Jonathan Bringhurst

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Weighted Blanket Can Help More Than Just Sleep Problems

It’s called a weighted blanket and it might be the secret weapon you’re looking for as a parent of a high-energy kid. The bed cover is filled with plastic poly pellets similar to those used in Beanie Babies for a heavier feel that creates a natural calming effect in some kids — or even an entire …

Marketers Need to Think More Like Publishers

In 2010, Pepsi pulled its Super Bowl ads and invested $20 million into its Refresh project, which employed crowdsourcing to support good causes. It was an astounding social media success, with more than 87 million votes cast.<p>Unfortunately, as this Harvard Business School case study points out, it …

Brain Science And 12 Steps To Employee Loyalty

Loyal employees can bring some BIG benefits. First and foremost, loyal employees satisfy customers. And, satisfied customers become loyal customers (a/k/a repeat business) who generate new business referrals and are less price-sensitive. Additionally, loyal employees who tend to stay put, help keep …

The One Trait That Guarantees a Good Hire

We have tons of qualified candidates for a key open position--but I'm looking for more than qualifications.<p>Recently, I posted an ad for a product-designer position at Basecamp. Product designers lead the visual design of individual projects. They also lead the process of figuring out what we should …

7 Meaningful Questions to Gauge Employee Happiness

The secret is not to ask once a year if employees are happy, but to assess their likes and dislikes in a frequent, trustworthy manner with focused questions.<p>When was the last time you read an article praising annual employee reviews?<p>Chances are, it's been a while. Most organizations now realize …

Money Myths

Financial services powerhouse Charles Schwab surveyed 998 people aged 30 to 79 to uncover their biggest money misconceptions. More than half of those surveyed described themselves as savvy when it comes to their personal finances, but a staggering number of them agreed with nine money myths …

10 Strategies Quick Learners Use To Pick Up Anything

We need to get good at it, since the tools we use to do our jobs are changing every year.<p>In a recent Quora thread, users answered the question: What learning strategies do people who are "quick learners" follow? We've outlined some of the best ideas for for optimizing the learning process, along …