We proudly introduce Jeanne Miller Rodriguez as a Featured Author. Jeanne writes books and articles that help employees, supervisors and leaders succeed in today’s professional enviroment. Jeanne’s articles are knowledgeable and her interview below is inspiring.
Member Since: Feb 2011
Published articles: 24
I am a former government executive with over 30 years experience in developing and administering public policy in a wide variety of areas including strategic planning, succession planning, human resource management, community relations and civil rights. I am also a consultant and part-time university instructor. In addition to my articles published on ArticlesBase, I am also the author of the following two career-related books:
Ready Set Work: Teaching employees how to turn themselves into employees that all employers want to have and ensure that they are at the tail end of a lay off process, at the front end of the promotional process. The book is specifically developed to be your job coach, your mentor, and your guide all in the privacy of your own home and on your own schedule. No more slogging through confusing training manuals and boring text books, or daydreaming through seminars. This is a book that is written in clear, simple terms that will often have you laughing out loud while you learn.
Ready Set Supervise: One of the biggest problems supervisors face is how to get people to do what they need them to do when they need them to do it. Today’s supervisors are faced with greater challenges than ever before. Budget cutbacks, navigating laws, rules, policies, environment that changes rapidly and often daily and the stress of trying to be all things to all people. This book teaches supervisors how to create an environment that makes it possible for people to excel despite budget cutbacks and fewer resources than ever before, how to get the productivity they need without resorting to blackmail, whips, or begging, greatly reduce the stress of trying to be all things to all people.
The third book in the Ready Set Trilogy, entitled, Ready Set Lead! is due out late 2012 or early 2013.
Business blog: My blog is for those readers who are interested in expanding their career options, understanding their work environment better, and learning about what works and what doesn’t in today’s professional environment. We discuss a wide variety of current work topics that are commonly found in many organizations. My overall goal with my books, my articles, and my blog is to bring greater understanding between employees, supervisors, and organizational leaders through greater understanding of their roles and responsibilities.
Who are you? Where are you from?
Born in Pennsylvania, my early education was in one of the last of the one room schools in the country. I was always an excellent student because I figured the longer I stayed in school the longer I could go without getting a full-time job. After short stints as a waitress, child care provider, guitar teacher, and a department-store Easter Bunny, I knew working was not going to be easy. My first real jobs were teaching Spanish and English as a Second Language at the university and middle school levels. I taught Spanish to West Virginians, English to Colombians, and tried to teach Spanish to eighth graders. I found the Colombians were the easiest, the West Virginians were the funniest, and I spent most of my time with middle schoolers ducking flying desks.
I received my BA from Westminster College in New Wilmington, PA with majors in Spanish, German and French. I received my Master’s Degree from West Virginia University in Spanish literature where I also began doctoral work before embarking on a career in public service. Those years enabled me to develop expertise in human resource management, and the opportunity to interview, hire, coach, mentor hundreds of individuals in their careers.
An experienced trainer and educator, I have taught in Virginia, Pennsylvania, California, and South America. Currently, I work with public and private organizations as a consultant, investigator, and trainer in areas such as program development, cultural competency, discrimination, and organizational development.
I live with my family in Sacramento, CA.
How long have you been writing/publishing articles?
I have been writing for many years as a result of my state career but just starting writing for pleasure and publication during the past five years.
What was the impact of publishing your articles on ArticlesBase?
ArticlesBase has proven to be a wonderful resource for publishing my articles and getting them out to a wide audience base. I have been contacted by many readers who otherwise might not have seen nor profited by the information I am trying to get to my target audiences.
What do you like best about your ArticlesBase experience?
That is easy. My favorite feature is how easy ArticlesBase is to use. I am not a highly-skilled technical person and I have no problem navigating their website, publishing my articles, tracking them, and editing any time I need to. I would recommend ArticlesBase to anyone who just wants to share information with a wide readership.
Tell us about your writing process.
I write all of my books and articles by myself. Topics are generally derived from issues that employees, supervisors, or leaders are currently experiencing and could use some advice on. Today’s work environment is more complex yet more interesting than ever before, and I continually hear from readers how much they appreciate having comprehensive advice that is grounded in reality and common sense. As for process, I write at various times of day and for various lengths of time depending on how inspired I am by the topic. If I am writing about things like how to budget better in tough times, or how to develop a strategic plan, I have to take it slow and easy or I put myself to sleep. On the other hand, whenever I hear about outrageous employment situations that cause headaches and heartaches, I can write for days on end and barely stop for water or bathroom breaks.
What tips or words of wisdom can you share with other authors?
Best advice for anyone who wants to write: Write about what you love, but also about something you know. They are often different. Your passion will keep you writing, your knowledge will keep your readers.
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Ronit & the ArticlesBase.com team