Bob Ryan

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Want a job in 2025? These are the sectors to focus on

Two-thirds of Americans expect that within 50 years, robots and computers will do much of the work humans do now.<p>And less than five years from now, …

10 secrets to help you defeat email, according to an expert

We spend a worrying amount of time reading, answering and filing our emails: several hours a day is dedicated simply to clearing our inboxes. Or alternatively, we just give up, letting our unread messages counter tick up towards infinity, towards a point where it simply does not matter, as smug …

Email

100 Tricks to Appear Smart in Meetings: Sarah Cooper's tips to help you survive at the office — Quartz

Meetings! There are so many in this world, and far too few people who bring fancy doughnuts to them. But in the absence of a tasty snack, writer and comedian Sarah Cooper may be able to help you survive your next confusing PowerPoint presentation.<p>Cooper, who sat through her fair share of meetings …

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5 Time Sucks Killing Your Productivity at Work

We're only human. We get distracted at work. How well do you overcome these common time vampires that plague every office?<p>In a perfect world, our jobs would be so challenging and engaging that we'd show up, hunker down, get creative, and clock out without losing focus for even a …

Productivity

Five Fatal Mistakes That Halt High-Performance Leaders

Companies rise and fall on leadership. Period. And there are five areas that top leaders tend to focus their attention. It’s no surprise that these same areas are where unsuccessful CEOs make fatal mistakes.<p>These are the <i>most</i> fatal mistakes, because by the time the CEO, board or other executives can …

Leadership

29 tips on how to be a horrible boss

<b>1. Involve yourself in every decision</b><br>Don’t let any decision be made without weighing in, no matter how small. Insist on being the final decision maker for every aspect of every project, but then <i>don’t</i> make decisions in a timely manner. Wait until it’s the eleventh hour and make everyone scramble to …

Management

4 Types Of Team Meetings You Need To Cancel Now

Holding a productive meeting is an art -- one few business leaders have mastered.<p>Holding a productive meeting is an art. Unfortunately, it's one few business leaders have mastered. Instead of thinking of team meetings as exciting brainstorming sessions or collaborative ways to solve problems, …

Productivity

What The Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast

Mornings are a great time for getting things done. You’re less likely to be interrupted than you are later in the day. Your supply of willpower is fresh after a good night’s sleep. That makes it possible to turn personal priorities like exercise or strategic thinking into reality.<p>But if you’ve got …

Success

The First Four Things You Should Do Every Workday

Ever find that it's noon and you haven't accomplished anything on your to-do list? Get a productive jump-start on the day with these tasks.<p>I recently got to work an hour early. I had one goal in mind: world-domination, early-morning productivity. I made coffee, opened my email inbox, and the next …

Productivity

How To Clean Up Your Social Media Feeds (So You Only See What You Want!)

There are lots of stories on the Internet about the best accounts to follow, how to get more followers, how to get more likes, how to take better …

Robots Can Now Talk like Humans with Thanks to Google’s DeepMind Project

Google’s DeepMind researchers have been at it again creating technology that will help change the world as we know it and this time it comes in the …

3 Ways To Be More Focused and Alert at Work

Feeling unproductive at work? Here is how you become more focused.<p>How would you describe a normal work day?<p>Would you say that you are focused? Alert? Engaged in what you're doing?<p>If not, I understand.<p>Most Americans spend nearly 8 hours a day in the workplace, and when most people are actively …

Productivity

LinkedIn is making some big changes, but will it suck less?

On Thursday, LinkedIn announced a bunch of big changes to their website to try and lure people back to their website.<p>The Microsoft-owned social network for professionals is betting on a redesign and a revamped messaging system to make its users log in more and spend a bigger part of their day on …

LinkedIn

How is stress destroying your productivity

Stress erodes neuronal connections. It leads to communication breakdown in brain cells, which ultimately lead to a negative mindset and the person …

5 ways running can make you a better leader

I am sure you have heard that running is good for you – and there is a plethora of evidence to show that running makes you healthier, happier and …

Running

Is Job Hopping Really Just A Basic Human Need?

Needing a change of scenery (or several) is as much about basic psychology as any kind of "trend."<p>For better or worse, so-called "job hopping" is commonplace these days. Workers are moving from one role to the next more rapidly than in the past, by one measure at a rate of roughly every two to …

Employment

This is what passionate people do differently

Do you have enough passion in your life? Passion is the difference between playing the piano and being a pianist; it’s who you are, not just what you …

Emotional Intelligence

12 Leadership Techniques That Don't Work

Learn from others' mistakes and fix the problem before it damages your business further.<p>There are dozens upon dozens of leadership techniques that entrepreneurs have used over the years to help motivate and inspire their team as well as steer their company to success.<p>However, not all leadership …

Leadership

Every Company Needs An Innovation Tool Kit

Here's why, and how to build the right one for your company.<p>It’s one thing to say you want a culture of innovation. It’s another to actually get everyone truly innovating. We hear it all the time from the executive suite—take more risks, embrace uncertainty, learn from failure.<p>The problem is that …

Innovation

Use Subtle Cues to Encourage Better Meetings

In any collaborative work environment, the meeting is the main component of office life. But although meetings are the primary mechanism through which decisions get made, they are also the standard complaint of many executives.<p>For one thing, there’s just too many of them. In 2013, Julian Birkinshaw …

Harvard Business Review

Microsoft Office 365 Project Time Reporter comes to iOS (Android and Windows Phone Soon)

Microsoft’s Office 365 team has announced the launch of Project Time Reporter. The app is a way of managing projects for organizations and …

ZEIº Minimalist Time Tracking Solution Hits Kickstarter (video)

There are plenty of time tracking application is available both for your desktop computer and smartphone, but if you are still looking for the …

These 4 Management Hacks Led to 2,388% Revenue Growth

Growing a startup in today's competitive industries isn't easy -- especially for a bootstrapped solo founder building and managing a small team.<p>Your team is not disposable. In fact, its makeup is one of the most important things to get right. If you assemble a motivated team full of the right …

Management

Why Your Worst Employee Makes You the Best Manager

Your worst employee creates a number of learning opportunities that your best don't<p>I spent a lot of my early years as a boss congratulating myself on being a fantastic manager. That went on until I hired someone who had trouble getting to work at our client's site before 11am. He also failed to see …

Management

It often doesn’t matter how productive you are

<b>Takeaway</b>: Cultivating your energy levels and focus can, ironically, make you feel less productive, and can even make others perceive you as less …

Productivity

Group Work Can Harm Memory

<i>Summary: A new study reveals collaborating in a group to remember information can potentially be harmful.</i><p>Source: University of Liverpool.<p><b>A new study</b> …

5 Not-So-Obvious Ways to Spoil Employees

Boost job satisfaction with long-term benefits that help employees thrive.<p><i>By Maren Elliott, COO, Swift (a POSSIBLE agency)</i><p>With the U.S. jobless rate holding steady at 5.1 percent, the lowest it has been since pre-recession March 2008, candidates can afford to be choosy. Employers that want to stay …

Employment

New Research Says There Are 4 Basic Types of People. Which One Are You?

According to a recent study, 90 percent of us are either optimistic, pessimistic, trusting, or envious. Guess which group was the biggest.<p>How trustworthy are people? How far do we trust one another?<p>That's what researchers set out to discover. In a recently published study, scientists from a number …

Research

Hyper-Training And The Future Augmented Reality Workplace

If you’re like me, you may be exhilarated by the possibilities inherent in augmented reality (AR) workplace training. Not only does AR open the doors for limitless creativity and innovation, it also enables enterprises to speed up the training process and make it more beneficial to employees. As …

Augmented Reality