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Choice Logistics Hires Global Leaders; Positioned for Growth

Choice Logistics, the leading provider of enterprise-grade supply-chain solutions, today announced the hiring of seven senior leaders from blue-chip corporations. Each strategic hire was for a different position and each resides in a different global market.

 

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Friday
Jul312015

7 Tips to Creating a Memorable Slogan

“by Wendy Burt-Thomas, http://www.verticalresponse.com”

What makes a slogan memorable? If you’re creating a new slogan for your business or product, you want something that represents your brand and is easy to remember. According to The Washington Post, the top four most recalled slogans are:

  • Just do it! (Nike)
  • I’m lovin’ it (McDonald’s)
  • Have it your way (Burger King)
  • Melts in your mouth, not in your hand (M&Ms)

To help you create a memorable slogan for your business, here are seven tips to get your creative juices flowing:

1. Keep it short and simple

If Las Vegas had tried to use “Whatever you do while you’re in Las Vegas, Stays in Las Vegas” instead of “What Happens Here, Stays Here” it might never have caught on as one of the most popular slogans of all time. Keep your slogan under 9 or 10 words.

2. Be consistent

Consistent branding is key whether you’re a small business or a household name. Make sure your slogan complements your existing logo, company name and projected image. For example, with Pro Carpet Care’s slogan, “Your Greener Cleaner” they streamline their earth-friendly branding with a leaf logo. The color green is used in their website design and marketing materials.

3. Focus on what makes you different

Figure out what your unique selling proposition is and use it. Is your delivery business done with a fleet of electric cars? Does your dental practice cater to those with high anxiety? Crossoak Family Dentistry uses the slogan “We cater to cowards” with a big chicken on its website. Incorporate what makes you special into your slogan if possible.

4. Make it timeless

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Thursday
Jul302015

3 in 4 Full-Time Employed Workers Are Open to New Jobs 

Think all your employees are perfectly happy working for your company and don’t have a roaming eye for other jobs? Think again. CareerBuilder’s 2015 Candidate Behavior Study shows that as many as 3 in 4 full-time employed workers are open to or actively looking for new job opportunities.

It isn’t just the unemployed who are putting themselves out there and competing for jobs; it’s likely some of the people sitting in your cubicles are also looking for greener pastures. And today, it’s easier than ever before for employees to build a personal brand online and for your competitors to like what they see and approach them.

You are probably aware that there has been a recruitment power shift

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Wednesday
Jul292015

General Management Inspiring Others

“by Dan McCarthy. www.thesmartblog.com”

What are the most important three words for any relationship between a manager and employee?

No, it’s not “I love you.” Now that would be inappropriate, although not everyone would agree with that opinion. Love their jobs, yes. Love their managers or employees? Eew!

No, the most important three little words are: “I trust you.”

Trust is the foundation that a positive manager-employee relationship is built on. The absence of trust leads to micromanagement, fear, risk-aversion, backstabbing, destructive rumors, a lack of innovation, mistakes, and a lack of engagement.

What does trust look like? It’s all in the eye of the beholder, but here’s a starter list from both the manager’s and employee’s perspective:

When an employee says “I trust you” to their manager, it means:

  1. When I share good news and accomplishments with you, you will let your boss

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Tuesday
Jul282015

13 Most Meangingful Jobs in America 

“by Jacquelyn Smith,http://www.businessinsider.com”

If your goal in life is to make the world a better place, you should probably pursue a job in education or healthcare. Twelve of the top 13 most meaningful jobs in America, according to PayScale, fell into one of those two categories.

To compile its latest list, PayScale asked over 2 million professionals whether their work is meaningful, and ranked almost 500 professions based on the percentage of people in each of those jobs who answered “yes.” 

Many people hope to find work that they find meaningful, but the secret is that you can find purpose in a variety of professions,” says Lydia Frank, senior editorial director at PayScale. “And, you don’t always have to sacrifice a good paycheck in order to have a positive impact on the world.” 

To find out where your career fell, check out PayScale’s new interactive “meaning” tool

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Monday
Jul272015

Five 'Fibs' Told by Job Applicants on Resumes and Applications

“by Lester S. Rosen, http://www.net-temps.com”

Every job applicant has the right to put their best foot forward and to accentuate the positive. However, when such efforts cross the line into fabrication and fantasy, employers need to be concerned. Based upon many years of performing background checks, here are five common “fibs” told by job applicants during the hiring process:

1.Employment Inflation: Applicants give themselves a promotion in position by claiming an inflated job title or responsibility. An applicant may enhance a previous job from an assistant position to a management job, even though they never supervised anyone.

2.Covering up Employment Gaps: Unexplained employment gaps are critical for employers. Without knowing where someone has been, it makes it harder to perform criminal checks and opens the possibility that an applicant may in fact have been in custody for a criminal offense. Stretching out job dates to cover up gaps in employment is a big problem.

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Friday
Jul242015

7 Habits of The Worlds Most Powerful People

“by Jayson DeMers, http://www.inc.com”

Powerful people don’t become powerful by chance. They aren’t born leaders, they don’t get randomly selected, and they aren’t handed power on a silver platter. Instead, power comes to them as a result of their behaviors, their actions, and their habits. Because of this, it’s possible for anyone to rise to a position of power, whether that’s in the formal political sense or just in the context of your own office—all it takes is the right combination of habits, and the right mentality.

If you’re seeking more power or influence in your own life, or you just want to model your lifestyle on the powerful leaders that came before you, take inspiration from these seven habits:

1. They Never Speak Too Much. Abraham Lincoln was once quoted as saying that it’s “better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt.” Certainly, some of the most powerful people in the world have established their reputation by speaking clearly, eloquently, and often, but even in those cases, you’ll find that the speaker always says as little as possible. The effect is twofold; first, in accordance with Abe Lincoln’s wise quote, the less you say, the less you will betray about yourself. Quiet people are often seen as more intelligent and influential simply because they have fewer opportunities to say things they regret. Second, the more concisely you speak, the more authoritative you will appear. Strive for conversational minimalism.

2. They’re Flexible. Rather than coming up with an idea or strategy and adhering to it rigidly, powerful people tend to be adaptable. This doesn’t mean always compromising when you encounter opposition to your idea, but it does mean being willing to find an alternative way around a given obstacle; perhaps if your boss can’t be persuaded, you can seek approval elsewhere within the company. The world is unpredictable and full of unexpected challenges, so the most adaptable people tend to be the ones who

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Thursday
Jul232015

25 Resume Mistakes You Need to Fix Right Now

“by Jacquelyn Smith, http://www.businessinsider.com”

Hiring managers receive dozens — sometimes hundreds — of résumés for any given opening.

They dont have the time or resources to review each one closely, so they spend approximately six seconds on their initial “fit/no fit” decision

You may be perfect for the job, but if your résumé has just one typo, if it’s formatted poorly, or you use the wrong font, it could easily end up in the “no” pile.

1. An objective.

If you applied, it’s already obvious you want the job.
 

The exception: If you’re in a unique situation, such as changing industries completely, it may be useful to include a brief summary. 

2. Irrelevant work experiences.

Yes, you might have been the “king of making milkshakes” at the restaurant you worked for in high school. But unless you are planning on redeeming that title, it is time to get rid of all that clutter.

As Alyssa Gelbard, career expert and founder of career-consulting firm Résumé Strategists, points out, however, past work experience that might not appear to be directly relevant to the job at hand might show another dimension, depth, ability, or skill that actually is relevant or applicable.

Only include this experience if it really showcases additional skills that can translate to the position you’re applying for.

3. Personal stuff.

Don’t include your marital status, religious preference, or social security number.

This might have been the standard in the past, but all of this information is now illegal for your employer to ask from you; so there’s no need to include it.

Nobody cares.

If it’s not relevant to the job you’re applying for, it’s, a waste of space and a waste of the company’s time

5. Your age.

If you don’t want to be discriminated against for a position because of your age, it’s time to remove your graduation date, says Catherine Jewell, author of “New Résumé, New Career.” 

Another surprising way your resume could give away your age: double spaces after a period. 

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Wednesday
Jul222015

Agility is Today‚Äôs Most Critical Leadership Competency

“by Julie Winkle Giulioni, http://smartblogs.com”
 

A friend who coaches a girls soccer team recently shared, that after a tough loss, one of her 13-year-old players said, “Well, you know coach, you either win or you learn.” Yeah! We really are coming to appreciate the value of failure and experiments that don’t go exactly as expected.

But it’s not just mistakes that have value; there’s tremendous instructive power in successes as well. In fact, what distinguishes today’s most effective leaders is that they learn from everything and everyone they encounter. They demonstrate learning agility.

Why learn agility now?

No one will argue that today’s business climate is more dynamic and changeable than ever before. Many have written about the VUCA (volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous) world within which

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Tuesday
Jul212015

7 Ways Great Leaders Think Differently From Everyone Else

“Lolly Daskal, http://www.inc.com”

Good thinkers are always in demand and are sought out for their abilities—because anything great begins with a thought, and anything worthwhile comes from a great thinker.

Great thinkers are successful leaders. They know how to solve problems, they know how to unleash possibilities, and they know how to achieve the impossible.

People who go to the top think differently than others, and they achieve more than most.

But the good news is that successful thinking is something you can learn. Here are seven thought habits to get you started on the road to becoming a better thinker:

1. Cultivate strategic thinking. Strategic thinkers can simplify the difficult, prepare for uncertainties, and reduce the margin of errors—all because they have a plan. Strategic thinking makes you a great planner, which is how you move easily from where you are today to where you want to be tomorrow.

2. Engage in inquisitive thinking. Successful leaders spend their time questioning everything

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Monday
Jul202015

8 Tips to Improve Your Public Speaking Skills

“by Siddhartha S, http://indianexpress.com”

“The quality of your life depends upon the quality of your communication.”

Over a period of time, I have realised that the best public speakers in this world have a few things in common. People who are interested in mastering the art of public speaking can adopt the following traits.

1) Personality of the speaker: Accept it or reject it, a public speaker is always judged by his or her audience not only on the basis of the content but also on the basis of the personality. The way you dress and the way you carry yourself on stage will have a huge impact on the quality of your presentation

2) Content & knowledge: You cannot speak that you do not know. There are a lot of people who speak a lot more than they actually know. Read as much as possible about the topic and from as many sources as possible. This will widen your perspective and will help in taking an intelligent stand.

3) Audience profile: As a public speaker you should be well aware of your audience- their background

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