Friday, January 27, 2012

"Friends" At Work

How many people actually have what they would consider to be real friends in the workplace?

I've had a few jobs, and in my experience, if you leave a place of employment with even one true friend, someone you would want to be a part of your life forever, you're lucky.

For the most part, it seems that friends at work are people you spend a lot of time with (approximately 8 hours a day) and eat lunch with or take a coffee break with, even talk about your personal lives with. But how many of those people would you actually invite to your home or include in your activities outside of work?

My guess is very few. I've collected friends over the years, in my various jobs, but I can count on one hand the people that I still keep in touch with some 20 years later.

I think the commonality that you have with friends at work is that you work at the same place. You have the same gripes, the same highs (if you're lucky) and the same lows. But once you're gone, it's like out of sight, out of mind. Your former co-workers are on to the next person who replaces you. And you're sitting around wondering "what happened to my friend?"

A few months ago, I started a new job, and at first, I kept in touch with my old colleagues. They kept in touch with me.

But as time goes on, you keep in touch less and less. Oh, sure, you say when you leave, "I'll stay in touch." Or, "You're not getting rid of me!" But, I think there's something about the people that leave versus the people that stay that make for a fundamental difference in your philosophy on not just work, but life.

It seems to me that some people only make friends at work. Or that their life is work. So, the idea of forging relationships that go outside the bounds of the 9 to 5 is not something that really happens for them.

For me, I'm only interested in like-minded individuals. Eight hours a day might make you think you have more in common with a person than you really do. In fact, you might be more different than you are similar. Or, maybe like me, you believe it when people say they really like you. They might really be full of it.

That said, I am in the process of accepting that some people come into your life for a season, others for a lifetime. The key is to know when to cut-bait.

Oh, and be wary of people who have more than 300 Facebook friends. Those are usually the ones who use the term "friend" loosely.

In fact, I think that I'm going to blame Facebook for the demise of human relationships. Yep, that's it. Works for me.

Now that I've made everyone depressed, have a great weekend! ;)

Monday, January 16, 2012

Put On Your Power Suit! Dotmine Day Planners Are Ready For The Boardroom

I love technology. I love bells and whistles. But when it comes to staying organized and on top of my day, I still rely on a paper planner. Oh, I use Outlook(R) but I still want to be able to have something to hold that looks good with my manicure.

And what if your computer crashes? Hey, it could happen!

I stumbled upon this line of planners that are perfect for keeping everyone organized. Dotmine has a planner suited for everyone from soccer moms to CEOs.

For my purposes, I chose the "Power Suit." Perfect for the professional woman - "sleek on the outside with a fun design on the inside."

January is rapidly coming to a close. There's no time like the present to get back on track.

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Get going ladies. The Board Room is calling your name!!

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

It's A New Year! EXPAND YOUR KNOWLEDGE - Davidson Academy Announces New Class Schedule

January & February Webinars

Modifying Styles & Generating a Table of Contents
in MS Word 2007 & 2010 - $49
Wednesday, January 25, 2012 from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m.
Learn how to format a pleading using Heading Styles and Multi-Level Numbering and to automatically generate a Table of Contents.

E-Filing in Federal Civil Court - $99.00 1.0 MCLE Credit Offered
Wednesday, February 8, 2012 from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m.
This webinar will introduce the CM/ECF ("e-file") program being used in the Federal Civil Courts. Topics include an overview of the system, variations in local rules, document preparation and tips on integrating e-filing and electronic document management into daily work responsibilities.


Adobe Acrobat X Professional - $49.00
Wednesday, February 15, 2012 from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m.
Increase your efficiency in Adobe Acrobat X Professional. This webinar will show you how to convert PDFs to Word and/or Excel, create bookmarks, links, add headers/footers, combine PDF files, redact information and sequentially number documents with Bates Numbering.



Intro to Litigation Training for Legal Support Staff

This 2 1/2 day seminar introduces legal secretaries and support staff to the complex world of civil litigation, including:
• Federal and California State Court structure
• Commencing a legal action
• Discovery procedures
• Motion practice
• Complexities of calendaring
• Alternative Dispute Resolution
• E-filing in California Federal Civil and Bankruptcy Courts
• Close up on legal calendaring
San Francisco - March 6, 7 and 8, 2012
Los Angeles - April 10, 11 and 12, 2012
Register Early to Receive an Early Pay Discount