9 Things Enormously Productive People Refuse to Do | Inc.com

Have you ever wondered why some people are more productive than others? What’s the magic formula?

I have had the privilege of working with and coaching some outstandingly successful men and women who are out there changing the world in a profound way. Each one of them is extremely busy, but they’re never too busy to do what needs to get done, because they’ve built good habits and practices that they follow every day.

Their good habits for super-productivity include being disciplined about the things they refuse to do.Here are nine of the most important that you can start implementing today:

Source: 9 Things Enormously Productive People Refuse to Do | Inc.com

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Seven Ways That Even the Smartest Companies Kill Great Ideas | Inc.com

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Innovation Patent Procedure (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

You can’t live without innovation. It’s why you’re in business. But as you grow, innovation also becomes a threat. It threatens to disrupt your existing business model, products, and services. It threatens to upset your customers, who have become accustomed to a certain way of doing things. It threatens your partners and employees, who have developed expertise in the way things currently work. That’s the real reason innovation is so hard. While we espouse its values, we also build defenses against it.

I call these the innovation killers. The innovation killers are almost always neatly disguised as protectors of the organization. Few people use these behaviors to try to kill innovation outright. Their intentions are always good ones: to minimize risk, to deliver predictability and operational excellence, and to satisfy market, customer, and analysts’ expectations. The innovation killers are staffed with armies of well-intentioned corporate citizens, ready to defend their turf and keep innovation at bay, lest it disrupt the certainty of the status quo.

“The innovation killers are almost always neatly disguised as protectors of the organization.”

Guess what? If you’re looking for certainty, you’ve picked the wrong century. Get used to it, and get familiar with this list of seven innovation killers. These are the weeds that threaten to choke your garden; when you see them, pull them out by their roots.

via Seven Ways That Even the Smartest Companies Kill Great Ideas | Inc.com.

Cloud-computing training for researchers marches on – Microsoft Research Connections Blog – Site Home – MSDN Blogs #yam

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English: Diagram showing overview of cloud computing including Google, Salesforce, Amazon, Axios Systems, Microsoft, Yahoo & Zoho (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Last September, as part of our global Windows Azure for Research program, we announced our cloud training classes that we designed to show academics how Windows Azure can accelerate their research. Now that we’re almost a month into the new year, we would like to let you know what we have planned for 2014—including some new resources that you can use and share with your colleagues and contacts.

via Cloud-computing training for researchers marches on – Microsoft Research Connections Blog – Site Home – MSDN Blogs.

What Skills Do Employers Want from Candidates? [INFOGRAPHIC] #yam

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Do you have the skills that would make employers want you? This infographic (from Youtern) shows what the employers want, and what the candidates need to get.

Takeaways:

Strategic perspective is the most valued skill by an employer.

Many hiring managers believe skills can be learned.

70% of hiring staff rate interview skills as necessary for success.

via What Skills Do Employers Want from Candidates? [INFOGRAPHIC].

Why You Need a Social Resume (and How to Build One) | The Daily Muse #yam

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Using social media in your job hunt doesn’t just mean having a LinkedIn profile and tweeting industry news anymore. Many employers are looking for candidates with an impressive online presence, also known as a social resume.

Check out this infographic for what you need to know about creating a social resume that’ll stand out to hiring managers, plus some insider tips for how to tell if it’s getting you the results you want.

via Why You Need a Social Resume (and How to Build One) | The Daily Muse.

David Allen Explains How to Master Your To-Do List

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David Allen, the creator of the Getting Things Done (GTD) productivity method, explains in this short video how you can get control over your to-do list by clarifying your actions and the results you want. If you’re not keeping a to-do list because it’s never helped you, his tips may help you start one that works for you.

via David Allen Explains How to Master Your To-Do List.

How to Conduct Scientific Research On the Internet (Without Getting Duped) #yam

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English: Some of the basic elements of the scientific method, arranged in a cycle to emphasize that it is an iterative process. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

You know how to tell if something controversial is actually true, but what if you want to read up on something without stumbling into half-truths and pseudoscience? Here’s how to use the internet as a powerful research tool without being led astray.

via How to Conduct Scientific Research On the Internet (Without Getting Duped).