Archive for February, 2009

A Stellar Engagement

Friday, February 27th, 2009

Recently, Slaughter Development met with Barbara Jones of Stellar Training. She asked one of the most difficult questions about methodology engineering: what happens when people are afraid that increases in productivity will cost them their jobs?

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The Non-Language of Offices

Wednesday, February 25th, 2009

A recent article from the BBC lists fifty different phrases that permeate the modern workplace. But does this type of language actually help businesses be more productive?

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Leadership Competence: An Oxymoron?

Saturday, February 21st, 2009

The boss is supposed to be the person with the answers, who is decisive, well-informed and supermely confident. Why then does it seem like so many managers are clueless?

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Brute Force Positive Thinking

Thursday, February 19th, 2009

Gretchen Rubin is running The Happiness Project at, a new blog focused on upbeat thinking. This week, she offers nine tips for dealing with a “happiness emergency.”

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One Gadget, One Decade

Tuesday, February 17th, 2009

Last month, BusinessWeek tech writer Roger Kay brought a sleek‚ portable computer to the annual Consumer Electronic Show in Las Vegas. But unlike the rest of the cutting edge gadgets, his trusty notebook is over ten years old.

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Berkun on Change

Monday, February 16th, 2009

According to noted author Scott Berkun, change has nothing to do with the latest technology. Rather, innovation comes from taking risks and embracing new ideas.
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Process Abandonment, Wrongful Detention

Sunday, February 15th, 2009

Legal immigrants in Australia are supposed to receive letters from the government letting them know the status of their visa. For one unfortunate man however, the mail was never sent, leaving him wrongfully imprisoned for five years.

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For Sale: Service Which is Not Available

Friday, February 13th, 2009

The words “we’ll take care of it” from any company should be music to a consumer’s ears. After all, one less responsibility is great when the weekly to-do list is already overflowing. But what happens when a promise is left unfulfilled?

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30 Days Without Email

Wednesday, February 11th, 2009

Like almost every office worker, Katie Goodman was drowning in email. She decided to fight back by abandoning her inbox entirely for a single month.

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Super Signs You Need a New Job

Saturday, February 7th, 2009

Superbowl Sunday is the epitome of American football and the pinnacle of American advertising. Commercials during the big game can cover any topic—even the disatisfaction many will face when they return to work on Monday morning.

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