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Make Time for Growth Assignments in Your Daily Work

Elizabeth Grace Saunders | Posted 09.06.2016 | Business
Elizabeth Grace Saunders

Your job probably includes some responsibility for researching new trends or dreaming up innovative ideas. Lucky you! Alas, if you're like most people...

I'm with Hillary on Purpose-Driven Education

Jane D. Wurwand | Posted 08.15.2016 | Education
Jane D. Wurwand

When I immigrated to the U.S. from the U.K. back in 1983, I arrived proudly with a beauty school diploma that would let me get licensed in California ...

Why Business Leaders are Demanding Teamwork

Gloria Larson | Posted 05.19.2016 | Education
Gloria Larson

After decades of seeing how valuable teamwork can be to success, I firmly believe that collaboration should be an integral aspect of an undergraduate education so that by the time students enter the workforce, working together is intuitive.

For High-Growth Firms, Cash Is Still King

Emad Rizkalla | Posted 05.09.2016 | Business
Emad Rizkalla

When people find out that Bluedrop is a "high-growth firm", they are often impressed. I am guessing they feel that the company has "arrived" and that ...

Goodwill Can Help You Jumpstart Your Career

Caroline Dowd-Higgins | Posted 05.02.2016 | Business
Caroline Dowd-Higgins

Most people know Goodwill as the community place to bring used clothing and wares to be sold in stores and online. What you may not know is that Goodw...

Why An Annual Career Checkup Can Be Just As Important As A Physical

Mary Eileen Williams | Posted 01.14.2016 | Fifty
Mary Eileen Williams

Taking time to review the direction of your career is vital to your success in today's ever-changing job market. Therefore, as the new year begins, be certain to ask yourself the big questions.

I Coulda Been Somebody

Nancy Roman | Posted 12.15.2015 | Media
Nancy Roman

In conversation with an acquaintance recently, I remarked that I was getting ready for retirement. "You've been getting ready for retirement for thre...

Automation Is Eating Jobs, But These Skills Will Always Be Valued

Singularity University | Farah_Mohamed | Posted 11.23.2015 | World

If you’d asked farmers a few hundred years ago what skills their kids would need to thrive, it wouldn’t have taken long to answer. They’d need t...

Jefferson Part Two: Five Shocking Things About Unmasking Business Success

Bruce E. Whitacre | Posted 10.12.2015 | Business
Bruce E. Whitacre

Does business have any skin in the arts engagement game? And if they do, can we rally more business support for greater access to arts education for all students? In my last blog, I described how an idea to explore the impact of the arts on corporate achievement came out of a Jeffersonian Dinner we held. So here's the outcome.

Are You Investing in the Workforce of the Future? Or the Workforce of Yesterday?

Jeanne Beliveau-Dunn | Posted 09.16.2016 | Business
Jeanne Beliveau-Dunn

Seventy-five percent of businesses will be digital businesses by 2020, according to analysts, but only 30 percent of these ventures will succeed. Why? The growing deficit of multi-skilled talent is a major contributing factor.

What Your Resume "Skills" Section Should Look Like

Danny Rubin | Posted 09.02.2016 | College
Danny Rubin

What's a job "skill"? On a resume, it seems like everyone has their own definition. Some people list "skills" like "effective manager" and "dedicated...

The Flaw in Malcom Gladwell's 'Ten Thousand Hour' Rule

R.F. Hemphill | Posted 08.18.2016 | GPS for the Soul
R.F. Hemphill

Not everything works that you try, in business, in love, in sports. Here's an example: Malcolm Gladwell, in his excellent book called Outliers, expou...

To Walk a Cow

Karin Schott | Posted 08.14.2016 | Divorce
Karin Schott

As a stay-at-home mom, who had to return to the lagging labor market after my divorce, finding work was a challenge. I was a homesteader for many years. I grew food, I made things with my hands, I cared for my sons -- all skills that somehow had to translate into employment.

An Open Letter to Employers Hosting Summer Interns (Part Two)

Alison A. Quirk | Posted 07.15.2016 | Business
Alison A. Quirk

It's up to you to provide the orientation, guidance and motivation to help them succeed. In turn, you gain some fresh perspectives and new skills, in addition to an extra set of hands to hopefully ease your workload this summer and advance your business objectives.

Sports, Theater, and Circus Arts Ease At-Risk Youth into the Workforce

FOMIN | Posted 06.23.2016 | Impact
FOMIN

The MIF and IDB are devising a way to analyze and systematize the critical factors needed for workforce preparation for youth living in conflict with the law or in high-conflict zones. The aim is identify and implement some innovative interventions, adapted to the needs of young people in different environments.

Fostering a Culture of Creativity in the Workplace

Alison A. Quirk | Posted 06.18.2016 | Business
Alison A. Quirk

While there's no recipe for creating the ideal innovative environment, we can all take proactive steps to ensure that ideas are welcome, personal risk-taking is encouraged, and creativity is valued in our employees and throughout the workplace.

Make Yourself More Valuable in Your Workplace: Develop Your 'Meta-Skills'

Alison A. Quirk | Posted 05.19.2016 | Business
Alison A. Quirk

"Mindset over skill set." I recently heard this phrase in a talk on smart hiring strategies, and it struck me that mindset is really what we're talking about when we talk about meta-skills.

The Value-Driving Employee: The MVP in the New Workplace

Alison A. Quirk | Posted 05.13.2015 | Business
Alison A. Quirk

Smart employers today aren't just hiring people with impressive job skills -- they're hiring people with the capacity to continuously learn new skills and adapt to the needs of an ever-evolving workplace.

The Nightmare of Youth Unemployment and How to Fight It

Josephine d'Allant | Posted 05.03.2015 | Impact
Josephine d'Allant

High levels of youth unemployment may be one of cities' worst nightmares: not only does it signal and perpetuate a struggling economy, but high numbers of disengaged youth can lead to immense frustration across an entire generation, increased crime, and even revolt.

Imagine Running a Phone Store While You're Still in High School

GenDIY | Posted 04.19.2015 | Education
GenDIY

If you're between 16 and 24, you've probably looked for a job, and maybe you've been lucky enough to find a decent one. But you may also have had this very common problem: if you don't have experience you can't get a job, and if you can't get a job, you can't get experience.

Creative Approach Needed to Address Job Skills Gap

John Arensmeyer | Posted 03.22.2015 | Small Business
John Arensmeyer

The president recently announced a plan to make two years of community college and technical school free to responsible students, which underscores a serious problem that not only affects unemployed youth, but small business owners, as well.

5 Key Essentials Needed for Business Success

Scott Steinberg | Posted 03.06.2015 | Business
Scott Steinberg

Looking to start or grow a small business and find some small measure of success? Be sure to keep the following five elements in mind as you go about drafting a game plan -- each essential to achieve your goals for the business.

Study Abroad as Preparation for Joining the Global Workforce

Michael Elchik | Posted 01.10.2015 | College
Michael Elchik

Students have the opportunity to return home with skills that will make them more employable in today's global economy. How can we help our student abroad students build those important global skills?

It's Not Lack of Skills, Stupid

Ira Wolfe | Posted 12.14.2014 | Business
Ira Wolfe

We have dumbed down requirements to get an "A," graduate from college, and even write a resume. We have prepared people to get an interview and a job, but not to work.

Youth Can't Invest in Their Future Without Help Early On

Sruti Balakrishnan | Posted 12.13.2014 | Impact
Sruti Balakrishnan

The issue many young people face is not a lack of motivation, but a lack of adequate career guidance at an early enough stage in their development -- and a critical societal failure to provide it.