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Happy Boss’s Day! Here’s How to Celebrate Remotely

Happy Boss’s Day! Here’s How to Celebrate Remotely
Boss’s Day is celebrated on October 16th every year and was created by Patricia Bays Haroski. It was registered as a holiday back in 1958 but only began to grow in popularity in 1979 after Hallmark started creating cards.  Fun Fact: Patricia chose October 16th as the day to celebrate because it was her father’s birthday! Though Boss’s Day celebrations have been around for more than 60 years, they’ll look a lot different this year as employees and managers celebrate the day remotely. Unfortunately, there won’t be any large team lunches or after-hours celebrations. But there are still plenty of ways to show your managers you appreciate them without meeting in person.  The team at Wikibuy put together some unique Boss’s Day gifts that you can buy online, depending on what your boss prefers.  However, before you decide to buy a gift for your boss, make sure to ask yourself if you should. Some companies have policies that don’t allow gift giving among teams. Also think about if your boss will appreciate the gift or if they might feel uncomfortable.  When in doubt, it’s best practice to buy something simple and genuine. You should always avoid alcohol-related gifts, as well as lotion, perfume, grooming products and anything with a religious or political message.  Explore the visual below to help you plan your virtual Boss’s Day. Some Funny Boss Day MessagesHappy Boss’s Day from your favorite employee!Managing people isn’t easy, especially with knuckleheads like me in the office. How do you do it?You’re the best boss I’ve ever had, and I’m not just saying that because I want a raise.You make every day feel like Casual Friday.Wanted to wish you a Happy Boss’s Day on Facebook since I know you spend most of your day on...
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What Makes You a Bad Manager ?

What Makes You a Bad Manager ?
“Never waste a good opportunity to learn from a bad manager.” Employee turnover is maximum attributed to bad management by managers and it is crucial for the managers to learn to be emotionally emphathetic. What makes a great manager? Great managers exhibit the following traits: Connect people to purpose – They create a clear line of sight between the work of the individuals, the team and the larger company vision. Give feedback – They give timely and impactful feedback by emotionally investing themselves in the employee growth. Support career development- Follows a tailor made approach to suit the needs of each employee, guide and support them to grow into a better individual personally and professionally. Communicate effectively – Through open communication they inform, connect and engage team members. Try to first understand why your employees aren’t motivated They aren’t tied to the visionThey don’t know how their work has an impact on the big pictureThey aren’t clear on expectationsThey aren’t getting consistent feedbackThey don’t feel like a part of the teamTheir passions/strengths don’t align with the work they doThey don’t feel trustedThey are not good fit for the company cultureThey feel burnt out What makes you a bad manager ? Don’t micromanage – Micromanagement takes away the enthusiasm and energy from employees by creating the impression that they are not be trusted, valuable or even in control of their own projects. Don’t be a bully – Don’t publicly humiliate or privately threaten your employees. Don’t be a saboteur – Don’t take credit for others’ ideas and blame others while jobs are not done well. Give a fair share of recognition and appreciation to employees. The cost of a bad manager – Employees with a negative impression on their managers leave the company at the rate of 56% more than the usual. Okay, now, here are some really useful tips to handle a toxic work environment for employees who suffer under the influence of a bad manager! How to Handle a Toxic Environment ? Plan an exit strategy even if it is not tomorrow. Make plans to get the ball rolling. Keep your space positive– be it your desk, wall, cabinet or locker. Create a list to help you stay focused – this will help you to create a plan so as to avoid negative situations as much as possible. Leave work at work – leave the negative energy at work. Try to create healthy habits and routines along with coping methods to replenish your energy Keep a log of things that are happening – you might not know when you might need them as evidence, such as emails, screen shots etc., Stay away from the drama– don’t get swallowed up in the toxic energy. Talk to a trusted friend or co-worker about what’s going on, but don’t ever get caught up in the...
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Personality Development Checklist

Personality Development Checklist
To me personality development is “objectifying your existence through constant self analysis, find the strong points that lead to growth and cater to weak points to better oneself.” You may be an introvert or extrovert, but that's what defines you. Personality may differ from individual to individual- but that’s the beauty of it. An introvert can be stable and grounded while an extrovert can be insecure and weak. This goes to say that you can’t entitle a person based on their personality type as each individual has few characteristics dominant in them and few characteristics subtle. The manifestation of characteristics is attributed to the environment in which the individual is exposed to and nurtured in and ofcourse some are inherited. The thing which many are not aware of is that “you can introspect yourself to find what kind of a person you are.” This will help you in the betterment of yourself and see you through both in your personal life and career. Read this wonderful article that lists down the 10 great characteristics of introverts which they may not even be aware of.10 Quality Traits All Introverts Have, Even If They Don’t Know It Personality Types Study finds 4 main personality types — which one are you? Read this article that clearly defines the five personality traits that people fall into and the unique characteristics that define the type. Discover your personality type. Take the Myers-Briggs test. Personality Development is not Leadership Most people relate personality development to leadership. It is not so. Don’t define yourself based on  what others think about you or the feedback you get from them. Self Discovery Self discovery is the most important part in this whole journey. Your flaws may not be flaws after all and your so-called strengths might be weighing you down. There are lot of personality tests available that are introspective in nature and have ratings based on your answers. Personality Tests Personality tests work well as a starting point for self-discovery by providing results you might not have concluded on your own. Here are a few things that will help you to make your day! Use the mornings to focus on yourself and plan activities that will make you productive as well  happy Start your day… wait, wait- no whatsapp, emails or jarring repeat videos pl.  Again,coming back to the point, start your day with simple breathing exercises followed by a ‘five minute meditation’ session. Just concentrate on your breathing pattern and you’ll be amazed to feel the tension melt off from your system making you more buoyant. Go for a good coffee, I have to admit, I like it real strong with half sugar, followed by a nutritious breakfast. Mind you, healthy food is the key for a healthy mind. There, your day has started off well. Follow the 80/20 rule Only 20 percent of what you do everyday produces 80 percent of your results. That’s right, I’m talking about quality time. This is where planning takes a front seat, so as to prioritise the tasks for that day. Eliminate the things that do not matter during the workday – they have a trivial effect on your productivity. Tackle your challenging tasks before lunch You heard it right! The energy you have in the morning time stands unparalleled and you have to channelize this brimming energy to achieve most important tasks for the day. You can go for your payment follow-up, clear pending payments, plan your forecast for the coming week, track the orders  that have lined up… literally anything related to finance. Meetings and correspondence can be dealt with later, in the afternoons. Stop Multi-Tasking Do...
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Taking the Leap from Engineering to Entrepreneurship

Taking the Leap from Engineering to Entrepreneurship
Every engineer who’s invented some new technology or is adept at coming up with innovative solutions believes that the hard part is over and the step to take that solution to market as an entrepreneur should be easy. And many engineers are in for a shock. In reality, that seemingly short step from engineer to entrepreneur means significantly more risk. In fact, a survey conducted by Duke and Harvard of over 500 technology companies found that only 37% of leaders had any background in engineering or computer science. Engineers should definitely think twice before they assume that they have an advantage when it comes to being an entrepreneur, no matter how great the product they’ve come up with is. The good news is that there are many great resources out there to help engineers make the transition to entrepreneurs. Krishna Uppuluuri’s book, ‘Engineer to Entrepreneur: The First Flight’ is a good start. The book identifies the main business perceptions most engineers have, along with providing a workbook approach to provide a quick start on various business lifecycle topics. Here’s what to keep in mind if you are considering making the transition from engineering to entrepreneurship. A Great Product Doesn’t Always Make a Great Entrepreneur: The old adage ‘if we built it, they will come’ tends to be a common misconception amongst engineers who are considering starting their own business to sell a product they developed. In reality, simply building a solution alone won’t magically make it connect with customers, manage the competition, or communicate the offering to the industry. Today, we’re definitely in an era of information overload. Selling and marketing skills are absolutely crucial to ensure your product takes off, no matter how awesome it is. Thinking that your product alone will act as a customer magnet is a dangerous mindset to have. So, before you make the leap from engineer to entrepreneur, it pays to develop some skills that you can use to put your product in front of the market, promote it, and connect with your target audience. How do you do this? Enroll in a relevant training program or degree: Online learning and online degree programs have made it easier than ever for you to gain the relevant skills you need before transitioning to entrepreneurship, without messing up your already busy schedule. If you want to keep things engineering-focussed then you can find degree programs that combine both engineering and management at Kettering University Online. Or you could opt for a learning program from Kettering University Online that walks you through the basics of business and building the skills necessary to become a successful entrepreneur. Network: As an engineer, you’re probably no stranger to networking; it’s just as crucial in this industry as it is in the business world. You probably already network to keep your engineering knowledge current and stay in the loop about new projects or job opportunities. Switch your networking focus to the business world and connect with people who can offer valuable advice and support. Even better if you can find a network of successful engineers turned entrepreneurs who you can learn from. Get a mentor: Business mentoring is a fantastic idea for anybody new to entrepreneurship, whether from an engineering background or not. Choose a mentor who is able to be honest with you and tell you how it is; you’re going to benefit a lot more from that compared to somebody who won’t stop you in your tracks when you’re on the brink of making a huge mistake. Don’t Rely On a Cool or New Idea to Sell Itself: Similar to the above, just because something is cool and...
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9 Habits of the Most Successful People

9 Habits of the Most Successful People
9 Habits of the Most Successful People Reading Everyday: Start by reading 15 pages everyday. Nah… not talking about juicy fictional stories but insightful non fictional books. Bill Gates claims to read an hour every night before falling asleep. An avid reader, Gates takes in inspiring biographies, history books and philosophical texts. Ariana Huffington is known to have banned all electronic items from her bedroom, instead keeping a stack of real books for bedtime reading. Visualization: Start with books like “Think and Grow Rich” by Napolean Hill, “How to Win Friends and Influence People” by Dale Carnegie and the likes of “Power of Positive Thinking” by Norman Vincent. Visualizing yourself in an elevated plane or level will help you achieve those dreams in a very short span of time. Because we become what we think! Prioritization Find the most important task for the day and start executing it first. Set a time limit on this goal and you will always end up doing more than what you expected to accomplish. Time bound operations create a sense of urgency which gets things done.   It’s not a race- don’t try to be the most efficient; try to be the most effective. Declutter your desk, your inbox, your task list and your life. Money Management Reading and learning about the greats in the industry gives you the necessary confidence to pull things in your favor. Go for great finance books like “Rich Dad Poor Dad”, by Robert.T. Kiyosaki, “The Millionaire Fastlane” , by MJ Demarco. Wake Up Early Set your alarm before 6’ oclock in the morning because to me early morning is the time when your brain can think clearly in terms of prioritization and planning. Wake up one hour early and gain 365 more productive hours. Waking up early means you have more time to do things without that rushed feeling that stresses us out. Goal Setting Set your goals in writing. Write everything down and follow through as planned. Those who set goals have proved to be front runners and earn twice as much on average as those who don’t. Exercise and Diet: Make sure you hit the gym every morning or get the recommended physical activity. Endorphin released during exercise can do wonders for your mind and body. Eat whatever you like but go for small portions. Networking Look for like minded people and influencers in your circle and join hands with them to improve your social ratings. Character Assessment Write down for yourself a certain set of rules you will live by that will lead to a successful life. Read these values first thing in the morning and live accordingly. Hope you enjoyed this article. Think of 10 things in your life that you are greatful about. Express your gratitude without fail because gratitude promotes happiness and...
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