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The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, first published in 1989, is a business and self-help book written by Stephen R. Covey. Covey presents an approach to being effective in attaining goals by aligning oneself to what he calls "true north" principles of a character ethic that he presents as universal and timeless. The 7 Habits The book first introduces the concept of paradigm shift and helps the reader understand that different perspectives exist, i.e. that two people can see the same thing and yet differ with each other. On this premise, it introduces the seven habits in a proper order. Each chapter is dedicated to one of the habits, which are represented by the following imperatives: Independence The First Three Habits surround moving from dependence to independence (i.e., self-mastery): 1 - Be Proactive roles and relationships in life. 2 - Begin with the End in Mind envision what you want in the future so that you know concretely what to make a reality. 4 - Think Win-Win
Didn’t Get The Job? A Computer May Be To Blame Robots continue to invade the workplace. But these bots aren’t going to sift through mountains of paperwork or fetch a pair of scissors for you. On the contrary, it is you who will have to answer to them. There’s a fast-growing trend in the corporate world to replace human bias with algorithmic precision during the hiring process. In addition to an interview – or even during pre-interview screening – hopeful applicants are completing questionnaires. Companies like Xerox. A large part of the testing is personality-based. Some of the questions attempt to gauge the applicant’s feelings toward alcohol or how tolerant they would be of a long commute. But do the algorithms really work or are they simply a way for companies to automate bad hiring practices? As an applicant, you can try to game the system but that can be difficult. If company spending is any indication, it seems as though the predictive powers of the software is paying off.
WorldAfterMidnight Getting Things Done The GTD method rests on the idea of moving planned tasks and projects out of the mind by recording them externally and then breaking them into actionable work items. This allows attention to be focused on taking action on tasks, instead of recalling them. First published in 2001, a revised edition of the book was released in 2015 to reflect the changes in information technology during the preceding decade. Themes Allen first demonstrates stress reduction from the method with the following exercise, centered on a task that has an unclear outcome or whose next action is not defined. He claims stress can be reduced and productivity increased by putting reminders about everything you are not working on into a trusted system external to your mind. Workflow Logic tree diagram illustrating the second and third steps (process/clarify and organize) of the five-step Getting Things Done workflow. Next, reflection (termed planning in the first edition) occurs. Implementation
Lawyers Object As Computer Program Does Job Better Robots won't be replacing lawyers anytime soon, but computer programs are already acting like overachieving interns. First doctors, now lawyers. I can hear them now: “I didn’t go through all those years of school just to be replaced by a computer.” As Watson bones up on his medical knowledge in hopes of giving doctors a helping hand, lawyers are becoming increasingly antsy over computer programs that are finding their way into the law firms–and doing something lawyers do but faster, better, and cheaper. Given the fact that the vast majority of a company’s information is electronic, it was only a matter of time before e-discovery software was developed. Because “relevant information” often means illegal activity, ads for e-discovery software companies often sound more like ads for security companies. The technology first models the “normal behavior” of an organization. A famous case of insider trading gone unnoticed is that of Jérôme Keviel. I object, your honor.
What is Creativity? Revised Feb 17, 2014 Creativity is the act of turning new and imaginative ideas into reality. Creativity is characterised by the ability to perceive the world in new ways, to find hidden patterns, to make connections between seemingly unrelated phenomena, and to generate solutions. Creativity involves two processes: thinking, then producing. “Creativity is the process of bringing something new into being. What is Innovation? Innovation is the implementation of a new or significantly improved product, service or process that creates value for business, government or society. Some people say creativity has nothing to do with innovation— that innovation is a discipline, implying that creativity is not. Creativity and Economic Development: We are living in the age of creativity. Daniel Pink in his book, A Whole New Mind (2005) defines Economic Development as: 1. Creativity is the Most Crucial Factor for Future Success IBM’s 2010 Global CEO Study stated: The Creativity Gap The short answer is yes.
Google Calendar Google Calendar is a free time-management web application offered by Google. It became available on April 13, 2006, and exited the beta stage in July 2009. Users are required to have a Google Account in order to use the software. Features Interface Content access Events are stored online; consequently, the calendar can be viewed from any location that has Internet access. Sharing calendars Google Calendar allows multiple calendars to be created and shown in the same view. Device synchronization Google integration Google Calendar is integrated with various other Google services: Gmail, Google's webmail service. 2009 introduction On March 4, 2009, Google Calendar began offering offline support. On May 13, 2009, Google Calendar began offering to-do lists, via Google Tasks. Compatibility Consistency and reliability As in other cloud computing applications, changes to Google Calendar are immediately visible to all users. See also
Over half the world now live in cities according to UN Report July 12, 2007 A United Nations report coinciding with World Population Day reveals that for the first time in history, more people now live in cities than rural areas. There are now 6.6 billion of us – a figure expected to surge dramatically by 37 percent to 9.076 billion by the year 2050 according to the UN report, with Asia and Africa leading the growth. World Population Day on July 11 is aimed at focusing on efforts to turn the challenges of population growth into opportunities. “What happens in the cities of Africa and Asia and other regions will shape our common future,” says Thoraya Ahmed Obaid, Executive Director of the UN Population Fund. “We must abandon a mindset that resists urbanization and act now to begin a concerted global effort to help cities unleash their potential to spur economic growth and solve social problems.” “This wave of urbanization is without precedent. The key theme chosen for World Population Day 2007 is Men as Partners in Maternal Health.
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