Bullying in the Schools Will End When the Adults Stop Bullying Each Other.

To Be WUCA! is to Welcome, by having a great attitude; Understand, by listening and being open to other’s ideas; being Comfortable in knowing your own passion, purpose, vision, and goals; and Appreciating by expressing gratitude. It is a simple idea. Maybe too simple, because this is not what I see people living.

This is why I am more than a little perplexed at blaming youth for bullying.

Yes, they do need to take responsibility for their actions and yes, we do have a problem with bullying.

But are we focusing on the root cause?

Look around!

All I have to do is look in my email inbox or on my Facebook page to see each political party calling people in the other party names, or women telling men and men telling women that each other’s opinion does not matter, signs and sayings that people post inferring that when people think a certain way, they are somehow un-American or un-Christian, or that if you are not born in this country you are not paying taxes and using all of our services for free.

Have you been watching the presidential campaigns? It is no wonder that we have kids that bully.

We have grown men, who want to be President of this nation and represent all of us, calling each other “liar” and pointing fingers telling them that what they think and what they do is wrong. Politicians shout on television and radio waves saying others are “stupid” for stopping “this idea” from going forward.

And people send money to support this type of behavior.

When adults in communities gossip in coffee shops or in beauty parlors about how so-and-so got to the top by lying and cheating, are they simply jealous of someone’s success? The message is they want to see other people fail.

Or radio talk show hosts and writers hiding behind "free speech" call others derogatory names.

What kind of modeling are we doing as adults? Do we say, “If your values are not like mine, you are wrong?”

Back to students.

Our schools are reflections of our communities: test scores, people on free and reduced lunch, bullying, lack of motivation, and lack of respect for teachers are examples of community life.

Kids are blamed on how big a problem bullying is in schools with when all you may have to do is look within the families and the community.

What is the matter with kids today? Look to the adults that model behavior.

What is the answer to bullying?

Adopt a Be WUCA! strategy in your family, community, church, and school - in all areas of your life! Live to

 Welcome, Understand, Comfort, and Appreciate others.

We’ll be amazed at the turnaround this country will see.

Change: With a Hammer or With Time

People love change, they just don’t like transition!  https://youtu.be/pgVVsr8Q49w

If it wasn’t for change, we would not have electricity, running water, or indoor plumbing. We would still be using the teletype, drums, or fire as our form of communication.

But what is it about change that people do not like? It is the part of change that makes them uncomfortable. 

Good leadership is all about scanning the landscape and looking toward the future to help make circumstances better for all involved. Great leadership is all about helping people make the transition through the change that needs to take place.

That is why change cannot happen quickly. People need timie to get ready for the change to take place. People don’t resist change, their programming does.

Great leaders help people transition from one habit to another. The period of transition, is when you make the best out of the new!

Think of the change you want as an ice cube. Frozen in a particular, solid shape. There are only two ways to change an ice cube! A hammer or time!

Change .jpg

Change happens all the time. It is the great leaders and managers that create an environment where the transition from one habit to the other is meaningful.

Change Your Response to Change Your Circumstances

We teach in our workshops that everyone loves change, they just don't like transition. Change is nothing more than creating new habits, taking some people longer to adapt to new ways of doing and thinking about things. 

Habits are merely reactions and responses we have learned to perform automatically without having to think or decide, most by our subconscious. Fully 95 percent of our behaviors, feelings, and responses are habitual.

All of our attitudes, emotions, and beliefs tend to become habitual. In our lives, we've learned that certain attitudes and ways of feeling and thinking are appropriate to certain situations, so we tend to think, feel, and act the same way whenever we encounter what we interpret as the same sort of situation.

For example, over time, arguments between spouse, business partners, or communities, become habitual. People learn to “push buttons.” You say this to me, I say this to you, and back and forth, acting out the identical script and responding in exactly the same way as you have done many times before.

The great news is that these habits can be modified, changed, and reversed, simply by taking the trouble to make a conscious decision, and then practice and act out the new response or behavior. It requires constant watchfulness and practice until the new behavior pattern is learned, but it can be accomplished!

In "The Be WUCA! Way," we call this "driving your WUCA! CAR," for C (Circumstances) + A (Actions) = R (Results.) To change your circumstances, you have to change your actions to get the results you want. This is the only way to achieve what you want.

Seven pledges to change your habitual response:

Raise your right hand and repeat after me! 

  1. I will be as cheerful as possible.
  2. I will act friendlier toward people.
  3. I will be less critical and more tolerant of other people, their opinions, failings, and mistakes. I will place the best possible interpretation on their actions.
  4. I will not judge other people. I will not let my own opinion color facts in a pessimistic or negative way.
  5. I will practice smiling at least three times during the day.
  6. I will react as calmly and as intelligently as possible.
  7. I will ignore completely and close my mind to all those pessimistic and negative comments that I can do nothing to change.

Simple? No. But each of these habits of acting, feeling, and thinking has an influence on your self-image. Commit to these seven pledges for 30 days, then teach them to somebody else. See if worry, guilt, hostility have been decreased and if confidence and a better outlook on life and your situation has increased. 

Learn to drive your WUCA! CAR to get different results in your life. The Be WUCA! Way is a great book to begin the process to change your habits. www.bewuca.com

Rural America, You Have So Much Potential

Growing up, my mother was told by my teachers that “I had so much potential!” The problem was I did not see my potential because I had such a limited view of myself and my teachers did nothing to pull what potential they saw out of me.  

It's the same with our communities. We cannot see from the inside what others see from the outside. We must draw out potential. 

I have a passion to build rural America because for more than 30 years, I have seen the innovation, passion, drive, business sense, and heart of people who love where they live and want others to love it. I have seen and know the potential of rural America - it's vastly more than agriculture! 

The result about potential is that rural America’s counties are losing more population than gaining.  The problem is not lack of buildings or industrial parks, bike paths, or lack of jobs.

The key to building rural America is relationships.

Communities must recognize and knock down the "walls" built through many years being jealous of other communities. For holding grudges from long-ago athletic competitions or school mergers where one community did not “get the building.” For family feuds created from generations of animosity toward each other. I know of one community who festered for 100 years before they realized how to grow.

You can draw out potential in your community by including new people who bring new ideas, new directions, and creative approaches to old problems. 

People will stay when they:

  • feel they belong. 
  • know that they belong to something bigger, with a vision for a better future.
  • see themselves as equal participants in community growth. 
  • know why the community is a good fit for them.
  • know that the community has a sense of purpose.

The role of community leaders is not to come up with the great idea, but to create an environment in which great ideas can happen, are encouraged, and are supported.

Ask these questions of your "newer" citizens to help your community see itself through the eyes of another, perhaps one whose grandparents aren't buried in the cemetery.
•    How long have you lived in this community?
•    Why do you think we continue to exist as a community?
•    For whom do you think we are a good community?
•    Tell me a time when you did not feel you belonged/were welcome in this community.

When you open your environment to Welcome, Understand, Comfort, and Appreciate new people, new ideas and creative approaches to old problems, your school will increase enrollment, your tax base will increase, and you will have more volunteers. 

Want to draw out potential in your community? Check here for more ideas and call us to grow, 712-250-0275; kim@ghorizons.com.  http://www.bewuca.com/blog/relationship-economic-development-wuca-ize-your-community


Student Success is Good for the Workforce

We met Brittany as a sophomore in 2008 when we began teaching Coaching in the Classroom.

A young woman from a hard-working family facing some challenges, Brittany, in this phase of her life, was a free spirit in search of herself. Not following any one “look,” she colored her hair and wore a variety of clothing to express herself. Academically, she had passed few classes and accumulated few credits toward graduation. Her future looked pretty dim unless she made changes in her life.

We could see she was smart. Very smart. Capable. Very kind to a great many people, especially those she let into her trust. What she lacked was belief in herself and a support system to encourage her intelligence and skills. Her circle of friends tended to be students from similar backgrounds for mutual support – and not always good choices.

During the course of the next three years, we worked closely with Brittany at school, on Facebook, in phone conversations, and many, many texts. We talked through drama. We talked through friendships and how associations affect a person and their decisions. We talked about her family and what she was dealing with at home. We advised her what we told the classes – that sometimes you have to leave behind the life you know to have the life you want. Sometimes figuratively. Sometimes literally.

As her time with us progressed and she matured, Brittany heard the message of WUCA!

She shifted her shocking hair colors in favor of highlighting to bright shades to show her individuality.

She heard and chose the message of C + A = R.

She heard the message of understanding the viewpoints of others, asking bright, thoughtful, curious, intuitive questions.

She heard the message of identifying her passions and setting goals.

She heard the message of changing the way she looks at life.

Most importantly, she chose to act on what she heard.

Through extremely hard work, dedication, taking extra classes, getting extra help from teachers, choosing different friends or, a lot of time, choosing to be alone, Brittany chose to turn around her circumstances and act differently to gain the result she desired.

She was one of 12 high school students to participate in a deliberative dialogue on America’s Role in the World. Her comments were included in a report and video shared at the 50th anniversary of the Dartmouth Conference on U.S./Russia relations in 2010 in Washington, D.C.

She graduated on time, with her class. We were there to celebrate with her and her family. And we’re still celebrating.

Now in her early 20s, Brittany has gone on to college – the first in her family to do so. And she has a 3.5 GPA.

That’s choosing your direction.

That’s leaving the past to press on to the future.

That’s realizing your value.

That’s a star.

That’s the power of WUCA!

Relationship Economic Development - WUCA!-ize Your Community

Relationship Economic Development is an exciting grassroots movement that begins when the whole community learns and implements new ways of relating to the community and each other. 

Relationship economic development is more than just creating jobs - it's about creating  a wealth environment where businesses, which create jobs, and people, who create quality of life, can thrive. It is about creating a WUCA!-ized community where people feel part of their future because people WELCOME, UNDERSTAND, COMFORT, AND APPRECIATE themselves and each other.

Most communities want to grow but they are not getting ready to accept new people. They tend to want people who look like them, act like them, and have the same ideas as the leadership in the community.

Creation of a WUCA!-ized community is very much a bottom-up approach that begins with leadership. Developing leaders starts with common knowledge and common language. Learning that how you talk, act, and think as a community, creates the culture of the community. 

The next element is developing internally, looking inward at how are decisions made and what is the perception of other people. Creating a common interest in how to identify and address issues that effect the whole community. What matters is bringing community together so that the public is involved and feels engaged in the solutions and not just have “politics as usual," or ideas that come from a few "good ol' boys." In fact, the good ol' boy’s club will likely try its best to control and manipulate development for their own purpose.

Wealth Creation Pyramid

See the steps to take to build wealth

in America's Rural Communities

“Politics as usual” is just another name for conventional politics – good ol' boys, special interest groups, lobbying.  In “politics as usual,” communities try to address major problems by breaking the problem down to a manageable form, finding plausible solutions, developing the proper strategy, delegating responsibility to an accountable institution, getting busy with visible activity and "selling" the public on what the leadership has decided is best.

In a WUCA!-ized community, all people get together to work on public problems. It all leads to the creation of wealth, where entrepreneurial opportunities are identified and developed for the good of the whole community.

Reality for Rural Areas

  • Declining populations equals increasing costs to our counties.
  • Increasing free & reduced need for our students, with fewer overall students, equals increased student/family services and higher school costs, raising a major strain on every community’s health and viability.  
  • Need to grow broadband and educate the public on its multiple uses for business and community growth.

Solution for Rural Areas - Use Relationship Economic Development to repopulate rural America through technology.  

Multi-Year, Multi-Prong, Concurrent Approach   

1.      Prepare communities how to engage newcomers and the ideas, culture, and ways of life they bring. Engaging and training communities in creating a welcoming environment is key to implementation. 

1.      Identify and recruit people globally in the 30 – 49- age range, who have or want to start Internet-based businesses. This age group is looking for the environment of our rural communities in great schools, affordable housing, clean air, clean water, safety, and a huge emphasis on connectivity to technology and the Internet, to name a few top issues. Research shows when this age group grows, so does the range of children 10 – 14 years of age.

This process relies heavily on the incredible network and investments made by rural telephone companies conducive for telecommuters and entrepreneurs. 

For example, in Cass County, Iowa, because of training received through a well-used, successful engagement process called Community Builders we will use in this pilot project, a family moved from western Massachusetts to Cumberland, IA, a town of 257. Because community participants knew about the excellent Internet infrastructure of their rural telephone companies, they could confidently talk with this family about the availability of needed Internet service that enjoys the connectivity of Los Angeles or New York.

Initially pursuing a place they could hobby farm, the Dad travels the world, working remotely for an IT company as a coder, serves on the city council, and is raising chickens – his dream.

How to do this

Work your way up the Wealth Creation Pyramid and engage each of the four workforce engagement hubs from Global Horizons’ It Takes a Village to Engage a Workforce model.

Leadership Development    Internal Development    Wealth Creation

  •  Train communities to support entrepreneurship and teach students entrepreneurship skills – we have a blueprint and initial experience through our Coaching in the Classroom process. By teaching pertinent skills to 9 – 12th-grade students for three years that connected school to workplace habits, their “at-risk” percentage decreased from 41% to 12%.
  • Implement the Community Builders process – in one five-county area, this process created about 250 new jobs in a three-year period. 
  • Create strong relationships and change the culture and dynamics between communities that may have been damaged by athletic competition, county charter arguments, and/or school mergers.
  • Teach communities, businesses, families, organizations the art of value-based dialogue to move contentious issues forward.  
  • Create systems to use social networking to build relationships with 30 – 49-year-olds who would love to live in safe communities and build a global business.
  • Capture the transfer of wealth, using it to build and support new enterprises. 


A minimum three-year commitment to determine real results. The locations require solid support from telephone companies, utilities, government, and school districts wanting to expand their customer/student base and welcome new home-based and Main Street businesses within and around their service area communities.

Some of many benefits

  • ROI for utility/city/county infrastructure investment
  • Grow schools
  • Encourage home-based businesses
  • Fill homes
  • Invigorate pride and community sense of self
  • Increase Main Street storefronts 

This a great, feasible idea

We are absolutely, completely, confident that this does work but it will require commitment and effort on the part of all to welcome newcomers. People and families are searching for safe and viable communities to call home and rural America has what they seek.

WUCA!-ize your community, business, or organization with these steps

Communities that want to grow need to create Be WUCA! opportunities - and individuals need to step up - and become involved!

Make WUCA!-izing your community your responsibility. Take the first steps now- you don't have to see the whole staircase!

Global Horizons. On the leading edge of thought! 

Steps to Build Wealth in America's Rural Communities

Has your area grown in the last 100 years? Areas across the United States have not grown in population for more than 100 years, as rural communities have struggled how to address economic development, create more of a workforce and build population. We've learned that a community has a personality just as an individual does and to change how it looks at the world requires time, persistence, and a willingness to change the way they look at things.

Our experience tells us it takes at least a three-year commitment to change a community's personality and outlook. These super-fun, interesting processes are critical building blocks to begin a steady, consistent, long-term relationship-building, image-changing, sustainable plan to grow rural areas. Great benefits come for rural areas in this bottoms-up approach to community growth through building and strengthening relationships within and between communities!

Relationship Economic Development WUCA!-izes communities to:

  • prepare for newcomers,
  • learn skills to talk through community issues that positively guide the future,
  • learn more about their own area - how each community is unique and complements one another,
  • identify, invite, and welcome those from around the globe who want to live in rural areas, and
  • grow populations and business sectors.

Leadership Development

This 24+-hr classroom experience is available for up to 25 community members per class. This in-depth walk through our book and its exercises, The Be WUCA! Way, The ART of getting alongseeks to ingrain soft skills that lead to workforce and people engagement. When people truly walk this lifestyle, their personal and professional environments and relationships will change. When perceptions change, behavior changes, one person at a time. We recommend that a notable number of the starting class is selected from service sector employees in convenience stores and restaurants. These front-line managers and service industry professionals are often the front-door to any community and the impression a visitor/potential new business receives.

For faster results, we can train as many groups as desired.

Public Policy Institute

We’ll teach the art of deliberative dialogue to talk through wicked issues, not just about them – like school issues and immigration.

This powerful tool is the approach for schools, communities, business, families, and organizations to participate in the art of civic engagement in each school district. It’s powerful because dialogue includes the voices and values of all who want to participate – the more divergent, the more powerful. The outcome of these conversations will provide common ground to overcome school, workforce, and all critical community growth issues.

We’ve led hundreds of dialogues, including 108 separate ones in the four caucus/primary states. The report informed then-presidential candidates of citizen voice on healthcare and financial security.

We’ve written/helped write local and national issue books including county economic development, education, eminent domain and more. One we led with high school students on America’s Role in the World was included in the 50th anniversary of The Dartmouth Conference on U.S./Russia relations.

Professional Development for School Staff / community/Kickoff Back-to-School Speaker

Lead the year with a one-day training The Be WUCA! Way. This will set the stage for expectations and opportunities during the school year to impact thousands between staff, administration, students, and families.

Deliberative Dialogues

Held in each community of the school district, these dialogues will focus on workforce development and community growth. Using their training from the Public Policy Institute (above), community members will be able to co-moderate, record, observe, and be part of writing the report from value-based conversations that seek win-win outcomes, that, again, talk through issues, not just about them. This training will equip citizens on how to tackle the tough issues they face.

Community Builders – March-September/October

Community Builders is a fast, easy, super-fun way to change the environment of an area. From the March kickoff meeting through community tours and educational components during April/May – October, we’ll focus on technology infrastructure the first year in each area. This process allows communities to dig deep into their area and showcase what makes them proud.

We’ll repeat each year with a different focus, and beyond, if desired. It’s critical for sustainability and new ideas to bring in new people each year to create the town tours and to continue changing the culture through what is learned.

Years Two & Three begin the cycle again, with new professional development topics, participants, and more intentional connection with entrepreneurship in the school districts to impact student achievement and outcomes for students and communities.

Individual business session:                                                                Employees Leave Managers, Not Companies

This one-day session is designed to present a core WUCA! message for employee engagement and application for increased workplace productivity, customer service, and expansion.

Coaching in the Classroom (CIC): year-round

Global Horizons will be in the classroom once a week to focus on workforce development and entrepreneurship that nurtures great ideas from a student into potential businesses and connect them strongly with the business community. During three years at a rural Iowa school district, we reduced their high school “at-risk” population from 41% to 12% by teaching workplace skills.

Contact Global Horizons to begin your three-year cycle           repopulate your community!

Perception - Another Person's Reality

To really understand another person you need to understand how your filtering mechanism works.

Your filtering mechanism is your belief system of what you see or another word for that is paradigm. A paradigm is the belief that has been turned into a habit and has been programmed into you. it is how you perceive reality and why you act the way you do and live the way you do.

A paradigm is like railroad tracks. It creates a set direction for how you see the world. Everything you see, everything you’d do everything you perceive of other people and situations, is filtered through your paradigm. It becomes your reality.

So it is also with other people. Their paradigm or belief system filters the information that they take in.

In order to understand how another person perceives reality, you have to understand how they grew up, their culture. You have to understand their personality, and you have to understand their current situation. 

Stop the Drain - Stop Teaching Students to Work for Others

Save our schools and communities. Grow our economy. What are we to do?

The best way to accelerate our job creation rate is to embrace and support policies in all levels of the political spectrum that encourage entrepreneurs. We believe rural schools and communities can be saved and economies can grow by teaching young people they don’t have to work for a big company or for other people. Teach students that owning their own business is a great win-win strategy to grow the local economy! 

This isn't just a school’s issue. For rural towns and cities, it's an issue of community survival.

Our country is really run and dominated by small- and medium-sized businesses. Ninety-eight percent of your community’s new jobs are created by businesses you see on your Main Street, home- based businesses that are a part of your town’s hidden economy, and all your existing businesses you count on to meet your needs. Only 2% of all new jobs are created by companies recruited to your community.

For more than 30 years, I have worked with communities on many different levels, much of that time in very rural areas. I've watched communities spend many thousands of dollars to “steal” companies from other towns, creating a neutral net gain of jobs in the economy. Many of those companies, after they have used up their tax advantages from relocating, will look elsewhere to gain more tax advantages and their loyalty to that community ends as soon as they receive a better deal.

Our focus is teaching our young people from a very early age that an alternative of working for someone else is creating your own business and products.

The bottom line is that if we really want to make a difference in our economy and grow our towns, we should focus on entrepreneurship in our schools. 

Encourage people to dream and help talented individuals start companies that create business models that grow small-, medium-, big-sized, sustainable organizations. We need to encourage students to create local jobs by owning local businesses. And support them to grow regionally and globally.

We need entrepreneurship schools that give students alternative curriculum that teaches the components of business planning and use their youthful creativity to design the future.

Create curriculum that engages youth to develop as local leaders, energizes them through entrepreneurship and business growth, and teaches the importance of giving back through local charitable giving.

 We have a culture of taking inventions to market,. That takes an entrepreneur.

It appears to me that we have been losing that part of our creative business cycle. Many community businesses are third-generation owners, passed down in families, leading to many of our communities and leaders losing their entrepreneurial culture, innovation, and drive.

Entrepreneurs are those who usually start businesses, but another benefit of teaching entrepreneurship in school is teaching the concept of “intrapreneurship.” Intrapreneurs work inside companies and are the brains and energy behind creating customers.

An entrepreneur/intrapreneur will create business models that will identify more customers and create innovative ways to address commercial and social concerns.

Many of our towns are losing population. Schools are losing enrollment, and budgets are shrinking. We can turn around this trend by giving our youth an alternative to working for others and an alternative of having to move away to get a good job. That alternative is owning their own business and locating in the town where they are educated. Imagine a school in your town that incubates business ideas and business models that will spin out to locate on Main Street or can be run from a home using the community’s local technology, contributing to and growing your local tax base! You need to take responsibility in your community to create the environment for jobs to be created. Government can assist but cannot do it alone.

Gallup identified the reason students drop out of school and disengage in education, they have lost all hope in graduating. They cannot see how the education they are getting will lead them to where they want to go. Students will engage in their education when they see how it will provide them with a good job and a chance for a good life. For many, it is giving them hope that their good job will be created by their own creativity and the realization that they can own their own business.

Innovation itself doesn't create sales. The entrepreneur is the connector, the person who envisions a valuable product or concept and its customer, and then creates a business model and strategy that creates sales and profit.

Entrepreneurship is a long-term commitment that needs the support of the local community, local school district, coupled with state policy support. Clifton states, “If you were to ask me, from all of Gallup’s data and research on entrepreneurship, what will most likely tell you if you are winning or losing your city, my answer would be, ‘5th-12th-graders’ image of and relationship to free enterprise and entrepreneurship.’ If your city doesn't have growing economic energy in your 5th-12th-graders, you will experience neither job creation, nor city GDP growth.”

Entrepreneurship schools in our education system is a must and needs to be a supported strategy by leadership on all policy levels for our healthy, growing, successful future.

Emotional Freedom Technique (Tapping) Energy Psychology

Try it on everything!

This is an amazingly simple process, with potential big payoffs. It can help you move toward self-improvement in a focused, easy way. Even before completing the entire process, you should begin to feel the shift. Choose to make this easy…because it is. Just reading about this process won’t help you. You need to actually DO it. So get your pad of paper and a pen (or use your computer) and start now!  

By completing this simple processes you will grow, shift and start experiencing more personal power. Focusing on what you want, instead of what you don’t want or don’t have, will get you unstuck and onto the right track.

Listen to a great explanation on how you can use your body to remove cravings, fear, test anxiety, golfing "yips", athletic chokes, smoking, and also anxieties about your mother!

Start Now - To book your session, call 712-250-0275

It Takes a Village to Engage a Workforce

America’s low level of employee engagement is a huge drag on your community’s economy.

An October, 2013 Gallup survey indicates that only 13 percent of employees worldwide are engaged at work, according to their 142-country study on the State of the Global Workplace. In other words, about one in eight workers -- roughly 180 million employees in the countries studied -- are psychologically committed to their jobs and likely to be making positive contributions to their organizations.  http://www.gallup.com/poll/165269/worldwide-employees-engaged-work.aspx. 

In the U.S. and Canada, that survey indicates employee engagement remains at 29 percent, static since Gallup’s 2006 survey of employees engaged in their workplaces.

In the 2013 report, Gallup states, “Increasing workplace engagement is vital to achieving sustainable growth for companies, communities, and countries --- and for putting the global economy back on track to a more prosperous and peaceful future.”  

These statistics matter to communities as global business relationships flourish and economies are increasingly interwoven. An engaged workforce is critical to each community infrastructure for safety, stability, and sustainable growth. An engaged workforce keeps vital services in place like police and fire departments to protect citizens and homes. An engaged workforce provides jobs and business opportunities. An engaged workforce provides volunteers for churches, civic, and philanthropic organizations.

If workforce engagement is such a huge issue for companies, and the statistic of engaged workers has been the same for nearly eight years, why is little being done to address the problem? Companies, communities, schools, and individuals must move in a different direction. Doing the same things in the same way will get you the same results. 

A picture of a village engaging a workforce

In a given geography, we identify four “workforce hubs:” individual, community, education, and business, each an entry point of opportunity to engage citizens. For example, in the business hub, engaged employees are critical for a company’s bottom line. An engaged worker will contribute more to profit, growth and innovation, increased investment and purchases by outside interests, and an internal productive, enjoyable environment. Workers need their “head in the game” while on the clock. When workers are distracted for any reason from the task at hand – making money for the business – worker productivity decreases. In short, worker engagement matters to the company bottom line. 

All businesses, community organizations and governments spend money to attract new opportunities and people from around the globe for economic growth. It’s imperative communities have a holistic approach to workforce engagement to be efficient with those dollars.

What to do? 

Implement an overall community approach with targeted actions to better-engage citizens in every hub to strengthen schools, increase productivity, build volunteerism, and reinforce families.

  • In the individual hub, get to know yourself. Coach citizens to know themselves and identify their skills. Find their passion and purpose, define their vision of the future, and establish goals to get there. In turn, the community will benefit from new businesses, stronger families, and increased pride. New voices, ideas, and attitudes that welcome must exist and be promoted.
  • In the community hub, be open to newcomers and new ways of seeing the world. Newcomers arrive in our towns in many forms seeking a place to connect, feel safe, perhaps raise their families, and contribute to society. In a five-county area, we used a process called Community Builders. By encouraging new ideas from residents and newcomers, 250 new jobs followed during the next three years. 
  • In the education hub, connect your students with your area workforce. The learning environment in your education system establishes habits for your future workforce participants. Schools are workplaces. Interactions between administrators and teachers and teachers with students need to model workplace etiquette and skills. 

In our method, Coaching in the Classroom, intentional outreach, especially with students “at-risk” is crucial to a community’s success. Gallup identified the reason students drop out of school and disengage from education: they have lost all hope in graduating. Our experience indicates these are the students who will run their community someday, so engaging them, teaching them early on to be productive citizens, business owners, and mayors will pay off. In one school district  that implemented Coaching in the Classroom, the “at-risk” population decreased in three years from 41 to 12 percent.

  • In the business hub, knowing employees and their strengths is key to success. When a worker is considered for a position, there is an effort made to connect their resume and skill set to what is needed. Likely what would be more effective, especially in the long-term, is to determine what the applicant is absolutely passionate about doing. Doing what they love to do and contribute will indicate whether they “have” to come to work, or “get” to come to work. When a person “gets” to come to work, a business will have an engaged, productive, energized workforce. 

In companies large and small, the relationship between supervisors and employees strongly impacts worker engagement. When there is worker dissatisfaction, it’s often with a supervisor, not the company itself. It pays in the long run for companies to train their front-line supervisors to have respected, encouraging relationships with the workers in their charge.

Gallup concludes, “If your business is like most, only about one-third of your employees are committed to your company’s success and that’s clearly not enough to overcome the two-thirds of your workforce standing in their way. So, while doubling engagement may seem like an uphill climb, it’s easier than justifying a company’s downhill slide.”

When you take a holistic approach to worker engagement, your whole community benefits by increasing wealth beyond the bottom line. People will volunteer. They will take pride in their town. They’ll invite their friends and family to move to the area, growing school districts. When you feel valued, you have personal and professional satisfaction and peaceful relationships - outcomes every community seeks in its quality of life.

Implement The BeWUCA! Way methods to motivate your village to engage your workforce. Click here now to create a 21st century workforce economy!

Get Your Head in the Game

One of the biggest challenges in meeting any goal, whether it be related to productivity, waking early, changing a habit, exercising, or just becoming happier, is finding the motivation to stick with it.

 If you can stick with a goal for long enough, you’ll almost always get there eventually. It just takes patience and motivation. Motivation is the key, but it’s not always easy, day in and day out, to find that motivation.

One way to get you there quicker, is with another person, a coach.

A goal-setting coaching process that will help you to understand the “why” and the “how” goals are achieved. If you have ever wanted to achieve that "magic" weight; if you have ever wanted to have the endurance; if you have ever wanted to earn a grade; if you have ever wanted to achieve any goal, then even before you even start your program, you will want to give yourself a “head” start to achieving your goals!

Individuals in all circumstances can and will reach any goal that they want to achieve - it all starts in your mind.  So, participate and “Get your Head in the Game” and focus to achieve your goals. Motivation is the key!

Coaching sessions include:

  • “It all starts with passion, purpose, vision, and action.”

  • “Understanding how your mind directs you to achieve your goals.”

  • “Identifying your passion to achieve your goal

  • "Remove any mind blocks that keep you from achieving your goals."

  • “Start with the end in mind and create a realistic goal for yourself.”

  • "Overcoming negative mind-chatter."

  • "Replacing the negative with the positive."

It does not matter where you are in life - high school, college, young, old, amateurs or professional; we all need help at times. We all get in our heads and can't see the victories that lie before us.

Take action and move aside the stumbling block in your head! Become the person that you want to become and "Get Your Head in the Game" to win!

Free 1/2 Hour Session

Book Now

Coaching Flyer.jpg

Curriculum Meets Demands for Business Needs of a 21st-Century Workforce

The reality of our classrooms today is that our students are being taught core academic fundamentals but our educational system, government mandates, and lack of solid parenting don’t allow time or staff to bridge the gap between school learning and applicability to the workforce once they leave school.

However, as employers are demanding connection between their workforce and schools, should this be a critical component of school core curriculum? According to a recent Iowa Workforce Development report, almost 50 percent of businesses surveyed indicate a workforce that needs soft-skills training and Gallup surveys show more than 85 percent of the national workforce is disengaged, costing companies valuable time, energy, and profits.
Global Horizons has taken the requests for a stronger workforce and created a classroom process called Coaching in the Classroom (CIC). The process is based on more than 28 years of experience in business  and economic development at the local, state, and federal level to know what employers are looking for in workers.

Using their book, The Be WUCA! Way, The ART of getting along, CIC guides students in directing their life by creating a classroom learning environment, coupled with solid 21st-century workforce skills, to increase student achievement. CIC also urges students to consider starting their own new business and/or transition into buying existing businesses someday in their communities.

Here are results, how CIC connects classrooms to the workplace, CIC goals and the relationship to 21-Century skills, and the critical importance of classroom relevance to community growth.

In three years, CIC accomplished these measurable results:

Different than learning to build or knowing the details of a specific product for a company, these needed skills are called “soft” because they are less tangible. Skills like show up on time, ready to work. Play well with others. Do your best work - always. Skills known to be critical to a company’s success, we call these “workplace” skills.
CIC began as a pilot project in 2009, focusing on 7th – 12th-graders deemed “at-risk” by Iowa Department of Education criteria in two settings: a rural Iowa school district and a metro alternative school. CIC uses powerful relationship-building techniques and goal-setting utilized by championship athletes to develop championship students in the classroom. 

  • High school student population considered “at-risk” decreased from 41 to 12.3 percent.
  • Within months of CIC’s inception, students sent to the principal’s office for misbehavior decreased more than 50 percent.
  • The 2009 freshman class of a school district using CIC established a goal for 100% of their class to graduate together. They achieved that goal in 2013. This accomplishment was so notable that the superintendent commented on it during commencement.
  • 35 percent of 7th and 8th graders met established grade goals set at the beginning of each semester. 
  • Students recognize that classroom work in core areas has direct impact on their future either in further education, enlisting in the military, or by remaining in or near their hometown and joining the workforce.

CIC connects classrooms to the workplace

This connection between classroom learning and workplace skills is critical because habits developed in school transfer to careers. CIC attaches workplace goals to classroom learning by measuring student performance with employer standards.

  • Student attendance and punctuality – employers want employees to show up on time, ready to work.
  • Grades – employers will reward “A” quality work with promotions and raises. An employee may keep their job doing “C” work, but will only maintain their current position. Less than “C” work could cost an employee their job.
  • Standardized tests – employers will measure performance through evaluations at least once, if not twice, per year.
  • Participating in extracurricular activities – employers want employees to know how to “play well” with others. It is imperative that employees know how to operate with a team structure.

When the student understands how their school work is relevant to what is required in the workplace, they can adjust their attitude and actions. 

Coaching in the Classroom believes that all students succeed when their passions, purpose, and goals align with their personal and occupational visions. CIC is the bridge that keeps all students in school through graduation and develops habits in self-motivation and drive for success for today’s global workforce.

CIC Goals

  • Instill entrepreneurial spirit and skills to help students see the possibility of being local business owners and leaders.
  • Strengthen the local workforce by reinforcing the relevance of classroom instruction material to their futures.
  • Improve self-esteem of students when they achieve personal success raising scores and feel more hopeful about their future options.
  • Improve behavior of students in the community.
  • Improve relationships between students, staff, and faculty in school.
  • Improve relationships between the school, students, and the community.

CIC also meets Iowa's 21st-Century Universal Constructs: Essential for 21st-Century Success. CIC teaches competencies and habits needed for future successes in careers, college, and citizenry in all six areas:

  • Critical thinking
  • Complex Communication
  • Creativity
  • Collaboration
  • Flexibility and Adaptability
  • Productivity and Accountability

Classroom relevance to community growth

A primary goal of education is to provide opportunities for economic stability for the rest of a person’s life. Education is a means to find a way that fulfills passions while reaching economic stability. Personal and professional economic stability is crucial for community stability and growth potential.

Connection between a school district and its business community is vital for growth. Local businesses can strengthen the workforce through relevant speakers to the classes. They can identify gaps in businesses needed by the community and look to students to fill those gaps. Business can understand, instruct, and support how high school learning will impact future goals for the student and area opportunities. The community must want to reach out to students to welcome, engage, and recognize the talents they have to offer. Plus, community members need enthusiasm and patience to teach students the skills they need to learn.

By identifying passions and aspirations with all students early in their school careers, ensuring they are welcome and have a place, and helping them determine the steps to make their goals reality, students are more focused, better-behaved and satisfied in school and better prepared to join the workforce.

Agree of disagree? Leave a comment below. Or better yet, to implement CIC in your schools, contact Global Horizons for more information.

Creating a 21st Century Workforce

The Be WUCA! Way uses five qualities of the entrepreneurial mindset to build a 21st Century Workforce. Intention, Attention, Passion, Belief, and Growth and Expansion. When you have products that are relevant to customers that provide a solution to a problem...you will be attracting them to you rather than chasing after them all the time.

Is "It" a Policy or Is "It" Tradition

Sometimes we have to look at the history of why we do things. Is it really necessary to continue some of the things that we do or do we do them just because we are comfortable doing it that way?

A mother and daughter were preparing a roast for a family dinner. The daughter cut the ends off of the roast before putting it in the roaster, just as she was taught. She asked her mother, “why do we cut the ends off of the roast before we cook it?” “I am not sure,” said the mother. “I guess it makes it taste better, but let’s go ask grandma.”

So they went to ask grandma. “Grandma?” asked the mother. “why did you teach me to cut the ends off of the roast before cooking it?”

“Because it makes the roast taste better,” responded Grandma. “Besides, that is the way my mother taught me. Let’s go ask her.”

So then the three of them went to the person who started the tradition of cutting of the ends off of the roast.

“Great Grandmother why do you cut the ends off of the roast before you cook it? Does it make the roast taste better?”

“Heavens no,” said the great grandmother. “I cut the ends off of the end of the roast because that is the only way I could get it to fit into the pan I used.”

When you are told we can't do something because it is against policy, ask to see the written policy. Many times it is tradition not a rule.  "We have always done it this way."

Do not take status quo as rule. Change needs to happen. 

Earn, Learn, and Don't Use Your Budget!

If you are a chamber of commerce, Main Street Community organization, school foundation, or an organization with a cause, this opportunity is for you! 

When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change. Make a difference with your membership and your community without putting a dent in your budget. 

Want a speaker, but budget is tight? We can do this together! We provide the workshop, and your organization handles the publicity, registration, any refreshments, and meeting facilities.

 In return, we split the net registration fees 50 / 50 with your organization.

(travel expenses may need to be discussed depending upon location of event) 

We offer flexible programs for your non-profit to present to your community members based on your needs, our experience, and our popular book, The Be WUCA! Way, The ART of getting along. (Press release)

The Be WUCA! Way is a process to create civility in environments where people get along so businesses grow, customers return, bottom lines increase, students achieve, and organizations grow.

WUCA! is an intentional lifestyle. It’s a choice of how we think about, talk about, talk to, and treat people civilly every second of every day.

It’s setting a respectful, civil atmosphere for your workplace, community, family, school, and place of worship where new people and ideas are welcome for deeper, more meaningful, productive, healthy relationships that grow your family's unity, economy, organization, and volunteers.

Act now and schedule this new WUCA! training for your membership, schools, communities, and businesses! 


Name calling! Finger-pointing! Backbiting!

Blaming others seems to be the norm these days. Should it be?

Tear down this wall!

Years ago, East and West Germany became one nation. A wall was torn down. It is time our walls between differing ideologies, values and opinions come down.

Effective leaders cultivate a safe and supportive climate in which relationships are based on inclusivity, trust, and mutual respect. Only in a supportive environment can people feel safe to express differences of opinions and work toward “win-win” solutions.

This country and so many communities, groups, and political organizations need to listen to each other. Not just not talk and take positions, but to listen to why people hold a particular view. The environment we create teaches generations of individuals how to think about, talk about, talk to, and treat one another.

Listening is an action!

Listening is a skill that requires intentional development. Just as you needed to learn how to walk correctly, relationships require the skill to actively listen because much of the time when an issue arises, the problem on the surface usually has a problem behind it where the true issue lies.

We each view life and the issues we encounter through our own filters. Unique opinions and values form through our environment: the people we grew up with. Live and work around. Our experiences, thoughts, and perceptions about them. The values we have formed throughout our lives. We create environments everywhere. Family. Friends. Work. Worship. The grocery store. The car. Play.

Inherent in every relationship, conflict is a difference in perspectives. The diversity of perspectives within relationships helps generate ideas and facilitate change. If it is managed wisely, conflict is an opportunity. Listen for values to identify the issue.

Don't just talk about an issue, talk through it

The search for common ground on tough issues is more productive using a technique called "deliberative dialogue," seeking "why" people hold their position. Dialogue talks through an issue, not just takes a stand about - for or against - an issue. When you seek to understand the "why" others act the way they do, you discover a person's values. From there, you can work together to identify a positive outcome in a safe space. People can come together, talk through perspectives on issues, and find common ground that will create a better environment.

Consider these questions when identifying the "problem behind the problem." Be sure to intentionally involve all affected parties in the dialogue.

Naming the issue: What do you think is the problem? What bothers you?

Framing the issue: What can/should we do about the problem?

Deliberating to understand values: If we do what you suggest, what do you think would happen?

What would be fair? Effective?

Why would we be better off? How would we be better off?

What is the downside?

If there is a downside, would we change our minds? What different course could we pursue?

Acting together to find common ground: What would you and the affected parties be willing to do about the problem? What are you willing to give up to do what you want to do?

Are you seeking civility? Check your environment. See if people listen to and respect one another. If you need a technique, try deliberative dialogue.

"The Be WUCA! Way" teaches civility.

Learn - Do - Teach.