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West Florissant, Mo. Explodes in Protest of Police Shooting, More Than 30 Arrests

West Florissant, Mo. Explodes in Protest of Police Shooting, More Than 30 Arrests

Special to the NNPA from the St. Louis American

The Target parking lot of the Buzz Westfall Shopping Center was filled with dozens and dozens of police vehicles and the area of West Florissant from Jennings to Ferguson was blocked off. Helicopters and tanks –as well as vehicles from a host of area departments – descended on West Florissant as looting and vandalism…

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Suppress Voting, Impeach Obama and Close HBCUs

Suppress Voting, Impeach Obama and Close HBCUs

By Peter Grear

Our campaign has sought to educate our communities to the point that they would organize and mobilize for a massive voter turnout for the November General Election and beyond. 

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Risky Situations Increase Women’s Anxiety, Hurt Their Performance Compared to Men

Risky Situations Increase Women’s Anxiety, Hurt Their Performance Compared to Men

Study author Susan R. Fisk

“On the surface, risky situations may not appear to be particularly disadvantageous to women, but these findings suggest otherwise,” 

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Voter Suppression: An Existential Threat to Democracy

Voter Suppression: An Existential Threat to Democracy

By Peter Grear

To properly understand where we are today, we must look to history, to Black Slavery.  Slavery has existed since the time of ancient civilizations and in its inception was based upon conquerors enslaving the conquered without regards to race.  

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Dorothy Buckhanan Wilson Installed as International President of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated

Dorothy Buckhanan Wilson Installed as International President of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated

Charlotte, NC (BlackPR.com)

Dorothy Buckhanan Wilson of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, a business executive, was installed as the 2014-2018 International President of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated (AKA)

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Nielsen Expands Communications Leadership Team with Key Media Relations Hire

Nielsen Expands Communications Leadership Team with Key Media Relations Hire

New York (BlackPR.com)

New York (BlackPR.com) -- Nielsen today announced that Andrew McCaskill has joined Nielsen as Senior Vice President, Corporate Communications. He will report to Chief Communications Officer Laura Nelson.

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Voter Suppression: It’s Mobilization Time

Voter Suppression: It’s Mobilization Time

Written by Peter Grear

With this article we will start detailing the ingredients of a revisable action plan that needs comments and revisions as we move toward the Tuesday, November 4, 2014 General Election.  

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Voter Suppression: NC Black Republican Advisory Board

Voter Suppression: NC Black Republican Advisory Board

Written by Peter Grear

Educate, Organize and Mobilize: I confess that I’m amazed. The Republican National Committee and the Republican Party of North Carolina announced last week that they have launched theNorth Carolina Black Advisory Board (BRAB) 

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Five Teamwork Strategies to Prevail Over Any Challenge

Written by StatePoint on 25 December 2012.

An extraordinary level of teamwork, cooperation, trust, planning and execution can equal your survival and triumph in the face of perilous conditions. No clearer were these principles tested than when the crew of the AFR Midnight Rambler, facing hurricane-force winds and monstrous waves, piloted their tiny vessel through the storm to win the Sydney Hobart Race, known as the “Everest of ocean racing.”

A new book, “Into the Storm: Lessons in Teamwork from the Treacherous Sydney to Hobart Ocean Race,” co-authored by Dennis N.T. Perkins and Jillian B. Murphy, and published by AMACOM Books, chronicles the crew’s nearly four-day ordeal, shedding light on critical strategies for teamwork at the edge, and drawing parallels to the world of business through case studies.

“Whether your competition is better equipped than you matters far less than having the right attitude and teammates,” says Perkins. “Teamwork is a powerful thing.”

The year was 1998. While bigger, better-equipped boats attempted to maneuver around the deadly storm, Ed Psaltis, skipper of the Midnight Rambler, made the daring decision to head directly into its path. In a race in which six sailors perished, Perkins attributes the crew’s success to the power of teamwork.

Perkins is offering the same five strategies the crew used on the water to survive and win, to those seeking success in the business world:

• Make the team the rock star: Business teams that aspire to excellence may not have the same physical challenges as ocean racing crews, but lofty goals require sacrifice, dedication, and ability to persevere. Select teammates with the right levels of confidence and motivation and a commitment to putting team unity first.

• Remove all excuses for failure: Preparing in advance is crucial, but so is continuing to prepare while navigating through crises. “Successful teams master the art of bifocal vision,” Perkins attests. “They have the ability to focus on current challenges, while at the same time preparing for longer-term threats and opportunities.”

• Find and focus on the winning scenario: Whether winning means being the first in your field to achieve a breakthrough result or coming in under budget, a team needs a clear, shared understanding of its goals.

• Build a gung-ho culture of learning and innovation: Everyone, regardless of rank, should have a right to speak up. The ability to talk honestly about what works, what doesn’t work and what might work is critical to effective teamwork.

• Be willing to sail into the storm: Test your limits before challenges come your way to learn what hits you can sustain as a team. “Only by taking small risks will teams be able to assess their ability to take on big ones -- and to sail into the storm when need be,” says Perkins.

More insights about effective teamwork and leadership can be found at www.SyncreticsGroup.com.

The business world can be fraught with adversity and formidable competition. But whether you’re leading the team or part of one, take cues from those that have prevailed over the hardest-hitting challenges to help you build a culture of success.

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