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Inspiration, guidance and best practices for career development
Curated by Ashley Burns
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Epic’s Unreal Engine 4.4 Gaming Platform Released

Epic has released Unreal Engine 4.4, which includes the first preview release of Unreal Motion Graph.
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Directional guidance, "this release is geared towards early adopters"

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Scared Of Failing? Ask Yourself These 6 Fear-Killing Questions

Scared Of Failing? Ask Yourself These 6 Fear-Killing Questions | Professional Development and Inspiration | Scoop.it
Warren Berger, author of A More Beautiful Question, collected the provocative questions top designers, tech innovators, and entrepreneurs ask...
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4 Lessons Designers Could Learn From The Hoefler & Frere-Jones Split

The most successful type partnership of our generation has ended. Here's what could have been done differently.
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The title of this piece should be "Starting a Company? Don't Do This...". Nothing earth shattering in terms of tips and tricks, but solid and timely reminders for entreprenuers.
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5 Profound Insights On Success From A Wharton Prof Devoted To Understanding It

5 Profound Insights On Success From A Wharton Prof Devoted To Understanding It | Professional Development and Inspiration | Scoop.it
When Wharton Business School professor Richard Shell was faced with a life-threatening illness he was forced to think about the big picture. What was...
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Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life . . . And, most important, have the courage to follow your own heart and intuition. They somehow know what you truly want to become.”

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Hashtag creator leaves Google to join a 6-person startup

Hashtag creator leaves Google to join a 6-person startup | Professional Development and Inspiration | Scoop.it
Google developer advocate Chris Messina is leaving the search giant to join a tiny startup.
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One to watch..."Messina describes himself first and foremost as an advocate for the open web. He  is a long-time contributor to open source and open standards."

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Six Components of a Great Corporate Culture

Six Components of a Great Corporate Culture | Professional Development and Inspiration | Scoop.it
From a vision to your people, the foundation for shaping -- or changing -- your organization.
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INSTANT MBA: You Need To Accept Everyone's Failures

"Create a culture where failure in areas where you KNOW you are taking risk is celebrated. To be more specific, create a culture where well executed failure in non-core areas of your business is celebrated, in order to keep innovation thriving within your organization."

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Instead of Making Resolutions, Dream

Instead of Making Resolutions, Dream | Professional Development and Inspiration | Scoop.it
Forget the small stuff, for now. What's your big objective?
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According to psychologist Timothy Pychyl (in his article "Teenagers, Identity Crises and Procrastination") "until we have a vision of who we are and who we want to become, we can't accomplish much." Pychyl explains the interconnectedness between identity and agency as follows: "Identity is that knowledge of who we are.  Agency is the belief that we are in control of our decisions and responsible for our outcomes.  It means we make a difference; we make things happen, we act on the world. Thus, being an active agent depends on identity, or knowing who we are."

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Why You Should Work From a Coffee Shop, Even When You Have an Office

Why You Should Work From a Coffee Shop, Even When You Have an Office | Professional Development and Inspiration | Scoop.it
Here at Lifehacker, we've often encouraged switching up your working environment to spark creativity and prevent burnout. Even taking a few days each month to work in a new place can benefit you greatly.
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Love this. I worked from a coffee shop this morning!
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Nine Ways Successful People Defeat Stress

Nine Ways Successful People Defeat Stress | Professional Development and Inspiration | Scoop.it
Proven tactics from research psychologists.
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I live #7: See your work in terms of progress, not perfection

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Getting Fired: 3.5 years later

Getting Fired: 3.5 years later | Professional Development and Inspiration | Scoop.it
Three and a half years ago I was working at TD Securities as an equity analyst. I had been working on Bay Street as an equity analyst covering tech stocks for almost 11 years at that point. I enjoyed it […]
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Find Your Passion With These 8 Thought-Provoking Questions

Find Your Passion With These 8 Thought-Provoking Questions | Professional Development and Inspiration | Scoop.it
Warren Berger, author of A More Beautiful Question, collected the provocative questions top designers, tech innovators, and entrepreneurs ask...
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Ask yourself at least once a year...

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Leading Designers At Square, Dropbox, And Flipboard On How To Land A Dream Job

Leading Designers At Square, Dropbox, And Flipboard On How To Land A Dream Job | Professional Development and Inspiration | Scoop.it
Six mistakes designers make in interviews with startups and how to avoid them
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That Cookie-Killing Student? An Ad Agency Just Hired Her

That Cookie-Killing Student? An Ad Agency Just Hired Her | Professional Development and Inspiration | Scoop.it

"Here at CHI we think that ideas can come from anywhere in the agency; it's not just up to the creatives anymore…and in order to do that we need all different types of brains," he said, noting, "She has a brain that I don't think I've ever met before."

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Most Brands Aren't Budgeting For Innovation

Most Brands Aren't Budgeting For Innovation | Professional Development and Inspiration | Scoop.it
only 11% of marketers budget for marketing innovation efforts, yet a majority says innovation efforts yield positive roi.
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Ashley Burns's curator insight, August 7, 2013 12:50 PM

"firms must understand the four marketing innovation cultures in order to determine both their current and aspirational state..."

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The Man Who Escaped Microsoft and Took a Whole Company With Him | Wired Business | Wired.com

The Man Who Escaped Microsoft and Took a Whole Company With Him | Wired Business | Wired.com | Professional Development and Inspiration | Scoop.it
Wired Business sat down with Expedia founder Rich Barton in San Francisco’s South Park to talk power to the people, Google Glass, Microsoft, what the hell happened with the Qwikster debacle, and why picking fights with entrenched industries is a...
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New Research: What Sets Effective Middle Managers Apart

New Research: What Sets Effective Middle Managers Apart | Professional Development and Inspiration | Scoop.it
And why middle managers make or break your company.
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Guidance to mid-level managers, "When a janitor is faced with a locked door, it's okay for them to come up with an excuse or a reason; however, you are not allowed to come up with any excuses or reasons."

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The Unexpected Antidote to Procrastination

The Unexpected Antidote to Procrastination | Professional Development and Inspiration | Scoop.it
Stop avoiding tough tasks and start cultivating your resilience.
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To Increase Innovation, Take the Sting Out of Failure

To Increase Innovation, Take the Sting Out of Failure | Professional Development and Inspiration | Scoop.it
Practical advice on making risk-taking OK.
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6 Startup Lessons From Designers At Pinterest, Fuseproject, And Behance

6 Startup Lessons From Designers At Pinterest, Fuseproject, And Behance | Professional Development and Inspiration | Scoop.it
In 2011, over 60 designers started the Designer Fund, to give angel funding, mentorship, and connections to designers creating businesses with positive social impact.
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Great tips in here -- start with side projects, build on small wins, partner with someone who complements you, don't settle for making things "pretty"

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The Worst Times And Days For Press Releases

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Monday and Tuesday are the noisiest days of the weeks -- and -- anytime before 10AM ET is ridiculously crowded 

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Joy at Work: It's Your Right

Joy at Work: It's Your Right | Professional Development and Inspiration | Scoop.it
We can't always control what assignments we accept at work, but how we approach our work is up to us.
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