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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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"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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Science Says You Shouldn't Work More Than This Number of Hours a Week

Science Says You Shouldn't Work More Than This Number of Hours a Week | Strategies for Managing Your Business | Scoop.it

Do you work more than 40 hours a week? If you're an entrepreneur or small business owner, it's hard not to, but all that extra time in the workplace isn't necessarily a good thing. After a certain point, it can be counterproductive and even hazardous to your health, so it's imperative to know when to say no to more hours. 

 

Various organizations and independent researchers have looked at the physical, mental, emotional, and social effects of working beyond the standard 40 hours a week. Notable findings include the following:

  • Working more than 10 hours a day is associated with a 60 percent jump in risk of cardiovascular issues.
  • 10 percent of those working 50 to 60 hours report relationship problems; the rate increases to 30 percent for those working more than 60 hours.
  • Working more than 40 hours a week is associated with increased alcohol and tobacco consumption, as well as unhealthy weight gain in men and depression in women.

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bob drainville's curator insight, June 27, 11:45 AM

In order to comply with the impending DOL overtime rule change, business owners are going to have to start carefully tracking employee hours. Compliance isn't optional ... and could present a major upheaval, depending on your industry.

 

Turns out, there might be a silver lining in restricting employee hours. According to research sourced by Inc., workers who put in more than 40 hours per week are not only less productive, but also at greater risk for a host of stress-related illnesses.

 

Keep headaches at bay, for both business owners and their employees, by implementing a time and money saving system for monitoring regular and overtime hours. 

bob drainville's curator insight, June 27, 4:25 PM

In order to comply with the impending DOL overtime rule change, business owners are going to have to start carefully tracking employee hours. Compliance isn't optional ... and could present a major upheaval, depending on your industry.

 

Turns out, there might be a silver lining in restricting employee hours. According to research sourced by Inc., workers who put in more than 40 hours per week are not only less productive, but also at greater risk for a host of stress-related illnesses.

 

Keep headaches at bay, for both business owners and their employees, by implementing a time and money saving system for monitoring regular and overtime hours. 

Adele Taylor's curator insight, June 27, 8:35 PM
Some very interesting statistics particularly around absenteeism associated with overtime! 
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Tax time: 10 questions to ask yourself as June 30 looms

Tax time: 10 questions to ask yourself as June 30 looms | Strategies for Managing Your Business | Scoop.it
Tax season is upon us, and surprise changes in this year's budget have experts fielding queries.
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How to protect yourself from email scams

Spotting a fake email isn’t always easy. Scammers are more sophisticated and better resourced than ever. We show you seven things to check when you receive an email.
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Ten Ways Great Leaders Manage Change

Ten Ways Great Leaders Manage Change | Strategies for Managing Your Business | Scoop.it
Change isn't easy. Even change for the better. Great leaders know that and don't pretend otherwise. Here's ten ways you can help navigate your team an

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JASON CAVNESS's curator insight, June 4, 11:23 AM
Although change is always constant. People are still very resistant. It is up to leaders to show their employees why the change is good for them. 
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How Great Leaders Value People

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Great leaders truly value their people, and demonstrate that sentiment. This post details three ways leaders show they value their people.
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Are You a Likely CEO?

Are You a Likely CEO? | Strategies for Managing Your Business | Scoop.it

For the past 16 years, we've studied the background of incoming CEOs at the world's largest 2,500 public companies as part of the annual Strategy& CEO Success study. Take this quiz to assess your immediate chances, based on the data we've collected, of becoming a chief executive in your chosen industry.


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The Learning Factor's curator insight, May 15, 8:53 PM

Track your chances of becoming a chief executive at one of the world’s largest companies, based on a study of incoming leaders.

rodrick rajive lal's curator insight, May 16, 3:19 AM
I guess most of us have gone through a wide variety of psychometric tests, Calliper, Mills  Briggs MBTI, et al, but then the ultimate test is on the field, nevertheless, I wouldn't mind going  the quiz, and I suggest you could too!
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7 Awesome Habits of Highly Effective People

7 Awesome Habits of Highly Effective People | Strategies for Managing Your Business | Scoop.it

As we go through our daily-by-day lives without a pause or a moment to think about what it is we are actually doing, it's easy to assume we are working as effectively as we can. It is important to take that pause and observe others in action. Are we working as effectively as our extremely successful peers?

Inspired by Stephen R. Covey's The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, take a look at the things very successful people do and see how their habits aid them in achieving their maximum effectiveness.

Want to become one of those highly effective people and no longer a bystander? Try these 7 habits and find your own success.

1. Be proactive

Nothing will ever get done if we do nothing but sit around waiting for things to happen. Effective people know that there is no value in overthinking, in spending more time on our words than our actions. The most powerful thing anyone can do is simply take the reins in their own hands to instigate movement.

2. See the end

While the process of action is undoubtedly important, sometimes the impetus for our most powerful, effective actions comes from knowing where the end lies. If we continue to keep that in mind, we'll be able to maximize our productivity to reach our highly desired, very rewarding end goal.

3. Prioritize

When embarking on a task with many steps, it can be tempting to stop something halfway through when the going gets tough. What we should do, however, is actually push through. The difficulty of an action shouldn't change that it's our priority.

4. Visualize

Effective people can always imagine a favorable outcome--even if one doesn't seem likely to be written in the books. When you feel bogged down, or your actions are simply not getting you where you want, practice visualization for a couple minutes. Visualize your goals and the steps you need to make to get you there.

5. Try to understand things beforehand

Often, people jump into things without properly reading the instructions--ultimately resulting in ineffective actions far from the results they had previously envisioned. Setting aside adequate time to sort through and plan can really benefit your end results.

6. Synergize

There is nothing more powerful than combining forces. Regardless of how competent we might be on our own, there is always greater strength in numbers. Synergize on everything you can--how much more effective you are may surprise you.

7. Renew and improve

Last, one of the most important habits of all is that of self-care. We need to allow ourselves the time and space--not just once in a blue moon, but a bit here and there every day--in order to mend our burnt-out ends. Make time to regenerate and you will find that you are better able to effectively achieve your personal best.

 

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The Learning Factor's curator insight, May 5, 7:42 PM

Are you working as effectively as your extremely successful peers? If not, there's something you can do about that.

Chris Carter's curator insight, May 6, 7:55 PM
Yep, works for me ... See what I did there?
Adele Taylor's curator insight, May 8, 5:45 PM
Some good tips to become more effective!
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Four Quick Tips For Speaking More Confidently

Four Quick Tips For Speaking More Confidently | Strategies for Managing Your Business | Scoop.it
Business speaking isn't about being flashy. It's about being poised, balanced, and relevant.
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The four building blocks of change | McKinsey & Company

The four building blocks of change | McKinsey & Company | Strategies for Managing Your Business | Scoop.it
Four key actions influence employee mind-sets and behavior. Here’s why they matter.

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Changing Habits: Know When to Turn Off Your Autopilot

Changing Habits: Know When to Turn Off Your Autopilot | Strategies for Managing Your Business | Scoop.it
Changing habits begins with learning what you need to change, becoming aware of ingrained behaviors and practicing more productive responses.

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Why Employees Don't Trust Their Leadership

Why Employees Don't Trust Their Leadership | Strategies for Managing Your Business | Scoop.it
One in three people don’t trust their employer. That’s according to the new Edelman "Trust Barometer", a survey of 33,000 people in 28 countries about trust in the workplace.

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Why Leaders Who Listen Achieve Breakthroughs

Why Leaders Who Listen Achieve Breakthroughs | Strategies for Managing Your Business | Scoop.it
As a leader, communicating can sometimes feel like Groundhog Day. No matter how hard you try to get your message across, it is all too easy to find the next day that you face the same blank stares, predictable objections, and questions that indicate that you failed to make it stick — that people just aren’t getting it. One reason leaders find themselves in this cycle is that their approach to communication is based on an outdated mental model. It’s a model best described as a “post office.” They view themselves as the sender of a message and others as the receivers. If problems arise, leaders look for disruption somewhere along the route.

The post office model focuses most leaders’ attention on the sending process, rather than the give-and-take of effective conversations. Even if they invite people to ask questions and truly value their buy-in, these leaders are still preoccupied with their message. This leaves them ignorant about the larger context and reality on the ground, including emerging issues and game-changing opportunities. In the extreme, thinking in terms of the post office model causes leaders to make decisions in isolation or miss the early warning signs of dysfunctional momentum.

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David Hain's curator insight, April 5, 5:16 AM

Dialogue is a 2-way process, recieving is more important much of the time than transmitting!

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Dialogue is a 2-way process, recieving is more important much of the time than transmitting!

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Everyone is born creative, but it is educated out of us at school

Everyone is born creative, but it is educated out of us at school | Strategies for Managing Your Business | Scoop.it
Young children fizz with ideas. But the moment they go to school, they begin to lose the freedom to explore, take risks and experiment.

We spend our childhoods being taught the artificial skill of passing exams. We learn to give teachers what they expect. By the time we get into industry, we have been conditioned to conform. We spend our days in meetings and talk about “thinking outside the box”. But rarely do we step outside it.

The sad truth is that schools were never designed to produce creativity. Not many people are aware of it, but the education systems in the US and many other countries are based on the 19th-century Prussian model. Children were taught to obey, not to challenge or think creatively. That’s why you stand to attention when the teacher walks into the class. It’s why from the US to China, children wear uniforms.

The system worked well for blue-collar workers – people who clocked in at factories and stood on production lines making things such as automobile engines. But in a world driven by search engines, the system is a busted flush. We must teach creativity at school as a matter of urgency.

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David Hain's curator insight, June 23, 6:53 AM

If we always do what we always did, the world will remain fractured and dysfunctional! A plea to educate our kids to develop their natural creativity!

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10 Proven Ways To Grow Your Brain: Neurogenesis And Neuroplasticity

10 Proven Ways To Grow Your Brain: Neurogenesis And Neuroplasticity | Strategies for Managing Your Business | Scoop.it
Scientists once thought the brain stopped developing after the first few years of life. But new 

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Ziggi Ivan Santini's curator insight, June 13, 3:28 AM

Scientists once thought the brain stopped developing after the first few years of life. But new research has shown that the brain can form new neural pathways and create neurons even in adulthood (Neuroplasticity and Neurogenesis).

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Grow your brain and facilitatate growing your students' brains.
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5 Ways to Find Time to Learn a New Skill

5 Ways to Find Time to Learn a New Skill | Strategies for Managing Your Business | Scoop.it
How often have you started learning a new skill or working on a passion project, only to skip a day or three? Suddenly, it’s been weeks or months

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In today's competitive world, you have to be a learning and growing person.
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4 Brilliant Things That Happen When We PAUSE

4 Brilliant Things That Happen When We PAUSE | Strategies for Managing Your Business | Scoop.it
If you are a modern-age professional, we expect you to be self-aware and reflect. At its best, this self-awareness is present in every moment. You engage with another person, and you are at the same time aware of the quality of your engagement and the choices you make. I call this ability double-tracking. In the moment, and watchful of the moment, all at once.

Reflection, however, tends to happen in a pause. The pause is the moment in-between active engagement. Often only milliseconds long. But whoa – what glorious things happen in a pause.

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David Hain's curator insight, May 31, 5:13 AM

Pressing the pause button purposefully! Pause for 2 minutes to read this insightful stuff from @AchimNowak!

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In an age when we talk too much, pausing becomes so powerful.
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Why do we want the latest gadgets? This is what brain science tells us

Why do we want the latest gadgets? This is what brain science tells us | Strategies for Managing Your Business | Scoop.it
A neuroscientists looks at the reasons behind the success of brands like Apple, and how technology is changing our understanding of our basic needs.

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11 Helpful Resources for Improving Your Business Skills

11 Helpful Resources for Improving Your Business Skills | Strategies for Managing Your Business | Scoop.it
Check out this list of the best resources to help you hone your business skills, from people management and public speaking to accounting and finance.
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Signs You’re Successful—Even If It Doesn’t Feel Like It

Signs You’re Successful—Even If It Doesn’t Feel Like It | Strategies for Managing Your Business | Scoop.it
If you’re ambitious, you’re bound to feel like a failure from time to time. Lofty goals lead to inevitable moments when you aren’t yet living up to your expectations. We live in a world that
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Avoid the top five bad habits of small business owners

Avoid the top five bad habits of small business owners | Strategies for Managing Your Business | Scoop.it
Most small business owners fall into five key bad habits - which one is yours?
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7 Essential Lessons From The Harvard Innovation Lab

7 Essential Lessons From The Harvard Innovation Lab | Strategies for Managing Your Business | Scoop.it

Over the years, Goldstein has learned some important lessons about how to create an environment where innovation thrives. Here are seven essentials.

 

Be A Sponge

 

Innovators are intellectually curious and thrive on absorbing new information that may help their ideas. The I-lab holds regular programming and has a mentoring program to help innovators learn as much as they want to learn. Even if you don’t have the benefit of the I-lab, continually seeking out the information you need and people who can teach you essential skills and information is an important part of being innovative, she says.

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Here's what Harvard students learn about how to create an environment where innovation thrives.

Lisa Gorman's curator insight, April 16, 4:21 AM
It's a year for creativity and innovation is also on my horizon.  This quick read provides some insight into a few ways into this important space!
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Act Like a Leader: Help Others Succeed. Build Strategic Alliances. Know Yourself.

Act Like a Leader: Help Others Succeed. Build Strategic Alliances. Know Yourself. | Strategies for Managing Your Business | Scoop.it
These tried-and-true practices can put you on a short list of performers who have the edge in the leadership race.

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These 5 Questions Will Make You a Better and Happier Person

These 5 Questions Will Make You a Better and Happier Person | Strategies for Managing Your Business | Scoop.it

How do we improve who we are? The most effective--and often most difficult--way by far is to self-analyze. When we deconstruct our notions of ourselves and who we think we are, we are able to overcome potential obstacles standing in our way to becoming a better person.

By answering these 5 questions you can begin the journey of becoming your best self.

1. If you had one day left to live, would you be ready to go?

Although it's very easy for us to reach temporary states of complacency, reaching a level of complete fulfillment at life's end is a totally different story. So many of us end up going through the motions instead of actively enjoying what we do on a daily basis. Making sure we are content, right this moment, is a great way to keep this tendency in check.


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Become the best person you can be by truthfully answering these 5 questions.

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Blue Mountains Regional Chamber of Commerce launches Pink business chapter

Blue Mountains Regional Chamber of Commerce launches Pink business chapter | Strategies for Managing Your Business | Scoop.it
Mountains Regional Chamber of Commerce launches pink campaign to attract new business and to help existing businesses.
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