The workplace is a much different place today than it used to be. One area where it has changed a lot is employee training. In times past companies were willing to hire unskilled workers and invest the time and money to train them them until they became skilled. That is definitely not the case today.
A recent Gallup survey stated that 33% of CEOs don't believe college graduates have the necessary skills and competencies their business needs. Another poll by CareerBuilder.com found that nearly 80% of managers are at least somewhat concerned about current and potential employees lacking required skills, but just about 40% are doing anything to alleviate it
What I infer from putting these studies together is that although companies recognize the lack of certain skills in the marketplace, they are often unwilling to invest the time and money to help people get up to speed. They see it as your problem to fix, not theirs.
So what does that mean for you? Right or wrong, this is the new reality of the American worker. It means you are going to have to invest in your own development in order to move your career forward. You will have to take personal responsibility for developing the necessary skills to stay in demand and ahead of your competition.
Now some people might look at this and say they need to go get more formal education. And while this may be a good option for some, for many others it isn't based on money, lifestyle, lack of time, etc. For these people, which might include you, another option is more suitable: short, inexpensive, on-demand, online training courses where you can learn specific skills directly related to your job or business.
One benefit of this second pathway is that it eliminates all of the unrelated courses you have take in traditional educational programs while pursuing the exact skills you need to acquire. So the focus is on learning, not just doing work to get a grade.
Another benefit is that it's easier to pay for one specific course at a time versus having to spend a lot of money or take out student loans, which leads to a whole host of other issues down the line.
A third benefit of online training courses is that you can start many of these courses on-demand at your convenience and work around your busy schedule.
This is why I'm excited about the relaunch of my online business school. A few of the benefits of my courses include:
So as you navigate how far you want to go in the next phase of your career, make sure you seriously consider these online, on-demand training options. I look forward to seeing you in class!
In the past as high school students were graduating from college, very few options were presented to them as it relates to starting a career. These options usually revolved around these three: 1) College, 2) Trade-related jobs, or 3) Military service. Fortunately today, with the advent of low-cost do-it-yourself technology, high school graduates who are deciding which direction to move forward in their work lives have a few more options to consider.
Thinkific, a leading online course software platform, recently published an article that highlights the potential of anybody becoming an entrepreneur by launching an online business through creating and selling online courses even if around the typical high school graduation age. The article, Unsure About College? Be An Online Entrepreneur Instead, highlighted five considerations for this steadily increasing market opportunity:
Full disclosure: I am a customer of Thinkific. And this was one of the best business decisions I have ever made in my more than 10 years of being a full-time entrepreneur. Over the past 15 years I have traveled all over the United States and around the world teaching workshops and training leaders on how to start and grow businesses. However, this platform is revolutionizing my business because I am able to easily produce content that available immediately, I can quickly update and refresh any of my outdated curriculum, and I can increase my reach around the world exponentially. I currently host several of my business training courses on their platform (just here to access my courses).
There's no better time than now to become an online entrepreneur, especially if you're not sure if college or a job is the right choice for you. However, like starting any business, becoming a profitable and sustainable online entrepreneur takes a lot of passion, patience, and perseverance. But the great thing is that all the tools are available and easily accessible to you to get it done.
*You can read the entire Thinkific article here: http://blog.thinkific.com/unsure-college-online-entrepreneur/
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Internet Television has quickly become an essential and cost saving service for broadcasters of all types and sizes. In today's highly connected world, it makes sense to stream live broadcast and on-demand television programming over the Internet. Broadband proliferation, improved computing power and larger (and less expensive) storage capacity have all turned Internet TV into a viable, revenue-generating model. The promise of additional viewership alone is huge - even shows that have been limited to a specific geographic region can suddenly have worldwide saturation through Internet TV. And of course, with increased viewership comes the potential for additional revenue from partners/donors, which positively enhances your ministry’s outreach effectiveness.
I have been able to leverage this powerful platform to grow a global audience through Passion In Action TV. To learn more about how you can successfully integrate streaming video into your marketing strategy, please join me tomorrow for a FREE workshop at 12:30 pm est.
Event: Digital Dominion: Use Online Video to Rule Your Industry
Date: Wednesday, September 25
Time: 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
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The opportunities and possibilities of Internet TV is as infinite as your imagination and creativity. You can broadcast your videos in multiple formats. Conceive any idea or project relating to videos and 24/7 Internet TV will be there to give excellent shape to your vision.
My guest on Passion in Action TV this Thursday, July 11th is Roland Hairston, II.
Since October of 2011, Roland Hairston, II has been the Publisher of Gospel Today, America's longest-running urban Christian magazine. The need for Gospel Today has never been greater, says Hairston, II who brings a keen understanding of emerging technology with a sensitivity to the rich legacy of the urban Christian community. Hairston, II worked alongside Teresa Hairston, his mother and founder of Gospel Today for years, as managing Editorial and Marketing for the magazine. Our world is captivated by images and stories and we need Christian media that can speak to relevant issues of our culture in a way that empowers people to act.
Readers find the lifestyle focus of Gospel Today and high quality of journalism they have come to know from Gospel Today. On the horizon, however, supporters can expect to see what Hairston, II calls an innovative marriage of print and digital. Hairston, II is committed to using this multimedia platform to shape our generation and tell His story. He requests the Body of Christ to pray for and partner with Gospel Today to continue changing the way the world sees faith.
About Gospel Today
Gospel Today is an urban Christian lifestyle magazine that seeks to inspire, inform, educate and empower its readers toward Godly standards of excellence. With over two decades of experience, nationwide circulation of its bi-monthly print magazine, an interactive Internet community and more, Gospel Today is a trusted resource within the African-American and faith-based communities. For more information or to subscribe, visit www.GospelToday.com.
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After being on hiatus for about 6 months, I am excited to announced that Passion in Action is relaunching Thursday, October 11th! Our new partnership with Nebo Media Group (creator of Brotha Online Magazine and others), will allow us to get more creative and strategic in bringing you insightful interviews with influential guests who will motivate you to turn your passion in action.
Our first show this season will be "Double Platinum", because we will livestream musical artist Lisa McClendon and her husband, pastor and motivational speaker Marcus Brailsford.
So I'm sure you're asking where can you watch this incredible show? We livestream online Thursdays at 7pm est on InternetFabulous.TV. Also, while you're watching you can send us questions and comments, which we can respond to during the show. Or you can watch past and present shows on demand at your convenience. Either way you're going to get some great information to help you move forward in fulfilling the life calling that God has for you!
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Passion in Action is an Internet TV show that ignites Christians for purposeful, passionate, and prosperous living. Believing that changing the world starts with changing one life at a time, we promote people, businesses, organizations and events that serve to empower, educate, enrich, enhance, and equip others to thrive on purpose in every area of life. Learn more at www.realpassioninaction.com.
Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon, died today. Among all the things that have been and could be said about him, it's easy to see that he was a pioneer.
Now you many never do something as grand as walking on the moon, but that doesn't mean the steps you are taking should be any less significant. You have a legacy to build and lives to impact. You have a mark to leave on history.
If you believe it's possible, you have an opportunity to do something that has never been done before. You too can be a pioneer in your circle of influence.
What steps are you taking toward your destiny that will create greater opportunities for those who follow you? What are you pioneering that will create a path for someone else's destiny?
For the past two years I have been a guest columnist for Brotha Online magazine, which caters to presenting lifestyle solutions for Christian men (click here to check out my recent article "Kings & Priests in Business"). Earlier this year we decided to add a video component to the bi-monthly publication that accompanies my column with further teaching. We explore many characteristics and qualities of successful entrepreneurs and how they relate to operating effectively with the mind of Christ in the Kingdom of God.
Until now that video content was only available to be viewed online. Well not any more! We are extremely excited to be making this content available to you to download directly to your computer, iPad, and almost any other mobile video player for the extremely affordable price of only $9.50. So for less than 10 bucks you can get the mobile motivation that will energize and equip you to grow personally, professionally, and financially!
We currently have three videos available for download: Developing Entrepreneurial Minds for Christ, The Marketplace of Healing, and Kings & Priests in Business. We are constantly producing new content, so there will definitely be more videos coming online in the near future (click here for more info).
We are passionate about our commitment to help Christians develop entrepreneurial minds for Christ. These will be a valuable tools to help you confidently go where God called your business to grow!
"I wisdom dwell with prudence, and find out knowledge of witty inventions." ~ Proverbs 8:12
As Black History Month comes to a close, I wanted to highlight some historical figures whose inventions and innovations continue to have a significant impact on our lives today. They also reflect how God's inventive and entrepreneurial characteristics are displayed in His children - whether they acknowledge Him or not. Many of these creative geniuses are well known, but there are plenty others who are not household names that have made extraordinary contributions to our society. (This list of black American inventors was sourced from http://bit.ly/yBRt7X.)
ELIJAH McCOY (1843-1929)
A love of machines and tools led to a lifetime career and the awarding of 57 patents to Elijah Mc Coy, son of former slaves who had fled from Kentucky to Canada in search of freedom. Until Mc Coy developed a device, which made possible the automatic oiling of machinery used in manufacturing, companies using such machines had to stop the machines before oiling them. Oiling of machinery reduces the wear and tear of friction. So popular did Mc Coy's invention become that person inspecting new equipment generally asked if it contained the "real Mc Coy," meaning Mc Coy's oiling device. Today, "real Mc Coy" is an expression is in the American language meaning the "real thing.' In all, Mc Coy invented 23 oiling devices as well as many other useful inventions. He finally set up his own manufacturing company to develop and sell his many inventions.
GARRETT A. MORGAN (1875-1963)
Garrett A. Morgan was a prize-winning inventor who developed a safety helmet-breathing device widely used by firemen in many American cities in the early 1900's. His invention became popular after he and his brother used it to rescue over two-dozen men who were trapped under Lake Erie, at Cleveland, Ohio, when an explosion occurred in a tunnel, which was under construction. He was awarded a hold medal by the City of Cleveland for his heroic rescue. He later received a gold medal at the Second International Exposition of Safety and Sanitation, in New York, in 1914. Morgan is best remembered for his invention of the automatic stop sign. This invention, now called the traffic or "stop light" controls the flow of vehicles through street intersections.
GEORGE WASHINGTON CARVER (1864-1943)
Probably the best-known African American scientist and inventor is George Washington Carver, who alone, nearly revolutionized agriculture in the South. At a time when the South's major crop-cotton-was faced with total destruction by the boll weevil beetle, Dr. Carver, through scientific experiments showed the South that peanuts, soybeans and sweet potatoes (yams), among other crops, should be planted, along with cotton. Thus, if on crop failed, there would be others from which farmers could make money. Known as "The Wizard of Tuskegee," Dr. carver developed hundreds of products from the peanut, the soybean, the pecan nut, the sweet potato, and even the weeds. Today, there are many schools and other institutions named in memory of Dr. Carver.
DANIEL H. WILLIAMS (1858-1931)
Founder of a hospital which still exists in Chicago, medical physician Dr, Daniel H. Williams is credited with having performed the first "open-heart" surgery July 9, 1893, long before this kind of surgery was developed. Dr. Williams saved the life of a knifing victim by "sewing up his heart." Working in a makeshift operating room too small for the six-man operating team which helped him, he opened the patient's chest, exposed the beating heart, and stitched the knife wound a fraction of an inch from the heart without the aid of X-rays, blood transfusions or modern "miracle drugs." On August 2, Dr. Williams operated again to remove some fluid from the chest cavity. On August 30, the patient walked out of the hospital, and was known to be alive and well 20 years later.
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