Posts Tagged "smart"

33 Smart Habits That Will Train Other People to Treat You With Respect

Posted on December 8th, 2017 by The Learning Factor

What do people want out of work? More than money, more than benefits, much more than job security, a recent survey says, they want to be treated with respect.


If that sounds like you, how can you increase the respect you get each day at work? It turns out that there are specific habits you can cultivate that allow you to train the people you work with to treat you respectfully each day.


Here are 33 of these proven habits that can help, if you’re willing to stick with them. Implement a few, take inspiration from the others, and you’ll likely see dividends quickly.

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Most of these are small, subtle changes in behavior, but they can have a big impact on how much other people respect you.

3 Scientifically Proven Ways to Optimize Your Brain

Posted on March 7th, 2016 by The Learning Factor

The co-founders of Aditazz, which uses software to design and construct hospitals and other specialized buildings, were beyond frustrated. Zigmund Rubel, an architect, wanted to design buildings in one direction, either from the outside in or from the inside out, depending on the project. Deepak Aatresh, the CEO and an electrical and computer science engineer, was interested in simultaneous outside-in, inside-out design aided by computation.

It was one of many seemingly irresolvable conflicts. “We knew we were well-intentioned, very smart, accomplished people, but it was hard to make forward progress,” Aatresh says.

This type of clash is familiar to neuroscience expert Ajit Singh, a partner at VC Artiman Ventures and member of the Aditazz board of directors; it has its roots in the brain. Innovation comes from com­bining disciplines, but people in different disciplines don’t think the same way. The idea that the right brain hemisphere controls creativity and the left logic has been debunked. But research shows that the left brain is more responsible for language, whereas the right takes care of spatial processing and attention. “People don’t select professions,” Singh explains. “Professions select people.”

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If your meetings are sputtering, rewiring the gray matter may help get employees reconnected.

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The Smart Solution to the Productivity Paradox

Posted on February 1st, 2016 by The Learning Factor

Robert Solow, Nobel laureate in economics, famously quipped in 1987 that “you can see the computer age everywhere but in the productivity statistics.” Other than a brief bump between 1995 and 2000, the growth in productivity in advanced economies has not kept pace with the growth in IT spending.

Technology was supposed to free people for more productive uses of their time. But so far it has not worked out that way. Companies invested heavily in technology but not in true integration. They integrated the tools with one another but not with the way people work. As a result, they often made matters worse. The technology that was meant to liberate employees has insidiously trapped them. It is no wonder that, in 2014 in the US, 51% of employees reported being disengaged, while 18% said they were “actively disengaged,” a recipe for subtle forms of corporate sabotage.

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Smart simplicity, supported by digital tools, can help unleash the productivity and engagement so desperately needed in the modern economy.

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