The Power Of LinkedIn

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Social networks have forever changed the way that we communicate and interact. Platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram provide us with the ability to stay in touch with family and friends, meet new people, join groups of like-minded folks, and even build our personal brands.

These networks also play an important role in how you are viewed professionally. Organizations that are considering bringing you onboard are going to check your social media profiles to ...

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What An Honor!

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I recently had the honor of being featured in a new magazine, Fearless Commerce that celebrates Black women business owners in Minnesota. In the words of the magazine’s founders and editors, Shawntera Hardy and Camille Thomas, “by honoring and celebrating Black women business owners through sharing their story and presenting beautiful and positive imagery, we can help inspire and motivate all people.”

It was truly a wonderful experience ...

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The Best Leaders Live In And On Purpose

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Companies that are successful tend to share one common trait: They pursue a specific purpose, in addition to pursuing profits. For example, Whole Foods’ mission statement is, “Our deepest purpose as an organization is helping support the health, well-being, and healing of both people — customers, Team Members, and business organizations in general — and the planet.” Organizations look for employees, particularly leaders, to buy into their purpose. These are the companies that have impact and ...

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Actionable Steps To The Top

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Though African-Americans, Hispanics, and Indigenous people represent roughly 30 percent of the population, they fill only 3 percent of senior management positions at American corporations and nonprofits. For minorities entering the corporate world, these numbers, in addition to other obstacles that they face, may make breaking through to the top seem impossible. It is not. There will certainly be challenges, but let’s discuss a few ideas in the effort to create a game plan.

First ...

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Including Volunteer Experience On Your Resume

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With the Holidays upon us, many people are looking for ways to give back in their community. This is one of the great things associated with the Season: people donating their time and money to those less fortunate and in need. Of course, those needs do not end on December 26th. As we mentioned in our December 2015 blog post, Actions To Stay Positive During Your Job Search, there is no greater joy than volunteering and ...

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About Team Robinson!

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When people find out that as principals of Robinson-Robinson & Associates Sam and I are also a husband-wife team they ask, “How can you two work together?” Or sometimes the response is, “I could never work with my wife/husband.” We never thought too much about these comments until I read a Success.com online article (2013, Dec.) by Emma Johnson entitled, How to Make Husband-Wife Business Partnerships Work. In it, she quotes Marion McCallom Hampton, Ph.D., ...

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Important Questions To Ask A Potential Employer

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You have been looking for an interview and your executive recruiter contacts you with the news that you have been waiting for: you have an interview with a company that you would really like to work for!

After dancing a little happy jig, it is time to get down to business: Interview preparation. Many people will spend all of their time focused on one thing: being ready to answer any and every question that the ...

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Gender Diversity At The Executive Level Still A Work In Progress

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In 2016, women are still underrepresented at all levels of the corporate pipeline. It is assumed that this is a result of women having a more difficult time than men in balancing work and family life. While that may be the case in certain situations, the biggest issue is that women face greater barriers to advancement and a steeper path to senior leadership.

Female leadership is of vital importance to organizations that endeavor to ...

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7 Core Competencies Needed To Succeed In All Levels Of Management

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For the executive looking to excel in his/her current occupation with an eye on advancing in their career, the following are 7 competencies that set highly effective leaders apart.

1. The Ability To Inspire And Motivate Others.

From middle manage up to the senior levels of a company, a leader must have the ability to inspire and motivate those under his/her leadership, and in some cases, those above him/her in the corporate hierarchy. By ...

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Actions To Stay Positive During Your Job Search

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Going through a protracted employment search can drain the best and most positive of us. The ups and downs of the process and the uncertainty can play on your mind, but there are some surefire ways to keep your spirits up until you do land that great opportunity!

1) Stick to a Routine

Get out of bed at an appropriate hour, shower, and dress in something more than pajamas. Have a “Start time” and ...

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