10 life-changing questions to ask yourself today

10 life-changing questions to ask yourself today
The two things most people are searching for in life are success and happiness. In a culture that values material wealth, position, honors, and fame, it's easy to think achieving these things can make you happy. And yet people who are successful by those standards aren't always happy as a result. Being successful might be better defined as being content with who you are, grateful for what you have, and the sense of fulfilment and satisfaction you get from what you're doing and why you're do...

Is negativity bias sabotaging your success?

Is negativity bias sabotaging your success?
Many of us have a natural tendency to react more intensely to negative experiences, comments, interactions, thoughts, and feelings, than to equally strong positive ones. This negativity bias served an evolutionary purpose in keeping our caveman ancestors acutely aware of threats to their survival. Although it's no longer needed to serve that purpose, our brains are still wired for negativity. The tendency to detect and dwell more on the negative can adversely impact your performance, relationshi...

Looking to be more likeable? Start by ditching the “golden rule”

Looking to be more likeable? Start by ditching the “golden rule”
Likeability is a major factor for success at work and in business. People prefer to do business with people they like and likeability has a lot to do with how you interact with others. This is why forming and nurturing genuine relationships is such an important aspect of growing your business or advancing your career. Networking is often the first step towards building successful relationships and while the connections you make are often superficial at first, they can deepen the more you interac...

11 things to never say during your performance review

11 things to never say during your performance review
As an important component of employee development, performance reviews help you achieve your career goals while ensuring your performance is aligned with organizational objectives. Apart from your manager giving constructive feedback on your performance, you should also have an opportunity to share your views and discuss any opportunities to advance your career. While the process may make you feel uncomfortable, it's essential to communicate effectively to benefit from a performance review ...

A 3D-printed rib cage has been implanted in a patient

A 3D-printed rib cage has been implanted in a patient
The latest advances in 3D printing are highlighted again this week with news of a 3D printed titanium and polymer sternum and rib cage implant for a patient with a rare form of bone cancer. Using Australian 3D printing technology, this is the world's second transplant of a 3D-printed composite sternum and ribcage and the first time the technique has been used in the US. The implant was created in partnership between CSIRO, Australia's federal government agency for scientific research, and A...

World's first 3D-printed bridge opens to cyclists in Netherlands

World's first 3D-printed bridge opens to cyclists in Netherlands
Advances in 3D printing are revolutionizing the construction industry as the Netherlands demonstrated this week with the opening of the world's first 3D-printed, reinforced concrete bridge. The eight-metre bridge, created by the Eindhoven University of Technology (EUT) and built by the BAM Infra construction company, is primarily intended for cyclists although it has been safety tested to bear loads of up to two tons. Compared with traditional construction methods, 3D printing is quicker, a...

How to decide with speed and conviction

How to decide with speed and conviction
As a startup CEO, being decisive is crucial to maintaining the forward momentum of the business. Balancing the importance of timely action with ensuring a thorough decision making process isn't easy. You not only have to consider the cost of a bad decision, compared with the value of a good one, you also need to consider the cost of postponing a decision while you gather more information. For a startup, the most damaging decisions are the delayed decisions that cause missed opportunities. To hel...

What I learned about entrepreneurship by diving into a saturated market

What I learned about entrepreneurship by diving into a saturated market
Succeeding in a saturated market can be challenging. No matter how crowded the market is however, you can achieve success by differentiating your business from the competition. By spotting gaps in the market you can carve out a niche for yourself by offering a product or service that's distinctly different to what's already available or by taking a new approach to an existing business model. Despite an oversaturated market, Erik Huberman, founder and CEO of Hawke Media, decided to dive in anyway...

Independent review of artificial intelligence sector highlights start-up opportunities

Independent review of artificial intelligence sector highlights start-up opportunities
A new report says boosting growth in the UK's artificial intelligence (AI) sector could add up to USD 814 billion (GBP 630bn) to the nation's economy. The independent report, commissioned by the UK government, recommends a number of measures for increasing AI expertise and broadening participation in the sector. It also highlights a variety of AI business opportunities, with the healthcare, automotive, and financial services sectors showing great potential. In this article, Shane Donnelly e...

What's your point? 3 rules for communicating with executives

What's your point? 3 rules for communicating with executives
While developing strong business acumen and strategic thinking is crucial for career success, you also need strong communication skills. Having a thorough knowledge of the business and your role in contributing to its growth gives you the necessary understanding to participate in discussions with the leadership team, while being able to identify risks and opportunities and make strategic recommendations demonstrates your capabilities. For your executive level thinking to be recognized however, y...

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