Unprofessional People: It’s Bad Enough To Deal With People Like This, But You Certainly Don’t Want To Be One of Them.

My mama always said “Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you gone get.” I probably can’t say this line with Forrest Gump southern accent but nevertheless, after almost half a century of trials and errors, I fully grasp its meaning. I also came to learn that people are like chocolates too! Regardless of their shiny wrappers, exotic toppings or luxurious brand, you never know what they are made of. I believe we can all agree that we have met at least one person that seemed flaky to us at first glance. You know the type. Others are not that obvious, seemingly rather likable. It’s bad enough to deal with people like this, but you certainly don’t want to be one of them. Pay attention to this one small trivial act for it is the biggest telltale: Not responding to email. Everyone is busy. Everyone gets lots of emails. We may at times fall short and not respond promptly (mea culpa!). A great discipline to adopt is to send at least a simple acknowledgement if you need to establish a reasonable time to respond and manage expectations. On the other end, not responding at all is as unprofessional as it gets! Not only that, but these are the 2 big take-away you are leaving the sender with:   You are unable to make a decision You engaged with friends, colleagues or other professionals on a project but then came to the realization that this is not really something you want to pursue. Be honest. Instead of avoiding it altogether, simply announce your conclusion. People will respect...

This Guy’s Marketing Stunt Was So On-Brand That We’re Actually Writing About It

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Want Big Things Out of Life? Expect Big Things of Yourself.

Want Big Things Out of Life? Expect Big Things of Yourself.

Want Big Things Out of Life? Expect Big Things of Yourself. Join us Dec 20. for our free webinar on attracting top talent, fueling productivity and building a brag-worthy culture. Register Now ” If you fail enough times and fake it long enough, you’ll eventually make it. If you do a whole bunch of gigs, sooner or later they’ll add up to...

A Single Blood Test For All Cancers? Illumina, Bill Gates and Jeff Bezos Launch Startup To Make It Happen

A Single Blood Test For All Cancers? Illumina, Bill Gates and Jeff Bezos Launch Startup To Make It Happen Illumina CEO Jay Flatley What if a simple blood test could detect any cancer early, when it was still easy to treat? It sounds like science fiction. But Illumina, the $24 billion (market cap) biotechnology company that has pioneered cheap, efficient sequencing of DNA, says it could be a reality in a...

Rain Man Was Right: The world’s safest airlines

The world’s safest airlines EARLIER this week Airline Ratings released its annual airline safety ranking. The survey uses a star rating system based on factors such as fatalities over the past 10 years, various safety accreditations or endorsements and, more interestingly, whether the fleet is composed of Russian-built stock (for which airlines are...