Posts Tagged ‘Business’

Understanding motivation at work: Management Tips

Published by | Wednesday, January 8th, 2014

No matter how much talent your team members have, you’ll only get their best efforts when everyone feels properly motivated.

Many practicing managers are misinformed about what it means to motivate a team. They think that yelling or screaming or threatening will motivate people. They think that simply offering money will motivate people. Not true. Fear–based tactics can get you short-term compliance—but they’ll undermine your team’s long-term commitment and motivation. And money can be a useful motivator, but it’s often just a distraction that interferes with focusing on the inherent purpose of our work.

Recent changes to the Google navigation bar

Published by | Monday, November 11th, 2013

The new Google app menu

If you use multiple Google Apps, such as Google Drive, Gmail, Calendar, and YouTube, you might have noticed that the way you switch between products on Google product pages has recently changed.

Previously, the list of Google Apps could be found in a black bar across the top left of the page; you could easily switch between the various apps this way. Last week the black bar disappeared, but don’t worry—you can still toggle back and forth quickly between Google apps.

How to create a template in Word 2013

Published by | Tuesday, November 5th, 2013

Create a Word 2013 Template
Document templates in Microsoft Word 2013 are a big time-saver—especially when the documents you’re writing on a day-to-day basis have the same structure and format, like invoices or standard email replies.

A template is something you create once but can use over and over again. Using a Word template will save you time—and eliminate the hassle of starting from scratch each time.

Let’s get started on making a template in Word.

8.1 reasons to check out Windows 8.1

Published by | Thursday, October 17th, 2013

Windows 8.1

Back in October of 2012, a lot of hype surrounded the release of Microsoft’s newest operating system, Windows 8. Reviews were mixed. While the performance and security enhancements were well received, there was considerable criticism about the new and redesigned user interface. Many felt it was confusing, difficult to learn, and limited in some areas. Microsoft responded to this criticism with Windows 8.1, the first major update to Windows 8.

Having worked closely with both versions now, I can tell you there are plenty of improvements to satisfy even the harshest of critics.

Here are my 8.1 reasons to check out Windows 8.1:

12 tips for your next job interview

Published by | Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013

12 tips for your next job interview

It’s said that luck favors the prepared. When it comes to job interviews, being well prepared is often what sets the best applicants apart from the rest. Here are 12 of my favorite job interview tips to make your next one go smoothly.

Before the job interview:

1. When possible, know the names and faces of the team you’re interviewing with; consider researching them on the company’s website, or on LinkedIn. Identifying shared experiences and interests helps set the stage for an easy, casual conversation during the interview.

2. Learn about the company’s products or services, and how they work. How does the company make money? How does it present itself by way of branding, marketing, and advertisement?

You’re in the people business: Management Tips

Published by | Wednesday, September 25th, 2013
You're in the people business.

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Whether you’re in the accounting business, the packaged-food business, or the design business—the truth is you’re in the people business. Business is all about people and relationships. Networking has been a well-known business practice for decades, but the term has become so clichéd that many underestimate its value. That’s a shame, as networking can make or break your professional success.

If you haven’t yet set up a LinkedIn profile for online networking, make that your first priority. You should also join several relevant professional associations, attend their monthly meetings to make new contacts, and volunteer to be on their boards. Don’t have time for all that? Then prepare to be passed over for people with better networking skills. Like it or not, success often depends on who you know.

Back to school with technology

Published by | Thursday, September 5th, 2013

Back to school with technology

Classrooms have gone digital, and with that comes a new set of teaching tools with the power to change everything you do as a teacher—from tracking grades to communicating with students and posting assignments and activities your class can access at all times. As you’re heading back into the classroom with a whole year stretched before you, here are three tips to get started with your digital classroom:

1. Try a new tech tool every month.
Find out what your students need most: more connection to each other, the ability to use iPads for their classwork, or perhaps the ability to complete and turn in assignments online? Pick an area you can start with and embrace one new piece of technology this month. Maybe it’s creating a classroom webpage or wiki, or just using school iPads in the classroom once a week. Monitor your students’ feedback, make adjustments as needed, and then commit to a new technology challenge for October.

Five business skills beyond the degree

Published by | Wednesday, September 4th, 2013
Build business skills beyond your degree

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Is a traditional college degree enough to compete in today’s workforce? A recent article suggests that potential employers aren’t just looking for targeted skills. They want a broad set of skills that reach beyond your job-specific role into business, analytical, and interpersonal areas. Being an expert in your particular field of knowledge is critical—but here are some complementary skills that potential employers may also consider valuable.