Science Explains What it Means to be “Cool”

What makes someone or something “cool?” Even defining it is a challenge. Wikipedia’s entry on the subject provides some cultural and historical context, and a definition that can serve as a decent starting point: “…an admired aesthetic of attitude, behavior, comportment, appearance and style, influenced by and a product of the Zeitgeist.”   However, the entry continues: “Because of the […]

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The Perils of Video Interviewing

With the increasing availability of high-speed internet and videoconferencing technologies, many companies are considering their use for pre-employment interviews and employee selection. While these new technologies likely can help companies save time and money over more traditional face-to-face interviews, there are a number of serious concerns about their use. Most of these concerns are related to the possibility that a […]

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3 Ways to Bust Bad News Stories on the Internet

People like to take shortcuts. When it comes to the information that people choose to believe and share with others on the Internet, these shortcuts often come in the form of articles that provide a secondary account (not first-hand) of the information in question. Unfortunately, this leaves a lot of room for misinformation, ranging from deliberate deception to naïve misinterpretation. […]

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The Keys to Effective Communication in the Workplace

Over the last few months I’ve written extensively about communication in the workplace and I figured that I would combine my recent posts into an article with major take-aways. I hope this will be useful. In a recent study of more than 1,400 employees surveyed by Salesforce 86% cited a lack of communication and collaboration as the primary reason for […]

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