Today I am feeling a little reflective. In this reflective spirit, I have been thinking about purpose and productivity. Have you ever noticed that the less you do, the less you want to do? The same goes for productivity, the more active you are, the more likely you are to take on different challenges.
Do You Fit the Organizational Culture?
Well, it has been too long, my friends! My apologies. The past couple of months have been very hectic, as I acquired a new job, finished my previous one, and the Christmas season quickly caught me up in family gatherings! A fellow blogger, Grif Jones, asked me on Twitter “No more pinstripe?” There will always be #PinstripePumps!
As I started my new job, I ran across an article on the importance of organizational culture. Business Week published an article by Logan Hill – Job Applicants’ Cultural Fit Can Trump Qualifications. As the cultural “fit” of an organization becomes more important, job interviews are becoming more like first dates. Interviewers are “feeling” the interviewee out, assessing if they have similar interests and humour as their employees do.
There is a rising trend in business that incorporates philanthropy into business strategy. Businesses are aspiring to make a social and environmental impact on their world. Instead of revelling in a consumer-driven atmosphere, and vying for the biggest piece of the consumer pie, businesses are creating wealth (both social and financial) for themselves by supporting others. Charles H. Moore, Executive Director of the Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy, explains that the definition of shareholder has changed to include “government, employees, consumers, activist groups, the non-profit sector and others”. Tightly woven into the fabric of new corporate responsibility is the ground-breaking notion that one can do well, by doing good. Corporate philanthropy is about inspiring trust, goal-setting and action towards ending social and environmental strife.
Are You Living a Life Worth Dying For?
As Remembrance Day comes to us again this year, I wanted to mark this occasion with a heartfelt “Thank you”.
Thank you to the men and women who fought during the first and second world wars, and those who have given their lives since that time for an idea, a dream, our future, and the overall protection of our country.
For a while now, corporations have begun to understand the importance of giving back to the community, basically, not being an island unto themselves. It is understood that a company is part of the community, and must engage with it as such. While some organizations have grasped this better than others, it is something that society now demands if they are going to invest in the future of that company.
(and everyday life too)
Ever left a meeting with no contract signed, but a firm handshake and a promise to read over your carefully prepared proposal? You left feeling good at first, the same kind of high you had after that weekend long conference, that had you jumping up and down and singing kumbaya with the strangers seated beside you.
As a young business person, I have found it increasingly important to think about giving back to my community and the world around me. While I believe it is important to start at home, before trying to help people in other countries, it is important to gain a global perspective on the landscape around us; how systems are interacting on a global platform to impact our everyday lives and decision-making processes. About a year and a half ago I worked for a Philanthropreneur who opened my eyes to the world of philanthropy, and the idea of Microfinance, Microloans, etc. From there, he shared with me the concepts of MacroFinance, and Macroloans. This world helped me to delve into the contemporary definition of philanthropy (and how we may come to see it tomorrow – the Philanthropreneur I worked for is ahead of his time).
Have you ever believed in the idea of “luck” or “fortune”? I have never been one for luck, especially if it demands a rabbit’s foot, green Leprechaun, or moonlit ceremony. Recently, I can across a quote by Seneca about luck (or lack thereof) that struck home to me: “Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.”
Perhaps you’ve wondered why I’ve been so quiet lately, well, it’s pretty tough to write when you are driving across Canada! Today I am veering away from the point of this blog – to share my journey as a young female business professional, to talk about how proud I am to be Canadian!
Fear is one of the strongest motivators in our lives. It grips us at the very core of who we are, and holds us back from reaching our potential. It is ironic to say that fear is a “motivator” (isn’t it a de-motivator?), but it is. It encourages us to run from situations in our lives that we perceive as “threatening” or “scary”. In life and business, I have come to recognize the importance of overcoming fear and pushing forward.
Have you ever thought of social media as an economy? Well it is.
It is an economy of thoughts and interactions between communities (or tribes) of people.
It is a place to share and barter ideas.
It is a marketplace of people and brands, converging for the first time on a fairly level playing field.
When I started this blog I explained that I would write about my “B2B” moments – or “Brienne to Brienne” moments. The whole point of the “B2B” moment is to let you, my readers, in on what my brain is thinking on a specific topic. Pretty much, it is a way for me to talk to myself, without feeling like I’m going crazy (ha).
Today, I’ve been thinking about handshakes. It is so important for people to know how to give a proper handshake. There is nothing worse than shaking someone’s hand and receiving a weak, or half-handed shake.
In my last post, I wrote about the “other” form of CRM – Cause Related Marketing, but I thought that it would be beneficial to explain what the other “CRM” – customer relationship management is.
Most marketers will already be aware of what a customer relationship management, or CRM consists of, but there has been a revolution in the industry as social media becomes the main vehicle through which brands communicate with their consumers.
Do Well While Doing Good
In business, there is something called CRM, or customer relationship management. Generally, it is easier to retain current customers, than seek out new ones; this is why it is smart for companies to put together a strategy to keep their customers happy to retain their business.
Have you ever “Liked” a Page on Facebook? Seemed harmless enough, right? Have you ever thought that doing so might get you fired?
Too many people take their job for granted. Over time, it’s like the air has been let out of their proverbial balloon. Where’s the passion, the drive? With long work hours, some people just need a good vacation, while others need a good kick in the butt!
Identifying your passion and making sure that your career aligns with that passion is extremely important. While most people know what Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs is, I think it is worth mentioning. Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs states that one must first meet their physiological needs, safety, long and belonging, esteem, and then self-actualization to be a completely fulfilled person. I believe that identifying one’s passions, and living them out satiates the needs identified in the “esteem” and “self-actualization” categories of Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs.
Women have made many strides in the workforce, but has it come at a price?
“Anything you can do, I can do better…”
Whether you want to believe it or not, people judge you on the way you present yourself to the world, basically, how you dress and carry yourself.
I believe that you should dress for the position you want, not the position you have. Thoughts and actions have power. If you exude passion and confidence in the way you carry yourself, treat others, and dress, you will attain success. You become what you think and believe every day! Just as words have the power to breathe life or destroy, so do your thoughts. You are worth it, dress for success!
“You are the books you read, the films you watch, the music you listen to, the people you meet, the dreams you have, and the conversations you engage in. You are what you take from these. You are the sound of the ocean, breath of the fresh air, the brightest light and the darkest corner.
We all wish we had more time. More time with a loved one before they passed away, more time to study for that final exam – or write that essay, more time to prepare for that big meeting, or more time to enjoy that popsicle before the sun melted it away. We all wish that we had more time – more life to live, but the reality is, we have only a certain amount of time on this earth – so make it count.
Today was a day full of meetings. After sitting stationary for so long, lunchtime rolled around and I went out for sushi; then I was back to my desk again. While sushi is definitely a tasty, and most times healthy choice, when you get busy it seems that everything else – including physical activity falls to the back burner.
Thank you for reading my blog! I have named this blog “Pinstripe Pumps”, because I am a young woman in the business world. This blog will cover my journey as I discover what it truly means to be a woman in business.
What does “Heels, Wheels, and Deals” Mean?
It is crucial that companies grasp the importance of people’s social networks and how they impact their every day decision-making processes. Channelled effectively, social networking while on the job can help to increase innovation and stamina in the workforce.
Just this past year, Suncor Energy loosened their security settings on their work computers, allowing employees to check their social networks, such as Facebook, during work hours!
Social media competency is important to every business, as social media becomes a powerful marketing and brand dissemination tool.
I studied two organizations this summer who renovated their buildings to specifically accommodate relationship building. Their central cores were filled with tables and couches for small or large gatherings. They both had a Starbucks inside the building (if there was ever an incentive to get me to work at a different company, that would be it) and strongly encouraged relationship building in meetings and interactions. The HR leaders at one of these organizations had a large cubicle for office space, not a segregated office hidden behind guards (also known as Executive Assistants). This leader admitted their social aspects were still a work in progress, but judging by my short visit, they seemed to be way ahead of other companies.
Social networking has evolved in various formats, using technological advances to allow people to communicate with their network in unique ways. These networks have infiltrated our workforce and have created numerous…
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Especially with the introduction of the Internet, people have started to believe that nation-state lines are blurring, and that we are becoming part of a global community. Civil upheavals such as the ones that took place in Libya and Egypt, were not confined to the nation-state as its citizens used the Internet, specifically, social media, to communicate globally. Despite the global communication, is the term “global citizenship” truly exemplified across sovereign-state borders?