Ya gotta love this one…

Amid all the less than positive press about tuition costs at colleges and universities, Snhu has a great story to tell about that and more:

  • It is accredited
  • Enrollment growth: 1,282% from 2000 to 2019
  • 3000 students on campus; 135,000 on line. Yes that is 3 zeros.
  • It offers over 200 programs, from certificates to doctoral level degrees
  • Fields include business, education, liberal arts, social sciences and STEM.
  • Named 2020 Most Innovative University in the North and one of the nation’s “Best Regional Universities” by U.S. News & World Report.
  • Awarded the 21st Century Distance Learning Award for Excellence in Online Technology by The United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA)
  • Founded in 1932: Named “Great College to Work For” by the Chronicle of Higher Education every year since its inception.
  • Fast Company’s 50 Most Innovative Companies (2012)
2020 Great Colleges to work for Logo

And what Snhu says about its social impact: “As a university built for people, not for profit, we invest in our learners and their communities. You’ll find us on soccer fields, military bases and in underserved neighborhoods in NH and across the globe, because we believe in using the power of education as a force for social good. And all of us – alumni, students, faculty and staff – play a part in making it happen.”

Read about this great institution: https://www.snhu.edu/about-us

The total tuition of a 120-credit online bachelor’s at Snhu is $38,400, or $320 per credit hour. Then, read about the other — four year non-profit in state: over $100K.

https://educationdata.org/average-cost-of-college

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The ONE interview question

From Fast Company, January 12, 2022, a four minute read. This piece on interviewing is up there with the best of them!

“Cultures evolve over time, generations even, and it takes enormous and holistic effort to truly change a culture. Hiring managers need to be realistic about what the day-to-day is in their organization and on this particular team. While you might be thinking you don’t want to scare away great talent, don’t worry: Your culture will do that handily if the “IRL” situation isn’t what you sold. (join a company, quit a boss). To get the fit right, managers need to both objectively assess and reflect their workplace while getting to the heart of what makes a candidate tick.”

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NFL leadership…

Where is the leadership in the NFL? If it genuinely cared about striking a leader image among the players and its communities, it would toss players out of the organization who practiced domestic violence, were convicted of substance abuse, developed a reputation for unnecessary violence in the game, and had a penchant for similar behaviors that would be cause for termination.

I understand the organization wants to leave decision making to individual teams and team management. However, there has to be a higher level set of ethics and standards that is an overarching mandate for all teams. It is no different than corporations requiring its operating locations to operate within corporate-wide ethics and standards.

Where is the zero tolerance policy for this $12+ billion industry?

The league has a huge, highly visible, leadership role in the sports world and in communities.

There are a number of players who set great examples for their teams, on the field, and in their communities. There are!

The organization do the same!

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Future Workplace ???

This may be new “stuff” however it “sounds like” smart, informed, caring and balanced leadership and management, which seldom fails. And I don’t know how far into the future this perspective really is, maybe more like today.


Of course there ARE factors that can complicate the best businesses (government, political, competitor, markets, etc.) however it is hard to beat smart leadership and management.

Good guidance for those employed and those searching and those leading …

https://www.fastcompany.com/90703579/we-surveyed-6000-employees-about-the-future-of-work-heres-what-they-want

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Just how difficult is it…

I have a friend that recently interviewed for a new position. It was a phone interview to start.

The call went well, she said the chemistry as far as she could tell was good, and at the end of the interview the company contact said she would let her know either way the following week. She informed him she was in the final ten candidates out of a starting pool of 150.

The following week came and went. No call. How hard is it to make a followup call? How hard is it to do what you say your going to do? How can you tell someone you are going to do something and not do it?

That my be indicative of a company one might not want to work for.

Separately:

While were are on the subject of interviews… the interviewee should interview the company as well… good questions to ask…

https://www.thecut.com/article/questions-to-ask-in-a-job-interview.html

Go prepared. Know the company — financial performance, stock, people, locations, served market(s), competitors, etc. Know what you want.

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Leadership — Colin Powell

I always thought Colin Powell would have made a great president. He was a great leader. He passed in October 2021, although fully vaccinated, from complications cased by COVID-19.

This from The Resourceful Manager:

It’s said that even the best battle plans go out the window the moment the shooting starts.

That’s how unpredictable and disruptive war really is.

It also explains, in large measure, why Colin Powell grew to be an excellent example of Situational leadership.

He remains one of America’s most admired figures, a man whose prestige transcended party lines and political ideology.

The situational leader holds to no single style, but adapts as needed, as the situation requires.

This was particularly crucial to Powell’s extraordinary career. As he rose through the ranks, this Harlem-born general-to-be needed to adapt to military bureaucracy and political reality.

Before long he found himself working side-by-side with presidents, dating back to Richard Nixon’s second term. That required a whole different set of leadership skills and principles.

In his book, It Worked for Me: In Life and Leadership, Powell takes the reader through a series of work-life realities. For instance, not everyone gets promoted, he says, because there simply isn’t that many slots at the top. And for those who chose to work nonstop long hours, those he affectionately calls “busy bastards,” they need to prioritize better and get some rest.

He is also fond of saying that “With some people you spend an evening: with others you invest it.” In other words, if you flock with eagles, you’ll learn to fly high.

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It’s not about the car…

(work where you are valued)

A father said to his daughter “You graduated with honors, here is a car I acquired many years ago. It is several years old. But before I give it to you, take it to the used car lot downtown and tell them I want to sell it and see how much they offer you.

The daughter went to the used car lot, returned to her father and said, “They offered me $1,000 because it looks very worn out.” The father said, ”Take him to the pawnshop.” The daughter went to the pawnshop, returned to her father and said, ”The pawn shop offered $100 because it was a very old car.” The father asked his daughter to go to a car club and show them the car. The daughter took the car to the club, returned and told her father,” Some people in the club offered $100,000 for it since it’s a Nissan Skyline R34, an iconic car and sought out after by many.”

The father said to his daughter, ”The right place values you the right way,” If you are not valued, do not be angry, it means you are in the wrong place. Those who know your value are those who appreciate you. Never stay in a place where no one sees your value.

From Ty Bennett

visit tybennett.com for further info.

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“Looking for some Clarity…. “

Need a little organization?

… want to eliminate some confusion?  … at work, home, school? … maybe achieve more?

Confusion in your life?  Mess on the desk?  Feel overwhelmed? Just  seems like you can’t get anything done?

Take some quiet time; manage your space, do some planning:

If you have an office, close the door, A cube? Find a conference room

If neither? Use a library or coffee shop.

Put your stuff in boxes, mentally or actually draw them, label them. Use a notebook and “Post-its”, or, laptop and e-tools to display, organize, prioritize, and manage your boxes.

Set some priorities, most important box to least important, some boxes may have to be addressed simultaneously, Some tasks on multiple days, so identify task, day(s), time alloted those as well.

Examples: Your “work” box may have 8 or 10 sub-boxes / projects; your home box maybe 5 or more, make a personal time box, maybe a “me box”. However, they are related by time — they share your time, just so many hours in a day/week/month.

There are planning tools out there on the web that can help you manage your stuff. Consider this popular matrix… it comes in many forms and is highly adaptable.

In a previous post,  I noted that organization chart structures are handy organization tools… that tool might be used here and is especially handy for prioritizing things.

https://wordpress.com/post/successnexcess.com/588

One of the greatest culprits of disorganization or inefficiency is a perceived lack of time. Actually, there is always time! In many cases it can be a lack of “time management” skills.  The writer believes you don’t necessarily have to take a course / attend a seminar on the subject, although if it helps its worth the time (no pun intended). This blogger believes all you have to do is organize your stuff and follow Nike’s advice — “Just Do It”.  Commit to the time to make a plan, manage your time, allot time for each box,  and implement your plan, taking related actions to close out the tasks or work.  Lack of or poor implementation has been known as a cause of failed plans.

Above all, one has to commit the time to make the plan!

Do not let anything short of an emergency or critical event get in your way, or disorganize your day and time. Interruptions and priorities can change your day of course, but if it happens too often, life/work/time may be managing you rather than the other way around.

For the record, a messy desk is not necessarily a sign of a disorganized owner; in some cases it might be the sign of a big-time “multi-tasker”, or, a disorganized owner.

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