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    Let us loop you in – iPhone the missing link for virtual reality?

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    Hire People with Education and Experience

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    Savvy Leaders Hire People with Education & Experience

    Frankly over my lifetime I have been through a host of interviews, talent searches, resume courses, and blah blah blah. Anyone of those companies I have interviewed for in my career could read this article and go "she's talking about me". Actually I am not. I don't have anyone or company in mind. What I have is a life time of experiences, and that is the simple truth.

    Recently a friend, whom I would say was “in the know” suggested that people need to leave their education off of their resumes. If people are getting overlooked because of their prior qualification and education, then they should leave that information off, is what he told me.

    As much as I love my friend, I probably wouldn't do that. I don’t know why anyone would need too. As a society we are trying to educate others all over the world to stand up and be accountable. What better way to do that than to list your qualification on a resume? Would you ask your daughter, wife, son or spouse to leave their education off her resume? Maybe drop some of their work experience? The very things the job description asked for?

    The very things the job description asked for?

    Unfortunately it still appears that many do find educated woman and men threatening. Truth however is that they are only threatening until you hire them. Then you learn how much you need their education and/or their experience. It’s called making your life easier.

    There is a saying “You can’t always teach a “NEW” dog old tricks”. The younger crowd tends to view experience in a way that isn’t entirely clear even to them just yet. It is simply because they haven't had those life experiences necessary to judge differently. Experienced employees aren’t necessarily looking to take your job away from you. Actually, if they are applying at your company, and you are interviewing them – you should look at it as a complement. After all they came to you. It doesn't mean they are desperate either.

    If you don’t feel safe in your own position you could feel some hesitation when you stop Hire People with Education and Experienceinterview people. STOP. Those thoughts and feelings are being reflected in the interview. Ask yourself if you are adding bias into the interview and running off good talent? Give yourself a break, and interview on days that you feel okay about your job, and give each candidate a fair chance.

    Look at it as a complement.

    I’ve interviewed all types of people of different ages, race, sex, and belief systems. Some had extensive education and skills. I admit I was intimidated by a couple of them; but I was still young. However, I was glad I wasn’t making the decision all on my own, and I had a team to help point out the positives (and negatives). We hired them, and they were fabulous. Others I’ve interviewed were just getting started on their career paths. We hired a combination of personalities stemming from many different backgrounds. We did it as a team.

    Truthfully the hiring process is a discriminatory process. As an employer, you are only hopeful that you have selected correctly. You are hopeful you didn’t let the best candidate get away, and might have to go through the process again. You are hopeful it will all work out. I am hopeful it will work out for you too. Really I am, because I have also struggled with the same issues.

    If you look even deeper into the discriminatory practice of resource management, It can only be described as "stretching bodies on the rack". No offence, but It's a painful process; a business contractual process - but still painful.

    To say that someone peaks professionally at a certain age is a myth. How can you know that? You can’t. Maybe once you have retired and you can reflect back on the many career paths you have taken over the years, you might find your peak wasn’t what you thought at all. Maybe you were in your 30’s or 60’s when it happened. Case in point, look at your politicians in their 80's. So maybe politicians aren't a good example, but you get my meaning.

    It isn’t always the money and prestige, but rather the self-satisfaction of a job well done; that is your true peak. It might even be a volunteer gig that brought you self-satisfaction. Everyone has that moment in their career where they are most satisfied. But everything in life as well as business has ebbs and flows. You might have a combination of peaks.

    If this old dog could teach a New dog, a few old tricks, it would be to go with your heart. Trust your instincts. Don’t let age, gender, or qualifications get in your way. Many leaders’ hire people who have more education and experience than themselves for a reason. It’s called being savvy. A good leader will use their employees skills to make themselves a better leader, and to develop a winning team.

    Many leaders’ hire people who have more education and experience than themselves for a reason

    You can be very smart and not have a college education. Education is something you have to apply to get a benefit out of. Some people like education just for the philosophical journey; I fall into the philosophical category. I weighed my educational options and decided I didn’t want to get an MBA. I wanted to build programs for people to learn from. I wanted to understand how people learn; so I went into instructional technology and learning sciences. I didn’t regret it. Besides I already had 30 years of experience in the workforce. I wanted to study and research something that I could enjoy. I wanted to be happy learning.

    I recall having two gentlemen who worked under me whose qualifications far out matched my own. They were the best employees I have ever had. They were 20 to 30 years my senior, but they were kind, generous, understanding, dedicated, loyal, and smart. They were just glad to be there, and I was glad to have them there. I am glad they didn’t judge me. Come to find out – they were my biggest fans.

    Women and men alike, please, by all means list what you have on your resume that is a true reflection of who you are, your talents, and your strengths. That is all you have to offer - it's who you are. If that is not good enough then you didn’t need to be there anyways. Any place that would ask you to lower your qualifications,or standards, is not the place for you.

    Celebrate your education. Highlight your professional achievements. Not all achievements come by way of education, sometimes its just hard work and perseverance that pays off.

    To the employers, all one can ask is that you give a fair assessment of the talent that will present to your organization; and then make your decisions. Decisions based on need, and not fear. If you fear education, and you have an uneducated or unskilled workforce, your fate is in your own hands. It is a fact that an educated/skilled workforce will have a higher economic standard of living, thus your community will thrive.

    I can say these things as an educator and a business woman. I am fair and honest in my assessment that education does provide certain keys to economic freedoms.

     


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    Native American Studies – Reflections

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    Creative and Inspirational People


    When you ask, be prepared for an answer
     

    I approached the group with a short question pertaining to the movie. "If you could ask one question after watching this movie what would it be?" One young women responded by stating "How do you read white people?"  

    Others in the group were shocked that she would boldly state that to me  - but I thought it was appropriate.  She and I have an open understanding.

     I asked, she responded  

    We talked about the challenges of a number of different cultures and how the traditions of each of these cultures have suffered through the ages. 

    I then had the group write a brief paragraph expressing how the movie made them feel.  I wanted them to explain in their own words 1) the best parts of the movie, 2)the worst part of the movie, 3) and what they learned by watching the movie. 

    A Students View Point - Loss of Buffalo

    • The worst part for many was watching as the children were being forced to go to the white man's school. Losing Identity, Integrity,  Spirit and Pride. They were proud people, not deserving of the pain and suffering that was afflicted upon them.
    • The best part was when it was over.  Student's were saddened by the loss of many things, including the Buffalo which the white man slaughtered.  Grieving for a generation of elders who fought to hold onto the traditions - traditions they practice today.  Conviction on a personal level. A renewed spirit to find their own destinies. 
    • The Most Interesting was learning about the traditions. Wanting to know more, to learn, to absorb, and to make proud those who came before them and those who still walk the earth.  A real thirst to learn about who they are as people. 

    Culture and Traditions

    At what age group  in our American culture do you see  the most activity and enthusiasm for cultural studies?  When I asked the students this, I found that  they were way ahead of me.   

    Navajo Class

    One of the young ladies spoke of the clubs at the elementary level, but noted that the real learning comes in junior high (middle school) during Navajo Class.  In Navajo class the studies are more personal, and much detail is added.  The club structure allows the students to participate in events that are related to their culture, by building upon the foundations of their beliefs.  They embrace the cultural learning experience - this happens in middle school. 

    Native American Studies

    Native American studies at the high school level is more about all of the cultures combined.   Thus you see a more diverse group of students who have a yearning to learn the historical knowledge and gain their own perspective from the historical study.  

    Student Writings

    Raising a generation of young people that  will lead our society and pass down the cultural heritage of their forefathers is important.  When asked to collaborate on what part of their culture and traditions they most appreciated,  all were in agreement that family was of the first importance.  The following information was provided by the  Native American Studies students. 

    Language

    One student noted that when she was little, her mother would speak Navajo to her and her siblings.  While she cannot speak the language fluently, she understands the meaning of the words when she hears them speak.  Yet, not as much as she would like to understand.  There is a Navajo Language & Cultural Perpetuation Project that has gain momentum to try to preserve this language of the people.

    Dini Bizaad - Navajo Language & Culture A project to create comprehensive and accessible language learning materials for the web and mobile devices by collecting the spoken word of Navajo elders

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    Churches 

    The Native American Church leadership as told to me by one young women consists of:

    •  The Road man
    • The Cedar man
    • The Drummer
    • The Fire Chief

     

    The leaders of the church  perform the sacred ceremonies.  Ceremonies that last for days. It is an honor to learn the songs of the Native Americans.  Students want to learn peyote music in church, as well as drumming.  Some songs take a very long time to learn, but they are very important.  

    3-300x245 Native American Studies - ReflectionsOne student spoke about how her father learned drumming as child.  She expressed with great pride by stating ,"it is beautiful to hear my parents singing together.  My father taught my mother the songs. I love to hear them sing together".  

    Pottery

    Another student spoke openly about his adventures with his family who lived a long distance away.  Family,  grandparents, are very important.   Being able to travel and visit his family is important.  Help his grandfather with making traditional pottery;  not just making the pottery, but also going on trips to sell them with him. It's an art that is passed down from one generation to another. 

     Loss of Buffalo & the Anger

    One young student was angry, and I allowed her to write out her anger over what she had experience after watching the movie.  The love of the land and nature are  embedded into the caretakers of tomorrow.  The very fabric of their existence is  interwoven into the earth.  The Native Americans don't just learn the lessons of the past, they learn the stories - they enact the stories into their daily lives.  They continue with the ceremonies and traditions that others would seek to steal from them even today.  "The stories about the Loss of Buffalo are important.  The stories need to be told from one  generation to the next".  

    I believe she will tell those stories! 

    Totem Poles

    The art of building animal totems is a laborious one, yet rich in symbolic cultural and traditions.  Animal Totems. Discover facts and information about the culture of Native American Indians and the meanings of the Animal Totems used by different tribes

     

    Teaching for the Future While Holding onto Tradition

    How we teach our children about other cultures is important.  The younger we teach them, the more influence we have with molding and shaping responsible relationships. 

    As I sit with my 6 year old granddaughter watching the movie Into The West, she hasn't said a word.  Already I can see she is a history buff.   She requests to view more of the series.  She is excited to see history unfold before her.  Once in a while she will look at me in amazement, or  place a hand over her mouth during a scene that elicits emotion.  We stop the movie, we chat, we move on, we learn, we grow. 

    There is a wealth of information that may be of interest for those who want to learn more about the Native Americans.  One study  on the Navajo Code Talkers  gives a fascinating look at probably the most famous use of the Navajo language outside of the Navajo Nation was during World War II. 420 young Navajo men were recruited and became Marines codetalkers during the war in the Pacific.  Their story is just one of many wonderful stories of Native American people.  

    Enjoy! 

     


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    Leadership – in a World Surrounded by Technology

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    Getting back in the game after an Injury

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