The business world loves the word, “innovation.” Mainers have heard of the “Innovation Economy” for decades, and the various ways we have worked to promote it. We herald innovative leaders of the past, with people like Steve Jobs more famous to many than the last 10 U.S
You have to figure that the Fraud industry has spent billions finding ways to steal money – why not use some of their ideas against them?
There is a fraud method called “man-in-the-middle” when the bad guys get between you and wherever you are spending your money online. As you enter your card information to buy something, the bad guys get it from you, and then pass it on to the seller. Neither you nor the seller know it is happening. Meanwhile, the bad guys stockpile personal information. Then when they have what they want, they start using it to rob you.
Apologies to economic forecasters – you provide a good service to businesses by compiling data to help make informed decisions. Fortunately for you, you don’t have to be right every time to be helpful – even knowing what might happen can be extremely helpful for planning.
Looking through etiquette articles, it appears the common answer to whether you should correct bad grammar in the office is “no”, unless the person reports to you, then it is part of staff development.”
That sounds reasonable enough, and the course that most workers will probably follow anyway. In general, correcting grammar seems intrusive, even conceited and annoying.
Do you have good distractions? If not, you should think about developing some.
Let’s start by saying distractions get a bad rap. Unless you have extreme distraction tendencies, as with ADD/ADHD, distractions provide an important feature to good brain function – a short break to regain focus. Without distractions, the brain gets overstimulated and stops working properly. Scientists call this “vigilance decrement.” (source)
Evidence from geological studies strongly indicates that the continents on the earth were once all connected in a large landmass. Just look at a world map with the Atlantic Ocean in the middle and you can’t miss how the left side (North and South America) fit like puzzle pieces with Europe and Africa.
There’s a magic to the holiday season that can make work days feel like Fridays’ stacked up one after the other. What’s not often discussed is that the holiday season is very stressful. People feel obligated to buy gifts they can’t easily afford.