Marty Nemko believes that the job-hunting public has been sold a bill of goods when they’re told to follow their passions. For a select few—those who are bright, uniquely talented, uber-motivated and genuinely passionate, he says—that advice works out like gangbusters. For thousands of others, it’s impractical.
Thomas Watson, Sr., once said that to be successful, you have to have your heart in your business, and your business in your heart. This is a thought that seems to be driving the executive team of i-10 Hospitality, a Louisiana-based management company specializing in restaurant, hotel and gaming development, management and consulting services.
If someone asked you to borrow a bundle of money to start a new business, would you hand over the cash, no questions asked? Probably not. You’d have more than a few questions about the plans and potential for the business’s success you’d want answered before you decide to take a chance on helping a new business get off the ground.
Hunting for a job is a frustrating, exciting and infuriating experience, especially when you know that you would be an ideal and productive employee for Company XYZ, if only Company XYZ would give you the chance. But first you have to get Company XYZ to open some doors—first you have to get through the slush of resumes, then you have to make the first cut, followed by one or two interviews. Worse yet, there are a group of other qualified applicants who are going through this journey with you, and only one of you will actually get your foot in the front door.
Southwest Louisiana is a hub for world-class aviation maintenance at the Chennault International Airport complex. A major presence at Chennault is Aeroframe Services, which hires graduates of the job-specific training offered right next door at SOWELA Technical Community College. To meet its growing workforce needs, Aeroframe has announced an unprecedented program that offers all second-year SOWELA aviation students a flexible, full-time job with benefits -- allowing them to "earn while they earn" and fast-track the career they're seeking.
Even if you’re the company rock star, always meeting your deadlines, rarely absent or late, it is inevitable that you are going to need a little help from a coworker at some point. Asking for help can be tricky sometimes, though. Consider these situations and read on for the best ways to handle them.
Whether you are a company owner, executive or front-line employee you’re probably interested in company culture. Sometimes an organization’s culture encourages people to thrive, provide great service, creatively solve problems and generate new ideas. Other companies may stifle growth and progress because the employees don’t "buy in” to the culture. They have more of a renter’s attitude than an attitude of ownership. So, how do we create that culture that makes employees feel like owners?
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