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Harmony In The Workplace

By Cheval John

Photo Courtesy of Entrepreneur.com

Photo Courtesy of Entrepreneur.com


In day-to-day business, the goal is to generate enough profit that will allow the owners of the company to pay their employees and also pay themselves.

The only question is if the people that run the businesses will achieve those goals of making a profit the right way or the wrong way.

If an owner of a company only see their employees as a commodity, then they will not treat them right and that can lead to an unhappy workplace.

Examples would be not paying them for their worth or using their title to instill fear into their workers that will take out the free will out of them.

This is probably why there is a tension between the older generation of workers and the millennial workforce.

Most of the older generation are not willing to adapt to the new way that work is happening.

Like collaboration with fellow co-workers.

The question is “Can A Workplace Have Harmony?”

I believe a workplace can have harmony.

And companies are spending a whole ton of money to bring in consultants to teach about leadership and how to make sure that there is workplace harmony.

S. Chris Edmonds is one of those consultants who teaches leaders in companies about how to have a great workplace.

I had the opportunity to interview Mr. Edmonds about his work as a speaker, consultant and his latest book, “The Culture Engine” on “What’s The Word?

You can listen to the interview here.

And if you enjoy this episode, you can go to the podcast page of this website and subscribe on iTunes, Stitcher and the newly added, Tune In Radio.

Life Is Like A Magic Caurosel

By Cheval John

Courtesy of Life Coaching Magic

Courtesy of Life Coaching Magic


Sometimes things don’t always go the way we plan.

It is like we are on a roller-coaster.

When we have good experiences that will allow us to be more productive, we celebrate.

Also, we will have a whole lot of “friends” around us.

However, when the trials and tribulations happen to us, that is when we will know who our real friends are.

At the same time, those trials will also allow us to discover the skills that we can use to help others to be better people.

And if we don’t know what we want to do with our lives and figure out our destiny, then we can rely on life coaches to help guide us.

Karen Leeds realized early on that she was meant to be a life coach and entrepreneur and has helped a lot of people to be better people.

Karen is the founder of Life Coaching Magic and is the author of the forthcoming book, “Life’s Magic Carousel: How to Grab the Brass Ring Before The Music Stops” that is set to be out in May.

I had the opportunity to interview Karen to find out more about her coaching practice and how she came up with the title for her book.

You can listen to the interview here.

Hope you enjoy hearing Karen’s journey to becoming a life coach.

A Unique Way To Make Married Life Exciting

By Cheval John

Photo courtesy of Living Consciously TV

Photo courtesy of Living Consciously TV

What if a person can make their marriage exciting?

Many would think that once they get married, life is over.

Well, Drs. Rob and Janelle Alex has busted that myth as they came up with a unique way to make the marriage more fun and exciting.

It is called, “Mission Date Night.”

It is like the married couple type of “James Bond adventures.”

I had the opportunity to interview this awesome couple recently on “What’s The Word?” on BlogTalkRadio to chat about the “Mission Date Night,” their podcast by the same name and how they decided to become entrepreneurs.

You can listen to the interview here.

Also, if you like the show, you can go to the show’s page on this website to check out other interviews I have done with amazing guests.

Always Reinvent Yourself To Maintain Success

By Cheval John

Photo Courtesy of Frame Angel

Photo Courtesy of Frame Angel

The most popular advice when starting out as an entrepreneur or podcaster, etc. is to pick a niche.

That is great advice to a huge degree because you do not want to spread yourself out too thin.

The thing about it is that sometimes that advice could get outdated in the long run.

Many college students have been specializing in a major which they believe will allow them to get a quicker path to getting the job of their dreams.

At first, it works out to a degree because they land a great job with an awesome starting salary.

When that skill is shipped off overseas, they are in trouble because they only are good in that particular skill.

One of the things a person can do when they are about to get laid off because of their department getting shut down is to reinvent themselves and learn new skills.

The reason being is that they will avoid being caught off guard when that layoff occurs.

They will be in a fantastic position to be at the right place at the right time when the company posts a job opportunity that they are qualified for.

Like Carlos Gil and Hank Blank.

Mr. Gil was working as a banker before he unexpectedly got laid off from his job.

He took great advice from his mother and set up an account on LinkedIn and connected with important people which allowed him to become a thought leader, speaker, and also landing a job in St. Louis.

Unfortunately, he got laid off again earlier this year in St. Louis.

Though he was surprised, he did not panic because he already had a strong social media presence and had established himself as a thought leader which led him to his current job as a Senior Social Marketing Manager at the very place which help him to reinvent his skills, LinkedIn.

As for Mr. Blank, he also is a strong advocate for reinventing your skills because he has been reinventing himself for over a decade as a self-employed consultant.

Before that he was working in advertising for about 25 years before he was unexpectedly fired from the agency where he was partner in 2001 over the phone.

Undaunted, Mr. Blank created his own business cards and launched his consulting practice.

He has leveraged LinkedIn and has built a solid reputation as a consultant.

Even though it is important to have a niche, it is always important to go outside of that niche and learn a new skill because when times get tough and you are looking for something new, you will be ready for the “hard times.”

Now, I want to share about another person who has reinvented their skills: myself .

I consider myself a sports writer because I have spent over two years freelancing for a daily newspaper in Huntsville, Texas.

Thought it was great and I loved the fact that I could cover sporting events and share stories of athletes who have succeeded, I was “trapped” because the sporting events happened during the fall and spring seasons.

So in the summer times, I was out of work.

I was over-specialized in one skill, which was covering sports and I could not continue to freelance for the paper during the summer times.

That was when I learned the importance of being knowledgable in other subjects in addition to sports.

That way, I would be able to better my chances at gaining other gigs which could supplement the “dry” months while waiting for sporting events to happen.

Now, I can say that I am learning other subjects like social media and I am a contributing blogger to Millennial CEO, which deals with social media, business and leadership.

It is also safe to say that I had reinvent myself because I am about to be a guest on a Twitter chat called “Content Chat” tomorrow at 3 p.m. eastern, 2 p.m. central to chat about podcasting.

So you see why it is important not to overspecialize in one skill.

Though it is important to have a strong expertise in one skill, it is always important to reinvent yourself and learn new skills everyday even if it is outside your comfort zone.

When you reinvent yourself, you will be in a much better position when the company decides to cut your department.

Sam Houston Advances In College Insider.com Tournament

By Cheval John

Sam Houston State rebounded from their Southland Conference Tournament Finals lost with a 87-71 win over the University of North Carolina-Wilmington last night during the first round of the College Insider.com Tournament at Johnson Coliseum.

In the process, the Bearkats achieved their 26th win of the season, the most ever since they moved up to the NCAA Division I almost 30 years ago.

The Bearkats shot 43.8 percent from the field and shot 47.4 percent from behind the arc.

What is even better is that Sam Houston State shot 66.7 percent from the three point line in the first half.

Most of those treys in the first half came from Lithuanian national, Aurimas Majauskas.

Majauskas came off the bench and was the main reason why SHSU’s bench outscored UNC-Wilmington’s bench 38-8.

Majauskas led all scorers with 27 points.

The Seahawks (18-14) tied the matchup at 17 with 8:04 left in the first half after Addison Spruill, who finished with 11 points, made a layup in the paint.

That was as close as UNC-Wilmington got as Sam Houston exploded on a 14-2 run, which included an ally-hoop play from Jabari Peters to Michael Holyfield, to expand their lead to 31-19.

By halftime, the Bearkats was leading 46-25.

Holyfield finished the game with a double-double (10 points and 11 rebounds) while Peters had 11 points and 6 rebounds.

Sam Houston plays host to the University of Louisiana-Lafayette this Saturday in the second round of the College Insider Tournament.

UL-Lafayette brings a 21-13 record to this matchup and also former Bearkat coach Bob Marlin in facing his former assistant, current Sam Houston coach Jason Hooten.

Hooten will try to get his 100th win of his head coaching career in this contest.