Archive | May, 2017

If You’re Not Moving Forward, You’re Moving Backward

May 30, 2017

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Elon Musk–the non-stop entrepreneur behind Tesla, SpaceX, and probably many more successful companies to come–recently gave a TED talk. When Elon Musk gives career advice, everyone listens! His philosophy was summed up by Inc. in one sentence: “If you’re not progressing, you’re regressing; so keep moving forward.” Or, as Dory might say, “Just keep swimming. Just keep swimming…”

Every year we set goals. And every year we probably don’t reach them. But if we keep chipping away, we’ll eventually get there. Moving forward is always better than regressing; however, it’s not always easy to keep this “forward-thinking mentality.” Inc. shares a few tips how in the article, “Elon Must Just Gave Some Brilliant Career Advice. Here it is in 1 Sentence.” Here’s a summary of our favorite bits of advice:

  • If you make a mistake, accept it as a learning experience then move on.
  • Set realistic and attainable goals. When you meet them set some more!
  • Prioritize learning–not perfection.

Image via Tim Donnelly/Flickr.

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Challenge Yourself: Just Ask!

May 25, 2017

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As Wayne Gretzky says, “You miss 100 percent of the shots you don’t take.” This could also be interpreted as “If you don’t ask, you’ll never know” or even with the addendum: “…and the answer will always be no.”

So here’s a challenge for you this month: just ask! Here is some inspiration to get you started. Ask…

  • what it will take to get that promotion.
  • someone you look up to if they will be your mentor.
  • if you can take on a project that you are highly interested in.
  • for a recommendation on LinkedIn.
  • yourself if it’s time for a new job.
  • for some time off.
  • when you’ll get your next raise.
  • if you can take a relevant class on the company’s dime.
  • for help on a project.
  • yourself if you’re happy.
  • why something is the way it is.
  • if you can go to a conference you’ve been dying to go to.

Image via Rajiv Patel (Rajiv’s View)/Flickr.

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Is There Such a Thing as a “Dream Job?”

May 23, 2017

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Do you love to read career success stories? Do you look up to successful entrepreneurs? Do you see internet superstars who seem like they’ve got it all figured out — traveling the world while doing what they love?

It’s easy to read stories like this and begin dreaming about the perfect job and the perfect life and what your pitch on Shark Tank should look like…It’s easy to think that you’re the only person who doesn’t have this career thing quite figured out. But what if the idea of a “dream job” is a fallacy?

Think about it: your life is always changing. New interests or hobbies. New partners or kids. New challenges or places. That means your ideal job may always be different too. Instead of searching for your dream job, search inside yourself for a few of these answers that can help guide you down a more clear career path:

1.What are my strengths?
Think of what you’re known for at work and for what task people turn to you.Revisiting annual reviews from your boss may help. Now think outside of work — your home life and your personal history — and brainstorm a few more ideas.

2. What inspires me?
Keep a running list of the things that invigorate you on a daily basis. These could be work related or not as well as things you know well or things you want to learn more about.

3. What are my core values?
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People can help with this one. Boiling down your life to a few guiding principles can help you make decisions at home and at work that make you happier.

It could take decades to find your “dream job.” It’s not a simple code to crack. But being more familiar with what makes you tick, what increases your happiness, and what you want to prioritize in life is a great place to start.

Image via Levent Ali/Flickr.

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Bill Gates Shares Advice for Grads

May 18, 2017

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In a recent tweet storm, Bill Gates shared some life and career knowledge for recent college graduates. While finding a job and career success are of the utmost importance for those in their 20s, he highlighted an important point: success is about much more than a career. And happiness in your life can inspire happiness at work. Here are our favorite bits of the conversation.

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It’s Bike to Work Week!

May 15, 2017

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Last week, Spectrum Brands engineer Jacob Musha helped co-workers tune up their bikes and prepare for this week’s Bike to Work Week.

Spectrum Brands’ world headquarters in Middleton is located right on the beautiful Pheasant Branch bike trail so special events are planned for every day this week – including casual group rides, a 2.5 mile mountain bike ride, and a 20 mile road ride ending at a Spectrum-sponsored Capital Brewery gathering!

We’re lucky that our neighbor Madison has been named one of the most bike friendly cities in the U.S. and we are one of only five cities to reach platinum-level status as a Bicycle Friendly Community. Biking to work is a common sight in this neck of the woods but we’re happy to bring attention to it during this special week!

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A Big Year for Spectrum Brands and the Clean Lakes Alliance

May 10, 2017

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As a company, we love giving back–and we’re so thankful for our amazing employees/volunteers who do good year round for their communities! In particular, we’ve always been pretty vocal about our dedication to the Clean Lakes Alliance here in Madison, Wisconsin. But you may not be familiar with how this organization came to be. Forbes learned about this unique partnership and took note.

In a feature titled A New Corporate Friendly Model of Environmental Activism, Forbes outlines how and why we as a company decided to fund a local environmental non-profit. Madison is located on an isthmus, a strip of land between two gorgeous lakes, but these lakes were often polluted. The phosphorous pollution caused blue-green algal growth that often shut down local beaches and kills fish.

“Back in 2010, Spectrum Brands and another big, local company, Lands’ End, came together and said ‘enough.’ They provided the financial backing to get the Clean Lakes Alliance on its feet, and now it’s one of the largest non-profits in the City, bringing in nearly $2 million a year from hundreds of donors to help fix the problem in a cooperative and thoughtful way.”

We’re thrilled that the latest State of the Lakes annual report found the clearest water in years. We’re so proud of the partnership we have with this great organization and the impact it’s hard on our community. If you’re interested in seeing how you can get involved in the Clean Lakes Alliance, click here for more information.

 

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Spectrum Brands at the Engineer 3D! Conference

May 3, 2017

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Dave Everett, our DVP of Global Engineering, had the opportunity to be a featured presenter at the largest engineering technology conference in the Midwest, Engineer 3D! in Milwaukee last month. We put together this great video to introduce our brand to the attendees. During his presentation, Everett said, “Engineers are the front line of innovation.” Watch the full speech below.

 

 

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Central Fulfillment Center in Edgerton, KS!

May 1, 2017

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Here’s a peek inside our new Central Fulfillment Center in Edgerton, Kansas! It’s filling up with product but still has a lot of space for growth. We are hiring Equipment Operators and Warehouse Workers for start dates every Monday through June.

Apply now: http://spectrumbrands.com/Careers/

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