The benefits of being a mentor

December 10, 2018 / Networking

Success, wealth, and fame may all be common indicators of a good life but there’s something else that’s often overlooked: impact. In other words, how you’ve actually helped others or changed the world. Or what legacy you leave behind. And while you may be tempted to point to your impressive KPI record to prove impact, […]

Why working with alumni makes sense

December 7, 2018 / Networking

As the saying goes, birds of a feather flock together. Extend that idiom into the working world, and you might say: birds of the same flock work better together. In this case, we’re referring to alumni from your school. Whether you’re looking for a collaborator for a project, a professor to join an academic department, […]

Why your ex-employees matter

December 5, 2018 / Networking

Hirers and hirees spend a considerable amount of time, attention, and money on their entry and onboarding process. Hirers often enlist the help of recruiters, paying vast sums in commission. Hirees spend weeks polishing up their CV, good interview shoes, and Where I See Myself in 5 Years’ Time speech. And while it’s undoubtedly important […]

Why aren’t your alumni donating to your academic institution?

December 3, 2018 / Marketing

Every year, academic institutions around the world send out glossy letters and magazines to alumni in the hopes of enticing them to ‘give back’ to their alma mater. And while some institutions are rewarded by generous cash donations, and sometimes an entire new building or wing, others struggle to generate much interest among past students. […]

How a good conference app can help you

November 30, 2018 / Networking

Conferences are hard work, for both organisers and attendees. For organisers, there’s months of administration and coordination that needs to happen behind the scenes. For an attendee, plans have to made for people to get there, with minimal disruption to normal workflow. Unfortunately, despite the best laid plans, some conferences just aren’t all they’re cracked […]

What makes your co-working space stand out from the rest

November 28, 2018 / Freelancing

With freelancing and self-employment on the rise throughout the world, it’s no surprise that co-working spaces are similarly gaining in popularity. Providing a convenient, cost-effective alternative to owning and managing an office, members can enjoy a professional working environment, without any of the hassle. But what makes one co-working space stand out from the rest? […]

How to stay connected with the outside world while working from home

November 26, 2018 / Freelancing

After a couple of months of working from home, some people start to miss the camaraderie of an office. Others don’t, and continue working alone blissfully for many more months. However, sooner or later, even the most introverted and antisocial person must get out and mingle. Because without regular human interaction (and digital interaction doesn’t […]

How to get the most from your reading (part 3 of 3)

November 23, 2018 / Networking

The fate of the world rests in your hands! Well, alright, that might be an exaggeration. But certainly, the fate of your creativity and what it can do for the world, is in your hands. In part 1 of our Reading Series, we discussed why reading keeps you creative. In part 2, we suggested the […]

What to read to stay creative (part 2 of 3)

November 20, 2018 / Productivity

In part 1 of our Reading Series, we discussed the various ways reading helps you stay creative. So, the obvious follow-up would be to give suggestions on what you should be reading. And that’s exactly what we do in this post. Part 3 of our series will offer tips on how to get the most […]

How reading keeps you creative (part 1 of 3)

November 16, 2018 / Productivity

If you’re stuck for inspiration, or you need a constant source of inspiration to keep you creative, the best thing you can do for yourself is READ. Which means the fact that you’re here is helping already. In this post, which is part 1 of 3 of our Reading Series, we discuss why reading helps […]

5 things employees want that’s not money

November 2, 2018 / Productivity

At the end of each month, what are your employees taking home? A paycheque? Or a sense of accomplishment at a job well done? If it’s just the former – that’s a problem. Because despite conventional wisdom, what employees want most from their job is not money. In fact, research has shown that money comes […]

Is your career stagnating? Here’s what to do about it

October 31, 2018 / Productivity

The alarm goes off. You wake up. You lie in bed contemplating the day ahead. What do you have to do? What new projects do you have planned? What gets you excited? Nothing. Today is a day like any other day. If any of this sounds familiar, you may be in a rut, or in […]

What work-life balance really means for freelancers

October 29, 2018 / Freelancing

If current research (including our own) tells us anything, it’s that freelancing is on the rise. Part of the phenomenon is due to economics forcing companies to downsize. But a healthy proportion of freelancers have actively chosen their lifestyle. The reasons given are usually a combination of 4 factors: time, money, environment, and purpose. In […]

How to declutter your life: contact list edition

October 26, 2018 / Networking

It might seem strange for a networking app to give advice on how to declutter your contact list. You’d think we would want you to add as many people as possible. We talk often about how adding just one more person could connect you with thousands of useful new contacts. But therein lies the rub. […]

Time is money. Are you making the most of it?

October 24, 2018 / Productivity

Between eating, sleeping, taking care of the family and the house, and miscellaneous chores like recycling and paying taxes, there are precious few hours in the day when you can dedicate to work – the kind of work that makes money. In this post, we’ll discuss why the old adage is true (truer than ever, […]

How to declutter your life: Workspace edition

October 22, 2018 / Productivity

Old magazines – check. Half-empty coffee cups – check. Complex maze of wires – check. Anything we forgot? Oh, how about some random paper clips, sales brochures, other people’s pens and maybe some pet toys thrown in for good measure? Now we have the perfect formula for a cluttered desk. Which some people claim is […]

Find your productivity period: Early birds and night owls

October 19, 2018 / Productivity

It’s 7am. For early birds, this is prime productivity time. Brains are fresh, energy reserves are up, and you can’t wait to get stuck in the day. For night owls, this is the start of hell. With another 3 hours (or more) of sleep still required before your brains are anywhere near functional, you haul […]

Why a To Do list is great for productivity

October 17, 2018 / Productivity

The time-honoured tradition of scribbling a quick note in the palm of your hand has been replaced by the far neater and more durable Notes in your phone. But there’s something about making a To Do list on actual paper that really boosts both motivation and productivity. Here’s why: 1) You can see everything in […]

Is a university education crucial for success? Millenials and Gen Y don’t always think so

October 15, 2018 / Networking

Conventional wisdom would have us believe that in order to succeed in life, one must possess a college or university education. Only a higher education, we were told, can provide the means to a good life; a good life looking roughly like this: go to university, get a job, get married, have children, put them […]

How to declutter your life: Email edition

October 12, 2018 / Productivity

It’s another beautiful day! The sun is shining, birds are chirping, and you’re ready to conquer the world. Well, step right up to your computer, good citizen, and let’s begin. But wait, what’s this…5837 messages in Inbox?! 669 newly unread messages since yesterday?! You can feel your day and mood unraveling at the sight. And […]