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Advice for the Transition from Military life to Civilian

Five tips for other veterans trying to transition to the corporate world after service:

  1. Have an open mind when you initially make your transition to civilian life. You might not get the job you want, but it will help build on your background and experiences.
  2. Tell your career story by relating your experience to the open position to help prospective employers see the connections between your strengths and their needs.
  3. Don’t have tunnel vision about what you did, or what your rank was, in the military.
  4. Focus on your professional development and set goals.
  5. Take on new, uncomfortable tasks so you can become better at what you do — both during your service and once in a corporate job.

To read the entire article, please click this link for a Wells Fargo Story, its inspiring.

Time off from Work

Everyone talks about this. It can make or break a company, it can lead to optimism, hard work and loyalty or exhaustion, low morale and lack of engagement.  In big companies, it can even very from group to group. When you NEED time off, and you can get it, then life is good. Of course, I have a bias, I quit the employee world and became a contractor over this very issue.  What do I think? Give me time off when I need it? I wouldn’t ask if it wasn’t important.

This article is great – about Virgin and their time off policies: (a quick summary)

  • Employees can now take up to a year of paid parental leave after the birth or adoption of a child. (this is depending on time with the company.) Thanks to CEO Richard Branson for his innovative thinking.
  • Retention – or do you want to keep hiring after your key folks leave?
  • Keep Employees Healthy
  • Keep your group creative, productive and engaged
  • Watch designer Stefan Sagmeister TED video
  • Pay attention to what Cindy Ventrice, author of Make Their Day! Employee Recognition that Works  has to say. Her weekly tips are so useful.

Other Additional Resources, Ideas

  • Stumbling on Happiness, Daniel Gilbert
  • 3M 15% time off to explore
  • 30% – Google gives software engineers time


Fashion for a Cause: Kids and Art event this SUNDAY


We hope you are doing well. I’m not sure if I have shared already this with you… 3 fashion designers are launching their line as a benefit to Kids & Art at the Bay Club in Redwood Shores this Sunday June 28 from 5-9pm. Want to pass on the 50% off promo code I have received for this weekends benefit event: Promo Code: FashionForACause

CLICK THE LINK: You can purchase tickets here    We hope you can come out to this Fashion Show – it will be great! We hope you can be there and please do feel free to share the code.

We love helping kids get involved in ART! Thanks for helping our group!


— Purvi Shah

Founder | Executive Director | Children with cancer making a difference Kids & Art Foundation is a 501(c)3 California non profit organization


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Your Passion, Your Work

Making your current job your best job? This is an important task; and one that each of us needs to work on from time to time, Right?

My passion: I love playtime, making events, inviting friends, enjoying great discussions, meeting new people and pursuing creative & innovative solutions. Perfect Job? Event Manager. IT IS ALL THOSE ATTRIBUTES, plus frustration, working with people that think THEY can do it better, 24/7 time commitment, unpredictable hours and totally exciting.  However, having done that for awhile I realized that I was stressed, worn down and not loving it anymore. Time to quit. Going back to my technology life felt easy and…. I had to admit, it had ALL the elements of the events job and paid twice as much. Good and Good.   I learned that you can get what you want at your regular job, if you know what you want and work towards adjusting the things that don’t fit. Bit by bit, your job will become what you want it to be.

Take a look at this article: How To Be Successful And Happy At Work and see if that stirs up some ideas for you.

Maybe you can get a Walking group going at lunch, or a book review club, or scrapbooking or running or baseball watching. I know of many groups that add one thing (a passion) and each and every day is better. You spend a lot of time at work, you can enjoy it too.

Resiliency can be a learned skill

It’s worth it to tone down your stress and be more ready for the challenges that occur every day.  And you can work on it with your TEAM!!

The good news: Resiliency can be a learned skill, not just a personality trait. You can develop the ability to bounce back — and cope with change — at any age.

These five strategies have worked for others. Maybe they can help you too.

1. Write things down. The simple act of writing about problems may offer stress relief and clearer thinking. Take a few minutes a day to: Jot down thoughts Draft a list of problems or goals Come up with potential solutions or plans of action List some specific, realistic steps to act on

2. Take a step forward. Pick one immediate — but doable — task. Tackle it. When it’s finished, move to another.

3. Picture the positive! Worrying about what you fear can keep you stuck. Instead, think about what you want — and how to achieve it. Visualize the positive outcome in your mind.

4. Reach out to others. Friends, mentors and loved ones can offer advice, tips, perspective or just moral support. If you’re having difficulty coping day to day, you might consider professional counseling, as well.

5. Be kind to yourself. Give your body extra TLC. Eat healthfully — and don’t skimp on exercise and rest. With this strategy, you’ll be better prepared to tackle each new task and challenge. *Check your benefits plan to see what services may be covered.

Another method that works well, is picturing the WORST case and developing a strategy to handle it…… then LET IT GO!

NLP – (Neuro-Linguistic Programming) does this. It’s the opposite of #3, but for some situations it can really help.  Ask a friend to help you brainstorm a difficult problem, you can benefit from their input.  – the editor

– This is an excerpt from the GREAT newsletter from United Health   go ahead and subscribe! It is wonderful and full of hints, tips, articles and an archive. UnitedHealthcare <>

Pitch to a Prospect – Tips!

Some Great information here, on the Wells Fargo Blog. It is available, and has a variety of business articles.  The source of this article. (you can see updates and comments on the original blog.)

My job is to help tweak the evolution of technology at Wells Fargo by working with young companies that have innovations to offer us — and to influence the success of these young companies by exposing them to the scale of a large and complex corporation.

Too often, though, I feel like I’m at a “speed dating” exercise: Startup leaders, I find, seldom are expert at pitching their solutions to corporate executives.

For technology companies to be successful, you need to know how to navigate the labyrinth of stakeholders, incentives, concerns, and the accompanying risk, compliance, and business drivers of a company with scale and complexity.

In advance of Wells Fargo’s 2015 Technology Partnership Summit in San Francisco, we asked leaders from across Wells Fargo* for pointers they would give to tech companies pitching to larger clients.

  1. Acknowledge the obvious challenges
    Large, complex companies can challenge the best of technologies both in terms of size and architecture. Be prepared to constructively respond to this challenge with agility, differentiation, and speed-to-market. Your product, platform, and pitch should reflect this reality.
  2. Differentiate, differentiate, differentiate
    You are potentially displacing or otherwise disrupting incumbent vendors. Be crisp on how you differentiate and fact-based on how your solution is unique. You can also explore partnering with a larger technology company for navigating enterprise scale.
  3. Get specific
    What can your technology do now versus what is in the roadmap ahead? At some stage in the pitching process, you’ll need to review your financials, funding, staffing, and sales pipeline. Be prepared with details for evaluation of things like what your cost model is and how you are positioned to compete and defend against copycats.
  4. Work your contacts
    Avoid the urge to send an email blast to everybody you can get to via LinkedIn. This has a counterproductive effect on a company’s appetite to engage and is a colossal waste of resources for all. A more effective method is to approach a company through a referral from your investor partner, a board member, or a key business or technology executive.
  5. Do your homework!
    Most larger companies have a wealth of public information in print, online, and social media. Understand the company’s scale, business imperatives, risk appetite, and more by doing your research ahead of time. Also know who you’re meeting with. Is it senior technology leaders? Their staffs? The receptionist? Know who they are, and tailor your message for the audience.
  6. Mute the sales pitch
    Most companies are acutely aware of the problems or opportunities for which you’re trying to solve. Avoid obvious and absolute superlatives and “market speak.” Instead, compare and contrast with obvious and not-so-obvious competitors and technically proven facts.
  7. Crawl before you run
    If feasible, start with smaller institutions before pitching to a larger company, which allows you to position more credibly to solve for the opportunity.
  8. Place the geeks front and center
    Bring your senior technical and executive leaders to deep-dive meetings so they can participate. Sales pitches are a dime a dozen. Large companies have armies of sales consultants. Differentiate your company by being technical, visionary, precise, and brief.
  9. Be pragmatic, not dogmatic
    Although you’re certain you can solve every problem — and your ideas are technically sound — be pragmatic in how it integrates in a cost-effective and risk-neutral way with existing technologies. Avoid getting into philosophical debates on what the possibilities are.

Author: Manoj Govindan

Summer Reading?

Part of ENJOYING  your  summer is taking some times to rest, read, relax.  Don’t have time for a great book? Try these!

15 Life-Changing Books You Can Read in a Day

I wanted to add, this book: “Fear and Trembling” from author Amelie Nothomb who writes many other short books, has an elegant, witty style. She pulls you into the situation she writes about as if it is happening right now, and uses satire to keep you wondering and reading! This book is about a corporate workplace in Japan that is seriously demented. Could we get through a year at this place (based on a true story)?  To find other great books, you can start a Book Club at work…. to spread the fun through the summer months!  — the editor

Ethan Frome
By Edith Wharton, 77 pages. The title character of Wharton’s novella gets caught in a love triangle between his wife and her cousin. The resolution, as any high school English student can tell you, is tragic.

Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
By Frederick Douglass, 96 pages. Considered the foremost autobiography of a former slave, Douglass’s Narrative was a major credit to the abolitionist cause. It’s also one of the strongest testaments to the power of reading.

The Metamorphosis
By Franz Kafka, 44 pages. In the original case of waking up on the wrong side of the bed, salesman Gregor Samsa finds himself transformed one morning into a giant vermin.

The Old Man and the Sea
By Ernest Hemingway, 96 pages. Hemingway’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novella follows fisherman Santiago as he battles alone against an enormous marlin.

The Communist Manifesto
By Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, 48 pages. The Communist League commissioned Marx and Engels to write this political pamphlet that revolutionized the way the world thought about class and capital.

Ayn Rand, 80 pages. On the opposite end of the political spectrum, Rand’s dystopian novella about a man who would not conform to his society’s regulations celebrated fierce individualism.

Heart of Darkness
By Joseph Conrad, 72 pages. Protagonist Marlow, working for an ivory-trading company, travels up the Congo River in search of renegade Kurtz in this story that probes the truth about civilization.

By Plato, 80 pages. Partygoers take turns giving speeches on the nature of love in this philosophical work that originated the concept of the Platonic relationship.

The Awakening
By Kate Chopin, 96 pages. Edna Pontellier realizes her life as a wife and mother has left her grossly unfulfilled and attempts for the first time to liberate herself in this early feminist novel.

The Prince
By Niccolò Machiavelli, 80 pages. The political treatise that drove home the point that the ends justify the means—giving us the handy term “Machiavellian.”

The Art of War
By Sun Tzu, 68 pages. The cunning yet ruthless ancient Chinese military handbook has proved instructive for centuries—Tony even made use of it in The Sopranos.

The Yellow Wallpaper
By Charlotte Perkins Gilman, 70 pages. A woman goes slowly insane after being confined to a creepy attic room by her husband.

The Little Prince
By Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, 96 pages. A boy from a mysterious planet teaches a pilot stranded in the desert about love, imagination and the tragedy of adulthood.

The Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man
By James Weldon Johnson, 92 pages. The narrator of this 1912 novel is a black man with fair skin who decides to “pass” as white after witnessing a brutal lynching. He accordingly gives up his dream of creating a new African American musical genre, and looks back years later feeling that he made the wrong decision, “that I have sold my birthright for a mess of pottage.”

The Turn of the Screw
By Henry James, 96 pages. Two children and their new governess are at the center of this chilling ghost story.


Intel Capital puts $125M “Diversity” Fund


  • Intel Capital announced the Intel Capital Diversity Fund – the largest of its kind – to invest $125 million in businesses led by women and underrepresented minorities.
  • The fund launches with investments in four companies – Brit + Co*, CareCloud*, Mark One*, and Venafi* – across a wide spectrum of industries, including the Internet of Things, the maker movement, cloud computing and cybersecurity.
  • Fund will complement Intel’s $300 million Diversity in Technology Initiative, announced in January, which aims for the company to reach full representation of women and underrepresented minorities in its U.S. workforce by 2020.
  • Original article here.

SANTA CLARA, Calif., June 9, 2015 – Intel Capital, Intel Corporation’s global investment organization, today announced the Intel Capital Diversity Fund, which will invest in technology startups run by women and underrepresented minorities. Also unveiled were the fund’s first investments in four companies led by inspiring trailblazers. The largest of its kind, the fund totals approximately $125 million, and investments will cover a broad spectrum of innovative industries.

“We believe that a diverse and inclusive workplace is fundamental to delivering business results,” said Intel CEO Brian Krzanich. “Our goal with this new fund is to meaningfully support a technology startup workforce more reflective of society, and ultimately to benefit Intel and the broader economy through its success.”

Today’s news follows the January announcement of Intel’s Diversity in Technology initiative, designed to encourage more diversity at Intel and within the technology industry at large. Intel has declared its intent to achieve full representation of women and underrepresented minorities in its U.S. workforce by 2020.

“We are proud to take a leading role toward broader participation in technology entrepreneurship and employment,” said Lisa M. Lambert, managing director and vice president of Intel Capital, who is leading the Intel Capital Diversity Fund. “With this new fund, Intel Capital is committed to investing in the best talent from a myriad of backgrounds to cultivate brilliant innovations that serve the needs of a diverse public.”

Only 15 percent of venture capital-funded companies in the United States have a woman on the executive team, according to a recent Babson College report, and companies with a woman CEO receive only 3 percent of total venture capital dollars.1

Furthermore, less than 1 percent of the founders of Silicon Valley companies are African American or Latino; nearly 100 percent of funded founders are white or Asian, according to industry surveys.2

The Intel Capital Diversity Fund launches with investments in four companies, which will gain access to Intel Capital’s business development programs, global network, technology expertise and brand capital.


  • CareCloud* (Miami) is the leading provider of cloud-based practice management, electronic health record (EHR), and medical billing software and services for medical groups. Intel and CareCloud have jointly authored a whitepaper on cloud computing in healthcare.
  • Brit + Co* (San Francisco) unlocks creativity by educating, inspiring and supporting women and girls. A media and e-commerce platform, its online classes and all-in-one kits let makers learn everything from calligraphy to building gadgets with Intel Galileo boards.
  • Mark One* (San Francisco) uses the Intel® Curie™ hardware module to create a smart cup that automatically recognizes any beverage its user pours into it, displays its nutritional content, and syncs all drinking habits to the user’s smartphone.
  • Venafi* (Salt Lake City) is the Immune System for the Internet™. Venafi protects the foundational element of all cybersecurity — cryptographic keys and digital certificates—so they can’t be misused. Venafi constantly assesses which keys and certificates are trusted, protects those that should be trusted, and fixes or blocks those that are not. With Venafi’s key and certificate security solution, Intel can continue to bring market-leading security and datacenter technology to market.

For more information about the Intel Capital Diversity Fund, please visit

About Intel Capital
Intel Capital, Intel’s global investment organization, makes equity investments in innovative technology start-ups and companies worldwide. Intel Capital invests in a broad range of companies offering hardware, software, and services targeting enterprise, mobility, consumer Internet, digital media and semiconductor manufacturing. Since 1991, Intel Capital has invested more than US$11.4 billion in over 1,400 companies in 57 countries. In that timeframe, 211 portfolio companies have gone public on various exchanges around the world, and 369 were acquired or participated in a merger. For more information on what makes Intel Capital one of the world’s most powerful venture capital firms, visit or follow @Intelcapital.

Does your Resume make you look OLD?

7 mistakes that make your professional resume – and you – look old  read it, or enjoy this summary:   too long,  using home phone not cell, needs URL to professional profile, has “objective” rather than “professional summary”, too many bullets – too much dense text, too much past, and last you added “references upon request” (source: The Ladders)

Also remember, the first person that LOOKS at your resume is a recruiter or in HR, so make sure you have the “key words” they are scanning for- clear, easy to find, and properly spelled! Make sure your “social profile” is up-to-date and reflects your resume, those are reviewed too. – the editor

The End of Stress

Don Joseph Goewey has come up with a recipe for “solving stress.” It calls for equal parts neuroscience, psychology, and common sense.

The Stanford University executive-turned-corporate trainer blends those ingredients in his book, The End of Stress, which boldly declares “you can switch your brain’s autopilot from habitual stress and anxiety to a mindset that is calm and wired for success.”. He is the managing partner of ProAttitude.

Don Joseph Goewey

He has several additional articles which are linked below, that you may enjoy:

The End of Stress, Four Steps to Rewire Your Brain(Link)

Simon and Schuster / Beyond Words (release date: 09/23/2014)

Readers Digest(Link)

The 12 Signs of Stress August 7, 2014

85 % of What We Worry About Never Happens(Link)

HR Excellent-Essentials – Journal of Benefits and Wellness June 1, 2014