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Oil, natural gas industry presents economic opportunity

One of the most-watched indicators of our country’s economic health is employment. Through the past several years of slow economic recovery, we know that the oil and natural gas industry has been one of the few bright spots in our economy.

How to solicit helpful feedback from your boss

Your boss gives you a project. You put your heart and soul into it, and deliver what you think is a great finished product. Barely stopping long enough to look at the first paragraph, your boss says, “That’s not quite what I wanted. Make this change and that change, and bring it back to me.”

Finding your ‘dot’ in the workplace

I enjoy power tools that go “Vrrrooommm” and hitting things with hammers, but that doesn’t make me a handyman.

Fear of failure keeps workers from taking responsibility

A decade ago, motivational speakers trumpeted to ballroom-sized crowds, “Don’t be afraid to fail!” CEOs told their employees to take risks: Be brave! That’s how progress happens.

Agriculture technology advances have helped feed world

Americans have a kind of love-hate relationship with the way their food is produced.

Protect yourself from malware by looking for out-of-context e-mails

As Halloween approaches, it’s only fitting that there be a frightful threat to terrorize your network security and data.

Creating company-wide policies to deal with one problem employee not good management

Problem: Employee is doing something annoying or inappropriate

Bosses, co-workers don’t always want to be ‘friends’

Tread carefully if you want to expand your “friends” list. A recent survey finds that your bosses and co-workers probably don’t want to accept your social-media invitation.

Increased domestic energy production never more important

The current conflict in the Middle East only underscores the need for increased domestic energy production.

To create your masterpiece, you must put in the work

In 1971 – the year I was born – Bob Dylan wrote the lyrics to a song that would one day become an inspiration for me, in the workplace and in life.

Yogi Berra’s malapropisms still hold grains of truth

Lawrence Peter “Yogi” Berra began his storied baseball career as a catcher with the New York Yankees in 1946. By the time he retired as a player in 1965, he had won the American League Most Valuable Player award three times, led the Yankees to 10 World Series championships and competed in 18 All-Star Games.

Tips for successful action planning

“Never confuse movement with action.” – Ernest Hemingway

Still relying on Windows XP? Days are numbered

The 500 million people around the world who rely on Windows XP may be at risk for security threats as changes to Microsoft policy render the software virtually obsolete.

Obama administration needs to do more on gas prices

Gasoline prices rose in the first half of this year, pushed up by strong increases in world crude oil prices. And while prices have dropped recently, the higher prices paid for fuel hurt American families, many of whom are still dealing with unemployment and stagnant wages.

Including staff in decision-making may make change easier to handle

Have you ever been told you were to attend a workshop, or some event or activity aimed at changing something? Did the news come in a company e-mail, newsletter or memo? Did your supervisor simply tell you when and where to go?

Buzzword proliferation is making communication harder

I was dynamically engaging one of my fellow content marketers in the company brainstorming arena the other day, when I came up with a win-win value proposition for in-house onboarding of new talent to help us velocitize our organic campaigns. It’s really a multichannel game-changer!

What’s the ‘honesty health’ of your workplace?

That’s a good point! (No it isn’t.)

Family and Medical Leave Act court case has lesson for employers, employees

Employers are prohibited from discriminating against employees who take time off under the Family and Medical Leave Act – the federal law that entitles eligible workers to take unpaid, job-protected leave for specified family, medical, and military-related reasons.

To earn trust, move beyond your own definitions

Are you trustworthy?

What employers value most in job candidates

Want a job in today’s economy? You may need to think, talk and write better.

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