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Alison Cooley (19 Posts)

Alison Cooley

Alison is responsible for SumTotal's inbound marketing. When she's not searching for the perfect guacamole recipe, Alison is busy interacting and engaging with customers and influencers on our social media accounts.

July 1, 2014

World Cup Productivity: If you can’t beat them, join them

As excitement over the World Cup skyrockets, office productivity plummets.

According to an informal survey by Captivate Network, over 50% of working professionals either watched or listened to the World Cup matches at work this year, and 69% of employees reported seeing co-workers watching or listening to the event.

This year an estimated $1.68 billion will be lost to productivity in the U.S., which is a startling jump from the $121 million lost during the 2010 games. Continue reading

June 17, 2014

Workspiration: 23 quotes to get you through the day

Do the dog days of summer have you down? That’s ok. Sometimes all we need is an extra push to get us through the workday. Here are 23 inspirational quotes to help get you through the day.

Tweet them. Share them. And, most importantly, live by them.

Pick a quote that inspires you and write it down. Put it somewhere you’ll see it every day – your bathroom mirror, your computer screen, your phone background, your car. Let it help challenge you and drive you to be the best you can be. Continue reading

June 5, 2014

Knowledge Hoarders vs. Knowledge Sharers

There is nothing better than a little satirical office humor to get you through the workday – especially if it pokes fun at mismanaged offices and hard-to-work-with employees.

The other day I stumbled upon a classic Dilbert comic that made me laugh and think, “the more things change the more they stay the same.” It has been nearly a decade since Scott Adams released this comedic nugget; unfortunately for us, not much has changed.


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May 6, 2014

Drafting top talent

What organizations can learn from the NFL.

Football fanatics’ clocks are counting down. There are only three days left until one of the most anticipated events of the year – the NFL draft.  The decisions that franchise general managers make over the next few days will profoundly impact the future of each team.

Some teams hope to lay the foundation for the franchise moving forward. Others look to continue to stack their team with top talent in key areas. Continue reading

April 24, 2014

Drawing inspiration: How we learn from doodling

Ever since I can remember I have been a doodler. I scribbled pictures during class, drew patterns while on the phone, and of course, wrote my name in hearts when I thought I met the one.

But I hadn’t given much thought to the profound impact doodling has on engagement and knowledge retention until a few weeks ago, when my colleague caught me in the act during an important meeting.

My face reddened, and I tried to play it off as taking notes. But my drawings eventually sparked a conversation about doodling, learning and everything in between. Continue reading

January 29, 2014

Dreaded Conference Calls

Have you ever had one of those days where you go from conference call to conference call? I’m sure you have. You might even be reading this blog post while on a conference call. This is the virtual world we live in. This is how we conduct meetings, make important decisions and reach our goals. But I wouldn’t be the first person to say that sometimes conference calls are pretty painful, with lost connections, late arrivals and people talking over each other. By the end of it, your brain is frazzled and you become overwhelmed trying to remember what was discussed, what you were assigned and how you’re going to get everything done.

We’ve all been there.

The other day I stumbled upon one of the best YouTube videos of all time. It’s a comedy sketch by Tripp and Tyler in which they act out a conference call in real life. If you haven’t watched it, I highly recommend you carving out a few minutes to do so right now. 

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