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Michael Carvalho
about 1 year ago
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Thinking Out Loud

Good Morning, Today is a beautiful day and the Sun is shining and so are You! As this week starts it is a good time to put away the thoughts of yesterday and start fresh with new thoughts, ideas and Goals. It is a new beginning to past thoughts you intended on putting in order and for some reason never did it. Stop allowing past thoughts to get in your way of fresh ideas. Everyday I am seeing more job opportunities for people who are searching for a job. Are you ready for change? Today is your day to make it happen. And we are here to help you get off to a great start. Jobcase is based on many things and one of them is having access to a great community who is willing to help you. This community has mentors of many experiences who are willing to offer you help in all aspects of obtaining a job. Take advantage of it and go get that job you want! #MyThoughts, #Jobs, #advice, #wisdom

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Michael Carvalho
over 1 year ago
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Good Afternoon,

As I started out my day I try to look back at what I did yesterday that I can better today? Yesterday was Easter a very holy holiday in the Christian community as one would agree? Keep in mind I had to work, this gives me a chance to do a lot of thinking. During my drive, I started to think about how many homeless people will not have a meal today. Let alone a meal, but a place to rest. This is one topic that comes across my mind often. Due to the fact that I often pass by places in the city where there are many homeless people. Sometimes I pull off to the side of the road to watch them go about there business. Some happy, some sad, some doing mischief and more. Then there are the ones who gather together and share what little they have with each other. The fact that they can go about there lives under the conditions they choose to live in is amazing. They are looked down upon and more but continue to enjoy each other and the company they keep. Then I happened to notice a younger one stroll up to the area. This is what really opened my eyes to a whole new thought. How many more are there out there? As my mind started to wonder about this. I couldn't help but wonder where would this young person lay his head tonight. Will he be safe? After viewing this scene for about 15 minutes I couldn't help but approach him and offer him a meal. As I got out of the car and walked over to him I was met with others asking for money. I continued to walk toward him and ask if I could purchase a meal for him? He replied, "Thank you, but I am ok". a little confused as to why he did not want a meal I asked why? Once again he said I have a job and really just need a place to live. I do not make enough for a place to live so I live on the street. This really hit me hard knowing I had to get to work and here is this young man with no place to sleep. What could I do? After talking to him for a few more minutes he continued to explain his story of how life isn't about worrying where he would sleep, but how he was going to keep his job if his employer found out he was homeless. How would they look at him differently? This was the thought I had to leave the area with. This young man worrying about keeping his job and not worrying about sleeping on the street, Truly amazing to think about. How many more are like him? Determined to work under the conditions he faces on a daily basis. What do you think about this thought? please feel free to leave a comment or at least like it to allow me to know you read it. And with this thought, I wish all of you a safe and blessed night. Just ME!

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Michael Carvalho
over 1 year ago
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A Time To Heal

Good Morning Everyone, Today I would like to speak on a thought that crossed my mind. The Topic is A Time to Heal. As we continue with our journey in this life we live we often carry many thoughts and action one had done in there life. Good or Bad we sometimes have a negative experience from the past that has caused damage to our life. One of the most important things one can do is let it go. We can never take back what has happened, but we can make ourselves better. This is a part of a healing process all of us must go through in order to better understand the future that awaits us all. Some people choose differently on how to heal, how do you? I can only tell you how I learned it is not healthy to hold on to the past. Whether it was a job or family issue we have to move on from it Things like this can hold us back from success in our job, job searching, family and friends. We must heal from within to bring out the best in all of us. In the future, I will touch more on these subjects of healing. Think about it and please feel free to open out the door to a bigger and brighter future.

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Michael Carvalho
over 1 year ago
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Are You Ready For Change?

A diverse team tends to be more innovative, but differences of opinion can also create conflict at times. Learning how to work effectively with people whose viewpoints are different to our own is an essential skill in business.

When people are different to each other, smooth collaboration and teamwork can seem slightly challenging at best, impossible at worst.

Think With A Open Mind!

On the other hand – if you can look for the opportunity and use the creative tension in those differences, you can start to build a very powerful team; one that is healthy, creative and successful.

There is a very powerful source for learning and innovation that comes into play when different people come together.

Differences can exist in many varieties - cultural, lingual, political, religious, personality, gender, values and/or many others. They are all opportunities.

Differences can be close to conflict

One of the main reasons for this is that when people think they have the 'right' answer to something, they tend to stop listening to other perspectives, knowledge, experience and ideas.

What happens then? We create conflict, where opinions clash.

Conflict is really only a difference of opinion. If we can see any kind of difference as a creative force, an opportunity for learning and better answers, then we can make the most of the different perspectives they bring.

This is something I always try to remember. John Wooden once said, “when everyone is thinking the same, no one is thinking”.

People avoid conflict like a bad virus, feeling uncomfortable when things get difficult, fearing that addressing issues will create more issues and may even escalate the conflict - but doesn’t have to be a bad thing.

Conflict and tensions between people are very common.

Conflict is really only a difference of opinion. This isn’t strange – we all have different opinions, which is technically what conflict is – a difference of opinion. Nothing more, nothing less. Just because we look differently at something doesn’t mean we have to create tensions or full-blown conflicts with others.

Conflicting opinions can be the source of healthy debates, great innovation and needed change, meaning we get even better results.

Working on change is the key.

I recently worked with people with different thoughts and in a competitive culture. As a supervisor I had them get together and talk about it. Because this led them to work in isolation. I called a meeting and asked them to write a report on what they thought was happening, then come together to report on results.

These sessions became unproductive 'look at me' competitions, where colleagues criticised each other’s strategies and plans. This was happening daily so I thought I would switch it up.

Needless to say, this only deepened the differences they felt and heightened the conflict and tensions between them. Something had to change.

A competitive environment doesn’t have to lead to conflict.

Healthy competition is a good thing. When issues are discussed and shared then it makes the team and indeed the individuals even stronger and they get better results.

Team members who have experienced conflict and resolved it, grow stronger together. Personal differences, conflicting goals and competitive behaviours are indeed some of the reasons why differences and tension occurs.

You could say that there is an inherent power in conflict and tension, which can give a team or an organisation the boost that it needs to move forward, to become more effective.

If there is no conflict or looking at things differently, things simply remain the same, and in a world that is in constant evolution, maintaining the status quo is just not enough for a business that wants to thrive.

Continuous innovation is a necessity for survival.

Let’s have a look at some solutions to overcome these hurdles to teamwork and success – and how to make different opinions into something productive.

I put together a list of the top seven tips for working successfully with people that are different than you:

Let go of the 'need to be right' Remind yourself that your opinion or your solution might not be the right or only one. The first step to managing conflict (i.e. different opinions) is to welcome it, rather than fearing it. When two people or more are having different opinions, start by viewing it as a good thing and think 'ok, we have some differing views here, what can we learn from each of those different views?'

Curiously approach other people who are different than you, Assume that you can learn from them and them from you. Ask questions. This is of course part of communication, to ask good questions – in order to deepen awareness and understanding. Take an interest in each other’s strategies and plans and ask questions about the approach. Just questions, not judgments. It may seem like a small difference, but it makes all the difference. Who knows you might even gain a friend or two out of it?

Invite and engage people into discussion, healthy debate and exchange works. Take an active interest in others by asking them for their input and creative ideas. Assume positive intent. By doing so, you open up to the other person. You look for the positive, the possibilities, the possible connections into what you are doing. If someone is competitive, for example, see the positive intent behind that rather than going into a competitive mode yourself. Ask questions to get a discussion going, rather than shutting the door to collaboration.

Look for the common purpose, what you have in common? Be a team player, don't do it alone.

What do you both/all want to achieve? And then communicate that to everyone involved and reach agreement on a shared commitment to that purpose. Connect all team members’ goals. If there is competitive behaviour in your team, then having connected goals will make that competitive behaviour impossible to carry on with. If each team member is goaled not just on his/her individual performance but also the performance of the team overall, then it brings out collaborative behaviour instead. If you are a team member look for the alignment in goals yourself and don’t wait to be asked.

Discuss and agree on some operating principles on which your collaboration and teamwork will be based on success. This removes the risk of many daily – and very avoidable – unnecessary conflict situations.

Figure out what each person is best at, what their strengths are, Everyone has a unique set of strengths – different to yours. Know them, make the most of them, and highlight how you can achieve more as a team/division/organisation where everyone contributes the best of themselves. This reduces the risk of unhealthy competition as people feel unique and the need for such competition diminishes.

Communicate, communicate, communicate Differences and tensions are often the result of lack of communication, of incorrect and unnecessary assumptions. If you’re the leader, communicate openly with your team at regular intervals. If you are a member of the team, speak up and communicate, do your bit for the team to create the right atmosphere. Getting to great teamwork in a diverse team can be challenging and will take longer to achieve than if the team members are more alike, but it’s worth it.

The reward in the form of greater levels of innovation, learning and development as well as the dynamic interaction it brings is worth every challenge encountered.

Just stay focused and keep reminding yourself that there is a win-win outcome to be had when working together in this open-minded and creative way.

If you are at a stage where the status quo needs to be broken, consider how you can start to make the most of differences between people and start tapping into a new era of innovation where you can fast-forward your organisation’s success.

Team members who have experienced conflict and resolved it grow stronger together.

Whatever approach you take, think carefully about how you communicate. Think about what you say and how you say it when your opinion differs from somebody else’s.

There’s a difference between saying 'what do you mean by that?!' and saying, 'that’s really interesting, I hadn’t thought about it quite like that. Tell me more about it'.

Workplace differences can be a good thing, a very good thing even, and should definitely not be feared but addressed. Managing team conflict is everyone’s responsibility

Team members who have experienced conflict and resolved it grow stronger together.

So don’t fear conflict, welcome it for its innovative powers and use it carefully and respectfully. Take a minute to think about what it is you say rather than just say it.

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Michael Carvalho
over 1 year ago
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Good Evening!

Tonight I would like to touch on a thought that crossed my mind today. I was working at a hospital today and as I do often I did today. I offered people encouragement to people who are dealing with an unexpected crisis in their life. As many people do here in the community when searching for a job. They are people who are struggling to find the perfect job. As we often realize people sometimes fall into the same patterns that lead them into a being let go from the employer. What are you doing differently to change the outcome of what took place? Are you paying more attention to your needs versus wants? Did you better prepare for the interview before you are called? Did you freshen up your skills? There are many places that are looking for the right fit for the position being offered. Taking your time to research the company can better your chances of landing the job.

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Michael Carvalho
about 1 year ago
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Good Morning, As I start my day I can't but help but think about all of you who have been following or just started following me. You hold the key to the future. It is people like you who help people like me succeed in all I do. You give me great joy knowing you believe in me enough to follow me. It is people like you who give positive energy to all I believe in. Without Jobcase I would not be able to offer my thoughts and feelings along with my advice. Jobcase allows me to share with you and others my advice and perspectives on a issue one faces.It has helped me grow into something I always believed I could do. Now I have you who are following me are the proof of my beliefs. Thank you all who follow, will follow or like my thoughts. Jobcase Thsnk you for such a great site that allows people to vent, seek advice, job employment and more. You all have helped me grow and continue to appreciate the simple things in life! Sincerely, Michael Carvalho

Although the road might seem long it is well traveled, Thanks to Each One of YOU! God is Good

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