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5 Ways to Make the Summer Break Count in IT

Summer just seems like that time where everyone stops to take a breather. School’s out, blockbuster season is in full swing, and IT has some free time. But there’s a difference between having extra time and wasting it. In his article for TechRepublic, Brandon Vigliarolo gives some examples of what IT can do during the summer to keep your IT team productive: Clean up your asset management inventory. Review and update your documentation. Revisit your …

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3 Ways to Nicely Turn Down Recommending Someone

Not everyone who asks you to write a recommendation deserves to have one. Whether they were unprofessional or just completely lackluster, you can’t in good conscience tell their next possible employer that this person should be hired. But you can’t just outright say that to someone and still maintain good will with the person. What should you do? In an article for the Muse, Ashley Stahl identifies three ways you can turn down a recommendation …

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How to Get Excited about Topics That Bore You

Boredom, like the weather or taxes, just seems to be a general part of life. But there are some things we find boring only because we haven’t given them an earnest shot yet. In an article for Harvard Business Review, Barbara Oakley thinks you can unlearn boredom, and she has the steps you can take to remap your brain: Find a seed of motivation. Overcome the pain in the brain. Realize it’s perfectly normal to not …

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10 Mistakes to Avoid When Troubleshooting IT Problems

Troubleshooting a problem can be a pretty tense time in the heat of the moment. There are a number of problems that can hinder the best of IT staff if they’re not properly handled. Whether the project is big or small, Scott Matteson believes there are common bad practices that should be addressed. In his article for the TechRepublic, he goes through some mistakes to avoid in order to ensure IT success: Working alone Downplaying …

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The 4 Types of Innovation and the Problems They Solve

Innovation is the cornerstone of an organization’s survival. It’s sometimes the difference between a problem costing a thousand dollars or a million to solve. In an article for Harvard Business Review, Greg Satell finds we tend to use a “one size fits all” mentality when it comes to innovation, and it’s horribly ineffective. He believes there isn’t a single, foolproof plan for innovation–but rather an innovation matrix that can be followed in conjunction with how …

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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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