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7 ways to generate great ideas
Inc.
What makes the difference between a good idea and a great idea? Good ideas come along all the time and help people solve minor problems in work and daily life. Great ideas appear a little less frequently and require a little more work to execute. Often they are unexpected moments of inspiration that help keep the napkin companies in business.
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9 habits of productive people
Forbes
It doesn't matter what you do or where you work — everyone is looking for ways to be more productive on the job. But excessive amounts of caffeine and list-making won't get you any closer to reaching peak productivity levels today. So, why are we all so obsessed with productivity?
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6 tips for giving feedback in the workplace
IT Business Edge
Constructive feedback is one of the greatest gifts managers can provide to employees. When delivered properly, the right feedback can reinforce positive behavior and correct any negative performances. Many managers are reluctant to provide negative feedback, however. Don't fall into this trap.
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Cost of fire: Economic issues of fire prevention and firefighting
IAFC
The total cost of fire in the United States, based on the NFPA's latest annual report, estimates $328 billion in 2010, or 2.2 percent of U.S. gross domestic product. Most of this isn't fire loss, but money we spend to avoid bigger losses. Some of it isn't money that changes hands, but dollar equivalents for important activities or fire impacts. Only one dollar in seven of total cost goes to some type of loss.
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Decision making in the fire service
Fire Engineering
Decision making is the cornerstone skill for anyone in a leadership position. Every person in a leadership position, in the fire service or in the private sector, must make decisions every day and be responsible for those decisions. Effective decision making is a skill that distinguishes truly inspirational leaders from those who are simply holding a position in an organization.
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3 reasons your best employees don't feel recognized
Forbes
Everyone agrees how important recognition is, but most organizations don't seem to get it right. This is perplexing to me because the first and most critical step requires such a small action – asking your employee how he or she likes to be recognized for good work. Easy, right? But it does not happen. Why?
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Avoid these common hiring mistakes
By Mel Kleiman
Did you ever think you'd hired an eagle, only to have the person turn out to be a turkey on the job? At one of my recent speaking engagements, one participant brought down the house when she said: "I interviewed the good twin, then the evil twin showed up for work." The reasons apparent eagles turn out to be total turkeys can most often be attributed to one of these four, common hiring mistakes.
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