Opportunity…Oh snap!!

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Waiting. Waiting. Waiting. How many times have you been waiting on the perfect opportunity to do something and when it arrives you miss it because it didn’t appear in the manner you thought it would?

Let’s think of simply waiting in the subway for the train to arrive and when it does, you realize you’re on the wrong side of the track. You cry oh snap! Well, what good is that gonna do?

It’s the same with our goals and aspirations. We must be prepared for the opportunity and be ready when it does arrive. Once it’s gone it’s not like we can simply snap our fingers for it to reappear. So much depends on the door we enter to begin a journey, no matter the distance you covered before.

Opportunity. Be prepared.

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Career On The Move…Job Relocation

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Moving! It’s one of the most stressful things to do! But moving for desired personal reasons including new job, new spouse (yikes!), education, and more makes the end result more gratifying! We get that Adrenalin rush because it’s something we desire. Packing those boxes, suitcases, and rummaging our belongings into trucks to go away , to Relocate…makes the journey worth the while (well at least through the honeymoon stage). I have done my fair share and have also helped many career transitioners relocate in my HR consulting role.

To make things easier, Tor Constantino shared five things to ask for when relocating for a job. These are:
1. Take a scouting trip.
     Purpose: To see your new home environment of course! Look for permanent housing
    while you’re at it.
2. Ask About Temporary Housing
   This helps offset the burden of security deposits, and helps in finding the best option for a more permanent home without the pressure.
3. Whole house pack and transport
    Some companies provide this but it is cautioned to read the fine prints. Know what it
   entails and by the way, some things are tax deductible. So save receipts for gas and more.
4. Storage of Home Goods.
    Some transportation companies provide storage which can be an advantage until you find your ideal home.
5.Cash Stipend for Miscellaneous Expenses
   And they do come in many forms, from airfares, car rental, family dislocation (some here, some there), and the like.
Moving! Relocation! It’s hard but sometimes it cannot be helped especially when the grass seems greener on the other side. Get organized! No need to be scared, it’s not such a bad thing.
Need help? Let’s Connect!
Cheers!

Misplaced Leader

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Follow the leader, leader, leader. Follow the leader. That’s the lyrics to a popular soca song. But is it wise to always follow a leader? What if the leader is heading in the wrong direction? It’s our decision to follow or not.

Pulling from studies, Leadership is considered a trait. Each individual brings certain inherent qualities that influence the way he or she leads. Some leaders are confident, some are decisive, and others are outgoing and sociable. Renowned leadership theorist Northouse, often stressed that leadership as a trait follows the argument that leaders are born and not made. Leadership is complex and includes many dimensions. For some people, leadership is a trait or ability; whereas for others, it is a skill or behavior; and for some, leadership is a relationship.

Leadership is an ability; a person who has the capacity to lead is considered a leader. Leadership is also a skill that is conceptualized as a competency developed to accomplish a task effectively. Skilled leaders are competent people who know the means and methods for carrying out their responsibilities.

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Leadership is also a behavior that is observable. When someone leads, that individual’s leadership behavior becomes visible which means that we can see it clearly.

Leadership is a relationship that is centered on the communication and collaboration between leaders and followers rather than on the unique qualities of the leader. This means working with and through people. A leader affects and is affected by followers. Both leaders and followers are affected in turn by the situation that surrounds them.

Suffice it to say that many organizations in our society are filled with misplaced leaders. If leadership is studied and discussed in newspapers and numerous other settings, one would think that it is simple and that leaders occupy the right places in business, clubs, institutions, politics and more. Not so. Look around you. Can you observe any leaders who are misplaced? If so, can anything be done about it?

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God is Not Dead. No.

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God is not dead. No.
The TIMES headline posed the question;  Is God Dead? The response plain and simple as many have said …

No, God is not dead.

The 1966 survey  shared that at the time 97 percent of Americans believed in God. Today, based on Gallup’s 2014 research, 64 per cent of Americans believe in His existence. Hence, the almost comical phrase, the “rise of the nones”. This basically refers to the many who have spiritual beliefs but choose not to be affiliated with a religion.

That said, as the beauty of nature’s grass is green, God provides the free will to do whatever us humans want to do. It is left up to us to choose. With this free will, individuals make bad choices. Let’s consider convicted criminals. Give them the freedom to choose whether to stay locked up and imprisoned, or to roam the streets. Which do you think they would choose? One can bet that 9 out of 10 criminals would choose the latter. Society is then left to deal with the devastating consequences of mayhem in our society.

So back to the question, is God dead? My answer is No. What are your thoughts?

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Re-Energize! Where the Sea Meets the Sky

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What’s more relaxing than being on the beach watching the line where the sea meets the sky. Listening to the sound of the waves gushing against the sand. Watching kids play.

Takes you faraway from life’s cares…doesn’t it? Tis Beautiful.

Superstitions, worries, cares of the world aside, everyone needs this time away. It makes life perfect. Meaningful. The serenity of the seaside provides a pause to life’s challenges, workflow, heartaches, sorrow, and pain. It quiets our hearts and instills the comfort needed for life’s cares, joys, goals, dreams, and aspirations.

Staycation, vacation, or whatever you wish to call it, give yourself a boost. Reinvigorate. Re-energize. It will work wonders for your goals, faith, thoughts, and aspirations. Plan your getaway soon.

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The Street Life

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Life is like walking the streets. No matter the street we are on, we should Walk by Faith. No matter the shoes we are wearing—new, old, running, stylish, high heels, low heels, wedges—we should walk by faith. Opportunities abound. Stepping forward, stepping out, taking the risk is well worth it. So find your street, and achieve your dream today.

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I Hear Footsteps…

I hear Footsteps. It’s getting louder. It’s calling. Now shouting for some well needed time to relax.

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Waves Calling

I hear Footsteps. It’s getting louder. It’s calling. Now shouting for some well needed time to relax. Time to rejuvenate. Time to listen to the waves. Time for quiet, peace, and serenity. I hear Footsteps.

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Fearless! Greatness!

What if I fall? Oh but my darling, what if you fly?

Fear has crippled many. Often our dreams, goals, aspirations, and desires remain stuck by the realities of life. Yes, they may be valid concerns but it’s when we step out in spite of our fears that we achieve great things.

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JUST DO IT!

What if I fall? Oh but my darling, what if you fly?

Fear has crippled many. Often our dreams, goals, aspirations, and desires remain stuck by the realities of life. Yes, they may be valid concerns but it’s when we step out in spite of our fears that we achieve great things. Years ago I decided to do a tandem jump-16,000 ft in the air! Boy was I afraid! But I did it anyway. I have always encouraged my girls to be Brave. To step out inspite of their fears. I encourage them to feel the fear but do it anyway. And despite my apprehension…, despite my fear…, I jumped! and I survived with the lasting memory to feel the fear but do it anyway. That’s how I approach my life goals.

Here are a few quotes from people who have achieved great things from different walks of life. My hope is that it will encourage someone today to step out in faith and achieve your dream, your hopes, your aspirations. Go ahead, Express yourself

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Taylor Swift

 

 

I think fearless is having fears but jumping anyway.

 

 

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Christian Bale

I tend to think you’re fearless when you recognize why you should be scared of things, but do them anyway.

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Natalie Cole

My father was a pioneer in so many ways. He was fearless, and I think that I kind of picked that up from him as well.
janelle monaeI feel myself becoming the fearless person I have dreamt of being. Have I arrived? No. But I’m constantly evolving and challenging myself to be unafraid to make mistakes.

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Maya Angelou

 

 

If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.

 

 

 

 

Hiring and Dating…The Similarities

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Tall, dark, and handsome was he. A sports enthusiast who was popular with everyone. As his interest and approach grew, she was smitten and fell head over heels in love. She left her quiet, loyal, and committed guy for one who was more outgoing, adventurous and fun to be around. Sadly, she looked at the outward appearance but not the heart. Needless to say, as time flew by, so did his interest. He was more of a heartache to be around since his fun loving ways attracted other fun loving pursuers. The rest is history.

This too is true of the hiring process.

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Tall, dark, and handsome was he. A sports enthusiast who was popular with everyone. As his interest and approach grew, she was smitten and fell head over heels in love. She left her quiet, loyal, and committed guy for one who was more outgoing, adventurous and fun to be around. Sadly, she looked at the outward appearance but not the heart. Needless to say as time flew by, so did his interest. He was more of a heartache to be around since his fun loving ways attracted other fun loving pursuers. The rest is history.

This too is true of the hiring process. At the outset employers look for those people who are outgoing, people with great resumes filled with the right keywords, and people who excel at interviewing. Minimized are the introverts who require more effort to get the value they are sure to bring at the right price, but difficult to unearth during the recruitment process. So at last after a lengthy process through the maze of online and mobile devices we find just the right one!

But hey… how can we keep ’em? Here are a few Retention tips compiled to help you.

  1. Track Retention. It has been said that if you’re not measuring then you’re practicing. Find out which line managers are doing well and which are not, then you will not know who needs coaching.
  2. Train Frontline Supervisors. People leave managers, not jobs. Train managers to have regular meetings to communicate employee expectations. Spend time with strong performers as well as low performers. Do not punish either group at the expense of the other.
  3. Hire the Right People the first time. Pay close attention to facets like integrity, attitude and integrity amongst other things like qualification, skills and experience. Together these things lead to retention.
  4. Offer Employees More Recognition, Responsibility, and Pay. Be creative. Find ways to recognize employees who meet goals. Experiencing budgetary constraints? Ask your connections to provide VIP tickets to special events or offer discounts at local stores. Also, never underestimate the power of a simple thank you or a well-done note which works wonders. Keep a close tab on industry compensation standards (performance bonus and benefits included).
  5. Find ways to increase Flexibility in Working Conditions. Offer flexible work schedules. Ensure employees are prepared to do what their job requires (e.g. travel, late nights, vacations, and more). Note that overly rigid work rules drive away workers.
  6. Create that Work/Life Balance. Train leaders how to handle workers in stressful positions.
  7. Develop the Right Culture. Create an environment that attracts the right employees. Your company culture should match the type of employee you want to employ, whether you opt for a by-the-book, strict workplace or a more casual, laid-back atmosphere.  Provide a comfortable work environment and culture. Ensure sufficient training, and support new hires until they are able to function on their own.
  8. Let Employees Participate in your Business Planning Process. Bring your team together when experiencing business growth, or changes in the industry. Have Brainstorming meetings to create strategies for new goals and objectives monthly, quarterly, annually and so on. Ask them to come up with 1-2 suggestions in a group or individually. This encourages them to feel important and valued. Most important—it fuels retention!
  9. Use contests and incentives to help keep workers motivated and feel rewarded. These programs can keep employees focused, boosts morale, and makes them excited about their jobs!
  10. Consider hiring a Human Resources Expert if your company has 15-50 employees.

Need help? With over 25 years’ experience managing Local and Global Human Resources, Cameron Calder & Associates Connects Talented People to Successful Companies. Visit us at www.ccahr.com  or email scameron@ccahr.com

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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