The human mind is complex. Every time we think we have it figured out and can predict behaviour, we learn more about psychology that can be absolutely mind blowing. Armed with the right information, it’s amazing how we can trick our minds (or someone else’s) into taking specific actions.
This video from Brightside is filled with 19 different psychological tricks. There are plenty of hacks in here that can help the IT contractor from making people like you to winning negotiations. Number 10 sounds interesting… but be sure to warn anybody living in your house before trying it. They’ll think you’re a little nuts! But if it works, it will be worth it.
Another spin around the sun and once again, Eagle continued a tradition that consistently gets positive feedback year-after-year. We teamed up with our clients and contractors to help brighten the holiday season for five Canadian charities who all do fantastic work. Learn about it all in the video below.
We’re not all personal development, job search tips and work. Sometimes, (usually Friday) the Talent Development Centre strays off into another world of humourous or geeky content. It sucks you in and wastes your time, but when you share it, it also gets you the most reactions from your followers.
Today’s Friday and there’s a good chance that if you’ve been working this week, many others in your office haven’t been. That means that the environment is either slow or the opposite, things are hectic while you cover vacations and catch up on items that arose during holidays. Regardless, we think you deserve some relaxation and procrastination (just don’t bill for it). To wrap up our 2018 in Review series, here are the best posts that wasted your time in the past year…
Gartner recently released their Top 10 Strategic Technology Trends for 2019, which they say is all about building the digital mesh. The publication is packed with valuable information for any technology professional looking to understand where the industry is going, invest in the right areas, or improve their skillset. It’s also quite long and more reading than you may want to do during the holidays.
Fortunately, Gartner also released a video summarizing the information! So make a coffee, sit back, relax, and listen to David Cearly, Distinguished VP, Analyst at Gartner, explain it all for you.
The cool part about an IT contractor’s home office is that it doesn’t need to be an “office”. With the right Wi-Fi connection and proper equipment, you could work at a desk, but you can also get work done in the living room, kitchen or even your back deck! That wireless network is crucial, though. Slow speeds can mean trouble connecting to client sites, patchy VoIP calls, and overall less productivity.
There are a few different solutions to boosting your Wi-Fi signal at home, but according to this video from TechQuick, Mesh Networks are ideal. Why? Watch the video and find out. It may not be too late to add one to your holiday wishlist!
If you’re considering starting a new career path in the new year, or just looking to pick up a new skill quickly, then don’t skip over this post. This video from Clever Programmer outlines the four best programming languages to learn this year if you want to get a job, including one that has been Googled more than Kim Kardashian.
The four languages are rated based on how easy they are to learn, the job market and potential salary, and how quickly you can create something using that language. While the video may be valid in respect to which languages are your best bet for new opportunities, we’re skeptical about the statement that they can be self-taught and no post-secondary education is necessary. Competing against people with formal training will be a significant challenge. What do you think?
Google is one of the world’s leading technology companies, viewed as an inspirational innovator to many but as an unethical threat to others. This past Summer, the European Union fined Google 4.3 billion euros for breaking antitrust laws, stating that it abused its Android market dominance. The situation continues to raise additional questions about whether or not Google is a Monopoly and if the government should do more, similar to the Microsoft situation at the end of the 20th century.
This video from CNBC International does a great job of summing up the situation, including whether or not Google is a monopoly and comparing their circumstances to similar ones in history. Do you think there should be more government intervention over Google?
The idea that smart people who grew up in a good environment would be successful is a common idea that may not actually be true. There are many other factors that lead to success beyond intelligence and work ethics. This video by the Art of Improvement highlights seven reasons why a “smart person” may end up being unsuccessful. Knowing these reasons can make you more aware of how you act in the workplace and outside of it and allow you to incorporate change to maximize your success.
The differences between generations — specifically Baby Boomers, Gen X, Y and Z — is a go-to, easy topic for nearly all HR and management blog authors. At staffing agencies, recruiters regularly notice the differences between generations on many fronts, including how they apply to jobs, what they want in an IT contract and how they typically act in an interview. It’s equally important for technology professionals to understand these generational differences. Working in teams presents a need to understand those around you and if you’re contributing to the user experience of a new program, you need to truly understand your target demographic.
Take a look at this video from Bright Side to find out some key generational differences and better understand them all, including your own.
QWERTY keyboards have been around for as long as most people can remember. We all learned how to type using these keyboards and they remain the primary way we interact with computers. But this layout is becoming more obsolete with smart devices.
In this video, Wall Street Journal’s David Pierce explores the new inventions that some companies are creating to potentially replace the physical keyboard. Some of these include voice to text and a wearable keyboard. This could be an interesting time for independent contractors in the IT industry who may have an opportunity to be involved with these new inventions. So what do you think? Would you use any of these alternatives?
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