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cool_summer LS blog imageYour employees are requesting vacation days almost every month this quarter, and now asking about summer Fridays? That’s right, we are in the heat of the summer season and for some it can seem like the business world takes a backseat between Memorial and Labor Day.

But, if you plan accordingly and ensure that your employees are fulfilled and working strategically during their time in the office, then you can avoid any sort of three month slump. Here are a few ideas for making summer in the office a breeze.

Stay on track with hours. If your team knows exactly what is on their plate and can make up time before or after 9-5 or on the weekends, then be a pinch more flexible with letting them leave a few hours early on a Friday to beat the traffic on the way to the beach. Of course, just as long as the work is completed in time for deadlines and they know that their hours and requirements won’t slow down during these longer summer days.

Use it to your advantage with clients. Take clients and partners out on the golf course, meet them for lunch at a restaurant with an outdoor patio or, if you have kids around the same age, set up a pool date with you and the youngsters. Use the social aspect of the season and the extra excuses to be outside to get more face time with clients, or prospective new clients, in a light, easygoing atmosphere.

Encourage employee engagement time. Plan a company retreat or volunteer to cover the team’s entry fee to join a summer volleyball league. Let your team know they are valued. Plus, encouraging out-of-office interaction can further strengthen their in-office working relationships and collaboration.

Plan a vacation or two for yourself. Whether it’s just a weekend at the lake or mountains, or even a staycation at a local pool, be sure and take a few days off for yourself. Having time to relax and even enjoy the luxuriousness of boredom makes for a much more productive, fulfilled and rewarding career.


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By Scott Uhrig – An executive recruiter and founder of Career Artisan, a program that helps people craft more rewarding careers. Become a fan

Posted: 07/24/2014

In the 1970s, Dr. Douglas LaBier, a business psychologist and psychotherapist, conducted research on careers and motivations. LaBier was perhaps the first to recognize that the drive for success, and its criteria of money, power and prestige, exists alongside a parallel, but less visible, drive for increased fulfillment and meaning from work.

As LaBier noted,

I often found that people would want to talk about a gnawing feeling of wanting something more ‘meaningful’ from their work. They didn’t have quite the right language back then to express what that would look like other than feeling a gap between their personal values and the trade-offs they had to make to keep moving up in their careers and companies.

As an executive recruiter and career advisor, I have one-on-one conversations with professionals about their jobs and careers. Most of them already have at least some of the money, power and prestige to which LaBier alludes. Like LaBier, I’ve also noticed that many professionals want to talk about the gnawing feeling of wanting something more. Yet, despite the fact that it’s been over 40 years since LaBier began his research, many professionals still struggle to find the right language to articulate what it is they’re looking for in their career.

To analyze what career success means to you, leverage this straightforward framework to think through what causes perpetual dissatisfaction and what really represents reward.

Get less of these things
There are things we want less of — let’s call them ‘dissatisfiers.’ They include long hours, long commutes, dysfunctional culture, a micromanaging boss, etc. Seems obvious, right? But here’s the problem. We tend to diminish their importance when making important career decisions. We say to ourselves, “My new boss seems like a micromanager, but I’m sure I can work around that. Besides, I’ll be getting a 20 percent salary increase and more responsibility.” Occurring infrequently, dissatisfiers may matter little, but when they persist and worsen over time, they often lead to extreme job dissatisfaction.

Get more of these things
Minimizing dissatisfiers is important, but it seldom leads to a satisfying job. It just leads to a job that’s not dissatisfying. Job satisfaction is more directly related to intrinsic rewards. The satisfaction you receive from solving a puzzle, playing a musical instrument or being a good parent are examples of intrinsic rewards. While there are many intrinsic rewards that can contribute to job satisfaction, there are three that provide the foundation for career success.

Enjoyment. Do you like what you do each day? According to a Gallup survey, only 20 percent of people do. An enjoyable job provides you with activities that you enjoy performing on a daily basis. Sure, they’ll be some bad days, but for the majority of the time you should be satisfied with the work itself. Chances are if you truly enjoy your job, you’re pretty good at it.

Learning and growth. For those who want more out of their careers, maximizing learning and growth opportunities are powerful strategies. If you’re a knowledge worker in the 21st century, your value is largely a function of your ‘career capital’ – your experience, skills and abilities. Rather than pursuing jobs that maximize your short-term economic capital, look for the opportunities that maximize your long-term career capital.

Impact and Meaning. Choose jobs that have meaning to you, and allow you to impact something you care about on a regular basis. You shouldn’t expect to save the world from poverty or solve global climate change fresh out of college, but what you do should be meaningful to you in some way.

Get just enough of these things
Money, prestige, power, status and authority are examples of extrinsic rewards. Extrinsic rewards are not necessarily bad. They’re especially useful for providing short-term motivation, but when it comes to extrinsic rewards, we want just enough of them. People who focus too much on extrinsic rewards are often left unfulfilled and wanting even more. On the other hand, people who completely ignore extrinsic rewards, especially ambitious people, often become bored and unhappy.

What does success mean to you?
Try using the above framework to begin developing your own definition of what career success means to you. Then, think about the best job you’ve ever had – what made it so good? Think about the worst job you’ve ever had — what made it so bad? Think about your current job — how does it stack up across the parameters of the framework? Most important, think about your next job — how will you decide what’s most important to you?

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July 17, 2014

By JD Alois

Inner10 logoA new generation of regional real estate investment experts are launching Inner 10 Capital, a real estate crowdfunding site and sister company to Inner 10 Development. The company incorporates an analytics-based investment model to identify high yield urban development projects in Austin’s top 10 zip codes, Inner 10 Capital hopes to raise more than $25 million dollars in funds and developing over 20 new Austin-based residential projects in 2014.Bryan-Hancockcrowdfund insider

“We are launching Inner 10 Capital in response to the incredible success we’ve experienced with Inner 10 Development,” said Bryan Hancock, managing partner of Inner 10 Capital and Inner 10 Development. “There is increasing worldwide interest in investing in Austin’s incredible economy and real estate market and many opportunities for success. We’ve put this new company together to offer investors strategic opportunities based on best practices and our deep understanding of the region.”

crowdfund insider house imageInner 10 Capital’s team and strategy is built on decades of experience identifying and creating meaningful real estate investment opportunities in high-growth markets.  The company states they have experienced data scientist as part of the investment team.  John Prior of  Inner 10 leverages an analytics-based assessment process and predictive modeling methodology to determine outcomes and optimize results.

In addition to Hancock and Prior, Inner 10 Capital’s investment team includes John Blackman as operations manager. Blackman possesses an extensive background in real estate and concurrently serves, along with Hancock, as a principal with Bullseye Capital Real Property Opportunity Fund, a nationally focused real estate private equity fund.

Inner 10 Capital is a real estate platform for accredited investors.John Prior headshot






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by Abbi Gabasa

July 17, 2014


As much as Amelia Earhart have raised the banner for women in flight, aviation is still quite a testosterone ruled industry. Meeting a woman who works in the flight business is still a jaw-dropping and awe-inspiring experience. When women conquer the challenges of such a male dominated industry,  they really turn out to be truly noteworthy people because in order to succeed they not only have to put in the hard work, they also have to turn up the confidence and chutzpah.

René Banglesdorf, CEO and Co-Founder of Charlie Bravo Aviation is one Real Career Girl to really look up to. Read on to learn more about the amazing story of this entrepreneurial icon!

 What exactly do you do?

I own (and run) a company that buys and sells private jets and helicopters.


How did this path open up to you?

I started out doing marketing for a similar company where my husband worked. We decided to go out on our own in 2008 and started Charlie Bravo Aviation. As our kids grew up and I learned more and more of the business, I fell in love with aviation and the job and took on the CEO role.

How does a woman like you manage everything with a husband and children? Do you have a routine or trick to keep balance?


Curt and Rene Banglesdorf partners in love and business!

I have different challenges than many women because I work with both my husband—and now my college-graduate son. My challenge is to escape from work when I am at home. Sometimes this means pushing my husband out the door to play golf both weekend days. And believe me, I don’t care if it’s 40 degrees and raining. We need the space.

Who is your role model? Famous or not?

There are a lot of people that I look up to, some famous, some not. Who doesn’t admire what Oprah has built and Sheryl Sandberg has written in Lean In? However the most influential women in my life are those who know me best, who tell me to get out there because they see more in me than I see in myself, who don’t let me off the hook in taking chances, and who selflessly cheer my successes. I try to do the same for them and others.


Confidence boost: I love an outfit that screams that I am professional yet still my own person. For me that usually is a dress and boots—knee high boots or cowboy boots, depending on my geographical location.

Tell me about what it is like to run the entire company as a woman?

It’s hard. Much harder than I ever thought it would be. And the hard part is working with employees, each one with a different personality, different needs, and different motivators and sometimes the carryover from their personal life that crosses the office threshold. I don’t think this challenge is any different for women or men, except that women may tend to take things more personally…

 Did networking play a large part in developing your company? Can you explain your strategy for networking?

Networking plays a huge part in our company. We are in a small enough industry that most of our business comes by word of mouth, and reputation is everything. I use networking events to my advantage. I am a tall redhead in an industry of 90+ percent men. I stand out, and I tend to get more opportunities to meet people. I just have to be ready with intelligent and thoughtful conversation when I get the chance to introduce my company. Networking is best when you have something to offer that surprises someone.

Do you have a personal mantra or motto you live by?

Not really. I try to treat others with the respect that I would like. But I have to confess that pushy telemarketers and egotistical attorneys bring out the worst in me…

Where did you go to college and what did you study?

I went to Ohio University to study journalism. It doesn’t seem related to selling jets, but I find that my question-asking skills and my love of “something different every day” really tie into my current job. And of course, writing well is a skill I recommend to every student or professional who asks. It’s really a lost art.

Tell us about your first job after college. Was it what you expected?

Right after college, I was a mom. I had big dreams of being a hotshot reporter, but even though I later worked for several magazines, my initial career aspirations have never come to pass. I worked off and on while my kids were growing up, kept up my computer skills, and took opportunities to volunteer and give to my community.

“I’d love to see a lot more women in the workplace making a difference and blazing a new path. It’s never too late to start something great!”

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One tough career girl!

What has been the toughest part about growing your company?

The toughest thing about growing a company is not giving up. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve faced an unfamiliar obstacle and wanted to quit. When you’re the boss, the motivation to continue has to come from within – that’s sometimes hard to summon.

What advice would you give to someone who wants to run their own business?

Probably the best advice I can give is to find other professionals and/or business owners to hang out with. The most helpful guidance I’ve received has been from someone else who has walked a mile in the same type of heels.

What career advice would you give to women who are just starting out after university?

Whether a woman is just starting a career, changing careers or taking the award for the top of her field, I find that those who are most genuine go the farthest and are respected the most. Be yourself.

How did you know this was the path for you?

I didn’t really know this was the path for me until I was working hard at it and realized that I loved what I was doing. Sometimes you just take what is placed in front of you and make the most of it. How do you know unless you try?

 What is your advice to career women out there who want to ROCK in 2014?

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A lot of women quit even before they begin, discouraged by the challenges that lay ahead of them. René encourages women to keep dreaming and keep going, all while staying gorgeous in your best heels (or boots, in her case!)

René is a woman that has proven that no dream is too far out of reach, and that loving what you do can help you reach incredible heights. 

Loved René’s story as much as we did? Tweet us or comment below! You can also visit their website to check out their cool jets and choppers at or tweet them at @charlieaviation


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