Use Social Media to Be a Better Leader
Nobody tasked with running a business wants to join another social networking platform. Here are some ways to use the platforms you already subscribe to more effectively.
What's the Latest Development?
Rather than sign up for a new social media service that will take more of your precious time, use the networks to which you already subscribe to make your business run more effectively. By using iGoogle or Google Reader, you can create a leadership dashboard which aggregates the articles, academic research and leadership models that interest you. Planning and visualization tools like MindMeister can help you diagram your business priorities for the quarter or the entire year. And project collaboration tools like Basecamp make it easy to track your team's tasks and progress.
What's the Big Idea?
Social media have made the problem of not having enough time even more acute. But it may be the way we look at social media that makes it inefficient. Rather than looking at each platform as another tool you must learn to use, "start seeing it for what it can be instead: a personal toolbox for improving your practice of leadership." If your goal is to keep your team motivated, use Pinterest to create visual reminders of the goal you are working towards. Finally, social media can serve as a relaxation tool, for example, by curating photos of the things you love when you have those five-minute pauses during the day.
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Swipe right to make the connections that could change your career.
Swipe right. Match. Meet over coffee or set up a call.
No, we aren't talking about Tinder. Introducing Shapr, a free app that helps people with synergistic professional goals and skill sets easily meet and collaborate.
A NASA astronomer explains how astronauts dispose of their, uh, dark matter.
- When nature calls in micro-gravity, astronauts must answer. Space agencies have developed suction-based toilets – with a camera built in to ensure all the waste is contained before "flushing".
- Yes, there have been floaters in space. The early days of space exploration were a learning curve!
- Amazingly, you don't need gravity to digest food. Peristalsis, the process by which your throat and intestines squeeze themselves, actually moves food and water through your digestive system without gravity at all.
The Harvard psychologist loves reading authors' rules for writing. Here are his own.
- Steven Pinker is many things: linguist, psychologist, optimist, Harvard professor, and author.
- When it comes to writing, he's a student and a teacher.
- Here's are his 13 rules for writing better, more simply, and more clearly.
A growing body of research shows promising signs that the keto diet might be able to improve mental health.
- The keto diet is known to be an effective tool for weight loss, however its effects on mental health remain largely unclear.
- Recent studies suggests that the keto diet might be an effective tool for treating depression, and clearing up so-called "brain fog," though scientists caution more research is necessary before it can be recommended as a treatment.
- Any experiments with the keto diet are best done in conjunction with a doctor, considering some people face problems when transitioning to the low-carb diet.
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