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Ah, summer vacation!!! Summer camps…days at the pool…mowing the lawn…the first summer job. Growing up, there are so many good memories of summer. Now that we’re in the workforce, if you told someone you had a long day today, that generally has a negative connotation. However, on this, the longest day of the year…the Summer solstice…I think having a long day is a very good thing.At Cisco, we all have multiple responsibilites and, as a result, we all have to multi-task to be successful. We have colleagues around the world, so we have to be flexible with our early mornings for work with Europe…or our later afternoons for work with Asia. If looked at psychologically, however, on a long day, you can get a lot of stuff done. During the summer, you can leave work at 7:00 or later (are you reading this, boss??!!) and still feel like you have some daylight left to go for a walk or enjoy the weather (see, California).On this, the longest day of the year, however, we should celebrate the extra daylight and remind ourselves that the work we do is important, but that on the longest day of the year, we should take that “extra” daylight and meet up with friends or do something special with the family or allow yourself to shut the laptop a little earlier tonight…and maybe, just maybe, get a bit of that “summer break” feeling of school days gone by. The technology that allows us to be connected and collaborate with colleagues in Europe or Asia…or across the country…or across the hall…is enabled by the company we work for. So, in a real sense, Cisco is enabling more productivity so that we can, indeed, take that break and enjoy that icy cold beverage with friends…or a special evening picnic with family.So, have a great first day of summer and a great summer overall…and, remember, just because tomorrow is a little bit shorter than today doesn’t mean that your workload changes. : )

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