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Favorite Article of the Week II

January 10, 2013 Leave a comment

Like many weeks, there are always opportunities for multiple FAWs. So, I will do a part II this week.

Shockingly the article “The Power of Your Network is the ‘Ask'” comes from the Harvard Business Review (HBR) blog section.

Reading the article, I was reminded of:

  • If you don’t ask, the answer is always “no”.
  • Asking exposes one to the possibility that the answer will be “no”
  • My time working in retail office and computer sales, ahh those sometimes awkward sale closing attempts.
  • The importance of providing value to people in my real, online (online only connection)  and blended network (real and online or online across multiple social media platforms).
  • It is okay and normal to ask. It does not make one a beggar, lazy, or incapable. If no one ever asked then where would the world be?

Happy Thursday.

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6 Things I learned in 2012

In no particular order here there are:

  1. Listen with your heart, as well as with your brain.
  1. There is no substitute for good communication. Always proof read emails. Less is more. Be friendly, but direct and to the point. Follow-up = important.
  1. Be in the moment; give everything the attention it deserves. When you write an email, write an email, when you call a customer/client, call a customer/client, when you spend time with family, spend time with family. Be here now.
  1. Everyone, everything is a teacher. Lessons are everywhere; we need to only be receptive to them.
  1. No one wants to hear complaining and whining all of the time. There is a time and place for it. Complainers and whiners need an outlet, may have good points and no way to get them to decision makers.
  1. Own your mistakes.

Now for 2013.

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1.7.2013 FAW: Culture and Selection

Finding this article online reminds me how much I miss the content at  Businessweek. The article, Job Applicants’ Cultural Fit Can Trump Qualifications, which focuses on cultural fit and the selection process.

Before you get excited about that CFO position armed with only an Accounting certificate, consider the following caveats:

  • Initial screening may not include any cultural variables
  • Culture changes
  • Codified cultural criteria might be wrong

Many other possibilities.

It is worth remembering that often we associate with those like us and those we like.

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Failing and Success

If you never ask the question, the answer is always “no”. If you never shoot the ball,  you never hit a wining shot or make a basket. If you never write the story, the book never gets published. If you never apply for that you job, you never get the interview If you never take a chance, you never fail.

Of course you may not be successful either.

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