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5 Healthy Alternatives To Morning Coffee

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Oh the morning coffee! It sounds so good until… you start feeling uneasy and crash. The Mayo Clinic revealed that consuming even moderate amounts of caffeine can lead to negative side effects. So, if you want to prevent the insomnia, heartburns and mood swings, we recommend you trade morning caffeine for one of these healthier options.

  1. MACA ROOT

Originated in the Peruvian mountains, Maca has become very popular for it’s many nutritional benefits. VegKitchen recommends taking ½ tsp. every other day to decrease fatigue, build up muscle and increase both stamina and endurance. Definitely a healthier and more effective option to give you an energy boost in the morning!

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  1. YERBA MATE

Although it contains some caffeine, experts from Livestrong.com state that consuming yerba mate doesn’t cause the crash. Being a mixture of stems and leaves (also from South America), yerba mate has been used as an energizing drink for generations. True it doesn’t have the best taste but the benefits pay up for it!

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  1. FRESHLY PRESSED JUICES

Fruits are low in fat, rich in vitamins and have no caffeine, cholesterol or refined sugars. Plus, they have the best taste. If you’re looking to boost your energy levels in the morning try consuming citric blends, add a lot of greens and combine with vegetables and healthy oils. Sure it takes some time to prepare a smoothie, but it can get easier if you have a great recipe in hand.

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  1. MATCHA

So, if you must have that caffeine kick, then I recommend you choose matcha green tea over coffee. Why? Well, Epicmatcha.com summarized in two major points. First, matcha contains amino acids that break caffeine more slowly preventing the crash and creating a calming effect instead. And second, matcha provides many more health benefits than coffee. Matcha is one of the best sources of antioxidants out there, it contains many vitamins and it helps with weight loss and anxiety.

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  1. WATER

This is a no brainer. Clean water is the most natural and accessible source of energy you’ll find. Drinking water in the morning not only hydrates you but also boosts your metabolism and wakes up your brain. And, if you boost it by adding ginger, citric fruits or honey…the energizing effects will be even higher!

 

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SOURCES:

http://www.vegkitchen.com/nutrition/maca-root/

http://www.livestrong.com/article/445036-what-kinds-of-tea-gives-you-that-burst-of-energy/

http://www.prevention.com/food/simple-green-smoothies-to-help-you-lose-weight/slide/2

http://www.health.com/nutrition/4-freshly-pressed-juice-recipes-to-energize-your-day

http://epicmatcha.com/coffee-vs-matcha-benefits-disadvantages/

http://alifeofproductivity.com/killer-morning-habit-drink-water-right-after-you-wake-up/

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Feng Shui: Transform Your Office In 5 Steps!

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Although I’m no “Feng Shui” expert, I’ve managed to discover it’s great power!

To lead a more positive and successful life experts suggest that you transform your environments into places were you feel safe, happy and at peace. And, since you probably spend most of your day at the office, why not start there?

Here are 5 easy-to-accomplish tasks that will have a great impact and will require little effort!

  1. Keep the air flowing and clean

Feng Shui practitioners insist that the first step into a better environment is a “clear air”. And yes…plants are the best element to accomplish this!

According to Smallbiztrends and Greatist.com, there are many plants that could make your office look great but they recommend these for better results  (regarding health benefits, maintenance and air purification): Peace Lily, English Ivy, Aloe, Garden Mum, Spider Plant and Weeping Fig. Small, effective and….cheap!

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  1. Choose the right lighting for your eyes

Experts agree that having optimal lighting is very important for productivity. If you want to improve your results you must improve your “visual performance” and adjusting the color, direction and level of light to your eyes’ needs.

Lighting Deluxe suggests you create a balance between daylight and artificial light and avoid glare or shadiness at all costs. Try not to have light hitting windows or computer screens directly and place all artificial light somewhere it doesn’t hit your eyes directly.

Choose the illumination intensity that makes your eyes feel “at ease”, using light tones that inspire you to stay awake but at peace. And…as an extra tip, try to use energy-saving products to cut costs and reduce carbon footprint.

Source: www.relumination.com

  1. Place the right pictures in the right place

Putting pictures of your partner and/or family on your desk is a great way to enhance the “good vibes”. It brings positive thoughts and in turn it stimulates you to do better.

To take full advantage of these pictures, “Feng Shuists” recommends putting the picture of a partner on the “right back corner” of the desk and that of family on the left center corner, in front of the computer screen. Also, it is advised to keep at least half of your desk free of things to let the air flow more easily and reduce any chances of stress and overwhelm.

Source: www.pinteres.com 

  1. Use the right colors

The bottom line here is that color matters….a LOT! When if comes to color experts suggest you never stick only to one, since different colors stimulate different parts of yourself. Experts recommend blue to inspire productivity and loyalty, green to create balance, yellow to spur creativity and orange to create a sense of emotion.

Source: www.pinterest.com

  1. Bring in positive energy by being and thinking positively

 As I mentioned in a previous post, nothing will change if your inner self is not ok. So even if you re-arrange your office space, if you’re not happy with yourself the new look will get old pretty quickly. If you want to learn more techniques to be and stay “mindful” keep reading here.

I hope you enjoyed this short post and that you let us know in the comments!

 Sources:

https://greatist.com/connect/houseplants-that-clean-air

https://smallbiztrends.com/2014/11/indoor-office-plants.html

http://www.lightingdeluxe.com/workplace-lighting-ergonomics.html

https://greatist.com/happiness/ultimate-guide-to-feng-shui-for-desk

http://changingminds.org/disciplines/communication/color_effect.htm

 

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4 Tips To Stay Mindful At Work

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Recent studies show that multitasking is indeed the worst thing you can do to your brain. Practicing many things at once does not only affect your focus and memory but also your emotional stability and productivity.

When you stop being “present” your mind immediately goes into “auto” mode, blocking your brain’s ability to identify, analyze and rationalize information. And why is this a problem? At work it could lead to mediocre reports, decreased attention to detail and very expensive mistakes. And in life it leads to bad relationship management, exhaustion and low self-esteem.

To avoid getting overwhelmed by thoughts and information, experts developed the “mindful” way of living. Mindfulness encompasses many exercises that help you refocus and live the present, and today we will share some you can practice at work even when it gets super busy!

  1. Mindful Walking

How many times have you forgotten where you parked? Or how you got somewhere? Well, that’s probably because you were thinking about the presentation, the kids and the dinner party while walking.

Mindful walking is about engaging with your actual surroundings and stopping yourself from thinking of what’s not in front of you. You can walk mindfully anywhere, from your desk to the water fountain, or from the parking place to the elevator. The goal is to empower your mind to be present and engage with what is actually happening (the view, the smells, the sounds, etc.) and now with what you can’t control.

Source: Destressmonday.org

Source: Destressmonday.org

      2. The “Pause”

This exercise varies from person to person. Each pause is a minute for you. Take time to breathe and examine if all your physical and emotional needs are being met. Are you thirsty or cold? Is there anything bothering you that you need to work out?

If you can deal with it right away, do so. If not, note it and tell yourself you will take care of it as soon as possible. Acknowledging your needs reminds you that YOU matter and refocuses your mind to the present moment.

Source: trudymorgancole.wordpress.com

Source: trudymorgancole.wordpress.com

  1. Hatha Yoga

Take a minute in between meetings to disconnect yourself from the world and stretch. Stretching does not only release tension but also refocuses your mind and lowers stress levels.

Try to complete a short hatha yoga routine holding each pose for 20 seconds. As you do it, choose not to engage with any outside thought that comes into your mind. Focus only on your body and breath. You can play some music if that suits you.

Source: charmedyoga.com

Source: charmedyoga.com

  1. Meditation

This is my personal favorite. When you meditate you let yourself go in a calmed state of acceptance. Take 10 minutes to sit down, keep your back and neck straight, close your eyes and choose to focus only on your breath or what’s around you. Try to engage only with what you have now and keep yourself grounded to the present through your breath.

If you find it hard to focus, you may want to download meditation audios and practice the many options they offer (sounds, breath, body scan, etc.)

Source: businessinsider.com

Source: businessinsider.com

These are only a few practices to keep you mindful during work. Nonetheless, you don’t have to limit yourself to these. If you’re serious abut improving your everyday wellbeing I highly recommend you research more practices that fit your lifestyle!

 

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6 Business Bestsellers You Must Read!

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Reading does not only increase your knowledge in a certain topic. If you get into the habit, reading can also stimulate your mind, expand your vocabulary and equip you with skills to write, analyze and strategize at a higher level.

Imagine then if you got into the habit of reading about business? You wouldn’t only learn from the best guys out there but also you will start to develop unique skills to generate better ideas, try and test new strategies, innovate, increase your personal effectiveness and of course stay updated on important issues.

To get you started on this amazing habit, we’ve shortlisted some of the best business books out there! All you got to do now is choose your favorite.

  1. Unshakeable – Tony Robbins (#1 NYT Bestseller)

BB UnshakeableIf you find yourself trapped in your financial situation, then this book is for you. Robbins has effectively created a step-by-step playbook that promises to take you towards financial freedom in no time. Starting by helping you understand your current financial position, Robbins then guides you to become a smarter investor and a wiser administrator by pointing out how to get the best out of today’s financial systems.

You can get it on Amazon for only $15.32!

 

 

 

 

 

 

  1. Tools of Titans – Will Farriss

BB Tools of TitansFrom the thousands of interviews Will Farriss has done for his podcast, he created the ultimate “toolbooK” Gathering the most meaningful parts of each interview, Farriss shares with you the “tactics, routines and habits” that business titans (amongst other professionals and icons) followed to be and stay where they are. This amazing book covers topics from AcroYoga to Gut Investing and Hacking, allowing the reader to use it as an encyclopedia of advice given by no other than the very best in each category.

You can get it on Amazon for only $16.80!

 

 

 

  1. Option B – Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant

BB Option BA great read not only for business but also for life. In this incredible book, Sheryl Sandberg along with psychologist Adam Grant analyze the ability of the human spirit to deal with loss, conquer adversity and build resilience. This emotional yet practical guide is a must-read if you want to build stronger and more resilient workplaces that know how to handle adversity, accept change and thrive even when things don’t go as planned.

 You can get on Amazon it for only $9.19!

 

 

 

 

 

 

  1. Joy, Inc. – Richard Sheridan

BB Joy IncWritten by Menlo Innovations co-founder and CEO Richard Sheridan, Joy, Inc. is an insightful and fun guide to increase employee engagement, ensure a happy and motivated workplace and increase profit all at the same time.

Basing the culture exclusively on the value of “Joy”, Menlo has been able to grow like no other tech business in a short period of time. Sheridan, in turn, attributes all of this to happier employees and in this book he gives you all the tips so you can achieve the same!   You can get on Amazon it for only $11.06!

 

 

 

 

 

  1. Emotional Agility – Susan David

BB Emotinal AgilityAn incredible research and experience-based piece, Emotional Agility displays a series of steps and exercises to help you identify, manage and get the most out of your emotions. After reading this book you will be able to handle difficult situations (in life and at work), by facing them intelligently with courage and serenity. Also, you will learn valuable skills to lead the behavioral change that will unleash your full personal and professional potential.

You can get on Amazon for only $9.26!

 

 

 

 

 

 

  1. The Leadership Challenge – James M. Kouzes & Barry Z. Posner

BB Leadership ChallengeDisplaying the scientific, artistic and social sides of leadership, The Leadership Challenge holds valuable expert advise to help leaders understand the importance of their role, guide their workforce towards team work, learn the power of motivation and take advantage of today’s electronic environment to do so. This book, without question, is an amazing guide to build the leadership and social skills necessary to boost your organization.

You can get it on Amazon for only $23.79!

More resources: 

  1. https://800ceoread.com/bestseller_lists
  2. https://hbr.org/2012/08/for-those-who-want-to-lead-rea
  3. https://www.nytimes.com/books/best-sellers/business-books/?_r=0

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10 Steps To An Organized Day

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Sometimes it can be really hard to stay focused and organized throughout the day. But it’s not impossible!

We’ve put together ten steps successful people use to get their days started, hoping they can help you deal with your day in a more relaxed, healthy and organized manner

  1. Plan your day the evening before

 To avoid stress in the morning, try to plan your next day before you go to bed. Check your calendar or email for any commitments and sketch your next day’s schedule.

This allows you to move things around, prepare yourself in advance and make the necessary arrangements so everything runs smoothly.

        2. Start your morning with a healthy ritual

Bembu, shares some really great morning rituals that can get you started on the right foot every day. Some of these include:

  1. Drinking a glass of warm water as soon as you wake up to restart the body and rehydrate all your internal systems.
  2. Start your day earlier to give body and brain time to fully wake up.
  3. Give yourself time to do some exercise (stretching, yoga, etc.) and some meditation/prayer before you start the day.
  4. Avoid heavy foods and stimulants (energy drinks) in the morning.

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  1. Eat a healthy and balanced breakfast

Whether you’re relaxed or extremely busy in the mornings…never skip breakfast!

Your glucose levels drop significantly during the night and if you don’t replenish them early in the morning you run the risk of running out of energy, feel light-headed, increase stress levels and decrease concentration.

Health.com has great insight on the topic and have great breakfast food suggestions for fast and slower lifestyles. They recommend oats, Greek yogurt, Fruit, eggs, almonds, cereals and whole-wheat products.

  1. Arrive to work a bit early

 Getting there early gives you time to settle, organize your tasks, read a little before it gets crowded and catch up on emails.

Leaving home early can also help you avoid traffic, which can decrease your stress levels.

Extremely busy for breakfast?? Try these smoothies from Domestic Geek

  1. Call for 5 minute “focus meetings”

 Good companies often have their employees working towards the same goal. Good communication is key not only to share strategies and timelines but also to connect with fellow workers and get everyone on the same page and mood.

The 5-minute catch-up can help you organize your entire department in a short and sweet manner.

  1. Use technology to your advantage

 Today there are many, many tools to help you organize your days. From Google Calendars to reminder apps to personalized agendas, the options are endless.

The key is to know yourself and adopt tools that meet your personal needs and those you’re in charge of.

Source: play.google.com

Source: play.google.com

  1. Take recreational breaks

 To stay focused it is good to give your brain a 15min break every 45 min. use this time to recharge, rest and refocus.

Amongst the many things you can do during break there’s reading, musical meditation, stretching, mind exercises, talking a walk or catch up with friends.

  1. Review your accomplishments before you leave work

 Before you leave, make sure you review your “task list” and see how far you got. Then reprioritize tasks and note down any meeting, deliverable or presentation you have for the next day.

Reviewing your accomplishments can also help you visualize your progress and reassess how you are managing your time and resources.

Read More: Make Work-Life Balance a Reality!
  1. Leave work at work

 After you leave work, make sure you don’t bring it with you. Check all your emails before you leave finish everything before you walk out and then forget about everything (unless you really have to work at home).

  1. Dedicate time to other activities that make you happy

 Waking up early and taking on the day with great determination depends a lot on how you feel inside, and how satisfied you feel with your life.

To feel good you need balance, you need things that make you feel alive and filled with purpose. So think about what you love to do and set sometime to do it! Even if its for 10 minutes every day. You can even mix your hobbies with your everyday duties to make them happen!

If you found this post helpful, let us know in the comments!

 

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Make Work-Life Balance a Reality

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An article from Forbes revealed that 94% of professionals clock more than 50 hours/week and some even jump to 65 just to meet work demands.

Countless factors such as unemployment, strict operation systems, and corporate climbing (amongst others) have made people addicted to work, leaving little space for friends, family and hobbies consequently hurting their mental and physical health.

To avoid becoming an unhealthy workaholic, health and profession experts have suggested many techniques but to make it easy I summarized them in 5 key points…

  1. Sort out your priorities

 Australian marketer, Nigel Marsh has spent seven years studying and writing about work-life balance. Through his research he found that most people suffer because they choose jobs and “dreams” that are not compatible with the life they actually lead.

If you were raising a young family, for example, it would be very hard to dedicate your full potential to a 65hr/week job.

Work-life balance, in turn, becomes a very personal choice and depends on what you value most and how much you’re willing to sacrifice to get it.

This does not mean, however, that you can’t work and be a parent or an entrepreneur at the same time. It means you must be willing to divide your potential between tasks and give each one the time it deserves to be done right (not perfect).

To hear Nigel Marsh’s complete TedTalk, watch this video…

                                                                                             

Source: GoodTherapy.org

Source: GoodTherapy.org

2. Don’t judge yourself too quickly

According to Marsh, you can’t expect to be balanced in a glimpse or live 365 balanced days. Instead, it is recommended to set clear goals and follow a realistic timeframe to achieve them.

Say you don’t have time for your hobbies (and that’s very important to you) you can slowly work towards getting a part-time job and then transform your hobby into an extra source of income. To do that you may need weeks even months, but knowing where you’re going keeps you motivated to work for it every day.

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    Source: SalesFocus.inc

    Communicate and stick with your choices

 If you choose to work and lead a personal life, it is key to communicate your choices to those around you, so they know what to expect from you and vice versa.

Say you’re working part-time, for example, your boss must know that after 1pm she cannot expect you to do what you would from 8-12. Whatever you do, respect the time you spend on every activity and try to live the present. If you are at work, don’t distract yourself with outside things. And, if you are with your family don’t take away their time by checking emails or answering work calls.

  1. Realism vs. Perfectionism

 Usually we spend endless hours on something because we strive for perfection. To find your balance it is important to perform with quality but not obsess with the details.

An article from Forbes suggest you seek to delegate or outsource some activities so you can spend less time worrying about the mess (at the office or at home) and enjoy more of life.

Source: www.7cups.com

Source: www.7cups.com

  1. Take advantage of all your resources

To save up time, try to get help from the people and technology around you.

You can take meetings over Skype if you need to stay at home, or ask your neighbor to help you with carpool. If you are raising a young family seek “flex-schedules” options or go freelance.  When you are clear on how your balance look like it is easier to build a support system around it.

To conclude, it is fair to say that work-life balance is all about priorities, time management, communication and commitment! And it can be a reality for you if you are clear on what you want and you work every day towards it.

Do not expect to be balanced in one day but also do not wait to start living until retirement comes along!

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Write New Year Resolutions That Stick!

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According to experts, New Year resolutions have an average life spam of three weeks. In the euphoria of the moment we set ourselves to achieve the impossible and more often than not we end up abandoning the dream before it even starts.

So, how can we set resolutions that actually “stick”? These 8 tips will get you started in the right direction…

  1. Readjust the purpose

Often, we fail to achieve our resolutions because we set them for the wrong reasons.

First we see them as “musts”, which, in turn, makes the thought daunting. To make it work, psychologists and coaches suggest you see resolutions as something you “want” or “desire” to accomplish. That way you don’t become a victim of the process but the pilot of your growth.

And second, we often see resolutions as “absolutes” and believe that unless we achieve them we won’t be beautiful or successful or good. Truth is, you are already worthy and achieving your goals will only help you grow but not become “more of a person”. When we grasp this truth, we accept the challenge in a more relaxed and optimistic attitude.

  1. Narrow down the list

Instead of creating a long and intimidating list of “must-achieves”, try to be efficient and focus on the 3-5 things that will make all the difference.

For example, instead of telling yourself to diet, run, and prepare healthy lunches for work…focus only on the running part until you master it… and then move on to the next step.

Trying to tackle too many things at once can burn you out and discourage you to a point you abandon it all together.

  1. Set a realistic pace

It is better to go slow but steady. Don’t push yourself to become “more organized” in one week. Or reach an impossible target in one month.

Change (if is going to be sustainable) takes time and it is different for everyone.

This year, for example, I told myself I was going to focus on three goals and I was planning to achieve them in 12 months. By giving myself one year to improve, I was allowing my mind, body and schedule to align and create a lasting strategy.

If you know two weeks is an unrealistic timeframe to reach that $1M deal, then give yourself more time. In the end getting there is what matters.

Read More: Start 2017 Successfully
  1. Don’t be afraid to readjust mid-way

Your resolutions will be as dynamic as you are. If you find in two months that you can’t commit to three calls a week with your long-distance clients, try to make that 1 call you can commit to the best quality call ever.

In the end resolutions are more about the objective than the tactic. As schedules get crazier and work gets harder, you can’t expect to run five times a week, yet you can still continue to improve your health using “in-office” exercise plans or by walking to work, etc.

  1. Create a friendly yet effective “accountability” system

Don’t be too harsh on yourself but don’t let yourself down either.

While some accountability systems are very precise (keeping track of your sales, weight or new client accounts), others can be more abstract. The key is to find one that keeps you motivated and pushes you without wearing you out.

Exercising with friends is a great one. Adopting a reward system could work as well. Imagine how great it would be to buy yourself a new laptop if you hit that sales target by the end of the trimester!

Be as creative as you want but make sure the system keeps you on the right track!

  1. “Dissect” your resolutions

Sometimes goals seem unachievable because we don’t really know what they actually mean or how to approach them.

Instead of telling yourself “I want to have better work-life balance”…ask yourself: what would be the best work-life balance look like? What characteristics does it have?

Based on your answers you can start thinking of the steps you must follow to achieve it and then plan an accountable strategy!

Knowing exactly what you want and how to get there will make the process clearer and easier to follow.

  1. Keep it hidden, keep it safe 

Have you every heard people say “if you say it, you may jinx it?”. Well, truth is, there are studies that prove this right. Experts suggest that people are less likely to complete a plan when they constantly share it.

And why is that? Well, according to Peter Shallard, the unconscious brain cannot distinguish between imagined success and real success…so when you share your plans with others your brain rewards you for that success and you feel amazing! This phenomena, however, makes you want to share it again and again before you actually do something about it. Simply, because sharing takes less energy than executing and pretty much has the same euphoric effect.

So bottom line…share less, do more!

      8. Enjoy yourself

And finally…have fun!

 Yes growth is supposed to hurt but it is also supposed to be exciting. And you can always make it as joyful as your creativity allows.

So dig deep, think outside-the-box and push your limits (in a healthy way). And remember to never be afraid to fall and try again! Learning is part of the game!

 

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How to Gain Employee Trust in 3 Ways

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Let’s face it, a company’s success relies on its employees. Without a fantastic team, success will fall behind. It’s easy to speak about successful teams, but the real value comes from building true teams across departments.

Here are three basic things to consider in order to build strong teams.

ONE: Transparency

Nothing is more noxious than smoke and secrets. When you are transparent with your employees or team members; work will get done more efficiently as doubt will not stifle productivity. Trust your team members with information, and be clear about what is expected of them and you will see your employee’s happiness level increase as well.

TWO: Clear KPI’s

As with the previous point, a clear expectation by establishing Key Performance Indicators early on will aid in team productivity. Either benchmark them, or create new ones to benchmark in the future. What’s important here is that these KPI’s are communicated to each of the team members so that they know what is expected of them; and in turn, how they can go above and beyond.

THREE: Voice

As with all happy relationships, communication goes both ways. It’s important to make your employees or team mates to feel like they have a voice. A voice that will allow them to voice their concerns, and also provide valuable data that will help improve processes or provide insight into aspects of the business that is only visible to the person executing the task.

 

With a start of a new year, this is the perfect time to start implementing these builds!

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The Skills To Have In This Era

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As the world enter the “Fourth Industrial Revolution”, humans must adapt their skill sets to meet future demands. With robots threatening to take over our jobs, we’ve found ourselves in a position to “prove” our potential and to develop valuable competencies no robot could replicate.

Considering research from the World Economic Forum and LinkedIn, let’s take a look at 6 skills you must have to thrive in this era…

 

  1. Complex Problem Solving
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Source: tonex.com

This skill comes hand in hand with human-centered R&D. According to LinkedIn, to solve complex problems you must learn to ask tough questions. Be quick and accurate when framing a problem and learn to evaluate multiple alternatives at the same time.

To solve these types of problems, however, solutions can’t stay on paper. You must prototype as you go and think ahead to be able to scale the solution.

  1. Critical Thinking
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Source: Global Digital Citizen Foundation

 We’ve heard so much of critical thinking. Yet, every day you see employees who can crunch the numbers but lack the ability to analyze them. Or people who can read an article but cannot associate the information to draw conclusions.

To think “critically”, individuals must be able to properly conceptualize, apply and evaluate information, to later build well-thought judgments that will guide their actions or beliefs.

To thrive, now we must learn to ask questions about what we do and why we do it. It won’t be enough to crunch the numbers, now we must to draw conclusions from our work and propose courses of action.

  1. Creativity
Source: University of Cambridge

Source: University of Cambridge

 This skill has been incredibly underrated in previous years. Often attributed only to artists and artisans, we lost the real meaning creativity and banished it from the workplace unconsciously.

To be creative in this era means to think outside the box and requires being able to craft many solutions to one problem and to gather information in the least conventional ways.

Creativity, in turn, comes hand in hand with education and eagerness to learn new concepts and not be afraid of failure. Creative individuals often see many possible courses of action for one issue; they are quick thinkers and can achieve a lot using very little.

With new technologies coming out and globalization knocking at our doors, companies need creative thinkers more than ever. And as the World Economic Forum puts it, “robots may help us get to where we want to be faster, but they can’t be as creative as humans (yet).

  1. People Management
Source: PRP Solutions

Source: PRP Solutions

 People management is all about empowering individuals to be the best version of themselves both professionally and personally.

To “manage” your people is to give them access to development opportunities that will unleash their potential and show them the best way to thrive. It is creating an atmosphere or culture that supports employees and challenges them to perform at their best.

Robots can’t yet listen to others and form critical judgment on how to help them thrive. They are not yet fully empathetic or have the ability to coach humans on how to unleash their top potential.

Companies, in turn, are looking for individuals that can transform their teammates into more productive people by effectively attending their human needs.

  1. Emotional Intelligence
Source: Sessioncam.com

Source: Sessioncam.com

 Many believe intellectual intelligence means everything and throw emotional intelligence under the bus.

Truth is, when things get complicated, no matter how smart someone is if that person can’t deal with his emotions, the entire project, task or negotiation can go down.

Emotional intelligence, however, goes beyond controlling your anger or depression. To have a high EQ means your able to detect, control and express your emotions freely. You are not a slave of “how you feel” and you can separate subjective from objective.

On top of this, emotionally intelligent people are able to build better interpersonal relations since they can detect, guide and influence other’s emotions as well as their own.

That said it is no surprise companies are going crazy for people with higher EQs. They want people who can build more objective judgments but won’t lose empathy for others.

       6. Service Orientation

Source: Hotelogix

Source: Hotelogix

 And finally, service. Companies are looking for people that can recognize and meet client’s needs even before clients express them.

These people must be always ready to help and able to draw quick conclusions based on observation and research.

Machines can help us deal with data more accurately but people still hold their place when it comes to “customer service”.

Sources:

  1. http://www.criticalthinking.org/pages/defining-critical-thinking/766
  2. https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2016/01/the-10-skills-you-need-to-thrive-in-the-fourth-industrial-revolution/
  3. https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/skills-world-need-future-infographics-enrique-rubio

 

 

 

 

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14 Things Successful eople do

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From Talentsmart.com, Dr. Travis Bradburry talks about what ultra productive people do. Follow this list and jot down all the things that will make you an incredibly productive person. My personal favorite is number 12, since I am incapable of dealing with physical mail at the moment I get it; i have to keep procrastinating it to some other day.

  1. Minutes, not hours. Instead of focusing on hour and half-hour blocks, focus on the minutes instead. Know that there are 1,440 minutes everyday, and maximize your day by this guideline. You will find that you will appreciate time and use it more efficiently. “As legendary Olympic gymnast Shannon Miller told Kevin, “To this day, I keep a schedule that is almost minute by minute.” You must master your minutes to master your life.”
  2. They focus on only one thing. Ultra-productive people know what their “Most Important Task” is and work on it for one to two hours each morning, without interruptions. What task will have the biggest impact on reaching your goals? What accomplishment will get you promoted at work? That’s what you should dedicate your mornings to every day.
  3. They don’t use to-do lists. Throw away your to-do list; instead schedule everything on your calendar. It turns out that only 41% of items on to-do lists ever get done. All those undone items lead to stress and insomnia because of the Zeigarnik effect, which, in essence, means that uncompleted tasks will stay on your mind until you finish them. Highly productive people put everything on their calendar and then work and live by that calendar.
  4. They beat procrastination with time travel. Your future self can’t be trusted. That’s because we are time inconsistent. We buy veggies today because we think we’ll eat healthy salads all week; then we throw out green rotting mush in the future. Successful people figure out what they can do now to make certain their future selves will do the right thing. Anticipate how you will self-sabotage in the future, and come up with a solution today to defeat your future self.
  5. They make it home for dinner. Kevin first learned this one from Intel’s Andy Grove, who said, “There is always more to be done, more that should be done, always more than can be done.” Highly successful people know what they value in life. There is no right answer, but for many, these other values include family time, exercise, and giving back. They consciously allocate their 1,440 minutes a day to each area they value (i.e., they put them on their calendar), and then they stick to that schedule.
  6. They use a notebook. Richard Branson has said on more than one occasion that he wouldn’t have been able to build Virgin without a simple notebook, which he takes with him wherever he goes. In one interview, Greek shipping magnate Aristotle Onassis said, Ultra-productive people free their minds by writing everything down as the thoughts come to them.
  7. They process e-mails only a few times a day. Ultra-productive people don’t “check” their e-mail throughout the day. They schedule time to process their e-mails quickly and efficiently. For some, that’s only once a day; for others, it’s morning, noon, and night.
  8. They avoid meetings at all costs. Meetings are notorious time killers. They start late, have the wrong people in them, meander around their topics, and run long. You should get out of meetings whenever you can and hold fewer of them yourself. If you do run a meeting, keep it short and to the point.
  9. They say “no” to almost everything. Billionaire Warren Buffet once said, “The difference between successful people and very successful people is that very successful people say ‘no’ to almost everything.” And James Altucher colorfully gave Kevin this tip: “If something is not a ‘Hell Yeah!’ then it’s a no.” Remember, you only have 1,440 minutes in a day. Don’t give them away easily.
  10. They follow the 80/20 rule. Known as the Pareto Principle, in most cases, 80% of results come from only 20% of activities. Ultra-productive people know which activities drive the greatest results. Focus on those and ignore the rest.
  11. They delegate almost everything. Ultra-productive people don’t ask, “How can I do this task?” Instead, they ask, “How can this task get done?” They take the I out of it as much as possible. Ultra-productive people don’t have control issues, and they are not micro-managers. In many cases, good enough is, well, good enough.
  12. They touch things only once. How many times have you opened a piece of regular mail—a bill perhaps—and then put it down, only to deal with it again later? How often do you read an e-mail and then close it and leave it in your inbox to deal with later? Highly successful people try to “touch it once.” If it takes less than five or ten minutes—whatever it is—they deal with it right then and there. It reduces stress, since it won’t be in the back of their minds, and it is more efficient, since they won’t have to re-read or re-evaluate the item again in the future.
  13. They practice a consistent morning routine. Kevin’s single greatest surprise while interviewing over 200 highly successful people was how many of them wanted to share their morning ritual with him. While he heard about a wide variety of habits, most nurtured their bodies in the morning with water, a healthy breakfast, and light exercise, and they nurtured their minds with meditation or prayer, inspirational reading, or journaling.
  14. Energy is everything. You can’t make more minutes in the day, but you can increase your energy to increase your attention, focus, and productivity. Highly successful people don’t skip meals, sleep, or breaks in the pursuit of more, more, more. Instead, they view food as fuel, sleep as recovery, and breaks as opportunities to recharge in order to get even more done.

Which of these do you already do, and which ones are you going to start practicing?

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