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With ever-changing business and financial climates, it's important to keep abreast of options but also to remember the basics, said Education Week lecturers at Brigham Young University.

"If you do not see big, you will not see enough," said Darby Checketts, president of Cornerstone Production Development, who spoke at Campus Education Week. The event was jointly sponsored by the Church Educational System of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and BYU.Checketts guided Education Week attendees through a list of essentials for surviving the workplace revolution.

Businesses need to provide a rich learning environment for their employees. It's impossible to promise lifetime employment in today's business world, so employers must at least promise their employees a stimulating work environment where they can pro-gress and learn, Checketts said.

Employees then must work diligently without hidden agendas.

"Get out of the business of politics where you work," he said. "Get out of the business of trying to get promoted."

Promotions will naturally fall in place for the truly motivated employee who works to please the customer, he said.

"There was a time when there was no question about the importance of our customers," Checketts said. Many large corporations have forgotten that concept, but they must remember it to survive.

"What makes a (worker) extraordinary is not their technical skills. Their people skills make them extraordinary," he said.

Once employees have learned to survive the marketplace, they need to know how to pass their assets to their families and heirs, said Michael Loveridge, an attorney.

He suggested keeping a record book detailing personal assets, titles, deeds, estate documents and wills. Then, when estate owners die, their survivors are not left with the emotional and financial burdens of settling things in probate court.

Loveridge advised attendees to seek advice from legal experts, but to do the yeoman's share of the work themselves to save time and money. Particular attention must be paid to the wording of estate documents so that heirs - not the government - reap the benefits, he said.