Our client Gateway came and visited on Tuesday May 7th. They gave our reps some cool new summer gear and announced the May bonus where they are giving out over a $1,000 in prize money to the winners. Let’s go team and win that bonus money!! It was a great visit and we look forward to the next visit!
Dear Seven Marketing,
At home and around the world, millions of people go hungry even though we grow enough food to feed everyone. Nearly a billion people live in hunger, half of whom are smallholder farmers. ActionAid is working with them so that we can end hunger, together.
Give Today to Help Tackle the Causes of Hunger
Ensuring the basic right to food for millions of people living in poverty presents a tremendous global challenge. But great opportunities also lie in the smallholder farmers, who are already growing half the world’s food.
Regina is a smallholder farmer in Kenya. Like many women in her community, she farms on a small piece of land. On a half-acre plot, she grows vegetables such as kale, spinach, tomatoes and onions to feed her family, and produce a small income. At ActionAid, we know that sustainable farming is one of the key ways of tackling hunger. That’s why ActionAid is working with small holder farmers like Regina to provide the seeds, tools and training that smallholder farmers need to feed the world.
Donate now. Help Small Farmers Feed the World’s Hungriest People.
ActionAid is also working to put the issue of hunger on top of the political agenda as one of the greatest and most urgent crises facing the world today. We are working in local communities, alongside farmer’s cooperatives, women’s organizations and national and international organizations to hold governments responsible and to tackle global hunger.
In a world where there’s enough food to go around, no-one has to go to bed hungry.
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Healthy internship programs garner higher quality entry-level candidates, strengthen company mentorship programs, and provide a way for companies to give back to the community. But to make sure that your summer internship program is a success, you need to start planning it now.
In order to ensure a smooth program, every member of the team should be aware of the approved intern tasks. There should be a chain of command established in terms of who provides interns with assignments and who employees should email to request intern assistance.
One of the most common intern complaints is “the company doesn’t pay attention to me and sticks me in the corner to make copies.” Your interns should be assigned a mix of long-term and short-term projects. The short-term projects will most likely pop up on a daily basis and be assigned on the fly. In order to prevent long periods of downtime at the internship, provide the students with long-term assignments that will be due at the end of the internship. These should be assignments that the students can work on when other tasks aren’t provided. If the student has time to surf Facebook while at their internship, they clearly don’t have enough to do. Start collecting projects for interns now so that you can make the most of them when they arrive.
How much should people earn? Even if resources were unlimited, it would be difficult to stipulate your ideal salary. Intuitively, one would think that higher pay should produce better results, but scientific evidence indicates that the link between compensation, motivation and performance is much more complex. In fact, research suggests that even if we let people decide how much they should earn, they would probably not enjoy their job more.
Even those who highlight the motivational effects of money accept that pay alone is not sufficient. The basic questions are: Does money make our jobs more enjoyable? Or can higher salaries actually demotivate us?
Let’s start with the first: does money engage us? The most compelling answer to this question is a meta-analysis by Tim Judge and colleagues. The authors reviewed 120 years of research to synthesize the findings from 92 quantitative studies. The combined dataset included over 15,000 individuals and 115 correlation coefficients.
I’ve received so many great pieces of advice over the years, from family and friends, from great books, and from wise people.
Recently, I sat down to make a list of the key pieces of advice that I wanted to make sure to clearly pass along to my children. Part of my role as a parent is to fill in the gaps that they don’t learn in school, after all.
As the list grew, I found some of the items to be very useful and some perhaps not so useful. A handful of them rose to the top of the list, though.
Here are five really useful pieces of advice that have served me very well in many different aspects of my life. They’ve helped my career, my personal relationships, my finances, and my personal growth as well. May you find some value in them, too.
1. Smile a lot. Be nice, too.
Over the long haul, people gravitate toward others that they perceive as being happy and pleasant and gravitate away from people who are negative. If you make a conscious effort to be kind to everyone and keep a smile on your face regularly, the net benefits will really add up over time in the form of better relationships with people and a stronger social reputation.
Click to read more: http://www.thesimpledollar.com/2013/04/12/five-little-pieces-of-advice-that-changed-my-life/
3 Traits That Can Make or Break a Businessperson
It’s easy to feel confident when you have a highlight-reel résumé like Jeremy Bloom’s. But any self-made businessperson will tell you that it’s not what you’ve done, but how you did
it that matters most.
Entrepreneurs may not have common personality traits, but they do share a small set of similar psychological characteristics, says Harvard Business School professor Noam Wasserman, author of The Founder’s Dilemmas: Anticipating and Avoiding the Pitfalls That Can Sink a Startup. While conducting research for the book, which incorporates data from 10,000 business founders, Wasserman continually encountered three characteristics displayed by entrepreneurs: passion, confidence and representativeness. Balancing each, he says, “is the critical art for founders to have.”
Read more: http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/225781#ixzz2Of99PH8y
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3 Skills to Prevent Leadership Burnout
Owning your own business is enormously rewarding, but success can take a Herculean effort that often leads to isolation and exhaustion. Preventing burnout before it starts will strengthen your business and help you build a lasting career in entrepreneurship.
Burned out leaders typically feel exhausted, detached, and emotionally volatile. Their example creates a dysfunctional culture prone to power plays and confusion. “You’re likely to lose your best personnel when a leader gets burned out,” says Stephen Courtright, a management professor at Texas A&M University and an expert on leadership burnout. “[Employees] sense that things are not going well and bail out.”
Worse, burned out leaders become slow and indecisive when faced with important decisions, and they feel much less confident in their choices. That leads to poor decisions and missed opportunities.
Read more: http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/226142#ixzz2Of8egsnA
Richard Branson on Sheryl Sandberg, ‘Leaning In,’ and Balanced Workplaces
Read more: http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/226177#ixzz2Of7kRT4t
With the release of the book Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead (Random House, 2013) by Sheryl Sandberg, the chief operating officer at Facebook, there has been a lot of healthy debate in the United States about how companies can enable employees, especially women, to pursue their goals at work while caring for family members and raising children. With women entering the workforce in increasing numbers around the world, and since technology has blurred the lines between working hours and personal time, people in many other countries now face the same problems.
Reading Lean In, Sandberg’s personal story of how she struggled to balance family and work as she advanced in her career, reminded me how essential flexibility in the workplace is when you’re raising a family (I am father to two children who are now grown — Holly and Sam). At the Virgin Group, we’re committed to making sure that our female employees have the tools they need to succeed, and that’s one of the reasons why Virgin America has taken part in activities arranged by the nonprofit group LeanIn.org, which was established with the mission of ”offering women the ongoing inspiration and support to help them achieve their goals.”
Read more: http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/226177#ixzz2Of88lobo