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Feb 09th


Up in the Air: Every job is a jumping off point to something else

A manager at a middle-sized but high-profile organization in the Twin Cities is never bothered when great employers move on.   “This is not a place people stay,” she said.  “It’s more a place you leap off from.”  This is a positive attitude, and also generous, considering the time she invests in training new employees on the same positions every year or two.   Maybe the reality is that, if you’re good, most companies, most jobs, are simply a jumping off point; maybe people who are good are constantly assessing their next giant leaps.

Approachability, Compassion, Composure: Key leadership skills everyone can work on

Studies bear out what HR managers have always known:  some people are natural leaders.  Extensive research from Korn/Ferry Institute reveals 67 different competencies which true leaders carry in common.  Were they born with it?  Was Joe Mauer born AL MVP?  Whether it’s leading a team on the field or in the office, competencies develop over time, through learning and experience.  If you decide you want to improve a leadership competency, you probably can.  First, recognize something you need to work on; then, make the effort. 

Your Legal Rights: Beware of Employment Scams

Your Legal Rights: Beware of Employment ScamsIn the troubled economy, thousands of Minnesotans are without work. The State faces some of the worst unemployment figures in decades. Other people report that their hours have been cut back, or they have received cuts in pay or benefits that have made it even harder to pay for the rising costs of health care, housing, and other living expenses. People who are out of work or looking for supplemental income are sometimes targeted by unscrupulous employment agencies or other job scams. Some job hunters report that these scams have cost them thousands of dollars that they could not afford. Don’t let this happen to you!

American Indian Opportunities Industrialization Center awarded $5 million grant from the US Department of Labor to assist unemployed and dislocated workers

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Labor last week announced more than $225 million in health care and high growth training grants funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.  The grants will allow community colleges, community-based organizations, state workforce agencies and other public entities to deliver training that leads to employment in a range of health care fields and other growing industries.  With today’s announcement, organizations in all 50 states have received a share of nearly $750 million in competitive grant funding made available through the Department of Labor.

Connecting the past toward our future

We study  history to learn  valuable lessons and to avoid  tragic mistakes.

For all the divisions that rend the U.S., there is at least one point of agreement between today’s Blacks and Whites, Democrats and Republicans, young and old: factually, Blacks are inattentive to America’s system of capitalism.  Amid American capitalism 98 percent of Blacks are consumers, not producers.  Black Americans are dependant on other groups for feeding, clothing, culture and language and need organized participation in ways of America’s wealth.

A Good (God) Thing: Is there a place for spirituality at work?

Congratulations goes out to my friend Tryg, who was just hired after several months looking for work.  He writes, “The house is done, I'm starting a new job, and the taxes are in the mail. The job gives me a boost of confidence and energy after five months on the sidelines. It turned out to be a good (God?) thing as I look back…”

Annual award recognizes high-achieving women of color from diverse career paths

Annual award recognizes high-achieving women of color from diverse career paths(New York, NY) February 4, 2010— Five African American women trailblazers will be honored by BLACK ENTERPRISE during the Women of Power Legacy Awards hosted by PepsiCo on Wednesday, February 10. The awards ceremony will kick off the fifth annual Women of Power Summit hosted by State Farm®, a four-day leadership conference designed especially for women of color. The Summit runs through February 13 at the La Quinta Resort and Club in La Quinta, California.
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