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2010 — A Year of Paradoxes

Tuesday, December 14th, 2010

2010 has been a year full of paradoxes, especially in terms of the economy:

Guest Blogger• On the one hand, big banks are having a very profitable year and paying the Fed back for the bailout. On the other, they aren’t making loans to entrepreneurs, who create the most jobs.
• The Big Three US automakers are profitable and decreasing the balance on their loans as well, but the manufacturing sector is still shrinking.
• Houses in many localities have lost value or are in foreclosure, yet qualified buyers are finding it difficult to get mortgages.
• Consumers are more comfortable spending money on themselves this holiday season, although unemployment has ticked up and new job creation was substantially below expectations last month.
• The American population is cutting debt and saving about six percent of its income,
while the Federal government continues to increase the deficit, while neither cutting
expenses, nor increasing revenue.
• Voters agonize about the debt, yet they are loathe to give up government benefits or pay more taxes.

What should we think about these black-and-white circumstances? Media always obsesses over bad news. And pessimism, like optimism, is overblown at times. It’s easy to focus on the negative and believe things will never get better. Yet those of us who have watched economic cycles come and go and lived through personally tough times know that, this too, shall pass.

Taunee Besson is president of Career Dimensions, Inc., a consulting firm founded in 1979 that works with individual and corporate clients in executive coaching, career transition, talent management and small business issues. She has authored three editions each of NBEW’s Premier Guide to Resumes and Premier Guide to Cover Letters.

Valuing and Teaching Teenagers

Wednesday, May 6th, 2009

Guest BloggerWhen I was 14 years old I went to my first Tony Robbins Seminar and I was in a room full of thousands of adults thinking: Where are all the teenagers? Why aren’t other youth here getting these powerful tools and strategies? It was with that realization that I found my passion: Empowering teenagers with life-skills and leadership development tools for success.

I wrote Your Mailbox Is Full to teach adolescents the tools they need to become successful in school and throughout their lives. They’ll learn powerful skills like goal setting, time management, living a healthy lifestyle, and modeling and attracting success. My advice for teenagers (and their parents) is follow your passions and never give up on your dreams! If you have a goal, a vision, or a hope for the future, hold on to it, focus on it, and take action to make it happen! You’ll be amazed at how quickly your dreams will manifest themselves when energy is focused on them.

Justin Sachs is the author of a new book, Your Mailbox Is Full and is the founder of the Creating Possibilities Coaching Program that teaches teenagers to increase their grades, eliminate procrastination, and create balance in all areas of their life. He was a presenter for Anthony Robbins seminars for three years and then worked with Mark Victor Hansen. 

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Men and Women Use Different Value Systems When Making Decisions

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2009

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 I recently analyzed the value systems of 280 men and women, divided equally, acting as general managers in the restaurant sector. The thinking facets measured included intuition/empathy, results-orientation, adherence to structure, self-worth, self-awareness, self expectations, as well as their reasoning types. The most significant data point that emerged involved the reasoning types of the participants. Over 35% of the women demonstrated intuitive reasoning types, as opposed to analytical or unconventional, as compared to 28% of the men. Intuitive reasoning blends logic with instincts or “gut-feel”; it’s a natural way of thinking “outside-the-box”.

Our assessment included a scale with three levels of intuitive reasoning, and remarkably almost 25% of the women possessed the highest level of intuitive reasoning on the scale versus only 5.22% of the men; a five-fold differentiation. This greater degree of intuitive reasoning is associated with novel thinkers who need to incorporate their individuality in their work. In addition, they can be emotional about what they perceive to be right and/or wrong.It reflects a thought pattern that is not as concerned with the “rightness” of their process of thinking as they are with finding the best solution or application.

The desire for the women to factor in their individuality when making decisions was further evidenced by the fact that 3 times as many women resisted conformity in the adherence to structure dimension. Typically, people scoring in this manner are mildly rebellious toward rules and absolutes being imposed on them by others. They feel a need for independence.

This trend regarding women’s higher valuation of individuality was also highlighted when considering priority placed on practical thinking relative to thinking in black-and-white terms. The women were almost 1.5 times more likely to value practicality over convention than the men.

Attention to individuality was illustrated again in the area of self-awareness. In this thinking facet, which measures desire to earn personal recognition, women were 1.26 times more likely than their male counterparts to place a very high emphasis here when thinking.

In summary, this study clearly revealed that men and women exercise varied value systems during decision-making. Most notably, women relied on instincts to a greater degree than men, who more often followed a consistent, linear type of reasoning. The women strived to express their uniqueness more than the men, and were more likely to break from convention and expand boundaries with their thoughts. Finally, the women had higher probabilities for strong self-awareness, which signals their abilities to know their strengths, weaknesses, and interests more effectively than the men; as well as a penchant for winning, and being attentive to their appearance, and being recognized for what they do.

Don Everett is President of Workforce Interactive, an Irving, Texas-based firm that offers a Nobel Prize-winning science in the area of human values assessment. His company’s licensed science has been administered to hundreds of thousands of people. He is certified on the subject, has conducted numerous educational seminars, and performed research across dozens of job descriptions.