Below is a very interesting article I read in Jim Meisenheimer’s e-newsletter. Pay close attention as it applies to YOU !
In last week’s Wall Street Journal, there was an article profiling,
the soon to be retiring CEO of United Technologies Corporation
(UTC) – George David.
His results speak for themselves. He took over the reins of UTC
in 1994 when UTC had a market cap of $6 Billion. Today the market
cap is $66 Billion – which is nothing short of phenomenal.
Here’s this week’s sales tip for you. Make education a continuous
process and you will always grow your business and of course your
But don’t take my word for it. Listen to what David George says
UTC has spent more than $600 Million for employee education benefits.
In fact 13,000 are currently enrolled in programs.
The WSJ asked him was it worth it and here’s what he said:
"Categorically. Flatly. No argument. I think that’s been the
best thing we ever did for employee benefits. Is it worth it?
I guess I go back to my basic principle, which is education is
definitely the most powerful force in life. Educated people are
more thoughtful. They’re more widely read. They’re more alert
to change. They’re more confident."
Education is the most powerful force in life.
Don’t make education a secondary priority. Invest in yourself.
And always remember – self-improvement doesn’t cost it pays!
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From Dan Millers e-newsletter: www.48days.com
Recently I had the privilege of hearing John Sage speak on social entrepreneurship. John began his career at Microsoft where he introduced Windows to the world. After that amazing success he registered for seminary but quickly realized he would be stifled in that environment. Instead, he recognized he could use his â€œcapitalistic addictionâ€ as his most effective tool for ministry and to create good in the world.
With a desire to help his college roommate in his efforts with the poor children of Peru, John and this roommate founded Pura Vida Coffee where they sell fair trade, organic, shade-grown coffee. The company has grown dramatically and is a great example of â€œCompassionate Capitalism.â€ Customers not only buy coffee but ask how they can donate beyond that to participate in helping the children in the countries where the coffee is grown.
I love this growing awareness of â€œsocial entrepreneurshipâ€ or the understanding that we can shift capitalism to create good. Many of us come from backgrounds that make us question if making money is somehow moving away from doing true ministry. I am convinced it is the most effective and most direct path to actually increasing our ministry efforts.
In his presentation John emphasized that we have to compete on quality and value to earn the right to ask people to support our causes. We canâ€™t offer shoddy service, leaky roofs or rotten coffee and expect people to get excited about helping us in out worthy endeavors. We have to be the very best â€“ then people will be proud to be a part of whatâ€™s most important to us.
Cutting edge capitalism may be the best way for you to provide for your family â€“ AND be a force for Godly humanitarianism.
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One of our pet peeves in recruiting is when candidates send resume in pdf format. The vast majority of our ATS (applicant tracking systems) are not compatible with pdf format; thus, we are unable to store the resume in our database. What this means is that when it comes time to search our databases for candidates, a candidate with a pdf resume will not be found and not called and not considered for the position.
So I would counsel all candidates to compose their resumes in WORD- which is universally accepted and the gold standard for formats. After all, the point is the have your information reviewed and obtain interviews from it. If we can’t see it, we can’t call you.
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If you haven’t seen the video yet on the difference between winning and coming in second, visit www.212amovie.com.
This video notes how the difference between 1st and 2nd place in the Indy 500 was 1.54 SECONDS ! Yes, that is seconds. But the difference between the monetary payout and the recognition factor is huge.
In the Olympic men’s relay, the difference between the gold and silver medal was .71 seconds ! Again, a tiny difference in time but a chasm of difference in accomplishment.
What 1.54 seconds are YOU missing that is preventing you from coming in first? Check out the short video and be inspired to raise your personal bar so you come out on top all the time.
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From Dan Miller-48 Days to the Work You Love-www.48days.com.
Best Buy is one of the hottest companies for the new work model ROWE. Their new ROWE, for "results-only work environment," seeks to demolish decades-old business expectations that equate physical presence with productivity. The goal at Best Buy is to judge performance on output instead of hours.
So now workers pulling into the company’s headquarters at 2 p.m. aren’t considered late. Nor are those pulling out at 2 p.m. seen as leaving early. There are no schedules. No mandatory meetings. Work is no longer a place where you go, but something you do. It’s O.K. to take conference calls while you hunt, collaborate from your lakeside cabin, or log on after dinner so you can spend the afternoon with your 4-yr-old.
There has been a subtle shift going on for several years, but Best Buy is the most open about the new work flexibility. At IBM 40% of the workforce has no official office; at AT&T, a third of managers can work from anywhere they choose. Sun Microsystems Inc. calculates that it’s saved $400 million over six years in real estate costs by allowing nearly half of all employees to work anywhere they want. And this trend seems to have legs. A recent Boston Consulting Group study found that 85% of executives expect a big rise in the number of unleashed workers over the next five years. In fact, at many companies the most innovative new product may be the structure of the workplace itself.
So how about you? Would you thrive in a work environment where your value was judged solely on the results you produced? Would you welcome the freedom to show up at 2:00 on Monday and to take Thursday afternoon to go fishing? And yes, I realize that some jobs just are time-connected. But I suspect that about 80% of what we have as jobs could work with this model.
Just put â€œresults only work environmentâ€ in a Google search to see how the ROWE plan is exploding.
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