Networking Effectively

As a result of the pandemic, people have been asking how they can effectively network when no real face-to-face events are occurring. Below are 10 tips to help you network effectively using LinkedIn. ☑ Tip 1: Host a Virtual Meetup Start by reaching out to some of your LinkedIn several contacts using an online service like Zoom, Skype, etc. There is no need to present on anything, just focus on bringing people together. Format: Similar to face-to-face meetups where you ask each...

Blue Collar Skills

Blue Collar Skills  While some assume that “unskilled” or “low-skilled” labor jobs also referred to as blue collar jobs, don’t have any skill requirements, as implied by their title, this could not be farther from the truth.   Today, I asked a blue-collar business owner what he looks for in a hire, and his straightforward answers may surprise you. Keep reading for the five things blue-collar employers look for in a hire.   Blue Collar Workers  I come from a family of blue-collar workers. My...

Objectives and Goals

You may think that objectives and goals are different words for the same concept, but there is a distinct difference.   Goals include your primary ideal outcome, and they tend to be broader in scope, and not specific in action planning.  Like goals, objectives are also results that you aim to achieve, but they encompass the strategies that you'll use to reach your broader goals. Objectives take into account the resources that you have at your disposal, add a time-specific element, and...

Determine Your Worth

This month at Vision to Purpose, we’re talking all about knowing your worth, and I can’t stress enough how important of a topic this is. There are so many lies and opinions out there that shape our sense of self-worth, and I’m here to tell you which voices you should ignore, and to which you should listen. WHO Does Not Determine Your Worth Before I tell you who determines your worth, I’d like to take a moment to list who does...

Work & COVID-19

How to Successfully Transition to Working from Home during COVID-19 Work and COVID19? The current global pandemic of COVID19 is something most of us have never seen the likes of before in our lives. This situation brings with it fear, anxiety, and a healthy dose of cabin fever. Many of us are working from home for the first time. Adding to that already stressful transition, many of us have children home from school and spouses working from home also. While we're...

Stop Procrastinating

5 Easy Tips for Curbing Procrastination Procrastination Procrastination is an insidious energy drain that will keep you from completing the goals you set for yourself. Are you dreaming about owning your own business? Maybe you want to find a more rewarding job for the New Year? Or are you thinking 2019 will be the year you finally write that novel you’ve been plotting in your mind? Thinking “I have plenty of time. No need to start now” or “I don’t know...

Strategic Alliances

Strategic Alliances: We Can Make a Greater Difference Together! There are several things I enjoy about this time of year and the cold is not one of them, but it does remind me of home. I grew up in both Wisconsin and upper Michigan so cold is no stranger but living in Virginia Beach, Virginia for the past 30 years has made it a distant memory, that is, until November.  In the late fall, those memories of home come flooding...

Smart People

Four Indicators that Reveal if You are Actually Listening to the Smart People You Hired! The other day, I noticed a quote posted on LinkedIn that made me smile.  Below is the quote: "It doesn’t make sense to hire smart people and tell them what to do; we hire smart people so they can tell us what to do"      ~ Steve Jobs There is some real truth in that message. Did the quote get you thinking about anything you have encountered over your professional career? Here is what came...

Great Leaders

Great Leaders Know They MUST Do Four Things to Cultivate Respect within the Organization In nearly 30 years of working, I can truthfully state that I have worked for some good leaders, some not so good leaders and, thankfully, some really GREAT leaders.  In reflecting on my work experience, other than pondering that I have been working for 30 years and am feeling a little bit older than when I began drafting this article, I did conclude that no matter the organization they...