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Your Employment Matters. Changes in how we work are happening fast. Employers know they need to adapt to today’s workers and the demands of the marketplace. Whether you’re employed or unemployed changes in technology and AI have altered the jobs landscape forever. Because of these truths your employment success and even employment survival depend on your ability to adjust to change. This 30-minute podcast with host Beverly Williams is here to advocate embracing change. We’re going to show you how to use it to your advantage. You’ll hear from experts how have charted their careers successfully so far. We’ll cover trends and changes as they happen. Get your workweek off to a good start with Your Employment Matters every Monday.

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Your Employment Matters. Changes in how we work are happening fast. Employers know they need to adapt to today’s workers and the demands of the marketplace. Whether you’re employed or unemployed changes in technology and AI have altered the jobs landscape forever. Because of these truths your employment success and even employment survival depend on your ability to adjust to change. This 30-minute podcast with host Beverly Williams is here to advocate embracing change. We’re going to show you how to use it to your advantage. You’ll hear from experts how have charted their careers successfully so far. We’ll cover trends and changes as they happen. Get your workweek off to a good start with Your Employment Matters every Monday.

    Redefining Power Dynamics in Negotiation Beyond Gender

    Redefining Power Dynamics in Negotiation Beyond Gender

    In this episode of Your Employment Matters, Beverly dives deep into the art of negotiation with Cindy Watson, Esq, and together, they share invaluable insights that challenge traditional beliefs about law, negotiations, and the workplace.
     
    Cindy is a highly sought-after international speaker, negotiation expert, social justice attorney, coach, and founder of Women on Purpose. She’s also the author of “The Art of Feminine
    Negotiation: How to Get What You Want from the Boardroom to the Bedroom.” Cindy is known for her advocacy of integrating empathy, collaboration, and resilience into negotiation techniques, making her voice stand out in her field. She brings over 30 years of experience in social justice law and a passion for reshaping how we perceive negotiation and leadership.
     
    “All of life is a negotiation and yet we are duped into believing that the only path to success is this very competitive toughness, take no prisoners kind of approach.” - Cindy Watson, Esq.
     
    Key insights:
     

    How gender dynamics and ego affect negotiation and leadership

    The decline of critical thinking and survival skills in the digital age and AI

    Utilizing curiosity to improve yourself

    The future of labor-management relations with ongoing societal shifts

     
    This episode explores the necessity of cultivating critical thinking, survival skills, and the ability to handle failures in this time of technological advancements and AI as well as  how to be able to think and problem solve even without using technology. The discussions on gender dynamics and negotiation also highlight the evolving leadership landscape and explore the importance of
    collaborative problem-solving and inclusive decision-making.
     
    Connect with Cindy:
     
    Website
    Instagram
    LinkedIn
     
     
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    Check out Beverly Williams’ book: Your GPS to Employment Success
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    • 38 min
    Aligning Values and Roles in the Workplace

    Aligning Values and Roles in the Workplace

    This episode of Your Employment Matters tackles two important topics in employment: finding the right job and building the right team, and how one’s role and co-workers have a significant impact on work experience.
    Today’s guest, Betty Thorne Tierney, is Vice President and the Associate General Counsel for a large retail chain in the Southern US. She spent the last 31 years in retail, actively litigating all types of cases nationwide as first chair. Since 2012, she’s led an in-house trial team of attorneys, paralegals, and admins.
    “It's not always easy to recognize an opportunity if it's something that you didn't envision for yourself.” - Beverly Williams
    Betty never envisioned herself in management, leading an in-house litigation team. But when the opportunity came, she took the time to decide, had conversations with her spouse, her boss, and took a chance. This turned out to be the best decision for her career. In this role, she learned how to manage different roles, different personalities, and work in different settings to do the best work—as a team—for the company.
    Key topics discussed in this episode include:

    Recognizing and assessing opportunities

    Characteristics considered in the hiring process

    Representing yourself and your company well


    “When looking for a new job, make sure you research, know what's expected, and see it meets your goals and abilities. That is the best thing you can do for yourself.” - Betty Thorne Tierney
    Beverly and Betty also talked about the right fit between the employee, the job, the company, and the team. Before anyone takes on a role, they need to make sure that the values, nature of work, and all other job details align with their goals. This isn’t just for the benefit of the company, but also for the employee. It helps make sure that when they start working, they won’t feel burdened, misunderstood, or even underperform.
    It’s the job of the leader to develop the team. However, it’s the employee's responsibility to develop skills and character and provide value to the company. 
    Connect with Betty Thorne Tierney:
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    • 35 min
    Why Unions are Still Needed in Today’s Workplace

    Why Unions are Still Needed in Today’s Workplace

    In this episode of Your Employment Matters, we continue the series on labor management. This topic is much needed after the years of decline in union membership, the changes in the workplace after the pandemic, and the great resignation. There is now a cautious optimism about a resurgence of unionism.
    Our guest today is Stuart Davidson, Esq. He’s currently a partner at Willig, Williams & Davidson where he represents public and private benefit funds, fighting to preserve the ability of workers to retire with dignity and have access to affordable health care. His work for unions includes leading contract negotiations, presenting interest and grievance arbitrations and advising on external and internal union matters.
    “It takes a monumental effort to successfully organize workers.” - Stuart Davidson
    While Stuart was in college, he was challenged by his great uncle to get to know and work with the working-class people of America, so he worked as a Union Organizer in North Carolina in the 1970s. Besides the social and economic aspects inhibiting union organization, he saw that lawyers dominated the field and denied workers the opportunity to build a better future. From there, he decided to attend law school and become a union lawyer. He’s been representing unions and workers for 42 years.
    Key topics discussed:

    The duality of sides of workers and management

    The effects of the change from a defined benefit plan (earned pension) to a defined contribution plan (401k’s)

    The rise in Union memberships, especially among the young workers

    The changes in the workplace over the decades, especially in the relationship between workers and management


    “I believe that labor is a failed process.” - Stuart Davidson
    The workplace and labor laws need to change so that employees will get paid fairly, get the benefits they deserve, and have a healthy working environment. This conversation between Beverly and Stuart has conflicting perspectives, new insights, and much-needed knowledge for anyone who wants to know the benefits of being a part of a union.
    Connect with Stuart Davidson
    Website
    LinkedIn
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    • 46 min
    Navigating Generational Dynamics in the Workplace

    Navigating Generational Dynamics in the Workplace

    Right now, the workplace has five different generations of employees, and such a diverse environment comes its set of benefits and challenges. This can be a tricky situation to navigate. If managed right, it can foster a group that’s working cohesively together and a business that’s constantly innovating and growing. When not handled well, it can lead to underappreciated employees, unqualified managers, and tense disagreements. To talk about how he handles these situations in his business, we’re joined by Terry M. Isner.
    Terry is an experienced marketer and creative communicator with nearly three decades of expertise. He shares insights from his journey as the owner and CEO of Jaffee, a virtual agency specializing in legal PR and marketing. His focus on human dynamics and empathy in business has led to transformative leadership styles and improved productivity within his agency.
    Some topics Terry discusses include:

    Balancing compromise and collaboration - Different generations of employees have different perspectives and goals. 

    Recognizing Individual strengths and passions - When employees and managers treat each other as an individual, they can better recognize the strengths and dreams of each other.

    Embracing change and innovation - The workplace is constantly changing and employers need to adapt as well. This includes adapting the business in different areas like work structure, compensations, leadership styles, and even technology.


    “All we can do is try and be open. And that's exactly how this is going to work.” - Terry M. Isner
    This insightful conversation between Terry and Beverly gives practical advice and new perspectives on how businesses can navigate the complexities of the constantly evolving workplace and foster a culture of collaboration, respect, and innovation.
    Connect with Terry M. Isner:
    Website
    LinkedIn
    Twitter

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    • 47 min
    Building a Better Workplace through Unions with Richard Hooker, Jr.

    Building a Better Workplace through Unions with Richard Hooker, Jr.

    In this episode of Your Employment Matters, Beverly Williams welcomes a very special guest, Mr. Richard Hooker Jr., a union leader, and officer. Together, they discuss the importance of collaborative negotiation in employment disputes, particularly in today’s post-COVID world. 
    As the Principal Officer of Teamsters Local 623, Richard is responsible for its 4,500 members. He makes sure that they receive protection, fair pay and good work conditions. His goals are to change the mindset of management and employees and to bring dignity and respect back in the workplace.
    “We just went through one of the most difficult times of our history, and America had to depend on its workers to make it through.” - Richard Hooker Jr.
    Some of the issues in today’s workplace discussed are:

    Union leaderships

    The Great Resignation led to people losing jobs without a backup

    Contentious strikes and dragged-out negotiations


    During the pandemic, the world realized how vital laborers are to keeping society running, and how they deserve fair contracts and compensation. When employees don’t have a highly specialized or in-demand skill, they aren’t in a position to make demands or have job security, because they can be easily replaced. This is why Richard is advocating for Unions, so workers can have the protection they need.
    The employer-employee relationship is still a relationship. Both sides have their expectations, needs, and non-negotiables. There has to be a balance, a way to reach win-win situations without great losses. This episode explores why this balance is necessary, yet tricky to reach.
    Connect with Richard Hooker Jr.:
    Instagram
    LinkedIn
    Twitter

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    Check out Beverly’s book: Your GPS to Employment Success: How to Find and Succeed in the Right Job Your-GPS-Employment-Success

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    • 32 min
    Applying Collaborative Law Principles to Employment Challenges

    Applying Collaborative Law Principles to Employment Challenges

    The court has been the place to settle all manners of disputes in family matters, estate dealings, and even employment issues. But taking things to court is expensive, time-consuming, and emotionally exhausting. In this episode, Beverly Williams is joined by esteemed attorney Marcia Werner to introduce us to the world of collaborative law and how it can be a better way to handle legal disagreements, even in labor management relations.
    Marcia is an accomplished attorney with over 45 years of experience in family law, employment law, and other legal specializations. Her passion for helping others and her dedication to promoting constructive dialogue gives a different take in the legal world. With her wealth of knowledge and commitment to promoting a better way to resolve legal disputes, she brings a new perspective to the table.
    “If your mind is telling you that you've been wronged, then you may fight to the end to try to vindicate your position.”-Marcia Werner
    Marcia introduces us to collaborative law, an alternative dispute resolution for legal matters where each party hires a lawyer along with other professionals, such as financial experts or mental health professionals to negotiate an agreement without ever going to court. This is more commonly practiced in estate disputes, divorce, and family law, but today we’ll explore how this can be used in employment issues. With the rising number of calls for unionization, strikes, and changes in the employment world, perhaps now is the time to bring in collaborative law.
    Marcia also talks about:

    The origins of collaborative law

    The importance of transparency

    Interdisciplinary collaboration


    This episode provides fresh optimism and the knowledge that there are avenues for conflict resolution other than court.
    Connect with Marcia Werner:
    Website

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    How to Find and Succeed in the Right Job Your-GPS-Employment-Success
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    • 31 min

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Boomer Doc ,

Excellent podcast with valuable information

Beverly Williams addresses the serious subject of employment in her podcast devoted to helping her audience understand what it takes to find a job and remain employed.
Beverly is an engaging host who uses her relaxed conversational approach, shining a spotlight on her guests who share their unique perspective of what it takes to be successful not only in gaining employment but in life.
Beverly’s wisdom and experience enable her to excel as a purveyor of information and host of her podcast.

PhyllisAnn ,

Great to hear unique voices and occupations

Beverly has a great way of getting the story from her guests that is going to be relevant and helpful to her listeners.

aaron wms ,

A fresh perspective in social psychology that embraces change for our commuties

Very informative, Beverly addresses the issues for the rest of us seeking our next steps in an ever changing economy. A must have podcast!

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