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5 Ways To Die - On Social Media

A few years back I used to watch a show called "1000 Ways To Die," which highlighted the unbelievable ways people exit from this world. Social media can be much the same - the list of potential mistakes is endless. For example, recently I shared that my social media posts, especially on Facebook, give some people the impression that I literally never go offline. And noted that when you're online a lot, it can make people think you aren't focused enough on work. Truthfully as a workaholic, that hasn't been my problem. But I've definitely made a lot of other mistakes. And for every one you see here, I'm sure I've made many more. While it's true that social media involves a lot of trial and error, there are some very obvious ones you want to avoid from the get-go. Hopefully these tips will help you through the doozies: Seeming "self-promotional." When I first started blogging nearly ten years ago, relatively few others were online as much. As a…

5 Brands That Kill The Agony Of Thanksgiving

Let's face it, those large-and-awkward Thanksgiving dinners can give even the most extroverted party girl a panic attack. To soothe the anxious soul, here are five newly mainstream brands for 2015. All of them promise to reduce the pain: Starbucks Order & Pay: You have to do your duty and come over for the meal. But when you make the Big Escape to the crowded corner Starbucks to which everyone else has fled, it's nice to know that your drink will be sitting there waiting for you.FitBit: Everybody did their best to make it come out right, but the turkey is dry and gamy; the sweet potato pie is a sugar coma; the green bean casserole is way too dense and salty. What do you do to cope? It's no problem! Just hold up your device and declare, "I need a serious walk around the block. This food was great!"Instagram: You may be having the worst time ever. But snap a selfie with a willing accomplice, put it through the magic filter and voila! Life is truly, totally grand…

Leadership Like Kevin Bacon

On the surface, Footloose was about young love and a small-town bully. But more deeply it showed how a generation of students was hostage to the fear-fueled religious extremism of a town. They took away the dancing, they took away the music, and they even burned the books.

Ren doesn't want to get drawn into this thing, but it happens anyway. Because a system of authority that lives by keeping its members down, eventually chased him down and tackled him, too. (More...)

10 Kosher Ways To Make Shul A Lot Less Boring

1. Start a Facebook group for shul members. Have a parsha discussion discussion start Sunday and run through Friday. The rabbi's sermon can address themes that came up during the week.
2. Let congregants speak instead of the rabbi's speech or in conjunction with it. Rotate guest speeches to include people who don't normally get to speak, particularly women. Bring in outside speakers who are interesting. The most engaging talks are the ones that come from nonprofessionals, speaking from the heart.
3. Hold interdenominational Sunday learning brunches together with other area synagogues. Encourage congregants to visit other shuls and bring back "best practices." Remember, it's not about getting the most money, i.e. members for your shul - it's about getting the most people to shul that we can.
4. Add more no-instrument music to service and/or shul events. Hold a chazzan competition. Make a "house band" and/or choir for Sunday dinner events. Have the k…

Inventing The Networked, Streamlined Federal Enterprise — a.k.a., “Government 3.0”

I’ve Gotta Wear Shades The federal government has long made use of vendors to provide everything from equipment to IT support. Today, it is expanding on that reliance and increasingly moving toward a futuristic business model that emphasizes interagency cooperation, shared services, and even shared workspaces: Agencies paying other agencies to do work for them, such as standing up websites or shooting video.Agencies pooling resources to stand up programs that touch on multiple missions.Departments consolidating support functions such as acquisitions and HR.Vendors being tasked with a wide range of not only service assignments — such as IT and communications — but also leadership assignments, such as change management.Open-air, modular workspaces that encourage collaboration and discourage territorial “ownership” by any employee of a single office.Earth-shattering? Where did all of this change come from? After all most people still think of government as a lumbering, stove-piped bureaucra…

Where Men Are People & Women, Dolls: A Review Of Ridley Scott's "The Martian"

An otherwise outstanding movie is marred by the pervasive portrayal of men as complicated, three-dimensional beings versus women who exist mostly to nod their heads and smile.
Matt Damon of course is phenomenal. As NASA Astronaut Mark Watley, stranded on Mars after a mission gone bad, he breathes life into the role of a man whose training, ingenuity and attitude wind up saving his life.
Supported by an exceptional cast of men and women alike, Damon captures the soaring spirit upon which NASA itself was founded. On a broader level we can see the vision of President John F. Kennedy at work, one in which all of humankind work together to solve impossible problems, making life on Earth better for all.
Situated as it is in an environment of growing chaos and terror in the real world, “The Martian” offers a world-uniting way. Rather than competing, we can cooperate to solve the kinds of stubborn and pressing problems that keep all of us from realizing our dreams.
Solve one problem after another…

Proof That Most Employees Have No Allegiance To Your Brand [Infographic]

Still think employee engagement has nothing to do with keeping your brand alive? Possibly that is true – if your brand can be delivered by robots instead of people. reports on research from employee engagement firm Achievers: Nearly 3 out of 4 employees (71%), don’t know their company’s mission (and 68% say it isn’t motivating to them)Fully 7 out of 10 (70%) don’t know what their company’s values areNearly two-thirds (63%) say they don’t feel recognized for their progress workAbout half (48%) are unhappy at workLess than half (42%) trust their company’s leadersOnly about one-third (37%) said they like their company cultureIs it any wonder that half of the people surveyed believe they will be ex-employees just one year from today? Check out the full infographic. ___ All opinions are the author’s own. Photo by Kevin McShane / Flickr (Creative Commons).