What Are the Durable Skills to Be Successful?

Source: World Economic Forum – The average lifespan of a tech skill is approximately 18 months. Durable or soft skills such as creativity, negotiation, leadership and motivation never get obsolete and are in big demand.

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Driving Marketing Success Through Personalization

Source: McKinsey & Company – We all know that a personalized letter has more impact. Personalizing our marketing is also essential. McKinsey discusses three main shifts in personalization and how to build the necessary skills and capabilities to respond to them.

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Think of Your Family as a Team

Source: Harvard Business Review – How to find balance as a dual-career couple.

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Strategies to Keep Work and Home Separate

Source: Success – Our personal and professional lives can easily become entangled. Having a strategy to keep them separate is a great way to enhance work-life balance.

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3 Technologies to Improve Sustainability

Source: facebook.com – The World Economic Forum has published a short video on ways to meet our growing demand for resources that is less harmful to our planet.

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The Myth of the Eight-Hour Workday

Source: Inc.com – We know the expression that the amount of work expands to fill the time available to accomplish it. This works both ways. The most productive countries actually have the shortest workdays. Take a look to on how to be more productive, but tell you manager what you are doing if you plan to leave the office at 4:00.

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Why Every Desk in Your Office Should Have a Plant

Source: Ideas.Ted.Com – Certainly an unusual way to improve productivity – here is a simple idea that had just this impact.

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The New Building Material - Bamboo

Source: Inhabitat – Renewable, environmentally friendly, job creating and incredible designs. Take a look at how an architect (a former fashion designer living in New York City) is utilizing this resource in a sustainable way.

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Every Weekend is an Opportunity for a Holiday

Source: Ascend – Used judiciously, going into a weekend with the mindset of a vacation can help feel more refreshed and happier. Putting us in a better position for the week ahead.

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How Best Buy use Emotional Intelligence to combat Amazon

Source: Inc.com – Best Buy was dying a slow death as its customer base flocked to Amazon. That was seven years ago. Best Buy decided to focus on its competitive advantage - its people, and is now realizing the benefits of its strategic shift. Here is a great example of how employee engagement can build relationships that have a positive impact on the bottom line.

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More Valuable than Money

Source: Business Insider – Studies suggests that exercise may outweigh the benefits of money. Read to see what two highly acclaimed universities have discovered in their research.

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Why Smart People Don't Multitask

Source: LinkedIn – Multiple electronic devices used simultaneously may not be as productive as one believes. Research indicates that multi-tasking may actually be counterproductive.

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So, What’s for Dinner?

Source: Harvard Business Review – We know the importance of eating together as a family, and we are all challenged at the end of the day to prepare a meal. Harvard Business Review provides suggestions on how to take the pressure off.

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Legal Rights for Nature

Source: Kate Raworth – Back in January, Rethinking Economics and Doughnut Economics got together and launched a competition based on the 'seven ways to think like a 21st century economist' set out in Kate Raworth's book Doughnut Economics. The challenge that we threw down a challenge to university students: What is the 8th way to think like a 21st century economist? Here is the winning entry.
Here is a link to all the entries. Fascinating reading and listening...

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Advice to Millennials on how to become Financially Secure

Source: CNBC – Three simple steps (that any of us can use) to help us grow our wealth.

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Why Millennials Should Be Optimistic about Their Future

Source: LinkedIn – We hear a lot about how it is unlikely that Millennials will have a better life than their parents. Perhaps this line of thinking considers the glass half empty. Here is a glass half full perspective.

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How A.I. Will Improve Affect the Baby Boom Generation

Source: LinkedIn – Advances in technology has many benefits, some that are already taking for granted. Have a read on how A.I. could help us with our healthcare needs.

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Compounding Interest – The Eighth Wonder of the Universe

Source: LinkedIn – Here a great lesson to share with your children to help them learn about the benefits of saving early and help them with better understand how even a little bit of money can grow into a significant sum over time.

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Gardening Could Be the Hobby That Helps You Live to 100

Source: BBC – Maybe children hold the secret to longevity by playing in the mud, picking daisies and rolling in the grass. In our adult life many continue to play in the mud of by calling it gardening. The pleasure we derive from this hobbie, may indeed lead to a longer and healthier life.

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How to Level-up Your Emotional Intelligence: Having a High EQ Is a Superpower

Source: Thrive Global – Emotional intelligence is trending as the new IQ. How we react with in certain situations and manage emotions may be the key component to “cultivate emotional discipline”.

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Social Impact and Higher Engagement

Source: Forbes – Spending time away from the office and engaging in socially constructive activities generates higher employee engagement. How Giveback Homes applied the TOMS model to provide impactful volunteer opportunities and get something in return.

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Things Never to Say at Work

Source: LinkedIn – Better ways to communicate at work with positive emotional energy.

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Finance Apps

Source: Investopedia – There are plenty of finance apps that make it easier to spend money. Here are several that actually help us to save money. Some of these are not available in Bermuda. One excellent app that is available in Bermuda for iOS is simply called “Spending”. This is an easy to use basic budgeting app that has powerful results.

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Another Productivity Tip – Set Aside the Phone

Source: BBC – In fact, we can use technology to help us stop using technology. Consider the Screen Time feature on the iPhone.

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Wisdom From Centurions

Source: Thrive Global – Reaching age 100 is an achievement. Here are nine life lessons that centurions have garnered over the years, and we can apply today.

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