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On this day, 135 years ago, columnist, humorist, actor, and social commentator Will Rogers was born in Oologah, OK (then Indian Territory). Through his keen eye and quick wit, Rogers dissected the most important issues of the day and shared insightful commentary on topics ranging from politics to Hollywood to the daily lives of regular people.

Rogers’ words are a part of his lasting legacy, so check out these inspirational quotes and think about how you can apply them to your daily life, both at work and at home.

  • Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.
  • Live in such a way that you would not be ashamed to sell your parrot to the town gossip.
  • People’s minds are changed through observation and not through argument.
  • Don’t let yesterday use up too much of today.
  • Lettin’ the cat out of the bag is a lot easier than puttin’ it back in.
  • Chaotic action is preferable to orderly inaction.
  • Everybody is ignorant, only on different subjects.
  • Worrying is like paying on a debt that may never come due.
  • The best way out of a difficulty is through it.
  • People who fly into a rage always make a bad landing.

What are some of your favorite Will Rogers quotes? Share them in the comments section below. Read More→

The iconic fall symbols are coming out of the woodwork, while people across North America begin to decorate their homes and offices with cornucopias, harvest moons, and warm colors. But to truly get in the autumn mood, try these five things to do this month!

National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month
Alzheimer’s is a debilitating disease that many of us have been affected by through friends or family. In fact, more than 5 million Americans and approximately 500,000 Canadians are living with the disease. One way you and your team can make a difference is by honoring one of the millions of caregivers who have devoted time and energy to help those afflicted by the disease by having your team send a personal tribute to someone you know or through this site. Read More→

If you’re not constantly innovating and staying on the cutting edge of your industry, the competition will very quickly pass you by. In today’s highly competitive business environment, staying ahead of consumers’ changing tastes is the key to building and maintaining a successful company. But, what happens when you hit a roadblock and the new ideas seem to stop coming? It may be time to change the way you’re seeking out that next big innovation.

Flip the Flops
In 1968, a 3M Company scientist had been working on developing a super-strong adhesive, but due to miscalculations along the way, he inadvertently created a reusable, pressure sensitive adhesive. The new “low-tack” adhesive formula really didn’t have much value until 1974 when another 3M colleague had the idea to use it to anchor a bookmark in his choir hymnal, and at that moment the idea for Post-It Notes was born. Read More→

For many companies, the holiday season is the perfect time to show employees that their work is appreciated in the form of a special bonus. From cash to extra time off, there are a wide variety of ways to compensate your workforce for a year’s worth of hard work. So, for our November question of the month, we want to know what type of holiday bonus you plan to give your employees this year. Let us know by voting in our poll.

This week on Peak Performer’s Life, Walter Bond continues on the topic of “vision” and discusses his concept of “visionary leadership.” He also shares a personal anecdote about how a legendary business leader and motivational speaker once showed him that even when you’re at the top, you still have to make a commitment to learn.

According to Walter:
“Leaders, you have to understand, you set the tempo. If you want your organization to grow, you must grow first. You need to set the example.”

How do you set an example for your employees? What are some ways you ensure you continue to learn? Let us know in the comments section below. Read More→

From employee and business contact names to speaking points for your next big presentation, if you’re like many leaders, there’s probably a lot of activities vying for valuable real estate in your brain. So, here are some ways to help boost your memory and retain important information.

Stop cramming
According to Miller’s Law, the average number of objects we can hold in our working memory is seven – give or take two. Beyond that, performance on memory tasks tends to fall off. So, while it may have gotten you through a few college exams, cramming in as much information at the last minute isn’t the best way to create long-term retention.

Instead, you’re better off learning new information slowly and more intentionally. For example, if you’re preparing for a big presentation, set up regular study times in advance and try to replicate the actual environment you will present in as close as possible. The regular repetition in actual conditions will more thoroughly imprint the content in your memory. And because you’re not struggling to simply recall crammed information, your presentation will flow naturally, and you’ll be perceived as more knowledgeable about the topic. Read More→

Express Employment Professionals, the nation’s largest franchised staffing firm, released survey findings that reveal how long recent college graduates stay in their first job after graduation.

More than three-quarters, 77% of franchises surveyed in the U.S. and Canada, said they expect a recent graduate to stay less than a year in his or her first job. In he U.S., only 23% think the average graduate stays for more than a year, while in Canada, the number drops to 22%.

Findings come from the 2014 editions of the “America Employed” and “Canada Employed” surveys of Express franchises across the U.S. and Canada. Respondents were asked to say how long “the average graduate” will “stay in their first career job following graduation.” Full results are below. Read More→

This week on Peak Performer’s Life, Walter Bond continues on the theme of “vision” and discusses what it means to have game-changer vision and why it’s often good to be disruptive.

According to Walter:
“If you’re going to be a great visionary, if you’re going to be an innovator, you have to understand something – you have to predict the future. Now, you don’t want to roll the dice. You don’t want to have to be a gambler, but somehow, someway in your industry relative to the information available to you, you have to be able to predict the future.”

Check out Walter’s full message below:

How do you predict the future? What do you do to ensure you’re taking care of your “eternal customers?” And what are some ways you invest in “visionary thinking” in your workforce? Let us know in the comments section below. Read More→

An easily identifiable logo is a valuable tool for any company. From swooshes to golden arches, many brands need little more than a simple graphic to represent themselves or evoke an emotional response from its customers.

Have you ever wondered what led to the creation of some of the world’s most iconic logos? Check out this infographic from FinancesOnline.com for some unique insight and behind-the-scenes information on what makes a great logo and how famous brands have evolved throughout the years. Read More→

In September, we asked our readers how they plan to handle the extra workload during the holiday season and of those who are affected by seasonal upswings, 30% said they will manage with their current staff, but offer overtime/incentives. Another 10% plan to hire temporary workers through a staffing company like Express Employment Professionals, 3% will outsource projects, and 2.7% say they will hire additional full-time employees.

The Holiday Shopping Season is Approaching
While the holidays don’t affect every business, one sector that is always significantly affected is retail.

The Hay Group, a global management consulting firm, recently released their findings from their survey of retailers on expectations for the 2014 holiday season.

According to the results, 24% of retailers predict a significant increase in year-over-year sales during the holiday shopping season, and 70% plan to hire workers at the same levels they did in 2013 to accommodate the increased business volume. Read More→