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Letter from the President - October 2012
Letter from Jennifer Holt, Greater Chicago Chapter President October 2012 Several members of the Greater Chicago Chapter and I spent two days in New York City at the WICT Leadership Conference last month. The theme of the WICT 2012 Leadership Conference was Connect > Engage > Transform, and I can assure you the conference delivered on all elements! We each left the conference feeling inspired by the keen insights of the amazing speakers, full from the scrumptious cuisine and refreshed after taking in some of the best sites Manhattan has to offer. Below we've shared with you some of the big ideas from the Leadership Conference along with restaurant and site seeing tips. See photos from the Conference on our Facebook page and on Picasa. WICT Greater Chicago Facebook Fan Page: CLICK HERE Picasa link: CLICK HERE Sharing what we learned Lisa Barroso, Vice President, Distribution, Crown Media Family Networks * HOPE IS NOT A STRATEGY. Although I am well aware that hope does not produce results, the statement was so simply put that I think it really resonated. As an action item, I have found myself more aware of the use of the word "hope" in every day transactions and am actively working to eliminate "hope" from my professional vocabulary. For example, thoughts as simple as "I hope you find this partnership beneficial," or "I hope we can meet in the next month to discuss this further" become more direct and meaningful when you change them to "I am sure you'll agree this partnership is beneficial because...." or "I'd like to schedule a meeting in the next month in order to..." when you remove the word hope. Laura Chen, Software Engineer II, ARRIS * Instead of spending so much time getting buy-in for a change that you believe is good to do, suggest instead trying the change and then discussing it. Use a phrase like, "How about we try it, and then let's meet back to discuss how it went." * Before you arrive home after work, pull over to the side of the road and take three minutes to listen to a good song or do deep breathing exercises, so that when you walk through the door, you are in a positive frame of mind and not bringing your work worries with you. * In the words of Charlie Collier, President & General Manager, AMC - "Nobody knows anything." No matter how much you study or try to predict the outcome of trying something new, there is no way to actually know how a new idea will work without trying it. Therefore, do not be afraid of failure, because you can't possibly know how something will turn out. It happens all the time in cable TV with trying new shows - some of them are flops. Don't worry about it; it's part of the process. Debra Green, Sr. Director, Alvarez & Marsal * Social media is not going away, learn to embrace it, use it and live with it. Future workforce expects it too. * Trust your gut... if you think you are not getting the breaks because you are "different," don't try to be someone else. * Transformations take place because people take risks. Jennifer Holt, Director of Field Sales & Marketing, Tribune Media Services * A session focused on Courageous Leadership encouraged the attendees to stop thinking things are going to get normal. Accept the issue or problem. Adapt. Access your courage to move on and change. * Bridge the gap between what you are doing and what you are capable of doing. * There are 5 ways we can get in our own way when we are negotiating: o Fear o Avoiding Difficult People o Being a Superwoman and Picking Up the Slack o Confusing Toughness with Effectiveness o Allowing Ourselves to be Blindsided Jill Meinzer, VP of Technical Services, ARRIS * Make your presence known * Create an environment for diverse opinions * Have the courage to: o Fight for an idea o Be willing to walk away o Use your voice o Go out on a limb o Step away from the details o "Your earnings statement - brought to you by our customers" o Use bad times as times of opportunity, don't be afraid Cathy Traczek, Sr. Director of Customer Care, Comcast * "I work very hard." That might not sound profound and meaningful, but it is, when said by Chelsea Clinton in response to being asked a question something like, "What is your secret sauce?" Chelsea further explained that she set goals for herself, and understands that she needs to work hard to achieve them. She also noted that other things suffer based on working to achieve her goals, but that is the decision she made. I found it refreshing for Chelsea to answer the question honestly and not sugar-coat the answer. * When there was a choice to attend a session on either "Connect", "Engage" or "Transform," I found I was drawn primarily to the "Transform" sessions for their focus on big picture thinking and challenging the status quo. Given this, when there was a session for all that also spoke to transforming, I was ready to listen. The session was called, "Pearls of Wisdom: The Power of Transformation," and pearls of wisdom were shared. One pearl that resonated with me went something like this: When you have researched and analyzed, and come to a conclusion that makes sense, don't ask for the "no." In other words, take an educated risk. I, too, find that risk can be scary, but I also know that waiting for the perfect solution can cause inactivity...and lack of forward progress. As I heard the speaker say, don't let fear kill your idea! Hot tips for good eats If you are ever in the New York area, our members have some great restaurant suggestions. Laura Chen, Software Engineer II, ARRIS * I recommend Eataly, specifically La Pizza & La Pasta cafe (http://eatalyny.com/eat/la-pizza-la-pasta). Eataly is a giant Italian market and La Pizza & La Pasta has delicious, simply-made, fresh food Debra Green, Sr. Director, Alvarez & Marsal * Who said Chinese food can't be elegant? Mr. K's takes your everyday local Chinese takeout menu and transforms it not only into something that is of the highest quality and taste, but then surrounds it with five star service. The ambience is sophisticated (very plush chairs), the service elegant (women receive flowers), the menu extensive (I recommend the seafood) and the location prime (on Lexington between 50th & 51st St.). Jennifer Holt, Director of Field Sales & Marketing, Tribune Media Services * I'm obsessed with trying anything I've seen on TV. I had seen a show where Nate Berkus recommended the cookies from Levain Bakery. He did not disappoint - YUM!!! I tried both the chocolate chip walnut and the dark chocolate chip. The cookies are huge and you will think you should share one but don't be mistaken. Get your own cookie; you will want to eat every last morsel. The bakery is located on 74th in the Upper West Side between Columbus and Amsterdam Avenues. I also noticed they have an online store and you can them shipped straight to you if you can't wait for your next trip to NYC. http://www.levainbakery.com/ Jill Meinzer, VP of Technical Services, ARRIS * A couple of good restaurants that we visited while there: o Eataly ---http://eatalyny.com/ - unique and fun! o Chez Josephine -- http://www.chezjosephine.com/ - delicious! Cathy Traczek, Sr. Director of Customer Care, Comcast * Burger joints are popping up all across the United States, as the burger has risen in popularity over the last few years. Not only has their popularity risen, so have the prices, as burgers have turned gourmet. Imagine my surprise at finding a reasonably priced, very good, traditional burger in New Your City, and at a self-proclaimed "hole-in-the-wall" called "Burger Joint." The Burger Joint is located in the Le Parker Meridien Hotel, hidden behind a curtain off of the lobby. It has a true New York feel to it...small and crowded, with counter help who yell at you if you don't order correctly or quickly enough. But you're in New York, so who cares? I love the mystique of the joint, and the burgers are not bad either! I've been there twice and I'll go back again. Must See NYC Sites Laura Chen, Software Engineer II, ARRIS * The Broadway show Newsies was outstanding; fantastic dancing and a true New York story about paper boys going on strike when Pulitzer raised their costs. Jennifer Holt, Director of Field Sales & Marketing, Tribune Media Services * Definitely take a walk on the High Line next time you are in Manhattan. The High Line is a public park built on an historic freight rail line elevated above the streets of Manhattan's West Side. Jill Meinzer, VP of Technical Services, ARRIS * Check out the musical Newsies, it is great! Plus, be sure to visit the Top of the Rock for awesome views As you can see we learned a lot at the conference and had fun during our down time. Hope you can make it to NYC for next year's conference October 7-8, 2013. I've attached the New York City Travel Ideas cheat sheet I created for the trip this year. I compiled new places to visit and eat that I hadn't tried in the past. It is sorted by neighborhood so you will know what to do based on where you are located. Enjoy! PDF of Travel Ideas: CLICK HERE Jennifer Signature I am WICT! # WICT Touchstones Know Yourself…Communicate…Listen…Connect…Be a Catalyst…Be Fearless…Inspire
Letter from Jennifer Holt, Greater Chicago Chapter President October 2012 Several members of the Greater Chicago Chapter and I spent two days in New York City at the WICT Leadership Conference last month. The theme of the WICT 2012 Leadership Conference was Connect > Engage > Transform, and I can assure you the conference delivered on all elements! We each left the conference feeling inspired by the keen insights of the amazing speakers, full from the scrumptious cuisine and refreshed after taking in some of the best sites Manhattan has to offer. Below we've shared with you some of the big ideas from the Leadership Conference along with restaurant and site seeing tips. See photos from the Conference on our Facebook page and on Picasa. WICT Greater Chicago Facebook Fan Page: CLICK HERE Picasa link: CLICK HERE Sharing what we learned Lisa Barroso, Vice President, Distribution, Crown Media Family Networks * HOPE IS NOT A STRATEGY. Although I am well aware that hope does not produce results, the statement was so simply put that I think it really resonated. As an action item, I have found myself more aware of the use of the word "hope" in every day transactions and am actively working to eliminate "hope" from my professional vocabulary. For example, thoughts as simple as "I hope you find this partnership beneficial," or "I hope we can meet in the next month to discuss this further" become more direct and meaningful when you change them to "I am sure you'll agree this partnership is beneficial because...." or "I'd like to schedule a meeting in the next month in order to..." when you remove the word hope. Laura Chen, Software Engineer II, ARRIS * Instead of spending so much time getting buy-in for a change that you believe is good to do, suggest instead trying the change and then discussing it. Use a phrase like, "How about we try it, and then let's meet back to discuss how it went." * Before you arrive home after work, pull over to the side of the road and take three minutes to listen to a good song or do deep breathing exercises, so that when you walk through the door, you are in a positive frame of mind and not bringing your work worries with you. * In the words of Charlie Collier, President & General Manager, AMC - "Nobody knows anything." No matter how much you study or try to predict the outcome of trying something new, there is no way to actually know how a new idea will work without trying it. Therefore, do not be afraid of failure, because you can't possibly know how something will turn out. It happens all the time in cable TV with trying new shows - some of them are flops. Don't worry about it; it's part of the process. Debra Green, Sr. Director, Alvarez & Marsal * Social media is not going away, learn to embrace it, use it and live with it. Future workforce expects it too. * Trust your gut... if you think you are not getting the breaks because you are "different," don't try to be someone else. * Transformations take place because people take risks. Jennifer Holt, Director of Field Sales & Marketing, Tribune Media Services * A session focused on Courageous Leadership encouraged the attendees to stop thinking things are going to get normal. Accept the issue or problem. Adapt. Access your courage to move on and change. * Bridge the gap between what you are doing and what you are capable of doing. * There are 5 ways we can get in our own way when we are negotiating: o Fear o Avoiding Difficult People o Being a Superwoman and Picking Up the Slack o Confusing Toughness with Effectiveness o Allowing Ourselves to be Blindsided Jill Meinzer, VP of Technical Services, ARRIS * Make your presence known * Create an environment for diverse opinions * Have the courage to: o Fight for an idea o Be willing to walk away o Use your voice o Go out on a limb o Step away from the details o "Your earnings statement - brought to you by our customers" o Use bad times as times of opportunity, don't be afraid Cathy Traczek, Sr. Director of Customer Care, Comcast * "I work very hard." That might not sound profound and meaningful, but it is, when said by Chelsea Clinton in response to being asked a question something like, "What is your secret sauce?" Chelsea further explained that she set goals for herself, and understands that she needs to work hard to achieve them. She also noted that other things suffer based on working to achieve her goals, but that is the decision she made. I found it refreshing for Chelsea to answer the question honestly and not sugar-coat the answer. * When there was a choice to attend a session on either "Connect", "Engage" or "Transform," I found I was drawn primarily to the "Transform" sessions for their focus on big picture thinking and challenging the status quo. Given this, when there was a session for all that also spoke to transforming, I was ready to listen. The session was called, "Pearls of Wisdom: The Power of Transformation," and pearls of wisdom were shared. One pearl that resonated with me went something like this: When you have researched and analyzed, and come to a conclusion that makes sense, don't ask for the "no." In other words, take an educated risk. I, too, find that risk can be scary, but I also know that waiting for the perfect solution can cause inactivity...and lack of forward progress. As I heard the speaker say, don't let fear kill your idea! Hot tips for good eats If you are ever in the New York area, our members have some great restaurant suggestions. Laura Chen, Software Engineer II, ARRIS * I recommend Eataly, specifically La Pizza & La Pasta cafe (http://eatalyny.com/eat/la-pizza-la-pasta). Eataly is a giant Italian market and La Pizza & La Pasta has delicious, simply-made, fresh food Debra Green, Sr. Director, Alvarez & Marsal * Who said Chinese food can't be elegant? Mr. K's takes your everyday local Chinese takeout menu and transforms it not only into something that is of the highest quality and taste, but then surrounds it with five star service. The ambience is sophisticated (very plush chairs), the service elegant (women receive flowers), the menu extensive (I recommend the seafood) and the location prime (on Lexington between 50th & 51st St.). Jennifer Holt, Director of Field Sales & Marketing, Tribune Media Services * I'm obsessed with trying anything I've seen on TV. I had seen a show where Nate Berkus recommended the cookies from Levain Bakery. He did not disappoint - YUM!!! I tried both the chocolate chip walnut and the dark chocolate chip. The cookies are huge and you will think you should share one but don't be mistaken. Get your own cookie; you will want to eat every last morsel. The bakery is located on 74th in the Upper West Side between Columbus and Amsterdam Avenues. I also noticed they have an online store and you can them shipped straight to you if you can't wait for your next trip to NYC. http://www.levainbakery.com/ Jill Meinzer, VP of Technical Services, ARRIS * A couple of good restaurants that we visited while there: o Eataly ---http://eatalyny.com/ - unique and fun! o Chez Josephine -- http://www.chezjosephine.com/ - delicious! Cathy Traczek, Sr. Director of Customer Care, Comcast * Burger joints are popping up all across the United States, as the burger has risen in popularity over the last few years. Not only has their popularity risen, so have the prices, as burgers have turned gourmet. Imagine my surprise at finding a reasonably priced, very good, traditional burger in New Your City, and at a self-proclaimed "hole-in-the-wall" called "Burger Joint." The Burger Joint is located in the Le Parker Meridien Hotel, hidden behind a curtain off of the lobby. It has a true New York feel to it...small and crowded, with counter help who yell at you if you don't order correctly or quickly enough. But you're in New York, so who cares? I love the mystique of the joint, and the burgers are not bad either! I've been there twice and I'll go back again. Must See NYC Sites Laura Chen, Software Engineer II, ARRIS * The Broadway show Newsies was outstanding; fantastic dancing and a true New York story about paper boys going on strike when Pulitzer raised their costs. Jennifer Holt, Director of Field Sales & Marketing, Tribune Media Services * Definitely take a walk on the High Line next time you are in Manhattan. The High Line is a public park built on an historic freight rail line elevated above the streets of Manhattan's West Side. Jill Meinzer, VP of Technical Services, ARRIS * Check out the musical Newsies, it is great! Plus, be sure to visit the Top of the Rock for awesome views As you can see we learned a lot at the conference and had fun during our down time. Hope you can make it to NYC for next year's conference October 7-8, 2013. I've attached the New York City Travel Ideas cheat sheet I created for the trip this year. I compiled new places to visit and eat that I hadn't tried in the past. It is sorted by neighborhood so you will know what to do based on where you are located. Enjoy! PDF of Travel Ideas: CLICK HERE Jennifer Signature I am WICT! # WICT Touchstones Know Yourself…Communicate…Listen…Connect…Be a Catalyst…Be Fearless…Inspire
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