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Leadership

The invisible bonus: connecting your employees with a higher purpose

A couple of weeks ago, Kate and I interviewed a client about the notion of culture – what creates a strong culture, how it’s preserved, and what organizations can do to make sure all employees feel like they’re part of it. During our conversation, our client referred to the notion of an “invisible bonus,” or the idea that a company’s mission,...

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Managing for strengths

Think back to the last performance review you received. How did the conversation go? Maybe you spent a little time at the beginning hearing about your strengths and the things you do well – just enough time to feel a little boost of self-confidence, until wham! Your reviewer has moved onto your weaknesses, perhaps described as “opportunities for improvement.”How much...

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Speech writing 101

Last week, I faced an enormous writing challenge - one of the most daunting I've faced in a long time. I had to write a speech for my younger sister's wedding. I struggled for weeks to come up with the appropriate balance of genuine emotion, humor and storytelling. Thankfully, the speech was a rousing success, but the writing process got...

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Quote for the Day

"In reaffirming the greatness of our nation, we understand that greatness is never a given. It must be earned. Our journey has never been one of short-cuts or settling for less. It has not been the path for the faint-hearted - for those who prefer leisure over work, or seek only the pleasures of riches and fame. Rather, it has...

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Here’s to big dreams

In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr., here's a link to his most famous speech, both text and video. Even simply reading it on the page, it's a fantastic speech that never fails to give me chill bumps. Here's to big dreams, courage and the relentless march of progress:I Have a Dream...

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Corporate Speak is Punishable By Death: Part 2

Drum roll, please! Here's the conclusion of the top 10 words and phrases we'd like to eliminate from all business communications materials: 6. Leverage I'm really embarrassed to admit this, but I only recently learned that leverage is a noun, not a verb. I've seen it used almost exclusively as a verb throughout my professional career. Besides the fact that it's completely...

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Corporate Speak is Punishable By Death: Part 1

If you've visited the Brilliant Ink website, you may have seen reference to 10 words and phrases we've pledged never to use when developing communications materials for our clients. "Never" is a strong word, and I don't mean to imply that we're inflexible. Instead, it reflects our belief that words have power and meaning, and relying on trite sayings and...

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