At my last job, where I was an executive at a growing startup, I often found myself struggling to find time to just think . advertisement advertisement I blamed it on the norms of office life. My days were fully scheduled with meetings. My evenings were filled with events or networking catch-ups. Even when I did sit down to work, my desk sat in the center of an open floor plan, so I couldn’t escape the inevitable parade of colleagues dropping by. But now I work for myself, and I’m in control of, well, everything. And yet, recently I still found myself thinking that I didn’t have enough time to work on my business, instead of just in it. I’m not alone. One study reported that 96% of 500 surveyed leaders said time was a hurdle in being able to think strategically about their work. Ravi Raman , an executive career coach who has spent the past five years working with leaders in major technology companies, … [Read more...] about How to get out of the weeds and make time for big-picture thinking
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At Proof, a 15-person seed-stage startup where I work on the marketing team, we all wear a lot of hats. We spend time on everything from customer support to interviewing candidates to assembling desks—in addition to our time-intensive primary roles. advertisement advertisement We’re a busy batch, so we’re always on the lookout for ways to streamline our processes. At the beginning of the year, we diagnosed a major issue that was slowing us down: we were having too many ineffective—and often unnecessary—meetings. Over the past few months, we implemented several rules and best practices to have fewer meetings and make the meetings we do have more productive. The result? We’ve saved hundreds of person-hours. Here are four of the strategies we implemented. They might not all work for your company, but even if you pick and choose a few that make sense, I hope it helps free up the amount of time you spend in your own conference room. 1. Require … [Read more...] about 4 things you should do if you want to cut back on your meeting time
Just as the Donald Trump administration turned one, the US government was plunged into a historic shutdown – the third in a quarter of a century – after Democrats stalled a spending bill in order to oppose the government’s decision to rescind the Obama-era DACA policy.The DACA protects undocumented immigrants who came to the US as children. But by forcing a US government shutdown, the Democratic Party just doubled down on a bet it has lost badly recently -- that it is willing to stare down Trump on the cornerstone subject of his politics, race. Even at the risk of angering traditional white, “the real”, Americans. The US President, of course, did not waste any time rubbing this in.Not looking good for our great Military or Safety & Security on the very dangerous Southern Border. Dems want a Shutdown in order to help diminish the great success of the Tax Cuts, and what they are doing for our booming economy.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) … [Read more...] about Year one in office: Donald Trump rides economic boom, xenophia wave
Investors should shift from overvalued stocks (quality names) and sectors (like consumer) to cyclical and quality mid-small caps, Vinod Nair, Head of Research at Geojit Financial Services, says in an interview to Moneycontrol’s Kshitij Anand.Edited excerpts:Q) The RBI kept rates unchanged in its December meeting. Do you think it is the right move, considering that the GDP growth dropped to over a six-year low in the September quarter?A) It is a well-thought unanimous decision of the RBI to give ample time for the transmission of five consecutive rate cuts undertaken since January 2019 and get better clarity on the inflation trajectory.With the slowdown in India getting more severe than expected and RBI cutting real GDP forecast to 5 percent from 6.1 percent for FY20, we can expect more rate cuts, depending on the evolving macro-economic data in the upcoming MPC meetings.Close We don’t expect this decision to completely change the trend of the market, but there could be … [Read more...] about ‘Time to shift from overvalued stocks to cyclical and quality mid & small-cap stocks’
Wild animals don’t have a sense of vanity, which is good news–otherwise, the subjects of the photos in the Comedy Wildlife Awards would probably be fairly mortified by the way they look in the shots that took the top honors in the competition’s inaugural edition. If Ryan Gosling gets captured on camera with his finger up his nose, an army of lawyers presumably descends upon the photographer–but if it’s a mountain gorilla, feel free to laugh it up at the big fuzzball. advertisement The contest was created by wildlife photographer Paul Joynson-Hicks this year to showcase the less-than-marketable shots that photographers have long been able to capture, but have been unable to sell to agencies. “Before now, all that wildlife photographers have been able to do is try and sell them as prints,” Joynson-Hicks explains. “Sometimes agencies have bought them, but not really–but I found that at any exhibition I did, people often went for … [Read more...] about See the Winners of the Inaugural Comedy Wildlife Awards. Which Is a Real Thing.