Banfield Youth Advisory Board

The Banfield Youth Advisory Board which consists of 36 generationZ participants from the community and around the country are kicking of their first meeting today. They will share their opinion and provide insights on key topics that can help shape the future of work at Banfield especially when the youth generation is the future. Thank you, our Chief People Officer, Stephanie Neuvirth, for your strategic vision and leadership, and thank you Jessica Van Dyke, SHRM-CP as well as all the HR team involved for driving such a truly original and forward-thinking initiative. #banfieldlife #marspetcare #innovation Banfield Pet Hospital

Proud moments

It is a proud moment to feel that we have driven or significantly contributed to a new product development. Progress may first seem chaotic & disorganized, just like a startup company would first find itself into, but persistence and commitments allow the brains of talents to come together and deliver something wonderful. Of course success is not measured by a product being created but by when it gets used and valued by its users. Nevertheless, we should pride ourselves with the right decisions that we made, the steps that we took, and the timely delivery of what we commited to deliver. We should also not allow ourselves to be prematurely comfortable with the outcome, because we will start to slack and loose our competitive edge. Therefore, we need to keep learning from the experience and stay fully engaged. I am excited to be sharing soon what our IT team in collaboration with multiple cross functional teams here at Banfield Pet Hospital are delivering for our customers #banfieldlife #transformation #marspetcare

The word “Technology”

Origins of the word “technology” : “technology (n.)

1610s, “a discourse or treatise on an art or the arts,” from Greek tekhnologia “systematic treatment of an art, craft, or technique,” originally referring to grammar, from tekhno-, combining form of tekhnē “art, skill, craft in work; method, system, an art, a system or method of making or doing,” from PIE *teks-na- “craft” (of weaving or fabricating), from suffixed form of root *teks- “to weave,” also “to fabricate.” For ending, see -logy.” (etymonline.com) #technology

Apple “Think Different” 1997 Ad

“Think Different” Apple 1997 ad campaign that is so relevant for innovators and visionaries not just yesterday but every day today and for ever tomorrow

“Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes.

The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them.”

About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things. They invent. They imagine. They heal. They explore. They create. They inspire. They push the human race forward.

Maybe they have to be crazy.

How else can you stare at an empty canvas and see a work of art? Or sit in silence and hear a song that’s never been written? Or gaze at a red planet and see a laboratory on wheels?

We make tools for these kinds of people.

While some see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.”

Return of Steve to Apple

P# 2 of Steve Jobs post (pls read the 1st one first)

10 years after, Steve Jobs returned to Apple as a more experienced and, yet, still passionate (sold NeXT to Apple, owned Pixar that gave Toy Story to the world, and always loved the Apple he cofounded). Watch the 1997 video below and see the difference in the character and presentation between Gil Amelio, who was leading Apple at the time, and Steve Jobs (shows up 7min later in the video). Compare the presentations between both. Notice the confidence and power from Steve, and the lack of by Amelio. More importantly, notice the story telling and how Steve embraced more the development community this time. Of course, Apple is not only Steve and Steve is not only Apple. But the power of his message in that conference, in my opinion, has set the stage of what Apple became as a brand for the development community and the world. It is another learning opportunity for all of us techies.

Steve Jobs in 1986 PBS Entrepreneurs Documentary

I am a big fan of Steve Jobs but it is important to watch how a mix of ingenuity and arrogance when Steve was young can lead to failed implementations. After he was kicked off Apple in the 80s, Steve picked up a number of talents to create Next computer which he wanted to be the next big thing ever created. He really didn’t listen to his team, grew impatient, and was stubborn with certain decisions that proved costly later. Which is more important? Quality, cost, or time? The Next computer proved to be a failed computer, but, nevertheless, Steve Jobs went to create beautiful products later on. Watch the PBS Entrepreneurs documentary about Steve Jobs with a critical eye. It was filmed before the Next pc was released to the public. Carefully watch the behavior of Steve and think of how you could have done things differently or the same. It is a learning opportunity for all of us

Happy new year , techies and all!

Same time twenty years ago (year 2000) I was at an accountant office during New Year’s Eve watching over their servers and software to make sure the year 2000 passes with no glitches in their systems. I previously did the software upgrades and carefully checked everything as the year 2000 trickled through the night. Ensuring customer satisfaction and systems availability year after year is and will always be an critical trait in technology leadership. Otherwise what is the value of technology if the experience is broken? Happy new year everyone and all the techies out there.