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With a new book slated to hit the shelves and a energetic attitude that exudes determination, Consultant and CEO of The Human Factor Holly Green is all about success.

She encouraged the students at California State University, San Marcos, to find success in their organizations and to learn how to be a manager in changing times.

Green, who reads four books a week -- two for work and two for pleasure --– is finishing "More Than a Minute," a management book that updates Kenneth Blanchard’s "The One-Minute Manager."

“The world has changed dramatically in the past 26 years,” Green said of the need for an update.

Blanchard’s popular first book was published in 1981.

For example, communication is different -- there are four generations in the work force, which can create conflict, competition and miscommunication.

Green is also concerned that women are losing their equal role in the workplace. Women make up 52 percent of the work force, but have been losing board positions and leadership roles in the past few years.

She got her start in politics when she was just coming of age to vote. She strategized with presidents Reagan and H.W. Bush and said the campaigns were just as manipulative then as they are now.

“I don’t think things have changed,” she said. “I just think we see a lot more. It was always dirty.”

She predicted Sen. Hillary Clinton will be the next president, based on the political engine running the campaign. She didn’t think anyone could stop it.

Green transitioned out of politics into corporate consulting, where she now owns her own firm, The Human Factor.

As a consultant who has worked with Coca-Cola (NYSE: KO), Dell (Nasdaq: DELL) and Qualcomm (Nasdaq: QCOM), to name a few, she doesn’t believe in a business model that will make every company successful. Instead, she caters it to the company with whom she is working.

“I don’t believe in best practices; I believe in winning practices,” she said.

Green said the students need to develop a personal mission plan as well. The average college student is entering the work force likely to change jobs every year, switching careers seven times.

“I think it is more important to know where you’re going, and then decide how to get there,” she said.

As a mother, a company president and a philanthropist, Green said she gave up trying to find a perfect balance between work and personal life.

She consults for several charities and her husband, a former engineer, teaches at a local low-income school. She treats her family as part of her career -- if her daughter has a soccer game, she considers herself booked.

“I don’t really believe in balance in life; I believe in being passionate about life,” she said.


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