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By Todd Dewett | Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Management Tips: The Successful Contrarian

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As a professional, being a contrarian can be difficult. On the one hand, you see opportunities for change and improvement more readily than others. On the other hand, your inclination to shake things up may irritate people.

There are a few things we know about how to survive at work as an outside-the-box thinker. In this week’s tip, I’m going to ask you to start thinking not just about your great ideas—but how to make others actually listen when you share them.

By Scott Fegette | Tuesday, September 09, 2014

The iPhone 6 and Apple Watch: Tech You Can Use

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In its much-anticipated announcement today, Apple revealed its next chapter in consumer hardware. The one-two mobile punch of the iPhone 6 and the brand spankin’ new Apple Watch should bring a whole new era of functionality and personal productivity—not to mention healthier living—to Apple customers, and spur even more innovation in wearable computing.

The event took place at the Flint Center for the Performing Arts, just a stone’s throw from Apple’s Cupertino campus—the same place where Steve Jobs introduced both the original Macintosh and the iMac. Today’s news was indeed monumental, with the Apple Watch heralding Apple’s entry into wearable computing. The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus take a step into the mid-sized smartphone market pioneered by Samsung and other Android vendors, introducing the next release of their mobile operating system, iOS 8.

Let’s break down today’s Apple news.

By Jess Stratton | Monday, September 08, 2014

How to Blur Photo Details to Protect Your Privacy

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It’s easy to post pictures on social networks, but sometimes we’re looking at them from such small screens that it’s easy to miss tiny details that can compromise your privacy—or worse, someone else’s.

In this week’s Monday Productivity Pointers, I’ll show you how to easily blur or cover up a small portion of a photo before posting it on a social network.

By David Rivers | Sunday, September 07, 2014

Keep Up with Technology — and Keep Your Career Afloat

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I’ll be the first to admit I’m no spring chicken. Over the past 20 years, I’ve personally witnessed major changes in the workplace and the way we do business, thanks to the evolution of technology.

They call it “progress” and for the most part, these changes have been for the better. But new graduates, who were born into a high-tech world and do almost everything with technology, have a distinct advantage over existing workers who feel like they’re being left behind while struggling to keep up with all the changes.

Yes, getting lazy about learning new technology is a great way to kiss your career goodbye. But staying relevant doesn’t have to be scary—or even difficult.

By Garrick Chow | Thursday, September 04, 2014

Has Celebrity Photo Hack Got You Paranoid? Get Secure

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As you may have heard, earlier this week several celebrities had photos of a personal nature stolen from their computers or mobile devices, which were then shared and distributed online.

The celebrity photo hack story is still unfolding, and while it’s not completely clear how their devices and cloud-based accounts were accessed in each case, we thought this would be a good time to review some basic steps you should be following to make sure your personal files—and your internet privacy—are secure.

By Jolie Miller | Wednesday, September 03, 2014

Boost Productivity: Hold Typing Contests at Work!

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Ever since we started developing our Typing Fundamentals course, several of us in the Business segment at lynda.com have been holding group typing tests to compete for highest words per minute. (The record is 92 words per minute; can you top it?)

My working hypothesis has long been that quick typing is a key differentiator for the folks who get the most done at work.

By Todd Dewett | Wednesday, September 03, 2014

Your Boss Insults You — Publicly. What Do You Do?

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One of the trickiest things you’ll ever have to do at work is deal with a public insult—especially one you didn’t see coming—and especially one delivered by your boss!

You’re sitting there in front of colleagues, possibly even clients, and your intelligence, work ethic, or judgment are questioned for all to see.

By David Rivers | Sunday, August 31, 2014

Students! 3 Time-Management Tips for Staying on Track

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There’s a motto I value and it can really help students who are in the midst of another school year: “Manage your work; don’t let it manage you.”

Of course, this is much easier said than done. That’s why I’d like to share these time-management tips to help students stay in control, reduce stress levels, and enjoy a happier school year!

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