Book Signing New York

Join Success Author Dr. Shelly Cameron when Patricia Chin, founder of VP Records, the world’s biggest Reggae and Caribbean music label of Grammy Award winners Morgan Heritage hosts Book Signing of Success Strategies of Caribbean American Leaders in New York. Come discover Why Some Individuals Succeed, While Others Don’t.
Join us for an afternoon of Success Strategy, Reggae, Poetry and the Caribbean. Other authors include Jennifer Plumley – Mind Shaper; Roger Grant – 50 Most Significant Jamaican Musical Artists Past to Present.
FREE EVENT | OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
Sponsored by VP Retail, VP Music Group CPR, The Door, Royal Caribbean Bakery, Irie Jam

VPBookSigning

Join Success Author Dr. Shelly Cameron when Patricia Chin, founder of VP Records, the world’s biggest Reggae and Caribbean music label of Grammy Award winners Morgan Heritage hosts Book Signing of Success Strategies of Caribbean American Leaders in New York. Come discover Why Some Individuals Succeed, While Others Don’t.

Join us for an afternoon of Success Strategy, Reggae, Poetry and the Caribbean. Other authors include Jennifer Plumley – Mind Shaper; Roger Grant – 50 Most Significant Jamaican Musical Artists Past to Present.

FREE EVENT | OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
Sponsored by VP Retail, VP Music Group CPR, The Door, Royal Caribbean Bakery, Irie Jam

 

Never Give up the Fight…

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As a young girl growing up, I never liked to listen to the legendary Bob Marley. But as I grew older and matured, I realized that his music dealt with a lot of issues. Issues that plague our society every day. I have often been conscious of my perception of things. I have learnt that things are not always what they appear to be. Often, we must question whether our perception is actually the reality. At times they are not. And just imagine how much heartache and pain we could avoid if we were to look beyond what seems apparent.  Let us be mindful that things are not always what they appear to be. Let’s learn to never give up the fight of enduring to the end to achieve our goals, dreams, passion, and desires.

As we peruse Bob Marley’s lyrics to ‘Never Give up the Fight’, do contemplate…have our perception ever been wrong?

Get up, stand up, stand up for your right
Get up, stand up, stand up for your right
Get up, stand up, stand up for your right
Get up, stand up, don’t give up the fight

Preacher man don’t tell me heaven is under the earth
I know you don’t know what life is really worth
Is not all that glitters in gold and
Half the story has never been told
So now you see the light, aay
Stand up for your right. Come on

Get up, stand up, stand up for your right
Get up, stand up, don’t give up the fight
(Repeat)

Most people think great God will come from the sky
Take away ev’rything, and make ev’rybody feel high
But if you know what life is worth
You would look for yours on earth
And now you see the light
You stand up for your right, yeah!

Get up, stand up, stand up for your right
Get up, stand up, don’t give up the fight
Get up, stand up. Life is your right
So we can’t give up the fight
Stand up for your right, Lord, Lord
Get up, stand up. Keep on struggling on
Don’t give up the fight

We’re sick and tired of your ism and skism game
Die and go to heaven in Jesus’ name, Lord
We know when we understand
Almighty God is a living man
You can fool some people sometimes
But you can’t fool all the people all the time
So now we see the light
We gonna stand up for our right

So you’d better get up, stand up, stand up for your right
Get up, stand up, don’t give up the fight
Get up, stand up, stand up for your right
Get up, stand up, don’t give up the fight

 

<a href=”https://dailypost.wordpress.com/prompts/fight/”>Fight</a&gt;

I Hope you Dance…

I hope you Dance

Beach birds

Dance means different things to different people. Enjoy the peace, quiet, and solitude at sunrise with birds dancing in sync. That’s my dance. What’s yours?

Dance Challenge <a href=”https://dailypost.wordpress.com/photo-challenges/dance/”>Dance</a&gt;

Paid Leave! Paid Overtime! Life’s Good!

FAMILY LEAVE

The United States lags behind over 70 countries now offering Paternity leave (Peck & Covert, 2014). It may take some time to catch up. But the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) revealed that major Silicon Valley companies and others have already voluntarily started the trek granting leave benefits to both women and men. Way to go Silicon Valley. Life’s Good! Others will follow.

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OVERTIME: From $455 to $970 A Week…

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Imagine a wage hike from $455 to $970, a week! Workers would be thrilled! The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), discussed the proposed changes to federal regulations that would increase the number of workers eligible for overtime pay. David Mark explained that under the current federal rules employees earning up to $455 weekly or $23,660 per annum, would qualify for overtime pay. However, if changes are made this would more than double to $970 weekly, or $50,440 per annum. No doubt a dramatic boost in take home pay for over 5 million people.  This would certainly be a nightmare for employers who knowingly or unknowingly misclassify some workers, but definitely a dream come through for employees. Fleeting? Maybe. Stay tuned for more on this issue.

<a href=”https://dailypost.wordpress.com/prompts/fleeting/”>Fleeting</a&gt;

One Love: The Challenge..The Meaning

one love pic

One Love is universal. My perspective ….curled up on an island with a good book. Can’t help but to think of the legendary Bob Marley’s song …One Love.

Weekly photo challenge  <a href=”https://dailypost.wordpress.com/photo-challenges/one-love/”>One Love</a>

Legacy: What’s Love Got to do with it?

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Some stories must be told. It was the spring of 2003, after experiencing discomfort and a series of medical tests, the news was relayed to her…my little 30-year-old sister. Not only did they find a lump in her breast but it was also malignant. Visits to Specialists left her with two options; remove the breast, or embark on a series of chemo treatment. The option of removal was an uncommon feat at the time, so after engaging family, friends and mountains of prayers, she made the decision to save the breast, and embrace the chemo treatment. A decision she never regretted.

After many bouts of treatment, combined with the usual side effects of hair loss, nervous system changes including numbness, weak feelings, and more…she lost the fight. A fight that lasted over 12 years. She fought to survive for her children. To see them live beyond their childhood years.

I write this not to seek sympathy but to share the innate character of my sister—Carleen, a stalwart! A fighter! A survivor extraordinaire! A teacher by profession, she spent her years in New York, Florida, and the Caribbean educational systems molding the minds of countless youths. Many were overwhelmed by the genuine care and concern she showed for her students, most of whom she brought from non-or-minimal performance to the realms of exceeded expectations.

Today, I choose to celebrate and recognize the life of my sister—Elaine, AKA Carleen. Today, I choose to celebrate the character and personal attributes of someone who has made a difference in the lives of many. Carleen, our family remembers you. We love you! We salute you! What’s love got to do with it? Everything! Your legacy lives on.

<a href=”https://dailypost.wordpress.com/prompts/legacy/”>Legacy</a&gt;

Workplace Trends

flexible work

In a major survey with human resource executives, managers, and more Forbes Magazine writer Dan Schawbel predicts 10 workplace trends expected in 2016. These are based on companies doing more with fewer resources in the midst of advances in technology and security issues arising as a result. Some challenges include the war for talent, adapting to change, and the need for workforce training. Compare and Contrast these trends and check your industry knowledge, and readiness.

  1. The acceptance of boomerang employees and the challenges for job seekers.
  2. The leadership gap will start being filled as boomers retire in numbers.
  3. Workplace flexibility becomes the biggest topic of conversation. Includes employees being reachable outside of office hours on their personal time. Work week up from 40 to 47 hours.
  4. Wearable technology (e.g. Apple watch, Fitbit) is being taken more seriously and disrupts business as usual. Wearables take advantage of our 24/7 business environment and helps workers retrieve information and be more efficient.
  5. Companies get serious about office design and use it as a way to increase collaboration and attract top talent.
  6. Obamacare takes full effect, causing premiums to surge and companies to pass more costs to employees. In order to remain profitable, companies will have to hire freelancers and remove some or all full-time workers.
  7. Companies figure out how to automate more jobs and modernize their workplaces at the cost of employees. But new jobs will be created.
  8. The first group of Generation Z will enter the workforce. They will choose work-life balance over salary, and will be seen more connected through technology.
  9. More professionals seek gigs instead of full-time jobs as the sharing and freelance market place expand.
  10. Maternity leave becomes bigger discussion as employee benefit

<a href=”https://dailypost.wordpress.com/prompts/contrast/”>Contrast</a&gt;

Women of Excellence 

 Inspired by LRCC Women of Excellence including Pauline Grant, CEO BrowArd Health North, Dr. L.Sam who climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro for Freedom challenge, and Channel 7 Danielle Knox. Roxanne Valies candidate for State Rep District 95 introduced Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Guest Speaker. Candidates for 2016 state of Florida elections were presented.

Most of us long to achieve success in whatever way we can. These individuals achieved success through giving back, through involvement in our community. To each that’s their success.

<a href=”https://dailypost.wordpress.com/prompts/longing/”>Longing</a&gt;

Take the Leap

  
The challenges of life can often be scarey. But you know what’s worse? Not having tried at all. Today, let’s be encouraged to take the leap! Go after your dreams! Goals! Aspirations! Whichever way, you will be a success for having tried. 

Go ahead….leap!

<a href=”https://dailypost.wordpress.com/prompts/leap/”>Leap</a&gt;

Survive! Desert Island Must Haves

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Daily prompt: A classic question, revisited: what are the five items you must have on a deserted island?

The results are in! 5 Desert island essentials polled are:

  1. Water &/or filtration bottle for purification
  2. Tent
  3. Knife
  4. lighter or matches
  5. Warm clothes

<a href=”https://dailypost.wordpress.com/prompts/five-items/”>Five Items</a>

 

 

 

 

If I had 6 hours….

saw

If I had six hours to chop down a tree, I would spend the first four hours sharpening my axe.                                                                                                   Abraham Lincoln

How I Became a Human Resource Manager

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I never dreamed of a career in Human Resources. From an early age, I would look to the stars and dream of being involved in healthcare, or the airline industry. Of course these are two very different industries but my passion for people was evident from then. After graduating high school, I got the dream call for an interview as a flight attendant. I am always punctual, but for some strange reason I ended up being 10 minutes late for the interview, and was ‘disqualified’ from that opportunity.

I took it as a sign when I was hired by one of the nation’s big commercial banks. That opened the doors to human resource management for me; or as it was called back then—personnel management. I was exposed to benefits administration, performance management, and more. Being the fast learner that I am—I learned, and learned, and learned.

This boosted me into the next position with a major international pharmaceutical company, that further exposed me to human resource management at the global level. I learnt not only the facets of HR at the local level, but had to interpret laws and practices for different countries that fell under my portfolio of responsibility. In my job I had to travel across countries throughout the Caribbean, and Latin America.

Education

What about education? As I journeyed, I felt led to receive formal training. Armed with a Bachelors in Business Management, I pursued a Masters in Human Resource Management. I also decided to minor in HR Development, while studying Doctorate in Education, Major Organizational Leadership. This then propelled my current role as Coach, and Human Resource Consultant.

As laws, technology and people change, there is no doubt that it is an advantage to become a member of organizations such as the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). This syncs with organizations such as local Human Resource Associations. Personally, I continue to participate in local, and national conferences. These days I conduct personal development Success workshops, backed by my research and subsequent publishing of book on Leaders and Success Strategies.

Success and Challenges Along the Way

Naturally, there have been challenges along the way. My most challenging feat arose during my first encounter with an international merger, between two giant pharmaceutical companies. Embracing two different cultures, employee relations issues, diversity, compensation, and benefits management in different countries was a challenge, to say the least. But as I look back and reflect on the Employer of Choice award, I am pleased. This experience molded me into my love for change management today. This passion has taken me across different industries including healthcare, hospitality, and others to name a few.

Even though there have been ups and downs since then, I have never regretted my decision to enter this profession. Every time I help a client improve their business, it makes me feel totally satisfied. Hearing the frustrations in their voices when they first contact me, and then seeing the satisfaction on their faces when things improve… is exhilarating!

In addition, The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) shared the result of the annual compilation of the most in-demand jobs done by CareerBuilder, and Economic Modeling Specialist International. Not surprising, Human Resource jobs were included among the top 20 positions-yea! The article stated that Human Resource Managers require a college degree and that this career position has grown by over 14,218 since 2010. This confirms that yes, it is a fine time to get into Human Resources.

So if you have the people skills, the spirit of resilience, and other facets mentioned, then go for it! Despite the stresses of the position, the job is totally satisfying….and oh by the way, it pays too. So what are you waiting for? Get started today, and if you’re like me, you’ll have no regrets!

Interested in how others got into this profession, read SHRM’s https://shar.es/1CXf4p via @SHRM

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