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I went to a high school reunion over the weekend and it got me thinking about reunions of past colleagues and ultimately the concept of work anniversaries. I realize it can be costly and tedious to celebrate milestones, but what more important thing does a company have than its people? Fortunately, I work at a company that celebrates its employees and generally does a great job of recognizing at least the major milestones (5, 10, 25 years, etc). It’s just crazy to me that more companies aren’t on top of this recognition game.

Til Next Time,

Michael

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For those of you who know me, you know that I’m a big fan of anything productivity-centric.  Could be a byproduct of my (sometimes) procrastinatory nature, whereby I need to find ways to do things as quickly and efficiently as possible so that I can achieve a superior result with a comfortable amount of pressure being “under the gun”.  Could also be that I really respect the Tim Ferrises (Sidebar – what is the right way to pluralize someone’s name that ends in an ‘s’?  You’d think I know since my name ends in an ‘s’ – but you’d be wrong) of the world.

Either way, I found a great article on Macbook hacks that has already started changing my life.  Being relatively new to the Macbook game (only a couple years strong), I’ve already learned/loved much of the quick keys it offers, whether it’s CMD+SHIFT+4 for a screen shot utility, or CMD+~ to switch between windows in the existing application.

So, without further adieu, I present 18 Mac Hacks That Will Change Your Life.

Til Next Time,

Michael

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I found this great graphic on LinkedIn today and wanted to share it.  After doing some homework, I triangulated the image back to originating in an article on Forbes by Jacob Morgan from earlier this month.  It’s a really great graphic and speaks to what-I-feel-is a revolutionary millennial approach to the employment arena.  I fully support the “work anytime, work anywhere, use any device” philosophy because that’s effectively what I do right now.  I’m fortunate to work on a team that supports flexibility so long as you are getting your job done.  I use my own laptop (because I am a newfound Macbook lover) and condone/support many of the other elements of the graphic.  Quite a pleasant overview!  Hope you enjoy it.

Til Next Time,

Michael

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As many of you know, I’m a sucker for fashion and business dress.  Hence, when I stumbled upon one of my favorite new boutique startup clothiers’ quick note on when to button (or unbutton) suits, I just had to share.  Fortunately, I think I generally abide by these rules, although I may unbutton suit jackets a bit too often (mostly to get some airflow).  Either way – it’s always nice to get a reminder to “look the part”!

Suits: To Button Or Not To Button

Til Next Time,

Michael

Found a great article that had a few gems from Mark Cuban the other day and wanted to share what I felt was his best quote…

“Work like there is someone working 24 hours a day to take it away from you.”

What I love about this quote is that it demands us to be proactive, throw away any complacency, and act with a sense of urgency.  I think a lot of times we get comfortable in our roles or companies, and we get stuck in the cycle of pressing the “easy button” too often.  In reality, if we all elevated our “game”, and worked like someone was gunning for us at all times, not only would all of our companies soar much higher – we’d all get more enjoyment and accomplishment out of work.  I understand there are many external factors to consider (i.e. if you have children, physical limitations, or other constraints), but do think we all probably have a bit to learn from someone as dedicated and driven as Mark Cuban.  Well said, sir!

Til Next Time,

Michael

Today marks the 13th anniversary of the horrific events of 9/11/01.  This day always serves as a much-needed reminder for those of us in America to honor and respect the service men and women (and first responders or members of public service outlets such as police, paramedics, and firefighters) that we depend on for safety, strength, and a sense of security.

To all those who lost life or have loved ones who lost life on that day, please know that they will never be forgotten.  And we thank them for fighting to keep liberty and justice for all.

Til Next Time,

Michael

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