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How to be a better team player at work

  

How to be a better team player at work

The best coworkers are those who share expertise, give constructive criticism or valuable feedback, or make a project succeed. That all looks good on paper, but in real life, it's not so easy to become the perfect coworker. Image from asana.com

Unfortunately, working well in a team heavily depends on your personality and this becomes particularly hard if you are introvert. When your job requires team work, your career success doesn't only depend on your skills, but also on your abilities as a team player because we all know there's no “I” in team.
Working too much and spending too much time around your colleagues doesn't guarantee success either. People who are stressed out and burnt out are more likely to perform worse on the job. In fact, research shoes that people who use all their days off are more likely to get raises down the line. Plus, you are not in most your sociable, affable behaviour when you are stressed out and worn out.
Although you might think that the best team players are the ones who work hard and are always there when you need, research shows that people who have many activities after work are the best team players. According to a 2015 paper in Business and Society looking at 347 workers at 80 companies in Canada and China, people who ranked higher in engagement with the community were those more likely to be trusted by their colleagues.
“Hiring managers often dismiss volunteer work and community involvement as irrelevant, or even a potential distraction,” stated Ilan Vertinsky, one of the paper's authors. “But really, people with busy evening and weekend schedules are exactly who should be getting hired.”
Don't let bullies get you down. Bullying is not a phenomenon restricted to schools. It also takes place in the workplace and more often than you might think. According to a 2015 survey from the staffing company Office Team, 1 in 3 employees reported being bullied at work. Out of those, 13 percent admitted this situation was the catalyst for their resignation, while 17 percent of them took no action after being bullied.
A 2015 study of 327 Spanish employees published in Anxiety, Stress and Coping: An International Journal showed that bullying in the workplace can cause a vicious cycle since people who get bullied are more likely to find themselves in the same situation in the future.
The way to end this vicious cycle is to confront your bullies and stand up to them. If you don't want confront them, you can simply report this person to hold the bully accountable. However, if someone is highly critical of your work, you can simply ask them what they would have done differently.
Being an endless source of opinions and perspectives can be important, it can also backfire and be bad for teams. Research suggests interfering with projects by pointing out what is wrong with them can frustrate its momentum. If everyone has an opinion on anything, nothing will get done.
So how can you be proactive yet supportive of your colleagues? It all comes down to the way you deliver your message. Research suggests that you need to provide about five times as much positive support for the ideas of others as you provide negative feedback.
Although it might be tricky and time consuming to provide positive feedback when you have a deadline to meet, it does mean that your colleagues will be more appreciative of your alternative plans, goals or benchmarks.
Some of us tend to listen to music on our way to work, but does everyone know that this music can affect your performance and work environment. According to a 2016 study of 266 adults in the Journal of Organisation Behaviour, cheerful music seems to improve people's moods, helping them to be more cooperative and efficient in decision-making.
Although gossip is frowned upon, research shows that some kinds of gossip can actually bring about numerous psychological benefits and can also help teams work better as a group.
This kind of gossip, however, has to be positive in order to have a good impact in the workplace. If you hear how someone got a promotion, it might help you learn from what they've done to make it so you can follow in their footsteps. Therefore, it helps to improve productivity at work.

 

Time Management Tips and Techniques

  

Time Management Tips and Techniques

Have you ever heard the phrase, “Don't work hard, work smart”? It might be simple but it's still true. You don't have to work endless hours to be productive. Staying busy or working hard doesn't necessarily mean that you are going to be more successful.

Just because you stay extra hours at work, it doesn't mean you are productive. In fact, the more hours you work, the more likely you are to be less productive because you are tired and your mind is worn out. Staying busy all the time can often lead to mindless “productivity”, which is a constant need to do something and the habit of wasting time on menial tasks.
“Work smarter, not harder” is an old adage that signals a simple way to go about work of any kind. Before you start working, you need to take a step back and organise yourself, considering what's the most efficient way to go about work. You need to simplify your tasks so you can accomplish them faster.
Here are some tips to help you manage your time:
First of all, you need to categorise each task and complete the most important and the most difficult ones first. Once you get those out of the way, it will be easier to focus on the other tasks as you won't have to stress out about being able to complete those and your mind is sharper in the first hours of work.
Once you've completed those tasks, you'll feel motivated to continue because you have already succeeded at finishing the essential.
You need to learn to say “no.” Although making various commitments can teach us how to juggle engagements and manage our time, it can also be a trap and you might end up caught up in too many engagements. You should only take on those commitments that you know you have time for and that are important to you.
Get enough sleep. Although you might value the extra time you get when you sleep less, the truth is that some people need to sleep at least 7 hours for their brains to function optimally. If you don't get enough sleep, that might affect your productivity later on.
Concentrate on the task at hand. Electronic devices can be very distracting, particularly when you need them to work. First of all, you might need to put your phone away as those Instagram notification can be very distracting. Try not to open any unnecessary browser windows and don't open Facebook under any circumstances. That's like falling into the rabbit hole. You might want to check one notification and then it drags you into everyone's news stories and memes that appear on your newsfeed.
If you can't focus when it's quiet, you might want to listen to classical music or something that is not too distracting. Immerse yourself in one task at a time and don't let anything else distract you.
If you want to be productive, you might want to wake up early and start working in the morning. We all know it's hard to wake up early when you don't really have to, it's much less stressful than procrastinating. Plus, you can always look forward to the end of the day when you can finally relax and reward yourself.
Don't let small obstacles hinder your progress. When you take on a big project, you might find some small details take up too much of your time. This unimportant details might stop your progress and get you stuck. When this happens, you need to focus on getting the bulk done and then revisiting these details you weren't happy about before.
Turn important tasks into a habit. If you do something hard every day, at some point it will come out naturally. It's like going to the gym. The first day might seem hard but once you create a habit, it comes naturally. If your job requires you to undertake a key task often, you might want to do it every day, so you don't dread the day you have to do it. Remember that “practice makes the master.”
Although taking a break while working can help you be more productive, it can also trap you in. If you need some leisure time or a breather while working, you have to time yourself so you don't find yourself spending too much time on Twitter or watching TV.
If you are working on your own, you should schedule your day and set a time for each task. That will make you more productive as you know you have a deadline to meet.

 

UK's Top Venture Capital Firms

  

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Although Silicon Valley remains the triumphant in the world of venture capitalism, the UK doesn't follow far behind. Actually, Tech City reports that the UK attracts one third of all venture capital money available within Europe.

According to figures from London & Partners, UK tech companies made over £2.5 billion in 2015, which represents an increase of 70 percent from 2014 when they raised £1.4 billion.
If you are a startup, you might want to know who are these venture capital firms headquartered or based in the UK and how to make the most of them.
The first one is Balderton Capital. Founded in 2000 by Benchmark Capital Silicon Valley, Balderton became fully independent in 2007 as a UK firm investing in early-stage and internet startup companies that are mainly based in Europe. Balderton is famous for investing early on European entrepreneurs.
With most of the capital coming from university endowments, charitable foundations and pension funds, Balderton invests between £775,000 to £15 million each time and manages around £1.8 billion. Some of the most outstanding investments include Kobalt, Bebo, Citymapper, Wonga and Magic Pony.
They disclaim on their website that they support Europe's leading technology businesses. “Our focus is on early stage, European technology businesses, with ambitious founders and unique approaches. Belderton is the largest Europe focused venture fund, with funds totalling $2.3BN. We invest between $1M to $20M into companies with the potential to disrupt huge industries, and the ambition to scale globally.”
“We invest for the long term, with the ability to support our companies from start to exit.”
“Our partners are the founders, investors and board members of some of Europe's biggest technology companies. We have a team-oriented approach to building breakthrough technology companies. Balderton is an equal partnership. This means our entrepreneurs get the benefit of a team of experts, in addition to a community of over 150 founders.”
Scottish Equity Partners is another venture capital firm that has made over 150 investments with more than 110 exists ever since its foundation in 1991. With offices in London, Glasgow and Edinburgh, the firm invests companies in different fields such as energy, healthcare and technology. With over six funds under the management of 20 employees, the firm invests up to £20 million in high growth technology companies. Investments include Cyberhawk, SolarCentury and Skyscanner.
On their website, they state: “We are an independent owner-managed firm with 45 experienced professionals (...) Our team is knowledgeable, well-connected and experienced in supporting high growth companies across a range of technology sectors.”
“We forge constructive long-term relationships with the companies we back, providing continuity and building trust, supporting you from the start of your partnership with us all the way to exit.”
“We are approachable, enthusiastic and keen to work with the inspirational entrepreneurs behind Europe's most exciting high growth companies. We understand the challenges and opportunities involved in scaling a business and are skilled in helping to identify and to capitalise on future growth opportunities.”
DN Capital invests primarily during the growth stage from £214,000 to £13 million per company. The firm has professionals operating in the London, Menlo Park and Berlin offices, which invest in marketplaces, e-commerce, software, mobile apps and digital media sectors.
With 55 investments and 16 exits across eight countries, DN Capital specialises in assisting US companies to the European market. Important investments include Shazam, Hppm and Seedcamp.
Michael Bruce, the founder of Purplebricks.com, said: “DN Capital was a valuable company and share in that early vision to invest in scaling our disruptive business model across the UK.”
DN Capital managing partner Nenad Marovac also joined the Purplebricks board of directors. He said: “At DN Capital we are constantly looking to identify the next breakthrough UK technology companies. We believe that in Purplebricks.com we have found a game-changing proposition that will resonate deeply with UK property sellers and buyers.
“We are very impressed with what Michael and Kenny Bruce have built so far, and are looking forward to bringing our technology experience to help build a significant business.”
Another firm worth mentioning is Bridges Ventures. Founded in 2002, the London-based firm manages £600 million and aims to creating investment returns through social and environmental challenges. Bridges Ventures is focused on sustainable and impact investment strategy and for that it uses Sustainable Growth Funds, Property Funds and Social Sector Funds.

 

Inspirational Quotes for Entrepreneurs

  
Inspirational Business Quotes for Entrepreneurs
Whether you are just starting your business or you already got your business on the ground, having our business is hard work, so here are some quotes to keep your spirits high.
“Your reputation is more important than your paycheck, and your integrity is worth more than your career.” - Ryan Freitas, About.me co-founder
“Every time we launch a feature, people yell at us.” - Angelo Sotira, deviantART co-founder
“Be undeniably good. No marketing effort or social media buzzword can be a substitute for that.” - Anthony Volodkin, Hype Machine founder
“Money is like gasoline during a road trip. You don't want to run out of gas on your trip, but you're not doing a tour of gas stations.” - Tim O'Reilly, O'Reilly Media founder and CEO
“If you can't feed a team with two pizzas, it's too large.” —Jeff Bezos, Amazon founder and CEO
“Don't worry about people stealing your design work. Worry about the day they stop.” - Jeffrey Zeldman, A List Apart Publisher
“Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do.” —Steve Jobs, Apple Inc. co-founder, chairman and CEO
“Chase the vision, not the money, the money will end up following you.” —Tony Hsieh, Zappos CEO
“The value of an idea lies in the using of it.” - Thomas Edison, General Electric Co-founder
“Always look for the fool in the deal. If you don't find one, it's you.” - Mark Cuban, AXS TV chairman and entrepreneur
“It's not about ideas. It's about making ideas happen.” - Scott Belsky, Behance co-founder
“There's nothing wrong with staying small. You can do big things with a small team.” - Jason Fried, 37signals founder
“Get five or six of your smartest friends in a room and ask them to rate your idea.” - Mark Pincus, Zynga CEO
“Best startups generally come from somebody needing to scratch an itch.” -Michael Arrington, TechCrunch founder and co-editor
“If there's something you want to build, but the tech isn't there yet, just find the closest possible way to make it happen.” - Dennis Crowley, Foursquare co-founder
“Nothing works better than just improving your product.” - Joel Spolsky, Stack Overflow co-founder
“If you're interested in the living heart of what you do, focus on building things rather than talking about them.” - Ryan Freitas, About.me co-founder
“It's hard to do a really good job on anything you don't think about in the shower.” —Paul Graham, YCombinator co-founder
“If you're interested in the living heart of what you do, focus on building things rather than talking about them.” - Ryan Freitas, About.me co-founder
“Entrepreneur is someone who has a vision for something and a want to create.” - David Karp, Tumblr founder and CEO
“I don't think an economic slump will hurt good ideas.” - Rob Kalin, Etsy founder
“I doubt I'll ever go back to corporate work. Once you see the light, there is no turning back.” - Magnus Jepson, WooThemes co-founder
“Stay self-funded as long as possible.” —Garrett Camp, founder of Expa, Uber and StumbleUpon
“Timing, perseverance, and ten years of trying will eventually make you look like an overnight success.” - Biz Stone, Twitter co-founder
“When I'm old and dying, I plan to look back on my life and say ‘wow, that was an adventure,' not ‘wow, I sure felt safe.' " - Tom Preston-Werner, Github co-founder
“No more romanticizing about how cool it is to be an entrepreneur. It's a struggle to save your company's life – and your own skin – every day of the week.” - Spencer Fry, CarbonMade co-founder
“The secret to successful hiring is this: look for the people who want to change the world." - Marc Benioff, Salesforce CEO
“I knew that if I failed I wouldn't regret that, but I knew the one thing I might regret is not trying.” - Jeff Bezos, Amazon founder and CEO
“We've had three big ideas at Amazon that we've stuck with for 18 years, and they're the reason we're successful: Put the customer first. Invent. And be patient.” - Bezos
“If you double the number of experiments you do per year you're going to double your inventiveness.” – Bezos
“Life's too short to hang out with people who aren't resourceful.”
“A brand for a company is like a reputation for a person. You earn reputation by trying to do hard things well.”
“One of the only ways to get out of a tight box is to invent your way out.”
“What we need to do is always lean into the future; when the world changes around you and when it changes against you – what used to be a tail wind is now a head wind – you have to lean into that and figure out what to do because complaining isn't a strategy.” - Bezos

 

Apple staff in Berlin coworking space

  

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Despite being famously known for its corporate secrecy, Apple has set up a small steam in a coworking space in Berlin. The distinctively secretive iPhone developer has placed a small team into a property where Israeli coworking space provider Mindspace occupies a number of floors. Although neither Apple nor Mindspace confirmed the claims, they didn't deny them.

An Apple spokesperson stated: “Unfortunately, I cannot give you any information since we generally do not talk about single locations or teams nor about temporary office space we probably rent.”
The tech giant also has a discrete office around the corner in Gendarmenmarkt square, which was unveiled in May. When the office was identified, Mindspace tweeted: “Hi @Apple you could have avoided all the hassle of locating an office in Berlin. Next, just come to Mindspace.”
An off-the-record source told Business Insider: “It is only a small portion of the Gendarmenmarkt office (that has moved). So the rest (of the team) is still in the old office. For now, there are three employees. Two girls and the head of Apple Music (for Germany, Switzerland, Austria). They rented the suite office which is like a private open office for 10+ employees.”
An anonymous source told Business Insider that Apple strategically moved in on Here's talent as the mapping company was passed from Nokia to the German automotive group.
“It's a simple story: Here was in disarray after Microsoft's acquisition of Nokia,” said the source, who works in the Berlin tech scene. “Apple saw the opportunity and opened an office in Berlin, specifically to siphon Geo Information Systems (GIS) talent.”
The source added: “These people independently complained to me that Apple opened an office in Berlin specifically to cherrypick at Here.” This claim was backed up by another source in Berlin.
Here - which provides mapping data, software and services to the automotive, consumer and enterprise sector - was “bleeding talent” as Microsoft's deal with the German car consortium went through. “Things are getting a bit better now, but GIS talent is rare.”
A spokesperson from Here told BI: “Between the Microsoft deal and our acquisition by the German carmakers, the team grew by more than 100 people and our global sales grew significantly over the same time frame. the trend has continued. I state these facts since they contrast with the picture painted by your source.”
Mindspace offices have also been rented by other giants, including Samsung, Coca-Cola and Barclays.
While Apple has never confirmed the existence of any office in Berlin, it's believed that the company's work in the city is linked to the exceedingly secretive Apple Car project.
If there actually is an Apple Berlin office in Gerdarmenmarkt, it's meant to be hidden. Although there are no logos to be seen anywhere, the company has its name next to a tiny buzzer outside the building's main door.
A report from German publication Frankfurter Allgemeine said “Apple is running a secret laboratory for the development of an automobile and this in the middle of Berlin.”
According to the report, the laboratory housed 10 to 15 staff, who were engineers or had backgrounds in software, hardware and sales.
After examining LinkedIn, you can see Apple has 168 employees working the “Berlin area.” Out of these employees, many work in the Apple Store in Kurfürstendam but LinkedIn shows that Apple has dozens of engineers working in Berlin as well.
Apple has hired at least six employees from automotive mapping company Here - owned by Audi, BMW, and Daimler - for a Berlin-based Apple Maps team.
Although the giant has never admitted that it's working on an electric car, Apple has hired dozens of automotive experts from companies like Ford and Mercedes-Benz.
Apple's efforts to build a self-driving car are internally know as “Project Titan,” which has caused rumours and speculations for years. These speculations have evolved and Apple's focus is now believed to be on building autonomous software rather than an entire vehicle.
This is not the first time Apple recruits people with automotive engineering backgrounds. For instance, at some point, former Ford engineer Steve Zadesky helped build the iPhone. Johan Jungwirth, who was Mercedes Benz's R&D chief, also worked for Apple.
Mindspace writes on its website: "Our designed shared office space is at the epicentre of entrepreneurship and innovation. It provides an all-in-one office space solution for startups, entrepreneurs, accelerators, service providers, investors and VCs who are looking for the ultimate coworking environment in Berlin-Mitte."
Mindspace has another space around the corner on Krausenstraße - Apple's “secret” office - and it's going to open a new one in Kreuzberg at Skalitzer Straße.

 

China 21 percent tourism spend

  

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China's highly lucrative outbound tourism market has “great potential” for future growth, and this, in turn, has generated “tremendous business opportunities” for tourist destinations across the world, according to a new report carried out by the World Tourism Organisation, in conjunction with the Regional Program for Asia and the Pacific, in collaboration with the Program for Statistics, Trends and Policy.

The study, titled Penetrating the Chinese Outbound Tourism Market, demonstrates that China is now the world's largest source of outbound tourists. UNWTO's secretary-general Taleb Rifai explains this was in terms of both quantity of trips abroad and expenditure.
“China has become a key source market not only for many destinations in Asia and the Pacific but also for destinations in other regions of the world which see a steady influx and growing interest from Chinese tourists,” he said.
China became the world's top spender in international tourism in 2012 and since then, it has led global outbound travel. Tourism expenditure from China has grown exponentially over the years. Most dramatically, it went from $24 billion in 2006 (3 percent of the world's total) to $261 billion in 2016, which is 21 percent of the world's international tourism spending.
According to the latest issue of the UNWTO World Tourism Barometer, international tourism has grown on a global scale. Over 1,235 million international tourist arrivals were recorded globally in 2016, some 47 million more than in 2015, or an increase of 3.9 percent.
With 615 million arrivals in 2016 - half of the world's total - Europe is the most visited region worldwide. Europe is followed by Asia and the Pacific, which recorded 309 million arrivals or 25 percent.
The Americas welcomed 200 million international tourists (16 percent of the global figure). Meanwhile, Africa represents 5 percent of international arrivals and the Middle East received 4 percent.
According to the report, what sparked this growth in outbound travel began at the turn of the 21st century was a combination of “increasingly loosened policies, diversifying consumer demands and profound changes in the market.”
While the number of outbound tourists maintained double-digit percentage growth year on year from 2002 to 2013, the quantity of Chinese outbound tourists surpassed a record 100 million mark in 2014. Thanks to higher incomes, a massive population, rapid urbanisation and relaxation of restrictions on foreign travel, that year China overtook the USA as world's largest outbound travel market, both in terms of generated arrivals and total travel expenditure. Ever since, the country is the largest source of international tourism worldwide.
According to the report, it was China's millennial demographic the one that constitutes the majority of the country's outbound tourists. Millennials are also behind the development of the sophisticated Chinese free independent market, which is also known as FIT.
“The Chinese FIT market is extended to increasingly distant destinations. Tourists now are spread across South-East Asia, Africa, North and South America and even the Polar regions,” the study suggested. The bulk (85 percent) of Chinese outbound travel is to major city destinations, which receive almost a half of all Chinese travel in the respective country. Large cities are the best equipped to suit Chinese tourists' form of travel, which is package trips, including group tours with multiple destination stops.
The report also gives detailed recommendations on strategic planning and marketing approaches when entering the Chinese outbound tourism market.
It outlines how many destinations have “successfully expanded business into the Chinese market by developing a Chinese market-focused strategic plan and taking tailored marketing approaches to adapt to the characteristics of the Chinese market.”
US and Canadian companies are aware of the profitability of the young crowd and, thus, they are targeting students and providing tours of overseas schools during the months of July and August, when Chinese students take summer vacations.
Meanwhile, Japan has extended its multiple-entry visa for China's business, cultural and artistic visits from five to ten years and also simplified “the procedures of single-entry visas for undergraduate and postgraduate students studying in 75 colleges and universities directly under the Ministry of Education.”
The study forecasts that outbound tourism will continue to grow and destinations will continue to compete to attract Chinese tourists.

 

Donald Trump quotes for business

  

Yes he's President now and his policies are questionable and office does seem a bit chaotic BUT in this article we want to look back in time when we knen him only as a business man. The 71 year old business magnate Donald Trump is one of the world's most famous entrepreneurs. Though he inherited a vast fortune from his father Fred Trump, he has shown considerable investment skill in how he has built upon that empire. He's also one of America's most recognizable celebrities, with a brilliantly constructed personal brand.  Donald Trump

That makes him well worth listening to for any business person looking for ways to get ahead. Here are some of Donald Trump's most insightful quotes about how business should work.
In the end, you're measured not by how much you undertake but by what you finally accomplish.
I don't do it for the money. I've got enough, much more than I'll ever need. I do it to do it. Deals are my art form.
I've known people who had fantastic ideas, but who couldn't get the idea off the ground because they approached everything weakly. They thought that their ideas would somehow take off by themselves, or that just coming up with an idea was enough. Let me tell you something -- it's not enough. It will never be enough. You have to put the idea into action. If you don't have the motivation and the enthusiasm, your great idea will simply sit on top of your desk or inside your head and go nowhere.
How to get rich ... whenever I meet people, that's usually what they want to know from me. You ask a banker how he makes bread. You ask a billionaire how he makes money.
Sometimes your best investments are the ones you don't make
People who think achieving success is a linear A-to-Z process, a straight shot to the top, simply aren't in touch with reality. There are very few bona fide overnight success stories. It just doesn't work that way. Success appears to happen overnight because we all see stories in newspapers and on TV about previously unknown people who have suddenly become famous. But consider a sequoia tree that has been growing for several hundred years. Just because a television crew one day decides to do a story about that tree doesn't mean it didn't exist before.
I've seen people that are extremely brilliant and they don't have the staying power. They don't have that never give up quality. I've always said that other than bad ideas, which is a reason for failure, the ability to never ever quit or give up is something that is very, very important for success as an entrepreneur.

 

Get inspired: Great quotes from Ayn Rand

  
If you run a business or are planning to start one and need some inspiration, it is imperative you get in the right frame of mind for success. Ayn Rand was one of the world's foremost writers on the subject of capitalism and its crucial role in creating a healthy and happy society, not just for the richest number but for the populace as a whole. Here are some of her most inspiring quotes on the importance of ambition and the individual who strives for success.Ayn Rand
A creative man is motivated by the desire to achieve, not by the desire to beat others.
Here we see that Rand's philosophy is not one of selfishness (as often her critics would characterise it) but one of determination. Do you have the desire in you to achieve? If you are in business, you better have. Don't concern yourself with the other guy – concentrate on what you can do.
Money is only a tool. It will take you wherever you wish, but it will not replace you as the driver.
Again Rand makes a key distinction between competitiveness and true self determination. Greed will only get you so far. It must be supported by deeper, more spiritual desire to make yourself the best you can be if it is to truly reap rewards.
Run for your life from any man who tells you that money is evil. That sentence is the leper's bell of an approaching looter.
Rand was steadfast in her belief that those who have no ambition to strive will, if allowed to, drag down those who do. The key message here is, never feel bad about making the money you work hard for and do not trust those who tell you that you should be ashamed of wealth.
Achievement of your happiness is the only moral purpose of your life, and that happiness, not pain or mindless self-indulgence, is the proof of your moral integrity, since it is the proof and the result of your loyalty to the achievement of your values.
Perhaps the purest expression of all of Rand's belief system, this quote warns the reader not to get distracted by instant gratification or feelings of guilt simply for being. Time on the earth is short – use it to satisfy your deepest desire for happiness.

Doing business: digital etiquette

  

The rules of business etiquette have been around, seemingly, forever. Yet, in these days of remote everything, video calls, email attachments and archived data, the landscape has shifted dramatically. In order to deal with the change, here are some new tips on business etiquette.business meeting
Turn off the gadgets during meetings
Yes, your phone, laptop or tablet might be essential to the work you do on a day to day basis. Yes, you might be expecting an important phone call. Yes, you might feel a little lost when you are not connected to your email for five minutes. But that does not change the fact that, if you have a bright screen open on your desk, you are not fully concentrated on the task at hand.
At the beginning of every meeting simply turn all non-essential gadgets off or on silence and get them out of sight. It will help everybody focus, ensure nobody feels slighted and bolster the speed with which you get the work done.
It's not OK to be late for a virtual meeting
As the old saying goes, “If you're early for a meeting you're on time. If you're on time you're late. If you're late you're fired.” For some reason, people seem to think this wisdom need not apply to video calls. Not so.
Just because you are not sitting in a room with somebody, does not mean you can arrive late to the sit down. We know you always blame it on ‘technical issues' but, we guarantee, they don't believe you and leave the meeting with a bad taste in their mouths.
Business emails, instant messages and texts are never, truly private
If the last few years have proven anything, it is that anything sent via email or text is not truly private. It is archived on somebody else's device and can then be passed on to any other number of people. Plus, if it's on a company email system, it can easily be read by the IT department. Plus there's the nightmare of sending an email to the wrong address.
With all this in mind, it is best to follow this code: if you wouldn't say it in front of the entire organisation, don't say it in an email.

How the era of Big Data could benefit your biz

  

There is no question or debate about it: now is the era of Big Data. As hardware that creates, shares and stores data becomes more ubiquitous and easier to use, the amount of data increases at rates never before thought probable or possible. The big question in 2018, for many companies, will be: how do we put this incredible volume and variety of information to the best possible use?Big Data
Here are five important tips on surviving and thriving in the age of Big Data.
Be proactive and unconventional in how you tap into new data
Regardless of what the product or service you sell is, it is now possible for you to learn about and study the habit of your target demographic in ways never before imagined. The companies that are left behind are the companies that do not realise this potential. Accrue data that would appear irrelevant to your business but is relevant to your customer. Consider buying habits, consider income, consider online activity, and use it to create new avenues for interacting with your buyer.
Focus on data organisation, not just data gathering
Actually finding the information is not going to be a problem for most companies with any knowledge of technology. The trickier part is going to be actually organising it into a meaningful, unified whole. Integrate information of all sorts and concentrate on how each piece of data might affect another, as oppose to simply holding on to a number of large ‘data ghettos' filled with unrelated data.
Get trained employees to deal with large quantities of information
Dealing with Big Data is not something every member of your workforce will be able to do. This is why you will have to make sure you have people in your company that are trained in analysing information and putting it to use. This is a highly skilled capability, so do not assume just anybody can do it.
Don't be afraid of creativity
These days, it pays to stand out from the crowd. Every company has a website, Twitter presence, Facebook page and a profile on whatever other social media hangout is hip this week. How many of them are using these platforms to truly do something different? The inundation of information now available gives you all the tools you need to make yourself different from the herd. Be willing to strategise differently and make the most of the opportunity.
  
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