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Workflow & Productivity
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Superheroyou has some great insights on writing better emails... Here are my top picks:

  1. Use action brackets in your subject lines [IMPORTANT]
  2. Reduce your recipients.
  3. Subject lines should summarise the content,
  4. Keep it short.
  5. Follow forwarding etiquette.
  6. Add action items.
  7. Create an email signature (WITH A PHONE NUMBER!)
Read the full list at Superheroyou Its a great reminder of an email that came directly from our CEO Bruce Buchanan "How to use email.... more effectively!" in summary.. 

Email can also be one of the biggest time wasters in most corporate days.. 

  1. Never use email to debate issues, sell or get consensus around idea.
  2. Use it only for information decimation and where you can reasonably expect the recipient to respond quickly (i.e. does 2pm or 4pm work best for you).
  3. Be clear about what you want the recipient to do.. "FYI:...", "Action Required:..." -
  4. Respond quickly: an email sent is not a email received, understood and taken onboard. It takes a few seconds to acknowledge "Got it", "Leave it with me" or "I will get back to you in a week".
  5. Use less words: be very crisp and specific about what you want. Show that you value the other persons time be making the message easy to read and action.
  6. Front page paper test: never send anything via email that you wouldn't be comfortable showing up on the front page of the paper
  7. Clean out your inbox: use what ever mechanism works for you, but emails left in your inbox should be things you need to action - a todo list. - Use the archive button religiously!

Workflow & Productivity
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"Working abroad forces you to adapt, making you more flexible in the long run." The key to survival, in any walk of life, is adaptability. Working abroad helps you hone this quality, molding you into a multifaceted, versatile and resourceful individual. One of the best aspects of this world is how diverse it is, but this is also what makes starting a new job in a different country so challenging.

Interesting Finds
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Part of Wharton's Business foundations specialisation Introduction to Marketing on Coursera is a perfect initiation for getting to the root of customer decision-making. Key topics include branding strategies, customer-centric marketing strategy, and new market entry. I have included my notes I took throughout the course not just for anyone to read but for my own reference to look back on in future, and to give me an opportunity now to review the course. Firstly a big thanks to Barbara E. Kahn, Peter Fader & David Bell from University of Pennsylvania who put together this course and offered it up to anyone on Coursera

Learnings
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It's great to see uber being so aggressive in this market, I hope that it does pay off for the drivers and it increases earnings for them.

unnamedHi Stewart, Today, uberX prices are dropping by a further 10%. We're committed to making Uber the safest, most reliable and affordable ride on the road. This means you could be paying up to 50% less than a taxi.* These prices are seasonal, and will be in effect until August 2.

This also means increased earnings for driver partners. As we see in cities all over the world, lower prices increase demand, keeping drivers busier, and earning more for every hour on the road.

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Dr Morikawa and colleagues reached this conclusion by exposing mice to alcohol and examining synaptic plasticity in key areas of the brain. They found that with repeated exposure, the plasticity increased — indicating learning.

“Usually, when we talk about learning and memory, we’re talking about conscious memory. Alcohol diminishes our ability to hold on to pieces of information like your colleague’s name, or the definition of a word, or where you parked your car this morning. But our subconscious is learning and remembering too, and alcohol may actually increase our capacity to learn, or ‘conditionability’.” Read more at Spring.co.uk 

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