What does Steve Jobs resigning mean for Apple?

Steve Jobs, co-founder of Apple, Inc., has had a widely successful career. It wasn’t without its ups and downs as he actually was let go from the Macintosh division of Apple in 1985. From the development of the Apple I computer in 1976 on through to the Apple II and the Lisa and Macintosh, Mr. Jobs was inspired to make computers during the time he was with Apple prior to his leaving.

The road made a turn for the good in 1996 when Jobs was invited back to the company he had originally co-founded and things continued on an upward curve towards the better. Successful products that made Steve Jobs the well-known man that he is marched on from the iMac, iPod, iTunes store, iPhone and iPad — all familiar products that households and businesses all over the world are using on a daily basis.

It was with a heavy heart today that the world heard the news. Steve Jobs announced his resignation from Apple as CEO. While he will remain as chairman of Apple’s board, he will turn the reigns over to its new CEO, Tim Cook. Mr. Cook is no stranger to running the business as he was the chief operating officer for seven years and stepped in during the times that Jobs was forced to take medical leaves due to poor health.

Some are conjecturing that yes, Apple now enters a new era with the resignation with the possibility of the downfall of Apple looming in the future. BUT, I can only imagine that as long as Steve Jobs is able to carry on his duties as chairman, his wisdom and influence will still be a positive force at Apple.

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ASysTech On Top of Its Game As Full-House Sponsor To the Give Hope Foundation

Hope is one of the few things that children who have cancer have left to look forward to — hope for a cure, hope the cancer will just go away, hope that I have a better day today. Their families, too, hope for the same wishes their young child has with a few added wishes of their own — hope that their child is not sick from the radiation today, hope that they will get their special wish today, hope that they can meet the financial hardships that arise from fighting cancer, etc.

There is so much that a Managed Service Provider (MSP) can do — from actively volunteering to contributing to becoming an active corporate sponsor. That is why ASysTech became a Full-House Sponsor and was invited to their Leadership Team.

At first, the sponsorship was for a specific event — the Give Hope and Hold ‘Em 2011 Gala that was held in Orlando in May of this year. Why the name Full-House Sponsor? The Gala was the Give Hope Foundation’s way of bringing the city of Las Vegas to Orlando for a night of professionally-managed Texas Hold ‘Em Poker, Craps, Blackjack, Roulette, Fine Food, Silent & Live Auction, Live Entertainment, and Raffle Giveaways! Never before has Orlando been privy to so much fun — and it was all for a great cause.

The Give Hope Foundation was established in 2005 in response to those individuals with childhood cancer. Give Hope helps not only the children, but also the families who find themselves with the burdens of medical needs, emotional needs and financial stresses. The employees at Give Hope do not get paid for the many roles and responsibilities they fulfill on a daily basis. Instead, the Foundation depends on corporate partners like ASysTech to provide MSP assistance and to donate their time and money — all of which goes to the children and families and not to the Foundation itself.

What about you? Are you able to look into the eyes of a young child and not give them the gift of hope? Why not become involved with the Give Hope Foundation right now. There are so many different ways that you as a local Orlando business can help. Step up and help to make a difference.

Government Stalemate: What Orlando Businesses Can Learn

From Guest Blogger – Audrey Wong Chung

“Witnessing the latest stalemate in the discussions around our nation’s budget inspired me to remember times as an international business woman when I’ve been in a situation where I had to collaborate with one or more parties where the ability to come to a common ground seemed near impossible. What I learned in those situations is called ‘Compassionate Collaboration’,” says Audrey Wong Chung, the founder of Beliza Design and an international business powerhouse.

“Following are 6 easy tips I have found very helpful in rallying stakeholders in a collaborative effort to avoid a stalemate:”

  1. Define the common goal. What are you trying to accomplish as a group? It’s more difficult to argue the “highest good” goal than it is the detailed activities and tasks proposed to achieve the goal. Having the goal clearly defined is a great way to bring the collaborative efforts back to focus.
  2. Take initiative. Be brave. Share authentically your thoughts. Some of the best and innovative ideas and inventions were shots in the dark.
  3. Be compassionate and respectful when providing feedback on each party’s ideas and thoughts. Don’t just throw out an idea if it seems foreign or far-fetched to you. Respect the new ideas. Out of these new ideas, evolution often occurs.
  4. Listen with your heart. Try to understand the intent or rationale behind statements. Don’t listen only with your brain and analyze the grammar and semantics; this is especially helpful when dealing with parties from different backgrounds and cultures. Remember, don’t get lost in the weeds.
  5. Above all, remember that you are all together to work toward a common goal. You are all human beings and the underlying motive is to do the best thing for the group. Understanding that will lessen the chance of fear-based reactions such as judgment, ridicule, and anger.

 

About Audrey Wong Chung: Audrey Wong Chung is the founder and CEO of Beliza Design and an international business powerhouse. Audrey owns a portfolio of international companies that manufacture and sell fashion and luxury goods to the mass market. After obtaining a Bachelor of Science degree from Rutgers University in Computer Science with a minor in Psychology, Audrey began her career as a management consultant at Accenture. After ten years of experience in managing consulting, process and systems design, development, implementation, and change management experience, Audrey decided to take a turn in her career pathway. As a child actress, she worked with many well known Hollywood stars, including Bill Cosby, who specifically asked her back to the Cosby show more than once, recognizing something special in this child. Audrey was a child artist recipient of an art study scholarship at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and she went on to combine her business experience and appreciation of art and design. Thus, she founded Beliza Design, an international design and fashion company, based in Ann Arbor, MI, in 2008. Complimenting her success with Beliza Design, Audrey went on to begin the AFA Foundation, dedicated to promoting the overall health of women and children, and freedom. Audrey can be contacted directly at: audrey@belizadesign.com.

How Connected Are You?

In our fast paced lives, we are becoming more and more dependent on connectivity. No matter where we go or what we do, staying connected is always on our minds. When we are not calling, we are chatting and when we’re not chatting, we are emailing, texting or even Skyping. At an age when all it takes to stay connected is pressing a button (Oh and one needs to choose a device too), transfer of information and staying in touch has become easier than ever before. But is this revolutionary change in communication doing us only good? Read on and find out:

The Pros

  • Enhanced safety: Whatever emergency you face and wherever you face it; relaying information to emergency help services is no longer so difficult what with cell phone range becoming greater than ever through increased technology.
  • Staying in touch made easie: You’ve been experiencing this first-hand, probably. If you have an Internet connection and a web cam, you can talk to your friends and family miles away, face–to-face. It feels like you never left in the first place.
  • Work from anywhere: Cloud computing is the name of the game when it comes to telecommuting. Whether you are sick or are on a maternity leave, you can work right from your home, thanks to the recent advancements in technology.

The Cons

  • Always being available: Well, staying in touch with your loved ones is good but always being available is not. We all need some privacy, after all and these days, it has become near to impossible.
  • There is a possibility of over-working: Telecommuting has indeed redefined your workspace, but it is making the line between private and professional life thinner and thinner too.
    When you have the entire office on a laptop, unplugging from work takes a lot of effort.
  • Detachment: Too much connectivity encourages us to detach from those close around us. Take for example how personal connections are being ignored these days.

So what do we do? Choose too little or too much connectivity? The answer is striking a balance between the two.