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Blessing in Disguise

Recently I was blessed with the opportunity to celebrate graduation from grad school with a trip to Torunrtorontoonto.  At the time the trip was just another vacation.  Little did I know it would have such a tremendous impact on my life…

Traveling to another country is always scary.  Try doing it without a cellphone with a group of individuals you’ve only had class with.  I was a little uneasy to say the least.  “You only start living once you’re outside your comfort zone”.  I don’t think this quote could be more true.  I was forced to navigate through a country I didn’t know with people I didn’t know.  I quickly learned what an amazing experience life can be when you put down the cell phone and interact with people you wouldn’t normally engage in conversation with.  I learned so much about the country from the locals and was able to build friendships with people I would not have been friends with.

Why is this important to you?  We live in a society which ignores the basic enjoyments of life.  We are overwhelmed by materialistic goods which don’t provide life value.  We are programmed to think you can’t impact the world unless we are impacting millions of individuals.  But I’m here to tell you that couldn’t be farther from the truth.  The University of Nevada, Reno is providing students an opportunity to explore global business while earning college credits all while networking.

The leaders in the College of Business have created an educational experience which is changing the lives of their students. The program provides students with an insight about Canada’s culture, history, and fundamentals for international business operations. The class is structured to have pre-course work  followed by a week in Toronto.  The instructors, Dean Greg Mosier and Jim McClenehan arrange business tours with top executives.  Students gain valuable insight from the nontraditional educational experience.   During our time in Toronto, we met with top executives from organizations such as Royal Bank of Canada, Toronto Transit Commission, and Woodbine Entertainment. During the day, we toured the city and met with businesses.  During the evening, students took the opportunity to debrief about the learning experience all while networking with fellow students.

If there is one thing I would recommend to fellow students at the University of Nevada, Reno; it would be the Extended Studies Global Business program.  I regret not taking advantage of this program sooner.  This program teaches students more than you’ll ever learn in a book, while providing you the opportunity to network with colleagues and executives. Don’t let this life changing opportunity pass you by! I’m glad I didn’t.

Cheers!


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Unexpected Impact

When I first started this blog it was more something for me.  A place to compile a collection of stories about all the wonderful individuals I have been blessed to meet along my journey.  Never in a million years did I ever plan to impact others’.  Although I have been writing, I haven’t been as good about posting my blogs.  Well recently I encountered an individual who gave meaning to this collection of everyday leaders…

The story goes something like this:

An individual approached me while I was socializing one evening after a stressful day of work.

“You look familiar”

Me: “Hmm, I work for the Fire Department and go to school at UNR, maybe that’s why?”

“No, you’re the girl with the blog!”

Me:”I do have a blog, but I haven’t written in a while”

“Yes, yes.  Someone told me about your blog.   It’s brilliant.  I loved reading it.  It inspires me to be a better person. ”

This individual even followed up a few days later to remind me to continue sharing.

It is moments like this that remind me of the “lollipop moment”.  Something seemingly insignificant in your life can make such a huge impact in another life.  So from this moment forward, I vow to continue sharing my story.  Although this individual will probably never know how important that 5 minute conversation was, it played an instrumental role in continuing this blog.  I have a deep passion for leadership and creating memorable moments.  So to my fellow bloggers, readers, and alike, I want to remind you how important your story is.  Our lives get busy and we can easily be veered off track, but never forget to share your story.  You may not realize the positive impact it has on another.

What’s your story? Please share in a comment below.

Cheers!

 


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Are you an Everday Leader?

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Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”  Martin Luther King, Jr.

Everyday we are faced with a decision.  One that most don’t truly grasp the magnitude of. It is the decision of what we are going to do with our lives.

Are you an Everyday Leader? Over the last few months I have been blogging about everyday leaders in my area. Every leader I have interviewed has had their own idea of how to achieve success.  But they all have the same underlying theme.  There are no secrets.  You want success?  You’ve got to put in the hard work to get it.  Success to me, is a combination of failures, determination, sweat and tears. I know where I want to go, and I know what I need to do to get there.

Decide today, what you want to do and how you’re going to accomplish it.  But remember, you’re going to fail along the way.  It is the way we react when these failures come along that makes us great.  So, I challenge you to be the best you can be.   To Challenge the Norm and Become an Everyday Leader! And I hope the stories of the leaders I continue to blog about inspire you to not only take control of your life but to become the very best person you can be.


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Stepping Outside of Your Comfort Zone

The more I talk about Challenging the Norm the more I am understanding why so many just settle for the “norm”.  It’s not simply laziness, rather, it seems to be because people don’t know what they want out of life.  People know what they like, but they don’t have a true understanding of what they love. So they continue to live their lives, trotting along because it’s what is normal.

My suggestion.  Start learning from those around you.  There is greatness in everyone, you just have to embrace it.  There are so many everyday leaders out there.  You may be surprised what you learn.  In fact, one of these individuals may inspire you to Challenge the Norm in something you never knew you were passionate about.

I absolutely love Neale Walsch’s outlook on life.  “Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.  So if you’re feeling uncomfortable right now, know that the change taking place in your life is a beginning, not an ending”.  Don’t just settle for a normal life.   Challenge it.  Become a leader in your life by doing what you are passionate about.  It may be scary, but just like Walsch says, life begins at the end of your comfort zone.

Want to hear inspiring stores about individuals who have stepped out of their comfort zone, Challenged the Norm, and become great leaders?  If you answered yes, follow this blog to hear more.


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Shelly Capurro – Enforcing Fair Processes for Elections

03177b0 Shelly Capurro, the Elections Officer for the Secretary of State of Nevada is enforcing fair processes for elections.  Her responsibilities include election law violations, campaign finance compliance, elections legislation, petitions, election returns and certification.  Shelly ensures that each candidate follows the proper election processes in order to continue their ability to run for candidacy.  With such high stakes for elections, ensuring compliance is key to the states success.  Her leadership is evident by the high standards she holds the candidates too.

With so much at stake, successfully run state elections are imperative for overall United States continuity.  The Secretary of State of Nevada, has clearly outlined all the laws, filing fees, filing deadlines, etc to alleviate stress in the election process. Through the leadership Shelly Joiner has displayed and her commitment to high standards, she is ensuring the election process not only runs smoothly but fairly.

Interested in learning more about the election process. Refer to the Election Information Guide for the State of Nevada.

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Failure – It is Important

“Failure does not mean defeat; to succeed you must fail first”

You may look at this quote and write it off with all the other quotes you’ve heard.  But the individuals, who truly appreciate it, are the ones who know the harsh reality behind its meaning. Challenging the norm is about greatness, the ones who are putting 110% effort into their passion.  These failures allow you to appreciate success when you achieve it.  If success was easy, everyone would be doing it.

But success isn’t easy.  It takes people who are passionate, hardworking and unwilling to give up.  They defy the odds and challenge the norm when others believe it can’t be done. Along with success, comes this indescribable phenomenon.  When someone achieves greatness they often feel a sense of accomplishment, but what is underestimated is the rippling affect this accomplishment creates.  In essence, the achievement becomes a tool for inspiration.

The ones who are successful will tell you there was something along the way that kept them going.  Whether it was a mentor, quote or a story they’ve heard, something inspired them to not give up when times got tough.  When times get tough and you consider giving up, remember you’re not just doing it for yourself.  You’re doing it for all the people you will inspire along the way.  You may not realize the impact you are having on friends, family, and coworkers, but you are inspiring them to challenge the norm, also.

Have you faced failure along the way? Please share them with us in a comment below.


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Dennis Joiner – Improving the Assessment and Selection Process in the Public Sector

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“Dennis takes very good care of those who assist with assessments and gathers together the best people for the position evaluated from all over the western U.S.” – Wade Warling, Battalion Chief with City of El Paso

Dennis Joiner, Founder and Employee Assessment Specialist at Dennis A. Joiner and Associates. The consulting firm provides assessment centers and job simulation exercises as well as written knowledge tests and situational judgment tests for management and supervisory positions.  In addition to customizable position assessment centers to fit the needs of your organization.

Dennis Joiner is helping the public sector improve hiring standards through rigorous assessment centers which allow the organization to test the competences  of applicants.  His leadership and dedication to the processes is evident in his work.  The candidates selected through the testing processes have demonstrated knowledge, skills, and abilities which supersede those of their counterparts.  Organizations are able to pick the candidate on demonstrated skills rather than solely interviews.  This processes has proven success in not only creating employee longevity but success within an organization.  In addition, Dennis stands behind his testing processes and will provide assistance to the organization in the case a test is challenged.

Interested in improving your selection processes for management and supervisory positions? Consult with Dennis Joiner at 916-967-7795 or joinerda@pacbell.net.

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