Brandyn Cooper

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16 Things You Should Do At The End Of Every Work Day

Last week when I laid out the 16 things you should do at the start of every work day, I said the first few hours in the office can have a significant effect on your level of productivity over the following eight. But in order to successfully accomplish your morning routine, you’ll have to end the …

The 5 Must-Have Qualities Of The Modern Employee

A few weeks ago I wrote an article covering the 5 Must-Have Qualities Of The Modern Manager. However it’s not just the managers that need to adapt and evolve to the changing workplace; it’s also the non-managerial employees. As I mentioned in the previous article dramatic changes in the way we work …

The White House Wants to Help You Make Smaller Student-Loan Payments

Only a fraction of eligible borrowers are using programs that will let them reduce their monthly student-loan payments. The White House wants to change that.<p>The latest summer policy push from the White House is an ambitious effort to shift the college financing system to provide more support to …

How Social Media Moves Consumers From 'Sharing' To 'Purchase'

Vision Critical’s recently published study, <i>From Social to Sale</i> provides some answers to exactly how a company’s social media strategy could be tailored to drive sales. Using interviews from almost 6,000 participants, the company evaluated social media purchasing against participation in Twitter, …

How Microsoft spent a decade asleep on the job

Once upon a time, a young man named Bill had a vision. He saw "a PC on every desk, and every machine running Microsoft software". And lo, it came to …

Cheap food is an addiction we must break

The brilliant American writer Wendell Berry once wrote that "eating is an agricultural act". His point was that since we all eat, we're all …

Nine Dangerous Things You Were Taught In School

Be aware of the insidious and unspoken lessons you learned as a child. To thrive in the world outside the classroom, you’re going to have to unlearn them.<p><i>Dangerous things you were taught in school:</i><p><b>1. The people in charge have all the answers.</b> <br>That’s why they are so wealthy and happy and healthy and …

The Future 50: Best Places For Millennials To Work

There has been much talk of Millennials, the generation born after 1980. Within the mix of reports on exactly where they stand on money, work, food and life, there seems to be no consensus. Are Millennials merely the “lazy” generation as some purport, and ultimately responsible for the demise of …

Bill Gates on the future of education, programming and just about everything else

Microsoft (s msft) co-founder Bill Gates has thoughts on a lot of things, from the demise of lecture halls to the awesomeness of the patent system. …

3 Signs You're In The Wrong Job

My husband and I just returned from a vacation that didn’t live up to our expectations. Don’t get me wrong: it was great <i>being</i> on vacation – I got more sleep in those 10 days than in the preceding two months, and we both really love simply spending time in each other’s company. It was just that our …

The 25 Best Tech Companies To Work For In 2013

With help from Glassdoor.com, we've put together a list of the 25 tech companies whose own employees rate them most highly.<p>The reviewers account for culture, lifestyle, and what you can learn while working there.<p>All the reviews and ratings taken into account are from the past 12 months, and only …

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The 16 Best BBQ Spots In 13 Cities Around The US

From New York to Chicago to L.A., Zagat scoured the States for the shining stars of barbecue around America.<p>Here are 16 barbecue spots in 13 cities around the country you need to try this summer.

Apple And Google Are No Longer Among America's Favorite Brands

<b>Go straight to the list of America's favorite brands ></b><p>In the second half of 2012, Apple fell from the list while Google held on to 10th place. Both drops are a surprise considering Apple's dominance in consumer satisfaction and Google's market share lead with Android and search.<p>Impressively, Amazon …

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Forget About Working On Your Weakness, Play To Your Strengths: Your (Overwhelming) Reaction To The Idea

Who knew there were so many people frustrated by being told to work on their weaknesses?<p>I certainly didn’t.<p>Here’s the background.<p>I wrote last time about how frustrasted I was, back when I was the world’s worst middle level manager, every time I tried to improve all the management skills I was bad …

Google+ continues to dominate LinkedIn & Twitter, could catch up to Facebook

You may not be using Google+, but your friends probably are.<p>If they’re not hanging out and posting photos of cute puppies and sunsets, there’s a good chance they’re using Google+ to log in to various web sites — and increasingly, they’re also clicking the +1 button to share those sites. In fact, …

Use It Or Lose It: Mental Activity In Childhood And Adulthood Thwarts Dementia

It’s a curious but well-established fact that certain people whose brains look like they have Alzheimer’s disease upon autopsy didn’t actually have clinical symptoms to speak of during life. Researchers have tried to account for this disconnect for some time: the fact that one’s amount of brain …

How Google, Yahoo, Apple, Facebook, and Amazon track you (infographic)

Americans are starting to perk up about privacy after the reveal of a government surveillance program called PRISM. But it’s important to know how tech companies generally track your data and what you’re agreeing to in those terms of service agreements.<p>Google, Facebook, and Yahoo all rely pretty …

5 Lessons Every Startup Founder Should Learn

No matter your education, founding a company is going to school you. Take these lessons to heart before you get hit with the books.<p>Your idea is probably not new<p>There are very few new ideas. Whatever idea you have come up with, someone else is already working on it, because most ideas and companies …

The 10 Skills That Will Get You Hired In 2013

The experts agree: anyone can take a course in C++, but it’s not going to land you the job. The most in-demand jobs for the new year might be rooted in the booming computer industry, but it’s not only technical and programming chops that prospective hires should be showcasing.<p>“The most sought-after …

A Checklist for Personal Efficiency

At the end of the day, there are two ways to excel in business: Right strategy and personal effectiveness. Strategy is often a complex matter, and personal effectiveness is simpler, but very few do it well.<p>Yet the potential gains when you maximize how efficiently you perform can be astronomical. …

10 Incredibly Simple Things You Should Be Doing To Protect Your Privacy

Over the weekend, I wound up at Washington, D.C.’s Trapeze School with a group of friends. Before one of them headed up a ladder to attempt a somersault landing from the trapeze bar, she handed me her phone and asked me to take photos. “What’s the password?” I asked. “I don’t use one,” she replied. …

Business Majors Are The Most Underemployed Graduates In America

According to PayScale's "Underemployment In America" report released on Tuesday, graduates who studied business management and administration were 8.2 times more likely to be underemployed compared to their classmates.<p>This ratio of underemployment is almost twice as high as for English majors, who …

The Internet of Things: Will M2M Transform Your Company or Kill It?

Today, about 9 billion devices are connected to the Internet—primarily smartphones and computers. Within the next few years, that number will surge toward 50 billion.<p>That’s 50 <i>billion</i> things that will soon be streaming, talking, texting, updating, sensing, triggering, and enriching companies’ …

I'm A Business Owner -- Should I Learn To Code?

If you’ve seen the video of Mark Zuckerberg, Bill Gates, and other celebrities extolling the virtues of knowing how to code, it’s hard to justify not knowing how to code. The first time I watched the video I came away from the experience believing if I just gained some programming skills I would …

HUBSPOT CEO: 99% Of Corporate Cultures Are Stuck In The Past

The Cambridge, Mass. company reveals everything from cash burn rate to valuations on its Wiki page.<p>It turns out this is only the start of HubSpot's push toward a modern corporate culture that's vastly different from most companies out there.<p>We got the lowdown from CEO Brian Halligan, who started …

Entrepreneurs-in-residence bring startup mentality to big firms

The technology giants that rule their industry – from Apple to Google, Twitter to Facebook – were once lean startups, making bold decisions that helped shape their identities.<p>As they became multinational corporations, elements of the entrepreneurial spirit were diminished, a trend many companies …

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What Is Strategy?

My post on Product>Strategy>Business Model got a lot of comments and other reactions out there on the social web and from that I realized that many …

Innovation Is 1% Inspiration, 99% Perspiration

<b>It’s not about ideas. It’s about making ideas happen.</b><p>I recently participated in the fifth annual 99U Conference, hosted by Behance, which convenes some of the world’s most creative minds to share the latest insights on leadership and idea execution. This year the conference drew an eclectic mix of …

Grilled Flank Steak

Jump to the recipe<p><i>This grilled flank steak relies on a quick and easy dry rub of cumin, coriander, paprika, garlic, and cayenne rather than a</i> …

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