Saturday, July 30, 2011

Thoughts From Work and the Week

In an attempt to follow up on the reserection of my social life I have decided to start blogging more often. This past week has gone well. Wednesday night I had a fantastic dinner with Hope and Joe of twice baked potatoes, steak in wine and mushroom sauce, and chicken wrapped in bacon with wine. An excellent way to celebrate the survival of the middle of the week. Hung out with friends at Chili's last night, and having a relaxing weekend before heading back into the fray.

Work is going well, and I am glad at this point I withdrew my letter of resignation. Think things will work out well.

On a side note I had an excellent experience with Chase. Not only is there web site one of the most blind friendly I've seen, but their ATMs are also wonderfully easy to use. Props to them for making their bank so blind friendly.

Finally the below is from work. Enjoy

John Wooden, one of the greatest and wisest college basketball coaches of all time, once said, “Promise yourself to make all your friends know there is something in them that is special and that you value.” It is so easy for us to go through our day-to-day lives without telling those who are closest to us – our colleagues, friends and family – how much we appreciate them.

Generally, appreciation means some blend of thankfulness, admiration, approval or gratitude. It does not take much to show appreciation – perhaps a smile or a simple thank you. Those two small words can mean so much, yet when is the last time you heard them or used them?

I know we have special events and holidays to show those in our lives we care about them. But don’t wait. Take the time to show and tell your family, friends and co-workers that you value them. Like coach Wooden, I won’t miss this opportunity to thank you for all your hard work in making SB/SE successful.

The chance to show appreciation can pass quickly, in the blink of an eye; it is up to us to not miss the opportunity to make someone feel valued and appreciated.

SB/SE Commissioner Faris Fink

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Thoughts From Work

Got the below at work, and thought I'd share. Hope you enjoy it.

Studies show that a dose of fun in the workplace improves communication and creates energy; employees who enjoy their jobs are more enthusiastic and engaged.
At a recent town hall meeting in Iowa, I talked about having fun at work. I reminded the attendees that the ability to have fun starts with each of us
as individuals. Laughing a little each day not only gives us a relief from some of the daily pressures but can easily be shared with those around us. 

Colin Powell once said: "Have fun in your command. Don't always run at a breakneck pace. Take leave when you've earned it: Spend time with your families.
Corollary: surround yourself with people who take their work seriously, but not themselves, those who work hard and play hard." 

Like the retired general, I've discovered that people who make time for fun and approach other priorities with the same passion as their work are often
the most effective individuals. 

So, let’s follow the general’s “orders” and not just work hard, but take the time to laugh a little every day. Let’s strive to achieve balance in our lives
and have some fun doing it.