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San Francisco Asian Art Museum – Go Mingle!

These exhibits are running now!

This is a great place for a team gathering, something after work, absorb some culture, have a nice snack afterwards? The Tenderloin has many places to eat, or drink. With a little research you can find something that suits your group. Late Night at this museum is a great treat, a perfect place to unwind. Every exhibit I have ever visited here, is beautiful, interesting and full of a variety of art, textile, carving, sculpture and more. There are special lectures too.

Saints and Kings: Art, Culture, and Legacy of the Sikhs: With nearly 27 million adherents worldwide, Sikhism is among the world’s largest religions, and also one of the youngest. Delve into the life and teachings of Sikhism’s founder Guru Nanak, a charismatic, influential teacher who defined the religion’s fundamental philosophies, which emphasize belief in one god, equality, social justice and community service.

Tomb Treasures: New Discoveries from China’s Han Dynasty One of the most powerful civilizations of the ancient world, China’s Han dynasty achieved profound cultural and artistic influence, technological advancements and military might. Two thousand years later, discoveries of royal tombs allow us to glimpse these extraordinary accomplishments firsthand.

DATE:                    From April through September, any Thursday                            

DETAILS:              http://www.asianart.org/regular/thursday-nights

 

Exhibit information here. Museum phone 415-581-3500

LOCATION:         Asian Art Museum, 200 Larkin St. (Civic Center) San Francisco 94102

TIME:                    Thursday “Late Night” is 5:00 p.m. –  9:00 p.m. Special Price $10

From English-only to Embracing a World of Languages

Wouldn’t it be great to put an ear piece in your ear and translate foreign languages in real-time? Why?

Many reasons, here are a few:

  • Increase understanding in selling technical items.
  • Essential in explaining simple financial processes, deadlines, and changes.  (For complex processes, I’d rather have a translator, but this method could help customers find already translated materials or understand the “next step”.)
  • Adds to a great customer experience!
  • Customers wait long periods of time to speak with a bi-lingual customer representative.
  • Bilingual workers help customers reach their goals, and break language barriers.

The technology for this has been in the works and looks like it’s possible to do so. The ear piece translates the language in real time.  Any representative may assist the customer, and both end w/smiles on our faces!  A Breakthrough!

Pilot earphones act like much like “Babel Fish in ‘Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy’ ” – they let two people who speak a different language understand each other.

The gadget will launch to translate between English, French, Spanish and Italian in Autumn of this year.

Just thinking …. that it would really help to employ more bilingual people in every business, and for this technology, bi-lingual workers could use it to full advantage. As for letting two people understand each other…. that often fails when both speak the SAME language!   — the editor

Also Check this company out- Bragi.   www.bragi.com/

Bragi – experience the world’s first wireless smart earphones. Bragi is developing discrete virtual audio assistants that enable, protect and entertain you.

Reading Group… at work

This is a great way to have a “get to know you event”. We have a book reading club. We suggest books and pick just one, short books have a *bonus* (favored by the group), but we have picked such a variety of books in the last 2 years.

We find reviews that  describe our first pick, then we vote. It is easy and fun, inexpensive but interesting. We seem to alternate from hopeful to historic, easy reads to mysteries.  Some members want books on Kindle, others want popular new books or are focused on a particular author.  It’s really good for us, an easy hour, that we look forward to having. We make it no stress, and read/review a book every two months.

Our current book isn’t a book at all but rather any book from the Judge Dee series. This will be fun, we haven’t read the same book! Here is a sample of what we are reading.

Chinese Murder Canton1.jpgThere seem to be Judge Dee Google books and other eBooks. ALSO, please let me know if you would like to borrow a Judge Dee book to read. They are fun. … Translated to English by Robert van Gulik. And now they are available in Amazon, for years they were “rare” but now many of the books have been reprinted.

These wonderful mysteries are based on a Chinese magistrate in the Tang Dynasty China, with wood cut block print pictures. Each of the characters has a role in each of the many books. It is a bit like Nancy Drew or Hardy Boys mysteries; easy to read, and with many of the folk ways set in this time period.   Judge Dee (Wikipedia)

 

Other co-workers get involved and suggest their favorite books too:

From Tim: These are the ones I liked best

  • East of Eden – Steinbeck
  • City of Thieves – Benioff
  • Into The Wild – Krakauer
  • Catch Me If You Can – Abagnale
  • Disrupted – Lyons

 

Volunteer at Family Paths event

Family Paths is a non-profit organization of mental health professionals and dedicated volunteers that provide a number of mental health and supportive services to low income, multi-stressed individuals and families.  They are a multicultural agency committed to serving families of Alameda County regardless of age, ethnicity/race, financial status, language, sexual orientation, immigration status, class, religion, gender, mental or physical ability. Family Paths is a welcoming and inclusive agency dedicated to strengthening family relationships by providing mental health treatment and supportive services with respect, integrity, compassion, and hope.

This month they will be celebrating their 45th Anniversary  serving children, parents and families of Alameda County.

Volunteers are needed to assist during the day of the event. Specific volunteer duties/roles will include:

  • 6:30 p.m. to 6:45 p.m.
  • Check In
  • 8:30 p.m. to  8:45 p.m. and  9:30 p.m. to 9:45 p.m.

Dispersing & collection of donation cards/checks

Date:  Friday, April 28th

Time:  6:30 p.m. – 9:45 p.m.

Location:  Impact Hub, 2323 Broadway, Oakland, CA

Volunteers will be given a code to register and attend the event at no charge.

To learn more about the organization and anniversary event, visit Family Paths and 45th Anniversary Celebration at Impact Hub

 

On Reinventing and Finding YOUR Voice

Be your own SELF!

The site was first developed three and a half years ago and had a functional aesthetic much like Medium or Tumblr that allowed you to scroll through blocks of clickable images that would take you to an article. The background was white and minimalistic. “There wasn’t that much personality,” Murray says. “As we’ve grown, developing our editorial voice and our social voice, and really come into our own, we’ve been screaming for a way to visually express that.”

Not everything must look like a Google / Apple search page. And if you remember way-back they have changed many times through their history.  –the editor

Article on a site and its change over time, useful and reflective… worth a read.

Getting Great Recommendations on Linked In

It’s good to have recommendations for your work on Linked In:  

  1. First of all, the recommendations highlight skill sets that are a priority for the company or contract.
  2. These skills may not be what you have listed so they add a new dimension to your work persona.
  3. You are not bragging, someone else is complementing.

It is GREAT to ask for recommendations:

  1. Some of us need practice in asking for what we want – clearly, without stumbling, without waiting for an offer and without apology. This is a VERY important skill.
  2. “People say the darndest things”…. so help your reviewer by offering a suggestion of what you are looking for.
  3. Tell your potential reviewer about the job you want to be recommended for.  Offer a couple of skills you’d like highlighted.

    For example, you could say, “I am applying for the position of videographer at the SeeMe company. Would you be able to write a short recommendation that highlights my skills in the video project we did a few months ago?”

  4. Sometimes your request will be declined. It’s not the same as being rejected. Don’t be offended. The responses my be, “I’m not working right now” or “I’m not able to do that.”  or “We have a company policy about NOT  giving recommendations.” or “I am way too busy.”  Any of those answers are fine, don’t take them personally.
  5. Some people forget your request. One “Friendly Reminder” is OK, really. Just do it.  Make sure to provide the link to recommend. Make it easy.
  6. Renew your efforts,  you’ll need to ask additional co-workers.  However, do make SURE that the person you have asked knows how to input a recommendation into Linked In. Another words, try recommending someone yourself.  If you do it, you’ll understand more about the hurdles.
  7. Getting Recommendations is critically important during layoffs. Ask the most talented and connected coworkers for recommendations. Put an element of urgency into the message. “I will be leaving this position on xx/xx/xx and I would really appreciate your support by recommending me on Linked In”.  The same holds true for transfers to a new area.

Here are some quick steps:

  1. Go to your Settings and enter your password.
  2. Click Manage your recommendations.
  3. Find the position you’ve requested the recommendation for and click Manage.
  4. Find the person you want to remind.  You can add a personal encouragement, like Just checking in….  or  Friendly Reminder on the top line.
  5. Click on Resend next to the name.
  6. Edit the outgoing message and hit Send.

NPower does Good Deeds and We Win!

NPower is worth watching or better yet, worth connecting with! They provide training at various colleges all over the USA focused on the needs of Veterans and underserved youth.

To promote its newest launch, NPower had a great networking event on September 15th held on the USS HORNET.  We got to mingle and it was a GREAT opportunity for  Customers and Partners to learn more about the various training programs and more about the ServiceNow talent that have been trained!

 

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We met several highly qualified veterans that were ready to get started on their next new mission. Their training in software engineering, testing and data analytics is just what is needed.

 

NPower’s  work doesn’t stop with training, they partner with others to  gather the best teachers, to deliver hands-on training that is RELEVANT to the workplace so the graduates of the courses will be highly sought after. With this great outreach, our Vets can use their talents of teamwork, decision making, drive and determination in the private sector, or government!

We could put them to work in our Technology group, on the pesky systems issues, network, apps development and service work that are prevalent in every technology job I have been in during my career.

 

Do you need an intern? Would you like to add some fresh ideas and skills to your group?

Personally, I really enjoy working with our military vets. I started out with EDS (Electronic Data Systems) and they focused on hiring from the Air Force. It was easy to see why! Our teams were fearless, focused and ready to make a difference. I wish NPower the very best continued success. — the editor

Another great class in ITIL is starting at College of Alameda (Alameda, CA). This is a great school and a beautiful location. The students will come from all over to learn, and after 8 weeks they will be qualified to work in a well-paid, dynamic industry with people that will certainly appreciate their skills.  They are partnering with Robert Half and this is a beautiful collaboration.

Technology Service Corps builds brighter futures for underserved young adults and veterans through free technology and professional skills training. The program includes technical classes, mentoring from business leaders, internships and career development workshops at leading corporations and nonprofits, industry-recognized certifications as well as employment and alumni services. More than 80% of our alumni are employed or pursuing higher education within one year of graduation. Find out more.

The Community Corps is a skills-based volunteering program engaging technology professionals with high impact schools, innovative nonprofits, and our own custom opportunities.  Our tech volunteers work hand-in-hand with schools and nonprofits across North America to help them use technology more effectively and inspire the next generation of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) professionals. Our services are available via our online platform and free to individuals, nonprofits and schools. MORE DETAILS 

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Putting Our Heads Together – Collaboration

Artists, Writers, Entrepreneurs, Photographers, Architects, Innovators! We all want to believe that if our work is good enough, we’ll be recognized for our creative genius. Whether as artists, entrepreneurs, or employees, we believe success is mostly a meritocracy. It isn’t. Who you know matters, and without the right connections, even the best work won’t get noticed.

But this isn’t just about the importance of networking—it goes straight to the heart of the creative process. We’re often led to believe that creative minds toil alone in a cabin in the woods or stuffed away in some laboratory, too busy to be bothered

“You might wonder,” creativity expert Keith Sawyer wrote in his book Group Genius, “Isn’t the individual mind the ultimate source of creativity? Doesn’t each creative spark come from a single person?”

Not exactly, says Sawyer. Creativity is always the result of collaboration, whether it’s intentional or not. In my study of successful creatives today, I’ve identified three kinds of collaboration that every creative person needs in order for their work to succeed and influence others.

  1. A Scene – what’s happening where you live and work? Think of Nashville, or Sedona, or NYC!
  2. A Network – having someone that will advocate for you, back your work up, sound off about your merits really is the formula for success.
  3. A Community – do you have a supportive group that will jump in and help? Critique, arrange funding, encourage, read your manuscript?

An Excerpt from a Fast Company Article that inspired me!

Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg

Have you been told that you are TOO AGGRESSIVE at work? If you ask a large group, hands of women will go up, ask again, how many MEN have been told they are TOO AGGRESSIVE a few hands will go up (or maybe none)!

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And is that little girl TOO BOSSY?  Or is this the fledgling beginning of EXECUTIVE LEADERSHIP skills? Listen to the words, look at the body posture, watch for who jumps for the challenge!

To become leaders, to really change the world, its not just words we must strive, learn AND ACT!

A WAGE GAP Still exists. CEO positions are not even close to equal, Board of Directors? Woefully male.

For this TED TALK (click the link) , you’ll hear many examples of outstanding sucees and building a strong base to have more EQUALITY!! Sheryl Sandberg admits she was terrified to step onto the TED stage in 2010 — because she was going to talk, for the first time, about the lonely experience of being a woman in the top tiers of business. Millions of views (and a best-selling book) later, the Facebook COO talks with the woman who pushed her to give that first talk, Pat Mitchell. Sandberg opens up about the reaction to her idea, and explores the ways that women still struggle with success.

What can you do? Call out the differences. Start a Lean-In Leadership Circle. The circles are happening all over the world.

Are women not contributing? Do they raise their hand? Do they get involved? ARE THEY SITTING AT THE TABLE?  This book has a global message. There are hurdles, and yet we are and can use our confidence to get what we need.

15 years later: Remembering Sept. 11

Sunday marks the 15th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the U.S. — a time of reflection and remembrance for many.

Our company honors the many that died, the many that responded to help and our 5 team members that died in the attacks, with short posts stories, quotes and pictures. The grief is still with us.

Now is a time for remembering and honoring. Your company can do the same. This is a time to support those that are here working, those that are remembering and to honor those we lost.

As someone who lived in New York, this date is always very emotional for me. Every year I am renewed in my love for my country and our men and women defending our freedoms. I am so thankful to work for a company that takes the time to remember those lives that were lost. I will never forget where I was and how I felt on that painful day 15 years ago. It is forever etched in my mind, heart and soul.  – Quote from a Team Member on our company memorial

 

I worked with all five who died and spoke to Antoinette, in particular, on a regular basis, and occasionally come across emails with her name on them, I will never forget that day and the conversations I had with the survivors of the operations team after the event. It still gives me chills. – another Team Member remembers

For each company, the planning of a recognition has a different focus. Be sensitive to your team and showcase your company values. Many of us are walking 5 miles on Sunday September 11, part of a tribute to our veterans, honoring those that serve and those that have been injured through the amazing NO BARRIERS group. Most of us will participate by walking and then posting our participation on the virtual walk, several cities have No Barriers walks planned as well.

There are many opportunities to acknowledge our country, our spirit, and our bravery.

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