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29
June
2015

4 Outdated Career Myths You Should Probably Forget

4 Outdated Career Myths You Should Probably Forget

Have you ever noticed that your career looks nothing like Mom's did? We've got a post-recession economy, technological advances resembling something from Gattaca, and a radically different generation of workers entering the labor force. It only takes one Google-second to realize that the entire world of work is changing.

If the evolving work-world gives you a headache, here are 4 outdated career myths you can safely forget.

24
June
2015

Give Back Feature - Tara Manufacturing

Give Back Feature - Tara Manufacturing

Quality products cant be delivered without quality people, or at least that is Tara Manufacturings philosophy when it comes to being a leader in manufacturing pool liners and safety covers. By giving back to their employees and to their community, they have been able to grow a business through stewardship.

18
June
2015

The Changing World of Work: Is the Policy Going to Die?

The Changing World of Work: Is the Policy Going to Die?

You all know I hate policies for the sake of policies. Rules follower I am not, so when I see that one of the potential trends in the way work is changing is a swing away from policies, I get excited. Now throwing policies out the window isn’t being adopted by all, case in point this experience I had recently but with the need for innovation and adaptability in order to attract and retain talent and therefore meet customer needs, trends are arising to simplify or scratch policies all together.

16
June
2015

It doesn’t matter how and where work gets done. The death of office space, office hours and the employee-employer relationship.

It doesn’t matter how and where work gets done. The death of office space, office hours and the employee-employer relationship.

My brother started a new job in business development for an international company about six months ago. His boss lives in Toronto. He lives in Memphis, TN. In fact, he didn’t meet his boss until after he was hired. He works from home, or his car, or an airplane, or a hotel room, a Starbucks or really anywhere as long as he has a WIFI connection and a cell phone, it doesn’t matter where he is.

We at Horizon Point just finished a project on wage analysis. Neither I nor our other full-time employee did any of the number crunching for it. The data analysis was done by a contract employee who works comp projects for us from time to time. She lives two hours away and has a full-time job by day. I never saw her once face-to-face throughout this project. I have met her once in person two years ago.

10
June
2015

What happened to the newspaper? How technology is changing the way we market and communicate

What happened to the newspaper? How technology is changing the way we market and communicate

In my eight years at Red Sage Communications, change has been the norm rather than the exception. When I started with the website and marketing firm, most of our customers came to us for a basic website, a logo, a brochure, or some other similar basic item. Now, it is a website that is search engine optimized and mobile friendly, a strategic online
advertising and social media plan, and advice on how to reach their customers
since many of the traditional advertising and marketing methods are no longer working as well as they did not so long ago. The hard part is that by next year, that whole list could change again.

09
June
2015

If you want to make a difference, start a business not a charity

If you want to make a difference, start a business not a charity

“An idea hit me: Why not create a for-profit business to help provide shoes for these children? Why not come up with a solution that guaranteed a constant flow of shoes rather than being dependent on kind people making donations? In other words, maybe the solution was entrepreneurship not charity.” Blake Mycoskie, TOMS Shoes

04
June
2015

The World of Work is Rapidly Changing. Are You and Your Organization Adapting?

The World of Work is Rapidly Changing. Are You and Your Organization Adapting?

The world, and especially the world of work, is changing at a rapid pace. In fact, from a technological perspective, Moore’s Law postulates that the rate of change is exponential, doubling on itself approximately every 18 months. Many of the things that are driving the changes in work are due to technology, but some are not.

02
June
2015

2 Things to do to address HR’s Biggest Pain Points

 2 Things to do to address HR’s Biggest Pain Points

We had a great time and learned a lot at the Alabama SHRM Conference a couple of weeks ago. It’s always great to network with colleagues and learn from some of the best in our profession. We try to make this type of event part of our professional development game plan.

28
May
2015

True Leadership is Servant Leadership: Cory's Give Back

True Leadership is Servant Leadership: Cory's Give Back

As our focus on leadership this month comes to a close, it is only fitting for us to highlight someone in our Passion + Productivity = Give Back feature whose passion is focused on developing leaders of all ages.

Cory Wilbanks, Director of Leadership Development at the Decatur-Morgan County Chamber of Commerce, facilitates four yearlong leadership classes for members of the community. Her focus is on growing potential leaders as well as nurturing the skills of well-established leaders. She does this not only through the leadership programs, but also through her own personal volunteer efforts and supporting the volunteer efforts of others.

26
May
2015

Top 10 Leadership Quotes

Top 10 Leadership Quotes

What is leadership? In one word, leadership is influence. It’s the ability to accomplish things through others.

Taken to the next level, and as the noble ideal that leadership has become (as opposed to say, management) great leadership involves positive influence that leads to positive results. Leadership makes others, and therefore the world, better through focus on people.

21
May
2015

Establishing Leadership as a High School and College Student

Establishing Leadership as a High School and College Student

As a high school or college student, leadership development should be at the top of your to-do list. According to Tim Elmore’s teachings: Every student can be a leader, because the true definition of leadership is the ability to influence. Mr. Elmore is the founder of Growing Leaders, a nonprofit that helps emerging leaders under the philosophy that each child is born with leadership qualities.

19
May
2015

Are you doer who is destined to be a leader?

Are you doer who is destined to be a leader?

Are you currently thriving in a position and considering transitioning into a leadership role? If you’re not sure, consider the following:

Are you praised for displaying company values and known for always delivering?

Are you a good communicator?

Do others come to you with problems or to get your advice?

Do you enjoy the role of leading/encouraging your co-workers?

If you answered “yes” to the above question, you should definitely consider a role in leadership. So how do you transition from being a “doer” to a “leader”?

14
May
2015

Career Spotlight: Front Line Leaders of Administrative Personnel

Career Spotlight: Front Line Leaders of Administrative Personnel

Do you like organization and working with a team? Are you interested in customer and personal service? If so, then a career as a Front Line Leader of Administrative Personnel may be perfect for you.

On the other hand, if you don’t enjoy working with others, critical thinking, planning and administration, becoming a front line leader may not be a good fit for you.

12
May
2015

Get a Leadership Professional Development Game Plan

Get a Leadership Professional Development Game Plan

Leaders take control of their personal and professional development in order to continuously grow and maximize their contribution. As a leader do you have a professional development game plan?

07
May
2015

The Best Way to Thank Employees is to Make it Personal

The Best Way to Thank Employees is to Make it Personal

I’m working with a client now where the one of the company’s core values is relationships.   The value they place on relationships, with their employees and their customers, leads to a competitive advantage for the company. But I don’t think they do it because it creates a competitive advantage. They do it because it is just the right thing to do.

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