19 Feb 2015
Hey business people…. actually, any people, take a breather and open a book. How important is reading? Not just the business journal or the newspaper, but novels reading for fun, or insight in other fields like science or economics.
According to John Coleman at Harvard Business Review (link below):
“Even as global literacy rates are high (84%), people are reading less and less deeply. The National Endowment for the Arts (PDF) has found that “[r]eading has declined among every group of adult Americans,” and for the first time in American history, “less than half of the U.S. adult American population is reading literature.” “
“Reading can also make you more effective in leading others. Reading increases verbal intelligence (PDF), making a leader a more adept and articulate communicator. Reading novels can improve empathy and understanding of social cues, allowing a leader to better work with and understand others — traits that author Anne Kreamer persuasively linked to increased organizational effectiveness, and to pay raises and promotions for the leaders who possessed these qualities. And any business person understands that heightened emotional intelligence will improve his or her leadership and management ability.”
And if you would like more information or to READ the blog on this see the following link https://hbr.org/2012/08/for-those-who-want-to-lead-rea
If you would like some ideas on actual business reads the link to 50 of the most influential are found here : http://www.businessinsider.com/famous-business-book-summaries-2015-1
27 Jan 2015
The scene is set. You sit in your aisle seat hopefully toward the front of the plane so that it is easier for restroom breaks and getting off the plane at your arrival. The very courteous stewardess is asking you to get the pamphlet out so that you can learn how to turn your seat into a flotation device (I’m still skeptical) and put your oxygen mask on before helping others scream for their life. What is the next thing you do?? In case you didn’t purchase a magazine in the airport for $35 and you forgot your own reading material…… You grab the SkyMall right? Because everyone wants to see all the handy dandy items they should have purchased for comfort for their flight, or those moon shoes you wanted as a kid. Well folks I hate to tell you, but the internet and handy cheaper ways of purchasing have put another business out. No more SkyMall. Now where on earth am I going to get that Ostrich Pillow I had my eye on? (see pic below)
This does make us all look at the way businesses are forced to market and run. Those that wanted to purchase items from SkyMall forgot all about the items once off the plane. Had they been more cost friendly and marketed to folks sitting on their couch with wifi could they have lasted? Possibly. Even smaller local businesses still need a little edge with a Facebook account and website as a few ways to make themselves more searchable on the web.
25 Nov 2014
Here is wishing everyone a great Thanksgiving, and be careful picking up the bird.
The year has turned its circle,
The seasons come and go.
The harvest all is gathered in
And chilly north winds blow.
Orchards have shared their treasures,
The fields, their yellow grain,
So open wide the doorway,
Thanksgiving comes again.
Just in time for Veteran’s Day.
Last week we got to visit one of our customers DJO Global and help them with their Marine Corp Scholarship Foundation… Our golf team didn’t win, but they had some fun.
See a little more about the MCSF (Marine Corp Scholarship Foundation) below.
17 Oct 2014
Many times in your life you have heard and will continue to hear.. Two brains are better than one. Not only brain power but teamwork all around helps efficiency and an all around better work environment when we can all work together. Check out the cute/ fun video.
One man can be a crucial ingredient on a team, but one man cannot make a team. -Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
10 Oct 2014
It is nice to be recognized locally. We were notified we won the Best of Richmond Award. See the attached press release. #Quality
03 Oct 2014
This is your heads up… Periodically this month we will be posting facts/ myths and information about Breast Cancer Awareness on our Facebook. According to Breastcancer.org “About 1 in 8 U.S. women (about 12%) will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime.” Now fellas, if you think this doesn’t affect you, think again. “About 2,360 new cases of invasive breast cancer were expected to be diagnosed in men in 2014. A man’s lifetime risk of breast cancer is about 1 in 1,000.”
Think about that. Do you work with 8 women, have more than 8 female friends, have more than 8 female family members?? Do you think men regularly check themselves either? This can affect any one of us.
Currently there is no prevention, but awareness of Breast Cancer, facts, and tips of self check can help catch it early. Cancer doesn’t discriminate!
Keep posted on our Facebook site. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Contract-Industrial-Tooling-INC/737010179660164
HAPPY MONDAY!! I know I know. Mondays are typically not our favorite. We all struggle to get motivation, optimism, and most of all good positive attitudes. Well you absolutely HAVE to watch this video it will help put you in a better mood. According to a blog post by Dale Carnegie a great training source, “Very little, if anything, is gained out of negativity. Conversely, a positive attitude can improve all aspects of your work life. Those who display and maintain a positive attitude tend to see career success, a reduction in stress, tend to be healthier, more motivated and enjoy stronger interpersonal relations — not just in the workplace, but also in life.” Who couldn’t use that??
I challenge you all to wake up and be like this girl in the video about your day like we did when we were young. =) #BePositive
11 Sep 2014
Thirteen years ago our country lost a piece of history and many lives. Those who were just in their morning commute to work, those who were riding on a plane, those who lay their lives down every single day for others.
At CIT we haven’t forgotten, and we won’t. Thank you to all who have sacrificed and will continue to sacrifice for our freedom. Our thoughts go out today for all involved.
This picture is priceless. Thanks USATODAY.com The marks and burns in the flag represent our country. You can tear and try and burn it, but it stays unified… UNITED States of America
26 Aug 2014
HYDRATION!!! A holiday weekend is coming up and many will be outside playing cornhole (like CIT employees will be Friday), family picnics, celebrating in remembrance for the holiday, and just plain spending time in the sun. Remember when it is as hot and humid out, you have to make sure you stay hydrated. Drink plenty of water and if you already have some dehydration…. boost it with a sports drink with electrolytes (see fun video below). =)
Hydration is extremely crucial to your entire body but especially your heart. “It’s critical for your heart health.
Keeping the body hydrated helps the heart more easily pump blood through the blood vessels to the muscles. And, it helps the muscles remove waste so that they can work efficiently”, according to the American Heart Association. This means less muscle cramping and fatigue that can ruin your weekend.
Even though Manning encourages it, you don’t have to sweat it to get it. Stay hydrated friends!
For more information from the Heart Association on hydration, see below