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20 Excellent Business Apps for your Business in 2013

20 Excellent Business Apps for your Business in 2013 | Systems Leadership | Scoop.it
Although latest trends indicate a growing number of
people are opting to use cloud-based and mobile software,
businesses rely on software that can reside over a variety of platforms.
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Nils Vesk's comment, June 17, 2013 12:21 AM
Being innovative is all about technique. Taking advantage with technology is a good start.
Cesar Rodriguez's curator insight, June 21, 2013 10:54 AM

Work smarter, not harder. It's so important to leverage technology to increase productivity and free yourself to focus on what matters most. These are some great applications to help you do just that.

SLASSI SENNOU Said's curator insight, September 29, 2013 10:06 AM

Excellent!

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Seven Fun Facts About Corporate Taxes

Seven Fun Facts About Corporate Taxes | Systems Leadership | Scoop.it
Economists hate them, and U.S. rates are really high.
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A really fascinating exploration of corporate taxes - as if that could be interesting. Hit the link!

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Seven Strategies for Simplifying Your Organization

Seven Strategies for Simplifying Your Organization | Systems Leadership | Scoop.it
The Catch-22 of organizational complexity is that most managers don't have the time to fix it.
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In today's global, increasingly digital organizations, complexity is a growing drag on productivity and workplace satisfaction. Managers need to develop simplification as a core leadership capability and a critical component of the business strategy. Hopefully these steps will help you get started.

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3 Reasons You Should Leave For Lunch | CEO.com

3 Reasons You Should Leave For Lunch | CEO.com | Systems Leadership | Scoop.it
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I leave for lunch almost everyday. Getting out gives you a chance to de-stress and relax, and that leads to creativity and increased production.

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An Innovation Leadership Revolution Is Brewing

An Innovation Leadership Revolution Is Brewing | Systems Leadership | Scoop.it
There is an innovation leadership revolution brewing.
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Money does not follow ideas; it follows leaders.  Teams don’t follow ideas; they follow leaders. And money is cheap, in the presence of leadership.

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Want to Be a Better Leader? Put Yourself First

Want to Be a Better Leader? Put Yourself First | Systems Leadership | Scoop.it
Before Carrie Kerpen could excel at the helm of the social media firm she co-founded, she had to change some things about herself. Here she explains.
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Very true. It's not being selfish. You can't lead when you are unhealthy yourself. It's how you keep from being manipulated.

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Successful People Have Short To-Do Lists | CEO.com

Successful People Have Short To-Do Lists | CEO.com | Systems Leadership | Scoop.it
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The reason to create a short to-do list is that “you never feel defeated. You got everything done that had to get done. Most people think they have to sprint and that’s why they never hit their big push goals — because they run out of steam.”

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6 Types of People Build Your Mental Toughness - Forbes

6 Types of People Build Your Mental Toughness - Forbes | Systems Leadership | Scoop.it
As the saying goes, “It gets lonely at the top.” There are many reasons that one feels isolated and at times lonely when they have reached the pinnacle of success.
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Mental toughness defines the leadership game.    You need wide-angle vision to continuously navigate the terrain that awaits you with each big decision you make and vision you cast.   The tension points of leadership can be extremely exhausting and pressure-packed.   Nevertheless, the leadership journey must continue and your demeanor must appear unfazed as if it were business as usual.

 

Mental toughness is acquired over time.   To be mentality tough means that risk is your best friend, that innovation comes second nature and that you have grown accustomed to anticipating crisis and managing change.   Mental toughness is also a by-product of experiencing failure and knowing how to rebound.

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The Happiest People Pursue the Most Difficult Problems

The Happiest People Pursue the Most Difficult Problems | Systems Leadership | Scoop.it
They're a reminder that mastery, membership, and meaning are the best motivators.
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This is a great read, not only about motivation but about how transforming something transforms us, gives us meaning and brings joy and happiness.

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5 Steps to Rescue Your Productivity When Days Go Bad

5 Steps to Rescue Your Productivity When Days Go Bad | Systems Leadership | Scoop.it
Your computer crashes, you spill coffee all over yourself and a client bails last-minute on your lunch meeting. Have no fear -- your day can still be...
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What Successful People Never Do On Weekends

What Successful People Never Do On Weekends | Systems Leadership | Scoop.it
By Laura Vanderkam The author of What the Most Successful People Do on the Weekend shows us how to have more get-up-and-get-ahead during the rest of the week.
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I love Laura Vanderkam. Her writing is excellent. This is a great article. She has an ebook based on this question.

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The Power of Deliberate Mistakes

The Power of Deliberate Mistakes | Systems Leadership | Scoop.it
The Power of Deliberate Mistakes How to benefit from making mistakes and challenging your assumptions. by  Andrew Cooke, Growth & Profit Solutions A common view is that failure is a bad thing. ...
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Mistakes are the key to growth and development. We need to see all we do as part of the journey of learning.

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Staffing Lessons From the Major Leagues - Forbes

Staffing Lessons From the Major Leagues - Forbes | Systems Leadership | Scoop.it
(the Drucker Exchange) -- If you’re enjoying the start of baseball season as much as we are, ponder for a moment how the teams got assembled.
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Drucker was dismissive of those who sought out magic formulas for decision-making. “The attempt to replace judgment by formula is always irrational,” he warned in The Practice of Management.  “All that can be done is to make judgment possible by narrowing its range and the possible alternatives, giving it a clear focus, a sound foundation in facts and validity of actions and decisions.”

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How Da Vinci-Like Thinking Helps You Imagine Future Success

How Da Vinci-Like Thinking Helps You Imagine Future Success | Systems Leadership | Scoop.it
Da Vincis belief that everything connects helped make him the 15thcentury Italian Renaissance man we all admire today. And it was another legendary...
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A very important article to consider as you think about the future.

 

"CONVERGENCE--bringing art, science, and spirituality together. And making connections between disparate things is perhaps the number one skill needed for creative thinking."

 
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Giving Kids Computers Doesn’t Help Them In School At All

Giving Kids Computers Doesn’t Help Them In School At All | Systems Leadership | Scoop.it
There’s an unspoken assumption that giving poor and disadvantaged kids computers will help them academically. That’s why there are so many organizations doling out computers and Internet access for their schools and after-school programs.
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The Magic of Doing One Thing at a Time

The Magic of Doing One Thing at a Time | Systems Leadership | Scoop.it
Why is it that between 25% and 50% of people report feeling overwhelmed or burned out at work? It's not just the number of hours we're working, but also the fact that we spend too many continuous hours juggling too many things at the same time.
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The biggest cost — assuming you don't crash — of trying to do more than one thing is that your productivity goes down. In part, that's a simple consequence of splitting your attention, so that you're partially engaged in multiple activities but rarely fully engaged in any one. In part, it's because when you switch away from a primary task to do something else, you're increasing the time it takes to finish that task by an average of 25 per cent.

But most insidiously, it's because if you're always doing something, you're relentlessly burning down your available reservoir of energy over the course of every day, so you have less available with every passing hour.

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Why the Lean Start-Up Changes Everything - Harvard Business Review

Why the Lean Start-Up Changes Everything - Harvard Business Review | Systems Leadership | Scoop.it
Business management magazine, blogs, case studies, articles, books, and webinars from Harvard Business Review, addressing today's topics and challenges in business management.
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This is a nice introduction to Lean Leadership for startups

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How Much Work Is Too Much Work? What Is the Limit to Productivity?

How Much Work Is Too Much Work? What Is the Limit to Productivity? | Systems Leadership | Scoop.it
“Don’t smoke too much, drink too much, eat too much, or work too much. We’re all on the road to the grave—but there’s no need to be in the passing lane.” — Robert Orben, …
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No amount of work will make you more productive than a reasonable work/life balance, especially once you hit the point of diminishing returns at about 10-12 hours per day. Once you hit the 8-10 hours in a day, you become less productive. If you have to work long days, make it for a short period of time, just a couple of days.

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Great Innovators Think Laterally

Great Innovators Think Laterally | Systems Leadership | Scoop.it
Going an inch wide and a mile deep has benefits, but creativity isn't often one of them.
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A creative, innovative mind also seeks to move beyond the given categories of thought established by binary either/or frameworks (such as the Hegelian model just described). This is still a move towards synthesis, but it includes opposing concepts that are internal to that binary framework and to ideas outside of it.


If you're a visual thinker, you can think of the internal concepts as a "vertical" axis and the external concepts as a "horizontal" axis. Lateral thinking, the ability to move horizontally across different categories of thought, often manifests itself as a synthesis between seemingly incongruent ideas.

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5 Ways Leaders Can Reclaim Their Identity - Forbes

5 Ways Leaders Can Reclaim Their Identity - Forbes | Systems Leadership | Scoop.it
Leaders from the traditional workplace are a by-product of the companies they were “raised in.” A workplace where it’s not about the individual, but about the perpetuation of the organization.
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Leaders can never afford to lose their identity.   Why?  You can’t optimally perform and lead when you feel stuck between being yourself and what others want you to be.

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Good Employees Make Mistakes. Great Leaders Allow Them To. - Forbes

Good Employees Make Mistakes. Great Leaders Allow Them To. - Forbes | Systems Leadership | Scoop.it
As a business leader, I found that one of the scariest things to do was to give your people the freedom to make mistakes. While mistakes allow individuals to learn and grow, they can also be very costly to any company.
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If you’re not making mistakes, then you’re not doing anything. - John Wooden. 


This is so true. Sometimes I wonder if we don't have to put people into positions to make mistakes because it challenges them and ultimately grows them. Plus you can see their capacity for the future, and their character.

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What you need to know about Logo Design & Brand | relationships and differences

What you need to know about Logo Design & Brand | relationships and differences | Systems Leadership | Scoop.it
A not uncommon misconception is that your logo design is the same thing as your brand. However, while it's true that they have a close relationship it is very useful for all business owners to understand the difference.
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Why Your Best Ideas Come In The Shower | CEO.com

Why Your Best Ideas Come In The Shower | CEO.com | Systems Leadership | Scoop.it
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This is so true. I have my best creative moments outside of trying to be creative. When I think about other things, that's when the connections and creativity occur. Great article.

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Brain Fitness for Leaders

Brain Fitness for Leaders | Systems Leadership | Scoop.it
Contact: Dr.Maynard BrusmanWorking ResourcesSan Francisco Bay Area Executive Coach415-546-1252mbrusman@workingresources.comhttp://www.workingresources.comWorking Resources is a San Francisco Bay Area Executive Coaching Firm Helping Companies Select...
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The 11 following strategies can help you maintain an engaged, creative brain. Here are just a few:


1. Expand your experiences

2. Learn through observing

3. Take advantage of direct experience

4. Use pattern recognition

5. Seek out novelty

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Replacing time management with energy management | Business Digest

Replacing time management with energy management | Business Digest | Systems Leadership | Scoop.it
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I like this. Focus more on how you use your energy than time. There's only so much energy you can expend in a day, and that will impact how you use your time. And saying "no" to your boss is not a bad thing.

 

When I was programming, I would close my email and put my phone on do not disturb. I would work hard till around 1pm and then go to lunch. Phone calls and emails were answered when I got back. I even put on my voicemail that I was working on a big project and I would be returning my phone calls and emails after 2pm. If it was an emergency they could get the receptionist.

 

My boss hated it until I told him it was at least 20 minutes of productivity every time I was interrupted because I had to stop thinking about what I was doing, think about what he was saying, and then get back focused on what I was doing previously. He left me alone after that!

 

My highest energy levels are in the morning.

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