The brand-new year of 2021 is upon us. How successful you or I will be in it is largely up to us. Much of that is further determined by how open we are to moving in new directions. Moving in new directions could mean a lot of different things depending on life circumstances.

With that in mind, here are nine gold nuggets for your success in 2021:

1 — Be Positive Regardless Of Your Problems. Yes, I realize you do not have to look far to find difficulties, roadblocks, and bad news. And, sadly, no situation is ever so bad…

Very soon, 2020 will be history. Now is a good time to assess how you did. If we never pause to assess our performance, we might forfeit valuable lessons. With that in mind, here are four questions I challenge you — as I challenge myself — to ask concerning 2020:

How did you do in your business performance? Reflecting upon all the professional roles you have held, how did you perform? Did you do your job with energy, accuracy, enthusiasm, and insight? By reflecting upon your business performance, you can bask in some well-deserved affirmation of the highlights. …

It’s All in Your Approach

How your company approaches training communicates worlds about its corporate culture. You usually see one of three scenarios.

1 — -Some companies don’t worry about training — they just worry.
2 — -Some companies take training seriously, but not seriously enough — they mainly aim to check the “right” checkboxes as quickly as possible.
3 — -Some companies make training a nonnegotiable absolute requirement — they become the standard bearers and the purveyors of best practices.

Which of these three approaches your company adopts will determine your company’s success or failure. Success has its own…

The brand-new year of 2020 is upon us. How successful you or I will be in it is largely up to us. Much of that is further determined by how open we are to moving in new directions. Moving in new directions could mean a lot of different things depending on life circumstances.

Here are nine nuggets to build your success in 2020:

1 — Be Positive Regardless Of Your Problems. Yes, I realize you do not have to look far to find difficulties, roadblocks, and bad news. Nevertheless, carrying a negative attitude into those challenges never did any good…

Very soon, 2019 will be history. Now is a good time to assess how you did. If we never pause to assess our performance, we might forfeit valuable lessons. With that in mind, here are four questions I challenge you — as I challenge myself — to ask concerning 2019:

How did you do in your business performance? Reflecting upon all the professional roles you have held, how did you perform? Did you do your job with energy, accuracy, enthusiasm, and insight? By reflecting upon your business performance, you can bask in some well-deserved affirmation of the highlights. …

Although anyone can and will criticize higher education, millennials are evidently smart enough to know its value. In spite of the horror stories about student loan debt, academic disasters, and wrong career turns, millennials have boasted one of the highest graduation rates of any generation to date. Generation Z may soon surpass them too as Laura A. Scione, managing editor of eCampus News reports:

“Despite growing questions around the value of college and return on investment in tuition, just 25 percent of Generation Z students say they believe they can have a rewarding career without going to college, compared to…

A few months ago, US News reported on the academic admissions scandal, Operation Varsity Blues:

“The case — the largest college admission scam ever prosecuted by the Department of Justice — exposes a long-running racketeering scheme dating back to 2011, in which parents paid an admissions consultant a combined $25 million to help students cheat on college entrance exams and to get them into elite colleges and universities as recruited athletes when in reality they were not athletes.”

This was a profoundly disappointing situation that displays the worst of our human failure on many levels. In addition to its magnitude…

Crash test dummies on the job. (Courtesy of CTDA.)

In an unprecedented breakthrough decision today, over 177,000 crash test dummies were given final approval by federal labor regulators to form the Crash Test Dummies of America labor union (CTDA). The CTDA plans to fight for crash test dummies’ working conditions and fair treatment. According to the CTDA union organizers, Moe Mentum, Aneeta Karr, and Cole Lijjun, their top priorities are:

1 — Limiting the quantity and types of crash tests per week.
2 — Strengthening torso, limb, and head replacement parts entitlements.
3 — Adopting a more compassionate approach to crash test dummy recycling. …

How Do You Handle Ethical Dilemmas?

Ethical questions are often easy to address. However, sometimes ethical quandaries can be overwhelming. In some situations, no easy answers exist and you are forced to select the best possible option from among several poor options.

Regardless of the depth of the ethical quandary, I have found that certain guiding questions can help to elucidate the decision process. While I make no claims at being an expert, I humbly offer these for your consideration. When I face a tough ethical decision, these are the questions that have helped me the most:

Ethical questions are…

James T. Meadows 2016

The brand new year of 2019 is upon us. How successful you or I will be in it is largely up to us. Much of that is further determined by how open we are to moving in new directions. Moving in new directions could mean a lot of different things depending on life circumstances.

Here are important points to ponder as you prepare for success in 2019:

Be Positive Regardless Of Your Problems. Yes, I realize you do not have to look far to find difficulties, roadblocks, and bad news. Nevertheless, carrying a negative attitude into those challenges never did…

James T. Meadows

Trainer, freelance corporate writer, teacher, preacher, business consultant, blogger. Enthusiastic and passionate in all I do. How can I be any less?

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