When you are consistently producing low-quality daily behavior or not fully applying yourself there is a long-term effect that most people do not take into consideration. It is the same as a company that cuts corners on producing a product accept, you are cutting corners on making the most of the opportunities to be successful.
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John Walter Bantz
By Arnold Exconde
The art of life is a constant readjustment to our surroundings. –Kakuzo Okakaura
There are times in our lives when we are forced to adapt to new situations or have the positive energy force drained from our minds and bodies. This is both applicable in our personal lives and business, but we do not always make the adjustments on the business side. Why is that?
In June of 2016, I was involved in a car accident. It affects my lifestyle daily both inside and outside of work. Over the last 16 months, I have learned to manage the pain that is a 7/10 on a good day. I do not have a chair in my office because sitting down increases the pain, so the majority of my days are spent standing or laying down. This includes when I eat. Unless you get curious as to why I never sit down, then you would never realize anything is wrong. The biggest issue is that when attending public events, this makes you look rather suspicious and puts others become uneasy. New normal routines have been created out of the necessity to evolve and adapt, or mentally break down and potentially become depressed. Continue reading
More companies are seeing the benefit of investing in their employees future. While some companies offer student loan assistance, there are others that are providing student loan benefits. Nvidia’s reimbursement plan will allow you to apply for up to $6000 a year maxing out at $30,000.
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In a previous article, I talked about having that game plan so that you know how to tackle the Internship/Career Fairs. Let’s talk about the day of, and issues I have seen with how candidates approach employers.
“Confidence comes from knowing what you’re doing. If you are prepared for something, you usually do it. If not, you usually fall flat on your face.” – Tom Landry
Internship and Career Fair season is stressful for both attendees and employers. The employers must make sure that they have all the information for any handouts, materials for table setup, presentations, and of course the marketing swag that some attendees grab even if they do not visit with that company, so you need to do your part and show up prepared as well. A few years ago, I started working for a new corporation and part of my reason for accepting this offer, instead of the others, was that it would allow me to start an internship/mentorship program and speak to local high school and college students about starting their careers. Having been on both ends, I have a different perspective on how to approach the situation, although one size does not fit all.
This article is intended to help you prepare to arrive ready to show up and show out meaning you are confident when speaking, and able to captivate potential employers. You do want to be memorable, right?
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You can think of this like crabs in a barrel. They pull each other down instead of working together to achieve the same goal. There are times when you have to work within the trenches instead of yelling from the mountain top.
“Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.” T. S. Elliot
Failure to innovate or take risks can eventually take down the most successful companies. Throughout history, there have been countless companies on top of their industry that did not stand the test of time. The same time that allowed competition to take advantage of and adopt new technologies. Although Blockbuster met its demise for several reasons, failure to innovate would be in the top three. In 2000, the CEO of Blockbuster was approached by the founder of Netflix with a proposal to form a partnership. Blockbuster was doing so well, and they already had their recipe for success, so they did not do the analysis and failed to connect the unseen factors. When companies are consistently increasing revenue with little to no change in the business model, it is often harder for them to embrace strategic thinkers. How long will the success of your current strategic initiative prevent you from failing? Continue reading
“The only thing that walks back from the tomb with the mourners and refuses to be buried is the character of a man. This is true. What a man is survives him. It can never be buried… ” -J. R. MILLER
I just finished reading The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership By John C. Maxwell. This book was pretty good and I could relate on so many levels from either being the subordinate in some situations, or the leader in others. The only law I thought that I did not relate to originally, was the “Law of Intuition”, but that changed halfway through the chapter. Each chapter breaks down how the laws work, and proceeds to provide real life applications of the process. The chapter end with a self evaluation for the reader to asses themselves, and see where the stand. It helps you identify your strengths and weaknesses so that you can become a stronger leader, and build a stronger leadership team.
Below you will find the 21 “Laws” to leadership, which are stated as such because it is a universally true concept no matter where you lead and is applicable across all cultures. Continue reading