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The Productivity Tricks Of Seven Successful Entrepreneurs

The Productivity Tricks Of Seven Successful Entrepreneurs | Learning At Work | Scoop.it

Successful entrepreneurs have a lot of things in common; one is knowing how to make the best use of their time. When the clock is ticking and they are under pressure to deliver, many have a favourite productivity hack to ensure things get done on time. Here, seven entrepreneurs share their tried and tested ways of being more productive.

 

Create artificial deadlines

 

Business expert and author of The Startup Coach Carl Reader uses a clever technique of creating artificial deadlines to guarantee a productive finish.

 

“One of my favourite tricks is the ‘train journey to nowhere,” he said. “I book a return train ticket, don't take my mobile phone, and set a completion target for the journey. With a clear deadline and no distractions, I find that I often produce more than I would in the office in a whole day. It's great if you can tie this around meetings that you need to travel to, but if not, the productivity boost is well worth the cost of a train ticket.”


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The Learning Factor's curator insight, November 26, 4:40 PM

Entrepreneurs must learn to manage their time and energy to maximise their business productivity

Jerry Busone's curator insight, November 27, 7:30 AM

Thoughtful tips on improving productivity and getting the most from your day.

Ian Berry's curator insight, November 27, 5:15 PM
Good list of actions to take. I havent gone back to the Nokia yet agree that wise use of phone is a key to investing my attention
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5 Strategies for Team Brainstorming to Use in Your Next Meeting

5 Strategies for Team Brainstorming to Use in Your Next Meeting | Learning At Work | Scoop.it

Team brainstorming seems like a good idea--at least, on paper. What usually happens is this: the company is experiencing a tough problem that no single person seems able to solve, so someone decides that more minds means more processing power, and before you know it you're all gathered in the conference room.

 

One or two people churn out bad idea after bad idea, while everyone else stares at the wall or multitasks. There are no major breakthroughs and most of you are irritated at the waste of time.

 

Sound familiar? Why is this such a problem?


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Jerry Busone's curator insight, November 20, 7:31 AM

ideas to develop cutting edge ideas and leaning 

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Simple but true.
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A 6-Year Study Reveals the Surprising Key to Team Performance (and 9 Ways to Enable It)

A 6-Year Study Reveals the Surprising Key to Team Performance (and 9 Ways to Enable It) | Learning At Work | Scoop.it

Psychologist John Gottman can predict whether or not a married couple will be together five years later with startling 90 percent accuracy. How does he do it?

 

He watches them argue.

 

The ability to engage in healthy, productive debate is not only essential for ensuring a long marriage--it's also the key determinant of high performing teams.

 

A recently released six-year study cites the ability to manage conflicting tensions as the most critical predictor of top-team performance. Berkeley research shows teams that debate their ideas have 25 percent more ideas altogether and that companies like Pixar embrace healthy debate as a vital part of their performance (in its case to make better films).

 


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The Learning Factor's curator insight, October 11, 5:37 PM

A recently reported six-year study revealed that high-performing teams need to be good at this (and it's not so easy).

CCM Consultancy's curator insight, October 12, 1:42 AM

A six-year study cites the ability to manage conflicting tensions as the most critical predictor of top-team performance. Berkeley research shows teams that debate their ideas have 25 percent more ideas altogether and that companies like Pixar embrace healthy debate as a vital part of their performance.

Françoise Morvan's curator insight, October 12, 5:07 PM
"If everybody is thinking alike, then somebody isn't thinking."
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This Is How To Use Negative Feedback To Be More Successful

This Is How To Use Negative Feedback To Be More Successful | Learning At Work | Scoop.it

Let’s face it: Negative feedback on your job performance can be a drag. Who likes to be told that their work could use improvement?

 

Research published in the Harvard Business Review provides some interesting insight into receiving and giving such feedback. While managers by and large avoided giving negative feedback or praise, employees craved it. And they weren’t looking for platitudes, either—57% wanted corrective feedback versus 43% who wanted praise. Seventy-two percent said that corrective feedback could improve their job performance.

 

Still, it’s one thing to think about that in theory—and another to hear from your manager, “We need to talk about your performance . . .” If you do find yourself on the receiving end of negative feedback or criticism, here’s how to cope.


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Viral Healths's curator insight, August 10, 10:03 AM

Negative feedback can be painful. Sometimes even derogatory! But if used wisely and effectively, it can be an elevating platform for greater success.

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How To Negotiate When You're At A Disadvantage

How To Negotiate When You're At A Disadvantage | Learning At Work | Scoop.it
In an ideal world, a negotiation is fair. Whether it’s a sales deal, salary package, or overarching agreement, the best negotiations have two or more parties who are looking for common ground and committed to finding the best possible solution for all.
 

But, we don’t live in an ideal world. Bias, deception, and hidden agendas can put even the most forthright negotiator at a disadvantage. A new study bears this out. Women ask for raises as often as their male counterparts, however the research found that they got what they wanted 25% less often.

 

Whether you’re dealing with people’s stereotypes or biases because of who you are, or if there’s another reason your counterpart is not being forthright and honest, how you handle the negotiation can make all the difference, says leadership consultant and career coach Avery Blank.


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The Learning Factor's curator insight, November 15, 2016 4:27 PM

Even when the playing field isn't level, you can still make the negotiation more fair.

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Nevermore Sithole's curator insight, November 25, 2016 11:14 AM
Negotiation skills
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How to build a learning worker mindset

How to build a learning worker mindset | Learning At Work | Scoop.it
In a previous post here, From “knowledge worker” to “learning worker”: what this means for an organisation I've written about the concept of a "learning worker" that Jacob Morgan believes is one of...

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15 Ways Digital Learning Can Lead To Deeper Learning - Edudemic

15 Ways Digital Learning Can Lead To Deeper Learning - Edudemic | Learning At Work | Scoop.it
Let's say you start digital learning by encouraging students to use Animoto or just use a device in the classroom. Then what?

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Marta Torán's curator insight, March 2, 2013 7:45 AM

Deeper Learning .... Digital Learning

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Training vs Learning: What’s the Difference?

Training vs Learning: What’s the Difference? | Learning At Work | Scoop.it

Ask yourself this: How often am I actually creating training experiences that are teaching someone to do anything?  


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The Best Managers Do These 6 Key Things Differently

The Best Managers Do These 6 Key Things Differently | Learning At Work | Scoop.it

Effectively managing others is both a science and an art, just like programming or playing an instrument. Based on personality and past experiences, some people tend to naturally be stronger at leading and inspiring others. That being said, anybody can learn how to be an effective manager if given the right training.

 

What's nice about the world we live in today is that you don't have to reinvent the wheel to be a great leader. Countless studies have been poured into determining what makes for a good manager.

 

Whether you've always seen yourself as a natural leader or are scared in front of others, here are six science-backed tactics that are universally effective.


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The Learning Factor's curator insight, November 23, 5:29 PM

Giving people credit after a job well done isn't a sign of weakness.

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5 Strategies for Team Brainstorming to Use in Your Next Meeting

5 Strategies for Team Brainstorming to Use in Your Next Meeting | Learning At Work | Scoop.it

Team brainstorming seems like a good idea--at least, on paper. What usually happens is this: the company is experiencing a tough problem that no single person seems able to solve, so someone decides that more minds means more processing power, and before you know it you're all gathered in the conference room.

 

One or two people churn out bad idea after bad idea, while everyone else stares at the wall or multitasks. There are no major breakthroughs and most of you are irritated at the waste of time.

 

Sound familiar? Why is this such a problem?


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Jerry Busone's curator insight, November 20, 7:31 AM

ideas to develop cutting edge ideas and leaning 

Susanna Lavialle's curator insight, November 20, 5:25 PM
Simple but true.
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3 Major Distractions in Your Workplace (and How to Beat Them)

3 Major Distractions in Your Workplace (and How to Beat Them) | Learning At Work | Scoop.it

Every office runs into some form of distraction that plagues the workplace. Distractions are incredibly common and can damage productivity, focus and employee morale.

 

In fact, a 2015 survey from Oxford Economics found that employee satisfaction and productivity are affected quite negatively by distractions in the workplace specifically caused by cubicle setups. However, cubicle farms aren’t the only reasons distractions occur.  

 

Here are some of the most common distractions plaguing the workplace and how employers can easily overcome them.


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The Learning Factor's curator insight, August 31, 7:02 PM

Are you setting goals that are simply too ambitious? This is one of the things that can distract employees big-time.

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7 Destructive Habits You Need to Eliminate From Your Daily Routine

7 Destructive Habits You Need to Eliminate From Your Daily Routine | Learning At Work | Scoop.it

The internet is chock full of daily habits that will help your routine, but what about bad habits? Because habits are so ingrained into our daily routines, we often don't notice how harmful ones sneak in and ruin our success.

 

Try eliminating the following habits from your life and see how your success in business and in life improve:


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The Learning Factor's curator insight, December 18, 2016 4:44 PM

These common habits are a lot more damaging than you might believe.

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Why We Are Addicted To Multitasking And 5 Ways To Break The Habit

Why We Are Addicted To Multitasking And 5 Ways To Break The Habit | Learning At Work | Scoop.it

“Multitasking is a survival strategy.”

“I’m an excellent multitasker!”

 

Science has told us that these conclusions are in fact delusions. Yet, they persist. Sure, it’s possible to drive to work and listen to a podcast, but that’s because only one of those tasks requires active cognitive engagement. When both tasks require simultaneous processing, 98% of us can’t do it. Have you noticed that if you get lost while driving, you turn off the radio? That’s because you now need your full cognitive horsepower to navigate.

 

The same is true at work. While you may only be browsing emails during a meeting, you’ve transferred your attention from the meeting to your inbox. You are present, but not cognitively engaged.


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Janet Howcroft's curator insight, November 6, 2016 5:26 PM

“Multitasking is a survival strategy.”

“I’m an excellent multitasker!” most women are!

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We are multitasking like never before, and technology has made it possible. Experts warn us that the quality of work deteriorates when we multitask. They tell us that we might be deluding ourselves if we think we are multitasking when we are listening to music while driving the car, and talking to our friend who is sitting next to us, because 'only one of those tasks requires active cognitive engagement.' The brain focuses on one task out of many other tasks, thus be warned not to be on the phone while driving, or even crossing the street lest all your attention is driven away from the speeding car by the video you are watching on your smart phone!
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10 Things That Learners Pay Attention To (And How to Use Them in #eLearning)

10 Things That Learners Pay Attention To (And How to Use Them in #eLearning) | Learning At Work | Scoop.it

"Even more than other types of education, eLearning must struggle to attract learners' attention: the Internet is full of distractions, and adult learners are both busier and more free to indulge in distractions. Helping students to pay attention is a primary concern of training professionals, so here are some optimal methods to win the attention game in eLearning."


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Audrey's curator insight, October 3, 2014 1:26 PM

These are certainly true.  Have a look at www.hotmoodle.com

 

Bernard VULLIERME's curator insight, October 20, 2014 5:30 AM

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clare o'shea's curator insight, February 5, 2015 1:49 PM

and ask indviduals questions every 2-3 minutes - but always label the behaviour first! so it is a positive experience not a catching out!!

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5 Ways Social Learning Communities Transform Culture and Leadership - Forbes

5 Ways Social Learning Communities Transform Culture and Leadership - Forbes | Learning At Work | Scoop.it

Community, more than any other factor, will transform the role of leaders and influence the development of workplace culture. The power of online learning communities is more visible in lean-running start-ups where skills must shift quickly, but I think their effect will be more profound in established companies on a global scale.


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Candice Kramer's curator insight, December 30, 2012 8:46 PM

, as soon as they stop seeing it as one-way communication....

AlGonzalezinfo's curator insight, January 5, 2013 11:54 AM

"Online learning social communities exist which cater to all learning styles, all skill sets and personalities, native abilities and educational needs.

 

Available to employees on-demand as well as via mobile devices and tablets, online learning communities remove barriers dear to the hearts of brick-and-mortar universities and companies."

 

~I completey agree!

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How to Learn Online | Online and Distance Learning

How to Learn Online | Online and Distance Learning | Learning At Work | Scoop.it
How to learn online? Find out how online learning is different to classroom learning, and how you can learn more effectively.

 

Thanks to http://www.scoop.it/t/a-new-society-a-new-education

 

 

 


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