Video: Bored at work? Here’s what your brain is trying to tell you.
What to remember when drafting company emails
We’ve all been bored on the job at least once in our lives, but that boredom is actually very old human wiring. We constantly seek out new information to keep our minds sharp, and when tasks get repetitive we get bored and move on. But what if you can’t move on? What if the tasks […]
Overcoming Midday Slump at Work
Emails are our go-to communication channel at work because it is low-cost for the company, efficient for archiving and ensures transparency and accountability. For the individual employee, it is fast, fuss-free and less intrusive than a call. With its convenience, employees sometimes become over-reliant on it and take the implications of email communication for granted. […]
Developing Executive Presence
Doing your best work requires focus and energy. But it’s hard to stay focused for an 8-hour stretch. So how can you find the necessary energy to get your work done? How do you choose those precious moments when you think you’ll be feeling your best to do the most challenging work? And what’s the […]
Book Review: Executive Presence – The Missing Link Between Merit and Success
Executive presence (EP) is a buzzword that has been gaining popularity in recent years. It refers to the physical, behavioural attributes that define how an executive carries himself and is much fact as it is representation. It inspires confidence and trust which helps younger employees rise the ranks more effectively. If you’re deemed lacking in executive […]
5 Ways To Stay Focused In A World Full Of Distractions
Based on a nationwide survey of college graduates working across a range of sectors and occupations, authors Sylvia Hewlett and the Center for Talent Innovation discovered that Executive Presence (EP) is a dynamic, cohesive mix of appearance, communication, and gravitas. While these elements are not equal, to have true EP, you must know how to […]
Book Review: Deep Work
In every success story, the longest chapter is the one about determination. While success demands many things from us, willpower and determination always come up at the top of the list. Many people believe that we are born with determination and those that succeed are simply the fortunate ones who are born with an abundant […]
Video: Do you really know why you do what you do?
With the proliferation of information that has come to define our everyday life, be it at work or at home, the risk of being distracted is evermore pertinent. In his book, Deep Work, author Cal Newport articulates an unconventional perspective on the benefits of distraction in the modern day. He writes about the sharpening of […]
Video: Looking for a job? Highlight your ability, not your experience!
Experimental psychologist Petter Johansson researches choice blindness — a phenomenon where we convince ourselves that we’re getting what we want, even when we’re not. In an eye-opening talk, he shares experiments (designed in collaboration with magicians!) that aim to answer the question: Why do we do what we do? The findings have big implications for […]
Very few of us hold jobs that line up directly with our past experiences or what we studied in college. Take TED Resident Jason Shen; he studied biology but later became a product manager at a tech company. In this quick, insightful talk about human potential, Shen shares some new thinking on how job seekers […]