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Inklings

Happy Friday, Inklings readers! See what’s been trending this week:5 Ways To Get Out Of A Funk – Got the winter blues? Try these tips to shake those funky feelings.Assessment: Should We Pursue This New Project? – Which questions should we be asking ourselves and colleagues to determine if we should pursue new projects? Here’s one checklist to try.How to Name Your Company (Infographic) – Have a great business idea but aren’t sure what to name it? Consider this.Which Is Better, To Be a Jack of All Trades or Master of One? – Perhaps it’s possible to be a bit of both.               How READ MORE ››



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Life's Little Blessings

When I was interviewing with Brilliant Ink, I remember being impressed by the unlimited vacation policy, generous bonus program, and attractive benefits, but I never thought to inquire about the company’s maternity leave policy. Perhaps I’m wrong here, but unless having a child is in your immediate future plan, a maternity-leave policy isn’t even a thought in your mind – at least it wasn’t with me. That is, until I found out I was expecting.Suddenly, I felt stressed and overwhelmed about how little I knew about maternity leave. How much time will I be able to take off to spend with my newborn? READ MORE ››



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Inklings

The weekend is just around the corner. And this week’s Inklings have arrived – check them out:3 Expert-Backed Tips for Achieving Your Biggest Goals – Most of us are quite proficient at setting goals…it’s achieving them that sometimes seems to be the problem. How do you get to the stage of reaching them?Stop Trying To Bribe Your Employees And Do This Instead – Bribery versus intrinsic motivation –which engages you more?Great Leaders Are Self-Aware – Do you agree that self-awareness is an essential characteristic of successful leaders?Project Manage Your Life – Project management skills are READ MORE ››



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Hearts Forward

Giving back has always been a part of who I am, and being part of a company culture that continually shows appreciation for others is vital to my workplace happiness. It keeps our people engaged, conveys a sense of purpose and allows us to contribute to something bigger than ourselves. Our CEO recently stated that as an employee engagement agency, we’re in the pursuit of “making businesses more human.”This statement stuck with me, as I tend to think companies are just in the business of making money rather than creating a better world. I did a bit of research and discovered that corporate READ MORE ››



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Inklings

Friday has landed and the Inklings are here. Read away:The Rise of Social Graphs for Businesses – See how social graphs are beneficial for companies.11 Stats That Prove Stress is Bringing You Down – Most people admit that they’re stressed. But what does all of that stress cost us?From Chipotle to Starbucks: How Brands Create 'Catalyst Moments' – It takes a lot to grab people’s attention nowadays. How do some companies prove to be successful again and again?A Simple Challenge That Will Unlock Your Inner Brilliance – Making something difficult for yourself can set your excellence free.   READ MORE ››



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All Hands In

Does the thought of an all-hands meeting make you cringe? If you said “yes”, you’re certainly not alone. Last week, we held a brainstorming session to revisit all-hands meetings. Since I personally enjoy our weekly team meetings, I’ve wondered why my friends who work at other companies lean the other way. We started by considering these three items: 1) what we like to know during meetings, 2) how we like to feel, and 3) what we should be able to do. Here’s where we landed (and these could apply to events beyond simply all-hands meetings):1) Know. What's really going on Business READ MORE ››



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Inklings

January seems to be zipping by and Friday is here, once again. See what’s been trending on the web this past week:3 Steps To Regaining Your Focus – When delaying work, is your first instinct to pick up your phone? Here are three tips on how you can avoid distractions.The 7 C’s That Will Help You Communicate Better – We are constantly in communication with others. How can we improve this skill?4 Ways to Impress a Hiring Manager Before You Even Walk in the Door – Nervous about making a good first impression? Maybe these tips can help you out.4 Ways to Make Conference Calls Less Terrible – READ MORE ››



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Inklings

Your weekly Inklings are back! See what’s caught our eyes so far in 2015:11 Time-Saving Tools You Won't Believe Your Office Survived Without – We’re constantly looking for time-saving tools. Some prove to be useful, while others fall by the wayside. What do you think about these ones?Here's The Tough Interview Question One Tech CEO Always Asks – Here’s one interview question interviewees should be prepared to answer.10 Tips for Leadership When You’re Not the Boss – Refining leadership skills can be tricky, but here are a few to get you to the top.How A Completely Disorganized Person Managed To READ MORE ››



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Deciding on Opinions

Do other people’s opinions really matter?This question has come up every so often throughout my entire working life. At work, I’m a person who cares about what other people think. That quality has served me well in my career, but has also provided me with crippling stress and a need to analyze situations to death – just ask my husband. This dynamic is made especially complicated by working in environments where the opinions of managers, leadership, clients and peers impact your perceived value at a company, your career progression and your beloved year-end bonus.When you work in a matrixed READ MORE ››



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One-word resolutions

Of the 44 percent of Americans who made a New Year’s resolution*, how many stick to their goal? The figures vary, but none of them tell a happy story. If you’re like me, you’re tackling 10 resolutions at once and feeling exhausted by the end of January. So, I’m shaking things up this year and trying something different: a one-word resolution. Like the name says, choose one word to focus your energy on and use it to inspire and guide you 365 days a year. (This isn’t a brand new idea, by the way. Google it.)I first heard about this idea at a Winter Solstice party held by a friend where everyone READ MORE ››



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