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Check out our latest articles below on how to work smarter both in terms of efficiency and effectiveness for more business success and better outcomes…

Crowdsourcing: What It Is, How It Works, Why You Should Care & How To Do It!

Crowdsourcing: What It Is, How It Works, Why You Should Care & How To Do It!

Crowdsourcing is here to stay. It’s a subject I find fascinating because it combines three of my favorite things: efficiency, simplicity and community. And I’d like to demonstrate to you what it is, how it works and why you should care. So we have a lot to cover here. This is probably going to be a pretty long post but bear with me because it will be worth it. Let’s start at the beginning… What Is Crowdsourcing? Well here is the wikipedia definition: Crowdsourcing is a process that involves outsourcing tasks to a distributed group of people. This process can … Read The Full Article …

Automation (aka Efficiency Hack #10: How to Supercharge your Efficiency with If This Then That)

Efficiency Hack #10: Automation with If This Then That

This Efficiency Hack is going to be a little longer than normal because I want to tell you a story… If you want to skip to the usual brief overview without my little story then click here: How To Automate Your Internet Based Tasks Before Picture: Anti-Automation OK, so I’m exaggerating a little to call it anti-automation, but here is my true story of someone (well, many people actually) doing things manually to a ridiculous extent and me automating all of that…

Questions (aka The Dangers of Self-Help & Positivity)

The Psychology of Questions

Do you believe in positivity? What about cynicism, do you believe in that? No, I’m not asking you to be cynical – well, not entirely 😉 (though I have to admit I have been called cynical plenty of times) – it’s a question of how much positivity vs. how much cynicism – or simply put, questions. I cringe when someone tells me I run a self-help site. I do help people. That’s kind of what consultants are meant to do (i.e. the actual consulting bit is meant to be of use). I also believe that we are more empowered than … Read The Full Article …

The Art Of Nudging: How To Gently Influence Decisions

What do Barack Obama and Angela Merckel have in common? They believe in 'Nudging', a way to gently and effectively influence decisions. Here's how it works.

What do Barack Obama, David Cameron and Angela Merckel have in common? They all believe in ‘Nudging’. They all have ‘Nudge Units’ working for their governments and advising them on how to influence public choices simply by presenting these choices differently. It’s called Choice Architecture. Here’s the example that’s very often given when explaining Nudging because it’s simple yet very effective: changing organ donation from an opt-in to an opt-out option. Rather than having to say you want to donate your organs (which few people do), your organs will be automatically donated unless you say otherwise. Since most people don’t … Read The Full Article …

Turn Your Body Language Into An Asset

Turn Your Body Language Into An Asset

Body language reflects how you feel. Interestingly, it works both ways. Change your body language and you’ll change how you feel. Look And Feel Confident Our body language doesn’t just tell others how we feel, it communicates it to our own mind. So… if you want to feel confident, you need to look confident. Of course, I hear you say, it’s not that simple. But, you’d be surprised to know that hodling yourself like a confident person for just 2 minutes will increase your testoterone levels (increasing your confidence) and decrease cortisol (associated with stress). Fine, but what do confident … Read The Full Article …

Want To Be A Better Communicator? Learn To Chunk

Want to be a better communicator? Learn to chunk

Less is more… More is lazy Good communication is only as good as the message received, understood and remembered at the other end. If you speak for an hour, inundating your audience with big concepts and numerous minute details, they’ll quickly reach information overload. And they’re likely to remember… … nothing! When you communicate, you need to consider the time it takes people to assimilate what you’re saying or writing about. Follow these 4 simple rules. Organize Your Ideas When items are categorized, information is much easier to make sense of and retain. And there’s no need to look at … Read The Full Article …

Why Google Got It Wrong Or The Importance Of Being Trustworthy

"Don't Be Evil". Be trustworthy.

Why building trustworthiness is one of the best investments you could make – as a business and as an individual. And what it takes. Do you know that ‘Don’t Be Evil’ was Google’s unofficial motto from 2004 to 2009? Google, the company whose objective is to improve the lives of many. “…a company that does good things for the world even if we forgo some short term gains.” (An owner’s manual for Google’s shareholders). Google, the company which has also been accused of tax evasion, manipulating search results… and whose Chairman Eric Schmidt simply stated when questioned about Google tax arrangements: … Read The Full Article …

Emotional Intelligence: Get Wired For Success – Part 2 of 2

Emotional Intelligence: Get Wired For Success

5 exercises to improve your Emotional Intelligence… Your IQ doesn’t alter much throughout your life. Emotional Intelligence, on the other hand, can be improved at any time. That’s great news because, as we saw in part 1 of this article, ‘Emotional Intelligence counts more than IQ or expertise for determining who excels at a job – any job – and for outstanding leadership it counts for almost everything’ (Daniel Goleman). Emotional Intelligence (EI) is all about knowing and managing others’ emotions and your own emotions. EI is not one skill but rather a collection of capabilities which can be grouped … Read The Full Article …

Emotional Intelligence: Get Wired For Success – Part 1 of 2

Emotional intelligence: Get Wired For Success

Emotional Intelligence accounts for 2 thirds of career success. That’s great news because, unlike IQ, you can improve your Emotional Intelligence. What Is Emotional Intelligence Emotional Intelligence is a convenient phrase that’s fairly recent (1990s). It’s not just about being good at using emotions, it’s about: Knowing your own emotions (Self-Awareness) Knowing others’ emotions (Social Awareness) Handling your own emotions (Self-Management) Handling others’ emotions (Social Skills)

10 Ways to Impress Your Boss In Your Next Meeting

All meetings should be good meetings There are no excuses. Amazing how some people can get it so wrong… 1. Forget The Agenda If it’s your meeting, call the meeting without an agenda. This will allow participants to speak freely rather than being constrained by the restrictions of a structured agenda. 2. Make The Meeting A ‘Firedrill’ Don’t give people any real notice that you’re going to have a meeting but insist that it has to happen. This will make you seem really important and your meeting too. The technical term for this kind of last minute action is a … Read The Full Article …