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Coweta's 2015 Citizen of the year will be announced at the annual banquet on January 29. Find out more about each of this year's seven outstanding nominees.
The Georgia General Assembly is back in session. Click here to see the top agenda items as identified by the Association of County Commissioners of Georgia.
If lack of motivation is holding you back, try these tips from Craig Childs.
If reorganizing your "stuff" is on your 2015 Wish List, these tips might make you more productive at home...
or at WORK
7 Winning Character Traits that Create a Lifetime of Success
There are distinctive winning traits that enable people to achieve.
1. Driven by ambition (not fear of failure). Sometimes we need the courage to move forward without fear or doubt.
2. Winners are Doers. Lots of people have desire and ambition but don’t DO. Take action. Stop procrastinating.
3. Self-discipline. Knowing how to lose weight is simple – fewer calories in, more calories out – but the discipline to do it is hard!
Self-discipline is a skill to learn and develop.
4. Persist, persist and persist. Calvin Coolidge said it best. “Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not: Nothing is more common than unrewarded talent. Education alone will not: The world is full of educated failures. Persistence alone is omnipotent.”
5. Do not sulk but learn. Sometimes you learn because of your failure. If you miss goals, find out how to avoid that from happening again.
6. Accept responsibility. Blaming people allows them to control you. You are responsible.
7. “I can” attitude. The way you think affects all aspects of your life. Having a positive mental attitude will attract what you need to
The importance of a good work ethic
Here are five components to a good work ethic and just why they’re so important to you and your future:
Attendance and punctuality: You learn and accomplish most when you show up, on time and prepared. A
nd when you come late, it’s unlikely that you’re really ready to do your best work. Good attendance and punctuality are two important pieces of a good work ethic –and they’re easily accomplished.
Goal Setting: Before you can accomplish your goals, you need to know what they are. People with good work ethic are goal-oriented and dedicated to achieving the success they envision.
Hard work: At the foundation of a good work ethic is a whole lot of hard work. At work, you may want to come in a little early or stay late so you do the best job you can.
Positive Attitude: Your positive attitude can set you apart from your peers –and it can be infectious, spilling over to other employees and making you welcome on any work project.
Accomplishment: The more you accomplish, the more likely you will be the person chosen for further advancement.
More RESPECT for Millenials
by CONNIE CASS, ASSOCIATED PRESS
WASHINGTON (AP) — Today's young Americans are more serious about giving back than their parents were.
In fact, those under age 30 now are more likely to say citizens have a "very important obligation" to volunteer, an Associated Press-GfK poll finds. Read more here:
Here Are the Soft Skills Most Important to Your Business
Your business success depends heavily upon the ability of staff to cooperate on projects in order to achieve company goals.
No two minds approach problems in the exact same way.
The unique perspectives and experiences that each of us have make collaboration profitable. The more angles that are available, the more solutions you have from which to draw.
When those involved in the collaboration lack the soft skills necessary to be able to give and accept criticism in a mature way, it becomes impossible to reach any sort of mutually beneficial resolution. Instead, you end up with wasted time, strained business relationships, and failure. 86% of executives identify ineffective collaboration and communication as a major cause of failure in business.
Those who develop and maintain the necessary interpersonal skills to make collaboration work the way it’s supposed to are worth more to a company than the sum of their collective hard skills. Most education courses and on-the-job training neglect to cover these all-important skills. Consider investing in special training and team-building courses for your employees to help counter this particular weakness.
Author John Shook says:
Lean thinking and practice is about tackling problems. Many organizations suffer from communication problems.
Communication creates shared understanding of current conditions, of ideal conditions, and the gap between them. We can work on the gap to make conditions better. That's “alignment.”
Many lean practices are tools that support alignment.
- Take more time up front on new initiatives.
- Make information as visible as possible.
- Engage everyone in setting objectives, creating plans, and managing "plan versus actual" conditions.
- Store VALUABLE information so that it can be pulled as needed.
- Remove unneeded/wasteful information, organize the information that is needed.
Act on Facts
At Lucile Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford in Palo Alto, CA, providers and administrators huddle every day at exactly 10:30am. In 15 minutes the team effectively shares hospital-wide status of patient safety, occupancy, staffing, and patient flow delays. Quick hit items are dealt with right away and big issues are reviewed as well.
Frequent, consistent, reliable communication
Research suggests that, when influencing people (whether an organization or a target market segment), frequency of communication is more important than perfection of communication. Frequent, small batches prove to be the most effective way to go.
Why Soft Skills Matter
Making Sure Your Hard Skills Shine
Beyond the technical skills, which dentist do you go to? The one who is pleasant and takes time to answer your questions; or the one who treats you like a number in a long line of numbered mouths?
Your technical skills get your foot in the door. Your people skills open most of the doors to come. Work ethic, attitude, communication, emotional intelligence and other personal attributes are the soft skills that are crucial for career success.
Problem solving, delegating, motivating, and team building are easier if you have good soft skills. Getting along with people – and displaying a positive attitude – are crucial for success.
Soft skills are often undervalued. There is far less training provided for them than hard skills. Organizations tend to assume that everyone knows and understands the importance of being on time, taking initiative, being friendly, and producing high quality work.
Recognize the vital role soft skills play within your team. Encourage their development throughout the organization. Evaluate:
- Personal accountability.
- The degree of collaboration.
- Interpersonal negotiation skills.
- Conflict resolution .
- People's adaptability and flexibility.
- The clarity of communications .
- Creative thinking.
- Coaching and mentoring.
7 critical global economy business skills
1. Data mining/analytics: Mass-computerization and mass production cause organizations to differentiate themselves via the way they can understand and act on data.
2. Cross-cultural competency/ communications: "Today’s skill sets could cause workers to be posted in any number of locations—they need to be able to operate in whatever environment they find themselves." [Anna Davies, Devin Fidler and Marina Gorbis, authors of Future Work Skills: 2020.]
3. Social business acumen: Professionals need to be well-versed "in forms such as video, and able to critically analyze them," according to the Institute of the Future report.
4. Automated manufacturing: Factory managers and workers need to understand and design the systems and processes that encompass today's production lines, including everything from robotics to 3D printing.
5. Entrepreneurship: There are 3 types of entrepreneurship.
A. The ability to form a startup
B. The freelancer who provides project-based services
C. An internal entrepreneur ("intrapreneur") launches new products or a new piece of the business.
6. Design mindset: "Sensors, communication tools and processing power will bring new design opportunities."
7. Cybersecurity: There is insatiable demand for professionals who can protect valuable data and networks.
10 Soft Skills You Need to Master Now
Heather R. Huhman
July 29, 2014
Your experience and hard skills might get you initially noticed by employers, but it’s your soft skills that will advance your career.
77 percent of employers believe soft skills are just as important as hard skills.
10 soft skills to master:
1. According to Millennial Branding, 84 percent of companies look for candidates who have a positive attitude.
2. 73 percent of companies value strong work ethic as one of their top soft skills.
3. Eighty-three percent of employers value excellent communication skills in the workplace.
4. 73 percent of employers seek dependable candidates.
5. According to Millennial Branding, 74 percent of employers desire candidates who can work in a team.
6. Sixty-six percent of employers value individuals who are self-motivated.
7. Fifty-seven percent of employers desire candidates who can stay organized at work and manage multiple priorities.
8. Half of employers believe it’s important for employees to be flexible at work.
9. 57 percent of employers look for people who are able to work well under pressure.
10. There are a number of reasons 46 percent of employers value confidence in the workplace.
Who's on my team?
Col. Greg Green
375th Air Mobility Wing Vice Commander
10/9/2014 - SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill. --
There are three qualities I seek in a person chosen to become an integral part of my team: strong character, a rigorous work ethic and a positive attitude.
Strong character aligns with our first Air Force core value --integrity. Strong character encompasses not only integrity, but also trust, loyalty, steadfastness, polite consideration of others, and a strong moral compass.
Rigorous work ethic enables a person to recognize when a job needs to be done, and then demonstrate initiative to complete it without micromanagement. The resulting pride in successful task completion builds confidence in the entire team.
A positive attitude is necessary to maintain the kind of morale necessary for top performance and team success. The most exciting job in the world can be made miserable because of the lousy attitude of a team mate. You can enjoy even the most difficult task if surrounded by people with positive attitudes. Life is simply more enjoyable when surrounded by people who project positive attitudes.
Each of the three characteristics highlighted is contagious and can create the new organizational culture.
A strong work ethic will take you places!
Employers seek it; performance depends on it; satisfaction is derived from it; and career progression is the fruit of it. What is it? A strong work ethic!
Employers seek it
It’s that intangible quality that star employees exemplify daily in their determination to do the best job possible—regardless of whether someone’s eye is on them or not. Why? They take pride in their work.
Performance depends on it
Companies that want to hold a position of leadership in their industry know it requires talent with the skills and motivation to consistently produce outstanding results. So, this becomes the standard that guides their hiring decisions.
Satisfaction is derived from it
No matter what profession you find yourself in, when you are skilled at what you do and people recognize it, there is a deep sense of satisfaction that wells up within you.
Career progression is the fruit of it
If you desire to advance in your profession, a strong work ethic will keep your career moving upward. Every employer wants an employee with this kind of mentality. Your willingness to work hard and give 150 percent will not go unnoticed.
Hard Skills Not Enough For Job Success
The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) projects that over 1.5 million students will graduate with a bachelor's degree in 2014. These new potential employees come “preloaded” with the requisite technical skills that their careers require.
Yet, despite this, many find themselves unable to adequately perform in a competitive marketplace due to their lack of interpersonal skills otherwise known as soft skills.
There it is, the thing that colleges still haven’t quite gotten a handle on instilling in their graduates. Unless we as individuals understand how to communicate, cooperate, and coordinate with others, we are at a significant disadvantage—especially in the workplace. According to Mark Murphy (author of Hire for Attitude), 46% of new hires fail in the first 18 months, and of those new hires, 89% fail for reasons associated with attitude.
Do we really need to put so much emphasis on ‘playing nice?’
We're all adults, but we all have different approaches to getting things done, especially due to our diversity in experience, demeanors, age, goals, and cultures, sometimes all on the same team. 77 percent of employers say that soft skills are just as important as hard skills.
Ward Named President of GA. Association of Assessing Officials
Beverly Ward, Chairman of the Coweta County Board of Assessors, was installed as President of the Georgia Association of Assessing Officials (GAAO) at the 67th Short Course in Assessment Administration, held this this week at the University of Georgia in Athens.
GAAO is the 1600 plus member association comprised of Tax Assessors and appraisers from across Georgia as well as representatives from the state Department of Revenue and the private sector.
The Carnegie Hosts "Social Security: When Do I Collect?"
On Tuesday, October 14, 2014 at 2:30PM, investment representative, Jennifer Camp presents an informational program designed to address questions about Social Security, such as "How does Social Security fit into my retirement income plan", "When should I start taking benefits" and finally, "What about taxes". The end-goal will be to provide information that will make better sense of what impact Social Security will have with respect to personal financial goals.
There will be no sales pitch involved in this program. Jennifer Camp is employed by Edward Jones, a Fortune 500 company, which provides financial services for individual investors in the United States and, through its affiliate, in Canada.
The Carnegie is located at 1 LaGrange Street in downtown Newnan on the historic Courthouse Square. Call to reserve your spot at 770-683-1347.
Real Men Wear Pink
Newnan (Oct. 1, 2014) – As part of its commitment to the fight against breast cancer, Piedmont Newnan Hospital has enlisted the help of 10 prominent men in the Coweta County community to help spread awareness about breast cancer, the second leading cause of cancer-related death in the U.S. The campaign is designed to increase the number of women who take preventative action in the fight against the disease.
These 10 men have agreed to become the names and faces in the battle against breast cancer, which affects one in eight women in the U.S. They’ll take part in community events such as a “Pink Out” night at Newnan High School on Friday, October 24, all while leading by example by asking the women in their lives to get screened for breast cancer.
THE CARNEGIE AND NEWNAN COWETA ART ASSOCIATION ROTATE ART FOR THE SPRING
The Carnegie and the Newnan Coweta Art Association partnered up to present a variety of art for the grand opening of the building. The Newnan Coweta Art Association has rotating exhibits in the Carnegie. There is an art gallery on the second level.
"Our program and meeting room attendees really enjoy strolling through the art gallery. The Newnan Coweta Art Association has once again provided us with a wonderful variety of paintings," said Amy Mapel, Carnegie Director.
In The Know
Improvements at Community Welcome House