The future of work…for women
It has been well expressed that work is changing. That’s why we’re here. But how does this affect women in the workplace? According to Jessica Stillman, this newest move in the work force gives women more opportunities to succeed.
Take it back
Work can be overpowering. With the addition of all the information we want so readily available, how do we find time to take the power back over our lives? We need to focus, and this advice from Tony Schwartz can help.
Having a perfectionist on your side can be an asset – you know they will make sure that what they are assigned will be done critically. It can also be harmful. What defines the difference is how you manage that perfectionist, and Amy Gallo has ideas how.
Back to the future
We wouldn’t be living in the future if it weren’t for innovations of the past. We know Edison and Jobs, but what other innovators paved the way for the world we live in today? Maria Popova offers us her “Five Unsung Heroes Who Shaped Modern Life.”
Give your mind some space
Mind wandering isn’t thought of as the most productive way to spend time; it certainly increases creative productivity. In order to be creative in one way or another, you have to let your mind wander. In this article, Jonah Lehrer discusses why it is so important to let your mind go.
Make mistakes: they’re good for you
It’s not fun to make mistakes, and more often than not they put a wrench in your day. However, the complaints you hear about mistakes you’ve made actually are good for your business. Lydia Dishman of Fast Company got Mikkel Svane’s opinion on the topic.
Peer pressure and entrepreneurship
Is everyone around you starting a business, and has that got you thinking about one too? Josh Lerner and Ulrike Malmendier discuss how others’ entrepreneurial tendencies can effect your desire to build a startup, and whether or not it will be successful.
Our inevitable crash
Innovations in technology have made it easier to work independently, and have simplified what we have to do by taking care of the menial tasks. But, that has also added stress, leaving real humans stuck with the more difficult tasks and decisions. Is this leading us to personal and, ultimately, economic burnout?
Happy employees mean success
It’s important to keep your employees happy, not only for a good working environment but also to keep them devoted to the company, and productive. That doesn’t mean you have to offer free massages and extravagant gifts (though that would be nice). Instead, Daniel Debow offers five tips for how to keep employees happy simply by connecting.
Write your own success story
Does it take self control to be successful? Does it take grit? Maybe it takes a little bit of everything. In this article from the 99%, Jocelyn K. Glei discusses just what you need to do to in order to succeed in the way you wish.
Stealing vs collaborating
Collaboration leads to combinatorial creativity, where ideas are shared and sometimes, you know, borrowed. Artist Austin Kleon talks about how new work, and life itself, is a collaborative mash-up.
Too many tweets, links and headlines catching your attention, and not sure how to read them all? Kevin Purdy offers some helpful advice for how to focus, read, and digest the content.
Thirty second wisdom
In thirty seconds, Amy Radin will tell you the three biggest things a big company could learn from a start up.
The future of…
We think we’re the future of work (we are). In this post, Maria Popova shows us 5 visions from the past of what they thought the future would look like. Their future of work looks pretty different from us, but who knows, there’s still time.
Be your own boss
In this article, Tim Siedell talks about how designers are changing the start up game. Instead of being the creative force behind a solid business, they’re taking their own creative ideas and putting them into action. Not only is this a game changer for the conventional, but it’s leading to more innovation and better start ups.
This week’s required reading:
The breakthrough myth
New inventions aren’t simply created out of nothing, or so says Clive Thompson. In this article, he discusses how most innovations we think are sparks of pure genius are actually ideas and inventions that have been in the background for a long time. Long story short – to be innovative, you have to be observant.
How to get more web traffic
Your website is flawless, your work is incredible… so why isn’t anyone seeing it? Follow these tips from Mark McGuinness to get more eyes on your site and more people knowing what you do.
Disconnect, breathe, relax
Grind partner Scott Belsky discusses how our society is completely connected all the time and offers some more than helpful advice about how to put down the iPhone, log out of Twitter and find a sacred space.
Undermine your distractions and get more work done
Knowing you have work to do is one thing. Sitting down and doing it is another. With these six tips from David Lavenda you can beat the distractions and get to work.
Manifestos that motivate
What do you do when you hit a creative wall and can’t seem to push yourself any further? These five manifestos by five wise creatives are guaranteed to inspire you to power on.
This week’s required reading:
Step one: the idea
The 99 Percent interviews Tim Harford, author of Adapt: Why Success Always Starts with Failure, and learns that “when it comes to failing, our egos are our own worst enemies.” In truth, Harford says, failure sets the groundwork for real success.
Creating good strategy
Strategy is not about ambition, leadership, vision, or planning, says the McKinsey Quarterly. It’s coherent action backed by a valid argument. Here’s how to develop good strategy.
Hassle maps help make products frictionless
It pays to see your business through the eyes of your customers, and record every frustration, complication and doubt they might experience with you. Armed with this “hassle map,” you can work ruthlessly to eliminate every irritation they face, says Fast Company, making your product frictionless.
How to get a job in America
Getting a job you love is one thing, but these days even getting any old job is tough. What do you do when most resumes you send out get no response, and every response you get is “No, thanks?” Here are five solid tips for getting a job in America.
Practice to think differently
You can’t learn how to think differently, you just have to do it. In this article, Jeff Dyer and Hal Gregerson say that anyone who consistently makes the effort to think differently will eventually find they can think differently – the key to being innovative.