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The best way to predict the future is to invent it
That's what Alan C. Kay told the 20th
annual meeting of the Stanford Computing Forum in
1989, and his advice still stands today. Kay, visionary,
veteran of Arpanet (now Internet) and Apple
Computers, and most recently, inventor of the $100
laptop, had other gems for his listeners, including this
one: "Point of view" is worth 80 IQ points.
A management breakthrough can yield strong
advantages to innovating companies and produce new
But most companies don't have
a formal structure for encouraging managerial
innovation. Further, existing management procedures
may themselves stifle or block innovative problem
solving. Gary Hamel, in this month's Harvard
Business Review, takes on this issue and suggests
four components to generating really new ideas, and
three conditions for creating long-lasting innovation
Fifty-seven percent of dissatisfied employees say they
want to leave their jobs because they are underpaid.
But are these unhappy workers actually underpaid?
Salary.com's 2005/2006 Employee Job Satisfaction
and Retention Survey found some surprising facts.
Find out more
Might your company want to give back to the
community? One of the best ways is to offer employees
time off to volunteer
and use their skills to aid
nonprofit organizations locally or globally. A toolkit in
downloadable PDF format from Winning Workplace Ideas
discusses the benefits and recommends how-to tips for
organizing a "Time Off to Volunteer Program."
To check it out,
go to page 6 of the file
Get people to pay better attention to
youby becoming a better speaker.
seven tips from Communciation Briefings, which
sourced them from Investor's Business Daily:
1. Think "louder, bigger." Most people
should speak a little louder than normal, a little more
slowly than normal, and use larger gestures than they
might in one-to-one conversation.
2. Know your audience. Then be sure to
tell them something they don't already know.
3. Don't read a speech "word for word."
Instead, talk from an outline or a set of index cards on
which you've written key words. It's more natural, and
your eyes are focused on the audience instead of on
4. Be approachable. Move away from the
lectern and into the audience where possible. This
helps establish rapport.
5. Rehearse, and videotape your
rehearsal. Improve what you can.
6. When you look at the audience, meet their
eyes for at least five or six seconds. Shorter, and
people perceive you as scared.
7. Instead of saying "um" or "you know,"
pause, collect your thoughts, and move on.
And here's one more, based on my personal experience:
Warm up the audience by greeting each individual
with a smile and a handshake, if possible, as s/he walks
into the room. It makes audience members feel
welcome AND more receptive to your message.
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