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Business Success Stories Are Not Always What They Seem

  If you enjoy reading business materials like me you have probably read hundreds of articles and dozens of books on best practices in business. These sources can fall into two extremes, on one side business resources can be filled with numerous success stories without scientific backing and on the other hand, resources that are…

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Take a Selfie, Science links to Happiness

Personally I do not like selfies, however, I came across some interesting research that changed the way that I viewed selfies and could possible change your perspective as well.   I was reading Stumbling on Happiness by Daniel Gilbert which describes the science of how well can the human brain imagine its own future and…

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Water Cooler Talk Can Save Your Company

John – “Hey Sally, how was your weekend?”   Sally – “Hey John, my arm started to talk to me and told me to buy a lottery ticket.”   John – “Say what?”   In the middle of your day, if you were to perk your ears up, after a few minutes you would probably…

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Why People Fail at Setting SMART Goals

Unless you have been living under a rock, you probably have heard of SMART goals (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, Timing). Though, how many times have you sat down with a team, set a goal to finish a project or feature by a certain time, but failed to hit the mark? Probably all of us. Missing…

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7 Ways to Make Sure People Show Up On Time

You hate it, I hate it, everyone hates it, but it still happens. People show up late to meetings no matter how many reminders they receive. The corporate workplace is notoriously known to have people not respect meeting times while other environments like the military, are extremely consistent. Unfortunately, corporate managers cannot yell, scream and…

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Reduce Your Email Inbox by 47% With This Tip

As they say curiosity killed the cat and email killed the employee. However, emails are one of the greatest conveniences ever created: we can send our coworkers to-do lists in an instant to make it look like we are busy, communicate with our customer’s overseas while in our pajamas, and tell the whole company what…

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What can Software Engineers Learn from a 3x Olympian?

This past weekend, I had the pleasure of spending time with a past coach, mentor, and 3x Olympian, Tore Gustafsson. From our conversation, I was inspired to write this article in the hope that other software engineers could benefit from this Olympic advice for improving productivity to superhuman levels. Tore recently came back from Rio where…

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