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).
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?
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.”