Perpetual Calendar, 2013 | by Arina Pozdnyak

Top 3 Reasons Assessments Can Create a Healthy Organizational Culture

There is an ancient saying inscribed on the Temple of Apollo at Delphi attributed to the great Greek philosopher Socrates: “Know Thyself.” Socrates knew that we must first understand ourselves in order to be truly wise. In today’s language, we call this self-awareness. Self-awareness is a solid place to start since the purpose for most coaches is to assist our clients in moving from where they are to where they want to be. Where they are means having an accurate self-assessment of their strengths, preferences, motivations, and passions as well as the areas for growth and development. Since we all have our blind spots, assessment tools can increase self-awareness.

Kids And Screen Time: What Does The Research Say? : NPR Ed : NPR

Kids are spending more time than ever in front of screens, and it may be inhibiting their ability to recognize emotions, according to new research out of the University of California, Los Angeles. The study, published in the journal Computers in Human Behavior, found that sixth-graders who went five days without exposure to technology were significantly better at reading human emotions than kids who had regular access to phones, televisions and computers. The UCLA researchers studied two groups of sixth-graders from a Southern California public school. One group was sent to the Pali Institute, an outdoor education camp in Running Springs, Calif., where the kids had no access to electronic devices. For the other group, it was life as usual. At the beginning and end of the five-day study period, both groups of kids were shown images of nearly 50 faces and asked to identify the feelings being modeled. Researchers found that the students who went to camp scored significantly higher when it came to reading facial emotions or other nonverbal cues than the students who continued to have access to their media devices. “We were pleased to get an effect after five days,” says Patricia Greenfield, a senior author of the study and a distinguished professor of psychology at UCLA. “We found that the kids who had been to camp without any screens but with lots of those opportunities and necessities for interacting with other people in person improved significantly more.”

6 Things That Define Indispensable Employees | TIME

An employee survey turned into much more when a set of fascinating themes emerged. This post is in partnership with Inc., which offers useful advice, resources and insights to entrepreneurs and business owners. The article below was originally published at Inc.com. By Christine Lagorio-Chafkin Here’s the Danny Meyer school of thought on how to make a traditional service business into an enlightened, customer-centric hospitality mecca: Put your employees first and shareholders last to create a “virtuous cycle of enlightened hospitality.” That’s lovely and all, but can it really be applied to a startup?

The only courage you ever need is the courage to live the life you want.
Oprah Winfrey

To Be More Productive, Scrap the To-Do List. Try the Anti-To-Do List. | Big Think | IdeaFeed

To-do lists have long been a tool for keeping track of important tasks and increasing productivity, but in our more fluid lives and workplaces, the to-do list may have outlived its usefulness. Given the number of interruptions we now face—from email to instant messages to a faster-changing work environment—our lists of duties can easily frustrate as other tasks intrude. At the end of the day, the to-do list becomes a record of things you didn’t accomplish: not a great reward for a long day’s slog. But by keeping a list of tasks you have accomplished during the day, called an anti-to-do list because you’ve already done them, you can see all the things you did accomplish during the day and how you dealt with new challenges that emerged unexpectedly.

Who's In The Office? The American Workday In One Graph : Planet Money : NPR

Researchers often look at the number of hours worked, but rarely do they ask the question of when. Fortunately, the government conducts an annual study called the American Time Use Survey that tracks how people spend their days. The interactive graph below shows the share of workers who say they’re working in a given hour, grouped by occupation. Play with the different job categories to see how the average workdays differ from one another.

Apple Invites Are Out: New iPhones Coming Sept. 9

Just as expected, Apple sent out invitations on Thursday to an event for what’s expected to be its big iPhone event of the year. The invitation, which coyly says “wish we could say more,” revealed that the “exclusive event” will be held on Sept. 9 at 10 a.m. PT. It will be held at the Flint Center for the Performing Arts in Cupertino, California, which is Apple’s hometown and just two miles from its headquarters. It’s expected that Apple will launch the iPhone 6 in what is believed to be two sizes, a 4.7-inch model and a larger version at 5.5 inches, possibly called the iPhone 6L. It’s also rumored that the iWatch could make an appearance.

An identification chart of 42 North American butterflies.
By artist Eleanor Lutz. You can find the full sized GIF here or pick up a poster for your room here.

An identification chart of 42 North American butterflies.

By artist Eleanor Lutz. You can find the full sized GIF here or pick up a poster for your room here.

15 Augustine Quotes That Helped Shape Modern Christian Thought

ven though he though died on August 28, 430, the writings of Augustine of Hippo remain as theologically relevant and spiritually insightful as they did 1600 years ago. The man who became a beloved-Bishop and would eventually be remembered as Saint Augustine, had such a dramatic conversion to Christianity at the age of 33, that he explored the philosophy of Scripture with a passion that led him to write hundreds of sermons and some of Christianity’s most influential books. Here’s a look at 15 Augustine quotes that have helped shape modern Christian thought.

5 Workout Moves That Will Change Your Body | TIME

Functional training gives you the kind of strength that matters at the end of the day. This type of training will give you power in your daily life for practical movements like hauling your cooler to the beach, moving furniture, or carrying a toddler. So instead of measuring your strength by how much weight you can bench press (or curl, or squat), get fit where it counts by doing exercises that stem from natural, everyday movements like bending, pushing, and twisting. Try this 5-move functional workout to feel the power, fast!

You’d get very rich if you thought of yourself as having a card with only twenty punches in a lifetime, and every financial decision used up one punch. You’d resist the temptation to dabble. You’d make more good decisions and you’d make more big decisions.