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What Happened When I Woke Up Two Hours Earlier For A Week


By Rachel Gillett – The idea is that having a time in the day where there is no pressure and no expectations from other people would result in better focus and more creative thinking.

The first day I had so many endorphins shooting around my body that I almost felt manic–but in a good way.

My mind was bursting with thoughts and ideas, possibly because of the effect exercise has on our bodies, but also because I felt unencumbered by the need to start working immediately. My inner dialogue just wouldn’t shut up on the walk to work. more> http://tinyurl.com/m2br9hz

5 Things You’re Doing That Seem Productive, But Aren’t


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Getting Things Done, Author: David Allen.

By Vivian Giang – Your brain is “dumbed down” when you multitask because you’re using a different part of it that “adversely affects how you learn.”

Instead, a good strategy to adopt is to perform tasks in sequences, called “set shifting,” which is the practice of switching consciously and completely from one task to the next instead of doing everything at once.

This will allow you to use your brain at high capacity for each task, but you can only think of the task you’re currently working on. more> http://tinyurl.com/mpngx9b

12 Tips for Designing an Open-Ended Project


By John Kamensky – How do you tackle a large-scale, complex challenge that evolves over time, involves thousands of stakeholders, and where there is no clear solution?

For example, is there a road map for how the Internet evolved? Could we do it again?

Traditionally, leaders use hierarchical “closed system” approaches to solve large, complicated problems. A closed project has a defined staff, budget and outcome, and uses hierarchy and logic models to direct activities. It is particularly appropriate for problems with known solutions and stable environments, such as the development of a major highway project.

But today there are instances when a problem is so complex, that it demands another approach. David Witzel calls this an “open project” approach. more> http://tinyurl.com/nxcknn5

How Much Time Does a Good Social Media Strategy Really Take?


By Kevan Lee – What do you want to use social for:

  • Sales?
  • Loyalty?
  • Awareness?

These are the three main areas that Jay Baer identifies as potential focus points of a social media strategy.

As Baer puts it: What’s the point of your social media marketing? Pick one of the above, and focus your efforts on that single objective. more> http://tinyurl.com/m8h52yj

The Talent Your Organization Needs May Already Be on the Payroll


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By Jeremy Eden and Terri Long – Unfortunately, many executives and HR professionals have spent the last few decades solving the wrong problem.

They are correctly convinced that growing their business requires having more talent than their competitors. They are also convinced that they must compete hard to win talent that might otherwise go to their competitors.

Instead they should be more fully utilizing the talent they already have. more> http://tinyurl.com/kx649nk