Wednesday, November 20, 2013

How social networks makes us feel more loneliness




Fantastic video explaining how social networks makes us feel more loneliness.

Do you think those people with hundreds of friends, twitter followers and LinkedIn connections don't feel lonely ? Think again. This is a great video on how being in a super connected world, people are still feeling lonley even in a group.

Make time to truly stay connected with your friends.


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Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Does your organization have a hall of fame ? Grow your community through story telling

Hall of fame
Photo Source: Christian Ventura

Your hall of fame

"It says a lot about an industry when it cares enough about its work (and the people doing it) to go to the trouble of organizing this story. The music industry is particularly good at this--not only do they have a hall of fame, but they have gold records, Grammy awards and multiple ways to highlight and honor people doing the work."
-Seth Godin

I wrote in a previous post about "How to build your community using story telling" and a hall of fame is a great way to implement it. What better way to recognize those who have contributed to your community success ? After all, every organization is only as good as the people they have. Highlighting your contributors and shining a light on them is a way of honoring what they have done and bringing them in as a key player in the narrative that is your success story. 

This is especially the case where the contribution is done on voluntarily. When we volunteer our time we want to know that what we are doing is making a difference. Being recognized that our efforts are valued and then seeing how they are part of the organization narrative helps us see the impact we want to make. 


Also, if you do it well you can tap into the power of story telling ! People will forget what you told them. They'll forget what you did. But they wont forget how you made them feel. This creates a personal buy-in and connection to the success of the organization because now we are recognized as real characters in the story and not just a hidden cog in the machine. It can be a very powerful way to both retain and motivate .


Not only that, the hall of fame will help define the overall story of what your organization is about. Charting the realization of your mission and vision. If you use digital story telling tools, you'll help transform these stories into shareable content as well for social media.

With those free digital story telling tools what does it cost you to recognize those who are contributing to your success ? Nothing ! 

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Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Amazing Vancouver food event: #DinnerPartyYVR

If you’re going out to eat for the weekend, why not make it epic? A few weeks ago I attended a never-heard-of-before local, global dinner party organized by  Social BitesChimp and HomeDine. In the end I left with a smile, full tummy and unforgettable experience. From the beginning to end, the experience was unforgettable and I want to share with you what happen so you can be sure to attend the next one ! 

Monday, November 4, 2013

8 Tips for Community Managers

community management
Community Building Discussion Notes

As a part of NetSquared Vancouver I've been helping organize and attending all the community management workshops. From all of it I've compiled a post on 8 Tips for Community Managers regarding Time management, Community Building and Story telling. If your interested you can check it out here.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

How story telling can help improve relationships

Photo source: Francis Mariani

I've been busy. 

The instant default reply from most people I know when I ask them, "What have you been up to?". I'm guilty of saying it as well. If I'm asked for more detail I'll rattle off items from my mental check list of things to do.


It was different when I asked Marco Pasqua the award winner at our SEEDS business leadership awards event. He shared with me the story about why he was busy, the journey he was on and what he was looking to accomplish. What made meeting him stand out to me was that he had taken the time to develop his own personal story.

Why does sharing stories matter?

Story telling's power lies in its ability to create connections between you, me and others.

When Marco shared with me his story, that was a hundred times more engaging and meaningful than if he were to just tell me that he was busy running his own business, has a few presentations to do next week and a friend to see during the weekend.

Think about your favorite movies. Think about the books you read over and over. Think about the songs you put on repeat. The stories that have the biggest impact on us are powerful because through hearing them we can see a bit of ourselves in the story right? The ability to create connections is the power of Story telling.

When people ask, " How are you or what have you been up to?", they are looking to connect with you. If we just rattle off a list of things we need to do we are missing an opportunity connect and build stronger relationships.


Giving time for yourself

Photo Source: AJ Cann
With work and all the volunteer roles I've taken, I rarely slow down to reflect on the experiences that I am having and turn them into stories.  Taking a moment to stop and think about what has been going on in your life is like a mental health check-in. Working hard is great but if you don't take the breaks and rests you need you wont get the results you are looking for. In order to be able to share a story about yourself you need to take the time to reflect.

If you were interested in learning more about Marco and what he does, check out his website here.

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Monday, October 7, 2013

How to build your community using story telling: The power of story telling



“A tribe is a group of people connected to one another, connected to a leader, and connected to an idea. For millions of years, human beings have been part of one tribe or another."
 -Seth Godin,Tribes: We Need You to Lead Us

Somewhere and somehow story telling must be a part of tribe/community building right ? When I went to the Digital Story telling Unconference that was the question I was searching for enlightenment on. How can you use story telling to help develop your community ?

Thursday, October 3, 2013

The power of connections: How one encounter led to a trip to meet with Google and Facebook

Group networking from NetSquared Social Media Surgery event at Hootsuite
From our NetSquared Social Media Surgery for nonprofits

I've been answering phone calls all day, skipped lunch and running to my next meeting. The day isn't over and I'm tired already. Looking at my calendar to see when my day is over, I notice that it wont be anytime soon. I've scheduled a networking event in Vancouver after work but if I go I'm not going to be home til 9:00 pm... 

This is where I start having an internal debate with myself. Why should you make time to go to a networking event ?

Because you can get lucky 

I go to these networking events because they can be like the lottery. Networking can be like the lottery where the next person you meet is your ticket to the opportunity of your dreams. If you don't play, your chances of winning are zero for sure.

Recently we received an email from one our attendees at our NetSquared events. Wow, what a story about the power of connections between people.

"I've been super busy starting my social website for community sharing but the last few months is been a pretty amazing journey. From attending a Net Tuesday event I connected with someone from Car Surfing which started the conversation that had me end up meeting with companies like Google and Facebook in San Francisco the same time as the "finding your story" event. I was also just confirmed to speak at We Day Vancouver on October 18. That one simple Net Tuesday night has done a lot for me!"


-Daniel Dubois, Director at The Collaborative Project


Here are the top 3 excuses I hear for networking:


1) No one wants to talk to me

The thing about networking events is that you go there to talk to people you don't know. So if you see people and you don't know who they are, thats great ! They are coming to this networking event for an opportunity to meet you.

What has made me feel like no one wants to talk to me is when I start getting  "meeting stranger anxiety". A few weeks ago I was at a womens networking event and as soon as I entered realized I was quite literally the only guy among the crowd. As my friend who came later on the evening remarked,  "You have the shortest hair here".

I was having "meeting strangers anxiety" and knew it was in full force when I started noticing my own nervous habits. So I stayed away in a corner to relax and gather my nerves. As I observed the crowd I started to notice that the women here were fidgeting and nervous about meeting other people too ! 

Meeting strangers anxiety is very normal and when you go to a networking event they are probably as nervous as you. By taking the initiative in introducing yourself, your doing whomever you speak to a favor !

2) I don't know where to find information about networking events

Google is your friends, there are networking events being held all the time. If you need a place to start I would check out your local chamber of commerce for their list of events in the business community. You can also check your industry association that you belong to who would have events every now and then as well. Lastly, you can always take a look at meet up groups(Check out mine!) where you will find more then just business events to go to. 

3) I don't have time.

It's probably because you're not making time. You are probably viewing networking as work, but the best networking is when you have fun and enjoy yourself. Why not mix networking with learning and attend educational meet ups like the ones I organize ? There are also social events focused on getting together for lunch with someone new or sports as well, although not as often.

Networking workshop with Stevie

There are a lot of benefits to networking especially when it comes to your career. I'm hosting a free workshop next week teaching people the framework and techniques I use when it comes to creating your own professional network. If you feel like you want a bit more education about how to do it before venturing out then you should come to my workshop.


Link to workshop on professional networking and Linkedin
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Monday, September 30, 2013

10 tips for Success that I wish I knew earlier from Highly Successful Business Women


Tips for business women success
Photo Credits: Aleksandr Slyadnev 


















Curious what you can do to help you achieve greatness?

I had the opportunity to learn just that at the Canadian Women in Communications (CWC) Power Networking event. CWC had organized an amazing panel of women in leadership roles from a variety of different sectors. 

With leaders such as Sandy Pell the Communication Manager at Hoot suite, Meredith Powell one of the CO-Founders to the Next Big Thing and many others, the whole night was full of great conversation, advice and ideas.

Here are my takeaways from the 10 tips for success shared by Juggy Sihota the VP of Client Experience and Strategy at TELUS and what she wish she knew earlier in her career.

1)    Try to surround yourself with the most talented people you can find

Look for the most talented people you can find and then surround yourself with them. Do it deliberately because it will help develop your career and you’ll grow simply through osmosis.


2)    Tell people what you want to do and why

Sharing something that personal can feel difficult and uncomfortable with others. Do it anyways and share it freely with those around you. When you’re hiding it instead of sharing, it can seem suspicious and people are always imaginative. They will come up with reasons for why and at times that may not be a positive thing.

Be open so that nothing is left to the imagination and you will also be seen as both more confident and trustworthy. When meeting with leaders, those can be the greatest opportunities for you to share your goals and dreams. They can often times be in a position with the resources to help you but can only do so if they know what you are looking for.

3)    Be prepared to allow who you work for to trump who you are

If you believe that there is a great learning opportunity at work but it’s not quite what you enjoy doing too much, you should still go for it. Don’t second guess yourself too much as in the long run it will be more valuable than the short term discomfort. Take those big learning opportunities while you can.

4)     Champions are important

Find and work for leaders who are champions for others. These are the people who are secure in their career and in themselves. They are the type of leaders to be vocally loud and proud when it comes to the accomplishments of their teams and champion those who do amazing work. Other hints for these types of individuals is that they protect their teams and takes ownership of team weaknesses instead of blaming individuals or throwing others under the bus.

5)    Understand the importance of cultivating relationships

“If I spent more time building relationships I would have been able to enjoy my career even more”

Take time to go and have coffee meetings with other peers and professionals from all areas. When things aren’t going well it can really help to have someone to speak to that can understand and relates to your challenges. By developing relationships with individuals from all walks, it will also provide you with expert help from others when you need it. After all, you can’t be an expert in everything.

6)    Develop yourself awareness

It’s important to be self-aware of yourself. How you can help develop self-awareness is by asking those you trust and close to you how you come across. Not only will that help you become aware of things that you never knew, but if you are honestly making an effort to incorporate their advice they will become vested in your success.

7)    Understand there is a difference between being right & success

Being right doesn't mean you will be successful. At times there is a difference between the two. Especially if being right comes at the expense of fracturing and dividing relationships that you have with others that you work with. Organizational success is a team effort and relationships matter. But if you want both, maybe you can just be quietly right instead of loudly.


8)    Be purposeful with mentors

Look for mentorship purposefully but understand that some of the best mentorship is an informal arrangement. This means deliberately making time to meet individuals and allowing the mentorship to naturally develop over time. This was something many of the women on the leadership panel found that they shared in common as a key ingredient to their success.

9)     Be humble

Being humble and honest when you make mistakes allows you to be more human and relatable to others as a leader. By admitting mistakes and being okay with them as a leader you are creating an atmosphere where it is okay for others to mistakes as well too. This is especially important if you’re in an organization that is interested in fostering innovation and creativity. This allows those on your teams to be more of a risk taker and leaders themselves.

10)  Always be grateful

The final piece of advice was to always be grateful and appreciate those who have helped you on your journey to success.



Canadian Women in Communications Power Networking
Canadian Women in Communications Power Networking

Definitely a recurring theme during the night when it came to success for the panel was both making time to build new relationships and finding mentors. I’m thankful to Kelly Gill from CWC who took the time to organize this event and bring together such an amazing group of people with great wisdom to share but also networking in Vancouver for being a great portal to find out about fantastic networking opportunities. You should definitely check out their next event if you get a chance.

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Sunday, September 29, 2013

My thoughts on turning 23 : The people you surround yourself with determine your success


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Birthday presents for my friends on my birthday

I'm 23 now... 

I see my birthday as more a count  down to zero rather than a count upwards. We have a finite amount of time and will never know when its up. My birthday is a time to review the year and what I want the following year to be like.

Usually I don't celebrate with a big party and haven't for the last few years.

This year I decided that I should. I did it because I know a lot of the fantastic success I'm having right now was never accomplished on my own, it was always with a team and support of my friends. People right now might see me as being a capable and talented individual but its mostly not true.

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Successfully starting a chapter of global youth leadership organization at my university when all other teams had failed? It wasn't me, it was the talent and hard work of our team who became a second family.

Winning three international IT competitions against universities around the world ? It wasn't me, it was the combination of three of us that made us unstoppable.

Starting and completing a Marketing contract as a consultant targeted at youth? It wasn't me, but the collaborative effort of students from three different universities.

Helping connect and create an empowered nonprofit community through supporting them with technology ? I'm building on the work and efforts of those who have started before me.

Creating, inspiring and running entrepreneurial workshops for over 400 people, both adults and high school students ? It would have been impossible for me to do all the work needed, by myself I would not have been able to accomplish one tenth of the impact we achieved working collaboratively together.

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Being 22 has been phenomenal. Full of crazy new experiences, as well as making great new friends and rekindling relationships with old friends.

When you put more people into your life it means more of everything, both the good and bad. For those of you who have been a part of my life, you are the ones who give more good than bad. As thanks for that, I've decided to give all of you silly gifts and I hope you enjoyed it.

Photo Credits: Christophe Revelly

"A friendship can weather most things and thrive in thin soil; but it needs a little mulch of letters and phone calls and small, silly presents every so often - just to save it from drying out completely.

Pam Brown "
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Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Being a Failure is not the opposite of Success

Photo credits: Chor Ip
Whats the opposite of success ? Failure.

Is that really true though. Is failure the yin to the yang ? The complete opposite of success ? No, it isn't. Because you see, there is no success without failure.

I didn't make it on my first attempt in competing in business IT case competitions. I've failed classes and tests before. I didn't succeed at my first leadership role.

But eventually I went on to win multiple competitions, I've managed to get 100% on class exams and I've successfully lead teams to succeed at achieving organizational goals. All of this was possible because my failures helped me learn to be successful.

Failure is success if we learn from it.
~Malcolm Forbes
The opposite of success is what will not help you get there. Its when you don`t do anything, sit there and decide not to be proactive. Its when you stop trying that you're not going to get closer to succeeding.

Because as bad failing is, it gives you an opportunity to learn and grow and move closer to success. Doing nothing won't give you that.

So go out there and try stuff, its okay to fail because it'll help you succeed. Don't do nothing.

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Monday, September 9, 2013

Small Team Doesn’t Mean Small business



At times I find myself wishing I had more people on deck to work on cool projects or to build the organization.  After all more people means we can get more stuff done and faster right? However, that can be misleading. People in smaller teams can be more productive because they are more engaged.

Monday, September 2, 2013

1000 Fans for 100,000$

Photo Credits: Matthew Field
"A creator, such as an artist, musician, photographer, craftsperson, performer, animator, designer, videomaker, or author - in other words, anyone producing works of art - needs to acquire only 1,000 True Fans to make a living."
-Kevin Kelly

Kevin Kelly provides a simple concept where if you can create a community of 1000 true fans it is possible to make a decent living. A true fan described by Kevin Kelly would be: "someone who will purchase anything and everything you produce." With that mind and based on simple math if your 1000 fans spend $100 per year it will result in a gross $100,000 per year.


Businesses and Organizations Are All About Creating Communities.



With today's technology it is possible for you to do exactly that. We naturally subscribe and become a part of multiple communities now. Just think of how we use social media. Within Facebook we create our communities through adding friends and join sub-communities through "likes" on pages for products and services. In Twitter we pick individuals and organizations to follow.  If you read blogs then you also subscribe to their RSS or email subscription. Within our daily lives we are all constantly joining and leaving different communities.



Your Opportunities in life come from your community


Monday, August 12, 2013

The Importance of Friends - Million Dollar Friends

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You ever been stuck in do mode? It’s when you become something similar to the Terminator or Robocop and just super focused on getting tasks done on your daily to-do-list. You don’t want anyone to disturb you and if anyone tries to interrupt, you ignore them or give a quick reply so you can get back on track.

This can be both a great strength and weakness.


Being able to keep ourselves disciplined and focused is a key ingredient to success, after all there are always tasks that need to be done. However, if while completing the small and endless tasks of daily life you forget the larger picture then you have truly been reduced to a machine. Sometimes it can be easy to get lost in all the mechanical things we need to do every day, stopping us from putting our energy into the things that matter the most without even realizing it.

When it comes to our career it is more often a solo effort than it is a group effort. It’s tough working towards success by ourselves. If your serious about jump starting your career and find that when you are the youngest person in the room as a twenty-something you can feel like the least important person there. I can get demotivated, make excuses to not do what I need to and run away from personal accountability. I stop trying to become the best that I can be. 

Good friends will not accept mediocrity from one another 

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

How to Improve Your Creativity: Tapping Into Professional Networks


Photo Credits: Daniel Horacio Agostini

What teams make the most creative Broadway Musicals ?

A research study by Brian Uzzi found that when studying Broadway musicals, the most successful creative teams were composed of new and old members. They found that the teams composed of mostly new people who had no experience with each other were not as creative. Teams that had lots of previous experience working together tended to rehash the same ideas and were unsuccessful because they lacked creative input from the outside. 

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Bucket Brigade : The whole is greater than the sum

Photo Credits: Rupert Ganzer

Arranging your teams will improve your effectiveness by magnitudes.

The whole is greater than the sum of its parts, but its through how you arrange everyone. One of the lessons I've learned reading a book called, "Connected: The Surprising Power of Our Social Networks and How they Shape Our Lives". This comes from a short story in the book about the bucket brigade and their work towards extinguishing a house fire and I thought I'd share it.

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FIRE !!


Oh snap ! Your house is on fire but luckily you live near the ocean cause. Quickly grabbing a bucket you rush back and forth to filling it up to splash water on your burning home. Unfortunately  on your own it will be impossible to extinguish the fire. Luckily you have a hundred friends who are keen to help you so they grab a bucket and start helping you. However, once they get started they are inefficient because all of them are wasting time running back and forth to the ocean. Through operating independently your house will burn down.

However, through forming a line and creating a bucket brigade your house will be saved. This is because you wont have to waste time running back and forth to the ocean but it also means people who aren't super strong enough to carry gallons of water back and forth can contribute too. This hundred person line might be able to do the work of two hundred people working independently and its all about how you arrange it.



You can improve the effectiveness of human beings by as much as an order of magnitude simply by arranging them differently

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For extinguishing this fire a simple line works very well. The best arrangement though is based on what your objective is. With the work that we have to do these days being more service oriented it can be hard to know how to configure a team to accomplish an intangible goal. Thinking about it made me wonder what are the standard ways you can structure a team ? Here are the four that I see and hear about most often:


Functional structure

People are organized by what they do and their function within the company. If your in sales your in the sales department, if you are in marketing you are in the marketing department, operational people are in the operations department. The classic and the most commonly heard organization structure that I hear about.

Divisional structure


Divisions can be focused on product or region and contain its own sales, operations and marketing department. For example divisions focused on geographical basis such as the US division and Asia division or product basis such as SUV division. 


Team


This is where you bring together people with different competencies and achieve greater results through synergy. As organizations become more lean and tend towards a flatter organization structure creating teams has become more common.



Virtual team


This is by far the most convenient and my frequently used organization structure. Leading volunteer teams where your working students and individuals where other higher priorities, scheduling in person team meetings becomes very challenging. Online meeting technology has been great for creating more opportunities to have meetings along and a more mentoring/coaching leadership style has helped me be successful.   

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Friday, July 26, 2013

How to recover from Burnout: Networking as a Spiritual Salve


Photo Credits: Markus

Burnout is your enemy as a leader. 

People respond positively to passion. When the leader is genuinely excited, believes in the work, and shows his or her excitement, it is infectious. Similarly, when the leader is disinterested in the work, fails to respond in a timely manner or not at all to new ideas or requests for decisions, staff find it hard to keep their own passion for the work. When CEOs lose their passion, it is time for them to either voluntarily move on or for their boards to ask them to leave.
- Nonprofit management 101

Emotional Contagion

Emotions are contagious and can change whole groups of people through emotional contagion. Since emotions aren't tangible it can spread without you being aware. A great example of emotional contagion within an organization would be the County High school in McMinnville, Tennessee. One of the teachers believed she smelled gasoline and that caused her to have headaches  dizziness and nausea. The children seeing her response soon developed symptoms and other students seeing classmates feeling that way began to develop the symptoms as well. By the end of it all the entire school was closed for four days as a result. A report by the New England Journal of Medicine states that it spread because of individuals directly viewing others illness during the outbreak. 

Are you aware of your own emotions and what's being spread?



Thursday, July 18, 2013

Whats your vision ?


Photo Credits: Justin Jensen

"Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?"
"That depends a good deal on where you want to get to," said
the Cat.
"I don't much care where—" said Alice.
"Then it doesn't matter which way you go," said the Cat.
—Alice's Adventures in Wonderland BY LEWIS CARROLL

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Overcome your limitations and achieve more: The Abundant Not-For-Profit Review

Photo Credits: Philippa Willitts


I’ve been reading a great book called “The Abundant Not-For-Profit” and how you can magnify your impact through tapping into the skills and talents of those outside your organization.

If you are constrained by limited human and financial resources, networking becomes your key to achieving goals beyond your reach. My own personal experience with networking to search for knowledge philanthropists has allowed me to repeatedly overcome limitations.  From when I was the student president of AIESEC Kwantlen to running my own marketing consulting team and being the chair for a youth entrepreneurial committee, recruiting outside talent has always been the key to achieving my goals.

I agree with the ideology presented in the book and have been thinking about why it’s so powerful from my own experiences. How does it work? Here’s my thoughts on why Not-for-Profits can have abundance.

Volunteer opportunities can be happiness opportunities


Based on a documentary on happiness called, “Happy”, they did research and discovered that those who focus on, personal growth, developing relationships and helping others made individuals happy. Much happier than those who are extrinsically motivated. With that in mind Not-for-Profits by the nature of their meaningful work can provide an avenue for these intrinsic goals to be realized. People are looking for a way to fulfill these needs and Not-for-Profits are uniquely position to provide this by providing them the opportunity to offer their expertise and talents as knowledge philanthropists.

Draw people in with a strong vision


With this in mind you can be pro-active towards recruiting knowledge philanthropists which means networking becomes a key activity. However, most people I meet including leaders do not spend a lot of time or effort towards making new connections for their organizations. Once you begin creating a network and developing new relationships it will start impacting your organization in profound ways as it can give you access to the resources of a social network. A great book that examines the power of social networks in depth is called, “Connected”.

When it comes to our own social networks we tend to be clustered in tightly knit groups that don’t change very often. Based on the research in the book if you were to take any two of your friends at random chances are higher than 50 percent that they would know each other. This common structure means that you don’t usually reach out into the larger network.

When it comes to accessing the power of a social network it is actually through weak ties and acquaintances that we gain access to new opportunities. For example there was a survey conducted by Granovetter to find out how workers in a suburb got their jobs. They were asked a simple question of how often they saw the person who helped them get their job. The findings confirmed that its through your weaker ties and acquaintances that opportunities flow your way.

  • 17 percent responded often
  • 55 percent said occasionally
  • 28 percent said rarely

This power is at work in corporations as well where organization share their executives on the board of directors for other organizations. A great example would be Bill Clinton who sat on at least twelve boards at one point. By focusing on building relationships with externals this create network links between organizations that can serve and create new opportunities.

Networking to provide everyone with abundance


You can achieve goals and break through your organizational limitations through networking. Social networks allow us to achieve things that we could not achieve on our own. As a Not-for-Profit this is possible because of the nature of the work that Not-for-Profits provides to the community. You can attract additional expertise and talent through great volunteer opportunities that benefit all involved. However to attract that talent you’ll need both a strong clear vision and to get out there and start building new relationships !

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Monday, June 17, 2013

Advice from a Fortune 500 District Manager

Fire
Photo credits:Eric Brian Ouano
There has been a disturbance in the force and haven't been able to pin it down to exactly what it is for myself. I've been having challenges when it comes to my career and have searching for answers. Luckily, I was able to meet someone who is much farther down the road to where I want to be.What I benefited from immediately was an older perspective from someone who's lead numerous teams and helped others overcome their challenges.

When I met up with the district manager for the Fortune 500 he was able to figure it out immediately. Helped me put words to something that I was having a hard time describing from watching and listening to what I had to say.

Friction. 

My expectations for what results I should be getting aren't matching up with what I am getting and over time every so slowly its been building up into frustration. I didn't even really realize it because I like to think I'm a pretty patient person. I've realized I'm not when I'm not sure how long I have to wait. A building frustration from doing the work but not seeing any results.

Makes you start asking yourself, "How long do I need to keep doing this ?".

Stick with it

If its worth getting then it'll be challenging. The biggest challenge is to not stop. Like asking yourself the question when will puberty hit and make me grow taller. At some point you just do.You cant predict when you'll get where your looking to go but if you keep moving in that direction you will get there eventually.

“It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.” 
– Confucius

I was asking him when will I get to where I want to be? The answer to that question is different for everyone because we aren't all looking to get to the same place. He reminded me that its important to understand yourself, to know why your on this journey anyways.What pushes you forward ?

Is it prestige ?
Is it money ?
Is it helping people ?

This will be a big factor in shaping how you approach your work and the steps you need to take to get to where you want to go because in the end it is a personal journey. Understand your motivation in life. Think big picture and holistically about yourself and what truly motivates you. Enjoy the journey and the process.

No one can predict your future as much as we want someone to, but talking to someone farther down the road really helped. Helped me reset unrealistic expectations.

I pushed him anyways to give me a rough estimate of how long it'l take to get me where I want to be. Seems like I have 10 years left to go.

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