Encouraging Innovation in the Workplace

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Encouraging Innovation in the Workplace
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Antonio Junior of Miami is an experienced entrepreneur who has applied his business and leadership skills to grow several organizations. In 2003, he founded Florida Conservation Inc., a fuel reclaiming service based in Miami that works with the rental car industry to manage their fuel reclamation efforts. As a business leader, Antonio Junior must pair effective management strategies with the ability to encourage innovation within his organizations.

Creating an environment in which employees can freely innovate and express their creativity can dramatically improve the success of a company. In a world where change takes place at lightning speeds, innovation can be critical to a company’s survival.

In 2005, Google’s former CEO Eric Schmidt presented an approach to encouraging innovation in a corporate environment. According to Schmidt, a company can encourage innovation when it not only invests in current projects and products, but also allocates time and resources to creative and experimental thinking.

At Google, Schmidt encouraged employees to divide their time according to the 70-20-10 rule. In this approach, 70 percent of an employee’s time and resources is dedicated to the company’s core business, 20 percent to development of adjacent products and 10 percent to experimental projects.

Though there is merit to traditional methods of learning and development within a corporation, setting aside time that is dedicated to innovative thinking can drastically change the future of the company. Large corporations such as Coca-Cola, Nike, Home Depot, and Dell have all implemented the 70-20-10 rule in some form.

Michael Jordan Serves as Honorary Captain for University of Michigan

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Michael Jordan
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Antonio Junior has several decades of experience founding and leading businesses, several of which have been based in the greater Miami area. Outside of his professional responsibilities in and around Miami, Antonio Junior follows the sport of basketball and considers Michael Jordan his favorite player.

Drawing the degree of attention that only the basketball legend could, Michael Jordan attended Michigan’s sold-out football season opener against the University of Hawaii. Introduced to the crowd as University of Michigan’s (UM) honorary captain, Mr. Jordan was welcomed with an emphatic roar of appreciation.

Wearing a gold and blue Jumpman brand shirt, Michael Jordan was seen at midfield sharing a few words with Major League Baseball’s Derek Jeter and the National Football League’s Charles Woodson, also a Wolverine alumnus, during pregame warm-ups. The first game of the 2016 season also marked the beginning of a new era as Jordan’s personal clothing brand Jumpman, a subsidiary of Nike, Inc., will outfit the University of Michigan’s football program for the next 15 years.

With help from Nike endorsee Charles Woodson and UM’s former athletic director Jim Hackett, the Wolverines became the first and only collegiate football program in the United States to bear the Jumpman logo. The contract, requiring the Wolverines football program to exclusively wear only Jordan brand attire, guarantees UM $85 million in Nike products and apparel for the next 15 years, and a total of $88 million in base compensation.

And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going’s Enduring Influence

 

The founder of Florida Conservation, Inc., Antonio Junior earned his MBA from Florida International University while managing a small business that involved over 300 Miami residents. Although based in Miami, Antonio Junior travels to New York City to watch Broadway musicals, including Dreamgirls

A collaboration effort of composer Henry Krieger and lyricist Tom Eyen, Dreamgirls is a musical based on acts such as The Supremes, The Shirelles, and James Brown and the musical chronicles the aspirations and successes in show business. After it opened on December 20, 1981 at Imperial Theater, Dreamgirls went on to put on 1,521 performances. Of all the songs in the musical, one of the most enduring is Effie White’s song And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going.

Effie White’s role was originated by Jennifer Holliday, whose performance of And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going was a show stopper. It eventually became her signature song, winning a Tony award for best actress in a musical and Grammy Award for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance. When it was released as a single, the song reached the top spot on the R&B charts, thus paving the way for Holliday’s career.

When the musical was adapted into a film, the torch song also proved to be a star vehicle for Jennifer Hudson (who played Effie White in the film) as she went on to win the Best Supporting Actress Award at the 2006 Academy Awards. Her version’s single reached the 60th spot on the Billboard Hot 100.

How Jordan Found a Best Friend in a Limo Driver

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Antonio Junior serves as the founder of Florida Conservation, Inc., a company based in Miami Springs, Florida. Antonio Junior is also a huge sports fanatic and idolizes Michael Jordan who happens to share the same birthdate as him.

Michael Jordan’s basketball career is nothing short of legendary, as he has six NBA championships and five MVP awards under his belt. Moreover, he made 14 appearances in the NBA All-star games. His success is even more impressive since he was only chosen third overall during the 1984 NBA draft.

Despite all his success, Michael Jordan maintains close personal relationships with people who had helped him when he still new to the business. In fact, one of his best friends is a limo driver named George Koehler who picked him up when he first landed in Chicago. At the time, the Chicago Bulls forgot to send someone to pick him up. Pitying Jordan, Koehler offered to help him. During the ride, they found out that they both knew Larry Jordan, Michael’s brother, and the two bonded over the fact that Koehler attended the same school as Jordan’s brother. A few weeks later, Jordan called Koehler to hang out and the two remain friends to this day.

Scholarship Opportunities from the Airport Minority Advisory Council

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Airport Minority Advisory Council
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Antonio Junior of Miami Springs, Florida, guides the financial direction of Florida Conservation, Inc., the company he founded in 2003. Earlier in his career, Antonio Junior served as the southeast regional director and national treasurer of the Airport Minority Advisory Council (AMAC) in Miami.

AMAC was established to provide additional opportunities for minorities in the field of aviation. AMAC recognizes that some groups are underrepresented in the aviation industry, and the council would like to correct this by tearing down barriers that hold back women, people of color, and other minorities.

To aid aviation students and other young professionals, AMAC’s charitable foundation offers three scholarships each year. To qualify, students must express a desire to work in the field of aviation and a commitment to diversity in the industry. Students must also pursue a BA or BS in a field related to aviation, though this can include business management, architecture, and other tangentially related disciplines.

Three Key Traits of Successful Entrepreneurs

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As the founder of Miami-based Florida Conservations Inc., Antonio Junior is a successful entrepreneur. Even though he attained success, Antonio Junior continues to educate himself on entrepreneurship through books and articles. This passion for learning is a key trait usually shared by entrepreneurs. Here are three more traits commonly shared among those who start their own businesses.

1. Resilience – Being successful is about failing gracefully. Sir Winston Churchill said, “Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm.” Entrepreneurs understand that failure comes with the territory, and they know how to deal with their failure, learn what they can from it, and try again.

2. Passion – The successful entrepreneur is passionate about what they do. While it’s easy to think money is the main motivator, the real motivation is usually in helping people through their company’s product or service.

3. Confidence – This trait ties in well to the other two, as entrepreneurs need to have plenty of self-confidence to get through failures, while also possessing a high level of confidence in their company. An entrepreneur who is both self-confident and confident in his company will find it easier to network and build valuable relationships that lead to further business opportunities.

A Snapshot of Homeless Families in America

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Antonio Junior is the founder of Florida Conservations Inc., located in Miami, Florida When he’s not working, Antonio Junior is passionate about helping the homeless, and he actively supports organizations catering to homeless families, which begins with understanding how the issue affects them.

According to the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development, there were 564,708 homeless people in the United States as of January, 2015. Of those, 206,000 of them were from homeless families with children. Most homeless families are headed by a single-parent, and other contributing factors include domestic abuse, limited education, or mental illness.

Unfortunately, these reports don’t provide an accurate view of how long these families have been homeless, but the National Alliance to End Homelessness says family homelessness usually isn’t long-term. Around 75 percent of all families who go to homeless shelters stay temporarily, and some don’t even require any assistance, as they are able to quickly bounce back and find housing.

Rehousing homeless families in a timely manner is essential for returning normalcy and stability to their lives. To learn more about homelessness and ways to help, visit www.endhomelessness.org.