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Month: July 2016

Wilderness Heals Fundraiser Comes to Cambridge MA

Local charity events such as this can be a great opportunity for corporations who get involved to help and give back to their communities. All of the women who took part in this women-only event raised an impressive $1,500 each before taking part. According to Wicked Local “The Elizabeth Stone House is a Roxbury-based organization that helps homeless and at-risk survivors of domestic violence, mental illness, substance abuse and other forms of trauma achieve greater safety and stability.” Some of the ladies who took part are reported to have raised up to $7,000 in the event. Even the fundraising...

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Camera Workshop Sets Cambridge, MA Girls On Path To Engineering

With Cambridge, MA well known throughout the world, it’s not surprising to see MIT looking to bring on the next generation of engineers. They have been running an event called Girls Who Build Cameras, aimed at high school girls, teaching them everything from how to actually make a camera, to coding the fancy filters we’ve all come to love on Instagram. Teaching girls engineering is an investment in our future workforce. Women are an untapped resource in the growing field of STEM [science, technology, engineering, and math]. The most effective way to spark a girl’s interest in engineering is...

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Fantasy Sports or A Pretend Maze

This week’s episode features one of the best in-office events we’ve seen in a long time. Gary Vaynerchuk’s passion for sports is second to… well someone, somewhere probably, maybe? But this takes things to a new level, where his team has an entire day dedicated to a realistic draft of players for their fantasy sports teams. A half-day of banter, negotiating, decision making, all about something they will remain passionate about, and debating throughout the year, as the season unfolds. Sure we’ve all seen fantasy sports within offices before, and many offices will have an organizer who coordinates their league, but this level of set up, and atmosphere is something you won’t find in most places. And I think that’s where the true long term value of this kind of things comes from – it’s uniquely committed, and more than just a team building game for the sake of it. It gives Gary, no doubt, a huge insight into the way some of his staff think and work (if he’s paying attention despite all the bad picks he kept making ;)). Successful team building is about more than just playing some games, going for a beer, or doing some puzzles. It has to be something immersive, enjoyable, challenging and lively. All of those boxes are ticked with this activity. One thing to note is that some people don’t participate....

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Video: 5 Employee Motivation Tactics (Level: Beginner/Junior Managers)

We’ve spoken a few times about how Gary Vaynerchuk often mentions how important he sees it that managers understand what truly motivated employees and what drives them in life generally and tailoring your style, targets and treatment to match their vision. Magdy covers this very nicely at the beginning and strongly encourages managers to try to see the ‘vision’ of the organization from the eyes of the employee not from their own point of view. It’s well known that people are motivated by feeling like they’re getting better at something. It was interesting to learn that some employees are even driven to turn down higher paid offers elsewhere in exchange for development – definitely something to bear in mind, especially if development can be given at ‘no cost’ in the ways companies like Google do it – allowing staff to develop through experimenting on their own ideas and projects. An interesting little video that touches very briefly on some of the key areas of employee motivation and why they are important. Good managers will already be implementing these practices in their day to day routines, but if you’re new to managing a team it would be a good starting point for you to start to understand what’s driving your team and how you can better motivate them. [Original Video, Channel: Ahmed Magdy –...

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Infographic: The Secret to Employee Motivation

This infographic was crafted with love by Officevibe, the employee survey software that shows you how to improve employee engagement so that they’re more productive. With many motivational and team building exercises focusing mainly on how to coerce or encourage employees to tow the line and step their game up to the company’s expectations of them, it was great to see this infographic from OfficeVibe raise the important point that motivation from the inside is extremely powerful. An employee who sees their autonomous decisions driving business success will feel more empowered and therefore motivated than someone who has simply...

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