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Education + X = A Sustainable Life

Recently I attended an educational conference where it was stated that by 2020, the City of Louisville will have a workforce demand for 40,000 additional degreed positions. As part of the conference, the groups gathered together to discuss strategies to ensure that youth go to and graduate from college.  While I adamantly agree that there should be strategies and systems in place to equip youth to further their education, in today’s society, obtaining a degree is only three-fourths of the task. The other one-fourth, or the unknown factor, encompasses increasing your own value proposition.  By including education with an added …

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#Metoo! How to Build a Workplace Culture Free of Sexual Harassment

Over the past several months, I have seen the attention to sexual harassment in the workplace come to a boiling point. We are seeing companies take action by removing those who have harassed people; and even if the harassment complaints are allegations, companies are still taking action by removing those accused. Some people question its legitimacy, but trust me, sexual harassment in the workplace is as real as waking up and going to work. I have spoken with countless colleagues and friends who have shared their experiences, from men picking a woman up and their hands landing wherever on her …

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Does Anyone Know Me? Strategies for Building and Sustaining Business Relationships

While completing my masters, I met with one of the school’s administrators to explore opportunities that were available to me after graduate school.  I was wondering how many doors would open for me now that I had an advanced degree from an accredited institution.  The administrator replied and said,” I know this is not the answer you are looking for; however, education is not the only factor needed to open the doorways of opportunities.  I was surprised by this statement because often times we are told education opens the doorway to opportunities and success. As I reflected on our conversation, it …

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Are you an order taker or innovator? How to add value to your life and career

Throughout my career, I have had the opportunity to work with great people from all walks of life. Many of them taught me how to add value to my career and strengthen my brand. I also learned about career traps and what it means to be labeled, in an organization, as an “order taker.” An order taker, in the context of this reading, is defined as one that only does what he/she is asked to do; nothing more, nothing less. To avoid this label, one must map out a plan and demonstrate the value he/she could bring to an organization. …

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Turning Your Dreams into Action to Fulfill Your Life Goals

Can you remember dreaming of becoming a millionaire, a superstar, or a CEO of a Fortune 500 company?   Well, dreaming is a phenomenon that creates imagination, creativity, and ideas. Our dreams could originate from our subconscious thoughts or placed in our spirit. A dream could occur once or reoccur several times. When the same dream reoccurs, it is a call for action. A call to action is an occurrence that continuously prompts your conscience to change and affect a situation. It could be a matter of giving someone advice, starting a business, or to change careers. Putting the pieces of a call …

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A PLOT to Reclaim Your Life and Achieving Your Goals with Intended Purpose!

I once attended an event where an executive was giving a presentation. Before he presented, his bio was read. After the reading, he thanked the person and said, “Now that you know what I do, I am now going to tell you who I am.”  He discussed how his experiences, the challenges he overcame, and how the people he met helped to shape his life. He further explained while he was afforded access to various opportunities, it was the challenges that tested his fortitude and determination to achieve, and how those challenges made him a stronger and wiser person.  Like the executive, …

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Spirituality + Purpose = A Recipe to Success

Spirituality seems out of place in a business. But unknown to many, it may be the key to success ‐ both in your personal and business life. Neal Samudre, Author of 6 Reasons Spiritual Leaders Are More Successful in Life stated a mistake we make in discussing leadership is that we pin the spiritual leader as only leading a church or family in spiritual matters. While it’s true that a spiritual leader might do this, a spiritual leader is also one who leads a business. When your beliefs are integrated into your daily routine, you begin to lead a wholesome life …

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Pre-employment Testing Helps Identify The Right Employees

Pre-employment testing is one of the most effective tools manufacturing companies have at their disposal. This helps the companies weed through the potential applicants waiting at their doorstep looking for a job. When tests are given before employment, it helps employers assess the pool of talent. Testing is also one of the most important tools used to address the skills gap. Without testing, it could hurt the company in the long run. The insight it provides takes a look at the potential of the incoming applicants. With some key markers, it identifies productivity rate, potential to succeed,  and better completion …

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The Power Of Developing Partnerships

Developing partnerships can be one of the best pillars of your business’ success. More than putting a lot of emphasis on the importance of customer relationship and engagement, the partnership can bring your business to the next level. These strategic alliances can help you evolve in this ever-changing business landscape. Importance of developing partnerships Partnerships in your business are not confined to taking on stockholders. It can also come in the form of joint ventures and even collaborations for creative needs. As you take on these strategic partnerships, you give your business the upper hand in your industry. It can …

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How An Impactful Diverse Workforce Increases The Bottom Line

One of the business concepts you can adopt to make your company more competitive is taking in a diverse workforce. As the business landscape takes on a global economic approach, it makes sense to put in concrete steps. Those steps must be deliberate in your efforts of creating workforce diversity within your ranks. This is one of the reasons why Time.com shared that Google spent about $150 million to promote diversity in their workplace.

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