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Khaleej Times

Engaging in Authenticity

Posted on: Friday, June 21, 2013

Who you are and the kind of values you care about should be in alignment with your workplace practices: that’s what leads to an honest and integrity-driven office environment. Do you feel that your work persona and your true self have more things in common than not? If the answer is no, you could be jeopardising your effectiveness, job satisfaction, work relationships and wellbeing. ...Read More

Anxious All the Time?

Posted on: Friday, January 03, 2014

Beat anxiety before it beats you

All of us experience anxiety; in fact, without the push it gives us we wouldn’t ever get anything done. But if you experience anxiety frequently or to a very high degree, it can impair your life in every way. Do you worry constantly? Think negatively? Symptoms of anxiety include confusion and restlessness, avoidant behaviour and irritability. Physical symptoms of anxiety can appear as difficulty breathing and dizziness, sweating and trembling and a rapid heartbeat. When you’re anxious, your brain is full of thoughts and predictions and you’re not really attending to the situation before you. High anxiety prevents you from effectively managing situations and can cause you to make poor decisions, act out of character, freeze or avoid things altogether...Read More

The Kaizen Way of Life

Posted on:Friday, February 17, 2012

The business principle that made Toyota a role model in the global market can be applied to your personal life. Here’s how you can work smart to make your life more meaningful. The unparalleled success of Toyota made “kaizen” a commonplace work principle. What you may not realise is that kaizen is a principle that can be applied to all aspects of life. Kaizen is about innovation in the workplace. In personal terms, kaizen means having an improvement mindset. “Kai” stands for change. “Zen” means to become good. Kaizen is the principle of continuous improvement. Kaizen is so useful to us personally because for many of us, change is hard and the anxiety it provokes in us often causes us to fail. Instead of overwhelming ourselves with a perfect image of the person we want to be, practising kaizen means that we focus on the smallest things first, the surmountable changes we want to implement. We take the first step and mastering that small change gives us the impetus to continue with changes...Read More

Altruism is a Good Investment

Posted on: August 19, 2012

How altruistic are you? How about your business? Times are changing and business isn’t just about making money or getting ahead by taking advantage. In today’s business climate, what you give back is becoming just as — if not more — important than what you earn or make.
Social media has flattened the globe and your business reputation can be made or broken in one-gone-viral posting. The interconnectedness of your relationship with your consumers has empowered them and what your business stands for is a reflection of your customer’s identity. When they choose your product or service, it’s not just because it is the best. Today customers want to deal with companies that are accountable to something more than themselves or profit. Your customers want to buy from companies that share their own ideals and values.
Geil Browning of explains that altruism is evolutionary. While some people still believe that “it’s every man for himself” in the world, the human race wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for the helping hands of others. Browning reports on a Neuron article in which researchers have discovered the brain region in which altruism and empathy seems to reside: the area where the parietal and temporal regions of your brain meet. The more grey matter in this area — the more giving you are. Since grey matter is the latest development in terms of the human brain, and social processes increase grey matter, it makes sense that altruism may be an evolutionary advantage.
This advantage seems to hold true for the business world...Read More

Gulf News

Jobs & Careers: Learn To Stand Out At Interview Stage

Posted on: Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Want to impress in a job interview? Listen as well as speak, and pay attention to the interviewer’s cues. Rattling off a rehearsed script can prevent you from realizing what your interviewer is looking for and presenting yourself in the best light.
We all know that first impressions count so how you introduce yourself affects your interview. Your introduction begins before you even speak to your interviewer: a receptionist may be a key informant. Be early or on time. Be courteous to the receptionist. Turn off your smartphone as you wait. Appear enthusiastic and not just nervous. Remember, if you have been called in for an interview, they are already interested in you.
Unlike most first impressions, you have 30 seconds rather than just five to set the scene with your interviewer. ...Read More

Encouraging ‘Dumb’ Questions From Staff

Posted on: Tuesday, October 12, 2013

We’ve all heard the adage: “There’s no such thing as a dumb question,” but how many businesses create the kind of culture that encourages such questions? The most obvious questions can reveal great insights but many customers, employees and stakeholders are reluctant to ask them for fear of looking dumb or ignorant. So-called ‘dumb questions’ can help define fundamental principles in your business and uncover underlying assumptions. Oftentimes, these questions can reveal when you’re moving in the wrong direction. ...Read More

Demonstrate Eq in Job Interviews

Posted on: Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Employers look for more than the right degree, skills and experience in a job interview: they look for signs of emotional intelligence (EQ). In fact, your awareness of emotions in yourself and others, and your understanding of how emotions impact decisions and behavior may weigh more heavily in your favor than having the perfect credentials. Your experience in a field can be outweighed by your inability to work well with others. Your expertise does not matter if you cannot recognize when your decisions are driven by self-esteem issues. Professional coach Adele B. Lynn reports that emotional intelligence makes up 24-69 percent of work performance success, and more employers are beginning to recognize this. Zappos screens candidates for humility and emotional self-control. TE Connectivity values candidates with high EQ more than those with superior technical skills: they have a great technical training program but not one for EQ. ...Read More

Jobs & Careers: Work Beliefs, Agility and Resilience

Posted on: Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Resilience is a function of agility, both buzzwords in business today. Many organizations are interested in building agility and resilience, putting processes in place that help companies adapt and innovate (agility) while building up strong cultural bonds and other emotional resources (resilience) that help employees weather such changes. But no matter what business practices are implemented, employees must look to their own work beliefs to improve their personal ability to adapt to change.
Most people never take the time to examine their deep-seated beliefs about work. They operate on unconscious and automatic scripts that may or may not be helpful ...Read More

Make Body Language Work for You

Do you know why people tell you to “fake it until you make it?” And it’s not completely due to shallowness. Smiling even when you feel sad can actually make you feel lighter, even happier. Sitting up straight can make you feel more confident. Awareness and intent in your body language can, not only give others a good impression of you, but also actually change the way you feel, and so – project yourself.
There really is a method to this madness: your physical posturing can affect neurological, emotional and thinking processes in your brain ...Read More

Other News

The Secrets of Self Improvement

Whether it’s feeling trapped in your job, miserable in your love-life or concerned about your finances, in today’s world it’s all too common to be weighed down by worries. According to experts, many people are battling feelings of inadequacy in their life – often due to a lack of confidence and lack of direction.
But how many of us are willing to actually step out of the comfort zone, and make a change? Far too few, according to one Dubai-based personal development coach.
Oksana Tashakova, founder of personal and corporate life coaching companies Design Life Coach and Academia of Human Potential, says a large number of people here are unsatisfied with their lives – but don’t take any action to remedy the problem.
Apparently there are a variety of concerns weighing Dubai residents down – from an unfulfilling personal life, to feeling over-worked.
Tashakova adds that feelings of melancholy or depression can compound resentment for your current situation – explaining that often, this stems from feeling alone. ...Read More

Oksana Tashakova Addresses Students at the Junior Regional Round Square Conference

Henry David Thoreau once said, “Things do not change, we change.” This valuable life lesson was the theme of the recent four-day Junior Regional Round Square Conference hosted by The Millennium School Dubai. The conference brought together 176 student and 17 teachers from eighteen schools across India, Armenia, Bangladesh and Oman, and challenged deligates to view the world with new perspective and openness to change. ...Read More

Are You a Distracted Driver?

Texting or talking on your cell phone is one of the chief reasons why traffic accidents take place with some alarming regularity
A recent study conducted by the University of Barcelona and four Australian universities have found that using hands-free devices while driving is as dangerous as driving drunk. The researchers found that being involved in a conversation while driving, even with such devices, diminishes driving concentration as much as alcohol reduces reaction ability on the road ...Read More

The Tyranny of Shoulds

Posted on: 13 May 2011

Our list of must-dos limit our own potential, damage our relationships with others, and cause us to unfairly judge and condemn ...Read More

Keeping it real: the secrets of offline networking

Powerful networking requires offline investment, too. Jacqueline Whitmore, Matthew Toren and Ivan Misner offer important advice in terms of offline networking as contributors ...Read More

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