3 Ways To Be Happier At Work Scott Crabtree spent 24 years climbing the ladder in the gaming and software industries, eventually leading his own engineering team at Intel. And after observing life at companies big and small, he recognized one commonality: The happiest people are the most productive. The difference was so striking to him that he retired and rebooted his career, founding Happy Brain Science to surface and share the scientific underpinnings of what makes people happy and how that makes them more effective at their jobs and in their lives. "Happier people are more successful, more creative, energetic, resilient," says Crabtree. There’s a common assumption, he says, that you will be happy when you are successful. Flow Toward Your Goals In order to be happy, you can’t rely on goal achievement. "Science shows that when you reach a goal, sure you’ll be psyched, but that feeling won’t last for very long," says Crabtree. There are several tactics that can help facilitate this "flow" state: Multitasking.
Download KeyPlayer program The program is distributed with two other free programs, namely Pajek (written by Vladimir Batagelj and Andrej Mrvar) and Mage (written by Richardson and Richardson). Pajek has nice 2-D graphics and a host of analytical tools, while Mage provides 3-D graphics. Information on Pajek, along with the latest updates, is available at Information on Mage is found at There are two basic reasons for trying to find an optimal set of key nodes. One is to identify targets for deletion, with the hope of crippling the network (or just understanding how vulnerable it is), and the other is to identify well-connected nodes who are likely to possess a great deal of information, and who, because of their connections are in a position to influence others. Remove There are two criteria for crippling a network that you might use to decide which nodes to remove. Fragment. Distance. Observe
5 Ways to Work from Home More Effectively More people are foregoing a lengthy commute and working from home. Whether you are a full-time freelancer or the occasional telecommuter, working outside an office can be a challenge. What are the best ways to set yourself up for success? What the Experts Say The days when working from home conjured an image of a slacker in pajamas are rapidly disappearing. Maintain a regular schedule “Without supervision, even the most conscientious of us can slack off,” says Hallowell. Set clear boundaries When you work at home, it’s easy to let your work life blur into your home life. Take regular breaks It may be tempting to work flat out, especially if you’re trying to prove that you’re productive at home. Stay connected Prolonged isolation can lead to weakened productivity and motivation. Celebrate your wins When you’re working on your own at home, staying motivated can be difficult, especially when distractions — Facebook, that pile of laundry, the closet that needs organizing — abound. Do:
So You Want to Be a Consultant … So You Want to Be a Consultant … ASSOCIATIONS NOW, August 2008, Feature By: David Westol, Gaea L. Honeycutt, and Wendy Luke It’s not as easy as you think. Plus, several other ASAE & The Center Consultant Members share their tips, as well. Life After CEO By David Westol Like many other association CEOs leaving their positions after a lengthy tenure, I found myself taking stock in December 2. I asked myself what I enjoyed doing. Consulting with associations and continuing to do campus presentations seemed like a good fit. Reinventing oneself, as the term is used, takes time. Of them all, health insurance—obtaining the best coverage for the best price—has been the most aggravating aspect of self-employment for me. The financial realities of consulting are quick to surface. A very practical challenge is that of working from home after more than 30 years of working in an office. Establishing and charging an appropriate rate of compensation is another challenge. Know Your Skills, Know Your Market
Best Fast Food Tech Tools Improving Customer and Employee Experience - QSR magazine Technology is sort of a funny word to use in the limited-service restaurant industry these days—or any industry, really. After all, what does technology even mean anymore? Does it only reference digital tools? Or does smart equipment count, too? These were questions that came up over and over as we judged this year’s Applied Technology Awards, the first time we’ve hosted the awards since 2010. We received hundreds of submissions for this year’s Applied Technology Awards, spanning a wide variety of uses, from kitchen equipment and packaging innovations to furniture fixes and software systems. With that said, here are the eight Applied Technology winners between two categories: Customer-Facing Technology and Crew-Facing. The winner: GDS Inc.’s 46-Inch Full Outdoor QSR LCD Display Where it’s used: Starbucks What it does: The largest installation of a large-format outdoor digital display is being rolled out to all U.S. iPourIt Inc.’s Self-Serve Beer & Wine Tap System Where it’s used: zPizza
Fusion Tables Labs - Fusion Tables Help Fusion Tables' Labs offers you a chance to try out the newest visualizations on your data. If you're brave enough to try them, it's important to keep the following things in mind: They may break at any time. Similarly, they may disappear temporarily or permanently. They may not be supported on all browsers, all data sets, as embeddable, or have other limitations. They may work so well that they become a regular feature. In the New look, two labs visualizations are offered under [+] > Add chart: In Classic, these visualizations are offered in the Labs menu: You can help us improve these visualizations by giving us feedback, and sending us examples of how you've used them.
Beyond the Norm: 3 Creative Event Marketing Ideas on Twitter Across a number of industries, the popularity of meetings, conferences, and other in-person events hasn’t slowed down a bit, despite the digital age that we live in. In fact, many corporations, associations, non-profits, and universities continue to rely on events as a core part of their business. But many of these organizations aren’t taking advantage of the easy-to-use online marketing tools that provide access to huge audiences, and are, best of all, free. Network Graph - Fusion Tables Help Current limitations include: The visualization will only show relationships from the first 100,000 rows in a table. A filter can include rows from 100,001 or beyond in the table, but the graph will still not display them. Each row of a table represents one relationship in the graph. The network graph shows each row as a line connecting a person and a dog. To create a Network Graph in the New look: [+] > Add chart Click the Network Graph button. To create a Network Graph in Classic: Experiment > Network Graph By default, the first two text columns will be selected as the source of nodes: Node column 1 and Node column 2. Adjust the Network Graph's display: Select a number column to act as a Weight factor for line length. Interact with the Network Graph: "Camera" zoom means nodes become bigger but not more or less numerous. Good to know: Multiple relationships between two nodes are summed into a thicker line. Try it yourself! A classic example looks at the social network of senators.
Introducing Vector Networks — Figma Design Introducing Vector Networks Before I co-founded Figma my background was in game development, not in design. I remember being very surprised when I first encountered modern vector editing tools. Many of the interactions felt broken. Why couldn’t you just manipulate things directly? The pen tool as we know it today was originally introduced in 1987 and has remained largely unchanged since then. After our first implementation of vector networks, we did a series of user studies to refine the concept. Strokes To understand vector networks, it’s useful to first understand paths. A vector network improves on the path model by allowing lines and curves between any two points instead of requiring that they all join up to form a single chain. Bending Another way we wanted to improve over existing vector editing tools was to add support for direct manipulation. Fills The other job of the vector engine is filling the area between curves with color. Getting fills to work well was the hardest part.
How to Disappear from the Internet [INFOGRAPHIC] The amount of information available online has gotten out of hand. Everything about our lives, including where we lived in June 2009, where we went to high school and what we ate for breakfast this morning (hello, happy Instagrammers) can be found on the internet. If you think that’s bad, think about children growing up today – their entire lives, from infancy through middle school, are being documented by their parents on Facebook! Privacy just doesn’t exist online anymore. It’s time to take drastic measures: let’s delete ourselves from the internet and live happier, more personal lives! Note: the steps below are not for the faint of heart or anyone overly attached to their Pinterest boards. Step 1: Deactivate Primary Accounts Begin by deleting the profiles you know exist, like Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and LinkedIn. JustDelete.Me is a handy way to delete all your social accounts in one place. Step 2: Search for Yourself You’ve been using the internet for a while now.
24 Daily Habits That Will Boost Your Intelligence — Life Learning 24 Daily Habits That Will Boost Your Intelligence The inner workings of the human brain are still one of humanity’s great mysteries. As neuroscience has advanced, we’ve learned that we can train our brains tothink more clearly, be more positive, and better express creativity. In fact, Steve Jobs famously trained his brain using Zen mindfulness meditation to reduce stress, enhance clarity, and boost his creativity. What if you could actually train your brain to be smarter? A recent Quora thread posed the question: What are some of the easy things that people can do to keep improving their intelligence? Over 100 professionals weighed in with their favorite tactics for making themselves smarter — easy to practice habits they work into their daily routine.Business Insider columnist Skye Gould then took those suggestions and created the infographic below. You probably have “Things to Do” lists. Some of the suggestions are more fun, like “Use a word-of-the-day app.” About The Author