Patience is more Godly. Grin and bare it.
…… have been drilled into so many of us. More likely from parents born in the war era of post 1930s until the Baby Boomers swallowed them up with a literal population boom from post 1945 to 1960.
I’ve read “Boom, Bust & Echo”
by ————- Peters < insert full
name and link at least twice.
My first real mentor was the Publisher of a group of magazines, distributed in Western Canada. Her name was Gail (I only use real names when I have permission). I had another job offer in the works with a very large publishing empire. I had rehearsed and prepped for the interview like a sales warrior that my husband helped me with. [We really were each other’s career coach, typically doing better than when apart because we actively prepared by role-playing for the interview.
That IS the main difference at Xerox: they rehearse. They’re renowned for their sales training.
But what Xerox did really well:
- Make sure who they hired fit within a very small demographic (basically fell within a profile range). Brag time: I was purple and the facilitator said that was the range that most of their executives had.
- Not only expected its team the best trained because they put training first, universal no matter which side of the food chain you were on. You were trained. But it didn’t just stop after that. Along with the pride of knowing your corporation’s HISTORY, you rehearsed, rehearsed and then rehearsed again.
- Anne ———–, then CEO, tossed to the wolves of shareholders and more loudly: customers, for a once great brand name had faltered and let its customers down. An identified Chapter 11 risk at the very same time as IKON.
- What Anne did was cycle completely 360 degrees examination, and instinctively put all her vision and resources into: (do you even know? Likely not, because today’s attention by media is on the egotistical egotism of Donald Trump, Mark Zuckerberg. And the majority online crew are the Millennial, being influenced that to be defined greatness on the online vibe, without borders, great fluidity is Twitter, with Facebook already proven GUILTY of invading our trust. Then the hush of Google’s data breach is most likely a hit to their valuation of trust. From 1 to 5 being the greatest, they’d struggle to get midway past 1.5 out of 5.
- Xerox’s focus, vision, resources, and skill to build the most innovative innovations. Most Millennials wouldn’t know that it was Xerox who invented “the mouse” before Steve Jobs admitted to being guilty of stealing right from Xerox, under their noses after Jobs was invited to have a peak at their Research Centre in PalAlto, he did everything and successfully replicate the mouse for use in Apple’s environment, the graphic arts and advertising is where Steve Jobs went all in.
- Where Anne was from, she envisioned the need for a kinder impact on the environment. It was so cool to be a known champion of the earth, a visionary who could see we needed to make a better environment. I sold in the infancy of Xerox’s plant-based toner. No longer a toxic harm to the environment. This was 2008, when collapse and financial ruin was coming down around the financial markets.
“Taking the eye off the ball?
It’s forgetting who is THE customer.
I see that everywhere now.
However, I would say that IKON era was a good one, before it found itself collapsing and imploding upon itself from growing too fast and making fatal mistakes:
- Underestimating its customers power, and
- Fielding so many lawsuits and trimming so much fat, they took their eye off the ball, or were distracted so much they forgot how to prioritize their focus. The next generation after IKON’s CEO from the late 1990s to the new Millennia.
What was the ball that was dropped?
Sometimes life hands you so many lemons, without honey, you can’t make lemonade.
There’s no prerequisite to being a parent, yet you can’t be born without a male sperm and female egg to create the most amazing miracle, with two parents to take care of you, nurture you, champion growth.
At the most important time of her life, she’s uninvited me to her grad. My sidekick who danced along beside me and twirled around a buffalo at the museum where I was the sole sales person, business development, supposedly an advertising guru. My lifeline to mingle in advertising, allowed me to multitask. I was able to be a wife, mother, sister, daughter, aunt, _in-law while still keeping my fingers stirring in advertising: where imagination and understanding what people, aka their customers want.
An eye off the ball is a symptom of not being self aware enough, or focussed too much on something that is meaningless, even if it is often more difficult to break away from.
The real visionaries like Steve and Anne, took chances, relying on their instincts for one to go whole hog to appealing to the Baby Boomers, and by default the generation thereafter 1960.
I think how much patience THEY would have to had.
The other was a mother within her generation foremost would be a strong signal of someone who wanted to truly make the world a better place.
Without pulling weeds, you can’t create a beautiful vision from your garden.
I’m only imagining now. Being in her spot, where I was a decade to 15 years junior, where it was my generation that produced the Millennial spirit of improving our world, with climate change coming too formidably close to catastrophic results.
Under her watch, we all at Xerox had to be able to make high level conversations with executives maintaining a polished approach, per usual.
BUT MOSTLY she was able to dig down to the roots of the company and decide you want to become better, by seeking knowledge, making a difference in how we viewed our world.
Anne of Green Xerox
I may change the blog title as it popped out, I’m getting better typing on my iPad.
Unfortunately…… truthfully, I came to vent about how drastic things have changed between us, still a very loving way, don’t worry.
I’ve had war of words with my sister.
Each using the other as punching bags.
Out of fear or disappointment
from Expectations and Bad Manners,
neither admitting defeat.
(A worthy new episode for the
next Game-of-Thrones worthy
plot. About two sisters sitting
on their thrones, thrown back
together every decade or so.)
Facing off as friction and defensively
protecting their kingdom, with her
own protection on focus.
The eye off the ball
can mean, not taking care of
Or, in cases shown.
Returning to the roots.
Shining up THE vision.
Where its people become
the focal point.
Are they learning?
Are they learning from the best? They need strong examples.
May have escaped from me, because they’re the ones taking over the world.
They’re educated, entitled, economically sound our Millennial Marks.
But those same Millennial Marks circle around socially or tribe, regardless of gender, or who they love.
The thermometer may have risen
in more ways in one during that
time. Going through menopause at
that time, not quite mad yet not always
as reasonable or seeing the other’s view.
Here I’m writing, as a form of mental therapy, writing, expressions, painting, capturing thoughts … all from my unique perspective of facing a biopsy after a lump was discovered after my annual medical exam, a mammogram and ultrasound ordered by my doctor. It was confirmed a lump the size of a chickpea, with a mass which was what I’d mistaken for muscle.
I try to be disciplined about going to the dentist and the doctor, but I just dread it.
When prioritizing, its best
to tackle the nastiest, biggest
As an expert something after all:
A procrastinator. Not necessarily
a bad thing if your hire one: they
tend to be opposites between work
and personal life.
I do all my own art most of the time.
I paint with acrylic because I find it
Taken with iP6 from several
angles of the same image.