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Bridging the Generation Gap in Egypt and the American Workplace

The historical transfer of power in Egypt has seen the departure of an entrenched 82-year-old dictator and a movement toward a democratically elected government where young Egyptians will have a major voice in politics and policies of the future.  A major key to a successful transition that will allow Egypt to move forward as a stable, innovative nation lies in respect and understanding between generations.

The same is true with American businesses.

Innovation is the intersection of the past and present that leads to the future.  That’s why it is so important that business leaders publicly acknowledge the contribution of each generation, applaud the unique strengths brought to the table by workers of different ages, and encourage everyone to share their viewpoints as a way to make a strong team even stronger. 

Speedy Green Donates 80 Coats to SERVE, Inc. in January

Speedy Green Donates 80 Coats to SERVE, Inc. in January

 

Local Car Wash Gives Free 80 Car Washes to Customers Donating Coats

Speedy Green Car Wash of Manassas, Va. donated 80 coats, as well as some scarves, gloves and hats to local, community organization, SERVE, Inc. as part of their January coat drive. Customers received a free car wash for bringing in a coat to donate. Speedy Green Car Wash is located at 8411 Centreville Road. For more information, call 703-257-0737 or view www.speedygreencarwash.com.

TRANQUILITY DAY SPA RAFFLES $600 VALENTINE SALON PACKAGE to HELP “A LOCAL SWEETHEART”

TRANQUILITY DAY SPA RAFFLES $600 VALENTINE SALON PACKAGE to HELP “A LOCAL SWEETHEART”

Manassas Salon Sells $10 Raffle Tickets to Raise $10,000 for 12-Year Old Cancer Patient

Tips for Dealing with Debt after the Holidays

1.) Change your budget

 Now that the holidays are over and you are facing your holiday bills you may want to re-evaluate your budget to see where you can cut corners to apply more money to your debt. This may mean eating out less and going out to the movies less often.

 2.) Don’t keep using your credit cards

 As you pay off your credit cards, put them away and keep them out of your wallet. Do not use your cards for frivolous expenses, no matter how small they may seem. These small purchases can add up fast! Don’t fall into the trap of reusing your cards or you could get stuck in a cycle of working to pay them off after using them unnecessarily.

 3.) Pay More than the Minimum

 When you get the credit card bill, don’t just pay the minimum. Pay as much as you can toward the balance. The more you pay at once, the more interest your knocking out and avoiding.

2010 End of the Year Tax Tips that can save you big money in the 2011 tax season.

  • Homeowners can make their January mortgage payment in December giving them one more month of interest to deduct.

 

  • Donations made to qualified charities before year’s end can result in some serious tax savings. Be sure to use a credit card because if you write a check it may not clear until next year and then you would have to wait until next year to take the deduction.

 

  • Holiday business gift deductions: If you have sent out holiday cards, business pens, calendars or other gift items to clients or potential clients. You can deduct those expenses up to $25.00 as long as the items are for a business purpose.

 

  • Contribute to a college savings plan. Save for your kids and save on your taxes. You can contribute up to $13,000 in 2010.

 

Holidays 2010 – ‘Tis the Season to Grow

Holidays 2010 – ‘Tis the Season to Grow

Year-end holiday stress on top of double-digit unemployment and an economy that threatens to relapse into recession has left many Americans feeling utterly helpless and hopeless.  This makes winter 2010 a perfect season for personal growth. 

We all experience key moments in both our personal and professional lives.  I define a ‘key moment’ as a triggering event or situation which presents a challenge and elicits (or demands) a response.  The important thing is not so much the moment itself, but how we respond to it.  

Because when a key moment occurs, we make an important choice to make.  Consciously or unconsciously, we will choose how we will respond.  In large measure, the quality of our lives, our happiness, and our personal effectiveness are determined by that response and how we handle the challenge of a key moment.  

Wiki Leaks and Whistleblowers: Why Private Information Goes Public

Ask an average person to name a whistleblower and they’re likely to think of ‘private citizens’ like Erin Brokovich, Karen Silkwood, and Jeffrey Wigand or journalists like Carl Berstein and Bob Woodward.  These red, white and blue American whistleblowers have been portrayed in Academy Award-winning movies as admirable people who had the courage to reveal wrongdoing in workplaces and government agencies in a spirit of justice.  

But are there other motivations that drive people to release sensitive documents and information that bring down companies and governments?  I believe the answer is yes.  Fame is certainly a motivator...and so is vengeance.  Employers in the private and public sectors that stubbornly refuse to acknowledge the link between employee engagement and corporate security are likely to find themselves the victims of leaks.