Don’t Wait! Gain Control of your Social Security Benefts

At a Legislative Conference at the White House on June 26, 2014, Stacy Rogers, Senior Adviser to the Acting Commissioner, SSA, encouraged Americans to gain control of their Social Security Benefits. She advised that Statements are no longer being mailed to individuals due to budgetary constraints.

Ms. Rogers encouraged individuals to set up their own Social Security account to get their social security statements. Waiting until retirement is far too late to contest records.

So be wise and visit http://www.socialsecurity.gov/myaccount and create a ‘My Social Security’ account to get your Social Security Statement. Your statement provides:

* Estimates of your retirement, disability and survivors benefits

*Your earnings record

*The estimated social security and medicare taxes that you have paid.

 

So don’t wait! Go ahead and gain control of your Social Security benefits!

 

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Caribbean American Heritage Month Legislative Conference Week on Capitol Hill and White House

Caribbean American Heritage Month Legislative Conference Week on Capitol Hill and White House

Dr. Shelly Cameron with Congresswoman Frederica Wilson, State Representative Hazelle Rogers, and members of the Institute of Caribbean Studies Team in Washington DC

15 Leadership Traits of Successful Leaders

The 15 Leadership Traits of Successful Leaders are identified from groundbreaking research. As you Dream of becoming an effective leader, which do you identify with?

Managing Difficult People

How to Manage Difficult People
How to Manage Difficult People

Managing Difficult People is a Seminar designed to demonstrate how to effectively handle problem situations in the workplace. Essentially, the stress of handling difficult people can lead to a lack of productivity, poor attitude, and reluctance to come to work. This seminar covers a wide range of scenarios that occur in the workplace such as disagreeing with others, working with difficult people, and situations. Information will also be provided on how to work with a difficult boss/manager

WHO SHOULD ATTEND:

  • Medical Office Managers
  • Small Business Owners
  • Aspiring Professionals

LEARN HOW TO:

  • Recognize profiles of difficult people and strategies for handling them
  • Develop communication skills designed to improve delivery of bad / unpleasant news
  • Deliver negative feedback to a colleague or subordinate
  • Give Positive feedback
  • Calm angry, upset and unresponsive individuals

PRESENTED BY: Dr. Shelly Cameron
Principal Consultant

Eventbrite - Managing Difficult People

THE BIGGEST LEADERS

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I penned my thoughts to write on America’s Biggest Leaders, but somehow found my way to the mailbox. There I saw Fortune’s list of “The World’s 50 Greatest Leaders”. It was no surprise that Geoff Colvin identified the world’s most extraordinary leaders with his criteria being among the living and currently active in their leadership roles. These great individuals included the likes of Pope Francis, Bill Clinton, Warren Buffet, Geoffrey Canada, Angelina Jolie, and others.

I shifted my attention to deceased leaders instead. These individuals were unlike the mega entrepreneurs discussed in Buchholz’s New Ideas From Dead CEOs. Since Leadership means different things to different people, I decided to use Bill Clinton’s definition. In his words, leadership is bringing people together in pursuit of a common cause, developing a plan to achieve it, and staying with it until the goal is achieved. He believes that leaders share the attributes of steadfastness in pursuit of a goal, flexibility in determining how best to achieve it; the courage to make hard decisions; and the confidence to stay with it and explain it.

As the world yearns for effective leadership, it seems to defy us, and as Colvin asserts, it is becoming even more difficult to identify. Of the various leadership attributes, humility was a trait identified by Jim Collins in his research on Good to Great leaders. This quality seems to evade leaders in our society today, in their quest to achieve Success. Humility enamors not being arrogant, haughty or conceited. But more the qualities of being unpretentious and unassuming; modest, courteous, respectful, teachable and selfless.

Top humble leaders that have passed on that emerging leaders can learn from include Nelson Mandela, Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King Jr., Mahatma Gandhi, Mother Teresa, Eleanor Roosevelt, among others. As the ambitious individuals among us strive to be great, humility is encouraged. Let’s be mindful that once “we think we have got it, we have lost it”.  

 

What are your thoughts? Which other past humble leader can you add?  

 

It’s Not What You Say…It’s the How

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It’s not what you say, but how you say it. Just imagine hearing of the tragic passing of your loved one … by text message. The news in itself is devastating. But that is exactly what airline officials did. ABC news reported that It was communicated:

“Malaysia Airlines deeply regrets that we have to assume beyond any reasonable doubt that MH370 has been lost and that none of those on board survived. As you will hear in the next hour from Malaysia’s Prime Minister, we must now accept all evidence suggests the plane went down in the Southern Indian Ocean,”   the (text) message read.

It was reported that “Malaysia Airlines Families Fainted, cried and screamed over the news”. Would the result have been the same had the message been verbally communicated? Probably, but the leaders would have appeared a lot more considerate.

As the old adage suggests, it’s not what you say, but how you say it. In this age of digital communication, it is still necessary for leaders to understand the context of what is being said before selecting the mode of communication. Using text message to communicate tragic death announcement after a long period of waiting, anxiety and mental anguish can appear inconsiderate.

No doubt the leaders of the missing aircraft were themselves tired and anxious, and wanted to bring comfort and closure to tired, anxious and grieving relatives. Speed did the job (by text), but in this case speed was like putting a cold turkey into the microwave and pressing “a minute express cook”… it doesn’t work. Grieving family members want empathy. They want to know that in spite of it all leaders care and are doing their best.

Organizational leaders, let’s take this as a learning and practice effective communication. Select the right method because as the old adage says… it’s not what you say, but how you say it.

 

Now its your turn. Do you believe that the method of communication was appropriate? Please let me know your thoughts in the comments section below.