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4 Steps To Become More Decisive | Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement

I hate making decisions. I always envy those who say, “I just knew this was the house for us,” or “to me that was a sign, so I just broke up with …

What To Do When You Have No Idea What To Do With Your Life (9 action steps to start)

Once upon a time, I had no idea what to do with my life.<p>Actually, there were many times while I was in college and after when I was lost. Even when I …

The Happiness of Pursuit: 7 Steps To Accomplish Anything & Enjoy It Along The Way | Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement

<b>‘A body in motion stays in motion’ – Newton’s law</b><p>If anyone has ever read a post written by me before, listened to an interview or simply had a chat …

5 Dirty Secrets About the U.S. Economy

If there’s one thing I hate these days, it’s discussing the U.S. economy.<p>Will raising wages by seventeen cents destroy humanity? Will edible deodorant add 0.000007 percent to GDP? If we resurrected giant man-eating dinosaurs, could we use them to keep our warehouse pickers in line? Isn’t it awesome …

How A Change of Attitude Can Change An Entire Life

<i>“Your greatest limitation comes from within, not from without!”</i> Master Choa Kok Sui<p>There are tons and tons of quotes, proverbs and advices that are …

Motivation

11 Happiness Tips for the Twenty-Something | Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement

Your twenties are such an exciting time. Yet, you’re so oh so vulnerable.<p>From going through college, getting your first job to going through your …

Life's Short: 5 Quick Ways to Slow Your Time Down | Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement

Over at the Matt Cutts blog the other morning searching for SEO tips to help me take over the world, I found an article that was quite different yet …

You May Not Need Big Data After All

Artwork: Chad Hagen, Graphic Composition No. 2, 2009, digital<p>Companies are investing like crazy in data scientists, data warehouses, and data analytics software. But many of them don’t have much to show for their efforts. It’s possible they never will.<p>What’s the problem? To begin with, big data has …

Can You See the Opportunities Staring You in the Face?

We all suffer from inattention blindness. We focus so intently on a particular task that we don’t notice the weird thing that’s right there in plain view. The person walking by in a gorilla suit, for example.<p>Companies suffer from inattention blindness too. And in a business context, the weird thing …

20 ways to create a sense of urgency

Regardless of what people aim to achieve, whether in sport, business or otherwise; those who set themselves apart from the rest, maintain a sense of …

CIOs

How to Start Thinking Like a Data Scientist

Slowly but steadily, data are forcing their way into every nook and cranny of every industry, company, and job. Managers who aren’t data savvy, who can’t conduct basic analyses, interpret more complex ones, and interact with data scientists are already at a disadvantage. Companies without a large …

Welcome to the “Designed By Me” Era

Since at least the early ’90s, we’ve been hearing that Mass Customization is going to change the consumer landscape, but by and large, we still buy manufactured goods the way we have since the middle of last century. With the exception of custom-crafted luxury goods like bespoke tailored suits and …

The Big Trends Changing Community Development

Big trends in business and society tend to march along at a measured pace. When change happens fast in some area, it’s usually because multiple trends are converging to accelerate the process. This is what is going on now in community development. Three lines of progress are crossing, and rapidly …

The War on Pink: GoldieBlox Toys Ignite Debate Over What's Good For Girls

Nestled in the aisle of pink sparkles dedicated to girls in most toy stores, this seasons’ shoppers will find a small collection of engineering toys …

24 Gifts Your Foodie Friends Are Really Craving

Is your friend <i>always</i> down to order something adventurous at lunch, and gets Christmas-level excited whenever she tries out a new recipe? You’re in …

38 ways to truly feel thankful this Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is my favourite American holiday, because in its essence it’s an officially recognized celebration of that great universal truth: It’s …

6 Action Tips In Attending Meetings with Confidence

Do you find yourself in a meeting where you are a significant attendee because of your role in the team, family or company, but quietly listening and …

Beyond Reading a Book: 3 Hands-On Methods of Self-Education | Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement

When you’re trying to learn a new subject, it’s easy to get overwhelmed with all the information you read in books. However, reading a book isn’t …

The Philanthropist's Guide To Choosing A Financial Advisor

It’s the end of the year when some investors check on their philanthropic efforts, reviewing their charitable donations and measuring their impact. Others evaluate new charities. However, many investors miss the most important review of all—of their investment advisors.<p>Americans are certainly …

How Consumer Goods Companies Can Win In Low-Growth Western Europe

Consumer goods executives who look at Western Europe may feel like holding up their hands in resignation.<p>While some developed markets like the US stimulate their way to growth and most emerging markets continue to thrive, Western Europe’s well-documented challenges drag on. Gross domestic product …

Case Study: The Costs and Benefits of a Strong Culture

“How long is this list of escapees?” Kumar Chandra asked as he pointed at the slide on the screen. He was the head of operations at Parivar, a midsize Chennai-based IT services company.<p>Everyone in the room chuckled, except for Indira Pandit, vice president of HR. Nearly 100 employees had given …

How Women Respond to Frustration at Work, and Why

One Monday morning, I rode the elevator with an attorney who works in my building. She was fuming. Apparently, she and a male colleague brought an idea to their senior partner meeting. They had both been over-the-moon-eager to make the pitch and spent the week preparing a full presentation with …

When You Feel Powerful You Talk Too Much, and Your Subordinates Perform Poorly

In a computer-based simulation of a Mount Everest expedition, teams whose leaders had been induced to feel powerful (“Think about a time when you had power over someone”) achieved just <b>59%</b> of their goals, in comparison with <b>76%</b> by teams whose leaders hadn’t been induced to feel powerful, according …

Dismantling the Sales Machine

Sales leaders have long fixated on process discipline. They have created opportunity scorecards, qualification criteria, and activity metrics—all part of a formal sales process designed to help their team members replicate the approaches of star performers. This is the world of the sales machine, …

How Much Does Color Define A Logo?

Graphic designer Paula Rupolo swapped the colors of competing brands’ logos. Blue Coke, anyone?<p>Seeing a logo that’s been in your life for years all-of-a-sudden rendered in different colors can be as jarring as a friend’s sudden dye job. They just don’t look like themselves. And if they just don’t …

Graphic Design

The Bonus Employees Really Want, Even If They Don’t Know It Yet

Ask your employees this: “How would you like to be rewarded for your efforts and performance, in addition to your fixed salary?” They will likely respond by asking for a cash reward in the form of a raise or bonus, which they can then spend on themselves. They might even convince you that spending …

This Universal Law is Causing You to Struggle! | Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement

As human beings we have the amazing capabilities to not only succeed, but <b>thrive</b>! However, struggle is such a widespread pandemic because of a …

The 7 Top Habits of High Achievers | Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement

What separates the high achievers from the also ran’s, the scorers from the mediocre, the successful from the ordinary. The answer greatly lies in …

Mount Everest