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3 Ways to Burst Out of Your Professional Bubble

When you stay inside the same professional and media bubbles, you never get exposed to new ideas. But new ideas are the soil for growth in your skills and mindset. So in order to keep your career viable, you had better keep blowing bubbles. In an article for TechRepublic, Patrick Gray describes three ways to not get stuck in one bubble: Create the bubbles, rather than being trapped by them. Escape the physical bubble. Seek …

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Why We Should Be Disagreeing More at Work

Too many people feel that saying, “I disagree,” is the same thing as saying, “You’re an idiot. I hate you. Why are you here?” So instead, they just go along with someone else’s faulty logic, like being in the passenger seat with a drunk driver. In this way, the desire to avoid conflict can sometimes explode into much more disastrous situations. That means it is time to change your attitude about disagreeing. Amy Gallo shares …

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7 Social Media Marketing Trends That Will Dominate 2018

Social media—whether you hate it or whether you live on it, it has become a very significant new home of marketing. That means it would be prudent to keep an eye on how social media is evolving. In an article for Business 2 Community, George Beall predicts the trends we may see more of in 2018: Hiring talent for content creation Increased emphasis on video content Focus on user-generated content Increased use of stories Brand …

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How to Be More Productive without Burning Out

While burnout used to be more common in lower-ranking positions, it has flipped and now it’s very common for higher-paid employees to put in more than 50 hours a week. That means the threat of burnout is real at all rungs in the career ladder now, but what can be done about it? In an article for Harvard Business Review, Matt Plummer gives some advice on how to be more productive without burning out: Be …

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Emailing While You’re on Vacation Damages Morale

Picture you’re enjoying yourself on a beach somewhere, or maybe off in the mountains, or maybe even going to a good friend’s wedding. You have the time away, but there’s an unshakable urge to check your emails for work. Who could it hurt to just send out an email or two to see how things are going? In an article for Harvard Business Review, Katie Denis explains why this can be quite harmful to a …

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How to Help an Employee Who Rubs People the Wrong Way

Some people just unintentionally bother other people. Now, this is hard enough to deal with in a social setting, but how do you approach it in a meeting with your employees? In an article for Harvard Business Review, Rebecca Knight gives some advice on how to handle the issue. Canceling the Cringe Telling an employee that they’re upsetting their colleagues requires a certain degree of delicacy. But the alternative is to let this behavior continue, …

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Why We Can’t Trust Smartphones Anymore

When “secret features” used to come up in conversations about technology, they were typically Easter eggs. But as the times have changed, so have these features on our smartphones. Some of these new, secret features run in the background, watching users, and they were left there by some of the biggest companies out there. In an article for Computerworld, Mike Elgan reveals what some of these features are and why these are compromising the trust …

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5 Ways to Get Ready for Augmented and Virtual Reality Technology

Are augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) technology the future? Absolutely. Are businesses doing a whole lot with them right now? Heck no. So this is your big opportunity to get a leg up on the competition by exploring them now. In an article for TechRepublic, Mary Shacklett provides 5 tips to get started: See what’s available in ready-to-go AR/VR technology. Evaluate business processes to see where the technology will best fit. Educate your …

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How to Break into an Analytics Career

There will be an estimated 2.7 million job listings for analytics-oriented roles in 2020. If you want a piece of that digital action, the time to start thinking about it is now. In an article for InformationWeek, Jen Underwood shares some pointers for entering into an analytics career. Downloading Job Prospects Firstly, just from a personality standpoint, Underwood says it is good if you are inherently curious, enjoy looking at things from different perspectives, and …

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4 Tips to Improve ROI on Automation

In automation, the ultimate goal for many is robotic process automation (RPA). But even for those who enthusiastically pursue RPA, the results do not always live up to expectations. In several cases, it could be that businesses are just trying to automate the wrong things. One reason for this is that operational team leaders, given the task of selecting processes for automation, may only be knowledgeable of the processes in their own line of business. …

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