Feng shui and meditation aside, tapping into your office zen doesn’t necessarily mean yoga at your desk. Instead, it’s a state of mind that allows you to be calm and creative, even when you work in a high-stakes position. Whether it’s in preparation for learning or getting into the zone to check off your to-do list, your surroundings and equipment definitely have a bearing on your creative process. Here are some of the areas to check before you get started.
By now, Netflix has successfully made it from Blockbuster disruptor to a cultural phenomenon. From original series to all of your old favorites, the sheer availability of entertainment is part of the appeal. You find yourself on the couch with a playlist of TV, movies, and documentaries that seem tailor-made to your interests. It’s what makes Netflix so totally bingeworthy: It always has new suggestions queued up and ready to go.
When we talk about training “shelf life,” we’re defining how long content stays fresh, engaging, and relevant without a redesign. Too often training is designed with the idea that it’ll be perpetually evergreen and always applicable. Of course, those who have taken a course with actors in bell bottoms and aviators can tell you that old, irrelevant content can be spotted a mile away.
Just when you thought your university days were long behind you, some organizations are learning that the co-ed life is the way to go for training and development. And why not? Google Academy has seen extremely high rates of success for its Google Ad Academy and GE schools employees on leadership skills via its Crotonville campus. Read More
It’s the beginning of a new year, and you know what that means: crowded gyms and New Year’s resolutions. As far as goals go, most resolutions are of the personal variety. But what about the goals your company has for the next year? Do you give the same attention and effort to corporate resolutions?
Just when you thought you were done with high school, here comes mandatory training for a new skill. And the whirlwind, one-shot training before testing can seem uncannily similar to those nights you spent cramming for your 12th-grade calculus test.
Imagine that you’re spending a leisurely day shopping at the mall. You’re happily examining a pair of shoes when suddenly, another shopper rushes up to you. She is wearing the exact same shoes and can’t stop gushing about how stylish and comfortable they are–and at such a good price! You’re sold and buy the pair for yourself.
We all wait with baited breath each time Apple announces a new iOS. New emojis and better functionality await if you’re patient enough for the update to download. But, as most developers know, a new iOS can also result in major headaches—especially when it affects the way an app is displayed, the functionality of a website, or other minor kinks that cause major user issues.
If you’re interested in startups, business, and finance, there’s a good chance you’ve seen an episode or two of Shark Tank. On the show, small business owners get about two minutes to pitch their life’s work to a room of investors, for better or for worse. In most cases, first impressions are very telling: concise, driven entrepreneurs do well, while those that lack direction and relevancy are torn to pieces by the sharks themselves.
We have come to understand that overall, annual performance reviews don’t really work. Besides the fact that it’s impossible to sum up an employee’s year long contributions in just a few moments, the process wastes, on average, 80,000 man hours annually. And what do you have to show for it? Performance reviews rarely leave the impact that you want, especially since you have to wait another 365 days to reassess progress.