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"Thoughts"  March 20th-26th

WOW!!!  this bumper sticker promotes Lots of "thoughts"...

With "experienced eyes"  I  see the Big Picture.........

I truly believe that People are Products of their Enviornment. Last weekend my daughter told me she ONLY wanted to go to Florida for vacation.   She's traveled internationally more than  95%  of most Americans yet her favorite place in the world is Disneyworld  (I understand her love for Disney, she a child). 

???  I did NOT understand her issue with only "Florida".   Even saying... "when I was your age grandma took me to "cockfights" in Thailand ...  I don't think it's horrible  if we go to the Turk and Caicos for a Week this summer.   You'll like it, She cried "Everyone Goes to Florida".... 

Then it came out that she wanted to be like everyone else and "fit in".  I "got it" She's a product of her enviornment.    When looking at society here in Williamson county it's very sterile (clean) and people are nicely dressed.   The mom's drive cars that new-clean & all look similar. 

Image is Everything!!!   They did not want diversity at the best schools ....  they want "their world"  and many truly "fear" diversity.   They don't like the unknown that's why "change" to them is horrifying.  Maybe that's why they tend to travel over and over again to the same destination???

Months ago I watched/listened to an "entire" family rudely make fun of a family from India that was exploring Costco and looking at our American products.  Literally they were making culturally racist jokes 10 feet away from them, the entire family the mother, father, and two children all participated.   This is sadly common.  I wanted to put that family on a plane to Bangalore and teach them about cultural awareness.  They just don't "get it".  Their so ignorant....Years ago a high level executive from Mexico was asked "do you mow lawns"?  If your an Asian woman in middle tennessee most likely you "do" nails.

After change happens on Nissan Way that will be a Wake up call to some in the community and they might encourage respectful behaviour to help create a culture that more companies would be attracted to for long term job creation. 

It's Friday so some Good News!!!  the schools are making change to promoting cultural acceptance.   That alone is a "win". 

Getting back to my vacation issue.....maybe if my little girl spends some weekends "in the City" she'll wake up and want "something different".  

NISSAN Have A Fantastic Weekend!!!    Sharyn

Love Cars~Love People~Love the Planet


In NYC Lets Have  2 "Rising Stars" Get a Taste of America. (two college grads...that have worked for NISSAN at least 2 years that come highly recommended ONE FROM JAPAN AND ONE FROM PARIS)  Assigned for "1" year  doing a "CQ" Rotation.  They could be
the "future" HR Leadership.  By exposing them to "America" for a year as Martha Stewart would say "That's a Good Thing"... Just a Thought!!!



NISSAN-Throughout the summer I knew who my "viewers" were but in September I  "lost control of my planes".  That meant I had "no idea" who some of my viewers were reading my web site. Since the beginning of this "fight for fairness" sometimes I get "Accidental Tourists"  the most common is someone who is looking at buying a car and comparing the Murano to the CRV.  My website  POPs up.
???  I wonder what they think when they read it. 

My web site is usually in the "TOP 10" when you "Google" or "Bing" the words "Nissan Carlos Tavares"........It's Amazing!!!!!

Have A Great Day!!!     Sharyn

Love Cars~Love People~Love the Planet

NISSAN~I was told in May 2009  the "good ole boy" team  had control

of corporate communication GLOBALLY.  Those in North America were not playing on "team Tavares".  Earlier in the spring I had warned Mr. Tavares that there were "plants" in his office (I was NOT talking about ferns). 

After I emailed him that "tidbit"  he still met with me for his relocation.  At the time I did not know my emails to Greg Kelly were read by HR VP Mark Stout and although I suspected Greg was not on "team Tavares"  Still he was head of the CEO office.   

Well after I spent a few hours with Mr. Tavares on a saturday morning HR was very uncomfortable,....that's when they crossed the professional line. 

Then I knew this battle was Big, Global and Real.  

In Late summer Simon Sproule came back to NISSAN I knew that was a good sign and that "change" was happening.   Then in Sept. a new communications GM (it was a "skirt" :) :)   That was 6 months ago.  NISSAN   ???  How long can this continue.

In reference to CSR I've been researching the vision of  Simon Sproule the previous CVP in charge of Global Communications and CSR and he created a foundation for CSR success before he left for Microsoft .  Unfortunatly Greg Kelly's Comrade did very little (Nada) in reference to CSR.  

Let's use tape as a "metaphor"  (Tape is used to make things "stick together")  in reference to Good old Boys and Communications they didn't  use "transparent" tape they prefer "duck tape.   One strong enough to silence those that are "outspoken.     



My perspective is CSR, CQ, Diversity are a "separate entity"

This is a "resource" to Global Communications, and communications in various regions. It's also a "resource" to HR, Marketing, Product Planning, ETC.  

The "only" way that NISSAN can be an "innovator" in creating on "unified" corporate culture that incorporates "Respect for All People" one where worldwide everyone  is "on the same page" with "one" corporate philosophy is having a global "hall monitor".  One who's mission is to find the positive and and inconsistencies and relay those messages to those that can make change. 

To make success happen an "internal" communications person would be apart of the team to relay that information to the masses using internal social media. 

Global "brainstorming" is my special that identifies the needs of all shareholders.  

My "thought" is to create a password protected web site (YES!!! another web site :) for high level executives to access so they can view reports "thoughts" from different brainstorming sessions or research projects that involve getting the "opinions and ideas" of the average "everyday" worker & customer".  

Thus allowing the executive to view this at a time that is convenient for them.  Something to read between meetings  or weekends.  

Giving high level leaders "feedback" from the front lines is important in helping them make informed decision.   My goal would be to collect data then

One more project is collecting "ideas~opinions~suggestions  that would be confidential.  Giving those workers sharing their ideas a chance to express thier opinions in a "non threatening way".   

We need a Kiosk in plants that allows employees to type in "thoughts' and I would have "random surveys with simple questions asking them questions that would help in the collections of data to understand the "mindset" of those people in that region and income demographic.  That data will be key in successful marketing of those "affordable" little cars.  Making the employees comfortable using the machine is "key".   Also We need to get them to "trust" that this is confidential.    

Relocation to me is part of CQ ...although  yes...I will agree it's also a "human resource" function.  The process needs to accomodate people from different cultures,  various budgets and can done more efficiently using an approach that is cost effective and "employee friendly.  CQ is needed for success in creating a process that accounts for employee diversity.  

Have A Great Day!!!!            Sharyn

Love Cars~Love People~Love the Planet

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