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The Art and Zen of Workplace Snacks

Anyone who grew up with pizza parties already knows that free food can go a long way in boosting morale and motivation. Remember Pizza Hut’s Book-It? The program responsible for both childhood literacy and obesity? While it wasn’t that long ago that company-sponsored snacks were mostly the newsworthy stuff of ...more +

1 year ago

Craft a Portfolio for the Job You Really Want

You know that place you dream of working; the one that does such great stuff that everyone wants to work there? If you want to dramatically improve your chances of getting an interview, you have to craft a compelling narrative with your portfolio, and make sure that every included piece speaks to your ...more +

1 year ago

The Key to Successfully Communicating with a Development Team

Developers are too frequently stereotyped as being secluded, anti-social or generally awkward. It does a real disservice to a field that's expanding rapidly and welcoming hungry professionals with a widening variety of backgrounds and personalities. Development is also, however, a pretty unique process. It employs methods of collaboration, inter-team communication and ...more +

1 year ago

The Emergence of a Permanent Web (Your Teachers Were Right)

“Be careful with what you post on the Internet. Once it’s up there, it’s up there forever.” This was the refrain employed by school teachers to discourage the modern web’s first wave of children from publishing compromising content. Looking back, they were ostensibly, but not entirely, correct. In the short ...more +

1 year ago

Communicate Your Way to Successful Projects and Happy Clients

Clear communication is the pathway to a successful project. Over the past few years, I’ve developed a communication method to help put my clients at ease. It involves establishing a good rapport early on, setting reasonable expectations, staying engaged, and following up. But it wasn’t always that easy. One project, ...more +

1 year ago

Curing Tech Malaise with Apps that Embrace True Problem-Solving

Apple and Google and Facebook and Microsoft and Amazon. These are the big five in consumer tech, and the most commonly used apps on your phone are probably made by some or all of them. Nobody is going to knock them out of their ivory towers. If you read any tech ...more +

1 year ago

States are Legalizing Pot, but Managers Have the Same Concerns

We’re experiencing a sea change in marijuana policy at the state level—with Oregon, Alaska, Colorado and Washington legalizing recreational use—but when it comes to corporate drug testing policies, things have mostly stayed the same. “If the company is not concerned with the results of the test, I would not test.” ...more +

1 year ago

Helpful Notes from Nick, Vol. 2: Privacy & Preferences

I am excited to once again address your personal, professional, and professionally personal concerns. This edition features sensory invasions and bureaucratic drama. I know that already seems overwhelming, but fear not! The insight, humor, and empathy you seek are just a few scrolls away (I’ve adapted my advice for mobile ...more +

1 year ago

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