Ever feel like a hamster on one of those little wheels, running furiously but going nowhere? You try to focus on work but you can’t help thinking about what’s for supper or when to squeeze in a workout or who’s going to watch the kids Saturday night. Your mind always seems to be racing.
Well, the authors of One Second Ahead would like to suggest that your participation in drama and chaos is strictly optional. You’re not obligated to feel overwhelmed, powerless and distracted. Rasmus Hougaard, with Jaqueline Carter and Gillian Coutts, believe that properly training your mind using specific techniques will boost your productivity and peace of mind. getAbstract recently connected with the authors for a quick Q&A.
What is “mindfulness” and why is it vital in a corporate environment?
In simple terms, mindfulness is a set of tools and techniques designed to enhance mental effectiveness. Specifically, mindfulness training techniques skillfully applied to the workplace enhance focus, creativity, communication, team work and a sense of well-being. These are vital skills for team success and organizational results.
getAbstract has always tried to summarize the most important, informative and entertaining business books on the market. But with hundreds of quality titles being released every month, we may inevitably miss a few that deserve a spot in our library.
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Sports fans typically have only a passing interest in their favorite team’s financial state of affairs. They don’t really care if the billionaire owner can afford to upgrade his yacht or whether the front office convinces a sponsor to purchase one of those plush corporate suites.
Sports fans simply are looking for entertainment from athletes who try hard, hopefully win more than they lose and may even occasionally challenge for a title. Soccer, for example, is the world’s most popular sport, yet many professional clubs struggle to meet their financial obligations, according to Stefan Szymanski, author of Money and Soccer. They’ll never win a championship and can’t afford the star players that could really make a difference, but are loved by their adoring followers anyway.
When it comes to learning and development within your organisation, there’s two words you never want to hear: status quo. And whether your L&D specialists believe in their methodology or can support its effectiveness is immaterial. Status quo implies you are satisfied with the ways things are and have no immediate plans to implement change.
In business, unless you are moving forward, you are moving backward. It’s easy to fall into a routine, particularly if your company is financially successful and your employees appear to be growing professionally. But if you don’t have standards to measure yourself against, how can you possibly know if you’re maximising your L&D initiatives?
“Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it, they just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while.” – Steve Jobs
Believe it or not, there was a time when sticky notes, disposable diapers, luggage on wheels and bite-sized Snickers didn’t exist. Yet those are precisely the types of products we look at and say, “Why didn’t I think of that?”
Is it possible to be completely objective and non-judgmental about others? If you see co-workers with dreadlocks, tattoos or a yarmulke, do you automatically make certain assumptions? What races through your mind when a disabled person navigates a supermarket aisle? How about the elderly lady who slowly and carefully backs out of a parking space … very, very slowly and very, very carefully?
Don’t worry – it’s perfectly normal to have a whole range of feelings about your fellows. You’re not prejudiced, intolerant or ignorant – you’re just human.
We dare you to go just one day without reading or hearing about some incredible new discovery or development. Change occurs rapidly in just about every industry these days –particularly technology. Business executives and managers can ill afford to lose traction, especially in the tech field. And keeping pace with current trends isn’t enough – you need to open your mind and embrace intellectual growth.
Since we’re in the business of education, it’s only natural for getAbstract to applaud those committed to expanding literacy and knowledge while encouraging more adults to read.
Since 2011, organizers and volunteers with World Book Night have distributed free books to roughly 2.5 million people, mostly throughout the UK and Ireland. World Book Night 2016 will be celebrated this Saturday, April 23, generally believed to be the date of William Shakespeare’s birth and death.
In honor of World Book Night, getAbstract is going to award one-year Business Gold memberships to three lucky people. That’s a $299 value that entitles you to unlimited access to our business book, business article and talk summaries. All you have to do is tell us what you’re reading these days. Share your recommendations via Facebook or Twitter using the hashtag #worldbooknight and tagging @getabstract. You can post your reads until Sunday night.
Who knows, maybe your selection is already in getAbstract’s library – or will be someday.
You would be hard-pressed these days to find a getAbstract summary that doesn’t warn against the curse of complacency. The evidence is overwhelming – ask any clear-thinking executive or consultant. Not even the world’s most successful organizations can afford to be satisfied with the status quo. Last year’s profits and products are old news. “Now” is the only thing that matters. Competition has never been as fierce, making innovation an absolute priority.
getAbstract has been an industry leader for years because we constantly look for new and better ways to serve our clients. So we’re excited to announce our latest product – business article summaries – a collection of the most relevant reports, articles and white papers from leading think tanks and bloggers worldwide. You won’t have to wait until important information appears in a book, publication or video. Material from prestigious organizations such as the World Economic Forum and the Brookings Institution will be at your fingertips.
Americans have always been proud of their work ethic. Millions of immigrants arrive here with little more than a suitcase and a dream. Through sheer determination and maybe a break or two along the way, they overcome long odds and make something of themselves.
How many of us have been conditioned to believe in a direct correlation between success and the amount of time we spend at the office? Eight-hour workdays? Please. The other guy is putting in 12 or 14. Feeling guilty punching out at 5 with work still piled on your desk? Feeling a bit coerced when your boss asks you to volunteer to work overtime?