Tag Archives: Productivity

Debunking Myths About Worker Passion


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By Steve Denning – “The key message from our work is that workers of all types and in all locations have the potential to be passionate – it’s not limited to a privileged few,” concludes John Hagel, c0-chairman Deloitte Center For The Edge.

“Rather than just focusing on recruiting more passionate workers, the big opportunity is to look at the existing workforce and create environments that can tap into, nurture and amplify the passion of every worker already on the job.

“Without the right work environments, efforts to recruit additional passionate workers will likely be undermined as those new workers become frustrated in environments that do not support passion.” more> http://tinyurl.com/kucd5km

Why Dreaming About The Future Makes You Less Likely To Achieve Your Goals


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Rethinking Positive Thinking: Inside the New Science of Motivation, Author: Gabriele Oettingen.

By Lindsay LaVine – “Dreaming is important.”

“Dreaming is a way we can mentally explore future possibilities. For that, dreaming is very good.” Where we run into trouble, Oettingen says, is when we forget about the obstacles and temptations that arise along the way.

The process can be broken down into four steps, known as “WOOP” (Wish, Outcome, Obstacle and Plan). more> http://tinyurl.com/o6dfesm

Why You Should Hire For Potential, Not Experience


(glasbergen.com)By Dinah Wisenberg Brin – “The question is not whether your company’s employees and leaders have the right skills; it’s whether they have the potential to learn new ones.”

The ability to choose such employees will be more critical in coming years, as globalization, demographics, and underdeveloped pipelines of future company leaders will make senior talent more scarce.

While it’s easier to measure past performance, it’s also possible to evaluate potential.

“High potentials … show deep personal humility and invest in getting better at everything they do.” more> http://tinyurl.com/q4ptxmg

How To Silence Your Inner Critic Once And For All


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Better Than Perfect: 7 Strategies to Crush Your Inner Critic and Create a Life You Love, Author: Elizabeth R. Lombardo.

Inner Critic, Inner Success: Claiming Your Critic While Taming Your Success, Author: Stacey Sargent.

By Gwen Moran – Your inner critic is only a problem if it’s crossed that line from helping you get better to constantly berating you. If it’s causing stress, anxiety, or depression, here’s how to shut it down.

If it’s telling you you’re not deserving, it might be protecting you from disappointment. Once you get to the reason behind the criticism, you can begin to deal with that underlying fear or concern. more> http://tinyurl.com/lpjz9we

Why An Anti To-Do List Might Be The Secret To Productivity


By Joel Gascoigne – My approach with the Anti-To-Do List is to have not just a single list each day, as many of us do now (our to-do list), but to have two.

The idea of the Anti-To-Do List is that it is the account of progress for that day. In some ways it’s a “Done” List.

This is really powerful, because you can always look back at your Anti-To-Do List and see how much you’ve got done (even if the items weren’t on your todo list). more> http://tinyurl.com/llr3ag8

The Intricate Puzzle Known as Chip Design


By Bob Smith – These days, chip design may seem like an intricately connected jigsaw puzzle, including small, oddly shaped interlocking pieces.

Instead of static parts of a puzzle – typically, 300, 500, 750 or 1,000 pieces – spread across a coffee table, a chip under design has loads of dynamic parts located in a variety of directories or sub-directories found on various computers.

The focal point is the processor, not the center of a well-known and photographed painting or skyline, as is often the case with puzzles.

Ah, but memories are playing almost as big a role as processors, especially in chips slated for mobile multimedia devices with higher bandwidth and performance, and low-cost and power requirements.

Fortunately, things aren’t that dire any longer for engineers worried about a chip’s system yield and reliability. One clever engineering group was motivated to figure this out. It set a goal to implement a DDR memory subsystem that would deliver the highest performance and quality within a small footprint and minimal power consumption. more> http://tinyurl.com/k4evteq

5 Things You’re Doing That Seem Productive, But Aren’t


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Getting Things Done, Author: David Allen.

By Vivian Giang – Your brain is “dumbed down” when you multitask because you’re using a different part of it that “adversely affects how you learn.”

Instead, a good strategy to adopt is to perform tasks in sequences, called “set shifting,” which is the practice of switching consciously and completely from one task to the next instead of doing everything at once.

This will allow you to use your brain at high capacity for each task, but you can only think of the task you’re currently working on. more> http://tinyurl.com/mpngx9b