- 23/02/2017I'm new to BeBee and welcome all business connections. I'm an HR consultant working with small to medium businesses. I recently did a two-part series on diversity and ageism in the workplace (see Part II link below). Thinking of ideas for my next blog post. If any subject is of particular interest, let me know. Thanks!The Blog and Musings of Andrea D. Trent – HR Maven At-Largehrbizpartner.net
- Producer19/01/20173 Essential Life Hacks for FreelancersThe workplace wellness market is worth a whopping $41 billion.With no boss in sight, corporate wellness is an employment perk that freelancers give up when they go solo.Freelancers are time management ninjas — doing everything from marketing,...
Comments25/01/2017 #13 Karan Johnson#11 Hi Jared,
Thanks for the kind welcome message and sharing my posts in so many hives. Being a newbee, I didn’t even know that some of them existed. I’ll be checking them all out.
I’ve just had a look at Twilight and I wish I came across it before, as I would have tested it and mentioned it in my article.
I think sleep is a work in progress for most of us :)
A huge thank you again for taking the time to read my article and for sharing it.25/01/2017 #11 Jared Wiese, 🐝 adding VALUE & RESULTSHi Karan,
Great first post on beBee. Welcome!
First things first, for welcomes, I'm sharing in the beBee Interviews and Introductions hive.
I love life hacks! There's even a hive for that. Lots of great tips here...
For posture, I'm sharing to the Egoscue Method hive. I often get back pain from sitting at a desk all day. You might check it out. Covers the exercise and HIIT aspects to, hopefully.
For "me-me" time, have you heard of the Miracle Morning? Sharing there too. Gratitude and reflection are so key. Dang, could share in the Tony Robbins hive too!
I'm still working on sleep. But the blue light helps. f.lux seems similar to an app I've been using called Twilight.
Great stuff! Sorry for the delay. Thank you for sharing all this!20/01/2017 #7 Karan Johnson#3 Hi @Lisa 🐝 Gallagher, it does take a deliberate daily effort to do non-business related things that make a difference to my health. I can only imagine the challenges that your husband faces managing his IT Consulting Company.
It’s great news that he can take holidays more often. A break can do wonders for recharging the batteries. Thank goodness for remote working and competent employees :). Yay, to him exercising at his home office! Please let me know how he gets on using f.lux.20/01/2017 #5 Karan JohnsonHi @Deb 🐝 Helfrich you’re so right about the ease that bad habits can be created. I must admit that I worked from my bed or sofa when I started freelancing. I think I was slightly rebelling against anything desk-related, as I spent years sitting in an office :).
Neck strain was a sure-fire sign that I needed to change my ways.
Like you, I now have a simple set-up (a desk and chair) that is much more ergonomic. So yes, good posture is absolutely a big part in keeping ourselves well when working from home.20/01/2017 #3 Lisa 🐝 GallagherGreat tips @Karan Johnson. I think it's cool that you recognized what is important and works for you in order to be highly functional without getting ill or having a break down! Because my husband runs his own IT Consulting Co. he doesn't have a choice many times with regards to determining good times to not be on his PC. I will have to relate to him about f.lux you wrote of above, that may help him when he has to be online late at night. He used to take small vacations every 2-3 years but now he can go and not worry because he can work remotely if an issue comes up and he's trained his employees to do much more than they were doing when hired. He related to me he's been taking breaks in his office and doing exercises (his home office, that is). Thanks for this!20/01/2017 #2 Gerald Hecht#1 @Deb 🐝 Helfrich If I understand what you are saying; I am an agreement..."practicing" optimal static and dynamic posture/movement through spacetime is so very vital for the ultimate ride of a lifetime; and it doesn't require any special "functional furniture"...Jacob hurt his his leg after climbing a ladder to heaven and getting ina scuffle with an angel/velvet rope bouncer.
All because instead of sleeping flat on the ground, he felt he had to rest his head on a "rock pillow"...a most unnatural sleeping position for proper oxygenation and avoiding disruptive episodes of apnea.20/01/2017 #1 Deb 🐝 HelfrichWellness while freelancing is crucial, @Karan Johnson, because it can be so easy to work in an unstructured manner and create bad habits.
Posture is a big thing to pay attention to, and it can be easy to use regular relaxing furniture with all our smart devices, but I know I am more focused and productive when I practice structural integrity while working. I have a completely bespoke set-up that almost guarantees good posture.
It is a bunch of random bits of furniture, but they are all at the appropriate heights to enable me to not force myself into strange contortionist positions. That is a very crucial aspect of wellness while working from home.
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Comments16/01/2017 #3 Praveen Raj GullepalliInnovation has many faces. This is an ugly side of it. Am sure similar stuff is happening with many other products globally, with dedicated teams working on newer and more devious ways of short-changing customers. If you can't cut cost, cut quality-quantity, eh?14/01/2017 #1 Liesbeth Leysen, MSc. Brand Ambassador beBee, Inc.the very act of making a move - change for the better - is always allowed!
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- Producer14/12/2016Role of a CoachIn what follows, I attempt to explore and expand on the role of a coach using 10 examples of coaching competencies, i.e. skills, attitude and attributes with a concise rationale for each.A coach is a facilitator empowering the client to achieve...
- Producer09/12/2016A brief overview of this Shaman's view on Leadership Here is an extract from a Nelson Mandela speech, written by Marianne Williamson: “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light not our darkness that most frightens...
Comments09/12/2016 #1 AnonymousIn addition to your words, to which I am completely in agreement, I would say that a characteristic of a real leader is to be humble, ready and willing to serve/help others. He/she would be particularly sensitive to the needs or weaknesses of a group, and thinking in advance how to complement them.
By the time (1992)I was serving at Beiersdorf, after some time I felt I wanted to go somewhere else, as I did not see my career was going to have much progression there. I was service technician at the maintenance dep, and above me, they were two shift responsible, and above them, the head of dep. When I said the latest I wanted to leave, due not seeing any progressing future, he called my attention to the fact that all of my colleagues used to ask me for advice when facing a complex situation, or a difficult repair, rather than asking in the first place to the established leaders for it, their shift responsible.
His words still resonate in my ears "you will be a leader when the rest of the group will look at you as such leader. You always take your time and give your best to help them with the questions they have, and think ahead about the next questions they will have, much before they even think about it". Some weeks after that, I was promoted to a position between the head of the dep and the two shift leaders. And all my colleagues celebrated it, asking me why it took so long to get the position, should have happened before. In my head, nothing changed, and the following years I acted the same way I was acting before. For that, I believe that to be a leader is to be a good professional with a special attitude. If someone is struggling himself to become a leader, and reading and applying the "10 tips to be a successful leader" crab, will hardly become a good leader. One needs to be born to that, to feel like it from the "helping" mindset, and is a natural evolvement product of your professional maturity.
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- Producer24/11/2016So is it time for a new breed of consultant?Undoubtedly the matter of how we make a living now is quite different compared to even a decade ago. Consider this also: intelligent machines may well prompt a 30% loss of current jobs over the next twenty years. Is this a bad thing? Only, if you...
Comments26/11/2016 #13 Deb🐝 Lange#2 I agree with your 10 attributes - Creativity, Social Intelligence and Global Knowledge were identified by IBM as the 3 top 3 capabilities by 2020. These are different capabilities that require being with uncertainty, not knowing, seeing new patterns emerging in complexity. The old style Consultant, had known knowledge they shared with someone who didn't have access to that knowledge. The new Consultant is a co-creator and a collaborative problem solver who works with the present state and what emerges.24/11/2016 #12 Phil Friedman#9 Irene, I agree, as well, that we are in the midst of a growing transition away from the historical model of long-term, full-time employment toward one of limited-term contractual employment. However, I think it a mistake to conflate the situation in respect of upper-level execs cast out of FT employment with that of middle and lower level people joining the ranks of unemployed. Highly paid top level execs often have the option of joining the ranks of business owners and entrepreneurs (not the same thing, BTW) whereas middle and lower level people will be seeking to reinvent themselves as consultants and contract workers. I submit that it is important to recognize and understand the differences and nuances. ( https://www.bebee.com/producer/@friedman-phil/tips-for-successful-consulting ) Thank you, Irene for expanding this important conversation. And thank you, Ron for initiating the discussion. Cheers!24/11/2016 #7 Phil FriedmanYou touch on an important topic here, and in so doing will hopefully encourage further conversation. I am somewhat confused to your reference to now as 2015. Perhaps a typo? And I do not see how the "FTEs" of whom you speak are going to transition to being instantiatins of your recommended model, which really amounts to being entrepreneurs with top executive authority and responsibility, including the provision of what you call "angel investment".
I personally believe that the major transition will be from FTE to limited term contract employee -- which is not the same as being a consultant. Thank you for opening an important conversation. Cheers!24/11/2016 #3 Harvey LloydI would say that the biggest change that has happened over the last fifty years is information float. From days or even months, information is now nearly instantaneous. This will pressure your "5th should". I would think that any leader seeking coaching, consulting or input from an outside source is probably wrestling with information overload. Your points give focus to an otherwise difficult process. I would say though that these points would work internally as leaders work through change management in their own organizations. Great insights, @Ron Goddard.
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Comments07/09/2016 #7 Laura MikolaitisWow, @Michael Dowling am I ever glad that I stumbled upon this post today. Quite simply, you have hit the nail on the head. Bad days, hard days - no one is immune - at least not in my opinion. And I have had my fair share, but they pale in comparison to other's hard days and I try to remind myself of that. As for writing about it, I couldn't agree more. I had a really hard day - to the point of being emotionally degrading - not so long ago and I wrote about it. The words poured from my mind to the keyboard. As I wrote, I could feel myself starting to let go and by the end I had gained back some perspective. While what fueled my writing was challenging and left me questioning many aspects of my life, it was excellent therapy and a way for me to pinpoint what was in my control: my actions. Each day is an opportunity to rise to the challenge and to make choices - good, bad or indifferent. It's up to us to decide how we are going to mold the clay that is presented to us each day. We can either let it sit idle or we can create our own artistry. Thank you so much for sharing this. It was just the pick me up that I needed this afternoon.07/09/2016 #3 Deb 🐝 HelfrichGotta tell you, @Michael Dowling, the transformation from the prior post to this one made me need to visit your website. And I suspect that embracing the suck, as you would put it, was a key contributor to utilizing your night' sleep to truly clear out the waste that had accumulated in order to rise into a new shining day. A round of applause!07/09/2016 #2 mohammed khalafThere's nothing worse than someone acting like they are an expert when they're talking to a real expert. By know your strengths and weaknesses, you can surround yourself with people who fill in your weaknesses and highlight your strengths.
No one will ever be a perfect leader, but if you do the things mentioned above, your authenticity will shine through.
- Producer31/08/2016Lessons from the Corporate - IWith this I start a series of corporate lessons for youngsters and others. Hope you will keep track of this space.When I was assigned a new role, I would spend some time everyday with my boss to have discussions on some papers. Once as we were...
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Comments28/06/2016 #22 Maja Vujovic#21 Thank you, @Jim Murray, you're most kind. You should know it's @Javier 🐝 beBee who used the club reference in a buzz in early April. It helped me "get" beBee immediately. But I also recognized (and commented on) that concept's inherent limitations, which we will need to address in time. I already feel overwhelmed with content. What might help could be designations for posts - like the six types of reactions on FB - perhaps check boxes for "deep", "evocative", "funny", "informative", practical", "newsworthy", "useful", and a system for grouping newsworthy or other posts, so people can read according to mood or need. This would innovate the treatment of crowd-sourced content and set the stage for stage two - actually processing it en masse. Let's not forget that LinkedIn's greatest faux pas was soliciting content and then ignoring it. But beBee could really give our content wings - as manuals, collections of stories, compendiums,, TV series, podcasts... Just imagine a travel magazine made by us bees. Or a book on storytelling. Or on music. Regularly curated, printed and distributed with care, those would sell worldwide. I once collaborated with a world-class print shop in Spain - I know the capacity is there. Madrid would once again swim in gold.28/06/2016 #20 Jim MurrayOutstanding analysis, @Max Carter. In one of my posts I wrote that beBee really manages to re-position LinkedIn (aka The Lumpy Kingdom of The Mighty Hamsters), as completely old school. In all deference, they did start out as basically an HR site, but they have really made a dog's breakfast out of any attempt to be more than that. Maybe their acquisition will change that, but who knows. I'm very happy here, and I brought a lot of LI refugees with me.22/06/2016 #15 Maja VujovicVery insightful buzz, @Max🐝 J. Carter, and deservedly it drew great comments and insights by other vigilant bees. What happened on LinkedIn is an unacknowledged, prim & proper mutiny by the most hard-working deck hands. And the Admiralty there can keep their chin up all they want, it's the end of their journey. Of course, each mega-vessel, which LinkedIn surely is, will sail on sheer inertia for quite a while. But it will stop eventually. So if LinkedIn represents the work place (which is why we all rebelled quite politely) and Facebook is a raucous late-night party, then beBee is a cozy club. We share affinities, preferences, moods. We are members, not users. We all communally maintain the standards. However, some day, the club might grow too big. The experience will become daunting through the sheer number of charming new members, equally cut out of the old cloth (though most of us English-language users are total "newbees", still we're made to feel like we've always belonged). Will we need to self-impose quotas then? Will we individually sacrifice some affinities for the sake of others? Will we just rely on serendipity? Inevitably, there will need to be some restructuring of it all over time. We needn't worry about this now, and for quite some time to come. But just think of senior homes - which are clubs or sorts. It's entirely possible we'll have to have here a game night, a dance night, a storytelling night - as eventually the demands of all the amusement will simply prove too strenuous. (I hope everyone will remember I take my tea without sugar - even if I forget.)22/06/2016 #9 Wayne YoshidaThanks for your observations and thoughts on LI vs BB @Max🐝 J. Carter. I am new here and have seen differences. As I try to explain beBee to people, I find it difficult to describe - and I really cannot compare it to the other platforms - beBee is unique and perhaps better. The "hive" concept is the most interesting, as well as the affinity aspect of this network. These are built-in when launched. A great vision and insight.
But here, for me, is THE most important difference between anything and beBee - the amazing and immediate customer service/tech support for us new users. And the willingness of the beBee staff to listen to suggestions and the many beBee hq. staffers who are active and participate and comment along with us directly. BeBee can do this now because they are "small" but growing quickly, I hope this aspect stays with us.
As I write these comments - I notice a nice change - we are now able to hit the return key to help format our comments - excellent!
Although I am not ready to abandon LinkedIn - I suggest a better practice may be to "cross pollinate" between here and there.
As far as Microsoft and LinkedIn goes - it's all about the Big Data LI possesses - and now Microsoft has - I am not sure if this is a good thing for us ordinary users of their products. Take a look at how Microsoft - and others - changed their revenue generators - now, no one "owns" applications - they are only "rented" and most of us are forced into upgrades because The Company decides upgrades are needed. They fix the issue of compliance by simply not supporting old platforms/versions. While some changes are good - Windows 10 does reboot faster when it crashes, but the auto-update (which I thought I turned off) earlier this week has made my computer crash more often. This is an update?22/06/2016 #7 Franci🐝Eugenia HoffmanMax Carter, you hit a home run with your buzz. When LinkedIn made some changes, about year ago, it was confusing for the members and the group owners. LinkedIn's current appearance looks like a jigsaw puzzle with missing pieces. The message center is cumbersome and lack luster.
I agree with you about L.I.O.N. What is the purpose in having 30,000 members? So impersonal.
beBee is refreshing and has a cheerful appearance, which goes along with the cheerful attitude projected by the staff. I see nothing but success for beBee.22/06/2016 #4 Paul "Pablo" CroubalianThere are many people who made a business of optimizing LinkedIn accounts. I don't see that as a viable model over here. beBee is cleaner and more simple, but not simplistic. We find nuances every day. It's a wonderful voyage of discovery. By far, beBee's greatest strength lies in its people. I mean both the corporate team involved, and the Bees themselves. beBee built the "city." We, its inhabitants will decide what type of city it will be. So far, it's a great one.
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- Producer15/08/2016Reputation Management: Five things a certain bird never told youIt’s true. Everyone makes mistakes. Big Bird sang a whole song about it. In business, however, mistakes can cost you the reputation of your entire brand. A DUI charge, embezzlement charges, sexual harassment charges; any criminal allegation that...
Comments27/01/2017 #5 David B. GrinbergVery sound advice, Renee. Regrets for missing this post earlier. I've shared on three communications hives. It appears to me that too many companies, CEOs, politicians, etc., still forget the age-old Watergate axiom: the cover up is worse than the crime. Nothing is worse for PR, brand image or reputation management than having a slow drip-drip-drip of bad news coming out like "Chinese water torture" over the course of days, weeks or months. Rather, "hang a lantern on it." Be transparent and get all the bad info out all at once to limit the damage and contain the crisis. It's just baffling how often this advice goes unheeded. Thanks again for a buzz-worthy read.