Empowered Employees, The Possible Dream!

If you have a Boss, you are probably used to receiving instructions concerning what you are supposed to do. If you are a Boss, it is likely that a good portion of your day is spent dispensing instructions on what Employees are supposed to do. For both Boss and Employees it is then; punch out, sleep, punch in and repeat. Do you recognize this situation, Employee or Boss?

When America was an economy that was largely driven by the manufacturing of something the Boss/Employee relationship was pretty much as described above. Today seems very different. The days when MBWA (Management By Walking Around was very normal are pretty much over. Employees, much like myself, may work 2,498.1 miles from their employer and 324.8 miles from their direct Boss. Today, over 6.1 million individuals are categorized as remote workers, according to Global Workplace Analytics. The consistent growth in this group tells me that “Bosses” need to be ahead of the curve in learning to get the most out of a remote workforce. Changing to a model that empowers employees, both remote and in-office, would seem to be the direction that

“The best executive is the one who has sense enough to pick good men to do what he wants done, and self-restraint enough to keep from meddling with them while they do it.” –Theodore Roosevelt

It’s the End of American Idol: I Won’t Downplay Its Impact

The Office Blend


They’ve recently marked the end of the long-running show American Idol.

More than the run-of-the-mill reality show; its format augmented talent discovery by engaging us in the discovery process. A modern version of an old story we love to enjoy — the show allowed us to play a role in offering contestants their chance to change their lives and the face of music.

Some did.

How remarkable.

Whether you are still watching American Idol today really isn’t important. (To be honest, I’ve opted to watch The Voice the last couple of years). It is the mechanism of talent identification that American Idol employed that mattered.

We have been exposed to artists (and music) that we would have likely never experienced. At certain points during the show’s run,  I even became emotionally engaged with the process. (I stopped watching Season 3 after Jennifer Hudson was eliminated. I was glad to see…

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15 Men On What They Wished Every Woman Knew About Relationships

Can’t be quantified any better than this.

Thought Catalog

Compiled from this AskReddit thread.


1. Make both people happy.

Don’t make rules, make agreements.

2. It’s important to be affectionate.

Enjoy each other and express your joy. Couples that stay together have a much higher ratio of little happy moments in their day (saying hello, kisses, a touch on a shoulder, a smile, a compliment) vs unhappy moments compared to couples that don’t stay together. Plus it’s just nice.

3. Don’t go to bed angry.

Do not go to bed angry.

When I first wanted to get married, my relationship was not perfect and I set out to fix it the best that I could. The first thing that I learned is that is perfectly acceptable to go to bed angry.

Two people trying to resolve a disagreement when they are tired and irritable is more likely to make things worse. People think more clearly when they…

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3 reasons Chicago Cubs fans can look forward to 2015

Maybe Cubs Fans won’t have their hearts completely broken next year?

For The Win

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The Chicago Cubs were mathematically eliminated from postseason contention over the weekend. And though it’s tough to predict immediate success for a club that has now gone more than a century without a World Series title, Cubs fans have plenty to be excited about for 2015 and beyond.

Here are three reasons they can be optimistic for 2015:

1. They have tons of young talent

Anthony Rizzo and Starlin Castro (USA TODAY Sports Images) Anthony Rizzo and Starlin Castro (USA TODAY Sports Images)

The Cubs enter the offseason with a pair of young All-Stars locked up to team-friendly deals through 2019 in slugger Anthony Rizzo and shortstop Starlin Castro and a wealth of promising talent that should soon pay dividends at the big-league level.

Though it’s unlikely that all of Arismendy Alcantara, Javier Baez, Kris Bryant, Addison Russell and Jorge Soler will prove bona fide stars or even legitimate every day players in the Majors…

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The 8 Best On-Screen Real Estate Roles

Real Estate in the movies!
Theater Screen

Real estate can play a big role in the movies. Some of the homes featured in our most memorable movies are
just as unforgettable as the characters. The following list is narrowed down to some of the most notable homes. Real estate can play a big role in the movies. Some of the homes featured in our most memorable movies arejust as unforgettable as the characters. The following list is narrowed down to some of the most notable homes.

#1 – The flat with the blue door from the 1999 film Notting Hill. When Hugh Grant’s character knows that Julia Roberts’ character will be entering his cluttered home, he tries to straighten it up as best he can. There was something charismatic about this residence. The rooftop area looked like a great place to relax, with pretty awesome views of Notting Hill.

#2 -The classic mansion from the 1986 film The Money Pit. This house seemed to be a too-good-to-be-true deal for new home owners, Tom Hanks and Shelley Long – and it was! As soon as they moved into the Long Island home, they discovered that the house had everything from broken staircases to brown water. In the end, the house was transformed into a classically beautiful mansion.

#3 – The charming farmhouse from the 1987 film Baby Boom. This Vermont house seemed like the right move after leaving New York City. Diane Keaton’s character is shocked to find out all the things that need updating in the home. Once updated, the house is extra cozy and as remarkable as the Green Mountain State itself.

#4 – The houseboat from the 1993 film Sleepless in Seattle. Tom Hanks’ character resided in the desirable home near the University of Washington. It is hard to forget the scene where Meg Ryan’s character approaches the front door to the houseboat, only to find no one home. This house also had awesome views of downtown Seattle.

#5 – The Italian Villa from the 2003 film Under The Tuscan Sun. Diane Lane’s character takes a trip to Italy and falls in love with a run down, abandoned villa. The home gets transformed into the most beautiful Tuscan Villa, complete with gardens and balcony. The images of Tuscany from around this home are truly memorable.

#6 – The colonial w/white picket fence in 1991 remake of Father of the Bride. The staircase that Kimberly Williams-Paisley comes running down to tell her news was hard to miss with the gorgeous stained glass window above it. The wedding in the beautiful yard was also one of those images that are hard to forget – complete with swans!

#7 – The Victorian Painted Lady from the 1993 film Mrs. Doubtfire. This house had an amazing entryway that can be seen when Sally Field’s character opens the door to find Mrs. Doubtfire standing there. The decor was classic 1990s. There was just something warm and inviting about this San Francisco home.

#8 – The red-brick colonial from the 1990 film Home Alone. This home featured an awesome staircase with an impressive red runner down the stairs (which seemed never-ending). Macaulay Culkin’s character spent a lot of time in the warm, cozy kitchen which featured a huge island and great eating area. And who could forget the aftershave splash in the master bath??

Going the Distance

Sean on Startups


You have two hours of peak productivity every day. How do you spend them?

I just returned from 3 weeks without internet or mobile service, which you might have noticed by the lack of updates. I find it harder and harder to turn off the urgent cacophony of the internet so I sometimes take extreme measures to quiet my mind and recenter on what is important.

There was a time when I would never have considered doing that. In the early days of Flurry I worked 12 hours a day, 7 days a week (and a few all nighters). Even when family was visiting me from out of town, I worked while they toured the city. I worked as hard as I possibly could because I was gripped by the fear of failure, by the urgency of seeing our money dwindle and dealing with a myriad of problems I didn’t know how to…

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