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Refresh Leadership Simulcast 2016 – Live Blogging

imageToday, Express Employment Professionals is hosting a leadership event featuring speakers including author Marshall Goldsmith, former NBA player Shaquille O’Neal, and motivational speaker Kaplan Mobray.

As the event occurs, we here at Movin’ On Up will be live blogging the speeches and bringing you the highlights from the event. So, keep reading as we update this blog post with job search advice, leadership wisdom, and stories of hope straight from our celebrity speakers.

Marshall Goldsmithimage
Marshall Goldsmith is an author, editor, and leadership expert who has sold more than two million copies of his books and has written three New York Times bestsellers. He has written 35 books and is ranked as the #1 executive coach in the world by Global Gurus. Here’s what Marshall had to say:

“You can ask a person one question to determine their level of belief: Do you want to bet on it?”

When it comes to changing the behavior of others, “If they don’t care – don’t waste your time.” Further, “If you don’t care, don’t waste your time.”

“If you want to improve, it has to come from your heart. If your motivation doesn’t come from your heart, you won’t do it.”

“Next time you get into that ‘I gotta win and I gotta be right’ mindset, take a deep breath and ask yourself, what am I winning?”

“In the game of life, you’re all winners.”

Marshall’s steps for developing yourself as a leader and partner:

  • Ask – “How can I be better?”
  • Listen – Don’t make excuses; listen.
  • Think – Avoid speaking when angry or out of control.
  • Thank – Don’t punish the messenger.
  • Respond – Ask for ideas for the future, not more feedback about the past.
  • Involve – Set a clear goal, write it down, and get people to help you achieve it.
  • Change – You have to follow-up and stick with it to make a change.
  • Follow Up – Frequency is more important than duration.

“As a leader, what should I do if I make a mistake? Apologize.”

“Don’t pick a  laundry list of things to improve. Just pick one thing and try to get better.”

  • According to Marshall, we are the best person to blame for our problems.

Marshall suggests never promising to do everything people say. Leadership isn’t a popularity contest. Instead, listen to everyone’s suggestions and involve them.

“We can all get better at something.”

“It is much easier to change behavior than it is to change perception.”

“In leadership, it does not matter what we say, it matters what they hear.”

Marshall has a challenge: Write down questions that are important in your life, and answer every question with a “yes,” “no,” or number. Fill it out every day. You’ll find that our values are easy to talk about, but hard to live.

Examples of these questions include: “How many times did you try to prove you were right when it was not worth it?” Or, “How many angry or destructive comments did you make about people today?” “How many push-ups did you do?” “How many minutes did you write?” “Are you up-to-date on your physical exam?”

“Get in the habit of writing what is most important in your life every day, and testing yourself on the values you believe in.”

“If you really want to be the person you want to be, measure it every day.”

“Don’t be ashamed if you need help. We all need help.”

“What we measure in life drives away what we don’t measure. Often times, we measure the wrong things and we don’t measure the right things.”

“Be happy now. If you have a dream, go for it,” Marshall said. “Whether it’s a big dream or a small dream, if you don’t go for it, no one else will.”

Marshall’s business principles: “Life is short, have fun. Do whatever you can do to help people. At the end of the day, that’s what matters. Go for it. You’re not going to always win, but at least you try.”

Shaquille O’Nealimage
Known for his professional basketball career, Shaquille “Shaq” O’Neal is also a powerful media personality and business leader, as well as an NBA analyst and investor. Here’s what Shaq had to say:

At a very early age, Shaq became a leader both on and off the court. To accomplish his goal of being named with the great players in the NBA, he made reminders for himself to help him get there.

“You learn from your mistakes and you move on.”

Shaq’s advice to young people:
“Educate yourself about finance. Educate yourself about business because it’s not about making the money, it’s about keeping it.”

“I learned from a lot of people’s failures on how to do certain things.”

“My mother is my favorite person, and I never want to let her down.”

Shaq’s advice to kids: “Listen to your parents.”

Shaq says the happiest day of his life was receiving his doctorate degree. When he wanted to ensure he was taken seriously in business meetings, he pursued his master’s degree, and his doctorate soon after.

When asked what advice he hopes his kids learn from him, Shaq said, “Be humble, always have a generosity gene, be thankful.”

“You have to trust in your teammates. As a leader, you have to lead in a way so people follow you because they want to, as opposed to because they have to.”

“As a leader, you create more leaders.”

“You can do nothing by yourself.”

“As a leader, you have to be humble enough to take criticism from your teammates.”

On building relationships with people you trust: “I hire people 100 times smarter than me. I hire people that could potentially run the organization, and I realize I don’t know everything.”

“I’ve been trained to not worry about the problem; worry about the solution.”

“Invest in things that are gonna make a difference for people.”

“I try to inspire people every day, especially through humor, whether it’s something big or something small.”

“I’ve been able to inject humor in my brand, and it’s taken me a long way.”

“The brand that was has to relinquish itself to the brand that is.”

“My core values are: humor, giving, humility, aiming for excellence and not perfection.”

“I think the ones who stick to their core values are the ones who are very successful.”

“I just want people to say Shaq was a nice guy. It is more gratifying to me to meet a person and make their day, or meet a kid and tell them a story.”

“No one can become great by themselves. I wish I could take all the credit, but all the philanthropy I’m involved in was created by my mother.”

When he picks team members, Shaq looks for the following characteristics:
Same goals, listens, leadership potential, determination, great follower.

“When you’re smart and you’ve got smarter people working for you, it’s a win-win situation.”

Shaq’s advice to Millennials who become leaders:
“Do it your way. Be innovative. You also have to believe that before you succeed, you must first learn to fail. Learn from your failures. Have a lot of drive and have a lot of push.”

Kaplan Mobrayimage
An innovative mastermind and motivational speaker, Kaplan Mobray inspires audiences with practical strategies to create and elevate careers.

Kaplan’s 10 Ls of Leadership:

1. Leadership is a choice.
“Leadership is not about the title or role you have, it’s about those daily choices you make.”

Kaplan challenges you to create an “I choose” statement. For example, “I choose to help others.” Know what your “I choose” statement is. At the end of the day, that statement will drive you to make important decisions. If you don’t know your “I choose” statement, create it. If you don’t know the “I choose” statement of those on your team, go find out what it is.

2. Leaders have vision.
Know your superpowers. Create a superhero persona that will help your vision take shape.

“Anything you’re doing in life to drive a result for others starts with having an expected outcome of what will happen.”

“Leaders don’t wait to see what happens, they have a preview of what will happen.”

“Never plan a strategy without planning celebration.” “Always look for the kryptonite as you look to save the day. You should plan for failure as much as you plan for success.”

3. Leaders are good listeners.
“Great leaders listen with four ears.” Listen for what you heard. Listen for what I hear, but I did not hear. Listen for what you expected to hear. Listen for your response.

Powerful listening allows you to build trust with your team.

4. Leaders share the journey.
“Your credibility as a leader is built by how you delegate work and how you share the journey.”

As a leader:
“Never assign a task to a person. Assign people to the task. Show appreciation for the effort, not just the outcome. Share the credit, and take the blame.”

5. Leaders simplify and innovate.
People trust leaders to make it simple to execute ideas. Powerful leaders do a very important thing – they create the “pass it on” moment.

6. Leaders get to know their people.
Get to know your co-workers and people in your life by their health, wealth, family, and dreams.

7. Leaders command respect.
Ask yourself this question: what is the thing you most respect about yourself? Then, ask yourself: what is the thing that other people most respect about you? Finally, ask yourself: what is your guiding principle?

“You build respect when people know your principles. Make sure the people on your team know your guiding principles.”

8. Leaders are accountable and seek feedback.
What is the most powerful piece of feedback you’ve ever received? Feedback is what drives growth, and what drives you to new and improved results. But, we often run from feedback.

“Great leaders embed feedback in how they lead, and it’s how they build powerful trust within their people.”

“Seek feedback from those you like and trust, but also from those you don’t.”

“Act on the feedback that you gave.”

9. Leaders work to be succeeded.
There are people who are looking to you as a leader so they can succeed. Therefore, it’s important to know what succession plan you are part of.

“Your impact should be transferred to future impact, because you’re working to make a better difference for those that will come after you.”

“Leaders are successful when they successfully secure the succession of their success to succeed successfully.”

10. Leaders have passion.
Effort times energy divided by purpose equals passion.

Leadership is about lifting someone up, making a difference, and being passionate about what you are doing to drive a result.

“Leaders know when to get out of the way.”

You should never leave a day without having a “what if” conversation with someone in your organization.

You should also have a “what’s next” conversation.

Millennial Monday: Millennials and Money Management

Millennial Monday LogoExpress Employment Professionals recently teamed up with the School of Media and Strategic Communications at Oklahoma State University (OSU) in Stillwater, OK, to conduct research about Millennials and their attitudes toward the American Dream. Also known as “Gen Y,” Millennials were born between 1979 and 1995 and currently make up 30% of the population. As they enter the workforce and establish career paths, it’s important to understand the motives and desires behind this robust generation. To help you get to know “Gen Y,” Movin’ On Up is bringing you an eight-week series titled “Millennial Monday.”

In this week’s installment of “Millennial Monday,” Express and OSU students surveyed Millennials, the majority of whom are working full- or part-time, to paint a picture of the generation’s view of money management, charitable giving, and spending habits.

Money Management Preparedness
If you’re a Millennial who believes money management is an important part of your success, you’re not alone. According to the survey results, 84% of Millennials believe money management is “very important,” and an additional 10% believe it is “somewhat important.”

When it comes to money management, the overwhelming majority (62%) of Millennials revealed that they believe their parents or guardians prepared them for making important decisions. Only 12% of respondents believe they are unprepared to make important money management decisions.

To further explore the influence parents have on money management, Millennials were asked whether or not their spending style is similar to that of their parents’ spending style. The majority (72%) believe that their style is a direct reflection of their parents.

Spending Habits
Our survey also revealed that 47% of Millennials consider themselves impulse buyers, and 70% believe their money management style is a mixture of spending and saving. Of those surveyed, 87% reported having a savings account.

When asked what they spend the most money on, Millennials reported, in the following order:

  • Student loans
  • Other
  • Travel
  • Clothing
  • Entertainment
  • Food

Charitable Giving
According to the survey results, there are several factors that help Millennials decide to which charities and nonprofit organizations they will donate money. Those factors include the following key words:

  • Cause
  • Children
  • Local
  • Effect

When asked how likely they are to donate money to a charity or nonprofit organization in the next 12 months, 86% of respondents reported they are likely to do so. Of that 86%, 36% said they are “extremely likely” to donate money to a charity or nonprofit organization, 24% said they are “somewhat likely,” and 26% reported they are “moderately likely.” Only 3% of respondents said they are “not at all likely” to donate.

Although the overwhelming majority of those surveyed plan to donate money to organizations this year, they seem unsure about how their donations will help those organizations. In fact, 36% of respondents claimed they believe their monetary donations are only “moderately helpful” for charities and nonprofit organizations.


Do you agree with the survey results? Does money management play an important role in your career? Share your thoughts with us in the comments section below!

Keep checking Movin’ On Up every Monday for more insight on this important generation.

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Apps to Keep You Organized

Mobile AppsKeeping organized is a trait that many professionals struggle with daily. Between hundreds of emails and texts, meeting requests, and last-minute assignments, it can be hard to remember to keep on top of important tasks, meet deadlines, or even finish projects.

Luckily, technology is on our side. Thousands of smart solutions exist to help you stay organized in your busy life. From organizing finances to note-taking, apps for smart phones, tablets, and desktops offer unique and easy ways to compartmentalize your life and make prioritizing less painful.

Many of the apps are free or inexpensive, and having the ability to track expenses, tasks, or projects is worth its weight in gold.

Here are a few of our favorite apps:

Evernote is perfect for taking notes in meetings or calls. This app also allows you to attach documents, relevant information and more to keep everything consolidated for future reference. Additionally, Evernote lets you record speech right into the note, so you don’t have to worry about writing down information during meetings. It also syncs the desktop version to your smartphone or tablet.

If you keep work in multiple folders, Dropbox is a must. Because it’s online storage, you have the ability to work on projects from anywhere on any device. The upload feature for documents and pictures is easy to use, and you don’t have to worry about losing important information if a computer crashes or is lost. Basically, you can use any device to log into the Dropbox account to access your files.

We all have habits we could improve on, and HabitList helps you to do just that. Whether you want to set habits like eating more vegetables or meeting deadlines, HabitList keeps you motivated by showing your trends, progress, and streaks. It reminds you of your habits with positive reinforcement and can make dull or mundane tasks a bit more fun with progress charts.

Google Now
Google Now, the “intelligent personal assistant” for iOS, Android, and desktop, organizes everything you can think of and is available 24/7. All of your work, personal information, and tasks are organized into “cards” that put your important stuff into one place without having to search around. 

This popular new virtual office app is used by giants like Facebook, Quora, and Instagram, and works as a virtual office space. You can collaborate with others on spreadsheets, checklists, and documents, as well as check in with team members or other people in your network. You can create and import documents, allow others to edit, and log on to review edits as well.

This free iPhone app serves as your personal assistant by connecting your online services, like email, calendar, Facebook account and others. EasilyDo uses an algorithm to help you find things it can help you with, like add details of contacts or notify you of important dates and birthdays. Designed as a productivity app, EasilyDo helps you tackle a variety of tasks quickly.

Need an app to help track money and spending? Venmo is a new app that allows you to transfer money and keep track of what you’ve paid. It not only reminds you to pay a client, it also shows which clients owe you a payment. This app lets you pay anyone with a Venmo account instantly using money you have in Venmo, or you can link your bank account or debit card quickly.

What are your favorite productivity apps? Share your favorite productivity and organization apps with us in the comments section below!

Movin’ On Up is brought to you by Express Employment Professionals.

Give Your Career a Makeover

CareerMakeoverThere may be times in your professional life that you become frustrated and feel like you aren’t quite getting where you’d like to be. If you ever reach that point, it may be time to give your career a makeover. From defining your personal vision to evaluating your strengths and weaknesses, check out these tips to help you revamp your career and keep pursuing the professional path you desire.

Identify your strengths and weaknesses.
When undergoing a career makeover, you must be able to pinpoint the areas where you excel and those in which you could improve. Ask yourself questions like, “What things do I avoid because I lack the confidence to do them?” or “What am I best at?” Defining these areas will help guide you toward job prospects that are appropriate for you, and give you the opportunity to hone those skills that aren’t quite top notch.

Define your vision statement.
Without knowing where you want to go, it’s hard to outline the steps it will take to get there. Be honest with yourself about what you desire from your career. Think about what you want in terms of job role and industry, work-life balance, etc. Where do you aspire to be in the next five to 10 years? Then, once you have a vision in your mind, get it down on paper. Check it often to make sure you’re staying on track toward your desired career.

Enlist a mentor.
Once you’ve identified where you want to go with your career, find an experienced professional in that field. A mentor will be able to give you positive guidance through your makeover process and beyond. Just remember, mentoring is a major commitment for everyone involved. Be respectful of your mentor’s time and come prepared with questions and topics to discuss when you meet. When your mentor understands your goals, they can better direct you through the process.  For tips on finding the right mentor, check out this article.

Reinforce your personal brand.
Another tip to consider is rebranding. Your audience—a potential employer—needs to know what you’re good at. Get started on this by updating your LinkedIn profile with applicable skills and follow relevant groups. Most importantly, make sure your online social media presence, whether it be on Facebook, Twitter, or some other site, is reflective of your recent career makeover.

Take it one step at a time.
A career makeover can sound overwhelming. Once you’ve identified where you want to be versus where you are now, you can establish goals to help you move along that path. Just remember that building your dream career won’t happen overnight and it’s best to take things one day at a time. Be intentional in getting things done, but don’t put so much on your plate that you become discouraged.

What other tips would you suggest for a career makeover? Let us know in the comments section below!

Movin’ On Up is brought to you by Express Employment Professionals.

Millennial Monday: First Generation Millennials and the American Dream

COM16MM_AmericanDream_1200X900Express Employment Professionals recently teamed up with the School of Media and Strategic Communications at Oklahoma State University (OSU) in Stillwater, OK, to conduct research about Millennials and their attitudes toward the American Dream. Also known as “Gen Y,” Millennials were born between 1979 and 1995 and currently make up 30% of the population. According to The Council of Economic Advisers for the White House, “Millennials are now the largest, most diverse generation in the U.S.” As they enter the workforce and establish career paths, it’s important to understand the motives and desires behind this robust generation. To help you get to know “Gen Y,” Movin’ On Up is bringing you an eight-week series titled “Millennial Monday.”

In this week’s installment of “Millennial Monday,” Express and OSU students surveyed Millennials, the majority of whom are working full- or part-time, to paint a picture of the generation’s view of heritage and its effect on the American Dream. (more…)

The Results Are In: How Do You Prepare for a Future Leadership Role?

Leadership MsgA company is ultimately shaped by those in leadership positions, for better or worse. Because of this—and because having the right leadership is vital to company success—we wanted to know how Movin’ On Up readers might prepare for future leadership roles.

The Results
According to our poll, the majority of respondents (49%) said they prepare for a future leadership role using a combination of the following: pursuing higher education, finding a mentor, and learning new skills, among others.

Approximately 15% of respondents selected “learn new skills through work or volunteering” as the sole way they prepare for a leadership role, while “study leadership” and “pursue higher education” tied with 10% of the votes.

In addition, each of the following choices received less than 10% of the votes:

  • Find a mentor
  • Become involved with networking or industry organizations
  • Change careers

Readers were also able to select the “Other” option and provide their own answers. Of the 3% who chose this option, responses included utilizing personal connections, going beyond the average duty of their jobs, and taking responsibility for special initiatives—just to name a few.

To learn more about how you can prepare for a future leadership role with every day habits, check out this article.

Do you aspire to be in a leadership position someday? Are there other ways you’re preparing for a future leadership role? Let us know in the comments section below!

Movin’ On Up is brought to you by Express Employment Professionals.