Monthly Archives: April 2014

Career Advice, from One Millennial to Another

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Millennials receive a lot of criticism from the media. People define us as lazy, entitled, self-obsessed, and generally a pain to work with. As a fellow Millennial, I would like to take a brief moment to defend the Millennial generation and argue that we are neither of the above, but actually one of the most…

Behavior Change Motivators: When death isn’t scary enough.

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Imagine you need to convince someone to change an unhealthy behavior before it becomes life-threatening. The argument for change seems obvious, right? Change your behavior or you’ll die. In reality, it’s not that simple. While death appears to be an incredible motivator for change, it very often fails to resonate. If you’re looking to invoke…

Energy Efficiency: Maintaining Our Economic Prosperity

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On the 2012 ACEEE International Energy Efficiency Scorecard, the United States came in at a disappointing ninth place out of the 12 largest world economies. The U.S. outlook on energy efficiency is shaped by policy at the national and local level and can vary dramatically across state lines. Fortunately, energy efficiency is improving in some states…

Health and Wealth: Why the healthy are wealthy and how you can be too

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“Health” and “wealth” aren’t just two words that sound alike; they are aspects of our lives that are intertwined within one another. Between kicking bad habits and picking up good ones, there are many things we can change in our daily lives to save our health and our money. Studies have shown that people who…

Are Plus-Size Models Actually Plus-Size?

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There have been a lot of changes going on in the modeling and advertising industries when it comes to how female models are portrayed. In recent years, you may have read how young girls, and even celebrities, have been discouraging Photoshop being used to drastically alter the looks and figures of female models. The latest…

How to get the most from your team. (Change it up, send them home)

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Long ago, in a galaxy far away, I worked for a corporate tech giant. For the sake of keeping within the parameters of my non-disclosure agreement, let’s call them … Banana. In my time at the “Banana Store,” I found myself among some of the most engaging and passionate employees I’ve ever met. These people…

Customer Events Made Simple (or at least made to look like it)

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A handful of us recently returned from a week in NYC working behind the scenes at simple@work, a customer event hosted by Xerox. Attended by over 900 customers and noncustomers and spread out over three event venues in the historic financial district, it was two packed days filled with keynote addresses by Ursula Burns, chairman…

Weathering the Weather: How winter weather affects our mood

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As Rochester limps toward early spring and emerges from one of the harshest winters on record, it seems no two weather days are alike. From freezing temps and blowing snow to the tease of sunshine and blue skies, the so-called polar vortex appears to be more bipolar than anything—creating in us an emotional roller coaster…