Step Into 2014 With a Crash Course in Leadership!

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As the curtain falls on 2013, it’s worth taking a look back at some of the lessons we’ve learned about business, entrepreneurship, professionalism, job seeking and much more. Which traits of creative types might surprse you? What does your social media strategy say about your business’s prospects for the future? Can you rely on your own brain? Lucky for us, Fast Company has compiled the best articles on leadership written in 2013. Read through them and get ready for a productive new year! 

http://www.fastcompany.com/3023510/the-most-read-leadership-stories-of-2013

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Oregon Is Named The Moving Destination of 2013!

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Oregon, and especially Portland, has garnered attetion in recent years for the growing number of transplants from around the country (and the world) who opt to settle into the Willamette Valley for some good beer, temperate climate and undeniably innovative culture. Well, we’ve reached new heights this year as Oregon is name the top moving destination of 2013 by United Van Lines. What’s more? Portland has been named America’s Best City of 2013 by the real estate blog Movoto! Does it get any better? Read these articles from the Portland Business Journal to see how Portland stacks up in all kinds of rankings. 

http://www.bizjournals.com/portland/morning_call/2013/12/more-proof-that-the-world-really-loves.html?ana=e_ptl_rdup&s=newsletter&ed=2013-12-26

http://www.bizjournals.com/portland/morning_call/2013/12/portland-tops-the-greatest-list-ever.html

THE TOP 10 BUSINESS LESSONS OF 2013

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It’s been a year of innovation, especially in entrepreneurial business, and there’s a great deal that we can learn from our experiences this year. In this fascinating slideshow,  Fast Company’s Miles Kohrman has compiled conversations with dozens of entrepreneurs and business owners from across the country about the challenges and victories of their careers, and the advice they would offer the intrepid job-seeker or startup business owner. 

http://www.fastcompany.com/3023436/bottom-line/the-top-10-business-lessons-of-2013

10 Things Employees Want More Than a Raise

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It’s that time of year again. No, I’m not talking about the Holidays, I’m talking about annual performance reviews and salary increases. Of course, every employee wants a raise, but there might be something they want more. Whether it’s pride in their work or more vacation time, what makes an employee happy in their job can range from the highly tangible to the surprisingly abstract. This article by Geoffrey James highlights ten “things” or conditions that employees may want more – or at least as much as – a salary raise. 

http://www.inc.com/geoffrey-james/10-things-employees-want-more-than-a-raise.html?cid=readmore

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Leaders Are Made, Not Born

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Most of us work on the assumption that “leadership qualities” are something you’re born with…or not. But the latest studies show that our brains, and even our personalities,  are malleable and can adapt to changing demands. We can even rewire our brains to make us more effective leaders. It all starts with replacing your “fixed” mindset with a “growth” mindset. Check out this article by Ethan Hale to find out more!

http://www.fastcompany.com/3022975/work-smart/its-all-in-your-head-how-to-train-your-brain-for-leadership-and-better-decision-m

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A Little More Boly:Welch Cheer!

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The Holidays are upon us and here at Boly:Welch we like to celebrate in style. Specifically, ugly sweater style. This week we donned our most gawdy, sparkly, festive sweaters for our annual holiday breakfast and white elephant gift exchange. There were some truly special, from-the-heart gifts this year including not one but TWO creepy Santa dolls, microwaveable slippers, and a Michael Jackson glove and accompanying dance party mixtape. Some were thrilled, others sorely dissapointed but that’s just the name of the game! 

Emotional Intelligence Predicts Job Success: Do You Have It?

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We all know that intelligence, experience, education and skills are important aspects of what makes a person a competitive candidate for employment. But there’s another factor you may not have considered and it might make all the difference – emotional intelligence, or EQ. Studies are showing that sales people with a high level of emotional intelligence are outselling their peers by undeniable margins. So what constitutes emotional intelligence? This article by Fast Company’s Drake Baer spells it out for us.

http://www.fastcompany.com/3023335/leadership-now/emotional-intelligence-predicts-job-success-do-you-have-it

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