Tuesday, May 21, 2019

5% More: Making Small Changes To Achieve Extraordinary Results By Michael Alden (Summary)

5% More: Making Small Changes To Achieve Extraordinary Results By Michael Alden (August 29, 2016) (Hardcover)
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Key Concepts

Despite all the effort spent on personal development, most people are not where they want to be and they still want more in life. To achieve greater fulfillment, keep these following points in mind:

  • You can only achieve your goals if you take action. Taking action is easy, and anyone can do it.
  • You can dramatically change your life, and even exceed your goals, by putting in 5 percent more effort, 5 percent more dedication, and 5 percent more commitment.
  • Determination to turn a viable idea into reality is what separates successful from unsuccessful people. Dreams are for sleeping, and goals are for achieving.
  • Success is a moving target that means different things to different people. Only you can define it for yourself.
  • “Five percent more” means more than just extra effort; it means thinking differently and learning how to live smarter. It’s not about completely changing your thought process; it’s about baby steps.

Introduction

In 5% More, Michael Alden offers simple, common-sense methods for giving 5 percent more to your family, your colleagues, your managers, your business, and yourself. He illustrates how adopting the 5 Percent Model can make a dramatic difference in your achievements, no matter where you are in life. Through research and inspiring stores, he demonstrates how step-by-step improvements have a greater chance for success than do large leaps, which often result in failure. Putting forth 5 percent more allows you to set goals that are small enough to be achievable and yield productive, sustainable, and significant results.

The Philosophy Of 5 Percent More

In order to achieve 5 percent more, you need to take action. Taking action involves three steps:

  1. Visualizing your goal.
  2. Thinking about how to achieve your goal.
  3. Working toward your goal.

People who reach the pinnacle of their success do more than others. They work a little bit harder, spend a little bit more time, and prepare just a little bit more to achieve greatness. Many people believe success is built through struggle, but if you can improve your chances of success by trying just a little bit harder, then the struggles will seem less daunting.

Alden stresses that the fundamental action is to follow the 5 Percent Model: Do just a little bit more each day in whatever you do. You won’t achieve your goal immediately, but the point is to strive for it, day in and day out. Striving to be just a little bit better each day will pay off. However, activity shouldn’t be confused with accomplishment; just because you are busy doesn’t mean you are accomplishing something.

Be honest with yourself about your accomplishments. One way to do that is to write down your goals for the day or week and then review them regularly to see what you did or did not accomplish. Bosses who implement realistic daily or weekly goal setting for their employees help make their teams and companies more efficient.

Give 5 Percent More To Yourself

However you define success, it takes time and doesn’t just happen. By giving 5 percent more, however, your success can be within reach. You do not become successful just by dreaming about it. Dreams can cloud your judgment when they are not based in reality. An idea without a plan is useless, and a dream without a plan is even worse. To achieve your goals, you need to spend more time working out your plan and less time dreaming about it.

Sometimes, achieving success requires not just 5 percent more of the same thing but 5 percent more of something different. Spending just a little bit of time to develop a plan can help you determine what that something different is. Even a plan that is completely wrong is better than no plan at all, and it can be adjusted as needed. The 5 Percent Model is about always being willing to try, think, and give a little bit more of all of you.

Alden asserts that the best way to make more money is to do more than what is expected of you—essentially, to do 5 percent more without the expectation of additional compensation. The concept of giving 5 percent more can lead you to make more money in simple ways. For example, by doing 5 percent more every day, people can even drag themselves out of poverty. Baby steps and micro-successes can help alleviate poverty because small actions have the potential to have a huge impact.

Being smarter isn’t always about test scores and transcripts; it’s about learning to live smarter. Becoming 5 percent smarter takes more than extra effort; it requires thinking differently. Character traits such as integrity, grit, discipline, and empathy are just as vital. Thinking about how to get to the next level—and taking action to do so—is at least as important as being smart, if not more so.

Whether in your field or simply in the field of life, if you are just 5 percent better or try 5 percent harder, you will achieve greatness. However, Alden recommends forgetting about greatness—just get better. Use a partner to help make you accountable when necessary, and take advantage of technology when it makes sense.

When it comes to health and wellness, Americans are always looking for a quick fix or a magic potion, but rarely do they want to change their lifestyles. Yet the small acts you do each day can make a difference in your health. Certain studies espouse the long-term health benefits of meditation and massage therapy—both simple activities that relieve stress and improve the flow of blood and oxygen and build muscle. Something as easy as smiling can positively impact your health, as smiling increases white blood cells, releases endorphins, lowers stress hormones, and can even increase your lifespan. Smiling 5 percent more each day is a simple yet effective way to become 5 percent healthier. Studies show that even fake smiling can help!

Too many people lack self-awareness; they blame others for their unhappiness or situations in life. Before looking at others, you need to take a hard look at yourself, stop making excuses, and ask yourself the questions that no one else is asking. Being able to appreciate life is key to being able to make your life better. Your mind-set changes when you slowly become more appreciative each day. Savor the small things that make you happy. Once you learn to appreciate the smaller things—the 5 percent things—you can build on the greater ones.

Give 5 Percent More To Others

Alden learned in one of his first jobs that it’s not what you’re getting from your work that makes you a success, but what you give to it. When it seems like you’re working more hours than everyone else, look at your coworkers to see if you are doing just a little bit more than they are. That is what separates good from great. It’s also the difference between succeeding and failing.

It’s important in business to face challenges head-on. When you avoid making decisions, you turn those decisions into mental monsters, which can eat away at you every day. Not confronting situations in a timely manner can be fatal to your organization and does a disservice to your coworkers. Instead, making small changes over time will have a big impact on both your company and your professional life. To ensure your longevity and long-term prosperity in the workplace, be sure those around you are taken care of. If you do a little bit more for them, you will get more.

If you view your life as more exciting, it will be more exciting. This involves changing not just how you think but how you act. Children are generally happier than adults, so try to see the world through their eyes. Rather than suppressing their excitement, emulate it. Soon, your excitement will rub off on other people. Just being 5 percent more excited will make life more exciting for others. Once your excitement about everything that you do increases, start doing more—in fact, your excitement will actually propel you to do more. When you realize how exciting life is, you will want to live and experience as much of it as possible.

Give 5 Percent More To Your Business

Successful businesspeople know how to cultivate customers to acquire and maintain them. They build rapport with their customers by spending time with them, offering incentives to buy more products, or just picking up the phone and saying hello. The ability to connect and interact with your customers is what provides your business with a solid foundation. It is smarter to spend a little more time with your current customers than to neglect them while chasing leads that may never materialize. Spending just 5 percent more time with current customers will reap long-term benefits.

In any career, the pressures of producing can be difficult to manage. Because of those pressures, people often try to accomplish too much too fast. Doing 5 percent more and making gradual improvements or modifications in behavior is much easier than making drastic changes. Scientific research into human nature shows that doing fewer things just a little better will improve productivity and, ultimately, success.

Many times, you may fall short of your goals or suffer temporary defeats. Pushing through just a little bit more than others do will dramatically increase your odds of overcoming these setbacks. Consistency is the key, even when encountering adversity. Whatever the task is, just tell yourself to do 5 percent more and then continue to build on it. While setting big goals is also a key element to success, achieving those goals is best done in small increments, via micro goals. Think big, but set these smaller, achievable goals that you can work on each day, gradually moving on to new ones.

5 Percent Compounded

You may think that by multitasking you are able to accomplish more, but scientific studies prove that you in fact get less done. By focusing more on the task at hand, you will accomplish more.

Most people resist change and get stuck in their ways. As a result, they fall short of their dreams and goals. They then believe that making sweeping changes will work, but these inevitably fail. The 5 Percent More model is all about change, but small change that can yield big results. Researchers developed a Stages of Change Model, which revealed that change occurs gradually. They identified six stages of change:

  1. Precontemplation: Not yet thinking about change.
  2. Contemplation: Warily thinking about change.
  3. Determination: Deciding that change is needed.
  4. Action: Making a plan and taking steps to change
  5. Maintenance: Trying to stay on track.
  6. Termination: Achieving your goal.

Understanding that change has defined stages makes it easier to see how small, 5 percent changes make sense.

What separates good hard-working people from great hard-working people is just the small percentage of time and effort needed to get them to the next level. Many people quit just before becoming wildly successful. Alden suggests instead that you remember the following:

  • Stop dreaming and start goal setting.
  • Don’t lose your vision.
  • Put a plan in action by setting small daily goals that will get you to your desired state.
  • Remember that sacrifices are necessary to reach a goal.
  • In the face of seemingly insurmountable adversity, take on those challenges a little bit at a time.
  • If you reach your goal by applying a 5 percent more mentality, set a new goal, and then do more.

Sustained growth must be gradual. Therefore, use the 5 Percent Model to make small changes—then witness the significant results.

About The Author

Michael Alden is one of America’s most popular direct-response hosts and personalities, and founder and CEO of Blue Vase® Marketing, a multimillion-dollar direct-response company capable of creating strategic marketing road maps for products and services. He is the author of the best-selling book Ask More, Get More.

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From Amazon :- Small changes lead to big results that stick.

5% More presents a painless route to change, with results that can last a lifetime. Whether you want to boost your health, wealth, or wisdom, this book reveals a key technique that makes it stick. You may already know that breaking big goals into small chunks makes them easier to achieve, but the trick is in making those chunks large enough to be productive, yet small enough to be sustainable. This book shows you how to bring your goals within reach with only 5 percent more effort.

Five percent is almost unnoticeable in terms of effort - but it accrues quickly, with each step boosting the baseline. Increase sales, decrease your marathon time, boost your savings, or master a new skill. Just 5 percent more can get you where you want to be.

Small changes, small commitments, and small adjustments can lead to very big results. You can accomplish more than you ever thought possible in your business or in your life. This book walks you through the 5% More strategy to help you map your path to the future.

  • Accomplish big changes with very small steps
  • Make bigger leaps in progress each step of the way
  • Break big goals into manageable milestones
  • Find a change that you can stick to for the long term

Mountain climbers don't conquer Everest on their first time out - attempting to do so would be a tragic failure. No matter what your goal, no matter what your baseline, small, incremental steps set you up for success. 5% More gives you a concrete strategy for realizing your goals and making changes that last.

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Thursday, May 9, 2019

Millionaire Success Habits By Dean Graziosi (Summary)

Millionaire Success Habits: The Gateway To Wealth & Prosperity By Dean Graziosi (January 15, 2019) (Hardcover)  
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The Main Idea :- Do millionaires have different habits to everyone else? They do but they're not as dramatic as you might think. The reality is millionaires make some small but significant shifts in their habits which then yield big results when applied over time.

Millionaires cut through all the noise and complexity of modern life and draw a straight line between where they are now and where they want to be in the future. You can do the same. To take your life and your career to the next level, get to work applying different habits.

To be more successful in the future, you don't need to figure out ways to add more time to your day. Instead, incorporate these success habits into your daily routine. Replace the habits which have taken you to where you are today with millionaire success habits which will take you to where you want to be in the future. The time is right to adopt millionaire success habits.

It doesn't matter where you're coming from. It only matters where you want to go. --- Dean Graziosi

The difference between successful people and unsuccessful people is that successful people do the things the unsuccessful people don't want to do. --- John Paul DeJoria

Successful people have a core set of habits that propel them. The average person confuses success with luck. But luck has nothing to do with it. Millionaire success habits do. I have recipes that will help you make tiny shifts in your habits that will in turn make you unrecognizable to yourself down the road. We only need tiny shifts in our millionaire success habits today to be completely different in the near future and for years to come. --- Dean Graziosi

The 13 Millionaire Success Habits

1. Figure out your "Why" and the rest will follow.
Figure out why you crave success and you will stop wasting time on things which don't help.

2. Ban the villain within from stopping you. Inside all of us are self-doubts. You'll feel like you're not worthy. Expose and ban that villain.

3. Swap your stories for better ones. Have a back story for your life which is the wind for your sails, not an anchor.

4. Get confident and then stay confident. Awaken your inner superhero and let him or her take charge. That will change everything.

5. Make a personal "Don't Do" list. Have one shining goal that you're going after and be prepared to say "No" to everything else.

6. Learn how to bounce back from setbacks. You're going to have setbacks. They're inevitable. What counts is how you bounce back from those setbacks.

7. Learn how to market and sell effectively. To achieve anything great, you've got to learn how to market and sell ethically and persuasively.

8. Get to understand people. To really excel at sales, learn how to understand people and empathize with them. This is key to your success.

9. Manage people's feelings after they say "Yes". Make sure people have a positive experience after they buy and you will sell lots more.

10. Be happy no matter what happens. Most people assume if they find success, happiness will follow. Not always true. Don't neglect your happiness.

11. Apply the best success hacks there are. Incorporate success hacks into your habits, daily routines and life. They work and have an impact.

12. Make it your habit to learn and do. Learning the success habits is great but applying them is even better. Go and do.

13. Apply all the best productivity hacks as well. The greatest success habit of all is to figure out how to be more productive so you can get more stuff done.

About The Author

Dean Graziosi is an investor, an entrepreneur and a success coach. He is the founder of Dean Enterprises, a television show production company specializing in infomercials. He is also an experienced real estate investor and educator. Dean Graziosi is the author of Be a Real Estate Millionaire, Profit from Real Estate Right Now and 30 Days to Real Estate Cash. His Real Estate Success Academy is currently ranked as the #1 educational program for real estate investing. Dean Graziosi is dyslexic and never attended college.

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Dean Graziosi is a very high profile entrepreneur who just this week launched a new project with heavy-hitters Tony Robbins and Russell Brunson — so he's definitely respected by some high achievers. In MILLIONAIRE SUCCESS HABITS, Dean Graziosi tries to capture the code for becoming a millionaire through entrepreneurial activities.

I thought this was a good read and it definitely captures your attention as you go through it. The book is full of interesting stories of people who beat the odds to become successful and the underlying message of "Keep going, you'll get there eventually" appeals and resonates. The other message that comes through loud and clear is: "Everyone has problems so stop worrying about your challenges and get to work" which is inspiring. This is a motivational book through and through and well worth reading.

From Amazon :- NEW EDITION--REVISED AND UPDATED with all-new chapters on productivity! Legendary business coach and entrepreneur Dean Graziosi takes you from where you are in life to where you want to be, using simple tools to reshape daily routines and open new doors to prosperity--whether you're a fellow entrepreneur, an employee or executive, or a new grad in your first job.

Millionaire Success Habits is a book designed with one purpose in mind: to take you from where you are in life to where you want to be in life by incorporating easy-to-implement "Success Habits" into your daily routine.

Legendary business coach Dean Graziosi has broken down the walls of complexity around success and created simple success recipes that you can quickly put to use in your life to reach the level of wealth and abundance you desire.

This book is not about adding more time to your day. It is about replacing those things that are not serving your future with success habits designed specifically to assist you on your journey to a better you. In these pages, you'll:

  *  Drill down deep to identify your "why"--the true purpose that drives you and the real reason you want to prosper
  *  Expose and overcome the "villain within" that's holding you back
  *  Unlock the single biggest secret to being productive (it's probably not what you think)
  *  Believe in your own massive potential--so you can make it a reality
  *  Use Dean's 30-day Better Life Challenge to catapult you into your new life

Now updated with brand-new chapters on productivity and mastering the art of achievement, Millionaire Success Habits gives you the tools you need to radically reshape your daily routine and open new doors to prosperity.

Editorial Reviews … Review

“Dean Graziosi has the unique ability to take what others make so complicated and boil it down to a recipe for success that anyone can follow.”
— Larry King, award-winning television and radio host

“In this incredibly inspiring book, Dean Graziosi gives us the key to greater happiness, wealth and freedom. A must-read.”

— Brendon Burchard, best-selling author of High Performance Habits

“In this book there are amazing recipes to get the life you want faster, easier and with less stress. Read it and live rich!”

— David Bach, #1 New York Times best-selling author of The Automatic Millionaire

“Dean is a compassionate, experienced guide who wants you to win. This book is packed with heart, energy and hard-won wisdom that will transform your life. A must-read for anyone who wants to take control of their life.”

— Marie Forleo, entrepreneur, author, philanthropist, and founder of MarieTV and B-School

About The Author :- Dean Robert Graziosi is a well-known American entrepreneur, marketer, success coach, business owner, real estate investor, and leading trainer throughout the world. He has appeared daily on U.S. television for nearly 15 years and is highly respected as a top businessman, inspirational speaker, and author of several New York Times best-selling books. Graziosi is perhaps best known for his long-running interview-style TV shows and for becoming the leading real-estate educator in the world. He has reached viewers in the United States and around the world numbering in the millions. He has written five books, which have dominated the success, business, and real estate book sales space since 2006, with his best-selling book amassing over 1,000,000 copies sold. Dean has touched the lives of millions of people around the world with his powerful messages and remarkable education, with his social media profiles reaching millions and millions of people weekly.

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Saturday, May 4, 2019

American Exceptionalism And American Innocence By Roberto Sirvent & Danny Haiphong

American Exceptionalism And American Innocence: A People's History Of Fake News―From The Revolutionary War To The War On Terror Hardcover – April 2, 2019 By Roberto Sirvent (Author), Danny Haiphong (Author), Glen Ford (Afterword), Ajamu Baraka (Foreword)

Did the U.S. really "save the world" in World War II? Should black athletes stop protesting and show more gratitude for what America has done for them? Are wars fought to spread freedom and democracy? Or is this all fake news?

American Exceptionalism and American Innocence examines the stories we're told that lead us to think that the U.S. is a force for good in the world, regardless of slavery, the genocide of indigenous people, and the more than a century's worth of imperialist war that the U.S. has wrought on the planet.

Sirvent and Haiphong detail just what Captain America's shield tells us about the pretensions of U.S. foreign policy, how Angelina Jolie and Bill Gates engage in humanitarian imperialism, and why the Broadway musical Hamilton is a monument to white supremacy.

Editorial Reviews

Praise for American Exceptionalism and American Innocence

"Danny Haiphong and Roberto Sirvent are two of the most courageous and truthful intellectuals in the belly of the U.S. imperial beast! In this powerful text they lay bare the hidden realities and concealed miseries of poor and working peoples even as revolutionary fire remains strong! This book keeps alive so much of the best of the radical tradition in the neo-fascist age of Trump!"
—Cornel West, Professor of the Practice of Public Philosophy at Harvard University
 
"James Baldwin reminds us that those who attempt to remain in a state of innocence long after that innocence is gone turn themselves into monsters. Roberto Sirvent and Danny Haiphong cut through the monstrous and seductive idolatry, bad faith, and false historic discourses of America's 'exceptionalism' and 'innocence.' America is precisely exceptional in its history of white terrorism, colonial logic, and imperialist fantasies and actions; and, America's naked reality exudes a stench of culpability. The book that you hold is a radical counter-narrative to national and destructive common sense that is embedded within a politics of distraction. It is a text that radically forces a counter-memory, one that refuses to forget the violent myths of manifest destiny and a corrupt and toxic white philosophical anthropology that supports it.  Roberto Sirvent and Danny Haiphong dare to imagine a radically different future, one predicated upon uncompromising justice."
—George Yancy, Professor of Philosophy at Emory University   
 
"In a damning indictment of the collapse of the American Empire and its Democratic, Republican, and corporate media overseers, Roberto Sirvent and Danny Haiphong expose the ruling class propaganda machine as it worships at the altar of austerity, war, and white supremacy. This book argues that efforts to produce a kinder, gentler corporatist American state are misguided and demonstrates that a radical, even revolutionary alternative is our only hope."
—Chris Hedges, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, author of America: The Farewell Tour
 
" 'Radical politics lead to radical possibilities,' Sirvent and Haiphong instruct in an impressive scrutiny of an imperial 'exceptional innocent' that engenders (genocidal) crises. American Exceptionalism and American Innocence counters predation to salvage, suture, and green our shared existence."
—Joy James, author "The Womb of Western Theory" and Seeking the Beloved Community
 
"This thoughtful, well-written, exceedingly intelligent and passionately argued book also happens to be one of the most powerful and analytical dissections of US imperialism and white supremacy published in years."
—Gerald Horne, author of The Apocalypse of Settler Colonialism and The Counter-Revolution of 1776: Slave Resistance and the Origins of the United States of America 
 
"American Exceptionalism and American Innocence is an immensely useful book for this moment. It is clearly written, full of compelling examples, and accessible. It will help readers who are angry and scared about Trump's agenda connect their reactions to the broader arc of US stratification and violence, and the resistance movements we need to study, bolster, and expand right now. This book addresses the essential task of exposing how opposition to US imperialism must be central to all our struggles for justice for marginalized populations and against the extraction practices that are poisoning the land and waters."
—Dean Spade, author of Normal Life: Administrative Violence, Critical Trans Politics, and the Limits of Law
  
"American Exceptionalism and American Innocence provides an astute, engaging, and provocative look into how the human toll of U.S. colonial occupation, imperial expansion, and structural racism is subsumed into an overarching narrative of the 'greater good.'  By exposing the ideology of innocence that inevitably accompanies exceptionalism, Roberto Sirvent and Danny Haiphong move us beyond the constraints of liberal engagement to question our presumptions about what "America" means.  These short, topical essays expose the American exceptionalism we encounter in everyday life, thereby providing a roadmap for how it can be challenged.  A unique resource for students and teachers, grassroots activists, and anyone who wants to stop circling the same rock and have an actually interesting conversation."
—Natsu Taylor Saito, author of Meeting the Enemy: American Exceptionalism and International Law
 
"The extreme danger of America to the rest of us remains the great unspoken, lost in myths, or what Larry David called 'a babbling brook of bullshit.' Witty terms such as 'exceptionalism' and 'democracy' are deployed as the bombs fall and the blood never dries. In this outstanding study, Danny Haiphong and Roberto Sirvent tell us why: and why Trump is merely a symptom and that only our urgent enlightenment can defy the inevitable."
—John Pilger, Australian journalist and BAFTA award-winning documentary filmmaker
 
"Roberto Sirvent and Danny Haiphong deliver a stirring indictment of ruling class propaganda. By carefully exposing the destructive myths that sustain U.S. empire, this book provides an intellectual anchor that will surely disrupt and unsettle the powers that be."
—Cynthia McKinney, Professor and Activist, former six-term member of the United States House of Representatives
 
"In this timely, multi-layered, brilliantly argued counter-history, Sirvent and Haiphong draw on case studies ranging from the nation's settler colonial past to the Trumpist present so as to open spaces needed to imagine socially transformative alternatives to the white-supremacist, imperial policies that the discourse of American exceptionalism and the doctrine of American innocence have worked relentlessly to normalize."
—Donald E. Pease, Avalon Foundation Professor of the Humanities at Dartmouth College and director of the Futures of American Studies Institute
 
"America's decline toward national madness has become so multi-faceted that narrow analysis can no longer explain it.  This wide-ranging book seeks to weave our history and our modern-day reality together.  It may seem radical, but it is not as radical as what our leaders are doing today to suppress human freedom at home and abroad."
—Stephen Kinzer, former New York Times correspondent, author of Overthrow and All the Shah's Men: An American Coup and the Roots of Middle East Terror
 
"A varied offering of America's real history, with sharp arguments and revealing information drawn down through the centuries—a rich treat for both beginners and the well-informed."
—Michael Parenti, author of History as Mystery and Contrary Notions
 
"American Exceptionalism and American Innocence does what is so needed in this, the late stage of American Empire – it blasts a hole through the notion that the US is some unique beacon for democracy and freedom in the world, and that it is therefore privileged to intervene throughout the world at will.  Rather, as this book demonstrates, the US has never been such a beacon, either nationally or internationally. The US was built on genocide and slavery, and, accordingly, has invaded weaker countries to impose systems which protect the privileged few from the just demands of the struggling masses. The result has been vast inequality and suffering in both the US and abroad, and the undermining, if not wholesale destruction, of democracy.  As this book show us, US Empire is the greatest threat to the survival of humanity, and it is only the citizens of the US who can, and indeed must, dismantle it."
—Dan Kovalik, author of The Plot to Scapegoat Russia and The Plot to Attack Iran 
 
"Timely, historic, and analytically rich, Roberto Sirvent and Danny Haiphong rightfully challenge the hegemonic narrative of American innocence and American exceptionalism that pervade contemporary culture.  Examining monuments, memory, media, and movies, alongside of political slogans, sports culture and social movements, this book offers a powerful intervention, demanding that we account for the bipartisan project of hyper nationalism and narratives of America's unique greatness. Providing historic lessons, tools of literary analysis, a critical gaze, and so much more, this book takes you on an important journey, preparing all readers for the current moment and a progressive future."
—David J. Leonard, author of Playing While White: Privilege and Power on and Off the Field
 
"In their essays on race, empire and historical memory, Roberto Sirvent and Danny Haiphong skillfully unveil the profound hypocrisy and inherent barbarism of the US state, stripping away its respectable forms and forcing it to go naked. The book is a must read for anyone who wants to understand the US empire as it is, rather than as it would like to be understood."
—Stephen Gowans, author of Washington's Long War on Syria and Patriots, Traitors and Empires: The Story of Korea's Fight for Freedom 

Danny Haiphong and Roberto Sirvent are two of the most courageous and truthful intellectuals in the belly of the U.S. imperial beast! In this powerful text they lay bare the hidden realities and concealed miseries of poor and working peoples even as revolutionary fire remains strong! This book keeps alive so much of the best of radical tradition in the neo-fascist age of Trump!;Cornel West

About The Author :- Roberto Sirvent, Ph. D., J.D., Is A Professor Of Political And Social Ethics At Hope International University In Fullerton, California. Danny Haiphong Is An Activist And A Regular Contributor To The Black Agenda Report.

American Exceptionalism And American Innocence: A People's History Of Fake News―From The Revolutionary War To The War On Terror Hardcover – April 2, 2019 By Roberto Sirvent (Author), Danny Haiphong (Author), Glen Ford (Afterword), Ajamu Baraka (Foreword)

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Tuesday, April 30, 2019

4 Simple Reasons Why Texting Can Lead To Better Hires

Texting, When Used Properly, Can Give Organizations An Edge In The War For Talent.

It’s no secret that recruiters spend the majority of their time researching to find the right candidates for the right job, and even more time reaching out to talk to these potential candidates. So it’s natural that they become frustrated when candidates ignore communications like emails and LinkedIn InMail messages from recruiters. While these communication methods can work for some, they definitely aren’t preferred for all — especially these days.

With people busier than ever before, especially passive millennial candidates, recruiters are seeing more and more recruits “ghosting” them. If you are continually getting no responses to your outreach, it likely has something to do with the other 100-plus emails that are hitting candidates’ inboxes every day. Reaching out via SMS (text messaging) can help you break through the noise and make it easy for potential candidates to take the next step.
Here are four simple ways to use text messages to make better hires:

Texting Is Quicker

In a highly competitive market, speed matters more than ever. How quickly you can secure the talent you need impacts how quickly your business is moving forward. Seventy-three percent of U.S. millennials and Gen Zers interact with each other digitally more than they do in real life. If you want a fast answer, texting is the way to go.

Scheduling Via Text Is Also Quicker

Nothing good ever comes from never-ending email chains, especially when the topic is as dull as “Are you available Wednesday morning between 9 am and 11 am?” Sending your candidate a link to your favorite scheduling client via SMS puts an end to group-email fatigue and gets the interview on the books in a matter of minutes.

Don’t Forget Reminders

There’s nothing worse than a candidate showing up late or missing an interview.
A quick text message is a perfect way to give your candidates a quick heads-up, give them an extra tip, a quick pat on the back and send them in ready to win. No one likes tardiness and no-shows. A quick reminder ensures everyone’s on the same page.

Accelerate The Hiring Process

Text messages make the candidate experience way more enjoyable by simply shortening the hiring process. Hiring typically involves emails, scheduling, and so much admin. A great SMS can make hiring human again, not to mention faster. By communicating directly with someone at a time that works best for them, especially in a way that they’re much more likely to respond quickly, it will help shorten the overall hiring timeline.
When used alongside other awesome tools, such as a chatbot, text messaging could even help qualify leads more quickly and immediately put you in touch with the best candidates.

The bottom line: utilizing text for recruiting can help you revitalize your talent pipeline and create a more engaging candidate experience.

About the Author :- Darren Bounds is CEO of Breezy HR.
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Tuesday, April 23, 2019

The World Of Pre-Employment Assessments Is Changing

Which Of The New Pre-Employment Assessment Products Is Right For Your Organization?

Up until fairly recently, candidates for jobs at Procter & Gamble had to drive (or in some cases fly) to testing centers in order to complete the company’s required pre-employment assessments. Today, however, they need look no farther than their phones to complete the tests.

Moving from paper-and-pencil assessments to a new, mobile-enabled one that utilizes gaming and artificial intelligence has not only greatly improved P&G’s candidate experience, it’s also given the company greater access to diverse talent, says Dan Bologna, P&G’s global assessment leader.

“We’ve been able to make faster, more tech-enabled assessment decisions,” he says.

These are interesting times in the world of pre-employment assessments. Thanks to advances in tech and AI, a wide range of assessment products are available that can make life easier for candidates while improving HR’s ability to determine whether they have the skills and culture fit necessary for a mutually beneficial employment relationship.

Vendors such as Jane AI, MapRecruit and ThriveMap offer tools designed to help HR determine whether candidates are right for the job and the organization via simulations and “sentiment analysis” designed to see how well they can adapt to change and work with others.

These sorts of capabilities are more important than ever before, says Tom Schoenfelder, chief scientist and head of academic research and partnerships at Caliper, an assessment and consulting firm.

“The world of work is being redefined,” he says. “Employees must be able to keep themselves relevant in a constantly changing business environment. Determining someone’s ability to be adaptable, open and flexible plays a much bigger role than it used to in understanding whether they’re going to thrive.”

Personality assessments no longer play the prominent role that they once did, says Schoenfelder. These days, companies are more intent on assessing candidates for qualities such as learning agility and adaptability.

“The business environment in most industries is changing so much that you almost have to be in a constant state of continuous development and skills acquisition,” he says.

The so-called “flattening” of organizations also means the ability to work effectively in a non-hierarchical setting is becoming more critical, says Schoenfelder.

“Hierarchical organizations aren’t as conducive to success as they once were—the ability to collaborate is becoming so much more vital,” he says.

Emotional resilience is also more important, he says. “The ability to bounce back from rejection, communicate your emotionality and manage stress effectively has always have been important, but it seems to matter more than ever now because the world is becoming so complex,” says Schoenfelder.

The rising importance of soft skills may also be a factor. A recent survey of 2,000 adults conducted by Harris Poll on behalf of recruitment-outsourcing firm Yoh found that, if hiring for a job and the perfect candidate didn’t exist, 75 percent of Americans would most likely hire a job candidate who has soft skills vs. the right experience or qualifications.

According to LinkedIn’s 2018 Workplace Learning Report: The Rise and Responsibility of Talent Development in the New Labor Market, the No 1. priority for talent development, according to the 4,000 learning and development leaders, executives and employees surveyed, is to focus on soft skills training.

Naturally, HR leaders should proceed cautiously when deciding which if any of the new assessment products is right for their organization.

“Sometimes the hype over what some of these tools can do outstrips their actual capability,” says Aaron Crews, chief data analytics officer at law firm Littler. The best plan of action is to have a clearly defined idea of what you’re looking for, which will quickly narrow down the “large pool of sparkly stuff” in the marketplace. Next, get someone with technical expertise to take a deep dive into the technical underpinnings of the product—how it actually operates vs. how the vendor says it will operate, he says.

It’s also crucial to pay careful attention to bias testing and disparate impact testing—and finally, says Crews, consider pilot testing the product first before rolling it out to the wider organization.

At Procter & Gamble, the company decided to break with tradition and turn to an off-the-shelf assessment product from outside vendor—Aon Consulting’s Global Assessment and Talent Engine.

The decision wasn’t greeted with open arms by everyone at P&G, says Bologna.

“There was some internal resistance,” he says. Specifically, some managers were concerned that turning to a tool that’s in use by other companies could undermine P&G’s differentiation in the talent marketplace.

“We addressed that by explaining to them that although pieces of the assessment are adopted from an off-the-shelf product, the overall sweep of our assessment—including the way we leverage it to our culture—is unique,” says Bologna.

Timeliness and flexibility were also factors in P&G’s decision, he says.

“Historically, P&G would build their own assessments from scratch, but that could take as long as three years,” says Bologna. “Given the speed of today’s market, we can’t afford to be a slow-moving, clunky company.”

Turning to an assessment built on an off-the-shelf product not only saved time but also will allow the company to swiftly pivot its focus should conditions warrant, he says.

Although P&G has only been using the new assessment for a few months, the response from candidates so far has been positive, says Bologna.

“We introduced a net promoter score in which we ask candidates how likely they are to speak positive about us after taking the assessment,” he says. “So far, 93 percent are saying ‘neutral’ or ‘positive.’ That’s phenomenal, because assessments typically aren’t a great part of a person’s day.”

About The Auther :- Andrew R. McIlvaine is senior editor for talent acquisition at Human Resource Executive®. He oversees coverage of talent acquisition and recruiting and also edits the weekly Recruiting Trends Bulletin e-newsletter and its associated website, RecruitingTrends.com. A Penn State graduate, Andy also spent two years in the U.S. Army prior to attending college and attained the rank of sergeant while serving in the Army Reserves.

Thanks to Andrew R. Mcllvaine / HR Executive
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