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6 reasons that you should speak up at work – Money –

At a time where the demand for transparent communication in the workplace is at a premium, employees are not speaking-up enough. How you express your opinions at work or not is a direct reflection upon how people experience who you are and what you represent as a team member, department leader and as an individual. Your voice defines the value you bring to the organization. In most cases, your identity is misrepresented because your voice does not consistently communicate what is really on your mind. If this sounds too familiar, it is apparent that you are not performing at your most optimum levels.

The ongoing political dynamics in the workplace makes it easy for employees to voice their opinion. For example, the next time you are in a meeting, ask yourself, “Who is really adding value to the goals of the conversation?” In a meeting of five people you are lucky if more than two consistently deliver. In fact, how many times has someone said to you in a meeting, “That’s a great idea you should do something with it.” What happens? More often than not, the idea remains dormant and then it dies.

Did someone hold you accountable to act upon the idea? Were the other people in the meeting paying attention to the opportunity that was presented to you?In today’s workplace, more people are keeping quiet and are just going with the flow — thinking that this is the best way to advance, get noticed and / or win the political gaming that takes place at work. For others, it is a survival mechanism.

via 6 reasons that you should speak up at work – Money –

Strange Random Speaking Quote:

‘Of those who say nothing, few are silent.’ – Thomas Neiel

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The Millennials [video]

Editor’s note: The Millennials are a generation that are constantly plugged in and moving fast to make their mark on the world. CNN’s Quest Means Business is tracking four of them.

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Strange Random Generation Quote:

“It’s a different generation. They don’t want to sit and have tea and listen to a speech. They need to be more project-oriented.” – Bob Gordon

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Comedy Central Survey Says Young Men See Humor as a Prized Value –

Jon Stewart

Comedy Central has a lot riding on, well, comedy. And now research it commissioned about how young men view humor has provided the cable channel with some encouraging conclusions about the preferences of its most important demographic group.

More than music, more than sports, more than “personal style,” comedy has become essential to how young men view themselves and others, the research showed.

Stuck in an elevator? Sixty-three percent of young men surveyed said they would choose to be there with Jon Stewart or some other favorite comic, and only 15 percent said they would prefer that time with Eli Manning or some other idolized athlete.

Eighty-eight percent of respondents said their sense of humor was crucial to their self-definition, 74 percent said “funny people are more popular,” and 58 percent said they sent out funny videos to make what might be called a special impression on someone else.

These sentiments were reflected in an online survey of 2,000 people conducted by Nielsen Entertainment Television. Additional conclusions were formed from the results of so-called buddy groups, run by the research group Sachs Insights, which brought together young men in 19 cities around the country. Comedy Central is studying the results to discern how valuable comedy has become to the generation known as millennials, which it defines as young adults born after the first Reagan inauguration, in 1981.

“We called them Comedy Natives,” said Tanya Giles, the executive vice president for research at Comedy Central’s parent, MTV Networks. “Comedy is so central to who they are, the way they connect with other people, the way they get ahead in the world. One big takeaway is that unlike previous generations, humor, and not music, is their No. 1 form of self-expression.”

The challenge now, said Michele Ganeless, the president of Comedy Central, “is creating a new business model around all of this.”

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Strange Random Comedy Quote:

“The duty of comedy is to correct men by amusing them.” – Moliere (French Actor, Playwright and Writer the greatest of all writers of French comedy, 1622-1673)

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BBC News – The authors who are going it alone online – and winning

Books Books

“Company policy, not mine. Were it up to me, we would. The revolution is not yet complete.”

A change in policy at the 164-year-old Chicago Tribune is not something to be taken lightly.

But when Julia Keller, the newspaper’s Pulitzer Prize-winning cultural critic, calls something a “revolution”, you sense things may be about to change.

She’s referring to her newspaper’s policy on reviewing self-published books. It’s a simple one: they don’t.

And until recently, it would be unthinkable to even consider over-ruling it as an obvious method of quality control.

After all, why would any newspaper – particularly one of the world’s most respected – be bothered reading the work of an author who for whatever reason couldn’t find anyone to publish their work?”

There was a definite stigma clinging to it,” Ms Keller continues.

“A bad odour that reeked of desperation and flagrant ego.”

But as more self-published authors hit the big time, that reputation is perhaps beginning to drift away.

“That odour is almost completely banished.

“Now, I think of a self-published author as an entrepreneur, an energetic soul determined to forge her or his own destiny in the cultural world.”

‘Complete transition’

Tailored services like Amazon CreateSpace, Lulu and Smashwords have put creating and distributing a book firmly into the hands of anyone and everyone.

via BBC News – The authors who are going it alone online – and winning.

Strange Random Publishing Quote:

“To write what is worth publishing, to find honest people to publish it, and get sensible people to read it, are the three great difficulties in being an author.” – Charles Caleb Colton (English sportsman and writer, 1780-1832)

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Creating Your Own Wine…in Brooklyn | Fox Business

Wine With Me: Winemakers are getting creative to keep their businesses lucrative, and this winemaker is trying two different angles: patriotism and parties.

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Strange Random Wine Quote:

Alonso of Aragon was wont to say in commendation of age, that age appears to be best in four things – old wood best to burn, old wine to drink, old friends to trust, and old authors to read. – Francis Bacon
Apothegms [1624], no. 97

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