Would Your Company Pass the Marshmallow Test?

Image: Google, Absa Investments

Image: Google, Absa Investments

Article by Angela Hydes, Marketing and Content Contributor

(Follow at @TALGroup)

In the late 1960s, Stanford professor and psychologist Walter Mischel led a series of experiments centered on delayed gratification. In these studies, young children were offered a choice between one small reward provided immediately or two small rewards if they waited for a short period of time (approx. 15 minutes). During this waiting period, the tester would leave the room. Often, the reward was a cookie, marshmallow or pretzel.  (Wikipedia)

After testing approximately 600 children, Stanford researchers concluded that only a third were able to resist the temptation, while the remainder found the urge to high. Follow-up research indicated that the children able to wait longer tended to have better life outcomes, as measured by SAT scores, educational attainment, body mass index (BMI), and other wellness measures.

You are probably still wondering what this has to do with business.

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Fitbit To Release FitBit Surge, Smartwatch-like Device

Image: Tech Spot

Image: Tech Spot

By Angela Hydes, Marketing & Content Contributer

(Follow at @TALGroup)

In light of the recent events between Apple and Fitbit, it comes as no surprise that Fitbit had a new product under its sleeve. Just several days after two of its new Fitness trackers leaked online, the company announced that a third product is on the way, The Fitbit Surge – a smartwatch. According to Mashable, the Surge will debut alongside the Fitbit Charge and Charge HR, and has been designed specifically with athletes in mind.

Fitbit Charge appears to be a revision of the Fitbit Force, which has been since pulled off the market after it was linked with bad skin reactions of some customers. Charge HR packs a bit more punch than the Fitbit Charge as it includes PurePulse, the company’s new wrist-based heart rate monitoring platform.

So the question on many people’s minds – what is the Fitbit Surge?

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via Mashable: Recruiters Are From Mars, Job Seekers From Venus

Article originally published by Mashable. Written by Heather Huhman. Reinterpreted by Angela Hydes.



The anticipation associated with waiting for a call back can be excruciating. If you are passive, you wonder if the outcome could have been different; if you are proactive and call to follow-up, you tend to hear “we’ll keep your resume on file.” Is the recruiter being honest, or just trying to be nice?

In the job-seeking world, communication leaves much to be desired. Often, job seekers leave the discussion frustrated and recruiters leave confused. MedReps.com and Mashable recently published a helpful infographic demonstrating common miscommunications and shortcomings that occur between job seekers and employers.

Some interesting highlights include:

  • Recruiters spend an average 6 seconds looking over a resume.
  • There are 3 unemployed people for every job opening.
  • Approximately 50% of job seekers don’t have basic qualifications for the role they are pursuing.
  • 96% of HR professionals check references prior to hiring.

Here’s the infographic below. Enjoy!

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via Inc Magazine: Ace These 5 Interview Questions & Get Your Dream Job

Article published by Inc Magazine. Written by Drew Hendricks. Reinterpreted by Angela Hydes.


If you happen to be preparing for your next interview, here are some critical questions you should review and prepare for beforehand. Irregardless of the format of your interview – formal or casual – it is likely these topics will get covered at some point in your conversation. Be prepared for worst-case scenarios.

Here are some (real, yes) interview questions that might be in your future. Here’s how best to answer them.

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via Entrepreneur: Lessons From a Family Business 5 Generations Strong

Article published by Entrepreneur Magazine. Written by Daphne Mallory. Reinterpreted by Angela Hydes.

John Evans Jr. and son John Evans III at their bank’s Burley home.

John Evans Jr. and son John Evans III at their bank’s Burley home. Image: IdahoStatesman

There is an old saying – “Family business strengthens a family.”

Entrepreneur Magazine recently published an article inspired by the words of family business owner John V. Evans, Jr., chief executive officer of D.L.Evans Bank. In 1904, Evans’ great-grandfather founded the bank. When John assumed his position, he hired his dad and next door neighbour, former Idaho Governor John V. Evans, Sr. The pair worked together for 26 years until health complications made working together too difficult. John and his three sons are fourth and fifth generation bankers.

The Evans bank survived the Great Depression, and all economic downturns since then. Though the family has defied many odds by keeping the business thriving for five generations, they remain humble and compassionate about family. Here are key lessons he shared on how to become a successful business- centered family.

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via Gizmodo: Christian Bale to Play Steve Jobs

Article published by Gizmodo. Written by Sean Hollister. Reinterpreted by Angela Hydes.


Variety has confirmed a rumour that has been circulating around for a while – our favorite Batman will be playing our favorite technology guru in a new flick from Sony. While its true that Bale is currently “in talks” (and not 100% confirmed) with producers, the rest of the article implies the project is a done deal.

Sony’s film is penned by Aaron Sorkinwho, who also wrote the scripts for The Social Network and Moneyball. Directing the bio-epic is Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire) and it is based on Walter Issacson’s official biography of Steve Jobs.  Hopefully it will be epic enough to wash away memories of the other Jobs films. Shiver.

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via Mashable: 7 Mysterious Underwater Surprises Exposed in Dried Out California Lakes

Article published by Mashable. Written by Patrick Kulp. Reinterpreted by Angela Hydes.



The extreme drought that is impacting California’s landscape has taken a dangerous toll on the state’s lakes, draining them far below their natural capacity. It is the worst drought to hit in at least a century, and it is expected to continue with an estimated loss of 2.2 trillion gallons of surface water this year. At the moment, 82% of the state is facing  extreme or exceptional drought conditions.

That being said, with water levels drastically lowering, an array of mysterious historical artifacts are beginning to surface. Some are bizarre and some a little ominous; all have been hiding in the murky depths for years. It’s fascinating to speculate on the secrets the lakes might hold, ranging from guns to stolen cars to the remains of old ghost towns.

Below are seven mysterious objects that have surfaced from California’s fast-drying depths.

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