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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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Meaningful Employee Recognition Programs That Don’t Cost a Thing

To combat my end-of-ski-season blues, I’ve been dreaming about a pair of expensive, tricked-out skis. They’ll help me float through any snow conditions, backwards or forwards, and are magenta, a huge selling point for me. So, should I spend more than a month’s rent on them? The jury’s still out. But when it comes to recognizing your people, do you need the latest and greatest flashy technology? I’d argue that there are plenty of ways to help your people shine without spending a dime. Here are a few things to consider: First, consider your culture. Like any initiative, think about what will READ MORE ››



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Dancing like Maniacs

Today we had a dance party. That’s right – a dance party. Arms were flying, legs were kicking and booties were swaying. Right there in the middle of the office, we danced around for five minutes to a peppy song without judgment or chatter about work. And no, we haven’t lost our minds.As our fearless leader Liz Kelly mentioned in her blog about finding wisdom at work, movement throughout the day is essential for clear minds and efficient work. At Brilliant Ink, we’re making the conscious effort to get up and get moving. Here are a few things we’re trying:Walk & TalkOne-on-one meetings, updates READ MORE ››



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The Worst Interview I Ever Had

I thought I’d found the perfect job for my next career move as I was finishing up my MBA. It was doing strategic communications for a large Austin-based technology company (hint: it rhymes with Bell) and I’d done a couple of rounds of phone interviews. The team seemed great, the work was interesting and I was excited that they’d asked me to fly out for a final round of interviews. With a company provided plane ticket, rental car and hotel information in hand, I boarded the plane out of San Francisco hopeful about the future.We know from our Employee Experience Survey that 89% of employees say READ MORE ››



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Inklings

Happy Employee Appreciation Day! Here are some things to think about as you head into your weekend:3 Signs You’re Being Too Nice to Your Team- Being “too nice” can hinder employees’ growth. We gathered some advice on entering into this zone.How to Be More Appreciated at Work- Become more appreciated at work. Check out our simple tips to garner an engaging environment.The Secret to Starting a Big Project at Work: Treat it Like an Adventure – Ready, set, go! Take on new projects as if you we’re traveling to an unfamiliar place.Your Coaching Is Only as Good as Your Follow-Up Skills – Ever find READ MORE ››



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Finding Wisdom at Work

When was the last time you had a truly extraordinary day at work? I’m lucky enough to say that mine was yesterday, when I attended one of the most interesting daylong events of my entire career.The event was Wisdom at Work, which was held in conjunction with Wisdom 2.0 – a conference that explores the intersection of mindfulness and technology, and that has drawn 2,500 attendees to San Francisco this weekend.Wisdom at Work was considerably smaller – only 50 attendees or so – and it’s designed to create a space for participants to explore their gifts and true purpose, and discuss how to READ MORE ››



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