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When Kids Become Role Models – A Nation Divided

If I could speak to the group youth currently championing gun control, I would say that although I disagree with their stance, I support them. I apologize to them for the role they are forced to play. I admire their actions. I’m ashamed of the way my peer group is treating them. I have some questions I’d like them to ponder as they take on this new role.

Is your Mission Statement all wrong?

The mission should be in the forefront of decision making whether an employee is stocking a shelf, balancing invoices, or speaking to an irate customer. There needs to be a duty factor that gives an employee the drive to accomplish something difficult, and the pride to recite the mission to their friends when asked why they do what they do. Why do they so often miss their mark?

Tax Time — READ THIS if you have Independent / 1099 employees

If you or your business are utilizing independent contractors, you should not have typical HR problems, because you are not able to direct work schedules, or supervise how work is accomplished. 1099 is a very simple contract relationship where the business has a specific task they need accomplished by an independent person who has the expertise to accomplish it.

When will WE step up?

First published on LinkedIn The leading cause of death in 15-24 year olds is accidents, followed by homicide at number two, and suicide at number three. Together, those three causes make up 74% of all deaths in the age group, and they are 100% preventable. We need...

What Water Tower? Perspective in communication…

“Or just turn at the water tower.” What? Ten straight days of driving that route, and I hadn’t seen any water tower. How could I have missed a 200-ft structure right at the driveway? That afternoon I went back to get the kids, and I left a little early while traffic was lighter. I drove slow looking for a water tower. No water tower. I stopped in the turn lane and looked 360 degrees. No water tower.

Spinning Your Wheels? Go Back and Remaster the Basics!

First posted by Scott Flowers as an article on LinkedIn on December 22, 2016. "Hello, I’m Johnny Cash.” Actually, I’m not Johnny Cash, I’m Scott Flowers, but the legendary Johnny Cash did begin all of his performances that way even in the height of his popularity. He...

Winter Solstice / New Beginning

End of the year is time for reflection. Facebook is helpful by showing us memories from our previous years. I was lucky to find inspiration today from something I wrote three years ago just before a lot of positive things started to happen in my life. I don’t believe...

My dream: Open Hearts, Closed Hands… A Credo

  So there I was.  It was 3:50 a.m., and I was in the middle of an impassioned speech about a life philosophy and credo for my new company.  The audience was engaged.  The room was brightly lit.  It was a college classroom on the first floor of an old building. I was...

When my 4th Grader keeps my Leadership in Check

Jackson, my ten-year-old son, brought home a permission slip this week, and he wanted to enter a speech competition.  Since this is pretty much what I do, you can imagine my excitement to jump in, help him, and then watch him succeed on stage under my brilliant...

Make Your Resume more Captivating

Writing a captivating job application or resume is the key first step in any job-hunting experience. There are a million dos and don’ts when it comes to resume or application writing. There are entire shelves in the bookstores lined with books containing hundreds of...

Are you really overqualified?

Over the last couple of decades I have had the privilege of hiring hundreds of people, and the misfortune of having to fire a handful.  I’ve done 1000s of interviews and taught dozens of seminars on application writing and interview skills.  In that time,...

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