How the ‘aspirationals’ are changing the world (World Economic Forum Blog)

“Solutions to some of our intractable global challenges could be found in 2.5 billion empowered, young and urban shoppers. These are the “aspirationals”, and the way they are uniting style and social status with sustainability values represents both an opportunity for business and a lever for change. Aspirational consumers love shopping, but they also want to be socially and environmentally responsible and they respond to brands that take initiatives in this direction.

Aspirationals are redefining modern consumption, unlocking the market for sustainable products and services, and propelling the economy forward through new business models.”

Source: forumblog.org

Mozambique economy 2014: recent developments and prospects

 

Mozambique’s offshore fields hold a combined 150 trillion cubic feet (tcf) of gas, estimated to be enough to meet world consumption for more than two years. Negotiations between international consortia and the government to build a USD 40 billion LNG plant are dragging on with several players competing for the contract. The main consortium leaders, the US company, Anadarko, and Italian company, Eni, have reduced their investments in the project, selling stakes to new partners primarily from power hungry emergent economies. This has a two-fold outcome of diversifying funding sources for the LNG projects, while also potentially securing new markets for the final product. New entrants from India (ONGC Videsh) and China (CNPC) joined India’s Bharat Petroleum Corporation, Japan’s Mitsui & Co, Thailand’s PTT Exploration and Production, and Galp Energia from Portugal. With an international partner yet to be selected, LNG production along with the sizeable contribution it will make to public finances is unlikely to start before 2020.

Source: www.clubofmozambique.com

How to keep your creativity flowing after vacation ends (Forbes)

Nothing jolts the brain awake as much as a change of environment, and that includes the physical space you’re in and the people you meet. New places and new people stimulate new ways of thinking.

Schedule mini brain vacations – Your brain needs a break. It also needs unfamiliar surroundings to make new connections and to see the world in a different way.

Consider adopting a Results Only Work Environment (ROWE) – Companies that are based on this principle measure the results of an employees’ performance while giving them the autonomy and freedom to work where they like and when they like.

Give your team opportunity to learn new things – Many companies bring in outside experts at least once a week, giving their employees an opportunity to get away from their computers for an hour or two and to kick-start their brains with new ways of thinking.

Loosen the travel budget – Sharing knowledge and good times in new or unfamiliar environments will jolt the collective creativity of the team.

Don’t over schedule off-sites – If you do plan to hold more off-site meetings or conferences, avoid over scheduling. The brain needs a break from the office. It also needs a break from endless PowerPoint meetings at an off-site.”

Source: www.forbes.com

Why organizations don’t want to accept flexible hours and remote working and why they really should (Chemistry@Work)

I always thought that employers are afraid of remote working, because their full time employees would work less. There’s no trust in self-organization and the fact that we cannot see what they are …

“How does organization need to change to adjust*?

  • Award for resultsand not time spent in office. Make your office a hub, not a day-time prison. Give employees freedom to have flexible hours, be able to work remotely, as long as they keep up the results.
  • Set realistic goals. The worst you can do it throw at employees more than they can handle in hope that they’ll do most of it. You think you’re ‘challenging’ them, when in fact you exhaust them of work that is never done and no free time to live. Give them incentive – if they do work faster, they can enjoy their free time.
  • Rethink your promotion techniques.Keep your promises, if you want to throw more work at someone ‘to test’ – make sure it is time bound, agreed and followed upon.
  • Redefine High-Potentials and High-Performersin your company. Not only people who spend nights at the office deserve promotions. In fact, while you’ll get more done on short-term by promoting overworked people, it’ll be a wrong message and a culture to promote.”

Source: chemistryatwork.wordpress.com

How to use the new DOI format in APA style

by Jeff Hume-Pratuch

In the sixth edition of the APA Publication Manual, DOIs are formatted according to the initial recommendations from CrossRef:

Herbst, D. M., Griffith, N. R., & Slama, K. M. (2014). Rodeo
cowboys: Conforming to masculine norms and help-
seeking behaviors for depression. Journal of Rural
Mental Health, 38, 20–35. doi:10.1037/rmh0000008

The DOI prefix (10.1037, in the case of APA journals) is a unique number of four or more digits assigned to organizations; the suffix (rmh0000008) is assigned by the publisher and identifies the journal and individual article.

Recently, however, CrossRef changed the format of the DOI to a more user-friendly one in the form of a URL:

Herbst, D. M., Griffith, N. R., & Slama, K. M. (2014). Rodeo
cowboys: Conforming to masculine norms and help-
seeking behaviors for depression. Journal of Rural
Mental Health, 38, 20–35. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037
/rmh0000008

As you can see, the DOI itself is the same (10.1037/rmh0000008), but it is preceded by http://dx.doi.org/ to insure that it resolves into a working link. Because this change is recent and many publishers are still implementing the new CrossRef guidelines, either the old or the new DOI format is acceptable. But be sure not to mush them together! Here are some examples.

Correct:
•doi:10.1037/rmh0000008
•http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/rmh0000008

Incorrect:
•http://doi:10.1037/rmh0000008
•doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/rmh0000008
•Retrieved from http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/rmh0000008

Source: APA Style Blog

How to make yourself look impressive during meetings (Forbes)

We’ve all seen it happen before – bad meeting etiquette. What many people don’t realize is that how they act during meeting can help (or hurt) their career. Check out these Do’s and Don’ts to earn more respect at work.

DO:

  • Review the meeting agenda and be sure you understand the objectives/goals of the meeting.
  • Prepare for the discussion, by conducting any necessary research.
  • Show up on time or, better yet, a few minutes early.
  • Say hello to other attendees and introduce yourself to anyone you don’t know.
  • Participate in the meeting and pay attention to what’s happening.
  • Think before you speak – and make sure that what you say is relevant to the topic being discussed.
  • Solicit comments and opinions of quiet attendees by asking them for their thoughts.
  • Take responsibility for completing (on time) any action items you’re assigned.

DON’T:

  • Show up late and then disrupt the meeting with your arrival.
  • Interrupt others when they are talking.
  • Speak just to hear yourself talk.
  • Check emails or voicemails during the meeting.
  • Use your computer, unless you are taking meeting notes.
  • Lose your temper, yell, or throw things.
  • Put down other people’s ideas.
  • Use any non-verbal communication to show your displeasure with what others are saying, such as crossing your arms across your chest and rolling your eyes or sighing heavily.

Source: www.forbes.com