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Thursday July 24, 2014

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    Heart at Work - Thursday Jul 24, 2014 | 9:00 am

    Are you headed for burnout?

      It’s a term that’s bantered around a lot these days. But, what is burnout, really? Herbert Freudenberger, a German-American psychologist first coined it in 1974. It’s broadly defined as “physical or mental collapse caused by overwork or stress”. If you are asking yourself “Could this be me?” here’s a self test to help you determine if you are among the many Americans who are exhibiting signs of burnout. Americans […]

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    On the Job - Tuesday Jul 22, 2014 | 9:12 am

    Ban the Box: Opening Up Employment Opportunities For Ex-Offenders

    In Washington DC, where an estimated one in every 10 residents has a criminal record, the chances of getting a job after serving time are about to get a lot better.  Thousands of ex-offenders find that even after they’ve paid their debt to society, they keep getting penalized, because employers routinely screen out applicants who have a criminal history.  But the DC City Council just passed a law that would […]

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  • The Startup Line - Monday Jul 21, 2014 | 4:37 pm

    Venture capital investment in Maine tops $16 million in Q2

    Venture capital investment in Maine startups topped $16 million during the second quarter of 2014, a significant increase from the same quarter last year, according to a new industry report. Venture capitalists, who typically invest in early-stage companies, invested nearly $16.1 million in two Maine startups during the second quarter, according to the MoneyTree Report, which was released Friday. PricewaterhouseCoopers and the National Venture Capital Association compiled the report using data from […]

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  • The Startup Line - Monday Jul 21, 2014 | 8:18 am

    Maine bakery featured in Google economic impact report

    Fresh off her win at the Entreverge awards, Briana Warner and her Portland bakery business are now being featured in a national report from Google about the economic impact its search engine and advertising platforms have in the country. Google’s economic impact report is a publicity stunt, but it does include some noteworthy state-by-state numbers. The Internet giant claims in its report that its search engine and advertising platforms helped provide $286 million in […]

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    Heart at Work - Thursday Jul 17, 2014 | 1:24 pm

    Bringing Clarity to Your Professional Brand

    In an earlier post on “Developing Your Professional Brand”, I mentioned Dorie Clark’s quote that your professional brand “is about figuring out who you really are and what you do best, and then living that brand out. It’s the essence of authenticity;” and that there are four cornerstones to be addressed when developing your professional brand: Purpose, Clarity, Focus and Strategy. This post focuses on Clarity. Clarity is about determining what you’re good at; what you like to do; […]

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    On the Job - Thursday Jul 17, 2014 | 10:31 am

    LeBron James is Underpaid!

    This past weekend my best friend Matt and I attended the North Atlantic Blues Festival in Rockland. We heard some great music, talked about family and friends, and stalked the best fried clams we could find (though we both also would highly recommend the Pho Sizzle food truck). Both of us were in a particularly celebratory mood, since on Friday, while Matt was on his way up from Albany, I […]

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    Commercial Confidential - Thursday Jul 17, 2014 | 5:10 am

    Maine’s air pollution has been bad this week — but it’s getting better

    Did you notice a tickling feeling in your lungs during the hot weather last Saturday, or earlier this week? You wouldn’t be alone — Maine’s Department of Environmental Protection has been issuing a string of “moderate” air pollution forecasts recently, and warning “sensitive people” to limit outdoor exercise and exertion. Forecast for Portland, ME: Jul 13 Moderate (Yellow) — Portland MaineDEP (@MEair_Portland) July 12, 2014 If you take the long […]

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    On the Job - Tuesday Jul 15, 2014 | 9:13 am

    More Women Are Staying Home With The Kids: But Is It A Choice?

    More mothers are staying home with their children. According to a recent Pew study, the percentage of moms who don’t work outside the home has risen dramatically in the past decade, from 23% in 1999 to 29% in 2012.  This is a major reversal from past decades, when the proportion of stay-at-home moms was steadily decreasing. Much of the news coverage of this trend has focused on the so-called “opt […]

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    Heart at Work - Friday Jul 11, 2014 | 12:24 pm

    Four steps to a more professional social media presence

    I’m delighted that my colleague, Amy Jaffe, offered to submit this timely post. So, I just joined Facebook! I know, I know, I’m very late to the party. One of the reasons I hesitated for so long is that social media can be scary. It’s a place where our professional and personal lives intersect, and one simple click can damage a reputation permanently. Having joined, I’m excited to catch up […]

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