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How to Motivate Your Team After a Setback

generationsMotivating a team is one thing, motivating it after a setback is another.

A reader writes into The New York Post asking about how to boost the morale of his or her team. They worked “long and hard for weeks on a project,” only to have their boss criticize the end result without any acknowledgment of the hard work.

Greg Giangrande, HR executive in the media industry, writes that effort definitely deserves recognition. Read more

Dropbox’s New Recruiting Video Spoofs Themselves

Here’s the thing. When you’re pounding the pavement looking for a new job and the right fit for your next stellar career move, you’re not always thinking about what the employer is doing to woo you.

But get this — they are doing it! They need you just as much as you need them. And they’re putting marketing teams and time, energy and effort behind this endeavor.

Need proof? Check out this creative video from Dropbox highlighting why their “team” likes working there.

Monthly Jobs Report Showcases Excellent News

american-flag-2aThis morning the Department of Labor announced strong numbers.

In September employers added 248,000 jobs and the unemployment rate fell to 5.9 percent — that’s the lowest since July 2008!

Hourly earnings rose as well although it sounds like they are at a snail’s pace. Naroff Economic Advisors’ economist Joel Naroff told USA Today, “The labor market is clearly tightening but there’s still no wage pressures. “When do businesses start dealing with labor shortages by raising wages?” Read more

Inspiration Shines at TheLadders’ Job Mobile Summit; Motivation From Diana Nyad

TheLadders logoYesterday we attended the annual Job Mobile Summit sponsored by our friends at TheLadders.

Sure, the goal was to stay on the pulse of trends in mobile recruiting (did you know the peak time for applicants such as yourself is 6 ’til 10 a.m.?) but what we got out of it was much deeper, much more profound.

That’s because motivational speaker Diana Nyad closed out the conference with her incredible keynote speech! Read more

On Cusp of Monthly Jobs Report, ADP Reports Good News

Job-SearchThe Department of Labor will release its monthly data tomorrow and ADP is sharing news that September turned out better than expected!

The payroll company says private sector hiring picked up a little in September. This marks the sixth consecutive month of gains surpassing 200,000. What does this mean exactly? According to a MarketWatch piece, this signifies a sign of strength and growth for our economy.

In September, the private sector added 213,000 jobs. In August they added 202,000 jobs. Economists originally expected a gain of 209,000 last month, so the actual number of 213,000 sounds pretty darn good to us!

Samsung’s Fictional Show Features Employees

samsungIf you think you work with a bunch of clowns (and we say that with highest praise), seriously you’re not alone. In a comedy sense, of course.

Per Mashable, Samsung’s set to debut six episodes of a part-musical, part-comedy in Korea. The show follows a member of K-pop group Girl’s Day as a Samsung employee. The show will also feature other young Koreans looking to work for the company.

According to the piece, it’s like Friends meets Glee meets a Samsung showroom. The fictional sitcom, The Best Future, will air on YouTube.

Three Toxic Beliefs to Ditch About Your Career

stressThis piece on LinkedIn really caught our eyes. That’s because influencer Travis Bradberry hit the nail on the head.

Sometimes the only person standing in our way is ourselves. The toxic beliefs we tell ourselves and stress that goes along for the ride need to be ditched once and for all. Read more

Want to Boost Happiness? Survey Suggests Stop Looking at the Clock

midnightTick tock goes the clock.

Want to be a happier, more productive worker? Stop looking at the clock.

As per a piece in The Wall Street Journal, new research shows folks who work in strict schedules based on the clock are less happy than colleagues who work in looser environments. Generally speaking, the former group feels like they have less control over their lives.  Read more

Morgan Spurlock on ‘We the Economy’ & His Greatest Lesson Learned

moneyNeed a little inspiration on this Tuesday morning? Look no further.

Over the weekend we caught up with Morgan Spurlock for the launch of We the Economy, 20 short films you can’t afford to miss.

Through all of his accomplishments ranging from 2004′s Super Size Me to his CNN show, Inside Man, the biggest lesson learned came from his serial entrepreneur father.

“I saw him start businesses and make businesses that would do great that he would sell off. Then I saw him make other ones that weren’t doing so well that he would shut down but I never saw my father quit.

My father was someone who’d get going, boots on the ground. Every day he’d get out of bed and I think that’s greatest thing I’ve ever learned from him. Success comes from many failures and you can’t just look at a failure as being a reason to stop. A failure is a reason to learn and continue.”

As for his current project, it sounds like it will give us food for thought in terms of the big picture of decisions we make and how they impact the economy.

He explains, “You start having an understanding of what your life is all about and the impact and the choices that you make has an economy and from there it may not be just about asking your boss for a raise but it may come back to the choices you’re making outside of work, where you’re spending your money. Once you watch these films, you’ll be more empowered to make different choices.”

We the Economy will be released in October across multiple platforms.

Quit Your Job to Pursue Your Side Hustle? Shark Tank’s Daymond John Weighs In

shark tank logoAs media folks, there’s no denying it…we’re creative beings!

It’s not uncommon to talk to a colleague who works in editorial and writes his or her novel in the early hours of the morning. Or maybe you have a friend in sales who is launching her start-up e-commerce site on the side. Or maybe you’re a copywriter and you’re burning the midnight oil sewing clothing for your new line of puppy products.

It’s the American dream, right? Building something from scratch with your own two hands, something to call your own, something that can hopefully make bank someday.

Well, next comes the million-dollar question. When is the precise time to leave that day job to pursue your passion wholeheartedly?

We caught up with Daymond John at the Shark Tank season six premiere party on Friday night. According to this shark, the time is right when “the business starts to call you.” Read more

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