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TCE Shares “THE REAL SCOOP ON PERISCOPE”

“Let’s Talk About PERISCOPE ETIQUETTE, TIPS, TRICKS & TRENDS”

The Career Engineer

So what’s the SCOOP on PERISCOPE?  Well as an addicted “scoper” (that’s what we call ourselves), let me share my thoughts on this incredible new way to see the world from someone else’s eyes.

Periscope is nearly 8 months old with over 10 million users, and I am happy to be one of them. As an observer/broadcaster, I have commented, hearted, shared, followed, and replayed peri-newbies and the guru’s scopes. In all of my watching, learning and broadcasting (thanks for the hearts and follows guys), I have finally decided to share my thoughts about this amazing space that’s changed the game in LIVE streaming.

Feel free to comment, share and let me know your thoughts (oh…and I appreciate your follows @careerengineer).

  • Give Scoper Credit Where Credit is Due: Periscope is always changing, updating and growing (that’s one reason why I love this platform). With that being said, there are certain “Scopers” who source the NEWS before others…and they often share it (but that doesn’t mean you should steal it). So as a common courtesy: if you are sharing a news flash, update or “what’s hot” about this platform…give the original knowledge provider/sharer a shout out.  Don’t pretend like you learned this new thing on your own (when you watched it on someone else’s scope!) C’mon, I mean it’s just the right thing to do.
  • Like the HEARTS but LOVE the Followers:  Goodbye most loved list… and hello trending.  Welcome to the new deal which proves, yet again, the Periscope team was a step ahead of us.  Now we are made aware of scopers with (guess this) exceptional content, amazing retention rates and REAL value versus that gosh darn popularity “heart” contest.  Hearts are great and the original purpose was to let broadcasters know that their content was “on point and valued”. But somehow this concept got twisted into a heart contest, which defeated the purpose.   Sorry heart buyers…you got a bad deal.
  • Fakes It, Won’t Make it…Here: There are several concepts and values that are the foundations of the TCE Network such as: authenticity, being genuine and building REALationships (SM). Trust and community building are hard things to do offline, so you can imagine the drama in attaining those principles online. But now here comes Periscope…who’s original vision (no matter how often people try to pimp it) is REAL community building, being human merged with incredible technology. This is the purest form of diversity of thought from all faces, spaces and races. Now to that guy or gal who thought or have been “coached” to pretend or have an “elevated self-opinion”, it won’t work here. So try this novel approach: if you want your voice or message to be heard, just be “you.”
  • All Viewers…Matter! (Yes that includes the web viewers):  When I first started scoping I was told to ignore the web viewers and focus ALL MY ATTENTION on the LIVE viewers. In short, web viewers don’t matter because they can’t “heart you”. Gosh darn (that’s right no cussing) I was new so I followed to the letter the advice of the Periscope Gurus…but my gut and training told me different (note to self: listen to your gut). Now we understand that in most cases we are getting more views on the Web than in your LIVE broadcasts.  In fact my Peri-Mentor Alex Khan (Follow Him Now) proved that fact to his faithful viewers via FullScope.tv (analytics tool).
  • Periscope Tips, Tricks & Who Do I Watch: Hey as shared earlier, Periscope keeps up with new technology and trends. Here are the most recent updates at the time of this blog:
  1. Apply TV deal (that’s a BIG DEAL)
  2. replay fast forward/rewind
  3. Zoom (Not just for Apples anymore)
  4. Map 2.0 (A whole another level)
  5. Location myth busted (I will scope about that later).

I am honored to be a Beta Tester for Periscope so I have an early idea of what’s next (and it’s exciting). So, whom do I watch, grow and learn from on Periscope? Well, there are many great broadcasters but for me here are my Top 4:

If you follow me, you will ALWAYS see shares for these guys!

  1.  Ryan Bell (Creator of the official Periscope Summit) what a cool dude, another amazing guy who is all about community building and more.

 

  1.   Alex Khan (amazing human being, who is the perfect example of the right guy for this space, I could do a monthly blog post on Alex Khan #khanscope).

 

  1.  Vinnie Potestivo (We synced the moment we chatted, this fellow has a heart of gold and a spirit that matches… a true mover and shaker).

 

  1.  Mario Armstrong (Warning eat your Wheaties before you watch his scopes…because this guy brings it LIVE FOR REAL. EXTREME Technology content).

 

  • Money Does Not Maketh Man: Yeah, I got that from the Kingsmen Movie (get the Blu-ray). So…just because someone is a BIG NAME with BIG BUCKS in certain spaces does not mean they have character, content or value. In fact, at times it can be “just the opposite”.   Remember, they are scoping (just like you are) to explore, grow and monetize their efforts in a new market (let’s not get that twisted). I can’t tell you how many invites that I got excited about to actually join a scope with a powerful CEO, millionaire, Sales Guru, or inspirational/motivational speaker who attacked their viewers with name calling, extreme profanity…or worse. I even heard a very well know guru respond to a viewer about an upcoming event saying ”they are a bunch of freaks”.
  • Share & Tweet with Caution: Yes, broadcasters will ASK for your shares. However, be darn sure that what you are sharing ADDS VALUE and FITS your community. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been invited to watch a broadcast from a mutual…that when I tuned in…I had to tune out FAST. Their content, broadcast style and/or language use disturbed me (watching their other scopes did not help). The real bad thing about this situation is…what happens when I start thinking differently about the person who keeps ASK ME TO WATCH because they enjoy it …(hum just something to think about).

 

The Career Engineer“Don’t Get Anxious – Get Prepared” The Career Engineer provides career , life and business solutions, brand visibility and re-engineering!  click http://TCEnow.com Email: info@TCEnow.com 757-745-4823 (4TCE) , Twitter @CareerEngineer

 

Bill Gates Shares, What High School Can’t Teach You!

collegeToday I am speaking before a crowd of 21st century 14 – 18 year olds about the future, work values and their job search.  As I was thinking about how this “new digital school” group of exceptional young people may receive my “not so ole school” delivery about the value of work…I thought about Bill Gates.

An ole school fellow that young folks may admire because of this mighty dollars and senses (and Microsoft).  So I recalled  having this “piece of advice from brother Bill” in my  TCE archives.  dusted this thing off and will share it today.  ( I will let you know how it turns out, if they enjoy it our fall asleep).  But in the meantime, what do you think about Bill’s advise to our next generation, is the below STILL relevant today?

Bill Gates’ speech at a high school about 11 things students DID NOT and WILL NOT learn in school

Rule 1: Life is not fair – get used to it! 
Rule 2: The world won’t care about your self-esteem. The world will expect you to accomplish something BEFORE you feel good about yourself.

Rule 3: You will NOT make $60,000 a year right out of high school. You won’t be a vice-president with a car phone until you earn both.

Rule 4: If you think your teacher is tough, wait till you get a boss.

Rule 5: Flipping burgers is not beneath your dignity. Your
Grandparents had a different word for burger flipping: they called it opportunity.

Rule 6: If you mess up, it’s not your parents’ fault, so don’t whine about your mistakes, learn from them.

Rule 7: Before you were born, your parents weren’t as boring as they are now. They got that way from paying your bills, cleaning your clothes and listening to you talk about how cool you thought you were. So before you save the rain forest from the parasites of your parent’s generation, try de-cluttering the closet in your own room.

Rule 8: Your school may have done away with winners and losers, but life HAS NOT. In some schools, they have abolished failing grades and they’ll give you as MANY TIMES as you want to get the right answer. This doesn’t bear the slightest resemblance to ANYTHING in real life.

Rule 9: Life is not divided into semesters. You don’t get summers off and very few employers are interested in helping you FIND YOURSELF. Do that on your own time.

Rule 10: Television is NOT real life. In real life people actually have to leave the coffee shop and go to jobs.

Rule 11: Be nice to nerds. Chances are you’ll end up working for one.

Got the Interview….Now What?

The Career Engineer

Got the Interview….Now What? TCE Top Post Interview Boosters

Don’t Get Anxious – Get Prepared!  So. you had the interview!  The interviewer seemed to be captured by you!   You are feel pretty good about yourself and sense that you “hit it out of the park!”  That’s great, but now what do you do?  There are some power boosters and pitfalls to be aware of that can INFLUENCE the “You are Hired…decision!”  But it’s very important that you use these strategies with care and the right way…so you don’t screw things up.

So here are a few TCE tips to make the interview waiting period…less anxious.

Thank you card! A REAL, handwritten, USPS mailed OR dropped off within 48 hours. Addressed to the decision maker(s) and make sure you mention an organic/authentic  talking point from the interview. This is one of the most “hi-touch” power moves in the industry…and so many fail to use it in the “point and click world of today”.  (Note to Readers:  NO THANK YOU? BIG MISTAKE).

  • TCE Tip: TCE is “anti” email thank you notes.

Strategic Follow-up: In some cases, a personal follow-up call can be a GREAT “get noticed” booster. Warning, this assertive strategy MUST be tactfully qualified by asking during your interview, if a “follow-up” call is appropriate. No one wants a stalker or a pest….so make sure you KNOW the difference before you call or reach out to someone.  But if done correctly…this smart move can demonstrate what you can deliver to the employer.  (Note to Readers:  Who doesn’t like someone who follows through?)

  • TCE Tip: A little scared, then leave a voicemail early AM or late PM

Don’t STOP on the Feeling: Stay in the race. Keep on meeting, networking AND interviewing with potential employers UNTIL you show UP on your first day of work.  One of the WORSE things a career professional can do is to STOP their strategic job search…based on a false, unproven…feeling.  Keep it moving and flowing…always.

  • TCE Tip: traditional and non-traditional networking events are EVERYWHERE…make sure you keep your buzz  branded in the right spaces.  

“Ask The Career Engineer”: What are the Hot Jobs & Trends in 2015?

 

Don’t Get Anxious – Get Prepared! Welcome to the 1st Monday of the New Year. 60% of employers expect to hire talent this year (Source Dice.com)! But the REAL question is…will you be one of them! Never fear, The Career Engineer is here to share “What’s HOT in the Career Space in 2015.”

 

  • Tele-Working or Remote Work: Lots of major corporations, DOD contractors and more are using this model (Engineers, IT, Consultants, PM, Administrators). Booster: saves time and money! Pitfall: have to be self-motivated, disciplined and tech savvy to be successful.

 

 

  • Cyber Security Jobs: From para-professionals to Chief Technology Officer. With recent crashes, threads, hacks and more. WhiteHats are in demand now more than ever (so is employee HONESTY)! (Recent Twitter Crash & “The Interview”.) Click and check out Hot CyberSecurity Jobs  today .

 

  • Contractor & Freelancing are Growing: over 53 million Americans are now freelancing their skills and talents (Recent study by Elance-oDesk.com).   Some Freelance jobs across the USA are listed HERE 

 

  • Gen Z is not just College but High School Students: Sweet PAID Internships from Big Businesses like Microsoft, Lockheed Martin: Gen Z’s are hot (Born 1994 – 2010). Companies need STEM pioneers and to compete for the best talent they are branding themselves now in…high school! (Facebook, LinkedIn etc.)

 

  • TCEJobStop:  Over 1M open Jobs (right now). Use this GREAT Niche Site to find the hottest Jobs in your zipcode or across the country!

 

 The Career Engineer: http://TCEnow.com  Follow Us on Twitter @CareerEngineer Like us on Facebook.com/DontGetAnxious or Call  757-745-4TCE (4823)

12 Ways TCE Can Help Your Job Search 4 FREE

The Career EngineerDon’t Get Anxious – Get Prepared!   That is our corporate motto and I am sticking to it.  However, when I am reached out to by “out-of-work” professionals in the career space who ARE  struggling financially, emotionally and spiritually and have a REAL desire to “make Mondays better”….I want to do something.  In the world of business, there is a saying that “FREE Ain’t FREE” just because it’s no cost to you, does not mean it’s NOT costing me.  So how can I “serve”, empower, equip, not break the bank and “keep career hope alive?  

After praying on this and putting my TCE brain in 5th gear, I have packaged 12 ways TCE can help you for FREE.  Now folks remember the saying “you get what you pay for” be mindful, this is not the end of the story and you should invest in your brand and value if you want a high-end result.  But this is our way of providing some genuine help and sharing some knowledge to those who could truly be blessed by it.  So use it and let me know what you think :). (Note to my readers:  Notice each step begins with an ACTION word on the part of the receiver.)

 TCE Resources That Can Help Your Job Search (100% No Cost to you!)

“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

 

 

 

 

Happily Employed 101: Decide Who You Are BEFORE Deciding What You’ll DO!

The Career Engineer

As of June 2014, approximately 9.5 million Americans are unemployed in the United States. As a re-careering employee you may be wondering, “In this 21st century labor market, is it possible to have the “American Dream” and be successful in the workforce and in life?” Absolutely! The proof is in the person. Look at Oprah, Bill Gates, Tyler Perry, and Sam Walton. They’ve found the way. In a nutshell, they focused on their potential, not the economic indicators.  Successful people discovered who they were “BEFORE” they decided what they would do. It’s deeper than a job with these folks. It’s about delivering their passion, purpose, personality, and potential. I’m convinced that the individuals listed above no longer have to go to work everyday. They work hard, but their careers have become another dimension of their personalities pushed beyond the “average” functioning levels. Successful people consistently strive to produce at 100 percent utilizing a true blend of purpose and occupation.

 

What about the rest of us, can we attain that level of synergy in our professional career and life?   Absolutely. However, understand that success does not come without cost. Our cost, we must make a personal commitment to explore ourselves at deeper levels than we ever imagined. The actual price is the authentic desire to uncover our wants and needs, in order to let go of old habits, and gain new experiences.   I challenge you, find out who you are “before” deciding what you’ll do.  The next seven steps to self-discovery that follow will help you to discover who you are in work and in life. Remember, it’s deeper than a job…it’s about discovering “you.”

  1. Accept Who You Are: The ability to be comfortable in your own skin, and to find your  own niche, is a must for today’s competitive world. There is no one on this planet just like you. Learn to embrace and accept your originality, your body composition, the hue of your complexion, your voice, your essence, and your professional style. Once you have accepted “who you are,” you can begin to share “what you bring” to the workforce, relationships, and the world. Your unique “brand”is a selling point that you must deliver in all of your networking experiences. Be the pacesetter who drives class and style. Set your standards and leave the crowd behind.  TCE Power Statement: Failure Happens When You Try To Become Something You Are Not.
  1. Tap into Your Gifts and Talents:   If you don’t like something, you won’t do it very well. In order to find your “fit” with a particular employer, you need to explore your interests, desires, natural gifts and acquired talents. Consider the following questions and write your responses. In what areas of your life have you received compliments with minimal efforts? What do you enjoy? What relaxes you? What would you do for free? How do you feel when you are doing “that” activity? Do you “dream out loud?” How would you describe your ideal environment? If all of your debts were paid, and you could do anything in the world, what would it be?  Your answers may open the door for you to discover the best fit for your personality in the work environment. For instance, I enjoy helping people discover themselves. I need flexible, relaxed environments, open spaces, vibrant colors, limited supervision, and the ability to “go with it.” I would not be successful working in the Patent and Copyright Office for the Federal Government (even if it’s a GS-12 position), there are too many limitations. The result of an improper fit is friction, in which case, poor performance and/or termination would likely follow. TCE Power Statement: In The World of Success or Failure, Your Fit Makes The Difference.
  1. Discover Your Strengths/Know Your Limitations: You can’t sell what you don’t know. Let’s uncover your power. Consider the following examples to start your strength building process.  Are you comfortable speaking in front of groups, keen with numbers, academically solid, business savvy, or an excellent leader? Don’t discount your soft skills (compassion, drive, patience), combine them with the hard skills listed above. To determine your limitations, use the same techniques as above to find areas that are underdeveloped and need strengthening.   Once you have completed the above task, sell your strengths and minimize your limitations. Example: Strength: communication skills, Limitation: rapid speech (by product of a Yankee upbringing). Plan – be aware and conscious of speech rate while delivering my messages. No one will know, employer or otherwise, the areas of your life that need work, unless you decide to tell them. TCE Power statement: The Road To Success Is Always Under Construction.  
  1. Declare What You Don’t Want to Do: Fact:I don’t like okra. Therefore, I don’t eat okra, I enjoy collards instead. If you don’t like something, stop pursuing it. First step, declare 3 areas that you have “zero” interest in working.Let your flood gates open and list the industries, environments, job titles for which you have “zero” interest. Next step, do not apply for an opportunity in any of the areas you have listed in this exploration. If you don’t want to work nights and weekends, then don’t pursue the service industry (management or otherwise). If you have a more circular personality and need freedom and energy from others, don’t look for opportunities in a linear environment where order and routine is the norm. Your declarations will release you to pursue those areas where your interest, gifts, talents, and strengths can shine. Retention is more important than recruitment. TCE Power statement: When You Love What You Do, You Will Never be Forced to Go to Work Everyday.
  1. Acknowledge Your Power Source: In our academic pursuits, relationships, and work lives most of our actions are determined by some form of motivation.   In other words, “if I do this…what’s in it for me?”   Find the origins of your motivation, consider these questions. Are you internally or externally focused? What motivates your successes? What compels you to select particular programs? What drives you? What fuels your passion? What keeps you connected to the things you love to do? Knowing where your passion originates is a career selling point. Some industries are looking for internal motivation, (helping profession, education, sciences, and arts). Other industries need the externally motivated, (PR/marketing, entertainment, business, legal profession). A quick note of caution, understand that your “fuel source” must be replenished or you will run on empty. The technical term for not refueling is “burnout”– don’t let it happen to you.  TCE Power Statement: Find Your Life’s Work Not a Work Life!
  1. Deliver Your Ambition and Accomplishments: Today’s employers are looking for that top 10 – 30% employee who can perform in the marketplace. Make sure you have what it takes to meet their needs—be a “performer”, not just a “presenter.” Be an “employee”, not just a “candidate.” Expect HR associates to dig deeper and ask questions regarding performance, achievements, initiative and leadership potential. Hiring managers and recruiters are aware that candidates can “shine” in a one-hour interview, but what about the long haul? You must make sure that your career search tools combine what you can do, with what you’ve got. You must showcase your accomplishments, how you achieved them, and your next steps.   Be prepared to demonstrate your contributions, projects managed, and how you “stepped out of the boat” at various levels (individual, group, community). To have nothing… won’t do.   If you are struggling in the performance/accomplishment area, now is the time to “get on top of that.” Get involved and become active in the community. Join professional groups and associations. Find volunteer opportunities that meet your life mission and academic standards. Don’t just take a back seat, secure a position of leadership and develop those skills and accomplishments. Power Statement: Work Like You Have a Purpose.
  1. Manage “Your” Business: Successful people see themselves as an enterprise; they act and think like a business. They value performance, change management, accomplishments, quality, self-management, time-management, community service, and reputation. You are a business—an enterprise with a quality based product line, and skilled knowledge base. Your resume should function as your brochure, highlighting your strengths and minimizing your limitations. Your interviews are to be considered “sales” meeting where you share your core products (passion, purpose, personality, potential, and performance) with a potential vendor. Your image, dress, and conduct should be consistent with your business standards. Your follow-up contact (thank you letter and/or follow-up call) will close the deal, and leave a lasting professional impression on the employer.   Membership does have its privileges. Join the “Top 10 – 30% Club” or settle for the average career seeker club…you decide. TCE Power Statement: Your Reputation Will Outweigh a Resume Any Day!

Copyright © June 2014 by Francina R. Harrison, MSW

 

Francina R. Harrison, MSW The Career Engineer® (TCE) is an National Career, Business & eNetworking Expert, Author, Speaker, TV/Radio personality and the visionary behind the award-winning www.TCEnow.com The Career Engineer’s expertise has been featured on the TJMS, Tavis Smiley Show, BlackEnterprise.com, Chicago Tribune, Fox TV, NBC affiliates & hundreds of sites on the Internet.   Contact TCE @ 757-745-4823 or info@tcenow.com

 

 

TCE in Review, 2013 Best & Worse Job/Biz Hunt Practices

“Will your 2014 Career or Biz Search fair…BETTER or WORSE than your 2013?”  This year brought some significant challenges to the American workforce and marketplace.  Do you remember the sequestration, the historic Government Shutdown in October or the possible repeat of the same this January?  Ready to change your came for Monday mornings in 2014?  Never fear,   The Career Engineer  is here…to share  our take on some of the Best Practices and the Worse Practices we’ve noticed  in the 2013.  So try the TCE Best Practices tips and leave the “other stuff” to your competition.

 Best Practice:

  • Career Entrepreneur:   (Think, Act & Produce…Like You are a Business). In order to KEEP your job you need to EARN your keep.  I know it sounds harsh, but some decisions in the workforce /marketplace does come down to dollars and sense (yes, businesses sense).  I mean if you were the CEO of a business and you had to make that “tough decision” would you keep a non-performer (value unknown) on the payroll?  Or would you keep the team that can bring the most value to your customers.  Be honest, what would you do?
  • A Self Aware Career/Business Professional: Powerful Commodity (Strengths & Your Limitations): Ah…the professionals who know, understand and implement “value/performance” are  powerful entities in the marketplace. Today’s businesses need this type of employee  or leader to keep their engines running…become that candidate. Here’s a sample of the critical skills these folks bring to the table…
    • recognizing strengths and limitations
    • smart decision-making and having a solid powerful vision
    • recognizing when to push and when to throttle back
    • Exceptional online and offline communication skills
  • Attendance & WorkmanshipShow Up & Step Up — Under Promise/Over Deliver (Big One!)  The career/biz professionals who maximizes this golden rule WILL GO FAR.  It boils down to demonstrated performance and value engineering.  At the end of the day, your retention in the today’s workforce/marketplace may depend on your demonstration of  this critical “Show Up & Step Up” principle.

Worse Practices: 

  • Career/Biz InsanityDoing the SAME Thing, Yet Expecting DIFFERENT Results.  This is an easy one!  This formula doesn’t work in any part of life…so why use it in your career? (Enough said)
  • Give Me SyndromeSense of Entitlement vs. EMPOWERMENT in your Career hunt.  The days of “I am entitled to a job and the employer  must give me one”…are over.  The 21st century marketplace is hyper-competitive and it’s up to the individual to sell their value, performance and sustainability to the marketplace.  So unless you want a repeat of 2013 in 2014, get with the program or remain in the unemployment line  for a very long time (yes it’s tight, but it’s right!)
  • NO SEED/ NO HARVESTYou Get Out of it, What You Put Into it.  There’s nothing like good, ole fashion wisdom. If you want more out of your workplace experience, then put some skin in the game.  Not sure what I mean my skin? Where have YOU invested either time, talent or treasure (or all three) in your brand? How have you invested in your space, to seal your value to the employer or business owner?  Here are some examples…
    • How much time/dollars are you investing in your professional development?
    • Pride in workmanship, do you care about what you produce?
    • Have you checked and re-checked your work product?
    • How efficient and effective are you…what are you doing to improve that skill?
    • Initiative and follow-up…is that a part of your daily routine?

Don’t Get Anxious – Get Prepared!  2014 is coming ,if you REALLY want to make it your best year ever…then start right now!

TCE Celebrating the Life of Bishop William D. Scott, Sr.

Click to Listen to TCE Radio’s Tribute to Bishop William D. Scott (30 minute show available on demand)

What a week!  As many of you know from my Facebook and Twitter posts, I lost a very dear friend on Nov 26th…my Bishop, My Pastor and my Mentor, Bishop William D. Scott. his life celebration service will happen at 11AM today.  Seven days later, I am “coming along” and wrestling with the loss of a great man, who poured into our church family (and me) in ways I don’t think I can explain.  Last week on our TCE Radio show, I dedicated the entire show to Bishop.  I wanted people in my world (cyberspace) to hear this man, feel his presence and what we call in the Baptist church “his anointing” as it powerful.

In many ways, my becoming The Career Engineer (and staying the Career Engineer) came from wisdom moments and “get out the boat” pushes from Bishop.  He  would say something in me that I did not (or would not see).  He helped me to muster up the strength to dive into DEEP waters…to truly find out what I am made of…especially when I was going through a test.  Since he was a man who led by example…I saw it, I caught it and he taught it !  (for now, that’s all I can say)

I will update this post later with the Seven of the Most Powerful Words Bishop Scott ever said to me...that has changed my life! But for now, Listen to Bishop as I celebrate his life and legacy on our featured TCE Radio show titled “The Best is Yet To Come”

TCE Radio “Celebrates the Life of Bishop William D. Scott

 

The Power of Time, Talent, Treasure & You!

I had an opportunity a few weeks back to speak “as the keynote”, for the Financial Planning Day event sponsored by the City of Virginia Beach and the Financial Planners Association of Hampton Roads.  My goal was to empower the room with economic solutions, principles and values to help “John and Jane America” make smart choices with their money and to build wealth for their households.  Now, as a person who enjoys “spending” money, I was challenged to share fiscal accountability choices…that would make my accountant proud.  But heck.. I am “The Career Engineer” and like most of you , I work hard, play hard and enjoy having BIG fun; however, I want to ensure my financial posture…is SECURED!   Yes, there lies my struggle 🙂  So in keeping  true to form; I  shared our “fiscal, career, business and life  prosperity formula…the TCE Way!”  Yes, I am proud to say, it was a hit …so now let me share it with you.  Let me know what you think …and I look forward to your comments and questions.

The Power of Talent:  “You Can’t SELL, What You Don’t Know” 

  • Now is the Time to Use Your Gifts and talents aka “knowledge skills and abilities” to generate multiple streams of income.
  • It’s Deeper Than a Job…it’s about transforming our thinking and actions to the mindset of a becoming a Career Entrepreneur.
  • Work Your Career Progression Like It’s a Business (marketing, technology, quality assurance, performance, profits and more).
  • It’s This Type of “Thinking and Doing” that generates income…for life.

 The Power of Time: “Invest Time vs. Spending Time…There is a Difference” 

  • You Can Make More Money, buy more things, even gain new friends…but the allotment of time is something you NEVER get back.
  • When You SPEND Time in a Relationship, you are in a consumer mindset (hence the word CONSUME).  When you INVEST time in a relationship…you expect something back (hence the word investment.)
  • ROI is Critical in Your Use of Your Time.  Be careful where you invest your time (people, places, data and things).

 The Power of Treasure: “It’s Not What You Make, It’s What You Keep”

  • Our Economy has Changed, so Should We.  Financial sustainability aka as YOUR economic policy for your household …100% rests with you.
  • We HAVE  To Plan for Success.  Now here is the good news, you can change it, increase it, build wealth, tap into resources and create legacy.
  • Think About the Power 10.  By INVESTING and not SPENDING as little as 10%, (a dime out of every dollar) is a great way to build your future.

 The Power of Now:  It’s Time to Make Monday Mornings….Better!”

  • Now is the time to ACT.  Make sure you INVEST your Time, Talent and Treasure to build your powerful economic plan.
  • If Nothing Changes, Nothing Changes. Remember the universal law, “If there is NO SEED, there is NO HARVEST”. Don’t expect to grow anything if you have not planted anything.

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