Monthly Archives: August 2018

The Founders Of The World’s Five Largest Companies All Follow The 5-Hour Rule

Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Larry Page, Warren Buffet, Jeff Bezos. What do these high-powered names bring to mind? Money. Entrepreneurship. CEO-Status. Company Founders. It’s likely all of these words come zipping into your head. But, these men that have created huge companies and taken entrepreneurship to the next level didn’t achieve what they have achieved merely by having a zeal to make money. These men wanted to know, period. What these men have in common, beyond business skills and money at their fingertips, is a passion for self-education that has become for each of them a commitment to become a master at more than one discipline, by spending at least five hours in a given week at simply learning that discipline, whatever it is. Voracious curiosity is the common tie these men share. They understand that learning is life-long. That it neither must begin, or end, with formal study. They understand that disciplines, while useful, are not the only way to understand, or even categorize, knowledge. It’s this way of looking at learning that has propelled them to the top of their fields.

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New Hires Not Engaged? How to Design an Onboarding Intervention

Readex Research has developed a new tool to aid management in onboarding new hires. The period between walking through the door and being comfortable in a new job is rarely less then 30 days. A learning and adaptation curve is natural and to be expected, as are jitters and concerns on the part of the hires, most of which they will probably keep to themselves, with an intent to appear to fit it faster. But, a fast fit-in should not be the goal, rather a good one, however long it may take. That said, the sooner management catches onto what is not making a good fit for the newbies the sooner they can intervene and possibly set things on a better path before they wind up needing more new hires. A check in with newbies is desirable. But, face-to-face may be intimidating and time-consuming. A quick poll is optimal. But, it must be easy to do and provide fast and easy to assess results. This is what Readex has developed, five questions that can alert managers of possible areas of concern with new hires, areas that they can and should deal with in a timely manner. In doing so, not only is the problem that could have been burgeoning dealt with, but the new hires realize that what they think and feel does matter to management, which is a real win for the business and everyone involved in it.

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ADA Foundation Scholarship Programs Available for 2018-19 School Year

The ADA Foundation Dental Student Scholarship Program 

Starting on Sept. 7, dental students will have the opportunity to apply for an ADA Foundation scholarship for up to $20,000 each.

According to its website, the ADA Foundation is dentistry’s premier philanthropic and charitable organization and a catalyst for uniting people and organizations to make a difference through better oral health. 

According to the American Dental Association website, the foundation’s Dental Student Scholarship Program will recognize students who are strong academically and who demonstrate outstanding promise in leadership, public service/volunteerism and/or research.  

For the 2017-18 school year, the foundation awarded seven $20,000 scholarships.

In order to apply, students must be:

  • a United States citizen.
  • enrolled full-time in the second year of study at the time of application 
  •  in a U.S. CODA accredited dental school
  • have a minimum cumulative grade point average of at least 3.4 or higher (or a pass/satisfactory) based on a 4.0 scale
  • demonstrate a financial need.

To see a complete list of guidelines, click here

Applications must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. CTS on Nov. 9. Applicants must create a login before the guidelines and application can be viewed. 

The E. “Bud” Tarrson Dental School Student Community Leadership Award 

The The E. “Bud” Tarrson Dental School Student Community Leadership Award recognizes excellent in dental school student-led programs that provide services to under-served populations within the United States.

The ADA Foundation’s Tarrson Fund was created in 2003 by Tarrson’s wife, Linda, in rememberance of her husband, an oral health philanthropist. It is awarded to student groups from CODA-accredited predoctoral dental education programs that provide services to under-served populations. Each award is valued at $5,000. 

The ADA Foundation will accept one application from each dental school. Dental students who are leaders of such programs may apply with support of their faculty advisor. The application period runs from Sept. 7 through Nov. 9.

To apply, click here.

Work Life Balance: Every Age Group Wants It

Work life balance is not necessarily a literal thing. It need not mean that one’s life is comprised of 50% work and 50% family and free time. It may mean that you have somehow achieved that. If so, bully for you. But, it need not. Nor does it mean that you will never stay late, or pull an all-nighter. It does not preclude a marathon binge-fest on old sci-fi episodes that lasts well into the work-day hours. The true key is control, one’s ability to pick and choose. So, if one decides to work all day on Friday, with the intent of getting a presentation in perfect order, then one can reward oneself with a family fun day the next Friday. Obviously this type of control over how to blend one’s work and home time into a recipe that comes as near to a fifty/fifty split as is reasonable for your life is something every person, whether they’re the boss, or not, wants. It’s not a specific to one generation. Everyone benefits from achieving it.

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High-Performing Teams Need Psychological Safety. Here’s How to Create It

The positive emotions associated with a positive team atmosphere can cultivate psychological security, which tends to be a defining characteristic of effective teams. Positive emotions such as happiness, affection, humor and caring can all help to expand the mind, increase energy and creativity, and make people more capable of peak performance. Simple steps like treating everyone as a fellow human being worthy of respect and replacing blame and conflict with curiosity and cooperation can help your team be more effective and efficient. Y helping to create this psychological safety.

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