The ability to perform well under pressure is crucial to career success—so crucial that General Motors, Lucent Technologies, and other corporations use the test I developed to predict how potential hires will do under challenging circumstances. Follow these steps to stop stress from sabotaging your life and career. Take a Stress Test Stress is a constant today. Rapid technological change and globalization are making jobs increasingly complex. We can’t escape workplace stress, but we can identify episodes when it has gotten the better of us. Stress overload often leads to one of these mistakes. The Attentional and Interpersonal Style (TAIS) inventory test comprises 144 questions and is widely used to…

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Visitor attraction King John’s Castle in Limerick has been officially reopened by Minister for Finance Michael Noonan TD following a €6m revamp funded by Fáilte Ireland and Shannon Development. In the first four months since reopening its doors on the 28 June this year, the revamped visitor attraction has welcomed over 40,000 visitors from Ireland and overseas – double the amount in the same period in previous years. John Ruddle, chief executive, Shannon Heritage, Ireland’s largest operator of tourist attractions, said: “We have had more visitors in the first four months since reopening than we would normally have in a full year. We see this as only the start and…

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Climote enters partnership with Electric Ireland

Irish home energy management company Climote has signed a contract with Electric Ireland, estimated to be worth €800,000, that will see the retail arm of ESB, offer Climote technology to its customers. Climote said this is the first of a number of new contracts that is hoping to secure in the coming months and will set it on the way to secure lucrative contracts with energy providers across the UK. The company has developed a remote control device that allows consumers to control their home heating system via their phone or computer. “Based on over 10 years of research and development, the Climote system enables consumers to manage their heating systems and effectively…

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Height Adjustable Desks in the Office

Updated: January 17, 2018 Height Adjustable Desks in the Office The traditional “office desk” as shown in the picture above may be a thing of the past. With the increase in health problems amongst office workers, the stand-up adjustable desk is taking off in popularity and is now even being “prescribed” by some doctors. It is no longer considered a “fad.” Experts seem to disagree on the best advice for height adjustable desks.  However, all experts agree that sitting at a desk for more than six hours a day is slowly killing you. That is not a very pleasant thought. Along with the changes in office furniture, growth in cloud computing is fuelling demand for all…

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Scrooge McDuck Mr. Burns

  Scrooge McDuck Becomes Mr. Burns Boss The pivotal question with the news of the massive $52.4 billion in stock buyout of 21st Century Fox by Disney is “Why would Disney do this?” The answer is simple. The entertainment industry continues to evolve and Disney had its eye on the market share Fox was able to control with their original brand of entertainment. One of the main components of the deal is Sky , a pan-European satellite broadcasting company. Sky is an on-demand internet streaming media, broadband and telephone services company that is headquartered in London. In 2015, they reported over 30,000 employees and a subscriber base of more than 21…

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Union Square in Hickory NC

How Did “Small Business Saturday” Fare in Small Towns? Amercian Express sponsored this year’s “ Small Business Saturday .” The event has received the largest “awareness campaign” this year. The results? They are just coming in this morning. According to JJ Ramberg, contributing editor for MSNBC, over 108 million people shopped in their local communities on Saturday. However, sales figures have not been disclosed yet. The push has been to support small business in the wake of the changing economy. This shift has put a lot of local companies out of business over the past decade. For example, Barnes and Noble put the small bookstore out of business and then Amazon put Barnes and Noble…

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The Stock Market Black Monday

There was one word that best described Oct. 19, 1987: “Panic.” It was real money. It was a real fear. It was real panic. What shocked financial analysts is how it happened. On that autumn morning, stocks were up 15% for the year, and the forecast looked bright. In just one day, the DOW dropped more than 500 points, nearly 23% and global markets followed the crash sending the world into a financial tailspin. There was pushing, shoving, screaming, profane words, rage, and how there wasn’t an all-out brawl is shocking, to say the least. Orders were coming through faster than they could be handled. Phones were ringing off the hook, and…

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Equifax CEO Richard Smith Gets Grilled by Warren

There is a major issue in the way corporations are allowed to do business after a serious breach in security. Equifax positioned themselves to give “free credit monitoring” to those affected by their data breach, but for only one year. Senator Elizabeth Warren pointed out in questioning that if just one million of the seven million people who registered for the free credit monitoring stayed on for just one more year, Equifax would earn over $200 million. LifeLock has seen its paid monitoring soar by 10x since the Equifax breach. And who does LifeLock purchase their credit monitoring services through? Equifax. You can’t make this stuff up.

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Unless you’ve been hiding out under a rock, you’ve heard about the controversial House Bill 2 in North Carolina, famously referred to “The Bathroom Bill” which has led to boycotts from entertainers and corporations, however, none with a bigger sting than the 2017 NBA All-Star Game which was scheduled to be played in Charlotte and bring in a projection $100 million in revenue. It was pulled by the NBA due to anti-LGBT discrimination. However, HB2 was not about bathroom use, that is what Governor Pat McCrory used as a smoke screen to get put into law that you could no longer sue your employer over a firing due to discrimination.…

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Amgen Opens US$300M Manufacturing Facility Dun Laoghaire

Biotech company Amgen’s US$300m state-of-art manufacturing facility in Dun Laoghaire was officially opened this morning. The development project included the construction of an 11,500 sqm production plant known as production module 3 (PM3), a new 5,800 sqm cold-chain warehouse and significant refurbishment of the other buildings that were already on site. Amgen said its new syringe filling facility adds to the capabilities that already exist at the site and positions the Dublin plant as a critical location within the global organization. Work on the project, which was supported by the Department of Jobs through IDA Ireland, began in November 2011 and created over 500 construction jobs. The site was previously owned…

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