Great video on critical thinking

The YouTube video below is an excellent presentation of the purpose, value and process of critical thinking. No amount of training or education can take the place of the ability to evaluate circumstances, analyze problems and think through solutions. It doesn’t matter if you are trying to get ahead in your company, building a team to complete a project or training your sole employee for your small business: you need to know how to think critically and teach your employees to do the same. Here’s a 5 minute introduction.

Just a reminder (service)

Do you use some reminder service like rememberthemilk.com? There are several excellent ones, and if you don’t use Firefox, they’ll do a good job for you.

However, I’ve just discovered an add-on for Firefox that does the job of keeping your to-dos and reminders/alarms constantly available on your browser. No calendar program needed. Very handy. It’s called ReminderFox and you can find it https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/1191/. You can receive alarms in your browser and by email. You can even create “quick alarms” that remind you to do something a short time later, such as “it’s 4:00 p.m. — call your manager about the report.”

It’s set by default to reside in the right corner of the status bar at the bottom of the browser window. Just click on it and a fairly sophisticated reminder and to-do program window pops open. It’s very easy and intuitive, but there’s lots of user info and training available on the developer’s Firefox page (here). And it is free, but the developers would be most grateful for a small donation.

Musketeers, Baby Steps and Employee Motivation

Over the last week, I’ve published some guest articles I’d like to bring to your attention, out of the daily additions I do to the Superperformance.com site:

In “Winning at Working: The Musketeer Approach,” you learn why it is necessary to build a support network of trusted colleagues to get you through the hard times at work.  This is a different consideration from a career-building network, although the networks may overlap.  And how important it is for all in the group to “be there” for one another.  It’s not enough to acquire casual friends in the workplace.  You need folks who can really back you up.

“Behold — The Mighty Baby Step!” is a reminder of how powerful you become when you step out of “overwhelm” by breaking down big jobs into easier-to-handle pieces (or smaller chunks of time) and then persisting at the small stuff until it’s done.

“Motivating Employees: You’re Kidding, Right” is one coach’s response to the idea of employee motivation.  Much depends upon what you mean by “motivating,” but more often than not, when management wants motivation, they mean a system or set of practical techniques that will apply in general.  The consideration of individual differences in motivation makes generalizations very difficult.  While there are some “universal” motivators, it is challenging to make practical tools and methods from them that apply to any particular workplace.  The best that psychologists,  coaches and consultants can really do is teach the principles of motivation and self-motivation, give some typical examples, and let folks try to figure out for themselves what applies to each individual worker.  If it were easy to break down motivations into techniques, I’d be making millions using “motivation” to get customers to buy whatever I wanted to market.