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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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Inklings

Everyone, it’s Friday! You know what that means – time to check out some bits of brilliance from around the web this week!8 Totally Overused Clichés That Will Actually Help Your Job Search – Some people love ’em, some people hate ’em. What do you think about these cliché phrases? And what about in relation to your job search?3 Simple Ways to Love Your Job (Any Job!) – Is it possible to love any job?  Try out these tips and see!  What Your Office Jargon Says About You – Do you find yourself using “office jargon”? Check out this interesting article, analyzing the vocabulary you use at work and READ MORE ››



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The Employee Life Cycle --> The College Student Life Cycle

Ever since I began my summer internship with Brilliant Ink, I’ve caught myself making connections between the work we do and my everyday life. The other day, I was roaming the UC Berkeley campus and noted how many freshman orientation groups populated the area. It didn’t take long for the feelings of nostalgia to set in and I thought about my own first day, three summers ago. I suddenly realized I lived through a so-called college life cycle just how those in the workforce experience an employee life cycle at every job they hold. There are numerous experiences which parallel the stages of READ MORE ››



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Inklings

Friday is here and so is your weekly roundup of brilliant articles from around the web! Check them out and kick off your weekend! 10 Things You're Doing At Work That Say "I Don't Care" – We’re constantly trying to do the best work possible. Here are ten things that some people do unconsciously that say “I don’t care” – don’t worry, all are fixable!7 Tips to Become a Productivity Superstar – Increasing productivity levels always seems to be a goal we work toward – check out seven tips about how you might go about doing so!22 Ingenious Products That Will Make Your Workday So Much Better – Check READ MORE ››



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Welcome Back!

Coming back from maternity leave is not easy.  In fact, it’s something I dreaded after the birth of my first son. I remember looking at the calendar with nervous anticipation as each day passed knowing that I was one day closer to returning to work, one day closer to leaving my sweet little baby at home.  The prospect of being confined to my role as a cog in a corporate machine that was not sensitive to work-life balance made me feel trapped and unfulfilled in the weekly grind.Fast forward 3 years to last week when I returned from maternity leave for the second time.  It was still tough READ MORE ››



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Only You Can Stop Word Crimes

Grammar nerds rejoiced last week when Weird Al Yankovic released with parody of the 2013 smash summer hit Blurred Lines, with his linguistically delightful song and video about Word Crimes. His opening verse states:If you can't write in the proper wayIf you don't know how to conjugateMaybe you flunked that classAnd maybe now you findThat people mock you onlineHe goes on to skewer text speak, the inability to understand homophones and using quotation marks as emphasis. I had a good chuckle while listening to the song.Reflecting on grammar puns has been particularly relevant as I’ve been working READ MORE ››



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