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9 Hardcore Steps to Leading Incredibly Effective Meetings
“The only thing worse than attending a terrible meeting is leading a terrible meeting. So don’t. Here are nine unconventional but very effective steps to leading effective meetings.”
The Case For (and Against) College In 10 Charts
“A college degree turns out to be a better investment than stocks or homes. The value of college has never been higher. But growth of the college premium has slowed, and the wages of college graduates have fallen in the last 10 years.”
10 Biggest Career — and Life — Mistakes
“Learning from our mistakes is not all it’s cracked up to be. It’s a lot easier — and less painful — to avoid making mistakes in the first place. Here are 10 in particular to avoid:”
Missouri State Profile, Complete College America 2011
“For a strong economy, the skills gap must be closed. By 2020 60% of jobs will require a career certificate or college degree, only 37% of Missouri adults currently have an associate degree or higher. That’s a skills gap of 23%.”
“Time is the enemy” — Complete College America Full Report
“Unless we move with urgency, today’s young people will be the first generation in American history to be less educated than their predecessors. Consider this a sobering wake-up call — and an urgent appeal for action now.”
Uneven Recovery Creates Skill Mismatch, Frustrating St. Louis Jobless, Firms
“Job growth since then has been painfully slow and uneven, but a few companies and sectors have bucked that gloomy trend. While industries like construction and manufacturing have laid off tens of thousands, sectors such as health care and education have added jobs during the recession, along with some information technology and brokerage services firms. The mismatch of skills among laid-off workers and the employment opportunities in growing industries has created a painful paradox: dozens of unemployed workers competing for a single job, while businesses find themselves unable to find the right workers for many other positions.”
10 Words and Terms That Ruin a Resume
“Your resume needs an update—that is, if your resume is like those of most people, it’s not as good as it could be. The problem is language: most resumes are a thicket of deadwood words and phrases—empty cliches, annoying jargon, and recycled buzzwords. Recruiters, HR folks, and hiring managers see these terms over and over again…”
Graphs: 61,000 Jobs Lost in Metro St. Louis
St. Louis unemployment rate over time; and unemployment by race, education, length, and average duration.
Ignore the Social Media Hype. Your Business Will Always Need a Great Website
“Social media marketing may pay dividends, but you’ll always need a website. Here’s why:”
Learn How to Think Different(ly)
“Innovators (of new businesses, products, and processes) spend almost 50% more time trying to think different compared to non-innovators. Here are a few simple suggestions to ratchet up your associating skills, the essence of thinking different.”
“A committee is a group that keeps minutes and loses hours.” – Milton Berle