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Balancing Teamwork and Individual Recognition

January 4th, 2012 1 Comment

In today’s workplace, there is an ever-increasing emphasis on teamwork. However, the economy is harsh and competition is fierce. In many companies where job seniority is not a factor, the system is set up to compare employees against one another. Ranking sessions determine your bonuses, salaries, promotions – or even whether you’ll keep your job. It is no longer adequate to just do your job well, or even very well. But how do you stand out as an individual contributor,

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The second Roseto Salon: Getting Individual Recognition in a Teamwork Environment

October 13th, 2011 No Comments

The second Roseto Salon will be held on Tuesday, October 18, 2011, from 6:30 to 8:00 PM, in the Lobby Conference Room of Cisco Bldg. 24, 510 McCarthy Boulevard, Milpitas, California 95035.
The topic is “Getting Individual Recognition in a Teamwork Environment.”

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Love It or Despise It: Read This About the Power of Golf!

July 18th, 2011 No Comments

We are continually reminded that relationships drive business. Building relationships brings us customers, building relationships leads us to new job opportunities. A crazy thing I’ve always told my job search clients is that if they play golf, they should play a lot of golf during job search. They are thrilled that it is really a job search activity. I even had a client who barely finished his resume before he was offered a job through a friend of a friend

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Listen, Think, Exchange Thoughts and Be Heard!

Many of us have been through a job search in the last few years. There are so many issues to deal with in career transition, not the least of which is what to do next? Go after the same sort of job? Does that job still exist? Even if I manage to land a similar job by some good fortune, will it exist for long or for long enough? How long is long enough? Do I still like the work?

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The Toyota Crisis—Is the Toyota Brand Sustainable Now that’s It’s Gone Global?

May 9th, 2011 4 Comments

By January 23, 2010, Toyota, the world’s biggest automaker had recalled a total of 9.0 million vehicles after defects came to light, resulting in sudden unintended acceleration (SUA) of Toyota vehicles, allegedly causing 37 deaths. Three major recalls of Toyota vehicles were triggered by (1) accelerator pedals trapped by floor mats, (2) accelerator pedals with poor design problems causing them to stick, and (3) Prius brake problems. [1] The recalls spread throughout the United States, Europe, and even to China. 

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Risk-taking and the “Freedom to Fail”

January 5th, 2011 1 Comment

“Take calculated risks–that is quite different from being rash.” General George S. Patton Especially in high-tech, progress is made only by taking risks. Taking a risk implies the possibility of partial or complete failure. So how can we decide what risks to take, and how can we encourage the identification of those risks and the willingness to go forward with them, i.e., institute a culture of risk-taking? One of the most important factors in encouraging risk-taking is the “freedom to

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The Art of Talking Small

December 4th, 2010 No Comments

As we are out and about meeting people and building our networks, there is often a need for a bit of small talk to start off our conversations. If you are stuck for something to say to break the ice, here is an acronym that I remember to work off of. Think of the word CHAT and use that to help you ask a question to begin the dialog. C – Career What do you do for a living? What

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Looking for an Opportunity? Let the Party Commence!

December 3rd, 2010 1 Comment

Who doesn’t like a party? Each and every one of us can plan a holiday party, it takes minimal effort to put together a nice, memorable event. A little music, a few friends, and some conversation. Keep it simple. Offer a variety of snacks or ask everyone to bring a favorite munchie. Keeping relationships going is about getting together regularly. Networking is really about relationships, longer term relationships, that’s all it is. So it is essential to keep our relationships

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Our Job Security is Our Network

October 13th, 2010 No Comments

I attended a sad farewell for an association that at one time was truly a great organization. It was vibrant and growing. This group was quite impactful for me throughout my career though particularly in the early stages. Over the years the association had lost membership and struggled to keep going. I myself had not been an active member for years. It was not a huge surprise that the decision was made to discontinue meeting, though still disheartening, especially for

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Toyota – Communication with Employees During Crisis

June 2nd, 2010 1 Comment

During a crisis, communication becomes an even more important factor than during normal times. To encourage their teams to be successful during periods of high stress, effective managers strive to provide as much accurate information to their work groups as possible. They hold regular communication meetings even if there is no new information to convey. It is very important that information be delivered timely; as much as you know and have the liberty to share. It is okay to say

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