"Know this: your success will depend directly on the success of your staff. No one gets there alone. No one." ~ Bonnie Low-Kramen, Staff Matters As a 40-year veteran of the U.S. corporate workplace that spanned four industries (broadcasting, publishing, public relations and financial services), and was employed by Fortune 500 companies and mid-size businesses, … Continue reading DO YOU THINK YOUR “STAFF MATTERS”?
A DEADLINE YOU MUST NOT MISS
by Jeanne Nelson “Someone struggled for your right to vote. Use it.” ~ Susan B. Anthony “Voting is the expression of our commitment to ourselves, one another, this country, and this world.” ~ Sharon Salzberg “The ballot is stronger than the bullet.” ~ Abraham Lincoln "Our lives begin to end the day we become … Continue reading A DEADLINE YOU MUST NOT MISS
FAMILIES THAT DINE TOGETHER SHINE TOGETHER
"After a good dinner, one can forgive anybody, even one's own relations." ~ Oscar Wilde "We sat together as a family for dinner at night. And my mother had a job. My dad had a job. But there was always a meal on the table at 6:00, you know." ~ Trisha Yearwood "When I'm sittin' … Continue reading FAMILIES THAT DINE TOGETHER SHINE TOGETHER
SERIES ~ PANDEMIC LESSONS LEARNED – PART THREE: WORKING / SCHOOLING FROM HOME
"Do what you can, with what you have, where you are." ~ Theodore Roosevelt “Now that companies have built the framework – and experienced the cost and time savings associated with it – there’s no real reason to turn back.” – Mark Lobosco, VP of Talent Solutions at LinkedIn "In a two-parent home where both … Continue reading SERIES ~ PANDEMIC LESSONS LEARNED – PART THREE: WORKING / SCHOOLING FROM HOME
Agree to Disagree Agreeably
"Honest disagreement is often a good sign of progress." ~ Mahatma Gandhi There have been a number of reports over the past two years of political disagreements, especially over the 2016 presidential election, driving a wedge between friends and family members. A radio interview of a father and son revealed their divide. An on-air TV interview highlighted … Continue reading Agree to Disagree Agreeably
A Sense of Humor is Good For Your Health and Good For Business
Do the best you can, and don't take life too serious." ~ Will Rogers Will Rogers (1879-1935) was considered one of the wisest men of his time and one of the greatest wits. He once said, "I never met a man I didn't like." That might seem like a bit of a stretch for most humans, but a twist on … Continue reading A Sense of Humor is Good For Your Health and Good For Business
We Interrupt this Woman…
The opposite of talking isn't listening. The opposite of talking is waiting. ~ Fran Lebowitz A long accepted workplace practice when women and men are present in any kind of meeting -- regardless of the industry or setting -- is men speak and women listen, or women speak and men interrupt them. On the whole, women … Continue reading We Interrupt this Woman…
Be A Superhero Employee: Block Workplace Cyber Security Breaches
"A company can spend hundreds of thousands of dollars on firewalls,
intrusion detection systems and encryption
and other security technologies,
but if an attacker can call one trusted person within the company,
and that person complies, and if the attacker gets in,
then all that money spent on technology is essentially wasted."
~ Kevin Mitnick
Before the birth of the Internet, security breaches involving social engineering were in full force via the telephone and fax machines.
One well-known ongoing scam has involved telephone con artists posing as company-approved vendors. They'll call various departments in organizations until they reach someone willing to cooperate by providing equipment serial numbers, allegedly for repair or supply-ordering purposes. The scammers will obtain the name of the person who provided them with the information and then send invoices to the company for phony supply or equipment repair orders with fingers crossed that no one will check and simply pay them. Another scam involves obtaining those serial numbers and employee's name again, shipping below-standard supplies "authorized" by the employee, and then sending an invoice, usually for a charge far above what the supplies are worth. These scams don't work in every case, but they work often enough to keep them going.
Greeting Etiquette in the Age of Ebola
Do not greet people with hand-shaking, avoid body contact with others
until the crisis is over. ~ World Health Organization
There is irony in the cultural lore of handshaking having originated in Europe during the Middle Ages as a lifesaving measure to demonstrate that neither person was carrying a weapon in his hand or up his sleeve, and today's declarations from medical experts that handshaking could possibly be a life-threatening gesture because it can transmit deadly viruses and bacteria.
Job Search Series – Nailing the Interview – Part 9 – Thank You
The Post-Interview Written Thank-You
No duty is more urgent than that of returning thanks.
~ James Allen
You’ve reached the end of your interview, or in some cases several interview sessions. Do you feel as though you’ve nailed it and the prize is yours? Or aren't you sure? In any case, now is not the time to drop the ball! You need to implement your follow-up strategy, starting with your written thank-you.