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South Bay (San Jose) Team Event?

I love bringing a group to a game at the San Jose Municipal Stadium! It is easy to get to, lots of parking, the price is right – about $12….. and the have the best Churros. It is great fun, all kinds of things to see and do. You’ll cheer, you’ll laugh, and you will definitely relax.

C’mon managers…. bring your team for some great summer fun!

San Jose Giants

Minor League Baseball Team

The San Jose Giants are a minor league baseball team in San Jose, California, — Class A – Advanced team in the Northern Division of the California League, and have been a farm team of the San Francisco Giants since 1988 and have played continuously since 1962 under several different names/affiliations. Home games are played at the  San Jose Municipal Stadium. Fireworks nights are fantastic, and often sold out. Check early!

The San Jose Giants are a minor league baseball team in San Jose, California, USA. They are a Class A – Advanced team in the Northern Division of the California League, and have been a farm team of the San Francisco Giants since 1988 and have played continuously since 1962 under several different names/affiliations. Home games are played at San Jose Municipal Stadium.  Official website

TIP! OSH – Orchard Supply Hardware makes complimentary tickets available to the community! Stop in at a local store to pick up some passes and check the dates available. BIG THANKS OSH!! 

We love these tickets, I have brought several Boy Scouts or little league players, the free tickets are so generous, and the kids love watching their heroes!

July Days to Celebrate

Each Day listed below, can be the spring board to a fun employee celebration. This is a great time for a picnic, Popsicles at work, or some patriotic music to “wake up” your first team meeting of July 4. (Are you thinking Chili? In many communities, Chili Cook Offs happen in July on Independence day! And BBQs are the most fun summertime event for a group.)

These team building events are so important. Make sure to plan ahead AND announce the event so that your team has something to look forward to and can participate.  And there are MONTH LONG events too.


1 Creative Ice Cream Flavor Day
2 World UFO Day (and also June 24!)

3 National Chocolate Wafer Day

4 Independence Day!

4 National Country Music Day

5 Workaholics Day

and also on this day, on July 5, 1946, The bikini goes on sale after debuting during an outdoor fashion show at the Molitor Pool in Paris, France.

6 National Fried Chicken Day and In 1957, John Lennon and Paul McCartney meet for the first time, as teenagers at Woolton Fete, three years before forming the Beatles.

7 National Strawberry Sundae Day

8 Video Games Day

9 National Sugar Cookie Day
10 Howard Hughes sets a new record, in 1938, by completing a 91-hour airplane flight around the world.
11 James Abbott McNeill Whistler, is born in 1843, an American-English painter (d. 1903)
12 Bill Cosby, American comedian, actor, producer, and author is born in 1937

13 National Ice Cream Day – YUM!!

14  Bastille Day, French national holiday celebrates the beginning of the French Revolution

15 National Tapioca Pudding Day  & Gummy Worm Day

16  Father Junipero Serra founds California’s first mission, in San Diego 1769

17 National Peach Ice Cream Day  & Disneyland opens in 1955 in Anaheim, CA. also World Emoji Day

18  Cow Appreciation Day

19  Stick your Tongue Out Day

20 National Lollipop Day

21 National Crème Brulee Day
22 Born Today: actors Terrence Stamp (1939) and Danny Glover (1946)

23 The edible Ice Cream Cone makes its debut in 1904 at the St. Louis World’s Fair by Ernest Hamwi in 1904  (Patent 1,342,045 issued June 1, 1920)

24  Amelia Earhart Day

25 National Hot Fudge Sundae Day
26 Born Today, actor Kevin Spacey (1959) and  George Bernard Shaw, Irish playwright and critic, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1856 d. 1950)
27 Finland celebrates National Sleepyhead Day

28 National Milk Chocolate Day

29 National Lasagna Day

30 National Cheesecake Day and in 1975 Jimmy Hoffa disappears from the parking lot of the Machus Red Fox restaurant.

31 Parent’s Day

Fourth of JulyJULY Month-long celebrations! Some things cannot be done in a day!

June Days to Celebrate are Here!
August Days to Celebrate are Here!

JULY – Special MONTH Long Events

You’ve all read my lists of daily events. By now you have probably celebrated a few speical days in your group… but you can also celebrate MONTHLY events. Many organizations make a big occassion to promote their cause or interests.
Here are some Month of JULY events:

Anti-boredom Month

Berries Month

National Baked Bean Month

National Hot Dog Month

National Blueberries Month

National Ice Cream Month

National Tennis Month

Parks and Recreation Month


SpringFling3July…. ah… I love summer. I think I will have some ice cream with berries in the local park. What a way to celebrate?! I’ll try to get my co-workers to come with me for a break.  That won’t be too hard!

Go play in the garden, check out a museum, find a wine tasting or art walk! There are so many things to do and learn about, remember it is Anti-Boredom month!


For JULY DAYS to Celebrate, check Here.

Invent your own Small Business

You have a burning passion to have your own little biz, to sell shower curtains, but that could put some crucial extra funding in your pocket.

Excerpts below from an article: 

How (And Why) To Launch Your Own Product Line, No Startup Required    By Arianna O’Dell

This week, I’m working on my own line of dolphin beach towels. Last week, I designed some yoga mats. Next week, I’ll be working on unicorn beach towels. While bouncing from Hong Kong to Spain, I’ve been able to create, market, and sell my products all over the world using just my laptop and a Wi-Fi connection.

If this sounds appealing… you might be a good fit as a global nomad, entrepreneur.

Whatever the case, developing you own product line might be a smart move. Here’s how to get started on that before dinnertime tonight.

Related: Four Ways To Earn Extra Money While Keeping (Or Preparing To Quit) Your Day Job

Step 1: Pick A Print-On-Demand Service

In November, when I tried out print-on-demand platforms: Printful, Teelaunch, and Cimpress Open. With these services, I’ve been able to print and sell hundreds of mugs and yoga mats from Mexico to Oman.

Some see print-on-demand technology as more than a means to just earning a so-called “passive income.” Frank Denbow, founder of an apparel company called Startup Threads, argues that “brands of the future will be built by creative individuals who are empowered by technology. With these new services, creatives won’t have to deal with printing and fulfillment and can concentrate on the creative aspect of building their brand.”

That’s the case, anyhow, for Allison Otterbein, who’s used print-on-demand platforms to build her travel and lifestyle brand, Numinous, from the road.

To get started yourself, these are some of the services whose pricing models and product catalogs I’d suggest checking out first:

Choose a few products you’d like to create for whatever target audience you have in mind. Next comes design —brainstorm a few of the ideas you’d like to bring to life.

Related: Banking On Nostalgia—How Ban.do Figured Out What Millennial Women Want

Step 2: Find A Talented Designer

Find them using Upwork, Dribbble, and Behance. Without these expert freelancers, my store would still be just an idea in my head, like it was five years ago.

Hints: Find a great designer. Give shoppers a large product offering to choose from with no inventory required it is now possible.

Step 3: Create A Storefront

Ten years ago, building an e-commerce business was tedious and time-consuming. Today, there are many out-of-the-box solutions that can have you ready to sell in a matter of hours.

When I was starting out, I had a limited budget and not enough funds to build a full-fledged website. I used Etsy;  testing different ideas there.

One benefit of listing on Etsy to begin with is that you can easily download all listings into a CSV file to upload to Shopify or even Amazon. After looking into many options like Squarespace and BigCartel, I personally chose Shopify for its competitive pricing and customer support, though you might go with another platform depending on your needs.

Step 4: Stick With It

Launching a product line and turning it into a sustainable e-commerce business—even as a side project—takes time and continuous effort. Some expect to see instant results and get discouraged if sales don’t surge in their first few weeks.

If you start small, there’s little risk. An unsold shower curtain isn’t the end of the world, but if you do sell one—and then another, and another—a world of opportunities might start opening up to you.

About the author : Arianna O’Dell is the founder of Airlink Marketing, a digital agency that helps hotels, restaurants, and travel destinations attract and retain clientele. When she’s not working with clients or traveling, you’ll find her making fun gifts at Ideas By Arianna.   More

Collaborate or Die by Angie Morgan, Lead Star Partner

Each year our firm receives cold calls from businesses around the globe requesting subject-specific training and development programs. We keep tabs, too, to see if there are trends as far as development needs. Past themes include EQ (Emotional Intelligence), change management, mindfulness and resiliency.

This year, though, the trend is clear: Collaboration.

Businesses demand their leaders work across boundaries, share ideas, and communicate effectively to arrive at the best decisions. Clearly, from the inbounds we’ve been receiving, collaboration doesn’t happen naturally. The greatest barrier to it, though, is something very difficult to acquire, and impossible to manufacture – time.

This was apparent in a course I delivered recently on Design Thinking (DT), where the instruction was focused on how to conduct an effective brainstorm session, improve thinking quality, and implement a process for creative problem solving. Important stuff, right? I’d argue the most important “stuff” that businesses have to spend time on. The group I was working with valued the concept, understood the material, yet kept pushing back on how they were going to use DT concepts, let alone the process, because it took too much time.

This experience made me wonder: What is the consequence when professionals don’t feel they have the time to bring their best thinking to the table, or work with their colleagues to share ideas? My immediate answer was that businesses solve the wrong problems, waste resources by working in silos, and run the risk of being tactical … not strategic. As Sun Tzu said:

Strategy without tactics is the slowest route to victory. Tactics without strategy is the noise before defeat.

If this sounds like you, that you’re too busy to collaborate, then let me be the one to sound the alarm.

We work in a knowledge economy, where the best ideas aren’t incubated by one lone leader trapped in an ivory tower. In this world, we need the best minds engaged in thinking work. Sure, we need doers, too. Yet for organizations to thrive, we can’t prioritize doing over thinking.
As a leader, you have two responsibilities to address this collaboration challenge organizations encounter. First, make the time to develop your critical thinking skills. Start saying “no” to busy work, and “yes” to behaviors like the following that help you improve your thinking quality:

  • Read. Not just articles, but books – literature. Search for challenging works that expand your mind.
  • Write. Take time to capture your thoughts. When you write creatively, you force yourself to think, and the result can be powerful and clarifying.
  • Walk. Aha ideas happen during periods of reflection. Walking improves creative output.
  • Plan White Space into Your Calendar. You’re not a machine. You can’t have back-to-back meetings and expect to be creative (let alone effective). Carve space into your calendar when you can read, think, and write.

All these activities will ensure that when there’s a thinking challenge in your environment, which there always is, you’ll be prepared to collaborate.    The second thing you must do, though, to improve collaboration is to force it. Collaboration will not happen on its own. It takes leadership to initiate and inspire dialogue, as well as hold people accountable to it. So when you’re confronted by a challenge where you could use additional brainpower, don’t be shy – request a meeting. Think about the diverse minds around you who can help you solve the problem and invite them to the table.

Looking for a fun yet insightful team collaboration activity? Start a SPARK Book Study with several of your colleagues. Here’s the simple to use guide to get you up and running

Ending Domestic Violence – Volunteer Event

The Family Violence Appellate Project is gearing up for a great SF community event. It is the 5th annual attorney battle of the bands fundraiser event Banding Together to End Domestic Violence.

Banding Together to End Domestic Violence June 14

Time: 5pm – 10pm

Where: 1015 Folsom Nightclub,1015 Folsom Street, San Francisco, CA, 94103

Bands from the Bay Area’s top law firms will rock out and compete in an epic musical battle for the coveted title: Best Lawyer Band in the Bay.

Though the competition is fierce, these rock star attorneys will band together for one night with one purpose: ending domestic violence in California.  All event proceeds benefit Family Violence Appellate Project (FVAP), the only legal aid nonprofit in California dedicated to empowering survivors of domestic violence by appealing and overturning dangerous court decisions that put survivors and/or their kids at risk of ongoing abuse.  Volunteers are needed for Box Office, Vote Collection and vote counting.

Want to make a difference? Here is a volunteer activity that does just that! 1 in 3 women experience domestic violence. It is hard to fathom that level of pain and suffering. Many issues involve the legal system in California.

We give criminals more status in this state, than women and kids in the midst of violence at home! There are many issues: family violence, legal issues, restraining orders, visitation, fathers removed from the home, children traumatized, lack of legal representation, missed days at work, immigration and deportation of victims with no citizenship status…. this hits everyone: communities, companies, friends, spouses, kids and schools. The need is overwhelming. But there is hope.  Get Involved! — the editor

If you missed it this year in SF, there is an FVAP event in Los Angeles and San Francisco, planning already for 2018.

We MUST help our women, families and men that have come from this pain. It is critical to help heal this damage or it will be repeated.

Training in a New City

ATD (a wonderful training firm) is based in Alexandria, VA. They recently sent an email, that showed a list of their classes & locations. Pretty standard stuff…. but they add a cool fact about each city.

GREAT IDEA!   Way to get inspired! 

After all, learning is about be curious first, then applying training and building skills.  Wouldn’t it be fun to earn an Instructional Design Certificate in San Diego?
Here is their list of training locations:

City Fun Fact: 82% of the shops and restaurants on King Street are independently owned. Alexandria is also home to ATD!

City Fun Fact: In 1930, the Twinkie was invented in Chicago

City Fun Fact: If you love going to restaurants, Houston may be your city. Residents of Houston eat out more times a week than people in any other city in America.

City Fun Fact: The art deco nightclub district in South Beach Miami is regarded as one of the best in the world.

City Fun Fact: A one-year hot dog stand permit in Central Park, NYC can cost more than $289,000.

City Fun Fact: San Diego produces more avocados than any other place in the country.

City Fun Fact:  The city’s cable cars are the only National Historical Monument that can move. (I love San Francisco.)

City Fun Fact: In St. Louis, he city hosts the largest Mardi Gras celebration outside New Orleans

For more information:

ATD | 1640 King Street, Suite 300, Alexandria, VA 22313, USA | View Online | Contact Us |

Essentials – in a Webby World

Future-Proof Your Learning With HTML5

Why do you need this? Maybe you are a writer or a business analyst or a talent development professional…

IS it really  important that you know this markup language?  Beyond the fact that almost all digital content uses HTML5,

Mark Lassoff, president of LearnToProgram Media and Punk Learning, gives us a few additional reasons why learning the program is important to you, and your career.

Back when I learned it, I would have never guessed that HTML would be essential, it was fun to understand how web pages were built and be able to fix them when needed. But HTML was required for my gig at Oracle (though they didn’t event mention it) and has come in handy on my blogs many times. It helps me understand why things break in online content. THIS leads to less “hair-pulling” issues. That’s worth it! — the editor

On a macro level, he explains, HTML5 is part of modern digital literacy, and knowing the code “makes you a better consumer of digital content.”

On a micro level, many authoring tools are writing HTML5 in the background so that learning materials can display on multiple browsers or mobile devices.

Consequently, it is “imperative on learning professionals to understand natively how our content is displayed and how to make it more responsive,” states Mark.

Get started by listening to Mark’s 10-minute podcast

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Reputation is EVERYTHING

Wells Fargo holds place 100, almost falling off the list in Barron’s magazine’s 2017 ranking of the world’s “100 Most Respected Companies,” which was published June 3. Alphabet (parent company Google) came in first.

Building trust and delivering great customer service are company tenets, but good intentions are not enough in the eyes of the public, which is losing trust in financial institutions and clamoring for more transparency and positive action.

Recent Wells Fargo Ratings:

In 2016 = No. 60 spot

In 2015 = No. 7 spot

The rankings are subjective, determined by approximately a hundred money managers who rate companies as ones they “highly respect,” “respect,” “respect somewhat,” or “don’t respect.” S&P Dow Jones Indices provides the list of companies eligible for inclusion in the survey, based on total market capitalization. The money managers also rank the factors they consider most important in determining respect for corporations — including strong management, ethical business practices, product innovation, revenue growth, stock performance, and business strategy.

At the same time, Wells Fargo was named to the top 10 2017,  in DiversityInc magazine’s “Top 50 Companies for Diversity.