Thursday, April 28, 2011

Pantheon of Pioneers: A.G. Gaston (1892-1996)

Arthur George "A.G." Gaston was born in a log cabin in Demopolis, Ala., in 1892.  He defied the social climate of the times to become one of the most successful African American business owners in America, and later, a behind-the-scenes political leader at a critical time in civil rights history

"Find a need and fill it. Successful businesses are founded on the needs of people." ~ A.G. Gaston

Monday, April 11, 2011

Featured Follower - Dr. Greg Streib

Dr. Greg Streib - Government Efficiency Expert

Greg Streib is a professor in the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies at Georgia State University. 

His work to date has focused on various aspects of public management and policy implementation, including policy analysis and evaluation; the skill needs of public managers and professionalism in public service; leadership and collaboration; the implementation of public management reforms; city manager roles and responsibilities; the development of knowledge in public administration; governance issues such as health care benefits for local government employees and reinventing government; and the development of e-government, including the value of new technologies, citizen needs and privacy. 

He has worked with a range of governments and non-profits addressing issues such as welfare reform, homelessness, the development and assessment of leadership and advocacy skills, and performance measurement. 

Professor Streib regularly teaches classes in the areas of budgeting and finance, e-government and research methods.

Doctor of Philosophy in Political Science (1984) from Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, Illinois, with an emphasis on public administration theory, policy analysis and American government.

Master of Arts in Public Administration (1981) from Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, Illinois, with an emphasis on pubic management, budgeting and finance, and program evaluation.

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology (1978) from Southern Illinois University.

Public Management, Public Budgeting and Finance, State and Local Governance, Policy Analysis and Evaluation and E-government.

Dr. Greg Streib — Andrew Young School of Policy Studies — Georgia State University

Saturday, April 2, 2011

The Final Four: Health; Wealth; Fame; and Family

by Vincent L. Rogers 

In the Christian Bible, there are numerous useful prescriptions for living a meaningful life. Most of them are also relevant in the areas of success planning and personal branding. One of, if not the most important of these Biblical maxims can be found in the Book of Proverbs. Proverbs 20:10 states that “…Even a child is known by his actions, by whether his conduct is pure and right....” Simply stated, a person shall be known by what they do with the bountiful gifts and talents that they have possessed since they were a child.  

However, many of us remain acutely focused on the superficial goals of a child, instead of the loftier pursuits of our higher selves. We set a goal to become thin instead of becoming healthy, in order to change our childhood perception of being the "fat kid". We set a goal to earn extreme financial wealth because we grew up “poor” of worldly possessions, even if we grew up in a family that enjoyed vast moral and spiritual abundance. Most importantly, we set a goal to achieve fame based on hollow achievements, rather than being renowned because of a well earned reputation for excellence.

Fame and Wealth are the most outwardly visible manifestations of success. Yet celebrity and fortune can be achieved just as easily by a drug dealer as it can be by a heart surgeon. Achieving your place of distinction in the world by doing things the right way will enable you to truly enjoy the prosperity that it brings. Doing things the right way means doing things in a way that allows you to maintain your health and sanity as well as your family and friendships.

The importance of balancing your quest for fame and fortune with good physical and mental health habits, along with nurturing your family and friendships is inestimable. Focusing on these things in turn will also contribute greatly to the pursuit of the goals that will lead you to fame and fortune. It is inconceivable that you can achieve the success you desire weighed down by physical illness and besieged by emotional anxiety. Conversely, a person who neglects his friendships and family is unlikely to have success at building the necessary network that will help them to achieve the fame and wealth that they so greatly desire.

Health; Wealth; Fame; and Family are the four pillars of living a successful and balanced life. Good health and strong family alone are the essential measures of a live well lived. Yet many people strive to leave some legacy of their life’s work as well. Achieving a measure of material wealth and a level of high esteem associated with your name can also benefit your family. Acquiring these things gives you and your loved one’s a better chance of living a long healthy life filled with joy and abundance.

Vince Rogers is a highly skilled resource manager and communications consultant; trained in economics, marketing, project management and commercial real estate management. He possesses many years of successful experience in financial asset and real estate wealth building. He is the Principal Change Agent at Vince Rogers & Associates @ Contact us to help you to formulate a winning Success Plan for reaching your desired personal and professional destination.

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