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Noted: Brainstorming Doesn’t Work; Try This Technique Instead via Fast Company

July 29th, 2014 Comments off

Brainstorming Doesn’t Work; Try This Technique Instead via Fast Company

I found that brainstorming within a Google Doc when people are dispersed geographically can yield some similar results to this tip, probably for the same reasons. It is certainly worth trying out the next time you need to generate some new, great, ideas.

Douglas E. Welch

Brainstorming Doesn't Work; Try This Technique Instead via Fast Company

Brainstorming, in its current form and by many metrics, doesn’t work as well as the frequency of “team brainstorming meetings” would suggests it does.

EARLY IDEAS TEND TO HAVE DISPROPORTIONATE INFLUENCE OVER THE REST OF THE CONVERSATION.

Sharing ideas in groups isn’t the problem, it’s the “out-loud” part that, ironically, leads to groupthink, instead of unique ideas. “As sexy as brainstorming is, with people popping like champagne with ideas, what actually happens is when one person is talking you’re not thinking of your own ideas,” Leigh Thompson, a management professor at the Kellogg School, told Fast Company. “Sub-consciously you’re already assimilating to my ideas.”

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Noted: 12 Simple Ways To Be More Interesting via Business Insider

July 27th, 2014 Comments off

12 Simple Ways To Be More Interesting via Business Insider

12 Simple Ways To Be More Interesting via Business Insider

It’s easy to be boring. It’s harder to be interesting. Want to learn how? Jessica Hagy offers the following advice, excerpted from her book “How To Be Interesting.”

Go exploring.
Explore ideas, places, and opinions.

The inside of the echo chamber is where all the boring people hang out.

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Walking a path that, perhaps, was not the path for us – End of the Day for July 21, 2014

July 21st, 2014 Comments off

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Originally posted to the End of the Day series on My Word with Douglas E. Welch

Sometime this afternoon, I looked up at the clock on the wall and said, ” I don’t remember the days going by this fast when I worked in an office.” Indeed, I don’t. It seemed that days would drag by as I performed one tedious task or another. As much as I liked parts of my past jobs, there were more parts that I loathed — and even wondered why they existed at all. Such is the nature of work, I guess. If you aren’t doing something that interests you, personally, in some fundamental way, it will seem boring and tedious. 

Of course, some of what I was doing today was tedious, too, but there was some underlying reason for the performing the tasks that would, hopefully, result in some change, some improvement, some earning. These reasons can help you push through those difficult periods when things just simply MUST be done, whether you want to do them or not. Now, you wouldn’t want to spend your entire, career or life doing only these tasks, but if you can find that little grain of NEED in the task, you can get it over and done with. Then you can move on to something else.

Along the path, St Fagans Museum of Welsh Life

At age 50, I often wonder if I waited far too long to finally have the time and space to do the work I am doing now. This is the first time in my life I have been able to truly focus on particular goals in my life without the constraints (well, fewer constraints) than I had earlier in life. There has been many times in my past when I was feeling I was progressing down a new, better road only to have my attentions diverted into more necessary, productive and “normal” activities. Each time this happened, I did what needed to be done, but I think I lost a little bit of myself — a piece, a peace, and energy which I will never get back. You can create the best world you can today, but I wonder sometimes if it can or will ever be as good as it could have been, had I started down the path earlier in life.

You’ll never know if this is the case. Nor will I. A quote of unknown origin comes mind. “Life can only lived forwards, but only understood backwards.” In many cases, I think this is deep cause of the regret we often feel in our lives. Somehow we feel that path that led us to this location is the path we should have followed. All we can do, though, is take the next fork in the road and do the best we can.

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Noted: The 80% Rule: Cutting Back on Work Makes You Work Better via Lifehacker

July 11th, 2014 Comments off

The 80% Rule: Cutting Back on Work Makes You Work Better via Lifehacker

The 80% Rule: Cutting Back on Work Makes You Work Better via Lifehacker

Okinawans, some of the healthiest people in the world, follow a tradition called hara hachi bu, which means they eat until they’re 80% full. Justin Jackson applied this principle beyond dieting to his work and found enormous benefits.

Many of us eat and work to capacity (if not to over-capacity). We max out in just about every area of our lives: career, money, social commitments, and more. This puts us at risk of burning out and it leaves no room for error or anything else, Jackson says:

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Noted: 5 Reasons You Should Network With People Who AREN’T In Your Industry via CareerRealism

July 9th, 2014 Comments off

5 Reasons You Should Network With People Who AREN’T In Your Industry via CareerRealism

5 Reasons You Should Network With People Who AREN’T In Your Industry via CareerRealism

There are a ton of people out there who believe networking should remain strictly within their field or industry. Why would anyone else benefit them? What could they do to help those outside of their industry?

Unfortunately, this close-minded approach isn’t the smartest networking strategy. In fact, it’s extremely beneficial to network with professionals who aren’t in your specific industry. Why? Here are five great reasons:

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Noted: Many workers put off retirement, take ‘encore’ jobs via The Los Angeles Times

July 9th, 2014 Comments off

Many workers put off retirement, take ‘encore’ jobs via The Los Angeles Times

Many workers put off retirement, take 'encore' jobs via The Los Angeles Times

After Fred Wallace was laid off from a high-paying job in 2011, the 56-year-old knew the odds of landing a comparable position were slim.

He polished his LinkedIn profile and networked like crazy. But his yearlong job search yielded only a handful of interviews and no offers.

So he shifted gears, embarking on an “encore” career by working part time at a child and family services organization in San Bernardino.

Wallace is among millions of older Americans launching professional second acts revolving around some form of public service. In the aftermath of the Great Recession, encore careers have caught on among baby boomers, some of whom recoil at the notion of conventional retirement — or aren’t financially prepared.

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Noted: Productivity 101: A Primer to The Pomodoro Technique via Lifehacker

July 3rd, 2014 Comments off

Productivity 101: A Primer to The Pomodoro Technique via Lifehacker

Productivity 101: A Primer to The Pomodoro Technique via Lifehacker

The Pomodoro Technique can help you power through distractions, hyper-focus, and get things done in short bursts, while taking frequent breaks to come up for air and relax. Best of all, it’s easy. If you have a busy job where you’re expected to produce, it’s a great way to get through your tasks. Let’s break it down and see how you can apply it to your work.

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Noted: 3 Questions To Ask Yourself Daily To Feel More Satisfied At Work via Fast Company

July 1st, 2014 Comments off

3 Questions To Ask Yourself Daily To Feel More Satisfied At Work via Fast Company

3 Questions To Ask Yourself Daily To Feel More Satisfied At Work via Fast Company

Caroline Ghosn has trouble acknowledging her successes. The Levo League founder and CEO certainly has a lot to be proud of, but like so many hard-working, forward-thinking startup leaders, she focuses on the future, rather than her past accomplishments.

About two months ago, she realized that she wasn’t very happy, even though she had every reason to feel fulfilled by her career. “I don’t know why I’m not sleeping well,” she said to career coach MJ Ryan. “I don’t know why I’m not feeling 100% happy with every moment of this experience.” Ghosn, who runs a mentorship and networking organization, isn’t alone in her feelings. A Levo League survey found that 47% of the service’s users are not satisfied with their careers on a day-to-day basis.

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Noted: Sometimes it’s not about profit or convenience… via Gapidvoid Cartoons

June 23rd, 2014 Comments off

Sometimes it’s not about profit or convenience… via Gapidvoid Cartoons

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There are only ever three good reasons to take a job: it pays well, it’s a great career opportunity or it drives you toward becoming the person you were born to be.

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Noted: Famous Narrator Takes Us Inside One Of The World’s Coolest Jobs via Business Insider

June 21st, 2014 Comments off

Famous Narrator Takes Us Inside One Of The World’s Coolest Jobs via Business Insider

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You probably don’t know Renee Raudman by name — but there’s a good chance you’ve heard her voice.
Raudman is one of the most requested narrators in the multibillion dollar audiobook industry, having recorded well over 300 books since 2006.

In less than a decade, the actress-turned-voice-over star has won several awards, critical acclaim, and changed the landscape of the genre.

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