What My Nana Taught Me About Social Media

My Nana was a stickler for doing things right. And with Nana there was always a right way and a wrong way. (Nana = right, everyone else = wrong.)

After the holidays, the four Fitts children were required to write thank you notes and zip them off to Nana and Grandad in Boise, Idaho. Most grandparents treasure these notes, charmed by the difficult handwriting and misspellings of a young child. Not Nana. Our notes were promptly returned with corrections and highlights. To Nana, spelling, punctuation and grammar mattered. Saying ‘thank you’ was an important part of any relationship; saying it with a preposition at the end of a sentence was not tolerated. Read more

Every Step You Take… Makes a Difference

Last year, the 401k Summit leadership offered the opportunity for early attendees to share their hearts and hands through participation in several Rebuilding Together worksites. Attendees worked on a range of projects, including retiling bathrooms, landscaping, insulating walls, painting, and installing new windows and cabinets. The response from the volunteers was overwhelming, and their efforts made an impact in someone’s life. They wanted to do it again in 2013. Read more

Views from the Summit: Start With Why; Start With a Story

We’ve all been to one — a presentation where the speaker has a great set of slides and is leading a highly effective and educational presentation. Unfortunately, he or she isn’t engaging the audience in any meaningful way. People move around in their seats and start checking their smartphones. They know they should be listening; they just don’t know why. Read more