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  • Keys to Boosting Brainpower  

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    Everyone knows that regular physical activity helps keep your body healthy and in shape. Exercise strengthens a person’s heart, lungs, and muscles, keeping them in prime working order and staving off the effects of aging. But what about your brain? Does it need exercise too? Why yes, it does. It turns out that there’s a…

  • Memorial Day

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    While many Americans think of Memorial Day as the unofficial kickoff to summer, the holiday’s origins remind us of the significance of this three-day weekend, which is commonly filled with cookouts and trips to the beach. Many folks are unaware that each year on Memorial Day, a national moment of remembrance takes place at 3:00 p.m.…

  • In Celebration of Moms  

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    Mother’s Day will celebrate its 110th anniversary on this May 13, thanks to Anna Jarvis, who holds the title of “mother” of the long-standing May holiday. On May 10, 1908, Jarvis honored her late mother, Ann, with 500 white carnations sent to Andrews Methodist Episcopal Church in her hometown of Grafton, West Virginia, as well…

  • Team Player – Part II – The Dos and Don’ts  

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    Understanding the collaborative nature of teamwork is the first step to becoming a sought-after team player. With attention to these strategies, anyone can improve his/her team player prowess. First off, the “Do’s”: Engage active listening mode Effective communication only happens if active listening takes place first. Only after a person has put effort into absorbing,…

  • Team Player – Part I – The Tale of a No-Show Team Player

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    Bill was psyched when the department manager assigned him to the “A Squad.” “I guess all the long hours this past couple of months have paid off,” he murmured, mentally patting himself on the back. Now he could kick back and enjoy the ride. Not to mention the prestige of being on the team everyone…

  • The Value of Vacations

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    “Many entrepreneurs, executives, and self-employed people pride themselves on being too busy for vacation. They perceive it as a sign of importance and commitment,” shares Tine Thygesen, a Scandinavian entrepreneur who has adopted the opposite view. In her country, five weeks of vacation is not only the norm, it’s legally mandatory. This and other European…

  • College Grad: Ace that Job Interview! – Part II

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    Last week’s post tackled the homework basics that will pave the way toward a successful job interview. Now let’s focus on some strategies that will leave a lasting, positive impression long after the interview is over. Practice answering typical interview questions. Search for specific interview questions that relate to this particular field. If a friend will…

  • College Grad: Ace that Job Interview! – Part I

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    You and thousands of other college graduates are gearing up for life after finals, when you’ll join the rest of the adult world as a member of the workforce with a “real” job. Your task? Outshine the competition and rise above the crowd of graduates clamoring for the best entry-level positions with the best companies,…

  • Going Green – St. Patrick’s Day

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    Since 1967, the St. Patrick’s Association, Inc. has spearheaded the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in downtown St. Paul. The year’s March 17 noon parade marks the 52nd spirited tribute to the area’s sizeable Irish population. Mayor Thomas Byrne led the first parade in from the Hilton Hotel (now the Radisson) down Kellogg Blvd. to the…

  • Resumes 2018 – Part II 

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    GOAL: A fresh resume that will garner a lot of attention and land you an interview. Utilize these four tips that will ready your resume for the opportunities that await you in 2018. 1. You want the first second spent scanning your resume to invoke an “Ah, at last . . .” reaction, not a…