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Thanks Wells Fargo!

It feels great to work for a company that cares about where we live and work.  Many companies have outreach programs for communities, I can imagine, that those employees feel proud of their company sponsorship too!

Several of us read to elementary kids, we get time off to do this, and it is so rewarding to join in school activities. I’ve been reading to John F. Kennedy Elementary school in Daly City. Everyone that is volunteering in the Reading First program is at a different school or day care. It is wonderful to see my kindergartner’s faces as they listen to the story. They are loving it! We talk about how fun it is at work, it makes me feel involved and grateful. Anyone at Wells Fargo can apply for the 10 free books, and go read them to a school of their choice. Then, best of all, we give the books to the school library to keep. This is fun!

And here is more good news:

Following are the list of the forty-three schools in Wells Fargo’s Peninsula area, which received $1,000 grants as part of the Community Connection Grant Program:
Carlmont High School – Belmont
Brisbane Elementary School – Brisbane
Franklin Elementary School - Burlingame
McKinley Elementary School – Burlingame
C.B. Elementary School - Cupertino
Marjorie Tobias Elementary School - Daly City
Panorama Elementary - Daly City
Caser Chavez Academy - East Palo Alto
East Palo Alto Charter School - East Palo Alto
Audubon Elementary - Foster City
Cunha Intermediate School - Half Moon Bay
Almond Elementary School - Los Altos
Los Altos High School - Los Altos
La Entrada Middle School - Menlo Park
Oak Knoll Elementary School - Menlo Park
Mills High School - Millbrae
Benjamin Bubb Elementary School - Mountain View
Mariano Castro Elementary School – Mountain View
Mountain View High School - Mountain View
Springer Elementary School - Mountain View
Stevenson Elementary - Mountain View
Terra Nova High School - Pacifica
Barron Park Elementary - Palo Alto
Willow Oaks Elementary School - Palo Alto
Adelante Spanish Immersion School - Redwood City
John F. Kennedy Middle School - Redwood City
Sequoia High School - Redwood City
Taft Elementary School - Redwood City
Allen Elementary School - San Bruno
Tierra Linda Middle School - San Carlos
Borel Middle School - San Mateo
Meadows Elementary School - San Mateo
Meadow Heights Elementary - San Mateo
San Mateo County Special Education - San Mateo
El Camino High School - South San Francisco
Martin Elementary School - South San Francisco
Braly Elementary School - Sunnyvale
Cherry Chase School - Sunnyvale
Columbia Middle School - Sunnyvale
Fremont High School - Sunnyvale
Sunnyvale Middle School - Sunnyvale
Woodside Elementary - Woodside
Woodside High School - Woodside

Web Strategy by Jeremiah

Funding Comparison: Social Networks vs Collaborative Economy

Social networks were the first phase of digital P2P. They enabled anyone to create media and then share it. The Collaborative Economy is the second phase. It enables anyone to create goods and share what they already own. So, how similar or different are the funding amounts for these two movements? This post provides some insight.

There are many ways to compare industries. I’ve conducted analysis on: adoption rates, attitudes, growth rates, and, in tech-heavy industry, funding rates. While investors have often known to be wrong, funding indicates bullish attitudes based on financial analysis and gut reaction to new markets. It’s a metric we must analyze.

If you want to see the full perspective of funding, advance to the Google Sheet of Collaborative Economy funding. Please note that there are multiple tabs.

To produce this comparison, we gathered publicly available information about consumer-facing, popular social networks, like Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn (and 17 others) to find out how much money a mature market, complete with winners, losers, and IPOs, has been funded. Next, we gathered public data about funding in the Collaborative Economy (Uber, Airbnb, Indiegogo, and hundreds others) to see what we could find.

A few analysis notes:

  • Popular social networks are reported to have been funded by $5.4 billion over the last decade. Mostly “consumer” Collaborative Economy startups that enable the sharing of goods, services, food, money and vehicles, have been funded $6.8 billion
  • If you compared, percentage wise, the Collaborative Economy has been funded 26% more than popular social networks.
  • This isn’t an apples-to-oranges comparison: There are few fewer social networks (we looked at 20) than Collaborative Economy startups (we tabled 497). There is no public data for many social networks that died by the wayside lack.
  • Often, funding in early stages is not reported, so it’s impossible to ever truly know what the total funding amount for many companies. Early seed and angel rounds aren’t typically reported.
  • While social networks aren’t likely to be funded significantly greater, I expect that many Collaborative Economy startups are going to receive significantly more funding.
  • I didn’t tally up enterprise social business software funding (community platforms, social media management systems) as there isn’t comparable software for the Collaborative Economy …yet.

This doesn’t mean that all Collaborative Economy startups will succeed. Markets often only have room for three players – not like the dozens of transportation players currently available. It could also mean that Collaborative Economy companies need to be more resource-intensive to lift off the ground. It certainly means that investors, many who funded social networks, are also bullish on this next phase of P2P sharing.

‘staches and Movember

Are you wondering about the mustaches turning up, and growing on so many men. The paper versions turn up on women too!

Just like the Wear Pink in October, the mustaches are  telling an important story and helping to get more awareness for MENS HEALTH issues.

Take a look at the Well Fargo Story, listen to the video and to have some fun with classes, at work or in teaching your children – you can print the PDF of the moustaches to cut out and wear – along with the history of five famous men that wore them. Fun and History combined. You’ll enjoy this story but most of all – the message is a serious one – let’s all be aware of men’s health issues, screening, symptoms, next steps. Click here for more info!

Watch the video above celebrating the moustaches of five Wells Fargo legends and use the moustache cutouts toRemember Movember,” which supports the foundation’s focus on prostate cancer, testicular cancer, and mental health.

“The ’staches we grow are designed to spark conversation and awareness and help Movember change the face of men’s health,” says Dan Stockenberg of Wells Fargo Advisors. He’s captain of a Movember team taking part in the campaign.


Honoring our Military & our Veterans

I write about Veterans and honoring our military service personnel often…. yes, and it is easy to see why. These soldiers put everything on the line, they work every day to make our country strong and safe. There is no “Day Off” for what they do.  Our Service people are just like you and me –  - but what they do and learn is hard to even comprehend. They suffer for it sometimes with PTSD or exhaustion, missing family and being far away. This is more than a job, it is a calling. Let’s honor our active duty Service Military, our Veterans and our Emergency Workers.

** Don’t know what to say to a person in uniform? “Thanks for Serving” works just fine.

There are Veterans in your workplace, in your community and in your life. It is easy to say THANK YOU. November 11 is Veterans Day in the USA and several other countries.

Articles on our Veterans — please take a look. 

Coming Home link. These are joyous videos of our soldiers returning home.  that families have shared. You’ll cry, you’ll laugh, they are all different. They all make  me want to hug my son.


Domestic Violence Awareness Month

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, this is a time to learn more: domestic violence affects all incomes and cultures. It is often a silent and shame-filled situation that affects families and injured partners throughout their lives and also their children. Learning more is the first step, and understanding the potential signs of domestic violence and how to spot them in the workplace.

National Domestic Violence Hotline. This resource is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 800-799-SAFE (7233). Shelters are available in most communities and counseling helps break the abuse cycle.

Each year more than 10 million women and men are subjected to physical violence by a domestic partner. In fact, one in three women and one in four men will experience abuse sometime over the course of their lifetimes. According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, intimate partner violence accounts for 15 percent of all violent crime.

Unsurprisingly, the children in these homes also suffer — every year 3 million children witness physical violence in their homes; 30 to 60 percent of these children also suffer abuse or neglect.

Robo-Calls and Customer Service

We have all received those annoying call-center calls – you can tell from the echoing sound, the pause before pick-up and the goofy-sounding person reading from a script.  When there is a data security breach at a bank or store – yes, they do have to move fast – but there should be care in crafting this type of message to the masses!  Suggestions include:

  1. Avoid confusion, have a clear message of the problem, how it affects the customer and where to go for more information.
  2. The speaker should be a person that CARES about the problem, and better if if it someone who is actually able to do something – a CEO perhaps.
  3. If data has been stolen, define WHAT DATA, and offer help in restoring the person back to a “regular” status.

Some excerpts from the article written by Penny Crossman, “How Not To Handle a Data Breach” in American Banker :

“Best-in-class organizations have done a couple of things ahead of time: they’ve engaged people throughout the organization who will need to play a role in the event a breach occurs,” he said.

And this doesn’t just mean the IT staff.

“Of course the tech team has to be involved, but wise organizations will also have CEOs and other C-level managers engaged, product managers engaged such as the person in charge of credit cards,” Smocer said. Online banking, mobile banking and call center managers need to be involved, as do marketing and public relations people and third parties, such as a credit monitoring provider that might need to provide a year of free monitoring for victims.

“You need to think about who’s going to speak with your constituencies, law enforcement, customers, the media,” Smocer said. “You almost have to lay out a plan that covers reasonable scenarios: what happens if we’re breached and private customer information is stolen, if intellectual property is stolen, if the third party we work with is breached and our customers’ information is affected. You need to assemble the team, run through some scenarios you can reasonably expect.”

There are also positive industry role models for dealing with a data breach.

In the wake of the Target breach, one credit union’s CEO called customers personally to notify them of the breach and walk them through next steps, Conroy recalls.

And as the DDoS attacks took place, PNC stood out for its deft communications work.

“PNC’s response was excellent – they were very honest with customers about what had happened, they assured customers their data and money was safe, and they provided clear communication about alternate ways to engage with the bank,” Conroy said.

November Themes

thankful its novemberNovember already!!?…. we are rapidly heading toward year end…. time for some recognition of GREAT projects, stellar efforts and completion of tasks!!

Month Long Celebrations

  • Peanut Butter Lover’s Month
  • Diabetes Month
  • National Raisin Bread Month
  • Good Nutrition Month
  • International Drum Month

This is a great time to schedule a team builder event, or something with a theme of Gratitude. We really enjoy volunteering at any one of the many community focused organizations. Here are some special days in November to build a meeting around or an excuse for a fun gathering!

Here in San Francisco, we have a tradition, Tree Lighting on Union Square, it is a beautiful event, great family fun.
Days to Remember!

give thanksNovember is usually a time for gratitude and appreciation with Thanksgiving celebrated in families, around the community and in stores.  November 21 would be fun to plan an event for, you could have your meeting in multiple languages or say HELLO in as many languages are your team could call out!


hello world


October Themes are here!
December Days to remember are here!

First-Time Leader

How to be a leader? There are guides that can help you put your best foot forward.  The BRAVE model is part of the strategy outlined in the business book, First-Time Leader by George B. Bradt and Gillian Davis. The book centers around the BRAVE leadership model which stands for Behaviors, Relationships, Attitudes, Values, and Environment. These are the tools new leaders need to transition into their new roles.

The BRAVE Leadership Success Framework is comprised of five parts:

1. Behaviors encourage leaders to delegate and create value for the team. Leaders can add value by listening and fostering leadership abilities in others.

2. Relationships help leaders and teams understand the mission and vision of their companies, and lead through actions. Leaders can build an ADEPT team by acquiring, developing, encouraging, planning, and transitioning talent into new roles.

3. Attitude is “a pivot point between values and environment, and relationships and behaviors.” This feature can be tricky for new leaders because they are trying to adapt to a new work culture. Smart leaders will figure out the best way to interact with the new team.

4. Value helps leaders to align their teams with the organizations’ missions and principles. The leader must be very clear and express the mission in ways that engage the team and add value for the organization.

5. Environment provides a wider context to help leaders develop clear messages. The context directs new leaders to listen to others, understand problems, and make decisions based on relationships, attitude, and values.

In any organization, teams or individuals determine behaviors, and leaders can guide others by focusing those behaviors on successful outcomes. Organizational culture can be summed up with the following: *Be: The organization’s core beliefs *Do: The behavioral norms *Say: An expression of the culture

What? Are You an Imposter?

It happens to people that you or I might look at and say Wow – they make so many great contributions…. but they feel like they don’t fit in. 

Yes, like imposters.

It can happen for many reasons, feeling socially limited, not being part of the same community, not having the income, feeling like a misfit or not validated in your team. It can be subtle, something hard to identify. Not being recognized takes a toll. Not being able to make a meaningful contribution is a handicap to your career. How you feel about your accomplishments can make the difference between sucess and oh-hum job blues.

It is not uncommon for successful people to feel that they are imposters. They often think they are the only ones who feel this way, but this could not be further from the truth. In The Empress Has No Clothes, Joyce M. Roché and Alexander Kopelman discuss the impostor syndrome in detail in hopes of helping people manage and conquer their fears. They explore the complex reasons why the syndrome exists and the situations that trigger it in different people.   — the Business Book Summaries 

What to do?

  • Write or talk with friends about your paradoxical feelings
  • Know that you can achieve the levels of success that you aspire to
  • You may find themselves in unfamiliar territory with promotions and new assignments
  • New challenges stimulates new fears of being “discovered”
  •  Individuals can learn the difference between the stress associated with new responsibilities and the dreaded “imposter feelings”

UpGlo – our Global Workforce

In the USA over 1.8 million college-educated, skilled immigrants are under-employed or unemployed. While these talented people may work in ‘survival jobs’ they are trained and motivated to perform the jobs they know – the jobs they are passionate about.

Why is this a problem?  We need skilled diverse workers. We want these people to integrate into our communities where they can add so much value. There are shortages of skilled workers in many of the areas where they can provide skills.

You know them! They live and work in our SF Bay Area and all over the USA.

Check out Upwardly Global to find out more – for Employers and Job Seekers.  Located in downtown San Francisco and serving the global marketplace!