How Writing Things Down Can Change Your Life

What do you write down? For most of us, writing consists of emails, task lists, and perhaps the odd work project. However, making time to write down certain things, such as our daily experiences, our goals, and our mental clutter can change the way we live our lives.

Here are six different ways that writing things down can change your life, and what you can do to get the most out of each.

Vicki Kossoff @ The Learning Factor‘s insight:

Writing things down can foster a sense of achievement and progress, expanding our possibilities and increasing our productivity.

See on www.lifehack.org

Increasing Stress, Decreasing Empathy: Need Emotional Intelligence

We’re facing a growing demand for collaboration at work, in life — but we’re creating conditions for the opposite.  We’re at war with ourselves, at a cellular level, as our brains struggle to cope with requirements that are beyond the design scope.  While current neuroscience makes this descending spiral brutally clear – it also offers solutions.

“Stress” is a generalization.  It’s shorthand for a sense of imbalance and impending chaos.  Cycle times are accelerating.  Financial systems are melting.  Waters are rising.  So we feel stress.  It’s an emotional signal of danger, and it’s one reason emotional intelligence is more important than ever.  Unfortunately, stress is increasing. 

Vicki Kossoff @ The Learning Factor‘s insight:

Research shows stress is increasing: health problems & business costs. Empathy is decreasing to damage collaboration: The case for emotional intelligence

See on www.6seconds.org

Why Is the Soft Stuff So Hard?

We know that the brain is exquisitely tuned to social relationships, shaped by and shaping our relationships with others from birth onwards. A number of evolutionary psychologists maintain that our brain is proportionately the largest of all mammals because of the need to maintain relationships with large numbers of people. So why should relationship issues be so hard and what can the neurosciences tell us that might help?

Vicki Kossoff @ The Learning Factor‘s insight:

Ask most CEOs what they find the hardest and the answer is usually people related

See on www.iedp.com

Public Speaking Techniques And Strategies

When speaking in public, make sure that what you have to say is engaging, otherwise you risk boring the crowd. Regardless of what you have to say, it will not go over well if it is boring. Practice your speech on people you know to see how the message you are giving is being received.

Time your speech. This ensures your speech fills the time you have. If it is short, get more information through research to fill your time slot. Finally, don’t rush when speaking.

Vicki Kossoff @ The Learning Factor‘s insight:

Public speaking is something that many people dread. It does not have to be complicated, and in fact you can improve your skills in this area. Thankfully, you came here, and if you would like to be better at public speaking, then continue reading.

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7 Reasons You Can’t Learn Leadership on Your Own

Very few founders, startup CEOs, board members, investors, and others supporting the entrepreneurial community actively pursue and advocate disciplined, professional leadership development. This is an enormous missed opportunity.

Entrepreneurs, especially founders and startup CEOs, need not wait to be encouraged to do this work. They should not consider their own development as a nice-to-have, an indulgence, or an unnecessary expense. They certainly should not delay until their jobs are threatened by their poor performance. 

Here are seven reasons (among many) that every founder and entrepreneurial CEO should actively develop their leadership, and a question about each.

Vicki Kossoff @ The Learning Factor‘s insight:

Very few entrepreneurs, board members, or investors give much thought to leadership development. That’s a huge mistake.

See on www.inc.com

How Revamping Your Performance Management Leads to Higher Employee Engagement

There are some recurring themes among these issues such as clear communication for alignment of objectives and employee engagement in the workplace. One solution that companies are looking into to address these issues is to revamp their performance management system. Long gone are the traditional annual performance appraisals.

Companies are looking for social, agile, and innovative ways to make performance reviews more regular with real-time feedback. Managers are becoming coaches and 1:1 coaching sessions are employee driven Managers are becoming coaches and 1:1 coaching sessions are employee driven.

Vicki Kossoff @ The Learning Factor‘s insight:

It has become a known fact that nowadays, the average worker stays in each job for 4.4 years.The new wave of Generation Y workers entering the workforce will stay in a job for less than 3 years

See on blog.7geese.com

Which Is More Important: Process or Talent?

Agility and adaptability are no longer the quirky characteristics of unusual businesses. They’re critical in delivering growth in organisations of all shapes and sizes, and in all sectors.

In order to address the challenge of agility, talented individuals are needed. New processes and procedures may have a part to play, but people must come first, freed from the chains of “how we’ve always done things”, and empowered to innovate so their organisations can adjust to a constantly changing world.

Vicki Kossoff @ The Learning Factor‘s insight:

Can you afford to choose between people and process for sustainable business growth in the 21st century? Two business leaders present the case for each

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