Posts Tagged "lead"

Want to Feel Powerful in 8 Minutes or Less? Science Says Do This

Posted on March 27th, 2017 by The Learning Factor

Music has long been known to tame the beast. Whether it’s a calming track to help you meditate, an upbeat sing-along type to get the party going, or an enlivening pop song to get you ready for the gym, you use music all the time.

Now, a group of social scientists has explored the answer to an important question when it comes to music:

Can listening to the right kind make you feel more powerful?

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Rock that meeting. Literally.

9 Skills You Should Learn That Pay Dividends Forever

Posted on March 24th, 2017 by The Learning Factor

The further along you are in your career, the easier it is to fall back on the mistaken assumption that you’ve made it and have all the skills you need to succeed. The tendency is to focus all your energy on getting the job done, assuming that the rest will take care of itself. Big mistake.

New research from Stanford tells the story. Carol Dweck and her colleagues conducted a study with people who were struggling with their performance. One group was taught to perform better on a task that they performed poorly in. The other group received a completely different intervention: for the task that they performed badly in, they were taught that they weren’t stuck and that improving their performance was a choice. They discovered that learning produces physiological changes in the brain, just like exercise changes muscles. All they had to do was believe in themselves and make it happen.

When the groups’ performance was reassessed a few months later, the group that was taught to perform the task better did even worse. The group that was taught that they had the power to change their brains and improve their performance themselves improved dramatically.

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Some of the most important skills in life are not taught in school. Here are 9 you won’t want to miss out on.

Why These Introverts Succeed In Extroverts’ Jobs | Fast Company

Posted on March 22nd, 2017 by The Learning Factor

When you’re an introvert browsing job listings, you might think something along these lines: Must avoid all sales jobs. Absolutely nothing client-facing. Actually, anything that’ll put me in the spotlight at all is a “no.”

And that’s a totally understandable attitude, as many introverts find themselves drained after hours of interaction with people. It’s natural to want to work where you’ll be most comfortable, and for some, that’s without question a quiet environment with limited face-time (think computer programming, accounting, engineering, or writing).

However, if you’re curious about certain other fields—ones that are considered traditionally extroverted—but have been reluctant to pursue opportunities, take heart. Before you write off that client-facing sales role or people-forward human resources position, you should know that plenty of introverted people thrive in so-called “extroverted” positions.

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A little self-knowledge and self-care can go a long way–including outside your comfort zone.

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