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The Reframing Matrix – Generating Different Perspectives

[ad_1] Generating Different Perspectives This three step approach can help you to reframe problems and solve them creatively. When you're stuck on a problem, it often helps to look at it from another perspective. This can be all that you need to do to come up with a great solution. However, it is sometimes difficult to think about what these perspectives might be. This is when a tool like the Reframing Matrix is useful. In this article, we'll look at how you can use it to look at problems from different perspectives. About the Matrix The Reframing Matrix tool was created by Michael Morgan, and published in his 1993 book, "Creating Workforce Innovation." It helps you to look at business...

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Managing in Argentina – Working in an Artistic, Cultured Economy

[ad_1] Working in an Artistic, Cultured Country © iStockphotovisual7Find out how to manage effectively in Argentina. Argentina is known for its world-class wine, passionate dancing, rich food, and varied, colorful culture. Its people are as diverse as its landscape, which boasts tropical rain forests at its northern reaches and glaciers at its southern tip. Argentina's population has grown since the 19th century due to an influx of European immigrants, and this melting pot of cultures affects every aspect of life there. The capital, Buenos Aires, is known as the "Paris of Latin America" because of its art, architecture and fashion. If you're asked to manage a team in Argentina, you'll likely find yourself straddling two cultures: South American and European....

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5 Things Productive People Do Every Night

[ad_1] Though we often assume that a good night’s sleep starts when we turn off the lights, setting yourself up for a restful seven to eight hours goes far beyond closing your eyes and taking a few deep breaths. The routine we follow before we turn down the covers can have a greater impact on our hours of rest than anything that happens overnight, equipping us for a more restful, productive night’s sleep. Start with these five steps to capitalize on that crucial time and improve your odds of waking up feeling truly rested each morning. You know you have a full schedule tomorrow, and you’re already thinking about it. Rather than letting the next day’s obligations hang over your...

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Tree Diagrams – Simplifying Complexity

[ad_1] Simplifying Complexity © iStockphotoSmileusEach idea, solution or event has its own "branch." We might associate tree diagrams with high school math; as simple tools commonly used to calculate probabilities or chart a series of events. However, they can be useful in the workplace too. They can help you analyze options, solve problems, and brainstorm different ideas with your team. In this article, we'll look at what tree diagrams are, and discuss the many powerful ways you can apply them. What Is a Tree Diagram? A tree diagram is a visual depiction of relationships that starts with a central node, or "trunk." This is the problem that needs solving or the idea you are analyzing. Each possible solution or event...

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Emotional Intelligence (EI)

[ad_1] Developing Strong "People Skills" We probably all know people, either at work or in our personal lives, who are really good listeners. No matter what kind of situation we're in, they always seem to know just what to say – and how to say it – so that we're not offended or upset. They're caring and considerate, and even if we don't find a solution to our problem, we usually leave feeling more hopeful and optimistic. Learn how to develop your emotional intelligence. We probably also know people who are masters at managing their emotions. They don't get angry in stressful situations. Instead, they have the ability to look at a problem and calmly find a solution. They're excellent...

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The Hoy-Tarter Model of Decision Making – Deciding When to Involve Others in Decisions

[ad_1] Deciding When to Involve Others in Decisions © iStockphotoleafCan you trust people to make decisions in the interests of the team? Imagine that up until now, your team has always worked in the office, but a valued member needs to relocate for his partner's job. He would then be unable to travel into work every day, so he is considering changing jobs. Rather than lose him to another, more commutable firm, you're considering letting him work from home. But, if you do that, you should probably extend the policy to everyone. However, you don't want to lose the team's good sense of community and you're concerned that, while not everyone would want to work from home, those who do...

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Writing a Press Release – How to get Noticed by the Media

[ad_1] How to Get Noticed by the Media © iStockphotomatka_WariatkaGet your story noticed. Organizations of any size must promote what they do. Whether they want to highlight the launch of a new product, celebrate winning an award, or talk about employees who have raised money for charity, issuing a press release is a key way to gain exposure. While it can often feel unnatural to "blow your own trumpet," the right kind of media attention can raise your organization's profile and reputation, and even help it attract new business. If you work for a large organization, you might have a communications, press or public relations department to write press releases and manage media enquiries. If you don't, it's important to...

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How to Ace a Remote Interview – Making a Good Impression by Phone or Video

[ad_1] Making a Good Impression by Phone or Video © iStockphotoOvertheHillCommunicating remotely restricts our ability to interpret body language, so make it clear. George, who works in London, recently applied for a position reporting to Fran in the New York office. Eager to get acquainted, Fran scheduled an initial interview via Skype® but, even though she’d heard good things from George’s present managers, her first impression of him wasn’t great. The interview seemed doomed from the start. George had trouble connecting with Fran. He spoke so quickly that she struggled to follow what he was saying, and she couldn't get a word in without interrupting him. And, when he wasn't frowning or nervously running his hands through his hair, he...

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Team-Building Exercises: Creativity – Strengthening Creative Thinking in Your Team

[ad_1] Strengthening Creative Thinking in Your Team © iStockphotoJohnathanAustinDanielsBalloon sculptures can help people drop their defenses and connect more effectively with one another! Jessica has a great team. Each person she manages is capable, experienced and hard working. But in team meetings, people seem reluctant to share insights and ideas.  What's more, even though everyone respects one another's views, they seem afraid to say things that might be perceived as silly, off-the-wall or wrong.  Jessica wants her team meetings to buzz with activity. She pictures a scene where people bounce ideas around, inspiring and challenging one another with their creativity and passion. But the reality is quite different.  What can Jessica do to invigorate team meetings and give people the confidence to...

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5 Ways To Show Courage Every Day

[ad_1] Courage: noun 1.the quality of mind or spirit that enables a person to face difficulty, danger, pain, etc. without fear; bravery. 2.Obsolete. the heart as the source of emotion. Displaying courage is often one of life’s most difficult challenges. As a child, you first come into contact with it when you’ve done something wrong and have to own up to it. As a teen, admitting that you’re infatuated with someone takes just about everything you’ve got. And as an adult, courage is required daily: to ask for a raise, to quit your job, to make yourself vulnerable with someone. But what is it that enables courage? That overwhelming moment when the adrenaline kicks in and you take that step into the unknown? That’s where the second definition comes in: the heart as the source of emotion. The Latin word for heart, cor,...

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