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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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Inklings

Hey there, Brilliant Blog readers – the holidays are now upon us. See what’s caught our eyes on the web this week and see you in 2015!Align Your Time Management with Your Goals – Having goals and utilizing time management techniques are important. Do you have these two aligned?How We Trick Our Brains Into Feeling Productive – Everyone procrastinates differently – do you agree that it’s procrastination, nonetheless?Why Your Email Sign-off Matters More Than You Think – How much thought do you put into your email sign-offs? Read about one person’s rationale regarding these farewells.How to Have a READ MORE ››



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Happy Holidays!

If my own experiences along with my favorite episodes of the Office are any indication, employees expect a holiday party but dread it in equal measure.Holiday parties also bring up a million questions: Will I need to find a date? Is my boss going to talk about our new project for hours on end? What if that certain coworker has one too many cocktails and tells someone that instead of meeting with our vendor that time, we spent the hour at Sephora? Suddenly a fun event turns into a stressful affair.Brilliant Ink recently tackled our own holiday party with our trademark thoughtfulness, style and READ MORE ››



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Inklings

The weeks seem to be whizzing by and the weekend is here, once again! Read what’s been circulating around the web this week:8 Creative Ways to Reward Your Employees – The end of the year is nearing. Here are some ways to tell your employees and co-workers, “thank you!”How Changing Your Breathing Can Change Your Life – We tend to not think twice about breathing. However, conscious efforts to control it have benefits.Being a Good Leader Makes You More Attractive – Not all attraction is physical. Read this article to find out why.How to Make Every Employee a Star Employee – Credit and recognition READ MORE ››



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Showing & Telling

Sharing is caring. I’m sure most of you have heard this phrase all your lives. But, what does it actually mean? We set out to find out in this quarter’s test kitchen project.We decided to bring it back to those elementary years and tell a story about our hobbies. Each weekly team meeting concludes with a Show and Tell. This allows for each team member to share their personal experiences. I’ve now learned the ins and outs of roller derby, that one of my co-workers loves to dress up her dogs in insanely awesome costumes, the joys of arts and crafts, makeup and henna, and even the announcement of READ MORE ››



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Inklings

The weekend is almost here! Read through some interesting articles circulating around the web this week:31 Traits All Great Leaders Share – These traits have been identified over the course of many years. Do you agree? 21 Practical Ways to Overcome Your Fear of Networking – Networking seems to be one of those words that either interests people or makes them cringe. Either way, some good tips are always welcome.  The Biggest Factor That Will Help Your Company Innovate – Is recruiting top notch talent the answer? What are your thoughts? Spectacular Historic Infographics Now Available As Posters READ MORE ››



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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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