Ahh… Dell, you fickle beast July 5, 2006Posted by Amanda in New Squeaks.
Well, my home computer has broken so it will probably be a few days before I can post here properly. Until then, I encourage you to check out some of the people on my blog roll :) I hope to be back as soon as possible.
By the way… Maybe it’s just me but since when is taking apart your computer “Basic Troubleshooting”?
New Banner July 4, 2006Posted by Amanda in New Squeaks.
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Thanks Deirde for the great new banner! I’ll be adding other pictures and hopefully shaping up a nice blog layout in the next couple of days or so. If anyone has copyright free images of both live and computer mice, please leave me a comment!
The Devil Wears ….. Pinstripes? July 3, 2006Posted by Amanda in New Squeaks.
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Since I am an intern, I felt like it was required for me to go and see the movie The Devil Wears Prada, with Anne Hathaway and Meryl Streep. Brian, a co-worker, joked about be comparing my boss to to the ‘Devil’, also known as ‘Miranda Priestly’, the lady in charge of Runway Magazine and the fashion industry. Trust me, there is no comparison!
While ‘Andrea (Andy) Sachs’, played by Anne Hathaway, is considered an intern at her first job after finishing at Northwestern, my internship is between my second and third year of college. Andy is in New York, a far cry from Kansas City, but the biggest difference comes in comparing our bosses.
Miranda Priestly throws her coat and her purse at her assistants, “rattles off tasks to be done immediately, and demands “the new Harry Potter” in “three hours.” No, not the new book in the stores. The unpublished manuscript of the next book. Her twins want to read it. So get two copies.” While most bosses have high standards of what they expect their employees to accomplish, I haven’t been asked to do the impossible…. Unless you count tracking down PEO’s which comes pretty close (Click here for more on that).
One thing that Andy complains about is that her boss never recognizes her for her good work, instead she only critizes. Not so around here. Our boss is proud of us To my knowledge, he has never purposefully humiliated anyone on the staff. Not so for the vicious Miranda Priestly. Whenever a mistake is made, she is quick to jump on it.
The Head of Runway Magazine also appears to have a memory problem as she always calls Andrea, Emily. When I walked into work on my first day, my name was scrolling across their welcome computer and I had flowers and a card waiting on my desk. It gave me that warm fuzzy feeling.
I could go on and on listing all the differences, but why should I when you can just go see the movie and figure out most of them for yourself. I urge all of you to be better managers than Miranda Priestly.
Overall, this movie was much different than I expected it to be. The commercials for it lean it towards being a comedy, but I thought it had a more serious nature than I was lead to believe. It’s also more grown up than some of Anne Hathaway’s previous movies, nothing huge, but I would not be taking any children under the age of 13 to go see it.
What can Eddie teach us? July 1, 2006Posted by Amanda in Business Tails.
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There are a lot of good movies with inspirational coaches out there, everything from Coach Carter to Remember the Titans, but Eddie happens to be one that I’ve had on my shelves for years. Since it was a slow weekend for me, I put it in to provide a bit of background noise for my blogging, but then, I started thinking about all of the good lessons it has to offer.
For those of you who haven’t seen it before: Eddie, played by Whoopi Goldberg, is a New York limo driver and a fanatical follower of the New York Knicks professional basketball team. The team is struggling with a mediocre record when, in mid-season, “Wild Bill” Burgess, the new owner, as a public relations gimmick, stages an ‘honorary coach’ contest, which Eddie wins. The fans love it, so “Wild Bill” fires the coach and hires her. She takes the bunch of overpaid prima donnas that make up the team and turns them around. But the owner hopes to move the team, now the darling of the New York fans, to St. Louis. He may OWN the team, but it BELONGS to the city and the fans! (imdb.com)
Be Involved! – Whether you’re a parent, a coach, or a business owner, be involved in the lives of those around you. By understanding and expressing interest in their problems, they’ll be more interested in helping you with yours. Eddie tries to teach this to a parent of the peewee basketball team she coaches, but fails (at first) to apply it to the Knicks.
Eddie: You realize your son got a D in English?
Rae Jones: What’s that got to do with him playing ball?
Eddie: A lot, but your first question should have been, “Why did he get a D in English?” You need to start paying attention to him in school or you’re going to be watching him in court instead of on the court.
Big talent can have big egos – With professional athletes making millions and CEO’s getting raises while their employees are laid off there is a lot of inequity. One thing we can do well to remember is to celebrate those who got us where we are.
Eddie: I thought this was a professional basketball team. Obviously, I’m out of my mind. I’m in here with rap artists and pitchmen. Do you remember that people pay to come and see you guys? People spent $2,000 on season tickets up in the nosebleed sections because they think you guys are worthwhile. And what about the little kids? Oh, forget about them, huh? The little kids who actually think you guys are heroes — stupid them! (Eddie walks out of the locker room.)
Trust is earned, not given. – Eddie struggles at first to gain the respect of the Knicks players, but as she proves her willingness to work hard and ‘rock the boat’ they begin to see the strength of her character and are willing to back her up.
Coach John Bailey: (now as coach of the Charlotte Hornets) Hey, Zimmer, where’s your coach — still in the ladies’ room?
Carl Zimmer: I don’t know where she is.
Coach John Bailey: Well, if she doesn’t show up here pretty quick, you’re going to have awfully big shoes to fill, even if they are high heels.
Carl Zimmer: Uh, John, I’ve been around for a lot of years. I learned from the best.
Coach John Bailey: Well, thanks, Carl. I appreciate that, really. Thank you.
Carl Zimmer: I wasn’t talking about you.
Coach John Bailey: Chump.
There are many more lessons in this film, but I wouldn’t want to give them all away If you haven’t seen it, check it out for yourself. And for those of you in the US, have a happy holiday weekend!
Search Engine Optimization July 1, 2006Posted by Amanda in Business Tails.
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Here are this week’s link additions. I’m not sure if I’ll continue adding think many links normally, but there is a lot of good information out there.
Search Engine Optimization – Common Mistakes Here’s a great post about mistakes many bloggers and businesses make when it comes to making their site compatible with the almighty Search Engines. With everyone clammering for attention, better check to make sure you don’t make these mistakes. Silly SEO Mistakes, Stumbles & Blunders Of Ecommerce Webmasters
Silly SEO Mistake #9) Not paying attention to web traffic analytics data because, “I forgot my login and password” (laughtrack)
Worse, you don’t have an analytics program or service because traffic data takes too long to analyze or isn’t easy to understand. If you are a one man band – LEARN and USE a web traffic analytics program, as it is essential to web business success. If you have employees, make it the job of one person to study that data and understand where traffic is coming from and how it converts to business. Analytics software price is not an issue – Google Analytics is free and it integrates and tracks all PPC conversion and ROI data
I’ve also added the following blogs to the blog roll! Welcome!