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How to cope with organisational change

Change. We all like to think of ourselves as welcoming new and better things, places, possessions, but when it’s something new, an organisational change, that’s going to  involve how we behave, what we do, how we do it, when we do it, or who we do it with and for, there is fear. When it happens, as you know it will, how will you cope with the next organisation change?
Fear of change. Fear of having to do something differently to how we did it in the past.  Fear of the unknown. We feel discomfort because our ability to predict fairly accurately our future is at risk, because of the impending change. 
With all the uncertainty of life, change is the one thing, like tax, you can depend on.
 
Regardless of whether you are an employee, a manager, a parent, a teacher, a student or some combination of these personal descriptions, sooner or later you must deal with change. Odds are, you’ll be coping with change on a routine, ongoing basis in almost any walk of life.
 
Always try to find the silver lining in changes, and prevent knee-jerk reactions. Focus on responding to change in a flexible manner instead of reacting against it. Changes often stress out individuals, and this can create negative group dynamics. If you’re for-warned of the changes that are coming, make sure to discuss with others in your college, work group or family.
 
If the changes will cause more work or added obligations for others and yourself, think of ways you can help each other out and take advantage of the specific situation. Remain positive.
 
Should you feel resentful or fearful regarding the change(s), take some time to think through your feelings and identify the most favorable aspects of the situation..
 
Try to avoid negative thinking and only about the worst things that could happen because of the change. Understand that if you have issues, others around you probably do too. It’s acceptable to talk about your anxieties provided that you don’t spread panic and tension. Instead, discuss your issues as a method of brainstorming for positive aspects about the change. Try not to be the arbiter of bad news, but the ray of sunlight that brighten up the gloom that might be affecting everyone involved with the change.
 
Approach changes in your work life as well as your private life with the mind of a young child. Children, as a rule, don’t fear change. Try to find aspects of the change with which you’re unfamiliar and view them as an opportunity rather than as a burden.
 
In work situations, organisations and schools changes regularly come in the type of new individuals in positions of authority. In families, there could be step parents, step children, step siblings.
 
Where changes are occurring within school, your workplace or there is organisational change in the air, make sure to take advantage of any resources at hand, including mentoring, counselling for example.
 
Change may be frightening and stressful; nevertheless, when you remember that, no matter who you are, you set an example to others, you are sure to wish to reveal yourself in your best light. Change is great opportunity to learn about yourself and strengthen your character.  Follow the suggestions presented here to handle change in virtually any situation.
 
In case your changes include a big shift in group composition and dynamics, make sure you remain favourable and open, avoid judgments and expect the best.
 

Link Building Strategies: 11 steps to link building success

All SEO companies and website owners know the importance of link Building and getting other websites to link to their websites.

Methods of getting links range from simply asking for a link from another website. Good luck with that method. Or you could search for dead links and ask the website owner to replace the dead link with a live link to your newly created content. You are likely to have more success with this method than asking out right for a link.
But, how about sponsoring an event or getting a link from the event organizers? This is just one of eleven tips you can try out to get more links to your website.

Here are the other ten novel tips:

2. Answer questions on Quora, Yahoo and other Q&A sites. Genuinely provide help to someone and leave a link to your post which hopefully has a more detailed answer to their question.

3. Include the url for your website as part of your Email Signature so people can easily link to you.

4. Few people want to develop a reputation as a trouble maker, but tactfully disagree in a forum by playing devil’s advocate could mean people pay greater attention to what you say. Leave your link, where applicable, in your forum post. If you made an impression you end up getting more visitors to your website.

5. Not a bribe. But if there is a cause or charity you support you could make a donation and request a link back to your website.

6. Get a link from a .gov site by visiting your local library, investigate if they will let you contribute to their pages. Do they have an online newsletter? Could you provide content? Use the opportunity to place a link back to your website. Even if the library isn’t .gov the library will still be regarded as an authorative site.

7. Find broken links on a competing website, write similar or even better content than what was offered by the broken link. Reach out to the webmaster of the competing website and and let them know you have content to replace that of the broken link. This video shows how easy it is do using ahrefs.

8. Your suppliers. Who do you do business with? Get them to add links to your website.

9. Create a short one or two minute video and post to youtube. You don’t even need a camera. Edit videos on youtube that have a creative commons licence to create a new video, and leave a link to your site.

10. Check out the video of someone prominent in your niche. If there isn’t a transcription uploaded do one and let the person know, they’ll appreciate you bothered to make the effort and likely reward you with a link back to your site.

11. You may have seen dozens of affiliate links for BuzzBundle. The software lets you track conversations in forums, Q & A sites, and social media sites like twitter, in real time. Participate in the conversations and leave a link. If you make valuable contributions you could get bucket loads of visitors to your site. If you don’t buy BuzzBundle you’re limited to viewing only 30% of conversations taking place. Even with this limitation you’re still in a brtter place than if you didn’t use BuzzBundle.

Want more out of your life? Improve your memory

Can you remember what you had breakfast exactly one week ago? How about what you had for dinner? Go further back in time, can you remember what you wore for work on the first Monday of last month? I can’t, and I guess you’ll have great difficulty remembering too.

It’s okay to forget trivia such as in the questions above unless you’re involved in court proceedings. But, a good memory is necessary to perform well at exams, getting along with others and in the Business world. And, if your want more out of life improving your memory will make a big difference.

There is an abundance of advice and tips on the internet and in books on improving your memory, but probably the easiest tip to apply is a little bit of exercise. We all know that aerobic exercise is good for the heart, but

Aerobic exercise “keeps cognitive abilities sharp and slashes your lifetime risk of Alzheimer’s in half,” says John Medina, an affiliate professor of bioengineering at the University of Washington School of Medicine and author of Brain Rules.

So what can you do if exercise and visiting the gym doesn’t come naturally to you? Here are some tips which you can regard as business as usual for your normal day activities but can be extended so you get some exercise without making it an ordeal:

Tip 1. Aim for around 2.5 hours exercise a week by walking briskly to your destination from where you park the car. Or, combine this with parking the car that bit further from your destination. I park my car about just under a mile away from the train station and it involves climbing a hill on the return journey. I get the benefit of a downhill walk going to the station

Tip 2. If you catch the bus to work get off at a stop earlier than you do normally combine this with getting on at the next stop from the one you normally get the bus

Tip 3. Do you normally take lunch at your desk or in the staff restaurant, take a walk to buy your lunch and take the longer route back to the office

Tip 4. Did you know strengthening your muscles can also strengthen improve your memory? A study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine last year found that when women 70- to 80-years-old, who already had symptoms of mild cognitive impairment, did one to two hours of weight training two days a week for six months, they had better focus and decision-making skills than those in a control group who did only balance and toning exercises.

Buy some hand weights and pump up those muscles, remembering to warm up and cool down for each exercise routine by stretching out.

Can you remember what you had breakfast exactly one week ago? How about what you had for dinner? Go further back in time, can you remember what you wore for work on the first Monday of last month? I can’t, and I guess you’ll have great difficulty remembering too.

It’s okay to forget trivia such as in the questions above unless you’re involved in court proceedings. But, a good memory is necessary to perform well at exams, getting along with others and in the Business world.

There is an abundance of advice and tips on the internet and in books on improving your memory, but probably the easiest tip to apply is a little bit of exercise. We all know that aerobic exercise is good for the heart, but

Aerobic exercise “keeps cognitive abilities sharp and slashes your lifetime risk of Alzheimer’s in half,” says John Medina, an affiliate professor of bioengineering at the University of Washington School of Medicine and author of Brain Rules.

So what can you do if exercise and visiting the gym doesn’t come naturally to you? Here are some tips which you can regard as business as usual for your normal day activities but can be extended so you get some exercise without making it an ordeal:

Tip 1. Aim for around 2.5 hours exercise a week by walking briskly to your destination from where you park the car. Or, combine this with parking the car that bit further from your destination. I park my car about just under a mile away from the train station and it involves climbing a hill on the return journey. I get the benefit of a downhill walk going to the station

Tip 2. If you catch the bus to work get off at a stop earlier than you do normally combine this with getting on at the next stop from the one you normally get the bus

Tip 3. Do you normally take lunch at your desk or in the staff restaurant, take a walk to buy your lunch and take the longer route back to the office

Tip 4. Did you know strengthening your muscles can also strengthen your memory? A study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine last year found that when women 70- to 80-years-old, who already had symptoms of mild cognitive impairment, did one to two hours of weight training two days a week for six months, they had better focus and decision-making skills than those in a control group who did only balance and toning exercises.

Buy some hand weights and pump up those muscles, remembering to warm up and cool down for each exercise routine by stretching out.

Check out this video of a really simple exercise to remove brain fog or dullness, at the time of writing it’s had over 160,000 views.

Just think, next month if you’re asked what you had for breakfast this morning, or what you wore last Monday for work, you might actually remember.

How to be charismatic, in easy steps?

‘If only I had a little more charisma I’d be much more successful in life’.  Is this something you’ve said more than once or twice, especially when you’ve seen someone appear successful just because they’ve got that – charisma? Can you learn how to be charismatic or, is it something you’re born with?

What is charisma anyway? The Oxford dictionary defines it as, compelling attractiveness or charm that can inspire devotion in others.

Leaders, especially politicians like Bill Clinton, Barak Obama or John F Kennedy spring to mind when you think of charismatic people. From commanding a room and influencing others and the ability to build a relationship with almost anyone, charismatic people seem to have it all and get ahead in life because they have it, charisma.

If you’re in business, education, or regularly meet people, having charisma is great asset that puts you ahead of your competition. If you have a leader that gets you really excited about a vision and the means to do it, you’ll put in the extra effort to make that vision reality. And, if you’re that leader potential  obstacles dealing with people can melt away. But is charisma something you can learn like say, patience?

A charismatic person has a magnetic presence, and can awe, inspire, or influence other people. They have a great sense of self-worth. Whatever your personal views of Barak Obama you can’t argue against his incredible belief in himself that he could pull it off. Become the 44th president of the United States. He had what it takes to get past an enormous challenge. He believed in himself, what he believed he could offer and what he would do.

Go further back in time to the year 1978 when a very charismatic person, Jim Jones, persuaded 900 members of his People’s Temple cult to commit mass suicide in the jungles of Guyana. Such is the power and influence of a charismatic individual.

It was German sociologist Max Weber who said that personal magnetism was not a God-given gift but merely the perception of those around us.

So how do project your charisma on others? How do make your relatives, friends and colleagues view you as charismatic?

Here are a few tips, that with practice can be a natural element of how you behave:

  •  Act confident and show genuine empathy.
  • Watch your posture, walk and stand confidently
  •  Show power, without the arrogance. This can achieved subtly by reclining on your chair, feet on the desk and hands behind your head, or by leaning over your desk with your hands down own the surface and spread wide apart.
  • Maintain eye contact. Research by the University of Miami, found that people who are more dominant break a greater number of mutual gazes than those who are more submissive or in the power-down position
  •  Show warmth, smile. In The Silent Language of Leaders, Carol Kinsey Gorman cites an experiment by Duke University, which used functional magnetic resonance imaging to show that “the orbitofrontal cortices (a ‘reward centre’ in the brain) were more active when subjects were learning and recalling the names of smiling people.
  • Listen, pay exclusive attention to the people you interact.  One suggestion is to count how many times the person you’re listening to blinks. Just make sure you’re not  obvious.

Following the above tips, probably won’t turn you into a leader parading on the world stage, but will enhance your reputation among your peers.

 

 

 

 

Get motivated – You know you should

Get motivated, you know you should. ‘I could achieve so much more in life, but I just don’t have the motivation’. Are these words you’ve repeated all too often?  You have the skills or talent and the time but you don’t make the most of it because you’re just not bothered. You just lack the motivation’

Finding Motivation on Important But Non-Urgent Tasks

For example, we check our email, respond to messages, read news, find interesting things to read online. Our problem isn’t that these important tasks are that hard … it’s that we don’t feel motivated. So we procrastinate.

Leo Babauta writing in zen habits suggests you recall what it is you should get motivated about matters and remind yourself how much you love it, whatever ‘it’ is. The saying a problems a shared is problem halved (or doubled depending how you look at it) can apply here. Sharing what you should get motivated about can actually be a motivating factor.

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But what if you really can’t be motivated? You’re burned out.  Find some tips in the article below:

Finding Motivation When You’re…Just…Burned…Out

“The day started off great. They always do. I, my girlfriend, and our running friends were all huddled together, basking in the pre-dawn waiting of yet another ultra. We were in Tahoe, one of my favorite places in the world…”

Alternatively, watch a good old video. Watching a motivational video is one option to get back the drive you need on the journey towards achieving your goal. In the video Change Nation: Les Brown on Finding Motivation, Part 1 of 2 Ariane sits down with Les Brown, the “World’s Leading Motivational Speaker,” to talk about how to find motivation to make important changes in your life on Change Nation.

Just find the motivation to click on the you tube link to get a kick start to achieve your goals, and get yourself motivated as you know you should.