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Performance is Complicated

Generic Malcolm Gladwell, author of Outliers: The story of success, writes that accomplishment is all about practice, timing and the doors that are opened for you along the way. In fact, Gladwell firmly believes that inherent talent has little, if anything, to do with success. He provides a number of convincing examples and trends that support his premise: success is about being in the right place at the right time with access to the right people and tools; and that mastery of
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Office Ergonomics and Posture Correction

As a chiropractor, many of the problems I deal with on a day-to-day basis have to do with (drum roll please) BACK PAIN! Cervical Spine by Bruce Blaus, Wikimedia Commons, Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Back pain is the warning signal our bodies give us when we’re on the brink of causing damage to them. Back pain is one of the most common causes of lost time at work. In fact, low back pain affects 85% of the working population. I truly can’t even begin to tell you how often I see someone who works at a desk point
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Communicating With Purpose

Lightbulb by Stefan Krause,Wikimedia Commons, Free Art License Whether you are designing a corporate-wide communications strategy, a single marketing video or a conference presentation, it’s important to communicate with purpose—on purpose. When it comes to communication, a little planning goes a long way. Following this simple three step process can help: Define your purpose. Determine your audience. Describe success. Define Your Purpose Think about what you hope to accomplish with your message. What is your objective and what would you like people to do when they hear, watch, or read your message? One useful structure
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Why HR Should Toss the Annual Compensation Review

Wikimedia Commons, Public Domain Most of us are familiar with the annual performance review process (whether we like it or not!). In addition to annual performance reviews, some companies also implement an annual compensation review process. Sometimes the compensation review is linked to the performance review process, and sometimes it’s not. But regardless of how it’s positioned, the annual compensation review is one potentially destructive practice. What Drives Annual Compensation Reviews? When a company chooses to review compensation on an annual basis, the decision is generally driven by a Finance process rather than an HR process.
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Working Offsite Boosts Creativity and Focus

Geographic Project, Barrie Eyre, Wikmedia Commons We recommend that vacation time be a time to unplug, unwind and recharge. Taking work on a vacation does not help with any of those objectives. On the other hand, turning remote work into something enjoyable in a vacation-like environment never hurt anyone. This is not to suggest that “workations” replace regular vacations. On the contrary, this is about doing the work you might normally do in your home office or at a co-working location on a beach, at a cottage, on your patio or even on a mountaintop. Sometimes a change
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Training: It Takes all Types

In previous blog articles we’ve talked about communications styles and learning styles, but did you know that people who deliver training fall into four distinct styles as well? If you’ve ever participated in work-related training, you know that not all trainers are created equal. Some have the ability to connect with participants and lead them through the most complex material with ease, while others lose everyone at hello. Dolphin Academy, Wikimedia Commons Multiple Training Modes for Best Outcomes As a trainer, it’s important to know your strengths and weaknesses and to understand your own
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Spring Forward at Work

Anyone who has lived through this past winter (yes, it’s over, even if Mother Nature hasn’t quite conceded the point yet!), knows that weather can affect your mood.  From the physiological and psychological reactions to reduced daylight and perpetual cold, to acute stress caused by hazardous driving conditions and having to winter-dress children every time they leave the house; life in general is just a bit harder when facing a harsh winter. Grasshopper of the ZEBRA Stelzentheater, by Katharina on Flikr On the flip side, sunny days and balmy temperatures have been shown to increase
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Remember What Matters: Let All Else Go By


As Mr. Simplicity, I try to limit the number of apps I upload onto my phone. Both  productive and fun stuff are kept to the basics. And there isn't much there for inspiration — I find much of that from the people and places around me.

I've found one amazing exception, however: Secret.ly

The idea is simple: You and and anyone who choses to join from your network share one truth, one secret — anonymously. That no-names thing allows you to share your most private thoughts, without fear they'll come back to you. 

Here are a few of my friend's secret thoughts...

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Why Employees See Things Differently

In speaking with business leaders and executives, one of the most commonly expressed concerns is the difficulty they experience in getting employees to think strategically and to consider the broader business implications of their decisions and actions. Consider, for example, time. Salvador Dali, Portrait of Time, Photograph by Julo, Wikimedia Commons, Public Domain Time is Money Effective business executives know that time is (literally) money. That’s why they hire employees and then delegate anything that doesn’t require their presence as a leader, their expertise or their authority. They think carefully before allocating time to an activity
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Compensation Equity

Arriving at fair compensation is not always easy. Aside from the fact that each position has a unique value to an organization and not all jobs are created equal, employers also face the challenge of recognizing and rewarding exemplary performance in a given role. Add to that the fact that people seldom agree on what’s fair and compensation design becomes that much more complicated. Freedom or Fairness by Nina Paley, Wikimedia Commons, Creative Commons Employees consider two things when assessing whether their own compensation is fair. How their compensation compares to their co-workers. How their compensation compares to