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    1. 11 Ways To Use The Holiday Slump To Update Your Digital Presence

      11 Ways To Use The Holiday Slump To Update Your Digital Presence

      I live in the Pacific Northwest, and winter came in a hurry last week: It snowed here the day after Halloween, and I spotted Starbucks holiday cups in every commuter’s hands at the bus stop. Grumble all you want about brands jumping the gun to market the winter holidays, but the truth is that the out-of-office responses are going to start piling up the week before Thanksgiving and won’t abate until after New Year’s.

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      Mentions: Starbucks Google
    2. How To Find Time For A Side Hustle When You Have A Full-Time Job

      How To Find Time For A Side Hustle When You Have A Full-Time Job

      Having a side hustle can be a great way to pursue a passion and make some extra money, but if you’re already short on time it can feel like an overwhelming proposition. Luckily it doesn’t take a lot of time to launch and run a side business. In fact, Chris Guillebeau, author of Side Hustle: From Idea to Income in 27 Days , says it takes less than a month to get going.

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    3. This AI Startup Wants To Automate Every Store Like Amazon Go

      This AI Startup Wants To Automate Every Store Like Amazon Go

      When Amazon teased its automated convenience store, Amazon Go, late last year, reactions ranged from fascination with the new technology to mortification at AI’s continuing takeover of the workplace. Using machine learning, cameras, and other sensors, Amazon would track what people take off shelves and charge them for what they walk out with—no cashier needed.

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    4. These Free, Remote Coding Lessons For Venezuelans Help Them Find Work

      These Free, Remote Coding Lessons For Venezuelans Help Them Find Work

      If you have a job in Venezuela–where the unemployment rate could reach 25% this year–you may still not be able to afford basic necessities. In October, a one-kilo package of pasta cost around 56,000 bolivares, or a little more than 40% of the monthly minimum wage; a large package of diapers cost more than three times the monthly salary.

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    5. Job Searching? Skip The Job Boards And Take These Five Steps Instead

      Job Searching? Skip The Job Boards And Take These Five Steps Instead

      It might prove better to look for opportunities off the beaten path, and one way to do that is to reach out to target employers before they post any openings–call it the art of the “speculative job application.” If you do it right, you’re more likely to connect directly with the decision-makers inside companies, without having to elbow past dozens or hundreds of other candidates. This five-step process can help you do just that.

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      Mentions: Google
    6. These Emotionally Intelligent Habits Can Make You A Better Listener

      These Emotionally Intelligent Habits Can Make You A Better Listener

      1. Reinforce What Others Feel, Not Just What They Say The starting point for emotional listening is reinforcement–nodding your head, or saying “yes” and “I understand”–but it doesn’t stop there. Show that you empathize by using phrases like, “I can see why you feel that way” or, “That must have been a difficult decision for you.” This encourages others to open up and share their feelings, not just their thoughts and ideas.

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    7. 3 Times You Should Say Yes To Office Happy Hour

      3 Times You Should Say Yes To Office Happy Hour

      But instead you say: “Of course!” Sound familiar? The reality is this: What can appear to be just a casual invitation isn’t always so straightforward in the workplace. The truth is that with almost every interaction, you’re being judged, and if you choose to not participate, you risk being labeled as anti-social or not a team player. Oh yes, the joy of office politics! Of course, you know that there are times when you have to play the game if you want to get ahead.

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    8. This Is The Right Way To “Play Politics” At Work

      This Is The Right Way To “Play Politics” At Work

      In his book Adults in the Room, the economist and former Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis reflects on an obstacle lots of people face in their jobs: Getting other people to go along with their ideas. Working with fellow economists, Varoufakis developed a plan to get the Greek economy out of its cycle of debt with the Eurozone and the International Monetary Fund. But he ultimately failed to gather enough support for these policies to be enacted. One lesson from that experience?

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    9. For Amazon, The Future Of Alexa Is About The End Of The Smartphone Era

      For Amazon, The Future Of Alexa Is About The End Of The Smartphone Era

      You tap the “good morning” button on your bedside Echo Spot, and it displays the day’s forecast as the blinds open and the bedroom lights fade on. Downstairs, the Echo Show in the kitchen displays a reminder about your doctor’s appointment at noon, and alerts you to a single urgent email: You’ll have to join a conference call as soon as you get into the office.

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    10. The Hard-To-Nail Formula That Makes Building A Startup Easier

      The Hard-To-Nail Formula That Makes Building A Startup Easier

      When I interviewed Jess DiDonato for my startup accelerator Tacklebox, I saw another smart entrepreneur who’d identified a problem. I meet lots of those. But what I wasn’t able to foresee was just how easy she’d be able to make the early-stage startup experience look–to the point where she frustrated the hell out of the other founders. Founders struggling through positioning or customer acquisition would talk about how they wished their startup was as “straightforward” as Jess’s.

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      Mentions: Seth Godin
    11. “I Naively Thought That This Field Would Be Okay With Who I Was”

      “I Naively Thought That This Field Would Be Okay With Who I Was”

      Nichole Williams, 24, worked for several years at a sexual assault center in Tacoma, Washington, where she specialized in helping commercially exploited teens, many of whom, like her, were LGBTQ people of color. Williams believed her profession would be accepting due to the nature of their work, particularly in the relatively liberal Northwest, so she decided to come out as bisexual. But the responses of her colleagues and superiors took her by surprise.

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      Mentions: Washington, D.C.
    12. Hilarious And Heartbreaking Lessons From 3,000 Coming-Out Stories

      Hilarious And Heartbreaking Lessons From 3,000 Coming-Out Stories

      That’s how one of nearly 3,000 people who answered a survey that the WNYC Studios podcast Nancy shared this fall, through its “Out at Work” project, about what it’s like being out–or not–in the professional world. And no wonder. LGBTQ employees explained over and over how coming out is a never-ending experience: Each new client or coworker they encounter means negotiating yet another disclosure.

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    13. Being A South Asian Lesbian In San Francisco Is Harder Than I Thought

      Being A South Asian Lesbian In San Francisco Is Harder Than I Thought

      Speaking on the condition of anonymity (“Jamila” is a pseudonym), she shared what it’s been like navigating her first full-time job as an out lesbian, after abruptly severing ties with her family back home. Her account has been edited for space and clarity. “My Parents Can Barely Fathom Me Marrying A Boy Outside My Religion” My parents really wanted me to come back home after college.

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    14. This Experiment Will Test If Giving Cash To Victims Is The Best Disast

      This Experiment Will Test If Giving Cash To Victims Is The Best Disast

      After Hurricane Harvey tore through Houston and much of southeast Texas last August, the outpouring of relief was fast and multifaceted. Aid groups delivered lots of emergency supplies from clothes to food and water, and even hotel vouchers for those displaced. In the months that have followed, however, people who already had some of those basics covered might have found the continuous flow of stuff less helpful.

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    15. Diversity Experts’ Top 3 Mistakes That Are Slowing Down Progress

      Diversity Experts’ Top 3 Mistakes That Are Slowing Down Progress

      Companies have been working for years to become more diverse and inclusive, especially in the tech sector. And yet seemingly weekly, there’s a new breaking story about sexual harassment, unequal pay, and toxic work environments–or a company releasing diversity metrics that have barely budged. Despite the time, money, and resources dedicated to these efforts, progress has been slow across the board.

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    16. Managers: What You Should Do When An Employee Reports Harassment

      Managers: What You Should Do When An Employee Reports Harassment

      The list of high-profile executives and celebrities who’ve been accused of sexual harassment grows longer by the week. But the wave some are calling the Weinstein effect–in which those who’ve been victims of harassment on the job are coming forward to say #metoo– isn’t taking into account that there are many, many more who remain silent or anonymous because they fear retaliation–even if the law is technically on their side.

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      Mentions: Eeoc
    17. How To Impress Recruiters When You’re Unemployed

      How To Impress Recruiters When You’re Unemployed

      Chances are you already know a little bit about bias. People are constantly judged for what they wear, how they speak, how much is in their bank accounts–and opportunities can be lost simply because someone sees you in an inaccurate way. Bias creeps into our careers, too–and unfortunately, we can be stereotyped by a recruiter based on our resumes alone. If you’re unemployed, quite frankly, you could have a significant amount of bias working against you.

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    18. WeWork Founder Hopes Her New School Will Help 5-Year-Olds Pursue Their

      WeWork Founder Hopes Her New School Will Help 5-Year-Olds Pursue Their

      As her oldest daughter’s kindergarten class progressed, “it just wasn’t the right environment,” recalls Neumann, a mother of five young children and the founding partner and chief brand officer of WeWork, the world’s most successful coworking community. When she and her husband Adam Neumann, WeWork’s founder and CEO, evaluated first-grade options for their daughter—”looking at schools both here [in New York City] and on the West Coast, by the way”—their dissatisfaction grew.

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    19. What It’s Really Like To Be Out At Work In 2017

      What It’s Really Like To Be Out At Work In 2017

      By the time I interviewed for my first professional internship, I was already out to my family and friends. But figuring out how to be out at work still wasn’t something I was prepared for. During the interview, for a small lefty book publisher in New York, I ended up blurting out something about how being gay made me feel committed to social justice. It was true, but it felt like a cheap way to win points, and I regretted it even after getting the internship.

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    20. Five Steps To Resolve Work Conflicts Before They Get Personal

      Five Steps To Resolve Work Conflicts Before They Get Personal

      Not getting along with a coworker? Disagree with your team about the direction a project is heading? Chances are it’s not personal, even if it feels like it. But there’s a real risk that it’ll get personal if you aren’t careful. At the root of many of these issues is a simple, common problem: miscommunication. At work as in life, it comes in many forms.

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    21. Three Weird Customer Insights That Led To Kick-Ass Products

      Three Weird Customer Insights That Led To Kick-Ass Products

      What is the difference between brands that we live with and brands that we love? For several startup leaders at The Fast Company Innovation Festival, the answer was simple: great customer service. But for the founders of Casper, Robinhood, Peloton, and Convene, service goes way beyond having smart, friendly employees manning the helpline and replying to tweets.

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    22. 5 Things Improv Can Teach You About Leadership

      5 Things Improv Can Teach You About Leadership

      The fabled improv institution Upright Citizens Brigade has had an incalculable impact on show business over the last two decades–launching the careers of Amy Poehler , Aziz Ansari , and Donald Glover , among others. It’s also made a substantial, if more modest, mark on business-business, though. But it turns out that putting your full attention into hearing the other person actually makes it more likely that you’ll have a better thing to say when they are done.

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    23. How To Help Build Employees’ Career Paths So They Don’t Quit

      How To Help Build Employees’ Career Paths So They Don’t Quit

      This is according to the findings of an October 2017 survey released by the American Psychological Association’s Center for Organizational Excellence, which found that nearly half of U.S. workers are worried about how their jobs are changing. And, without supervisor support for career development, less than half are motivated to do their best work.

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    24. This Is The Overlooked Trait That We Need To Cultivate At Work

      This Is The Overlooked Trait That We Need To Cultivate At Work

      This statement has become a perennial mantra of sorts, blazoned across everything from trade show booths to billboards to websites for software companies. I don’t disagree with the statement. But, the majority of conversation about the way in which the world of work is changing ignores the most important and powerful potential for change.

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