October is “National Women in Small Business” month!

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October is “National Women in Small Business” month. As a woman-of-color who has been in a small business partnership as an executive recruiter for approximately 25 years, I am really excited about the statistics indicating that Black female-owned businesses are the fastest growing economic force in the U.S. As of 2017 African-American women owned 19% of all women owned businesses. Shawntera Hardy and Camille Thomas did an outstanding job last year showcasing several Black women entrepreneurs here ...

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Let’s Get Promoted!

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You are a professional with a plan. You are a dedicated worker and great team player. You are “on board” in doing what you can to make your company the best that it can be. Now you are preparing to ask for a promotion.

Being that you take your career seriously and like to put yourself in the best position to accomplish your goals, you want a game plan. How do you best position yourself ...

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How Technology Is Changing The Executive Suite

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Disruption.

I am sure that you hear this word a lot. It refers to the changes that technology is bringing to all corners of our lives. From the smartphones that we carry in our pockets that serve as everything from a phone to a news source to an alarm clock; to the ways digital platforms have quickly altered the landscape. For example, Uber and Lyft have upended the taxi business, and Airbnb has quickly taken ...

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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.

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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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