Archive for July, 2017

The Real Reason Why You’re Easily Distracted Has Nothing To Do With Technology

Posted on July 31st, 2017 by The Learning Factor

It’s hard to get anything done with all of the push notifications pulling us into other directions. You can find something else to do or think about at any given moment. But maybe the distractions aren’t the problem. Maybe it’s your willingness to be distracted that needs to be examined.


“Distractions are by-products of a problem,” says Kyle Cease, author of I Hope I Screw This Up: How Falling In Love With Your Fears Can Change the World. “Something outside of you is pulling you away from yourself or a goal. But the distraction is actually on the inside, and what’s going on outside matches what’s going on inside.”


We invite distractions as a way to handle three internal struggles, says Cease.

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The fact that your attention can get so easily pulled away might point to an internal struggle. Here’s how to figure out what’s really going on.

How Becoming A Good Listener Can Make You A Better Leader

Posted on July 31st, 2017 by The Learning Factor

Running a business is an inherently emotional experience. Even the most stoic leaders are bound to find themselves becoming invested not only in outcomes, but in people and processes as well.


While emotional leadership is often regarded as a liability, lack of personal investment can also bring about negative outcomes.


I’ve learned that the best leaders are those who can recognize emotionally-charged situations, rise above the passions of the movement, and maintain a level head. Good leaders are quick to listen and slow to anger.

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Want to become a better leader? Talk less and listen more.

Do These 5 Emotionally Intelligent Things Within 5 Minutes Of Meeting Someone

Posted on July 28th, 2017 by The Learning Factor

What’s the point of networking if not to get other people to like you? Sure, you need new contacts to see you as interesting, competent, professional, and potentially valuable to them—but if they don’t also find you likeable, nobody will feel motivated to reach out later and work with you.


The reason why all comes down to emotional intelligence, the set of skills and qualities that allow people to form deeper, closer relationships with others. Likability is a key ingredient in that, and its career benefits are pretty obvious. For instance, being likeable—and liking your coworkers in return—can increase your chances of getting promoted.


But when it comes to first impressions, you don’t always have much time to get people to like you. So here are a few straightforward things that the most emotionally intelligent people do to cement their likability from the get-go.

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Being instantly likable isn’t rocket science, but this checklist takes practice to master in the short space of a first impression.