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15 Fascinating Books to Help You Become a Better Thinker in 2015

Books 2015 imageAmong the fastest-growing topics on business bookshelves these days are those that examine how we think, how we make decisions, why we make mistakes, how we learn, and how we lead.

These titles, which may be listed under the headings of social or behavioral psychology, behavioral economics, learning theory, or the increasingly popular title of “neuroleadership,” show us not only how we think, but also how we can start to think better.

Think about how many decisions you’ve already made today: What time to get up. Which toothpaste to use. What to wear. What to have for breakfast. How best to get to work. And what to do when you get there. From the minute we wake up, throughout the day, and until the second we fall asleep we are always thinking, whether we realize it or not.

But despite all that thinking, how often do we actually STOP to think about thinking? That’s what this year’s list is intended to help you do. Once you start thinking about HOW you think, it becomes pretty hard to stop. And with this heightened self-awareness, you will soon find yourself having greater insights, making better decisions, making fewer regrettable mistakes, and acting more efficiently, effectively, and confidently.    Read More →

Start the New Year Off Right with 7 Simple Productivity and Time Management Tips

safety lastIn my last post, I talked about the “unmade beds” in our lives. Those messy distractions that drain our energy, keep us from focusing, and stand in the way of getting any “real work” done.

But once you’ve made the bed and sat down at your desk, where do you go from here? How do you decide how you are going to spend the next eight to ten (or more) hours of your workday?

As the management guru Peter Drucker famously put it, “Time is the scarcest resource; if it is not managed, nothing else can be.” So how are you going to manage your time .  . . while you try to manage to find the time to do all that you need to do?

There are a million time management and personal productivity tools, tips, and techniques out there. You can spend hours researching all of them. (But then you really wouldn’t get anything done, would you?) Or you can start with any of the seven simple tips I’m suggesting below.    Read More →

Use Good UX to Land That Interview

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Here’s a holiday gift for you, by way of a tip: for the love of all that is sensible, please include your resume and cover letter when you apply for a job.

I don’t know if not doing so is unique to the LinkedIn platform, of which I’m generally a fan; or unique to a certain class of professional (designers, I’m talking to you). Regardless, here’s how it goes down from the hiring manager’s perspective:    Read More →

That Fantastic Jobs Report and What It Means for You

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The numbers are in from the Labor Department: employers added 321,000 jobs in November. This is the biggest one-month gain since January 2012, and it far exceeded analysts’ expectations, which was that payrolls would increase by 225,000. Not only that, but the jobs numbers for September and October got revised up by a total of 44,000.

So what should these glowing numbers mean for you?    Read More →

How Consultants Can Make Sure They Get Paid

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The biggest hazard in the life of an independent consultant or freelancer is the likelihood that at some point you’ll have a client who won’t or doesn’t pay you. In my 16 years of independence, I have had two clients commit the crime of nonpayment. And just this year, I almost had my third. Having learned from the first two, the last one didn’t end badly—it ended up with the final check.    Read More →

5 LinkedIn Mistakes You Don’t Realize You’re Making

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Are you pleased with your LinkedIn profile? Sure, you probably are. After all, you’ve checked all the boxes: photo, succinct summary, detailed job history, etc. You’re even getting a few hits from recruiters. But there’s more to building a killer profile than just avoiding the common mistakes. As recruiters, LinkedIn is our first stop when searching for talent, and I’ve spotted five common LinkedIn mistakes that most people don’t realize they’re making.    Read More →

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