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How To Make Your Stress Work In Your Favour

How To Make Your Stress Work In Your Favour | WorkLife | Scoop.it

Sometimes, stress can seem like a full-time job. Many of us try to avoid it or, failing that, manage or mitigate it. But, Kelly McGonigal, a lecturer at Stanford University and author of The Upside of Stress, makes the case for embracing the stress in your life.

 

"We have this story about stress that says when stress is present, there’s something wrong with me or something wrong with my life," she says. But the reality is that there’s no stress-free version of your life available to you—it’s always going to be there.

 

Often, the reason we have stress in our lives is because we’re leading rich lives and something we care about is at stake, she says. Constantly avoiding or reducing stress could mean not striving for certain goals or taking risks that could lead to great rewards, such as a new job or relationship.

 

Instead, McGonigal advocates changing our attitudes about stress and embracing it. That’s easier said than done, but following several steps can help.


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Ian Berry's curator insight, August 20, 2015 4:21 AM

Some great suggestions to thriving in a world of uncertainty and where it's very easy to feel overhwelmed

rodrick rajive lal's curator insight, August 20, 2015 6:18 AM

My associate Director keeps saying that stress is good, at first I wondered how this could be, but then on thinking deeply, I wondered if there was some truth in his statement. The article stresses how stress is good, and that it is the offshoot of a rich life. Also, stress is the welcome feeling that makes you connect and share, and stress can in some ways be the tonic that does wonders. However this can be done only if we are able to tune in to our stress and try to eliminate the irritants and obstacles that aggravate a feeling of frustration. Also stress is a catalyst for building relationships in life. Stress teaches us to take the good with the bad, to tune in to feelings of anger, frustration, and fatige and learn to balance these with a feeling of elation. Stress makes us more practical in a sense that we know quite well that it is OK to experience failure some times.

Irene Mohloai's curator insight, August 22, 2015 6:51 AM

Something totally unrelated to ecommerce but is essential that we know how to manage.

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Create a Culture Where Difficult Conversations Aren’t So Hard

I worked as a consultant for many years before becoming the CEO of Red Hat. One of the most surprising aspects of that work was that people would open up to me, an outsider, about all the elephants in the room — but they were too polite or embarrassed to call out the obvious issues or blame their peers inside their own organizations. My fellow consultants and I would sometimes joke that just about every individual inside a company could immediately tell you what was going wrong and what needed fixing.

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Identifying the Skills That Can Help You Change Careers

A lot of talented people grapple with the disruption of having to switch jobs or careers and figuring out how their current profession’s skills can be applied in a fulfilling new way. The good news is that other industries may value your talents just as much, if not more, than your existing one.

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4 better ways to lay out your resume, depending on your next career move

4 better ways to lay out your resume, depending on your next career move | WorkLife | Scoop.it

You've quantified your bullet points, you've curated your skills section, and you've proofread it from top to bottom. Sounds like your resume's all set to go, right?

Almost! There's actually one more step — and that's putting all the sections in the correct order. Like with everything job-search-related, this should be tailored to the position and your specific situation. To give you an idea of where to start, here are four great ways to organize your resume depending on where you are in your career.


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The Learning Factor's curator insight, August 16, 2015 5:52 PM

Here are four great ways to organize your resume depending on where you are in your career.

SENAME Interactive's curator insight, August 17, 2015 12:34 AM

Whether you are just graduated or in senior position, your social media presence plays a major role.

Adele Taylor's curator insight, August 17, 2015 5:42 PM

Interestingly, I often prefer to see education at the top of a resume, especially if the position I am advertising requires qualifications, what is everyone else's opinion?

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What Emotions Are (and Aren’t)

What Emotions Are (and Aren’t) | WorkLife | Scoop.it
Most people believe that emotions are distinct, locatable entities inside us — but they’re not. No brain region is dedicated to any single emotion.
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To Hold Women Back, Keep Treating Them Like Men

To Hold Women Back, Keep Treating Them Like Men | WorkLife | Scoop.it

Denying the existence of differences between men and women (or boys and girls) was a useful phase we had to go through. It got us to here. Now that the reality of gender has changed, so should our approach. Managers – both male and female – should embrace the differences and get everyone to succeed.

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How Your Personality Determines How You Learn

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It's virtually impossible to imagine life without learning. We come into the world armed with little more than a bunch of primitive survival instincts, but it’s thanks to our ability to learn that we start adapting to the environment, going from helpless infants into semi-autonomous children before maturing into young adults. Still, when it comes to how we learn, most of us differ considerably at every stage in that process. Now scientists are learning more about that variation and what's behind it.

 

Psychologists have studied learning for over a century, but research in this area has really taken off in the last two decades. Most studies indicate that our personalities largely determine the ways we like to learn. In other words, who we are shapes how we learn. Here's what some of the latest research has uncovered about the most common learning styles and the ways we can learn to our fullest potential.

 


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Here's what the latest psychological research says about learning styles and the things that shape them.

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Here's what the latest psychological research says about learning styles and the things that shape them.

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Here's what the latest psychological research says about learning styles and the things that shape them.

vgpascal's curator insight, August 7, 2015 8:18 AM

Here's what the latest psychological research says about learning styles and the things that shape them.

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5 Body Language Secrets That Will Help You Gain People's Trust

5 Body Language Secrets That Will Help You Gain People's Trust | WorkLife | Scoop.it

Whether it's in the business world or in personal relations, there is one thing that we all need to get along and be successful: trust. We all strive to have people trust us, but the truth is that trust is often hard to build. Luckily, there are some steps you can take to instantly appear more trustworthy. Here are five body language secrets to help you earn people's trust.

 

1. The eyes have it.

 

The first thing you want to remember when building trust is to keep eye contact. Eye contact is one of those things we subconsciously take note of every time we meet a person. Have you ever tried to have a conversation with a person who was constantly shuffling around and looking in different directions? Sporadic eye contact communicates a lack of interest, distraction, and even dishonesty. Whenever you're speaking, be sure to keep good, steady eye contact.


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We all strive to have people trust us, but the truth is that trust is often hard to build.

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Mike Milazzo's curator insight, August 7, 2015 6:15 PM

We all strive to have people trust us, but the truth is that trust is often hard to build.

Blazenko Drmic's curator insight, August 9, 2015 6:13 AM

We all strive to have people trust us, but the truth is that trust is often hard to build.

Sanda Craina's curator insight, August 10, 2015 1:03 PM

We all strive to have people trust us, but the truth is that trust is often hard to build.

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Yes, Your Résumé Needs a Summary

How long will recruiters spend on your résumé before deciding to toss it in the recycle bin? Six seconds, says online job search site The Ladders. That’s about 20 to 30 words. So how do you write those first few lines of your resume—the summary section—to compel the recruiter to keep reading? How do you make sure you get the call—and not the toss? How do you make your summary memorable?

 

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A Company's Purpose Has to Be a Lot More Than Words

Business leaders face an ongoing challenge to make their company's purpose real -- and the hard work starts with their employees.
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The Right Way to Prepare Your Budget

The Right Way to Prepare Your Budget | WorkLife | Scoop.it

You know it’s important to weigh the costs and benefits before committing resources. So what are the crucial strategies when preparing a budget? How can you use past financial data to inform your assumptions? And how can you ensure your budget will help you meet your strategic goals?

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Turkish delight as staff awarded $36.8 million in bonuses after sale

Turkish delight as staff awarded $36.8 million in bonuses after sale | WorkLife | Scoop.it
The employees of a Turkish online food business yelled with joy after the chief executive of the company handed them bonuses totalling $36.8 million earlier this year.
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Learning to Lead Without Authority

Learning to Lead Without Authority | WorkLife | Scoop.it
What started off as an innocuous query from my leader soon became a chance to explore and grow myself as an individual contributor at a deeper leadership level -- someone who doesn't need a hierarchy, department or budget to make an organizational impact.

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Lisa McCarthy's curator insight, July 31, 2015 10:38 AM

Really good article on "modern leadership"

Ali Anani's curator insight, August 2, 2015 12:43 AM

The title reflects the content

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The title reflects the content

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Harold Jarche: An Infographic Overview of Personal Knowledge Mastery

Harold Jarche: An Infographic Overview of Personal Knowledge Mastery | WorkLife | Scoop.it

A key part of the Seek > Sense > Share framework for PKM is to find new ways to explain things, or add value to existing information.


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Joyce Valenza's curator insight, August 18, 2015 7:38 AM

A visual overview of Harold Jarche's model for PKM

Florence Gilzene-Cheese's curator insight, August 22, 2015 12:11 PM

The idea from the Seek, Sense, Share PKM network that speaks to the development of a framework for professional development. PKM is driven by metacognition and allows the individual to seek to fill identified knowledge gaps and make sense of the information that is available and further share the knowledge that is gained. This info-graphic supports the framework and identifies the flow among the ideas in the Seek, Sense, Share process of PKM.  

Pál Kerékfy's curator insight, September 5, 2015 9:49 AM

A személyes tudáskezelés (personal knowledge management) a céges tudáskezelés és az azzal kapcsolatos együttműködés kiindulási pontja.


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Why We Ignore the Obvious: The Psychology of Willful Blindness

Why We Ignore the Obvious: The Psychology of Willful Blindness | WorkLife | Scoop.it

“Keep your baby eyes (which are the eyes of genius) on what we don’t know,” pioneering investigative journalist Lincoln Steffens wrote in a beautiful 1926 letter of life-advice to his baby son. And yet the folly of the human condition is precisely that we can’t know what we don’t know — as E.F. Schumacher elegantly put it in his guide for the perplexed, “everything can be seen directly except the eye through which we see.” What obscures those transformative unknowns from view are the unconscious biases that even the best-intentioned of us succumb to.

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10 Traits All Successful Entrepreneurs Share

10 Traits All Successful Entrepreneurs Share | WorkLife | Scoop.it
While there isn't a foolproof map to entrepreneurial greatness, these qualities are consistent.
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5 Habits Of Effective Introverted Leaders

5 Habits Of Effective Introverted Leaders | WorkLife | Scoop.it

Leadership is often associated with words like "charisma," "power," "outgoing," and "confident." As a result, introverted and quiet changemakers may have difficulties envisioning what their leadership looks like.

 

But core aspects of leadership, such as those described by transformational leadership researchers James MacGregor Burns, Bernard M. Bass, James Kouzes, and Barry Posner, and by Good to Great author Jim Collins, reflect ideas that are in total alignment with quiet changemakers, and you don’t need to be in a position of authority or have a formal leadership role to practice these leadership characteristics.


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Vijin W Raj's curator insight, August 12, 2015 9:48 AM

nice

Maggie Lawlor's curator insight, August 12, 2015 7:04 PM

Quiet time and reflection helps to connect us to our values.  Maybe we need more quiet change makers to help us move towards sustainable business?

Ivan Ang's curator insight, August 13, 2015 6:18 PM

Introverted or extroverted? At the end of the day, it's all about your ability to influence and inspire people to be more than they presently are. Lead your way with your own Leadership Signature. Have you discovered yours?

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Tough Love Performance Reviews, in 10 Minutes

There’s growing evidence that conventional performance reviews are not working. According to a CEB analysis, organizations can only improve employee performance 3% to 5% using standard performance management approaches. Last fall, 53% of human resources professionals in a Society for Human Resource Management study gave a grade between B to C+ when rating how their organization managed performance reviews. Only 2% gave an A to their organization. As a result of findings like these, some companies are doing away with annual performance reviews altogether.It can be done.

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Are you a transformational leader?

There are many myths about leadership. One of the biggest is that all leaders have the potential to step up, dig deep and deliver what's required by the times. Research tells us it's just not so. Different leaders bring different mindsets and behaviours to the job, shaped by their unique career and life experiences. How an individual views and makes sense of the world is, well, highly individual. And some simply hit their natural limits. What a shame we don't acknowledge this in how we pretend to prepare people for massive complexity and change.

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Science Says This Is the Ideal Vacation Length

Science Says This Is the Ideal Vacation Length | WorkLife | Scoop.it

Each year you have a certain amount of days you can get away. Should you take them all at once and indulge in a lavish vacation blowout? Should you spread them out into little mini-breaks, or even use them to give yourself lots and lots of long weekends? It's a question every professional must answer, and while the nature of your work, the size of your budget, and the preferences of your family all play a role in deciding what sort of holiday to take, science also has something to say on the issue.

 

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Awesome introductions: Your identity + Other people’s needs

You're sitting in the foyer reading a brochure when your interviewer walks out smiling, holds out their hand and introduces themselves.  They gesture to a quiet room, thank you for coming and as you take a seat they open up the conversation with "So, tell me a little about yourself."  This is your moment to quickly build rapport.  To link your identity to their needs.  Or not.It is identity questions like this that people commonly struggle to answer (see this post for more).  For many
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What Got You Here Won’t Get You There

What Got You Here Won’t Get You There | WorkLife | Scoop.it
  Let’s dive into one of my favorite coaching exercises. This exercise will help you determine where you are and who you want to become. I love this exercise. I hope you do too!First imagine you’re 95 years old. You’re just about to die. You’re given a gift. To go back in time, to this moment and to tell yourself what was really important and what wasn’t, what really mattered and what didn’t. What advice would this wise “old you” have for the “you” who is reading this page?Take your time. Answer
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How to separate learning myths from reality | McKinsey & Company

How to separate learning myths from reality | McKinsey & Company | WorkLife | Scoop.it
Misconceptions about the brain are embedded in corporate training programs and could be sabotaging their effectiveness. Companies should reevaluate them in light of the latest scientific insights. A McKinsey Quarterly article.
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21st Century EDUcation is LEARNing To LEARN for Life-Long LEARNing AND NOTHING ELSE MATTERS!

21st Century EDUcation is LEARNing To LEARN for Life-Long LEARNing AND NOTHING ELSE MATTERS! | WorkLife | Scoop.it

21st Century EDUcation is LEARNing To LEARN for Life-Long LEARNing In a world where WE have to deal with "RealWorld" AND "VirtualWorld" (internet) and where both are influencing each other on an incredible, nearly impossible way of following, MOST people, especially in EDUcation get stuck!

 


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21st Century EDUcation is LEARNing To LEARN for Life-Long LEARNing In a world where WE have to deal with "RealWorld" AND "VirtualWorld" (internet) and where both are influencing each other on an incredible, nearly impossible way of following, MOST people, especially in EDUcation get stuck!

 

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21st Century EDUcation is LEARNing To LEARN for Life-Long LEARNing In a world where WE have to deal with "RealWorld" AND "VirtualWorld" (internet) and where both are influencing each other on an incredible, nearly impossible way of following, MOST people, especially in EDUcation get stuck!


Volkmar Langer's curator insight, August 20, 2015 3:57 AM

Placed a bit harsh in a nutshell, but also with a lot of truth...

Karen B Wehner's curator insight, September 3, 2015 1:49 PM

Amen