Insight News

Apr 27th


Winning career move: The pivot

Winning career move: The pivotHas anyone seen any good basketball lately?  It’s always on at my house.  I was thinking this week about that one basic move every player uses to buy more time, defend the ball and access the basket:  they plant one foot firmly in place, and then turn in another direction.  It works on the court; can it work in your career?

As America heads back to work in 2011, many people are scratching their heads, wondering if going back to the type of job they left last year is such a brilliant idea.  In some cases, an identical position simply is not there to return to.

Yes, not now or I’ve got something better for you

Yes, not now or I’ve got something better for youWhen Polly set sail on the Smooth Jazz Cruise out of Miami recently, she set an intention.  Specifically, she had in mind a picture of a person she would meet.  She visualized their meeting.  She scripted their conversation.  Then she threw the whole thing up into the universe on a prayer.

With that kind of goal in mind, a person will get an answer.  It might not be the expected answer, but it will be one of these:  yes, not now or infinitely better.  This week, my recruiting desk watched with interest as three people with clear intentions heard back from the universe.

Fortifying nonprofit sector governance through diversity

More and more nonprofit organizations are seeking volunteers from diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds to serve on their boards of directors, according to a local firm that matches potential board members to nonprofit organizations.

MAP for Nonprofits (MAP) operates the Twin Cities’ only nonprofit board member recruitment program, called Best on Board®.  Best on Board® functions much like a headhunting agency, except that it recruits voluntary board members, rather than paid staff.  Nonprofit organizations tell MAP what skills and attributes they’re seeking in new board members and MAP’s recruiters go to work.

My boss is a bully! Managing mean managers

My boss is a bully!  Managing mean managers(Disclaimer to my current boss, who reads this newspaper, this isn’t about you.)

37% of all workers have been bullied on the job.  According to one survey, bad bosses come in every shape and color.  Most bullies are male; however, among female bad bosses, 71% choose victims who are also female.  What makes a bad boss?  And what can be done to stop  him or her?

Unfortunately, a bad boss cannot always be redeemed.  Often, it’s the boss who stays, and everyone else has to leave.  Employees caught in a bad boss conundrum would be wise to see it for the minor irritation it usually is, and work around it until the situation changes.

The new face of group buying

The new face of group buyingThe Black Biz Hookup Launches to Promote Discounted Offerings & Services for Black Owned & Operated Businesses Across the U.S.

Ushering in the start of Black History month, Feb 1, the Black Biz Hookup went into business. The first group buying website whose merchant offerings of ‘Daily Deals‘ are Black owned and operated businesses, the Black Biz Hookup uses the group buying model popularized by Groupon and various other sites.

MBNA announces roll out of contactless cards

The UK's largest credit card provider, MBNA, has announced the start of its two-year program that will see its 6 million customer base moved over to contactless cards by January 1, 2012.

To achieve this, MBNA will issue a new contactless credit card each time a new or replacement card request is made by a customer, the lender estimates that most of its card-holders will have the ability to pay without a PIN by the start of 2012.

IBHS Urges Business Owners to Prepare for Winter Weather

Recent record snowfalls and ice storms in many regions of the country are a reminder to business owners to be prepared for severe winter weather that is likely to continue throughout January and February, according to the Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS)

Snow and ice can bring down power lines, resulting in electricity and phone outages. Also, fallen trees limbs or power lines over transportation routes can impede travel, not only for employees traveling to and from work, but for businesses that deliver essential products or services.
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