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February 4, 2015 – Newnan, Georgia - NuLink donated $4,225 to the Coweta County Veterans Club and $4,225 to the Coweta County School System in December 2014.  For the fourth year in a row, NuLink partnered with a local organization as a part its fall campaign and this year’s campaign focused on saluting local heroes – veterans, active military personnel and students in the Coweta County Schools’ JROTC programs.  NuLink presented a check to Coweta County Schools in the classroom of Major Scott Bright of Newnan High School.

According to Dean Jackson, Public Information Officer of the CCSS, “The support that NuLink has shown our students in the JROTC programs has been wonderful.  These young men and women are preparing for the next phase of their lives and many have already agreed to enlist in a branch of the military.  Having NuLink’s support and interest shows them that their decision to have an influence on protecting our freedom is highly regarded and respected in the community.”

NuLink also presented a check to Staff Sergeant John O’Conner, representing the local Coweta County Veterans Club.  O’Conner served in the Air National Guard of New York from 1964-1970 and actively served in South Korea from 1968-1969.  He has been a Newnan resident for the past 11 years.

“We were so honored to be able to donate to the Coweta County Veterans Club and to the Coweta County High Schools.  The stories we heard and emotions we saw throughout the ‘Salute Our Heroes’ campaign from veterans, students, and active military was beyond anything we could have imagined.  This campaign was a reminder of the sacrifices men and women of uniform make every day.  We were thrilled to meet many of these distinguished veterans who fought for our freedom and that we were able to say ‘Thank You’ through this donation,” said Dan Shoemaker, CEO of NuLink.

NuLink is headquarted in Coweta County and provides residential and business telecommunication services in Coweta and Fayette Counties.  For more information on NuLink, please contact Alise Cartledge, Marketing and Sales Coordinator, 770-683-6988.




Congratulations to Walt Gutierrez for being named Coweta County's 2015 Citizen of the Year!



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


Georgia Education Top Stories
February 20th
As a business community, we need to let our elected leaders know that we hope they will vote yes when the Transportation Funding Act of 2015 comes to the floor.
January 29th
While much of the debate around improving education in Georgia has been based around funding and school choice, the issues of school district governance has also been an important piece of reform.


Steve Cooper-Contributor

Make More Money By Making Your Employees Happy

What if happy employees quantifiably translated into larger profits? A new book by Dr. Noelle Nelson, “Make More Money by Making Your Employees Happy,” explains how they do.

Dr. Nelson cites a study from the Jackson Organization, a survey research consultancy, which shows, “companies that effectively appreciate employee value enjoy a return on equity & assets more than triple that experienced by firms that don’t.

When looking at Fortune’s ’100 Best Companies to Work For’ stock prices rose an average of 14% per year from 1998-2005, compared to 6% for the overall market.”

Dr. Nelson shares the example of when Paul O’Neil took the reins of Alcoa in 1987.  O’Neil announced that his sole priority was to increase worker safety. Over the next 13 years employee productivity soared as accident rates decreased. Just over a decade later, Alcoa’s annual income had grown 500%!

A study released by Bright Horizons, a provider of employer-sponsored child care, education, and work/life solutions, found that 89% of employees with high levels of well-being reported high job satisfaction and nearly two thirds of those employees reported consistently putting in extra effort at work.






1 October 2014 

Young people lack workplace skills, firms say in UK survey

Young people lack workplace skills such as communication and team working, a study among employers has suggested.

The British Chambers of Commerce survey of 3,000 firms found nine out of 10 thought school leavers were not ready for employment, and more than half said it was the same with graduates.

The chambers called for universal work experience in all secondary schools.

Three-quarters of the companies surveyed put the situation down to a lack of work experience, and more than 50% said young people did not have even basic skills such as communication.

However, half said they did not offer work experience placements themselves.

"Business people tend to favor more skilled and experienced applicants - and while they do sympathize, their primary function is to run a business which means making business decisions," he said.

He added: "Government and educational institutions must be more focused on equipping young people for the workplace and businesses must be more willing to give them a chance.”

"In practice, this means introducing business governance into schools, and measuring the success of schools and universities based on the employment outcomes of pupils."


Campaign puts £88bn ($135 billion) economic value on 'soft skills'

By Sean Coughlan, BBC News


Soft skills are worth an extra £88bn ($135 billion) in increased productivity and reduced operating costs, say researchers

These are skills such as communication, initiative, interacting with customers and team working.

Research commissioned by the campaign suggests such skills are worth £88bn to the UK economy.

McDonald's is backing the campaign alongside firms such as Barclays and organizations including the CBI.

'Essential skills'

The economic impact is based on factors such as increased workplace productivity and looking at what would be lost with a lack of soft skills.

Negative factors include:

  • increased operating costs
  • losing business to competitors
  • problems meeting quality standards
  • delays introducing new products or services          


Jez Langhorn, chief people officer for McDonald's in the UK and northern Europe, said abilities such as communication, inter-personal skills and time management, were "essential skills" for employees. "These skills improve productivity."

Neil Carberry, the CBI's director for employment and skills, said: "Business is clear that developing the right attitudes and attributes in people - such as resilience, respect, enthusiasm and creativity - is just as important as academic or technical skills."




Hire For Attitude

By Dan Schawbel


Mark Murphy’s training programs have yielded remarkable results for MicrosoftIBM, GE, MasterCardMerckAstraZeneca, MD Anderson Cancer Center, and Johns Hopkins.


Many fail within the first 18 months.

When our research tracked 20,000 new hires, 46% of them failed within 18 months. 89% of the time it was for attitudinal reasons and only 11% of the time for a lack of skill. The attitudinal deficits that doomed these failed hires included a lack of coach-ability, low levels of emotional intelligence, motivation and temperament.

Are technical and soft skills less important than attitude?

Technical skills are important, and they’re much easier to assess via testing. Tests, however, don’t assess attitude; whether a candidate is motivated to learn new skills, think innovatively, cope with failure, assimilate feedback and coaching, collaborate with teammates, and so forth.

Finding candidates with the right attitudes

Companies are finding their best people through employee referrals and networking. The high performers already on board have the attitudes they want.


Attitudes change.

The “right” attitudes are not abstract, but rather are just the characteristics that separate high and low performers in that organization…even as the attitudes change over time.





Good Examples of Appearance for Job Interviews

by Lisa McQuerrey, Demand Media

 You will be judged by your appearance.

Your appearance is the first thing a potential employer notices when meeting you for a job interview. You can make a good first impression by dressing professionally and being well groomed. A professional appearance establishes you as someone who takes work seriously, while an unkempt look can give an employer the impression you are unprofessional and don't care about the image you project.

Clothing Choice

Appropriate interview attire will vary according to job for which you are applying. An interview in finance or law requires a conservative business suit and dress shoes, while a lifeguard interview simply requires business casual clothing. Visit the business or workplace before your interview to get an idea of what employees wear.

Personal Style

Everybody has a personal style.  While some choices are appropriate to exhibit in a workplace, others might not be well-received by a potential employer. Though your outward appearance is not necessarily a reflection of how you will perform job responsibilities, conservative business owners interested in projecting a certain image for their customers may consciously or unconsciously hold unusual appearances against you.






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



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

  Stuart Leung




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.


Lean Communication

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:



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

Georgia Government Top Stories
February 20th
As a business community, we need to let our elected leaders know that we hope they will vote yes when the Transportation Funding Act of 2015 comes to the floor.
January 29th
While much of the debate around improving education in Georgia has been based around funding and school choice, the issues of school district governance has also been an important piece of reform.

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 informationalsocial_security.jpg 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.



National Institutes of Health News Releases
March 26th
Liberia–U.S. partnership planning Phase 3 trial and study of Ebola survivors.

Real Men Wear Pink

images.jpgNewnan (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 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.


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