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Before You Set New Goals, Think about What You Will Stop Doing

Deciding to accomplish something new with your life when your current schedule is already booked solid is impossible. This is a major reason why goals are never achieved—the person just never cleared out enough time to really dedicate to pursuing the goal. In an article for Harvard Business Review, Elizabeth Grace Saunders shares some advice to streamline your time to ensure there is room to achieve goals. New Goals versus Old Problems Her first tip …

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5 Tactics for IT Leaders to Better Use LinkedIn

LinkedIn is about making connections and closing deals, which means it can be pretty exhausting. Still, IT leaders would be wise to make a basic effort to keep on top of it. In an article for the Enterprisers Project, Kristin Burnham shares five tactics to make the best use of LinkedIn without spending all day on it: View LinkedIn at least once a week. Garner trends from your inbox. Participate in groups to crowdsource ideas. …

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3 Ways to Improve Your Decision-Making

Good decision-making comes from being able to make predictions about the future and judge the value of those outcomes. How can you bolster those abilities and tip the odds of making a good decision in your favor? In an article for Harvard Business Review, Walter Frick shares three straightforward tips: Be less certain. Ask, “How often does that typically happen?” Think probabilistically (and understand basic probability). Sharper Decisions On the subject of confidence, the discussion …

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What Is the Future of 3D Holograms?

When it comes to most-demanded technologies, 3D holograms are up there with hover chairs and flying cars in terms of popularity. And the good news is that real progress is being made toward making them a reality. For instance, there are the recently announced Magic Leap One augmented reality goggles to whet appetites. Even more exciting stuff is just around the corner too. In an article for Computerworld, Mike Elgan discusses some of the technology …

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The Stress of Remote Working

When people typically think about work stress, they imagine people chained to their work desks, putting in countless overtime. Or they just imagine people inundated by meetings and obligations. It is pretty rare that they imagine stress occurring in a remote working arrangement. But it exists, and it could escalate in seriousness as the workforce becomes more mobile. In a post at Hacker Noon, Martin De Wulf relates his experience with stress in remote working, …

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Project Managers: Are You Making the Most of Your Brain?

Personal health and wellness have an important influence on your ability to do good work, but it is seldom discussed enough. It is just taken for granted that you are going to be awake, energetic, and engaged every day. But is that really the case? In a post for Strategy Execution, project leadership coach Susanne Madsen discusses some tips to keep your brain in tip-top work-ready shape. Preserving Mental Agility According to Madsen, aerobic exercise …

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How to Become a World-Class Listener

In one ear and out the other—we hate when people do not listen to us. How hard is it to just hear a few words and process them appropriately? Well, depending on the circumstances, it could be harder than we think. In an article for the Cut, Kristin Wong discusses the psychology and physical steps involved in better listening. Hear the Truth There are varied ways that someone can be bad at listening. For instance, …

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12 Soft Skills Every Tech Worker Needs

Maybe people have talked a little too much lately about the importance of soft skills in IT. But then again, as long as the stereotype persists that IT workers are a bunch of anti-social gremlins, maybe we should keep talking about soft skills anyway. In an article for IT Business Edge, Sue Marquette Poremba outlines all of the domains where tech workers should develop soft skills: Empathy Collaboration Communication Listening Reading and writing Customer service …

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3 Ways to Burst Out of Your Professional Bubble

When you stay inside the same professional and media bubbles, you never get exposed to new ideas. But new ideas are the soil for growth in your skills and mindset. So in order to keep your career viable, you had better keep blowing bubbles. In an article for TechRepublic, Patrick Gray describes three ways to not get stuck in one bubble: Create the bubbles, rather than being trapped by them. Escape the physical bubble. Seek …

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Why We Should Be Disagreeing More at Work

Too many people feel that saying, “I disagree,” is the same thing as saying, “You’re an idiot. I hate you. Why are you here?” So instead, they just go along with someone else’s faulty logic, like being in the passenger seat with a drunk driver. In this way, the desire to avoid conflict can sometimes explode into much more disastrous situations. That means it is time to change your attitude about disagreeing. Amy Gallo shares …

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