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  • Productivity
    cut down on some of the frustration by building in time for that delay from the beginning For instance if you know you ll need her okay on a marketing strategy before you can start delegating to your team take care of that piece of the work first Get her your overall blueprint as early as possible and then work on other pieces while you re waiting for her response as opposed to waiting until later in the process to approach her when you might need a faster turnaround and be more inconvenienced if you don t get one And keep in mind that even great managers can sometimes create bottlenecks for their staff when they have higher priorities that demand their time Sometimes that bottleneck just reflects the reality that there are more pressing demands right now and that s not unreasonable See Full Story on quickbase intuit com Filed Under Career Progression Tagged With Bottleneck Manager Manager Desk Productive Productivity Work 6 Ways To Stop Wasting Time So You Can Be More Productive 21 October 2013 by Digital Curator Leave a Comment A study conducted by Salary com and AOL found that the average worker admitted to wasting just over two hours of each eight hour workday on non job related activities This amount of unproductive time means one quarter of all salaries an average of 39 795 per employee per year is wasted If you could only eliminate the activities that cause you to fritter the day away you know you d be productive The trouble with eliminating the time wasting activities is that the activities are rarely the real problem They re just a symptom of something deeper that s preventing you from getting to work Each of these six tips begin with discovering what s really in the way of your productivity Are you 1 Interrupted too frequently This one s most common among executives managers and people who work from home Every time you re about to get started somebody knocks on your door calls with an emergency asks for help with the kids The solution is to schedule work time where your productivity is sacrosanct Fix it by Announcing do not disturb hours to people in your environment Closing your door or sliding a chair into your cubicle entrance Leaving a voice mail greeting announcing your unavailability then turning off your phone Committing to avoiding email or social media until you ve made real progress on your critical tasks 2 Unsure how to start A lot of tasks get done surprisingly quickly once you take the first step but sometimes that first step is hard to take because you don t really know what it is The best way to get past this roadblock is to identify that first step even if you have to make it up These tips can help Review your pending project and break it down until the first step becomes clear Make a to do list of tasks

    Original URL path: http://personalbranding.sg/tag/productivity/ (2014-06-18)
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  • Should you swear at work?
    you really don t know how your co workers will perceive a certain word The same term can seem innocuous to one person and horribly offensive to the next At the very least it can make you appear insensitive to others even to those who aren t personally offended by off color remarks Swearing reflects weak E Q emotional intelligence says executive leadership coach Shannon Cassidy 7 etiquette tips for IM ing in the office 5 ways to show authority without yelling Missed a deadline How to minimize the damage Swearing can also make you appear less intelligent overall and unable to express what you really want to say Jerry Seinfeld once described cursing in one s act as actually being lazy points out media consultant Phil Cooke author of Unique Telling Your Story in the Age of Brands and Social Media What do you really want to communicate Express it using real words and there is less of a chance your message will get confused or lost in translation Finally losing control of your language filters shows that you may be in need of some anger management training not exactly the image you want to portray at the office The minute you lose control you ve just telegraphed to your team that you ve run out of real answers and don t have a clue what to do next says Cooke Now if your office comrades are all about cursing you might feel you need to join in Some organizations have a swearing culture and socially swearing helps people establish membership and affiliation notes Cassidy If you do partake in potty language do it very sparingly and reserve it for the shock factor says Cassidy Or just say what you really mean Should you swear at work via cbsnews

    Original URL path: http://personalbranding.sg/2013/04/19/should-you-swear-at-work/ (2014-06-18)
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  • Intelligent
    Swearing is risky because you really don t know how your co workers will perceive a certain word The same term can seem innocuous to one person and horribly offensive to the next At the very least it can make you appear insensitive to others even to those who aren t personally offended by off color remarks Swearing reflects weak E Q emotional intelligence says executive leadership coach Shannon Cassidy 7 etiquette tips for IM ing in the office 5 ways to show authority without yelling Missed a deadline How to minimize the damage Swearing can also make you appear less intelligent overall and unable to express what you really want to say Jerry Seinfeld once described cursing in one s act as actually being lazy points out media consultant Phil Cooke author of Unique Telling Your Story in the Age of Brands and Social Media What do you really want to communicate Express it using real words and there is less of a chance your message will get confused or lost in translation Finally losing control of your language filters shows that you may be in need of some anger management training not exactly the image you want to portray at the office The minute you lose control you ve just telegraphed to your team that you ve run out of real answers and don t have a clue what to do next says Cooke Now if your office comrades are all about cursing you might feel you need to join in Some organizations have a swearing culture and socially swearing helps people establish membership and affiliation notes Cassidy If you do partake in potty language do it very sparingly and reserve it for the shock factor says Cassidy Or just say what you really mean Should you swear

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  • How Virtual Teams Can Create Human Connections Despite Distance
    phone or conference calls even though 72 said video would make teamwork easier Only 34 of people use video to collaborate with coworkers And 43 feel confused and overwhelmed by the mishmash of collaboration technology at their disposal I m seeing a new generation of technology emerge that can make dispersed teams more productive than collocated teams Forrester Research s Henry Dewing says some enlightened users are beginning to prefer to meet in their video and web conferencing platforms instead of in a physical conference room However to make virtual teamwork work this well you ll need to move your team to a new set of behaviors not just to a new generation of technology with human engagement as the first priority The behavior gaps that keep virtual teams from reaching their goals fall in three buckets 1 Setting ground rules for managing virtual communications 2 Aligning personal and professional goals 3 Strengthening relationships to enable the candor required for true collaboration See Full Story on blogs hbr org Filed Under Entrepreneurship Reviews Tagged With Connections Knowledge Respondents Unite Survey Virtual Teams Speak Your Mind Cancel reply Name Email Website Email Newsletter Sign up to receive email updates and to

    Original URL path: http://personalbranding.sg/2014/02/06/how-virtual-teams-can-create-human-connections-despite-distance/ (2014-06-18)
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  • Connections
    asking someone on the elevator what she thinks about a recent development in the field Still no interest overlap Stick to other things you have in common by proxy how you traveled to the conference the attractions in the city it s in and what you ve left at home be it children or pets You may not find a new business partner but you may find a fellow foodie to explore the city s culinary scene with at night See Full Story on www themuse com Filed Under Networking Tagged With Conference Connections Networking Professional Conference Networking for Dummies 4 Habits Your Contacts Hate 4 March 2014 by Digital Curator Leave a Comment Here are four common networking mistakes and strategies for making more meaningful connections moving forward 1 You re not really there You walk into a crowded room and immediately get caught in a conversation You shake hands but your eyes are wandering taking in the room and trying to find the person you really want to meet This is a horrible practice yet so many of us do it We concentrate so heavily on connecting with the right title that we begin to consider every midlevel conversation a missed opportunity for speaking with the people who really matter This attitude will undermine your success Remember the person across from you might not have a VP title or work for a large organization but he is connected to a universe of people You might need one of those connections someday or you might just have an amazing conversation and learn something To help manage your anxiety set a five minute limit on all conversations After that unless you re having the time of your life politely extract yourself by saying I ve enjoyed our conversation Since we re both here to network why don t we meet some other people Or It s been great talking with you Catch up with you later 2 You put off networking until it s too late You stopped networking when you got your last job three years ago Now you need to find a new job and you re frantically attending networking events and asking everyone you know Got a job Even friends roll their eyes when they see you coming Desperate job hunters are too keyed up and needy to truly connect Their energy is awful jittery and anxious and the conversation is frankly boring A job A job A job To avoid this keep up with your contacts even when you don t need them Keeping up doesn t need to be onerous Some easy ideas include Schedule a touch base phone call every two months Treat strong connections to lunch once a quarter or twice a year Send links to articles or workshops that you know a specific contact will appreciate See Full Story on www inc com Filed Under Networking Tagged With Common Networking Mistakes Connections Networking Strategies How Virtual Teams Can Create Human Connections Despite

    Original URL path: http://personalbranding.sg/tag/connections/ (2014-06-18)
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  • Respondents
    majority connected via email phone or conference calls even though 72 said video would make teamwork easier Only 34 of people use video to collaborate with coworkers And 43 feel confused and overwhelmed by the mishmash of collaboration technology at their disposal I m seeing a new generation of technology emerge that can make dispersed teams more productive than collocated teams Forrester Research s Henry Dewing says some enlightened users are beginning to prefer to meet in their video and web conferencing platforms instead of in a physical conference room However to make virtual teamwork work this well you ll need to move your team to a new set of behaviors not just to a new generation of technology with human engagement as the first priority The behavior gaps that keep virtual teams from reaching their goals fall in three buckets 1 Setting ground rules for managing virtual communications 2 Aligning personal and professional goals 3 Strengthening relationships to enable the candor required for true collaboration See Full Story on blogs hbr org Filed Under Entrepreneurship Reviews Tagged With Connections Knowledge Respondents Unite Survey Virtual Teams Email Newsletter Sign up to receive email updates and to hear what s going

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  • 4 Tests to Fail-Proof Your Business Idea
    lie or sugarcoat their feelings Show them your business plan or product What do they think of your plan In my experience venture capitalists are very talented at quickly identifying holes and problems If you ve forgotten to address something important they ll tell you If they re interested that s a great sign What you learn will help you be a better entrepreneur 2 Show your prototype to product retailers Product retailers are at the front line of retail they have a unique understanding of what consumers like and dislike because they literally watch what sells and what doesn t They know what consumers want They know what consumers are asking about Your idea needs to be easily understood when you show it to retailers If you have a prototype made it doesn t need to be polished Rough drawings might even work On a slow shopping day visit a local retailer where you think your product might be sold What do they think Is it a good idea Is it a bad idea These people are in the trenches every day They ll tell you if your product stinks You can go one step further and try to

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  • Business Idea
    raising outside capital Things like the candidate s past start experience industry expertise intelligence credibility passion energy communication skills personality fit etc should all be considered See Full Story on thenextweb com Filed Under Entrepreneurship Tagged With Business Idea Business Skills Co Founder Entrepreneur Start up Technology Skills 4 Tests to Fail Proof Your Business Idea 6 September 2013 by Digital Curator Leave a Comment The knowledge you gain from testing your idea will help determine if it is ready for the market and improve your business plan You ll set yourself up for success by preemptively identifying problems and minimizing risk And hopefully your nerves will be eased Use one or more of the following strategies to test your idea before it launches 1 Test your idea with a venture capitalist Venture capitalists are brutally honest That s why it s a great idea to pitch your business idea to them They re not going to lie or sugarcoat their feelings Show them your business plan or product What do they think of your plan In my experience venture capitalists are very talented at quickly identifying holes and problems If you ve forgotten to address something important they ll tell you If they re interested that s a great sign What you learn will help you be a better entrepreneur 2 Show your prototype to product retailers Product retailers are at the front line of retail they have a unique understanding of what consumers like and dislike because they literally watch what sells and what doesn t They know what consumers want They know what consumers are asking about Your idea needs to be easily understood when you show it to retailers If you have a prototype made it doesn t need to be polished Rough drawings might even

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