DGG Week Peek 02

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Here at DGG Week Peek, we condense 3 valuable articles we’ve found on the web every week. We provide you with key insights from each article, and some personal takeaways we’ve gathered. 

This week, explore lessons on leadership, deliberate learning and time management!

 

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Billionaire CEO Jack Ma says that if you want your life to be simple, don’t be a leader

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Leadership Lessons

This writer summarised 3 key takeaways from Alibaba CEO Jack Ma’s recent speech on leadership:

 

1. Love Quotient
Leaders need to genuinely love his/her team, and love the ultimate goal and purpose of what he/she is building

 

2. Being a leader is not fun
The leader has profound pressure to make sure that the organisation runs well, and is responsible to fix anything that goes wrong

 

3. Inspiring and pushing people
Through hard times, leaders need to inspire the team to see past the tough times and make it to better times together as a team

 

Being a leader might look glamorous and easy, but it is anything but. Leaders have to bear strong responsibilities for both the team and the projects he/she builds.

 

 

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Why Constant Learners All Embrace the 5-Hour Rule

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Deliberate Learning for Success

This writer uses the example of Benjamin Franklin’s success, and proposes the ‘5-hour rule’ as a success strategy that we all should use.

 

Benjamin Franklin consistently invested an hour a day every weekday for deliberate learning. The 5-hour (one hour a day) rule thus reflects the idea that the most successful people are the ones who are constant and deliberate learners.

 

The core concept of the 5-hour rule: Empty Space

 

This allows learners to:

  1. Plan out learning goals
  2. Deliberately practice and receiving feedback, improving on specific areas
  3. Thinking deeply and gain more perspective on lessons learned
  4. Set aside and prioritize time for learning
  5. Solve problems as they arise
  6. Do small experiment with the learning process

 

This might be quite contrasting to the highly productivity-driven lifestyles many of us have today. Instead, purposefully setting aside time and using the time allocated to learn and improve a little bit a day can create profound impact in the long run.

 

 

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Why You Should Manage Your Energy Not Your Time

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Time Management

This writer found that most productive employees did not work the longest. She offers certain tips to help increase one’s productivity:

 

1. Splitting the day into several 45-minute segments 
Focusing and maximizing one’s productivity within shorter time sessions rather than trying to go for longer hours (i.e. quality time over quantity time)

 

2. Building a habit of ‘deep work’
Focusing on work without any distraction for a certain period of time before taking a break

 

3. Embracing downtime, being lazy
Brains tend to be more efficient when they toggle between being focused and unfocused

 

As our society now puts a premium on being busy 24/7, we are wired to think that our schedules should be filled with appointments and to-dos. However it seems that the emphasis should be on the amount of hours of focused work and appropriate rest, to maximize our productivity and work efficiency.

 

 

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DGG Week Peek 01

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Here at DGG Week Peek, we condense 3 valuable articles we’ve found on the web every week. We provide you with key insights from each article, and some personal takeaways we’ve gathered. Read on to find out more about careers, lifestyle, personal development and more, all in one place!

 

1

Google Employees Weighed in on What Makes a Highly Effective Manager (Technical Expertise Came in Last)

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Leadership

After analyzing a large number of managerial-level employee data, Google found that technical abilities were less important than they expected.

They found other factors that were much more crucial in an effective leader:

 

1. Calm and collected leaders, especially during challenging situations:
Employees appreciate the leadership and patience from strong bosses especially in times of crisis

 

2. Collaboration with employees and personalized involvement:
Collaborative leadership and involving employees deeply in the work process is a long term investment for both the employee and the organisation

 

3. Empathy and care for employees’ personal lives:
Sincerity will be appreciated and reciprocated, and showing real concern creates significant impact in the long run

 

Despite much emphasis about the different hard and soft skills top leaders should have, it seems that the best characteristics a great leader should possess are those that simply come authentically and naturally from the heart.

 

 

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After Giving 1,000 Interviews, I Found the 4 Questions That Actually Matter

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Organizational culture

With experience of interviewing over 1000 people, this writer found that it is essential to hire for cultural fit.

He offers four questions that hirers can ask to make it easier for the them to evaluate the cultural fit between the potential employee and the organisation more accurately:

 

1. How did the culture at the last company empower/disempower you:
Reflects how candidates think about the importance of culture, and their work motivations at the last company

 

2. What were the characteristics of the best boss you’ve ever had:
Reveals what kind of leadership the candidates thrive under, and helps bring to light whether the candidate will be able to succeed in the new company’s leadership

 

3. Describe how you handled a conflict with one of your co-workers:
Shows the character of the candidate and how he/she perceives as a reasonable way to resolve a conflict

 

4. What kind of feedback do you expect to receive in this role and how often do you expect to receive it:
Reflects the candidate’s receptiveness to feedback, and in turn shows his/her inclination towards personal development and growth

 

Culture is extremely important for every organisation, serving as a binding thread between members of the team. It also provides intangible value as a guiding light and purpose. Jobseekers, do consider your own personal characteristics, what kind of culture you would thrive in, and how you can contribute to a company’s culture.

 

 

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Rock your next interview with these 5 secrets of body language

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Body language tips for job interviews

Many nonverbal body language cues during job interviews are very telling of our true emotions and personalities.

This human behaviour investigator offers 5 tips to prepare for job interviews. Jobseekers can use these tips to present themselves in the best light:

 

1. Handshake:
Give a handshake at the beginning and at the end of each interview, to have a good first and final impression

 

2. Confident body posture:
Helps to avoid looking insecure, and shows the readiness for the interview and the job

 

3. Fronting the interviewer:
A nonverbal sign of respect to the interviewer and the interview process itself

 

4. Authentic and natural smiling:
Shows good passion and chemistry in the topic of discussion

 

5. Appropriate eye contact:
Recommended to be around 70% of the time, reflecting strong interest and respect

 

We may all have our natural habits and tendencies, but practise makes perfect! These body language cues are definitely hard to perform naturally. Practice in front of a mirror/friends to exude confidence without looking staged.

 

 

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