Career advice for millennials (and really, anyone) from Margaret Heffernan

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Career advice for millennials (and really, anyone) from Margaret Heffernan

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BuMargaret Heffernan speaks onstage at TED@BCG in London on June 30. Photo: Paul Clarke/TED In her career, Margaret Heffernan has been the CEO of five businesses. What advice does she have for people just starting their careers? First: Get to know your coworkers. Photo: Paul Clarke/TED

It’s a few months after graduation, which means the luckiest new college grads are knee-deep into internships and entry-level jobs. How to stand out? Business writer Margaret Heffernan suggests: Start by taking a coffee break with your coworkers. Companies grow best, she suggests, when workers are connected by social bonds.

Heffernan’s TED Book, Beyond Measure: The Big Impact of Small Changes, rounds up the academic research that backs up her workplace-tested insights. She’s calling for managers to feed workers’ hunger for connection — and for workers to recognize that coffee breaks and hallway chats can actually make them more valuable, and valued, employees. (Learn more in her TED Talk, “Why it’s time to forget the pecking order…

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International Youth Day 2015: “ Inspiring Youth Civic Engagement Is Not A One Time Effort”

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The home is reckoned as the very first institution a child is formed. In essence, civic engagement begins when parents assign roles to children in the home to ensure that everyone contributes their quota to building a peaceful and comfortable home. Civic engagement also occurs at the work place when employers and employees outline individual responsibilities for spurring the growth and development of the company. Essentially, every action or inaction weighs heavily on the scale of improvement and every man; woman or child is accountable for consistently promoting progress.

As the 5th year of the International Youth Day ushers us into a period of recognizing and celebrating youth, every quarter around the world will stand to showcase the bountiful opportunities available through channels young people can maximize to take action on issues, first in their locale and by extension, the global community. It projects the unifying power of…

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