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Our New Home September 17, 2009

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Thanks to everyone who has read The Nature of Greatness!  We are officially moving to our new home on our own domain.  All future posts will be located at:




See you there! 😀


Inspiration, anyone? July 2, 2008

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I stumbled across a great blog a while ago called Brandopia.  I quietly added it to my blogroll and I stop by to read up on the lastest.  Today I would like to highlight some of their work as they are definitely worthy of mention.  I love their sense humor as illustrated below!

Visit Brandopia for more!

Office Memo… June 30, 2008

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I can only attribute this to an unknown author, as it was set to me via email:



To: All Employees

Dear Staff,

We would like to take a few moments to address some issues that have recently arisen.

Dress Code:
It is advised that you come to work dressed according to your salary. If we see you wearing Prada sneakers and carrying a Gucci bag we assume that you are doing well financially and therefore you do not need a raise. If you dress poorly, you need to learn to manage your money better, so that you may buy nicer clothes. Therefore, you do not need a raise.  If you dress decently, you are right where you need to be and therefore you do not need a raise.

Personal Days:
Each employee will receive 104 personal days a year. They are called Saturday and Sunday.

Lunch Breaks:
Skinny people will now get 30 minutes for lunch as they need to eat more so that they can look healthy. Normal size people will get 15 minutes for lunch so they may have a balanced meal to maintain their average size. Fat people get 5 minutes for lunch, because that’s all the time needed to drink a Slim Fast and take an alli diet pill.

Sick Days:
We will no longer accept a doctor statement as proof of sickness. If you are able to go to the doctor, you are able to come to work.

Restroom Use:
Entirely too much time is being spent in the restroom. There is now a strict 3 minute time limit in the stalls. At the end of 3 minutes, an alarm will sound, the toilet pater roll will retract, the stall door will open and a picture will be taken. After your second offense, your picture will be posted on the company bulletin board under the “Chronic Offender” category.

As long as you are employed here, you need all your organs. You should not consider having any medical procedure to remove anything. We hired you intact. To have something removed will constitute a breach of employment.

Thank you for your loyalty to our company. We are here to provide a positive employment experience. Therefore, all questions, comments, concerns, complaints, frustrations, irritations, aggravations, insinuations, allegations, accusations, contemplation, and input should be directed elsewhere.

Have a nice week.

Spin Off January 15, 2008

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Since I am so interested in advertising I have decided to dedicate an entire blog just to advertising critiques. Feel free to visit the new blog at: http://ad-mouse.blogspot.com/

The first few posts will be repeats from this blog as I trace back some of the memorable campaigns I have previously spotlighted here.

Nanowrimo – Best month of the year November 1, 2007

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In addition to having the best weather of the year (in my opinion)  November is also National Novel Writing Month or in other words NaNoWriMo.

 National Novel Writing Month is a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to novel writing. Participants begin writing November 1. The goal is to write a 175-page (50,000-word) novel by midnight, November 30.

When I was in high school, several of my friends got me started with Nanowrimo and I have participated every year since.  It’s a great opportunity for people who have always wanted to write a story but never seem to know when to start.  It also is a short time frame and the emphasis is on quantity not quality.  This is to encourage a rough draft.  And the best rough drafts occur when someone just pours the story onto the paper, not worrying about what may be strange or unfounded.

Unfortunately, I’ve never reached that ever illusive goal of 50,000 words.  This year will be different.  Please excuse me if my blog posts suffer, and rest assured that my writing is going towards a worthy cause.

If you would like more information or would be interested in participating in Nanowrimo please visit NANOWRIMO.ORG

A Balancing Act July 4, 2007

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A recent article in the Career Section of Business week talked about what Generation Y is looking for as we break free from our college bonds, and I think it can be summed up in one word: BALANCE. This is certainly a concept that has been in the forefront of my mind recently as developing a more balanced lifestyle is my goal for the 2nd half of 2007. Nearly everyone needs a good balance between work and play and being well rounded is stressed to college students today ( I don’t mean your waist line).Courtesy of Moontoon.com

So in an attempt to be more balanced here, I will be adding a few articles that are related to being a balanced individual, as well as a good business person. These will be located in the brand new “Cheesy Whiskers” category of articles.

My other categories have also been renamed( and it’s about time too) so I will quickly run through them 🙂

A Better Mouse Trap: Articles on Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Business Tails: Information for Companies and Managers

Clear Tracks: Advertising Campaigns that have made their mark

Mouse Clicks: Interesting websites and links I’ve found

New Squeaks: General News and Updates

The Job Maze: Posts for the job hunter


Happy 4th to everyone 🙂 Happy 4th of July!

VodPod March 31, 2007

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I recently came across a new widget WordPress offers, and I have to admit that I am impressed. It’s called VodPod and allows bloggers to create a customized list of recommended videos. If you look to the right hand menu you will see some that I have recently added. (Unfortunately they are sorted by date added right now, not importance) I’ve put this towards the top of the list because I think some of these videos are just as important as the content I’m writing.

This is one new feature where I think WordPress is on the right track. Now if they would only add a MyBlogLog widget 😀

Recent Activities September 20, 2006

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You may have wondered why I have not updated lately… Or maybe not.  But I will tell you anyways as I am really excited about this new project.

I have just become President of my university’s chapter of Delta Epsilon Chi.  Delta Epsilon Chi (ΔEX) is an international organization for college students preparing for a variety of careers with a strong focus on business-related areas such as marketing, management and entrepreneurship.  It is also the continuation of the high school program DECA, which can be found in high school across the United States as well as over seas.

The past few days have been a whirlwind of making arrangements for the necessary training, meeting with our adviser, and developing a plan of action for the next year.  This is a great opportunity for me to help a program I love to really grow.

I will keep everyone posted and hopefully get back to the normally scheduled program 🙂

More Links September 12, 2006

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I’ve added a few more links to the E-commerce page today, all about the design of websites. (Thanks to Harry over at Marketing Headhunter for the heads up on them).  Check them out for yourself!

Investment or Black Hole? September 1, 2006

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I’ve been debating joining a short, winter intersession, Study Abroad trip to Austria and Hungary, but I have to wonder, how much pull does international travel actually have on employers?  Is paying for a trip like this an investment in my future career, or is it simple a whim for entertainment.

Studyabroaddirectory says: “International experience is ranked high among many employers as a critical asset for prospective employees. Study abroad shows that you are resourceful, adventurous, internationally minded, and diverse.”  Where did they get these results?  Did they survey employers?  Did they track the careers of those who Study abroad against those who didn’t?

As I’m debating the pros and cons of a trip like this, I would love to get some feedback from the readers.  What do you think?  Do employers really care if you have been abroad or not?