Army veteran Sam Rhodes helps fellow veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder through his nonprofit, Warrior Outreach. The 20-acre horse ranch in Georgia teaches veterans and their families how to ride and to care for horses and also serves as a quiet retreat for soldiers stationed at Fort Benning.
Finding opportunities requires research, networking and an open mind, Grant Cardone writes. "Opportunity can literally be right where you are but you're blind to it," he writes.
A book due in 1938 was returned to the Attleboro Public Library in Massachusetts this week. "The Young Lady at Home" by T.S. Arthur was found when a man was helping clean his friend's basement.
Prioritize some top results instead of leaving goals ambiguous, write Craig Hickman and Kirsten Blakemore. If you're a manager, hold people accountable to these preferred tasks to help them stay motivated and engaged with the organization.
To connect with more people on social media, first establish a specific goal for your efforts and narrow your platforms to one or two, advises Marietta Gentles Crawford. Add value through open-ended questions and relevant shares.
Accepting that perfection is impossible is one of the most important steps to building resilience, Lauren Ruef writes. Maintain the belief that you can outgrow shortcomings through hard work and appreciate processes instead of just results, she advises.
A strong initial salary offer to a prospective employee might prevent a counteroffer and makes the person feel valued, says Andrew Challenger of Challenger, Gray & Christmas. Benefits such as flexible scheduling, telecommuting and stock options also help candidates feel "like they are winning in the salary negotiation," Challenger says.
A California bill to stop companies from asking job candidates about criminal convictions has been submitted for a signature or veto from Gov. Jerry Brown. The "ban the box" bill would let employers do a background check after they extend a conditional job offer, ensuring applicants are considered without judgment based on criminal history.
Even if you picture your workplace as an impenetrable jungle of cliques and politics, it's important to make a good faith effort to get to know your coworkers, writes Jane Burnett. As long as you don't lose yourself or become a pushover in an effort to make others like you, your time getting to know coworkers will be well spent, Burnett writes.
Don't be concerned that asking others to double-check your work makes you look unconfident, especially if you're sending important emails or working on a project with many little steps involved. It's wise to know when the importance of a task calls for another set of eyes to ensure no mistakes have been made, writes Richard Moy.
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