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The Value of Values

Searching the website of any company, you are likely to come across a list of values. These lofty ideals often include words like “trust”, “integrity” and “excellence”. While these are all wonderful concepts, what do they really mean? And what does it look like to live out those values at an organization?As Brilliant Ink celebrated its 6th anniversary this month, we took some time to review and evaluate our current values: Creative, Strategic, Confident, Obsessed with Quality, Trend-Setters and Fun. All these values are great, but we wanted to ask ourselves if they really felt personalized to READ MORE ››



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What Came First – the “Chicken” or the Dictionary?

“But if thought corrupts language, language can also corrupt thought.” - George Orwell, 1984I recently listened to a TED Talk given by language historian Anne Curzan on “What Makes a Word Real.” Not only does she have great stage presence and sense of humor, she raises interesting questions that most of us have probably never considered. What makes a word, a word? How does a word get into the dictionary?  Are slang words like “YOLO” and “hangry” real?As a writer, communicator and lover of words, I often refer to a dictionary or thesaurus to spice up my prose, and not once have I questioned the READ MORE ››



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Inklings

Happy Friday! Check out our favorite bits of brilliance from around the web this week:What to Do on Your First Day Back from Vacation – Typically, you want to plow through e-mails and get back up to speed when returning from vacation. But, as a leader, you should take this opportunity to ensure that everyone is motivated and on the same page.How to Actually Stop Checking Your Email All the Time – Do you find yourself checking your e-mail around the clock? Here are some tactics you can employ to stop doing so and gain productivity.How To Trick Your Brain To Hold On To Positive Habit Changes – READ MORE ››



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In Pursuit of More

It’s September again, one of my favorite months of the year. Fall is on its way (or summer, if you’re in San Francisco), kids are headed back to school, and we get to celebrate another anniversary for Brilliant Ink. This year it’s birthday #6, and while there’s nothing particularly special about that number, it’s been a momentous year for us. We hired two new employees, opened a New York office, awarded our first college scholarship and hosted the first employee engagement hackathon – all good stuff. As always, I feel a little amazed and gratified at how much we’ve been able to accomplish as a READ MORE ››



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Going Places, Going Strong

Brilliant Inkies have a bit of an obsession with meaningful work, and especially helping girls and women pursue passionate, purposeful career paths. It’s why we recently established our Brilliant Futures Scholarship in partnership with Girls Inc. of Alameda County, and why we’ve teamed up with Dress for Success for their Power Walk and annual gala. More recently, we were privileged to lead two of their Professional Women’s Group (PWG) meetings in San Francisco and New York. The PWG offers employed Dress for Success women support, practical information and inspiration to achieve self-defined READ MORE ››



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Outstanding Openers

“Every story creates its own rules...and it does that from the very first sentence.” This is one of many gems from my creative writing professor at the University of San Francisco. Since it’s back-to-school time, I thought I’d hit the books and share a few knock ‘em dead opening lines that might inspire you, whether you’re introducing a newly designed orientation program, drafting talking points for a leader or pitching a creative idea to your team.   But first, what professor in his or her right mind would suggest establishing brand-new rules for writing? When it comes to opening sentences READ MORE ››



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Inklings

Greetings, Brilliant Blog readers! It's Friday and you've come to the right place to help kick off your weekend - read some of our favorite articles that we discovered this past week.This Is What It Really Means to Love Your Employees – Almost everyone thrives in environments where they feel like they are cared about and valued. “Compassionate love” is a “social, ‘other-focused’ emotion, promoting interdependence and sensitivity toward other people.’” And it is this type of love, that when put into practice, can make a huge difference.The Bizarre Way One Boss Motivated His Team – Most of us READ MORE ››



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Inklings

Even though the last bits of summer seem to be flying by, take some time to celebrate that it’s Friday! What better way to do so than by reading some of our favorite articles from around the web this week – check ‘em out!  Simplifying the Bull: How Picasso Helps to Teach Apple’s Style – While you may not be school's biggest fan, would you reconsider taking a class if it was at Apple? New employees at the tech giant often take a few Apple courses, where they learn about the history of the company, as well as information relevant to their positions. Do you think this is an effective component of READ MORE ››



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Secrets of a Celebrity CEO

A few weeks ago, a friend sent me a link to this article, exclaiming, “Can you believe how much these employees LOVE their CEO?!” Just in case you don’t have 6 ½ minutes to spare watching the video that accompanies this article (though you really should watch, because it’s quite a spectacle!), allow me to summarize: The CEO of online luxury retailer Net-a-Porter, Mark Sebba, was retiring after 11 years at the helm of the company, which has grown from a tiny online retailer to one of the most popular fashion websites with 2,600 employees worldwide. Employees decided they wanted to give their READ MORE ››



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Inklings

Friday, Friday, Friday! Peruse through these bits of brilliance we’ve compiled from around the web this week – relax, enjoy, and ponder :)92% of Companies Recruit on Social Media—Are You Prepared? – In another tab on your browser right now, you’re most likely logged into some social media site. But wait! Before you close it out, perhaps you can use it to land yourself a job. Read on to find out just how this may be the case!6 Crazy Startup Ideas That Hit It Big – Many successful businesses/companies started off as “crazy ideas.” Check out six startups that are now referenced in everyday READ MORE ››



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