How many of these does your boss do? Four ways to create a happy and creative team

It seems fair to assume that a happy organisation is a productive one – your people will be better placed to help you push digital transformation if they buy into your vision and understand how you, as the CIO, aim to improve business performance. So, how can CIOs create an organisation that their people love? ZDNet discovers the best practice tips of four IT leaders.

1. Let your people know why their work really matters

Toby Clarke, interim head of IT at Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, says CIOs must – above all else – ensure the people in their organisation understand the aims of the business. “They need to believe in what the rest of the organisation is trying to achieve,” he says.

Clarke believes too many back-office technology professionals still feel detached from the work of front-office workers, such as sales and marketing employees. It must be made clear to IT professionals that their work matters. In fact, says Clarke, the work of the technology team matters more than ever before.

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A lover spurned.

Here I am and there she is. She is interesting, enchanting and someone worth pining for. She has an aura, grandeur, and challenge all written over her face. She is worth pursing.

So the dance begins. I woo her, send her some messages, and try to meet her ‘accidentally’ here and there. Send her my twitter messages, send her a Facebook friend request and even before she responds, start following her on social media. I like her posts, try to make witty comments, try dollops of humor and drop hints such that we can meet again.

She adds me to her friend list, at last! She sends me an invitation to meet and then we meet again. And again. And again.

Then she asks me for a proposal, saying maybe this can work out, maybe we can make this work.

I prepare a proposal, taking care not to leave anything out, spend hours thinking what she would like and what she would hate, deep researching her tastes, her past, her habits, her friends, how I could make her look good for others and what not.

And then we meet again, this time proposal in hand. She says let me have a look and give me some time.

And here I am, wringing my hands, pulling out my hair, waiting, oh that agonizing wait! Hours turn to days and days turn to weeks, there is no reply.

I send gentle reminders, over instant messengers, Facebook, email, I try everything but there is just no reply. Have I been dumped? I don’t know. What went wrong? I don’t know? What did I say wrong? I don’t know. What was wrong in the proposal, the design? I don’t know. Was there someone else, better? I don’t know.

And she won’t tell too. A lover spurned.

Sounds familiar?

When clients reject our pitch for their business, we feel the same way. They won’t tell and unless they tell we won’t come to know.

So when you reject our pitch, please don’t be diplomatic and stop your communication, please tell us as it is. Tell us that we did not understand your brief at all, tell us that our design is all screwed up and mundane (we will appreciate your honest feedback), tell us we are way above the market price, tell us that you have no confidence in us, tell us that you found our proposal unrealistic. Tell us something!

Please remedy this or else we might die of not knowing!

12 basics of interviewing, listening and note-taking

By Roy Peter Clark • August 19, 2015

As a writer I would NOT give myself high marks for the crafts of interviewing, listening, and note-taking. But I have sat at the knees of journalists who are experts at these elements of craft: John Sawatsky of ESPN, Jacqui Banaszynski of the University of Missouri, and Tom French of Indiana University – all of whom have taught at Poynter.

Not long ago, I taught a workshop on these topics to the young men of Poynter’s Write Field program, about 40 minority students attending middle school and high school. They found my lessons useful, so I thought I would pass them on to a larger audience.

I realize these dozen strategies constitute the basics. But when I am struggling with a craft – golf, music, writing – I find it helpful to remind myself of those basics, to climb down from the penthouse and visit the ground floor.

1. Even if you have a chance to record an interview, back it up with notes in your notebook. You never know when technology will fail you.

2. Learn as much as you can about the subject – time permitting – BEFORE you conduct the interview. Go in prepared.

3. Bring into the interview a list of questions in the general order you want to ask them. You may want to save a tougher question until the end.

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The Feedback Loop

How to use fighter pilot techniques to execute better meetings.

You might be surprised to know that meeting planners and F-16 fighter pilots have much in common. Both operate at Mach 2 (twice the speed of sound) in high-stress, rapidly changing environments. Pilots lead missions and planners lead meetings where they constantly encounter people ready to shoot them down for the smallest mistake. Both rely on “wingmen” to keep them in the air, and both know that their roles in successful missions are likely to go unnoticed, but that a slight error or oversight could have devastating consequences.

Since change is a constant in the world of aerial combat, fighter pilots have developed a cadence, or rhythm, that ensures peak performance every time they fly. It drives a continuous culture of improvement. This model is known as the “Feedback Loop.” Built on a solid foundation of training, the Feedback Loop mandates that pilots conduct a briefing immediately prior to every mission to ensure that all wingmen are aligned and flying in formation. The Feedback Loop also requires a debrief immediately following any missions to make sure that fighter pilots learn from their victories as well as their mistakes and improve every single day. This series of articles (the second appears in the January 2014 issue) will show you how these two critical steps will help you bring more control and sanity to the otherwise insane world that we call meeting planning.

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Negotiation 101: How to Sell Design Ideas to Skeptical Clients

Photo: Kelvin Murray/Getty Images
Photo: Kelvin Murray/Getty Images


Negotiation 101: How To Sell Design Ideas To Skeptical Clients

You know that nervous feeling you get when you recommend something to clients?

It’s because you know they’re going to wonder why, and you’re going to have to spit out some sort of explanation. And you’re going to stutter through it with meaningless phrases: “That’s how it’s usually done.” “I think this is the way to go.”

Instead, enter the discussion with a solid argument in your back pocket. To truly convince a client, nothing beats a lucid, coherent argument based on evidence. You may be a designer, but when it comes to pitching an idea, you have to act like sales rep. Here are five techniques for making the sale.

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How to fall in love with your job again….


When you landed your job, you were thrilled. If it wasn’t your dream job, it was pretty darn close—at least a big step along an exciting career path. But lately, you’re just not feeling it. It’s not that you hate your job or even that you want to make a switch, but the days are feeling routine and you might be feeling the Sunday night blues again.

There are a number of reasons people get a little bored with their jobs, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get excited about what you do again, says Vincent Ponzo, senior director of the Eugene Lang Entrepreneurship Center at Columbia Business School. But the sooner you begin to turn it around, the better off you are. Try these steps to stoke the fire again.

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Why is Bajaj Auto skipping Autoshow 2016?

Bajaj Auto MD Rajiv Bajaj speaking on the occasion of launch of Bajaj V Motorcycle whose parts have been built with steel from the INS Vikrant.
Bajaj Auto MD Rajiv Bajaj speaking on the occasion of launch of Bajaj V Motorcycle whose parts have been built with steel from the INS Vikrant.

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Bajaj Auto is not going to be participating in the upcoming Autoshow-2016 at Noida.

And there is sound reason for this. According to MD. Rajiv Bajaj, participating in Autoexpo has become very expensive. Participating costs anywhere between 10 to 15 Crores and is a waste of time for the R&D team that ends up creating concepts for the show.

According to him the shelf life of the show is just 7 to 10 days and people forget what happened at the show.

When queried about Bajaj returning to manufacturing scooters, Rajiv said that the total scooter market was 4,00,000 Units while Motor Cycles market was 9,00,000. He did not rule out manufacturing scooters at some later date but wants to concentrate on taking a larger chunk of the motorcycle market. He also said that motorcycles sell for a higher price than scooters.

That is very sound logic!

Exhibition organizers should take note of his observation and think about lowering the costs.

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20 absolutely vital pieces of advice from people over 60


Recently, a question was posed to those over the age of 60. The question was this: ’’What advice would you give to those who are half your age?’’ While the question seems simple, the answers may surprise you.

We suggest you read these responses — because it’s better to act on their invaluable advice now before it gets too late!

1. People always say, ’’Make sure you get a job doing what you love!’’ But that isn’t the best advice. The right job is the job you love some days, can tolerate most days, and still pays the bills. Almost nobody has a job they love every day.

2. Years go by in the blink of an eye. Don’t marry young. Live your life. Go places. Do things. If you have the means or not. Pack a bag and go wherever you can afford to go. While you have no dependents, don’t buy stuff. Any stuff. See the world. Look through travel magazines and pick a spot. GO!

3. Don’t take life so seriously. Even if things seem dark and hopeless, try to laugh at how ridiculous life is.

4. A true friend will come running if you call them at 2am. Everyone else is just an acquaintance.

5. The most important person in your life is the person who agreed to share their life with you. Treat them as such.

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50 Thoughts That Can Motivate You to Do Anything – Entrepreneur.Com

Motivation can be hard to come by, especially in the face of challenges or difficult work. When you’re thinking about implementing that new idea, or starting that new company or beginning that new regimen — this is the new year, after all — it’s easy to talk yourself into procrastinating. Or worse, avoiding your goal altogether.

Thoughts are powerful, and negative thoughts can prevent you from achieving your goals. The flip side is that positive thoughts can be just as powerful. The next time you feel unmotivated, use any of these 50 positive thoughts to re energize yourself. Really: They work!

1. I can do anything. It’s a simple phrase, but it helps to remind yourself — you really can do anything you set your mind to.

2. This is why I can. Instead of giving yourself reasons why you can’t do something, give yourself reasons why you can.

3. I deserve more. You deserve a better life — whether that means a better job, a healthier body or more money. Work for it.

4. It’s never too late. No matter how old you are or how many opportunities you’ve passed up before, it’s never too late to make a decision and get a fresh start.

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Get Social or Get Forgotten

Why Digital Media is the Future of Business

Recently, BlueHive soft-launched a media management division, in doing so completing the circle to become a one-touch branding firm never seen before in the industry. This revolutionary step in the world of tradeshow construction and marketing has cast the playing field wide open, allowing BlueHive to offer their clients another channel of brand promotion. The company’s director of media and public relations, Amadeus Finlay, explains the catalyst behind the new division, social media, as well as the reason why the current generation of young professionals are driving the change.

There is no question about it; Millennials are taking over, and their ways are here to stay. Currently comprising of a third of the world’s population, by 2025 this group of highly social individuals will account for 75 percent of the work force, and with that prediction come the ideas of a new generation.

Of course, it’s all been done before; the Baby Boomers taught us the ways of rebellion, while the Silent Generation flirted with Elvis and the beauty of the American Dream. But in Millennials we see something unique. While generations past enjoyed the ability to disconnect, the world we currently inhabit has broken down all the boundaries of conversation, learning and, perhaps most significantly, business.  At the heart of this change is technology, and one of the biggest drivers behind it all is the world’s biggest civic occasion; social media.

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