I suppose it is not a surprise to anyone who knew the guy, but you would have though he would have shown some constraint. He is not a kid after all. The terms of the trust required him to graduate college and eventually he did it. Of course when I met him I was a freshman and he was a sophomore, and I have been working my job for over a year before he got out of school. He was telling me about the girlfriend experience in Las Vegas when I ran into a couple of weeks ago. A mutual friend of ours was getting married and he showed up with this stunningly beautiful girl for a date. Continue reading
With a new school year, many people turn to also look for a new career or work opportunity. Is this the year that you finally decide to break with a dead-end job that’s taking you nowhere or a boss who causes your blood pressure to rise? Are you done giving everything that you’ve got in the tank to a company that doesn’t acknowledge your contribution? Have you thought about moving to a new career, but didn’t know how to get from here to there?
Your opportunity for change is now. It’s here. There’s no time like the present.
If you’ve been thinking about leaving your job for a new career opportunity, now is a great time to look to see what’s out there in the market. The economy is generally good, businesses are feeling more confident, and so unemployment is at low levels. We know that everything is cyclical and there will come a time this will not be the case, and so this is a great environment to see if you can improve your work situation.
Do you need a new job or a new career?
The first question to ask yourself is whether you prefer a new job or a career change. Moving into a new industry will come with all sorts of challenges, such as training, a pay cut, or taking a job that’s at a lower rank than where you are in your current industry. Moving to a new career is a lot of work, and so it requires careful consideration and thought. If you’re not wholly committed to doing everything necessary for a new career, the chances are high that as much as you would like to have been, you’ll probably be okay with a new job.
Take an inventory of your skills.
Even if you’re looking to move into an entirely different industry, you should review and assess your skills, especially those that are transferable to another career. For instance, ask yourself if you’re a strong communicator or manager? Do you have particular skills in marketing, finance or operations? A reason to carefully assess your skills is that you should be keenly aware of your best skills as you begin to transition and go on job interviews. Also, you might be able to ease into a transition to your ultimate career by exploring job opportunities that will get you a step or two closer to your goal, but not yet be the career and job of your dreams.
What’s going to be the effort for a new career?
Once you’ve decided that a new career is in the cards for you, you have to get started on doing your research. Some people who are chasing their career dreams may end up in a situation where they are evaluating more than one industry. Making a career change is more challenging than a job change, so you’re going to have to assess what it will take for you to switch careers. In your research, see if you will be required to attend training or get any certifications. When you make a career change, you will also have to consider if you will be getting a pay cut and starting out a few rungs below where you are on the corporate ladder. Now is the time to prepare your personal circumstances to give you the best chance at success.
Get in touch with who you know.
When you have a firmer idea of what you want to do for your career change, make it a point to speak to the people you know and work yourself out from that point. By communicating to everyone you know, you might have an opportunity, such as an introduction, open up for you. Additionally, the people who know you best will be able to support you and perhaps give you different perspectives and ideas as you begin to search for your new path. Be aware that you might have one or two people who may tell you that you shouldn’t make a career change for whatever reason. We all have one or two of those friends. Take what they have to say with a grain of salt and stay focused on moving along in your career and life.
Get going and make it happen.
Finally, get started. One of the most challenging things to do for so many people is to begin. For many others, once they start and see the additional work demands that come from making a career change, on top of their regular responsibilities, the desire to change a career begins to dim. The way to ensure this does not happen is to create a 90-120 day plan with measurable goals and objectives that you break down weekly. If you need additional training, one of the tasks could be researching schools and then signing up. Another task could be to reach out to a certain number of people you know, as well as professionals in the industry, each week. It’s crucial to keep the passion going so you can make a successful transition.
Making a career change can be daunting. There can be a lot of fear that bubbles to the surface of the unknown and failure, but it doesn’t have to be the case.
Are you thinking of starting a new business or have you done it yet and wondered the crucial questions to ask about competition? America is a nation of entrepreneurs, and small businesses are the leading providers or work opportunities for people. We need great entrepreneurs to continue to propel the economy forward.
If you’re looking to create a start-up, you can’t succeed without understanding what is out there and what the competition looks like; nevertheless, sometimes entrepreneurs don’t know how to approach this task. The way to do it is to identify the right questions to ask.
- Who’s Your Competition?
The first question you want to ask is who are your competitors. You might be in a new industry, but the likelihood is that you’re not. The first thing you have to figure out is who your competition is and what they offer regarding products and services. You’ll also want to know how they position themselves in the market. If you were their customer, what would stand out for you about your competitors, their products or services?
Once you’re clear on your competitors, do a SWOT analysis. List all of your strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and the threats your company can face in the marketplace. Be as objective as possible and if possible, bring in trusted advisors who can give you third-party insight. You want to understand what others outside of you and your team think about your company and its offerings.
Think about your products and services in the context of the offerings of your competitors. Consider each of their products or services, even the ones you don’t intend to provide in your company and understand what makes your products better. If it turns out that your competitors are doing something better than you are, or plan to, then think carefully about how you can improve your offerings for the market. Think about ideas and test them, every time you have the opportunity, in the market so you can stay at least one step ahead of the competition.
- Customer Relations
Candidly, one of the reasons my companies have had immense success is because we prioritize exceptional customer service and relations. For my team, it’s always about relationship-building, even with our toughest customers. So, as you evaluate your company, think about what your competitors can do better for their customers since this will be an opportunity for you to offer it to them. Be highly thoughtful when you think of how you can develop a customer relations program that will blow away the competition.
When you’re taking your products or services to the marketplace, you have to understand how your offerings compare with those of your competitors. If you’re able to offer a product at a lower price point, is it still something that is of high quality? If, however, your prices will be higher than that of your competitors, what are you offering that will always encourage customers to want to pay a higher price for what you have on the market? When you get to the point of determining price, it is essential to have done the preceding steps because it will help you identify the right price for your product or service and also support your reasons for it.
Once you’ve gone through those five questions, you’ll have a much better sense of not only your competitors but more importantly, vital information that will help you position yourself in the marketplace.
We often talk about in business starting or creating a company, but there’s another side to that coin. It’s not something entrepreneurs often think about, but many times there comes the point where you want to close your business. Perhaps you had a revenue amount that you wanted to achieve before you cashed out and started on another project of interest, or maybe you’ve been doing it for years, and it’s time to get the business off your hands since no one in your family is interested in taking it over.
Whatever the reason for closing your business, there are a few things you have to make sure you keep in mind as you proceed in unwinding the company.
- Co-Owners: If you have any partnership and you’re looking to move out of the day to day, it goes without saying that you have to speak to any co-owners. Use the articles of organization and make sure you create a written agreement that will dissolve the company or sell it to your co-owners or someone else who will assume your part of the business.
- Accounts Receivables: If you’re a sole proprietor, and you’re looking to close your business, make sure your accounts receivable are all paid and up-to-date before you inform anyone that you will be closing the company. Once you have all your payments, you can then notify your clients that you will be closing the business.
- Notifications: Once you’ve gotten all of the revenue sorted, you need to close your accounts with any creditors. You’ll also want to complete dissolution papers and file those with the state where your company is located. If you have a rented office or business location, this is also the period where you will notify your office landlord and anyone else with whom your business is associated.
- Protect Your Tradename: When you’re in the process of making notifications, you still want to protect your brand name and image. Cancel any licenses, permits or registrations that are in the name of your business.
- Team Members: One of the toughest things to do, especially if you have an excellent team of people working with you, is to inform them that they will be losing their jobs. The best thing to do is to give as much notice as possible so people can prepare. If possible, offer severance packages, and make sure that you comply with the U.S. Department of Labor’s Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act depending on the size of your business.
- Financial & Regulatory Obligations: If you have an inventory of any kind or assets, you’ll want to liquidate everything. You’ll also want to make sure that you are compliant with the state and federal tax authorities. Don’t forget to cancel your Employer Identification Number (EIN) with the IRS. For additional information about closing a business with the IRS
Taking care of all the upholstery at home all on your own can seem like quite the daunting task. The modern home sports quite a few furniture pieces, most of which can be spoiled or damaged very easily. This is doubly true for people who share their apartments with flatmates, have small children at home or keep pets. Upholstery tends to be very absorbent in regards to dust, dirt and spills, which can lead to dust build-up and allergies or, to plain and simple, damage to the tissues. And even if you do rely on professional assistance for your upholstery cleaning needs, it is important to know how to tackle situations as soon as they arise! Below you can find a few simple tips and tricks about taking care of your furniture that will make your cleaning sessions a lot easier!
Upholstery Cleaning Sessions Made Easy:
Check the cleaning instructions – every piece of furniture should come with a list of cleaning codes, explaining what types of treatment it needs. Some are just fine with plain water; others might require more specific approaches. In any case, the entire process should be handled with care – never go overboard on cleaning solutions or even water, as they might damage your furniture.
Vacuum your upholstery regularly – If you want to keep the fabrics of your furniture in good shape, you need to give it a good vacuuming at least once a week. You will be surprised by how much dust and dirt can build up over the course of a mere week in your home. All the dust removed is dust you and your family members will not need to breathe in!
Treat old spills and stains- a good
vacuuming, followed by mild water treatment can do wonders for fixing
old spills. Unless otherwise stated by the cleaning instructions, use
warm water for dealing with greasy stains and cool water otherwise.
Make your furniture dry faster – the drying process can be sped up significantly by using a simple fan! Just as effective as lugging it outside to dry under the sun and much easier and safer!
Get rid of stains immediately – Even though this should be common knowledge by now, a shocking number of furniture owners seem comfortable with the idea of letting stains set in. As soon as an accident happens (or as soon as you notice it, at least), it needs to be tackled with post-haste. You want to soak up any excess spill immediately and, depending on the situation, work on removing it or minimising the damage.
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In deciding what makes an effective manager, there are four main factors to consider and not all of them are directly controlled by the manager concerned. They are, YOU, YOUR JOB, THE PEOPLE YOU WORK WITH and YOUR ORGANISATION.
You bring your own knowledge, skills, abilities, talents and experience to the job you do as manager and these things will have an impact on how effective you can be in your role. Managers with greater experience can often remember the mistakes they made as a newbie and so appreciate how their now-seasoned skills can improve their job performance.
The actual position you hold and the work you do in its duties and responsibilities will affect your ability to be an effective manager, since it may be either a good or bad match for your skills and abilities.
The people you work with
Other employees have a major influence on managerial effectiveness. People are important if a manager wishes to achieve the work he/she needs to do. To a certain extent, effectiveness is measured by how well the manager concerned is able to motivate people and coordinate their efforts to achieve best performance. However, in many settings, a more realistic appraisal of management work is that managers are dependent upon their employees to get work done, so effectiveness will be determined by the skills, abilities and willingness of those people.
Organisational structure and where you are within it will affect the amount of authority you can wield and the responsibilities you are expected to be able to handle. It can also specify limits to what is achievable. Also, your organisation’s corporate culture, with its unwritten norms of conduct and methods of working, will influence your ability to be an effective manager.
So it is not enough to simply improve your knowledge of management techniques to improve your effectiveness. These techniques must be tempered by an understanding of these four factors in order to become practically useful in the corporate workplace.
What is Mylar? Or what does Mylar mean?
The basic info for Mylar is that is a thin polyester film manufactured by DuPont Teijin Films. According to the Encyclopedia Britannica, strong synthetic fibers of polyethylene terephthalate are stretched and used to produce Mylar. Since its invention in the early 1950s, Mylar has been used in a broad array of fields, having several applications in electronics, magnetic media, imaging and graphics, industrial and packaging markets. In this article, we will introduce the Top 4 Mylar applications.
Top 1: Insulation function
Mylar is made reflective or metalized by sputtering a thin film of metal onto its surfaces. Much like aluminum foil, the reflective Mylar has one shiny side and one dull side. This type of Mylar is less permeable to gasses and reflects up to 99 percent of light, which is why it is often used in insulation. If used in a cold environment, place Mylar inside the structure with the shiny surface facing inward to reflect escaping heat and warm the interior. If used in a warm environment, place Mylar on the structure’s exterior with the shiny surface facing outward to reflect the sun’s heat away and cool the structure’s interior.
Top 2: Musical Instruments
Since the 1950s, Mylar has been used in the production of drumheads, the thin material that covers one or both open ends of a drum. When stretched over the edge of the drum, the Mylar material provides a pitch, tone and consistency that was previously unattainable. Mylar drumheads are still common today and are manufactured in single- and double-ply versions.
Top 3: Emergency Blankets
Much like Mylar is used for insulation of a building, it is also used to stabilize body temperature. Reflective emergency blankets were first used by NASA and are used to reflect a person’s body heat back to their body. The blankets are often found in outdoor survival kits and are commonly used for shock victims. In an increasing trend, marathon runners are using Mylar blankets after completing a race to prevent their body temperatures from dropping so rapidly after running.
Top 4: Packaging
Because metalized Mylar is less permeable to gasses than regular plastic, it is often favored in the food packaging industry. When used as a foil bag, Mylar provides a flexible surface that has supreme barrier properties and a high puncture resistance. It keeps food fresher longer and increases the shelf life of a product. Mylar bags are also used to preserve pharmaceutical products, seeds and tissue samples that are sensitive to changes in moisture and oxygen.
Want to know one of the best ways to get someone’s attention?
Send them a thank you–in the mail.
My team and I are always saying “thank you” in our business. In fact, one of the most successful activities we have done as it relates to business development is to send an initial email about the work we do and if people click into the links for more information, we follow-up with a thank you.
Human nature is often consistent, and the fact of the matter is that people appreciate being thanked for taking a few moments of their time to do what you want them to do.
Recently, we were in a meeting with a client with one of our clients in our marketing division, and we spoke about another technique that we use. A thank you in the mail with the personal touch. I’ve written about this in the past, but it works–well–and yet in the digital age, so many people hear that this is an excellent way to communicate with older audiences above the age of 40, which is almost like magic, but they never try it out for themselves.
Job Interview Follow-up
I know that Millennials seem to think that putting pen to paper is one of the worst things they can do; it’s like going to the dentist. Maybe even worse! But, not too long ago, I heard about a Millennial that interviewed with a manager that was in his 50’s. Like any smart interviewee, he knew that he had to follow-up on an excellent interview with an acknowledgment. But, he didn’t send the email as we expect in today’s day and age.
Instead, he penned a note into a professional card and then walked it over to the UPS office and sent it for overnight delivery. The manager received the personalized note card and not too long after–the candidate got the job.
Why did he get the job, aside from the fact that he was a talented candidate?
He got the job, it turns out, when the manager told him later when he was working on staff, that the manager appreciated the receipt of the personalized card. The candidate edged out other talented and qualified candidates because he went a step further and did it creatively.
- It demonstrated the job candidate was serious about the job.
- The personalized note, which was taken to UPS, set the candidate apart from the rest and showed the manager he was willing to go the extra mile.
- Finally, and very importantly, Generation X grew up receiving mail from the postman–not emails. So, the manager told the candidate he hired that it demonstrated he understood what resonated with him. And, since the job was in sales, the candidate proved that he was willing to understand what motivated the other person, and not limit himself to what he preferred.
Biggest Mistake Millennials & Gen Z Make in Business
I’m going to call out Millennials and Generation Z in this article because there is something that I’ve noticed. It’s not limited to their generation and others before them have done it. I’ve seen that often the “thank you” is lost; forget about a note in the post. I can’t tell you the number of times candidates come and meet with my managers and don’t bother to follow-up in any way. It’s such a small act that can make a big difference and it always surprises me that this straightforward thing is often overlooked.
Not too long ago, a successful business professional who was networked to money people happened to meet someone who impressed her. The young Millennial was creating a new business, and the successful professional was fascinated by the young entrepreneur’s platform for university students. The young entrepreneur sensed the senior professional’s excitement and asked for two to three contacts that she could be introduced to and who might consider investing in her business.
After that day, within a few hours, the young Millennial sent the senior executive a quick text. This was the extent of it, “Looking forward to meeting the two people you’d say you’d introduce me to!”
That was it.
The senior professional waited, expecting to hear a simple thank you. One day, two days, a week passed, and there was no other message from the young entrepreneur. The senior professional never did introduce the Millennial business owner.
The young professional had not mastered the art of a thank you, not to mention going above and beyond with a personalized note, and that didn’t impress the older (and networked) professional. Not in the slightest.
The best business professionals understand that success in business comes with relationship building. Always close with a “thank you,” and if you want to be successful with older professionals, try a little old-school thank you magic if that’s who you happen to be talking to and want to impress.
If you have a question in mind regarding the future of data science then you are definitely concerned with whether the techniques and tools such as Python, Hadoop or SAS will become outdated or whether investing in a data science course will be beneficial for your career in the long-run. But there is no need for worry. Businesses have only recently begun to realize the worth of their data and have just begun to make significant investment in these areas. So data science careers will be around for quite some time.
HISTORY OF DATA SCIENCE
The history of data as well as statistics is proof of the fact that the transformation of data into useful insights is something which has been happening for a long, long time.
The high-tech data-driven world has forced companies to develop cheaper and more reliable sources of data storage so as to store lots and lots of business data. The extraction of useful insights from this mass of data requires the skills and knowledge base of statistician and programmers. This combination of statistic skills and programming skills can be seen only in the DATA SCIENTIST. The job of data scientists is not only extracting useful insights but extends to designing new tools and techniques for processing and storage of data.
A SECURE AND LUCRATIVE CAREER AS A DATA SCIENTIST
The individuals with right mix of skills necessary for jobs as data scientists will have a challenging career. The job and salary prospects of DATA SCIENTISTS make it an even more worthwhile educational investment for new entrants and professionals in the near term. Data scientists will have a wonderful career in the future as well. The field of data science (machine learning in particular) is not going to disappear but rather outshine other fields. So the future of data science looks promising.
The market for data is regarded as highly competitive. Standing out from the crowd and having an edge over the competition are the two important traits to keep in mind when pursuing your career in the field of data science.
HOW CAN THIS BE ACHIEVED?
A lot has been discussed about the use and benefits of data. But now the question arises regarding how to accomplish training in this field. Professionals can advance their skills and knowledge base by taking classes in data as it is always said that upgrading one’s skillset (by way of training, education or any other mode) is the key to a successful career and a bright future. It is always beneficial to be in sync with the latest technology and trends.
THE FUTURE OF DATA SCIENCE IS DEFINITELY GOING TO BE BRIGHTER THAN EVER
But remember, getting into this field is not easy. You will need to have an in-depth and thorough knowledge of all the techniques and methodologies utilized in the field of data science.
According to a report published on Deloitte Insights, 86% of companies interviewed in a survey say that developing new leaders is an urgent or important need. This means that the majority of organizations would prefer to groom a number of their employees who have the potential to handle higher positions than to hire externally.
Taking up leadership training courses is a great way to boost your confidence and gain the additional skills and knowledge you need to be an effective leader. Once you think you’re ready to take on a leadership role, you can demonstrate your readiness and competency through these strategic actions:
1. Bring extra value to the table
When you were still applying for your job, during the interview, you were probably asked the question, “What can you bring to the table?” You probably answered this all-important question by enumerating a list of your accomplishments, skills, experiences, etc. But once you’re ready to take on a higher position, you’ll need to bring more to the table.
This means taking on more work that you’re sure you can do competently and complete. If you have a set of tasks you need to do daily, go beyond the norm and put in more effort in your output.
For instance, if you’re in retail, don’t just aim to close the required or minimum number of sales every day. Work on getting more sales and giving patrons better customer experiences. By going beyond what you and your boss are used to, you are showing that you’re ready for more responsibilities.
2. Solve a big or recurring problem
Problem-solving is one crucial skill that all leaders should have. You can demonstrate that you have this highly prized ability by actually solving a huge problem or one that never seems to go away in the workplace.
Take the time to study certain processes or the office overall. Find out what causes delays in operations, dissatisfaction among customers, and discontent among your co-employees.
Do some research and recommend research-backed strategies or solutions to solve these problems. Work with the HR team, manager or business owner, and your co-workers to know if these are feasible fixes.
Once the new processes will be implemented, make sure you take a proactive stand and take the lead in accepting and following these changes.
3. Take ownership of your work
Humility is another trait people look for in leaders, and it is something that you should have as well. However, you should also own your contribution to success.
When others (especially your boss) notice and praise your accomplishments, accept and thank them. If you took the lead in a successful project, acknowledge your teammates’ efforts, but make sure you are aware of the important role you played in its realization.
4. Generously give credit to those who deserve it
Unless you took on a project yourself, always recognize and call out the efforts of your teammates. This is a crucial element in demonstrating and cultivating great teamwork. Appreciating the work of your colleagues shows your boss that you are paying attention to other people’s input and that you understand how everyone’s work contributes to the success of the company.
Recognition is one of the biggest things employees want to get from their bosses for inspiration. Even if you’re not a boss yet, acknowledge your colleagues’ efforts; they (and your superior) will appreciate you for it.
5. Inspire others
Genuinely acknowledging the hard work of others is a wonderful way to get the respect and admiration of your co-workers. However, take your appreciation a step further by motivating them to be better and to perform at a higher capacity as well.
Aside from leading by example, find different ways to inspire your colleagues. If some of them are experiencing burnout, offer tips on how they can overcome this. In case you’ve already experienced the same thing before, share some things about what you went through and how you successfully managed it.
If some of your co-workers want to become better employees, or are also aspiring for a higher position as well, encourage them to join you in team coaching sessions. All of you will learn something valuable from these programs. It is also an amazing way to let others know you are thinking of their welfare and success too; this, in turn, will encourage them to strive for more.
6. Know how to listen
Listening to another person with an open mind is a highly admired quality. It is essential to building and sustaining quality relationships.
If you know how to listen with an empathetic ear and open mind, you can develop a culture of passion and energetic teamworks. This is a clear indication that you have what it takes to be a leader. These are also traits that employers and managers look for and value in their next leaders.
7. See the big picture
Developing the ability to see and think big now will help you become an effective employee and leader. This refers to the capacity to keep an eye on the bigger vision of successful leadership without getting affected or caught up in various obstacles or issues at work.
Big picture thinking will also enable you to act proactively instead of reactively. When you already have this trait, your boss will know you are ready for a leadership role. This is because this quality is highly helpful in effectively managing people and time, and with turning challenges into opportunities.
8. Find, define and strengthen your voice
Building your personal brand is a by-word in the corporate world today. This is something that job-seekers are encouraged to focus on.
Finding and building up your brand’s voice and standing out from the crowd in a positive way will also help others see you as a potential leader. This can also spill over to your convictions; staying true to what you believe in is a good sign of a remarkable leader.
There is nothing wrong with pulling out all the stops if you’re keen on taking a leadership role. After all, aiming for a higher position is a goal worth working hard for. It is rewarding in many aspects and it is a clear sign that you’re on the right track to achieving greater success.