A World In Transition.. Get On Board or Get Left Behind

One of my networking contacts shared a great article with me and I want to share some of it here. Read the full article

The world of work is being struck by waves of change. Some are vast and visible – leaps in machine learning and artificial intelligence or the rise of ‘do anything from anywhere’ technologies. Other ideas are just beginning to emerge – like monitoring content to ensure proper gender balance, or rethinking office design to promote air quality. Behind it all are the people whose ideas and attitudes have the potential to shape the next chapter of our lives. Here are the 101 indispensable things that you need to know about our work-life future.

1. 100-year-lifespan
We’re more likely than ever to live past a century. Whether this becomes a blessing or a curse for society and business depends on how much we can prepare for it.

2. 5G
Self-driving cars, robotics and smart cities, to name a few, will be supercharged through the 5G wireless network. It’s the next step in mobile internet connectivity – and it’s here. Almost.

3. Adaptability quotient
In an ever-changing work environment, ‘AQ’, rather than IQ, might become an increasingly significant marker of success.

4. Algorithmic justice
More machines than ever can recognise us, but they inadvertently discriminate on race, gender and more. People like Joy Buolamwini are trying to fix these built-in biases.

5. Anti-distraction apps
For better or worse, the internet is an attention-sapping platform. Perhaps an app that blocks, well, almost everything can help you focus.

6. Autocomplete
We’re starting to trust AI systems to write our emails for us. Is this time-saving tool changing how we communicate?

7. Automated hiring – and firing
AI can screen your job application – the question is whether it should also be allowed to scan your social media, analyse your facial expressions and even fire you.

8. Biohacking
Fasting, micro-dosing, supplements, some go to great lengths to boost productivity – even if the validity of such approaches is unproven.

9. Biometric CVs
Wearable tech that monitors physical performance is booming. Whether there is a place for it in recruitment and performance analysis is debatable.

10. Breathable offices
Rethinking how buildings are designed, decorated and operated could help benefit our health and even our productivity at work.

11. Burnout
How the idea that we can work harder and be better at everything is creating an overwhelming sense of exhaustion and anxiety from not meeting these high expectations.

12. Car-free cities
Oslo is the latest city to make its central zone car-free. Though some diehard drivers and business owners have been sceptical, the benefits are substantial.

13. China’s 996
The Chinese version of the grind-it-out work culture that tech workers are beginning to rebel against.

14. Co-living
Millennials are trading traditional housing for cheaper, more flexible shared communities. Is this the future of urban living, or house-sharing, rebranded?

15. Couple inequality
When a couple has children, women spend disproportionate time at home, and men at the office – it will take effort from many sources to balance the scales.

16. Crowdfunding
Crowdfunding was meant to be about supporting innovation and people in need. It’s now an important – and controversial – source of income for outspoken social media personalities.

17. Deep work
Always being switched on means we never have the chance to think deeply. That is a problem for companies wanting to get the most out of their employees.

18. Degrowth movement
Economic growth is leading to over-consumption and climate change. Degrowth argues that shrinking our economies can have benefits.

19. Digitial detoxing
If you’re secretly or not-so secretly worried about your smartphone addiction, fear not. An entire industry has emerged to find ways of helping you disconnect.

20. Digital nomads
As remote working increases, more programmes are putting hefty price tags on luxury, wi-fi-fuelled trips – and gentrifying newly popular tourist spots.

21. Diversity tracking
Some organisations are monitoring content for gender balance and other diversity metrics: understanding the scale of the problem is the first step to fixing it.

22. e-Residency
For a small fee, you can become a digital Estonian. As technology allows more of us to work flexibly, might nations compete to attract e-residents?

23. Electric scooters
The silent two-wheelers are appearing everywhere, hoping to address the ‘last-mile challenge’ for millions of urban workers.

24. Essentialism
Marie Kondo has taught us to reorganise our space – but could her philosophy of mindful minimalism be applied to our professional lives too?

25. Facial recognition
Increasingly, our faces can grant us access to foreign countries, our phones and our own bank accounts, and offices are the next logical step.


Seven Non-Technical Skills Every Creative Needs to Land the Job

Adapted from VITABITES

A degree. Software proficiency. Expertise in digital technologies. These tend to be the skills that managers focus on when hiring for a creative team. And while these skills check some important boxes, they aren’t always enough on their own. To be a well-rounded and productive member of a team, you need to be able to supplement your skill set with critical non-technical skills (these are often called “soft skills”).

Here are the seven skills you need to make sure you’re always the best creative candidate.

Soft Skill #1: Communication

It’s said so often that it sounds cliché, but good communication skills actually are one of the most important traits a creative needs for any position. Poor communication leads to missed information and misunderstanding. Not only can this result in disagreements and frustration, it also wastes everyone’s time as people chase each other for details and clarification, and redo work after expectations are finally sorted out.

It’s just as important to remember that exceptional communication leads to excellent work. Better ideas, more efficient approaches, effective use of time—all of these things happen when team members communicate well with one another.

It makes sense for employers to expect that the best candidates have good communication skills. After all, a creative person’s job is to communicate—you communicate messages and ideas with your words, design, art, and copy. So, extending that ability to communicate effectively in a team environment just makes sense.

Soft Skill #2: Time Management

Deadlines: no one who loves doing creative work loves them, but you just can’t keep the wheels rolling without them. Deadlines keep projects from dragging on into eternity and offer that little bit of pressure that often spawns some of the best creative work. Consistently meeting deadlines shows your employer that you care about their time and can be trusted to meet their needs.

To meet your deadlines as a team, each person needs to have solid personal time management skills. Your project manager doesn’t want to be constantly chasing you down to get you to complete your portion of the project so the rest of the team can get to theirs. Time management is a difficult skill to learn because it often involves breaking a lifetime of bad habits, so employers tend to hire staff who have proven that they are already capable of working with deadlines.

During interviews, employers will ask directly what tools you use to manage your time, or for an example of a time when you missed a deadline. Hearing how you handle your current work will help them see how you’ll handle theirs.

Soft Skill #3: Cooperation

Whether you work in an office or remotely, you’re working as part of a team. Nobody works entirely in a silo. Each member of the team needs to be able to collaborate, compromise, and handle feedback—both giving and receiving—in a mature and respectful way. The result? A happier team, a healthier environment, and some fantastic collaborative work.

Equally important, any creative who is interacting with clients at any level should be able to cooperate with external team members, respecting ways of doing things that are not their own to become a true partner. When interviewing, employers may ask about the most difficult person you’ve worked with and listen for your takeaways to drill down for this skill. Your view of cooperation in tough situations will help them see if you’ll fit in their team.

Soft Skill #4: Adaptability

Part of what makes any creative person excellent at what they do is their confidence in putting forward their own unique ideas. However, as valuable a skill as that is, there comes a time when you will have to adapt to someone else’s vision. This is difficult for some people to accept, but conforming to the expectations is the only way to maintain a vital business.

It’s important to demonstrate your flexibility before coming on board. Employers will ask questions through the interview process about times you’ve had to deliver work in a way you didn’t personally agree with or had to work in an environment that required frequent change. An employee who displays adaptability can be a great asset—your flexibility will make for a better relationship and will help the business through trying times.

Soft Skill #5: Problem Solving

In any job, problems of all kinds are sure to arise. It’s inevitable. Though employers can’t predict the nature of the problems they’ll encounter in the future, they will prepare by hiring employees who are comfortable solving problems. An employee who can’t solve problems on their own will be a burden on their time, their resources, and their patience.

Remember: the best opportunities and discoveries often arise from problems and your ability to creatively solve them. So, when interviewing for a position, look for opportunities to talk about not just the work, but the problem you solved in each example. A team of people who see the potential in any problem is a powerful team.

Soft Skill #6: Organization

While many creatives are quite organized, a certain amount of chaos can come with the territory. However, there is a difference between a messy desk and an inability to answer an email on time. Though a certain amount of controlled pandemonium is okay, the business will suffer if disorganization creeps into your project communications and timelines. Especially since just one disorganized employee can set off a chain reaction of missed details and inefficiencies and negatively influence others on your team.

Employers don’t expect perfection from their staff, but a certain amount of organization is paramount to getting your ideas off the ground and keeping the clients happy. Hiring managers will ask questions about how you stay on top of projects and how you organize your time. Demonstrating your organizational skills will make you the standout candidate.

Soft Skill #7: Storytelling

Whether getting buy-in from an internal team, helping land a new client, or simply presenting a new idea, the best creative talent know how to tell a good story. In fact, for digital projects that require design, content, UX, and development, the ability to tell a story is mission critical to creating truly compelling work that meets user needs.

From defining a customer journey to developing user workflows that drive desired behavior, storytelling can be found in every creative role. Employers want to know if you can tell a good story. They will listen carefully to how you present your work and ask questions about the user stories you worked with to create great digital experiences.

To reiterate, technical skills are no doubt important—they can help you prove your ability to handle the work that’s waiting for you and deliver final projects that work. However, all the technical skills in the world can’t make a project run smoothly, efficiently, and harmoniously. Before they bring you on board, employers will want to make sure you have the soft skills needed to complement your technical abilities.

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New Year..New Resume

Among the many both professional and personal assessments I make at the first of each year includes taking a deep dive review of my resume. Even if I’m in the same position from the previous year, there is always a skill set, new job function or professional development I’ve acquired over the past year that I may need to add to my resume.

Recently, I’ve noticed a resume trend towards a Infographic Resume. This resume style can be very eye-catching and have your resume stick out in a sometimes very crowded job market. The Infographic Resume can also help you market yourself on your social medial platforms in addition to provide another option to present yourself to job market or hiring manager. I also have several clients who have posted their infographic resume specifically on their Instagram sites as this type of resume fits well with this platform presentation.

So you might ask, what is a Infographic Resume? I’m glad you asked, so let me provide you a quick overview.

What is an Infographic Resume?

Infographic resumes are an attention-grabbing marketing tool that tell a career path by using images. Timelines, color schemes, and even profile photos are among the many types of visuals incorporated to convey a message. Infographics work well in any kind of marketing – yes, job searching counts as marketing – because the human brain is designed to respond to color schemes and visual storytelling.

Visual storytelling can even work for a resume. As you use a traditional resume as a marketing document to sell your skills and highlight relevant work experience, adding an infographic can help you stand out even more. An infographic resume is a creative resume that is meant to engage the hiring manager, and ultimately get you an interview.

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An infographic helps viewers engage with the content and understand the message better. As a job seeker, your resume has to be able to do the same thing in order to land you more interviews.

Infographic resumes are not for everyone, however, and sometimes a traditional resume will be more appropriate, depending on the situation. Creative resumes are an excellent tool for job seekers to use in addition to a traditional resume, and in some cases, when done correctly, an exceptional infographic resume can replace a traditional resume.

Why Use an Infographic Resume?

A more visual resume helps ensure that an employer will remember you. Not only do you stand out with a creative resume, but you can use creative infographic to highlight the most important aspects that you want employers to see.

Straying from the traditional resume format allows you to show your creativity, personality, and design sensibility. If an employer is looking for a creative individual to fit their job description, an infographic resume is a great idea because it acts as a sample of your work, whereas a traditional resume may limit you from showing your unique talent. Think of your infographic resume design as a portfolio piece.

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In addition to design, an infographic resume allows you to showcase your skills in marketing, branding, writing, presentation, and social media. When you’re not constricted by the generic format of a traditional resume, you have the freedom and flexibility to represent your skills in a way that comes naturally to you with your infographic resume design. Even if you’re not in a creative field, these skills are impressive to an employer who knows that everything in business is lending itself to the more digital, visual world.

When to Use an Infographic Resume

While infographic resumes are effective among the right employer, they’re not meant for every professional field. Some professions – like law or healthcare – will always want to see a more traditional resume. Stick to the black-and-white formatted professional resume designs for the more conservative professions.

Infographic resumes are great for job seekers in a creative industry or profession. If you’re a developer, web designer, or writer, a creative resume format is right up your alley. Even job seekers in the marketing industry can benefit from a more visual resume, because they are showing creativity in how to market themselves to the employer.

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In many cases, it may be appropriate to send an infographic resume along with a traditional resume. If you’re not sure of whether to use one over the other, sending both can be a good choice. The employer gets the information they need as well as the bonus of seeing your creativity at work.

Infographic resumes also come in handy at in-person networking events. Job seekers can hand their infographic resume to a potential employer and immediately capture their attention. The employer is able to digest the visual information much quicker in that moment than a paragraph-form resume.

Though an infographic resume is a great way to stand out, you want to be sure you stand out in a positive way. It’s important to get the design right, so as not to overwhelm the viewer. Keep reading to learn what components and color schemes make for a great infographic design.

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Happy Kwanzaa!

Kwanzaa, the celebration honors African heritage in African-American culture and is observed from December 26 to January 1, culminating in a feast and gift-giving. Kwanzaa has seven core principles (Nguzo Saba). It was created by Maulana Karenga and was first celebrated in 1966–67. For 2018 Kwanzaa is celebrated started December 26, 2018 through January 1, 2019.

History of Kwanzaa

Kwanzaa is a holiday tradition that is based on the “first harvest” celebrations in Africa. In recorded history, these first harvest celebrations can be traced all the way back to Nubia and Egypt and can be found in cultures all over Africa. While many of these first-fruit celebrations may differ from one society to another, they all had a few principles in common. These principles include people gathering together to celebrate, acknowledging the creator and thanking him for his blessings. a commemoration of the past, a re-commitment to African cultural thought and a time to celebrate community.

Rooted in these principles, especially those of the Ashanti and the Zulu, Kwanzaa arose from the Black Freedom Movement in 1966 in the United States. It was created by Dr. Maulana Karenga – a professor of Black Studies at California State University, Long Beach, USA. He created it after the Watts riots as a way to bring African-Americans together as a community.  He gave it the name Kwanzaa -a word that is taken from the phrase “matunda ya kwanza” and is Swahili for “first-fruits.”

Kwanzaa was originally envisioned by Dr. Maulana Karenga as an oppositional alternative to Christmas. However, in later years he changed his position as to not alienate African-American Christians and later stated that Kwanzaa was not created to give people an alternative to their own religious holidays.

From 1966 through the end of the 20th century, the idea and practice of Kwanzaa began to slowly increase in popularity across the United States. Then its popularity began to increase dramatically after the start of the 21st century as the idea and practices of this holiday began to not only spread through conventional media but also through the Internet.  In 2004, a study showed that a little less than 5 million African-Americans planned to celebrate the holiday that year. However, two years later, another study showed that almost 28 million African-Americans had planned on celebrating the holiday in 2006. In 2009, the popularity of Kwanzaa was further bolstered by the release of the documentary film about Kwanzaa called the “Black Candle,” a film narrated by Maya Angelou and directed by M. K. Asante. Since then, Kwanzaa has not only spread all across North American but also parts of Europe and Africa as well.

Kwanzaa Customs & Celebrations

Kwanzaa celebrations vary from family to family. Some families stick with strictly Kwanzaa related practices, while other families mix elements of Kwanzaa into their Christmas celebrations. However, most Kwanzaa celebrations are based on Nguzo Saba – or the seven principles of Kwanzaa.

The Seven Principles:

  • Umoja (Unity): Striving for and maintaining unity in the family and the community.
  • Kujichagulia (Self-Determination): Defining oneself and speaking for oneself
  • Ujima (Collective Work and Responsibility): Building and maintaining a community and making our brother’s and sister’s problems our own and solve them together
  • Ujamaa (Cooperative Economics): Building and maintaining our businesses for ourselves and each other
  • Nia (Purpose): To build and develop our collective communities together
  • Kuumba (Creativity): To do whatever we can to leave our communities more beautiful than when we inherited them
  • Imani (Faith): To believe with our hearts in our people, our families and the righteousness of our struggle

The Seven Symbols:

Kwanzaa celebrations usually include a special mat called a Mkeka in which all of the other symbols are placed. On this mate are placed a candle holder called a Kinara, seven candles which are collectively called Mishumaa Saba, mazao (fruits, nuts and vegetables), a unity cup called Kikombe cha Umoja, an ear of corn called Vibunzi and Zawadi or gifts.

The place mat, or Mkeka, is traditionally made from either straw or cloth. It symbolizes African history, tradition and culture.  All of the other six elements are placed on the Mkeka.

Fruits, nuts and vegetables are laid out to represent the historical foundation for this holiday – the gathering of people after a harvest. It represents bounty, joy, sharing and allows people to give thanks for their gifts.

The Kinara, or candle holder, can be made of any material but is usually handcrafted from wood or other natural materials. This candle holder represents the ancestors and the mishumaa saba are placed in them to represent the principles of Kwanzaa – which rise from the ancestors.

The Mishumaa Saba
Mishumaa saba features seven candles. Three of them are red, three of them are green and one of them is black. The three red candles represent the principles of Ujamaa, Kuumba and Kujichagulia, and they are placed to the left of the green candles. The three green candles represent the principles of Ujima, Imani and Nia. The black candle symbolizes Umoja and is lit on December 26th.

Kikombe Cha Umoja
Kikombe cha umoja is a unity cup that is traditionally used to perform the ceremonious libation ritual, otherwise known as tambiko. This ritual is performed on the 6th day of Kwanzaa. In some African societies, the libation is poured for the living dead whose souls stay connected with the earth until it is tilled. During the Feast of Karamu, this unity cup is passed to family members and guests–all of whom drink from it to promote unity with one another. The next thing that happens is the eldest person pours a libation for the four winds (north, south, east and west). This last portion of the libation is reserved for the ancestors.

Vibunzi & Mihindi
Vibunzi is an ear of corn that is used to represent fertility. Vibunzi refers to one ear of corn. If more than one is present, then they are referred to as Mihindi. An ear is present for each child in the family. This is to show the importance of children to society and how they are the seed bearers of the culture into this future.

On the seventh day, gifts are exchanged with immediate family to reward accomplishments and commitments and is also exchanged with guests. It is recommended that these gifts are handmade to promote self-determination and to avoid the commercialism of the Christmas season. Accepting a gift makes the receiver an important part of the family and promotes the principle of Umoja – otherwise known as unity.



Sermon Notes: When Things Don’t Go As Planned

Sermon Title: When Things Don’t Go As Planned
Sermon Speaker: Pastor S. Michael Greene
Scripture Reference:  Phil 1:12-20
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In this sermon, we see how Paul continued to spread the Word despite his current circumstances. He defied his current situation and continued to preach the Gospel. We too must learn to persevere despite our situation. Things will not always go as planned but we have to have confidence in God that HE is able to meet our needs.

1. What do you do when things don’t go as planned?
2. How can we exercise & show our confidence in God?
3. How can we learn to understand the purpose that our problems bring us?
4. How can we turn the misery that we experience into a proclamation of God’s goodness?
5. What messages are our lives telling others? Is it a good one?

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