Go Giants! How Workplace Culture Carries the Day

22 10 2014

GiantsThis is a great article about the importance of workplace culture, using the SF Giants as an example.  Here is a teaser:

The San Francisco Giants are going to baseball’s World Series for the third time in five years. And a big reason why is the team’s workplace culture — a culture that organizations beyond baseball can learn from.

The Giants are a “teamy” team, one with heaps of solidarity, ego-sacrifice and brotherly love. That workplace climate, sometimes called “chemistry,” has helped make the Giants a talent magnet, prepared them to overcome major adversity, and propelled them to their sport’s biggest stage again.

“We’ve just got a bunch of guys who have come together,” Giants third base coach Tim Flannery said after the team won their National League pennant series over the St. Louis Cardinals. “And there’s something magic that happens in this clubhouse.””

So, you are a Giant’s fan and salute the results of their strong culture.  When the World Series is over, what can you do to build a “Giants culture” in your workplace, making it  stronger, more effective, more enjoyable?  Some additional quotes about the importance of culture in leading organizations from the Giant’s to major tech firms to ponder:

“Everybody cares about each other in this organization.”

“We’re all in this together.”

“You can count on people to cooperate.”

Is that true in your workplace?  What actions could you take to make it true?  What actions could other leaders at higher levels take?


Image courtesy pinterest.com


Information Forum: Please Share!

21 10 2014

Belmont Sen Sem S14

We will have an informational forum tomorrow (Wednesday) night at 6:30 at Sobrato, which is at 350 Twin Dolphins Drive.  Love your program and want to share it with family, friends, or co-workers?  This is a chance to do so while we brag about how awesome you are!  (NDNU even offers an amazon gift certificate award to students who refer potential students, so check that out!)

(Pictured are recent graduates, posing after their capstone class.)


Campus Events This Week

21 10 2014

Yes, it is break week, but don’t you miss being on campus?  We miss you!  Here are some opportunities to learn, to connect, to meet new people…

DSC eventWednesday, October 22, 7PM, Cunningham Memorial Chapel.  FREE:  Dr. Sakena Yacoobi will be speaking about Women’s Education and Empowerment in Afganistan.  Spread the word; this is open to the public and looks to be inspiring, challenging, and very worthwhile. (Click on the image to enlarge it.)

Thursday, October 23, 4-5:30.  Pink Ribbons, Inc., a documentary film will be screened in the Sr. Dorothy Stang Conference Room (behind the Chapel).  This movie poses challenging questions about where funds are going, the origins of breast cancer, and more.  “Women who are fighting for their lives are also fighting to reclaim the true meaning of the pink ribbon.”  Read more on the flyer:

Pink Ribbon Inc Flyer

Friday, October 24 at 5PM in the Gellert Library:  the library announces:

You may have already seen the Library’s book display devoted to the National Hispanic Heritage Month. We will be closing out the Hispanic Heritage Month by screening a movie in the Gellert Library on Oct. 24, 2014 at 5:00 pm. Please join us to watch the movie and enjoy light refreshments.

Stay tuned for more… classroom assignments will be posted before Monday!

Job Opportunity: Activity Director at Rosener House

20 10 2014

Rosener HousePenVol.org

Thank you to student Nancy Brooks for sharing this opportunity!  Nancy is working with the Peninsula Volunteers for her capstone project and speaks highly of the organization and its mission, as have other students who have worked with them.  Rosener House provides adult day services to functionally or cognitively impaired adults through a variety of services.  The job announcement with more information about qualifications, hours, and more can be found here:  Activity Leader Job Opportunity.

Image courtesy sequoiahealthcaredistrict.com and penvol.org

Dr. Patrick Arbore Receives Prestigious Jefferson Award for Public Service

16 10 2014

Patrick Arbore has been teaching at Notre Dame de Namur University for the past 25 years; literally thousands of students have benefitted from his wisdom and join staff and faculty in being inspired by his compassion, wisdom, and expertise in the field of gerontology, research methods, counseling skills, communication, and more.  Congratulations, Patrick, on this well-deserved honor!

The written article from the same broadcast, pasted below, can be found at KPIX here: SAN FRANCISCO (KPIX 5) — National estimates show a third of older Americans living in nursing homes suffer from depression, and 60% don’t receive any visitors. But this week’s Jefferson Award winner has created a one-of-a-kind program to lift their spirits.
Dr. Patrick Arbore says senior citizens represent 12% of the U.S. population, but 15% of all suicides. So he’s making changes, one phone call at a time.
“We recognize you, we acknowledge your presence in the community,” he said, as though addressing seniors. “You are not invisible to us.”
Arbore founded the Friendship Line in 1973. (To reach the Friendship Line in the Bay Area, call 415-752-3778. Nationally, the number is 800-971-0016.) He says the confidential service is the only 24-hour toll-free, nationally-accredited suicide prevention hotline for senior citizens. Each year, staff and volunteers answer 40,000 calls from all over the country, and return calls to follow up.
“We really wanted to convey we’re interested in you. And we want to talk to you,” he explained.   Arbore says even a short phone call — just five minutes — can help a person go from feeling lonely to feeling connected.   “Just one person who says ‘I’m here for you’ is profound.”
Past volunteers on the Friendship Line say Arbore has inspired them with his contagious love for older adults.   “He’s incredibly calm, incredibly compassionate, shows the power in just listening,” said Amy Preut.   “I hear all the time if it wasn’t for us, they don’t know where they’d be in their lives,” added Natalie Schroeder.
Besides the Friendship Line, Arbore also founded the Center for Elderly Suicide Prevention 24 years ago at the Institute on Aging to provide grief counseling and support groups.
And to combat holiday depression, he leads Songs for Seniors, a cable car caroling program he started in 1986. Hundreds of volunteers cheer up hundreds of homebound elderly.
“It does something magical,” he said. “That’s why we started doing that.”
So for creating a lifeline of friendship for seniors in crisis, this week’s Jefferson Award in the Bay Area goes to Dr. Patrick Arbore.
If you need someone to talk to, or know someone who does, please call or encourage that person to call the Friendship Line at 415-752-3778. Nationally, call toll free: 1-800-971-0016. Dr. Arbore wants all senior citizens to know we care, and you matter.

Free Workshops

14 10 2014

A2BNeed to improve your study skills?  Confused about APA requirements for a paper? Struggling with writing or research strategies?  The University Center at Cañada College and the A2B Program offers a series of FREE evening workshops that can help.

Open to all and free!

See information below and on the attached:  Canada Workshop Flyer Fall 2014


Workshop Schedule A2B





Planning Your Spring Classes

13 10 2014

registerIt will soon be time to plan your spring classes!  Check your email for instructions on making an appointment to see your advisor or contact one of us directly:

Human Services:  Judy King (jking@ndnu.edu) or Dr. Therese Madden (tmadden@ndnu.edu)

Intensive Business:  Vicki Silver (vsilver@ndnu.edu) or Dr. Lillian Barden (lbarden@ndnu.edu)

Liberal Studies:  Dr. Helene LaRoche-Davis (hdavis@ndnu.edu)

Have any questions about finishing your program?  Submit a question and we’ll answer it as part of our October “ask an advisor” series.




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