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OODA Loops – Understanding the Decision Cycle

[ad_1] Understanding the Decision Cycle © GettyImagesartistanRun rings around your competition by making swift, responsive decisions. Has it ever struck you just how many military terms are used in business? In fact, war and business are often compared and contrasted. As well as "fighting off threats" or "engaging in a price war," we talk about "gathering intelligence," "making a pre-emptive strike," and even trying to "out-maneuver" the competition. One of the most noteworthy military strategies to be applied in business is the OODA Loop model (also known as the "decision cycle"), which was developed by US Air Force Colonel John Boyd to help pilots make quick decisions when engaging in air combat. Boyd developed his model after analyzing the success...

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Newsletter 479: Learn to Love Negotiation!

[ad_1] Learn to Love Negotiation! Negotiation is part of life, and is something you likely do every day, even outside the workplace. If your child asked you for a few dollars' spending money, and you agreed - as long as he takes the trash out - that was negotiation!Effective negotiation reduces conflict, and should leave all parties feeling satisfied. The good news is that you can achieve this outcome with a few simple tips and techniques. You can learn these with our article, Essential Negotiation Skills, and our video, Win-Win Negotiation.A common fear associated with negotiation is that it may spoil a relationship. Our article, "Yes" to the Person, "No"...

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Porter's Generic Strategies – Choosing Your Route to Success

[ad_1] Choosing Your Route to Success Outpace and outsmart your rivals by picking the right strategy for your organization. Which do you prefer when you fly: a cheap, no-frills airline, or a more expensive operator with fantastic service levels and maximum comfort? And would you ever consider going with a small company which focuses on just a few routes? The choice is up to you, of course. But the point we're making here is that when you come to book a flight, there are some very different options available. Why is this so? The answer is that each of these airlines has chosen a different way of achieving competitive advantage in a crowded marketplace.  The no-frills operators have opted to...

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Unstoppable You – How To Tap Into Your Awesome Learning Power

[ad_1] Learning is like breathing. Something we do because we are alive. Something we usually take for granted. But should we? We were primed for learning in the womb – every hour our brains added 250,000 neurons so that we could process the world when we arrived. Then, as a child, our default programming (let’s call it Learning 1.0) shaped the basic structure and wiring of our brains as we learned through trial and error and imitation. We upgraded our learning capability again when, through experiences in school we upgraded to Learning 2.0 – internalizing society’s knowledge and more structured learning approaches (e.g., how to study). Once on our own, we cobbled together our own way of dealing with life’s...

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How to Build Your Side Business While Working Full Time

[ad_1] Building a business is hard. What about building a business on the side while working full time? I built a freelancing business while studying dentistry, and I’m just 20 years old. And I forgot to mention that my GPA was 3.92 during my first 2 years. It seems impossible to a lot of people, but I did it. And the secret is rather simple. I know what I need to do, and I do it. But there’s a bit more to it than that. In this post, you will discover the 3-tier planning method I use to know what I need to do and how I carry out focused actions to get more done in less time. The result?...

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Working From Home – Getting Your Work-Life Balance Right

[ad_1] Getting Your Work-Life Balance Right © GettyImagesKatarzynaBialasiewiczCan you really do both effectively? Mark's organization has allowed him to work from home three days a week, and it's his first full day of remote working. He sets up his laptop on the dining room table, and is ready to start work. But, three hours later, he's shocked to realize that he's completed very little. What's he been doing? Well, he made a coffee. Then he did some laundry, took a call, and sorted through the mail. One thing led to another, and now he's really behind! Working from home can be incredibly productive, but it's not without its challenges. Without a proper office space and supervision, it can be easy...

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Episode 36: Predicting the World Series

[ad_1] Peter and Dan discuss the ability of artificial intelligence (AI) to make predictions far better than humans, given the explosion in the amount of data in recent years.     In this episode: Peter discusses how MogIA, an AI system developed by an Indian startup, correctly predicted the outcome of the 2016 presidential election, basing its analysis on 20 million data points from platforms such as Google, Twitter and YouTube. Dan talks about another implication of predictive AI in sports betting. One company Unanimous AI runs a program called UNU using swarm AI, which correctly predicted the 2016 MLB playoffs and the Chicago Cubs as the World Series winner. Peter and Dan discuss how we will find out the true meaning of...

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Tidy Home, Tidy Mind – How Your Surroundings Can Affect Your Mental Health

[ad_1] They say a tidy home equals a tidy mind, but if only it was as simple as that! Whilst a clean environment won’t necessarily solve all of your problems, it can actually have a great impact on your day-to-day outlook and mental health. Whether you’re suffering with stress, feeling overwhelmed or struggling to find motivation, your surroundings can have a dramatic effect on your mood. You may not notice this straight away and you may shrug it off as a non-issue but it is definitely something that’s worth thinking about. We all have those days, where we come home from work tired and all we want to do is collapse on the sofa or crawl into bed. After a...

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Doblin's 10 Types of Innovation – Spread Your Creative Efforts Across Your Organization

[ad_1] Spread Your Creative Efforts Across Your Organization © GettyImagessvetikdFind the key areas for innovation in your organization. Leading companies are usually successful because of some form of innovation. However, when they think of innovation, many organizations focus on just one part of the business. For instance, they may look at improving customer services or designing new products, but overlook opportunities to innovate in areas such as logistics or business processes. But, when organizations spread their creative energy over multiple areas, they boost their potential to create value and to produce unique offerings that are difficult for competitors to copy. So, where should they – and you – look to innovate? In this article, we look at Doblin's 10 Types...

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Newsletter 478: Get Along With Outside Experts!

[ad_1] Get Along With Outside Experts! Bringing in outside experts can be a great way to plug a skills gap in your organization, but you could be buying trouble as well as expertise.Ensuring that external professionals work well alongside your own people without conflict takes careful management. You can find out how to do this with our article, How to Work Effectively With Consultants.Traditional consultancy is not the only way to bring in new ideas or skills, however. You can find out how to cooperate with outside partners and customers with our articles, How to Set up an Open Innovation Program and Strategic Alliances. Enjoy this newsletter! ...

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