Tag: teamwork

Three Things Millennials Want Their Managers To Know

lego“He just doesn’t get it.”

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 »

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 »

Follow the Leader: Paving the Way for Success

I always say the single best quality of a good leader is someone who stands behind their employees – supporting and promoting their work, pushing them to do their best, and enabling their career growth.

Tom DelMonte became my manager about 4 years ago when he brought me on to his marketing team. Throughout our 3 year journey together, Tom always lived up to this quality. He had my back when I was on a crisis-prone project, he recognized my work and nominated me for awards, he provided me learning and growth opportunities, and he even helped pave the way for my current role leading a team. read more »

Follow the Leader: Living Her Dream- the Brave Mico Yuk

“Study while others are sleeping; work while others are loafing; prepare while others are playing; and dream while others are wishing.” –William Ward

This is the quote that continues to inspire and drive Mico Yuk.  After speaking with her I can see why.  Mico might be one of the most hard-working and determined women I’ve met.  Her story is truly inspiring.  Best known as the founder of Everything Xcelsius, the #1 Xcelsius blog on the internet and co-founder of Benchmarkers Business Intelligence, an SAP implementation partner, she partially speaks multiple languages and has programmed in 5 – including ABAP.  For those non-technical readers out there this is quite a feat. read more »

Go Blind or Go Home

There was once an executive who suffered from what I like to call “Selective Blindness Syndrome.”  This may sound like a terrible disorder that could insinuate turning a “blind eye” to issues but, in fact, it is just the opposite.

You see, this executive couldn’t stand the senseless meetings, politics, and hoops that were required to get things done.  So, for certain projects, she decided to bypass the system a bit – she didn’t pay attention to titles, niceties, and, for lack of better terms, the BS.

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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 »

The Long Lost Art of Brainstorming

Whatever happened to brainstorming?  I can remember doing a lot of it in college and maybe a little during internships, but more recently I haven’t been privy to a good old fashioned brainstorming session.  You know the ones I’m talking about – bringing together folks with different viewpoints to share ideas on a topic to foster creativity. read more »

Follow The Leader: International Woman of Mystery

When I first joined Carmen’s team years ago she was on maternity leave with her first child.  I only knew her from the comments I’d hear from the team –

  • “Carmen is so responsive – wait until you see how quickly she provides feedback to your work.”
  • “Carmen is so thorough – she picks up on the things we’ve missed so immediately.”
  • “Carmen has a great relationship with that team – she can really help foster the relationship.” read more »