Sustaining Success
February 2012
Envision, Evolve, Achieve

Laurie Mrva

What are you focussing your time on?  The "CAN-DO's" or the "can'ts"?  There can be a million reasons why you don't accomplish your goals, but all you need to find is the 1 reason TO take the action that will help push you through, around and over any obstacle.  Find the CAN DO's to feel successful.  You never know what the outside world will present to you each day, but you have complete control over what is within you.

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Read, "It's All About the Attitude" below to find your power and take control of your success journey.  Are you choosing SUCCESS each day?


Wishing you Much Success!!!

Laurie Mrva
Success Facilitator
Achieve Success LLC
Employment Growth Projections In The United States

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The employment growth in the United States commonly stems from the bond among the country's labor force, population, and requirements for supplies and services.  In a general notion, the population limits the size of the labor force, which typically contains working individuals and those searching for employment.  Consequently, the size and efficiency of the labor force restricts and controls the number of supplies and services the country can produce in a year.  Furthermore, the variations in the requirements for goods and services affect the type of industries that will develop or contract in the succeeding years.

Nevertheless, it is worth considering the vast developments in the technology field and the demand for that talent. The research shows this area will have the highest growth rate. Moreover, the changes in the composition and size of the country's population over the next year or two can greatly influence the state of the economy and job growth.

As the population of baby boomers grows, the older population will rise 29.7%, which marks the highest increase among all age groups present in the country.  On the other hand, the 45 to 54 age group is likely to drop by 4.4 percent in the next years, and this indicates the slow-rising birth rate the younger generations' experience.  It is undeniable population plays the most pivotal role in ascertaining the composition, efficiency, and size of the labor force, and the inclination of employment's growth or decline primarily results from it.

By 2013, the United States' labor force is likely to reach 162.3 million, and it is expected to possess a strong growth and increase by 17.4 million, or roughly 12 percent, from the 2002 figure.  In addition, the increase in the labor force during the 2002-2012 period marks an 11.3 percent or 14.4 million growth in comparison to the previous decade.

In the succeeding years, the fastest growing occupations include computer specialist occupational groups and network systems, and data communications analysts, amongst others.  The demand for these jobs will rise since more organizations will have a need to improve their information technology capability and utilize the current technologies in the industry.  On the other hand, the occupations that will experience the fastest decline include jobs in office and administrative support, as well as sewing machine operations. t

~ Written for us by our associate Gary Sorrell, Sorrell Associates, LLC. Copyright protected worldwide. All rights reserved. 2012



Steps To Creating A Successful Multi-Generational Workforce

A combination of generations in the workplace can be a successful venture but only if all sides are Achieve Success Logowilling to comply with one another. Older generations have built a career on the knowledge and experiences they have gained. Newer generations, often fresh out of college, think they know everything. They have spent the previous four years studying in a higher learning institution and have earned their place, no matter the starting position, in your company. In order for a multi-generation workforce to garner respect from one another and become assets to the company, they must possess an acceptance and the willingness to learn from one another.

Sizing up Cross-Generation Competition

Do not let age deceive you or become the basis of the opinion you form of an older or younger employee or coworker. As the age of retirement is pushed upwards, more and more "baby boomers" are staying in the workforce and all but demanding a certain level of respect they have worked so hard to establish.

Sizing up a co-worker based on their age is a fruitless venture. Focus on the person's attributes and contributions to the company rather than age.

Focusing on age tells you nothing about your coworker except maybe they are too young to be the next leader of our country or that they may have amassed a clan of grandchildren. More importantly, it won't help you establish a line of communication or show you how to work alongside one another in a productive manner.

In order to create an industrious working relationship and workforce, you will need to focus on the information that pertains to the contributions you can make to the company together.

The Assessment Report

The assessment report contains vital information necessary in building a strong, multi-generational working relationship. The assessment report will tell you what the other persons values are, what motivates them to take action and the personal skills they bring to the job at hand. Taking the time to read the assessment report will hand you details about your coworker that you never would have taken into account based on their age. Look for these characteristics.

  • Hands on
  • Personal accountability
  • Takes initiative
  • Gets the job done
  • Able to focus
  • Makes steady contributions
  • Natural team builder
  • Talkative
  • Embraces new ideas
  • Willingness to learn new skills
  • Capable of decision making

Making the Adjustment

With a better understanding of your co-worker, it is time to come together and compromise. All people, no matter their generation have a preferred method of communication. Older generations tend to be more "stuck in their ways" so to speak, so it may be more conducive for the younger generation to make a larger adjustment when it comes to communication. At least at first.

You know how you communicate the best. After reading your co-worker's assessment report, you have a better understanding of which communications methods work best for them and which ones they prefer. Make establishing an open and constructive line of communication between generations a priority. Find your common ground and work from there.

Once an open line of communication has been established, determining how you can boost and compliment one another's job performance will appear easy. You may realize that your co-worker from an older generation has a library of experience and has the tools it takes to complete the project at hand. A co-worker from the older generation can learn new techniques and styles from the newer generation. Combining these two aspects as well as others can create an explosive new way to enhance one's job skills making contributions to the company excel.

Not only will one generation benefit from the next, the company as a whole will benefit profitably and favorably. t

~ Written for us by our associate Gary Sorrell, Sorrell Associates, LLC. Copyright 2012 All rights reserved

About Us
Laurie helps organizations and professionals make positive changes to achieve their goals.  Achieve Success offers customized solutions to your business challenges including strategic planning, leadership development and employee assessment tools to assist with hiring, promoting and developing key skills to enhance success.   

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EXCEPTIONAL LEADERS... Understand Cultures


By seeing the big picture, Exceptional Leaders learn to understand the cultures of the groups with whom they are dealing. In our four-quadrant model, the collective interior subjective (lower left quadrant) should be taken into consideration in all decisions and evaluations.

Executives who just focus on the transactional commercial aspects of the business (lower right quadrant) can be blindsided by the important dynamics of culture. You see many examples of this when large change initiatives are not successful, such as a merger. If one only looks at the commercial aspects and ignores the cultural dynamics such as shared beliefs among employees or customers (this is what our customers want) and values (this is what is really important to us), significant resistance can emerge, resistance which could prove fatal to a successful outcome.

Thought Provoker

- What are the core beliefs and values of the organizational culture in which you find yourself?


- Do you really know how groups will react in given situations, whether employees, customers, or consumers? If not, how do you know that you will make the right decision?


- Are your core values compatible with the group values you find yourself aligned with? What specific examples make you confident of this?


Exceptional Leaders know that having a firm understanding of the cultural dynamics of the groups they are dealing with is essential in making effective business decisions and evaluations.t

~ Copyright protected by author Bruce M. Anderson. Reprinted with permission. Thinking Partners Inc.

It's All About Attitude

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The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of ATTITUDE on life.

ATTITUDE, to me, is more important than education, than money, than circumstance, than failures, than success, than what other people think, or say or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness, or skill. It will make or break a company...a church... a home.

The remarkable thing is we have a choice everyday regarding the ATTITUDE we embrace for that day.

We cannot change our past...we cannot change the fact that people act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable.

The only thing we can do is play the one string we have, and that is our ATTITUDE...I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me, and 90% how I react to it. And so it is with you...we are in charge of our own ATTITUDE. t

~ Source: Chuck Swindoll, author, Attitude Visit us on the web @