Independence Day: There Are Many Ways To Fight Racism

 

Over the past week and a half I have heard so many people debate the validity of fighting for the removal of the Confederate flag from the South Carolina Statehouse. Many people have said this fight is a distraction from more important issues while claim we must rid our country of this symbol of intimidation, oppression and hatred.

 

I find value in both points of view and frankly do not understand why this has turned into an argument.

 

A murderer filled with racism and misguided rage stole the lives on nine innocent people while they worshiped at Mother Emmanuel A.M.E. Church in Charleston, SC. He did not know them personally and did not care to know or understand them. He hated them simply because of the color of their skin. He targeted them because he knew they would be welcoming and not hostile – unarmed instead of ready for war. This madness feels like a return to Jim Crow and the Civil Rights struggle as five Black churches have been burned in the last week in the south and over four million dollars has been raised in support of the murderer. I will not post his name and grant him the notoriety he seeks. Murder and brutality of African Americans by police has been front page news for two years – women and children not excluded. Institutional racism and discrimination from the hiring desk to the teller window to the cash register still plague us. I can see why some people think the Confederate flag flying over a government building is irrelevant.

 

Did you read that last sentence? A confederate flag flies proudly over a government building. The Confederate flag is the symbol of the army who lost the Civil War. One of the causes of the Civil War was a refusal to end the enslavement and abuse of thousands of Black men, women, and children. After the Civil War and during the Civil Rights movement the Confederate flag was displayed proudly as racist southerners once again refused to follow the laws of the United States and allow Blacks equal rights. The flag was also carried by Ku Klux Klan members and White Supremacy groups and often displayed after the lynching of Black people. If the Confederate flag is always in opposition to unity and equality for all United States citizens then why should it be flown on government property? Why is it allowed at a government building funded by the tax dollars of citizens for whom it is a reminder of hatred and abuse? Why is it on government property if the government disagrees with its ideology? If citizens want to display the flag in their private homes or on private property then our democracy gives them that right. Private property versus tax payer funded public property!

 

The Constitution of the United States of America has promised all citizens freedom of speech and equal rights. Instead of debating and fighting each other, I would hope that those with opposing views on this issue realize that at their core they are fighting the same issues – racism! Racism is the foundation this country was built on and it will take our concerted, collective effort to fight it. We are not monolithic – and that is an awesome thing. We can multi-task. Some march, some sign petitions, some write articles, some boycott, some educate. We must divide and conquer – not separate from each other but divide how we attack these horrors that are attacking us. Some fight covert racism while others fight overt racism. Housing, education, abuse, murder, employment – racism rears its ugly head in so many ways that each of us can play different positions on the same anti-racism team.

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Nicki Sanders, The Packaged for Success Coach, is an experienced trainer, group facilitator, and program manager. She has packaged her Masters of Social Work degree and over 15 years of work experience into Packaged For Success, a training and professional development company. Packaged For Success provides career coaching to college students, entry-level job hunters, and experienced employees seeking a promotion. Packaged For Success also offers communication and productivity improvement training for employees and supervisors and provides consultation on building sustainable, impactful, socially responsible community programs.

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Take More Photos

 

I never had a need for a selfie stick because I rarely take photos. For years I put off scheduling a professional photo shoot. For many more years I dodged cameras at family events, professional events, and even on vacation. The reasons were endless – I need my hair done, I don’t like this outfit, I’m too skinny, I’ve gained too much weight, I just ate, next time I will. My favorite excuses my grandmother and mother don’t like taking photos either. The real truth is I didn’t want all the attention.

 

Social media essentially forces us to take pictures – there is even a selfie stick!! In the last year I’ve decided to take more photos. I have determined that I will take at least one photo at every conference or on every trip I attend. Guess what happened when I made that decision? Not only do I have memories that will last a lifetime but I’ve found that in the moment I say “cheese” and smile for the camera my gratitude increases. I am in fact enjoying the moment more because I am savoring the moment. As a person who is always busy, thinking about her next task, or helping someone else ‘living in the moment’ has not been one of my strongest personality traits.
I’ve jumped on the bandwagon and I like it – TAKE MORE PHOTOS!!

 

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Nicki Sanders, The Packaged For Success Coach, is an experienced trainer, group facilitator, and program manager. She has packaged her Masters of Social Work degree and over 15 years of work experience into Packaged For Success, a training and professional development company. Packaged For Success provides career coaching to college students, entry-level job hunters, and experienced employees seeking a promotion. Packaged For Success also offers communication and productivity improvement training for employees and supervisors and provides consultation on building sustainable, impactful, socially responsible community programs.

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What’s Your Next Steps After the Conference?

 

While we were attending the Heal A Woman to Heal a Nation Conference this spring in Maryland my daughter won a ticket to the Fabulous I Am Conference in Charleston, SC. For very different reasons we both decided we wanted to head south.

 

I am a strong proponent of education and professional development. Like many other students, professionals, and entrepreneurs, I have attended dozens of conferences. Industry related conferences, business development conferences, empowerment conferences, and spiritual development conferences. We attend conferences to learn, grow, and network right? Gaining knowledge is relatively easy. I’ve found that most conferences I attend have some level of overlap in at least a couple of these categories. Information is in such great supply that it is easy to experience information overload and or even slip into the shoes of a conference junkie.

 

The goal of professional development is transformation not entertainment. We often take information in but don’t learn it and aren’t able to apply it later – like cramming for a test instead of studying for it. We get motivated but don’t get activated. I find that what I do the first 3-7 days after a conference determines my individual growth and sustainability. Application of knowledge really is the key to success.

 

What Do I Do Next?
1. Do I read my notes again?
2. Do I compare these new notes to past notes (even if from a different conference)?
3. Do I dialogue with someone about the experience?
4. Do I create a new schedule or to do list?
5. Do I incorporate what I learned into my regular activities?
6. Do I share what I learned?
7. Do I connect with someone who attended the conference?

 

Doing even half of these things helps me retain and maintain what I learned.

 

Before you attend your next conference (class, workshop or training) ask yourself:
1. Why am I attending this conference?
2. What do I hope to gain by attending?
3. Will be my next steps after the conference?

 

After the conference take forward ACTION!

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Nicki Sanders, The Packaged For Success Coach, is an experienced trainer, group facilitator, and program manager. She has packaged her Masters of Social Work degree and over 15 years of work experience into Packaged For Success, a training and professional development company. Packaged For Success provides career coaching to college students, entry-level job hunters, and experienced employees seeking a promotion. Packaged For Success also offers communication and productivity improvement training for employees and supervisors and provides consultation on building sustainable, impactful, socially responsible community programs.

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Managing Up Is Not Kissing Up

 

Managing Up

You’ve likely heard the career term “managing up” but what does it really mean? The process of managing up includes being aware of your supervisor’s needs and preferences and intentionally performing your job in a way that increases their likelihood of success. Although appropriately managing up should result in a mutually beneficial working relationship, the ultimate goal should not be to get promoted. Managing up is not empty flattery or kissing up – in a nutshell it is being a strong team player who deliberately advances the company mission or agenda.

Managing Up is Not Kissing Up

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
Nicki Sanders, The Packaged For Success Coach, is an experienced trainer, group facilitator, and program manager. She has packaged her Masters of Social Work degree and over 15 years of work experience into Packaged For Success, a training and professional development company. Packaged For Success provides career coaching to college students, entry-level job hunters, and experienced employees seeking a promotion. Packaged For Success also offers communication and productivity improvement training for employees and supervisors and provides consultation on building sustainable, impactful, socially responsible community programs.

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5 Things You Learned in Kindergarten that Will Ruin Your Career

 

I had an amazing Kindergarten teacher. I absolutely LOVE her!!! She was firm and caring and interested in our academic and personal growth. We sang, read, colored, danced, and played. Although my Kindergarten teacher was awesome – as are many other early childhood education teachers – there are rules we learned in kindergarten that if you still apply them today can be holding you back in your career.

 

5 Things You Learned in Kindergarten that Will Ruin Your Career

1. Color Inside The Lines – Kindergarteners are taught to color inside the lines and even what colors certain objects should be. Always coloring inside the lines can hinder self-expression and halt creativity. The best employees are creative and resourceful. They know the rules but understand how to use their talent and skills to add value to their organization.
• Color outside the lines!

 

2. Speak When You’re Called On – Five year-olds are curious. They love to talk and ask questions. The excited kid is jumping up and down with their hand raised in the air while screaming “oooh oooh” is rarely rewarded when they can wait no longer and blurt out the answer. What we learned in grade school (and sometimes at home) is not to “speak out of turn” but to wait to be called upon. As a professional you have to take initiative and offer suggestions for improvement to be noticed and taken seriously.
• Speak before you’re spoken to!

 

3. Share with Everyone – Sharing is caring right? Good children are expected to share their toys and books and sometimes even their food. The world isn’t fair and kids won’t always get what they want. And more importantly sometimes the things they share are broken or stolen. The same is true in the professional world. Sometimes great ideas are shot down by people who don’t want to see you succeed and other times someone else may claim ownership of your ideas. Use discernment and judgment to protect your dreams, ideas, and projects.
• Don’t share with everyone!

 

4. Don’t Talk to Strangers – I’m sure you were taught about stranger danger as a young child. Although children are naturally curious, we were told to stick with friends and family. The opposite is true for professionals. A key to a successful career is a strong personal network. The key to a strong personal network is staying connected and keeping – talking in person, on the phone, and virtually.
• Talk to strangers!

 

5. Teachers Know Everything – Most five year-olds think teachers are geniuses. Children tend to think that adults have the answers to all their questions and won’t hesitate to ask question after question. Not only are teachers providing instruction on reading and writing, they are also teaching Kindergartners how the world works. Now that you are all grown up you know that teachers (supervisors and coworkers) don’t know everything. Knowledge is fluid and available from a variety of sources. A successful career dictates that you become both a student and a teacher – open to new ideas and new ways of doing things and contributing to the greater good by sharing your experience and expertise.
• You are also an expert!

 

 

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5 Things You Learned in Kindergarten that Will Ruin Your Career

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nicki Sanders, The Packaged For Success Coach, is an experienced trainer, group facilitator, and program manager. She has packaged her Masters of Social Work degree and over 15 years of work experience into Packaged For Success, a training and professional development company. Packaged For Success provides career coaching to college students, entry-level job hunters, and experienced employees seeking a promotion. Packaged For Success also offers communication and productivity improvement training for employees and supervisors and provides consultation on building sustainable, impactful, socially responsible community programs.

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10 Strategies to Build a Successful Career

 

Ten strategies to build a successful career:
1. Set clear career goals
2. Perform to the best of your ability at your current position
3. Form good relationships with past and current coworkers and supervisors
4. Be a life-long learner
5. Volunteer for causes that are important to you
6. Join professional organizations
7. Attend networking events
8. Socialize – join clubs, teams, and spend time on your hobbies
9. Explore career trends
10. Let The Packaged For Success Coach help you create a professional portfolio

 

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Nicki Sanders, The Packaged For Success Coach, is an experienced trainer, group facilitator, and program manager. She has packaged her Masters of Social Work degree and over 15 years of work experience into Packaged For Success, a training and professional development company. Packaged For Success provides career coaching to college students, entry-level job hunters, and experienced employees seeking a promotion. Packaged For Success also offers communication and productivity improvement training for employees and supervisors and provides consultation on building sustainable, impactful, socially responsible community programs.

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5 Ways to Develop Your Unique Career Path

 

What did you want to be when you grew up? Are you doing that now?

 

Every time I was asked what I wanted to be when I grew up I felt pressured to give a “good” answer. I’ve stopped asking that question of young people for two reasons; (1) the expectation that your reply needs approval, and (2) because I know so many adults who are still struggling to find the answer.

 

No two people are exactly alike and career paths are rarely linear. Each of us has a different set of values, skills, experiences, interests, and opportunities. If we are all unique why then are we still sinking under the pressure to follow the crowd?

 

We can’t all be doctors, police officers, and teachers. As a cupcake lover, I’m very familiar with Warren Brown, owner of Cake Love, who left a promising career as a lawyer to become a baker and engineer siblings Winnette McIntosh Ambrose and Timothy McIntosh founders of The Sweet Lobby bakery and winners of Cupcake Wars. Reality TV has introduced me to alligator hunters, storage unit auctioneers, and entrepreneurs who travel the country buying antiques from strangers. The commonality is that each individual is following their own unique career path.

 

5 Ways to Develop Your Unique Career Path:
1. Take Inventory – List your professional skills and weaknesses as well as your education and past career experiences. This will help you decide where you need to gain more training or experience and where you excel.
2. Trust Yourself – Your future success is in your hands. Don’t be afraid to experiment. Be open and flexible while following your instincts because ultimately you know what is best for you.
3. Research Options – Explore different careers through television, interviews and networking, the internet, career fairs, and good old fashioned books.
4. Motivate Yourself – Job satisfaction is a major factor in why people stay in or leave positions. As a starting point, determine whether your major motivator is passion for your work or a nice salary. Next consider work hours, location, and environment.
5. Plan Ahead – Sometimes you land at the right place at the right time but a successful career is generally the result of goal setting and calculated risks. Put your career development plan in writing so that you can keep track of your progress and stay focused on your personal career journey.

 

5 Ways to Develop Your Unique Career Path

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nicki Sanders, The Packaged For Success Coach, is an experienced trainer, group facilitator, and program manager. She has packaged her Masters of Social Work degree and over 15 years of work experience into Packaged For Success, a training and professional development company. Packaged For Success provides career coaching to college students, entry-level job hunters, and experienced employees seeking a promotion. Packaged For Success also offers communication and productivity improvement training for employees and supervisors and provides consultation on building sustainable, impactful, socially responsible community programs.

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5 Reasons Everyone Needs a Professional Portfolio

 

A professional portfolio is an organized collection of documents and items that showcases your talents, most relevant skills, and chronicles your professional path. Portfolios are no longer just for artists, designers, or teachers. A well put together portfolio can increase the confidence of professionals in every discipline or profession.

 

  • A professional portfolio is a great way for interviewees to stand out during a job interview since many job seekers do not have one.
  • A professional portfolio is also a great way for employees to highlight  accomplishments and position themselves for a promotion.
  • A professional portfolio can help entrepreneurs turn an exploratory discussion into a client meeting.

 

At a minimum, your professional portfolio should include:
• Career Summary and Goals
• Resume
• Cover Letter
• Reference List
• Testimonials and Letters of Recommendation
• Academic Transcripts
• Awards and Honors
• Samples of Work

 

Here are 5 Reasons Everyone Needs a Professional Portfolio:

1. Clarity – ability to connect your interests, knowledge, and goals
2. Organization – display evidence of your skills, abilities, and work experience
3. Strategy – opportunity to assess your patterns, progress, and potential
4. Communication – a guide to effectively communicate your achievements
5. Branding – representation of your commitment to personal investment and professional development

 

A professional portfolio is a living document that should be revised and updated regularly. I recommend updating your professional portfolio at least quarterly.

 

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Nicki Sanders, The Packaged For Success Coach, is an experienced trainer, group facilitator, and program manager. She has packaged her Masters of Social Work degree and over 15 years of work experience into Packaged For Success, a training and professional development company. Packaged For Success provides career coaching to college students, entry-level job hunters, and experienced employees seeking a promotion. Packaged For Success also offers communication and productivity improvement training for employees and supervisors and provides consultation on building sustainable, impactful, socially responsible community programs.

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Job Hunter, What Is Your Unique Selling Position?

 

Unique Selling Position (USP) – The factor or consideration presented by a seller as the reason that one product or service is different from and better than that of the competition.

• The Home Depot or Lowes
• Chrisette Michelle or Janelle Monae
• Pampers or Huggies
• Tanked or Fish Tank Kings
• Neet or Nair
• Staples or Office Depot
• Robin Thicke or Sam Smith
• Storage Wars or Storage Hunters
• Gatorade or Powerade
• CVS or Walgreens

 

How long did it take you to decide which of the competing brands listed above that you prefer? Why did you choose one over the other?

 

There are tens of thousands of people searching for the job of their dreams on any given day – apply, no response, apply, interview, and repeat. Many job hunters will have similar education, experiences, and skills as you do. The goal of your marketing documents – resume, cover letter, LinkedIn profile – is to help you stand out in a sea of candidates. You are also a brand! What is your unique selling position?

 

The process to clarifying your USP can be daunting and lengthy. Begin by viewing your credentials from the perspective of an employer then researching the competition (other similar companies and essential qualifications for similar positions). Lastly take time today to honestly answer the following questions.
1. What is one thing that makes you different from other professionals in your industry?
2. What specific experience uniquely qualifies you to do your job?
3. What are your 3 core values?
4. What are the last 2 ideas you implemented?
5. Where do you see yourself in 2 years?

 

Use the answers to these questions to update your resume, cover letter, and LinkedIn profile as well as to guide your interview preparation.

 

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Nicki Sanders, The Packaged For Success Coach, is an experienced trainer, group facilitator, and program manager. She has packaged her Masters of Social Work degree and over 15 years of work experience into Packaged For Success, a training and professional development company. Packaged For Success provides career coaching to college students, entry-level job hunters, and experienced employees seeking a promotion. Packaged For Success also offers communication and productivity improvement training for employees and supervisors and provides consultation on building sustainable, impactful, socially responsible community programs.

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5 Reasons Scooby Doo Has the Perfect Career

 

Think about this for a minute – it’s rather unlikely that anyone between the ages of 5-60  doesn’t know Scooby Doo. Many a human being would love to have similar success and longevity. How is it that Scooby Doo – a fictional character – has a career that has spanned decades?

 

Here a 5 reasons that Scooby Doo has the perfect career:

1. Adaptation – The “Scooby Doo, Where Are You” cartoon was launched in 1969 and the mangy mutt has remained relevant by adapting and morphing with his fans. When new trends and cartoon hit the tube, Scooby Doo spin-offs “A Pup Named Scooby Doo”, “New Scooby Doo Mysteries”, and “What’s New, Scooby Doo” were born. Adaptability and flexibility are valuable employee traits. Are you able to easily adapt?

 

2. Diversification – Scooby Doo is not just a cartoon character. He has multiple selling points – toys, books, clothing, movies (in theater and digital), and amusement park characters. You can even purchase your own Scooby Snacks. Take a lesson from Scooby and diversify your skills and experiences to increase your value to employers.

 

3. Branding – Scooby Doo has a strong, recognizable brand. He is consistent and predictable. Scooby is a frightened, hungry, talking dog who always finds himself in the middle of a mystery with his human friends. His laugh and “R” sound are unmistakable. In the midst of every scary adventure Scooby will be hungry and gobble up Scooby Snacks and any other meals available to him. Be just as intentional about the message and image you portray to the public.

 

4. Networking – A strong professional network is essential to a lasting career. Scooby Doo doesn’t travel without “the gang” of meddling kids. Scooby and the gang are always meeting new people and helping people in need. The group of young heroes has become friends with celebrity guest stars like KISS, The Harlem Globetrotters, and The Three Stooges. Scooby even teamed up with his nephew Scrappy Doo and the richest kid in the world Richie Rich. Remember your network can influence your net worth.

 

5. Self-Promotion – Scooby Doo is a veracious, mystery-solving master promoter. In addition to television shows on various channels and Scooby Doo merchandise available on his own website and in various retail outlets, when hunger hits Scooby eats his own brand of snacks and travels the country in The Mystery Machine. Scooby doesn’t shy away from the spotlight. In fact, at the end of every show you will hear him shout “Scooby Dooby Doo”.

 

You may also want to read:
– 5 Career Lessons You Can Learn From New Edition
– 5 Career Lessons You Can Learn From Reality TV Failures

 

5 Reasons Scooby Doo Has the Perfect Career

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nicki Sanders, The Packaged For Success Coach, is an experienced trainer, group facilitator, and program manager. She has packaged her Masters of Social Work degree and over 15 years of work experience into Packaged For Success, a training and professional development company. Packaged For Success provides career coaching to college students, entry-level job hunters, and experienced employees seeking a promotion. Packaged For Success also offers communication and productivity improvement training for employees and supervisors and provides consultation on building sustainable, impactful, socially responsible community programs.

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