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Author:Ann Melinger

The Big Ten

If you ask people what’s significant about September 2008, most will cringe as they recall the bankruptcy of Lehman Brothers and the global financial crisis that followed. But for Brilliant Ink, that date holds a lot more significance, as it marks the birth of our company. It seems a little crazy looking back now, to launch a business in the face...

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Meaningful Connections

Making meaningful connections, instead of small talk

A few weeks ago, several Brilliant Inkies, myself included, attended ALI’s 5th Annual Strategic Internal Communications Conference in Boston. It was an excellent gathering of professionals representing a wide range of industries, organizations, geographies and backgrounds. (My colleague Becky, shared one of her personal highlights from Crayola, and Kate shared some of her all around favorite wicked smart takeaways.)   One of...

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GDPR: What the What?

In recent months, you may have noticed that many of the websites you visit are asking you to acknowledge their updated privacy policies. You can thank GDPR for that. The GDPR — which stands for General Data Protection Regulation — calls for stronger data protection rights for people in the European Union and officially comes into effect on May 25....

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Employee Experience: Whose Job is it Anyway?

Original blog post featured on Poppulo. This time of year, publications and websites are clamoring to share their predictions for the year ahead. “2018 will be the year of [fill in the blank]” and you’ve got yourself a winning headline. Personally, I start to tune out these predictions and proclamations, but when Forbes declared 2018 the year of Employee Experience, I...

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Small team, big strengths.

Because Brilliant Ink is a fully remote team, with employees spread across the country, our annual company retreat has become a sacred time for us. We gather for two days to unplug from our day-to-day work and refocus on some of our bigger priorities - connecting as a team, growing as individuals and developing as an organization. And with a...

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GPTW Great Place to Work

GPTW: Learning from the best of the best

  Last week, I attended the Great Place to Work Conference in Chicago. This enormous and well-attended conference is hosted annually by the Great Place to Work (GPTW), which developed and publishes the 100 Best Companies to Work For list in Fortune magazine, among many other top workplace awards. 2017 marks the 20th anniversary of the Fortune 100 Best List, and GPTW...

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Stop begging candidates

Stop begging your candidates!

  We have been doing a lot of work lately helping our clients to define their Employee Value Proposition (or EVP), and one thing that I’ve LOVED seeing is how many of our clients are embracing the fact that their company isn’t for everyone. All too often, companies are so focused on “selling” their workplace to prospective employees, that they lose...

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employee experience

The Employee Experience Summit Recap

Last week, I had the pleasure of chairing the Advanced Learning Institute’s Employee Experience Summit here in New York. It was tremendously energizing to step away from my daily work and spend a few days with so many super-smart people who care so deeply about creating meaningful employee experiences. When you consider that the average worker spends about 90,000 hours at...

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Life lessons from a tough professor

Sure, it’s a bit of a cliché, but a recent blog post by Syracuse University’s Chancellor Kent Syverud got me thinking about how the people that push you the hardest are often the ones who have the most profound effect on your life. I’m always proud to tell people that I went to Syracuse University and attended the prestigious Newhouse School of...

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