Archive for May, 2017

Do You Know How Each Person on Your Team Likes to Work?

Posted on May 31st, 2017 by The Learning Factor

When we travel to a country that has a different culture than ours, many of us spend time learning ways to communicate and connect with the people there. We might look up the meanings of common terms and access maps of key attractions.

Similarly, when you first become a manager, it’s helpful to spend time up front connecting and creating a common language with your team. When your team knows how you like to work and how you plan to manage them, they’re able to produce results faster. When you know how each of your direct reports likes to work and communicate, you’re able to save time when setting direction and following up.

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An exercise for new managers.

Feeling Stuck? Take Mark Zuckerberg’s Advice And Commit To A Purpose Bigger Than Yourself

Posted on May 31st, 2017 by The Learning Factor

Last week Mark Zuckerberg returned to Harvard, the college he ‘dropped out’ of to start Facebook, to deliver the commencement address. One might expect he’d have talked about leadership, innovation or risk taking. Perhaps even on the dangers of living life as though it were a Facebook feed. But no, he focused on purpose; urging Harvard’s bright young scholars to commit their lives to a purpose greater than themselves.

Purpose is that sense that we are part of something bigger than ourselves,” Zuckerberg said, “that we are needed, that we have something better ahead to work for. Purpose is what creates true happiness.”

Of course it’s easy to look at Zuckerberg, whose net wealth is estimated to exceed sixty billion dollars, and think “Easy for him to say.” However, there’s a growing body of research to back him up. Studies show that having a sense of purpose is an increasingly strong predictor of happiness and a powerful antidote to depression.  Research has found that ‘purpose driven’ people

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Mark Zuckerberg’s commencement address at Harvard urged graduates to find their purpose. Research shows that it is by committing to a purpose greater than our own status, significance and security that we can find true happiness.

Here’s How To Find A Minute Of Mindfulness Anywhere

Posted on May 31st, 2017 by The Learning Factor

Everyone’s mind wanders.

Mindfulness is paying attention to what’s happening in the present moment. So if you’re aware that your mind is wandering, you’re halfway to a successful mindfulness practice.

The other half of mindfulness is gently returning your attention back to the here and now. But this doesn’t mean you have to yank your misbehaving mind back to reality. Instead, think of it as a compassionate return to consciousness. Picture a feather on the ground, lifted up by a gust of wind and then floating back down to rest on the pavement.

Wandering. Awareness. Return.

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You can practice this super-simple meditation throughout the day.