Evette Collins was one of my favorite speakers we have had so far! She was very easy to listen to, and spoke about things I had never heard before. She started out by singing us a song that was a song to her grandfathers and grandmothers (the same as the Holy Spirit for Christians) to invite them into the our presence. The song was absolutely amazing. I could not understand any of the words, but how connected she was with it made it so intriguing. It was full of culture, and was a great example of things that her people do.
She continued on by telling us how she was raised. She was raised more of a European American style, taught to ignore the Native American in her. Her parents did not support her Native American ways. She is an award winning journalist. She explained all of the awards she got, and how she did not try to get them. She wrote about things she believed should be heard.
She told us a story about a teacher who was harder on her than the rest of the students. When she went to drop the class the teacher told her that she thought she was tougher than that. Evette of course kept the class and gave it her best.
My favorite part of her forum was when she talked about her animals. I knew Native Americans used animals for many things, but I didn’t know how special animals were to the culture. She has hundreds of horses at her house. I’m not sure how she can manage all of those by herself. I have a hard time with one dog. She has them all on her farm, Sacred Way. It’s a place for people to come for healing. The horses are meant to calm people and take away their anxiety or pain. She had so many animals in her slide show pictures that I had never heard of before! I loved seeing everything that she has at her home.
William Hargett-oil company
From Florence Alabama.
Observations on corporations
Personal fulfillment for a 40 year career:
Figure out what you really like to do, and where you can do that business.
Engineers $160,000 and up ^
Businesses doing a 3 year salary for every 1 to keep engineers. With that salary a 40 year career is very prominent. Most salary comes with stock options to increase more profit. Ex. Company making yoga gear stock. His daughter loves the pants (so do I) and the stock is increasing.
From an employee perspective, what matters?
Show up prepared and professional. Do the right things consistently. Exceed expectations and capture opportunity.
The corporation recognizes that new comers do not know the business they are first walking into. Therefore, they provide mentors to show you how to become an independent contributor.
One of the most important things he emphasizes to his children and this class is that your learning process never stops. As rapidly as business and the world changes today, you can never stop growing and learning. In every case, teamwork is necessary to get the job done.
Show up- can’t participate in problem solving if you aren’t there.
Office etiquette-something that no one likes to do, but is important for an organization to function well.
Company culture- makes a difference in your career. Has to fit your personality to make it successful.
Appearance- changed within years. Used to be suit and tie but now more casual clothing. Depending on job.
Break room- a very dangerous room. The people who hang out in there and fuss. Typically long term employees.
Plan your assignment for success.
Instead of saying something is impossible, tell them what it will take.
Mrs. Jordan works with tourist in the Shoals area. She said that she “sells the Shoals” and I can see where she would be very good at it. It was obvious that she loved the area and UNA. She is also a trustee here at the university. She told us how lucky we are to go here. If we went to a bigger university the education that we receive might not be a strong. This is one of my favorite things for people to say because I had a very hard time deciding where I wanted to go to college. Up until May of my senior year I was set on going to Alabama. Thankfully God allowed me to see how much of a blessing UNA is, and that it is just in my back yard. (Literally).
Mrs. Jordan stressed to us the importance of not falling for false advertising. She said she sees that a lot with the job that she has. We advertise ourselves and we need to make it known the type of person that we are. This is one of the things I strive to do most. Being myself is something that is fun for me because it makes people so different from each other. This is important when looking for a job and interviewing.
We went over things that were legal, illegal, ethical, and unethical, and how they can all mesh together and intertwine with each other. She used the example of the drones the US sent over Europe. This was interesting to me because I had not heard about this yet. It is something that we read in books about the future, like how the government will know our every move and watch over us at all times to maintain power. The sad thing is, it’s starting to become true. Although the drones are legal, they are completely unethical and can ruin so many relationships.
I really enjoyed listening to Mrs. Jordan. She was a very strong lady who knew exactly what she was there to talk about.
Also, sorry for this last post being a few hours late… Step Show had taken over my life. Thankfully it ended tonight and we placed second! All of the organizations had a great show and I am sure worked super hard this past month. I am a proud UNA Lion and Zeta Tau Alpha!
Along with Mr. Mauldin, Judge Self is a very familiar name to the Shoals area. I am friends with his son also. Little did I know that I would ever be listening to these men speak in a Forum I am taking a UNA. Judge Self is very passionate about his job. The end of my senior year we actually had the privilege of sitting in one of his court cases. The court case was just a traffic accident so it was not too exciting, but it was still interesting to see how he ran court. The woman had accused an elderly lady of intentionally hitting her husband with her car. The man was moving a brush pile onto the road when the elderly lady came over the hill and hit the pile. Obviously the lady did not to that on purpose. Judge Self sat patiently watching and listening to both sides tell their sides of the story.
I personally did not know about how much of an impact Judge Self’s dad made on UNA. I was not even aware that he was a coach. I guess I should start paying attention to the names and put information together. I think it is awesome that even though Judge Self went away to college he still wanted to come back to Florence where it was home to him.
Mr. Mauldin is someone that I have always known living in Florence. His wife and daughter have always been friends of mine. He started talking about the history of Bank Independent. The bank started from farmers in Leighton called the Bank of Leighton. They currently have 525 people working in 6 different counties. Bank Independent focuses on 5 points to serve their country.
1. People- they spend a lot of time educating the workers and talking to them about how to treat all of the customers.
2. Service- not what you want but how can I help you. If you have a problem when you come in the door the person you speak too will be responsible. This makes things much more convenient, rather than switching between workers.
3. Convenience- being open when it is good for customers. Having things that people need, iPhone app, ATM, and etc. is something that is necessary for businesses to survive in today’s economy. Providing the people and the service at the time people need it giving hi-tech and hi-touch.
4. Strength- a bank that is strong financially and in the community has a lot of capital. Bank Independent is a very popular bank that is trusted and looked up to as being very wealthy.
5. Community- This is the most important part of what Bank Independent does. It is important to grow and prosper.
His quote was “A rising tide lifts all boats.”
Make a friend. Be a friend.
Don’t make comparisons between friends. Relationships need to be nourished. For me this is something that I struggle with. Everyone has that one friend that they think is better than the rest. In actuality, they are all equal.
Create a network.
Connect loose ties. People who you know they are but aren’t close friends. Those people are the people who can make the biggest difference in your life. They are you neighbors, church members, etc.
Focus on your core.
Reading, concise writing, public speaking, essential math, digital literacy. All things that will get you far in life to achieve things and be successful. Reading is my weakness. My patience does not tolerate reading unfortunately.
Like Katie said last week experience is essential to getting a great job.
…Also a weakness of mine. Standing up for principles and get along with everyone. No substitute for getting along. My way or the highway is never the best solution.
Move it. Stay for. Be healthy. You will feel so much better and have a ton of energy! This is my favorite thing to do. I love exercising and being outside. I try to run everyday. I can definitely tell when I haven’t ran one day.
Don’t be afraid. Take plenty of chances. If you’re not failing, you’re not trying hard enough. If you always play it safe, you don’t really know who you are. That’s one of the truest statements I have ever heard.