SELF Magazine: Please don’t send me a “fit” request.

Conde Nast’s SELF magazine has launched a new way to get fit – it’s an online game that will be available March 19th. They believe its new “SELF Workout in the Park” Facebook game will help its target audience visualize getting out to exercise in real life. The game is a virtual version of the live “Workout in the Park” promotional events that SELF has been doing for 19 years (which is brilliant because you are actually working out).

The game will let players design an avatar that resembles them and set up their own virtual wellness spaces complete with exercise machines, nutrition centers and beauty and fashion locations. Players can sign in and get their virtual selves moving on treadmills, trampolines, yoga mats and free weights, shedding pounds and gaining health (and apparel) as they level up in the game.

The basic idea of the game, players start each day with a certain amount of energy credits and can expend those doing workouts or add to them by completing missions such as blending smoothies. As they progress in the game, their avatars slim down and grow more energetic (now I’ve got one more person to be jealous of because they’re losing weight and I’m not).

This “SELF Workout In The Park” is similar to other social games like FarmVille where players can invite friends into their workouts and give virtual gifts to their friends (I can see I’ve got another APP I’ll have to block).

This online game goes public on the 19th and in April the mobile version will be available – well, that’s a start on getting me off my chair and out of my desk.


Think Different.

At See Janet Work the basic foundation of our business style is to act, see and think different. To attack each project with new and original ways to solve our clients challenges through innovative online solutions. I don’t believe in a cookie-cutter approach that every client gets that same services, but instead I ask each employee to find the right solution from their area of expertise that is then made into a collective program just for our client. No two plans are the same. We love that.

Today when each employee arrived to their desk, they were asked to watch this video.

Today, we stay true to our vision. Think different.

Business Tip 101: Thank Your Employees

I spent the majority of my adult life working for someone else. I was always amazed at how little companies do to thank its employees. I remember thinking the annual “holiday party” really isn’t designed to thank staff for their dedication, creativity, sales, and commitment (especially when you’re stuck near the CEO of the company who’s drunk and hitting on a fellow employee – um, yuck). Although these annual festivities are nice, they certainly don’t create the atmosphere to recognize the individual impact each employee has to the company.

I told myself when I started my company three years ago that I would do things differently and I’m proud to say I am and I will continue to do so. Every week I identify a member of the See Janet Work team who has done something to help a client take a project to the next level, control costs, or brings to the table a new idea that will help keep our company ahead of the curve – and thank them. I will do so in person and/or in writing. A thank you note is all powerful.

By thanking them often and recognizing what they do as a member of our team to improve our business, I get even better results from them and for my clients.

While surfing the next I came across this video and I thought it had valid points worthy to share. A few former company leaders that I know should watch this and maybe learn a thing or two.


Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs revolutionized technology. He changed our life and did so with vision, hard work, humor, and simple grace. As everyone is talking, tweeting, printing, posting, and forwarding comments about his life, I simply have to go back to a commencement speech he gave that gives me just a hint of what this man was about and what he stood for. In 2004 Steve Jobs’ commencement speech at Stanford University have many poignant messages. My favorite:

‘Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma–which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become.’

In memory of Steve Jobs, use your phone, your computer, your tablet….buy an APP and remember that an “everyday-kind-of-guy” made a difference in our world and we were here to see it.


“Learn a Skill”: That’s What My Mother Always Said (the APP Economy must have been listening).

Back in the day when I was forced to learn to type (which now I thank my lucky 85 words per minute stars that I took the class) I’d complain to my mom how ridiculous I thought it was that I had to take a typing class when there were newer tools to use. My mother would shout out from the kitchen “Janet, you need to learn a skill so you can always take care of yourself.” So, as a good daughter I learned how to type.

Now 20 years later, Kids are not learning to type, but learning how to build APPS. And, rightfully so! The new App Economy is booming. A research from the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business said that the proliferation of Facebook and mobile technology apps has given birth to a new industry and has added at least 182,000 new jobs. It was estimated to have contributed more than $12.19 billion in wages and benefits.

My life has come full-circle. Today I sat next to a young woman who is learning to build APPS (she’s amazing by the way) and she was complaining to me about learning some bit of technology that she said she’ll bet money on it being “archaic” next year. I told her having this knowledge of all different applications is a great skill to know and you’ll be able to handle yourself in future development meetings. I stopped and smiled.

All I could say to myself is….Oh crap, I’m my mother!