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Welcome to the RMA® Executive Leadership Articles area. The Executive Search Recruiting Articles area contains articles focused on industry, executive, and management related issues, as well as those that will assist job seekers and executive candidates in improving their resume and interviewing skills.

Professional Networking: Being (Mostly) Yourself

July 20th, 2017

We’ve seen a lot of evidence recently of how professional networks and personal networks sometimes overlap, and how valuable it is for your connections to know you, not only in terms of your resume, but also your interests and talents. As we discussed in our article about open offices last January, some of the great ideas in science, history, technology, and culture have ...

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Work-Life Balance: Give Up On Balance?

July 17th, 2017

When a hot topic gets its own categories in popular blogs and online publications, you can count on a wave of articles making the case for the opposite of popular sentiment. If some new training concept sweeps the nation, there are voices in opposition. Yes, some are trolls seeking attention, but more often, at least in reputable, credible places, these voices illustrate that ...

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Technology Trends: What Do Flagging PC Sales Mean?

July 13th, 2017

The PC market has been in decline for five years, highlighted by these past eleven straight quarters of flagging sales, including the most recent. Second quarter PC sales dropped between 3.5 and 4.3 percent, depending on whose data you look at, from 2016 to 2017. Some pundits have foretold the continuing downward spiral of the home computer for years, especially in ...

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Tips For The Traveling Executive: Crowd-Sourced Travel Gear Is Fun To Explore

July 10th, 2017

Crowd-sourced stuff is cool, the kind of stuff that inspires “Where did you get that?” questions by total strangers. If you love the feeling of carrying, wearing, using, or referring to something nobody around you has ever seen, crowd-sourcing platforms such as Kickstarter are your Toys R Us, with seemingly a different cool device with every exploratory click. And for some ...

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Management: Gaining Employees’ Trust

July 6th, 2017

It goes without saying that in the employer-employee relationship, a certain amount of trust is absolutely critical. At the very least, employees trust that they’ll be paid within two weeks for work they’re doing now, while employers trust that employees aren’t out to wreck the company. But for all parties to thrive, trust needs to go well beyond that, as in any healthy ...

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Book Review: Everybody Lies: Big Data, New Data, and What The Internet Can Tell Us About Who We Really Are by Seth Stephens-Davidowitz

July 3rd, 2017

Anyone who’s taken upper-division courses in one of the social sciences knows that research in the field is often dependent on surveys. Do you find this joke or that one funnier? Do you feel threatened by the women in your office? Please rank these six variables in order of importance to you in selecting a breakfast cereal. It becomes clear only a few sentences into Everybody ...

Book Review: Everybody Lies: Big Data, New Data, and What The Internet Can Tell Us About Who We Really Are by Seth Stephens-Davidowitz »

Corporate Responsibility: What We Can Learn From The CSR Awards

June 29th, 2017

This past March, PR News announced its spring CSR award winners, a healthy list of more than 150 winners and honorable mentions in 30 categories. It’s true that a publication such as PR News has a specific slant on the topic of CSR (are awards presented to the best examples of CSR or the best examples of marketing CSR?), but a few clicks on award-winning names make it ...

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Up In The Cloud: Does Your Cloud Drive Do More Than You Think?

June 26th, 2017

The main characters in the TV series Silicon Valley develop a music search engine that nobody’s interested in. However, one piece of their code is an algorithm that compresses files with no loss of quality, and the Valley’s Google-like and Apple-like companies climb over each other for a piece of that action. Everyone’s excited about businesses and consumers maximizing ...

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Team-Building: Including Sufferers of Social Anxiety

June 22nd, 2017

Some time ago, we discussed the difficulties of team-building when dealing with standoffish types, emphasizing the understanding that standoffishness is usually a lazy diagnosis for a variety of symptoms. More thoughtful, compassionate observers will understand that what gets mistaken for coolness or snobbery is really the manifestation of shyness, introversion, or even ...

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The Internet of Things: Will Unplugging From The IOT Be Possible?

June 19th, 2017

As security breaches of large, trusted institutions hit the news seemingly every day, many people are considering opting out of services in favor of feeling safer or more secure. Some of your more interesting friends may already have given up their bank accounts and credit cards; some others may hang stubbornly to cell phones with no internet connectivity (“dumb ...

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Mobile App Review: Magazine Apps

June 15th, 2017

They are audience-specific, topic-specific, and periodical, which means they have their finger right on the pulse of whatever’s important to their readers, they use all the good insider language, they understand all the relevant cultural references and in-jokes, and they come to you with whatever’s currently a hot topic. Whether your thing is aquarium fish, skateboarding ...

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Professional Networking: Dealing With Multi-Level Marketers

June 12th, 2017

Multi-level marketing has been around for decades, and if you’ve ever been approached by a friend who opened the conversation with “I’d like to share something with you,” you know that what follows is almost always related either to some MLM-related product or to someone’s personal faith. Today’s socially-oriented internet makes it almost too easy for MLMers to ...

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Work-Life Balance: Unplugging Successfully on Vacation

June 8th, 2017

You can look at vacation as some benefit your employer squeezes through tight fists in order to reel you in and put your signature on the dotted line. But you can also look at it as an investment by your employer in your health. Healthy, happy, balanced employees mean good, productive workplaces, so not only is taking vacation good for you. It’s good for you, your team ...

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Technology Trends: Highlights of Mary Meeker’s Annual Internet Trends Report For 2017

June 5th, 2017

Mary Meeker is a prominent venture capitalist with Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, author of an annual report on technology trends. Last week, the 2017 version of Meeker’s report was released, a much-anticipated must-read for avid tech observers everywhere. This year’s presentation totaled 355 slides, a hefty read for the casually curious, so here’s a rundown ...

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Tips For The Traveling Executive: Taking Care of Women Travelers

June 1st, 2017

A little more than a year ago, we took a short look at how women and men travel differently for business. Women tend to book more in advance, for example, which can save companies money, but they also stress more about packing what they need, which can be a target area for companies to provide assurances or assistance. One sex isn’t necessarily more effective or ...

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Management: Confronting A Team Member About Hygiene

May 29th, 2017

You may never have to confront a team member about his or her hygiene, but it comes up every once in a while, and it’s never a fun conversation. There are a few lines we have to walk carefully, but the big one lies between communicating clearly and being compassionate about another person’s feelings. Hygiene isn’t like forgetfulness or punctuatlity: it’s a personal issue ...

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Book Review: Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, & Finding Joy by Sheryl Sandberg & Adam Grant

May 25th, 2017

Sheryl Sandberg is the sort of business leader who’s frequently in the headlines. The COO of Facebook stirred the waters with her 2013 treatise Lean In, an often polarizing work whose musings on women in executive positions inspired a sub-genre of publications responding to and resisting Sandberg’s assertions. Two years later, while much of the furor was still circulating ...

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Corporate Responsibility: How To Publicize B-Corp Certification?

May 22nd, 2017

The certifying body called B Laboratories did not invent corporate social responsibility; it merely standardized one concept of what CSR might look like. Companies who have long been serious about CSR may have their own ideas that don’t quite line up with the B Lab standard, and there’s a lot of room for this kind of thinking. Other companies are concerned that B Lab ...

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Up In The Cloud: Three Misconceptions

May 18th, 2017

As you explore possibilities for moving your company’s computing needs into the cloud, you’re going to come across a few misconceptions. Interestingly, most misconceptions are partly true, and there may have been a time when they were completely true, so it’s important to ask a neutral, informed party whether your understanding of some pretty complex issues ...

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Team-Building: Gradual Team-Building Over the Long Haul

May 15th, 2017

In some contexts, it’s called a “mountaintop experience,” that feeling of euphoria many feel after a personal revelation or a special bonding moment with others. On those (seemingly rare) occasions after a team-building event when team members have mountaintop experiences, positivity and good vibes echo throughout the team. Goodwill and optimism permeate ...

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The Internet of Things: What’s Happening To Our Reasonable Expectation of Privacy?

May 11th, 2017

In the early days of affordable digital photography, cameras got smaller and people got creative. It cost just as much to shoot a hundred photos as five, so creative shooters could try all kinds of crazy things they might not have when they were paying for film and processing. This meant photos in restaurants, at malls, of everyday people doing everyday things ...

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Mobile App Review: Fast Food Apps

May 8th, 2017

There are people out there whose acts are so together that they never have to dash into a fast food joint and grab a big bag of greasy, fast, filling, inexpensive deliciousness. Others, realizing the fast food life is likely the shorter life, merely opt to make better choices. And more power to them all, but we’re here today for people who appreciate American fast food ...

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Professional Networking: Ghosts In The Machine

May 4th, 2017

If you’re older than 35, you might not be familiar with the term “ghosting,” but you’re probably familiar with the practice. Urban Dictionary’s most popular definition of ghosting is, “The act of suddenly ceasing all communication with someone the subject is dating, but no longer wishes to date. This is done in hopes that the ghostee will just get the hint and leave the ...

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Work-Life Balance: Wasting Time Is Not A Waste

May 1st, 2017

No matter how organized you are or how tidy your workspace, you almost surely have to take some time once in a while to go through your desk and discard stuff, or to go through your files and rearrange, or to find permanent places for those email that haven’t been assigned boxes and computer files that you temporarily store on your computer desktop. Organized ...

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Technology Trends: Digital Archiving

April 27th, 2017

Most organizations have refined systems for dealing with archived documents. Financial records from pre-digital days are kept for X years, then destroyed or locked up in long-term storage. Analog photographs have been scanned. Professional correspondence, before the days of email, is in bankers’ boxes carefully marked with year and department. As we move more ...

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Book Review: Payoff: The Hidden Logic That Shapes Our Motivations by Dan Ariely

April 24th, 2017

Dan Ariely’s TED Talks have been viewed nearly eight million times, and his books Predictably Irrational and The Upside of Irrationality were both New York Times bestsellers. Like another famous TED Talker, Daniel Pink, Ariely’s domain of expertise is human motivation: what makes us want to do the things we do, and what makes us feel good about having done them ...

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Tips For The Traveling Executive: Overcoming The Fear of Flying

April 20th, 2017

The fear of flying doesn’t care who you are or what you do for a living. NFL Hall-of-Famer John Madden was a professional football coach for eighteen seasons and didn’t realize until well into his career that the anxiety he felt before (and during) every flight didn’t happen to everyone. By some estimates, nearly a third of the adult population fears airplane travel, and ...

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Executive Leadership: Balancing Weird With Workable

April 17th, 2017

It’s been pretty clear for the past fifteen years that in certain fields, weird is wonderful. Whether it’s the iconic public quietude of Steve Jobs or the give-yourself-a-job-title mandate at high-profile tech startups, weird is the new black. If it’s old-style leadership, it’s stilted and stifling. There’s something to be said for celebrating weirdness. Weirdness is the opposite ...

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Corporate Responsibility: It’s Hard To Say I’m Sorry

April 13th, 2017

It happens to nearly every company. Someone messes up, and someone is called upon to apologize on behalf of the organization. The larger and more visible the firm, the more urgently a heartfelt, well-composed apology is needed, but while time is of the essence, a hasty but poorly thought-out apology, no matter how nobly intentioned, is worse than not saying ...

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Up In The Cloud: Selecting A Corporate Cloud Service

April 10th, 2017

The proliferation of corporate cloud services can make it intimidating to make the move to the cloud. On the other hand, companies who have not yet made the move may feel a bit of stress about being behind the wave while competitors take advantage of the cloud’s benefits. Even five years ago, pundits were talking about how being in the cloud was no longer a ...

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Team-Building: Developing Responsible Risk-Takers

April 6th, 2017

The employer-employee relationship, even in the best cases, comes with a built-in power structure that is nearly always on the minds of employees. “My boss says…” and “...for my boss” are seldom uttered without an implication of power. The employee knows there is almost no hope of winning a tug-o-war with a boss, leading to an aversion to get into anything ...

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The Internet of Things: Keeping An Eye On What’s Keeping An Eye On You

April 3rd, 2017

It seems every week brings a news item about some Internet-connected device that has been collecting data on its users without permission. A major manufacturer of smart TVs came under fire when it was revealed that hackers could listen to conversations through the TVs even when the sets were turned off. A WiFi-connected teddy bear, used by parents to send ...

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Mobile App Review: Weather Apps, Part 2

March 30th, 2017

In Part 1 of our Weather Apps review, we evaluated many of the higher-profile weather apps, those that are consistently receiving high ratings or are published by big names like Yahoo. Our clear favorite was Dark Sky for its hugely crowd-sourced micro-forecasts and enough data to keep the deepest diving weather geeks happy while also being accessible enough for ...

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Professional Networking: Who’s Missing From Your Network?

March 27th, 2017

It’s a movie trope almost as old as the movies: a hero with a daunting task locates and recruits a small team of specialists, assembling a motley crew who agrees, for whatever reason, to assist the hero at any cost. There’s the pyrotechnics expert who knows how to blow things up. There’s the old swordsman who’s seen it all. There’s the engineer who can get you into ...

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Work-Life Balance: Spring Break Balancing Act

March 23rd, 2017

“I need a vacation after that vacation!” How many times have you uttered this sentiment, or heard it from colleagues returning from time off? We very often work so hard at relaxing, that when we get back to the office, we realize we managed to have a great time and recharge parts of our lives that needed it most, but we haven’t recharged in certain ways that make ...

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Book Review: The Undoing Project: A Friendship That Changed Our Minds by Michael Lewis

March 20th, 2017

An auditorium full of statisticians is presented a scenario, a question of probability with a definite answer. Despite their expertise, most of them get the answer wrong. A group of doctors review a patient’s symptoms and, despite knowing the odds favor other explanations, most of them suggest a far less likely diagnosis. Some patients undergoing a painful medical ...

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Technology Trends: A Taste of Raspberry Pi & DIY Single-Board Computers

March 16th, 2017

If you’re of a certain age, you had a friend or two who built their own HAM radios and spent late nights chatting with people in other states and on other continents for no real reason other than the fact that they could. Sure, there were practical applications, but they were really just a way to explain their hobby to people who didn’t understand that “because I can” was ...

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Tips For The Traveling Executive: App In The Air

March 13th, 2017

It’s getting really difficult to stay on top of the buzziest travel apps. Whatever else may be true about the shifting business-travel landscape, it’s difficult to deny that entrepreneurs see fertile fields in the land of travel apps. Startups are rolling out new apps at a dizzying rate, and what was yesterday’s darling quickly becomes today’s old news. This is not to say that ...

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Executive Leadership: Knowing & Sharing Your Leadership Style

March 9th, 2017

As you get set to move to the executive level, you’ve certainly figured out the management style that works best for you. The problem candidates often have is that they either can’t articulate their leadership style clearly and succinctly, or they sound like one of the many leadership books they picked up last year during an Amazon sale. Neither is impressive or a fair ...

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Corporate Responsibility: Fairtrade’s Power As Merely A Brand

March 6th, 2017

It’s one thing to be a socially responsible corporation. It’s another to be certified as such, and it’s yet another to be recognized by your clientele as such. We have addressed the resistance of some corporations to avoid the appearance of self-aggrandizement with certification logos, but how powerful is a logo in connecting customers to a product’s ethical practices, and how ...

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Up In The Cloud: Stopping The Bleeding

March 2nd, 2017

They’re calling it “Cloudbleed,” a recent data leak by a major cloud service provider that could have been disastrous for its victims. Between September 2016 and February 2017, websites using the service randomly attached personal browser data to the ends of webpages. In this case, “personal” means specific information about specific users, although luckily it appears ...

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Team-Building: Recovering From An Enormous Error

February 27th, 2017

Gigantic, expensive, boneheaded mistakes. They’re going to happen, and when they do, your team’s responses in their wake are both revealing and developmental. Good or bad, the bounce-back reveals a team’s flaws and strengths. Good or bad, responses to major errors influence teamwork and camaraderie. More than just teachable moments, these situations are real ...

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Just For Nonprofits: Focus & Readability In Profiles & Thank-Yous

February 23rd, 2017

It can be a challenge to keep your content from looking and sounding the same, when so often, the message is exactly the same. In the case of donor profiles, it’s just about always the donor’s motivation and the need he or she is addressing. Thank-you notes are similar: thank you, donor, for addressing this need. Nevertheless, if you’re not careful, your content all begins ...

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Professional Networking: LinkedOut: What’s Wrong With LinkedIn, Part 2

February 20th, 2017

Two years ago, we surveyed our social media streams for opinions on LinkedIn, focusing mostly on people’s complaints about the online professional network. The most interesting vote-getters were: LinkedIn feels like digital bragging, Endorsements are inaccurate and insincere, It spreads like a virus, People use it more like a social network than a professional network ...

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The Internet of Things: When Vending Machines Attack

February 16th, 2017

Reports this week tell of a large university campus whose network was crippled by a distributed denial of service attack (DDoS) with an interesting twist. DDoS attacks usually come from external sources sending thousands of requests to servers of specific websites. The website’s servers can’t handle the load, so the website is brought to its knees, shutting itself down or ...

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Technology Trends: Mirrorless Interchangeable-Lens Digital Cameras

February 13th, 2017

Mirrorless digital photography isn’t new. Almost every digital camera you’ve owned has been mirrorless—all your phone cameras, point-and-shoot cameras, webcams, and security cams. But until fairly recently there’s been a divide between functional, good-enough digital photography, and “serious” photography, the sort practiced by avid hobbyists and professionals. For ...

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Work-Life Balance: Walking on The Balance Meme

February 9th, 2017

An image search for memes about work-life balance brings up these sentiments accompanying popular images of Sweet Brown, Success Kid, and Matrix Morpheus, among hundreds of others. Just as the self-help shelves in bookstores are laden with titles espousing strategies for achieving work-life balance, the web is rife with these pithy expressions about the struggle to find ...

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Tips For The Traveling Executive: Shrinking Differences Between Business & Leisure Travel

February 6th, 2017

This modern age of mobility and convenience has had an interesting effect on the relationship between personal lives and professional lives. Once upon a time, if something happened at the office on a weekend, we found out about it on Monday. Now, most of us get work-related emails on our personal phones, so at the very least we come to the office Monday without ...

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Mobile App Review: Calendar Apps, Part 2 - Android

February 2nd, 2017

In part 1 of our review of calendar apps, we focused on iOS apps that go above and beyond both default, on-board apps and the apps that come as part of work-related and system-related platforms, such as MS Office’s Outlook, Google’s Calendar, and Apple’s Calendar. It’s important to underscore the excellent functionality of these apps; most of what we really want in a ...

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Management: Opening The Office For The Right Reasons

January 30th, 2017

It can be a lot of fun to look at the physical configurations of workspaces in American movies from the 1940s and 1950s. Bosses have offices with glass walls, looking out over expansive common areas, in which rows and rows of identical desks house employees with near-identical shirts and ties, speaking on identical telephones, all facing the big office. Occasionally, one of ...

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Book Review: Moneyball: The Art of Winning An Unfair Game by Michael Lewis

January 26th, 2017

If you’ve read only one Michael Lewis book, it’s most likely Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game (Norton, 2004), the exploration of Billy Beane’s then-revolutionary approach to putting together a competitive Major League Baseball team when nearly every reality of the Oakland Athletics’ market seems to conspire against him. The New York Times bestseller—which ...

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Corporate Responsibility: Consumer Preferences & Fair Trade, Part 1 - Willingness To Pay

January 23rd, 2017

It’s been said that Corporate Social Responsibility is not charity, and that looking out for the best interests of all stakeholders—including the community, the employees, and the environment—can be a viable strategy for success. Of course there are tradeoffs: one bottom line may show less profit when resources are expended on other considerations, and the cost of being ...

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Up In The Cloud: Security On The Ground (And At Every Elevation)

January 19th, 2017

An enormous problem in far too many organizations is that the people most responsible for (and most dependent on) the security of data aren’t technically proficient enough to make wise decisions about it. While they might take time to understand the logistics of keeping the physical premises safe and secure, they can’t seem to be bothered to gain fluency in technical matters ...

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Team-Building: Including Introverts For Terrific Teams

January 16th, 2017

There’s been a lot of press in recent years about the value of introverts and what they contribute to the workplace. In fact, it seems to have become something fashionable, with formerly closeted introverts now publicly professing their need to be left alone. In a world that values those who speak up, it’s nice that some media attention is finally being paid to people whose ...

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Professional Networking: Strength In Weak Ties

January 12th, 2017

The depth and breadth of professional networks are often determined by the strategy with which they are formed. If you strive for depth, you probably curate your network, limiting it to a chosen few, strengthening relationships through regular, personal contact. If you strive for breadth, you shake a thousand hands, attend networking events, and add “likes” to shared items ...

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Just For Nonprofits: Mixing Up The Storytelling

January 9th, 2017

One critical key to fundraising is connecting potential donors to your organization, helping them to see how their contributions make a difference in the lives of your clients, and few things connect real people like a good story. Stories resonate, instruct, and inspire. Stories work their way into our memories. Stories get better each time they’re retold. As you raise support for your ...

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The Internet of Things: Four Recent IoT Developments

January 5th, 2017

The Internet of Things is a hot topic. There are news and fresh commentary every day, trumpeting some development or opining on some pitfall. Based on consumer-level messaging through the recent holiday season and retail-level buzz at last year’s trade shows, 2017 could be a breakthrough year for the IoT, for better or worse, so it helps to keep up with what’s going on.

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Technology Trends: Workplace Collaboration Environments

January 2nd, 2017

A few years ago, a massively multiplayer online role-playing game called Glitch went offline after just a year of beta testing. The game, which focused on collaboration and exploration rather than combat and warfare, attracted a small but rabid community of fans whose affection seemed to border on love. The developer, a company called Tiny Speck, attempted to return what ...

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Work-Life Balance: Little Things Make Big Differences, Part 2: The Commute

December 29th, 2016

When we talk about work-life balance, one of the big issues we’re really discussing is stress. So when we talk about helping our employees find work-life balance, it’s important to confront and deal with the sources of stress. Most of the time, we target the big areas, and rightly so: compensation, time off, and flexible schedules to accommodate the demands of the rest of our lives ...

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Book Review: Messy: The Power of Disorder To Transform Our Lives by Tim Harford

December 26th, 2016

“I will stand for messiness not because I think messiness is the answer to all life's problems, but because I think messiness has too few defenders. I want to convince you that there can sometimes be a certain magic in mess,” writes Tim Harford in one of Amazon’s 20 best nonfiction books of the year, Messy: The Power of Disorder to Transform Our Lives (Riverhead Books, 2016).

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Management: A Place For My Stuff In The Space Where I Work

December 22nd, 2016

The war between management and the rank-and-file over personal workspace is multifaceted and never-ending. Take the usual difficulties when many people with different personalities have to work together, and multiply it by a hundred when you add such concerns as who has to occupy the cubicle near the restroom, who’s eating what odd-smelling lunch, and whose desk looks ...

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Tips For The Traveling Executive: Flying Heightens Your Risk of Illness

December 19th, 2016

Nobody has to tell you that flying is laden with germy opportunities. All those people stuffed elbow to elbow into a narrow tube for hours at a time are bound to exchange more than pleasantries as they wriggle past each other. Just the sheer numbers of people who pass through the same spaces in airports and on planes seem to boost the likelihood of coming into contact with ...

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Mobile App Review: Calendar Apps, Part 1 – iOS

December 15th, 2016

Every mobile device comes with a built-in calendar app. For a lot of hit-and-run uses, these prepackaged apps work fine. What day of the week is the fifteenth? Who’s got a birthday this month? A quick app launch and a few swipes, and you’ve got your info. Skimming the surface has its time and place, but for true calendar deep-dives, you need flexibility and all kinds of nice features.

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Corporate Responsibility: The Benefits of Being A B Corp

December 12th, 2016

We’ve spoken many times about the fact that corporate social responsibility is not charity—that it’s a different concept of profit, one that strives not only for monetary gain, but for the benefit of the planet and the betterment of people, an objective that draws better people to your organization, from within and from without, as contributors or customers. As consumers increasingly ...

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Up In The Cloud: Computing In The Fog

December 8th, 2016

If there were only one coffee shop in the middle of a metro area, every caffeine fiend headed for his morning fix would have to build extra commute time into his routine, and any anomaly in traffic patterns or disruption to the usual flow would slow everything down, not only for drivers needing lattes, but for their employers and coworkers who depend on them. Thankfully, we’ve got ...

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Team-Building: Overnight Company Retreats That Rock, Part 1

December 5th, 2016

When you’ve been to more than a few company retreats, you stop getting excited about them, not because they can’t be awesome, but because they can be miserable disappointments. Not getting excited is a defense against that disappointment, so when a retreat is actually terrific, it’s also a terrific surprise. How great would it be if, when you announce this year’s retreat, your ...

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Professional Networking: Dos & Don’ts For Networking Events

December 1st, 2016

There is a lot (really, a LOT) of advice on the internet about how to behave at a networking event, and most of it’s not very good. In fact, some of it is downright wrong, as when some people advise us not to spend the whole time with one person because “more is always better” or that we should have our elevator pitches rehearsed so we can get them out quickly, without boring ...

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Just For Nonprofits: Using Facebook Live’s New “Donate” Button

November 28th, 2016

In 2016, Facebook rolled out two features of interest to nonprofit organizations. As the year draws to a close, the social network connects these features in an effort to help nonprofits even further: the “donate” button, available to a select group of vetted, U.S.-based agencies with Facebook pages, can be attached to regular Facebook users’ videos on Facebook Live. Now, individual ...

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Book Review: Liar’s Poker by Michael Lewis

November 24th, 2016

Michael Lewis has made a career of making complicated financial concepts so accessible and interesting that his books become award-winning movies like Moneyball, The Blindside, and The Big Short. In Liar’s Poker (Norton, 1989), the author’s first book, we get an inside look at Salomon Brothers, the highest-profile investment bank on Wall Street in the 1980s, where Lewis ...

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Technology Trends: Open Source Software, Part 2

November 21st, 2016

Open source software is a model built upon ideals, most prominent among them the strength of sharing knowledge in building a better product. However, from a consumer’s viewpoint, there is a critical point at which ideals have to meet usability, or else the product is little more than the wrong thing done the right way, and most of us don’t have the luxury of making that choice.

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The Internet of Things: How A Lightbulb Brought Down Instagram

November 17th, 2016

At first, messages on social media crept out slowly on the morning of October 21: “Anyone else having issues with Twitter?” “Is Instagram down?” “Can’t get to Reddit. What am I supposed to do while I eat breakfast?” In a few hours, the problem was widespread and well known. A distributed denial of service attack (DDoS) was being aimed at Dyn DNS, a kind of Internet ...

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Work-Life Balance: Little Things Make Big Differences, Part 1

November 14th, 2016

Helping employees find work-life balance is a big problem requiring big solutions, but sometimes addressing little things can make a big difference. Lots of little inconveniences lead to big stress, but since they are little, many employees don’t consider them important enough to address by themselves or to ask for support with. Looking for little leaks in morale or little speedbumps ...

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Management: Understanding Multiple Intelligences

November 10th, 2016

In 1983, educational psychologist Howard Gardner published Frames of Mind: The Theory of Multiple Intelligences, a book in which he defines and explores the concept that intelligence is not one general concept of ability or inclination, but a larger concept made up of eight distinct behaviors with (potentially) physiological origins in the brain. Gardner carefully posits that these ...

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Tips For The Traveling Executive: Trip Tips You May Have Missed

November 7th, 2016

Over the years, we’ve offered business travelers all kinds of practical and ideal advice, but travel is such a complicated disruption with so many variables that it doesn’t hurt to keep tweaking the details and hacking new uses. Toward even an even better travel experience, here are some unusual tips you might not have considered. Unusual Tip 1: Don’t Take Taxis (or Ubers) ...

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Mobile App Review: Weather Apps, Part 1

November 3rd, 2016

How’s the Weather Up There? In one of his segments on 60 Minutes, Andy Rooney once said about weather forecasts that most of us just want to know whether or not we need to bring a coat. Those of us falling into this group can easily get by with the pre-bundled weather apps that come with our smartphones, or we can skip the apps altogether and simply ask Siri, “Is it going ...

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Up In The Cloud: How Secure Is A Cloud Service?

October 31st, 2016

When selecting a cloud service for your company, many factors must be considered, but among the top considerations is the security of the service. Cloud services must protect against catastrophic data loss and the possibility of your data falling into unauthorized hands. However, the problem with evaluating a service’s security is that it’s extremely difficult to rate anyone’s ...

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Book Review: The Toothpaste Millionaire by Jean Merrill

October 27th 2016

The ability to explain a difficult subject to young people is one of the surest tests of a person’s understanding. Sure, you can set up complicated tables with conditional formatting in Excel, but can you teach fifth-graders to do it? Similarly, when a complicated subject is explained well in a book for young people, it can serve as a useful and inspiring reminder that sometimes ...

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Team-Building: Personality Tests As Team Building Activities

October 24th 2016

“I understand that you’re a Protector and I’m a Performer, so let’s use our respective strengths to plan this activity efficiently.” Also, “He’s a Blue, so be sure to start with how-are-you talk before you get to the details of his evaluation.” This is what sentences sound like when teams who work together have certain, specific language for describing personality types and ...

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Corporate Responsibility: Aggregating Misconceptions

October 20th 2016

One of the benefits of reading the daily news online is the ability to customize our feeds so that the items of most interest or relevance appear first. News aggregators like Google News offer predefined news searches, such as “elections,” “mobile technology,” and your favorite professional sports team. If the topic you’re looking for doesn’t exist, you can create your own ...

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Professional Networking: The Benefits of Joining Professional Societies

October 17th 2016

We’ve discussed multiple times the value of a vibrant, diverse network, emphasizing the benefits of a group of acquaintances curated more for the kind of people they are than what their work is, or with whom they do the work. Yet there is also something to be said about a web of trusted colleagues working in the same field. There is a sharing of knowledge and experience ...

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Tips For The Traveling Executive: Resilience On The Road

October 13th 2016

As we’ve discussed in the past, traveling for business is stressful largely because there are too many variables beyond our control. On our home turf, we have a lot more control over the details of our days, and when unexpected complications arise, we usually have structures in place for dealing with them. However, there is no equivalent scenario on a plane, where delays or ...

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Just For Nonprofits: Athletes’ Charitable Foundations

October 10th 2016

Recent news has shed bad light on some celebrities’ charitable foundations, the kind of bad press that often contributes to the unfair general distrust of charities. A look at some of the issues can give us all a better sense of the message our donors are receiving in the mass media about nonprofit organizations, while also reminding us of our due diligence in our work and in the ...

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Book Review: Driven: How To Succeed In Business & In Life by Robert Herjavec

October 6th 2016

Robert Herjavec is one of the hosts of the popular ABC television program Shark Tank, in which startup business owners needing capital pitch their products to five billionaires, hoping for cash in exchange for equity. In the show’s weekly opening, he is introduced as “the son of immigrant parents,” a part of his story often cited in his interactions on the program. Herjavec’s usual ...

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Technology Trends: Open Source Software, Part 1

October 3rd, 2016

When we think about intellectual property, we usually frame it in terms of exclusive use. This company sues that company for copying a proprietary concept. One musician sues another because there is uncanny similarity to a copyrighted composition. There’s more to it, of course, because intellectual property is about the rights of the creator to decide who uses an idea, and ...

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The Internet of Things: A Beginner’s Guide To IPv6

September 29th, 2016

Everything connected to the internet has an address, allowing one device to reach another device on the network. Your printer, smartphone, laptop, router, and smart TV each have unique addresses, as do the server at your internet service provider that allows your personal network to connect to the rest of the world and the web servers that host each website you visit.

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Work-Life Balance: Can Tidying Help With Balance?

September 26th, 2016

For the past year and a half, it has been impossible to avoid Marie Kondo or her bestselling book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. Books about organizing, decluttering, tidying, and discarding have always been around, but something about Kondo’s book seems to have struck a nerve (positively and negatively) with the Pinterest crowd, with chronic organizers, and with ...

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Mobile App Review: Ride Sharing Services

September 22nd, 2016

Ride-sharing services have been around in some cities for a few years now, but recently they seem to have moved from a space occupied by tech-savvy younger people to a more mainstream awareness and clientele. People who still scratch their heads in confusion over Instagram and Snapchat are using these services like old pros, and not only as customers: increasingly,

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Up In The Cloud: Unlimited Doesn’t Always Mean Unlimited

September 19th, 2016

We recently looked at cases where cloud storage services have failed in the past year, a couple of which weren’t exactly failures so much as redefinitions and restructuring of paid services. From an outsider’s perspective, it’s the way services work. A service is offered, a price is set, and adjustments are made. From a consumer’s perspective, it feels like the old bait-and-switch ...

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Team-Building: When Team-Building Activities Attack

September 15th, 2016

A well-known international bank fired several employees recently when, during an offsite team-building activity at a go-karting track, they filmed a mock execution in the style of terrorist organizations and posted the video to Instagram. A Washington, D.C. company held a team-building event at a paintball field. Things went downhill when employees ganged up on ...

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Corporate Responsibility: Creating A Culture of Caring

September 12th, 2016

The world “culture” is thrown around so frequently nowadays that it’s a leading candidate for next year’s forbidden words list. Everywhere you look, some commenter is making an assertion about a professional sports team’s “team culture” or some up-and-coming firm’s “company culture.” Like many of our buzziest words, it loses meaning with overuse, and its definition ...

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Professional Networking: Business Card Attitudes

September 8th, 2016

People keep trying to find new ways to make the old business cards obsolete. One early (and persistent) model has business acquaintances, upon first meeting, sending each other’s cell number to a service. The subscribed service then replies with all the important business card info: name, company, title, and contact info. This solution, while conservative of natural ...

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Book Review: Do The KIND Thing by Daniel Lubetzky

September 5th, 2016

Daniel Lubetzky is the founder and CEO of KIND, that snack food company whose trademarked tagline is “Ingredients you can see and pronounce.” KIND bars are known for their clear, plastic wrapping, so customers can see what they’re purchasing: whole nuts and fruits that satisfy in a healthy manner. In his book Do the KIND Thing (Ballantine Books, 2015), Lubetzky ...

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Tips For The Traveling Executive: Packing Extra Juice With Portable Device Chargers

September 1st, 2016

You Need Power. You probably already have a charger for your mobile devices, but if you’re on the road a lot, there’s no harm in having another, especially if the extra juice is more travel-friendly, and travel-friendly usually boils down to size. Here, you have several decisions to make about what you need. Compactness and lightness are huge advantages, and ...

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Just For Nonprofits: Facebook’s New Fundraising Feature

August 29th, 2016

In early June, Facebook rolled out a new feature for nonprofit organizations, enabling people to set up fundraisers for nonprofit organizations. Organizations still have their “donate” buttons on their verified Facebook pages, but now regular concerned citizens can create a fundraiser page on an organization’s behalf, the same way they create an event or group, perhaps ...

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Technology Trends: Live Video Streaming For All

August 25th, 2016

Life is Live - Live video streaming is not new, but recent developments in high-profile platforms have made it more accessible, shaking up the delivery of media content, and brought to the mainstream major ethical, philosophical, and practical issues once limited to specialized corners of online culture. Facebook Live, a recently introduced feature allowing Facebook ...

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The Internet of Things: Radio-Frequency Identification

August 22nd, 2016

A significant component of the Internet of Things is called RFID, which stands for Radio-Frequency Identification. RFID in some forms has been around for a few decades, but recent years have seen improvements in technology contributing to lowering prices and greater accessibility, which means we are already seeing this technology in use all over the place, although ...

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Work-Life Balance: Loosening Boundaries At Home & The Office

August 18th, 2016

Over the past couple of years, we’ve looked at many different approaches to work-life balance, offered by many successful people with meaningful advice. And it’s all valid, because what works for that CEO doesn’t necessarily work for this middle manager, and balance is an ever-shifting state. Sure, certain themes do repeat themselves—such as flexibility, setting ...

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Mobile App Review: Fitness Tracking With The Moves App

August 15th, 2016

If you’re looking to get into fitness tracking but aren’t sure you have the commitment to justify buying a smartwatch or wearable tracker like Fitbit, there are a few low-cost or no-cost options out there, including apps for your smartphone. While the apps are not as fancy or sophisticated, they can be a great introduction to tracking and recording your physical activity.

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Book Review: Emotional Equations: Simple Truths For Creating Happiness & Success by Chip Conley

August 10th, 2016

Minutes after delivering a speech in 2008, Chip Conley’s heart stopped. The CEO of a chain of boutique hotels in California had suffered several personal tragedies in a short time, leading to an extended period of depression that his public persona seemed to keep hidden. Although doctors who revived him and treated him could find no medical explanation for his ...

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Up In The Cloud: Cloud Failure

August 8th, 2016

Evidence of cloud failure in just the past few months. One very widely used cloud service decreased its free storage quota by two thirds (down to 5 GB from 15 GB) and put a cap on a previously unlimited subscription plan. A lesser-known cloud service shut down completely, giving its users (paid and free) thirty days to download their files and find somewhere ...

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Team-Building: Getting Off Site & On Board

August 4th, 2016

Sometimes, the value of an offsite team-building activity is not in the activity itself, but in the fact that it’s off site, away from the everyday distractions and dynamics of the office, where the emphasis for each member of the team is on the others, rather than on the pressing needs of deadlines and to-do lists. There are certainly things to recommend the quick ...

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Corporate Responsibility: CSR In Unexpected Places

August 1st, 2016

Some industries seem to beg for corporate social responsibility, almost by word association. So much attention is paid by the media to the way food is sourced, distributed, and brought to market that certain food and beverage products are among the first to leap to mind when CSR gets mentioned: chocolate, coffee, and snacks, for example. B Lab, the organization ...

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Executive Leadership: Fostering Creativity In The Workplace, Part 2

July 28th, 2016

A few years ago, we offered ideas for fostering creativity in the workplace: Assess interests, harness creativity and be open to new ideas, and invest in your employees through training. Each of these can be a critical step toward encouraging a company culture of creativity, but creativity is a big idea with a lot of possibilities, not to mention a lot of attention in the press ...

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Book Review: Lincoln on Leadership: Executive Strategies For Tough Times by Donald T. Phillips

July 25th, 2016

In his introduction to Lincoln on Leadership: Executive Strategies for Tough Times (Hatchette Book Group, 1992), author Donald T. Phillips tells the story of how his book came to be. He’d been attending a weeklong leadership conference, and during his downtime, he was reading an Abraham Lincoln biography. Midway through the conference, he noticed that Lincoln’s ...

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The Internet of Things: How Involved Is The U.S. Federal Government?

July 21st, 2016

The mainstream media tends to lag behind most tech news, and this is understandable. Its audience mostly concerns itself with tech at the consumer level, which is usually the very end of the chain. By the time an emerging technology makes the evening news, developers, investors, entrepreneurs, and mischief-makers have already moved on to the next new thing.

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Professional Networking: LinkedWrong, Or Mistakes You Might Be Making On Your LinkedIn Profile

July 18th, 2016

Last month, Microsoft announced plans to acquire LinkedIn in a stock purchase that puts the professional social network’s value at $26.2 billion. There’s all kinds of speculation about what this means for the future of LinkedIn—some suggest some kind of integration with Microsoft’s Office suite, especially now that MS is trying to move Office completely toward ...

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Tips For The Traveling Executive: Is Elite Status Worth It Anymore?

July 14th, 2016

In the past couple of years, nearly every major airline has switched its frequent flyer program so that points are earned on fares, rather than miles. This is among the latest moves by carriers to walk the line between luring customers while discouraging the gaming of the programs. For the business traveler who flies on the company’s dime, the changes may not have ...

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Technology Trends: Augmenting Reality With Pikachu & Pidgey

July 11th, 2016

If you are on a digital detox this week, you may be missing the unrelenting photos on social media, but if you’re out in the real world, you’re certainly seeing it in action, even if you don’t realize what’s going on. Post office parking lots are crammed with cars while only one or two people stand in line inside. Previously unnoticed water fountains in long-unvisited parks a ...

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Book Review: Business Writing For Dummies by Natalie Canavor

July 7th, 2016

“Good writing is one of the most powerful weapons you can add to your career arsenal,” writes Natalie Canavor in Business Writing for Dummies (John Wiley & Sons, 2013). We reviewed the HBR Guide to Better Business Writing a couple of months ago, and thought another writer’s approach would be an interesting comparison. There are a lot of business writing ...

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Team-Building: Escaping The Zombies Beats Escaping the Same Old Activities

July 4th, 2016

Many people see their jobs as a kind of prison from which there is no escape, but in cities across the country, employers are taking this view literally: “escape rooms” are the rage among Friday night Yelpers kicking off their weekends as well as companies looking for a team-building activity that doesn’t involve trust falls or zip lines. Working together in groups ranging ...

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Mobile App Review: Socially Curated Reading

June 30th, 2016

Mobile devices give us access to more current events news than we’ve ever had before, which is both a blessing and a curse. A few swipes across the glassy surface of our phones and we can see all the news of the day, from publication-specific channels such as the New York Times or personally customizable feeds such as Google News to feed aggregators such as ...

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Work-Life Balance: CEOs Share Perspectives On Balance

June 27th, 2016

Work-life balance is “the shared responsibility of the individual and the company,” says VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger in a Wall Street Journal article. In order to model it for his employees, he and his family have developed a points system, with a running score kept by his secretary on a chart he created. Arriving home by 6:15 gets him one point, while getting there by ...

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Corporate Responsibility: Employee Ratings of The CSR 100

June 23rd, 2016

When CR Magazine released its 100 Best Corporate Citizens list earlier this year, it was more than a celebration of corporate responsibility. Because the rankings were determined by criteria applied to companies in the Russell 1000, inclusion on the CSR 100 list was acknowledgement of success in two realms: financial value and community consciousness. But how do ...

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Executive Leadership: A Workplace That Develops People

June 20th, 2016

It’s a frequently mocked job interview question: “What is your greatest challenge as an employee?” Too often, the response is a mockery itself, as respondents dodge the question with laughable boasts—“I care too much,” “I’m stubborn about quality work,” or “I don’t know how to get myself out of the office at a normal hour.” In a world that celebrates competence, it ...

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Book Review: The Circle by Dave Eggers

June 16th, 2016

Engineers at The Circle, a Google-like tech company in Dave Eggers’s most recent novel, have developed small, affordable, attach-anywhere wireless cameras that run for two years on an internal battery. Now the cameras are everywhere, providing around-the-clock views of favorite surf breaks, busy city intersections, parking lots, and every room of some people’s homes.

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The Internet of Things: What’s A Smart City?

June 13th, 2016

The proliferation of WiFi, standardization of the way devices speak to each other, and decreasing costs in sensor technology are making it easier for multiple areas of our lives to work together toward improving out quality of living. You can now purchase, for just a few bucks, a button that, when connected to your wifi and attached to your refrigerator door, will order a ...

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Technology Trends: Emojis Are Not Going Away

June 9th, 2016

When Oxford Dictionaries named the “Face With Tears of Joy” emoji its 2015 word of the year, there was ridicule from some corners of the English-speaking world, dismay from others, and nods of agreement from still others. Pictographic emoji images, made popular first on mobile phones through text messaging, have begun to creep into other realms of expression, but ...

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Up In The Cloud: Cloud Cautions

June 6th, 2016

In nearly countless ways, the ubiquity of the cloud and its many services is an inconceivable miracle. If you could travel back in time and visit yourself fifteen years ago, you could try to explain to younger you that before your infant son was old enough to drive, you’d be able to store ten thousand photos and videos of him on the Internet and show any (or all) of them to ...

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Professional Networking: How To Wreck Your Network In One Quick Step

June 2nd, 2016

“It began with social niceties,” says Karlee, a prominent California blogger about a recent instant-message exchange, “and then quickly led to a suggestion that we get together to get caught up. We hadn’t been in touch in years, and this acquaintance sounded genuinely interested in hearing all about the birth of my son. But as we tossed a few possible dates around ...

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Tips For The Traveling Executive: Going For Efficiency

May 30th, 2016

Those of us for whom travel is part of the work see it sometimes as a necessary evil and sometimes as a benefit. It’s really a bit of both, and our overall feelings can vacillate from one to the other depending on any number of factors, including whatever’s going on at home, what the weather is like, and how invigorating the trip’s purposes are. In order to deal with these ...

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Book Review: Poke The Box by Seth Godin

May 26th, 2016

“Human nature is to need a map. If you’re brave enough to draw one,” suggests Seth Godin in Poke the Box (The Domino Project, 2001), “people will follow.” A noted marketer, entrepreneur, and blogger, Godin is convinced that of all the requirements for success, the most important (and shortest in supply) is initiative. Poking the box is Godin’s metaphor for trying all ...

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Just For Nonprofits: Fresh Water & Fresh Approaches

May 23rd, 2016

“There is a huge distrust for charities out there,” explains Scott Harrison on a recent episode of the Bill Simmons Podcast, “despite an amazing heritage of generosity” in this country. Harrison gets it--his Charity:Water organization, by the end of the year, will have brought fresh, clean water to seven million people who previously didn’t have it, solving one percent of the ...

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Mobile App Review: Twitter Tools

May 19th, 2016

Last March, Twitter turned ten years old, and although many were slow to jump on the bandwagon in 2006, there’s little doubt that today, with more than 332 million active users, the “microblogging” platform is a prime influencer in political, social, religious, business, and entertainment discourse. Whatever your field, there are people at its forefront (and, sometimes just ...

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Team-Building: Let The Commensality Commence

May 16th, 2016

There’s little question that meals, especially when shared with others, are much more than sustenance. The hearth, dating to days when meals were cooked over fire, has long symbolized the family itself, and literature majors are taught in 100-level courses that a meal is always about either sex or communion. Although the representative roots of this daily ritual are long ...

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Work-Life Balance: A Mindful Approach

May 12th, 2016

Most prescriptions in the ongoing search for work-life balance take mechanical approaches: do this with your daily tasks, do that with your downtime, do some other thing with your kids. Increasingly, however, the focus is less on what to do than on how to approach it. Endorsements for nap time at work, for example, or company-sponsored mid-day yoga sessions actually ...

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Corporate Responsibility: The 100 Best of 2016

May 9th, 2016

The results are in for CR Magazine’s 17th annual 100 Best Corporate Citizens, a ranking of “transparency, accountability, and business performance,” and for the second year in a row, Microsoft takes the number one position. Intel, Hasbro, Johnson & Johnson, and Ecolab round out the top five. The magazine, in cooperation with the Corporate Responsibility Association ...

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Book Review: HBR Guide To Better Business Writing by Bryan A. Garner

May 5th, 2016

It always seems to come down to commas. Survey professional writing trainers about what clients really want to know, and they always jump right to confusion about comma use. Survey the managers or executives who arrange the training, however, and you’ll hear different concerns: miscommunication in internal documents, unprofessional communication in external emails ...

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The Internet of Things: A Few Speedbumps

May 2nd, 2016

If the Internet of Things has failed to amaze you, somehow not made you jump up and down in eager anticipation of living in a house where your frying pan tells you when to flip your pancakes, you’re not alone. Although many of the emerging IoT concepts are impressive, most feel like little more than a novelty, the way new virtual reality systems are cool to mess around with ...

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Technology Trends: Smartwatches

April 28th, 2016

By now, you’ve already seen the hype surrounding smartwatches, those futuristic—yet strangely quaint—wristwatches with network connectivity, mobile apps, touch screens, and phone capabilities. With a long history of science-fiction behind it, the technology seems finally to have caught up to our childhood spy-movie fantasies, assuming we’re not in our twenties and have ...

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Management: Good Ideas Come From Within

April 25th, 2016

When someone gives an eighteen-minute TED Talk at the annual conference of “Ideas Worth Sharing,” he or she often experiences something called the TED Effect: a bump in daily recognition by strangers, and often a corresponding bump in book sales. Susan Cain, Elizabeth Gilbert, and Sheryl Sandberg saw it with their books, and not without good reason. Their presentations ...

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Up In The Cloud: Working With Cloud Apps

April 21st, 2016

You already know that at its most basic level, the cloud is an accessible-from-anywhere storage system that gives you access to your files wherever you have a connection, either at a computer or through a mobile device. However, it can be so much more than that, and today we’ll take a quick look at another feature of the cloud: applications that not only store your work ...

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Professional Networking: Reaching Out To Younger Millennials

April 18th, 2016

The best way to keep our networks vibrant and exciting is to add new people to them on a fairly steady basis. New blood means new ideas, new dynamics, and new possibilities. Too many people, however, look upward as they seek new connections, hoping for a lift, or they look laterally for common interests, experience, and the chance at new pastures. Seldom does one ...

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Tips For The Traveling Executive: Women & Men Travel Differently

April 14th, 2016

Recent studies reveal that women and men travel differently for vacations and for business, something many of us may have known intuitively. But travel preferences and habits go beyond attitudes and priorities: they have meaningful financial impact on businesses who pay for travel, and on firms who profit from it, because women save their companies money in travel ...

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Just For Nonprofits: Making Your Event Snappy

April 11th, 2016

When we last examined Snapchat in late February, we took a look at some of its newest features, including “My Story,” and we explored creative uses for the nonprofit looking to engage its younger supporters. Since then, Snapchat has a new feature: on-demand “geofilters” for special events, a simple yet powerful tool for spreading the word of your events as they are taking ...

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Book Review: Habit Stacking: 95 Small Life Changes That Take Five Minutes or Less by S. J. Scott

April 7th, 2016

“The goal of a mini-habit is to be consistent,” writes S.J. Scott. “In fact, consistency is much more important than what you accomplish with this daily habit.” Beginning with this premise in Habit Stacking: 95 Small Changes That Take Five Minutes or Less (Oldtown Publishing, 2014), the author makes the case that habits can be built upon, but are often stalled in development ...

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Mobile App Review: Apps For Bibliophiles

April 4th, 2016

Among the digital revolution’s most practical and mind-blowing blessings is our ability to carry entire libraries of books with us wherever we go. Book-lovers for ages have had to deal with the stress of packing enough reading material, whether one was merely leaving the house for the activities of the day or leaving home for journeys abroad. Being caught without enough to ...

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Team-Building: Pigeonholing The Jack-of-All-Trades

March 31st, 2016

Just about every busy office has one: That person who was hired for one job, but quickly revealed him- or herself to be a sharp learner with a wide range of interests. It’s almost always someone who communicates well, gets along great with others, and solves problems with alacrity. He or she is your Jack (or Jill) of All Trades, the person who steps up to assist with any ...

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Work-Life Balance: The Value of Solitude

March 28th, 2016

Constantly Connected. Today’s forward-thinking workplace is all about connectedness, collaboration, and (in some offices) transparency, and although the benefits of working closely together are difficult to argue against, there’s a downside, as well. When we go all-in on togetherness, we sometimes lose the benefits of time spent working alone. There’s a reason we ...

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Book Review: Why Should Anyone Work Here?: What It Takes To Create An Authentic Organization

March 24th, 2016

There was a time when a career was all about security. If you could get a position with some upward mobility in a firm (or, better, with a government entity) with a good retirement plan, you considered yourself set, someone with a “good job.” But today’s companies strive to hang onto the best talent in what is no longer your grandfather’s economy. Changing technologies ...

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The Internet of Things: Voice-Activated Control Devices

March 21st, 2016

In the days following the holiday season, it was fun to listen to people describe Amazon’s Echo, the voice-controlled device that many people found beneath their trees last year. Some recipients didn’t go past its streaming music capabilities, or its functionality as a wireless speaker. Others mentioned its ability to respond to questions with information, a kind of Siri for ...

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Technology Trends: Virtual Reality

March 17th, 2016

Virtual reality is not new. Anyone paying even casual attention has seen pop-culture representations of the headsets that look like high-tech ski-masks, strapped to someone’s face to provide the illusion of binocular vision and 3D space. Video game manufacturer Sega announced twenty-five years ago its intention to release its Sega VR, and although this product never ...

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Management: Sliding Away From Slide Decks

March 14th, 2016

If you’re old enough to remember the days before PowerPoint, you probably remember how you felt the first time you saw a slide deck presentation, or the first time you created one yourself. “Wow,” you thought. “This is going to change everything.” You were right. PowerPoint raised the level of everybody’s presentation game with easy-to-use, professional quality graphics ...

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Corporate Social Responsibility: Strengthening Community Resilience

March 10th, 2016

A small number of the thirty citizens gathered in a meeting room in Honolulu’s business district is too young to remember the last hurricane that ripped through the islands in 1992, but they have heard the stories, and evidence of the storm’s destruction reminds residents today: at least one resort hotel was damaged so severely that it never reopened. Its unused buildings ...

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Up In The Cloud: Backup Services

March 7th, 2016

It’s a sad but inescapable fact of life that hard drives fail. If you have never suffered a catastrophic loss of data, video, photos, documents, or software, you aren’t only lucky: you’re pretty much marked by fate for some major disaster, because it eventually happens to us all. In response to this inevitability, backup products have existed for almost as long as home computers ...

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Professional Networking: Talk To Everyone

March 3rd, 2016

We’ve covered a lot of territory in this space about professional networking, even at times offering contradictory viewpoints for the sake of discussion. Through it all, two themes have remained consistent: first, networking is about relationships, not collections of names and numbers. Second, networking is about offering yourself to others. There are multiple approaches to ...

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Tips For The Traveling Executive: Broadening Horizons

February 29th, 2016

Steve Sands is The Golf Channel’s lead interviewer on PGA tour broadcasts, which means he’s on the road almost every week. In a recent radio interview, he said business travel can be a grind, but that he makes it a point to take time at every tour stop to visit one historical or culturally significant location. While his broadcast partner is an airport-hotel-work-hotel-airport ...

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Just For Nonprofits: Engagement In A Snap

February 25th, 2016

If you heard the early buzz about Snapchat when it launched late in 2011, it’s very likely you were puzzled. What was the appeal of sending photos and video directly to targeted contacts, when those images would be deleted immediately upon their opening? Besides offering the benefit of knowing NSFW content was impermanent (and sex-related content makes up only a ...

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Book Review: Originals: How Non-Conformists Move The World by Adam Grant

February 22nd, 2016

In his 2014 book Give and Take, Adam Grant presents a detailed case for a giving mindset in business and relationships, suggesting that a sincere, giving spirit “drives success.” An important part of his argument is that giving isn’t strictly the domain of “larger-than-life” heroes such as Mother Teresa or Mahatma Gandhi, who moved the world with enormous acts of ...

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Mobile App Review: Notetakers, Part 1

February 18th, 2016

Most of us have some physical, real-world version of a carryall, a container for things we might need later but don’t have time to deal with now. On our desks at work, it might be a manila folder labeled “to file,” or in our briefcases and backpacks, it’s a pocket reserved for receipts, business cards, sticky notes, and other saved reminders. Many people carry a bound ...

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Team-Building: Where Do You Keep The Ketchup?

February 15th, 2016

Somewhere in our recent history, the phrase “results-driven problem-solver” became a catchphrase for CVs, and not long after that, it became one of the clichés to avoid when putting a CV together. And thank goodness, because one would be hard-pressed to find a more meaningless phrase than “results-driven.” Yet the second part of that cliché, the part about solving ...

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Work-Life Balance: Naps

February 11th, 2016

Office life can take it out of you. The constant attention to detail, the hours-long sessions staring at a computer screen, unwise choices at lunch, and the stress of performing excellently contribute to mid-day weariness often treated with energy drinks, coffee, cigarette breaks, or, for the more health-conscious among us, a quick walk around the block. We all know ...

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The Internet of Things: More Clawing For Standardization Dominance

February 8th, 2016

Talk to almost any tech-head who was around in the early Eighties, and he or she will tell you that the Betamax format for home video recording was the superior technology. As you surely remember, Beta was the loser in that battle for standardization, despite a brief period where you could purchase content formatted for both VHS and Beta. Ultimately, two standards ...

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Technology Trends: Wireless Charging

February 4th, 2016

Wireless charging for mobile devices has existed for several years, but recent developments in the technology have taken care of some major drawbacks, resulting in compact options that can handle multiple devices at one time. With better accessibility and lower pricing, providers of hardware and software are gearing up for a wave of new devices that could make the ....

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Management: Creatively Managing Non-Creatives

February 1st, 2016

Managing creative people can be a real challenge, as we’ve discussed in the past. Yet managing less-creative people when you’re the creative person can be an equally daunting task. Here are a few ideas for making it work. Recognize and Celebrate Differences, Focusing on Strengths: This goes without saying, and you didn't get to where you are without understanding ...

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Corporate Responsibility: It’s Not Just A Pretty Face

January 28th, 2016

John Scott is a hockey player in the National Hockey League, and unless you’re a fan of the sport, it would be easy to have missed his recurrence in the news these past few weeks. Even mainstream, all-day sports media streams tend to pay little attention to hockey, and John Scott is not one of the game’s superstars. He’s an “enforcer” or a “goon,” unofficial names given ...

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Up In The Cloud: Getting Started

January 25th, 2016

Our last discussion of the cloud provided a run-down on the basics of cloud storage, with a quick look at advantages and drawbacks. Here we will examine the biggest players in the consumer cloud market. Most of these services also offer corporate (or “business”) services, but for those just dipping their toes into the cloud, a little bit of playing around with consumer ...

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Professional Networking: To Accept or Not To Accept?

January 21st, 2016

If you’ve used LinkedIn even for a little while, you know the problem of receiving connection requests from people you don’t personally know. LinkedIn’s advice is to reject such requests, but is the social networking platform meant to serve as a description of your existing network, or is it meant to facilitate the growth and curation of your network? You already know ...

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Work-Life Balance: It’s A Struggle For The Rich and Famous, Too

January 14th, 2016

Sometimes, balance seems to be an elusive pipe dream. We feel we’re getting close to finding it, but it doesn’t take much to swing things in the other direction, leading us to suspect we never really had it. If we only had a little more time, money, autonomy, or flexibility in our lives and a little less obligation, social expectation, competition, or deadline stress, we’re ...

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Tips For The Traveling Executive: Smart Travel Accessories

January 14th, 2016

Experienced travelers already have their gear in place and ready to go, but even the best systems can always use tweaking, and every component of the go-pack needs replacing eventually. A recent wave of smart travel accessories is worth investigating, whether you’re looking to lighten the load or bring your experience into the 21st Century. For the frequent business ...

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Just For Nonprofits: Dealing With Donor Fatigue

January 11th, 2016

It’s that time of year when a certain national youth organization brings out its big cookie-sale fundraiser, an event that’s somehow both eagerly anticipated and secretly dreaded by office mates, neighbors, mall-cruisers, and supermarket shoppers. The anticipation is for the convenient excuse to break New Year’s resolutions for a good cause and a tasty product. The ...

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The Internet of Things: Smart Kitchens

January 7th, 2016

Almost since the moment the Internet of Things was first conceived, applications in the kitchen were brainstormed and suggested. It makes sense: the kitchen is functionally the heart of the home, an ever-changing landscape of variables we manage on a daily basis for the purpose of keeping us and our families fed and happy. Anything that helps with managing these ...

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Book Review: Five Best Books of 2015

January 4th, 2016

The sad truth about reading is that in any calendar year, there are too many good books for anyone to get to, and before you know it, it’s 2016 and a new slate of releases is upon us, waiting to be consumed by those of us who wish to stay current. The happier side of this picture is that a little bit of due diligence makes it easier to invest our precious time in something ...

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Book Review: Presence: Bringing Your Boldest Self To Your Biggest Challenges by Amy Cuddy

December 31st, 2015

Amy Cuddy’s TED talk, “Your Body Language Shapes Who You Are” has been viewed 7.75 million times since it was published on YouTube in October 2012. The twenty-minute presentation makes the case for adopting “power poses,” body positions that communicate power, such as the “Wonder Woman pose,” with hands on hips, legs shoulder-width apart, and chin ...

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Management: Are Performance Reviews A Relic of The Past?

December 28th, 2015

If there are any aspects of office culture as universally disliked as the performance review, they are certainly few. That long walk from cubicle to conference room is like a parade of the sadder side of the human condition: we can read in them a spectrum of attitudes, none of them positive. There’s the let’s-get-this-over-with-I’ve-got-work-to-do brisk stride with ...

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Executive Leadership: Rockets To Creative Environments

December 24th, 2015

On Monday evening in Florida, Elon Musk’s SpaceX launched a rocket into low Earth orbit, deploying 11 commercial satellites. SpaceX has stated that its long-term mission is an affordable colonization of Mars, and depositing these telecommunications satellites is a means toward paying for the development of the technology that can make Mars happen. Yet its ...

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Team-Building: Building For The New Year

December 21st, 2015

A new year is a blank canvas laden with opportunity and fresh starts. It’s popular nowadays to treat new year’s resolutions like some archaic tradition that means well while nobody really takes it to heart, but this is a cynic’s thinking, and it defeats many of the aims good organizations take: resilience, goal-setting, vision, and meaningful engagement are severely ...

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Mobile App Review: Feed Readers, Part 1

December 17th, 2015

Keeping an eye on all your content streams can be a chore, but for those of us who must have a finger on multiple pulses of information and opinion, ignoring them for more than a few days is not an option. Live-updating social media streams can be aggregated, organized, and simply allowed to scroll by as we work, like the endless ticker-tape scrolls at the bottom of ...

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Up In The Cloud: What’s In The Cloud?

December 14th, 2015

Over the next several months, we’ll spend some time looking at cloud storage and related services, but before we launch into that, an introduction to the cloud is in order. At its most basic level, the cloud is simply storage space on the Internet. If you ever emailed a document to yourself from your home computer so you could print it at the office, or so you’d have ...

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Technology Trends: Podcasting

December 10th, 2015

There’s nothing new about podcasts--in fact, after a surge in subscribable audio content about ten years ago, the furor in do-it-yourself programming moved to video, where it mostly still resides. For quite a while now, podcasts have been a niche section of online content, with a few stars broadcasting to small, specific audiences, and where podcasting once seemed ...

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Book Review: Superforecasting: The Art and Science of Prediction by Philip E. Tetlock and Dan Gardner

December 7th, 2015

One unfortunate consequence of all-day, all-night news channels has been the need to fill twenty-four hours every day with content, even when content is rare to be found. This initially gave rise to a redefinition of the word “news,” as content became news by virtue of being televised on a news station, whether that news about heightening tensions in some global ...

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Management: For Millennials Who Manage

December 3rd, 2015

It has become popular in many channels of the mass media to utter the word “Millennials” in a disparaging way, the way many say the word “politicians.” Just the mention of that generation loosely defined as being born any time after 1990 carries the implied baggage of entitlement, over-involved parenting, and me-centric, unrealistic expectations of applause and ...

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Professional Networking: On The Outs

November 30th, 2015

As we’ve stated many times, good networking means good relationships, but a good relationship often moves quickly from professional to personal, effectively doubling its strength while also doubling the likelihood that something can go wrong. Unless your professional network is made up of non-feeling non-humans, interpersonal friction and disagreement can ...

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Corporate Responsibility: B-Corps State by State

November 26th, 2015

As of the end of 2015, the number of certified B-Corporations in the United States is just over 800, representing slightly more than half of all B-Corporations in the world. As these numbers grow, general awareness of the B-Corp movement also grows, and the hope is that this trend continues for the foreseeable future. Toward this increased awareness, we took ...

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Work-Life Balance: Keeping It Together During The Holidays

November 23rd, 2015

Sometimes, balance looks like grace under pressure: we tiptoe through the minefields with smiles on our faces, bringing home the bacon and frying it up in a pan with the latest best-seller in one hand and a rolled-up yoga mat in the other. Other times, it looks more like plate-spinning while riding a unicycle, and why not? It might be less graceful and require ...

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Executive Leadership: Embracing and Leveraging Diversity

November 19th, 2015

Nobody has to convince you of the value of diversity. When organizations are homogenous in experience, education, and personality, ideas take on a sameness that can hinder progress. Yet the concept of diversity seems so often in our conversations to be characterized in two very confining ways. We fall back on diversity in racial and ethnic makeup as a ...

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Executive Leadership: Embracing and Leveraging Diversity

November 16th, 2015

It can happen to us all. An aspect of the job that was once exciting or glamorous becomes routine, or even something of a hassle. The tingle of visiting a new city becomes the contempt of familiarity, and where the inconveniences of business travel were once challenging obstacles, they are now merely reminders of how far we are from where we long to be.

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Book Review: Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert (2015)

November 12th, 2015

“The universe buries strange jewels deep within us all, and then stands back to see if we can find them,” writes Elizabeth Gilbert in Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear (Riverhead Books, 2015). Gilbert is the author of Eat Pray Love, among other titles, and a two-time TED speaker on the subject of creativity. In this, her most recent book, she asserts that ...

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Just For Nonprofits: Crowdfunding Platforms: Blessing and Burden

November 9th, 2015

A lot can be said about the online world putting distance between us, encouraging pseudo-relationships in virtual space to replace in-person conversation and reliance. There may be some validity in such arguments, but for better or worse, the Internet also allows people from far-flung reaches of the globe to connect with others who have common interests.

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Team-Building: Activities For The Holiday Season

November 5th, 2015

The holiday season is a great time for team-building, with its emphasis on goodwill, giving, and getting along. It’s a festive time of year with built-in traditions, and almost everyone expects some kind of seasonal celebration at the workplace, whether it’s a catered, open-bar blowout at a banquet hall, a lunchtime potluck and gift exchange in the conference ...

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Management: Keeping Holiday Stress Under Control

November 2nd, 2015

The middle of November marks the beginning of the holiday season, and it can be the most stressful time of year for people on your team. Every office has its in-house season (or seasons) of maximum stress, but the end of the calendar year tends to be stressful across all realms of people’s lives, which means even the most professional employees will be ...

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Technology Trends: Celebrity Apps

October 29th, 2015

Shelves in the virtual aisles of app stores are packed to overflowing, making aimless browsing a painful task. It wouldn’t be so bad if the problem was merely volume and if the overall quality of the apps could be counted on, but the vast majority of products is opportunistic garbage. With such a vast, daunting selection to choose from, there is competition ...

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Professional Networking: The Monthly Field Trip Approach

October 26th, 2015

It started with one friend asking another for a tour of his workplace, a local television station that had recently upgraded to the latest broadcast and editing equipment. The friend who worked at the station agreed, suggesting, "Why don't you bring a few friends? We can chat over lunch, and then I'll give you the grand tour." The seven guests ...

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Book Review: Dataclysm: Who We Are (When We Think No One’s Looking) by Christian Rudder

October 22nd, 2015

The popularity and usefulness of online dating services is hard to dispute. Rare is the person nowadays who does not know at least one happy couple brought together by a computer algorithm that suggested they might get along. The nature of online dating is roughly the same from service to service: person A submits a questionnaire and a personal ...

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Corporate Responsibility: Making The Switch

October 19th, 2015

Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) isn't exactly new, but it's new enough that there aren't many consistencies from company to company in naming, responsibilities, prescribed experience, or preferred education. Some firms have entire departments focused wholly on CSR, while others include it as a component of some long-existing team deeper into ...

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Work-Life Balance: What It Means To American Workers

October 15th, 2015

With the plethora of media attention being paid to work-life balance perks, it can be easy to lose sight of what’s at the heart of balance: doing work we care about that supports the other important things in our lives. On-site laundry service, gourmet lunches, and meditation breaks are all special perks that we’d love to have, but only as far as they ...

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Executive Leadership: The Farewell Email

October 12th, 2015

It has become an office expectation that, when there is a parting of the ways, the dearly departing will send a farewell email at least to those in the immediate workspace. This last goodbye is sometimes the stuff of Internet legend: we've all seen the supposedly true stories of exiting middle managers who fired off snarky, clever, hilarious confessionals ...

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Tips For The Traveling Executive: Most Popular Business Travel Destinations and Hotel Amenities

October 8th, 2015

When you're planning for a business trip, what are your top concerns? When you hear of upcoming conferences in distant parts of the country, which cities get you excited and which have you hoping for airport-closing blizzards? Here are three surveys published this year, ranking popular destination cities, convention cities, and hotel amenities based on polls ...

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Team-Building: Creating Work Groups With Harry Potter and The Sorting Hat

October 5th, 2015

In the world of J. K. Rowling's Harry Potter novels, pre-teen boys and girls are welcomed to the Hogwarts School of Wizarding and Witchcraft, where they are immediately confronted by the Sorting Hat, a magic hat that assigns them to the houses they will represent throughout their school years. The sorting is no arbitrary process: house assignments are ...

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Book Review: The Monk and The Riddle: The Art of Creating A Life While Making A Living by Randy Komisar

October 1st, 2015

“Imagine I have an egg, and I want to drop this egg three feet without breaking it. How do I do that?” This is the riddle proposed to author Randy Komisar by a monk in a remote area of Burma in the middle of a seemingly directionless motorcycle ride, as told in The Monk and The Riddle: The Art of Creating a Life While Making a Living (Harvard Business ...

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Just For Nonprofits: Saying No To Donations

September 28th, 2015

It's a sad fact that issues related to funding are the all-day, all-night concerns of just about every nonprofit agency. Yet charitable giving is a fickle, ever-shifting landscape fraught with peril and as difficult to predict, so the idea of saying no to donations seems crazy. Still, most organizations find themselves in the unenviable position of refusing gifts even ...

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Technology Trends: Online Learning Portfolios

September 24th, 2015

Good teaching is a mysterious thing: there is no one way to accomplish it, and the best of it happens when there's nobody around to witness it except the teachers and students. In an ideal world, this would be enough, but in countries with strong public education systems, some kind of evidence of learning is often called for so that taxpayers and voters can ...

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Management: Religion In The Office

September 21st, 2015

Religion in the workplace is a tricky issue and must be handled with caution. Few topics mean as much to people on personal levels: among the traditionally taboo professional topics of conversation, perhaps only politics is more divisive. Yet personal political views don’t carry with them certain legal and logistical considerations, as with paid time off, so the ...

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Book Review: Do Over: Rescue Monday, Reinvent Your Work, and Never Get Stuck by Jon Acuff

September 17th, 2015

There's a great scene in the film City Slickers, starring Billy Crystal with Bruno Kirby and Daniel Stern. Three middle-aged men confront their lives by escaping them, joining a cattle drive that begins as an adventure for tourists but becomes an actual drive when things go wrong for the tour leaders. As they drive nears completion, the Stern character tells his ...

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Professional Networking: Networking For Shy People

September 14th, 2015

It's become somewhat trendy to declare oneself an introvert on social media platforms, with accompanying links to articles, quizzes, or graphics. The Atlantic Monthly's most-forwarded link in its online history is an article called "Caring for Your Introvert," an explanation and guide for extroverts who love introverts. In some ways, this increased ...

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Corporate Responsibility: No-Layoff Policies

September 10th, 2015

Every organization goes through lean times, when costs must be reduced to match an ebb in cashflow. In extraordinarily rough periods, firms find it necessary to lay their workers off, a quick fix for serious problems. It seems that layoffs are a necessary evil, one of those unfortunate, last-resort measures in a world where survival of the fittest is the law ...

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Work-Life Balance: Blazing Our Own Trails

September 7th, 2015

Work-life balance as a concept is easy to embrace. As a practice, it can often be elusive, as evidenced by the seemingly endless parade of books and articles doling advice on how to attain it. One article says it’s about priorities and planning; another says it’s really about embracing everything as a whole and attending to each component as working with ...

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Executive Leadership: Over-Policing

September 3rd, 2015

Official policies are a lot like little lies: once you create one, you have to keep creating more in order to maintain the authority of the first. Create one rule that regulates behavior in the break room, for example, and you’ve basically made every other behavior permissible until there are rules to cover them. “You gave us a rule about A,” is the argument, “ ...

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Team-Building: What To Do With The Standoffish Type

August 31st, 2015

She’s always on time for meetings. She contributes to group assignments like the professional she is. She does just about every aspect of her job well, and she’s quick to offer compliments when others perform admirably. But she never shows up for after-work drinks, she won’t be anyone’s secret Santa, she’s not interested in holding the baby when a ...

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Tips For The Traveling Executive: Traveling With A Team

August 27th, 2015

Going on a business trip with colleagues is a lot like those group projects your college professors assigned for no apparent reason: there’s a chance everyone’s working styles will click perfectly, resulting in a positive experience and top marks for all. More likely, differing styles and priorities mean stress, bad feelings, and sometimes substandard work. ...

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Just For Nonprofits: Dealing With A Bad Volunteer, Part 2

August 24th, 2015

“Bad volunteer” is a label nobody wants to put on someone. By virtue of volunteering, a person is automatically not bad, but there are still those volunteers who, despite the noblest of intentions, make things difficult or impossible for others who also donate their time, resources, and energies. You can leave the bad volunteers in place, but this is most ...

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Book Review: Work Rules! Insights From Inside Google That Will Transform How You Live and Lead by Laszlo Bock

August 20th, 2015

dent of People Operations at Google, Inc., where he has been since 2006. Google’s campuses are famous for their casual attire, free gourmet meals, laundry service, childcare, and “80/20” rule, which allows employees twenty percent of their time to work on personal projects they believe will help the company. During Block’s tenure, Google has ...

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Technology Trends: Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

August 17th, 2015

Remote-controlled aerial craft (commonly called drones) have been around for decades, but only recently has the technology become affordable enough that just about anyone can own a craft of some sort, and no longer must one find a reliable mail-order source or a specialty store. For less than fifty dollars and a trip to the neighborhood electronics ...

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Management: Fantasy Sports In The Office

August 13th, 2015

Fantasy football, that strange obsession for 41 million Americans every autumn, has been a booming pastime for twenty years with no signs of slowing down. As its popularity has spread through the mainstream, what used to be a geeky alone-with-your-computer activity has found its way onto primetime airwaves, entire shelves of magazines in ...

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Professional Networking: Are You An Oversharer?

August 10th, 2015

There are two types of oversharers on social media: those who share too intimately and those who share too frequently. In the worlds of Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, the consequences an oversharer faces are being tuned out at best or being blocked at worst. But if you’re oversharing on LinkedIn or some other professional networking site, the ...

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Corporate Responsibility: Honors and Awards For CSR

August 6th, 2015

One way to legitimize a social concept and bring it into conversation is to create an award that acknowledges excellence in either its concept or practice. For example, any of us wouldn’t know the first thing about a film’s art direction if not for the annual Best Production Design Oscar presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences ...

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Book Review: Thrive: The Third Metric To Redefining Success and Creating A Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder by Arianna Huffington

August 3rd, 2015

Arianna Huffington’s The Huffington Post started as a news aggregation website, but quickly established itself as a source of political information and comment, winning a Pulitzer Prize in 2012—the first digital media enterprise to do so. As it became a force in the media, Huffington says, she collapsed from exhaustion one day, resulting in facial ...

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Work-Life Balance: Learning To Enjoy It

July 30th, 2015

If you’ve taken the enviable steps leading to better work-life balance, but against all reason find even the balance lacking, the problem may not be the workload or family commitment but the way you approach and appreciate both. The word workaholic exists for a reason, and it’s not a good one. While we would never equate an obsessive drive ...

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Team-Building: Leadership Retreats, Part 1: What Your Participants Want

July 27th, 2015

A leadership retreat can be about a lot of things: long-term vision, short-term assessment, camaraderie, mission statements, and damage control among them. We’ve all been to retreats that were a lot of fun but not very productive, or retreats that were the opposite, either of which can be meaningful, depending on the purpose of that set-aside ...

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Tips For The Traveling Executive: Dealing With Pet Care

July 23rd, 2015

Leaving family behind when traveling on business can be stressful, but leaving a pet behind can be downright traumatic, not only for the pet, but for you. At least children and spouses can understand the necessity of the trip and can accept its duration. As far as the pet knows, any number of horrible things could be happening, and the feeling ...

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Team-Building: The Loyal Opposition

July 20th, 2015

In parliamentary government, The Loyal Opposition is a term applied to those members of the minority, non-governing party who differ with the ruling party but iterate their continued belief in the government itself, a kind of good-faith expression of support for the system while disagreeing with the specific, current direction of that system.

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Executive Leadership: How To Feel About Downtime

July 16th, 2015

The marketing team just completed its annual Two Months of Death, that period near the end of the fiscal year when everything, each with a different set of requirements, is due during an eight-week period of late nights, early mornings, photocopier mishaps, rushing to the post office, and far too many lunches at desks. Now it’s the annual ...

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Just For Nonprofits: Dealing With A Bad Volunteer, Part 1

July 13th, 2015

Nobody wants to think about the reality of bad volunteers. When someone is donating his or her time and energy, the donation itself is a gift, and a gift is not something anyone wants to get picky with. Yet there is no way around it: some people are simply bad volunteers, and while it’s possible to ignore the situation, your organization will ...

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Technology Trends: Advanced Metrics: First Sports, But Then What?

July 9th, 2015

For a hundred years, certain statistics in American sports were regarded as the measuring sticks by which players’ excellence was evaluated. A batting average of .300, twenty wins for pitchers, a hundred runs batted in, and thirty home runs were among the standard, revered benchmarks separating the mediocre from the good. Yet because ...

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Book Review: A Curious Mind: The Secret To A Bigger Life by Brian Grazer and Charles Fishman

July 6th, 2015

Brian Grazer is one half of the founding leadership of Imagine Entertainment, the film and television production company whose credits include the Oscar-winning A Beautiful Mind, Apollo 13, Willow, Parenthood, 8 Mile, and American Gangster. In the introduction to A Curious Mind: The Secret to a Bigger Life (Simon & Schuster, 2015) ...

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Management: Dealing With The Office Fridge, Part 2: Real Stories of Office Fridge Thievery

July 2nd, 2015

The sanctity of the office refrigerator is—and must always be—absolute. In the professional world where lunch is frequently the most looked-forward to event in the working day, it is practically a human right to expect that colleagues and coworkers will stick to the guidelines set by all our mothers: leave it alone if it’s not yours. Yet every office ...

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Professional Networking: When Good Networks Backfire

June 29th, 2015

You’ve got a job at a great company. A position opens up for the third time in a year, so someone asks you if you know anyone who could fit in. It’s a flattering thing to be asked, so you search your network for someone (a) who could do the job well and (b) would see it as an opportunity to move into something better. Your company is helped ...

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Corporate Responsibility: Inside A CSR Annual Report

June 25th, 2015

Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) as a facet of a company’s performance is becoming big enough a deal that many companies release annual reports on their progress in this realm. Like just about any annual report, they tend to be slick, glossy, image-heavy productions that rival good high school yearbooks in design and presentation. Beyond ...

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Work-Life Balance: How Good Are The Things In The Balance?

June 22nd, 2015

Everyone has advice for our eternal, impossible struggle for work-life balance, each with a different spin on what’s essentially the same idea. This person says it’s not about balance, but about overall quality. That person says work and life are part of the same thing, not in conflict but in sync. This person says it’s a matter of will. That person says ...

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Team-Building: Tips For Team-Building Activities (If You Insist!)

June 18th, 2015

Although we’ve repeatedly taken the position that team-building activities are shallow contrivances that have little (if any) lasting effect on a workplace environment, the unavoidable truth is that some people enjoy them, and some will take them to heart. For every grouchy, reluctant participant, there is an eager, open-minded team-player who ...

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Tips For The Traveling Executive: Unconventional Convention Ideas

June 15th, 2015

Professional or trade conventions are an unavoidable fact of life for many of us. Whether we love the actual gatherings but hate the travel, or find the entire experience an exercise in self-aggrandizement, the regularity and sameness of these meetings can wear a bit thin after some time. Toward a new approach, we offer these suggestions for ...

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Executive Leadership: Are You Playing Chess or Checkers?

June 11th, 2015

Metaphors for executive leadership are as numerous as the stars. Is leading a large company like coaching a basketball team, driving a bus, waging a war, or going on an expedition? The answer sometimes depends on the title of whatever’s at the top of the pile of books on your nightstand, or however your favorite college professor framed his ...

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Just For Nonprofits: Getting Aboard A Board

June 8th, 2015

There comes a time in your professional life when serving on the board of a nonprofit organization seems like a good idea, whether it’s because there’s a seat vacancy for a group that’s dear to your heart, or someone plants the idea in your brain, or you’re actively recruited. There are countless reasons for joining a board, some of them noble and ...

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Book Review: And The Good News Is…: Lessons On Life From The Bright Side

June 4th, 2015

Dana Perino didn’t take the usual route, if there is such a thing, to becoming a White House press secretary in the George W. Bush administration. Raised as part of a farming family, she didn’t attend an Ivy League school or get a high-profile media job. In And the Good New Is…: Lessons on Life from the Bright Side (Twelve Books, 2015), Perino ...

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Technology Trends: Mobile Apps For Personal Services

June 1st, 2015

It has received a bit of bad press lately, but Uber is changing the game not only for personal transportation, but for the way consumers and service providers connect, agree on terms, and settle payment. The “ride-sharing” service that’s basically a smartphone-enabled taxi gets people from point A to point B quickly, with real-time information about ...

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Management: Obligatory Monetary Giving

May 28th, 2015

Last week, it was a baby shower for Myrna in accounting. This week, it’s a retirement gift for the Frank in the mailroom. Next week, there’s a catered lunch to celebrate the end of the busy season. It never seems to end: while nobody contests the validity of the celebration, the consistent, regular requests for monetary contributions can be a point ...

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Professional Networking: LinkedIn Alternatives

May 25th, 2015

In the online professional networking sphere, LinkedIn is the uncontested juggernaut, the must-do for professionals looking to expand their connectivity. Yet despite its vast reach and media prominence, it’s not for everyone, as we’ve explored in past articles on this subject. For some, its all-inclusiveness creates too large a pond for a fish with a focused ...

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Work-Life Balance: Fur Better or Fur Worse?

May 21st, 2015

A movement in recent years to make pet-friendly workplaces cites office studies pointing to increased productivity, decreased stress, and better overall attitudes about work. Employees who bring their furry friends to the office say the comfort a beloved pet offers is practically immeasurable, that it helps obscure the line separating our work and our ...

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Team-Building: In Defense of Ropes Courses

May 18th, 2015

We have made it clear in multiple past articles that true team-building happens when people do meaningful work together. Yet gimmicky team-building retreats and ropes courses seem to be more popular than ever, a truth that seems to demand a deeper, second look. Unfortunately, formal research in the efficacy of ropes courses is woefully lacking ...

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Tips For The Traveling Executive: Dealing With Montezuma’s Revenge

May 14th, 2015

Food poisoning happens to everyone on occasion, and when you’re on the road you can be especially vulnerable: new locales give your body new exposures, especially if you’re outside your home country, and what’s normal everyday food to the locals can be a literal test of your own intestinal fortitude. The symptoms that come with food poisoning ...

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Executive Leadership: No Luddites, Please

May 11th, 2015

In far too many organizations, tech-savvy boundary-pushers are younger employees still making their way up the ranks, while those who set company policy about technology and those who pay for it are older, less knowledgeable executives who have paid their dues but can do little more than attach a document to an email. Professional development ...

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Just For Nonprofits: Us Against Them: When Nonprofits Compete

May 7th, 2015

Nobody likes to think about nonprofit organizations competing against each other, but the competition is there, and stakeholders are well served when they first examine this reality from ideological and practical points of view, then decide how they will respond to it. While it’s unnecessary to remain focused on what other groups are doing, a continuous ...

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Book Review: Big Russ & Me - Father & Son: Lessons of Life by Tim Russert

May 4th, 2015

For sixteen years, Tim Russert served as moderator of NBC's Meet the Press, the longest-running program in television history. His death by heart attack in 2008 while in the NBC studio was covered extensively by his own network and rival networks alike, and posthumous honors by the Kennedy Center and others followed in later months. If media ...

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Technology Trends: Email Encryption

April 30th, 2015

Email encryption is not new. The Open Source standard, GPG, has its origins in the early Nineties, but this past year, the wave of stories of government agencies keeping an eye on things has many people who wish to keep their emails private reconsidering encryption methods that ensure intended recipients are the only ones who can read the contents ...

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Management: Dealing With Personal Fundraising In The Office

April 27th, 2015

Soccer teams need to travel. Classrooms need carpets. People in distant lands need relief from natural disasters. Social causes need to raise awareness. Candidates need to produce television commercials. Everyone inside the world of business seems to belong to some group in need of revenue outside the world of business, something we can all verify ...

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Professional Networking: You Might Be A Bad Networker If

April 23rd, 2015

As we have discussed many times, networking is not about exchanging as many business cards as you can in thirty minutes over drinks; nor is it about amassing a contact list of well-connected friends who might introduce you to prominent business, media, and political figures. Networking is about forming and maintaining relationships, something that doesn’t ...

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Work-Life Balance: Five Middle-Of-The-Workday Tips For Maintaining Balance

April 20th, 2015

Work-life balance is a big-picture, macro concept that requires serious prioritizing, constant adjustment, and regular evaluation. We've addressed several approaches--practical and philosophical--to finding and pursuing balance, and perhaps you've already found the approach that works for you. Yet whether you have adopted the framework that holds ...

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Team-Building: The Care And Feeding Of Creative People

April 16th, 2015

Creativity is a tricky thing. Everybody wants it, but people who don’t have it never really understand it, and people who have it feel underappreciated. Whether creativity is a gift bestowed upon a special few or a skill that can be sown and nurtured in anyone, its psychological origins are outside the scope of this article, but its value in most realms is unquestionable ...

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Tips For The Traveling Executive: Surviving The Very Long Trip

April 13th, 2015

It happens to a few of us every so often: shifting personnel, new ventures, or changes in direction require us to spend a month or more in a distant location, perhaps an office in another state (or country). Trips like this can be a huge strain; in fact, there's almost no way it can be anything else. In addition to the logistics of relocating for several weeks ...

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Executive Leadership: Don't Be A Jerk When It Comes To Perks

April 9th, 2015

Among the more shameful flotsam and jetsam that floated to the surface in the wake of the subprime mortgage shipwreck were executive perks that seemed to make a mockery of the government bailouts and consumers' broken faith. Executives were given pink slips in the same metaphorical envelopes as comically garish bonuses or severances for being ...

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Just For Nonprofits: The Mission Is The Mediator

April 6th, 2015

Whether your nonprofit organization is a charity, an educational institution, a religious organization, a club, or the overseer of some physical landmark, it's critical that it has a stated mission. CEOs of for-profit companies emphasize the necessity of powerful, specific mission statements, and these little sentences of imperative direction are even more ...

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Technology Trends: Private Social Media

April 2nd, 2015

Private social media networks are not a new thing. In 2005, Ning rolled out a web-based platform for invitation-only social networks, first with free plans and then with a pay structure as businesses and other organizations found the web-like, cross-ways interaction useful for collaboration and camaraderie. The year before, an open-source networking ...

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Management: Dealing With The Office Fridge, Part 1: Keeping It Clean

March 30th, 2015

It can turn friends into foes, lunchtime into stress time, and the breakroom into the schoolyard, and just about every workplace has one. It’s the office fridge, and few pieces of office equipment cause more stress, conflict, and revulsion. Since the space belongs to everyone, it tends to be nobody’s responsibility unless someone in the org chart has “fridge ...

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Professional Networking: LinkedOut: What's Wrong With LinkedIn

March 26th, 2015

We've devoted considerable space and time to touting the power of LinkedIn, the online networking website that makes it easy to formalize professional acquaintances and receive a visual map of our spheres' reaches. We've shared a few tips for getting the most out of its service, and we've cautioned against the mindset of collecting connections like so ...

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Corporate Responsibility: How Employees Rate Working For The Most Ethical Companies

March 23rd, 2015

The Ethisphere organization publishes an annual list of the most ethical companies in the world, according to its evaluation of companies’ responses to questionnaires addressing “a comprehensive sampling of definitive criteria of core competencies.” Responses are scored according to Ethisphere’s “Ethics Quotient,” weighted for Ethics and Compliance Program ...

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Work-Life Balance: Balancing Work With Dating

March 19th, 2015

Balance is seldom a static thing. Even if we manage somehow to reach a point where every important facet of our lives is a part of one harmonic equilibrium, those facets themselves are ever-changing: our social groups pick up a few new members, our kids pick up new hobbies, and our parents' needs evolve, shifting the weight of their influence on our ...

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Team-Building: INFJ or ENFP? How Useful Are Personality Tests In Building A Team?

March 16th, 2015

A trend in Internet memes lately has been to classify characters in popular fictional worlds by their Myers-Briggs personality types, so that an INFJ can read a description of himself as he compares to Obi-Wan Kenobi in the Star Wars universe or Remus Lupin in the Harry Potter realm. It can be a fun activity, not unlike looking at one's Chinese zodiac ...

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Tips For The Traveling Executive: Business Travel And Marriage

March 12th, 2015

About a year ago, we shared advice for business travelers with children. There is almost no way to leave home for a few days without disrupting the lives of young children, but the impact of the disruption can be alleviated with regular communication and with as little interruption to the kids' lives as possible. Frequent business trips can also be a strain on a ...

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Book Review: Walden On Wheels: On The Open Road From Debt To Freedom, by Ken Ilgunas

March 9th, 2015

Like a great number of us, Ken Ilgunas graduated from college with a Bachelor's degree, very few marketable skills, no real job prospects, and a staggering amount of debt. Having spent his whole life comfortably mediocre in his parents' suburban New York home, he found the irresistible tugs from somewhere in his heart: he wanted to go to Alaska for ...

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Executive Leadership: Managing Executive Stress

March 5th, 2015

We've all done it: situations at work weigh so heavily on our minds that they occupy our every waking thought, and since the laws of professional decorum keep us in check, we find ourselves lashing out at unsuspecting others away from the office. Our families, our fellow drivers, and our order-takers at the fast food drive-through are all prime targets for ...

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Just For Nonprofits: Dealing With Flagging Morale

March 2nd, 2015

People who work in nonprofit organizations understand that theirs is a higher purpose. They accept regular worries about funding, smaller paychecks, and longer hours in exchange for the satisfaction that often comes with a life of service. However, this tension between working on behalf of others and earning enough to meet their own needs creates an ...

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Technology Trends: Peer-To-Peer Mobile Money Transfer

February 26th, 2015

As of last spring, Snapchat, the photo-video-chat service, claimed that 700 million photos and videos were being exchanged via its mobile app each day, with 500 million of its "stories" being shared daily. Although a lot of attention has been paid to the sensationalist mischief young people have gotten into with the app, it is clearly a preferred ...

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Management: Dealing With Workplace Gossip

February 23rd, 2015

Gossip in the workplace will poison the morale and work environment of an organization worse than just about anything else. That nasty flu bug that wipes out the entire production team is nothing compared to a vocal spirit of negativity and back-stabbing. At least with the flu, everyone eventually recovers, returning to work stronger and immune to that ...

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Professional Networking: Five Creative Network Strengtheners

February 19th, 2015

We've dedicated a lot of space to attending networking events, avoiding networking events, holding networking events, and networking on the fly, and one thematic thread that has remained constant is the idea that your network is more than a virtual Rolodex of names that might someday be profitable for you. Effective networking is first about relationships, ...

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Book Review: The Opposite of Spoiled by Ron Leiber

February 16th, 2015

Money is a strange topic of conversation. So much is written about it, and so many of our conversations revolve around it, that it's clear to anyone, including our children, that it's a subject of supreme importance. We are careful with religion and politics among friends and colleagues, but within the walls of our homes, we usually try our best to instill in our ...

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Corporate Responsibility: Sharing The Good

February 12th, 2015

As we've discussed here many times, corporate social responsibility (CSR) is not charity. It is an approach to business that aims for the well-being of multiple beneficiaries, including employees, customers, and the community, but not strictly at the sacrifice of financial gain. Many of today's consumers are interested in supporting businesses that aim for some ...

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Work-Life Balance: Singles Need It Too

February 9th, 2015

In the much-discussed work-life balance equation, the "life" part of the conversation seems to revolve around families and children. Practical lists (including some published in this space) of accommodations for encouraging work-life balance are heavily flavored with kid-friendly, parent-friendly ideas. These are all wonderful concepts, of course, and ...

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Team-Building: Long Distance Relationships

February 5th, 2015

Technology has enabled us to work with teammates around the globe, often in real time. For most teams with arrangements like this, regular email contact is the go-to medium for maintaining contact. In addition to communicating clearly and with a written history included in each conversation, email is great for dealing with different time zones. Yet email (and ...

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Tips For The Traveling Executive: Dealing With Bad Weather

February 2nd, 2015

A long time ago, on a nationally broadcast children's program, a young boy is upset to learn that his class field trip has been canceled because of bad weather. Enraged, the boy runs outside into the rain and attempts to fight the rain, hurling punches at the falling drops until he's exhausted. In a show famous for its lessons on grammar, spelling, cooperation ...

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Executive Leadership: Leading In Times of Crisis

January 29th, 2015

In professional athletics, it's seldom the coach with the all-star-laden team who wins the end-of-season coach of the year awards. Although it certainly takes a considerable amount of coaching skill to drive a Corvette successfully from the preseason through the post-season, voters are more impressed by the coach who guides an economy station wagon ...

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Just For Nonprofits: When Fundraising Is Too Successful

January 26th, 2015

Between 1988 and 2003, the annual two-day Great American Yard Sale in Naperville, Illinois, a Chicago suburb, raised half a million dollars to help homeless people. Then, at the height of its popularity, it was canceled for good, a victim of its own success. The event took so much time and energy to organize and stage that its founders no longer enjoyed ...

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Technology Trends: What's Next For Tablets

January 22nd, 2015

The surge of tablets in the marketplace continues, and with so much product vying for space on the shelves, new concepts arise to fill niche demand. Tablets for young children, tablets for students, convertible tablets with full laptop functionality, tablets for book lovers, and tablets only slightly larger than the latest iPhone have emerged in recent years ...

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Management: Taking Or Leaving Paternity Leave

January 19th, 2015

In the United States, new parents are entitled under the Family Medical Leave Act to take up to twelve weeks of unpaid leave if they work for public agencies or for companies with at least 50 employees, if they also have been employed for at least 12 months and have worked at least 1,250 hours in the past 12 months. Additionally, many companies offer ...

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Corporate Responsibility: Benefit Corp Status Available In Three More States

January 15th, 2015

In the time since our last article on Benefit Corporations, laws enabling Benefit Corp status have become effective in three states: Arizona, Minnesota, and New Hampshire joined twenty-five others (including the District of Columbia) at the turn of the year in protecting qualifying corporations. As a reminder, state-certified Benefit Corp status is different ...

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Professional Networking: Hosting Your Own Networking Event

January 12th, 2015

In a previous article on networking, I offered suggestions for creating your own networking group, a collection of loosely connected friends who might get together regularly for lunch and conversation. Good networking is always about relationships, and good relationships take time to develop. However, sometimes your network could use a little boost, an ...

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Work-Life Balance: New Balance For A New Year

January 8th, 2015

In an increasingly cynical world, it's become unfashionable to make New Year's resolutions. Human nature being what it is, and our own histories being what they are, it's easy to dismiss the notion as futile, or to put a smart-alecky spin on it and resolve not to set unrealistic personal goals. The problem with this approach is that we set resolutions all the ...

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Book Review: Quiet: The Power of Introverts In A World That Can't Stop Talking

January 5th, 2015

In 2003, The Atlantic Monthly published an articled called "Caring for Your Introvert" in which author Jonathan Rauch explains, for the benefit of extroverts, the makeup and thinking of introverts. It became the most-forwarded article in The Atlantic's history, and if you're an extrovert who's in a close relationship with an introvert, you've likely ...

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Tips For The Traveling Executive: Expense Tracking Apps

January 1st, 2015

Somewhere out there is a person who enjoys hanging on to every receipt, jotting down for future reference what the purchased items or services were, and then filling out the necessary paperwork. As far as I can tell, that person has never crossed my path. In a world where so many things have become paperless and more convenient, there are far too ...

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Executive Leadership: The Connected Company, Part 1

December 29th, 2014

A few years ago, I helped a family member give away a car, but early in the process, I discovered that the original lien on the14-year-old vehicle was still held by Ford Credit, a company that had since been absorbed into the parent organization and no longer kept an office in my state. It was some kind of error, because the car had been paid off for more ...

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Just For Nonprofits: Social Media Strategies

December 25th, 2014

Corporate involvement in today's social media boils down to the same tenets across just about every realm: it's all about engagement. Still, tributaries of thought branch off the main river of engagement, such as branding, social responsibility, accessibility, and outreach, and here is where the flavors of engagement may vary, depending on an organization's ...

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Technology Trends: Who Will Be The Next Facebook?

December 22nd, 2014

In June 2006, MySpace overtook Google as the most-visited website in the United States. By April 2008, it was itself surpassed by Facebook, and in May 2014, it was the 392ne most-visited website in America. At its peak, it employed 1600 people. Today, it employs about 200. In the same way that technology itself—and the way the technology is used ...

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Management: Powerful Connections In Small Moments

December 18th, 2014

Douglas Conant was the CEO of the Campbell Soup Company from 2001 to 2011, a period during which he is credited with turning around a flagging organization and making huge improvements in Campbell’s diversity and inclusion practices. He credits much of this turnaround to a management style that, among other practices, embraces the many daily ...

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Professional Networking: Finding The Right Networking Group

December 15th, 2014

In our last article on the subject, we suggested that online networking, for all its blessings, is unlikely to do the whole job. In-person networking events can enhance online connections and nurture personal relationships you might otherwise miss, but it can be a challenge to find a group that feels right for you. Find a Group of People You Like. Remember ...

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Corporate Responsibility: How Some Argue Against It

December 11th, 2014

In previous articles, we’ve looked at the benefits of corporate social responsibility (CSR) with an emphasis on how it helps everyone involved. We underscored the importance of not thinking of it as charity, but realizing that it’s (financially) profitable and contributes to a company’s well-being. Aside from the work and expense involved in shaping a ...

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Book Review: Think Like A Freak: The Authors Of Freakonomics Offer To Retrain Your Brain, by Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner

December 8th, 2014

Millions of copies of Freakonomics have been sold since its publication in 2005, and if you haven’t read it, you have certainly heard of it and how its self-proclaimed “rogue economist” applies economic principles to pop culture issues including match-fixing in professional sumo and the effects of legalized abortion on violent crime. Authors Steven Levitt and ...

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Work-Life Balance: Gender Perceptions of Work-Life Balance

December 4th, 2014

We’re all pretty good at evaluating our own work-life balance, and a search through some of the employment websites even lets us see how others rate their own work-life balance specific to the companies who employ them. But how meaningful is others’ perception of our work-life balance? Does it matter if we appear to others to have home, office, health ...

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Executive Leadership: Why You Should Blog

December 1st, 2014

Only 7.6% of Fortune 500 CEOs are on Facebook and only 4% are on Twitter, compared to 50% and 37%, respectively, of the general public, say Fishbowl CEO and President David K. Williams and Mary Michelle Scott in an article for Harvard Business Review (https://hbr.org/2012/07/new-research-on-why-ceos-shoul). There's no question that the social ...

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Tips For The Traveling Executive: Three Tips For Attending Conferences

November 27th, 2014

Love them or hate them, professional conferences or conventions are a necessary fact of business life in almost any field. They can be incredibly taxing in valuable personal resources such as time and stress, but they can result in even more valuable connections with others, the sharing of important new ideas, and big reminders to others that your organization ...

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Just For Nonprofits: Making The Switch

November 24th, 2014

When the time has come for you to move on to your next great career adventure, the possibility of making the switch to executive-level positions at nonprofit organizations may pop into your mind. And why not? Each one of us has his or her pet causes, those social issues that resonate with us for whatever reason. Perhaps a loved one was helped through ...

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Technology Trends: Virtual Desktops, Part 2

November 20th, 2014

In the first part of this series, we examined the concept of desktop virtualization, a system that reduces a computer's desktop, file management, and applications to services managed remotely and delivered wherever individual users might be. With a virtual desktop environment, users logging into the service from any machine are presented with their ...

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Management: Help For Employees With Learning Disabilities, Part 2

November 17th, 2014

In our first look at employees with learning disabilities, we brought up the legal obligation for employers to provide reasonable accommodation for certain employees, and we offered a few specific suggestions for helping employees with their challenge areas. Sticking to the practical application (and not the legal side of this issue), with an emphasis on caring ...

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Professional Networking: Tips For Networking Events, Part 1

November 13th, 2014

In previous articles on this subject, we've focused on curating and maintaining quality relationships as a networking strategy, including advice specifically about using online social networking for its reach and depth. Yet experts agree that you cannot do it all from a computer, that in-person networking is critical for beginning and nurturing many of the ...

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Corporate Responsibility: When A B-Corporation Is Not A B-Corporation

November 10th, 2014

We've discussed in past articles the concept of the B-Corporation, that business entity focusing on the "triple bottom line" of profit, people, and planet, where employees, the community, and the environment are considered stakeholders along with a company's shareholders. Companies that satisfy rigorous criteria set by B-Lab, the certifying ...

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Book Review: Contagious by Jonah Berger

November 6th, 2014

The phenomenon of viral videos seems to have blindsided us, come out of nowhere with the explosion of YouTube, the ubiquity of email, the thriving of social media, and the accessibility of technology that makes content production accessible. Would Double Rainbow Guy have become the sensation he was in any other area? It's difficult to say, but what ...

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Work-Life Balance: What Do Employees Complain About At The Highest-Rated Companies?

November 3rd, 2014

Many of us have come to think of work-life balance as a kind of Holy Grail of regular employment. Those of us who are super-motivated to advance in our careers by the sweat of our labor wish we wouldn't have to sacrifice time with our families, time in pursuit of other interests, a healthy lifestyle, or some kind of separation between our livings and our ...

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Tips For The Traveling Executive: Tips On Tipping

October 30th, 2014

Americans grow up with the tradition of leaving a tip (or gratuity) for service providers in many settings, so calculating an appropriate amount is no problem in a restaurant or bar. However, for the business traveler on his or her first trip, there may be many new situations where tipping is customary, and the expectations, while not difficult to get the hang of ...

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Executive Leadership: Unseen Pitfalls Stand In The Way of True Inspiration

October 27th, 2014

Even the casual moviegoer is famliliar with the basic plot of the Pixar story: a small company of creative computer geniuses, led by Steve Jobs, produced the first full-length, completely computer-animated film. That film, Toy Story, broke records at the box office and changed the creation, perception, and reception of animated cinema forever. Following Toy ...

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Just For Nonprofits: Effective Fund-Raising Is Not A Technique, It's A Way of Being

October 23rd, 2014

"Listening is not a technique. It's a way of being," say Jennifer McCrea and Jeffrey C. Walker in The Generosity Network: New Transformational Tools for Successful Fund-Raising (Random House, 2013). It's an excellent, powerful statement, and it points to something we've probably all observed about people who are truly excellent in their fields ...

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Technology Trends: Virtual Desktops, Part 1

October 20th, 2014

It wasn't very long ago that computers took up so much space that they had to be housed in separate rooms, sometimes in separate buildings, and users accessed the applications and files by logging in to terminals on their desks. As the personal computer took over, it became possible to house enormous computing power on each person's desk, something ...

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Management: Help For Employees With Learning Disabilities, Part 1

October 16th, 2014

For all the expense and the Americans with Disabilities Act has created for the workplace, it has also caused a remarkable shift in perception and attitude: in most settings, the default mood about reserved parking, wheelchair-accessible restrooms, and other mandated accomodations goes beyond acceptance into a sense of justice. This is not on a level with ...

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Professional Networking: Top 5 Tips For LinkedIn Beginners

October 13th, 2014

If you're still trying out your professional networker's starter kit and have not optimized your LinkedIn profile, this is your next step. The connectivity-challenged emerging professional with eyes on bigger things can feel as if he or she is late to the LinkedIn party or has even missed the boat. Nothing could be further from the truth, as new memberships are ...

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Corporate Responsibility: National Fair Trade Month

October 9th, 2014

October is National Fair Trade Month, as proclaimed by Fair Trade USA, a certifying body of products grown in developing nations for purchase in the United States. Dedicated to improving conditions and quality in these developing nations, Fair Trade USA puts its stamp only on products meeting its strict standards, which fall into categories of empowerment ...

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Work-Life Balance: The Digital Detox, Part 2

October 6th, 2014

In our first article on the subject, we presented the case for the benefits of a digital detox, suggesting that it can be useful to go cold turkey for a short period of time, if only to reset and fine-tune the ubiquity of our connectedness in everyday life. Now that you've had time to mull it over, you're ready to make plans for your unplugged journey, and we present ...

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Book Review: Powers of Two: Finding The Essence of Innovation In Creative Pairs by Joshua Wolf Shenk

October 2nd, 2014

John Lennon and Paul McCartney, Marie and Pierre Curie, Trey Parker and Matt Stone, Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak: creative pairs who changed the landscapes in their respective fields. What is it about these highly visible and highly successful innovators, working together, that brought about levels of creative genius seemingly unattainable by any one ...

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Team-Building: Attracting & Keeping Gen Xers

September 29th, 2014

It’s very easy to overlook the Gen Xers in your company. With Boomers delaying retirement and Millennials banging on the door with fresh, new perspective, the Xers stuck in the middle who’ve been with you for some time are most likely the steady, reliable mid-level managers you haven’t paid as much attention to. But a recent blog article for Harvard ...

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Tips For The Traveling Executive: When Mommy Or Daddy Has To Travel

September 25th, 2014

Business travel can be stressful enough under ideal circumstances. With everything you need to manage for the trip and all that's beyond your direct control, there is usually too much unpredictability for comfort, no matter how well prepared you are. Add kids to the picture and you're potentially talking about a whole new class of stress. Children of even ...

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Executive Leadership: The Presence of An Executive

September 22nd, 2014

Your experience, education, brains, and skills have put you in position to make the leap into an executive role. What could possibly get in your way? Plenty, says Sylvia Ann Hewlitt, author of Executive Presence: The Missing Link Between Merit and Success (HarperCollins, 2014). When you're competing for top positions, everyone on the shortlists is smart ...

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Technology Trends: The Right To Be Forgotten

September 18th, 2014

"The Internet never forgets," says a well-known word of caution, an easy way to remind people that if they don't want some bit of personal information to be seen by everyone, they should never post it, broadcast it, or secretly share it online. Even such supposedly show-and-erase services as Snapchat have proven to be vulnerable, and the ...

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Just For Nonprofits: Three Tips For Landing A Job That Makes A Difference

September 15th, 2014

Whether you are generally interested in serving the greater good or you are already committed to a specific social cause, pursuing a career in the nonprofit sector is a different experience from pursuing a career in other realms, according to Shelly Cryer, author of The Nonprofit Career Guide: How to Land a Job that Makes a Difference (American Humanics ...

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Book Review: Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg Mckeown

September 11th, 2014

“Have you ever found yourself majoring in minor activities?” asks Greg Mckeown in Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less (Crown, 2014). In today’s hyperconnected, multitasking world, are you spread so thinly that you can’t devote quality time or quality anything to any one pursuit? Mckeown says this is what the Non-Essentialist’s life is like, suggesting ...

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Management: Selecting For Talent First

September 8th, 2014

How do the world's greatest managers find, focus, and keep talented employees? The Gallup Organization interviewed over eighty thousand managers (and one million of their employees) around the world in order to identify what the great ones had in common, according to First, Break All the Rules: What the World's Greatest Managers Do Differently, by ...

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Professional Networking: Curating & Managing Quality Connections

September 4th, 2014

Nearly everyone in a crowded nightclub is there to have a few drinks, dance a few dances, and just enjoy the evening. Meet someone new and immediately begin talking about relationships and commitment, and you are likely to find yourself standing alone in the corner. Networking events are like these nightclubs, says Derek Coburn, author of Networking is ...

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Corporate Responsibility: Three Things It Isn’t

September 1st, 2014

It doesn’t take a lot of searching nowadays to find great stories of successful companies who have embraced their corporate social responsibility (CSR) to the benefit of their customers, employees, communities, environments, and shareholders. B Corporations certified by the B Lab organization (“the B stands for beneficial”) hold themselves to high standards ...

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Team-Building: Working With Millennials, Part 3

August 28th, 2014

In our exploration of working with Millennials, our approach was first to compare some of the ways Millennials are perceived by their more seasoned colleagues with how Millennials see themselves, paying specific attention to their desire for regular feedback, their eagerness to collaborate with others, and their appreciation for diversity and inclusion. We then took ...

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Work-Life Balance: Predictable Time Off

August 25th, 2014

The Boston Consulting Group is a multinational firm with 12,000 employees in more than 80 offices around the globe. When people accept positions with BCG, they expect to work long, hard hours. Management consulting is a demanding field and nobody thinks it’s going to be a cruise when they work for one of consulting’s “Big Three.” Yet, according to an article ...

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Tips For The Traveling Executive: Three Tips For The Trip By Car

August 21st, 2014

According to a study by the U.S. Department of Transportation*, 95% of business trips of distances between 99 and 249 miles are made by way of the traveler’s personal automobile. When that distance is increased to between 250 and 499 miles, drivers still outnumber flyers, 67% to 31%, and why not? Traveling in one’s own vehicle means no airport stress ...

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Technology Trends: The Internet of Things

August 18th, 2014

“The Internet of Things,” a phrase coined by Kevin Ashton in 1999, describes the interconnectivity of everyday objects, such as cars, household appliances, streets, front doors, toothbrushes, heart rate monitors, animals, and people. Wireless communication technology and the increasing reduction in the size of sensors that make use of it combine to make ...

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Book Review: #GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso

August 11th, 2014

“I never intended to be a role model, but there are parts of my story, and the lessons I’ve learned from it, that I want to share,” writes Sophia Amoruso, the founder, CEO, and creative director of Nasty Gal. “I have three pieces of advice that I want you to remember: Don’t ever grow up. Don’t become a bore. Don’t ever let the Man get to you. Okay? Cool. Then ...

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Just For Nonprofits: Branding For Nonprofits, Part 1: Branding Matters, But Be Careful

August 4th, 2014

In recent years, there seems to have been a flurry of rebranding efforts by gigantic corporations, tiny local businesses, and everyone in between. With the increasing ubiquity of social media as direct channels of communication from producer to consumer, the very term has been worked almost to irrelevance as anyone with a personalized domain name goes ...

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Management: You Can Learn A Lot From 131,000 Wikipedians

July 28th, 2014

Wikipedia, that ambitious crowd-sourced encyclopedia on the Internet, is an anarchy, a disorganized chaos of no rules where anyone with a computer can make changes. The hypothesis of its many believers is that over time, the crowd will get its information right, and although many high-school teachers warn their students to stay away from Wikipedia, calling ...

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Professional Networking: Your Professional Network: Is It About Quantity Or Quality?

July 21st, 2014

Today’s online social networks have made it easy to maintain ridiculous numbers of contacts we may have only peripheral (or even second-hand) familiarity with. The click of a mouse button adds numbers to our circles with little effort, necessitating the need on many of these networks to distinguish “friends” from “real friends” and “close friends,” creating ...

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Corporate Responsibility: Looking Out For All Stakeholders

July 14th, 2014

Despite popular belief, P. T. Barnum probably never uttered the phrase most attributed to him. Barnum was neither citing the gullibility of the public or espousing his model for success; rather, it was likely a business rival named David Hannum, who claimed that Barnum was charging customers for a glimpse at a giant--a faked copy of the giant Hannum had ...

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Team-Building: Working With Millennials, Part 2: Technology, Tattoos, & Shifting Cultures

July 7th, 2014

Just about every organization has a number of employees who, in addition to doing the jobs they were hired to do, have assumed responsibilities that match up with their particular skills, talents, and interests. An accountant in the business office has become the official party-planner because he’s organized, he gets along with everyone in the company, and ...

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Work-Life Balance: The Digital Detox, Part 1

June 30th, 2014

A recurring theme in the plethora of written musings on work-life balance is the ability (or lack thereof) simply to turn off. Along with the blessings our emails, tablets, laptops, smartphones, and social networks have brought us have also come the burden of it’s being too easy for our work to invade our leisure, and perhaps more impressively, of turning ...

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Book Review: Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt by Michael Lewis

June 23rd, 2014

When computers took over the buying and selling in America’s stock exchanges, they reduced what used to be a human interaction taking place in human time to a speed-of-light transaction taking place literally in the tiny fraction of a blink of an eye. With the speed of these machine-to-machine negotiations measured in microseconds, the actual prices ...

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Executive Leadership: Helping Others Helps Us

June 16th, 2014

When you interact with people who work above you, for you, and alongside you, are you more of a giver, a taker, or a matcher? Adam Grant, a professor at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, says that we can all be grouped into one of these categories. Those of us who seek to come out ahead in our exchanges with others are takers ...

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Tips For The Traveling Executive: Officing While On The Road

June 9th, 2014

Getting in some good, productive work time while on the road can be a serious challenge to those of us who shun the isolation or sameness of a hotel room. For many, the desire to be somewhere among other people, even perfect strangers, is enough to make working in solitude just about impossible. For others, a quiet space alone in an office-like ...

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Technology Trends: Social Media Policies

June 2nd, 2014

If your organization doesn’t have a social media policy, you should strongly consider getting your leaders together and assembling one as soon as possible. The news in recent years has been full of employees having a good time on the job in some destructive manner and then sharing the photos or video via Instagram, Flickr, Twitter, Facebook, or ...

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Team-Building: Working With Millennials, Part 1

May 26th, 2014

You probably don’t want every player on the football team to be a quarterback, every chef in the kitchen to be a saucier, or every musician in the orchestra to be a flautist, not when there are so many talented running backs, pastry chefs, and cellists with something great to contribute. The eldest of the Millennial generation (loosely defined as those born

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Work-Life Balance: Time Confetti, The Overwhelm, and The Curse of The Ideal Employee

May 19th, 2014

“Time confetti” is the picturesque phrase Washington Post reporter Brigid Schulte uses to describe a phenomenon most of us are familiar with: little twenty- or thirty-minute moments between dropping the kids off at soccer practice and picking up the groceries at the market in which we manage to cram a couple of emails or phone calls we didn’t get ...

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Book Review: The Extra 2%: How Wall Street Strategies Took A Major League Baseball Team From Worst To First (Ballantine, 2011)

May 12th, 2014

For ten years, Major League Baseball’s Tampa Ray Devil Rays weren’t even bottom-feeders in baseball’s most competitive division; they were the bottom that the bottom –feeders fed upon. Perennial cellar-dwellers, the team cursed itself throughout the first decade of its existence with overpriced players well past their primes, an apathetic fan ...

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Team-Building: Strong Teams Begin With Strong Leaders, and Leaders Eat Last

May 5th, 2014

Some leaders flex their muscles and brains, leading by the authority their knowledge and skills have blessed them with. Others base their power in the ability to foster communities of caring and empowerment. While both leadership styles can lead to success, Simon Sinek, author of Leaders Eat Last: Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others ...

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Executive Leadership: Public Speaking

April 28th, 2014

“In order to lead, you have to be a public speaker.” -- Julie Greenwald, Chairman/COO of the Atlantic Records Group, in Adam Bryant’s Quick and Nimble: Lessons from Leading CEOs on Creating a Culture of Innovation (Macmillan, 2014). Effective leadership means effective communication, and that communication takes many different forms.

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Technology Trends: Open Data

April 21st, 2014

If for some reason you needed to know how much money the city of Burlington, Vermont is spending this fiscal year on fire departments, and how that compares to what it’s spending on parks and recreation, the answer is just a few mouseclicks away. Similarly, you can easily know how much the city of Redmond, Washington spent cleaning ...

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Tips For The Traveling Executive: Packing Light

April 14th, 2014

If you’ve been on more than a few business trips, you already know a few things about packing light, and it seems everyone has some advice for doing it better. In addition to the physical energy it saves you while in transit, a lightly packed bag means less stress. Your goal, if at all possible, is to keep your baggage to whatever you’re allowed ...

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Team-Building: Using Pinterest For Collaborative Work & Collaborative Fun

April 7th, 2014

Team-building activities don’t have to be one-time, off-site, group bonding gimmicks. Many people on the best-functioning teams will tell you that true, professional bonding comes from doing meaningful work together. Sometimes it’s the late-night, deadline-looming, pizza-fueled, ties-loosened, sleeves-rolled-up project that does it; sometimes ...

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Work-Life Balance: How The United States Compares To Other Nations

March 31st, 2014

According to a multinational survey, the United States ranks 27th of 36 democratic, economically developed countries in work-life balance. The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development examined two indicators for work-life balance: percentage of employees working “very long hours” (50 hours or more per week) and average ...

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Book Review: How To Fail At Almost Everything & Still Win Big: Kind of the Story of My Life by Scott Adams

March 24th, 2014

“Success is entirely accessible, even if you happen to be a huge screwup 95 percent of the time.” - Scott Adams. For four years, Dilbert creator Scott Adams was unable to speak to human beings. He could speak normally when alone, or in the company of his cat, and he could perform memorized speeches, but he could not converse without his ...

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Executive Leadership: Have A Vision & Communicate It Often

March 17th, 2014

A few years ago, Google applied its vast resources to an internal problem: what makes a good manager? According to a March 12, 2011 New York Times article by Adam Bryant, it looked at its own performance reviews and feedback surveys to articulate an eight-point list of qualities that its own employees considered necessary for good managers.

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Technology Trends: Big Data

March 10th, 2014

By now, you are aware of big data and its ubiquitousness in every aspect of our lives. Every credit card purchase, Facebook “like,” coupon redemption, and web search is being logged somewhere so that someone might make a reasonable prediction about you individually or about some demographic of which you are part. Your active participation

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Tips For The Traveling Executive: Making Healthier Choices While On The Road

March 3rd, 2014

Business trips can be a strain on anyone who has struggled to habituate healthy behavior: in addition to a schedule often dictated by circumstances or other people’s needs, the stress of travel itself often results in hasty dining decisions where convenience and availability are the deciding factors. Add to that the often adventurous tone travel in ...

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Team-Building: Team Development Tales From The Trenches

February 15th, 2014

A recent, informal survey asked Facebook acquaintances to share specific experiences with team-building activities. Here are some of the more thoughtful responses we received. Successful Activities: 1. Lotus-root harvesting. “Our team had a lotus-root-picking retreat at one of our managers’ farms (lotus grows in deep, muddy ponds). I think ...

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Team-Building: What Employees Really Think of Team-Building Activities

February 1st, 2014

The truth about team-building activities is simple, yet it seems to elude executives at an alarming rate: Almost everyone would prefer not being made to do them. Of course, your employees would prefer not doing harassment awareness training, fire drills, or any number of other things you have to make them do, so if you feel team-building ...

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Team-Building: Team Development Activities That Aren't Boring

January 15th, 2014

Everyone longs for a team of employees who get along wonderfully with each other, who work well as a group, who leverage each other’s strengths, and who help each other to overcome personal challenges. A team of colleagues who genuinely care about and like each other often seems to manage itself, and when people enjoy working ...

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Team-Building: Dealing With Workplace Drama

January 1st, 2014

If there is one universal team dysfunction, it must be drama: when people are working together, there is going to be some drama, and drama can be a team-killer. Yet there is a difference, explains Marlene Chism in Stop Workplace Drama (Wiley, 2011), between the drama and your drama. The drama is simply the situation you are in, the ...

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Team-Building: Identifying & Remedying Team Dysfunction

December 15th, 2013

To identify well-functioning teams, one need only look for the winners, the ones meeting their goals and expectations. Identifying dysfunctional teams means simply looking for teams that aren’t meeting their goals. This is perhaps an oversimplification of a very complicated issue, but it remains true that a dysfunctional team is easy to spot...

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Work-Life Balance: How The Leaders At One Web Development Firm Do It

December 1st, 2013

The concept of work-life balance encompasses a wide range of professional considerations; among them are flexible hours, health maintenance, and childcare, but Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson, partners at web-application development firm 37signals, offer working away from the office as a sensible means toward that end. In ...

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Work-Life Balance: It's Really About Satisfaction

November 15th, 2013

The very term “work-life balance” implies that work is not part of life. Since the average person spends more time working than doing any other one thing, it should be no surprise that nobody seems to have balance. Balance equates to working less, according to Matthew Kelly’s Off Balance: Getting Beyond the Work-Life Balance Myth to ...

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Work-Life Balance: One Executive’s Advice

November 1st, 2013

If work-life balance were easy to attain, the bookstore shelves wouldn’t be crammed so full of advice on how to get it. The Wall Street Journal wouldn’t have dedicated an entire blog to it with an almost defeatist title like The Juggle. And relatives wouldn’t keep quoting to you that story of the man on his deathbed NOT wishing with his last ...

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Executive Leaders: Tips For New Directors & Managers

October 15th, 2013

Supervising a team of employees can be challenging for Executive Leaders who are new to management. If you are an Executive Leader transitioning from a mid-level position to a director-level position, you may feel daunted by the additional responsibilities and the differences in leading your team as a director instead of a manager. If you ...

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Executive Leaders: How To Develop Junior Staff Members

October 1st, 2013

In the competitive business world where a company’s success relies upon the strengths and abilities of its employees, many smart Executive Leaders build an efficient staff upon which they can rely. A crucial part of this process involves training and can require many hours of work for their employees, as well as both a time and resources ...

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Executive Leadership Tips For Managing Multiple Employees

September 15th, 2013

One of the most important roles an Executive Leader plays within his or her organization is managing staff. If you are at the Director or Manager level, you may often be required to oversee multiple employees – a task that some can find daunting. Here are a few tips to help you successfully manage your team: 1. Get Organized – When ...

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Executive Leaders: Learn 3 Ways To Reward Your Employees

September 1st, 2013

As an Executive Leader, you will often be faced with tough decisions. Sometimes, you may need to let a staff member go; at other times, you will be required to deal with the fallout from problems like shipping delays or server crashes. At other times, when the economy is flagging and your company’s budget is tight, you may be in the ...

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Executive Leaders: Develop Your Succession Plan

August 15th, 2013

People are constantly moving in today's business world, whether they are changing positions or changing companies. Opportunities can appear anywhere at any time, and even Executive Leaders who are not planning to move on should be prepared for that possibility. A succession plan is vital for Executive Managers to keep in mind to help ensure ...

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Executive Leaders: Learning To Juggle Your Managers & Staff

August 1st, 2013

Any Executive Manager wants his or her organization to grow and thrive. A sure sign of success is a business with more business. However, keep in mind that with more work comes more responsibilities for management and staff. To keep an organization running smoothly, Executive Leaders must know how to keep a healthy, productive balance ...

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Eight Easy Ways Executive Leaders Can Maintain Positive Workplace Morale

July 15th, 2013

Maintaining a positive workplace atmosphere is vitally important to the success of any organization. While big changes and decisions require careful thought and planning, there are some small changes you can make to keep your work environment healthy. Smile. This may sound a little silly, but a positive attitude starts with the leader. Giving ...

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Executive Leaders: The Truth About Micromanagers

July 1st, 2013

In today's business world, it is important for Executive Leaders to know as much about every aspect of their organization as possible. But when being detail-oriented interferes with employees' ability to do their jobs, then it is time to step back and re-evaluate your management style. What is "micromanagement?" "Micromanagement" is generally ...

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Executive Leaders: Increase The Productivity & Happiness of Employees Through Professional Development

June 15th, 2013

A skilled and satisfied professional staff is invaluable to a business. Executive Managers are responsible for furthering the development of their staff for both the benefit of their organizations as well as their employees. Here are some tips, benefits, and options for the professional development of your staff. Budget both time and money for employee ...

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Executive Leaders: Maintaining Your Company’s Social Media Presence

June 1st, 2013

With today's technology, Executive Leaders have a wide variety of ways to promote their businesses. While social media may open opportunities for a company, use of this technology may backfire if not used appropriately. Here are some tips for managing social media for businesses: Take the time to understand how each medium works. Social media platforms ...

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Executive Leadership Techniques: Handling A Problem Employee

May 15th, 2013

One of the greatest responsibilities and therefore greatest challenges of an Executive Leader is managing personnel. People can be unpredictable and when problems arise, it is up to the Executive Manager to resolve the issues quickly and efficiently to maintain a positive work environment. Here are some things to consider when dealing with a problem ...

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Executive Leadership Tips: Three Things Advertising Cannot Buy

May 1st, 2013

Promoting a business is often the key to its survival. As Executive Leader, it is your responsibility to showcase your organization in the best light. While advertising is the most direct method of promotion, it can only take a company so far. Additionally, it can be expensive and does not always guarantee a boost in business. Here are three essential ...

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Executive Leadership: A Balancing Act

April 15th, 2013

Leading an organization can often mean juggling concepts and issues that seem to contradict each other. It is important for Executive Managers to find the right balance for themselves and their companies. Sometimes moving in one direction or the other can improve your organization and help it thrive. Casual vs. Formal: The style of your organization depends ...

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Executive Leaders: How To Develop Your Personal Board of Directors

April 1st, 2013

As an Executive Manager, you are the ultimate decision maker for your organization. This doesn’t mean, however, that you have to make these decisions on your own 100% of the time. It is vitally important for Executive Leaders to have people outside their company on whom they can rely for advice or counsel. Having an informal Board of Directors can help

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Executive Leaders: Tips For Successful Remote Management

March 15th, 2013

A sure sign of a successful business is the opportunity to expand into new markets. If your organization expands enough—for example, if your firm opens offices in other cities, states, or even countries—it may be necessary to set up remote managers in those locations. There are many benefits to having remote managers, but also some challenges. Here are some things

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Executive Leaders: How To Support Your Employees' Professional Development

March 1st, 2013

One of the most important responsibilities of Executive Leaders is the development of their employees. An organization is only as good as its employees, and by improving your employees' skill sets, you as executive manager will improve the chances for your company's success. Discuss your employees' goals. The first step to developing your staff is to

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Executive Leadership Tips: Promote Teamwork Within Your Organization

February 15th, 2013

Most organizations need a solid group of people working together to make it successful. Executive managers need to be able to put together effective teams for projects, both in response to problems and to deal with the everyday tasks that keep a business running. Set clear goals. While each team member may have a different role, everyone should be working ...

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Executive Leaders: Trust Your Employees & Management Structure

February 1st, 2013

Growth is a sign of success, but as a business grows, the task of keeping it running smoothly becomes more complicated. There may come a time when it may be necessary for you, as an executive leader, to delegate responsibility by creating a management structure. Trust your managers. Sometimes letting go of responsibilities is very difficult, especially for ...

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Executive Leadership Techniques: Working With Limited Resources

January 15th, 2013

One of the challenges facing today's Executive Leaders is how to make their business succeed with limited resources. Although, depending on the organization, Executive Managers can get extremely creative in stretching their resources, there are some general tips on how to survive and thrive with little. Reorganize and re-prioritize. Take the time to ...

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Ten Questions Executive Leaders Should Ask Themselves

January 1st, 2013

Today's business world is constantly changing with new ideas and technologies, and in order to remain competitive and effective, Executive Leaders should frequently assess their business. Here are 10 questions Executives can ask themselves to evaluate their organization: 1. Does my company have clear goals? Each business is unique with a specific set of goals.

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Executive Leadership Techniques: How To Change Your Management Style

December 15th, 2012

Change is an ironic constant in business, as in any part of life. As an Executive Manager, you must be able to adapt to change and actively implement changes to improve your organization. One sometimes difficult but often necessary change you can make is your management style. Here are some suggestions about when and how to make adjustments to your leadership.

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Different Leadership Styles For Executives

December 1st, 2012

Just as every business or organization is a unique entity, every Executive Manager must find and develop his or her own style of leadership. Identifying the style that works for you and your business may take some trial and error, but it is worth the time and effort to optimize the relationship between you and your organization. Here are some things

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Executive Leadership Strategies: Actively Create A Positive Work Environment

November 15th, 2012

The best way for any business or organization to thrive and grow is to have a happy and fulfilled staff. As an Executive Leader, it is in both your and your company's best interest to create a positive work environment for yourself and your workers. Consistency and communication. If you expect your employees to work together as a team, they (and you) ...

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How To Build A Winning Executive Management Team

November 1st, 2012

As businesses and organizations grow, it may be necessary to delegate management responsibilities. One effective method is through a management team, which presents employers with the opportunity to widen their employees' skillsets and expand their organizations. Each company is unique, but there are some key factors for an Executive Leader to consider when building

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Executive Leaders: How To Effectively Handle Criticism & Negative Feedback

October 15th, 2012

Every Executive Leader wants their company to run smoothly and their employees to be happy and productive. There will be times, however, when leaders will receive negative feedback from their employees. It can be hard to hear this criticism, but there are ways to turn that negativity into an opportunity to improve your organization. Listen. When employees ...

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Top 5 Tips For New Executive Managers

October 1st, 2012

A new job is a fresh opportunity for anyone. For new Executive Leaders, taking charge for the first time can be an exciting but sometimes intimidating challenge. While each organization is unique, there are some global strategies that may help a new director or manager prepare for his or her new role. Set clear goals and standards. A business only succeeds if the ...

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Top 5 Things Employees Are Afraid To Tell Executive Leadership

September 15th, 2012

In business as in every part of life, effective communication is key to success. Communication works both ways through the giving and receiving of information. Ideally, employees should feel comfortable enough to bring issues to their Executive Leader, even if that issue is a criticism of him or her. The ability for employees to express problems, however, is not always an option in ...

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Executive Management: 10 Tips For Being A Solid Communicator

September 1st, 2012

Communication is vitally important for any human interaction, but in business it is crucial to the success of an organization. Executive Leaders must be able to communicate efficiently and effectively to multiple audiences in order to keep their company running smoothly. Know the audience. Whether it's customers or employees, the audience is always important. Understanding ...

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What Employees Look For In An Ideal Executive Leader

August 15th, 2012

In today's business world, it is important not only to attract ideal employees but also to keep them with the organization. Each individual looks for different things in a leader but there are some general guidelines for what employees look for in a manager or director: A boss who lets her employees know her decisions in a timely manner. Businesses are dynamic,

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Behaviors Of Excellent Executive Leaders & Managers

August 1st, 2012

Every organization needs direction, and in most cases it is up to the Executive Leader to provide that direction. Knowing your company and finding the right methods that will effectively motivate your employees is an important aspect of being a manager. Be the leader. Each business is unique in its purpose, structure, and goals, but all organizations benefit ...

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Public Relations & Advertising Tips For Executive Leaders

July 15th, 2012

Almost any business or organization would benefit from getting the word out about its services and functions. This exposure most often takes the form of either advertising or public relations. For executive leaders, exposure is a great opportunity to spread the word not only about their business in general, but also for special events and innovations.

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Executive Leaders: Learn How To Foster Creativity In The Workforce

July 1st, 2012

As the CEO, Vice President, Director, or Manager of your company, you are responsible for furthering your organization’s potential as well as devising new ways to boost your competitiveness and success. One way to accomplish this is by investing in your employees and both challenging and inspiring them to tap into their own abilities and interests to strengthen ...

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Effective Management Tips For New Executive Leaders

June 15th, 2012

Starting a business or taking the management position in an existing organization is an opportunity and a challenge for a new Executive Leader. While some individuals may already have the tools to become an effective leader, many also need management experience to establish their leadership style. Use your time as a worker to inform your decisions ...

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Executive Strategies: How To Groom The Ideal Right-Hand Man Or Woman

June 1st, 2012

A right-hand man or woman can be a valuable asset to an Executive Leader in any organization. Whether this person functions as a second-in-command or more of a personal assistant to the executive manager, this employee can benefit a company by allowing management to delegate responsibilities. This person can also act as a go-between for management and other ...

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Executive Strategies: Marketing Tips To Ensure Success

May 15th, 2012

Whether you are an Executive Leader with a full marketing team in place, a Marketing Director, or no budget for a Marketing staff, it is always beneficial for executives to possess working knowledge of marketing strategies in order to provide executive-level direction and elevate their company’s profile. Here are several tips for managers, directors, and company ...

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Executive Leadership Strategies: Creating A Balanced Corporate Culture

May 1st, 2012

Today's wide variety of newly emerging technologies, services, and industries are shaping the current workplace, and many Executive Leaders elect to adopt a more informal company culture. It is important to note that informal does not mean "unprofessional." Rather, it refers to the more casual and flexible cultures and attitudes that develop ...

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The Basics of Nonprofit Management & Executive Leadership, Part II

April 15th, 2012

In “The Basics of Non-profit Management & Executive Leadership, Part I,” we discussed the importance of hiring a well-rounded staff, knowing the ins-and-outs of fundraising, and learning to both expect hard work and reward it too. In Part II, we will be providing you with four additional tips that can help the Executive Leaders of non-profits keep ...

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The Basics of Nonprofit Management & Executive Leadership, Part I

April 1st, 2012

Executive Leaders responsible for managing a nonprofit often face a unique set of challenges that can include determining funding sources, hiring a talented and capable staff on a shoestring budget, and striking a balance between following the mission statement and growing beyond it to remain relevant and engaging in these economically challenging times.

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Executive Business Travel: Top 3 Tips For Executives Who Love To Travel

March 15th, 2012

Exotic places. Enjoyable people. Lucrative events. If you are an Executive Leader who thrives on jet-setting around the world to meet new people and market your business to potential clients both in the United States and abroad, then the life of the high-powered Executive no doubt suits you well. While this article is geared toward Executive Leaders ...

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Executive Business Travel: Top 3 Tips To Cope With Constant Traveling

March 1st, 2012

While many Executive Leaders thrive upon business travel, others view it as a vital, albeit less desirable responsibility that comes with their position. For those of you who loathe it or, in some cases, only barely tolerate it, here are 3 tips to help the task become more bearable; Tip 1: Upgrade. Anyone who has ever traveled in Economy Class on airplanes ...

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Executive Leaders: Top 5 Tips For Managing Work-Related Stress

February 15th, 2012

Whether you are a veteran Executive Leader or a fledgling Executive climbing your way up the management ladder, you will bear the brunt of work-created stress at multiple points throughout your career. Responsibility goes hand-in-hand with power, and with responsibility comes accountability and the pressure of expectations. Oftentimes, depending on ...

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Executive Leaders: Overworking Employees Is Bad For Them & You!

February 1st, 2012

Bleary-eyed, exhausted, and incoherent. Low motivation, inaccuracy, and a negative plunge in attitude. These are common traits of long-time overworked employees. If you are an Executive Leader who has advanced up the management ladder, you have no doubt seen this firsthand or, worse, been subjected to it yourself. While avoiding overworking your ...

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Executive Management Techniques: Disciplinary Measures

January 15th, 2012

Whether you are a new or seasoned Executive Leader, understanding that discipline is meant to improve and “rehabilitate” bad behavior is important. Discipline is not meant to punish an employee (although the employee may view the action as such), but to send a clear message regarding acceptable versus unacceptable behaviors in the work place.

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Executive Management: How To Be Friendly Without Being Friends

January 1st, 2012

There are many types of Executive Leaders in the world. Some steadfastly believe that maintaining close friendships with select members of their staff fosters productivity and trust, while others hold firm to the idea that friendship brings with it baggage inappropriate to maintaining the chain of command and promoting the distance required to ...

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Executive Management: How To Manage A Problem Employee

December 15th, 2011

As managers, we all have to deal with less than desirable employees throughout the course of our careers. It is important to note, however, that while an employee is placed under our management, we are just as responsible for his development and improvement as he is himself. With that in mind, here are several traditional and non-traditional tips ...

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Ensure Your Next Executive Is Savvy In International Business

December 1st, 2011

Whether your corporation specializes in the field of finance, communications, medicine, or any of the other wide range of industries flourishing in today’s business world, it is crucial that your executives possess a solid background in international business. With modern technological advances, such as electronic communication, international banking,

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Executive Management: What Not To Say To Your Staff, Part III

November 15th, 2011

In Parts I and II of this series, we listed phrases that Executive Leaders say either with good intentions or in the heat of the moment, both of which can leave their employees feeling dismissed and disappointed. In the third and final part of “What NOT to Say to Your Staff,” we will examine 3 things that Executive Leaders do—sometimes unconsciously,

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Executive Management: What Not To Say To Your Staff, Part II

November 1st, 2011

In Part I of this series, we covered 3 common phrases Executive Leaders use (often with good intentions) that can insult their employees. In Part II we will cover 3 phrases that, while you may be tempted to use them in the heat of the moment, should never cross your lips. For those managers and directors who think, “I would never say that!”

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Executive Management: What Not To Say To Your Staff, Part I

October 15th, 2011

While you may be thinking, “I know exactly what I shouldn’t say to my staff—I just use my common sense!” the truth remains that many Executive Leaders, however well-meaning, will unintentionally insult their staff at some point during the course of their employment. This may involve unthinking gestures or body language, but most commonly managers insult through careless words.

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Surprising Yet Common Executive Pitfalls, Part II

October 1st, 2011

In our last article, we wrote about the surprising, yet common executive pitfalls of stage fright and extreme control, which can often be difficult to conquer, especially for bright young executives who may have enjoyed a meteoric rise to their executive position. In this conclusion to our two-part series, we will cover two more limiting executive habits and ...

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Surprising Yet Common Executive Pitfalls, Part I

September 15th, 2011

In the business world, oftentimes Executive Leaders are promoted to positions of authority and power through less traditional routes. It is becoming more and more common to see younger, successful men and women advancing quickly through companies on the strength of their ideas, innovative and cutting-edge solutions, educational background, and ...

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3 Executive Best Practices To Help You Stay Ahead Of The Game

September 1st, 2011

1. Learn New Technology – Whether you are the CEO of your company, an Executive Vice President, or a Manager, reading up on the latest technology can keep both you—and your company—both relevant and useful. Regardless of your industry, there are many ways that you can harness technological advancements for your professional benefit.

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Executive Habits Holding You Back, Part II

August 15th, 2011

In our previous article, Executive Habits Holding You Back (Part I), we warned executive leaders about overpromising and under-delivering, as well as the dangers of accepting all business invitations. In Part II, our focus expands to those habits that directly influence the workplace and the staff under an executive’s command.

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Executive Habits Holding You Back, Part I

August 1st, 2011

The right executive leader can make or break a company. Everything from staff performance to client relationships to product success can hinge upon a leader’s direction and vision. Executives must therefore be on top of their professional game at all times and ensure that they are both setting a good example for their staff and conducting themselves in a manner that will reflect well upon the company and themselves.

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How Executive Leaders Earn Respect

July 15th, 2011

Whether you are the CEO, COO, or the Vice President of your company, your management style plays a key role in the amount of respect you command from your employees. While the old adage, “Do what I say, not what I do,” can often be considered a privilege of executive power, it is not always the appropriate approach to take when responsible for the work ethics and results of your team.

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Executive Business Travel: Tips To Manage Your Office From Afar

July 1st, 2011

Business travel. Vacation. Meetings. Regardless of why you leave the office, it’s a fact of business life that at some point you will be away from your desk and far from your staff’s view. While you may be traveling out of state, or even out of the country, it is still up to you to determine what impact your absence will have on your staff and whether you leave them struggling—or secure.

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Hiring The Right Executive Can Propel Your Company To Success

June 15th, 2011

Whether you are a major corporation or a small business, your success or failure lies with the executive at the helm of your organization. He is in charge of making the company’s most crucial day-to-day decisions, reversing the direction of the company when necessary, and charting a course for the company’s development and growth.

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Executive Writing 101

June 1st, 2011

As a busy Executive, you most likely have a staff member assigned to creating your professional communications to constituents and clients, such as Messages from the President and official notifications to staff. However, every once in awhile there will be an important letter or email that requires your personal touch and that you prefer to compose yourself from beginning to end.

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Executives & Ethical Responsibility

May 15th, 2011

One of the most crucial traits of today’s Executive Professional is ethical responsibility. Possess a solid sense of principle and your staff will follow you, your constituents and clients will trust you, and employers will hire you. Conduct yourself in a disreputable fashion and you will build a reputation infused with negativity, doubt, and suspicion, and only likeminded associates will flock to you.

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Press Release Tips For Executives

May 1st, 2011

If you are an executive in a non-profit or corporation interested in announcing a major event, leadership change, or news-worthy occurrence, you are most likely considering launching a press release. If this is your first time preparing a press release, how do you go about writing one and launching it online? Start with these two fundamental tips.

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Executive Leadership Techniques To Motivate Your Team

April 15th, 2011

As an executive, you will often be responsible for managing teams of people and directing them in their projects. Sometimes you will oversee employees who are hard workers, take initiative, and always strive to do their best; other times, you will be placed in charge of those who need additional guidance or development to reach their potential.

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Hiring Best Practices For Executives

April 1st, 2011

Many of the best employers and hiring authorities today do not limit their candidate screening to a simple resume or cover letter scan. Successful recruiters rely upon a variety of hiring best practices throughout the executive search recruiting process in order to identify the most promising executive job candidates for their position.

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Effective Qualities in Today’s Executive Leaders

March 15th, 2011

To many hiring authorities, selecting the perfect executive candidate for an open position can be a daunting process. The candidate you select will be entrusted with managing teams of employees and contributing to the overall success of the firm. Regardless of your industry or firm size, however, there are a number of key qualities that can help you distinguish a winning leader...

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How To Balance Your Executive Career & Your Personal Life

March 1st, 2011

Many executives believe that to achieve success in today’s competitive and fast-paced world, they must sacrifice their personal lives and the dream of ever maintaining a work-life balance. This does not necessarily have to be true. How do you join the ranks of executives who cultivate a healthy work-life balance? Start with these three tips.

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How To Determine & Articulate Your Salary Requirements

February 15th, 2011

Job seekers are often faced with the dilemma of whether or not they should include salary requirements in their professional resume. For those of you pondering the pros and cons or trying to determine an appropriate salary range, we have compiled a list of tips to help you make an informed decision.

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10 Job Interview Action Items

February 1st, 2011

To most job seekers, including executive candidates, the job interview process is intimidating. For some, it can be as nerve-wracking as public speaking or watching your stocks plummet. Job seekers are expected to know things like how to dress for a job interview, ways to prepare for tough questions, and how to answer articulately and confidently.

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3 Things Your Resume Says About You

January 15th, 2010

Resumes come in many sizes, from the sleek 1 to 2-page overview to the detailed, five-page behemoth. However, page length aside, there are five objectives that all professional resumes should accomplish, each of which communicate your unique skills, experience, and knowledge to job interviewers and executive recruiters. Find out what your resume has to say about you:

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5 Ways To Compete In Today’s Aggressive Job Market

January 1st, 2011

The priorities of today’s hiring managers have changed drastically over the past year to adapt to the challenging economy. They are no longer interested in increasing company capacity, introducing new systems and equipment, or spending money on new investments. Today’s hiring managers are focused on optimizing staff and systems efficiencies, eliminating unnecessary cost, and seeing an immediate return on their investments.

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