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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:http://www.authorwendypowell.com

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Uncle Sam Parenting 101, How Much Is Enough

(0) Comments | Posted August 5, 2014 | 1:57 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 | 2:43 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 | 4:14 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 | 1:15 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 | 2:03 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 | 1:40 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 | 8:31 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."

Linked...

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Phoebe Allens, the Little Hummer That Could

(3) Comments | Posted February 28, 2014 | 2:18 PM

If you haven't had the pleasure to see the best reality show in town, visit http://phoebeallens.com/

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 | 2:48 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 | 9:34 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 | 11:29 AM

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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Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word, But What's Next for Obamacare Is the Question

(3) Comments | Posted November 13, 2013 | 1:20 PM

On Thursday, November 7, President Obama said he was sorry that people lost their health insurance. Whatever Bill Clinton's motivation, he urges Obama to make good on his promise, "If you like your insurance, you can keep your insurance." And bipartisan pressure is growing to make good on that assurance...

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Holiday Mediocrity and a 'Sleepy Hollow...een'

(0) Comments | Posted October 23, 2013 | 9:01 AM

For generations, parading from class to class in your favorite Halloween costume has made fond memories. It may have been in a sheet with two eyes, dressed as the Headless Horseman, or digging through a box of old clothes to look silly. It was having fun, sugaring up and getting...

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Surprising Breadcrumbs in the 'Catch Me If You Can' Edward Snowden Saga

(0) Comments | Posted June 25, 2013 | 4:45 PM

Amongst countless Americans, my personal jury has been out concerning the NSA leaker saga, wondering if Snowden is friend to the American people or foe to our country.

By following the breadcrumbs, it is becoming clearer about the NSA leaker Edward Snowden's intentions. His game of "catch me if...

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Union Support Waning for the Affordable Care Act: Look for the Union Label on Obamacare? Perhaps Not

(2) Comments | Posted June 13, 2013 | 11:54 AM

Peeling the Obamacare onion is divulging how it works, layer by layer, year by year. Understanding what it is and the effects to labor unions is creating dissension among the ranks. Unions to date, collectively one of the strongest supporters of Obamacare are changing their tune, "Look for the union...

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Martha Stewart Served Time for Perjury; Should the Same Standard Be Applied to Our Elected Officials and Appointees?

(4) Comments | Posted May 28, 2013 | 3:41 PM

Many believe that Martha Stewart went to prison due to insider trading. To the contrary, Martha went to jail for committing the felony acts of perjury, conspiracy and obstruction of justice. She was treated harshly because of a lack of judgment and truth, lied under oath resulting in...

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The Tax Man Targeting our Right to Diversity of Thought

(4) Comments | Posted May 17, 2013 | 11:25 AM

The governmental agency with the reputation for extreme and the most practical power over people's livelihood is the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). They have the ability to take away, garnish wages, and require you to leap at their request. They do not have the ability to regulate your thoughts and...

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Mr. President, It's Lonely on the Administration Side of the Bargaining Table

(8) Comments | Posted December 30, 2012 | 10:44 PM

President Obama is in the throes of the biggest financial challenge of his political career. The looming fiscal cliff will affect all Americans, quite likely to trigger a new recession if not averted. That is all Americans, not just the nouveau riche of the $400,000 set; it will affect us...

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Haunted by "Ghosts of Bosses Past"?

(1) Comments | Posted December 11, 2012 | 1:13 PM

'Tis the season for gatherings and good cheer with friends and colleagues present and past. But do these gatherings provide you with memories of bad experiences with bad bosses, bullies perhaps?

When you have experienced the wrath of a bad manager, particularly a bully, it is easy to get...

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'Stand Down' for Veterans Day -- Then Get Them Back to Work

(4) Comments | Posted November 8, 2012 | 11:15 PM

"Stand down veteran" is just what I would say on one special day every year. Our country celebrates Veterans Day by closing banks, government offices, and schools. It is a federal holiday intended to honor veterans of the United States Armed Forces. We give a day off to some Americans...

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