Cindy Blundell

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These 9 common office policies actually limit productivity

<i>This post originally appeared at LinkedIn. Follow the author here.</i><p>Companies need to have rules—that’s a given—but they don’t have to be shortsighted and lazy in order to create order.<p>I understand the temptation. As my company has grown, so has our difficulty maintaining standards. There have been …

The Workplace

Shell expects oil price recovery to take several years

The Anglo-Dutch energy giant is betting on crude rising to $90 a barrel by 2020, a key assumption in its move to buy rival BG Group for $70 billion to help transform it into a leading player in the costly deepwater oil production and liquefied natural gas (LNG) markets.<p>"We are not banking on an oil …

Oil

Unfunded State Pensions: The Next Economic Crisis

Press Release<p>FreedomWorks president Adam Brandon unleashed the following comment on those citing the threat of terrorism or “national security” as …

The discovery of “buckyballs” in space solves a 100-year-old mystery

Today we can genetically engineer life and stitch atoms together to create new chemicals. Yet, we still don’t know how life started a few billion years ago on Earth. One hint is that it got help from outer space, where some molecules seeded life on Earth.<p>One such molecule implicated in the …

Chemistry
Europe

Seven Mistakes To Avoid When Job Hunting

One morning about a year ago, I was quietly sipping coffee and watching the news when the phone rang. I looked at caller ID and sighed with relief: I’d been waiting for this call.<p>“So, how’d it go?” I asked immediately.<p>There was a sigh on the other end of the line, “Terrible,” came the voice. “I …

Employment

Photos: The world’s most impressive outdoor mazes and labyrinths

Outdoor mazes and labyrinths have captured our imagination for centuries, harking back to King Minos of Crete’s elaborate, winding structure to corral the hulking Minotaur in Greek mythology.<p>Corn mazes, especially plentiful in the US, provide farmers an additional source of revenue. From the 14th …

Northern Ireland

5 Reasons You’ll Never Be a Millionaire (and How to Fix That) | Inc.com

What if you could retire early, travel the world, or fund that brilliant business idea you've had tucked away in the corner of your mind?<p>Well, it certainly won't happen by accident, and despite your best efforts, you might just be standing in your own way.<p>See if you're doing any of these things …

Personal Finance

13 things mentally strong people don't do

It's usually seen in what you <i>don't</i> do.<p>In her book, "13 Things Mentally Strong People Don't Do," author Amy Morin writes that developing mental strength is a "three-pronged approach."<p>It's about controlling your thoughts, behaviors, and emotions.<p>Here are 13 things mentally strong people do not do, …

Self-help