Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin “In times like these, times of hardship and uncertainty, it can feel like the world is conspiring to shrink our sense of possibility. To sour us to the daring adventure of life. I'm here to say, don't let it.” Those are the words of Laurene Powell Jobs – entrepreneur, philanthropist and the widow of Apple founder Steve Jobs – as she addressed her alma mater, the University of Pennsylvania, at the graduation of their class of 2021. It’s good advice for each of us, no matter our age, lifestage or career, especially in today’s world of both massive crisis and tremendous opportunity. Giving a commencement address is always tricky, and after a year like 2020, it’s only harder. The student audience is anxious to get it over with and go celebrate, especially when they probably weren’t sure they would be able to celebrate with their friends and loved ones because of covid. At this point, having to listen to a commencement … [Read more...] about We Need To ‘Tear Down Walls…Within And Without’ Laurene Powell Jobs Told U Penn’s Class Of 2021
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Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin Key takeaways The U.S. unemployment rate went up in August for the first time since April 2020. The jump wasn’t nearly as large, though; the reasons for the jump are positive economic indicators. Unemployment numbers don’t account for people who aren’t looking or can’t look for jobs, like the two to four million people not working due to long COVID or women leaving the workforce for other responsibilities since the beginning of the pandemic. The U.S. is currently not in a recession, but we’re on shaky ground. There are reasons to be optimistic, but several factors demand attention, like job listings with inadequate pay and a marked slowdown in hiring. To determine if we are in a recession, economists generally look at three factors: economic output, consumer demand and unemployment. A decreased economic output is normally defined by two consecutive quarters of decreasing GDP. The U.S. met this bar with … [Read more...] about New Jobs Data Friday- How Is Employment Tied To A Recession (Does This Officially Tip Us In)?
Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin When you ask people why they retired before 65, you’re most likely to hear a few responses: “I hate my job.” “I hate my boss.” “I was done!” Yet there are other, deeper reasons that most don’t talk about. They may have nothing to do with work. According to new research, earlier life and health traumas often trigger an early retirement. “Mental illness, obesity, smoking, chronic disease – researchers have been able to connect the dots between an array of stresses early in life and how people will fare as they age,” according to the Squared Away blog. “The basic finding is not terribly surprising – that life’s financial and social circumstances can lead to disabling conditions that will either nudge, or force, older workers to leave the labor force early.” The research was based on surveys asking older working people born during the Baby Boom, the Depression, and World War II about stressful or traumatic … [Read more...] about Why People Are Most Likely To Retire Early Will Surprise You
Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin Part of Kathy Caprino’s series “Living and Working Better” Every day, we hear in the media that the experience of burnout has become overwhelming for many people around the world. I’ve personally heard from so many friends and clients sharing sentiments such as, “I feel so burned out with everything going on in my life, job and the world,” and “I’m totally exhausted by what’s in front of me that I have to deal with.” And also, I’ve heard job-related comments such as “My boss has no clue what I’m going through at home and in this job, and he doesn’t care at all.” But do we actually know what burnout is for us personally , and what causes it specifically in our own lives? There are numerous sources and causes of burnout, and each of us have different coping mechanisms and approaches for trying to deal with what feels overwhelming in our lives. This description from the Mayo Clinic Health System sums up the … [Read more...] about Why Burnout Is An Epidemic Now And 3 Powerful Ways To Address It
Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin Most advice with 401(k) plans starts and stops with, “contribute at least enough to get your employer match.” While that is good advice you should implement, it’s a tiny piece of what could be a very complex puzzle. Simply contributing enough to your 401(k) to get the match leaves you a long way from maximizing the financial power your employer-sponsored plan could offer you. And failing to fully leverage your 401(k) could cost you millions of dollars in the future. How To Get $2.4 Million (Or More) Into Your 401(k) In 20 Years Many people know the 2022 contribution limit for 401(k)s: it’s $20,500. The nuance that you might miss, however, is that limit considers the employee contributions. There are other contributions you can make, depending on how your plan is set up. An employee cannot contribute more than a combined $20,500 into a traditional and/or Roth 401(k) plan. But the true maximum that can go into a … [Read more...] about What You Don’t Know About Your 401(K) Could Cost You Millions
Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin Monica, CMO of SOCi , holds 20+ years of tenure in digital marketing & advertising, with a foundation in sales, strategy, and data analytics. A CMO’s job is incredibly tough, and the role’s demands are showing in CMO tenures. According to SpencerStuart , the average CMO tenure in 2021 was down to 40 months—tied for 2020 as the shortest in over a decade. A lot feeds into this challenge of short tenure, but one area where marketers can do more is better understanding how their role evolves. What a CMO does at a fast-moving startup often changes as quickly as the company does. And those CMOs who don’t realize they’re playing a different role at each growth stage may find that their work isn’t providing much of an impact. Change The CMO Playbook I’ve found that the complexity of a CMO’s job is accelerating. They have to be creative, use more technology and data, build and manage teams, and stand out … [Read more...] about Beat Short CMO Tenure By Learning The Stages Of Leadership
Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin When NHRA drag-racing legend Don Schumacher asked Allison McCormick, his long-time public relations representative, which journalists would be brave enough to test his company’s new DSR 1150, a monster 1,150-hp crate motor, in a Dodge Durango, her response was, well, just one - yours truly. But even with all of the crazy things I’ve done in my career as an adventure journalist (driving a Bugatti at 253 mph, summiting the Matterhorn, pulling 9 Gs in an F-16 and flying Mach 2.6 to 84,000 feet in a MiG, bullfighting, blah, blah, blah), I momentarily balked. Did she say 1,150 hp, in a … Dodge Durango? Yes, she did. Further, I was told, the goal would be to break 11 seconds in the quarter mile, a pretty tall order for an SUV. A few years back, I had run 8.6 seconds for that distance at Frank Hawley’s famous school, but in a super comp, rail-type dragster, specially built for such rapid acceleration. Sensing my initial … [Read more...] about Can You Handle 1,150 Horses In A Dodge Durango SUV? We Tried At The Indianapolis Dragstrip
Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin Cofounder and CEO of SkyOp.com . Since we at SkyOp provide drone training curricula to many high schools and colleges, we are frequently asked what it takes to be a good drone instructor. Small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS) cross over many disciplines because of their high level of embedded technology. Frequently, my answer is that it would be helpful if the instructor had one or some of the following. • A Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) part 107 remote pilot certification. • Private or commercial pilot credentials. • Amateur radio-controlled aircraft pilot credentials. • Many hours logged as a drone pilot. • Mechanical engineer experience. • A software background. • A photography and video background. • Career and Technical Education (CTE) experience. However, I’ve never met anyone who has all the previously mentioned skills. With that said, let’s review some of the … [Read more...] about What Does It Take To Be A SUAS Drone Instructor?
Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin According to Harvard Business Review, “80 percent of employee turnover is due to bad hiring decisions,” and those decisions cost businesses five times the annual salary of the bad hire. Consequently, the problem is mostly attributed to those managers who are doing the hiring. Gallup estimates the cost of voluntary turnover for U.S. businesses at roughly $1 trillion each year. As businesses continue to struggle with hiring employees, how do companies hire people who will remain with the organization? A key part of the answer: Recruit for resilience. At times, a company will recruit to mitigate risk in certain areas (e.g., finance, legal, safety). Resilience is different than risk (see figure below). With risk, organizations attempt to defend against the probability of failure from a disruption. With resilience, organizations accept the fact that there will be a disruption that they cannot defend against. People and organizations … [Read more...] about Recruiting For Resilience In Business
Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin CEO and President of Conexiom . Ray brings more than 20 years of experience in scaling high-growth B2B organizations. Global businesses have been buffeted by the storm that began at the outset of the pandemic in early 2020. That business uncertainty has continued for all sorts of reasons—supply chain bottlenecks that brought about shortages of almost everything, leading to price increases and hoarding of certain items, rising costs and global inflation. The pandemic brought about other issues, too. A workforce that was suddenly told to stay home and do their job from their laptops was left feeling isolated and began to contemplate what a meaningful work life meant. Enter the “Great Resignation.” As companies everywhere began to see millions shifting employment or retiring from the workforce entirely, the manufacturing and distribution sectors did some number crunching. Estimates at this time predict that … [Read more...] about Strategies For Welcoming Gen-Z Into The Manufacturing And Distribution Sector