Happy Holidays To Everyone!

Vicki Kossoff @ The Learning Factor‘s insight:

The team at The Learning Factor would like to wish all our loyal readers the joy and blessings of Christmas. May 2014 be a happy, healthy and prosperous one for each and every one of you.


I am going to be taking a short break over the festive season. I look forward to seeing you all in 2014. To those of you in the Northern Hemisphere, keep warm and cozy. I will be enjoying our summer on the beautiful beaches of Australia.

See you next year!!

Best regards

Vicki Kossoff

5 Ways To Fall Asleep Faster

Not getting enough sleep will take a toll on your health and job performance. Robert Oexman, director of the Sleep to Live Institute, tells Business Insider that a “lack of sleep can manifest itself in erratic behavior, short tempers, and bad decision-making.”

Workers who are sleep-deprived are more likely to have difficulty remembering details and have a harder time dealing with high-stress situations. And those who regularly skimp on sleep — getting just one to two hours less than the hours you need — increase their risk of infection, weight gain, diabetes, and heart disease, says Oexman.

To help you get the rest you need, the author has compiled five easy tricks to fall asleep faster:

Vicki Kossoff @ The Learning Factor‘s insight:

Wired from a long day at work? Use these techniques to help you relax and get the rest you need.

See on www.inc.com

The Eight Archetypes of Leadership

Although the ghost of the Great Man still haunts leadership studies, most of us have recognized by now that successful organizations are the product of distributive, collective, and complementary leadership. The first step in putting together such a team is to identify each member of the team’s personality makeup and leadership style, so that strengths and competences can be matched to particular roles and challenges. Getting this match wrong can bring misery to all concerned and cause considerable damage.

Vicki Kossoff @ The Learning Factor‘s insight:

Which kind of leader are you?

See on blogs.hbr.org

Using Brainwriting For Rapid Idea Generation

When a group wants to generate ideas for a new product or to solve a problem, you will usually hear the clarion call, “Let’s brainstorm!” You assemble a group, spell out the basic ground rules for brainstorming (no criticism, wild ideas are welcome, focus on quantity, combine ideas to make better ideas) and then have people yell out ideas one at a time.

Brainstorming is often the method of choice for ideation, but it is fraught with problems that range from participants’ fear of evaluation to the serial nature of the process — only one idea at a time. Brainwriting is an easy alternative or a complement to face-to-face brainstorming, and it often yields more ideas in less time than traditional group brainstorming.

Vicki Kossoff @ The Learning Factor‘s insight:

Brainwriting is an easy alternative to face-to-face brainstorming, which often yields more ideas in less time than traditional group brainstorming.

See on uxdesign.smashingmagazine.com

Should I Stay or Should I Go?

We’ve all faced the same question during the course of our careers, sometimes more than once: Should I stay or should I go? But after asking ourselves this question, too many of us end up making nonsensical decisions. Last week, I had a conversation with an executive who was seriously considering a lateral move to a small, family-owned company. When I asked him why, his only justification was that he’s fed up with his company’s toxic environment. 

But running away is not a strategy that builds careers. When making job decisions, the best approach to leaving is actually doing everything you can to stay. Don’t throw away years of hard work and goodwill before you invest time clarifying your goals, getting out of your own way, and discovering your worth.

Vicki Kossoff @ The Learning Factor‘s insight:

If you’re considering leaving your job, you should first try doing everything you can to stay.

See on www.strategy-business.com

The 20 Minute Morning Routine Guaranteed to Make Your Day Better

Today sucked. You felt tense, stressed, and sulky.

Want tomorrow to be different? Want to be in a better mood the whole day? It’s easy: Work out early, for about 20 minutes, before you start your day.

You probably already know that exercise is energizing. Researchers at the University of Georgia found that previously sedentary adults who started doing 20 minutes of low- to moderate intensity aerobic exercise three times a week for six weeks reported feeling less fatigued and more energized. The time of day doesn’t matter; work out a little, feel a little better. Even five minutes of moderate exercise can create a mood-enhancement effect.

But one study took a different approach, focusing on the longer-term impact of exercise on mood.

Vicki Kossoff @ The Learning Factor‘s insight:

Medications, meditations, or chugging coffee not required.

See on www.inc.com

The Top 5 Innovation Predictions for the Next 5 Years

IBM revealed its predictions for five big innovations that will change our lives within five years.

The IBM “5 in 5″ is the eighth year in a row that IBM has made predictions about technology, and this year’s prognostications are sure to get people talking.

Vicki Kossoff @ The Learning Factor‘s insight:

IBM’s predictions all involve big data and using computing to glean intelligence from vast systems.

See on venturebeat.com