What Did You Learn Today?

Have you taken the StrengthsFinder profile? It’s a very interesting way to pinpoint your talents (strengths) and build success based on them. If I’m loving my job, you can bet it’s because I’m getting the opportunity to maximize my natural strengths.

One of my top strengths, according to my profile, is called “Learner.” I love to learn and I’m energized by the process of learning. Apparently, I’m not the only one at Geonetric with this particular strength. We have regular “brown bag” lunches where anyone in the company can sign up to lead a session on a topic of interest to them – work related or not.

Just this past month, our resident shutterbug (and senior project manager) led us into the world of photography and shared picture-taking strategies; our high-purple-belt director of strategic services taught us about Taekwondo and self defense; one of our summer interns dazzled us with his ability to create animated graphics through computer 3d modeling; we learned the latest research on user experience from our gifted information architect and scrum-master; and I got to share my knowledge of marketing with people who typically spend their time writing .NET code. Today, I’ll learn about taking care of my heart from a member of the American Heart Association. And that’s not even counting our monthly read-to-lead book club.

Many companies talk about “growing” their employees … and many employees talk about being lifelong learners. I’m fortunate enough to work at a company where it’s not just talk. How cool is that?

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Linda Barnes

About Linda Barnes

Don’t let Linda’s green belt in Lean Six Sigma or master’s degree in marketing and finance from Northwestern University's Kellogg Graduate School of Management intimidate you. This driven marketing executive brings her high standards for quality to every marketing campaign and branding initiative she manages. But she’s also a people person and values creativity. It’s this unique combination that makes her the perfect person to manage Geonetric’s business development efforts, pushing her team to find new ways to tell Geonetric’s story while still remaining focused on results. With more than 20 years of experience in marketing, communications, sales, strategic planning, and project management, Linda knows a thing or two about developing and executing integrated marketing strategies. Between traveling the country sharing Geonetric’s vision and approving marketing campaign ideas, Linda can be found assembling care packages for her two away-at-college sons and finding new and inventive ways to remodel their old rooms. Tea in the sitting room, anyone?

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