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The 4 Deadliest Traps of Scaling a Tech Startup

There can be no debate about which is the most precarious period in the life of a tech startup—it is the early days. Trying to merely survive until the next round of funding can be an ulcer-inducing experience, and most tech startup founders cannot wait for this period to end. Unfortunately, many of them are so happy when they get out of the woods that they mess up the next step—scaling up their startup into ...

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Data on What Motivates Workers in Their 20s

In an article for Harvard Business Review, Jeffrey Arnett shares data from a poll he conducted in 2015 with a sample of 1,000 21-to-29-year-old workers. It reveals the attitudes of this young, transitional component of the workforce. Arnett’s major insights are as follows: (1) These people are not lazy, but not often fully committed to their jobs. (2) They are willing to work their way up the career ladder, but not willing to be exploited. ...

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4 Simple Tips to Improve Your Work Ethic

When you acknowledge and embody a few fundamentals, developing stronger work ethic becomes a simple proposition. An article at HRZone provides those fundamentals. First, you need to understand why you want your work ethic to improve in the first place. Are there benefits you want to reap, risks you want to avoid, or both? Whatever your reasons are, they will serve as your starting point for setting a path to improvement. To incentivize yourself to ...

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6 Reasons Your Employees Are Not Working Their Best

Are you frustrated with your team’s lackluster output? Maybe the issue is your lackluster leadership. In an article for TLNT, Mona Berberich identifies some ways you may be setting them up for mediocrity: You do not make enough time for performance evaluations: You must not think of evaluations as a chore or a “necessary evil.” They are a time to discuss how employees can improve, whether they are doing poorly or are already doing excellent. ...

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The Four Habits That Create Work Ethic

What mystical forces must come together in order to create reliable work ethic? In an article for Lifehack, Scott H. Young says that this force comprises habits directed at building four things: persistence, focus, “do it now” attitude, and “do it right” attitude. Persistence and focus are the bedrock of work ethic; if your brain clocks out after an hour of work, all hope is lost. To develop these two, grab a stopwatch and start ...

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How Do You Improve Work Ethic If You’ve Always Been Lazy?

Can a leopard change its spots? Of course it can, with some body paint. In an article for New York magazine’s The Cut, Alison Green describes how even the laziest person can develop strong work ethic. To begin with, imagine all of the times you have procrastinated important work—and how many hours you have spent dwelling on the fact that you had uncompleted work waiting for you. Think about how many carefree hours of your ...

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Girls Feel Less Smart than Boys by Age 6

In an article for CNN, Juliet Perry and Meera Senthilingam share the findings of research conducted on 400 children about their perceptions on being “smart.” What was found was that children typically view both genders as equally intelligent at age 5, but girls start to feel less smart than boys at age 6. For instance, when offered an activity for “really, really smart kids,” 6-year-old girls express less interest than 5-year-old girls. One wrinkle in ...

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Google Makes You Feel Smarter than You Are

Google and other search engines will reward you instantly with the answer to any objective question you might dream up. But people might be forgetting that Google’s genius is not their own. As Melissa Dahl explains for Science of Us, Yale researchers have conducted experiments that show people with access to search engines feel smarter than people who do not have access to them. To illustrate this, one experiment made groups of people answer a ...

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7 Tips to Make Other People Feel Smart

When you care about your colleagues, you want them to feel good about themselves. Making them feel smart is one of the nicest compliments of all. In a post at her website, bestselling author Gretchen Rubin shares seven small tips to accomplish this. First, do not be afraid to take notes while people are talking; it means they are noteworthy! Likewise, reference back to previous points that people have made during a conversation, to show ...

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Tips to Tweak Your Life to Make Yourself Smarter

Sleeping in to 3 p.m. on Saturday is not the path to enlightenment. It is on you to decide what path is right for you though. In an article for Gizmodo, Jamie Condliffe assists by sharing a few tips to make you feel smarter. Let’s start with food. Fish, berries, and antioxidants have been connected with inhibiting cognitive decline, and omega-3 oils have been connected with copious physical and cognitive benefits. Likewise, exercising can, in ...

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