Interesting Articles from the Week of November 4, 2012

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In addition to writing posts, I’ve been following several other website and blogs for interesting and relevant articles and news. I’ve decided to start a weekly roundup of articles I’ve found worthy of making comments on, and I hope you get something out of these as well.

Check out my comments

At Women 2.0

An article from Women 2.0 which caught my eye was “From individual contributors to COO, Women make an impact at Salesforce Girl Geek’s Dinner”. The author is a fellow alum and classmate from UCLA Anderson, Courtney Mayeda. She shares her experience at a dinner hosted by the Salesforce’s Women in Technology group, where discussion focused on leadership and communication being key for companies to maintain and grow their product offerings. My comment which follows her article is some approaches I’ve learned on how to improve communications – “I do agree that communication is key – don’t assume that people know details, don’t be afraid to be really organized in the details you track and share, and always try to relate what someone is working on to the bigger picture. I’ve found that when people understand context and the ‘why’, it helps to keep them motivated and innovative.

At The Work at Home Woman

Another article that caught my eye is “Why women make great entrepreneurs”. The 5 points on the list are the following:

  • We know how to multitask
  • We’re a fierce negotiator
  • When we’re passionate about something, we work harder
  • We’re not afraid of a little hard work
  • There’s no separation between us and what we do

You’ll need to read the article to understand my response in full context – “I love to be reminded of these things. I am a woman entrepreneur, and the traits you’ve listed are very descriptive of me. Maybe the tomato analogy helps to explain why so many businesses women start to address the intersection of many parts of life – that’s just how we think and operate.”

At Forbes

Forbes also has a great series of article that I enjoy reading. Forbes writers have the ability to call out member comments they find particularly interesting, which are then highlighted across the Forbes network. My comment on the article “30 Days of Freelancing: Day 5” (which is a pretty neat series – check it out) was called-out. Hurray! And I say – “The first tip is important not just at conferences and seminars, but in day-to-day business meetings and interactions as well. If you go to a conference or seminar make sure to get yourself involved. Say who you are, and what you care about. If you are in a meeting at work and have an opinion, say something. Don’t worry about it not being right or profound – you want people to hear and know you, so that they can offer you something in return as well.”

At Women on Business

A very simple but precise article about “How to find your business passion again” caught my eye as well.  A way that I’ve found my passion again is that – “I’ve found that telling someone about my business and my ideas gets me excited again, especially when I get to the ‘why’, and it is someone who is giving me positive feedback and new ideas. Maybe take someone you recently met out for coffee or breakfast, and you not only are working on networking, you are also re-energizing yourself!”

Share your thoughts

If you’ve got something more to say about these articles, or other websites and blogs I should be checking out, please feel free to share your thoughts below.

About Tamra Johnson

I’m an entrepreneur and a recent MBA graduate from UCLA Anderson. I have 10 years of experience in IT Management and Systems Engineering. I love learning, helping others, exploring the world around me, running at the beach, going to concerts, and visiting family and friends. I grew up in Helotes, Texas, went to undergrad in Cambridge, MA, and now live in Venice, CA.
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