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Exercise, Sleep Are Key to Not Bringing Home Work Frustrations

A self-employed consultant I worked with some years ago once told me: "Being self-employed, I work 12 hours a day, and worry the other 12."

This is the lot of both self-employed professionals and small businesses owners.  You awake each morning only to stare your boss straight in the eye as you shave or put on makeup.  You're it.  You're the one with the weight of your business squarely on your back.

The question becomes, how do you manage yourself so you don't burn yourself out?  Even if you absolutely love what you're doing, the never ending grind of running your enterprise can and will take a toll on your home life and your health.  Unless you learn to manage yourself.

This paper from the University of Central Florida points out two simple ways of not taking home your work stress.

Walking daily.Getting adequate sleep.
Additional benefits based on other vetted research clearly shows that daily walks and adequate sleep are also key to keeping your creativity…

How you talk about your business effects your employee's performance

It's a given: how a business owner treats his or her employees is how the employees treat the customer.

It goes further.  how a business owner talks about his or her business effects how the employee views the business and their job.

What do you say about your business?  Are you upbeat with  positive view of your goals and what you are trying to accomplish?  Does a negative attitude toward your customers and employees color your speech?  Or worse, are you vague and nonspecific about what is in your enterprise for customers and employees.

It's part of the discipline of running a business to keep any negative emotions and opinions to yourself, and to present a positive, confident persona.

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Picture this: How the language of leaders drives performance
The language of leaders has a profound effect on the performance of their employees, new research shows. The research shows that how a company presents its vision and values is deeply entwined with its overall success.

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Business should embrace 'boomerang employees'

What should you do when an employee leaves. . . and later asks to return?

It may be an emotional instinct to react by rejecting their request to return.

But why?  If you take it as a personal rejection when an employee leaves, you may be cutting off your own nose to spite your own face.

As these studies from the University of Illinois point out employees leaving then asking to return may just be offering you a big compliment to the way you do things.  Perhaps they thought they'd be better off elsewhere only to find they were well off where they started.  Not a bad message for other employees to hear if nothing else.

Boomerang Employees
Organizations of all types are beginning to recognize and embrace the value of recruiting and welcoming back former or boomerang employees. From infantry soldiers to chief executives, accountants and professional basketball players, many organizations proactively recruit and rehire former employees as a way to offset high turnover costs the cost an…

Too Much Structured Knowledge Hurts Your Creativity

As has been pointed out  many times, too much knowledge is a bad thing.
Why?
Research by John-Erik Mathisen & Jan Ketil Arnulf of the BI Norwegian Business School from among other studies shows that graduates with a Masters in Business Administration demonstrate LESS creativity than non-MBA graduates.
The reason is simple: our educational system focuses on training students in logically linear thought processes, while creativity and innovation involves lateral thinking, seeing connections between seemingly unconnected ideas.
For example, before Einstein linked them, physicists from the time of Newton saw little if no relationship between energy, E, and mass, M.  In his 1905 paper on optics Einstein showed the specific relationship in his equation E=MC2, the relationship being the speed of light squared.  Big idea, perhaps the biggest of the twentieth century.
Had Einstein relied on his knowledge of existing science, he would have missed the relationship.  He literally thought out…

Consider the role of the family in career planning

Non-work orientations are related to higher career and life satisfaction
The study shows that the salaries of people who have strong non-work orientations are not negatively affected. In addition, they are happier with their career and with life in general.
When planning a career, many people take non-work orientations into account, such as family, personal interests and civic engagement. Psychologists from the University of Bern (Switzerland) have found out that people who strongly consider the role of the family in career planning report more satisfaction with their career and their lives in general. Surprisingly, non-work orientations also showed no negative effects on earnings.
People differ greatly in terms of how much they consider nonwork roles, such as family, personal interests and civic engagement when making career decisions and planning their career. Up until now, it was unclear how the consideration of nonwork roles affect career success and satisfaction with life in general.

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Single women with personal wealth more likely to become entrepreneurs than men

Single women with personal wealth more  likely to become entrepreneurs than men
". . .from 2009 to 2014, the proportion of men in self-employment increased by 6 per cent. Over the same period, the proportion  of self-employed females jumped by a remarkable 22 per cent."
A new economic study by the University of Stirling and Royal Holloway, University of London has found evidence that there is a big difference in cash flow problems faced by men and women in the UK. They found single women face more severe constraints to their incomings and outgoings, but that those single women whose personal wealth increases unexpectedly through an inheritance are more likely to start a new business than their male counterparts.
It is difficult for an aspiring entrepreneur, or current business owner, to obtain the funds necessary to start a business or expand an existing one. Labour Force Surveys show that from 2009 to 2014, the proportion of men in self-employment increased by 6 per cent. Over …

BRANDING: Going green is for girls, but branding can make men eco-friendly

Going green is for girls,  but branding can make men eco-friendly
"Shoppers who engage in green behaviors are stereotyped by others  as more feminine and also see themselves as more feminine."
Studies show that men are not as environmentally friendly as women. But could men be persuaded to go green? New research indicates the answer is yes — and it’s all about branding.
The study "Is Eco-Friendly Unmanly? The Green-Feminine Stereotype and Its Effect on Sustainable Consumption," forthcoming in the Journal of Consumer Research by James Wilkie, assistant professor of marketing at the University of Notre Dame's Mendoza College of Business, provides evidence that shoppers who engage in green behaviors are stereotyped by others as more feminine and also see themselves as more feminine.

n a series of seven studies, Wilkie and his co-authors manipulated small details about the products, attempting to change men's attitudes and behaviors. They found that men are more o…