Category: Teamwork

Giving Thanks For Work

IMG_427722We started a new tradition in our house this year – it’s called a Thankful Tree. This is a paper tree, taped to our basement door, with taped-on construction paper leaves.  It isn’t fancy but it is an opportunity for our family to document what we are thankful for.  It is more than just a fun craft project – it is a chance to think about the things that are important to us. Some of the “thankful leaves” are silly – like ice cream or days without homework – but there are glimmers of real reflection and thought like health, a happy family, and a comfortable home.

This exercise got me thinking about all of the things in my work life that I am thankful for. Each and every day I feel lucky to be where I am in my career but sometimes it is nice to write those things down as a reminder. Here is my Work Thankful List for 2015:

TRUST – My company trusts me with the gift of flexibility. Because of this, I have the opportunity to be part of my family’s daily routine, to not miss out on events at school, to take my kids to an appointment or to be with them when they are sick. This has a huge impact on my life. In my eyes, I get to “have it all” – a balanced family and a successful career.

EMPOWERMENT – I’ve been given the opportunity to shift and evolve based on business needs – both as an individual and a team. Even better, the chance to work on new projects that are personally important. Right now, I’m working with a rock star cross-organizational project team to inspire employees to embrace social media. How cool is that? My company is particularly good at this. Don’t believe me? Check out this inspiring story behind the One4 Project.

PEOPLE – Our team, located all over the world, is amazing and supportive. Each day I learn something new about someone and it helps me appreciate the diverse cultures and backgrounds that make each person unique. My role also gives me the ability to connect with people all over the world – both inside and outside of my company.  In fact, some of whom inspired me to write this very post.

What are you thankful for this year?

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Three Things Millennials Want Their Managers To Know

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This was the phrase I heard over and over again during a recent mentoring discussion with a young professional. She was referring to her manager. And based on the information she was sharing, I agreed with her. This discussion got me thinking – what are the things millennials wish they could tell their managers? read more »

Two Words I Banned This Year

2907434143_1037f2c742_zAt the beginning of our volleyball season this year, I went over the ground rules with the 5th and 6th grade girls that I coach.


The list included the standard ground rules like listening to the coach, supporting your teammates, and hustling at practice. But there was a new rule this year – one that the girls were surprised to hear – No one is allowed to say “I’m Sorry.” read more »

Listen Up Employers – This Is What Millennials Want From You

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I keep reading article after article with unsolicited advice to millennials – tips on how to succeed, tips on communications, tips on how to lead.  It got me wondering – what would millennials tell their employers if they had the chance? I informally polled some of the best and brightest millennials I know and here are the things they want their employers to know right now, including their real quotes as backup.

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The Power of Amazing – It Gets Better

This blog post originally appears on Business Innovation from SAP.

Amazing things happen when amazing people come together. Last June, Moya Watson, (@moyalynne) an SAP employee, and some colleagues from the SAP Palo Alto Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) employee community kicked off a grassroots project to film an “It Gets Better” video to raise awareness on bullying and suicide among gay teens. read more »

Partnering for Success

I once worked for an extremely successful female executive who also managed to balance a wonderful family life with two kids, great marriage – you know the drill. Whenever she got the question: “How do you do it – how do you balance it all?” her answer was always the same: The secret to my success is a supportive partner. read more »