Thursday, February 28, 2013

The Coolest Job Ever?

This video claims computer programming is the coolest job ever. For many people, it is indeed their dream job. What about your child? Do they have what it takes to become the next Bill Gates? It may all depend on their Learning Style....

Here is an excerpt from our Learning Style Analysis (LSA) report:

"If you have a preference or a strong preference in 4 or more of the below elements of the LSA Pyramid:

· VISUAL (external)

· VISUAL (words)

· TACTILE (touching)

· MOBILITY (stationary)


· TIME OF DAY: evening

· KINESTHETIC (internal),

then you are probably good with computers!"

Is your child a future IT programmer? Find out.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Procrastination, working less and fluorescent lights

Procrastination, working less and fluorescent lights at the office - what do they have in common? They've all been discussed online by Drake Baer, a business writer capable of causing a stir in the workplace.

Among others, he claims that:
At Creative Learning Systems, we definitely know about office lights. We also understand that some people need more light than others, some people need a warmer office, and some people need a quiet place to work. Our Working Style Analysis tools can pinpoint what time of day is optimal for your productivity, and whether you'll achieve better results working alone or with a friend.

Working Style Analysis - what is your working style? Check it out.

Friday, February 15, 2013

Less Stress + Better Environment = Productivity

The sad reality is that in the current economic climate employees are expected to do more per hour with fewer resources. The result?
  • Stress
  • Burnout
  • Skewed life-work balance
  • No productivity gains

Research indicates that true productivity gains can only be achieved through better organisation in the workplace and a kinder atmosphere. This includes:
  • Flexible work hours - not only for convenience, but also in recognition of the fact that people concentrate best at different times of day;
  • Office light (some people need it bright, others dim);
  • The chance to work alone or in groups;
  • The opportunity to structure your own tasks.
Imagine if you could save two hours a day by working in an environment optimised to your specific needs.

You can. Working Style Analysis will show you and your boss how you can work smarter, faster, better.
How do you work best? Find out.

Thursday, February 07, 2013

Speaking Up In A Meeting

"If you are quiet in a group setting, it doesn't necessarily mean you are shy, but it does mean you might be an introvert," says Michael Woodward, an organizational psychologist in New York. To use Working Style terminology, if your style is Reflective rather than Impulsive, and you're asked a question you haven't considered before, you may experience a lot of activity in your amygdala, the part of the brain that registers fear and processes emotion.

To overcome this biological reaction, it helps if you:
  1. Prepare as many ideas, angles and scenarios before the meeting.
  2. Practice the words you might say in the meeting. Speak them out loud, repeat them several times until they feel familiar in your mouth.
  3. Get to the point as succinctly as possible, but don't rush your words.
  4. Sit up straight and speak in a confident manner - often people don't notice what you say, but how.
  5. Belly-breathe before the meeting. This will calm you and help you find a deeper timbre to your voice.
  6. If you want to introduce your idea in a low-key manner, you might like to use words like "Have we thought about...."
  7. If you disagree with something but aren't comfortable with confrontation, say, "Just to play devil's advocate..."
P.S. What is your Working Style?