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Networking Blues: I Can Not Manage My Networks

By Chi Chi Okezie

Networking is a skill that requires a lot of time, planning and organization for it to be effective. Being efficient also involves correctly managing your contacts. It is important to not only attend events but nurture and grow relations. There are many tools and resources for leveraging networks and connections.

Listed below are simple tips for engaging and being responsive to your networks.

Digital Age

Lean on technology to keep your networks in order and productive. There are plenty of apps that you can download to stay consistent and available for your connections. Download and use apps that offers frequent updates and reminders about individuals in your groups. Reaching out to congratulate a counterpart on a promotion, anniversary or other achievement are excellent ways of staying in contact. Also, utilize apps that can be interconnected with other platforms that you use on a frequent basis.

Traditional Communication

Although, we are in the digital age, receiving a handwritten note or making a phone call are still good methods for reaching out. It shows sincerity and a genuine value for others. It can also catch the attention or be a pleasant surprise for the individual on the receiving end. Once again, setting up reminders to make these type of personal touch points can be extremely beneficial.

Outside Assistance

If things get too overwhelming, then consider hiring outside help. Invest in a virtual assistant who can manage your contacts and even increase your connections. Along with organizing information, meetings etc. the assistant can also provide services in editing, marketing etc. Outsourcing can also be beneficial in time management and allow you to focus on other tasks.

Use these valuable tips to scale your networking process and grow your connections. Being focused, organized and intentional about your endeavors provide great returns on your investments.

Chi Chi Okezie is owner/producer of SIMPLEnetworking, LLC in Atlanta, GA. Learn tips, tactics and techniques from the Champion Networker! Visit the SN Official Website: to read excerpts of her books, sign up for her newsletter, register for events and classes or visit her blog!

Business Ethics - What You Must Know

By Marc-Eddy Drouinaud Jr 

What Makes Business ethics so important?

The system of moral beliefs that guides behaviors and decisions is known as business ethics. Certain ethical requirements for companies across the world are embedded into law, minimum wage, and environmental regulations.


The management group provides precedent for how the company runs on a monthly basis. When the management's philosophy is centered on ethical behaviors and practices, leaders could direct their employees by example and direct them as individuals. Building a foundation of ethical behaviors provides positive effects that will stand the test of time.

Employee Ethics:

When leaders of a company are directing an organization in an ethical manner, employees are forced to follow in their footsteps. Employees are more prone to be better decision makers which increases productivity and the employee's morale. When employees finish the day that is based off of honesty and integrity, the entire organization benefits.

Ethics Vary by Industry:

As you may already know, business ethics are different from industry to industry. The nature of a company's operations has a distinct influence on the ethical problems with which it faces. As an example, an ethical problem comes up for an investment brokerage when the right decision for a client and her or his money does not clash with what pays the brokerage the biggest commission.

Another example of business ethics specific to an industry is in the energy field. Businesses that give energy, more specifically non-renewable energy, face scrutiny on how they treat the environment. One miscalculation, like the 2010 BP oil spill, forces the company to answer to high profile bodies in regards to whether or not it skirted on its duty. Online companies like Google and Amazon, are not as scrutinized as far as impact on the environment like Exxon and BP are. However, Google and Amazon are monitored closely when it comes to security and privacy ethics.

One area where online companies make tough decisions is in regards to marketing.

With the advancements of modern technology allow companies to track their consumers locations online and sell that information to marketing companies. In addition, these companies like to track consumers location in order to send advertising promotions to their consumers. Some people argue that this kind of activity is a large invasion of privacy. This is the dilemma that is born from online companies as far as business ethics.

In closing, with consistent ethical behavior comes a positive public image. To keep that positive image, businesses must make an ethical foundation its priority.

Protect Your Staff From Workplace Violence

By Sharron Denise Williams

Due to the American Constitution, America is the land of "Killing Fields". Everyday somewhere here in the US we read or hear about School shootings and Workplace violence. Unless there are new laws put into place to protect the American people, employers need to start training their staff on how to protect themselves and their co-workers without the use of another gun.

Here are some tips that may help:

1. Train your managers and staff on how they can prevent issues from arising that could place them in dangerous situations. This could be as simple as knowing and maybe changing the "culture of the" office. Is your agency known to have gossip flowing freely throughout the office?

2. Make sure the employee's evaluation is objective, honest, has other direct supervisor's input, and done in a timely manner. This could prevent an angry employee.

3. Be sure to make all employees know how well they are doing on the job, and if they are struggling to fit in, they offer them more training, or support to help them succeed on the job.

4. Are there employees who feel they are being targeted, harassed, or over worked and others aren't. Is there a "Bully" at your place of business who have not been dealt with? Is there sexual, or racial harassment present?

5. Know your staff and build a relationship with your staff!

6. Develop a plan for "Active Shooter" on site. Where are the nearest exits, who should be a security monitor? This monitor observe all vendors, and staff without frisking them. They are just more aware of who is doing what. Be aware of "the signs" prior to an employee becoming a shooter.

7. What are the key roles of your management team if an active shooter is in your office or building?

8. Are there surveillance cameras on the premises, and do they work?

9. Does each office space have locks so staff can lock themselves in their office until the police arrive?

10. Once police arrive, have staff place their hands in the air or on their heads to indicate they are not a threat.

11. Practice a plan that is best for your agency.

12. Make sure staff knows exactly how to tell the police where they are located or where the shooter is located in your office or building.

Planning and preparing is Key in keeping as many people safe in the workplace.

To your success,


Sharron is a BSN, RN, Home Health/care Instructor, and Emergency Preparedness Facilitator. Sharron conducts live seminars on various home health/care related topics. Go to for more information.