Thursday, April 17, 2014

Employee Turnover - Why!

I recently read that forty percent of employees who left their jobs voluntarily in 2013 did so within six months of starting in the position, according to data recorded and processed by the work-force insights arm of credit-reporting agency Equifax. I was horrified by this statistic. People are having massive issues finding work. Why in the world would they quit their jobs after trying for so long to gain employment. Well, the issue is simple – company culture.

Company culture is the unsaid, yet most important, element for employees staying happy and staying hired. Poor company culture causes mass turnover. Yet companies today don’t care if an employee stays or leaves a company because of the culture simply because there are too many fish looking for work in the employment sea.

My best advice to an employee is to make it work. If you don’t fit into a company’s culture, try. It truly is the difference between your next paycheck or a stint in the unemployment line.

Until next time,

Twyla Garrett

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Homeland Security and Pornography

Many people are not aware that the DHS (Department of Homeland Security) also handles issues of illegal pornography. My point is proven with the latest topical arrest of a Michigan man today. One Michigan paper titles the story ‘Otter Lake man faces child pornography charges after Homeland Security probe’. You can read the entire story here: http://www.mlive.com/news/flint/index.ssf/2014/04/otter_lake_man_faces_child_por.html

According to the paper, “ Homeland Security Investigations officials began investigating the man after he allegedly downloaded a video Feb. 4, 2013, which showed a young child being sexually abused by an adult, according to an affidavit filed with the complaint. Officials were able to obtain a search warrant for a home associated with the IP address used to download the video, according to the affidavit. Investigators allegedly discovered more than 900 videos and 6,000 images of child pornography on the man's computer, the affidavit states.”

Yes, the DHS does more than just prevent terrorism. The department covers issues of cyber-security, which are often directly related to crimes against children. When people complain about how the DHS’ funding is being spent, they often do not consider cases where young victims are able to be recovered and further acts of sexual violence cease from being committed as a result of the Department’s actions.

I wanted to cover this in today’s Homeland Security blog because I feel it is important to give credit where credit is due.

Until tomorrow,

Twyla N. Garrett

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Homeland Security Blog Surpasses 10,000 Views!

(Press Release) - Apr. 15, 2014 - BALTIMORE

Dr. Twyla Garrett owns IME and is a Homeland Security expert. She has worked with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and she writes a daily business and Homeland Security blog. Her blog recently reached over 10,000 readers and is now listed in Masters of Homeland Security as one of the top ‘100 Greatest Twitters for Staying Informed’. http://www.masterofhomelandsecurity.org/informative-twitters.html

“It’s an honor to be listed as part of this guide and resource. I’ve been working on this blog for over a year, with a post dedicated to the topic of Homeland Security each and every Friday. This listing didn’t come self-solicited, which makes it even more special,” said Dr. Garrett.

Other Twitters listed in Masters of Homeland Security as one of the top ‘100 Greatest Twitters for Staying Informed include the Department of Defense, the U.S. Secret Service, Notify New York City (which falls below Ms. Garrett’s #56 ranking). “Students and industry pillars are using this resource, which is great for my company and my brand. However, it is those who read and interact with my blog every day that really win. This listing has inspired me to take the blog to a new level with more photos, opinions on topical news, and video!”

Members of the media are invited to contact Ms. Garrett on the topic of Homeland Security and anytime there is a nationwide event that is of concern to the press.

Dr. Garrett’s blog topics are fed daily to her Twitter account, which is https://twitter.com/TwylaGarrett

About Twyla Garrett: Twyla Garrett is an extraordinary entrepreneur, corporate speaker, and compelling author who has been personally invited to speak at The White House on the issues of creating jobs, economic growth and the controversial fiscal cliff of 2012. Garrett is known for her notable (sometimes 100% self-funded) business deals as much as she is known for providing excellent opportunities to individuals facing immense challenges. Twyla’s memoir will be published in 2013 and it will be followed by a series of “how-to” business books, starting with one based on Homeland Security. Currently, Twyla’s business blog and social media accounts furnish motivational quotes and an over-the-shoulder view of her unique perspective on profiting in business while helping others.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Business Lessons – Monday

I wanted to start a weekly ‘Business Lesson’ theme on my blog. You see, I often write about what is either trending or in response to questions I receive on Twitter or via email. Mondays, however, will be dedicated to business lessons I’ve learned in life. Today, I am going to share my first business lesson that is very, very important. What is it? Technology will not kill you.

Ok, it really is ‘Ignoring technology and smartphones’ will not kill your business. People tend to check their email accounts, on average, twice an hour. Why? What happened in the business world before email was invented? Did it cease all together? No! Checking your email, your social media accounts, and the rest of today’s technology actually slows your productivity and creative process down. You become a slave to the power of your smartphone and then you can kill your business. Don’t rely on technology 100% of the time.

Today’s business lessons is to focus on getting things done properly and not quickly. Responding to emails right away is impressive but not the best business practice and will not help you get promoted or more customers. Multi-tasking and technology can be your downfall so remember to slow down!

Until tomorrow,

Twyla N. Garrett

Friday, April 11, 2014

Help A Failure! (Failure Fridays)

I have an upcoming book on failure. I am writing it now. Failure is both a part of life and business. We all have failures and most of us want to avoid talking about them or revisiting them. But what if you are on the other side of the coin? What if you see someone failing? Do you stand by and let him or her learn the lesson on their own? Or do you step in?

If you do decide to step in then there are a few ways you can help someone who is failing. First decide if you are concerned about the actual failure or improving the other person’s skillset. If the answer is skillset then keep reading. You want to address the skillset problem from a positive place and offer step-by-step guidance on how the failed task should have been executed.

You also want to make sure you’re not encouraging a skillset that is above that the person is capable of. If someone asked me to explain in detail how a rocket ship is launched, I couldn’t. I could give you the basics. If you needed someone to give a presentation to teenagers, I would fail. You could give me a milestones but that doesn’t mean the presentation will be a success. In this case, I would be set up for failure.

Again, failing is a part of life and an opportunity to grow. Some failures, however, can be prevented as we all have talent and skillset limits. This about this during the weekend and decide how to, and if you will, approach someone whom you see is struggling right now.

Until Monday,

Twyla Garrett

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Who Has Your Money?

I love when people turn their money over to their accountant and walk away. Why? Would you turn over all your money to a stranger on the street and tell him or her to take great care of it? Nope! So, just because someone is a licensed accountant doesn’t mean they have your best interest in mind or are incapable of making mistakes. You need to be in charge of your money regardless if you have an accountant or not!

Here are 5 questions to ask any accountant you are considering to hire and, again, make sure you audit him or her regularly.

1. What are a few considerations, financially speaking, that I should be touching base with you on and why?

2. Can you help me grow my business? How?

3. What should be my break-even point?

4. What are common mistakes I should avoid when working with you?

5. Can I have a few past clients as references and the reason why they are past clients?

If you start with these questions then you are on your way to being move involved with your own finances. Until tomorrow,

Twyla N. Garrett

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Expanding?!

It’s time to blog about Homeland Security. Yes, it is ‘Watch Your Back Wednesday’ already! Today I want to talk about a meeting that happened earlier at The White House. Members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus met, with lawyers present, regarding the issue of deportation. Regarding this subject, many of you will recall the blog I posted last Wednesday stressing the need for more resources and more action. Well, today we go more action.

Today’s meeting was to discuss revamping policy on how to deport someone and if we, as a country, should deport someone truly here illegally without a conviction. The meeting also addressed the issue of criminal activity and illegal immigrants.

The recommendations included suspending or even doing away with the deportations of the estimated 8 million undocumented immigrants who would quality for legal status under the bipartisan bill passed by the Senate last year but stalled in the House.

So, what is next? Well, this was just a meeting. There is nothing set in stone now. With Congress, getting anything accomplished right now is nearly impossible. I’m hopeful the meeting today does create a favorable outcome for those seeking to make a better life for themselves while we are still able to protect of freedoms.

Until tomorrow,

Twyla N. Garrett

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