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The Professional Date, Collaboration

Posted by Kyle Baranko on July 9, 2015 at 12:15 AM Comments comments (0)



Working with others is essential to advancing one’s life. Throughout the educational journey, the ability to communicate well and learn from other students is key towards maximizing academic potential. In the workplace, successfully interacting with coworkers and clients is vital in building a successf...

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A Smartphone In A Meeting

Posted by Kyle Baranko on June 11, 2015 at 4:00 PM Comments comments (0)



Technology is gripping. It’s what makes humans such a unique species. For hundreds of years, we have been modifying and controlling the world around us to develop technologies that would’ve been unthinkable just generations before. We now find ourselves in the midst of one of the greatest scientific revolutions in history, one ...

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What 'How was your weekend' Really Means

Posted by Kyle Baranko on May 14, 2015 at 12:00 PM Comments comments (0)



Everyone is aware of the awkward intricacies of small talk. What questions to ask, how to keep a conversation going, whether or not it’s worth the effort, etc. When you and a coworker find yourselves in this arena, there are several signs to look for that w...

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The Skype Interview

Posted by Kyle Baranko on April 16, 2015 at 1:00 PM Comments comments (0)



Businesses around the developed world are taking advantage of the most useful innovations of the digital era. In order to be one step ahead of the competition, firms must adapt and embrace some of the major changes that have taken place since personal computers and smartphones definitively captured our attention. As a resu...

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Alpha Framing: Subway Etiquette

Posted by Kyle Baranko on March 19, 2015 at 1:30 PM Comments comments (1)



The first metro system ever invented was the London Underground, also warmly known by locals as “The Tube.” The transit system first appeared under the city in the mid-nineteenth century, giving the urban population an efficient way of moving around the area. Since then, metros have spread to a...

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The Pitfalls of Keyboard Courage

Posted by David Hoff on July 7, 2014 at 1:00 PM Comments comments (0)


A keyboard, like most tools, is a neutral device—for one man, it offers ample space for public discussion; for another, it offers ample rope for a public hanging. There is, of course, a continual gradation in the length of that rope, in the degree to which a politically incorrect, publicly inappropriate, or objectively obscene online sen...

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Letting Go of the Ego

Posted by David Hoff on June 2, 2014 at 2:00 PM Comments comments (0)


When it comes to a talented man and his demeanor, there is typically a great deal of social real estate between being cocky and being confident. We may wonder from afar how vain men can sometimes seem so satisfied, but there is often little reason to envy them their lot, for almost invariably, it seems, their vanity is doing them more harm than good.


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The Pictures of Social Media: To Post or Not to Post

Posted by David Hoff on April 7, 2014 at 2:50 PM Comments comments (0)


A man today lives a double life—one real, the other virtual.


The new realm of social media, Man's miracle of ones and zeros, has afforded him an unprecedented measure of control, one that real life, in its elusive and inscrutable design, never could. With an easy mouse-click, every man is his own tailor, able to advertise his best self to friend and stranger alike&...

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Alpha Framing: The Art of Competition

Posted by David Hoff on March 3, 2014 at 1:00 PM Comments comments (0)


As the economy continues to waver and businesses tighten their belts, our leading consultants are busy with the urgent questions of the day: how best, they ask, to keep our companies competitive? How best to fire the economic furnaces, to oil the wheels of the workplace?


These are, of course, difficult questions to tackle. A company is made of many moving parts—whe...

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Being Politically Incorrect in a Politically Correct Society

Posted by David Hoff on February 3, 2014 at 1:00 PM Comments comments (2)


The gentleman of today does not exist in a vacuum; no man is an island, and the Man of the Hour is no exception. As citizens, it is sometimes not enough for us to simply keep up with the political order of the day; our society is sustained by a rich diet of lively debate, and whether you’re the confident talker or the quiet listener, shrinking from political discourse is ofte...

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Alpha Framing: The Company We Keep

Posted by Randolph Castro on November 9, 2013 at 4:00 PM Comments comments (0)


Anyone who spends a good amount of time with another person will begin to notice how he, or she, influences a great number of things: thought patterns, speech patterns, behavior. This can be anyone, but we see it most prominently with close friends and family. We might find ourselves using turns of phrase that reminds us of our parents, or making decisions based on what our best friends might say...

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Alpha Framing: Liberals, Conservatives, And The Art of Compromise

Posted by Randolph Castro on May 9, 2013 at 1:00 PM Comments comments (0)


Let’s talk politics.

 

“Oh, no! No, you can’t talk about politics! There are two topics you never talk about! Religion and politics!”

 

You’ve heard that before. We’ve all heard it before. There’s an unfortunate truth at play when talking about politics and religion, and it comes from the same place: passion. T...

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Alpha Framing: Leaders and Followers

Posted by Randolph Castro on April 2, 2013 at 4:00 PM Comments comments (0)


“Lead, follow, or get out of the way.”

 

We’ve all heard this bit of wisdom from Thomas Paine before. Typically, you’ll find it used by people as an excuse to push people out of the way, but never mind that; for now, let’s just consider what it means. Are those really the only options available to us? Probably not. There&...

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Alpha Framing: Keeping True

Posted by Randolph Castro on February 15, 2013 at 2:00 PM Comments comments (0)


When you hear the phrase, “Be true to yourself,” be honest--what comes to mind? Hasn’t it become just another cliché that we toss onto the heap of pointless platitudes that motivational speakers and self-help books toss around when they need to fill space or kill time and just can’t be bothered to come up with something original?

 

Sadly, i...

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Alpha Framing: Managing Your Authority

Posted by Randolph Castro on January 21, 2013 at 4:00 PM Comments comments (0)


Business. Management. Interfacing, networking. How many of us really take time to consider what these words mean? We all want to rise up in the world, we all want to “make it.” Picture it: you’ve been working your brain into a caffeine frenzy to make it through college, ready to shake off the undergraduate-zombie haze and take on the corporate world.

 

Now, this isn’...

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Alpha Framing: Rejection

Posted by Randolph Castro on November 15, 2012 at 4:00 PM Comments comments (0)


There’s a special kind of deep-seated hatred that wells up in you when you work really hard on something, put forth your best effort, and it still doesn’t work out right. You get your best suit, meticulously plot out your strategies, go to the interview, dazzle your potential employer with the best freaking answers they’ve ever heard, and then…they don’...

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Alpha Framing: Defining the Self

Posted by Randolph Castro on October 1, 2012 at 4:00 PM Comments comments (0)


“If you don’t define yourself for yourself then you will be crushed into other’s fantasies of you and eaten alive.” - Audre Lorde


People tend to be self-conscious creatures. We don’t like to admit it. When other people try to judge and define us, we like to hide behind a grim façade and say things like, “I don’t care ...

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Alpha Framing: Etiquette Tips for Smartphone Abusers

Posted by Blaize Stewart on August 28, 2012 at 4:00 PM Comments comments (0)


It has finally happened; the time that every geek has feared since the idea of robots and supercomputers have existed, when humans have become slaves to their machines. The king of this new regime is the smartphone. It has a strange power over people that makes them do crazy things.


Okay, that may be a little bit dramatic, but it is amazing to see the kind o...

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Alpha Framing: Friendship: When to Cut the Cord

Posted by Randolph Castro on June 27, 2012 at 2:00 PM Comments comments (0)


One of the eternal quests of adolescence is finding friends. It’s easy enough to make them when you’re little, because usually your standards are pretty low. “Oh, hey! You have Legos? I love Legos! Let’s be friends!” But once puberty hits (and more importantly, high school), things get more complicated. Your public image suddenly becomes i...

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Pathway To Success: The True Focus of Networking

Posted by Randolph Castro on June 1, 2012 at 4:00 PM Comments comments (0)


It’s not what you know, it’s who.

 

If there’s one mantra that gets thrown around for any up-and-comer, no matter the field of study or career, it’s that one. Expertise, education, ability; all these things are ways to keep a job. But to get one, which is what most young professionals are concerned with right now? That takes conn...

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