How to Set Goals: 10 Steps to Stay Focused

Vicki Kossoff @ The Learning Factor‘s insight:

For most people, creating goals is easy! The execution and application is the struggle. As Diana Scharf Hunt says, “Goals are just dreams with a deadline!” Everyone has dreams, but successful people turn them into goals that they accomplish. In order to ensure you reach the finish line with your goals achieved, here are 10 steps to help you move from dreamer to doer.

So what are you aiming for? If your answer is nothing, then you probably won’t like what you get out of this life. Instead of simply drifting along reacting to what life brings you, take proactive steps to go out and create the future you want. While we can’t control everything that happens to us, we can control ourselves by following goals that bring out our passion for life.

See on www.lifehack.org

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Free Online Courses: Top 50 Sites to Get Educated for Free – InformED

Vicki Kossoff @ The Learning Factor‘s insight:

From databases that organize over 1,000,000 students throughout 16 universities, to a small library of documents for those interested in history, the opportunities for free online learning continue to expand as the Internet becomes a crucial component in education.

See on www.opencolleges.edu.au

Wellbeing is Contagious (for Better or Worse)

Vicki Kossoff @ The Learning Factor‘s insight:

Supervisors and direct reports appear to have a mutual influence on each other’s wellbeing, and this influence increases with time. Direct reports of supervisors with thriving wellbeing were 15% more likely to be thriving six months later.

Individuals with thriving wellbeing in the study’s first measurement period were 20% more likely to have thriving team members six months later. “This relationship is largely reciprocal,” Agrawal says, “meaning that individuals are likely influenced by the shared culture of their team and that individuals also appear to be influencers of their team’s collective wellbeing.”

Research revealed the universal elements of wellbeing that differentiate a thriving life from one spent suffering. They represent five broad categories that are essential to most people:

See on businessjournal.gallup.com

Managers: How well are you connecting?

Vicki Kossoff @ The Learning Factor‘s insight:

Earlier this year, I received two wake-up calls.

First, I learned that a long-time colleague is a very accomplished saxophonist. I had no idea of his interest in music, despite numerous interactions over several years. I was completely clueless about something really important to this individual.

Then, I discovered a neighbor had given birth to twins prematurely. I hadn’t even known this gal was pregnant and was mortified to learn she and her husband had been spending every spare moment in the NICU for eight weeks, without any support from neighbors to help with dog-walking, errands, and cooking. In the winter, people often pull into their garages at the end of the business day and don’t emerge except to shovel snow from sidewalks or get the mail. Unless you make an effort, it’s possible to go from October to April without a neighborly conversation (as in this case).

These two incidents got me thinking. I consider myself a connected person, who is interested in the “whole individual,” not just the work a person produces. I care about people’s well-being. I want to hear about the aging parent dilemmas. Children’s activities. The upcoming triathlon. The oil painting hobby.

Some employees openly volunteer personal information like this. Others hold it tightly, so you’d never know unless you asked the right questions on a day they feel like sharing.

See on leadchangegroup.com

Counting on Business Outsourcing

Vicki Kossoff @ The Learning Factor‘s insight:

Generally, outsourcing is where you get a third party to provide services or goods to you.

You might engage a consultant to build a website, deliver training or even develop a database or do product design and that’s then sold or used by you in your business.

It can be quite efficient because otherwise you have to develop your own skill and expertise and stay on top of all technological developments. With outsourcing, you don’t have to develop that in-house capability.

See on www.news.com.au

Here’s What Really Happens When You Extend a Deadline

Vicki Kossoff @ The Learning Factor‘s insight:

how furiously do you think everyone with this new, extended deadline is working now? Are they still burning the midnight oil… or are they saying to themselves, Let’s take a breather. We’ve got plenty of time.


What happens when we move back deadlines — once we get past the initial feeling of sweet relief? Research suggests we have a lot of difficulty using our newly-found time wisely. We wind up facing the same problem again — the same time pressure, the same stress, the same feeling-not-quite ready — only now we’ve gone an additional week, or month, or even a year without reaching an important goal.

So why do we squander the time extensions we are given, and what can we do about it? The answer to the latter requires an understanding of the former, so let’s start there.

See on blogs.hbr.org

Do You Have the IT For the Coming Digital Wave?

Vicki Kossoff @ The Learning Factor‘s insight:

With a tsunami of new digital technologies all converging simultaneously — social, mobile, cloud, analytics and embedded devices — there has been, once again, a cry for corporate IT to radically change to enable the digital transformation of businesses. But here is the daunting and exciting thing: we’re only at the very beginning of the next digital wave.

Technology innovation is not slowing down or leveling off, but ramping up — and businesses will soon face a barrage of new digital possibilities. There is no time for complacency. But the reality is, we’re only at the very, very beginning of this next generation of computing, and I think that…industry leaders will be the ones that transform first.

See on blogs.hbr.org