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The Power of Performance Reviews

As the year is winding down (can you believe Thanksgiving is this week?!) most of us are thinking about what we’ve done over the past year and what’s next for 2015. This also means its time for the performance reviews. Instead of dreading this yearly ritual, here are a few ways to use it as an opportunity to give employees an honest review of their work and contributions as well as motivation for the future:Nothing should be a surprise. One of the keys to an effective performance review is working at it continuously. Regular check-ins throughout the year allow you and your employee to be on READ MORE ››



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Inklings

As the week draws to a close, take a moment to celebrate and see what articles caught our eyes this week:4 Reasons to Praise Employees' Effort, Not Talent –Inspire, improve and encourage from within. Which tactic do you believe is most effective?Half of Employees Don’t Feel Respected by Their Bosses – It comes as no surprise that respect is an important aspect in any and all relationships. For leaders and employees, it is arguably the most valued.7 Daily Mantras To Boost Your Productivity – Daily mantras can help guide us through our days – see if any of these align with your daily routine. 24 READ MORE ››



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Recognizing Brilliance

The end of 2014 and beginning of 2015 is right around the corner. Perhaps you’re starting to brainstorm ways to recognize your people as 2014 draws to a close or looking to set up some sort of recognition system for the new year. While many different types of incentives exist, I’d argue that some of the best forms of recognition cost less, but are more meaningful!    - One idea for how to structure your system is to create a recognition box. Throughout the month (or for whatever duration you desire), managers and co-workers can write “shout outs” to one another and essentially nominate each READ MORE ››



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Inklings

The weekend is here, Brilliant blog readers! See what bits of brilliance have been floating around the web this week:Want to Make Your Employees Happy? Ask Them to Do Something Hard – Some research has identified a correlation between those who felt challenged at work and those who are satisfied. Do you agree?An Exercise to Become a More Powerful Listener – Listening is a powerful skill. See how it affects your relationships with those around you.3 Clever Typefaces That Solve Every Day Problems – Many of us have preferences when it comes to which typeface we use. Did you know that some were READ MORE ››



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Inklings

Hey you, Happy Friday! Take a moment to peruse our weekly roundup of interesting articles:Will 20 Minutes Of Exercise Make Us Happier And More Productive? – Most of us know that exercise is good for us. While our busy schedules often seem to get in the way, have you considered exercising to tackle all of our daily tasks?6 Vacation Spots That Will Force You to Unplug – Even when on vacation, do you find it difficult to “unplug”? Here are six places where unplugging is the only option.31 Genius Tips for Making Your Workday Easier – Countless tips about making your workday easier exist, but it READ MORE ››



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Think BIG

“An essential aspect of creativity is not being afraid to fail.” – Edwin Land, American inventorWhen the Brilliant Ink team came together at our annual team offsite and begin rethinking our company values, one that we very quickly agreed on was CREATIVITY. In the previous version of our company values, we defined creativity this way: “We deliver the most creative work possible, within the confines of our clients’ and audiences’ needs and stated objectives.” But as we got deeper into discussion, it became clear that the way we feel about creativity runs a lot deeper than the awesome work of our READ MORE ››



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Inklings

Happy Halloween! See what’s been circulating around the web this week:11 Secrets of the World’s Most Powerful Business People – We often seek advice from successful people. Here are secrets from eleven well-known business people.9 Tricks to Design a Cool Office on the Cheap – Many of us are affected by our surroundings, whether at home or in the workplace. Simple and easy tricks can help transform office spaces.  More Data Won’t Turn Employees into High-Performing Machines – Technology is undoubtedly integrated into our everyday lives. How should we place employees into this context? Here’s READ MORE ››



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Happiness: Only a Mug Away

For many people onboarding is simply a process to go through when you join a new company. Boxes to check off and steps to complete. Attend orientation, check! Meet your team, check! Get your computer, check! Make sure it works, hopefully check! But for me, onboarding is the entire reason I’m here.I met the team at Brilliant Ink long before I called their office home. They were warm, welcoming and smart right from the get go and were obviously pros at helping companies exude those same qualities. They were masters at navigating the onboarding experience and had a passion for treating employees READ MORE ››



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The power of purpose

It’s true – most companies have some sort of philanthropic affiliation or platform that they boast and celebrate, but how many companies see it as more than a box to check off? I’m very happy to say that I work for a company that truly believes in the power of purpose, so much so that we collectively decided to include “meaningful contributions” as one of our new company values.Earlier this year, we launched a CSR platform of our own to promote economic independence for girls and women through education and job skills. We volunteer with nonprofit organization Dress for Success and established READ MORE ››



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Inklings

It’s time to kick off your weekend celebration – see what’s been circulating around the web this week:What This Algebra-Doing Camera App Actually Solves Is A Marketing Problem – Wouldn’t it be convenient to be able to take a picture of an algebra problem and allow an app to solve it for you? Most likely answer to this question would be “yes.” And what if, more importantly, this app also solved a marketing problem? Even better.Google's Inbox App Wants To Read Your Email So You Don't Have To – Google revealed a new project called “Inbox.” It’s supposed to help you organize your emails. Take a READ MORE ››



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