7 Seriously Hardcore Project Management Apps

Running your own business can be hard — there’s time-tracking, invoicing, and contacts to keep track of, plus knowing what your entire team is doing (especially important if you manage a team remotely). If you’re trying to use a different solution for each one of these problems, things can easily get overwhelming (and the bill can get high!). These apps can help you stay on top of it all at once, in one spot.

Vicki Kossoff @ The Learning Factor‘s insight:

When you need to handle all the different aspects of running a business or department  (time tracking, invoicing, and project management), try one of these apps.

See on www.lifehack.org


5 Steps for Accomplishing Any Goal

In mid-July the author added kayaking back into his life. Most people don’t consider New York City a logical choice for getting close to nature, but happily he was able to find a place to store and launch his boat on the Hudson River, only a 10-minute walk from my home. Just as soon as he got back on the water, he decided to set a major goal. His intention was to circumnavigate the 28 miles around Manhattan in a single day.  His previous kayak feat was crossing Long Island Sound in 2007, a 13-mile paddle. He hadn’t been kayaking for four years and was unfamiliar with the strong and erratic currents, so he gave himself a year to accomplish the goal.

Vicki Kossoff @ The Learning Factor‘s insight:

Need to accomplish big things? Here are 5 steps to help turn your objectives into reality.

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Here Are The 50 Most Innovative Companies In The World

Every year since 2005, the Boston Consulting Group has surveyed more than 1,500 senior global executives for a snapshot of the most innovative companies in the world. Each executive is asked to rate the companies in their industry by how innovative they are, and those results are then weighted to reflect three-year shareholder growth, revenue growth, and margin growth.

Despite losing some of its luster over the past year, Apple tops the list for the ninth consecutive year. Its biggest competitor, Samsung, moves to just one spot behind it, making next year’s list one to watch.

The ranking also shows some volatility. Struggling Dell drops 11 places, and Intel falls 13 slots.

See on www.businessinsider.com.au

Leadership Is More Than the C-Suite

Companies spend billions of dollars each year on leadership development. And there is an urgent need to ensure that the next generation of executives is prepared to lead. But the overwhelming number of leadership theories and programs are confusing. What criteria should businesses use to judge whether someone is ready to lead? And how can decision makers know if someone is likely to succeed in a leadership role?

Gallup has researched leadership for more than 40 years, interviewing and studying more than 50,000 leaders in many different industries, including healthcare, education, government, financial services, manufacturing, retail, hospitality, and telecommunications. This long-term study has yielded two crucial insights:

  • Leadership is best understood as a set of roles in an enterprise. These roles differ in tasks and responsibilities. But viewed together, they provide a complete picture of the leadership needs of a company and how those needs are met.
  • The best performers in each leadership role invariably possess the talent and experience to meet the needs of the role and, by extension, the needs of the enterprise.

Vicki Kossoff @ The Learning Factor‘s insight:

Companies shouldn’t assume that “leadership” only applies to their chief officers. In fact, businesses must find the right people to fill four distinct types of leadership roles.

See on businessjournal.gallup.com

10 Ways You’re Making Your Employees Less Productive

If you’re like most managers, you think a lot about whether your employees are being as productive as you need. But have you ever looked at the other side of that equation and wondered if you’re standing in the way of their productivity yourself?

Here are 10 ways you might be derailing your employees’ productivity.

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How Music Makes Us Feel Better

In 2012, a group of male patients underwent heart transplants at Teikyo University’s Department of Surgery, in Tokyo, Japan. As they recovered, closely monitored by attending physicians, an alert onlooker may have noticed a subtle difference in each patient’s recovery room: the ambient noise. Some rooms were silent. In others, Giuseppe Verdi’s “La Traviata” played in the background. From yet other rooms emanated strains of the Berlin Philharmonic’s interpretation of Mozart, or “The Best of Enya.” A final set of rooms was filled with a steady sound frequency between a hundred and twenty thousand hertz.

For six days, researchers observed the patients to see how the different types of background sound would affect their recovery. Would music, they wondered, play a positive role in the healing process? And if so, did it matter what particular kind of music? Their conclusions would be limited: the patients were a group of laboratory mice. Still, the Tokyo researchers had high hopes; how the mice responded could be a step toward improving the recovery process from difficult medical procedures.

See on www.newyorker.com

7 Things You Need to Be More Magnetic

Vicki Kossoff @ The Learning Factor‘s insight:

Think of the most engaging people you know. My guess is they’re charming, interesting, and make you feel special.

We all want to be perceived that way, don’t we? Here are several character traits you should work on if you want to be magnetic and likeable.


By nature children are curious, but we lose much of our inquisitiveness as we age. Yet it’s such a vital trait, especially in business. Curiousity drives you to continuously learn about your industry, understand your customers, and create innovative products.

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