Four Pillars of Brainstorming


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Whether you love brainstorming or feel intimidated by the process, it’s always great to brush up on your idea generation skills. Coming up with creative ideas on demand is no easy feat, but implementing tried and true brainstorming best practices can help make the process easier. If you’re feeling stuck during a brainstorm, consider implementing the four pillars of brainstorming, a framework created by advertiser Alex F. Osborn in the 1940s. Alex F. Osborn created the term “brainstorm” and developed four pillars that you can use when coming up with new ideas.

By going for quality, withholding criticism, welcoming wild ideas, and combining and improving ideas, you can radically transform the success of your brainstorming sessions. Check out the infographic below from our friends at Fundera that outlines the four pillars and provides actionable tips to improve idea generation. Feel free to add your suggestions in the comment box below.

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24 Google Doc Hacks & Add-ons to Make Your Life Easier


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Twenty years ago, collaborating with people in real-time over the internet seemed difficult to understand. Now we do it every day with the click of a button. Google Docs is a powerful tool that makes working with people both near and far a breeze, but do you know how to use it to its full capacity? Go beyond just sharing docs and leaving comments with these 24 Google Doc hacks and add-ons.

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Excited to save some time? With these hacks you no longer have to manually go through a document and look for duplicates or change the capitalization structure letter by letter. Though these may just seem like minor details, they will make a major difference in productivity!

To keep your files neat and organized on your computer, you can go the extra step and download Google Drive for Mac. This will save and sync your files on both your hard drive and in the cloud, so you have a backup.

You can also download the Google Doc phone application to easily view documents when you’re on the go. If you’re worried about losing internet connection and have to do a last minute edit, you can set particular documents to be available offline. Just click the three dots next to the document’s title and choose “Available offline”. These documents are automatically put in an “Offline” folder.

Staying organized is the key to managing your workload and optimizing your time, and these easy, actionable tips are sure to help you do just that.

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16 Gmail Tips & Tricks To Streamline Your Inbox


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Are you suffering from email overload?

The average person spends 28% of the work week reading and responding to emails. This equates to 13 hours a week, and 650 hours a year. Consider how productive you could be if you had a few extra hours every week to focus on the projects that really matter.

It’s not just your professional life that suffers due to information overload. 59% of Americans say that they check their emails outside of office hours.

So what’s wrong with that?

Constant connection comes with a price. Even if you stay on top of your inbox, studies have found that constantly checking your email can lead to burnout, health issues, and personal problems. A work/life balance is essential to staying healthy — both physically and mentally. It’s a no-brainer that burnt-out, sick, and unhappy employees aren’t going to be at their best when it really matters.

While you might not be able to cut down the volume of emails that you receive from colleagues and clients, you can use a variety of tools, tips, and tricks to help you make your inbox more manageable.

One of the reasons why Gmail is preferred by individuals and corporations alike is due to Google’s attention to detail when it comes to features and functionalities. Many of these tips and techniques will require you to spend some time tinkering around with your settings. But once you’ve mastered some of these shortcuts and helpful hacks, you’ll save yourself from hours of wasted time.

Below is the visual to learn the tricks.

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By optimising your email account to work for you instead of against you, you can boost your productivity levels, get more work done, and reduce the risk of allowing an important email to slip through the cracks.

Do you have any preferred methods for keeping your inbox manageable and tidy? Share them in the comment section below!

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29 Microsoft Excel Hacks to Make Life Easier and More Productive (Infographic)


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Regardless of what industry you work in, chances are you’ve probably dealt with spreadsheets in some capacity. Using spreadsheets typically means using Microsoft Excel.

Excel is far and away the leading spreadsheet software as it is used by most businesses. However, Excel has a bit of a learning curve, and if you’re new to the program, it can be a bit overwhelming.

Fortunately, GetVoIP has created an infographic that shares tips, shortcuts, and hacks for using Microsoft Excel more efficiently. These hacks include:

  • Selecting all cells.
  • Inserting new rows or columns.
  • Bolding, italicising and underlining text.
  • Inserting date and time.
  • Switching between formulas and values e.t.c

Below is the visual to learn the highlighted tricks and other helpful keyboard shortcuts for Excel.

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How to De-Stress at Work [Infographic]


Do you ever feel like the stress at work is getting to you, and you need to take a breather?

I believe this infographic can help you understand how to handle stress because stress is something most people deal with on a regular basis. And not everyone knows how to cope with it, especially at work. Please, find below the infographic:

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Productivity On The Road: Work Full-Time, Travel Solo, Have Fun


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I’ve traveled solo while working full-time for ten-plus months, across more than 15 countries. It’s one of the most fun and rewarding things I’ve ever done. My work breaks over the past year have included things like scuba diving in Belize, polo lessons in Buenos Aires, music festivals in Hungary, and more.

Working full-time while on the road is not easy, but it’s definitely a skill that can be mastered over time.

For those interested in the nuts and bolts of how to travel while working, there are already several great articles out there explaining how it’s done. If you’re not familiar, I recommend starting with Toptal COO Breanden Beneschott’s guide.

In terms of logistics and planning, pulling off a full-time work schedule while on the road is much easier and cheaper than you probably think (at least in my experience), and the infrastructure for doing so continues to grow rapidly.

However, the following problem is far more difficult to solve, especially when traveling solo: Can you fully enjoy your travels while not sacrificing the quality of your work?

Striking The Right Balance

Can you navigate travel logistics, work full-time, and take care of yourself physically and mentally, all while setting aside enough time to explore the places you’re visiting, find fun things to do, and meet new people?

Since you won’t have much of a support system when you’re alone in a foreign country and (usually) don’t speak the language, finding the right balance is critical. Your routine has to be sustainable in the long run, and if you aren’t careful, things can go downhill in a hurry.

As I’ve been traveling, I’ve gotten a lot of questions from friends and colleagues about the psychology of this lifestyle, including everything from how to avoid loneliness to how to maximize productivity.

It’s not for everyone, but this lifestyle can be both incredibly fun and extremely productive, provided you figure out how to do it in a way that works for you. As I’ve traveled, I’ve noticed some key habits, mindsets, and tricks that are important for anyone who is considering working and traveling to keep in mind, regardless of their occupation or interests.

This post covers some of the most important strategies I’ve picked up while on the road.

Go To X To Do Y

When you have the option of living anywhere, it can be difficult to choose a destination, and going to places to see/do touristy things can get old fast. I’m a big fan of going to places to do specific (non-touristy) activities, as opposed to just going to places that sound interesting on paper.

In the past months, I’ve gone to:

  • Portugal to learn how to surf.
  • Berlin and Zurich for conferences.
  • The UK to take a trip through Wales.
  • Santorini to join friends who were on vacation.
  • Israel to visit family and work on my Hebrew.
  • Belize to learn how to scuba dive.

Brazil, Uruguay, and Argentina for the Toptal Roadtrip.

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Working full-time and traveling the world might be easier than you think, especially when you’re traveling for a purpose.

I’ve found that having a purpose to your travels leads to a few great outcomes:

  • It’s a lot easier to structure your time and priorities.
  • It’s easier to meet fascinating people with shared interests.
  • You learn amazing new skills that you’ve always wanted to learn.

When you’re traveling solo and devoting a lot of time to work, it’s important to limit the extent to which you’re “re-solving” the same problems on a daily basis. What I mean by that is, you don’t want to find yourself waking up every morning without any plans for where you’re going to work, what you’re going to work on, where you’re going to eat, who you’re going to meet, what non-work things you’re going to do, and so on.

Not only is it easy to waste a lot of time and energy answering the same questions over and over again, but it will also quickly make you feel like you’re swimming in circles without accomplishing much.

To be clear, I am just as strongly against doing anything that’s “too organized” while traveling. I’m pretty averse to resorts, guided tours, and so on.

As a good friend of mine likes to say:

“I always love seeing big cruise ships. The more I see of them, the fewer people there will be wherever I am.”

The adventure and uncertainty of traveling is half the fun, and it’s important not to lose sight of that by planning too much.

In short, don’t just go to Thailand. Go to Thailand to motorbike from Bangkok to Chiang Mai. Go to Brazil because you’ve always wanted to experience Carnival. Go to Nepal because you dream of hiking the Annapurna trail.

The possibilities are endless, and it’s when you go somewhere with a goal in mind that things begin to take off.

Set Aside Time Every Day For Learning

When you’re working at a startup, there are always a million different tasks that need to be accomplished, and you’re constantly in a race against time. You can easily spend all of your waking hours knocking things off of your to-do list, and with so much that needs to get done, it can be hard to justify investing time in anything that’s not the task at hand, or at least directly related to the task.

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Being on the road is no excuse for complacency. You can work, play, and master new skills, just as you would from home.

However, taking time each day for the explicit purpose of improving your skills and learning new things has a profound and positive impact in several important ways: Continue reading “Productivity On The Road: Work Full-Time, Travel Solo, Have Fun”

9 Ultimate Tips To Increase Productivity At Work – INFOGRAPHIC


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In your workplace, there is always someone you are influencing indirectly either in a way that is good or the other way. So therefore, leaders of organisations pay attention to their employees more than ever before. Leaders mentor their followers passionately and constantly, work towards creating a happier workplace for employees to carry out their duties every single day. This act can be seen as one of the ways to boost the morale of employees’ positively in order to affect the ROI aside other organisational goals.

As leaders of organisations, our focus should be about how to empower, how to maximise employee’s potentials and also, to make their lives easier by equipping them with the right information needed day in day out. If and when we can practise these little things religiously, then we can be rest assured of achieving our desired organisational mission, vision and growth. Below are 9 ultimate tips to help employees’ increase their productivity at work.

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The Modern Boss


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Are you modern in the way you lead the people under you? Remember that meeting the demands of customers/employees starts from the internal before the external. What kind of relationship do you build with your people?

See also: 8 entrepreneurial skills you should teach your kids (infographic)

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25 Skills For Excellent Customer Service (Infographic)


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Give her a voice!


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Women are the fuel of any economy. I read somewhere that a country that promotes women remains a prosperous country with a flourishing economy. In my country, gender equality is still picking up among individuals, in our homes, organizations and government parastatals. While I can’t wait for this to take its full form in my country and see individuals, organizations support and promote the position and stand of every women home and abroad, Let us all learn from these few quotes and why giving them an equal chance will bring the change we desire in our homes, organizations and in governance.

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A woman is human.

She is not better, wiser, stronger, more intelligent, more creative, or more responsible than a man.

Likewise, she is never less.

Equality is a given.

A woman is human – Vera Nazarian

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When God created man and woman, he was thinking, ‘Who shall I give the power to, to give birth to the next human being?’ And God chose woman. And this is the big evidence that women are powerful – Malala Yousafzai

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Human rights are women’s rights, and women’s rights are human rights – Hillary Clinton

4.
Men, their rights, and nothing more; women, their rights, and nothing less – Susan B. Anthony

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I do not wish women to have power over men; but over themselves – Mary Shelley

While most people won’t support the quotes, the question is what are we worried about? Why are you “scared” if I am to sound direct? This is not about giving women more power but for women to have equal voice in our world.

Few days ago, my wife to be (Wink) was mad at me for the fact that I got angry at something she feels I shouldn’t hahaha..Very funny but what I learnt from her that day was the fact that as men choose to share what we feel the women should know, likewise for her and I have no right to be mad.

Well, at first I didn’t see it that way, I took it for lack of patience and ego on her side but come to think of it, she only reminds me that women are smart, confident, family oriented and knows her right from wrong. So if you don’t share with her from A-Z, don’t expect the same from her and whenever she feels like sharing, no point getting angry.

I think I have said too much. Women are worth giving the chance for gender equality. They earn it, they deserve it and we should all support the introduction of such. Women, aspire to any height without looking back. Support equality today the same way you will stand for your daughter, wife and mother. I celebrate you women and salute you all. Lend your voice to gender equality today!

Inspired by you “Candie” – I will never be a stopping stone but a stepping stone to get you to wherever you want to get to in life. I respect you.

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