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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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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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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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As the week draws to a close, take a moment to celebrate and see what articles caught our eyes this week:4 Reasons to Praise Employees' Effort, Not Talent –Inspire, improve and encourage from within. Which tactic do you believe is most effective?Half of Employees Don’t Feel Respected by Their Bosses – It comes as no surprise that respect is an important aspect in any and all relationships. For leaders and employees, it is arguably the most valued.7 Daily Mantras To Boost Your Productivity – Daily mantras can help guide us through our days – see if any of these align with your daily routine. 24 READ MORE ››



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Recognizing Brilliance

The end of 2014 and beginning of 2015 is right around the corner. Perhaps you’re starting to brainstorm ways to recognize your people as 2014 draws to a close or looking to set up some sort of recognition system for the new year. While many different types of incentives exist, I’d argue that some of the best forms of recognition cost less, but are more meaningful!    - One idea for how to structure your system is to create a recognition box. Throughout the month (or for whatever duration you desire), managers and co-workers can write “shout outs” to one another and essentially nominate each READ MORE ››



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The weekend is here, Brilliant blog readers! See what bits of brilliance have been floating around the web this week:Want to Make Your Employees Happy? Ask Them to Do Something Hard – Some research has identified a correlation between those who felt challenged at work and those who are satisfied. Do you agree?An Exercise to Become a More Powerful Listener – Listening is a powerful skill. See how it affects your relationships with those around you.3 Clever Typefaces That Solve Every Day Problems – Many of us have preferences when it comes to which typeface we use. Did you know that some were READ MORE ››



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Hey you, Happy Friday! Take a moment to peruse our weekly roundup of interesting articles:Will 20 Minutes Of Exercise Make Us Happier And More Productive? – Most of us know that exercise is good for us. While our busy schedules often seem to get in the way, have you considered exercising to tackle all of our daily tasks?6 Vacation Spots That Will Force You to Unplug – Even when on vacation, do you find it difficult to “unplug”? Here are six places where unplugging is the only option.31 Genius Tips for Making Your Workday Easier – Countless tips about making your workday easier exist, but it READ MORE ››



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