Business Communications Blog

27
May

Warren Buffet: Integrity, Intelligence, Energy

Image via Wikipedia I was listening to NPR this morning and people were discussing what kinds of advice to give to graduates – high school or college. One of the listeners quoted Buffet as saying that the people you work with should exhibit, integrity, intelligence and energy. It ties in to a discussion I had yesterday with a bunch of

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10
May

Inspiring Women: Women 2.0 Conference Stanford Women in Business

How inspiring it was this morning, May 10, 2008, to see a whole room [tent] full of eager, young women, all determined to move forward with their ideas which will turn into full fledged businesses – and the women are counting on this. The back of the room had a clothes line hung along the wall, full of napkins, on

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7
May

Silicon Valley Executive Quotes – Can you guess the nationality?

Image by Rice Ette via Flickr Here are some quotes from the book, They Made It!; they were made by French, Indian, Chinese, German, Iranian, Israeli and Saudi executives. Is it possible to guess where people come from by the way they speak, or by their views on life and their careers? a) “As we say in Silicon Valley, you

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4
May

Getting into the US – legally!

Michael Arrington [TechCrunch] wrote a great blog in which he featured Peter Nixey who talks about his adventurous immigration trials or- as he says – “how we brought Clickpass to California and how a holiday turned into a pitch turned into a company and finally into a successful product.” If you want to know what choices you have for a

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26
Apr

Do you really want to send that email?

Image by Pesky Library via Flickr Don’t write bad emails. Here are some examples of emails I received: “Hi, I read your web site. I want to know what class you teach. I also want hear from you answer to questions: How much your classes cost I work in South San Francisco and you to come at noon to my

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20
Apr

Make your boss look good!

Recently I have been working with several clients who all had the same problems – a difficult (incompetent?) boss. The boss was micromanaging; not really understanding what problems the teams had but making promises for solutions s/he couldn’t keep; working on new versions of an application, but without taking long term goals into consideration or thinking through the new approach

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14
Apr

Our Worst Critics Prefer to Stay

Image by jackleg via Flickr Stephen J. Dubner [co-author of Freakonomics] had a contest: Write a six-word motto for the U.S! The winning motto was: Our Worst Critics Prefer to Stay (194 votes) The runners-up were: Caution! Experiment in Progress Since 1776 (134) The Most Gentle Empire So Far (64) votes You Should See the Other Guy (38) Just Like

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3
Apr

Rush for H1-B Visas for 2008 – are there enough? We need these foreign professionals!

Image from Wikipedia The 2 tech greats Oracle (ORCL), Microsoft (MSFT) are trying to make Congress understand that they need to increase the amount of foreign skilled workers they let into the country under the H1-B Visa. [Source:http://www.siliconvalley.com/ci_8726242.htm] Once more applications for the H1-B lottery are going out next Tuesday and last year, the quota was filled on the first

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30
Mar

Um, like, you know, kind of, stuff….speech for the boardroom?

Often, when I work with younger Asian clients, I notice that their English is full of “fillers” such as the ubiquitous “like” and also “you know”, and “stuff”. In fact, I attended a Stanford Continuing Studies class a while ago [where I also give classes] and a young woman from a major company in Silicon Valley [no, not Google] was

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30
Mar

They Made It! Interview by Mike Thomas, Wild Job Safari

You can listen to the interview here: WEEKEND EDITION PODCAST: Interview With Angelika Blendstrup <http://machete.wildjobsafari.com/2008/03/09/weekend-edition-podcast-interview-with-angelika-blenstrup.aspx>   Image from Wikipedia Or if that one doesn’t work: http://machete.wildjobsafari.com/2008/03/09/weekend-edition-podcast-interview-with -angelika-blenstrup.aspx   Related articles Podcast recycles actual talk radio calls [via Zemanta]