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  • Trinity Services celebrates National Disability Employment Awareness Month

    Oct 06, 2017

    NEW LENOX, IL — This October, Trinity Services, Inc. celebrates National Disability Employment Awareness Month, recognizing and spreading awareness about the many abilities and skills that people diagnosed with an intellectual or developmental disability bring to the workforce.

    The theme of this year’s national campaign is “Inclusion Drives Innovation.”

    At Trinity Services, job coaches, job developers, and all who work one-to-one with people seeking or working in occupations through Trinity’s Supported Employment Programs know the theme to be true.

    With the right accommodations or supports, people with disabilities can provide invaluable resources to businesses of all sizes, in a variety of industries.

    “Diversity among staff members can allow for more effective problem-solving and result in new ideas through fostering inclusive work environments,” said Kristina Zappavigna, Employment Services Coordinator at Trinity Services. “It can also support recruitment efforts by showing how individuals of all abilities can contribute to company productivity.”

    The employment rate for people with disabilities is less than half of the rate for people without disabilities, and people with disabilities tend to be employed in low-paying occupations, according to the Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) in the United States Department of Labor.

    However, higher-paying job opportunities for people with disabilities have the potential to grow with the development of computer and information technology, along with the increasing popularity of home-based and flexible work arrangements, according to the ODEP. These new technologies and corporate policies would benefit people with disabilities by helping them overcome physical or cognitive limitations, as well as transportation difficulties.

    To observe National Disability Employment Awareness Month, Trinity Services encourages businesses to commit to inclusivity for people with disabilities.

    Employers seeking resources on how they can make inclusion a reality can receive guidance from the Job Accommodation Network at askjan.org and can find more information at dol.gov/ndeam.

    Employers who would like to partner with Trinity Services, Inc. or let Trinity Services’ Supported Employment staff know about job openings can call Zappavigna at (815) 462-3652.

    Trinity Services, Inc. is a 67-year-old, nonsectarian, nonprofit organization dedicated to helping children and adults with developmental disabilities and mental illness flourish and live full and abundant lives. Trinity serves more than 3,500 people in 31 communities in Will, Cook, DuPage, Grundy, Peoria, Jackson, Madison and St. Clair counties, and Reno, Nevada. To learn more, visit www.trinity-services.org.

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  • Petals & Twigs to offer Halloween Spooktacular Oct. 13-14

    Sep 25, 2017

    Petals & Twigs Home Decor and Gifts is preparing to embrace its spooky side at its Halloween Spooktacular on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 13 and 14, at its store, located at 427 W. Francis Road in New Lenox.

    The Spooktacular Sales Event will feature extended hours of 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday and will feature a Mystery Sale from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday.

    Guests may pick a treat from Petals’ pumpkin to receive a discount from their entire purchases. There will also be raffle baskets and samples.

    For more information about this event, call (815) 485-5976, or follow Petals & Twigs on Facebook.

    Petals & Twigs is a support business of Trinity Services, Inc. All proceeds from sales benefit the people served by Trinity, a 67-year-old, nonsectarian, nonprofit organization that serves 3,500 children and adults with developmental/intellectual disabilities and mental illness in 31 communities in Will, Cook, DuPage, Grundy, Peoria, Jackson, Madison and St. Clair counties, and Reno, Nevada. Petals & Twigs opened as a craft boutique in 1987 and today provides a unique shopping experience in the Will County area. To learn more, visit www.petalsandtwigs.com.

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The Effective Organizational Leader: Power

by Art Dykstra | May 17, 2017

Leaders at every level of an organization use varying degrees of power, and those who are effective value and use it appropriately. It is valuable because nothing gets done without it; therefore, using it wisely is essential to smooth operations within any company.

The exercise of power occurs every day and involves making decisions such as:

  • Who is hired
  • Who is fired
  • Who is spared
  • Who we choose to help
  • Who is promoted
  • Who gets overtime.

These and other required decisions affect real people, not just organizational structure or the bottom line. And sometimes they are very tough. I always remember a piece of advice my father gave me: “Art, if you ever have a chance to play God in someone’s life, take it seriously.” Some may shy away from these decisions or become paralyzed by the responsibility, but no one who finds it difficult to exercise power will do well in a leadership position.

Since power can be both destructive and constructive, effective leaders avoid its hostile use. Rather than achieve their goals through coercion, they establish their authority through their integrity, knowledge and positive relationships with their followers. As a result, peers and subordinates alike choose to follow their lead because they have earned their respect. In this context, leaders are able to use the least amount of power needed to accomplish the goal. As Tim Williams says in The Pipe Wrench Theory of Power, “Don’t use the wrong size of wrench [to get a ‘job’ done].”

While there are many sources of power, the most important one for organizational leaders is the power of persuasion. They recognize that, in an organization, “we can do together what we can’t do alone.” Effective persuasion occurs when leaders

  • Present the goal and action to be taken clearly
  • Listen
  • Are open to differences
  • Validate points of view
  • Guide discussion by keeping the goal in mind
  • Make plan modifications if appropriate.

They obviously work to understand the thought patterns and needs of team members and can therefore communicate their ideas well. As a result, employees respond and act. 

At this point, a word of warning is in order. Nothing erodes power as fast as not doing what you said you were going to do. Effective leaders must be credible in their words. They must keep their promises though that isn’t always easy when intervening variables suddenly change the landscape. They must also provide accurate numbers in sales statistics, earnings, losses, expenditures, and raises or reasons for the absence of raises, to name just a few. Leaders must be trustworthy so that their followers can count on them in good times and bad times. Whether we like it or not, we all have reputations, and they include the elements of our character. 

Finally, let’s remember that wielding power just for oneself, an area of responsibility or an organization is more often than not destructive. However, leaders who work for the greater good exercise it effectively and can transform their sphere of influence.

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  1. 1 educational sites 23 May
    Touche. Sound arguments. Keep up the great spirit.

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    Please join us for "An Evening of Holiday Music" at our Fourth Annual Concert Gala at 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1, at Butterfield Country Club in Oak Brook to support our mission to help people with disabilities and mental illness flourish and live full and abundant lives.

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