Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Find out what your co-workers actually think of you

Many of us suffer from a “transparency illusion,” the notion that people perceive us the way we want them to. But there’s a simple way to clear the air: real talk. Leadership experts suggests having private conversations with five coworkers and asking two questions: “What’s the general perception of me? What could I do differently?” Aim for in-person chats, and maintain your composure. This isn’t the time to defend yourself; it’s your precious chance to receive honest feedback. (Harvard Business Review)

 

Want to stop procrastinating?

Use your imagination. Carleton University research psychologist experts finds that visualizing yourself accomplishing the tasks you tend to put off can inspire you to get moving. Such exercises give us a chance to connect (and even sympathize) with our future self. To reap the full benefit of this method: Be as specific as you can and use all of your senses; imagine yourself in the third person; don’t be too hard on yourself if you stumble; and keep a daily practice for at least a month. (Quartz)

 

Bosses should put their phones away

When managers keep their smartphones in sight at meetings, employees are more likely to believe that their bosses are unreliable, according to a study published by Computers in Human Behavior. In a survey of over 400 employees, three-quarters of workers whose bosses engaged in such phone-snubbing said they didn’t trust that their managers supported their professional development, reports The Ladders. And that lack of faith translates to decreased worker engagement. So, leave the phone behind. It will be waiting for you after your meeting. (The Ladders)

 

Ex-con walks into police station, turns himself in for 2013 murder

A man walked into a Bronx police station and told startled cops he fatally stabbed a homeless victim four years ago, police said. Eugene Villani, 41, said he killed Efijenio Deletorre in Van Cortlandt Park in The Bronx because the 62-year-old man had been trying to rob him. Deletorre suffered multiple stab wounds. Villani, who has a long police record, was charged with murder. He spent seven and a half years in prison for crimes including attempted assault, attempted burglary and criminal possession of stolen property. It was not immediately clear why he decided to confess after all those years. (NY Post)

 

Facebook Throwing The Book

Facebook just released a feature that reportedly shows if you were duped by Russian trolls accused of spreading propaganda and discord during the 2016 presidential election. As many as 150 million Facebook users have interacted with content from the “Internet Research Agency,” an alleged Russian organization that bought ads and created posts about social and political issues between 2015 and 2017, according to Facebook. About 3,000 of the ads are now evidence in federal investigations on Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. Facebook is planning to beef up its enforcement arm by hiring a total of 10,000 more ad reviewers, engineers and security experts tasked with removing content violations and fake accounts. Additionally, ads will be blocked from pages that consistently share stories that third-party fact-checking organizations say are false. The so-called fake news policy has also faced harsh criticism as Facebook has been accused of routinely ignoring truly offensive content while removing or banning content deemed as politically incorrect, including conservative news. New advertising tools will make it more obvious who is paying for political ads, according to Facebook. One of them allows users to click on links to see all of the ads a page is running. People buying U.S. election ads will also be required to confirm their identity. New measures are also going into place to avoid the posting of “click bait,” content designed primarily to direct people to a website. The new tool is available through its Help Center. (The Blaze)

 

The best time to search for a new job?

When you think you need it least. There’s only so much you as an employee can control when it comes to your career path. What you do have control over is planning your next step — even if you don’t want to take it quite yet. Experts say making small moves to get your career on the right track, including building relationships with people in your chosen field, cultivating your existing network, and blogging to share your expertise will help you when you are ready to make that leap. (Fast Company)

 

A tiny name change could transform your to-do list

How about calling it the “might-do” list? Or the “could-do” list? One Habits expert says the term “to-do” brings out the repulsive streak in many people, making them more inclined to resist their tasks. Another approach is to jot down what you have already achieved — a “ta-da list” — instead of fretting over what more needs to get done. You’re often pleasantly surprised and energized to see how much you’ve done, and giving yourself credit for your efforts often make it easier to keep going. (LinkedIn)

 

Hump Day Wednesday brings us:

*Free Balloon Day  (SpongeBob Squarepants)
*Howdy Doody Day
*National Fruitcake Day
*Visit The Zoo Day

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