Friday Jul 15, 2016

Comedy: a Professional’s Guide to Laughter in the Workplace

I love making people laugh! There’s a certain joy in seeing someone smile or just let out a hearty belly laugh. That fact has led me to study comedy, to try and figure out what makes something funny, what engages people and results in laughter. There’s no answer to that question, but in my quest to discover how comedy and comedians work, I discovered some valuable lessons that have helped me succeed in my career.

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Thursday Jul 14, 2016

Working Remotely This Summer? 6 Tips on How to Stay Productive

Summer time and the living is easy! Okay, most of us still have to report in everyday so it’s not exactly a “care free” time of year. The brighter the sun, the hotter the temps, the more difficult it can be to stay focused, especially if you’re working remotely. As someone who calls home “the office” all year round, I’ve stumbled upon a few tips to staying disciplined that have actually proven constructive. Sure, it’s always tempting to venture out for some Vitamin D but the more productive your day the more likely you are to be able to enjoy your evening without the added stress of playing catch up.

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Saturday Jul 09, 2016

I Love My Job – How a Campaign is Making a Global Impact

How many times throughout the course of your professional career have you thought to yourself, “wow, I really love my job”? How many accolades or “job well done-s” have you wanted to share with your friends, family or people in your network? This is the premise behind the “I Love My Job” campaign. So often we hear about a company’s culture, read a quote about innovation or see a well-designed ad promoting the brand. The mission here was to go beyond that, to turn to our most valuable assets, our employees, and ask them, “why Oracle”? That question alone would lead to a global campaign that has inspired, engaged and most importantly, empowered our team members to share their stories.

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Friday Jun 24, 2016

5 Ways to Improve Communication at the Office

We have all seen it happen before. A colleague requests a deliverable and receives something completely different from what they envisioned. “Weren’t you listening?” They ask, as they express their disappointment. 

Learning how to listen is a crucial skill in the workplace. It cuts down the number of communication issues and it helps us better understand what our coworkers want of us. It is a skill that not everybody innately has, but you can develop it. You’ll discover that listening closely can help you get things done faster, and more efficiently. 

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Friday Jun 10, 2016

Finding the Dream Job Is Actually Possible. (It Just Takes Work.)

According to Forbes, “Regardless of experience, compensation level, or industry, the majority of job seekers experience some form of stress during the search.”
What if I told you that you can hit the mark and actually find that job you’re dreaming of?

It’s time to skip those career quizzes and start making real lists. And remember that every dream job starts with you: what you like, how you project yourself in that position and how you relate to the people who can help you get there. It takes some work, but it’s 100% feasible.

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Saturday May 21, 2016

Feeling Stuck in Your Career? Development Opportunities are Closer Than you Think

Climbing the ladder, rising through the ranks, making a vertical move! This is the dream right? You master your role then it’s onto the next? I think it’s safe to say that the majority of us enter the workforce with this mindset in tow. It wasn’t until I read Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In that I realized, the “ladder” is becoming obsolete and it’s okay to think of your career as an exploratory jungle gym. You don’t have to commit to one path or “play it safe” by simply exploring development opportunities that speak directly to career history or expertise. Maybe it’s a master’s degree, maybe it’s a podcast. There are plenty of ways to broaden your skillset and grow as a person and as a professional.

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Thursday Mar 24, 2016

Your Story: How to build a career narrative


We write stories through the simple act of living. From going to the shop, to working out. Everything is a small narrative, a story to tell. But, what if you were to take control of that story? What if you became the narrator of your own tale? Your career is also a story that you can constantly write. There are simple techniques from the world of storytelling that you can apply to your career that can help you seize control of your narrative and take it to new and exciting places.

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Tuesday Mar 22, 2016

4 Songs that Can Inspire Every Job Seeker

The pressure of finding the right job is tough for anyone who wants to make it in their future career. At least it was for me before I knew what my real passions stood for or how to integrate them in my everyday job. I remember it felt like always waiting for an epiphany, a sign, or an opportunity that would make a difference, and not finding anything while I was deep involved in searching for them. Here are a few things I learned along the way back when I was job-searching and how music helped me find the best job – the one I have been looking for a long time.

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Wednesday Mar 16, 2016

Wow Your Manager - 5 Tips to Going Above & Beyond in Your Job