Author Archive for Jeannette Paladino

Veterans Day

What Have You Got to be Scared Of?

Today — Veterans Day — we  honor the brave warriors who have served the United States and especially those who died defending our freedom. These veterans were no doubt scared as they went into battle but they persevered because of their duty to their country and themselves. I salute them and thank them for helping to make the world a safer place.

Are You Scared to Move On?

In thinking of these brave men and women, who faced real adversity they knew could cost them their lives, I’d like to ask you the question I’ve been asking myself, “What are you scared of?” I think many of us are scared of not measuring up. The earth is whirling around the sun too fast for us. New technologies are making us fret about our lives and our livelihoods.

But are our fears life-threatening? Not likely. I’m not alone when I wonder what’s next in life. Am I really doing what I want to do? Do I have the skills and the will to step up to the bat and take a big swing at the ball?

There are so many choices, we become immobilized. We’re scared to keep running in place but more scared to break out of the pack. When I talk to many of my peers they tell me they feel life has left them behind.

The Internet and social media scare them and they feel like dinosaurs, about to become extinct. I feel for them but if they want to change their lives they’ve got to take the really hard steps.

Develop Mental Toughness

What is the worst that could happen if you pushed beyond your comfort zone and did what your heart is telling you you’re meant to do? You might stumble, but you could get back up and try again. It takes mental toughness to overcome your fears.

Do you think our veterans were born to fight? Of course not. They fell back on their training, faced the enemy and discovered untapped sources of strength.

The enemy too often is ourselves.

We fret about all the bad things that could happen if we tried something new instead of anticipating the joy of discovery and accomplishment. I gaze back in wonder at the early settlers in my country, who didn’t fly west in first-class comfort to plant their stakes in the ground.

Just think of how brave they were to begin their journeys in covered wagons that offered little protection from the elements: no electricity, no running water, no sanitary facilities, and facing a hostile environment. They were the true pioneers. I envy their courage as I admire the brave warriors who have served their country. So, let me ask again:

What are you scared of?

Fortune 500 ramp up use of corporate blogs and Instagram in 2018

Fortune 500 Pump Up Use of Blogs and Instagram

Blog usage is on the upswing for Fortune 500 companies. They are also ramping up their investment in Instagram to reach their targets.

A newly released UMass study of social media usage by this elite group of companies found that Instagram and blogging are the fastest growing tools even as top social networking platforms LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter remain strong.

Facebook Still Go-To Network

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Employees as change agents

Employees as Company Change Agents

Companies live and die by the strength and believability of their brands – what they want their organizations to be known for.

But in this digital age companies are struggling to control their brand essence and key messages as information – both good and bad – is shared across social networks around the globe in a matter of seconds, often diluting the power of their brands.

New technologies are transforming the way companies do business. But employees are underutilized as advocates of change. They are not being motivated to rally around the company’s mission and goals. Read More→

Pablo text images

Become a Master at Creating Text Images

If Photoshop is a breeze for you, then read no further. This post is intended for people like me who are all thumbs when it comes to creating images for blog posts, social media networks, and presentations.

The good people at Buffer offer a tool called Pablo that enables you to quickly and easily create images imprinted with text. That’s what I did for the feature image above this post. Read More→