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78 of the Best Porters (Under 8% ABV), Blind-Tasted and Ranked

There are few beer styles with deeper roots in the American craft beer movement than porter. Present from the very beginning of this country’s beer …

Beer

21 intriguing books I want to read in 2018

Every year, I read advance copies of dozens of big idea and business books. So do other authors, but we all do it separately—and rarely get a chance to discuss, debate, and share our insights. My resolution this year is to change that.<p>I've started a book club with Malcolm Gladwell, Susan Cain, and …

Books

If You Want To Be a Good Leader It's Better To Give Than Take

If you want to get, then you've got to give<p>The fastest way to accumulate things is to take, take, take. You have to fight for your share, and if you don't get it, someone else will, right?<p>Wrong.<p>This is the way bad leaders operate. They believe there isn't enough to go around, so they spend all …

Self-improvement

Want Other People to Have a Great First Impression of You? Try These 5 Proven Habits

It can be as simple as being curious about the other person.<p>There are several ways you can elicit a great first impression from someone you just met. Here are five proven strategies to get you started.<p>1. Be curious.<p>Want to be the most interesting person in the room? In a previous article, I posed …

Albert Einstein

If your Business Isn't Doing These 5 Things, Then Your Leadership Training is a Waste of Money

Too many companies are focused on classroom training only<p>Throughout my career, I must have attended at least a dozen leadership programs whose goal was to help foster leadership skills growth within the organization. Now while many of these were fun, and I did learn a bit about myself, I wouldn't …

Leadership

I Never Met A Good Manager Who Wasn't A Good Communicator

I remember the conversations well because we had several of them. They were always very similar. They went like this.<p>A good friend of mine who knows of my longstanding interest in the practice of management would tell me how upset she was with her boss. I’d then ask, “Well, what exactly is the …

Leadership

Recipe: Egg Roll Skillet

Heat the oil in a large frying pan over medium-high heat until shimmering. Add the pork and onion, and season with the salt and pepper. Cook, …

Breakups

How Can You Tell Someone Has True Leadership Skills? This Legendary Football Coach Nails It With 1 Brilliant Sentence

A profound quote decades old, it's even more applicable in today's social economy.<p>A few days ago, I was listening to a Higher Purpose podcast where the host, Kevin Monroe, asked his guest JeffHarmon, a leadership coach and author of <i>The Anatomy of a Principled Leader</i>, about the challenges of using …

Leadership

Intersectionality at the Reference Desk: Lived Experiences of Women of Color Librarians

Women of Color

4 Habits of People Who Are Always Learning New Skills

Working in online learning, I’ve found that every year around this time there’s a burst of sign-ups from workers seeking new skills. Perhaps it’s a matter of New Year’s resolutions, or a reaction to seeing their friends and colleagues make big career changes each January.<p>Unfortunately, the initial …

Learning

The 3 Types of C Players and What to Do About Them

When you start leading a new team, one of your first imperatives is to assess the caliber of the talent you are inheriting. At a minimum, you’ll want to focus on three dimensions: (1) Competence — Does each individual match the competence demands of their role? (2) Motivation — Does each member of …

Leadership

I’m Not a Superhero: The Stress of Library Work

A few weeks ago, I saw an article floating around on Twitter called Vocational Awe and Librarianship: The Lies We Tell Ourselves by Fobazi Ettarh, …

Makerspaces

Man behind Boise library’s exclamation point tells story; mayor eats crow

The exclamation point on the Boise Public Library sign jumps out at you.<p>It’s energetic!<p>It’s exuberant!<p>It’s enigmatic!<p>It’s now a city icon but when it …

The search for Jackie Wallace | NOLA.com

Jackie Wallace - Fumbles and recoveries<p>Jackie Wallace - Fumbles and recoveries<p>Jackie Wallace - Fumbles and recoveries<p>Jackie Wallace - Fumbles and …

New Orleans

#TimesUp on Harassing Your Public Librarian

Femme librarians work at the front lines of workplace sexual harassment every single day.<p>The man standing in front of the Reference Desk asked for a …

Librarianship

Warning

This library contains books with extreme language, violence, sexuality and scenes that some readers might find offensive.<p>by Curtis Gillespie<p><i>January</i> …

Joseph Boyden

How To Do Intersectionality

There are lots of great examples of intersectional organizing for us to learn from, and and the pay off can be profound.

200 Year Later, We’re Still Learning from Frankenstein: The 1818 Text

<i>How can I describe my emotions at this catastrophe, or how delineate the wretch whom with such infinite pains and care I had endeavoured to form? His limbs were in proportion, and I had selected his features as beautiful. Beautiful!—Great God! His yellow skin scarcely covered the work of muscles</i> …

Literature

9 Books with South Asian Characters to Read in 2018

In 2009, the Nigerian writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie gave a viral TED talk, "The Danger of a Single Story." It was about what happens when complex human beings and cultures are reduced to a single narrative: when South Asians immigrants, for example, are only seen as upwardly mobile and …

Books

This Award-Winning Michigan Entrepreneur Figured Out How to Make Work a Place You Want to Go Instead of Where You Have to Go

Chances are you spend more time at work than you do at home or at play. So shouldn't it be fun and engaging?<p>Not every job is a great pleasure. Some workplaces do offer deeper engagement, better communication standards, or more positive cultures. Other workplaces are just somewhere to get through …

On Second Thought, You Should Maybe Talk Less In Meetings

Yes, listening is a virtue, but that’s not the only reason you might want to think before you share your next idea.<p>The conventional wisdom is clear and–on its face–totally sensible: If you’re trying to make a name for yourself in your company, you need to contribute during team meetings. Speaking …

How to Actually Come Back from the Holidays Feeling Refreshed

We are told the winter holidays are supposed to be a magical time of deep connection with loved ones, good meals, warm fires, and gift-giving. And yet, for many of us, the winter holidays don’t live up to our expectations, because we don’t know how to strike the right balance between rest and …

Small Talk Is an Overrated Way to Build Relationships with Your Employees

The relationships that you form with each of your direct reports are central to your ability to fulfill your three core responsibilities as a manager: Create a culture of feedback, build a cohesive team, and achieve results collaboratively. But these relationships do not follow the rules of other …

Are You Having Trouble Focusing? These Simple Strategies Will Help

In today’s always-on, information-overloaded world, it can be hard to stay focused throughout the day. How often do you find yourself distracted by inner chatter during meetings? Or how often do you find that emails are pulling you away from more important work?<p>We’ve surveyed and assessed more than …

Teen Services Competencies for Library Staff

Download the full <i>Teen Services Competencies for Library Staff</i>. View the Teen Competencies "at a glance" via this chart.<p>Introduction<p>YALSA’s</i> …

Learning

The Important Emotional Labor of Librarians Most People Never Think About

For librarians, as with many other professions, “Other duties as assigned” is code for tasks that are distasteful, off-kilter, or just plain …

Meetings Would Go Faster If People Took the Time to Listen

Several months ago, a CEO I’ll call Elana, who is deaf, approached me for coaching. As we talked through her leadership skills and organizational political landscape, I quickly realized she was a fantastic listener. As a deaf person, Elana is more intentional about how she listens. In our meetings, …

How to Improve the Engagement and Retention of Young Hourly Workers

What would you do if the majority of your entry-level, hourly workforce was planning to leave in less than a year? More than half of the 1,200 young people working in entry-level jobs we surveyed said that was their plan — and less than a quarter felt highly satisfied with their job. That’s …

Great Corporate Strategies Thrive on the Right Amount of Tension

After expending considerable effort on formulating a strategy, most executives would like to see their company’s strategic plans fully executed. Deviations from the strategic plan are often assumed to be detrimental to corporate performance. However, compliance with the strategy doesn’t necessarily …

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