[Virtual] remote work real-talk

Posted by Stephanie Chacharon on Apr 3, 2020 12:29:51 PM

I think it’s safe to say that we’ve all been struggling at some level to adjust to this new normal. For those of us fortunate enough to be able to work from home, it’s not just adjusting to working fully remotely—it’s also dealing with headline fatigue and the stress of looming economic uncertainty, trying to homeschool and/or keep your children alive and fed while also working, coping with a friend or loved one who’s sicksupporting someone who’s unemployed or at risk of losing their job, or feeling isolated and alone. It’s A LOT.

We wanted to hear from our community on how they’re staying connected … while staying apart.

Lisa Hufford, our CEO and cofounder, [virtually] sat down with a handful of our experts—a group with 60+ combined years of remote work experience (!!!)—to talk about remote work in this current environment, from leading remote teams and creating an at-home work environment to communicating with empathy. Here’s the full conversation.

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Topics: Simplify Series, News & updates, Talent shift

Storytelling in the real world: How case studies connect technology, people & sales results

Posted by Robert Heuer on Mar 23, 2020 8:02:53 AM

When I left the world of creative and academic writing for technical marketing work, I vowed to use my powers for good.

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Topics: Simplify Series

Staying connected while staying apart

Posted by Stephanie Chacharon on Mar 19, 2020 6:00:00 AM

 

One of my favorite coronavirus Tweets so far reminds us to be gentle with ourselves in these far-from-ordinary times: 

It can be incredibly difficult to concentrate right now—I’m writing this while dismissing news alerts, with a kindergartener doing math worksheets to my left and a 2YO playing with imaginary suitcases at my feet—let alone stay connected.

Now that we’re fully remote, our team has a new ritual: Friday video all-hands to connect, share, and end the week on a positive note. In our first of these v-chats, we each shared our suggestions for staying connected … while staying apart.

We hope that these tips—ranging from tech hacks to self-care reminders—help you weather this storm with your spirit intact. 

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Topics: Simplify Series, Talent shift, Women & work, Community

Women.Co:The 5 COs of successful women-owned businesses

Posted by Linda Bookey on Mar 3, 2020 6:00:00 AM

When I started out as a business owner, I wasn’t thinking about being women-owned—I was focused on being successful. And I was, for more than 25 years. I built a business to fit my values and my family’s needs in a way that corporations weren’t doing.  

These days, in addition to my work as a consultant with Simplicity, I volunteer as a site visitor with the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC). I visit women-owned companies to certify that the company is, in fact, legitimately owned and run by women. I’ve sat with female founders, leaders, and bosses—ranging from sole proprietors to CEOs of global corporations. While each leader is different (I think there are as many variances within our gender as there are across genders), I’ve observed the following commonalities.

(Let me be clear: Not every women-owned business adheres to these trends! However, many of the organizations I’ve observed through WBENC or as an employee, customer, vendor, ally, or friend, do.)

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Topics: Simplify Series

Interview tips & tricks

Posted by Markelle Linstedt on Feb 19, 2020 6:00:00 AM

This content was repurposed from a presentation that Markelle gave earlier this year to the Women in Business group at UW Bothell.

In my role as Talent Manager at Simplicity Consulting, I meet with hundreds of clients and consultants. Those conversations have given me a front-row seat to what hiring managers are looking for.

Early-in-career job seekers, keep reading for tips and tricks on how to stand out, what hiring managers really want, and what works (and doesn’t!) in an interview.  

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3 ways to increase your team's diversity

Posted by Linda Bookey on Jan 14, 2020 7:00:00 AM

Is your company feeling a little homogenous? You’re not alone. 71 percent of companies want an inclusive culture, but only 12% have reached a “mature” level of diversity and inclusion (source: Breezy HR).

Here are 3 easy ways to increase the diversity on your team. But first, let's look at how we typically find that next great employee.

 

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I'm a marketing leader & a millennial mom. Want me to work for you? Give me flexibility.

Posted by Stephanie Chacharon on Dec 5, 2019 11:02:51 AM

This post was originally published by Stephanie Chacharon on LinkedIn

Two things are true: I love my work. And I’m an amazing mom.

Those truths don’t have to be at odds with each other. But for me, something’s got to give with the traditional 9 to 5 employment model. If you want to keep me—and the countless others like me—employed, flexibility is a non-negotiable.

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Topics: Simplify Series, Talent shift, Women & work

GeekWire Summit 2019

Posted by Stephanie Chacharon on Oct 10, 2019 9:31:13 PM

The GeekWire Summit did not disappoint.

We learned. We laughed. We met some of our local heroes. And we left feeling inspired by the future of tech and the incredible talent and innovation in our region.

Here are a few of our favorite moments from the event:

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Topics: Simplify Series, News & updates

Better together: 5 takeaways from TalentConnect 2019

Posted by Stephanie Chacharon on Sep 29, 2019 10:02:19 AM

Our heads are still swirling with stats, strategies, and inspiration from TalentConnect. We joined 4,600 members of the global talent community in Dallas, Texas, in pursuit of our shared goals of building winning teams and changing people’s lives.

LinkedIn won our hearts with the Texas-sized welcome (and personalized bandanas), and the presenters moved our hearts and minds on topics from authentic DEI like Beyonce to negotiating tactics from a former FBI agent. Also, there was Michelle Obama. (Did we mention Michelle Obama?!)

Here are our top 5 takeaways from the 10th annual LinkedIn TalentConnect conference:

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Topics: Simplify Series

How to bring your event to life with a team of experts

Posted by Stephanie Chacharon on Sep 24, 2019 10:28:45 AM

Events are essential to an effective marketing strategy. Nearly 90% of execs plan to grow their event budgets in the next year, and 30% of marketers believe that events are the most important marketing channel. Whether online (webinar, virtual summit, live stream, etc) or physical (conference, tradeshow, seminar, workshop, or breakfast/lunch/dinner), events drive brand awareness, lead generation, customer engagement, and education.  

But delivering a compelling, impactful event experience requires planning, strategy, and a mix of the right skills and experience. Here’s how to build the team you need to successfully bring your event to life. 

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