Work-Life | March 2015
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What is the most important part of good business communication?
I think people and brands are no different in the sense that BEING YOURSELF IS THE ONLY THING THAT MATTERS—a unique point of view or raison d’être are vital. Starting with this fundamental, good communication flows two ways or more… So if there is one secret to success, it lies in our ability to get the other person’s point view (and have them easily get ours). The most amazing brands and people among us make us feel comfortable while constantly asking questions and answering others in between.
Michael Marckx - CEO & President, SPY
March 26th, 2015
Malakye Picks: Spring Cleaning for Your Career
March 24th, 2015
Spring Cleaning for Your Career
Spring is officially here which means time for Spring Cleaning! I’m not talking about the clean-your-house type of Spring Cleaning, but the keep-your-professional-profile-current-and-tight type of cleaning and more importantly, reconnecting with your network.
When was the last time you updated your resume? Your portfolio? Your website? You will most likely find something new to add to your experience and it’s a great way to remind yourself of everything you have accomplished! Keep it fresh because you never know when opportunities might come a knockin’.
While you’re at it, spring is the perfect time to check in with your connections. Send your professional pal an email or pick up the phone and set a time to buy him a coffee. Use your meeting time to reconnect, get advice, or talk about what you’ve been up to, just for a good feeling.
Then revisit your plan for yourself. As cliché as it may sound, having a set plan in mind (and written down) for 6 months, 1 year, and 5 years is an excellent way to keep yourself on track – you will at least have a mark to make or miss. And with the excitement for the upcoming heat wave, you can approach your planning with a burst of energy and an open mind!
If you weren't at Bear Mountain this weekend for Office Booyz, then you definitely missed out. Good thing it was too good to NOT get on camera! Featuring the infamous baby banked slalom to the pond skim, there was a little bit of friendly competition and a whole lot of laughing. Check out the industry weekend in photos:
The infamous pond - in all of it's two feet (deep) of freezing glory.
He made it!
I think he hit the bottom...look at the size of those wakes!
And we've got a 2fer!
Malakye's Chad Mihalick may have done this a few times.
Some people hit the rail.
And some, didn't...
Luckily there were no injuries to report and everyone was cheesin' at the end.
Special thanks to Rio Tanbara (far left), Clayton Shoemaker (far right) and the Bear Mountain crew for a fun weekend!
The winners! From left to right: Johnny Howenstine (2nd place), Todd Proffit (1st place), Ricky Melnik (3rd place)
Thanks to Oakley, Celtek, Quiksilver, DC Shoes, and Rastaclat for donating product for prizes, Bear Mountain for providing the crew and the slopes, event partner Neff, and to all of the industry desk jockeys that came out!
March 19th, 2015
Malakye Picks: Finding Purpose in Mentorship
Contributed by the Outdoor Industry Women's Coalition
One of the identified barriers for women to enter leadership positions is the lack of a worthy role model. Only clearly evident measures allow women to believe in the possibility of professional success and career development without affecting the family life. (McKinsey Report: Women as Valuable Assets Report)
The Outdoor Industries Women’s Coalition (OIWC) has created the first cross company, cross-industry mentoring program to address this barrier to career advancement in the outdoor, snow, bike, and run industries. The Professional Mentoring Program seeks to increase retention and career satisfaction of female employees by facilitating one-on-one learning and professional development opportunities between director or manager level women and VP or higher level women.
The OIWC Mentoring Program strives to create a tradition of mentoring within the four industries that will ultimately result in more diverse leadership teams. Additionally, research shows people that participate in a formal mentoring program are 5x’s more likely to be promoted over non-participants. OIWC has also found an increase in business acumen and confidence based on past participants.
Now in its third year, the OIWC just kicked off the Mentoring Program Class of 2015 and will begin accepting mentee applications for the Class of 2016 on September 15, 2015. The OIWC is always accepting applications for mentors, for more information, contact Amy Luther, OIWC Program Director at email@example.com.
Formal mentoring isn’t the only way mentoring happens. There is situational mentoring, peer mentoring, reverse mentoring and even creating a board of advisors for yourself. More resources on these types of mentoring can be found here.
March 17th, 2015
Malakye!” is where we answer your job search and career-focused questions.
Only problem is, I'm not saying I make that much but I can't find anything NEAR my paycheck with the companies I've researched so far. I'm more than willing to take a pay cut because I'm a self-described gear junkie and mountain addict which makes me a perfect fit for an outdoor/product company but some jobs I've seen are maxing out at 35-40k and with bills and such it's not very doable, so securing a job isn't the only problem. Help!
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March 12th, 2015
Malakye Picks: Embrace the Extra Hour
March 11th, 2015
Spring Forward Blues
So you have the Spring Forward Blues…
most of us, Monday probably came with a significant increase in caffeine intake
no thanks to the dreadful lost hour. And for some of us, we might still be on
the extra caffeine plan longing for the day that our body finally adjusts.
Unfortunately there aren't any magic "daylight savings adjustments" switches,
but here are some good tips that will help you power through the time change.
- Dial back your bedtime to get in your normal amount of sleep – and maybe a little extra!
- Wake up when you normally do (even though your bed is probably telling you differently)
- Limit napping to 10-15 minutes so you don't confuse your body even more
- Try to limit your caffeine intake, no matter how loudly Starbucks/Red Bull/etc. is calling your name
The most important thing to definitely do, however, is enjoy the extra hour of daylight after your work day! It's safe to say we all enjoy the active life, so let's take advantage of the sun and the more time for our favorite outdoor activities!
March 10th, 2015
Daylight Savings Time is here so we asked a few people in the Malakye audience, "How are you taking advantage of the extra hour of light?"
@RedKitePrayer says, "taking this little guy out for rides."
"The reason most of us got into the action sports industry is the lifestyle and with the clocks moving forward benefits the sunset surf sessions and more time hiking/snowmobile for extra runs on the mountain. We all need to exploit the extra hour of sunlight after work to put a smile on our faces and remind ourselves why we got into this industry."
Wallace Hargraves, Product Line Manager – Boots, FLOW
"With the extra hour of daylight, I will feel more energized, both in the workplace and at home. I will be more motivated to go outside, take a walk, enjoy a baseball game, work out, etc. The extra hour of daylight will allow me to stay focused and energized at work, improving the quality of and passion for my work."
Shannon Stern, Marketing Professional