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Cool Things: Women in Technology

In celebration of International Women's Day recently, the Americas Women's Employee Network Group at HP held a great webcast for HP employees, where women leaders from across the company shared their tips and secrets of success.   They talked about everything from effective networking to balancing work-life responsibilities to taking on even more responsibilities. 

This was such a great session, I've invited the speakers to do a guest blog to share their tips with the readers of this blog, so look for those posts coming soon.  First up: VP of Enterprise Financial Reporting.

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Beginner 5K: Week 3 - 5 of training

This is the third week of the walk/run program to run a 5K on May 8th.   It's still early in the program, you can still join in.  The running group is virtual -- you're running along with us wherever you live by running on the same schedule and sharing through the comments.  The schedule was developed by a local store by me that sponsors several running clubs.  Be sure to check with a doctor as appropriate to make sure you're ok to run.

Here's the schedule for the next 3 weeks, since I know a lot of you in the U.S. have Spring Break plans this time of year, so I'm .  The best thing about being on a schedule is the obligation to fit it in -- when you're on vacation without a workout schedule, it's really easy to skip days.  If you're following a running schedule, you've got that "assignment" to take care of.

Week 3:

Monday (3/29) - Run 6 mins / walk 2 mins, 4 times = 32 mins

Tuesday - Rest or cross train

Wednesday - Run 6 mins/ walk 2 mins, 4 times = 32 mins

Thursday - Rest or cross train

Friday - Walk 30 mins

Saturday - Run 4 mins / walk 2 mins, 6 times = 36 mins

Sunday - Rest

Week 4 (starts Monday April 5th)

Monday - Run 8 mins/ walk 2 mins, 4 times = 40 mins

Tuesday - Rest or cross train

Wednesday - Run 8 mins / walk 2 mins, 4 times = 40 mins

Thursday - Rest or cross train

Friday - Walk 30 mins

Saturday - Run 6 mins / walk 2 mins, 4 times = 36 mins

Sunday - Rest

Week 5: (week of April 12th)

Monday: Run 10 mins / walk 2 mins, 3 times = 36 mins

Tuesday: Rest or cross train

Wednesday:  Run 12 mins / walk 2 mins, 3 times = 42 mins

Thursday: Rest or cross train

Friday: Walk 30 mins

Saturday: Run 8 mins / walk 2 mins, 4 times = 40 minutes

Sunday: Rest

After this, just 3 weeks of training left, then we'll be ready for the race on May 8th!


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Halo video conference - NO NEED TO YELL! and what is the future of work?

Last week I participated in my first Halo video conference for an internal meeting at HP.  Normally my meetings are by conference call and headset, or in person, and the last video conference I participated in was years ago at a different company when you still had to pause after you spoke to let the audio catch up with you and the video looked like stop-motion.

All I can say is - WOW, has it changed!  Halo rooms are special video conference rooms fully equipped with video, audio, tech hook ups and lighting - it's really amazing how much it's like being in a face to face meeting.  Why is this so important?  It saved me from an overnight trip, giving me more time with my family, and still enabled me to have a very important meeting in a very effective way.

The main difference between the video conference and face to face was this: you know how when you're on a speaker phone and you raise your voice a little more than normal, to make sure they can hear you on the other side of the phone?  Yeah.  One word of advice: in a Halo conference, don't do that.  I learned this the hard way when the person I was talking to started to look at their control panel, and said "I'm looking for how to turn the volume down".  Oops.  When I switched to a normal speaking voice -- the same volume that I would use if the person was in the room with me -- I learned that the person at the other end of the conference could hear me just fine.

So, I learned there's no need to yell.  Other than that, the meeting ran just like it would if we were face to face.  This brings me to our discussion point for this post - as the world of work becomes more global and therefore more virtual, how do you envision getting your work done?  Will it be via more face-to-face (increasing travel), by video conference, or by audio conference?  And what's the impact?

Add your comments below.

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Beginner 5K virtual running group: Week 2

Last week we started training with a walk/run program to run a 5K on May 8th.   It's still early in the program, you can still join in.  The running group is virtual -- you're running along with us wherever you live by running on the same schedule and sharing through the comments.   Here's that post if you missed week 1, followed by the plan for this week.

Here's the plan for this week:

Sunday (yesterday) was a Rest day.

Monday (today) we're scheduled to Run 4 mins/ Walk 2 mins, 4X, for a total of 24 minutes.  Not bad, we can do this.

Tuesday: rest or cross train

Wednesday: we're going to Run 5 mins/ walk 2 mins, 4X, for a total of 28 minutes

Thursday: rest or cross train

Friday: Walk 30 mins

Saturday: Run 4 mins/walk 1 min, 5X, for a total of 25 minutes

Sunday: Rest

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Adventure Racing Lessons for Your Career – Lesson 1: have a goal, agreed by the team

This weekend I participated in my first Adventure Race.  As a newbie racing team, my teammate and I learned several lessons, and as I thought about it after the race, those lessons are good advice for managing your career strategically.  Stick with me here.

What is an adventure race?

Adventure races combine a number of different sports and activities into one race.  They vary from 4-6 hour “sprints”, to off-road triathalons, to 7- to 10-day excursions in places like Tibet.  This one was a beginner to intermediate sprint – still awaiting our results, but last year’s winners completed it in 4 hours, finishers completed as much as they could in 6.  It involved orienteering, mountain biking, running, rowing, climbing/ropes, and surprise elements.

In our race, the winner would be based on the teams with the most checkpoints, followed by time completed.  So a team completing 30 checkpoints in 6 hours would win over a team who finished the race in 4 hours with 29 checkpoints.  Checkpoints could be completed in any order with a few exceptions, and almost all of the checkpoints were optional.

Lessons from the race:

1.     Have a goal, agreed by the team

One of my favorite quotes on strategic planning is the one from Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland, when Alice was asked something along the lines of, “If you don’t know where you’re going, any road will take you there.”  For the race, our team’s goal was to finish it, preferably not in last place, and enjoy it.  Many teams don’t finish for a variety of reasons, so we decided ahead of time that we’d consider ourselves successful to just finish, and to still get along afterwards.

The second part of this lesson is that adventure racing is a team sport.  I learned from the orienteering clinic I had attended that a lot of teams get into issues because they don’t have the same goals.  One person wants to just finish the race no matter how many checkpoints they get, the other wants to get as many checkpoints as they can. 

Our goal was tested along the way.  At the high ropes course, we encountered a line of other racers ahead of us.  Completing the checkpoint would take up a lot of time and was worth only 1 point out of 30, but we really wanted to do the ropes – to build our skills, to fully participate in the adventure aspect of the race, and because it looked fun.  Reflecting back to our goal, we spent a lot of time at the ropes course with no regrets.  Our goal was tested again at close to the end of the race, we figured we had 20 minutes remaining to collect one more checkpoint.  We picked one, biked about 7 minutes and stopped our bikes to go into the woods.  This meant that with the 13 minutes left, we’d need at least 7 to get back to the finish line, leaving us only 6 minutes to find and punch the checkpoint, and no room for error.  If you arrive at the finish after the race ends, your results are DNF – Did Not Finish.  Reminding ourselves that our goal was to finish, we skipped the checkpoint and crossed the finish line with a few minutes to spare.

Lessons for your career:

Have a goal.  The best way to get to where you want to be, is to know where you’re heading.  People with the clearest career goals have an easier time making their decisions about what to do, even when they are tough decisions.  I work with a guy who is a great example of that – he knows exactly what skills he has gained, and exactly where he wants to build new skills or improve.  He has an actual checklist of skills and experiences that he has created for himself.  Using that as his compass, he can make his career moves based on the type of work that will get him closer to his goal.  And smart career strategists will focus on their skills they’re building, not just the job they’ll be in.  Even if the job you’re in isn’t the one that you ultimately want, focus on how you can use that job to build more of the skills and relationships you need to get to your next goal.

It’s a team sport.  Careers, like adventure racing, are often a team sport.  Your career decisions are best made when considering the needs of the whole team and getting agreement, or at least alignment, about what the goal is for your team.  Even when it means making tough decisions.  No matter if you’re a dual-career couple w/ kids like me, single parent, single person, sandwich generation, recent grad, empty-nester, world traveler, etc, etc., be sure you know who you need to factor into your decisions (your “team”) and make your decisions with your whole “team” in mind.  This doesn’t mean every team member gets everything they want at all times, there are always compromises along the way.  It’s not easy, but your overall satisfaction will be higher if you remember that it’s a team sport.

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2.     Have a plan on how you’ll meet the goal, and adjust when needed

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