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What if limitations were a good thing?

“There is no art without limitation.” – Oscar Wilde *One of my favorite creative writing professors mentioned this quote last week while we were discussing the idea of control and constraints within writing. As short story writers, we had been tasked with crafting “short-shorts,” so instead of luxuriously developing a story over 15 pages, we had a few paragraphs to compose a beginning, middle and end. The exercise was difficult – really difficult – but I found it freeing at the same time. I couldn’t rely on background summary or long chunks of dialogue to create meaning.As I cut my short-short READ MORE ››



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Wake Up & Dance!

If life is one epic adventure on this small planet we call home, then it is our duty as stargazers and swashbucklers to live each day as if it were our last.That was the opening sentence to the invitation we received to “Wake up and dance on a boat in support of Nepal” from the good folks at Daybreaker, a morning movement that promises to start your day off unlike anything else. After attending my first Daybreaker event on May 6, I can happily confirm that they stayed true to their promise.When I boarded the beautiful Hornblower Infinity with my fellow Inkies at 6am, I had a very vague idea of READ MORE ››



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Walking in Harmony

 Walk, step, groove and move! That’s exactly what occurred this past weekend at Dress for Success’ Power Walk. At Brilliant Ink, we’ve made it a tradition to support an organization that lights the way for advancing women’s career development. Hint: it’s majorly important to us.This year we raised more than $3,000 (Shoutout to all our donors!) for San Francisco and New York affiliates – we even landed the top fundraising spot in SF. It was nice to see our teams grow with family, friends, loved ones, and some furry companions too. This wouldn’t be possible without our commitment to corporate READ MORE ››



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Inklings

Check in to the weekend & check out this week’s Inklings:The 8 Simple Habits of Incredible Bosses – Be the best boss you can be. We believe in that statement. This Clever Seat Belt For Your Desk Chair Will Force You To Sit Up Straight In The Office – Experience back pain? If you sit at a desk for most of your workday, this may be a helpful tool.  11 easy tips for finding exactly what you want on Google – Google is probably your primary search engine. However, you may not know about these incredible tips.4 Fun Ways to Make Work a Place You Want to Be – Jump on in! Check out these slides to READ MORE ››



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Make meaning in 60 minutes – GO!

What would you do if you had $20 to give away to complete strangers in 60 minutes?That was the challenge our Brilliant Ink team faced as part of our most recent Test Kitchen project. This quarter, we’re working to bring our new values to life. Every other month, we’ll pick a new value to focus on, and plan a unique activity to put it into action. And while that concept on its own might sound like a bit of a snoozer, we are, of course, putting our own brilliant spin on it. We are taking turns planning “Super Secret Happy Hours” - the idea being that our activity will be kept secret until it’s READ MORE ››



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Inklings

Welcome to the weekend – but first, kick it off by taking a look at these articles that caught our eyes this week:Emotional Intelligence Doesn’t Translate Across Borders – Emotions are complex. How do the cues we usually use to determine how others feel differ by country? RIP Email: What Digital Messaging Will Look Like in 2020 – Many of us send e-mails on a daily basis. Some predict that e-mail will be obsolete by 2020…do you agree?  30 Behavioral Interview Questions You Should Be Ready to Answer – It’s often tough to anticipate what questions your interviewers will ask. However, here are READ MORE ››



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The (Em)POWER(ment) Walk

One thing we all share at Brilliant Ink is our passion for empowering women and girls, in all aspects of life.  We deeply value opportunities to give to our communities and partner with organizations like Dress for Success, which promotes the economic independence of disadvantaged women.  Throughout the year, we are involved with a number of Dress for Success causes, including their annual Power Walk. And this year, we Brilliant Inkies will be headed out to San Francisco on Saturday, May 9th, to get our blood pumping and help inspire women all around the world.Interested in participating? Here READ MORE ››



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Inklings

Friday. Inklings. Read away.40 Organizations Leading the World in Employee Engagement – Wonder which companies are ranked the best in employee engagement? Here they are.  This May Not Surprise You: Only 10% Of Managers Have What It Takes To Be Managers – Peep at this advice for current managers or those aspiring to be great leaders.3 Ways to Seem Powerful, Not Petrified, at Your Next Presentation – Public speaking is one of those things that people either seem to love or hate. Regardless, here are some helpful tips to help you prepare for your next presentation. How Writing Content Can Make READ MORE ››



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Four Ways to Rethink the Daily Grind

 Last week, I joined a new friend for tea and to swap stories about our work. As I was explaining that Brilliant Ink helps other companies create meaningful employee experiences, I mentioned that a key area we focus on is “the daily grind” – i.e., the period of time after the newness of a job wears off and you settle into a routine. My friend scrunched her nose and asked me a simple question. “Why does it have to be a grind?”   Great question, and to tell you the truth, I didn’t have a good answer. I spend a lot of time thinking about company culture, especially the one I’m responsible for READ MORE ››



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Inklings

Hooray for Friday! See what’s been circulating the web this week:The Benefits of Unplugging as a Team – Do you prefer reading from a screen or from a physical book you hold in your hands? See what some have to say about technology and how we use it.30 Super-Critical Non-Verbal Cues in Business – You’ve probably been told over and over again that your body language matters. What specific stances and behaviors are most important?7 Ways You Can Unlock Your Hidden Emotional Intelligence – Just what exactly IS emotional intelligence? Unlock yours.The Unexpected Move That Will Strengthen Your READ MORE ››



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