Archive for April, 2016
Most small business owners fall into five key bad habits – which one is yours?
Over the years, Goldstein has learned some important lessons about how to create an environment where innovation thrives. Here are seven essentials.
Be A Sponge
Innovators are intellectually curious and thrive on absorbing new information that may help their ideas. The I-lab holds regular programming and has a mentoring program to help innovators learn as much as they want to learn. Even if you don’t have the benefit of the I-lab, continually seeking out the information you need and people who can teach you essential skills and information is an important part of being innovative, she says.
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Four key actions influence employee mind-sets and behavior. Here’s why they matter.
These tried-and-true practices can put you on a short list of performers who have the edge in the leadership race.
Changing habits begins with learning what you need to change, becoming aware of ingrained behaviors and practicing more productive responses.
How do we improve who we are? The most effective–and often most difficult–way by far is to self-analyze. When we deconstruct our notions of ourselves and who we think we are, we are able to overcome potential obstacles standing in our way to becoming a better person.
By answering these 5 questions you can begin the journey of becoming your best self.
1. If you had one day left to live, would you be ready to go?
Although it’s very easy for us to reach temporary states of complacency, reaching a level of complete fulfillment at life’s end is a totally different story. So many of us end up going through the motions instead of actively enjoying what we do on a daily basis. Making sure we are content, right this moment, is a great way to keep this tendency in check.
One in three people don’t trust their employer. That’s according to the new Edelman “Trust Barometer”, a survey of 33,000 people in 28 countries about trust in the workplace.
As a leader, communicating can sometimes feel like Groundhog Day. No matter how hard you try to get your message across, it is all too easy to find the next day that you face the same blank stares, predictable objections, and questions that indicate that you failed to make it stick — that people just aren’t getting it. One reason leaders find themselves in this cycle is that their approach to communication is based on an outdated mental model. It’s a model best described as a “post office.” They view themselves as the sender of a message and others as the receivers. If problems arise, leaders look for disruption somewhere along the route.
The post office model focuses most leaders’ attention on the sending process, rather than the give-and-take of effective conversations. Even if they invite people to ask questions and truly value their buy-in, these leaders are still preoccupied with their message. This leaves them ignorant about the larger context and reality on the ground, including emerging issues and game-changing opportunities. In the extreme, thinking in terms of the post office model causes leaders to make decisions in isolation or miss the early warning signs of dysfunctional momentum.
There’s one thing that the founders of Twitter always tell budding founders and entrepreneurs when they’re asked for advice. Speaking on the Nerdist podcast to mark the 10th anniversary of the social network, Jack Dorsey, Evan Williams and Biz Stone discussed the key things they’ve learnt across this journey and their advice for the next