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Wednesday, February 19, 2014 - 9:00am
Beth Braccio Hering
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Could You Use a Coach?

While medal-winning athletes may be the top attention-getters at the Olympics, most give a great deal of credit to their coaches. So important is this role that the U.S. Olympic Committee came up with The Order of Ikkos, a special medal that each U.S. Olympic or Paralympic medalist can present to his or her coach to acknowledge the person’s contribution to achieving world-class success. (Ikkos is the first recorded Olympic coach in Ancient Greece.)

Athletes may be expected to have a coach, but people in “regular” careers often think of one as a luxury. Some people, however, find employing one to be money well spent. A professional can help a worker pinpoint...

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Wednesday, February 19, 2014 - 7:00am
Bobbi Dempsey
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Cyber Assistant: Bananatag Email Tracker

You probably spend a lot of your working time writing, planning or organizing emails. So it can be very frustrating when those messages you spent so much time and energy on then seem to just disappear into some black hole in cyberspace, never to be heard from again.

We all know how frustrating that post-email silence can be. If the email is something important (and likely most of them are) you are then forced to nag the intended recipient to try and confirm whether they did indeed receive your message.

Wouldn’t it be great to have a tool that lets you know for sure if someone received and read your email—without having to annoy your contacts with those annoying “read receipt” requests? Well, that’s exactly what Bananatag was designed to do.

This email tracking...

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Tuesday, February 18, 2014 - 11:00am
Beth Braccio Hering
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Happy Birthday to John Travolta

Ah, how time flies. One minute, you’re a swaggering teenage sweathog, the next you’re turning the big 6-0. He may be getting mail from the AARP, but admirers of all ages still love everything from John Travolta’s sparkling blue eyes to his make-you-smile dance moves. (Fans in Los Angeles are gathering today in his honor to take part in a massive sing-along screening of his classic film Grease.)

Like most of us, however, Travolta has had his ups and downs. What can you learn from his multi-decade career? Consider the following:

Don’t let one set-back define you.

Remember the 1978 film Moment by Moment? If...

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Tuesday, February 18, 2014 - 9:00am
Beth Braccio Hering
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Workplace Culture:  Office Olympics

In honor of the Winter Games in Sochi, consider boosting workplace morale by hosting your own Office Olympics. The energy, teamwork, and fun created can be the perfect antidote against the blahs of this never-ending winter. (If management seems resistant, ask if they’d consider it as a fundraiser for charity.)

Some companies like to pit different departments against one another, while others prefer to mix teams in order to build new bonds. Coming up with team names, colors, costumes, and perhaps even flags adds to the spirit – especially when presented in an “Opening Ceremony.” Event possibilities are endless (though anything involving throwing office supplies seems to go over especially well). Design an obstacle course to be completed in high heels. Shoot rubber bands into an...

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Tuesday, February 18, 2014 - 7:00am
Bobbi Dempsey
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Productivity Tip: Plan Short Breaks Every Hour or So

You might be surprised to know that one of the most common productivity tips cited by experts involves not doing any actual work at all—for a few minutes, anyway.

It may sound counter-intuitive, but taking (short) breaks can actually help you get more done. As this article notes, your brain can only focus on one task for a maximum of about ninety minutes at a stretch. After that, you start losing energy and concentration.

This doesn’t mean you should leave the office—or even your workspace—every hour, as that may not even be possible. But you do need to give yourself some sort of mental break from the task you were working on, especially if it’s something challenging that...

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Friday, February 14, 2014 - 11:00am
Beth Braccio Hering
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Making the Most of a “Starter” Job

Some people believe they will come out of school and land their dream job. In reality, though, workers oftentimes need to take a position that doesn’t quite measure up. Perhaps they want to get a foot in the door with a company any way possible, or maybe financial circumstances make it impossible to hold out for something better. Whatever the reason, treating the job with respect rather than simply as a “starter” can help the employee develop knowledge and connections that may prove useful down the line.

“There’s no such thing as a ‘worthless’ job,” says career development expert Vicky Oliver, author of 301 Smart Answers to Tough Business Etiquette...

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Friday, February 14, 2014 - 9:00am
Beth Braccio Hering
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Surveys about Work and Love

In honor of Valentine’s Day, here are some interesting findings about work and love:

Your boss may be great, but you don’t want to date.

The Marlin Company – a workplace communications company – asked some 750 workers this question:  “Assuming it was possible, would you date your boss?” Only 2% said “yes,” with a solid majority, 78%, saying “no.”

Work can get you out of a bad date.

Need a quick, believable excuse to get away from spending the evening with Mr. Wrong? One in ten respondents in a survey conducted by Workplace Options admits to having...

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Friday, February 14, 2014 - 7:00am
Bobbi Dempsey
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Featured Job Opportunity: Assistant at Electricity Group

We know many of you are seeking a new (or better) job, so to help you uncover valuable opportunities, we'll be spotlighting a job of the week. This week, we’re featuring an opportunity for an executive assistant to the CEO of the California ISO, which handles the transmission of electricity along long-distance power lines in most of California.

Based on Folsom, California, this position provides high level, confidential executive administrative support to the office of the CEO and will be responsible for managing CEO's schedule and workload to ensure adequate preparation for meetings and other engagements. This person coordinates and participates in Executive Team meetings; schedules meetings, develops agendas, obtains briefing documents, and distributes materials 24-48 hours in...

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