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TCE Blogs: Uber Driver Is Employee, Not Contractor Says, California…#Really?

(Source entrepreneur.com/article/247453)

Wow, so that changes the game on Uber...Big Time!  America…you may have to find your Taxi’s number because this ruling in California may just change the way Uber operates…across the nation.  How and why you may ask?  Well it means that Uber may have to do what most businesses HAVE to do…when they hire folks: follow employment law!   If you are not sure exactly what this “hoopla” is all about, read the article RIGHT HERE.

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For those reading  this blog who may say “so what, who cares and …what’s the BIG Deal?”  Well Uber has been “cruising”  with its fleet of “low-cost high returns” drivers by keeping them as 1099 (independent contractors).  In short, by filling the driver need with 1099’s versus W2’s  workers,  UBER IS NOT REQUIRED to handle payroll taxes (state/federal/etc). That daunting task is the responsibility of the …”independent contractor” aka Jane and John personal car driver.  Companies who use this model (which is perfectly legal) for “filling or outsourcing their needs”  don’t have to deal with employment law factors related to hiring/firing, EEOC, ADA, Worker’s Comp, insurances or other human resources compliances (which means – they save BIG BUCKS).

The Career EngineerSo…since business progressive (and very liberal) California said “hold on, wait a minute…STOP” could other states or commonwealths (like my conservative Virginia) rethink their Uber business rulings?  So from my TCE viewpoint,  there are two ways that this can go..for Uber and the folks they “pick up”. One, Uber has to be an employer in California, the cost for service will go up substantially for this “new method” of transportation and demand will potentially go down.  Or, two Uber will say “we are out of here” and shut the party down all together with its “personal vehicle” service.  So it will be interesting to see how this all plays out.

In the mean time, I may have to get my whistle skills back and learn how to “hail a taxi”…again 🙂

NOW IT’S YOUR TURN

So..What say you?  What are your feeling on the whole Uber car service and the “personal ” vehicle use?  Is this California ruling a “good thing” or government meddling in the business world?  Would love to hear your thoughts…comment below!

TCE Blogs: Gravity Payments CEO Dan Price In $70,000 Salary Promise

So as it turns out, guaranteeing employees a $70,000 salary is great for business. Gravity Payments CEO Dan Price In $70,000 Salary Promise   Gravity Payments CEO Dan Price has been flooded with both new clients and job applicants since he…

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TCE Blogs: New Survey Shows National Small Business Economic Sentiment in Unprecedented Geographic Detail

Thumbtack.com and Bloomberg Release Survey of More Than 10,000 Nationwide Respondents; Broad Improvement Seen Over 2+ Years of Data Collected So Far Shows a Slow and Steady Recovery SAN FRANCISCO, CA – May 19, 2015 – Thumbtack.com today released the…

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TCE News: When to Post to Social Media

Research indicates when to post to social media. I know a lot of people who agonize over when to post to social media, whether its posting blogs or messages on their various channels. The dilemma was universal enough to encourage some folks to research…

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Is your Career/Biz Brand JACKED or MASTERED? Do You Know the Difference?

So…is your career or business execution plan to be the Jack of All Trades?  Be careful, you may end up becoming  the Master of None!   Welcome to the online/offline marketplace and the days of hyper-competition, fake relationships, hustlers/scammers, content stealers, back stabbers and more.  Sometimes being “Jack” versus “Master” is nothing more than a 21st century distraction that has many of us confused that ACTIVITY and ACCOMPLISHMENTS…are the same thing. They are not, in fact the “busy without a REAL plan or REAL purpose mindset” is something the Jack’s keep doing but produces ZERO product, passion or positioning.

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News Alert — The REAL customer (W2 and 1099 funders) are yearning for “Your Main Thang” (yes I said Thang!)  So, what is your…”main thang?”  That is the product or service that produces results, revenue and what we call TCE REAlationship.  Now here’s where it gets tricky.  In today’s  world the BIG fix is on uber fast technology, follow me now, like me quick and click now/read later…a bill of goods sold strongly to “Jon and Jane citizen.”  However, the REAL secret is, “slow and steady wins the race…not the other way around!”

Here are some great folks ( I know and admire) who have left the JACK alone, and allowed their MASTER Brand shine.  Check them Out! NikkiWoodsRichard Branson Corey BookerRussell Wilson Michelle Obama and Randi Zuckerburg

I know, you are shocked that I just said “slow and steady” as much as I LOVE the speed of technology and social connecting.   But I also embrace natural balance, if there is High Tech there must be High Touch.  Your REAL MAIN THANG must showcase class and precision while embedding within your brand…genuineness, authenticity, originality, integrity, performance, talent, skill and human-to-human technology.   Never the quick, fast and “in a hurry” approach that we see ALL DAY LONG with our quick clicks, pressed posts, “uh oh” uploads and cute comments (unless you are slowing down to proof read your vetted content :).

Here are a couple of TCE PushUps that work for me (and our clients) to know the difference between being a MASTER versus being JACKED!:

  • Decide WHO Your Are BEFORE Deciding WHAT You Will Do
  • You Can’t SELL, What You Don’t KNOW
  • Believe NOTHING That’s Said, Believe EVERYTHING That’s Done
  • SELL Your MESSAGE, Not Your PRODUCT
  • Know Your COMPETITIVE Edge, DELIVER more than PROMISED
  • REALationships Build Revenue (that’s a TCE terms folks)

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Yes, this is a throttle back coming from your Career Engineer a Social Technology Queen who adores the speed and power of cyberspace.  Nevertheless, I have always been a champion and more concerned with your “perfected space and stamina” in the marketplace, than the clicks it took for you to get there.  I am not talking about a return to the snail pace (1990’s or anything, heck no)….but I am promoting  the slow down or “back it up a bit”  of putting your Jack out there as “fast and furious.”   Instead try being The Master of your brand…at the speed of  “accurate, efficient and effective.   Show the marketplace that you are the MASTER of that…and they will love you for it!


You’re FIRED, The Power of the “We The People” Vote

The Career EngineerFirst let me say a big “PushUp & Thank you for voting” on yesterday as WE THE PEOPLE across this great county shared our voice with our vote.  Boy did our vote matter as there are many elected officials who are licking their wounds and have just LOST their jobs. But was this due to a record voter turnout or a lack luster voter engagement which has now changed things in our districts?  As I watched the election coverage, reports were coming in that in some precincts you could hear a pen drop because of the No Shows (people who failed to come out and vote).    The most troubling thing about this is that the mid-term, state and local elections are the most important because they have the most policy power  in our lives.  I wonder, will my Nov 4th NO SHOWS stand in line on Black Friday to cast their votes on shopping deals?   Just something to make you go….hum!

Not Registered? Get Registered Now!

As you can see NO SHOWs  not only matter in the Career or Biz Space…but they are also important in our Life Space. If you DIDN’T VOTE, please keep your complaints/comments to yourself over the next few years.   To my WE THE PEOPLE  voters let’s make a plan to evaluate our HIRES during their terms so we can decide when their contract is up to either REHIRE or FIRE via the vote.   To our  elected officials, if you want to STAY HIRED,  as a member of “WE THE PEOPLE”  I ask that you do the following…

  • I ask that my newly or rehired elected officials know and represent your citizens.  I know it sounds simple but it’s not getting done!
  • I demand that my newly or rehired elected officials put the Party agenda on the shelf, take ownership, find REAL solutions & stop attacking the other Party.
  • I expect that my newly or rehired elected officials will Focus 100% on finding ways where the “United States of America” (Key word UNITED).. can be a stable, sustainable, strong and secure nation
  • Bonus Point:  Your Supervisors (WE THE PEOPLE) will be  WATCHING YOU NOW AND FOREVER MORE!

So,there it is…and I expect the above three (3) items to be deliverables from the very poor of us to the most prosperous of us.  To our MID-TERM HIRES, don’t take your job for granted or those impressive fringe benefits (like the best healthcare coverage in the USA), salaries for working and NOT WORKING, free lunches/dinners and perks… (all paid for by your supervisors “WE THE PEOPLE”.)  Lastly,  The Career Engineer  is a proud member of “WE THE PEOPLE”, I expect my elected officials to work smart, work hard and to get the job done. and most important…don’t screw up…because  “WE THE PEOPLE “ are counting on you!

 

LinkedIn 101: Just Because You Have ACCESS…Doesn’t Mean That You are INVITED

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One of the BEST Connection spaces on the Internet!

TCE has to Vent Within My Social Tent:  Just a LinkedIn “Pull Up” to the members who PAY for the service.  Just because you have ACCESS…doesn’t mean that you are INVITED.  No one wants an inbox (LinkedIn or Otherwise) filled with sales pitches or buy me now…when there is absolutely no relationships or attempt to create one.  I enjoy focused and purpose driven REALationship networking (That’s TCE trademarked folks).  You create stronger bridges when you reach out with authenticity, value and being yourself vs a sales pitch artist.  You humble TCE,  had to share….as I think it needed to be said.  Of course your comments are welcomed and encouraged!  Below are a couple of  TCE Boosters for ANY Social Media Community where you are trying to buzz your brand for Career, Life or Business results!

Social Media Etiquette for Your Career or Business

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Just like any other career or business environment, the social media space has norms, behaviors and a culture (especially for employees and biz owners).  Violation or refusal to “get with the program” MAY affect your ability to build critical relationships in your career & business.  Yes, your online reputation and actions can create AWESOME deals…or move you BACK into the unemployment or bread lines.   The Career Engineer is here to share her Social Media “Go or No Go” relationship tips to help you change the game!

 

Tag or NOT to Tag…That is the Question!

  • Unsure?  ASK …BEFORE you tag someone (very irritating)
  • Make sure the person is “a part” the content
  • BEST ways to destroy a potential relationship online and offline!

 KNOW the Rules of Engagement!   (Group 101)

  • Ask the creator about group norms/culture (or read/comprehend group info)
  • Relational vs. Pitch groups (knowing  the difference is powerful)
  • Read profiles, Google folks…BEFORE You Reach Out (time and sanity saver)

HOW You Share vs. What You Share !

  • Social media spamming (folks will RUN from you)
  • Overkill of ambiguous posts that don’t fit a conversation (Big biz killer)
  • Walls/update areas are precious, don’t post unless you have permission

“What if GOD Was My Coffee?” (An Inspirational Post from Your Career Engineer)

The Career EngineerDon’t Get Anxious – Get Prepared!  Fact:  I am NOT a morning person!  In fact for years its been a well know fact, “don’t say anything to Francina…until she has HAD HER COFFEE.”  A couple of sips of Joe and I am off running and getting all my career, life and business places and spaces in order.   Well, last week I was having an amazing and inspirational conversation with my Pastor Adrian Woodard  and he contacted me…EARLY in the morning.  It must have been pretty obvious that my voice was reflective of the fact that “I have not had my coffee yet” and “Pastor A” has discerned this limitation.  He is a quick study and he knows I struggle in this area  (plus I say “I need my coffee” all the time).

TCE and my Coffee

 

So how interesting it was to me that “Pastor A said, “Francina, GOD should be your Coffee.” and he proceeded to shower inspiration, encouragement and an alert that he just may pop in an EARLY call or two “every now and then” to remind me of this.  We both laughed and enjoyed a chuckle of the moment.  But after we ended our chat, I thought about it, “what if GOD was my coffee?”  (That’s just Like Pastor A, always trying to make me slow down, wait and …ponder!)  So I thought of all the reasons, celebrations, problems, situations that I use coffee to make it through my day versus taking additional time out for a moment with GOD.  So this is what I have come up with take a look and let me now what you think.

What if GOD Was My Coffee …What Would I Do Differently?

  • Can’t/Won’t Start My Day Without Coffee:  Before my feet hit the ground, I am often in a dream state and can’t get it together without my cup of coffee.  In my mind, nothing starts, until I make that Dunkin Donuts run and after 10 or 15 minutes, I am good to go. Now, imagine in this scenario if coffee was replaced by GOD.  What a difference it would make in the start and finishing of my day! (Relying on GOD to start…everything!)
  • Need a Boost – Coffee to the Rescue ( Here I Come):  Ok, so it’s an all night gig, or I have to get a TCE project done! Well, I RUN to the coffee…because in my mind, I can’t do it with out the boost.  I need that edge, that sweet and powerful caffeine  to give me the rush I need.  Imagine, if my running was to the author and finisher of my faith, the one who designed me and created my purpose.  The one who I believe is the Alpha and Omega in my life. Now, imagine in this scenario if coffee was replaced by GOD.   Shouldn’t this be the place where my true “boost, edge &  power” should come from.  (Another hum moment).
  • Coffee Warms Me Up it Just Feels Good:  A cold winter night or having a cup of coffee as I socialize with family, friends and peers.  Great conversation over a cup of coffee is an American tradition.  Let me own this, it’s MY tradition.  It feels good, it’s comforting, it’s accepted, everyone understands it.  Now imagine in this scenario if Coffee was replaced by GOD. Is he not comforting, should I care whether he is accepted by all as long as HE is accepted by me?
  • I love Coffee, I May Even be Addicted to It:  Dunkin Donuts is definitely my friend.  I can’t stay away from the place (and I won’t share my other addiction for those gosh darn donuts).  But I have got to tell you as a New Englander, this is the best cup of coffee on the planet and I LOVE IT.  In fact, I have even tipped out of the house…at night…for a cup of this good stuff (yes I am that addicted). Now, imagine in this scenario, if Coffee was replaced by GOD.  The same love and sense of not letting go..the quenching of my thirst…is a feeling/action that should be destined for GOD and not my “cup of coffee.

Yes, this is a different type of TCE blog post for me and an opportunity for me to share my journey on ensuring my faith should be as evident as the many cups of coffee in my life.  Who knows, maybe it will encourage someone else to rethink…their coffee.  I am not here to convert or convict you…that not my job.  But I was compelled to share this part of my journey, as it’s been one of the most “teachable moments” in the last 10 months of my life.  I have to thank “Pastor A” for a powerful statement that was re-engineered to a great question which I hope will get a lot of us…thinking.

The really cool thing is, I am not writing this post on a coffee fix…doing this one totally on my own (let me correct that, with GOD).  I look forward to your comments, thoughts, posts and shares. #TG4FNL

 

 

 

 

TCE Thursday Pushup: “If You will just “PUT IT DOWN & “LET IT GO” Everyday can be a…. CLEAN SLATE”

Don’t Get Anxious – Get Prepared!  Everyone seems to love our daily TCE Pushups that we religiously share on Twitter and Facebook platforms.  They don’t come with a lot of content and wording, but they do HIT the spot.  So ,maybe now is a great time to bring them to our blog!  

TCE Thursday Pushup: “If You will just “PUT IT DOWN & “LET IT GO” Everyday can be a…. CLEAN SLATE”  

Kill the blame, denial and condemnation game because the only person it’s hindering is YOU!  All it takes to make Monday mornings better is for YOU to set those 100 pound bricks down on bad mistakes, terrible judgement and bad calls you’ve made in the past Aren’t you tired of carrying ALL that weight of “consuming stuff”  from the day you were born until this morning?  I feel your excess weight just blogging about it!  Don’t you WANT or DESERVE a FRESH START?  In fact, why don’t you try it now, beloved…SIT THAT OLD STUFF down, forgive yourself, prepare yourself and jumpstart your clean slate.  (Topic closed)

(Thanks for the Words of Wisdom Joy Wansley#LetItGo #CleanSlate #DontGetAnxious #TCEnow (Powered by http://TCEnow.com/)

TCE Top 5 Networking Disasters a “TCE Tough Love” Segment

Your Career Engineer was on TV today sharing some Networking blunders that can keep ALL OF US, in the “I have no money and I am broke” line.  You know that I don’t want that to happen, so here is the segment from today’s show that  describes those “Networking Disaster Personas.”   Make sure that YOU are not one of…THEM!  I also have a YouTube video, How to Network Like a Rock Star, check it out that shares a bit more of this TCE style.  Plus in my youtube video I look directly into the camera…I am not a fan of profile views…YUK!

  • The STALKER:  You want THAT Connection & think you are ENTITLED too it…BUT stop “following” the “A Gamers” around…It’s very irritating and does more HARM than good!   TCE Tip: Stop it!
  • The BUSTER:  You see a conversation and just BUST into it without a tasteful and tactful entrance!  You are now…toast!  TCE Tip:  It’s called impulse control!
  • THE KIDNAPPER:  Stop holding one-person hostage all night, they are there to meet OTHER people!  Monopoly is a board game you play with your family…does not work at networking events. .  TCE Tip:  It’s OK to Let them Go…
  • The FAKER:  Stop using champagne words with an orange juice brand!   Who are you trying to impress…the AIR?   Pretending to be a PERFORMER is a dangerous move.  TCE Tip:  There is a true value…. in being REAL!  
  • LIFE STORY TELLER: Not interested in your activities since birth (Over share warning).  Find your 60-second introduction, followed by an up to 5 min performance/tactful chat.  If you don’t have one…Go home or…get coached by TCE!

 

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