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Posted by: | Posted on: Dec 16, 2017

Organic farming for a greener environment

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Organic farming for a greener environment

The meaning of organic farming:

Organic farming is an alternative agricultural system which originated early in the 20th century in reaction to rapidly changing farming practices. Organic farming continues to be developed by various organic agriculture organizations today.

It relies on fertilizers of organic origin such as compost manure, green manure, and bone meal and places emphasis on techniques such as crop rotation and companion planting. Biological pest control, mixed cropping and the fostering of insect predators are encouraged. In general, organic standards are designed to allow the use of naturally occurring substances while prohibiting or strictly limiting synthetic substances.

For instance, naturally occurring pesticides such as pyrethrin and rotenone are permitted, while synthetic fertilizers and pesticides are generally prohibited. Synthetic substances that are allowed include, for example, copper sulfate, elemental sulfur and Ivermectin. Genetically modified organisms, nanomaterials, human sewage sludge, plant growth regulators, hormones, and antibiotic use in livestock husbandry are prohibited.

Reasons for advocation of organic farming include real or perceived advantages in sustainability, openness, self-sufficiency, autonomy/independence, health, food security, and food safety, although the match between perception and reality is continually challenged.

Organic agricultural methods are internationally regulated and legally enforced by many nations, based in large part on the standards set by the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM), an international umbrella organization for organic farming organizations established in 1972.

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Organic_farming

Other source: http://www.omafra.gov.on.ca/english/crops/facts/09-077.htm

The rationale behind organic farming:

By farming organically, the dependence on chemicals is removed.  By eliminating chemicals used in regular farming, the vegetables and other products will be healthier because they will get the nutrients by natural means.  Unlike traditional farming; organic farming will help to prevent potentially harmful toxins from entering human bodies.  Lastly, it is much more environmentally friendly.

The biggest problems, with using modern farming products, are the man-made chemicals.  The modern farming products such as fertilizers, pesticides, etc. contaminate the health of humans and the health of the environment.  The reason behind this is because the chemicals do not just stay on the soil.  These chemicals seep into the ground and poison water supplies, gardens, your home, and as mentioned, your health.  The use of modern farming products containing man-made chemicals are responsible for the reduction of the Earth’s ozone layer; and they also have been linked to serious health problems, including cancer, in humans.

When one decide to farm/garden organically, one can eliminate the concern for destroying the environment, but more importantly, one can eliminate the concern for own health, family members health and general population health and well-being.  When one use modern farming products; the toxic chemicals are transferred to ones’ body and clothing. Obviously, these toxic chemicals could then be transferred to your children or significant number of other people.  Not to mention, if you plant vegetables non-organically, toxic chemicals will be absorbed by your vegetables; and in turn, will be ingested by you and your family.  In fact, one common ailment which affects avid gardeners is dermatitis.  By farming organically, you can eliminate getting dermatitis of the hands.

By deciding to garden organically, you’ll help prevent the poisoning of groundwater and prevent adding further toxins to the soil.  When man-made chemicals are used for farming, it poisons other plants.  Because these man-made chemicals poison the water and other plants, it can be dangerous, or even deadly, to little creatures that rely on the water to drink or plants to eat. Lastly, the chemicals used will evaporate into the atmosphere and return in the form of contaminated rain and/or snow.

The definition of organic farming:

Organic agriculture can be defined as:

“An integrated farming system that strives for sustainability, the enhancement of soil fertility and biological diversity whilst, with rare exceptions, prohibiting synthetic pesticides, antibiotics, synthetic fertilizers, genetically modified organisms, and growth hormones.”

Since 1990 the market for organic food and other products has grown rapidly, reaching $63 billion worldwide in 2012. This demand has driven a similar increase in organically managed farmland that grew from 2001 to 2011 at a compounding rate of 8.9% per annum.

As of 2011, approximately 37,000,000 hectares (91,000,000 acres) worldwide were farmed organically, representing approximately 0.9 percent of total world farmland.

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Organic_farming

The most simple expression of organic farming is: “No chemical pesticides plus No chemical fertilizers plus Certification equal soil improvement, product improvement, better soil water retention and higher prices”.

Organic Agriculture is a sustainable agricultural production system that builds on ecological processes without using synthetic chemical inputs, in order to obtain food (or other products) meeting certain quality specifications

In 1972 the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM) was created as a forum for different actors engaged in organic farming.

The IFOAM Definition of Organic Agriculture:

“Organic Agriculture is a production system that sustains the health of soils, ecosystems and people. It relies on ecological processes, biodiversity and cycles adapted to local conditions, rather than the use of inputs with adverse effects. Organic Agriculture combines tradition, innovation and science to benefit the shared environment and promote fair relationships and a good quality of life for all involved.”

Principles of Organic Agriculture

1. Principle of health: Organic Agriculture should sustain and enhance the health of soil, plant, animal, human and planet as one and indivisible.
2. Principle of ecology: Organic Agriculture should be based on living ecological systems and cycles, work with them, emulate them and help sustain them.
3. Principle of fairness: Organic Agriculture should build on relationships that ensure fairness with regard to common environment and life opportunities.
4. Principle of care: Organic Agriculture should be managed in precautionary and responsible manner to protect the health and well-being of current and future generations and the environment.

The private sector’s guideline is the International Basic Standards for Organic Production and Processing, created by IFOAM. The IFOAM Basic Standards define how organic products are grown, produced, processed and handled. They reflect the current state of organic production and processing methods and include a list of substances permitted in the production. IFOAM Basic Standards – together with the IFOAM Accreditation Criteria – constitute the IFOAM Norms, which provide a framework for certification bodies and standard-setting organizations world-wide to develop their own certification standards.

• IFOAM Guarantee system: https://www.ifoam.bio/

Other sources:

https://study.com/academy/lesson/what-is-organic-farming-definition-methods.html

http://www.fao.org/organicag/oa-faq/oa-faq1/en/

https://www.thebalance.com/the-definition-of-organic-farming-2538081

The environmental benefits of organic farming:

1. Organic farming discourages environmental exposure to pesticides and chemicals
2. Organic farming builds healthy soil
3. Organic farming helps combat erosion
4. Organic farming fights the effects of global warming
5. Organic farming supports water conservation and water health
6. Organic farming discourages algae blooms
7. Organic farming supports animal health and welfare
8. Organic farming encourages biodiversity

Source: https://www.thebalance.com/environmental-benefits-of-organic-farming-2538317

Advantages of organic farming:

Some of the advantages of organic agriculture:

  • contributes to mitigate climate change
  • builds resilient farming systems
  • reduces poverty
  • improves food security
  • aligns economic development with sustainability
  • meets health considerations
  • decreases pollution

Other source: https://www.quora.com/What-are-the-advantages-and-disadvantages-of-organic-farming

See this video on organic farming:

Organic fertilizer:

Organic fertilizer must be free of chemical pesticides and other harmful chemicals.

Organic fertilizers are used to improve soil quality and tilth, and to provide nutrients for plant growth. They provide nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium, as well as other elements essential for plant development and overall good health.

Nitrogen (N) promotes growth in plant leaves and stems. Phosphorus (P) is vital for seed germination, strong root systems, disease resistance, flower formation and fruit formation. Potassium (K) helps plants form sugars, starches, carbohydrates and proteins. It also helps fortify plants’ immune systems, strengthen stems, protect against the cold, preserve water and encourages fruit ripening.

Top organic fertilizer sources of Nitrogen, Phosphorus and Potassium:

Nitrogen (N): bat guano, blood/blood meal, crab waste, feather meal, fish meal (dry), hair, hoof/horn meal, shrimp waste, manure and compost.

Phosphorus (P): bat guano, bone meal, crab waste, cucumber skins (burned), hair, mushroom compost, phosphate, shrimp waste, manure and compost.

Potassium (K): crab waste, cucumber skins (burned), granite (dust), greensand, kaolinite (clay), kelp, sulfate of potash magnesia, wood ashes, manure and compost.

Compost:

Compost is organic matter that has been decomposed and recycled as a fertilizer and soil amendment. Compost is a key ingredient in organic farming.

At the simplest level, the process of composting requires making a heap of wet organic matter known as green waste (leaves, food waste) and waiting for the materials to break down into humus after a period of weeks or months. Modern, methodical composting is a multi-step, closely monitored process with measured inputs of water, air, carbon and nitrogen-rich materials.

The decomposition process is aided by shredding the plant matter, adding water and ensuring proper aeration by regularly turning the mixture. Worms and fungi further break up the material. Bacteria requiring oxygen to function (aerobic bacteria) and fungi, manage the chemical process by converting the inputs into heat, carbon dioxide and ammonium. The ammonium (NH+4) is the form of nitrogen used by plants. When available ammonium is not used by plants, it is further converted by bacteria into nitrates (NO−3) through the process of nitrification.

Compost is rich in nutrients. It is used in gardens, landscaping, horticulture and agriculture. The compost itself is beneficial for the land in many ways, including as a soil conditioner, a fertilizer, addition of vital humus or humic acids and as a natural pesticide for soil. In ecosystems, compost is useful for erosion control, land and stream reclamation, wetland construction and as landfill cover (see compost uses). Organic ingredients intended for composting can alternatively be used to generate biogas through anaerobic digestion.

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Compost

A more complete list of organic composting material:

The carbon to nitrogen ratio is listed with each material type. The higher the carbon content, the longer for the fermenting process to complete.

Fresh chicken manure (laying) 6:1, Tomato processing waste 11:1, Vegetable waste 12:1, Alfalfa hay 13:1, Fresh chicken manure (broiler) 14:1, Sheep manure 16:1, Fresh turkey manure 16:1, Grass clippings 17:1, Seaweed 19:1, Fresh cattle manure 19:1, Rotted manure 20:1, Apple pomace 21:1, Fresh horse manure 22:1, Grape pomace 28:1, Legume shells 30:1, Cereal hay 32:1, Dry leaves 40–80:1, Corn stalks 50:1, Oat straw 74:1, Grain chaff and hulls (e.g., rice hulls) 80–120:1, Straw 80:1, Timothy hay 80:1, Paper 170:1, Newsprint, cardboard 400:1, Sawdust 400:1, Wood chips, shavings 500+:1.

The addition of micro-organism activators into the compost mixture of soil and compost material, is recommended to speed up the fermenting process and improve sustainable soil health.

See this video on how to make organic compost at home:

The role of earthworms in organic compost:

Earthworms can play a significant role in enhancing soil fertility and plant productivity in a number of direct and indirect ways.

Earthworms can convert compost material through their digestive systems to richer compost and soil to richer soil, while they are there.

Earthworm activity can enhance soil nutrient cycling, the activity of other beneficial soil organisms, and soil physical properties, such as soil structure and tilth.

Earthworms crawl through soil consuming organic matter and in the process break it down (decompose it) and produce worm castings (worm manure), which are rich in nutrients, humus and microorganisms. In this process, earthworms also mix and aerate the soil. Together all of these effects help improve numerous soil physical characteristics. Additionally, the earthworm activity helps make nutrients available to plants while moderating the soil pH.

Earthworms are beneficial to the soil for the following reasons:

1. Worm manure droppings have near neutral pH (pH 7).
2. Worm manure droppings are rich in plant accessible nutrients (e.g, high in N, P, K and Mg).
3. Worm manure droppings provide a home for beneficial microorganisms.
4. Worm manure droppings have a high percentage of organic matter. This allows the soil to absorb and hold more water.
5. Worm manure droppings include mucus produced by the earthworms, which contributes to improved soil structure.

The only danger from earthworms, is that they can over-populate a piece of soil and eat the good components in compost away too quickly. Try to maintain a healthy balance by harvesting some of them and sell it to anglers and other organic farmers.

Earthworms

“Suitable worm species:

One of the species most often used for composting is the red wiggler or tiger worm (Eisenia fetida or Eisenia andrei); Lumbricus rubellus (a.k.a. red earthworm or dilong (China)) is another breed of worm that can be used, but it does not adapt as well to the shallow compost bin as does Eisenia fetida. European nightcrawlers (Eisenia hortensis) may also be used. Users refer to European nightcrawlers by a variety of other names, including dendrobaenas, dendras, and Belgian nightcrawlers. African Nightcrawlers (Eudrilus eugeniae) are another set of popular composters. Lumbricus terrestris (a.k.a. Canadian nightcrawlers (US) or common earthworm (UK)) are not recommended, as they burrow deeper than most compost bins can accommodate.

Blue worms (Perionyx excavatus) may be used in the tropics.

These species commonly are found in organic-rich soils throughout Europe and North America and live in rotting vegetation, compost, and manure piles. They may be an invasive species in some areas. As they are shallow-dwelling and feed on decomposing plant matter in the soil, they adapt easily to living on food or plant waste in the confines of a worm bin.

Composting worms are available to order online, from nursery mail-order suppliers or angling shops where they are sold as bait. They can also be collected from compost and manure piles. These species are not the same worms that are found in ordinary soil or on pavement when the soil is flooded by water.”

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vermicompost

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Organic farming training manual of 105 pages:

Organic farming training manual

Table of contents for”Organic farming training manual”:

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1. Introduction to Organic Agriculture
2. Considerations for Conversion to Organic Agriculture
Analysis of the location
Farm-related challenges to conversion
1. Farms with high external input use
2. Farm with low external input use
3. Mixed farm
4. Degraded land
Climate related challenges to conversion
3. Step by Step Conversion to Organic Agriculture
Step 1: Good information first
Step 2: Getting familiar with organic practices
Step 3: Full conversion to organic farming
4. Mulching in Organic Agriculture
5. Water Management in Organic Agriculture
How to keep the water in the soil?
Harvesting water
1. Increasing infiltration
2. Water storage
Drip irrigation systems
6. Crop Planning and Management in Organic Agriculture
Crop rotation
Intercropping:
Cover crops
Crop –Animal association
Designing cropping systems
7. Nutrient Management in Organic Agriculture
Composting
1. The heating phase:
2. The cooling phase:
3. The maturing phase:
4. Different systems and methods
Green manures
1. Green manures have a number of benefits:
2. Factors to consider before growing green manures:
3. How to use green manures
Animal manure
Microbial fertilizers
Mineral fertilizer
8. Pest and Disease Management in Organic Agriculture
Prevention practices and monitoring
Curative methods
9. Weed Management in Organic Agriculture
Preventive practices
Biological control of weeds
Mechanical control
10. Soil Cultivation and Tillage in Organic Agriculture
Creating good growing conditions for plants
Minimum disturbance
Soil compaction
Types of soil cultivation
11. Plant Propagation in Organic Agriculture
Plant propagation
Criteria for seed evaluation, characterization and multiplication
Importance of traditional varieties
Seed conservation
12. Animal Husbandry in Organic Agriculture
Making a decision on animal husbandry
Animal housing
Animal feeding
Animal health
Breeding goals
Sources

Teaching organic farming and gardening – a handbook for organic farming instructors of 704 pages:

Teaching organic farming and gardening

Organic poultry production for meat and eggs:

Organic poultry production for meat and eggs

Farmer’s Compost Handbook of 112 pages:

Farmers compost handbook

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Posted by: | Posted on: Dec 8, 2017

Medical use of cannabis is on the increase

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Medical use of cannabis is on the increase.

Medical use of the cannabis weed as raw material for the manufacture of refined medicines is on the increase.

A map of all the world countries where Cannabis weed is legal:

Cannabis legalised countries map

More and more countries are decriminalising the drug, even if they are not going as far as making it legal. The countries where personal possession of weed has been legalised, decriminalised and approved for medical use, are reflected above.

The countries in grey had no data available.

Source: https://www.indy100.com/article/marijuana-weed-cannabis-legal-decriminalise-medical-world-mapped-7693396

Cannabis is the most profitable crop per square metre worldwide.

As with most things, it can be complicated and more nuanced to answer. However, ultimately it boils down to a few key factors: total amount planted, the rate of yield, and the revenue per unit sold. It also depends on whether we are looking at the absolute value, or the most value per acre.

The most planted crops throughout the world are wheat and maize (corn). Rice and soybeans are other key staples. However, these are all relatively low yielding and do not make enough revenue per tonne of product produced.

The highest yielding crops are sugar cane, sugar beet, and tomatoes. Sugar cane accounts for about 80% of the world’s sugar production, while sugar beet the remaining 20%.

Not surprisingly, the most lucrative cash crops from a value per acre perspective are illegal in many parts of the world. With a higher risk to grow these, there is a higher reward for the farmers. Cannabis has a value of $47.7 million per square kilometre, while coca weighs in at $37.7 million and opium poppies $6 million per sq. km.

The most lucrative legal crops include tomatoes ($1.4 million per sq. km) and grapes ($625,000 per sq. km). Interestingly, tobacco comes in the middle of the pack with a value of $277,000 per sq. km. Rapeseed (also known as canola) comes in at $60,000 per sq. km.

From an absolute value perspective, the world’s most valuable cash crop is cannabis as well. It is followed by rice, maize, and then wheat.

Cannabis profitability diagram

Crop world revenue diagram

Cannabis as world highest crop revenue diagram

Source: http://www.visualcapitalist.com/the-worlds-most-valuable-cash-crop/

Cannabis job creation is on the brink of an explosion:

As demand and production of cannabis increases, the demand for qualified persons on many levels will rise simultaneously. Persons who can pass a certification course at the online University, called “The Cannabis Training University”, can greatly reap the benefits in the future in several countries. It can be found online here:

How to Grow Medical Marijuana

South African citizens are squaring themselves up for the expected coming legalisation:

The governing body who will regulate the cannabis industry in South Africa is named “The Cannabis Development Council of South Africa” and can be found online here:

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As scientific research findings prove medical benefits for treatment of various illnesses, derived from different cannabis refined products, country laws are changing to accommodate the manufacture and use of those refined products.

As medical prescription needs for patients are increasing, so is the demand for the refined medicines and the raw weed products.

It opens up a whole new chain reaction.

Patients need more refined solutions for treatment of their illnesses. Manufacturers must compete to produce the needed refined medicines. Farmers and growers must compete to grow best strains of crops for seed and fibres. In turn, agricultural researchers must find strains for higher yield results in farm production and chemical researchers must develop better medicine for improved patient medical benefits.

This relative new cannabis industry will stimulate job creation for many job titles from labourers on farms to University educators and all in between.

If South Africa stays slow and reluctant to legalise production of cannabis for medical use, interested and frustrated citizens and businesses will move out to neighbouring countries like Lesotho, Namibia, Mozambique, Zimbabwe and further away, to help with legislation where necessary and start from there with production. This will mean that the industry will develop faster in neighbouring countries with all the economic benefits that will come from it. Lesotho has already legalised production of cannabis.

Cannabis growing and cannabis farming:

Cannabis growing and cannabis farming can be one of the most lucrative career decisions anyone can ever make!

After all, South Africa has its own natural and indigenous variant version with five leaves, known all around to local inhabitants as the “five fingers Dagga” plant.

What’s more, it is virtually disease free and can be a natural insect repellent for other plants.

It can be a significant profitable career change decision!

Cannabis growing or cannabis farming can either be done on small scale or big scale. It can even be done in a small space like a backyard or inside a shed, tunnel or greenhouse. On a big scale it can be done by extensive farming outside in wide open spaces.

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How to grow medical marijuana legally (86 pages):

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Table of contents:

  1. How to grow medical marijuana
  2. Choosing your strain
  3. Setting up a grow room or tent
  4. Cultivating marijuana indoors
  5. Cultivating marijuana using hydroponics
  6. Cultivating marijuana outdoors
  7. Harvesting and processing your crop
  8. Understanding the legality of growing marijuana for personal use
  9. Determining if you can grow marijuana for sale
  10. How to grow a quality medical marijuana
  11. Creating the proper environment
  12. Growing medical marijuana
  13. Harvesting your medical marijuana
  14. Learning about laws and regulations
  15. How to make a medical marijuana oil
  16. Preparing and equipping your workspace
  17. Extracting THC from the medical cannabis with a solvent
  18. Removing the solvent and storing the cannabis oil


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Posted by: | Posted on: Oct 16, 2017

How to sell any product without your own website

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How to sell any product without your own website.

It works for digital and physical products.

Nowadays the new smartphones already have the Adobe Reader Application loaded in the phones for seamless reading of PDF files. Some of the older smartphones may not have it, but can install it from these two locations for free:

Android Smartphones

IPhone Smartphones

Adobe Acrobat Reader, the PDF Reader for Kindle tablet and Kindle Fire tablet, can be installed from the Amazon application store for free.

1. Create a brochure, catalogue or album in MS Word and list the product(s), with images and descriptions, you want to sell online. One can also create a traditional sales page instead of using HTML.

2. Get your PayPal buy button image and the HTML code, but use the one for insertion in emails. If you are unsure of how to do this, get help from someone else.

3. Insert your buy button image into your Word document, normally near the end of the document.

4. Insert your HTML code as a Hyperlink onto the buy button image.

5. When you have finished your document, save it, where you can again retrieve it.

6. From inside your Word document, Export it by clicking “File” at the left top options and click on “Export” and then again on the PDF option. Word will then create a PDF file.

7. Rename the PDF file so there are no spaces between words in the name. Use underscore or a hyphen to connect empty spaces in the file name.

8. Test your buy button link in your PDF file to make sure it reacts correctly to fill your pocket with money.

9. Upload your PDF file to a cloud server. I use Google Drive as my cloud server. When you create a Google email account, you also get 15 gigabytes storage space for free. Again, if you are unsure of how to do it, get outside help.

10. You must then log in to your cloud server and change the privacy settings, so outsiders can view and download your PDF file from Internet browsers. Again, if you are unsure of how to do it, get outside help. If you use the Google cloud server, you will see the following icon at the top, which must be clicked, to change the privacy settings.

privacy-icon

11. First click on your PDF file to highlight it, then on the icon featured above.

12. When you are done with changing the privacy setting, click on the following icon.

file-link-icon

13. What happens then is that the correct link is copied to your device clipboard automatically. When you then open for instance notepad, you can just use “Paste” to insert the link into Notepad.

14. Create a Facebook page. When you do a post on your page by also putting your file link inside your post, Facebook will call up the file with the top image inside your first page of the file (see that you have an image after the document title) and automatically display it after a few seconds. No need to add a separate image. It will in any case not bear the link.

15. You will then have to pin your post to the top, so visitors can see and click on it. Again, if you are unsure of how to do it, get outside help.

16. You can also create a Facebook group and use the same tactics for the group.

17. Here are a few examples, which you can try out to see what happens.

First go to this post on our website and click on some of the album images you can find there:

https://global-association-for-managers.biz/wholesale-products-to-increase-income/

Now go to one of our Facebook pages after you have logged in to Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/betterparent

Click on the post at the top or scroll down till you see this icon:

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Then click on this Album image:

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Now go to one of our boards on Pinterest; they may also require you to sign in first.

https://za.pinterest.com/lepfin/business-opportunities/

Click on a few of the album images.

There may be many other websites where you can apply the same type of tactics, like Twitter, Instagram, G+ and others.

The next thing to do is to figure out how to entice eyes to your offers. It may be best to figuring that out before you create anything on social websites.

Fifteen other popular international payment processors:

https://due.com/
https://stripe.com/
https://www.dwolla.com/
https://www.apple.com/apple-pay/
https://www.payoneer.com/en/
https://www.2checkout.com/
https://pay.amazon.com/us
https://squareup.com/global/en/pos
https://www.payza.com/
https://www.skrill.com/en-us/
https://venmo.com/
https://www.google.com/wallet/
https://go.wepay.com/
https://quickbooks.intuit.com/payments/products/qb-gopayment/
https://www.authorize.net/

See many other methods to sell anything online, without having a website.

Just click on the image below:

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Posted by: | Posted on: Oct 11, 2017

Change your life into success by changing your mind

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Change your life into success by changing your mind

Yes, you can unleash the “Success Mindset” and create the life you have always dreamed of having, no matter what it is, right now!

Change a fixed mindset to a growth mindset for success.

When did you begin to choose the life you are leading now? When did you decide on the job you have, and against the job you want? When did you decide that the money you make now is all you can make? Did you decide?

1. Change your life into success by changing your mind

This book is about your future and the decisions you are making today, which will create that future.

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Determination and belief are the starting points for success. They open you to new opportunities to do and be anything you desire, and you only need a subconscious thought to plant the seed. How do we do this?

This book is based on real answers to that question.

Change your life into success by changing your mind, will walk you through the steps to real answers and teach you to start asking the right questions. By learning how the mind works, we understand how to break the cycles that keep us on the outside looking in, instead of where we truly wish to be.

The understanding found in this book will open your mind and your eyes to a world which has always been there; you just didn’t know the questions to expose it to you.

How often have we found ourselves looking across the road to discover something lacking in our own lives? By changing our minds we remove the lack in our own lives. We remove the unnamed need that eats away at our day to day lives. By changing our minds we walk away from a life that is constantly needing repairs and begin a life that rewrites our reality.

Whether we know it or not, our energies are focused and those energies are working in our lives, for better or worse. Like electricity, our own energies do not decide they will work in one area, and not another. Electricity doesn’t stop working because the toaster is bad or the stereo is on a negative channel. Electricity flows through the circuit until it is complete. Our energies act in exactly the same way. Change your life into success by changing your mind expands this simple life truth, and shows you how to change your circuit path so the things you want in your life receive the energy, rather than sending it to the things that are strapping you down.

Read Change your life into success by changing your mind today, and start putting focus and energy into your own success.

Table of Contents of “Change your life into success by changing your mind” (88 pages in PDF, with resell rights):

Legal notice
Introduction
Open your mind to the possibilities
Who are you?
Rewrite your reality
Give to succeed
Silence your mind
Believe it now!
Become inspired
Trade-offs
Success from chaos
In summary

2.  Guide to self-identity:

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Would like to learn how to feel more confident in your own identity and to feel as though you can stand on your own in society?

If so, you certainly are not alone. Many people feel the same way.

I know I felt the same way until just a few years ago. I felt like I did not really belong anywhere. The misconceptions I had developed over the years were really having a negative impact on my ability to get on with my life. I was ready to change my life, but I just had no idea to go about it.

What I did know; however, was that something did have to change!

What I discovered completely changed my life!

How did I do it?

I would love to share my secrets with you and my new special report on self-identity and society does just that!

Everything you need to know about the self-identity and society is included in this special report:

– Establishing convictions for self-identity
– Ideology and self-identity
– Practices for self-identity
– Relaxation and self-identity
– Reprogramming in self-identity
– Mental talk in self-identity
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Establishing convictions for self-identity
Ideology of self-identity
Self-identity of the self and society
Practices for self-identity and self
Decisions in self-identity of self – How to relate to self and society
Social self and identity in society
Isolation in self-identity of self in society
Environment in society and self-identity
Effective consciousness in self-identity
Motivation for self-identity
Optimistic views of self-identity
Competency of self-identity in society
Clearly seeing self and identity in society
Feelings for self-identity
Understanding self-identity of self in society
Observational learning for self-identity
Stressed for self-identity
Confidence in self-identity
Components of self-identity
Self-identity and posing challenges
Evils of the self-identity
Bettering self in society for identity
Techniques for self-identity in society
Fruits of the self-identity of self in society
Life and self-identity
Discover self-identity
Striving for self-identity in society
Fronting problems for self-identity in society
True worth in self-identity of self in society
Both sides of self-identity in society
Gaining of self-identity in society
New age in self-identity
Opens doors for self-identity in society
Analyze self in society for self-identity
Society in self-identity of self
Recognition of self-identity
Shape self in society for self-identity
Self-identity of self in society
Self-identity methods
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Distance education by online home learning

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1. Distance education programs:

Distance education can be defined as an education program imparted by an educational institution, beyond the barriers of its campus and taken by a student outside the walls of an educational institution. Distance education is a medium that connects students to the educational institutions of the world.

Distance education programs are becoming the most popular and viable way of teaching and education. More and more people are registering for distance education programs of different educational institutions. Distance education programs give freedom to a student to learn at his own pace, his own schedule and at his own convenience.

Distance education is imparted through the electronic media and study materials supplied by the educational institution for a particular course. It helps people to upgrade their educational qualification, even when they are tied up in their working schedule. Some businesses also use distance education to train their employees, as it is less time consuming, less expensive and adds to the human resources enrichment of the business.

To enrol for a distance education course, one must be sure as to what kind of specialization one is looking for. An extensive study must then be done to find out in details about the educational institutions that offer the course wanted. The time duration of the course, the fees, software needed and the time of exam must also be checked. The most important factor that should be checked is whether the school or educational institution is accredited or not. One should not register at an educational institution, which is not accredited.

Every coin has two sides and distance education programs are no exception to the rule. While a distance education program is advantageous, as it helps people to continue with their education. Despite of the demanding schedule it also has some disadvantages. It may fail to motivate a student to study, resulting in no good for the candidate. This shows registering yourself is not sufficient, you must also have the drive in yourself to continue with the study. The success of distance education also depends on the success of the technology. Without a good support system and infrastructure the distance education may be a failure.

Thus we can say that distance education is a boon for today’s busy and demanding world, but it also demands a significant level of maturity from its students.

2. The benefits of online home learning:

While there are all kinds of benefits that are associated with learning and furthering your educational goals there are even more benefits to those who wish to pursue online home learning in order to achieve those goals. I hope you will find that many of these benefits are quite enlightening and carefully consider whether or not online home learning for your secondary education needs will be in your best interests.

2.1 Convenience.

This is a word we are quite familiar with. Right along with instant gratification. We are a society of people who have lived with drive-thru banking and fast food and are rapidly moving in the direction of drive-thru pharmacies and dry cleaning. We live in a fast paced world and when we can work education into our busy schedules and on our own terms, we find that this is something we tend to like a lot. There is a growing number of online classes and students, as more and more professionals decide to further their degrees and their careers with this method of education, which is more convenient for many.

2.2 Flexibility.

You can take these classes or do the work during your lunch break, while the kids are practicing soccer, or while cooking dinner (depending of course on how well you multi-task). You do not need to be in the classroom every night at 6:00 pm for the next five years in order to get the same degree of education. This by no means indicates that you will not have to do the work. The work will not change nor will the fact that you have a limited time in which to complete the work. What will change is that you will have the option of doing the work in the morning, afternoon, or after those 2 a.m. feedings when you can’t seem to get back to sleep.

2.3 Location.

There isn’t enough that can really be said about this. Online education comes to you wherever you happen to be able to connect to the Internet. Whether you are at home, at work, or your favourite Internet café you can have the convenience of taking your work with you and enjoying the environment in which you are completing your work.

2.4 Less Expensive.

No more convenience meals, childcare expenses, or gas guzzling trips to a college campus that thirty minutes away. You can now enjoy in your own home the benefits of an education without many of the financial hardships that are often associated with attending college. Internet access seems like such a small price to pay when compared with all the reasons mentioned above.

2.5 Improve online abilities.

Believe it or not, online courses help you brush up your online abilities. Seriously. You will be better at dealing with email, bulletin boards, online research, and you will learn countless other skills along the way that you probably never realized had anything to do with the courses you are actually taking-because they don’t. In other words, you are getting more of an education than you bargained for when it comes to online home learning.

2.6 Individual attention.

Online students often have more one-on-one interaction with their professors than students in a classroom. The online classroom is virtual and correspondence through email is essential in this particular learning environment. For this reason it is quite possible that your professors will know more about you and your learning patterns and needs than they will know about most of the students they see two or three times a week in their classrooms.

2.7 Self-improvement and self-development.

Any type of online home learning or home learning by any other means, is equivalent to self-improvement and self-development. Quote: “Formal education will make one a living. Self-education will make one a fortune.” – Jim Rohn

2.8 Self-improvement in team leadership skills. 

Development of team leadership skills is one of the the most neglected development areas in most organisations worldwide.

When there is an economic growth period or an organisation expansion period, it becomes easier to fulfil the needs of the new generation (referred to as millennials) for development and promotion.

However, it is not so easy for organisations or employers to fulfil the needs of the new generation, especially if economic conditions or organisation financial conditions are in a state of stagnation, slow growth or a downward spiral.

If a person of the new generation has ambitions to be vertically promoted inside an existing organisation, the only way to achieve those ambitions is through improvement of qualifications.

If a person is already highly qualified in a vocational technical direction, the only other options may be self-improvement in management principles or team leadership principles and skills, either through internal training opportunities or external training courses.

For development and promotion to happen for a person, there are the extra conditions of available opportunities (job openings) and recognition (proven competencies to the employer), which must also be present.

If the opportunity, together with the necessary recognition from an existing employer, takes too long, the only remaining alternatives are to fulfil those ambitions through one of the following:

2.8.1 horizontal promotion into other external organisations;

2.8.2 a change in career paths; or

2.8.3 starting a business as owner or shareholder.

However, self-improvement in team leadership skills will dramatically increase the chances of vertical (existing employer) and horizontal (external employers) job promotion, as well as business owner success, in any economic cycle, as competitors with these skills are relatively few.

Summary:

While these are just a few of the benefits of online home learning, you should carefully weigh up the benefits against the things that may be problematic about this particular type of learning situation, before you take the plunge.

Learning is a lifelong process but if you are seeking a degree you do not want to jeopardize that by taking a course that will not address your specific learning needs. If you feel confident that you can be successful in this particular type of learning environment, then I feel you will truly enjoy the experience and the flexibility it brings to the educational process.

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Goal setting and giving up too soon

Goal setting and giving up too soon

Goal setting and giving up to soon can be rectified by persistence.

So you feel beaten up and bruised and you’re ready to quit. You have no support system or the one you have is pathetically inadequate for the goals you’ve set. You’re so tired that the couch is looking more and more inviting everyday. You have bills piling up and you probably ought to get a real job anyway. The failure rate is statistically high and nobody is going to fault you if you quit. Who really cares if you give up and quit now? You do.

Find a way to create balance:

Let’s look at each piece one at a time. You’re beaten up and exhausted. Congratulations! That means you’ve been working harder then you’ve probably ever worked in your life. You wouldn’t be able to accomplish anything of real importance if you weren’t willing to bust your rump working through everything on your to-do list. You may need some lessons in balance and patience, but not in how to apply good old fashioned elbow grease. If you can schedule a short break to replenish your strength, then do so, but don’t give up and quit all together. If there’s no way you can stop now because you have too many important deadlines then bust through the deadlines. Can you speed it up and finish things early so that you could squeeze in a break? After a full night sleep, do you think that you’d still want to quit or would you be ready to dive back in? The fact that you’re working so hard isn’t the problem, it’s that you aren’t getting adequate rest and relaxation. Find a way to create balance.

You have nobody that will pitch in to help you or else the help you have isn’t all that helpful. Kind of reminds me of when my two year old tries to help with the laundry. He picks the dirty laundry up off of the floor and stuffs it into the dryer along with the stuff that just finished drying. Well meaning, but not as helpful as he thinks he is. I wish I could give you magic solutions as to how to find helpful people when you’re working on your goals and dreams but the truth is, most people are too busy with their own lives to be able to offer much assistance anyway. Unless you can afford to hire people to help you or you promise to help them on something they’re needing help with, you probably aren’t going to find a whole lot of help. Also there’s the learning curve and how much time it takes to teach someone how to do what it is you need help with. It’s a rare and beautiful thing when the perfect person comes along with nothing better to do then to roll up their sleeves and help. It’s a tough reality, but basically, it’s your goal, your dream, and your job to make it happen.

If the project you are working on means anything to you, then you won’t really enjoy the couch potato solution as much as you might think. Funny thing about the really big powerful dreams, they haunt us. Every time you turn around there it is following you around reminding you that you haven’t finished it yet. It will keep showing up in everything you do and especially in the things that you don’t do. If it really matters, if it’s your calling, if it’s your life’s work, then it isn’t going to let you become a couch potato. Laying around not doing your dream will be more exhausting and depressing then when you were working your buns off trying to make it come true. Take a quick break if you need to, but don’t get too comfy sitting there and don’t even think that you aren’t going to get back up again. The longer you sit there, the further behind schedule you’ll be and the more you’ll have to do to catch up with where you were when you quit. You know how it is when you take a week off for vacation. You have to work two or three weeks to catch up with everything that fell behind. You have got to take your mental health breaks, but don’t make it a permanent vacation.

What if you have financial problems or family obligations that are seriously nagging at you? That’s such a difficult position to be in. Only you can determine what’s in your long term best interest. Again, a support system would be nice, but if they aren’t there to help, then you have to create balance. If you give up on your dreams to take care of and support everyone else, you may feel like you’re doing the right thing in the moment, but was your life better off for it? If you disregard everything in order to stay focused on your dream, will it cost you the companionship of your loved ones down the road? Who will be there to celebrate with you when you finally do succeed? Not too easy to find a wealthy philanthropist to support your efforts to live out your dreams without earning a living. You have to make those really tough choices. Somehow you have to create balance between your dreams, your ability to keep a roof over your head, and your ability to keep loved ones near and dear.

It’s easy to quit where so many others have already gone and failed before you. Survival of the fittest dictates that not everyone is ideally designed to accomplish all goals. Not everyone is supposed to be an entrepreneur. Not everyone is meant to be a musician. Not everyone is meant to be president. The truth is, if you’ve picked a goal that is suited to your own natural talents and gifts and if it’s infused with your own passion and fire, then chances are that you are one of the lucky few who is meant to live that dream. Just because everyone else failed doesn’t mean that you are meant to fail too. Statistics don’t mean anything unless you decide to become one.

You are either going to quit or you’re going to find inspiration and keep going. You can quit if you want, but you already know if quitting will feel worse then trudging through a little while longer. Somewhere you know deep down if you’re meant to succeed or not. What if you were meant to succeed and role model tenacity to those around you? What if that’s somehow the divine cosmic plan all along? God loves an underdog! Don’t quit just yet.

Persistence is the key:

In order to achieve your goals, you must develop the habit of persistence. You must stay focused and be determined to get to your destination.

Once, there was a dog named Jack. She was a typical house pet in a typical middle-income family. The family lived in a rather small house. So, home to Jack was the backyard, which was rather small too. Jack’s world revolved around the four corners of this small backyard, which was likewise used as the laundry area. Peculiar as it may seem, Jack had a favourite area in this backyard where it slept and stayed. This was the area under the sink, where most of the laundry work was being done.

Jack shared its favourite space with the laundry woman. The laundry woman stored all sorts of soapboxes, pails, basins and tools under the sink, which created obstructions for the poor dog. But still, Jack would be found crawling under its favourite area and making itself comfortable amidst these objects. At times, the laundry woman stored heavy objects in Jack’s favourite spot that the poor dog had to struggle to move these objects aside just to be able to squeeze itself in. Jack could hardly move; but somehow, it still liked the spot very much.

All sorts of combinations have been done to discourage the dog from sleeping under the sink; but still, the dog always managed to squeeze itself in. When Jack found it difficult to fit itself into the spot, she would sit for a while looking at its favorite spot as if contemplating and thinking of a way to get itself into it. And in each of its attempts, it succeeded. Aren’t you amazed at such a display of persistence? To think that Jack is just a dog makes it more amazing!

If a dog has such level of persistence, why can’t we humans have the same? If we meet obstacles, we easily wave the white flag of surrender. This shows our lack of persistence, determination, and tenacity in pursuing our goals. It takes persistence to move forward to progress. If we stop somewhere along the road towards success in life, it is like starting from the top again. When we give up, we lose everything we worked hard for: time, effort, money, and most especially, the opportunity to succeed in life.

We will never know how close we are to success if we surrender somewhere in-between. It is a choice between success and failure. Surrendering is accepting failure. Persistence to continue, despite obstacles, is the way to success. We can accept failures, why not? Our mindset must be programmed to perceive failures as temporary. Failure is a pre-requisite to success and it is only temporary. When we fail, it is time to assess and learn from our mistakes. Then, we must find another way and still move on until we reach the door of success, never wavering to whatever obstacles that may hinder us.

We should open our minds and expect instances when we will be confronted with obstacles that would result to making a decision whether to continue or not. We may be undecided which course of action to take next. The best way is to examine the options and alternatives available to us. From there, we can move forward and continue to our journey towards the achievement of our goals.

Success is never easy, and failure is part of success. The sad part is that most of us are deterred by the mere thought of failure, and this paralyzes us from taking the right course of action. We see many people who easily give up and are satisfied with their own meagre sense of accomplishment. They simply sit back and watch successful people enjoy life while they engage in self-pity, regretting that they have given up too soon.

The choice is ours to make.

Do you have what it takes?

If you’ve been trying to make a business online but had a few setbacks you’ve probably asked yourself this question and the others listed below. Use the added answers to keep going when you feel like just “throwing in the towel”. Don’t worry be happy! It’s easy to say but hard to do, without some kind of logical reasoning behind the positive affirmations.

Here are the questions and the logical answers one can use to keep oneself motivated and ensure that one achieves one’s potential.

1. Do you have what it takes to make money on the internet?
2. How do you know if you should to quit or not?
3. What does it take?
4. Why are some people successful and yet others aren’t?
5. Does what I do now effect my future?

Do you ever ask yourself these questions? Then use the same answers listed below as a self-talk strategy to stay on track! The answers are listed in the same order as the questions.

1. Yes, I have a computer and usually have access to the internet.
2. Because I started I have to finish.
3. It takes perseverance, tenacity, faith, self belief; I have all of those qualities.
4. Some are successful because they are lucky, some because they are smart, some because they work hard, some because they never give up. I have a little of all those qualities.
5. Yes, if I sow a seed today I’ll reap a harvest tomorrow.

Feel free to develop your own questions and self-talk strategic answers for staying on track.

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Assertiveness

Assertiveness

Good employers want a balance of assertiveness and aggressiveness.

How to cultivate that vital balance

Employers often avoid hiring overly aggressive employees as they drive business away. However employers want and hire assertive employees because assertive behaviour projects capability and promotes a healthy productive working environment. What are these traits and how can you create a healthy balance?

Assertive behaviour can be many things. It can be standing up for your rights, expressing yourself honestly, with courtesy and comfortably as well as observing and respecting the rights of others.

Assertive behaviour promotes equality and a healthy balance in human relationship. Assertion is based on human – right- especially the right to be treated with respect in all situations. Every person has the right to be listened to and taken seriously, to say yes or no with conviction, to express his or her opinion, and ask for what he or she wants.

Assertive behaviour is critical to a successful job search and career potential because it conveys self-esteem and capability.

Employers hire people who behave confidently and are able to convey their job descriptions comfortably and clearly. They want employees who strengthen human relations and project competence in the workplace. They hire applicants who demonstrate assertiveness in interviews, resumes, and all communications. To reach your full potential, be assertive and tactful expressing yourself, and respect the rights of others.

Generally personality types fall into three general categories. Non-assertive, aggressive and assertive. Employers avoid hiring non-assertive and aggressive employees because they are often detrimental in the workplace.

People who are non-assertive have difficulty expressing thoughts or feelings because they lack confidence. They may become unhappy because they permit others to abuse their rights. They project their feelings of unhappiness others.

Aggressive based people often violate the rights of others with domineering, pushy behaviour. Their goal is to dominate because they fear loss of control. Overly aggressive employees drive business away. The good employers who you would wish to work for usually identify such trouble and avoid hiring these types.

Assertive behaviour is essential to career success. Assertive people are confident, express their needs and opinions comfortably, and are sensitive to the needs of others.

The type of employer that you would want to work for usually search out assertive employees as their behaviour projects capability and promotes a healthy , productive working environment.

What are techniques by which you can develop assertiveness? Practice expressing your feelings and needs calmly and clearly. As well continually demonstrate acceptance and respect for others by praising them sincerely and honestly why they perform or behave well.

The whole point is to deal with other people in a sincere and truthful way. Imitate friendships. Express your opinions in meetings or conversations particularly when you strongly believe or are knowledgeable about the topic. Don’t talk just to be noticed.

Contribute something to each conversation.

It may help to join a professional or service organization or club. You can always volunteer. This is good way to network and build your assertive skills.

Remember the type of employer that would have a pleasing, easy going workplace without great interpersonal conflicts is the place you want to be.

Generally the people who do the hiring in such progressive firms recognize the traits of the applicants that they wish to hire. A balance of assertive behaviour without overly aggressive tendencies is preferred. Groom yourself for those personal traits.

Assertiveness top ten tips

Assertiveness is a life skill; useful both inside and outside work. However, the reactions and behaviours we employ now are the result of years of fine tuning. Being assertive doesn’t happen overnight, but the more practice you get, the more skilled you become. And while you may not always get what you want, you will always know you gave it your best.

So here are the top ten tips for improving your assertive behaviour:

1. Believe in yourself more – always think positively and feed yourself with positive inner dialogue. Stand in front of a mirror, look yourself in the eye, and tell yourself how wonderful you are!

2. Recognize that you can never change other people. You can only change what you do; and that a change in your behaviour will afford others the opportunity to behave differently towards you.

3. Learn to respond, not react. Start choosing how to behave, based on admitting and accepting the consequences. Accept that you – and only you – have made that choice: nobody has forced you into it.

4. Stop beating yourself up for your decisions and behaviours. Instead, turn every situation into a positive learning opportunity for future behaviour change.

5. Watch your body language. Make sure it matches your words: people tend to believe what they see rather than what they hear.

6. Use the green cross code: Stop Look Listen – then think about how you want to respond. This will ensure you stay in control of you and the situation, and afford others the opportunity to do so as well.

7. Aim for situation resolution, not self-defence. Concentrate on the situation rather than your own feelings, and recognize that the other person is most probably angry about the situation – not with you.

8. Consider and choose your words. Lose the words that signal “I’m a pushover” such as “I’m terribly sorry”, or “I’m afraid”, or “Could you possibly…?” or “Can I just …?” Substitute big “I” statements followed by factual descriptions instead of judgments or exaggerations. This will encourage the other person to do the same.

9. Say “no” when you want to. Don’t forget to afford yourself all of the rights you allow everyone else to have. And if it helps, remember that you are not refusing them personally, you are refusing their request.

10. Take a “can do” attitude. Believe that things don’t just happen to you – but that you can make them happen.

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The younger generation in the workplace

The younger generation in the workplace

Millennials refer to the younger generation in the age group 18 to 36.

Millennials in the workplace. They don’t need trophies, but they want reinforcement. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Millennials will be the largest generation in the workforce. This should not be shocking considering Millennials are quickly becoming the most influential population in our market today as they are graduating from college and reaching their peak employment years.

These Millennials are entering the workforce and they are bringing with them a new perception of what office life should be like and how relationships between employers and employees should be structured. In order to create the most Millennial friendly workplace, there are a few things you should know about the generation that will represent nearly 75 percent of the work force by 2030.

1. They want to grow, even if that means growing out of your company.

Can you guess the average tenure of Millennial employees? Two years. In the span of a professional career, two years seems to hardly make dent. In comparison, the average tenure for Gen X employees is five years and seven years for Baby Boomers. One of the primary reasons Millennials are more likely to change jobs is because they are not willing to stick around if they do not believe they are receiving any personal benefit or growth.

Millennials embrace a strong entrepreneurial mindset and they are often on the lookout for opportunities that can continue to move them up the ladder, even if that means up and out of their current position. As digital natives, Millennials have grown up in an era where the number of resources they have is almost infinite making them more efficient problem solvers and critical thinkers.

In order to keep up with this fast moving generation, don’t slow them down. If you notice your Millennial employees looking for more advanced opportunities give them more challenging work or encourage them to keep moving. Sound crazy? It’s not. If a Millennial employee feels like their bosses are invested in their personal growth they will be more likely to develop a stronger relationship not just with the company but with the people in it.

2. They want a coach, not a boss.

Piggybacking off of the previous insight, Millennial employees expect greater accessibility to the leadership in their offices and are looking for more mentorship rather than just direction. Research shows that the number one reason Millennials are likely to leave their current job is because of their boss. Creating an environment where Millennial employees feel supported and valued by the leadership will lead to increased productivity and valuable relationships.

That means that employee/employer relationships must extend beyond just the formal annual work review. According to a recent survey conducted by TriNet, a company dedicated to providing HR solutions, 69 percent of Millennials see their company’s review process as flawed. A major reason for this is because of the lack of feedback throughout the year. The survey also found that three out four Millennials feel in dark about their performance and nearly 90 percent would feel more confident if they had ongoing check-ins with their bosses.

Source: http://www.forbes.com/sites/jefffromm/2015/11/06/millennials-in-the-workplace-they-dont-need-trophies-but-they-want-reinforcement/#123de4b85127

11 Shocking employee happiness statistics that will blow your mind

1. Companies with happy employees outperform the competition by 20%
2. Happy employees are 12% more productive
3. 67% of full-time employees with access to free food at work are extremely or very happy at their current job
4. Happy sales people produce 37% greater sales
5. 36% of employees would give up $5000 a year in salary to be happier at work
6. Close work friendships boost employee satisfaction by 50%
7. People with a best friend at work ar 7 x more likely to engage fully in their work
8. The top 3 factors contributing to job satisfaction are job security, opportunities to use skills and abilities and organisation’s financial stability
9. Employees who report being happy at work take 10 x fewer sick days than unhappy employees
10. Fortune’s “100 best companies to work for” enjoyed a raise in stock prices of 14% per year from 1998 to 2005, compared to 6% for the overall market
11. Only 42% of employees are happy with the rewards and recognition their companies offer

Source: http://www.snacknation.com/blog/employee-happiness/

Trends:

1. As millennials pour into the workforce, companies are seeing drastically higher levels of employee disengagement and turnover. Job hopping is rampant. 60% OF MILLENNIALS leave their company in less than three years. 87% report it costs between $15-25,000 to replace each millennial employee they lose. 40% currently employ 50 or more millennial workers.

2. Here are 5 key values millennials look for in an employer:
• Development. Millennials are hungry for training, career advancement, and opportunities for growth.
• Meaning. Nothing is more important to millennials than doing work that matters.
• Autonomy. Millennials have a natural entrepreneurial spirit and want to work on their own terms.
• Efficiency. There’s always a better, faster, and easier way to work. Millennials want to find it.
• Transparency. Information is essential to millennials — they want to be kept in-the-know on the job.

3. Millennials leave companies for a simple reason: they’re not getting what they need.
It’s going to take more than job security or paychecks to keep them. This generation is a bit younger, a bit more hopeful. They want to be a part of something bigger than themselves. To contribute to an organization that will nurture them professionally. Most of all, it seems they are hungry to learn and eager to do their best work.

4. They want to feel valued, and be given tasks that allow them to stretch themselves to the full extent of their abilities and, by doing so, develop their skills.

5. They want an environment to speed up their learning, in other words they want to be exposed to training for development of inter alia leadership skills and team leadership skills for faster career advancement.

We, at https://global-association-for-managers.biz provide this young generation the opportunity to train themselves, so they do not have to wait on employers, who may be way behind to fill their needs.

Self-improvement in team leadership skills will dramatically increase the chances of vertical (existing employer) and horizontal (external employers) job promotion, as well as business owner success, in any economic cycle, as competitors with these skills are relatively few.

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Trends in employee engagement expectations

Trends in employee engagement expectations

Trends in employee engagement expectations transforming organisation policies worldwide.

Organisations under pressure to accommodate employee engagement expectations.

1. The new generation employees (Generation Y – the millennials) borne from 1980 to 2000, have one foot out of the employer door.

– 66% of them expect to leave their current employers by the end of 2020.
– 63% believe their leadership skills are not being fully developed, but the ability to progress and take on a leadership role is one of the most important drivers when evaluating job opportunities.
– Only 52% of leavers within 2 years, believe training to be widely available to progress in leadership roles.
– 71% of leavers within 2 years, believe their leadership skills are not being fully developed.
– 57% of leavers within 2 years, feel overlooked for potential leadership positions.
– 62% of the new generation employees measure an organisation against employee satisfaction and 63% also against product/service quality.
– 56% of the new generation employees say they ruled out ever working for a particular organisation because its values went against their personal values.
– The new generation employees regard the following drivers for employer choice, the most important: financial benefits, work-life balance, opportunities to progress into leadership positions, flexible working hours, doing meaningful work and professional development training programs.

Source: http://www2.deloitte.com/global/en/pages/about-deloitte/articles/millennialsurvey.html#

The new digital generation has become almost just as mobile as their mobile digital devices and has much lower feelings and sentiments of attachment and loyalty to employers than previous generations.

2. Extract from findings and future directions:

“As seen in this study, the results indicate specific areas in which academicians, supervisors, subordinates and co-workers, may better understand the motivations, thought processes and resulting behaviours of the Millennial cohort. In addition, this study may provide some food for thought for the parents of the next generation regarding ways in which to discourage and deal with this type of behaviour. Although this paper is incomplete as to the predictors of or results of entitlement behaviour, it can serve as a starting point for understanding the behaviour of this group as it moves through college into the workforce.”

Source: http://www.thefreelibrary.com/A+study+of+the+cognitive+determinants+of+generation+Y%27s+entitlement+…-a0289620439

3. Extract from Forbes “Millennials in The Workplace: They don’t need trophies but they want reinforcement:

3.1 They want to grow, even if that means growing out of your company.
Can you guess the average tenure of Millennial employees? Two years. In the span of a professional career, two years seems to hardly make a dent. In comparison, the average tenure for Gen X employees is five years and seven years for Baby Boomers. One of the primary reasons Millennials are more likely to change jobs is because they are not willing to stick around if they do not believe they are receiving any personal benefit or growth.

Millennials embrace a strong entrepreneurial mind set and they are often on the lookout for opportunities that can continue to move them up the ladder, even if that means up and out of their current position. As digital natives, Millennials have grown up in an era where the number of resources they have is almost infinite making them more efficient problem solvers and critical thinkers.

In order to keep up with this fast moving generation, don’t slow them down. If you notice your Millennial employees looking for more advanced opportunities, give them more challenging work or encourage them to keep moving. Sound crazy? It’s not. If a Millennial employee feels like their bosses are invested in their personal growth, they will be more likely to develop a stronger relationship not just with the company but with the people in it.

3.2 They want a coach, not a boss.
Piggy backing off of the previous insight, Millennial employees expect greater accessibility to the leadership in their offices and are looking for more mentorship rather than just direction. Research shows that the number one reason Millennials are likely to leave their current job is because of their boss. Creating an environment where Millennial employees feel supported and valued by the leadership will lead to increased productivity and valuable relationships.

That means that employee/employer relationships must extend beyond just the formal annual work review. According to a recent survey conducted by TriNet, a company dedicated to providing HR solutions, 69 percent of Millennials see their company’s review process as flawed. A major reason for this is because of the lack of feedback throughout the year. The survey also found that three out four Millennials feel in dark about their performance and nearly 90 percent would feel more confident if they had ongoing check-ins with their bosses.

“The more frequent the check-ins are, the better,” said Rob Hernandez, Perform Product Manager at Trinet. “The biggest issue with the annual review process is the formality. There is often more emphasis on reflection rather than opportunities for improvement in the future.””

Source: http://www.forbes.com/sites/jefffromm/2015/11/06/millennials-in-the-workplace-they-dont-need-trophies-but-they-want-reinforcement/#123de4b85127

4. Money is not everything:

These are the factors they value the most in sequence of most important to less important:
4.1 Opportunities for career progression
4.2 Competitive wages/other financial incentives
4.3 Excellent training/development programs
4.4 Good benefits packages
4.5 Flexible working arrangements
4.6 International opportunities
4.7 Good reputation for ethical practices
4.8 Corporate values that match your own
4.9 A reputation as an employer of the best and brightest people
4.10 The employer brand
4.11 Diversity/equal opportunities record
4.12 The sector in which the organisation operates

Source: http://www.pwc.com/people

5. Our predictions for future employee engagement trends:

5.1 Pressure will mount on Human Resources Professionals (including their educational curriculum), to lead organisations into transformation processes, to accommodate these employee engagement trends, to ensure organisation maintenance and improvement in competitiveness.
5.2 Organisation training programs will shift with more emphasis on team leadership, which might become just as important as in Defence Forces.

Self-improvement in team leadership skills will dramatically increase the chances of vertical (existing employer) and horizontal (external employers) job promotion, as well as business owner success, in any economic cycle, as competitors with these skills are relatively few.

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The blind spot of supervisors and managers

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The blind spot of supervisors and managers

The blind spot of supervisors, managers, business owners and entrepreneurs.

They cannot see the important impact of effective team leadership skills on career outcomes right away.

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The blind spot of supervisors and managers is that they cannot see the important impact of effective team leadership skills on career outcomes right away.

Why do young employees entering the employment market, not realise sooner, the important impact effective team leadership skills can have on their career outcomes?

I also like to dub it as “The case for good team leadership”.

My first stimulating question is this: Why are so many people ignoring the importance of being a good team leader?

The next one is: Why are so many people oblivious to the importance of being a good team leader?

Let’s rephrase the question: Why do young employees entering the employment market, not realise sooner, the important impact effective team leadership skills can have on their career outcomes?

It is after all a fact worldwide, that 98% of working adults are in a position of being a team leader, a member of a team or both. Being a good team member requires a different skills set as that of being a good team leader. Here we will concentrate on effective team leadership skills.

If so many of us humans are in positions of team leaders, what then seems to be the problem, that we only gradually over time, begin to realise the importance of effective team leadership skills on our careers. Is it a case of rather late than never?

If we take a look at how organisations arrange themselves along the lines of traditional organograms, it is clear as daylight, how we are team members or team leaders or both.

Organogram

If we consider that part of the organisation structure within the circle, it becomes clear that team leaders consist of the highest ranking person indicated in an orange colour at the top, right down to the second last level, also in orange, at the bottom.

These positions on the organigram are traditionally also referred to as “positions of authority”. This name tag may also be culprit to retarding development of team leadership skills.

It seems that team leaders organically grow slowly through five leadership maturity levels before they finally reach the highest level of their potential. Environmental influences like company culture and lack of exposure to required skills can be blamed for the slow progress.

The five levels are bottom level, permission level, production level, people development level and the pinnacle level.
1. Bottom level – the position level – you are the boss. People give you the least amount of ability, energy and mind.
2. Permission level –the relationship level – you have connected with subordinates – if they like you. Listen well, observe people and learn.
3. Production level – productive level – becoming effective and attracting productive team members to help get momentum.
4. People development level – increase people capacity – best talent – discover what others are good at, recruit well, train well.
5. The pinnacle level of respect – they follow you out of respect for your leadership qualities. What level am I on with each?
It is a situation of growing from an authoritative leadership style with destructive motivation to a democratic leadership style with constructive motivation.

The question is however, what is deterring people from reaching out to obtain the required skills themselves, earlier on?

It is my contention that we develop a blind spot, so we cannot see the bright flickering light winking at us right in front of us under our noses. What make us blind to our own prosperity? Maybe a too busy life, personal problems, personal priorities, personal agendas, lack of time, being too young etcetera.

Prosperity

We do not consciously make time often enough to stop and think about our careers. So we take too long to reach leadership maturity.

One must have good human relationships with subordinates to influence them.

Why can we not get our team leaders faster to the highest level of effective team leadership?
1. It does not have to be a slow process.
2. We do not need to embrace the name tag of “position of authority”.
3. We do not have to consciously pursue a company culture of retarding or killing effective team leadership.

How can team leaders become effective faster?
1. Get rid of the name tag “position of authority”.
2. Get faster exposure to what constitutes effective leadership principles.
3. Get faster exposure to what personality traits or characteristics to develop for enhancing own personal effective team leadership skills.
4. Do continuous introspective self-evaluation for continuous improvements.
5. The above four conscious efforts will soon lead to faster career progress.

If the problem is our beliefs, habits, attitudes or self-image it can easily be rectified or changed positively through the methods of visualisation, imprinting and imagery. We were not borne with our beliefs, habits, attitudes and self-images, nor did we inherit it in our genes. We have cloaked ourselves in it through conditioning, filed beliefs or ghosts in our minds. That is why it can easily be changed.

Conditioning

It does not have to take a career lifetime to reach the highest effective team leadership level. Some never reach it – they die in ignorance. The earlier one starts, the quicker career growth and the higher a retirement package will become! How will your destiny unfold?

You have the power to rewrite your reality

Thoughts have the power to affect each one and the life that one lives. One’s thoughts are very vital tools in creating and shaping the reality that one experiences. Thoughts are responsible for the creation of one’s emotional state, affecting the body, health and one’s daily living in general, influencing one’s responses to relationships and to life and determine one’s choices.

The power of your thought can enable reality, and all realities. This reality however at times often will have one accept otherwise. Believing that your fate lies in other people’s hands and to the things beyond one’s control, then one looses that basic power granted to him, which is the very power or capability to create.

Loosing this power, one then makes it easier for other persons to change and manipulate one’s own world into that which others want it to be, instead of transforming it yourself into that of what you really want it to be. Bear in mind, you and only you have that right and that power to make your world.

Creating or rewriting one’s own reality will never imply as one being a success in the financial aspect of success. Being poor or rich is not the requirement of this state; however, maintaining a positive and healthy attitude is very much the prerequisite.

Remember that every successes stems or results from one’s own capability to attract the positive character of one’s divine Father. One must recognize that every incident that one lives through is intentionally created for one’s enlightenment.

Although one has been deceived in succession, one’s illusion constantly builds up like prison gates simply because one was unsuccessful to retrieve the life force of happiness. One must concentrate on certain things that guarantee a positive concept of success. The powerful reason for this is that inside a negative energy compartment, it sustains and encourages only negative energy.

Energy streams where it is recognized. A negative energy should stream to its source in order to be alive. So much like gasoline set on fire. Fire is attracted to gasoline until such time that fire consumes everything and dies out. It will not live without something assisting in its formation. Take note that fire will wipe out everything provided that there is still energy feeding it. The moment that fires sustenance is gone, then fire should, by law of nature, distinguish itself.

It is this exact law that exists in every person’s thoughts. The energy one produces will feed on the equivalent energy that is in existent in that certain thought. Negative thoughts feeds on negative energy, in the same manner that positive thoughts attract and feed on positive energy.

The more negative thought that one has, the more that he creates negative energy all around him. This negative energy in time will build up enormously around one’s life for so many miles literally.

That explains why some individuals have negative incidents attached to them. Certain facets go on haunting certain individuals for years to such point that these individuals feels that they are born unlucky or that they are cursed. When in fact, they have created this negative energy and have accumulated so much, feeding them off.

You have the power to rewrite this reality, this negative energy that you have nourished. Defeat it with pleasant, positive and inspiring thoughts, all the time, every time. Continuously doing so will distinguish the negative fire within.

Here are simple ways to rewrite your thoughts and your reality:

1. There is a need and a must to change your beliefs and attitude concerning your present reality. Shift your attention and focus in the direction that you believe can bring you more success and peace. Turn negative thoughts into positive ones; whenever a negative thought enters your mind, block it off instantly with a positive thought.
2. Create an image or think of the new and positive reality that you want to achieve and focus on it constantly; should there is a need for you to decide on a certain aspect in your life, refer to that image, to help you in your decision making.
3. Heal all your negative thoughts. Look inside you and determine what needs to be done and what you want to do. Keep on focusing to that reality that you want to achieve and never be afraid to take the steps towards it. Remember, fear is negative.

Wanting to succeed above every circumstance in your life, means using the power of your thoughts to make the reality that you want. Focus your attention to the thoughts and images that you want to project, that you want to achieve; this, combined with that passionate feeling deep inside you, your thoughts will be able to bring forth what you truly desire.

Here is a great truth of life most discover too late!
Effective team leadership skills can also have a huge positive influence on family life and parenthood. One also has to apply the same skills at home and chances are good that one will also have to develop children! It requires the application of the same team leadership skills! Is that not an encouraging thought about the truth!

The interpersonal relations inside team leadership principles can be very useful and bring great value to any organisation.

It can be applied not only to treatment of own employees, but also in other directions, as illustrated in the circular diagram below:

Diagram illustrating interpersonal relations usefulness

It can also be applied to:

1. Treatment of own employees.
2. Inter-departmental relations.
3. Customer service relations.
4. Sales force customer care.
5. Relations between team members.
6. Individual relations between colleagues.
7. Treatment of own family members.

Team leadership principles can bring so many benefits that one can just wonder how employers can ignore it! In fact, all employees should be trained in team leadership principles!

My final thoughts: One can reach leadership potential earlier. How will a career destiny unfold? Where will it end up?

Self-improvement in team leadership skills will dramatically increase the chances of vertical (existing employer) and horizontal (external employers) job promotion, as well as business owner success, in any economic cycle, as competitors with these skills are relatively few.

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How ignorant and arrogant can we sometimes be?

Even the big book teaches us “do unto others as you want them to do unto you”.
How do you get another person or group to regard you as competent?
How do you get another person or group to regard you as being a warm person?
How do you get another person or group to trust you?
How do you get another person or group to become enthusiastic?
How do you get another person or group to become inventive?
How do you get another person or group to become more innovative?
How do you get others to have confidence in you?
How do you get others to regard you as reliable?
How do you get another person or group to really like you?
How do you get another person or group to follow you willingly?
How do you influence another person or group to get a desire to support and follow you blindly?
How do you become a person who can influence others?
How do you inspire others to almost willingly die for you?

I will take the high road and you can take the low road; and I will be in Scotland before you!

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Team leadership principles as a subject, is the most neglected knowledge gap in the competency arsenal of most occupations worldwide. Even big brother businesses are not aware of its importance.

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Self-determination

Self-determination

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Self-determination and self-awareness

The meaning of the word “self-determination” as used here can be defined as resoluteness, steadfastness and unwavering.

When you have built self-awareness or introspection, you have reached the point of knowing yourself well. This level of acknowledgment means that you have balance and a truthful view of your personality. It means that you are usually capable of interacting with others both confidently and honestly.

In the absence of self-awareness, any person who tries to move forward in life, plan for success and recognition is bound to taste defeat in life. Being consciously aware of our physical and mental needs is the essence of the process of self-awareness. Understand that self-awareness is different than awareness. Awareness means that you are wakeful, attentive and knowledgeable. You have a measure of recognition, approval, and feel good about who you are. Self-awareness, when combined with consciousness is an extremely higher plane of self-development.

Most individuals have not reached the height of self-awareness. Rather they reach the self-introspective level, which in this instance the personality they have fashioned in their mind is built on someone’s aspect of how that one and others see this person. In short, this person may think that people see him as a responsible person when in reality this person lacks the ability to take responsibility. This is the vast majority of people on this level of growth in which they are fictitious and evolved, rather than original and created. Many people remain stuck at this level of growth.

Self-introspection principally includes two chapters.

The first stage in essence is the process of self-ignorance where a person remains unaware of his inner realization. He continues to search for truth in the entire world but fails to realize that the answers to all his queries lie within himself.

The second phase is the phase of self-realization. The responsiveness or awareness of an inner self emerges upon in this segment. This inner self is our relentless collaborator in all our actions and thoughts. Yet, it is reflexive in nature and most individuals are rarely able to realize it. At this point, a person becomes aware of his shortcomings and fears. The path of self-development gradually triggers off. This is when you can move toward self-determination and continue through the growing phase, while building your inner strengths.

When you have this level of growth it moves you above the self-introspection of the common people in the world. Instead of being the self-ignorant, you become the person in control of your life, including your emotions, thoughts, behaviours, choices, etc. Self-determination provides you strength to go beyond what the average person can do. Instead of being a conformist – someone that follows others, you become a nonconformist, that is a true leader in the world.

Conformists often spend their lifetime admiring others, becoming fans to others, devoting their time to others – and often falling into the discipline of others. These people find it hard to maintain any level of self-determination. Rather they wait for others to tell them what they should do next. This is your typical conformist, or normal society.

There is no pleasure in spending a lifetime admiring others and hoping that you can be likes them. There is no pleasure in spending your time supporting others for the rest of your life. Once more, there is no pleasure in devoting your time and waiting for others to discipline you.

Conformists lack a great amount of maturity. This is why you see so many topics written to encourage people to reform their ways and take on the nonconformist attitude, which makes you a winner and a leader.

Life is too short, visit and search the Internet to look for ways to work through self-development and arrive at self-determination.

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Awareness and self-determination

In the common world, people often overloaded with information and advice. It seems at every corner you turn; someone is trying to tell you how to build awareness and self-determination. With all the advertisements and information it is often hard to decide what you must listen to.

When it comes to assessing the self however, the vast majority of people find it difficult task. This is also one of the prime reasons why most of the people disregard it as a frivolous activity with no positive outcomes.

Awareness and self-determination methods often present concerns that involve the processes of raising the level of consciousness and optimizing one’s potential to the best possible level. Despite of the many concerns it is crucial in today’s high-dollar world to advance in self-growth.

People must learn how to control their emotions, fears, etc, to survive. Pessimistic feelings such as fear, depression, violence, and anger are spreading quickly among the municipal men like an endemic.

Furthermore, the vogue fashion of pro-independence living and growing segregation amongst people continues to add to the loneliness and hostility of an urban man.

In the face of such circumstances, it is virtually impossible for a person to maintain calmness and composure at all times. Many people, due to these changes, are becoming more irritated, frustrated, and confused. The vast majority of people are living life hastily working overtime and live in chaos. Because of these complications it has left people with little time to spend with the self.

Inside of everyone is a hidden genius. Yet because of the prevailing culture and the inclinations that drive people to materialistic pursuits, many people are undermining the power and strength of the inner self. On the other hand, a person who invests his time in building a healthy relationship with himself grows up to become more reflective, organized, and conscious of his thoughts and actions.

Awareness and self-determination has a couple of aspects, which is highly misinterpreted, as spirituality. Mysticism is measured as a practice preferential by sages (having or exhibiting wisdom and calm judgment) who live in remote lands or the older people. Some people also consider it stroke of luck or a media hype attention-grabber adopted by some people in order to befool the masses by promising them inner peace and contentment.

The world of religious studies is misguiding and often leads people off track. In fact, it is exclusively a personal choice whether the entity wants to practice religion or not. Unquestionably, it has its own advantages and can help a person to be at calm, if adopted correctly. Typically our inner self is allied with the psychosomatic aspect of our personality.

Sadly, the competitive world has forced people to try and outdo the other by competing fiercely. Many people embrace strong pessimistic feelings for their competitor, such as covetousness, revulsion, and maliciousness.

Self-control is very essential for the complete self-analysis. If a person is not in control of his or her harmful emotions, he or she cannot sit back and relax the mind in order to carry out an honest analysis of the inner self, thus it will only create more heartaches for the self and the rest of the world. It requires a lot of audacity and open mindedness on the part of a person to amiably, correct the negative side through acceptance.

What’s more, accepting and working on it are two completely different things. An individual must be motivated and self-determined enough consciously to work at eliminating the negative qualities on a recurring basis.

It may be shocking but all it takes is a little amount of audacity, motivation, self-determination and desire to improve and set free the greater qualities hidden within each individual and then convert the self to create a self-determined professional, personal, and social life.

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Career building success factors

Career building success factors

Career building success depends on four career building factors or pillars

This is where you may indeed stumble upon all the tools you may need to build and promote any career and where we believe the pen is mightier than the sword.

1. Career building factor one – Occupational technical job knowledge

Occupational technical job knowledge is achieved through obtaining academic qualifications in a specific area of specialization like finance, marketing, engineering, production or an artisanship, as examples, combined with extra learning through on the job experience over time. Academic qualifications can normally be obtained at Universities, Colleges, Technical Institutions, formal Internal and External Courses. To stay on top of one’s subject of expertise, one will regularly have to attend seminars and courses and subscribe to the relevant Journals and Magazines and belong to the relevant professional Institutions and Institutes. This career builder of academic qualifications, is about learning scientific methods and scientific principles in a specific technical area.

2. Career building factor two – Management skills

In order to manage one’s own job and people efficiently, one  must acquire the necessary management skills by attending internal and external courses and seminars about development of management skills. Normally there are three levels of courses, namely one for Supervisory Management (understanding the functions of planning, organising, controlling and leading), one for Middle Management (understanding management functions and participative management principles) and one for Senior Management (understanding strategic planning and execution). It is advisable to muster all three levels of management principles for efficient execution of all one’s responsibilities, liabilities and operations. This career builder of management skills, is about efficient execution of organisation operations

3. Career building factor three – Leadership skills

In order to lead people effectively, one must also acquire the necessary leadership skills by attending internal and external courses and seminars about development of leadership skills to be able to motivate, improve and monitor performance of people in the right way for increased productivity and morale. One must therefore be knowledgeable about leadership styles, leadership principles and team building principles. It is about earning respect and followers with your display of leadership knowledge for effective performance improvement. This career builder of leadership skills, is about creating effective organisation performance.

4. Career building factor four – Personality traits

There are many personality traits, which can influence one’s career progress negatively or positively. One can, however, work on them to improve them. Personality traits are to a great degree dependant on one’s emotional development level, upbringing influences, exposure to cultural customs, educational influences, workplace experiences, exposure to motivational knowledge and one’s own willpower. Personality traits are things like perseverance, commitment, loyalty, openness, trustworthiness, self-discipline, sincerity, honesty, creativity, ability to cope with change and political issues and a lot of others, which make up one’s character, level of integrity and the way subordinates, peers and superiors perceive oneself. This career builder of personality traits, is about personal emotional growth to earn respect.

In summary one can say that academic qualifications alone, are not near enough to guarantee career progress. Academic qualifications must further be enhanced with the other career building factors like management skills, leadership skills and acceptable personality traits, to cloak oneself with enough wisdom and character. Firstly, it is for the sake of improvement in individual performance and group performance and secondly, for career promotion. Normally one must first perform to earn career promotion. Therefore, your subordinates must perform to make your own performance higher and stronger (management, leadership and team building principles).

Self-improvement in team leadership skills will dramatically increase the chances of vertical (existing employer) and horizontal (external employers) job promotion, as well as business owner success, in any economic cycle, as competitors with these skills are relatively few.

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