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Honesty Makes Sense!

Posted by Mark Salinas on March 20, 2010

What do you consider being honest? Is honesty only offering a response to a question with some truth? Are we being dishonest when we avoid telling a significant other, family member or friend something… to avoid a problem? Everyday it seems as though people are avoiding smaller and smaller issues. If we continue to ignore, hide or avoid a small issue, does it not eventually accumulate into a bigger issue?

“every waterfall starts with a drop.”

Honesty is the Best Policy

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My take: In business or personal, I believe that it is important to be honest. Yes, often the truth hurts but dealing with the uncomfortable feelings that could come from being forthcoming will only help us grow and become stronger. Obviously, when one conveys a message,  tact and consideration should be part of the delivery.  The more challenges we face (and overcome) the stronger our resolve is;  as we “tackle” the daily grind that life throws at us why not just be honest?

“A lie has speed, but truth has endurance.”  ~Edgar J. Mohn

“A lie may take care of the present, but it has no future.”  ~Author Unknown

“The cruelest lies are often told in silence.”  ~Adlai Stevenson

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References: Business Week

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Brainstorm-Business Ideas/Resources

Posted by Mark Salinas on November 8, 2009

Jobs are scarce, the unemployment rate has hit a 26 year high at over 10%. Do you continue to wait it out plugging away at your current position, maybe you are unemployed?  Other options could include breaking into your own business either part time or full time.

BrainstormSome useful resources and business ideas to get the mind thinking:

Master List of  Home Business Ideas

Business Ideas on a Budget

200 Ways to Start Your Own Business

Did something catch your eye? Start the brainstorming! Keep moving forward!

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Just Respond Darn It!

Posted by Mark Salinas on February 26, 2009

For a few years now I have been on this crazy kick trying to understand why most individuals don’t respond, whether it be via email, voice,  pony express etc.  Initially I just accepted it as human nature…but why? Why don’t people respond? Is it  geographical a issue (laid back, too busy), procrastination, fear respondof being rude? Does the non-responding individual have an ego problem? Personally I have much more respect for an individual that is willing to share not so good news than an individual that hides and doesn’t respond. Don’t you?

I want to share with you one of my favorites chrisbrogan, his site is one that  I visit on a regular basis.  His post 10 Things You Could Do Better Today got my attention of course! Have a look at # 1 !

The list…

1. Improve your response time to requests. <–I might add respond at all.
2. Improve the brevity and simplicity of your email correspondence.
3. Connect with five new people and seven existing colleagues or friends each day.
4. Inspect your business process cycle from start to finish for improvements.
5. Rethink your approach to helping others succeed.
6. Increase the amount of times you connect others together to build new relationships.
7. Resolve three pieces of unfinished business, no matter how painful.
8. Live closer to your goals and your main points of focus, and less by reaction.
9. Take time to thank the people who make your life possible.
10. Rest and unplug.

The other 9 are very useful points as well! So why do you think people don’t respond? Is it intentional or unintentional? Does the mind start playing tricks on us when we don’t have an answer…….we deserve a response. Don’t we? Just respond darn it!

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Ideas

Posted by Mark Salinas on January 5, 2009

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…………….“Gather and pass on what comes for the depths.” -Paul Klee

I have seen to often that an individual or an organization limit their opportunities by limiting their sources for ideas. Listen to ideas, welcome them. You don’t necesarily have to apply but keep an open mind.

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Severance- what should you receive?

Posted by Mark Salinas on December 16, 2008

shakeUnemployment is up to 6.7%! I know many individuals that have been laid off over the past year and it doesn’t lo0k like we are going to see a slow down anytime soon! Fortunately most that are laid off  receive a severance along with all of their vacation pay whether you work for a private or public co. According to About.com a Typical salaried (non-union) severance benefit is two (2) weeks pay for each year of service — to a maximum of 26 weeks.

Typical executive severance benefit will be in the 6 to 12 months range.

For those that are just cut loose without a severance (rare but can happen), talk with your employer and hope that humanity wins out if not look into the State and Federal Laws regarding severance packages.

For more see Severance Packages.

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