Business Coaching | OSFP’s | Face Mask Sale | We Will Always Remember
Welcome to the CablesAndKits CEO daily email. Read more about this email by scrolling to the very bottom.
Today I had a call with a business coach I’ve worked with for a few years. We talk once a month for about an hour and cover whatever is on my mind. Today I had a topic I’d been pondering on for months and was stuck. He was able to ask some questions to get me talking and I came to a conclusion of what I wanted to do.
Coaches are great because once you have worked with them for a while, they know you fairly well, but at the same time they are not in your operation day to day so they can be objective.
You can engage with a coach/mentor or even a friend personally as well. Years ago a good friend of mine and I met every week for about a year. We spent some time talking about the movies we’d seen and all that, but then we got into “ok, so what’s going on?”. We’d speak our minds about our current issues and then get the thoughts of the other person, questions, and even if we didn’t come to a solution we’d be further down the road.
Sometimes you can’t see the forest for the trees (Dictionary.com: An expression used of someone who is too involved in the details of a problem to look at the situation as a whole). Having someone that has nothing to gain and nothing to lose by giving you their SOUND advice can be super duper valuable. Ponder those ponderables in your ponderer.
I don’t know if it’s true, but I heard …
Ben & Jerry’s has an online flavor graveyard for their 10 discontinued ice cream flavors. Each one has a photo, life span, and epitaph.
Today’s Product Spotlight from Rerun (AKA Rebecca):
Today’s product spotlight features the QSFP-40G-SR-BD transceiver module. This Quad Small Form-Factor Pluggable (QSFP) bi-directional transceiver module allows for 40 Gbps of bidirectional connectivity over OM3 or OM4 fiber. These QSFP modules utilize (2) 20 Gbps channels that transmit and receive on the same strand at the same time using your existing Multimode Fiber (MMF) strand.
If you’d like to learn more about the differences between SFP, SFP+, QSFP, and QSFP+ transceivers, check out our Learning Center Article here!
From Joe, our friendly Safety Supplies Product Marketer:
Happy Friday, we made it! Although I’m excited it’s almost the weekend this means it’s the end of one of our sales! The sale coming to an end are our bulk pack of 3-Ply Face Masks. Stock up now if you need to, this is the cheapest they’ve ever been! Now I’d like to put some spotlight on one of our newer products that’s flying off the shelf. The Claire’s Disinfecting Spray seems to be a customer favorite! Unfortunately, these are hard to find so I’m not 100% sure if we’ll have more after these sell out. With that being said, if you need a disinfecting spray this is for you! It’s EPA registered and very comparable to name brands like Lysol and Clorox! That’s it for me this morning, have a great weekend!
We’re Hiring for our Product Department! We have an opening, as detailed by Rerun (AKA Rebecca), below. Is this you or someone you know?
Product Marketing Specialist – Fiber Cables
Have you been reading these CEO emails thinking “Wow, CK sure sounds like a fun place to work! Wish I could be a part of the team and contribute to the CEO daily email like Joe the friendly Safety Supplies Product Marketer does!”? Do you love product marketing? Do you revel in the recurring nature of processes and relish accountability? If so, listen up! We are looking to expand our Product Team by bringing on a Product Marketer for Fiber Cables. This is a very process driven role in which the goal is to grow Gross Profit $ and increase inventory effectiveness by effectively marketing the products. We are looking for someone who is exactly like Joe… err… I mean, we are looking for someone who is hard-working, dedicated, diligent, organized, analytical, a great written communicator, and has a GREAT attitude and “can do” spirit! If you are still intrigued, please review the job post (and pay extra attention to the part about the CK Way – We take culture seriously here and are looking for team members who truly “fit”). If you think you do fit and are interested in the position, please send us your resume at email@example.com along with a written note telling us the character attributes, values, and interests that describe you and influence how you approach life and work. Who knows, you could be our next friendly Product Marketer!
We will always remember…it is good to remember. (From Jason, Ecommerce Manager)
It is crazy how somethings can be so ingrained into your mind that you remember every detail from something years and years ago, but can’t remember what you had for breakfast 3 hours later. I had a tragic event happen in my life almost a year ago that has been seared into my mind and marked me, so much that I remember every detail from when I woke up that morning till I finally laid my head down on my pillow to try to go to sleep. That day I unexpectantly lost my best friend and “brother”. I was the one to find him and to say that I was in shock is a great understatement. That shock and trauma heightened my brain’s ability to vividly remember everything from that day, from start to finish – what I ate, what I did, what I said, what clothes I was wearing, who I talked to, etc. – before and after finding him. I remember it all and still do.
Today, we mark and remember a very tragic event for our country. This day, 19 years ago, America was attacked by terrorists resulting in the death of nearly 3,000 men, women, and children. These people were mothers, fathers, sons, daughters, police officers, firefighters, paramedics, and other brave heroes who were snatched from our lives in one moment. That day the country was forever changed. Many families were forever changed. Our lives were forever changed. It was a shock to hear about it, to see it, to experience it, to live through that day. It was seared into our minds. We remember it and still do.
For me, I remember being at work, walking back to my office after meeting and one of my coworkers, Renee, came running out of her office yelling something just happened in NYC. We didn’t know what was going on but we knew it was bad. I remember where I was standing while watching it on TV in the office. I remember what I was wearing. I remember every conversation I had that day. I remember calling my mom and dad and talking with them about it. I remember calling one of my friends up in New York to check on them. I remember the news stories that I watched on TV until 4 in the morning that night.
I would venture to guess that there are parts of that day, even 19 years later, that you remember vividly. Maybe it was the moment you heard about it. Maybe the moment you saw it on TV. Maybe you were in NYC, and it is the moment you saw the towers fall. Maybe it is when you had to explain what was happening to your kids. Maybe it is that first hug that you were able to give your loved one after it happened. Maybe it is that first phone call from your husband or wife or mom or dad, letting you know that they were ok. Whatever it is that is seared into your mind for this day…you remember and it is ok and good to remember. It gives us a chance to reflect, learn from, and even celebrate the lives of those who were lost. It keeps those who were taken from us alive in our hearts and minds. These types of events mark us. They are difficult and they hurt deeply, but we have to remember not just what happened, but we have to remember those who were lost and those families who were forever changed.
Our thoughts and prayers are with those families and people, whose lives were impacted and drastically changed this day 19 years ago. Thank you to the first responders and other brave people who ran straight into the buildings, into the face of danger, to help save others that day, some giving up their lives in the process.
God bless all of you and God bless America.
I hope you are enjoying these emails. If you are, I appreciate it when you let me know! If not, or if you have ideas for how to improve, by all means, please let me know! Sometimes I “can’t see the forest for the trees”.
As always, please let me know how I can be of service to you. If you need assistance with something, advice, or even if you just need someone to pray for you, I am here and listening.
Craig Haynie – CEO
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Tech / Business News to Start Your Day With:
- Right at 28,367,000 cases worldwide, with 20,368,100 people who have recovered, with 914,500 deaths AND 6,588,800 cases in the US with over 3,880,700 people have recovered, with 196,300 deaths.
- Today marks the 19th anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks against the United States. Today we all pause to remember the 3,000 people – mothers, fathers, sons, daughters, first responders…heroes – who lost their lives in the horrific attack against America and all of her citizens.
- U.S. airports will stop checking international travelers for fevers before allowing them to enter the country after a review of the procedure found that only 15 coronavirus cases were detected among 675,000 people screened.
- An unusually large number of patients in Los Angeles complained about coughs between December and February, according to a new report published Thursday in the Journal of Medical Internet Research, raising the possibility that the novel coronavirus may have been spreading in the United States earlier than previously thought. via its website.
- Apple announced its September event yesterday, inviting the press and the public to tune in on September 15, 10am PDT with an event titled ‘Time Flies’. Time, you know, like on a watch? And that’s the question here. In the hours after the announcement, there was some confusion about if this is an iPhone 12 event, or if it’s too early for a new iPhone given what Apple has suggested.
- The same Russian military intelligence outfit that hacked into systems in 2016 has attempted similar intrusions into the computer systems of more than 200 organizations including political parties and consultants, Microsoft said Thursday.
- U.S. stock futures traded higher early Friday after a volatile session in which the recent tech sell-off resumed. Dow Jones Industrial Average futures implied an opening gain of more than 160 points. S&P 500 futures rose 0.8%. Nasdaq-100 futures gained 0.8%.