Sunday, July 1, 2012

Silicon Valley Women in HR...& Friends Mailing and Event Announcement

Dear Friends,

How are you?   It's July already - how'd that happen?  This year is flying by.

If you strictly want information about the next event, please look at the links to the right and go to Event Registration.

We had a very interesting speaker last month, Professor Terri Griffith, Ph.D., a Professor of Management at Santa Clara University's Leavey School of Business and the author of "The Plugged-In Manager: Get in Tune with Your People, Technology, and Organization to Thrive."  She talked about how you use negotiation strategies to mix human, technology, and organization decisions.  A copy of her presentation is downloadable from our Previous Speakers page.  She mentioned a few books about negotiation skills and I uploaded links for them and a few more, just click here.

Many thanks again to our volunteers Trudy Schapansky, Christine Young and Jenny Vonderwerth.

I took a courtesy van while my car was in the shop and had a conversation with some fellow riders.  One woman had immigrated first to Canada and then to the USA, and although she likes it here, she is appalled by the political rhetoric and the general feeling in our country.  Canada is very civil in their disagreements, they're polite about it, or so I hear.

A man around my age said his sister just found a job after 3 years of unemployment and although it pays around 50% of her former salary, she's thrilled to have work.  He saw what she went through and how these job losses contribute to the anger and depression we're feeling in America.

If you listen to the extremes of talk radio or watch certain TV shows - you know which ones, you may have a certain impression based on politicians and talking heads.  Of course there are extreme views among everyday people, but most of us are somewhere in the middle. 

We are taught at a young age to be polite and civil when we talk, and even among people whose opinions may be different, we know how to listen and discuss, maybe learn from each other, but it's hard to see that represented by politicians and in the media.  There's a lot of screaming and that leaves an impression about who we are, what we're like, how we treat each other.  They're terrible role models.  Sensationalism sells; civil discourse is not high in the ratings.

I've traveled a lot and lived in various places, and I know that Americans are good people.  We want a solid country, a good education and solid economy.  Any disagreements there?  We find small and large moments of kindness.  Tsunami in another country?  Hurricane or forest fires in our country?  We organize drives and raise millions of dollars and blood and platelets and don't ask for anything in return.  We're a very generous country.  You can find many local examples of grass-roots efforts to aid others in society and every now and then, something gets published about those efforts.

What if we started advertising other people's acts of kindness and generosity?  What if we took that link to an article or website and posted it on social media?  It's another way of passing it on and giving other people ideas of how to help or places to donate.

To those who arrived recently and to those who've lived here a long time:  yes, I see the ugliness out there and I also see great possibilities and hope. 

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1. HR Women and Friends Community Event: Wednesday, July 18, 2012 6:30-9:00 p.m.
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1. HR Women and Friends Community Event: Wednesday, July 18 2012 6:30-9:00 p.m.
Connie Hampton will present "Targeted Networking and Your Next Career Step."  This event will be useful for current and future job seekers and recruiters.  Click here for event details and the response form.

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I hope to see you soon.

All the best,


Marcia Stein, PHR -

Author: "Strained Relations: Help for Struggling Parents of Troubled Teens" and "Recruiters on Recruiting"

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