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  • Blog Post: How Networking year round is essential for Business Growth

    The enthusiasm of conference attendance fades quickly. Sometimes those business cards get tossed out along with the hotel card key. Despite our best efforts, we often don’t continue our networking efforts beyond the yearly conference—which becomes a wasted opportunity. But as Jeff Shuey explains...
  • Blog Post: How Personal Branding helps retain your Best Employees: an Interview with William Arruda

    Companies that invest in personal branding exercises for their employees routinely report higher morale, improved performance, and increased satisfaction. Employees who go through these personal branding exercises are happier, more motivated, and find more fulfillment in their jobs. We had the exciting...
  • Blog Post: Everyday Lessons from Adventures in Business I: the Rise of the Xerox Corporation

    This summer Bill Gates shared 6 book recommendations as his summer reading list. One of his picks was Business Adventures by John Brooks—a hand-me-down recommendation from Warren Buffett that Gates claims is still the best business book he's ever read. Unfortunately, this book is pretty...
  • Blog Post: Celebrate Working Parents Day with These 2 Life Lessons

    Working Parents Day recognizes the hardworking moms and dads who put in long hours on the job and at home. It's not easy to find work-life balance , and when you have a family to take care of, it can seem even more elusive. The origins of the day suggest it's a time for kids to give back: do...
  • Blog Post: Why Good Leaders Foster Cooperation, Not Competition

    In many ways, working on a team can be a lot like high school sports. Is the team fraught with internal competition and distrust or is it tight-knit with a common objective? Internal competition undermines good work and taints collaboration that could lead to amazing work. Even if you've never...
  • Blog Post: 3 Key Benefits of Being a Mentor

    Mentorship, a kind of unofficial business relationship where you offer career guidance and advice to someone in your industry, is a key part of professional development for both mentor and mentee. Businesses rely on tribal knowledge and strong interpersonal relationships, and mentoring provides those...
  • Blog Post: No Job Too Small: When The CEO Works in the Call Center, Everyone Wins

    To celebrate Boss/Employee Swap Day, the first Monday after Labor Day, when teams (specifically, bosses and their employees) are encouraged to communicate openly with each other, we have a direct question: Could you, right now, walk into your company's customer service center and do a CS rep's...
  • Blog Post: To Stay 20/20, Try 20-20-20

    It's hard to avoid looking at a screen all day. Desktops, laptops, tablets, mobile devices—using them involves staring at a screen. Researchers are at work on technology that can adjust displays so you don't need a corrective lens , but in the meantime most of us are struggling with less...
  • Blog Post: Mind Over Matter: the Zen Approach to Innovation and Productivity

    Mindfulness practice has permeated many aspects of Western culture—from stress-reduction therapy to everyday business practices. Mindfulness is an approach to increasing awareness of oneself and one's surroundings. Mindfulness practice began with Buddhist meditation but is being adapted to...
  • Blog Post: 3 Business Lessons from the Playground

    Naptime. Recess. Eating paste. Some things about preschool don't carry over into our adult lives, but many of the lessons we learned on the playground are applicable to our work and our businesses. Those fun-filled days of reading about Clifford and letting our imaginations run wild prepared us for...
  • Blog Post: Vacation Right—4 Tips for Unplugging When You Leave the Office

    The rise in mobile tech has made it possible to work remotely—but it's also made it harder to truly disconnect during that much-needed vacations. Just in time for that summer trip, here are some tips for unplugging the right way—before, during, and after your next vacation. Set...
  • Blog Post: Turning Community into Currency: How Startup EvyTea Grew From a Dream

    How does a young entrepreneur come up with a product, manufacture it, distribute it, and sell it all on her own? Just ask Evy Chen, founder of EvyTea, a premium cold brewed tea company based out of Boston that's transitioned from startup to scaling up in just 2 years. For Evy, it took a great deal...
  • Blog Post: Launching Your Personal Search for Success

    "No one can tell you how to succeed," says G. Richard Shell, Professor of Legal Studies and Business Ethics and Management at The Wharton School. "No one can tell you what success is. It's your journey, your definition, and your capabilities that are the secret" So, then, how...
  • Blog Post: Living the Purpose Economy: How Businesses Thrive by Making a Difference

    Why do you work? To pay bills? To advance your career? Because it’s what you love to do? According to author, entrepreneur, and CEO Aaron Hurst, we’re in the midst of a new economic era, one that is driven and organized around the creation of purpose for people (not just information, goods...
  • Blog Post: The Millennial Job Candidate & Why Your HR Team Will Grow to Love LinkedIn

    Millennials (or Generation Y: born early 1980’s-2000’s) are entering the workforce in droves. More than half of them are now employed or seeking employment, and the influence they exert is changing how business operates. They’ve been alternatively described as “the new breed of...
  • Blog Post: Lively CEO Dean Graziano: “Culture isn’t the most important thing; it’s the only thing”

    At the end of October, we had the chance to sit in on a Q&A session with Dean Graziano, Founder and CEO of Lively (a mobile music app available on Windows 8, iOS, and Android), at the Seattle Interactive Conference. Intrigued by his advice for business owners, we reached out to Graziano for a follow...
  • Blog Post: Sell to the biggest spenders in the world

    The federal government is the biggest spender in the country, and maybe even in the world. Every year they spend hundreds of billions of dollars on products and services. Large corporations also allocate part of their yearly budget to small businesses and diverse suppliers. Microsoft, which is just...
  • Blog Post: Theresa Mintle: Teaching Tech to Grow Jobs

    We had the opportunity to sit down with Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce CEO Theresa Mintle to talk about a top priority on her policy agenda—creating more jobs in the Chicago area. According to Mintle, technology is the key to small business growth, and leveraging local education institutions is...
  • Blog Post: The True Value of the Remote Worker

    A recent survey revealed more creative professionals work outside the office today than three years ago. The demand for mobile work environments is widespread among today’s workforce—not just creatives. Some companies are embracing this trend, as it gives them access to a wider base of professionals...
  • Blog Post: The Real Image of Women in the Workplace

    Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In organization, a nonprofit dedicated to providing advice and support for women, is partnering with Getty Images to help diversify and update their stock photo collection of professional businesswomen. The partnership’s aim is powerfully simple: address outdated or...
  • Blog Post: 5 Tips for Making Yourself Heard

    What’s your nervous tick? Finger cracking, eyes darting all over the room—that quiver in your voice just as you begin to speak? Let’s face it: on a scale of “love it” to “dread it,” the majority of us barely tolerate or else absolutely avoid public speaking....
  • Blog Post: Intuitive Mediation: Negotiating a Lifetime

    Whether you’re struggling with a difficult customer or arguing with your spouse, negotiating effectively is crucial to leading wisely and living well. For Erica Ariel Fox, a long-time lecturer at Harvard Law School and founding partner at Mobius Executive Leadership, understanding your “inner...
  • Blog Post: How to Thrive in a World of Mediocre Feedback

    Before you tell me how to do it better, before you lay out your big plans for changing, fixing, and improving me, before you teach me how to pick myself up and dust myself off so that I can be shiny and successful—know this: I’ve heard it before. I’ve been graded, rated, and ranked...