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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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Inklings

Goodbye to the work week and hello to the weekend. Check out this week’s bits of brilliance from around the web:The Best-Performing CEOs in the World – Take a look at the rankings, detailing which CEOs are considered the best-performing. Any surprises?Eric Schmidt on the special trait of Google’s top talent and how to attract them – Do you wonder how Google recruits top talent for its company? Read about these tips Google follows.Announcing The Winners Of The 2014 Innovation By Design Awards – Fast Company holds an annual Innovation by Design Awards and Conference. Starting with 1,587 READ MORE ››



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A Brilliant Intern Experience

Internships. When I began college a little over three years ago, I never would have anticipated how often I would hear that word or how much emphasis and importance people around me placed on them. To be honest, the thought of having to navigate through the entire process of applying to internships, interviewing, and working with way more experienced people than myself, scared me. However, my fears were allayed as soon as I first interacted with Brilliant Ink. From the start, I felt welcome and knew I wouldn't be the filling the stereotypical intern role of taking people's coffee orders and READ MORE ››



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Cabin fever

Years ago, a friend said to me, “You get cabin fever at work.” I was chatting her ear off on my commute cross-town, and I didn’t quite know what she meant at the time. Recently at our team off-site, I realized what she had been trying to tell me: I couldn’t always be myself at work.At Brilliant Ink’s recent off-site, we all articulated the importance of feeling respected, trusted, supported and celebrated for our differences. (There’s a lot of research that acknowledges the importance of celebrating differences. I’ll share in another blog post.) But we were talking about more than simply the READ MORE ››



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Inklings

Cheers to the weekend! Here’s our weekly roundup of interesting articles from this week:3 Perfect Ways to Wrap Up Your Answers in an Interview – Ever find yourself at a loss for words after answering an interview question? Read about some ways in which you can effectively wrap up your responses.Harvard Says the Best Thinkers Have These 7 ‘Thinking Dispositions’—Critical thinking involves exploring your ability to do something.  Discover the attitude of the mind.3 Amazing Mind Tricks to Help You Remember More Information – In a world where we are constantly bombarded by information, it’s READ MORE ››



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Inklings

Friday is here! Kick off your weekend by reading some of these brilliant articles we found circulating around the web this week:5 Ways to Work from Home More Effectively – Working from home is becoming increasingly more common. Some people claim that they are able to get more work done, while others confess that they wind up distracted. Either way, here are some tips to help with your productivity.The Ways Big Cities Think About Large-Scale Change – We are constantly experiencing change. Check out how big cities think about large-scale change and how their practices are applicable to READ MORE ››



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Forget balance…aim for fulfillment!

I’m not a huge believer in astrology, but as we kick off my birthday month (October 14, gifts welcome!), I have to admit, I’ve always felt my astrological sign, the Libra, was a good reflection of me. Libras, represented by the scales, are all about balance. And the concept of balance is certainly a defining element of my personality – I’m always looking to weigh both sides of any argument, I often try to balance varying viewpoints before making a decision, and I tend to take a very diplomatic role on any team I work in. Similarly, I’ve long sought to achieve balance in my life – balancing READ MORE ››



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Inklings

Happy Friday, Brilliant Blog readers! Check out some of our favorite articles we stumbled across this past week:Standing Desks Are Coming to Schools, To Cure Obesity And Increase Attention Spans – Studies show that the practice of standing while working and learning lends itself well to improving attention spans.10 Tech Terms You've Definitely Heard But Probably Don't Know the Meaning Of – We live in a world where we’re constantly bombarded by new jargon and it’s easy to mix terms up. Here’s some clarification on tech terms you’ve most likely heard and may even use.How to Command a Room READ MORE ››



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New Year, New Values

It’s not quite 2015 yet but you wouldn’t know that around here! As clients are either moving into new fiscal years or waist deep in 2015 planning, we are looking with an eye to the future!Last week we shared how our team revisited our Brilliant Ink values during our own 2015 planning offsite and reflected on what we value and how we could reshape our narrative to better fit our team. After a few sticky notes and friendly negotiations on semantics, we collectively agreed that these four ideas better represented what we value most, both as individuals, and as a company: Creative Expression READ MORE ››



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