Archive for December, 2012

Favorite Article of the Week

December 30, 2012 Leave a comment

The Favorite Article of the Week (FAW) For the last few days of 2012 and the first 2013 came across my Twitter feed. Although dated, I think it is still highly relevant.  The article is from April 30, 2012 and found at the Wall Street Journal. The article 10 Things Your Commencement Speaker Won’t Tell You can easily have a few more items added to the list:

11. You will have to translate your education into skills. For example, what was learned or experienced in your international diplomacy course that would be useful for a management trainee position? If still you can’t translate your education into skills, you may want to see item #12 on the list.

12. Enroll at your local community college and get a some skills. Skills=good, marketable skills in-demand=great.

13. There is a good chance your first job (or few jobs) out of college will be below your education level and far below your desired pay.  Leverage your opportunities. This is a chance to network, make friends, acquire and practice new skills, build your professional foundation, and develop your “brand.”

14. Be in the moment for all that you do.

15. Learn to say “thank you”…often.

Of course there are many more possibilities to add to such a list.


3 for words for 2013.

December 27, 2012 Leave a comment

Assess, do, re-assess.

Favorite Article of the Week

December 24, 2012 Leave a comment

In order to facilitate my writing, I am incorporating a weekly post with my favorite or most interesting article of the week. Articles might be related to:

  • Human Resource Development
  • Performance Improvement
  • Science fiction/futurism
  • Organizational Management
  • Housing

Of course, I might include other topics, but these are the ones I find myself most drawn to online.

So, the first Favorite Article of the Week is:

Quick and Easy Ways to Quiet Your Mind by Mathew May, found in the Harvard Business Review (HBR) blog section.

Three quick ways are listed to “Quiet Your Mind:”

  1. Quick Meditation
  2. Pulsing
  3. Daydream Walks

Each day I try to use the Daydream Walk to just relax my mind. During my lunch, I put my headphones and walk around the building where I work.

Usually, I don’t focus my mind on anyone area such as work, home, etc. I just allow it to “go where it may.” Sometimes, it is a work problem, other times I think about big questions, and other times it is a storyline for a science fiction novel.

Regardless the walk allows me the chance to tune in, by tuning out.

Expert Status?

December 24, 2012 Leave a comment

Looking to gain expertise status in an industry, field, or discipline? Tried blogging?

If the answer is “no” you may want to start.

See: If you’re Serious About Ideas, Get Serious About Blogging and Want to Grow Your Business With Blogging? Here’s Your Quick-Start Guide

Both explain the importance and how to use a blog to become an expert. Of course there is always the issue of driving traffic to your blog, which can always be a challenge!

10 Things: I hate about Linkedin

December 16, 2012 Leave a comment

In no particular order.

  1. You don’t list your full name
  2. Incomplete profile-for example you only the title of your current position
  3. Out-of-date profile, congrats on that promotion 10 years ago, what have you done since?
  4. Too much personal informaton
  5. Too many status updates (don’t care that you just took a phone call from an important client)
  6. No status updates
  7. Restricted profile access
  8. No responses-invites, articles, etc.
  9. Only using your profile to pitch some sleazy service or product-apologies to legitimate users
  10. Spammers, freaks, and other weirdos that try to connect.
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