How to learn better and faster.

Have you ever wondered that you could grasp information and learn content faster and better? I mean who wouldn’t want to learn faster and better. Who wouldn’t want to read more or gather more information, to enhance our performance at work and in life?

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For one of the courses I am taking for my doctoral program, I chose to conduct a small study on the learning style preference and Continue reading “How to learn better and faster.”

Be resourceful: How to make the most of your available assets.

While having a casual conversation with a friend of mine, we started talking about attitudes at work. She told me, “I love that person at work who turns every situation in his/her favor. Nothing seems to stop him/her to achieve the goals, not matter what the situation might be. The best part is that the person never complains.”

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I listened to her intently, to the extent that she thought she almost lost me. I responded slowly, “you just stated qualities that we must adopt in order to succeed.

Confused? Let me explain. I could tell she was in awe of this person, (whoever she might be referring to at her workplace), clearly that person was a high achiever. She definitely wanted to be in the same situation but wasn’t able to. It reminded me of Tony Robbins statement in the same area, “99% of the times, when people fail to achieve their goals, they say it’s because of lack of resources. When in reality they forget, they are the resource.

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Practical ways of not getting distressed at work and life!

Stress can be a performance enhancer in most situations. However, it has become quite the negative term that we use every single day. We definitely lead busy lives and with the competition increasing, we surely have a lot on our plates. And of course, we have the same number of hours to complete those tasks. So, while we notice some can easily complete tasks expected of them do, why is that the others aren’t able to? Why is it that some feel so stressed and overburdened that it begins to affect their health and even performance outcomes? Well, the first response to that would be we are all wired differently, and we cope with situations differently.

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Largely, our immediate response in times of “stress” is Continue reading “Practical ways of not getting distressed at work and life!”

How humor helps you stay motivated and to motivate others at work.

My husband and I used to work together before we fell in love and got hitched. 😉 The one thing that I really love about him [rather got attracted to even then, among other things], was, his approach to humor. He would always make things a little funny and little fun, even in the most stressful and grave situations. He would always tell me “life’s too short to be sad and serious.” I often  discredited that and would always tell him, “easy for you to say it.” However, over the years I’ve really learned to cherished his ability to humor things out in most critical times and making situations seem better. It is his best asset at work too.

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Compassion is the key to successful performance outcomes.

I am a type A personality, and an MBTI type of ENTJ, which makes me a leader who really pushes herself to move ahead, get things done faster and quicker (You can read my articles on Extroverts and Introverts to know more about MBTI Types). My types can sometimes come across as pushy and commanding because of my preferential and innate ability to manage, set goals and reach higher outcomes, without deterring. I am the type you come to, to ensure you GET THE JOB DONE. And not just done, get it done better and faster. I run a competition with my own self and while I am in that race, I tend to overlook certain situations of people around me, unintentionally. I soon realized that while I am getting the work done, people around me weren’t feeling comfortable and secure. Without even verbally saying it, I made them feel that I am not interested to listen to your situations, which in the human world is the worst one could do. However it wasn’t intentional, neither was I wrong in my expectations nor were the people wrong in their situations. It was only lack of compassion from our end.

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9 communications mistakes you might be making everyday.

Did you just roll your eyes and did you think to yourself that you know what is going to come next in this post? Well, if you assumed you knew, then this is definitely the stuff you’d want to read. Assumptions, especially in communication, can be the biggest mistake you could make! Whether at work or in our personal lives, we all have either been victims or culprits of bad communications. Sometime we term them as “misunderstandings” sometimes we term them as “miscommunication” or just a bad day, filled with emotions that spilled all over.

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Here’s an actual scenario that happened with my friend. Continue reading “9 communications mistakes you might be making everyday.”

Importance of soft skills and why we should hone them.

My husband and I have extremely high regard for good customer service. When we see a good example of customer service, we make sure we laud it and when we see some awful service, we also have it in us, to let people know that they’re being inappropriate. It feels like a social service, more like an obligation to us ;). It also feels as though the world would be a better place, when we have compassionate folks around us, who really understand another human being (how many times have you felt that?). The reason why I am using the example of customer service is because, firstly, we can all relate to it at some point and secondly, it what makes us experience “luxury, comfort, mediocre, good, bad or ugly.”

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At the crux of any customer service lies the ability to understand the emotions and use them while interacting with the customers. Now, that applies to EVERY SPHERE of our lives too. Emotions, thinking process and Continue reading “Importance of soft skills and why we should hone them.”

Growth Mindset: Strengthen and sustain your emotional intelligence.

I’ve heard this statement from so many friends of mine: “how is someone’s life so perfect! They go on perfect vacations, have the perfect families, get the best pictures clicked, wear the best clothes…” and then comes, “their lives are so perfect!” And I look at them in shock. But I must admit I’ve been no saint and I’ve been victim of this toxic comparison too. However, couple of years back, since the realization of this sickness, I’ve cleared up my side of the mess and always appreciated those folks having a good time. AND most importantly, I’ve believed my life to be perfect (and definitely a blessing)!

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Now, I’m not just saying this for the heck of it. It is pretty easy
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Learning in Reflection 4: What’s the trend?

ATD 2016, Day 4 (25 May, 2016):

I jumped out of the bed and kick-started my day with Becky Pike Pluth‘s session, Discover 7 techniques to enhance learner motivated (5 ways to avoid squelching motivation).CjTwDShUkAAi4X3 She built the session around what she was propagating, curiosity. She is an experiential trainer and practically engaged the entire 200+ professionals present at her session. I’m sure, even if there was a 1% chance of someone feeling a little sleepy, would have woken up with the idea of using clickers in the session! Who doesn’t love indulging in a little bit of playful activity? She used game based elements to assess our prior knowledge and what we gathered at her session. Her emphasis on generating curiosity through creative training techniques for the learners, such as Continue reading “Learning in Reflection 4: What’s the trend?”

Learning in Reflection 3: Vulnerability leads to courage.

ATD 2016, Day 3 (24 May, 2016):

The third day began with great zeal and excitement. Didn’t happen to sit right at the front, but had a pretty good view. I was absolutely excited for Brene Brown‘s session, she is THE master for teaching courage through vulnerability. For those of you, who don’t know her, she is a best selling author, speaker, storyteller and researcher.

Brene’s book Daring Greatly, among others, has been appreciated by many and her TED talk is one of the top viewed talks of all. 20160524_110702She makes sure she calls herself a researcher storyteller and she sure is that. Her emphasis on storytelling struck a chord with me. I love storytelling in elearning, and in informal learning and even in training. (I love using stories from my life and from my environment, to enable a positive change in teams, organizations and people: guess what, this strategy has been successful 90% of the times). So, which is why, I completely agreed and nodded vehemently, when Brene Brown shared that “narratives lead to a behavior change and our brains are wired for stories.” Storytelling aid information recall, allow us to learn better and actually transform ourselves into our best possible selves. Continue reading “Learning in Reflection 3: Vulnerability leads to courage.”