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Steve Wozniak says today's Silicon Valley cares too much about money

Steve Wozniak says today's Silicon Valley cares too much about money | Tammie Nemecek Favorites | Scoop.it
Mashable sits down with Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak.
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Gordon Food Service The company is a large distributor of food products to foodservice operators

Gordon Food Service The company is a large distributor of food products to foodservice operators | Tammie Nemecek Favorites | Scoop.it
The company will also expand its facility to accommodate growth.
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The 7 Things Great Listeners Do Differently

The 7 Things Great Listeners Do Differently | Tammie Nemecek Favorites | Scoop.it

Listening is a bit like intelligence—most everyone thinks they’re above average, even though that’s impossible.

 

However, listening is a skill you want to be great at. A recent study conducted at George Washington University showed that listening can influence up to 40% of a leader’s job performance.

 

“The word listen contains the same letters as the word silent.” –Alfred Brendel

 

There’s so much talking happening at work that opportunities to listen well abound. We talk to provide feedback, explain instructions, and communicate deadlines. Beyond the spoken words, there’s invaluable information to be deciphered through tone of voice, body language, and what isn’t said.

 

In other words, failing to keep your ears (and eyes) open could leave you out of the game.

 

Most people believe that their listening skills are where they need to be, even though they aren’t. A study at Wright State University surveyed more than 8,000 people from different verticals, and almost all rated themselves as listening as well as or better than their co-workers. We know intuitively that many of them are wrong.

 

Effective listening is something that can absolutely be learned and mastered. Even if you find attentive listening difficult and, in certain situations, boring or unpleasant, that doesn’t mean you can’t do it. You just have to know what to work on. The straightforward strategies that follow will get you there.

 

Focus

 

The biggest mistake most people make when it comes to listening is they’re so focused on what they’re going to say next or how what the other person is saying is going to affect them that they fail to hear what’s being said. The words come through loud and clear, but the meaning is lost. Focusing may seem like a simple suggestion, but it’s not as easy as it sounds. Your thoughts can be incredibly distracting.

 

1. Put away your phone

 

It’s impossible to listen well and monitor your phone at the same time. Nothing turns people off like a mid-conversation text message or even a quick glance at your phone. When you commit to a conversation, focus all your energy on the conversation. You will find that conversations are more enjoyable and effective when you immerse yourself in them.

 

2. Ask a good question

 

People like to know you’re listening, and something as simple as a clarification question shows not only that you are listening but that you also care about what they’re saying. You’ll be surprised how much respect and appreciation you gain just by asking good questions. In addition to verifying what you’ve heard, you should ask questions that seek more information. Examples of probing questions are “What happened next?” and “Why did he say that?” The key is to make certain that your questions really do add to your understanding of the speaker's words, rather than deflecting the conversation to a different topic.

 

3. Practice reflective listening

 

Psychologist Carl Rogers used the term “reflective listening” to describe the listening strategy of paraphrasing the meaning of what’s being said in order to make certain you’ve interpreted the speaker’s words correctly. By doing this, you give the speaker the opportunity to clarify what she meant to say. When you practice reflective listening, don’t simply repeat the speaker’s words to her. Use your own words to show that you’ve absorbed the information.

 

4. Use positive body language

 

Becoming cognizant of your gestures, expressions, and tone of voice (and making certain they’re positive) will draw people to you like ants to a picnic. Using an enthusiastic tone, uncrossing your arms, maintaining eye contact, and leaning towards the speaker are all forms of positive body language employed by great listeners. Positive body language can make all the difference in a conversation.

 

5. Don’t pass judgment

 

If you want to be a good listener, you must be open-minded. Being open-minded makes you approachable and interesting to others. No one wants to have a conversation with someone who has already formed an opinion and is not willing to listen. Having an open mind is crucial in the workplace, where approachability means access to new ideas and help. To eliminate preconceived notions and judgment, you need to see the world through other people’s eyes. This doesn’t require that you believe what they believe or condone their behavior; it simply means that you quit passing judgment long enough to truly understand what they are saying.

 

6. Keep your mouth shut

 

If you’re not checking for understanding or asking a probing question, you shouldn’t be talking. Not only does thinking about what you’re going to say next take your attention away from the speaker, hijacking the conversation shows that you think you have something more important to say. This means that you shouldn’t jump in with solutions to the speaker’s problems. It’s human nature to want to help people, especially when it’s someone you care about, but what a lot of us don’t realize is that when we jump in with advice or a solution, we’re shutting the other person down. It’s essentially a more socially acceptable way of saying, “Okay, I’ve got it. You can stop now!” The effect is the same.

 

7. Bringing it all together

 

Life is busy, and it seems to whirl by faster every day. We all try to do a million things at once, and sometimes it works out. But active, effective listening isn’t something you can do on the fly. It requires a conscious effort.


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3 Steps to Focus Your Moonshot Thinking

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No one disputes the need for an effective elevator speech, but nailing down your vision may seem too touchy-feely to spend time on. Big mistake.
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Universities and Economic Development: Colleges, Communities, Collaboration - BusinessClimate.com Blog

Universities and Economic Development: Colleges, Communities, Collaboration - BusinessClimate.com Blog | Tammie Nemecek Favorites | Scoop.it
The presence of a higher education institution, or better yet more than one of them, has long been viewed as a key component of a community's business climate. And with the desire of communities to attract talent, develop workforces and promote entrepreneurial growth, the linking of universities and economic development is more true than ever.…
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Bond ratings reflect Orange County's strengthening economy

Bond ratings reflect Orange County's strengthening economy | Tammie Nemecek Favorites | Scoop.it
Orange County's booming, evolving economy has caught the attention of the nation's credit analysts.
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10 States With the Biggest Job Growth

10 States With the Biggest Job Growth | Tammie Nemecek Favorites | Scoop.it

“The big got bigger in 2014. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, nonfarm employment increased in all 50 states and the District of Columbia between February 2014 and February 2015.”


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Do You Have Enough Grit To Make It As An Entrepreneur?

Do You Have Enough Grit To Make It As An Entrepreneur? | Tammie Nemecek Favorites | Scoop.it
Through the years we have seen many stories of grit, and it touches us deeply when the human spirit triumphs over situations that seem insurmountable.
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1000 businesses that are the lifeblood of our economy and an inspiration to us all - Telegraph.co.uk

1000 businesses that are the lifeblood of our economy and an inspiration to us all - Telegraph.co.uk | Tammie Nemecek Favorites | Scoop.it
London Stock Exchange chief Xavier Rolet identifies the SMEs that will shape the future of the UK
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Meet 8 successful mompreneurs who chose to start up a business while bringing ... - Economic Times

Meet 8 successful mompreneurs who chose to start up a business while bringing ... - Economic Times | Tammie Nemecek Favorites | Scoop.it
While in India the concept is not as evolved as the West, it is gaining ground, along with the phenomenon of entrepreneurship itself.
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Women’s Business Center in Orlando to Hold Grand Opening March 12

Women’s Business Center in Orlando to Hold Grand Opening March 12 | Tammie Nemecek Favorites | Scoop.it
The Women’s Business Center in Orlando, led by new director Shea Glenny, left, will hold its grand opening from 2-3 p.m. Thursday, March 12, at the Exchange Building, 101 S. Garland Ave. in Orlando. The public is invited.
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If No End to Incentives for Jobs, then What?

If No End to Incentives for Jobs, then What? | Tammie Nemecek Favorites | Scoop.it
Nevada’s recent incentive package, valued at $1.25 billion, to bring Tesla’s battery production near Reno has reignited a longstanding debate about the merits of state and local economic development subsidies to attract or retain firms and whether to ban the practice all together. Let’s be honest: The ingrained practice of taxpayer-funded business recruitment has not lessened despite the mounting evidence that many incentives don’t actually pay off. The firms that receive
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The Untold Story Of How The Aeron Chair Was Born

The Untold Story Of How The Aeron Chair Was Born | Tammie Nemecek Favorites | Scoop.it
Almost everyone knows the Aeron chair as a high-tech design classic. But few people know that its true origins lie in a 10-year effort to create...
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Florida Companies to Watch winner KRS Global Biotechnology Expands Its Boca Raton, Operations Center #flctw

Florida Companies to Watch winner KRS Global Biotechnology Expands Its Boca Raton, Operations Center #flctw | Tammie Nemecek Favorites | Scoop.it
KRS Global Biotechnology, a fast-growing drug company, will create 160 new jobs in Boca Raton, Florida. The company will also retain 57 jobs and invest $28 million in the region as part of their expansion.
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State economist's economic development ideas clash with Gov. Scott's

State economist's economic development ideas clash with Gov. Scott's | Tammie Nemecek Favorites | Scoop.it
While Gov. Rick Scott was in New York recruiting jobs Thursday, the state’s top economist as in Tallahassee telling lawmakers that Florida’s strategy for growing the economy is off-base.
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Can we learn to be intelligent? — What’s The Future of Work? — Medium

Can we learn to be intelligent? - What's The Future of Work? - Medium
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If only we could keep up with the tremendous progress in artificial intelligence. The computing power of integrated circuit chips is bound to increase exponentially till at least it slows down accordong to Moore's law. Now human intelligence has apparently reached its optimum level and it can not compete with AI. Human intelligence has already hit its Moore's constant. The only alternative is perhaps to be able to itnegrate AI with human intelligence, (enter the cyborg generation) more effectively, enter cybernetics, interface, fuzzy logic, and so on!

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"How Do You Measure Innovation?"

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation asked several entrepreneurs and venture capitalists, "How do you measure innovation?" Featuring: -Ross Baird ...
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The Creative Core: The Secret to the Most Successful Creative Economies - BusinessClimate.com Blog –

The Creative Core: The Secret to the Most Successful Creative Economies - BusinessClimate.com Blog – | Tammie Nemecek Favorites | Scoop.it
Communities with creative economies are in high demand right now, but how easy is it to create one? That question is the focus of a study by economic researchers at Arizona State University who have taken an in-depth look at the growth and development of the creative economy before and after the Great Recession. Knowledge…
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‘Our economy has fundamentally changed’: Richard Florida on why tech scenes are thriving

‘Our economy has fundamentally changed’: Richard Florida on why tech scenes are thriving | Tammie Nemecek Favorites | Scoop.it
Economic development is now about cultivating ecosystems of companies and talent, says the popular urbanist. Attracting one big firm — “big-game hunting” — is out.
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A new generation of economic development

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Metropolitan leaders across the country share a desire to create high quality jobs, get more young adults and other workers into those jobs, expand incomes, reduce inequality, and keep their core industries competitive in the face of rising global...
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Three Digital Marketing Tactics You Should Adopt in 2015 [Infographic]

Three Digital Marketing Tactics You Should Adopt in 2015 [Infographic] | Tammie Nemecek Favorites | Scoop.it
Marketing Strategy - Are you prepared to tackle digital marketing in 2015? Here's a look at three tactics to include in your marketing this year.
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Identifying strengths using Strengths-Based Leadership

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Identifying strengths through a Strengths-Based Leadership Model
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Do Place-Based Policies Matter?

Do Place-Based Policies Matter? | Tammie Nemecek Favorites | Scoop.it
Place-based policies such as enterprise zones offer economic incentives to firms to create jobs in economically challenged areas. Evidence on the effectiveness of enterprise zones is mixed. There is no clear indication that they successfully create jobs. However, positive effects are evident for other policies, including discretionary subsidies that target specific firms, infrastructure spending that targets specific areas, and investment in higher education and university research.
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