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7 Questions That Lead to an ‘Aha Moment’, According to Research via Inc.

Innovation isn’t just something that happens once or twice and then is forgotten until it is needed again. Innovation is something we need to do every day and in every way in our life and careers. Here are 7 questions that can reenergize your innovation thinking and help you build the best life, businesses and careers possible. — Douglas

7 Questions That Lead to an 'Aha Moment', According to Research via Inc.

At the heart of any successful business is a great idea. But how do some entrepreneurs dream up game-changing idea after game-changing idea while others fade into mediocrity?

Cracking the code on “aha moments” and creative epiphanies is a topic Stanford Start X innovation experts Olivia Fox Cabane and Judah Pollack explore in their latest book, The Net and the Butterfly: The Art and Practice of Breakthrough Thinking.

Turns out, it’s not magic — it’s neuroscience.

They say there’s a way to systemically tap cognitive processes that generate insights. It comes down to stimulating associative thinking, a process in which the brain pieces together disparate information to solve problems in unique ways using skills like questioning, observing, networking, and experimenting.

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15 Things You Need to Know About Working Abroad Via The Muse

April 30th, 2017 No comments

A lot of great information here for anyone who has ever contemplated working abroad. There are a lot of little things — and a few big things — to consider, but you could find it to be the most rewarding career possible. — Douglas

15 Things You Need to Know About Working Abroad Via The Muse

Having worked for a global company, I’m no stranger to watching friends take overseas roles. While working abroad isn’t in the cards for me anytime soon, you can bet that I live vicariously through their Instagram accounts.

Are you interested in joining them and taking an international job? I’ve sought out what you must know from people across various industries who have worked around the world. Here’s what they had to say.

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Tell Your Amazon Echo, Dot or Tap to play the latest episode of Career Opportunities

January 21st, 2017 Comments off

Do you have an Amazon Echo, Dot or Tap? Now you can listen to the latest episodes and clips of Career Opportunities just by asking.

Simply say “Alexa, play the podcast Career Opportunities” Alexa will confirm she heard you correctly and — if she found the right show — she’ll begin playing the most recent episode using the TuneIn Radio service.

You can skip to the next episode by saying “Alexa, next” or “Alexa, play the previous episode.

Enjoy!

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Noted: “Note And Vote”: How Google Ventures Avoids Groupthink In Meetings via Fast Company

August 29th, 2014 Comments off

“Note And Vote”: How Google Ventures Avoids Groupthink In Meetings via Fast Company

You know when a meeting turns into a complete waste of time? Maybe you’re trying to come up with ideas, or make a decision. Before anyone realizes it, the meeting starts to suck.

Meetings want to suck. Two of their favorite suckiness tactics are group brainstorming and group negotiation. Give them half a chance, and they’ll waste your time, sap your energy, and leave you with poor ideas and a watered-down decision. But meetings don’t have to be that way.

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Noted: Op-Ed: America, say goodbye to the Era of Big Work via The Los Angeles Times

August 26th, 2014 Comments off

Noted: Op-Ed: America, say goodbye to the Era of Big Work via The Los Angeles Times

Op-Ed: America, say goodbye to the Era of Big Work via The Los Angeles Times

For much of the past century, the Era of Big Work — the 40-hour workweek and its employer-provided benefits — were the foundation of our economy. That was then. Now, independent work is the new normal.

Freelancers, independent contractors and temp workers are on their way to making up the majority of the U.S. labor force. They number 42 million, or one-third of all workers in the nation. That figure is expected to rise to 40% — some 60 million people — by the end of the decade.

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Noted: Here’s Why Everyone Should Think Of Themselves As Their Own Boss via Business Insider

August 21st, 2014 Comments off

Here’s Why Everyone Should Think Of Themselves As Their Own Boss via Business Insider

Here's Why Everyone Should Think Of Themselves As Their Own Boss via Business Insider

In 2011, Canadian tech analyst Chris Umiastowski had a well-paying job at TD Securities.
But he decided he needed to leave. He writes on his blog:

By January 2011, the day I walked into my boss’ office to ask him to fire me, it was the culmination of 4 years of planning my departure.

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Noted: Why You Need To Speak Up At Work (And Why You Don’t) via Career Realism

August 4th, 2014 Comments off

Why You Need To Speak Up At Work (And Why You Don’t) via Career Realism

Why You Need To Speak Up At Work (And Why You Don’t) via Career Realism

However, over the past 10 years I’ve become less worried about speaking out about issues or decisions that don’t appear to make sense, and I believe achieving this mindset can help you in your career.

Why You Need To Speak Up At Work
You become more proactive, more influential, and gain more respect when you approach this in the right way. It also helps to relieve the mental stress of feeling powerless about issues in your work.

Having too many people unquestioningly agreeing with the status quo can cause issues for several reasons:

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Noted: LinkedIn Has Quietly Rolled Out A “Follow” Button To Millions Of Members via ReadWrite

August 4th, 2014 Comments off

LinkedIn Has Quietly Rolled Out A “Follow” Button To Millions Of Members via ReadWrite

LinkedIn Has Quietly Rolled Out A

A gigantic change is quietly sweeping through LinkedIn. Millions of members now have a “Follow” button, a feature that promises to transform how we think about our interactions on the professional network.

ReadWrite has found, and LinkedIn has confirmed to us, that a far broader set of users can now broadcast their activity to followers who don’t need to formally connect with them to see what they’re doing.

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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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