?", and your spouse had to choose the one to match yours in order to get a point in the game.   I don't remember all the choices, but rose and book were the two that stood out to me.  I recall hoping that my would know that I would instinctively choose book.  Not because I love to read or that I think I'm smarter than everyone else BUT because I LOVE to learn new things.  Thankfully, he didn't choose rose and we kicked the other couples butts!!!

I enjoy attempting to master new skills like making kombucha, learning to ferment vegetables, making bread, baking something new, learning about how to keep chickens, gardening difficult to grow flowers or vegetables, figuring out how to fix my bike by myself. . . You see, I'm not afraid to get myself dirty.  What my husband finds frustrating about these things is that though the habits become part of my regular routine I don't develop them to the point of perfection so I can make a business of it.  There is a very good reason for this.  I want to continue learning skills which will benefit my family and bring me joy and have the freedom to practice them without the stress of it becoming a burden.   At one time I wanted to have my own business.  Then I saw the reality of things. . . 

My husband has a cabinet shop.  Really that is a misnomer - he has a manufacturing facility.  He USED to be a cabinet maker.  He USED to enjoy making things out of wood and took pride is the work of his hands.  Now he is slave to his business.  His entire life is his business - keeping customers happy and people employed so the business can continue to grow.  He has employees who make boxes for his clients.  His hands rarely ever touch the materials with which he once so loved working.  What was once his creative outlet is now his living nightmare, his taskmaster, and the focus of all his attention.  

He has a wife who loves him and two beautiful, sweet, smart little girls who are growing so fast and he has little time to spend with them.  They'll be grown and gone before he knows it and he'll have missed it all.  Time will go by and I'll become more and more the stranger who is married to a house that he happens to sleep in.
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How to Rediscover Your Inspiration at Work

How to Rediscover Your Inspiration at Work | Strategies for Managing Your Business | Scoop.it

When we’re inspired, our work hums. We have a sense of purpose, buoyed by the feeling that our talents are being put to good use. We’re doing what we should be doing. And then, just like that, inspiration evaporates. Perhaps a negative comment from your boss deflated you or you’re not excited about a particular assignment. Inspiration can be frustratingly fleeting and difficult to recover when lost. Even if you’re lucky enough to have a job you love, it’s common to go through lengthy periods where you need to dig deep to feel excited about your work.


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The Learning Factor's curator insight, September 5, 7:13 PM

Look for fresh experiences and new role models.

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You Just Had a Difficult Conversation at Work. Here’s What to Do Next

You Just Had a Difficult Conversation at Work. Here’s What to Do Next | Strategies for Managing Your Business | Scoop.it
What to say and do to make things less awkward.

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Want Better Relationships? Focus on These 6 Things

Want Better Relationships? Focus on These 6 Things | Strategies for Managing Your Business | Scoop.it
The Dalai Lama's wisdom still holds true:
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Why Happiness Leads to Success (Not the Other Way Around)

Why Happiness Leads to Success (Not the Other Way Around) | Strategies for Managing Your Business | Scoop.it
Our education system has been sending the wrong message about happiness. It's time we fixed that.
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Want To Be An Effective Leader? Develop These Qualities

Want To Be An Effective Leader? Develop These Qualities | Strategies for Managing Your Business | Scoop.it
Leadership skills are not inherent. They must be carefully cultivated through specific actions. Take these steps to begin developing leadership qualities.

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NAB "first off the mark" with shorter, plain English loan contracts for small businesses

NAB "first off the mark" with shorter, plain English loan contracts for small businesses | Strategies for Managing Your Business | Scoop.it
National Australia Bank's decision to introduce shorter, plain English loan contracts for small business borrowers has been welcomed by the Australian Small
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6 Phrases that Demonstrate Active Listening Skills 

6 Phrases that Demonstrate Active Listening Skills  | Strategies for Managing Your Business | Scoop.it
What is active listening? Learn how to improve your communication skills at work and at home with these phrases.

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Daniel Watson's curator insight, October 4, 2:44 AM

 

Like many busy business owners, you probably believe that you are a good communicator, but are you really? A key element in effective communications, is the ability to actively listen, to what someone else is verbally and physically trying to communicate to you. You can determine if you really are an effective listener, by checking whether or not you use the six phrases or variations thereof, that are shared in this keeper article.

Bryan Worn's curator insight, October 4, 3:49 PM

Many media interviewers could adopt these.

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Tricks of the trade: How to keep on top of your cash flow

Tricks of the trade: How to keep on top of your cash flow | Strategies for Managing Your Business | Scoop.it
Whether it's a side gig or your full-time career, you've invested a lot of time (and money) in your business.
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How to Make Managing Poor Performance Easy - People Development

How to Make Managing Poor Performance Easy - People Development | Strategies for Managing Your Business | Scoop.it
It takes a skilled and experienced manager to be expert and slick when it comes to managing poor performance in an easy way.
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This is why the Equifax data breach should be a wake-up call for investors

This is why the Equifax data breach should be a wake-up call for investors | Strategies for Managing Your Business | Scoop.it
It is not easy to rattle billionaires and those in the ultra high net worth investment community, but this breach did exactly that.
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What “Facilitation” Really Means And Why It’s Key To The Future Of Work

What “Facilitation” Really Means And Why It’s Key To The Future Of Work | Strategies for Managing Your Business | Scoop.it

What comes to mind when you hear the term “facilitator”? A task manager hogging airspace up at the front of the room? Or thoughts like, “Ugh–okay, how do I get out of attending this workshop?”

 

But done right, facilitation isn’t about boring presentations. It’s a process for getting groups of people together to solve any problem. Good facilitators know how to jump right in, establish an objective, create a format packed with interactive opportunities for discussion, and lead groups of all sizes toward constructive solutions. And you don’t need a specific job title or a certain amount of experience to become an effective facilitator–you just have to develop a set of skills that gives structure and purpose to the otherwise unruly art of collaboration.

 

As workplaces become less hierarchical and more reliant on interpersonal problem-solving, rather than just tactical execution, facilitation is becoming a job skill you’ll need to rely on more and more. Here’s what you need to know to get started developing it.


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The Learning Factor's curator insight, September 17, 6:48 PM

Being a good facilitator isn’t the same as knowing how to manage people or run a meeting. It all comes down to understanding the tools–and structure–that help people collaborate.

Ian Berry's curator insight, September 20, 7:33 PM
There's no doubt in my mind that being able to facilitate collaboration is one of the key skills in the new world of work
CCM Consultancy's curator insight, October 5, 2:09 AM

As workplaces become less hierarchical and more reliant on interpersonal problem-solving, rather than just tactical execution, facilitation is becoming a job skill you’ll need to rely on more and more.

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Four Ways to Gain Perspective on Negative Events

Four Ways to Gain Perspective on Negative Events | Strategies for Managing Your Business | Scoop.it
Here are four simple techniques for “self-distancing,” a research-tested way to break cycles of rumination and recrimination.

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5 Common Mental Errors That Sway Your Decision Making

5 Common Mental Errors That Sway Your Decision Making | Strategies for Managing Your Business | Scoop.it
Read this post to learn about the most common mental errors that derail your decision making and cause you to make emotional and irrational choices.

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