The Famous RMS-AM-GM-HM Inequality

Here is a neat property of numbers often useful in math competitions and theoretical proofs. For two positive numbers a and b, we have the following ordering of sizes from largest to smallest: Root-mean square (RMS) √((a2 + b2)/2) ≥ Arithmetic mean (AM) (a + b)/2 ≥ Geometric mean (GM) √(ab) ≥ Harmonic mean (HM) … Continue reading The Famous RMS-AM-GM-HM Inequality Read more ›

Why Relaxing is the Hardest Soft Skill of All

Downtime Deals

The world has forgotten how to stop. Researchers have declared a sleeplessness crisis, pointing to the health damage caused by all work and no play. Mobile technology lures work into the home. And laziness has regained its rank as a Deadly Sin. As a result, relaxing is big business. Cashing in on the …

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My Takeaways from the ATD Tech Skills Gap Panel

The technology skills gap is a well-known issue in American employment circles. Yet, research tends to focus on only one aspect of the problem – the shortage of hard tech skills like programming and information security management. But there is… Read more ›

Voice of Experience: Beth Brooke-Marciniak, Global Vice Chair of EY

By Cathie Ericson When Beth Brooke-Marciniak first started her career, she found she was intensely focused on the job at hand, rather than paying special attention to building relationships along the way. But she soon learned the importance of building those by giving to others. “If your relationships are built based on what you can… Read More

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Interesting Ideas on Persuasion

I love it when seemingly disparate things come together in interesting ways. In one of the courses I teach at the University of Denver, we discuss how to be more persuasive.  I begin the class by discussing Robert Cialdini’s six principles of persuasion: Reciprocity, Scarcity, Authority, Consistency, Liking and Consensus. On the other hand, I’ve […] Read more ›

Why Wasn’t I Chosen for That Job?

From the interviewer’s vantage point, the selection process is about availability, choices and risk. That principle applies to many things the rest of us do, too, throughout the day. For instance, isn’t it interesting that when a group of people dine together in a restaurant, some of them make their menu decisions within a few …

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Mover and Shaker: Virgen Tracey, Senior Team Leader, WEX

By Cathie Ericson Knowing and understanding that it’s ok to take risks because that’s how you will grow and learn has helped forge a successful career path for WEX’ Virgen Tracey. She is quick to point out that there’s never a dumb or perfect idea, and just because you’ve been somewhere longer, it doesn’t mean… Read More

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Traditional vs Behavioral Interviews: Definitions and Examples

Behavioral interview questions are interview questions about your past experience. They usually start with “Tell me at time…” or “Give me an example…” They are very popular at most every company, especially medium to large corporations. Hypothetical interview questions revolve around fictitious scenarios that could happen in the future. It’s a way to evaluate what […] Read more ›

How to Take Your Job Anywhere In The World

The world feels small when you stay in the same place for too long. What if you could travel the world and work on your terms whenever you wanted?

That’s usually the question that raises a big red flag and makes you walk out on the latest webinar or workshop scam you fell for. You …

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Reluctant Leaders – Why You Might Be Readier to Lead than You Think

Guest contributed by Sarah Dixon Ann thought that she knew herself well. At 45-year-old, she’d been tested by life often enough to know her strengths and weaknesses. She’d done a few personality tests over the years and had a handle on how she worked most effectively at work. Then Ann’s firm called in team-building experts,… Read More

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