Life Lessons from Booker T. Washington 

“Nothing ever comes to one that is worth having except as a result of hard work.”          — Booker T. Washington  If you’ve been around Hamilton Connections, you know some of the things that make us tick. We love people. We love merging talent and opportunity. We love the joy of doing purposeful work.  We also love …

Fun Facts with Hamilton: The Assembly Line and the Model T 

Without a doubt, manufacturing wouldn’t be where it is today without Henry Ford and his assembly line! So, because we just enjoyed Labor Day and in celebration of modern-day manufacturing, here is your next edition of Fun Facts with Hamilton! Interchangeable Parts   Before the Industrial Revolution, manufactured goods were created with parts often hand-crafted by people with different skill levels …

What is Inclusion? (Without it, Diversity Doesn’t Count)

There’s no doubt that diversity is a powerful and immensely beneficial tool within any organization, especially within the workforce.  A genuinely diverse work team has a tang, a flavor, a seasoned strength. It is the secret power of any successful team. It might be easy to assume diversity only focuses on gender and ethnicity.  But true diversity is so much …

Problem-Solving – Part I: The Why & How

  Problem-solving is a necessary skill that transcends every industry. After all, problems, be they big or small, show up every day –in every workplace. As a leader in your company, it is vital to model and encourage problem-solving in your team. Why? It Strengthens Your Team: Strong teams are brimming with initiative-filled problem-solvers –positive influencers who “rally the troops,” …

Why Choose a Trade Skill?

Today, the status quo says a college degree and a white-collar job are the keys to a successful career. And they are keys, but not the only keys. The skilled trade industry is wide-open and offers multiple opportunities for a successful career. A skilled trade is typically acquired through vocational or on-the-job training resulting in certification.  Trade skills are usually …

5 Tips for Achieving Transparency in Business

Today’s immediate access to knowledge and data has created a demand for transparency in business.  Consumers are increasingly concerned with authenticity, as well as ethical business and buying habits.  The labor force cares about how an employer’s values align with theirs. Business leaders who hold themselves to a high standard move to front and center in a world where we …

5 Tips for Improving Your Technology Skills     

We live in a hi-tech world, and that technology changes continually. As a result, being a successful part of the workforce demands relevant tech skills. While certain positions require specific skills, like building websites, coding software, designing apps, and writing technical briefings, even entry-level positions often require a bit of technical savvy. It may just mean being familiar with apps …

How To Get Along With Your Coworkers — 7 Key Tips!

In all likelihood, you spend more time with your coworkers than with family and friends. So to make your life — especially your work-life — more productive, pleasant, and professional, getting along with your coworkers is a big deal. If we lived in a perfect world, it would be easy.  But we don’t live in a perfect world, and it …

Obstacles to Leadership — 6 Roadblocks To Watch

Leadership is a worthy pursuit. It’s also a difficult one. But, surprisingly, the most challenging aspects of leadership are not circumstantial but internal. While outward and circumstantial challenges occur often, it’s the internal choices a leader makes that distinguish him or her as a successful leader. Here are six obstacles to effective leadership that may be blocking your path. 1. …