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How PwC and The Washington Post Are Finding and Hiring External Talent

Posted on March 30th, 2016 by The Learning Factor

Corporations across the globe are increasing their use of external talent. In the U.S. alone, companies are engaging roughly 6.4 million independent contractors, freelancers, and other types of contingent workers. They’re doing this because hiring independent workers on a contingent basis increases business flexibility and agility, provides access to hard-to-hire specialized talent, and potentially reduces costs.

 

Because of these benefits, contingent or contract-based external talent already makes up about one-third of the average large corporation’s total workforce. This percentage is expected to grow in the coming years.

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As the use of external talent increases, so does the need for more efficient ways to find, hire, and manage contingent workers as well as integrate them into the company’s full-time employees and teams.

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How To Change Someone’s Mind, According To Science

Posted on March 30th, 2016 by The Learning Factor

Belief change is a war of attrition. There’s usually no one argument that can suddenly get someone to see the light.

 

Changing someone’s mind about a high-stakes position is a challenge many of us confront. Maybe your customers have preconceived ideas about your brand or products that you’d like to influence, or perhaps upper management is leaning toward a decision that you disagree with. In order to get someone to reconsider their views, it’s important to understand the role of coherence in supporting beliefs.

 

Going back to the 1950s, psychologists have recognized the interplay among different aspects of knowledge that influence our overall set of beliefs. Building off that research, the cognitive scientist Paul Thagard has more recently put forth the concept of “explanatory coherence.”

 

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Psychologically speaking, changing someone’s mind is pretty difficult, even when you don’t have politics to factor in.

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Role models are the new royalty, so be a great one

Posted on March 29th, 2016 by The Learning Factor

In the age of social media, role models are the new royalty. Whether it’s labels such as #fitspiration, #bodyspiration or – the hashtag I most frequently see on my newsfeed – #careerspiration, it seems like everyone is looking for someone to look up to. With power, though, comes great responsibility.

As a CEO in a high-profile publishing role, I am in the lucky position to frequently meet people who say my work, books or conference addresses have inspired, motivated and guided them. I love hearing this, but it always leaves me with a slight sense of ‘imposter syndrome’. Because, lets face it, I’m only human, and no single person has all the answers. What if I lead someone down the wrong path, and offer advice that doesn’t serve them?

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In the age of social media we’re all looking for someone to look up to.

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