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Keep The Fire Burning

Keep The Fire Burning

This past summer, we took a couple of occasions to address the need for business professionals to take an occasional break—a vacation from work, even a brief one—and gave you tips on how to cope with the mountain of must-do’s waiting...

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Back to School Again

Back to School Again

It happens every year around this time. The days get just a little bit shorter, the breezes just a little bit cooler, and the leaves on the trees start showing just a faint trace of….orange.  (See what I did there?) Yes, it’s September, and that...

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Welcome Back!

Welcome Back!

A couple of weeks ago, we posted a few words about the importance of summer vacation, but left out one of the main reasons that managers sometimes avoid taking one: coming back to a monstrous pile of work that makes you regret ever leaving. Okay...

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Make Training a Treat

Make Training a Treat

Root canal. Tax audit. Lost wallet. Those all rank among the most dreaded two-word phrases in the English language. But to that list I’ll add a fourth: Mandatory training. (Be honest—you grimaced, right?) Well, while there’s pretty much no...

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One Life Left

One Life Left

Well, it’s July, which means it’s time for the one memo I send each year that I hope you’re NOT reading in the office—because that’s our topic: not being in the office. Or more specifically, the importance of time off. It’s no secret that...

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Above and Beyond!

Above and Beyond!

Today, let’s start out with a riddle: what are two words in business that can mean the exact opposite of what they mean? Answer: good enough. Because we all know that good enough isn’t always good enough….if it can be better. We’ve all seen this...

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Thanks for Coming to Work!

Thanks for Coming to Work!

Frequently when we discuss the importance of positive feedback and praise for employees, at least one seasoned supervisor will shoot back, “why do we need to thank them for doing their jobs? Isn’t that what we PAY them for?” Well, yes, as a...

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It Happens Every Spring

It Happens Every Spring

Well, we’re a few days into the spring season, so it’s a good time to discuss an annual tradition near and dear to the hearts of all of us (and our mothers)…..spring cleaning. But before you throw on your old t-shirt and grungy sneakers, hold up...

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It’s Not Easy Being Green

It’s Not Easy Being Green

Happy St. Patty’s Day! I hope you find yourself surrounded by lots of green….in the business world, never a bad thing. But let’s talk for a minute about a different kind of green—the green of an inexperienced new hire, who may or may not be...

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