The Neighborhood Newsletter
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Sunday, February 2, 2020
Networking is quite possibly one of the most important skills you can have as a young professional. Today, websites like LinkedIn have made networking even easier by quantifying the amount of people in your network and making contact with those people easier. Even though these sites can be great tools, it is just as important to attend networking events and expand your network by meeting people in person.
Monday, November 4, 2019
Turning Teamwork Into Dreamwork
Trying to organize a team of people can be a daunting task. Rarely is it possible to have a perfect team where everyone gets along, tasks are completed without strife and no conflicts arise. However, it’s much more likely that different team members will respond differently to different styles of leadership, and it can be difficult to work with the attitudes of the other team members. For years, psychologists have attempted to categorize different personality traits using many different methods. Many of these tools are available to the general public, and can help leaders and team members better understand each other.
One method of learning more about you team is to use the True Colors test. This test is somewhat based on the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator test, but separates people into four distinct personality groups, blue, gold, green and orange. This simplifies the complexity of the MBTI Test, and makes it easier to identify personality types without complicated acronyms. Orange personalities are energetic and spontaneous, gold personalities are precise and punctual, green personalities are analytical and visionary, and blue personalities value emotionally-driven traits such as empathy and compassion. Using this tool, you can accurately gauge how a person will interact with others. People of the same “primary color” tend to get along with each other more than people with different primary colors, but it also allows for a person to have secondary traits in addition to their primary color.
A great way to illustrate the differences between the different primary color personalities is to separate the members of your team into subgroups organized by primary color. Then, assign every group the task of designing a house (note: the operative word is “design,” not “draw!”). This is a great way to get a visual representation of the differences between the ways the primary color personalities think and conceptualize. Gold personalities tend to draw very symmetrical houses with accurate proportions, while Blue personalities will create more abstract structures with creative interiors. Visualizing the differences between the primary color personalities can help the members of your team better understand the way others perceive and solve problems.
Understanding the different personalities that make up your team can allow for better communication between your team members and help them understand how their peers solve problems. In addition to these tests, the Chamber of Commerce can help you develop your leadership and team-building skills through a number of programs.
Monday, November 4, 2019
In the information age, having a reliable, high-speed internet connection is more important than ever. That’s why Citizens Fiber sets out to provide a high-quality service with the exceptional local customer support that is hard to find in other similar companies. Based in Mammoth, PA, Citizens Fiber is a provider of communications solutions for residences and businesses, with the added benefit of local customer service and support. They provide fiber optic internet, cable TV, and telephone for home, in addition to hosted phone systems, camera systems, infrastructure cabling, and more for businesses.
The company began in 1906 as Citizens Telephone Company of Kecksburg, when the citizens of the town banded together to create a communication service where the larger providers wouldn’t build. In the 1990s, Citizens broke into the cable TV and internet business. From 2010-2015, the company worked to migrate its entire customer base to fiber optics, one of the most reliable technologies for communication services. Now, Citizens is working on expansion beyond its original service territory, which includes the rural region between Latrobe, Greensburg, and Mount Pleasant. New neighborhoods have been successfully built with fiber optics in the city of Latrobe, as well as rural locations that were previously under-served, such as Solomon Temple Road in Unity Township. Citizens has always been a community-oriented company, and is proud to provide the most effective technology in our close-knit community.
Citizens is involved with the Chamber by attending the lively Business After Hours and informative Lunch & Learn events, as well as sponsoring the popular Banana Split Festival. Sarah Rebitch, Marketing Director of Citizens Fiber, said, “I had the opportunity to speak a message of encouragement to the students at the 2017 Excellence in Education Banquet, which was a fulfilling experience. Outside of its involvement with the chamber, Citizens has hosted community litter cleanup events to take care of the roadways in its service area. The company is also fortunate to employ a team of customer service representatives who serve the community daily in the way they assist customers with a personal touch.”
Rebitch says that Chamber Membership has benefited Citizens Fiber greatly. “Being a member of the Chamber, I’m able to attend events that help spread the word about the service Citizens Fiber provides, which is helpful for bringing in new business. Additionally, it’s wonderful to meet and get to know representatives of other companies in the area. It’s like compiling a mental rolodex of people, products, and services that I can access to help others who are searching for solutions to specific problems.”
Citizens Fiber has been a member of the Chamber since 2015, and we’re both looking forward to the many years ahead of us!