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Best Practices

Doing More with Less

I’m sure I’m not alone here, but as a working parent with three small children, I am challenged every day to do more with less. More planning, more organizing, more thinking, more housework, more peacemaking, more teaching, and more learning. All with less time, less energy, less sleep, less focus, and less patience. People ask me all the time, “How do...

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Speaking Our Language: A Brilliant Career

We have brilliant friends at Brilliant Ink, and we’re excited to share their insights through our new series: Speaking Our Language. Here, we’ll be sitting down with experts to chat about all things employee experience to uncover even more ways to empower your people. First up, an interview with a recent retiree on what makes for an engaging career.   In today’s...

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How to Overcome Writer’s Block

“It’s hard to write, darling, but it’s harder not to” As communicators, writing is part of nearly everything we do in our professional and personal lives. Through our words we bring a company’s culture to life, convey tough financial or personnel news, or take a public stance on a topic that can either resonate with or goes against our values. Sometimes it...

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Finding Your Unique Strengths

When I imagine a career path I typically envision a straight diagonal line going up or the proverbial vertical ladder there to climb. But in my experience, none of these images resemble the reality that is a career. Career paths are more like a jungle gym where you play, discover, and gain strength. What I’ve learned about strengths is that you...

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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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Seven Wicked Smart Tips from Communications Experts

Do you ever leave a conference chock full of ideas and new contacts? After Advanced Learning Institute’s 5th Annual Strategic Comms Conference, I certainly did! If you missed it, check out some awesome nuggets (and sorry if you get a serious case of FOMO):   “Learn your employees’ love language.” - Speaker from Pernod Ricard What a great reminder to get to...

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You Find What You Seek

We’re often asked to look for opportunities as consultants — which is code for: all of the things that are broken, ineffective, mocked, archaic, damaged, and all-around terrible. While valuable at times, it’s all too easy to get caught up in that mindset and start to see problems everywhere.   I’ve always had a special talent for finding problems. I can look...

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Benefits of a Vacation

Summer, summer, summertime!     Summer is usually all about sunshine, swimming and BBQs. For many adults, it also means personal time off of work.   The benefits of personal time off are well documented. However, getting out of the office can be tricky business. In our hyper-connected world, it’s nearly impossible to unplug. Even when people do, the fear of missing out...

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Peer-to-Peer Recognition Programs We Love 

Here is an interesting fact: 60% of companies fund at least four to six different types of recognition programs. While this is a promising statistic, I wonder how many of those programs are peer-to-peer recognition programs. Does it matter if you have a peer-to-peer recognition program? The short answer is yes.   Peer-to-peer recognition programs uncover wins that a manager might not...

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Walk It Out

How many times have you found yourself looking at the clock during the workday and realized that you haven’t moved very far from your screen?     While it’s often tempting to just stay put and “power through” your to-do list, there are significant productivity - and not to mention health - benefits of getting up and going for a stroll. Not sold...

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