Before Your Next Salary Negotiation, Do Your Homework

Originally posted on Cperky's Blog:

It’s important to have realistic expectations before negotiating a salary offer. Employers base salaries on what they currently pay to fill similar roles and what they believe competitors are paying. They may also have a predetermined range or other budget constraints. Find out what people usually make doing the job (including at the hiring organization) by searching websites such as,, and And reach out to people in your network who can give you insight — somebody you trust inside the organization, a career adviser, a search consultant, contacts in the same industry. Compare their feedback — don’t rely on one source.

Today’s Management Tip was adapted from the HBR Guide to Getting the Right Job.

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Before You Sign on the Dotted Line, Know What You’re Committing To

Originally posted on Cperky's Blog:

When negotiating, be very careful about the commitments you make. Never agree to something just to avoid walking away empty-handed. But if you do have some good options on the table, assess each one thoroughly. Are these options operational and sufficient? The timeline, terms, and conditions need to be realistic and detailed enough that the agreement can actually be implemented. Do you have the authority to commit to these options? Think through whether you can sign on the dotted line — or if you need someone else’s approval.

Finally, ask if you’ll be able to sell these options internally to key stakeholders. You should test the solutions with the right people — your boss, upper management, your team — before making any promises. Leave committing to anything until the very end.

Adapted from the HBR Guide to Negotiating by Jeff Weiss.

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Announcing EAV Blog-a-thon July 25-27 & Share-a-thon with voting August 1-3

Originally posted on Empire Avenue:


Up to 20 million eaves in individual prizes and giveaways! Total to be given away/won 100,000,000 eaves!!!

You don’t have to be a blogger to join in the fun. Help your favorite blogs by sharing on Twitter, Facebook, G+ and more! Special prizes for active sharers and influencers, as well! (And watch for news about how you can use the events to share other content, too.)  


1. You must be the author.  

2. No duplicate entries will be considered.

3. Blog entries should include discussion of one or more of the following themes:

a) EAV missions give you the ability to achieve greater reach for the ‘dollar’ (eaves) and a greater audience for your content.

b) EAV’s detailed analytics, gives you a fun and easy way to spot what’s working – and what’s not.  

c)  EAV helps you connect with social media…

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Do you feel at peace when standing on the beach?

Originally posted on Fishing For Truth?:

So what happens when you think something, and then while reading something it is like BOOM!
This belief gets solidified and you feel connected… Well at least this is what happened to me while reading
John Ortberg’s recent book, Soul Keeping: Caring for the Most Important Part of You

Then I go into nature. I stand on a beach before the ocean. My mind is filled with admiration for the sights and sounds of the waves. Other distracting thoughts melt away. There is congruence between what my body experiences (the sights and sounds of the ocean) and what my mind is thinking (God’s beauty and goodness). By slowing down and observing the beauty of my surroundings, I tend not to worry about tomorrow or regret yesterday. I am less enslaved by other people’s opinions of me. There is greater congruence between what I think, feel, choose, and do. I experience…

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Art Basel 2014

Originally posted on Artrotter's Blog:

Art Basel dimostra ancora una volta di essere la prima mostra internazionale di arte moderna e contemporanea.
Dalla prima edizione del 1970 con i suoi 90 espositori all’attuale 44° edizione con oltre 230 gallerie e 4000 artisti, la fiera dell’arte di Basilea è cresciuta non solo nei numeri. La sua estensione è diventata intercontinentale per il moltiplicarsi delle sessioni, attualmente tre in tre continenti; oltre a Basilea ,Miami e Hong Kong .
Una vetrina per artisti conosciuti o di avanguardia, un posto di incontro tra gallerie e collezionisti, una possibilità di conoscere e ammirare tecniche e media diversi: dalla pittura, scultura, fotografia , all’arte digitale, istallazione, video.
Innovativa, oltre le classiche proposte la sezione Unlimited, curata da Gianni Jetzer .
Artisti di molte paesi , grazie a mezzi originali esplorano la materia dando un nuovo senso all’opera d’arte.
Ci sono grandi installazioni come questa “Eternity “

034 di Xu Zhen che mette a confronto l’arte dell’Occidente classico, con una replica delle sculture greche del Partenone , con l’arte Orientale rappresentata dalle statue di Budha. Si forma un unico curioso che attira e ispira alla meditazione.
La rossa sfera di fogli di plexiglass,

025dello scultore franco –argentino Julio Le Parc nonostante i 5 metri di diametro da l’impressione di leggerezza ed evanescenza mentre i suoi bagliori rosati illuminano una superficie bianca.
La stanza dei ricordi , è questo che è la “Darkroom” di Shooshie Sulaiman,

033una delle più importanti artiste del sudest asiatico. E’ la riproduzione della biblioteca dell’artista con le pareti decorate…

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How to Hire More Top Performers

Originally posted on Cperky's Blog:

It goes without saying that a company with more top performers has an edge over its rivals. To increase your proportion of top talent:

  • Control your pipeline. Do your own recruiting, and stop relying on headhunters.
  • Have your A players conduct the interviews.  B and C players can’t always identify the highest potential people (and if they do, they can feel threatened). Average performers tend to look for congeniality and the ability of a candidate to fit in; they don’t always look for someone who seems likely to raise the bar.
  • Involve as many line managers in the interviews as possible.  This is especially true when hiring for highly technical jobs:  HR might not be able to judge whether people have the very specific skills required.

Adapted from “How to Hire More Top Performers” by Michael C. Mankins.

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iPad Tip ~ Upload iPad Content to Web

Originally posted on Cperky's Blog:

iOS 6 includes an amazing Safari addition that allows you to upload content such as photos and videos from your iPad onto a website.

This includes popular sites such as Imgur and YouTube.  To do so, make sure you are on the desktop version of a site (some mobile versions of sites have no upload pathways), and follow the normal uploading procedure.

Have fun with your iPad!

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