Displaying All Posts from November, 2010

4 Ways to be Powerful Without Alienating Others

“Power corrupts.” — Lord Acton

Let’s face it: power can be intoxicating. It often commands respect, envy and fear.  It can even add “height” to an otherwise small personality. Women love it; men crave it. And like money, very few individuals know how to handle it well.

That’s why so many bosses and “shot callers,” despite their lofty titles and take home pay, find their roles to be somewhat ineffective. And probably why there’s a grain of truth to the expression, “it’s lonely at the top.”
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How To Achieve A State Of Flow

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Being in a state of flow is something many of us strive to achieve. It’s a key element in becoming more productive. But what is flow?

Flow is the mental state of operation in which a person in an activity is fully immersed in a feeling of energized focus, full involvement, and success in the process of the activity.

Whatever we are doing seems easier and more enjoyable if we can achieve a state of flow while doing it. It’s more likely that we will achieve this state if we are doing something we enjoy, however I have found that it is possible to achieve a state of flow with tasks that I don’t usually enjoy — like ironing, for example.

I’m really not a fan of ironing.
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WorkAwesome Podcast: Episode 3

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This week’s episode of the WorkAwesome Podcast features an interview with Nathan Hangen and Oleg Mokhov. These two gentlemen who not only have their own ventures that they foster on a daily basis, such as Nathan’s Building Digital Empires site and Oleg’s own site Mokhov.com, but they have forged a partnership with two projects: SoundTrackster (a site that offers “royalty-free music that doesn’t suck”) and BlueRize, which offers electronic music and podcasts that are a serve to energize entrepreneurs.
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Free PowerPoint Template – Wooden

There aren’t a lot of great free templates for PowerPoint. In fact when we decided to compile our list of 20 Free PowerPoint Templates That Don’t Suck, it was pretty hard work finding them!

So I thought I’d start a little series here on WorkAwesome of some free templates from old projects of mine, or quick ideas I have. I whipped up the first today which is a simple wooden background template, and you can download it below. Of course if you want super high quality templates and don’t mind paying a bit, you’ll find some great stuff on GraphicRiver’s PPT Templates category.

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Book Review: Get-It-Done Guy’s 9 Steps to Work Less and Do More

David Allen is known as the GTD Guy. Stever Robbins is known as the GID Guy. Both offer great insights on productivity using very different approaches. Both are also published authors, and Robbins’ latest book, Get-It-Done Guy’s 9 Steps to Work Less and Do More, hit bookstores a few weeks back. The book is a fairly light read, yet brimming with tips and information that are sprinkled with Robbins’ signature humor and style.
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5 Signs That You May be in Your Last Job

If you have worked for a number of years at an array of different companies, you certainly can recognize when you have come upon a really good thing. When you are content in a job you can really focus on the work rather than office politics and various power plays within the company. Eventually, you will come across a job where you might say to yourself,  “I could really stay here until retirement.”
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Awesome Links #24: iOS Apps, Momentum, Habits Calendar

A huge list of iOS apps, the power of momentum, and sticking to good habits by using the Seinfeld method are just a sampling of what to expect in this week’s edition of Awesome Links.
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9 Big, Bold Designer PowerPoint Templates

Putting together a memorable presentation is very challenging work. You want it to stand out and resonate with your audience, and it’s hard enough to put together all of the information in a cohesive manner without having to worry about design. That’s why a lot of presentations end up being far less than what they really could have been. It’s like having a choice between opening a gift wrapped in fancy wrapping paper compared to one wrapped in newsprint. The shiny object always seems to win out.
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The Netsetter: How to Find a Niche Market

There are two diametrically opposite stumbling blocks encountered by beginning internet marketers: finding a profitable niche to target, and narrowing their focus to exclude seductive but distracting opportunities. Entrepreneurs paralyzed by a paradox of choice are arguably in a better position, since they could choose one of their current options at random if necessary. Having absolutely no idea where to get ideas is a much more discouraging state of affairs.
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Taking Action Online with SUBERNOVA

If you’re a follower of GTD productivity systems, there are scores of specially designed and tailored apps. Not so much for The Action Method. However, there are some options. One is the Action Method’s own product, Action Method Online and another is SUBERNOVA.
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A Happy Thanksgiving: Connect By Disconnecting

I hope you’re not reading this blog at the Thanksgiving table. Come on. Don’t you have anything better to do? Like being thankful and being with family?

Okay, maybe you’re not. But I bet you’re tempted to check your email while everyone slips into a tryptophan coma. While you’re at it, why not tweet that funny joke your nephew told at dinner? What’s the harm of seeing how your Facebook friends are enjoying their holiday? Maybe no one will notice or mind, but there’s a real good chance someone’s going to notice and take offense.

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Choosing and Using an Ergonomic Chair

If you work from home or have a small office, you probably don’t have someone on staff to make sure your work space is ergonomically correct. But you can do it yourself. A little bit of attention to the relationship between your body and your desk can make a huge difference.

I don’t know about you, but I can tell when I’m stressed at work. My shoulders tighten to the point of severe pain and I start complaining about needing a massage. Some people prefer to visit a chiropractor for an adjustment when they feel that their body isn’t quite right.

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