Tired of Office Work? Here Are Some Active Career Choices

Tired of Office Work? Here Are Some Active Career Choices

Whether you’re currently working self-employed at home or in an office surrounded by people in suits, it’s never too late to change your career into something more physically active and exciting. Office work can get boring fast, and unless you’re giving yourself a challenging or creative task to do, then you’re probably repeating the same few tasks over and over again until you finally get sick of it.

Making the switch is something that can happen almost overnight. If you have the passion for something else, then it’s never too late to have a career change. After all, if you’re going to be working for a considerable portion of your life, then why not make your job something you actually enjoy instead of being stuck in a stuffy office for the rest of your working days? With a little training, dedication and some hard work, you could find the job of your dreams that involves working outdoors and being active instead of sitting in a chair.

To give you a head start in finding a new career, here are three different jobs that involve getting active and/or being outdoors.

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Data: The New Battlefield In The Fight Against Criminals

Data: The New Battlefield In The Fight Against Criminals

The job of companies has traditionally been to make sure that they protect their physical assets from damage. But thanks to the rise of technology, the value economy of “stuff” relative to data is declining. Tech millionaire and entrepreneur Jaron Lanier has made the observation and pointed out that the majority of people who are getting rich in the world of technology today, have a big computer nearby that stores a lot of data. Facebook, for instance, has a treasure trove of data relating to people’s preferences and their online behavior. Google has an even bigger one. And new upstarts, like Uber, are doing a similar sort of thing. They’re leveraging the power of their data to offer new levels of service to their customers.

A lot of businesses see the benefits of being close to data and how it is impacting the economy as a whole. Go back fifty years, and the biggest companies in the world were those that owned the most assets. General Electric, General Motors, Boeing, and Shell were all very valuable because they owned factories and oil rigs. These days, these companies aren’t worth as much as the big tech companies. Microsoft, for instance, has a valuation of more than $300 billion. Amazon, the online shopping giant, is even more valuable. And Google is approaching a market cap of more than a trillion dollars, which it will surely achieve if it continues to successfully develop and implement artificial intelligence technologies.

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Lead Your Company Out Of A Crisis

Lead Your Company Out Of A Crisis

Doug Yakola has seen his fair share of companies in crisis during his time in business leadership. As the Chief Financial Officer of more than a dozen companies, he’s had several what he calls “boiled frog” moments. Companies, he says, are like frogs put in warm water that are slowly heated up. They often don’t realize that anything is wrong until the water’s boiling and it’s too late to escape. It isn’t necessarily down to bad management. It’s often just that the senior management team isn’t able to accept that the world has changed and moved on and their company hasn’t. The power of inertia can be strong in business.

Other companies get into a crisis by not focusing on the right data. They have the right idea, Yakola says, using data to help make decisions. But sometimes the data they are using is not useful when it comes to improving their revenue. Using the wrong data hamstrings companies and causes them to become less and less relevant to the needs of the market.

After having so many near misses himself, Yakola took a step back and asked how ailing companies can lead themselves out of a crisis. Here is some of his hard-won wisdom.

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Do You Need More Capacity? from @LeadersServe

Do You Need More Capacity? from @LeadersServe

One of my favorite leadership authors is back! I am excited to be participating this week in the launch of Leaders Made Here by Mark Miller. I love Mark’s work and this is no exception. Mark truly gets what it takes to be a great leader and create more leaders, not just followers. Mark’s work is easy to relate to as he uses storytelling to reinforce the messages and lessons that he wants you to learn. He is an author that I consistently recommend to others.

The following is a guest post from Mark Miller.

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Are Employee Training Courses Really Worth the Investment?

Are Employee Training Courses Really Worth the Investment?

Employee training courses can cost your company a good deal of money up front. This cash could be used for advertising or for putting a better product together. But, the benefits of employee training courses for career development are vast.

They provide innovative methods for employees to work with new strategies and products. They also contribute to an enhanced ability for employee efficiency. As a result, the company as a whole is more profitable. And most importantly, employees who receive trainings are more satisfied with their jobs. This gives the company a higher retention rate.

So, should your company invest in training courses for your employees? Read the benefits below to find out.

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Why The World Is Going Crazy Over Big Data

Why The World Is Going Crazy Over Big Data

From the 1980s into the 1990s, a pair of data scientists, Geoff Hinton and Yann LeCun laid the foundations of artificial intelligence. They came up with the idea of a neural net, a kind of statistical tool that could be trained, rather than programmed. Because of its similarities to the human mind, they borrowed the term “neural” and used it as a metaphor.

The problem was that back in the 1980s, the idea wasn’t actually very useful. Neural nets require thousands, sometimes millions, of pieces of data to train. But because the internet was basically non-existent and sensors were expensive, there was hardly any data to actually feed these systems. Neural net technology was seen as interesting from a theoretical perspective, but the idea never took off, simply because the world wasn’t generating enough data to make it operational.

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