Thank You

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Dear PBP,

With our internship coming to a close and with this being one of the final blog posts, we wanted to take this opportunity to thank all of you for having us this summer. From the minute we walked through the door you made us feel welcome and at home.

Thank you for making these past couple of months such a learning experience. Just as you had expectations of us, we had them for you, and you kept them.

A big thank you also goes out to all of the managers who took time out of their schedules to meet with us at Traditions class every week and answer our questions.

Thank you to Nicole for setting up the Traditions class and for taking us on our mini field-trip. We learned a lot and the museum we went to was a great experience.

Finally thank you to all of the employees who participated in our Twitter contests each week and would take the time to tweet us. Without your participation, none of the contests would have been possible. Thank you.

Best,

PBP Summer Interns ’15

Working Struggles: The Price of Coffee

I admit it, I’m a coffee fanatic.

I was introduced to coffee at an early age by my equally coffee-crazy dad, and managed to stay away from dependency until college when it unfortunately became a daily habit to purchase a tall caramel macchiato from the oh-so-conveniently placed Starbucks on my university campus.

A few weeks ago during my internship here at PBP, I was too late to pick up my morning coffee due to traffic, and was foiled at every turn throughout the morning in my attempts to get my caffeine fix (the relating of which would be too long for this blog post). Needless to say, this resulted in a pretty grumpy intern. This incident, coupled with an article I read recently about ways for millennials to easily save money, got me to thinking about how much I (probably unhealthily) depend on coffee, and how much I spend on coffee.

What else could I do with the money? I turned this thought exercise into an infographic, which I hope you find interesting and informative.

The Price of Coffee

This thought exercise definitely made me rethink my coffee purchasing choices; but obviously I can’t just give up coffee. Thus, a few alternatives I thought of would be to buy coffee from Wawa ($1.29 for a 12 oz. = $470.85), which would save $861.40 per year, or invest in a Keurig machine ($119 for the machine + $227.97 for a year’s supply = $346.97), which would save $985.28 per year.

But, if I find that I really just can’t give up my Starbucks, I guess I can comfort myself with the fact that I’m not spending $50 a cup on the world’s most expensive coffee (Kopi Luwak, harvested from coffee beans that have passed through wild civets’ digestive systems… aka cat poop).

What about you? How much money do you spend on coffee in a year, and what else could you do with that money?

Tom Schubert Sheds Light on Habits for Success

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This week all eight of the interns gathered to meet with Tom Schubert, PBP’s COO and CFO, to discuss The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey. We all agreed that these habits are very crucial for success. One aspect of the book that I found to be particularly important is the point that excellence is not an act but it is a habit. It is the habits of excellence that we perform each and every day.  These are the 7 habits of highly effective people:

  1. Be Proactive
  2. Begin with the end in mind
  3. Put first things first
  4. Think “win/win”
  5. Seek to understand-Then be understood
  6. Synergize
  7. Sharpen the Saw

Tom Schubert also introduced a method called “The 4 Quads – Putting First Things First”. This exercise allows employees to have an understanding of where they are spending their time throughout the work day. The 4 quadrants are broken up by “urgent but important”, “not urgent but important”, “not important but urgent” and “both, not urgent and not important”. It is important to have most of your daily tasks in quadrant 2, which is “not urgent but important”. Quadrant 2 is important because it is where we develop ourselves, our future and relationships with other people. Tom Schubert also said, “Be the CEO in you.” I believe it is crucial to be in control of each and every thing you do and determine the best way possible to maximize your time.

Know Your Strengths

 

Last week Nicole Riegl, John Falcetta and the eight of us played Pictionary, made fun of Anthony Panvini’s signature and founded an even better Starbucks in less than two hours.

Just kidding, sort of.

What we did do was share our top five strengths using Tom Rath’s #1 Wall Street Journal Bestseller, Strengths Finder. Similar to Swift’s line of thinking, the book and quiz argue that focusing on what you naturally excel in is more productive than dwelling on skills requiring improvement. In other words, you wouldn’t put your best pitcher out in left field the same way you wouldn’t put an editor in IT because they need to polish their tech skills.

Instead, we play with the skills we’ve naturally been gifted and work at them everyday.

And then we form a team with others who have complimentary strengths.

 So here are PBP’s 2015 Interns Top Strengths –  

Drum Roll…. 

Amanda: 1. achiever 2. learner 3. relator 4. futuristic 5. maximizer

Anthony: 1. competition 2. adaptability 3. focus 4. includer 5.self-assurance

Caroline: 1. woo 2. ideation 3. adaptability 4. input 5. strategic

Christina: 1. includer 2. futuristic 3. positivity 4. strategic 5. achiever

Eugena: 1. responsibility 2. belief 3. relator 4. intellection 5. individualization

Jake: 1. achiever 2. analytical 3. context 4. harmony 5. learner

Kevin: 1. achiever 2. futuristic 3. postivity 4. focus 5. strategic

Paige: 1. achiever 2. activator 3. competition 4. maximizer 5. futuristic

Share/comment your strengths with us!

Twitter Contest Summer 2015

PBP Interns 2015 are bringing back last year’s Twitter contest!

Phoebe the bear is back, and we’ve added a new weekly twist. The prize is a $25 Wegmans gift card at the end of the summer! Check out the following guidelines below in order to find out how you can maximize your points:

Twitter Hashtag Schedule (Follow us @PBPInterns):

Weekly Contest: #whatsinthekitchen
What: Keep an eye out on the kitchens for what the contest of the week will be!
You: Can be the first to tweet us the answer to win the weekly contest! 3 points

Monday: #mancrushmonday #WOmancrushmonday
What: PBP Interns will feature a PBP employee each week; who will be the next crush?
You: Can tweet us nominations throughout the week for who you think the next featured employee should be! 1 point

Tuesday: #tiptuesday
What: A useful lifehack for the week, or tips to make all of our lives easier
You: Can tweet us a picture of yourself putting our tip into practice! Let’s see how useful these lifehacks are. 1 point

Wednesday: #whereisitwednesday
What: We heard this was everyone’s favorite last year, and Phoebe the bear is back! What new places will she pop up in this year?
You: Can be the first person on Wednesdays to find Phoebe the bear and tweet us a picture of you with her! 2 points

Thursday: #throughthebuildingthursday
What: Do you really know the building as well as you think you do? Figure out the location of the mysterious picture that will contain a clue.
You: Can be the first person to figure out the place the picture was taken in and tweet us the answer! 2 points

Friday: #fashionfriday
What: How do PBP employees take advantage of dressing down on Friday? Keep an eye out for pictures of the employees that impressed us the most with their runway-worthy outfits throughout the day.
You: Can tweet us pictures of employees’ outfits that grabbed your attention, and we’ll re-tweet them! 1 point (and if your outfit gets tweeted, 3 points!)

We encourage everyone to participate in these hashtags! If you don’t have a Twitter, hurry and make an account so that you can be in the running for a $25 Wegmans gift card. If you miss out on the hashtags one week, no worries! You can catch up on your points by interacting with our tweets (replying, re-tweeting, and favoriting each worth .5 point).

Jumping Right In! PBP’s Eight New Interns

With two weeks down for some and a week for others, we are beginning to feel situated here at PBP! We are all working in different divisions of PBP and learning so much!

Aside from our different departments, the eight of us will be working together to post weekly blogs as well as daily tweets! Make sure you stay updated on this blog for new posts by each intern and follow @PBPInterns on Twitter for daily updates and fun office challenges!

Last week, we had our first PBP Traditions meeting, a weekly two hour orientation class that all interns take part in. After playing a couple of ice breaker games, we were able to learn so much about each other. Now it’s time for you to learn a little bit about us…

 

Amanda Abrom (PBP Editorial)delaware      

Hometown: Lancaster, Pennsylvania

School: University of Delaware

Major(s)/Minor: Economics and English with a Dance minor

Fun Fact: She choreographs musicals at her school!

 

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Anthony Panvini (PBP Editorial)

Hometown: South Philadelphia

School: Saint Joseph’s University

Major(s)/Minor: English (Journalism) and Communications

Fun Fact: He has 22 pairs of basketball shoes!

 

Caroline Dorey-Stein (PBP Executive Education/Conferences)

Hometown: Narberth, Pennsylvaniafm

School: She recently graduated from Franklin and Marshall College

Major(s)/Minor: English Literature

Fun Fact: She is a milk connoisseur!

 

 

Christina Gould (PBP Publication Product Marketing)

Hometown: Newtown, ConnecticutHaverford_logo

School: Haverford College

Major(s)/Minor: Economics

Fun Fact: She studied abroad in Copenhagen, Denmark for a semester!

 

Eugena Lee (PBP Media Division)upenn

Hometown: Philadelphia

School: University of Pennsylvania

Major(s)/Minor: Marketing and OPIM with a minor in Fine Arts.

Fun Fact: She used to be a competitive ballroom dancer!

 

Jake Eastman (PBP Analytics)penn state

Hometown: Schwenksville, Pennsylvania

School: He recently graduated from Penn State

Major(s)/Minor: Management Information Systems

Fun Fact: He loves to go see live music!

 

 Kevin McCarthy (PBP Audio Conferences)gettysburg

Hometown: Yardley, Pennsylvania

School: Gettysburg College

Major(s)/Minor: Organization and Management Studies

Fun Fact: He started a laundry service at Gettysburg!

 

Paige Preston (PBP Gifts and Incentives)elizabethtown

Hometown: Birchrunville, Pennsylvania

School: Elizabethtown College

Major(s)/Minor: Corporate Communications with a Business Administration minor

Fun Fact: She studied abroad in Dublin, Ireland for 4 months!