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May 23, 2015

Increasing your Job Security
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Is there a way you can make yourself indispensable in today’s economy when companies are cutting costs and job security is a thing of the past? An expert tells you how you can increase your workplace value. Then, we often hear of the importance of colon cancer tests. But are too frequent tests harmful? We have the surprising facts.
Episode Segments:
InfoTrak: Are You Indispensable?
Seth Godin, workplace expert and marketing guru, author of Linchpin: Are You Indispensable? outlined the biggest reasons that employment security and the workplace have changed so dramatically in the past few years. He suggested ways for employees to increase their value to their company through creativity, innovation and risk taking. He also offered advice for bosses who must find remarkable people to give their company a competitive edge.
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InfoTrak: What You Need to Know About Colon Cancer Screenings
Current medical guidelines recommend that people over the age of 50 get a colonoscopy once every ten years. Dr. James Goodwin, a geriatrician and researcher at University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston said a surprising number of patients have them more frequently. He explained why this is a risky practice, and why as seniors get older, their need for colon cancer screening actually goes down.
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InfoTrak: Diversity in the Workplace
Joe Watson, a management consultant who specializes in diversity, and author of Without Excuses talked about the importance of diversity in corporate America and why it has been such an elusive goal. He offered advice for minority job-seekers on how to demand fair opportunities in the workplace.
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Guest(s) Appearing on this Episode
Joe Watson
Mr. Watson is currently the CEO of Without Excuses and StrategicHire, located in Reston, VA. Mr. Watson’s Without Excuses organization delivers professional development programs across a wide swath of executive skills – both hard and soft skills. Additionally, Mr. Watson specializes in the location of diverse middle and senior level management personnel across a broad range of industries. In 2001, Mr. Watson served as Director of Personnel, for Virginia Governor Mark Warner’s Transition Team with primary responsibility for the construction of Governor Warner’s Cabinet and senior staff. Prior to this work, Mr. Watson spent significant time with the Eastman Kodak Company, the Gartner Group and Robert Half International. Mr. Watson is Chairman of The Marathon Club - the leading National group focused on increasing the flow of investment capital to minority entrepreneurs and private equity firms, He was the cofounder of The Exchange, an African American CEO Council, former Chairman of the Virginia High Tech Partnership, former Chairman of the Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce and sits on the Boards of several commercial and non-profit entities. Mr. Watson is a frequent speaker and advisor to a diverse array of organizations and corporations. A sampling includes: Rockefeller Foundation, The Creative Economy Conference/Fortune, AXA Equitable, Sodexho USA, Society for Human Resource Management, Executive Leadership Council, MTV Networks, Lifetime Television, NAMIC, Women’s Business Network, NABA, Time Warner, Freddie Mac, Hampton University, Sallie Mae and many others.

Without Excuses Website

Seth Godin
SETH GODIN has written thirteen books that have been translated into more than thirty languages. Every one has been a bestseller. He writes about the post-industrial revolution, the way ideas spread, marketing, quitting, leadership and most of all, changing everything. American Way Magazine calls him, "America's Greatest Marketer," and his blog is perhaps the most popular in the world written by a single individual. His latest book, Poke The Box is a call to action about the initiative you're taking - in your job or in your life, and Seth once again breaks the traditional publishing model by releasing it through The Domino Project. As an entrepreneur, he has founded dozens of companies, most of which failed. Yoyodyne, his first internet company, was funded by Flatiron and Softbank and acquired by Yahoo! in 1998. It pioneered the use of ethical direct mail online, something Seth calls Permission Marketing. He was VP of Direct Marketing at Yahoo! for a year. His latest company,, is ranked among the top 125 sites in the US (by traffic) by Quantcast. It allows anyone (even you) to build a page about any topic you're passionate about. The site raises money for charity and pays royalties to its million plus members.

Seth's Website