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Turning Down the Heat: How to Get Out of a Fight with a Coworker

Getting into an argument with a coworker is not a place anyone wants to be in. At some point, you stop listening and you start counting the veins popping out of their forehead. You’re both professionals here, but this is becoming a borderline impersonation of a drill sergeant and you need to deescalate this quickly. In an article for Harvard Business Review, Liane Davey shares tips for how to resolve an argument with a coworker: …

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How Google Prevents Employee Burnout (and Makes Its Greatest Innovations)

The due-by date on innovation is always today, according to the business. To get those results, we expect people to be working around the clock. But at some point, even the most invested employee burns out, and not always for the reason we suspect. In their article at Wired, Steve Magness and Brad Stulberg explore the techniques that industry titan Google employs to keep their employees in tip-top shape. Creativity Strikes When You Least Expect …

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What You Should Know about Web Typography

Typography has become an important part of creating a successful website layout. But typography itself means so much more than just finding the right font. Figuring out how to properly lay out a text to a reader is how you’ll be able to create a legible, hierarchical text. In an article for Business 2 Community, Tyler Keenan gives the basics of how to excel at web typography. Fast Track to Fantastic Typography The first step …

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Full Digital Jacket: Is Coding Boot Camp the Right Choice?

As the world quickly becomes more digitized and the demand for coders has increased, coding schools have started popping up all over the country. These schools are dedicated to taking the average person and turning them into adept coders who can cut it in the professional world. But as the trend continues, what are some of the need-to-know facts about coding boot camps? In an article for Computerworld, Michelle V. Rafter offers some pointers on …

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AI Is Starting to Look at Objects How Humans Do

To most AI, relationships are hard, and no we’re not referring to The Notebook kind. Figuring out a dog is chasing a cat through a picture is hard for a computer because it is simply analyzing the elements. But as Will Knight reveals in an article for MIT Technology Review, that could all change very soon. AI Gets New Eyes At DeepMind (that created the AlphaGo Go-playing robot), it’s all about the AI being able …

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The Internet Doesn’t Have to Be Bad for Democracy

It’s no secret that the Internet has become a major factor in the political sphere in recent years. But despite it being seen as a format that divides people politically, some are trying to change that. While such projects seem like large undertakings that are further off in the future, they are happening right now. In an article for MIT Technology Review, Tom Simonite covers how a new US startup, Pol.is, is already uniting people …

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7 Reasons to Not Multitask

Multitasking used to be considered the go-to for anyone looking to make enough money to be driving a Ferrari by 40. But as recent studies show, multitasking is actually more of a hindrance than a help. And as Kristy Dickerson says in a guest post for A Girl’s Guide to Project Management, multitasking can lead to negative consequences. Among the most notable of these consequences are the following: Loss of focus Loss of memory Decrease …

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5 Ways to Boost IT Metabolism

In an article for the Enterprisers Project, Angela T. Tucci recognizes that saying “Get agile!” is not the solution—or even the right terminology—to solve every IT challenge. Nonetheless, there is room for improvement all the same. Tucci likes to describe IT’s potential speed and productivity increases as “metabolism,” and she shares five basic tips to get more of it: Have an inspirational vision. Consider the culture. Rethink your processes. Find the right tools. Learn and …

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Want to Be More Productive? Sit Next to Someone Who Is

A pretty common practice with new hires in a business is that you sit them wherever there is an open seat. It is not the most eloquent solution, but it works. New data is revealing that there are benefits to getting eloquent though. In an article for Harvard Business Review, Jason Corsello and Dylan Minor share their research that shows how the seating chart can be leveraged to improve employee productivity. Areas of Influence Corsello …

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Business Intelligence: 5 Tips to Implement It Well

Your business knows just so much. The problem might be that it does not realize how much it knows. Bringing together business intelligence to produce meaningful new insights is an art in which CIOs can play an important part. In an article for ZDNet, Mark Samuels shares some tips from Martin Draper, technology director at luxury retailer Liberty, on how CIOs can best leverage business intelligence: View your initiative as a pervasive cultural approach. Gain …

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