S vintage star
S filipina now living in california
S obsessive-compulsive... make that compulsive-obsessive... no, obsessive-compulsive
S cold all the time (literally)
current terror alert level
Why is Life Cold?
i actually have a very happy life. i just saw this graphic one day and got an inspiration for another blog.
why not write about the stuff that makes life cold? from the huge, catastrophic, life-altering events to the seemingly trivial, little incidents
that rub you the wrong way. it doesn't have to be a personal experience, it can be something observed.
on writing these down, my intent is to learn to appreciate life more and have a better handle on things when life throws you a curve ball. i want whoever
will read this to contemplate, not get depressed. hopefully, you'll share with me your experiences as well so we can learn from each other.
Yesterday, I attended a Coaching and Teambuilding for Managers seminar conducted by Skillpath with a colleague from work.
I must be getting jaded from all these seminars but I found this particular one to be a big waste of time. It was actually a never-ending sales pitch for their books and CD-roms camouflaged in a lot of hooey talk about leadership and silly pointless exercises. Since my company paid good money for it, I still wholeheartedly participated and contributed to the discussions. I was even a sucker since I ended up buying one of the books, The Leadership Challenge, but only because it was written by Barry Posner, the Dean of the Leavey School of Business in Santa Clara University where I got my MBA. Barry is the type of dean who was friends with everyone, engaging in chit-chat down the corridors and even having lunch with students every now and then. I was curious to see his writing style, which I haven't been an audience to beyond his newletters.
There is this one seminar (actually a six-month or year-long series of seminars) that I truly learned a lot from and has definitely influenced me. It's the Women Unlimited, a truly unique program that molds and mentors women managers into confident, self-assured and mature executives. If your company supports these types of programs I highly encourage you to pursue this opportunity, it will be a very positive experience in both your professional and personal life. A plus is the vast network of women I gained from the experience, whom I am still in touch with to this day.
In any case, I will avoid any seminar from Skillpath from now on. The one cool thing about yesterday - the hotel had a whiz-bang vending machine that had all kinds of cool stuff - including an iPod! So I purchased a bag of Pepperidge Farm cookies with my credit card, fervently hoping that the electronic arm will mistakenly grab the iPod instead.
It's pretty sad when the highlight of your seminar is the venue's vending machine.
Vangie Fuhrman got cold on 9.14.2005 4:12 PM.
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Computer News Microsoft lawsuit is called a 'charade'
In a simmering legal tussle, Google, the Internet search company, is asking a judge to reject Microsoft's bid to keep a prized research engineer from taking a job at Google, saying that Microsoft filed a lawsuit to frighten other workers from defecting.
Microsoft sued the research engineer, Kai-Fu Lee, and Google last week, asserting that by taking the Google job, Lee was violating an agreement that he signed in 2000 barring him from working for a direct competitor in an area that overlapped with his role at Microsoft.
"This lawsuit is a charade," Google said in court documents filed before a hearing on Wednesday in Seattle. "Indeed, Microsoft executives admitted to Lee that their real intent was to scare other Microsoft employees into remaining at the company."
Google countersued last week, seeking to override Microsoft's noncompete provision so that it can retain Lee.
"In truth, Kai-Fu Lee's work for Microsoft had only the most tangential connection to search and no connection whatsoever to Google's work in this space," Google said in court documents.
The judge in the case, Steven Gonzalez of Superior Court, who heard arguments in the case on Wednesday, said he expected to issue a ruling on Thursday.
Google's filings include details about a conversation Lee had with Microsoft's chairman, Bill Gates, suggesting that his company was becoming increasingly concerned about Google's siphoning of talent, and perhaps intellectual property.
Lee said Gates told him in a meeting on July 15, referring to Microsoft's chief executive, Steven Ballmer: "Kai-Fu, Steve is definitely going to sue you and Google over this. He has been looking for something like this, someone at a VP level to go to Google. We need to do this to stop Google."
A Microsoft spokeswoman, Stacy Drake, declined to comment on Gates's statement directly.
"Our concern here is the fact that Dr. Lee has knowledge of highly sensitive information both of our search business and our strategy in China," she said.
Lee said Google did not recruit him and had not encouraged him to violate any agreement he had with Microsoft.
Microsoft countered that Lee's job with Google gave him ample opportunity to leak sensitive technical and strategic business secrets. Microsoft noted that Lee attended a confidential, executive-only briefing in March, which was labeled "The Google Challenge."
"In short, Dr. Lee was recently handed Microsoft's entire Google competition 'playbook,"' Microsoft said.
Lee joined Microsoft in August 2000 after he helped to establish its research center in China. At one point, Microsoft said, he was in charge of the company's work on MSN Search.
Microsoft and Google, along with Yahoo, are locked in a fierce battle to dominate search, both online and through desktop search programs. Google has begun offering new services, including e-mail, that compete with Microsoft offerings.
Microsoft said it had paid Lee well in exchange for his promises to honor confidentiality and noncompete agreements.
The company said that Lee made more than $3 million during nearly five years at its headquarters in Redmond, Washington, and that he earned more than $1 million last year.
Microsoft asserts that there is "an extremely close between the work Lee did at Microsoft and what he will be doing at Google.
Google argued otherwise, insisting that Lee is not a search expert and noting that his most recent work at Microsoft was in speech recognition.
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I worked for Skillpath and can tell you WHY Skillpath seminars a worthless. As a trainer, we were TOLD to SELL books and CDS. Skillpath KNOWS that their manuals are outdated - they get complaints and people at the seminar tell us trainers. The trainers tell Skillpath but ... Skillpath understands that MOST people how attend their seminars get a day off work to go to a seminar. And the employee wants to get other days off for seminars in the future. So, when asked, most employess tell their employers that the seminar was worth it, even if it was not. So, Skillpath keeps the money for crappy seminar and gets a chance to sell books and CDs. If you attend a crappy seminar, please, please, please, ask for your money back. We trainers HOPE you do that. This will clean-up the seminar industry.
OMIGOD--You want a seminar with NO SELLING OF ANY PRODUCTS and a highly energetic unbelievable trainer that entertains while he teaches tactics for effective communication, and gives you specific tools to help with personal growth and self esteem? (And NO GROUP WASTE-OF-TIME BS EXERCISES--) Sound too good to be true? Go to www.powerdiversity.com and watch Dan O'Connor's video for about five minutes. JUST DO IT. And you'll be sending others, too, I'm sure! Jean S.
I echo the negatives about Skillpath. Their manuals are horrible. The trainer had to skip from page to page in the manual to cover one part of a seminar. Recently I attended a business writing seminar that was presented by Sylvia Newton-Robbins and her business - Business Writing Expert. What a difference when compared against Skillpath. The manual was well organized and the presentation was fast paced and fun. Go to www.businesswritingexpert.com to see more about Ms. Newton-Robbins.
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