Dec 17

The best bosses lead by failing -

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Humble leaders who embrace their failures are more effective and better liked, according to a new study.

“Leaders of all ranks view admitting mistakes, spotlighting follower strengths, and modeling teachability as being at the core of humble leadership,” says Bradley Owens, assistant professor of organization and human resources at the University at Buffalo.

“And they view these three behaviors as being powerful predictors of their own as well as the organization’s growth.”

Owens and co-author David Hekman, assistant professor of management at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, asked 16 CEOs, 20 mid-level leaders, and 19 front-line leaders to describe in detail how humble leaders operate in the workplace and how a humble leader behaves differently than a non-humble leader.

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Nigel Farage vs Donald Tusk - a few words of truth -


Dec 06

Violetta Villas died yesterday -

Great voice, fascinating personality, life full of ups and downs.
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Nov 25

Heart health: Add avocado to holiday meals -

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A so-called “Mediterranean diet” can improve heart health in people at risk for cardiovascular disease, even if dietary changes aren’t coupled with weight loss, a study shows.

Swapping out white bread and pasta carbohydrates for unsaturated fat from foods like avocados, olive oil, and nuts helps the body avoid insulin levels that could be triggers for diabetes and, eventually, heart disease, the study found.

“The introduction of the right kind of fat into a healthy diet is another tool to reduce the risk of future heart disease,” says Meghana Gadgil, a postdoctoral fellow in general internal medicine at Johns Hopkins University. She presented the research recently at the American Heart Association’s scientific sessions in Orlando

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Nov 23

Five Signs You're Losing a Sale -- And How to Save It -

Marla Kaye could not afford to lose this deal. She had watched sales at You Name It Promotions, her Oakland, Calif.-based promotional products company, drop by more than half since the start of the recession—from $3.5 million in 2007 to $1.5 million last year. When a six-figure sale to a new client seemed about to fall through this spring, she had to act fast.
Five Signs You're Losing a Sale -- And How to Save It

The technology company Kaye was courting wanted a customized USB drive with its brand name on it to hand out at trade shows. When Kaye, 58, found out the client was planning to go with a cheaper bid from a competitor, she stepped her offering up a few notches—shaping the device like the company’s logo and loading it with files about its product. “I said, ‘Give me a chance to show you why what we do will stand out,’” she says. “We saved it by doing more work than just answering a bid.”

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How to Tap the Power of 'Thank You' -

There may be only one day a year devoted to giving thanks. But expressing thanks regularly — year round — and doing it well is one of the most profitable business strategies you can have.
Five Signs You're Losing a Sale -- And How to Save It

Study after study reveals that when you say “Thank you” to your customers, they both spend more money and tell their friends about the exceptional service and products you deliver, increasing your profits. Volumes chronicle how employee productivity zooms when appreciation is expressed, raising your margins. Vendors go the extra mile to extend credit and deliver “just in time” when they hear gratitude regularly, not just in November, and keep your cash flowing.

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Nov 16

Brain scans of happy people help explain their 'rose-tinted' outlook -

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The brains of people with a happy disposition seem to respond more strongly to positive things in their environment

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The brains of happy people are tuned to notice and enjoy the positives in life that may pass others by, according to research that may explain why some folk seem to go about wearing rose-tinted spectacles.

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Nov 05

8 Ways to Beat the Winter Blues -

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As the days get shorter and winter closes in, many people feel like hibernating. We start sleeping more, eating more, avoiding social contact. The effects can be particularly oppressive for people with depression, many of whom feel escalating dread as the end of Daylight Saving Time approaches. Here are eight ways to keep the black dog at bay, after you turn back the clocks.
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Don't let others stress you out -

When I tell Pam, my stressed-out lawyer friend, that stress is contagious, she seems unimpressed.

“I have always kind of suspected that,” she says, “ever since in ‘Ghostbusters II,’ when the guys discover that people’s nonstop negativity has created an evil slime that threatens humanity. Then they find out the slime reacts to both positive and negative emotions, so they have a bunch of New Yorkers hold hands and sing ‘Kumbaya’ to it in Central Park or something. And boom! The slime dissolves.”

I’m sort of speechless, though the comparison is oddly compelling.

It may seem more science fiction than science, but emotional contagion though not the slime part is a well-researched phenomenon.

Don't let others stress you out
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Nov 01

Restless sleep? Loneliness may be to blame -

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Feeling isolated and disconnected from the people around you may keep you from getting a good night’s sleep, even if you’re not aware of it, a small new study suggests.

People who feel lonely tend to experience more nighttime restlessness and disruptions than their better-adjusted peers, the study found, which may partly explain why loneliness has been associated with health problems such as high blood pressure, heart disease, and depression, says lead researcher Lianne Kurina, Ph.D., an assistant professor of epidemiology at the University of Chicago.

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