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.

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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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7 Common Interview Mistakes Made By Candidates

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You have made it through the process to being one of the final candidates for a position. The interview is your opportunity to demonstrate that “I am the best candidate for this position. Let me tell you why.” Any hint or red flag that might indicate you are a bad hire will put you out of the running. Employers cannot afford to make bad hires. With reviewing resumes, reference checks, interviewing, training and more—hiring a replacement is ...

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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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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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How I Was Drafted Into My Life’s Work

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I recently had a conversation with a colleague who asked how I got into the Human Resources profession. The answer is the military.

I got drafted into the US Army after graduating from college. I went through basic training at Fort Bliss in El Paso, Texas, and then got assigned to a Military Assistant Advisory Group (MAAG) in the Panama Canal Zone. The base was located on a mountain overlooking the Canal and Panama City. ...

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Challenges and Strategies For Up-and-Coming Minority Executives

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You have done all of the right things. You have gone to the “right” schools. You have excelled in your professional career (with the sterling performance reviews to prove it). You seem well-positioned to take the next step: getting a shot at the top executive jobs and boardroom position that non-minorities seem to get when having a track record that is similar to yours. But you do not get that opportunity. You get passed over again and again. What 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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