Young people in the twenty-first century face a complex world creating challenges unthinkable even twenty years ago. Challenges such as a global economy, social and cultural change, and the incessant pace of technological growth create a muddy environment for anyone living on our planet, including experienced adults! Whatever our cultural, ethnic, or social background, we face similar challenges and must learn to cope, not only to gain a competitive advantage, but also to survive. Remember the old proverb give a man a fish feed him for a day, but teach a man to fish and feed him for a lifetime? This proverb distills the true meaning of what represents a life skill. Life skills are not about temporary fixes or doing what is best for today. Life skills are about long-term positive change, which can provide a foundation for a healthy productive life. That is the impetus for this book; to identify skills needed for long-term success given the challenges evident in early twenty-first century society.
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**Matthew Alcindor, D.M. is a management consultant, human service professional, trainer, facilitator, and educator with 20 years of diverse experiences in varying human service and non-profit settings in urban areas such as Detroit, Philadelphia, New Newark, Jersey City, New York City, and Washington, DC. He is committed to academic excellence and is an inducted member of the oldest international Honor Society in the social sciences: Pi Gamma Mu. **Gabriel Flores, Ed.D. has 15 years of classroom experience within the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD). His interests include qualitative research and the inclusion of sexual orientation education within multicultural education programs. He currently works as an adjunct faculty member in the College of Education at University of Phoenix. **J. Phillip Harris, D.B.A. is the founder and principal of Acclaimed Professionals Group and runs APG Academy of Entrepreneurship, an online consulting and coaching firm. He is an experienced business entrepreneur with a passion for helping others. **Frederick Littles was born and raised in Mississippi. As an active duty member of the United States Air Force, he brings extensive practical experience to the Doctor of Management program at the University of Phoenix. After starting his undergraduate work at traditional colleges in Mississippi, he has continued his education at University of Phoenix and not looked back. **George W. Rideout, D.B.A. is a principal for Evolution Strategists LLC and executive director of the Change Leadership Intelligence (CLQ) Institute. He holds an MBA and numerous professional certifications, including the certified six sigma black belt (CSSBB), and the FCIB international certified credit executive (ICCE). **Edric “Rick” Spruill, D.M. is a proven and tested leadership expert. He received his Doctor of Management degree in Organizational Leadership from the University of Phoenix in 2008. His work includes a case study researching the possible correlation between organizational climate and employee performance and numerous contributions to journals and articles.
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