Cindy Novotny

Don’t Sabotage your Career!


It is so easy to point fingers at others you work with but it may be more difficult to look at yourself.  It is easy to identify bad habits.  Always rushing to finish a project, shooting down others ideas, not listening and being disorganized.  Many people live with a false sense of security.  They believe they are the smartest, strongest, sharpest and best looking until someone comes along that highlights their weaknesses.

Your blind spots may stop you from growing in your career.  Pay attention and be willing to take feedback so you can improve and grow.

So here are my tips for this week:

1. Stop missing appointments, deadlines and don’t fall short on your commitments

2. Get organized immediately

3. Don’t procrastinate – get it done and on time

4. Double check your work

5. Take responsibility for your goals

6. Don’t have an “It’s not my job” attitude.  Do not be that person who won’t take on responsibility and is unwilling to sacrifice personal interests for a larger goal

7. Be willing to change – get out of your ‘rut’

8. Be positive

9. Create more value than expected

10. And…..most of all contribute to the success of the whole organization – not just your department



This is Not Just Another Day


History of Veterans Day:

World War I – known at the time as “The Great War” - officially ended when the Treaty of Versailles was signed on June 28, 1919, in the Palace of Versailles outside the town of Versailles, France.

However, fighting ceased seven months earlier when an armistice, or temporary cessation of hostilities, between the Allied nations and Germany went into effect on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. For that reason, November 11, 1918, is generally regarded as the end of “the war to end all wars.”

In November 1919, President Wilson proclaimed November 11 as the first commemoration of Armistice Day with the following words: "To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations…"

The original concept for the celebration was for a day observed with parades and public meetings and a brief suspension of business beginning at 11:00 a.m.

Remember today, those who have served their country with such pride and heroism – always and forever!