Work Smart #5 – Keith Barney, SpeakUp Co-founder

SpeakUp Co-founder and Hardcore music legend Keith Barney sits down with fellow SpeakUp Co-founder Ray Gillenwater. They talk startups, creating emotional connections through design and how to best tap into your potential at work. Topics include:

  • Life philosophies that help on the job
  • How to approach communication with different personality types
  • Why meetings and brainstorming sessions can be counterproductive
  • Tapping into your own creativity with walks, quiet time and inspirational content
  • Making emotional connections with people in the age of short attention spans
  • “Just fucking go for it” and other great advice for those thinking about a startup

 

10 Apps to Up Your HR Game

Guest post by Foo Chek Wee of Zalora (Asia’s online fashion destination)

People in the HR industry are always trying to up their game and create more value for their stakeholders.  Game changing moves can also mean another mountain of tasks appears that needs to be managed, and there’s never enough time. But, leveraging technology is important and can help tilt that balance.

Here’s a list of 10 apps that have made a huge impact to my work life. I am sure you will find it helpful in speeding up your work life as well. Common useful productivity apps, such as Mail, Skype, or Linkedin, are not listed below. Only the less common but useful ones qualify in my top 10 list.

  1. Feedly (web via feedly.com, free)

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Work Smart #4 – Greg Wade, Senior VP at Samsung

Listen in as host Ray Gillenwater interviews Greg Wade, a Senior Executive at Samsung and Ray’s ex-boss during their BlackBerry days. Greg’s story spans several Fortune 500 companies and multiple continents. Topics include:

  • Progressive and empathetic management
  • Managing work and life in a global role
  • Cultural differences in business: Korea versus North America
  • Greg’s story and tips on how to excel in the corporate world
  • How Greg helped inspire the idea for SpeakUp

Contact Greg on Twitter: @gregorymwade

 

Work Smart #3 -Travel Smart, The PackPoint Cross Cast

The SpeakUp cross cast with popular Smartphone travel app, PackPoint. Interview with SpeakUp CEO, Ray Gillenwater about his travel experiences while working for BlackBerry in Asia and Australia. Topics covered:

  • Climbing the corporate ladder – across the globe
  • Work/life balance (or lack thereof) while traveling for work
  • Experiences living and working overseas
  • Best hidden travel destinations on a budget

Ray can be reached on Twitter: @RayGWater or @GetSpeakUp

Work Smart #1 – Ben Gillenwater, Tech Entrepreneur

Listen to Episode 1 to hear about Ben Gillenwater’s entrepreneurial adventures and how he balances work, life, sleep and health. Topics include:

  • How Ben hacked Lyft’s referral code to generate $2k/week
  • Juggling 5 businesses and maintaining sanity
  • How to manage a 21st century workforce
  • Hacking diet and sleep for ultimate productivity

 

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Why Millennials in the Workplace ‘Don’t Care,’ and 4 Things You Can Do

(Originally featured at Entrepreneur.com and Fortune)

I’m 30, an ex-corporate executive (at BlackBerry) and now the CEO of a business-collaboration tech startup. I know a thing or two about millennials at work because I am one; and I’ve managed several. If you are struggling with how best to engage millennials at work, read on: This piece is for you.

Throughout my experience, I’ve learned about why, sometimes, our generation doesn’t seem “to care,” and I’d like to explain to our elders what’s really going on. So, here goes. . .

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For True Employee Engagement, Follow These 6 Steps

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In the 21st century, the best companies will define themselves by how well they engage their employees to produce more innovative products and services.

Command-and-control style leadership will be replaced by systems that intelligently tap the collective wisdom of an entire organization. The catch: People within the organization have to care enough to actually create meaningful change.

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14 Reasons Why Your Employees Don’t Care

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According to a Gallup study, only 13% of employees worldwide are engaged at work. Surprised? How about this: 24% are actively disengaged – which means they spend their time undermining everyone else’s hard work.

According to a Gallup study, only 13% of employees worldwide are engaged at work. Surprised? How about this: 24% are actively disengaged – which means they spend their time undermining everyone else’s hard work.

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Are Employees At Your Company Being Heard?

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Reposted from CEO Ray Gillenwater’s submission to the Examiner 

Yes, the same companies that talk about employee engagement and then do little beyond an annual survey, will likely also relegate Voice of the Employee to buzz-word soup. These companies will talk about how innovation and excellence in customer satisfaction depend on listening to employees – and then they’ll go about business as usual. Not surprising.

That’s the bleak side of it. There are companies out there, however – modern, progressive companies, lead by 21st century managers, that will do more than just play lip-service to voice of the employee. These are the leaders that already actively seek out employee input to help spur innovation and solve the company’s biggest problems.

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