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How Do You ūmi?

This is a story from Mike Ritch, one of our Cisco ūmi users!

All of our families experienced working with the ūmi.  We are grandparents and have children and grandchildren who live a distance from us – Spokane, WA, San Diego, CA, and Silver Spring, MD.  Because of this, we are not able to travel to visit them very often.  Through the magic of umi, we have been able to “visit” on a weekly basis and have been able to solidify the bond with our children and grandchildren, and them to us.  One of the grandchildren told me recently that “in the past, we hardly ever saw you, but now we can see you all the time”.  The HD video makes it so vivid, like they really in the same room with you.

Some of the things we have been able to do is play charades with each other, watch the younger grandchildren practice their new “dance moves”, have funny face contests, listen to mini recitals of children as they played their instrument, share in the excitement of displaying new clothes, watch an enthusiastic explanation from a 10 yr. old of what she had learned at school about photography, and how cameras take pictures and invert the image.

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Top 10 Reasons to Give Thanks at Cisco

November 22, 2010 at 4:29 pm PST

A (U.S.*) Thanksgiving tradition in many households is to go around the dinner table and have everyone state what they are thankful for.  As we enter the twilight of 2010, I thought that it is a good time to reflect on what I am thankful for at Cisco.

Here is my (decidedly) Cisco-centric list…in reverse order (David Letterman “Top 10 List” style):

#10 – Quality of Life.  We have the technology to make it easy and productive to work from anywhere at any time.  Broadband was the first step.  Collaborative technology is the second.  And, now, pervasive video makes it quite seamless indeed.  This could also easily be the #1 reason I am thankful to be at Cisco.

#9 – Teamwork.  Two heads are better than one.  We have a collaborative culture and that makes success much sweeter.

#8 – Fun.  We have fun at Cisco.  While it may sound trite: if you aren’t having fun, why are you doing it?

#7 – Diversity.  Diversity makes us stronger.  Diversity of thinking, background, geography, products and more

#6 – Empowerment.  Cisco was just recognized as the best employer in all of Canada.  One of the reasons stated was because we empower employees to do their job.  It may be tough to get into Cisco (I, for instance, interviewed with 11 different people), but once you are hired, we trust you as a professional to do your job.

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