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2010-09-14 We Are The Network: Is Today’s Pop-Psych Right… You Can’t Change Anyone Else?

September 12th, 2010 No comments

Is Today’s Pop-Psych Right… You Can’t Change Anyone Else?

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This Week’s Topic

Is Today’s Pop-Psych Right… You Can’t Change Anyone Else?

Once upon a time, the focus of management, marketing and sales was spin, change people’s interests, views, and desires towards your goals. For the last few years, it seems that the pop-psych current thinking has flipped to a completely opposite position, that not only can you not change anyone else, the only thing you can do is hope to attract them to you, and to attract them to change.

Is one or the other of these positions more accurate? Are there ways to change another person? If not, then why is advertising and marketing still effective, and why does management focus on improving performance (which could be looked at as a direct attempt to change behavior towards corporate goals)? If we can change other people, why do so many attempts to do so result in failure, even to the point of destructive side effects? Does refusing the concept of changing others result in a self-focused, narcissistic society? Does one or the other position, by design, improve society over time?

Join us Tuesday at 12PM noon U.S. Pacific / 3pm U.S. Eastern time for an interactive discussion, and thanks for being part of “We Are The Network”!

If you do not have a Second Life account and would like a quick start to attend the session, please contact me for more information.

Best regards,

Joel

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2010-08-03 We Are The Network: Social Media Applied – How to Get Consulting Projects, Recruiters and Hiring Managers to Find You!

August 2nd, 2010 No comments

Social Media Applied – How to Get Projects, Recruiters and Hiring Managers to Find You!

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This Week’s Topic

Social Media Applied – How to Get Consulting Projects, Recruiters and Hiring Managers to Find You!

Techniques for finding consulting projects and full-time jobs have changed radically in the last few years. Some of the changes have been driven by the emergence of social media. Others have appeared through changes to recruiting and hiring processes (for full-time positions), changing beliefs and strategies employed by hiring organizations, and large dose of new recruiting automation technologies.

While plenty has been written about social media marketing for products and services, little information is available to help job seekers understand how these changes affect what it takes to get found on this new playing field.

The number of applicants for any project or position outweighs the number of available opportunities by a wide margin (in recent times this number has been as high as 6:1, and is still almost 5:1). The large gap between supply and demand, coupled with new, advanced technologies, have changed the landscape of recruiting and seeking work in fundamental ways.

There is good news. Once you understand the new recruiting model, how the “recruiting ecosystem” fits together, and how companies, hiring managers and recruiters look at the process today, you can change what you do and obtain better results.

Instead of submitting your resume to job boards and wondering why you can’t get any results, you can know which possibilities to focus on, and how to get recruiters and hiring managers to start sending you messages asking if you’re interested in what they’re offering!

Moving from blindly submitting resumes, and getting no response, to having an inbound queue of recruiter and client requests is not instant. It does not rely on magic. It does not rely on luck. Each step is fairly easy, although some of the pieces involve new skills. There is real work involved, but this work can be done bit by bit. These new skills will pay you dividends for the rest of your career – so now might as well be the time to learn them!

Our session this week will be a slightly different format, in that I’ll start off by presenting some techniques and approaches developed and proven from experimentation, interviews with recruiters, and discussions with hiring managers and consulting firms, followed by a group discussion about how to best get from “Where do I start?” to fielding regular inbound queries asking “Are you interested in this opportunity?”

Join us Tuesday at 12PM noon U.S. Pacific / 3pm U.S. Eastern time for an interactive discussion, and thanks for being part of “We Are The Network”!

If you do not have a Second Life account and would like a quick start to attend the session, please contact me for more information.

Best regards,

Joel

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2010-07-06 We Are The Network: Can an Organization have a Personality Disorder?

July 5th, 2010 No comments

July 6, 2010 1:54pm Added “The Neurotic Organization: Diagnosing and Changing Counterproductive Styles of Management” to the reference links section. Thanks to John Jainschigg for pointing out this title.

Can an Organization have a Personality Disorder?

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This Week’s Topic

Can an Organization have a Personality Disorder?

Organizations talk about internal culture and market it as a selling point, both to customers and to potential staff. organizational culture reflects a concept of shared personality, often described in flashy, positive terms.

If organizations have an organization-level personality, can organizations (collection of many people) have collective personality disorders? Do organizational personality disorders map directly to individual personality disorders defined by mental health professionals?

How can organizational personality disorders be resolved? Are such resolutions possible?

Join us Tuesday at 12PM noon U.S. Pacific / 3pm U.S. Eastern time for an interactive discussion, and thanks for being part of “We Are The Network”!

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Best regards,

Joel

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2010-06-29 We Are The Network: Personal Stress Management in a Chaotic World

June 29th, 2010 No comments

Personal Stress Management in a Chaotic World

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This Week’s Topic

Personal Stress Management in a Chaotic World

It goes without saying that today’s world events, financial and work situation, and lifestyle can create substantial stress. There are plenty of “you should just tell yourself to feel better” web sites and books, but this sort of advice is often of limited value in the real world. What stress sources are significant to you, and what are effective ways to deal with them? Are there techniques for creating positive results from stress?

What are your best practices for recognizing and handling stressful situations, relationships and events?

Join us Tuesday at 12PM noon U.S. Pacific / 3pm U.S. Eastern time for an interactive discussion, and thanks for being part of “We Are The Network”!

Best regards,

Joel

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The Collision of Photography, Coaching, the Craft of Consulting and Project Management

June 20th, 2010 No comments

We meandered through the Boston Museum of Fine Art today, and on the path I noticed a saying on the wall, in a gallery of photographic prints. In a flash, I realized it captures why I do photography, and it’s essence is why I am a coach, how I practice the craft of consulting and one of the key strategies to releasing project teams from obstacles so they can generate better results.

Revealing a subject in a new way is the core of so many things, as the generator of insight, as the trigger to see new approaches to help organizations and individuals to get “unstuck”, as the way to build collaboration and help teams to be more powerful, and often as the key in the lock of an issue that others haven’t yet found a way to open and solve.

Breakthroughs in coaching people and organizations, practicing the craft of consulting and navigating complex projects depend on a knack to take “what everyone knows” and turn it around to look at it from a unique direction. The moment this hidden vision is unlocked, new and sometimes seemingly impossible things become possible.

I think this I’ll put this one up on the wall here too!

Revealing the subject - image of saying on the wall at Boston Museum of Fine Arts

2010-05-25 We Are The Network: Does Social Network and Virtual World Experience Build Marketable Skills?

May 23rd, 2010 No comments

Does Social Network and Virtual World Experience Build Marketable Skills?

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This Tuesday, May 25 at the Epoch Institute in Second Life

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This Week’s Topic

Does Social Network and Virtual World Experience Build Marketable Skills?

While some people see social networks and virtual worlds as purely social or game-focused environments, others use these platforms to experiment with business ideas, build skills and either create and deliver educational services or to learn new skills.

Does this experience translate to real-world marketable skills? What are marketable skills? What skills are learned implicitly by participation in these environments? Which skills can be learned purposefully? Are skills learned in this way equivalent to skills of the same names learned in person? Are there good and bad ways to describe, explain and market such skills to people who are not familiar with these platforms?

Join us Tuesday at 12PM noon U.S. Pacific / 3pm U.S. Eastern time for an interactive discussion, and thanks for being part of “We Are The Network”!

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Best regards,

Joel

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Why Ducking ROI Questions Hurts Your Career, and What You Should Do Instead

April 5th, 2010 1 comment

The Hidden Return on Investment Discussion

There is an untold perspective, amid the blizzard of posts and comments about measurement of, inability to measure, or the non-sensical nature of measuring ROI (return on investment) for projects. When you are asked “what is the ROI of this?” you are often being asking a set of questions—only one of which has anything to do with money, investment or returns.

An effective response to an ROI question requires an understanding of the organizational view of ROI. Absent an awareness of the organizational view, answers may be seen as disingenuous and evasive. Neither attempting to divert a reasonable question, nor attempting to demonstrate that there is no basis for the question are productive strategies, regardless of the language used to disguise the maneuver.

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Ana’s Miracle – “Live Chat Celebrating 12 Years” This Sunday 6:30pm Eastern

December 18th, 2009 No comments

Ana's MiracleI have had the privilege of working with Nelson de Witt to help him develop concepts and project strategy for his newest cross-cultural project that will result in a book called “Ana’s Miracle”.  In Nelson’s words, “Ana’s Miracle is the story of how our family was separated during the Civil War in El Salvador, by death and adoption, and our journey to reunite.”
http://www.anasmiracle.com/ is the info site for the project. See “The Story” for Nelson in a live interview about his background a bit of his history.

Sunday night at 3:30pm Pacific / 6:30pm Eastern Nelson is hosting a live video chat with his family to talk in person about their family’s history, to connect in a new way for the holidays, and chat with anyone who joins in!

Please join us live at the Facebook Event page for the event Sunday night at 6:30pm Eastern (live video stream with chat):
http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=344675100526

If you’d like to follow the project as it develops, you can Become A Fan of Ana’s Miracle: http://www.facebook.com/anasmiracle or follow Nelson’s Twitter feed: http://twitter.com/dewittn. Please feel free to share and pass this on.

Disclosure: Nelson is a strategy coaching client (and now friend) who has a surprising history and a total commitment to everything he does. I’m helping him to get the word out about his project. This is work that I find fascinating from many angles, his history, his family’s history, and the use of social media across cultures to illustrate and bridge the gaps.

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An Evening At Pokin’ Holes, A DartBoston Event For Young Entrepreneurs

November 19th, 2009 1 comment

Pokin' Holes logoTonight I went to an event called “Pokin’ Holes”, “a podcast/live stream show for young people starting companies to get feedback from the most talented young professionals students and entrepreneurs in Boston.” (from the Pokin’ Holes web site).

This was an inspiring event from many perspectives, and I’d like to give a big callout to Cort Johnson and Jake Cacciapaglia for a great concept executed flawlessly.

Pokin’ Holes provides a forum for young entrepreneurs (under 30 years old) to present startup companies and get feedback from a panel of three guests (also under 30 year old entrepreneurs and professionals), as well as from the attendees in the audience, who were tonight in large part Bentley business students, on their business strategy and advice on next steps.

The session tonight was at Bentley University, and was the first time it had been held in a college setting (the start of a college tour). Cort and Jake’s goals for the event are to do everything possible to have people build real action-based relationships through these sessions, to both connect the entrepreneur presenting with people who can actively help achieve the next steps and to build a thriving community of young innovators. It sounds like the typical home for Pokin’ Holes has been a bar with a less formal atmosphere, but I’d have to say this more formal setting fit just as well.

The evening was set up with a while of general networking and open discussion before the show started. The show opens with an interview of the principal of a company in “the hot seat”, to understand the company’s goals and strategy, and present the company’s plan and current status. Tonight the Andy Watson of Greenergy Living had the hot seat.

The show then moves on to a panel discussion with three panelists, whose job it is to get going “pokin’ holes” in the company’s plans and execution. At the conclusion of the panel discussion, the audience is pulled in to have group commentary and discussion.

Tonight had strong attendance and lively discussion all around. I think it’s fair to say that everyone in the room learned some things, had a good time and gave some solid constructive feedback in a positive way.

Thanks to all the folks I met tonight and great work – hope to see you again soon!

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