Well, we're two weeks back into the work cycle since the holidays and chances are a co-worker has asked you if you've made any resolutions. How do you respond?
Historically, I've been terrible at keeping resolutions. It's almost as if by making a resolution, I'm gauranteeing that I will break it. That is, if I can decide which resolutions to make in the first place. So this year, my resolution is to make a few that I can follow in a part of my life I enjoy focusing on- my career.
For many, 'tis the season to pack up our stuff and begin the post-holiday trek back home. With hours of travel in the all too near future and those new year's career-based resolutions coming to mind, I've started to look for reading material that will be as informative as it is challenging. >>
Work is as busy as ever, there's a holiday activity every other night and the countdown to the office gift exchange is looming over your head. We've all felt the pressure of finding something cool and unique for our officemates but once the season is upon us, all creativity takes a backseat. >>
We spend 40-plus hours working a week; not counting those weeks when you practically live in the office or are on-site for a conference or convention. That's a lot of time! In many cases, I spend more time with my co-worker than I do my family and friends. My guess is that you also find yourself in this position. >>
A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of going to Napa Valley and San Francisco for a long weekend to celebrate a dear friend's upcoming wedding. For years I've wanted to visit the region, scope out the beautiful venues and wander through vineyards- this trip was all of that and more.
Recently the State of Expense Data Management and Consolidation in the Business Travel Industry, conducted by the research arm of the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) and sponsored by Carlson Wagonlit Travel (CWT), has found that although travel data is of great value to planners, it is often a burden to collect, process and interpret.
Not a day goes by that there isn't a message in my inbox about a mobile event app making its debut- they're incredibly hot right and with good reason. For the tech saavy, it's an exciting time to be a planner. The app customization options are endless, utilizing them drastically reduces paper and printing costs and it's got that irresistable shiny/cool/buzzworthy factor. >>
A couple weeks ago, I zipped up my computer bag, stuffed a few casual outfits into a carry-on, braved my way through two flights, and after an hour long shuttle ride up a mountainside, I arrived at the lovely Peaks A Grand Heritage Resort & Spa in Telluride, CO, for SPINCon2012. Greeted by gorgeous views (seriously, check out the attached photo) and friendly staff, it had already surpassed my expectations for a meeting planner's conference. >>