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In August, we asked readers how their education affected their career paths, and the results show mixed opinions about the influence education has on future success.

According to the results, 42% of respondents said they wouldn’t be where they are today without their degrees. However, 35% said their education hasn’t played a role in defining their career and 15% said it helped land their first job, but hasn’t been a factor since. So, the results are split on just how big of a role education plays on our future career paths.

Nearly 6% of survey respondents selected the “other” option and submitted their own thoughts on the topic, including:

  • Simply having a college degree had an influence on my career path, but my area of study did not
  • I’m doing what I wanted to do, but had to work longer and harder to get here without a degree
  • I need more education
  • Getting my masters inhibited my ability to get a job because I was seen as overqualified
  • My education has had an indirect effect – I’ve grown personally Read More→

According to former professional basketball player and motivational speaker Walter Bond, “We work so hard that we don’t have time to think. We don’t have time to use innovation and creativity. We don’t have time to think about our position and our roles. We’re so busy ‘doing’ that we don’t leave time to think.”

Does this sound familiar? Have you ever found yourself so busy in the day-to-day that you don’t take time to really think about what you’re doing, or more importantly, if you even enjoy it?

In the first of a yearlong series of motivational and educational messages, Walter Bond discusses the importance of making time to slow down and think once in a while to focus on where you are and where you want to be.

Peak Performers Life Podcast Episode 1 – Think (Hosted by Walter Bond and Express Employment Professionals) from Walter Bond on Vimeo.

How is being busy affecting your life? What do you think you could accomplish if you gave yourself some time to think each week? Let us know in the comments section below. Read More→

Seeds of Leadership

Once upon a time, there was an elderly, benevolent king who had served and led his people well for many years.  As all good leaders do, the king was aware of his own mortality and was planning for the day he stepped down from the throne. As this king had no heir, the law of the land called for him to appoint the next king.

When he knew the time was right, he called all of the elders and servants of the castle to the throne room and told them, “One year from today, I will end my reign as your king, and on that day I will appoint the new ruler of our land.”

Gasps of surprise and murmurs of speculation could be heard throughout the throne room. The king waited until he had regained everyone’s attention and stated, “I am giving each of you one seed to plant and care for over the next year. One year from today, each of you will reconvene here in the throne room to show what harvest you have gleaned from the seed I am giving to you this day.”

Each of the elders, in turn, took a seed from the sack that the king held before him. Then the servants came forward, and each received their seed. Among the last of the servants to approach the throne was a young footman named Phillip. He bowed respectfully, took a seed from the bag held by his king, and rapidly left the throne room. Read More→

Walter Bond and Peak Performer’s Life is brought to you by Express Employment Professionals. Don’t forget to check back each Wednesday for a new message from Walter Bond! If you missed an episode of Peak Performer’s Life, visit the archive to catch up.

About Walter Bond
For nearly two decades, Walter Bond has been the premiere expert on peak performance. Walter’s mastery in two different global industries has made him an authority on peak performance. Walter has delivered his entertaining and dynamic message to companies and associations throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Europe. Clients include Accenture, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, The Dwyer Group, Allianz, Amway, GNC, Hilton, Medtronic, UPS Store, Radio Shack, Red Robin, and many national associations. Read More→

Maintaining a highly productive and innovative team is imperative to the success of your business. And, the most effective team is one that is fully engaged in the organization’s overall goals. In fact, a Gallup study found that organizations with an average of 9.3 engaged employees for every actively disengaged worker posted 147% higher earnings per share than their counter parts.

For some leaders, the importance of employee engagement is old news. In fact, 90% of business leaders believe an employee engagement strategy would have a positive impact on their businesses’ success; however, only 25% of those leaders even have a strategy, according to a study by Accor Services. While developing a culture of engagement at companies is important, it should prompt every business leader to ask the question: is company culture affecting our employee engagement? Read More→

The summer months are winding down, kids are back in school, and before we know it, the holiday season will be upon us. Luckily, there’s still plenty of time left in 2014 to position your business for a strong finish. Here are five things you can do in the month of September to get an early start.

Start Planning for Seasonal Staffing
The holiday season is just around the corner and for many businesses that means it’s time to prepare for the seasonal surge. Companies across all industries are likely impacted by the holidays in one way or another – retailers, in particular, typically see 20-40% of their annual sales during this time. So, it’s important to start planning now for how your company will respond to fluctuations in business volume during the coming months. Staffing companies, like Express Employment Professionals, are a great resource for the extra help you need to maintain productivity and respond to seasonal upswings. Read More→

While we’re not quite in the holiday season, it’s close enough that many businesses are already starting to hire seasonal help. The retail sector in particular will be ramping up to prepare for the holiday shopping rush that has historically accounted for 20-40% of annual sales. Most businesses will be affected by the holiday season in one way or another, so we want to know how your company handles the extra workload. Let us know by voting in our poll.

The number of temporary workers, independent contingent workers, and freelacers is increasing to record highs, defying previous economic trends. Looking for greater flexibility and new opportunities, Americans are turning away from the traditional employer-employee relationship and eight-to-five work day.

Express Employment Professionals, the nation’s largest franchised staffing firm, recently released a white paper, “America’s Changing Workforce and the Rise of the Contingent Employee” that explores the causes of this trend. Why are workers young and old turning to temporary and freelance work? Why are businesses relying on those workers? Read More→

Throughout the past four decades, few have embodied the blue-collar plight and the American dream as much as Bruce Springsteen. With his gritty voice and down-to-earth lyrics, Springsteen has sold more than 64 million records in the U.S. alone, making him the 15th highest selling artist of all time. But his expertise doesn’t stop at simply writing great music; Springsteen is a natural born leader. In fact, he got his moniker while playing small venues with the E-Street Band. “It was Bruce’s job to collect the money and pay the rest of the band,” says Andrew Delahunty, author of several books, including the Oxford Dictionary of Nicknames. “This led them to start calling him The Boss, a nickname which has stuck.” So let’s take a musical ride and see what kind of leadership lessons The Boss has for us!

“Glory days, well they’ll pass you by.”
The catchy chorus of “Glory Days” from Born in the U.S.A. is a truth that many of us struggle to deal with. So many times we get caught up remembering how things were instead of dreaming of how things can be. It’s easy to live in the past and rest on your laurels, but to move forward and continue to be innovative, it’s imperative to strive for bigger and better things. Your past success may have been impressive, but it’s just that, past success. Live with the idea that your organization’s best days are ahead of it. Glory days will pass you by. Read More→

Are you a little sluggish in the mornings? If so, you’re not alone. For many of us the strength to summon enough energy to take on another busy day can be a monumental task. Luckily, getting a better start to your day may be as easy as adding a few steps to your morning routine.

Avoid the snooze button
Hitting the snooze button to get just a few more precious minutes of quality time with your bed may only be making your eventual rise and shine harder on yourself. Because we sleep in cycles, when you wake up and hit the snooze button, your brain starts a new cycle when you go back to sleep. When the alarm goes off again 10-15 minutes later, you’re likely in an earlier, deeper stage of the sleep cycle, which only makes it even harder to fully wake and drag yourself out of bed. Read More→