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Should Businesses Ban or Encourage Workplace Social Media?

July 23, 2014

According to a recent study by Proskauer, 25% of businesses do not allow social media use at work and 26.7% only allow certain employees to access social sites. For many, it's a case of productivity – they don't want their employees checking their status updates or tweeting when they should be busy working. For others, it's about brand protection. They feel that employees using social media at work could damage the company image.

There are two primary approaches: . . .

Photo: JD Rucker – CEO of Hasai, Inc.

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16 Ways You Can Win Friends and Influence People

July 22, 2014

Before there were Rules, The Art Of Leadership, or any of Covey’s Habits, there was Dale Carnegie's How to Win Friends & Influence People.

Elizabeth Bogner points her readers to the 75 year classic's new editon – "How to Win Friends and Influence People in the Digital Age." To kick things off she introduces a slide show – 16 ways you can win friends and influence people.  Take a look.

Image: book cover – How to Win Friends & Influence People in the Digital Age

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14 Things I Wish I Could Have Told Myself at 25

July 22, 2014

Jeff Haden pondered the "stuff I wish I could have told the twenty-five year-old me (photo, left)," and has come up with a slide show.

If you haven't yet reached 25 see which of Mr. Haden's advice might grab your attention. If you, like Haden, are looking back on 25, what would you have added?

Photo: our author at 25

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21 Dangerous Blogging Mistakes (and How to Fix Them)

July 22, 2014

Are you struggling to get the results you want from your blog?

Blogging can be complicated, so you want to make sure you’re doing things right.

We asked our Social Media Examiner writers “What’s the single biggest mistake bloggers make and why?” Read their answers carefully to see how you can improve your blogging to get the results you want.

Photo: Stephanie Gehman – contributor – Social Media Examiner

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Conflict Resolution: A Contradiction in Terms? Advice for the Boss

July 22, 2014

Like "jumbo shrimp" or "amicable divorce" the phrase "conflict resolution" is an oxymoron.

A lot of conflicts can't actually be resolved. You're a grown-up; you know this.

And yet the world tells us that people in positions of leadership must facilitate "conflict resolution" within their communities; this leads to the kinds of successes we've seen throughout the world (insert bitter laughter here).

As we all know, the genuinely tricky disputes are the ones between professional colleagues. After all, what are you going to do, if you're the boss? . . .

Photo: author Gina Barreca

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The Pencil Is Mightier Than the Keyboard for Brain Training

July 21, 2014

Don’t trade in your pencils and paper for a keyboard just yet.

A new study that compared the different brain processes used for writing by hand and typing has found that there are cognitive benefits to putting a pen to paper. These findings give support to the continued teaching of penmanship and handwriting in schools.

. . . Compared to using two hands to type out letters on a keyboard, writing with one hand uses more complex brain power.

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Hottest Trends in Resume Writing

July 21, 2014

Chris Russell (photo, top left) is quite the entrepreneur.  He's the founder of such enterprises as LLC, Jobs in Pods, and a recent application called JobSpeek. His iTune podcasts – Secrets of the Job Hunt – can be found here.

In this podcast Mr. Russell interviews Wendy Enelow (photo, bottom left). Ms. Enelow is a prolific author, writer, and presenter. Her main subject is resumes.

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How Social Media Are Amplifying Customer Outrage

July 21, 2014

Chris Taylor (photo left), San Francisco bureau chief of, covers what happened to Netflix via Twitter, Facebook, etal., after its recent price increase.

It wasn't a pretty picture. Read the details here.

Photo: Chris Taylor –

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The Really Simple Way to Get Work Done

July 21, 2014

Imagine getting a full day’s work done by noon. Sounds impossible, right? But it really shouldn’t be. If you eliminated all the time you spend procrastinating, distracted or stalled, getting a full day of work done by noon could be realized.

But being so productive is easier said than done. Most productivity advice comes in one of two flavors. Either slogans like, “Do it now!” which rarely work long-term, or complex systems like GTD, which work well, but require dozens of lists and obsessive dedication to pull off.

I want to share with you a third alternative. An approach that uses the psychology of procrastination to keep you focused while being simple enough that it needs little effort to maintain.

Photo: Scott Young –

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Boredom Is Good for You

July 21, 2014

Are you bored . . . already?

That boredom is good for you, according to a paper presented at today's British Psychological Society Conference. Although unpleasant, boredom represents a sense of dissatisfaction that is a nascent stage of pro-social behavior and creation.

Dr. Wijnand van Tilburg tells the Guardian:

"Boredom can paradoxically be a very strong motivator for people to seek out unpleasant yet meaningful tasks, such as blood donations, against meaningless but pleasant behaviour," he said. . .

Gus Lubin, writer for, has the rest here.

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