Four Ways to Give Better Feedback


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Too often the feedback we give (and get) is ineffectual or even counterproductive.
Here’s how to do it right.

  1. Supply information about what the learner is doing, rather than simply praise or criticism.
  2. Take care in how you present feedback.
  3. Orient feedback around goals.
  4. Use feedback to build meta-cognitive skills.

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How to Network Without Sounding Like a Jerk


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Earn the right to have someone ask you about your business.

Entrepreneurs take note: Nobody likes a narcissist.

Yes, people you interact with should be left with the impression that you are very excited about what you are doing. And they should know that your solution to a real problem is obvious and that you have the credentials and aptitude to make it happen.

But don’t make every word out of your mouth be about your business. Better to first ask others three to five questions about them and what they do. They’ll then be much more open to you saying, ‘Let me share a little bit about what I’m doing.’

What else should you say – and NOT say? Read the full article at and find out.

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10 Siri Productivity Tricks To Be More Productive

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Apple’s sassy assistant Siri can be a great productivity booster. Dial up your patience for a few days, and try these easy tips. Once you do, you may never go back to life without Siri.

If you’ve dismissed Siri due to frustration, or never even gave it a shot, here are 10 simple tips to help get you started. Try them. Once you work out the kinks and get in the habit of using Siri, you’ll wonder how you ever got by without it.

Continue reading at OPEN Forum.

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Want a More Relaxed Evening?


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Just a few minutes of positive reflection on the events of the day
can lead to decreased stress and a healthier, more relaxed evening.

Findings from a study published in the Academy of Management Journal suggest that taking just a few minutes to reflect positively on the events of the day led to decreased stress — and a healthier, more relaxed evening.

Attempting to minimize or shrink stress isn’t enough. You get stronger by flexing your attention muscle — and controlling where it goes. And while the idea isn’t to repress or ignore the bad stuff, it’s well worth taking the time to acknowledge the good.

For three ways to put this into practice before you head home, continue reading at Huffington Post.

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The Biggest Office Interruptions Are Sitting Next to You


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Employees who experienced frequent interruptions reported 9% higher rates of exhaustion—almost as big as the 12% increase in fatigue caused by oversize workloads.

As easy as it is to blame email and instant messaging, face-to-face interruptions account for one third more intrusions than email or phone calls, which employees feel freer to defer or ignore. It’s easy to turn to a neighbor for, say, tips on how to tweak a spread sheet or where to go for lunch. But such interruptions—which many feel it would be rude to rebuff—nibble away at the ability to stay on task.

“Two seconds is long enough to make people lose the thread,” says Erik Altmann, a psychology professor at Michigan State University in East Lansing, and the study’s lead author. To make matters worse, it takes more than 25 minutes, on average, to resume a task after being interrupted. And an additional 15 minutes to regain the same intense focus or “flow” as before the interruption.

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Strategy is a Singular Thing


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Strategy is a singular thing.
There is one strategy for a given business — not a set of strategies.

Strategy is not just fancily-worded budgeting or planning — it is the making of an integrated set of choices to create a sustainable advantage relative to competition and deliver superior financial returns. It is an integrated set of choices to five essential questions. 

Continue reading at: Harvard Business Review.

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