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Work-Life Balance

Work life balanceHaving a balance between work and home life can be a challenge. With this challenge come great rewards when it is done successfully. By balancing a career with home life it will provide benefits in each environment. You will become healthier, mentally and physically, and you will be able to produce more career wise.

Work- life balance is essential to combat stress, ensuring both individual and company success. The stress associated with unbalanced lifestyles is costly; it damages productivity and increases individual health risks. Employees who have the tools to balance their professional and personal lives are happier, healthier, and more productive.

In addition to improving performance, many younger employees place a high value on work-life balance. Companies that include work-life balance as part of their culture will be able to better attract qualified candidates.

Understanding the benefits of a healthy balanced life will motivate anyone to make necessary changes. Balance will improve the lives of individual employees as well as the company culture. Learning the basics of work-life balance will also increase employee productivity, health, and morale.

Why It’s Important
A healthy balance between work and home should be a priority for everyone. Implementing proper work-life balance offers many important benefits. There are, however, many hazards linked with an unbalanced work and home life.

With our Work-Life Balance you will be managing your time better. Better time management will benefit all aspects of life; you will be working less and producing more. This workshop will show how to focus on the important things, set accurate and achievable goals, and communicate better with your peers at work and your family at home.

Workshop Objectives:

• Explain the benefits of work life balance.
• Recognize the signs of an unbalanced life.
• Identify employer resources for a balanced lifestyle.
• Improve time management and goal setting.
• Use the most effective work methods for you.
• Create balance at work and at home.
• Manage stress.

Darlene Hunter & Associates offer a unique service, One-on-One Personal Corporate Training. Visit http://www.darlenehunter.com/training to schedule your training and to get your very own personal corporate trainer.

Public workshops are also available in Orlando, FL, Philadelphia, PA and New York, NY.

For a complete list of available soft skills training courses visit our website at http://www.darlenehunter.com/training

For inquiries contact Darlene Hunter & Associates, LLC at 609-636-2988 or info@DarleneHunter.com Take the time to invest in yourself!

Darlene Hunter has been in management and leadership for over 32 years, motivating, training and developing teams for various companies and organizations. She is now focused on changing the conversation and changing the culture of organizations through her Soft Skills Training Workshops.

 

 

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Teamwork & Team Building

 

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Teamwork & Team Building

For most of us, teamwork is a part of everyday life. Whether it’s at home, in the community, or at work, we are often expected to be a functional part of a performing team. Having a strong team will benefit any organization and will lead to more successes than not.

Success is determined by a wide range of factors. When we are given a project or an assignment we are also usually given a metric to which we can gauge the success of it. Having a strong team will benefit any organization and will lead to more successes than not.

What makes up a good team? Well, that question is open to interpretation. In our workshop  we will start with the first step in the team building process which is forming. We will discuss what makes up that stage and how each person in the team fits into the process.

Our Teamwork And Team Building workshop will encourage you to explore the different aspects of a team, as well as ways that you can become a top-notch team performer. You will be given the details and concepts of what makes up a team, and what factors into being a successful team and team member.

Workshop Objectives:

• Describe the concept of a team, and its factors for success
• Explain the four phases of the Tuckman team development model and define their characteristics
• List the three types of teams
• Describe actions to take as a leader – and as a follower for each of the four phases (Forming, Storming, Norming and Performing)
• Discuss the uses, benefits and disadvantages of various team-building activities
• Describe several team-building activities that you can use, and in what settings
• Follow strategies for setting and leading team meetings
• Detail problem-solving strategies using the Six Thinking Hats model — and one consensus-building approach to solving team problems
• List actions to do — and those to avoid — when encouraging teamwork

Register for our next Teamwork And Team Building Workshop in Orlando, FL on June 27, 2017 https://www.eventbrite.com/e/teamwork-team-building-workshop-tickets-34379398707

Darlene Hunter & Associates offer a unique service, One-on-One Personal Corporate Training. Visit http://www.darlenehunter.com/training to schedule your training and to get your very own personal corporate trainer.

Public workshops are also available in Orlando, FL, Philadelphia, PA and New York, NY. For a complete list of available soft skills training courses visit our website at http://www.darlenehunter.com/training

For inquiries contact Darlene Hunter & Associates, LLC at 609-636-2988 or info@DarleneHunter.com Take the time to invest in yourself!

Darlene has been in management and leadership for over 32 years, motivating, training and developing teams for various companies and organizations. She is now focused on changing the conversation and changing the culture of organizations through her Soft Skills Training Workshops.

 

 

Obstacles: What Are They, Anyway?

Obstacles: What Are They, Anyway?

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When you think about obstacles, you may think about items, things, or people that obstruct, hinder, delay, frustrate, or even stop you. You may even believe that you have to jump over, go around, go under, or knock down obstacles. Obstacles can cause fear, terror, panic, depression, shock, despair, hopelessness, dejection, and misery.

According the Merriam Webster Dictionary the very definition of obstacle means obstruction, impediment, barrier, blockage, problem, difficulty, hindrance, or complication. We all seem to see obstacles in the same light: something we want to avoid.

Despite our desire to escape them, we all are faced with obstacles each day of our lives. Considering the definition of obstacles, it seems impossible for us to even consider that an obstacle could be a blessing. I certainly didn’t see any as blessings in my youth. At an early age, I was faced with many obstacles that terrified me, devastated me, and caused great sorrow. The difficulties of obstacles can indeed cause all that I have mentioned above and more. The feelings of depression, loneliness, abandonment, and even guilt that come from dealing with obstacles can change our lives and make it difficult for us to move forward.

How you move from one obstacle to the next depends on what you believe and what you hold to be true. You can choose to sit back and feel sorry for yourself and become self-destructive, or you can decide to move forward with hope, faith, and determination. You must have the strength of mind that you will not give up and then determine in your heart and mind that you will make it through by the grace of God, that by His strength, you will pull yourself up and move forward with life. Many times, when we go through problems, we become angry, withdrawn, displaced, and depressed. We would rather run away or just not deal with the issues. Some of the obstacles that we are faced with can even devastate or destroy us.

Obstacles can come in the form of violence, divorce, death, incest, molestation, rape, unexpected pregnancy, illness, broken relationships, loss of home, loss of job, and many other forms. In short, they are anything that causes that bump in the road, that lump in the throat, that pressure in the head, and that churn in the stomach. These are feelings of uncertainty that cause us to question how we will make it to the next day and who is in control. They are the source that causes our thinking to alter, emotions to waver, and feelings to fade.

“I have learned that success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has had to overcome while trying to succeed.” Booker T. Washington

Continued Blessings,

Darlene

Excerpt from Darlene’s Book “Overcoming The Obstacles, Releasing The Winner in You,” Published by Tate Publishing and Enterprises. Available at www.Amazon.com , http://www.barnesandnoble.com and through bookstores nationwide.

About Darlene Hunter

Darlene Hunter, (www.darlenehunter.com), is president of Darlene Hunter & Associates, LLC, a motivational / inspirational speaker, author, life and business coach, and award-winning radio talk show host. Her new book, “Win-Ability, Navigating through Life’s Challenges with a Winning Attitude,” is her fourth on the theme of perseverance. She is the host of “The Darlene Hunter Show”, winner of the Fishbowl Radio Network 2013 Distance Show Of The Year Award. Hunter has been a top performer in management for more than 30 years.

The Other Silent Killer, Depression

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The Other Silent Killer, Depression

I have always heard that the silent killer was hypertension, or what we commonly call “High Blood Pressure. Most of us do not have a problem talking about hypertension.  In the African American community we not only talked about “high blood pressure” but at times we have joked about it.

When it comes to depression, however not many of us talk about it.   It is something that we keep under the carpet.  We do not openly admit that we suffer from depression and in most cases we do not ever share that ourselves, our children or loved ones are suffering from depression.  It is so very sad to think that people who are so, so sad inside cannot tell anyone how they feel.  We work so hard to be ok for everyone else, while being simply broken on the inside.

Yesterday I was upset to hear that MarShawn M. McCarrrel ll, Black Lives Matters activist, killed himself on the steps of the Ohio statehouse. My first thoughts were why a 23 year old young man would decide that he no longer wanted to be here and the only alternative he had was to kill himself. I believe that so many of our young people are suffering from depression and have said what MarShawn M. McCarrrel ll said in his final post, “My demons won today.”

In the African American community it’s very difficult to suffer from depression and let others within the family know. We have always been seen as strong and resilient and been told if you fall down, just get up.  I am a firm believer that a positive attitude in life is critically important.  I teach it, coach others with that in mind and practice it every day.  However, we have to do better and help our children and loved ones know that it’s ok to admit that they are depressed.  We have to be able to identify the signs and get them help.  It is not something to be ashamed of.  There are many reasons why we can be depressed, and not one of them is a reason to hide it.

Depression is a serious medical condition that can hold you back from moving forward. No one knows for certain what causes depression; experts believe that depression occurs when certain chemicals in the brain are out of balance.

Today, I am screaming from the top of my lungs. We must talk to our kids, watch their behaviors, seek help and guidance for them and assure them that it’s ok for them to tell you and anyone else that they are sad inside or just not feeling themselves.

Let’s not let this silent killer, depression take one more life.

Darlene

About Darlene Hunter

Darlene Hunter, (www.darlenehunter.com), is president of Darlene Hunter & Associates, LLC, a motivational / inspirational speaker, author, life and business coach, and award-winning radio talk show host. Her new book, “Win-Ability, Navigating through Life’s Challenges with a Winning Attitude,” is her fourth on the theme of perseverance. She is the host of “The Darlene Hunter Show”, winner of the Fishbowl Radio Network 2013 Distance Show Of The Year Award. Hunter has been a top performer in management for more than 30 years.

Be Unstoppable!

Be Unstoppable!

 

Many people are working jobs just for the fact that they provide the revenue that is needed to sustain life for themselves and their families, but those people are not happy or satisfied with where they are and what they are doing. 

This does not mean that it is not a great job with amazing people, great benefits and growth opportunities. It simply means that they are not doing what they believe they were born to do. They may not be happy because they are not passionate about what they are doing. They know that what they are doing is not what they love to do, but they are not sure what they were designed to do. Deep down, they may feel that they should and must do something else. 
You have been designed and created on purpose with a purpose. Once you discover that purpose, you will operate using your gifts and talents, and strengthen your skills. You will gain a great sense of accomplishment, satisfaction and joy in doing what you love and doing what you were born to do. 
Once you discover what you are passionate about, it generally connects with your purpose. The combination of the two will make you UNSTOPPABLE! 
About Darlene Hunter

Darlene Hunter is president of Darlene Hunter & Associates, LLC, a motivational / inspirational speaker, author, life and business coach, and award-winning radio talk show host. Her new book, “Win-Ability, Navigating through Life’s Challenges with a Winning Attitude,” is her fourth on the theme of perseverance. She is the host of “The Darlene Hunter Show”, winner of the Fishbowl Radio Network 2013 Distance Show Of The Year Award. 

For additional information or to book Darlene visit her website at http://www.DarleneHunter.com

Why It’s So Important

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Bridging the gap between your passion and your purpose is critical!
 
I believe in my heart of hearts that everyone has a true calling and a divine purpose. I also believe that it is so important for us to find out what we were born to do. I understand that we have a universal purpose, which is to glorify God, but we also have a divine purpose or destiny. 
 
Many people have no idea what it means to discover their purpose and therefore are skeptical and suspecting when presented with the idea. The mere definition of the word implies action with a result. The definition of purpose means… something set up as an object or end to be attained, an intention, resolution or determination. 
 
It’s So Important Because, When You Discover Your Purpose…
1. You will wake up every morning excited about what you do and about your cause 
2. You will never feel like what you do is work
3. You will have an amazing sense of accomplishment everyday 
4. You feel valued and purposeful on a consistent basis 
5. You could do what you do as work and never get paid for it because you love what you do
6. You gain a tremendous amount of satisfaction and you know that you are making a difference. 
 
In reference to your passion, Oprah Winfrey says “You’ve got to follow your passion.  You’ve got to figure out what it is you love–who you really are.  And have the courage to do that.  I believe that the only courage anybody ever needs is the courage to follow your own dream.”
 
In order to live life to its fullest, you must discover your purpose and live it out. My goal is to help as many people as I can to discover their purpose through following their passion and bridging the gap between the two. T.D. Jakes said “If you can’t figure out your purpose, figure out your passion. For your passion will lead you right into your purpose.”
 
Stop being afraid and start moving towards doing what you were born to do. 
It’s important because…”No matter what happens, no matter how far you seem to be away from where you want to be, never stop believing that you will somehow make it.  Have an unrelenting belief that things will work out, that the long road has a purpose, that the things that you desire may not happen today, but they will happen.  Persist and persevere, your desired path remains possible” – Marc & Angel Hack
 
Allow me the opportunity to help you discover your passion and then bridge the gap between your passion and purpose. Do what you were born to do! 
 
Join me on my five city tour starting in Philadelphia, Pa October 11 & 12 for a life changing workshop. Register Todayhttp://www.darlenehunter.com/Workshops.html
 
Darlene
 
Darlene Hunter
President, Darlene Hunter & Associates, LLC 
609-636-2988
 

A Woman Determined to Make a Difference

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Meet Darlene Hunter, President of Darlene Hunter & Associates,LLC, motivational / inspirational speaker, author, life and business coach and the radio talk show host of The Darlene Hunter Show. 
 
As a young child Darlene knew that she wanted to help others. She was always that go to child and was always willing to listen and help where and when she could. As life moved forward, Darlene was faced with several challenges that should have slowed her down or even knocked her out, but Darlene was determined not to give up. At the age of 17, just two weeks before her high school graduation, she lost her mother to breast cancer. This occurred after years of her witnessing her mother be a constant victim of domestic violence. Her father, which was in the home, was an alcoholic who caused turmoil in the house for all of her childhood. She also experienced a horrible life shattering divorce after a 15 year relationship, this caused major financial issues for her.  She later remarried, after a three year healing process, only to lose her husband to cancer two years after the marriage leaving her with two small children, age five and nine months old. 
 
After years of heartbreak and disappointment, Darlene did not just throw in the towel, instead she did the opposite. She decided to do what she believes is her purpose and life calling, motivating and inspiring others to never give up. Darlene fought through the pain and heartache and told her story in her book called, Overcoming the Obstacles, Releasing the Winner in You. This book propelled her to share her story to audiences and encourage others as a keynote speaker for conferences and retreats. She has donated portions of her book proceeds to the New Jersey Coalition for Battered Woman with the intent to help others who have gone through this horrific experience. 
 
Darlene has co-authored two additional books, Getting Well: Mind, Body & Spirit, writing a chapter titled, “The Healing Heart” released March 2013 and The Young Professional Woman, writing ” Persistence & Perseverance”, To be released in August 2013. Darlene also just completed a new pocket sized book titled, “You Are, Just Believe It” a book containing simple reminders to motivate and inspire. 
 
In addition to writing, Darlene is the host of “The Darlene Hunter Show”, which airs every Saturday from 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm EST on the Fishbowl Radio Network, the largest Internet radio network of its kind. The theme of the show is “Motivating Real People through Real Issues”. The purpose of the show is to make life changing differences in the lives of people by motivating, inspiring and encouraging them through life’s issues and challenges.  Darlene can also be heard every Saturday morning on WP88.7 FM (www.gobrave.orgat 7:05am presenting her “Motivational Moments”. 
 
As a life coach, Darlene stands with her clients to help them identify their challenges and then work with them to turn challenges into victories. She offers complimentary coaching sessions as well as offers up to 10 free sessions to Iraq and Afghanistan veterans. 
 
Darlene is determined to make a difference in the lives of others. Her zeal for helping and exalting people is a God given gift and has been a driving force in her life. This is evident in the way that she touches lives through her messages. Darlene says that she will never stop trying to make a life changing difference in the lives of God’s people; this she says is her purpose and she will do everything she can to touch as many people as she can with her message of never giving up. 
 
You can learn more about Darlene, sign up for your complimentary coaching session and follow her activity at www.DarleneHunter.com or email her at Darlene@DarleneHunter.com