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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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?
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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
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