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Pitch Perfect

It was 1994. Sandwiched between my brother and sister in the back seat of a teal blue rental car, I could not put down Hemingway’s A Farewell to Arms. We drove past rugged, snow-capped mountains on a road trip through western Canada, and much to my parents’ dismay, I missed it all because I.could.not.put.that.book.down.We all have our favorite authors, and as communicators, we think about telling compelling stories every day. But do you consider taking a storytelling approach when you’re presenting to execs or pitching an idea to your team? I admit that I probably don’t. That’s why I recently READ MORE ››



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Where good ideas come from

 What environments foster unusually innovative ideas? This is a question that Steven Johnson, bestselling author of Future Perfect, sought to answer at a recent talk that I had the pleasure of attending.Steven highlighted common themes he’s come across on where good ideas come from: The slow hunch – Contrary to the myth of the "eureka” moment, truly transformative ideas come on slow. This allows ideas to go through an incubation period and mature over time. Steven advises to keep your hunches in mind and keep them alive, even if you aren’t sure just what to do with them yet. The adjacent READ MORE ››



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Inklings

We all know what day of the week it is- Friday is upon us! Relax and catch up with what caught our eye on the web this week:Inspirational Career Quotes-Need some pep in your step? This will contribute tremendously in maintaining your focus and making you work that much harder.Seizing the Opportunity in Employee Activism- Leadership within brand engagement is on the rise. Check out this infographic by Weber Shandwick.Searching for Tomorrow’s Talent- Is an employee’s personality more important than skills? This new study seems to think so.7 dead-ends on your website and how to fix them- Make READ MORE ››



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The more things change, the more they stay the same

Last week, I had the pleasure of presenting Brilliant Ink’s Employee Experience research to a group of 70 internal communications and HR professionals at The Business Development Institute’s Internal Communications and Leadership Forum. The forum included presentations from several industry leaders and a lively panel discussion on the convergence of internal communications and social technologies. While the session certainly raised some important questions around how companies can engage employees in a rapidly changing world, I left with a feeling that what’s always mattered in terms of READ MORE ››



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Thanks, Gloria

Without leaps of imagination or dreaming, we lose the excitement of possibilities. Dreaming, after all, is a form of planning. – Gloria SteinemWomen’s rights activist Gloria Steinem turned 80 years old this week. To be honest, I don’t know much about her but I have always loved some of the quotes attributed to her, especially the most unfiltered and prickly ones (for example, “The truth will set you free, but first it will piss you off”).However, the fact that I don’t know much about her is perhaps a testament to her overall success. My generation was more or less right after hers, and I feel READ MORE ››



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Social Media: Sharing is Caring

Social media- you love it, hate it, obsess over it, or could care less about it. Either way, it continues to rapidly change and become increasingly embedded in most media we consume.So why do we share and what is the importance of sharing online?  A recent Harvard study, examined the relationship between self-disclosure and the release of dopamine. Spreading thoughts via social media triggers the brain’s feel-good neurotransmitter. Our own Employee Engagement Survey shows engaged employees are more likely to be using social media than less engaged employees. Perhaps, those individuals more READ MORE ››



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Inklings

The weekend is here! Now is the time to get some reading, rest and relaxation in. We have done the research for you, so take a glimpse at what we’ve gathered from around the web this week.How to Hire the Perfect Person Every Time- Searching for great talent? Apply consistent interviewing to your hiring process and base your decision on the company’s core values.85 percent of Employees would leave their Current Job for a New One – LinkedIn’s Talent Solutions infographic explains the global and cultural differences that contribute to career changes.Want Your New Employees’ Personal Commitment? READ MORE ››



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Stopping to smell the roses and finding joy in the small things

We’ve been testing out Gratitude at Work as our team has been recording what we’re grateful for and sharing it on BinkPositive, our Tumblr. After a month, we took a few moments to reflect on how this idea, which started out as one of our Test Kitchen ideas, is playing out in our daily lives. From reliving our daily entries to relishing in the little things, check out how Team Brilliant Ink is feeling more grateful these days: “A gratitude journal mobile app is like today’s modern-day version of stopping to smell the roses. Is it sad that I need a daily reminder to pop up on my phone to READ MORE ››



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Inklings

It’s Friday!! Check out these fresh and interesting articles, we discovered while surfing the web this week. Enjoy Habits 101: Essential Things You Should Know About Your Everyday Behavior- The ways in which we approach our daily habits determines how well we succeed. Think twice.10 Ways to Make Sure New Employees Love You- Want employee engagement advice? Peep our awesome infographic, featured in The Daily Muse.Bay Area Office Perks- Treat your employee right- it’s simple.Mindfulness in the Age of Complexity- As distractions become increasingly more common, staying present in all things is READ MORE ››



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Hacking the Employee Experience

One week ago today, nearly 100 people joined us at the Autodesk Gallery in San Francisco for the first of its kind event: Hack the Experience, a hackathon with the (ahem) modest goal of revolutionizing the employee experience.When we began planning this event nearly a year ago, we had a vision – to bring together people with responsibility for driving employee engagement in their own organizations (corporate communications, HR, OD and CSR professionals) for a free-flowing exchange of ideas that would address some of the most common challenges of employee engagement. We also had no idea what READ MORE ››



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