Stress and African Americans: A Daily Devotion

Originally posted on Healthy Living Seminars Family Life Blog:

Stress and African Americans: A Daily Devotion

By Dr. Tracy Scott

 

A little knowledge about stress and its effect on health benefits everyone.  It is estimated by the American Institute of Stress, that 75% to 90% of all doctor’s visits are caused by reactions to stress.

 

Stress poses a profound difficulty for everyone.  But more black men die from heart attacks associated with stress than any other ethnic group in the United States.

 

  • 50% of African Americans who suffer from the “blues” or depression do not seek help
  • 88% of women and 69% of men will get headaches and stress is the number one cause
  • Stress is the number one health problem facing African Americans.  35% of African American men compared to 25% of other ethnic groups are affected by hypertension (high blood pressure)
  • 1 out of every 9 women who seek care in…

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Your Sunday Bread: Your Deliverance Has a New Look

103805176_640The Way is Hard Pressed [leading to life], and, not many there are that find it (Matthew 7:14).

Deliverance has a new look.

Let’s talk today about how difficult it might be for us to keep our bearing. Scripture speaks of the Way in terms of struggle and pain during the walk. Hence, there is misconception brought about by those who deliver these messages of prosperities which has deceived us to the point that we do not look any place to find Yah, except in our wallets.

Then we should ask then what if our wallets are empty? Or what if our houses are substandard? What if we don’t own a car, or the car is in disrepair? What then are we to do with ourselves if the Way is prosperity which everyone seeks, then, where does that leave many of us who love the Most High?

Think again and consider what that means.

If people continue to take in the lie, then we begin to see this is the very reason why trust has been lost. Many people have lost trust in the Most High,  because no matter how they try there is still trouble, hopelessness, and struggle. Hence, what we need to do is look elsewhere, because the Way is hard pressed and not easy as in prosperity teaches.

See:

“Enter in through the narrow gate! Because the gate is wide – and the way is broad – that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter in through it. “Because the gate is narrow and the way is hard pressed [or the way is afflicted] which leads to life, and there are few who find it” (Matthew 7:13-14).

Today: Press through the lies and hypocrisy of erroneous teaching and know that your answer is in the search of Truth in the Most High who says He will be found when we search with our whole [entire] heart. What that means is that He is not in our wallets as is the thing in the broad road to destruction.

For your hearing:

Matthew 7

What is the Third Interview for?

Stock Traders Conducting InterviewLet’s talk about the first, second, and third interview process which is a selection process for many organizations.

Gone are the days of immediate hire, or rather, on the spot. It is the case that with unemployment rates rocketing for some parts of the nation a selection process would be wise, and a chance to screen out and eliminate.

I had the opportunity to experience such before, however; for some organizations, or industries such where one will work the phones some have their first interview right over the phone.

Why the third and a fourth interview then?  

Tory Johnson (2015), CEO of Women for Hire wrote:

Some companies start with a phone screening and then move to face-to-face interaction. Other companies start with an HR behavioral interview and then move on to an interview with the manager you’d be reporting to, then invite you in for testing. Still others require several interviews with several members of the team you’ll be working with. It’s perfectly alright to ask during your first interview what to expect, but often the process will change depending on the level of job you’re looking for and the number of candidates the company is considering. Second interviews (and any interviews beyond that) should be treated with as much professionalism as the first meeting. At this point you know they’re interested, but you have a few more runs around the bend before reaching that finish line. A huge mistake job seekers make is thinking the second interview is just a formality. You don’t have the job yet. Follow these tips to make sure you’re in top form ’til the very, very end (Johnson, 2015, para. 2).

For me, I thought the process a good one. As a jobseeker I want to learn all I can about a company just in case I am hired beyond my own research. It is important for me to work with honest people just as I am sure its important for them as I am.

In times past, or rather, through the years of the job hunt there has only been I fill out the application, get a call, the interview and then hire. However, this is minimal information compared to the wealth out there to be learned for some companies. Hence, in light of this I can arm myself with appropriate answers that may be appropriate depending on the interview.

Morgan & Stark (2014) gave a list to determine mental capabilities stating that there are a number of tests or evaluations to be given which determine the minds of perspective employees. To name a few, they are, (a) The Big Five Personality traits, (b) Core Self Evaluations,  and (c) Emotional Intelligence.


In essence, I believe that the company gets a good employee by digging into their minds beforehand.

 

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Ace the second Interview…and the Third

Slum Lord or Just Plain Slow?

Broken-FurnaceThis article is for those people who might have a few questions concerning tenants rights, ethical behavior and basic human rights; as well as, what it means to have those rights violated as far as law.

My husband, daughter and I just moved into a new place at the beginning of the year, and for lack of better words the experience has been trying and draining. For one thing moving in the cold for some people would be a turn off. However, for us the cold weather has proved to be an excellent factor in our seeing the condition of the stead, that is, things that might have not been known until later were brought forward.

First, there is need to realize that ignorance plays a huge part in what property managers get away with and for how long. When I say ignorance, prospective tenants who are not aware of the ins and outs of what to look for  in their properties, or about the business of doing your own inspection of the property to look past good looks, more space, new countertops and new carpet. Hence, these, though eye-catching for renters need to be at the end of the list as far as move-in readiness of the property.

America’s constitution pronounces, “Life, Liberty and pursuit of happiness.” Therefore, most Americans have the freedom to choose where they want to live. Accordingly, no one is happy when some have spent their money to move only to find that though they want your money they do not care to spend money so that you can live happily, or at least with the liberty to be happy.

Abraham Maslow developed a theory concerning the basic of human needs saying that people are most motivated when certain needs are met.

They are: (a) physiological, (b) safety, (c) love, and (d) esteem all these which one must have and which lead to a self actualization. It is the case that without these people cannot be motivated. In this we discuss safety because we are speaking about housing.  Therefore, people feel safe and are safe when they have adequate shelter. That means, when a home is  purchased or renting of  a dwelling that the shelter is not substandard, that is, the roof is good, the air and heating is working, as well as the plumbing.

Subsequently, some have been taken aback to find that once they moved in all hell has broken loose. In our case, what happened is the heat stopped working in the dead of winter and temperatures well below 30 degrees, so that even with a fire going the place was cold. What has happened over the last few days has been a nightmare. I finally, after not being taken seriously had to call code compliance.

 

Ladies and Gentlemen, I believe that stereotypes have played a part, because nothing about my speech says education I look like a typical black female, sound like a typical black female which means that I am not well versed, or rather, pro-perrr in speech. I jest here, but my landlords may have taken that to mean uneducated, and here I set with a Bachelor degree and near finished with a Master. Big mistake for them, because needless to say I know more than what I might look like. Moreover, I have rented before but it is a far cry from housing and HUD to actually house hunting on one’s own.

For you, here are a few tips. Always make sure that the property has been properly inspected.

1. Check the attic to make sure that it is properly insulated, especially, those homes older and with cathedral ceilings.

2. If you have a fireplace, before move in ask to start a fire, or, ask for inspection of the fireplace.

3. Make sure that plumbing is working. If the water is off, ask them to turn it on to check that the toilets flush and there are no leaks. One place we had already paid our deposit when it was found that the last tenants had poured cement and cut electrical wiring.

4.Make sure the lights are working everywhere. Some places have the electric connected for tenant viewings already.

5. Water heater. One of the things that happened here is that our water heater was working but sprung a leak. Come to find upon the inspection of the heater that it  was manufactured in 1988. This is 2015 can you imagine? That water heater was tired.  Luckily it was a slow leak and thanks to our grandson’s incessant complaints about his wet socks we were spared our carpet being ruined.

6. Keep written record of events, emails, pictures and phone calls requesting maintenance

For more information concerning Tenant Rights and Landlord Responsibility you can visit your city’s Code Compliance or Enforcement site or call.

Watch:  Tenants Rights for Safety

Your Sunday Bread: Cult Prostitutes versus Whorish Women What’s the Difference?

1Co 7:2  But because of whoring, let each one have his own wife, anave her own husband. 

Seems that some of us didn’t hear this word in its entirety. So here goes truth.

Because of whoring. Many of us consider a whore, or rather, one who whores to be someone out there looking around and having sex with any ol fella. However, from this text a whore can be so even if she might be married. Of course, in marriage the added pang of adultery rings true as well, but for this cause we want to know whose a whore and what makes a whore, because chances are one is a whore by what she thinks rather than the clothing she puts on.

Let’s face it. Women who are scantily dress are considered such though she may not be that way. It is the case, that society brings this type thinking on a woman because of styles in dress. So it is fair to say if boobs are out, shorts showing cheeks a woman may be more likely to be labeled a whore than the one who is covered. However, there are probably more whores covered than meet the eye.

Its all in what we think, because someone with not much clothes may not give him the time of day while the one presenting herself as chaste is down right freaky in her mind.

What is a whore?

Similar terms apply (a) a cult prostitute, (b) a harlot: To act or be, and  (c) unfaithfulness

So we see there are many terms to fit and cover a great many women. So lets narrow the search shall we?

Here we focus on a cult prostitute and know that these are women known to frequent so called congregations. Back in biblical times these women would go and visit the temple, hang around it and make themselves available to men.

Do you think that changed? See all the women flocking the churches after the preachers/pastors and ask are they covered? Are they dressed?

Cult Prostitutes, but the changed words has us believing the women because of their dress are these. Basically, there are some decent women just misguided, but who have they to model themselves after?

In essence, then, Its what you can’t see that hurts.

OCBC Bank Case Study: An Analysis

ocbcc813eLong gone are the days when people had to fight for suitable treatment in the work place. At least for some employees who wake up to go to the old nine to five suitable treatment is a reality where employers and managers not only care about the state of the company, but the state of welling being of the people who serve to make their company successful. OCBC Bank of Singapore, has been that suitable company for nearly eighty years through strategic contribution, in which OCBC Human Resources Management [HRM] as Morgan & Stark (2014) wrote concerning strategic contribution an organization must “Be able to be key contributors in their organizational success.(Morgan & Stark, 2014). In this article there is analysis of the OCBC contribution and company success through collaborative efforts of education and mentoring throughout the term of employment and beyond.
It is ironic that Pandy (2012) mentions “Human Capital ‘concerning their job pool, because in America there is rumor that some jobs are nothing more than labor farms, never investing anything into the help they hire. In fact, concerning this human capital and investment the OCBC Bank does invest and relay the message which says that their “Investment helps to build the capabilities of employees to deliver superior performance.” (Pandy, 2014).
In reference to talent management, according to the article OCBC’s investment includes:
(a) Learning—which includes ongoing business strategy, and
(b) (b) Aligning employee learning objectives with those of the business to suit their goals to help employees build a career not just a job. (Pandy, 2012).
For example, the Career Best Program is a three year program for new hires (2007), and the OCBC Learning Academy, also known as the Learning Space @OCBC.
To further boost their employees, the OCBC Bank has excellent talent management, even, for their former employees where management attempts to with job placement efforts. For those employees with extraordinary talent there is a first deb to job openings within the company which according to Pandy (2012) “Pushes high potential talent out of their comfort zones”. There is also rotating schedule to give employee an opportunity to learn everything there is to know about the work, and to, develop new skills. This rotation in turn helps productivity (Pandy, 2012). In addition, there is also travel opportunity accompanied by senior management. Hence for all the aforementioned investments in their employee pool OCBC allows for sustainability as The OCBC Group (2015) wrote:

We have a structured three-year development program that charts the learning roadmaps for every employee during their first 3 years of service. Employees have opportunities to hone their skills through on-the-job training, in-house training programs, courses and other management development program. Our employees are encouraged to take charge of their own careers through our Career Best Program. This program allows them to evaluate their strengths and career orientation, and find the best fit between their talents and OCBC’s organizational needs. Through our Internal Job-Posting program, we provide employees the choice to pursue job opportunities across the OCBC Group, locally and overseas. This career mobility opportunity is key to attracting and retaining talents in the organization. Overseas postings are offered to employees who have the right skill sets and aspire to gain work experience in the different markets that we operate in. (The OCBC Group, 2015, para. 1).

The following are added benefits and topics of interest of being a talent at the OCBC Bank, according to The OCBC Group (2015):
1. Work-life Integration
2. Online health and security dashboard
3. Labor regulations
4. Relationships with unions
Comparatively, Wells Fargo gave tips to keep ones employees motivated as well: (a) Learn how employee training and open communication can improve employee retention, (b) Welcome the new hires to motivate on the first day, (c) Offer new challenges, including new roles, (d) Invest in training which might include seminars, workshops and mentoring by senior staff, (e) Keep the lines of communication open, and (f) Fulfill management needs. Wells Fargo gave review of a study which notes:

One study showed that employees receiving predominantly negative feedback from their managers were over 20 times more likely to be engaged than those receiving little or no feedback, proving that any form of feedback from an employer is better than none at all [Keep the Lines of Communication Open Section].

Though similar in context for this article Wells Fargo does not expound on programs aimed to educate their employees for better productivity past the first day of welcome.
In another article, Yasimine Yahya (2013) wrote of OCBC Bank:

This is becoming ever more important as increasing numbers of OCBC’s clients are doing business outside Singapore. “If we want to serve them well, we need to be able to communicate with them on the same wavelength as they know about the markets,” he said. Other employee schemes include the Future Leaders Program, which identifies high-potential staff and grooms them for top management roles. (Yahya, 2013).

In conclusion, the OCBC Bank of Singapore takes interest in their employees by first educating their employees to welcome them in the first three years of their work life with the company much like a mom would nurture her babe while learning to walk, while, Wells Fargo welcomes their employees on the first day which makes that special, but what about the next day or even years activities? Conversely, seminars, workshops and programs are great, however. OCBC Bank’s dedication to an entire floor further cements engagement tactics for present tense situations. All and all, the OCBC Bank’s care of its employees allow longevity of employment to add employee morale, plus, productivity in the workplace.

Push Pull Strategy in Business Marketing

Pull strategy progression: promotion, customer, retailer, and manufacturer. Push strategy progression: manufacturer, retailer, promotion, and customer.

Photo by: Ogden, J. R., & Ogden, D. T. (2014). Integrated marketing communications: Advertising, public relations, and more. San Diego, CA: Bridgepoint Education, Inc.


The three sales strategies for promotion are push, pull and as Ogden & Ogden (2014) wrote, “there can be a combination of the two”(Ogden & Ogden, 2014).

As illustrated in Figure 6.4, the push and pull strategy works thus: (a) the promotion which prompts potential retailers and customers to buy, (b) the deal between the manufacturer and the service provider.


For example, in purchasing my daughter’s tablet some months ago from Sam’s club the tablet came with a limited manufacturer’s warranty, and I also had the options to purchase an additional extension warranty from Sam’s. It is the case, that the tablet malfunctioned and as a result the manufacturer after several attempts to repair it had to replace it. Then a few months after that my daughter tripped over the dog outside [he is a big dog] and broke the screen on the tablet, Sam’s warranty refunded the full purchase price for that brand stating that the screen was too expensive to repair. This type service is a good promotion tactic for retailers and manufacturers alike.

Finally, (c) the promotion to the customer, and it is the case, that Black Friday is a good promotional tactic where people fat from the holiday turkey are ready to spend. It is past sane thinking why people would get up at three in the morning to stand in line for a sale, however, the tradition lives on for those who want first tab at new line Jordan’s or even first dibs at a new television. Hence, the push, pull strategy works well for all who aim to buy and sell.