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Do you yawn your way through the morning, drinking coffee and staring at the computer screen, only to get your best ideas after dinner? You're not alone! Many people concentrate best in the evening - that's when they are at their most receptive and creative. Its part of their Working Style, a scientifically proved way to perform at your optimum.
One of the elements of your Working Style is the preference or non-preference for moving about when you're busy with something new or difficult. Are you somebody who thinks better while pacing a room or tapping your foot?
According to Barbara Prashnig, a world expert in education...
This week's blog post will explore the many ways in which businesses can take advantage of the social networking medium called Pinterest.
Pinterest is a social bookmarking site that allows users to create a visual, online pinboard with images they love organized around topics of their choice by category. It’s the fastest growing social media site in history, the third-largest network after Facebook and Twitter and has over 25 million members and 10 million unique visitors a month.
Because the medium is image-rich and online, it best appeals to people with a visual-tactile working style, with a non-preference for mobility....
"Why A Students Work For C Students" is a book by Robert T. Kiyosaki, the author of "Rich Dad Poor Dad" (see the video here). It's full of fascinating ideas, such as:
getting good grated at school, going to university and getting a good job is just one of four ways of earning money;
getting good grated at school, going to university and getting a good job will not make you rich;
getting good grated at school, going to university and getting a good job will put you into the rat race....
A friend of mine has recently taught me a valuable lesson about motivation: you can incentivize people to take action, but the result may not necessarily be what you expect.
He used the example of his daughter and hockey. In order to motivate his daughter to try harder, he promised her an expensive reward if she scored a goal (she hadn't scored at all that season). The very next game, she scored a goal in the first five minutes, gave him a thumbs up... and stopped applying herself to the game. After all, she'd already achieved her goal of obtaining the expensive...
We don't need researches to tell us that taking a holiday will improve our work performance. We don't need researches to tell us how it takes a week to shift gears and stop thinking about work, and therefore it's imperative to make your holidays at least 10 days long in order to reap the benefits. We do need researches to tell us whether we're the type of person who can successfully enjoy a holiday, and why.
Enter Working Styles and the Working Style Analysis tool (WSA). The WSA report will tell you almost 50 things you may not have realised about yourself. Among...
Excellence is not perfection. It's the result of putting quality into everything you do. It's the gradual result of always trying to do better. It's being the best you can be.
Some of the tools that can help you along the way:
Enthusiasm for your job;
A can-do attitude;
A sense of responsibility and pride in your work;
Taking initiative and owning problems;
Going the extra mile;
Understanding your working style.
Do you know the optimal conditions under which you concentrate best? Is the office...
Procrastination, working less and fluorescent lights at the office - what do they have in common? They've all been discussed online by Drake Baer, a business writer capable of causing a stir in the workplace.
Among others, he claims that:
If you work less, you actually achieve more.
Procrastination can lead to productivity, if you know how to channel it.
Fluorescent light decreases your work output.
At Creative Learning Systems, we definitely know about office lights. We also understand that some people need more light than others, some people need a warmer office,...
The sad reality is that in the current economic climate employees are expected to do more per hour with fewer resources. The result?
Skewed life-work balance
No productivity gains
Research indicates that true productivity gains can only be achieved through better organisation in the workplace and a kinder atmosphere. This includes:
Flexible work hours - not only for convenience, but also in recognition of the fact that people concentrate best at different times of day;
Office light (some people need it...
"If you are quiet in a group setting, it doesn't necessarily mean you are shy, but it does mean you might be an introvert," says Michael Woodward, an organizational psychologist in New York. To use Working Style terminology, if your style is Reflective rather than Impulsive, and you're asked a question you haven't considered before, you may experience a lot of activity in your amygdala, the part of the brain that registers fear and processes emotion.
To overcome this biological reaction, it helps if you:
Prepare as many ideas, angles and scenarios before the meeting.
Did you know?
Researchers at Hiroshima University conducted a study, called The Power of Kawaii (Japanese for ''cute''), which found that the positive emotions produced by looking at baby animals seems to trigger not only happiness but a ''narrowed attentional focus'', which in turn improves our ability to concentrate. They suggested workers be subjected to cute images to induce careful behaviour.
Everybody has the best time of day in which they are at their most productive. When is yours?
Our lives and brains are cluttered with too much information. Go on...
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