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Nov 22nd

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Hands-on, hands-off: Two kinds of managers

Hands-on, hands-off: Two kinds of managersMy friend Jim Johnson heads up a successful staffing agency in Minneapolis.  Over the past two years, he had to let three managers go.  “The economy?”  I ask, nodding like I know what I am talking about.  “Not at all,” he replies.  “Business is good, and they were good managers.  They just weren’t the kind of managers we needed.”

Jim is perceptive.  There are only two kinds of managers, and their categories are not Dumb and Dumber.  Whether you are a manager now, aspiring to manage or being managed, you may know the types:  Hands Off and Hands On.  Knowing which manager you are or are reporting to will help you navigate through business’ ups and downs effectively.
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Nielsen Executive receives Launa T. Thompson Award at Black Women’s Expo Gala

Nielsen Executive receives Launa T. Thompson Award at Black Women’s Expo GalaCheryl Pearson-McNeil joins elite list of past recipients Oprah Winfrey and Linda Johnson Rice

August 13, 2010, Chicago, IL: The Nielsen Company’s Senior Vice President of Public Affairs and Government Relations, Cheryl Pearson-McNeil accepted the Launa T. Thompson award during The Black Women’s Expo Phenomenal Woman Gala last week. The 38 member advisory panel comprised of African American women in Chicago nominated Pearson-McNeil based on her outstanding excellence in business and community service.


The human face of the mortgage foreclosure crisis

Suicides, divorce, anxiety attacks, depression, and displacement of children from homes and schools are not what we associate with the mortgage foreclosure crisis. But we should.  Instead of following the money, we should pay attention to the human side of the crisis.  

In this third year of the mortgage tsunami, while we debate about who profited and which federal agencies should have better monitoring, we ignore how people now choose between buying medicine for chronic illnesses and mortgage payments, or paying rent after foreclosure, and how communities are dying. 

On the ground, agencies that offer financial literacy workshops for current owners and potential buyers, mortgage loan consultations, legal aid advice for those in foreclosure, and bankruptcy counseling may prevent future catastrophes, but short term, they are ill prepared to respond to the human suffering, and  provide professional mental health counseling or make referrals.
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Too Busy to Connect? Use professional networks online to build credibility and solidify connections

Too Busy to Connect?  Use professional networks online to build credibility and solidify connectionsAfter eight hours on the job, most people balk at spending priceless evening time surfing professional networks online.  If you are not currently looking for work, why bother?
Here’s why:  You might meet someone.  You might learn something.  You might have an opportunity to help someone else get ahead.

I have enough connections, you say.  Sure.  Today you do.  But when you lose your job tomorrow, or choose to relocate or retire or change careers altogether, then how many connections are enough?  And do most of your connections know or care that they are connected with you?  On a scale of tight to barely attached, how connected are you, really?
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Game Changers: Welcoming new technologies improves careers and lives

Game Changers:  Welcoming new technologies improves careers and livesShe put the cold yellow block of butter in a glass bowl, opened a door and set the bowl inside what looked like an Easy-Bake Oven.  She pushed a few buttons and in thirteen seconds, a high pitched beep rang out, and she opened the door, revealing, magically, a bowl full of melted butter.

If you didn’t live through the seventies (not saying I did), you can only imagine the awe and amazement people felt when the microwave oven was born.  One step down from the introduction of anything Microsoft.  It changed the game completely.
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Habitually plugged in: Marketing via the internet

Habitually plugged in: Marketing via the internetConventional wisdom states that any act done consistently for 21 days will become a habit. I would have to agree with that statement because as a young man and a greenhorn to penitentiary life I had to quickly learn to adjust and not deviate from my new habitual routine in order to survive. Today though, I’m no longer a ward of the state, but a writer. I’m no longer that piece which helps pessimistic puzzles pieces connect together only to taint family and community. On the contrary, now I’m a literary lover who has served notice to those prison bars, and I’ve linked to today’s world of the Internet in order to see my dreams come true.

Presently, I’m a small company – Crying Scrolls Publishing. I’m the first and only author signed to the company. I’m still naïve to legal business, but I have the sense to know that when marketing a product, the marketer needs promotion in order to help his product sell. I have no idea who invented the World Wide Web, but I am grateful for the day he or she was born. The Web has become the primary tool I use to gain notice for my Crying Scrolls Publishing in the vast world of literary publication.
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Where Unemployment Numbers Come From… and the Only Number You Need to Know

Where Unemployment Numbers Come From… and the Only Number You Need to KnowAccording to a recent press release from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, “Unemployment rates were lower in June than a year earlier in 185 of the 372 metropolitan areas, higher in 168 areas, and unchanged in 19 areas.  In June, 226 metropolitan areas reported over-the-year decreases in nonfarm payroll employment, 135 reported increases, and 11 had no change.”

What was that?

Americans toss around unemployment statistics like BP tosses oil.  The numbers are splattered across newspapers, radios and conversations but most people are unsure about where they originate, or how today’s numbers will impact us long term.  Hearing that unemployment is “highest since the depression” is depressing.  Why look for a job if there aren’t any?  And when the numbers change, and unemployment rates drop, then why is it still so hard to find a job?  By learning about where those numbers originate, people can make better personal decisions about how to respond when they hear about them.
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