Happy Holidays! I’ll be back in late Jan 2010.
So much for doing a weekly update. I really struggled to keep up during the last 3 weeks. Good news is that it turned out very well. On the plus side, it was intellectually amazing! On the downside, like last year, I found the experience totally consuming, and exhausting. I shouldn’t be doing this on a regular basis. I’m settling back under my rock ’til next fall.
Thank You — Guest Speakers Week 4 & 5
I’d like to give a big “Thank You” to the guest speakers in weeks 4 and 5. They were great!
Ronna Chisholm of Dossier Creative talked about branding. Her definition of branding is very similar to the Seth Godin definition of branding ( ie. Design is essential, but design is not the brand ). Very cool stuff.
Geri Jones brought her immense “HR in startups” experience (retired VP-HR PMC-Sierra, MPR-Teltech, and MDA) to the final day. I particularly enjoyed the Q&A session and the role of HR being a middle ground between “Executive” and “Workers”. My favorite part of the discussion can paraphrased as “If HR reports to finance then HR lacks all credibility that it represents an employees’ interest. HR can’t be a middle ground in this case.”
Thank You – Guest Speakers Earlier Weeks
Thank You — UBC Admin Staff
Thank you Helen, Reaia, and Karminie for all the important behind the scenes work required to support course lecturers.
Thank You — Students
Finally, a big thank you to the students for sharing their energy and experiences to make this course a success.
Go figure. This is my favorite comment so far.
Personally, I kind of like him better now. He seems more vulnerable, more fallible and a whole lot more human … Margaret Wente, Globe and Mail