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Wendy N. Powell
Wendy N. Powell is the author of the critically acclaimed Managing Experience Acquired: Necessary Skills for Successfully Managing Any Employee. Her book is available on Amazon and e-book sites. She has been featured on ABC, Fox, and NBC as a management and career expert. With more than 25 years of human resource and management consulting experience, Powell has spent most of her career advising managers at the University of Michigan and is currently on the business faculty at Palm Beach State College. She received a leadership award in 2002 from the Midwest College and University Professional Association for Human Resources.

Powell has just released a new book, “Phoebe, the Little Hummer That Could” about real-life hummingbird Phoebe Allens and the people who loved her. It is a demonstration of dedication, love, and “humm-anity” and provides education for all ages about nature.

Powell holds a bachelor’s degree in business management and a master’s degree in organizational management. She currently lives in South Florida with her husband, Terry, and their son, Ryan. For more information, please visit:

Entries by Wendy N. Powell

A Guy Walks Into a Bar Around the World, Different Treatment, Different Results

(52) Comments | Posted July 16, 2015 | 3:01 PM

A guy walks into a bar,

...and wants to apply for a job. The bartender in America asks, "Where are you from?" He responds, "Hailasia". But if you are from the country of Hailasia, we don't want you. There is too much liability and tax reporting in doing business...

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Around the World, America's Taxman Cometh by way of the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA)

(13) Comments | Posted March 27, 2015 | 3:47 PM

As Tax Day approaches, homeland Americans scurry to file their annual tax filing obligations. But for an estimated 7.6 million Americans working and living overseas, they have an obligation to not only pay taxes in their respective countries where they live; they need to pay the piper in homeland America...

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Starbucks Coffee, Tea, or My Deepest Thoughts

(4) Comments | Posted March 19, 2015 | 10:50 AM

"Walk like a barista," is likely to be heard at your local Starbucks. Employees of Starbucks have a new role, the occasional diversity trainer.

With particular focus on New York, Chicago, St. Louis, Oakland and Los Angeles, starting this week, you may get your exclusive caffeine fix as well...

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A True Phenomenon Unfolding at Bella's Tiny Family Rewriting the Rules of Nature

(5) Comments | Posted February 26, 2015 | 12:00 PM

There is the occasional marvel that peaks the interest of experts, unfolding nature's firsts or never-before observed peculiarities, and this is certainly one of those wonders.

This is quite possibly one of the most unique bird stories ever told; This is a true phenomenon of nature that is garnering world-wide...

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Armchair Quarterbacking of the Unemployment Rate

(1) Comments | Posted February 3, 2015 | 4:53 PM

We love to play armchair quarterback, questioning controversial calls and plays. For weeks, we were fascinated by under-inflated footballs affixing blame as we saw it.

What about applying the same vigor and interest in areas where we all need expertise: our jobs, careers, and future opportunities?; Unemployment , the labor...

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Lessons Learned From Marine Reservist Sgt. Tahmooressi's Incarceration in Mexico

(1) Comments | Posted November 7, 2014 | 3:11 PM

Countless elated Americans are celebrating the release of Marine Reserve Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi after 214 days of incarceration in Mexican prison.

Americans supported and empathized with Sgt.Tahmooressi due to his incarceration for mistakenly crossing the Mexican border. He entered the Tijuana border crossing with his belongings during...

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Nice Perq If You Can Get It; "Pre-cations" and "Vaca' Your Way"

(0) Comments | Posted October 24, 2014 | 3:10 PM

Pre-cations are paid vacations before starting a new job including salary and expenses for your chosen trip. Is this reality or California Dreamin'?

Looking for work with the ultimate (perquisite) perq? You can get it if you try. This just may be the answer to your dreams, vacation dream that...

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The Exclusive Club or Else: The Branding of Feminism

(1) Comments | Posted September 17, 2014 | 9:19 AM

Feminism by definition is the theory of the political, economic and social equality of the sexes. The advocacy of women's rights or economic and social movement is not owned by the political left and many are surprised by that. Different branding of feminism creates a conflict where factions...

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Expatriate Tax Sense or Broad-Brush Overreach: The U.S. Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA)

(3) Comments | Posted August 27, 2014 | 6:35 PM

An effort to control tax havens for those hiding their assets overseas has resulted in broad brush impacts on hard-working expatriate Americans living and working out of country. The previously delayed Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) is now in full swing effective July 1, 2014. In an...

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Uncle Sam Parenting 101, How Much Is Enough

(0) Comments | Posted August 5, 2014 | 2:57 PM

Right down the street in my town of Port Saint Lucie, Florida, a mother was cuffed and taken away from her home due to her 7-year-old son's walk to the Sportsman's Park, a popular place for baseball, swings and monkey bars. Single mother Nicole Gainey was charged with...

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Should the Federal Government Regulate the Spoken Language That Employees Use in the Workplace?

(1) Comments | Posted July 10, 2014 | 3:43 AM

Employers have the right to hire people consistent with their needs and bona fide qualifications but the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is regulating rules concerning the spoken language in the workplace.

The EEOC has stated that rules requiring employees to speak only English in the workplace violate...
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The Growing "Ban the Box" Movement; Hiring With Eyes Wide Shut

(0) Comments | Posted June 24, 2014 | 5:14 PM

"Ban the Box" is a national civil rights movement fostered by advocates for job candidates with criminal convictions. They have been successful in several states and municipalities to require employers to remove the questions on job applications and in job interviews:

"Have you been convicted of a crime or do...

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Maximum Heart Strings, Robotics, and the Minimum Wage Debate

(0) Comments | Posted June 3, 2014 | 2:15 AM

In our hashtag world, the debate rages on about increasing the federal minimum wage. Proponents of raising the minimum wage in incremental increases from $7.25 to $10.10 claim we will get closer to providing a "living wage" resulting in more spending power.

Opponents claim that prices of goods and...

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The Next Phase of Enhanced Student Loan Forgiveness: Pay as You Earn

(4) Comments | Posted May 13, 2014 | 3:03 AM

If you signed and sealed federal student loan documents, take another look at your obligation to pay. You may walk away and leave your education bill to the national debt.

There are several options for student loan forgiveness with similar features that consider income, debt, financial hardship and dependents....

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Athletic Boosters Beware: Government Orders Michigan School to Tear Down Fund-Raised Improvements

(5) Comments | Posted March 31, 2014 | 2:40 AM

If you think you fund-raise for the benefit of your child's athletic team, think again. The rules of Title IX compliance, concerning gender equity, may prohibit you from accomplishing your goals.

The Plymouth High School Baseball Boosters in Michigan are stunned by a Department of Education decision and in...

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The President's Overtime Makeover -- And the Winners Are?

(2) Comments | Posted March 19, 2014 | 9:31 AM

President Obama has announced plans for a dramatic overhaul of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), particularly rules for managerial overtime exemption calculation. Obama said "Today, I'm going to use my pen to give more Americans the chance to earn overtime pay that they deserve."


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Phoebe Allens, the Little Hummer That Could

(3) Comments | Posted February 28, 2014 | 3:18 PM

If you haven't had the pleasure to see the best reality show in town, visit

This site features a hummingbird webcam that shows a fabulous window into nature and a whole lot more. A bit of a warning though, Phoebe watching is highly addicting!

These tiny...

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The New Attitude of Generation "Y" and Obamacare: Washington/ Houston, We Have a Problem

(0) Comments | Posted February 28, 2014 | 3:48 AM

As a generation, the Millenials or the "Me Generation Y" is "selfie" driven and they know what they want. Their priorities are jobs, control of debt, and they want you to stay out of their way. They aren't called Generation Y without reason. They should be considered "Generation Y Not"...

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Frustrating Obamacare Employer Mandate: What's In, What's Out and What's Next

(2) Comments | Posted January 30, 2014 | 10:34 AM

For employers, following the Obamacare bouncing ball is frustrating and costly. After 11 delays and executive orders, the question remains: Is this just a moving target or a wrecking ball for employers? The Obamacare changes require employers to experience a daily dose of research to make sure they are in...

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Obamacare by Olympics, Rappers, and Hollywood Elites, Oh My!

(0) Comments | Posted January 17, 2014 | 12:29 PM

The Olympic size marketing of Obamacare is ready to reach you by TV, Tweets, and posts.
That's if you are from the generation of the young and healthy.

Let's face it; the government badly needs young and healthy Americans, so-called Invincibles, to enroll in Obamacare to...

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