- ProducerYou Have Control Issues and Your Employer Knows it!We all have control issues, and your work's office building confirms it. That's right, a lot of those "I'm in charge" buttons are just for show! But when it comes to overall satisfaction on the job, your employer has a trick or two up their...
- ProducerAre You Aimlessly Wandering as a Manager? You Should! In management, you have not only the position of leadership but all the responsibilities that come with that appointment. Even though one may be "the boss' or at least a functionary of the boss, there are still duties to perform and decisions...
- ProducerIf you were an animal living in a jungle, would your HR Director ask you stupid questions?A couple of years ago, I read an article in Entrepreneur Magazine about "wacky" interview questions. I was concerned this article was written to provide questions for JOB INTERVIEWS. In it, the reporter states she is conveying some of the...
Comments15/02/2017 #6 Bill Stankiewicz, 🐝 Brand AmbassadorVoltaire, a very wise man, he also quoted:
Common sense is not so common.
The best is the enemy of the good.
The infinitely little have a pride infinitely great.
François-Marie Arouet, known by his nom de plume Voltaire, was a French Enlightenment writer, historian, and philosopher famous for his wit, his attacks on the established Catholic Church, and his advocacy of freedom of religion, freedom of speech, and separation of church and state.
Ahhh.Voltaire, un homme très sage, il a aussi cité :
Bon sens n’est pas si fréquent.
Le mieux est l’ennemi du bien.
L’infiniment petit ont une fierté infiniment grand.
François-Marie Arouet, connu sous son nom de plume de Voltaire, était un écrivain, historien et philosophe célèbre pour son esprit, ses attaques contre l’Eglise catholique établie et son plaidoyer en faveur de la liberté de culte, liberté d’expression et la séparation de l’Eglise et l’Etat Français lumières.
- 09/02/2017This is one formula that i can get behind! Proofread again and again. Then get a friend to proofread!
Comments09/02/2017 #3 Preston Vander VenGet a friend to proofread is the best. Every time my wife or my friend Brent reads an article that I have written, they can both find a grammar error or suggest a more professional manner of wording. This is no matter how many times I check it. No matter how skilled I make myself, something is impossible to master is "someone else's point of view".
- ProducerPositively Speaking (and Thinking)One of the things I love most about the people I surround myself with, is that an overwhelming majority of them are so positive-minded! Of course, that's by design. There are certainly enough negative people on the planet, I just choose to...
Comments12/02/2017 #4 Blaine Little#3 Thanks, David! Reverend Peale was some of my first introduction to creating a positive life. However, I still consider myself to be a pragmatist. Be sure to check out my article on "Control Issues", https://www.bebee.com/producer/@blaine-little/you-re-out-of-control12/02/2017 #3 David B. GrinbergWell stated, Blaine. I don't know any successful person in business or life who has not had a positive outlook and mindset. Recommended reading on positive thinking, the late Rev. Norman Vincent Peale http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8435.Norman_Vincent_Peale View moreWell stated, Blaine. I don't know any successful person in business or life who has not had a positive outlook and mindset. Recommended reading on positive thinking, the late Rev. Norman Vincent Peale http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8435.Norman_Vincent_Peale I've also shared this buzz in three hives. Again, nice read! Close
- Producer09/02/20178 Effective Ways to Make Guests Happy on Game DayYou’ve got a lot of full time and part time staff.But, you don’t have all the time in the world to train them.Yes, your veteran staff is always around and experts at what they do. But, things change.You’re probably overwhelmed with the task of...
- 07/02/2017"Don’t listen to anyone who tells you communication is a “lesser”career than research. Communication is a science, an important one with real-world impact." - By Kirk Englehardt, science communication, strategic communication, marketing and media guru at MARCOMMUNIQUE - Marketing and Communication for Education and Science. cc. @Javier 🐝 beBee, @David B. Grinberg, @John White, MBA, @Matt 🐝 Sweetwood, @Kohei Kurihara, @Juan ImazA Career in Communication: Making the Switchmarcommunique.com By Kirk Englehardt – Originally a Guest Blog Post on Scilogs.com 6/2014 – Updated 2/2017 Changing careers isn’t easy. Neither is giving up on one dream to pursue another, but I’ve done...
Comments08/02/2017 #11 CityVP 🐝 ManjitTwo great parts to this, both the outline of Kirk's career path and then the perspective he provides around a career in science communications. While my personal perspective here is life path rather than career path based, the conversation this adds to is my own relationship at the campus level which acts as my offline part of my personal learning journey.07/02/2017 #6 Gerald Hecht@Milos Djukic Sometimes I go and play guitar in New Orleans around Jackson Square...I'm getting more confident that I did that everyday...all day --it would be the best career--ever! It's already my favorite activity; I don't even care if it makes me "late" for "important appointments" or someone's wedding.07/02/2017 #4 Aleta CurryThanks for the share, @Milos Djukic I know firsthand how this feels. As I entered High School, because of high exam scores I was placed in the 'science' track. I had no choice. Back then, people thought more intelligent people did science and math, fini.
At university, I switched from Sciences to the Humanities and disappointed my whole family. People said, 'but you're such an INTELLIGENT girl, you should read science!' Fortunately (and surprisingly if you knew her) my mother stuck by me.
- 03/02/2017What does the future of social media look like?
Social media is evolving every day with new ways for organizations to reach their audience. In 2016 we saw the rise of Snapchat and Instagram stories and live video, among other things. As technology advances, social media has been along for the ride. We’ve come a long way from brick cell phones and giant, heavy PCs.Transforming Trends in Social Media « Lukas Partners – Omaha, Nebraska: Experts in Public Relations, Fundraising, Social Media, Capital Campaigns and Event Managementwww.lukaspartners.com Lukas Partners is a leading full-service public relations and fund development firm. Lukas Partners is a leading full-service public relations and fund development...
- Producer31/01/2017Tuesday Tricksters, Marten -- MoreWho hasn't written the wrong word, thinking one (won) that sounded like it was the right (rite) one? Learning English, with its (it's) homophones (words that sound alike or nearly so) can be (bee) really tough. This Tuesday Tricksters series is...
Comments31/01/2017 #3 David B. GrinbergThanks, Susan, these tips are always so instructive, helpful and, of course, most appreciated!
However, being a space geek, I would just add some cosmic flavor to the fix with "Martian" -- under "Marten" and "Martin" -- as follows"
Martian: (n) a hypothetical or fictional inhabitant of Mars.
(adj) of or relating to the planet Mars or its supposed inhabitants.
- Producer31/01/2017Better to Focus or not?To succeed you need to focus. To fail, just focus on one thing. Companies that focus on one niche may fail. This happened to many companies such as Kodak. These companies got so immersed in what they do well only to find their blindness to...
Comments02/02/2017 #98 siraj shaik#94 Well said, we reached right customers in return got good customer response which gave ways-in for loyalty development.. I was like a cross-link to my friend, his employer and customers. On 5th day went and collected my documents, also it was good to see the employment confirmation duly signed "Mr ... appointed as Area Manager .....". In return as focusing on my loyalty I was offered assist region manager, had to refuse as I hadn't completed graduation some subjects were yet to finish to get my degree.. More my focus was to establish a small workshop, so as to generate provisioning a half dozen employment at least. "It's inhumane tendency of power packers to crush the larvae, else the caterpillar knows journey of transformation to Imago".02/02/2017 #97 Ali AnaniWhat a lovely surprise dear @Isabella M Wesoly to meet you here. You are most welcome to beBee as an outstanding thinker and person.
You read my next buzz before writing it. It is related to complexity. I appreciate your good words as much as I am happy to welcome you here.02/02/2017 #95 Isabella M WesolyThanks for this delightful read Ali. I feel that a willingness to view complexity from multiple perspectives can allow a greater understanding of emergence. We could all make time to focus on what's outside 'the box', even nothing is something.
Thanks again Ali, great to be here.. at last!02/02/2017 #93 siraj shaik#62 from realties of life sharing an experience from early 1990's. One of my friend applied for a sales person job (matching as per qualification and experience), showed us the ad. Taking a peep on info, asked him why not apply for "Area manager or Team lead". Response from other friends to my suggestion was more negative. Following day I accompanied along, evening after the interview finding an opportunity greeted the General manager and asked if it's ok to share few words and evaluated the team tree maybe the sales in a month should be of this value? and if my friend fulfills the total sale equivalency (quantities equal to 16 sales persons "under the area manager 4 Team supervisors and under each team supervisor at least 4 salesman" then will they be willing to offer my friend Area Manger position? GM agreed and stated conditions (prove it and get placed in position along with an additional bonus. Else not a single Paise will be given nor expenses occurred will be paid). My friend signed the appointment took advance (gave copies of my license and moped document plus myself signed a promissory stamp paper as security). Later next day asked some friends to join us to accomplish sales, rather taking four weeks to lessen time in a week. Guided them with what and what not's, showed the market places. Within four weeks six months sales had been achieved. Used simple strategy by focusing on market. At that time I was just out of college and was working in a factory.02/02/2017 #91 Devesh Bhatt#80 true. In a company which has lived a few years I.e. survived and grown, it is true.
Here strategy mplemented within context of the vision and objectives.
But then we are back to focus. Vision and objectives as points of focus.
Many times within a year a person finds vision and objectives to be redundant eg Start-ups, new governments, even individuals.
Then it returns focus and spread of focus, embodied by points of focus.
True vision can be all encompassing, but everybody cannot apply it that way. Vision/objective is for the future, our capacity is in the present and often Vision and objectives are precieved with very few elements of the present, we delink micro and macro, the link is broken.
You and I already know our methods of application , here we look at a metaphorical context to seek replicable method.
Suppose if we were to define the vision and objectives of this buzz by @Ali Anani in one line each. How would that be?01/02/2017 #88 Gert Scholtz@Ali Anani To your excellent post I might add that I think the Pareto Rule is dynamic - what is the profitable 20% today may be part of the unproductive 80% tomorrow, and vice versa. So it is important that company focus oscillates between wide and narrow so as to keep up with the continuous change in the Pareto mix.01/02/2017 #80 Mohammed Sultan#63 You raised a good point on the justification(the why) of cross-linkage as a focus strategy(the how).Cross-linkage or the relationship among different businesses will be more credible and justified by the "synergy'' that might exist between their objectives and when the strategy is implemented within the context of the org vision and mission.Thank you @ Devesh Bhatt.I wish the answer would satisfy your thoughts.01/02/2017 #79 Max🐝 J. Carter#78 We are all as human as all of us are. i Might be an awakened human however it makes me no more human and makes no one else any less human.
It's a different state of being human.
The line you referred to is not opinion, it happens to be how it works. It's the only explanation as to why I can reach out to people on the other side of the globe and feel them instantly. It's why remote viewing works. There is a video from Russell Targ who worked n this for more than 2 decades with the CIA and was he was joined by physicists in this work. They proved it as scientific fact.
- 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.
- Producer26/01/2017Why People Trend Instead of Thinking.“Wherever I see people doing something the way it’s always been done, the way it’s ‘supposed’ to be done, following the same old trends, well, that’s just a big red flag to me to go look somewhere else.” Mark CubanWe all know there are entire...
Comments26/01/2017 #3 Liesbeth Leysen, MSc. Brand Ambassador beBee, Inc.my pleasure, happy to follow you and your articles @Robert Cormack26/01/2017 #2 Robert Cormack26/01/2017 #1 Liesbeth Leysen, MSc. Brand Ambassador beBee, Inc.inspiring article and catchy picture!
- Producer21/01/2017Believing in othersHere is a powerful secret and life lesson that I can share from my own experience, both in my career and in my personal life. It sounds far more simple than it is, and took me most of my adult life to figure it out! It sounds especially hokey at...
Comments21/01/2017 #6 Deb 🐝 Helfrich@Julie Sullivan, I believe you've written a buzz that surpasses your intentions. The truth is that we mimic what is going on in our environment, both the local physical one and the online virtual media-based ones - and most of what these environs offer us is distrust without reason.
Starting with the belief that each person is worthy of trust until the person behaves in a way that we are prudent to revoke that trust is a much more organically humane way to approach life. Because it is the case that very few people are all that concerned with us, they are focused on living their own lives and if we begin by initiating the interaction based on respect, trust, and kindness; we do create the scenario where they mimic respect, trust, and kindness right back to us.
I also believe @Jason Versey would enjoy being notified that his quote is inspiring inspirational buzzes!
- Producer18/01/201710 Ways To Ensure Your Communications Materials Are Giving Good ROI.With more than a couple decades of small business communications experience, I have picked up and developed a lot of insights along the way. These aren't just platitudes or space fillers, but actual stuff that I work hard to incorporate into...
- 18/01/2017via Columbia Journalism Review...An open letter to Trump from the US press corpswww.cjr.org Dear Mr. President Elect: In these final days before your inauguration, we thought it might be helpful to clarify how we see the relationship between your administration and the American press corps. It will come as no...
- Producer17/01/2017Communicate better - it's all about the horizonCommunication, communication, communication - it's a mantra that most leaders know. It suggests that in all areas of leadership, communication should be present. Many leaders who follow the 'communication X 3' mantra, believe that simply repeating...
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- Producer11/01/2017Story as Technology, Part 2 is the best part of the trip Part 1 warmed us up with some basics about story as a universal knowledge management technology; I hope you found them interesting if not fun. Now I’ll share what I consider to be the single most important insight into applying story in business...
- Producer09/01/2017Boiling it down: or The Leadership Art of Talking Simply“Conceptual reductionist intercourse facilitates adherent adhesion in on-going dynamism.”Or in other words: In times of change, a leader makes it easier for followers to follow by speaking simply - “boiling it down”.Many who write about change say...
Comments10/01/2017 #5 Mohammed Sultan@Allan Culler.The overwhelming communication,media influence and the narrower span of people attention have made it impossible for a long message to stick in customers mind.Research has demonstrated that a shocking percentage of viewers remember your commercial ,but forget the name of your brand.Big long words mean little things and are difficult to recall.I,personally,understood the meaning of simplicity early in 1980's when I was working as a Research Manager at a Saudi company called "Saudi Vegetable Oils and Ghee Company".When we conducted awareness study two years after commencing the production of our flag brand AFIA,we were shocked by the high level of the spontaneous awareness of the brand AFIA which was exceeding 85% and the very low level of the company awareness (not exceeding 10%).What was more surprising and made name change a necessity,all too often consumers attributed our commercial commercials to our major competitor's brand MAZOLA.However to register the company name in customers mind and keep the value of the company's original name ,and to hit two birds with one stone,we changed the company name to SAVOLA .We played the change game and kept everything consistent at the level of 85% within 2 years.This's the value of research and the payoff of simplicity.We ,then ,learned the lesson which is -when communicating;big long words mean little things and all big things have little names.It was hard to do but they said what you mean.10/01/2017 #4 Ali Anani@Alan Culler- This is a buzz that I shared truly proudly. Simplicity to explain the complexity of change by using super examples.
“Risk Down; Value Up - Systematically.” is a great example of making things easier to grasp, comprehend and leave much less room for assumptions.
The great contribution of this buzz in my humble opinion is highlighting the need to communicate more during times of change. I add to emphasize the need to use simple words to extract the juicy slogans from communications that have already started. I believe the middle manager wouldn't have extracted the simple slogan of risk down and value up without having been engaged in repeated communications.
They say a great story has a theme that may be extracted in few simple words. Romeo and Juliet is one example: love is greater than death. For the story of change to happen similar simplicity is the way.10/01/2017 #3 AnonymousNick Mlatchkov
Jan 10, 2017 12:12:14 AM
This painting reminds me of the famous picture of I. Repin!
Ilya Yefimovich Repin was a Russian-Ukrainian realist painter. He was the most renowned Russian artist of the 19th century, when his position in the world of art was comparable to that of Leo Tolstoy in literature.
- Producer07/01/2017On the Limits of Free ExpressionWE MAY ALL HAVE THE RIGHT TO FREELY EXPRESS IDEAS AND OPINIONS BUT IS ANYONE OBLIGATED TO LISTEN, LET ALONE ANSWER ...The issue of what is and what isn't acceptable expression on social media comes up frequently, particularly on platforms such as...
Comments23/01/2017 #85 Donna-Luisa Eversley@Phil Friedman had a slower read of this super post and find it even more relevant today in a broader sense than when you first published. I appreciate my freedom of speech more now than ever before. I even appreciate my freedom of choice to listen, respond , follow and engage with others worldwide, many of whom must be guarded in their own responses, for fear of possible reprisals. Social media may bring us closer as units of this world but it also makes it a lot easier to divide us all.
Just thinking out loud while reading :-)09/01/2017 #82 Phil Friedman#80 Excellent simile, Pascal. It's where I've finally arrived after several years. 1) On MY posts I speak my mind. If you come onto my post to comment, then expect that I will respond. If you don't want that, don't come to the comments on MY posts. And let's drop the "Phil's a meany and started it all when he hit me back." 2) I am making an extra effort to respect the sensitivities of others these days by not making critical comments on the posts of others unless a) I've been invited to comment by a tag or a shout out, or b) I have an established relationship with the author of the post and know he or she will accept the critical comment for what it is. 3) I leave it to management to eject rowdy, obnoxious fellow-customers — although I personally prefer that management exercise that prerogative sparingly. Thanks for joining the conversation. You make a lot of sense, as usual.09/01/2017 #80 Pascal DerrienI was thinking in very practical terms that social media is you do what you want in your own house, you respect other users in a public park and the management reserves the right to admission to the restaurant providing you comply with basic rules of engagement otherwise you can be escorted out thru the exit door... :-)09/01/2017 #78 Phil Friedman#76 Donna-Luisa, you are, I think, correct. There is always a tension between a desire for intellectual engagement and the need to protect oneself from emotional predators.
To my mind, "trolls" almost always fall into the latter category. For they literally draw sustenance from the negative emotional energy they elicit. And in some cases, it becomes a game of King of the Hill -- which is why it is so distressing to them to be ignored.
As true bullies, they've learned as well that making people uncomfortable frequently gets the what they want, in a recreation of buy-the-bully-off, otherwise known as the Stockholm Syndrome. As always, thank you for you insight and thoughtful comments. Cheers!09/01/2017 #77 Phil Friedman#75 Mohammed, thank you for reading and commenting. I understand your concern and the moral imperative which you recommend. And I have sometimes been able to act in accord with it -- in several instances using tolerance and playfulness to draw out a supposed troll into communicating openly without a hidden agenda, and becoming part of the community.
In some few cases it works, and is gratifying But most times it doesn't. Because, I 've concluded, such people usually do not want to join a community. For they truly lack empathy and see others as objects to be used. And are most times, are best ignored.09/01/2017 #76 Donna-Luisa Eversley@Phil Friedman I have noted your efforts to ignore being baited and found one individual quite upset and persistent by your lack of response on one of your posts. I was confused initially about why you did not respond as it became creepy and obsessive. It was interesting to watch, but also uncomfortable. I am guilty at times of really shying away from negativity which is offensive. However, I have learnt in 2016 that I don't need to read or respond to anyone I choose not to engage with. Your discussion on free speech matters , because it is critical to deffrentiate between trollish behavior and an opinion of disagreement. The lines seem blurred on what offends sometimes, and it can be quite subjective. My only fear and concern is we lose when all thoughts mirror our own and there is no yin to yang. Disagreement can protect against fake or fraudulent information dispensed via social media by psudeo experts. Quite an interesting discussion and much needed.09/01/2017 #75 Mohammed Sultan@ Phil Friedman.Fruity trees are always thrown by stones.You either ignore the troll or support him.Those irrational people are acting emotionally ,so they need to be understood and supported until they balance their emotion with reason.In the workplaces there's many who are trolling others ideas because no body listened to their ideas.We always advice companies not to suppress their views or get them blamed for their behavior because they are often me - too people.Their capabilities depends more on their feelings ,emotions and hidden knowledge rather than relationships with others.Show them the glint of light on their broken heart after they had trolled.Kant the French philosopher said "In how a man is guilty,who he violates the rights of others,in ethics he is guilty if he only thinks of doing this." Phil, patience is a true sign of authenticity that provides you with the energy to go further.09/01/2017 #72 Phil Friedman#71 Thanks, Franci, for reading and joining the conversation. For the most part, I agree with your summary. I am moved, however, to caution everyone about the too-free use of sanctions. In the matter of freedom of expression, I think it is always better on social media to err on the side of being too liberal, and use official sanctions only when it is obvious that the issue cannot be cleared up by the free reigning interactions of the community. Cheers and best wishes to you for the new year 2017.09/01/2017 #71 Franci🐝Eugenia HoffmanThank you for your professional approach to freedom of expression, Phil. Perhaps, a fragile subject but one worthy of being addressed. We can agree and we can disagree (not referencing you and me, per se), and that's fine because if we didn't we would be complacent and drab souls. If we don't test the waters, then we don't know which way the river flows.
IMO, your post is more about freedom of speech than trolls. And it is about writers: those who use written words in various styles and techniques to communicate their ideas.
And it is about listeners(commenters) and their freedom of expression. Both the writer and listener(commenter) should be respected and show respect, as well.
With that said, relating specifically to beBee we have a gift at our fingertips where we can meet, greet, engage, discuss and have freedom of expression and freedom of listening(commenting). I feel it ours to use, but not abuse and not let anyone else abuse it, as well. @Javier 🐝 beBee has proven that abuse will not be tolerated, which is one of the reasons I'm proud to be a bee.
To sum up, my rambling, IMO, it boils down to respect.
Buzz on and be the best you can bee.08/01/2017 #68 Anonymous#66 @Phil Friedman, This is the one of the key aspects necessary for sustainable development of any social network. Unpleasant experiences and unrealistically high expectations and hopes, in contact with other people on social media, should not cause disappointment and loss of faith in humanity, kindness and the importance of helpfulness.08/01/2017 #67 Phil Friedman#62 Tetyana, thank you for commenting. I cannot speak to the charge that there are paid professional trolls on social media, who are agents of various governments, and that such agents use complaints and reporting functions to silence critics of their masters. But I can see that it is definitely a danger. Which is why it is so important to protect the rights of the minority to speak freely against any possible tyranny of the majority. And to make sure that the reporting function is not used unfairly as a tool of repression. Cheers!08/01/2017 #66 Phil Friedman#57 #61 Milos and David, in the main, I agree with both of you. David makes an important point: It is critical to avoid allowing the reporting functions from being used as tools of retaliation and vendetta. The only way to accomplish that is to assure that every complaint is properly investigated before action is taken against the user being reported. As well, I think it important to understand that simply not liking or being made uncomfortable by what somebody says is NOT, nor should it be sufficient for having that person's account closed down. Freedom of expression has primarily to do with protecting the rights of the minority (or less powerful in the situation) from the overbearing power of the majority (or the more powerful in the situation).
I think it should also be recognized that some bees might be upset by what some users say, but that in itself is not sufficient to squelch the speaker's free expression. I was aghast recently by reading a comment by a beBee user that lauded some of Hitler's ideas. And so I muted that bee, and when the block function goes live, I will block that person as well. However, I would not want that person's account closed down simply because I found the remark offensive and unacceptable. For that would itself do more damage to free expression than the objectionable remark itself.
I think Milos lays out some useful criteria in intention, form, and function. And I believe further that a balanced objectivity must be maintained.
That said, I for one trust @Javier beBee and the beBee administration to act with care and good judgment, as has been amply evidenced to date. Cheers!08/01/2017 #65 Anonymous"Philanthropy"
"1. The effort or inclination to increase the well-being of humankind, as by charitable aid or donations.
2. Love of humankind in general.
3. Something, such as an activity or institution, intended to promote human welfare."
- From thefreedictionary.com (http://www.thefreedictionary.com/Philantropy)
- Producer07/01/2017What’s That Knocking at the Door?When I started writing this blog in 2014, my initial intent was to write about my journey as I started my own business as an Executive Coach. I had decided on the school I would attend for training, and had already completed some certifications...
Comments09/01/2017 #6 Sara JacoboviciAs always @Ali Anani "reads" me perfectly. Thanks Dr. ali for bringin my attention to this great buzz. @John Whitehead, you present an experience most of us can relate to and certainly identify with in a narrative that makes it easy to hear. As Dr. Ali pointed out, I appreciate when you write, ""One of the biggest lessons I've learned is to expect the unexpected: be open to opportunities as they arise and don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone". This can lead to what has worked for me to gratefully not have to experience the imposter syndrome anymore. First, I always find a way of asking as many questions beforehand regarding expectations; from the organizers or other team members. Then, in expecting the unexpected, my focus is on trying to imagine, where I will be, with who I will be and why I will be there; whether presenting, training, joining a new team , and so on. After all that, I go into the experience not focusing on me or others but on the work itself. With my focus on the work, I have shifted any attention from me or others to the content of the gathering. And since I wouldn't be doing what I was doing if I didn't have an interest or care enough about the work, immersing myself in the work beats any other place, comfort zone or not. Thanks for sharing your experiences and success story John.09/01/2017 #4 Laura Mikolaitis@John Whitehead, I love what you say here: "there is a reason you are here; someone thought you are the right person for this role. So do your best and be who you are. You know your stuff — be confident in that." Amen to that. It's something that we tend to forget and we do a disservice to ourselves when we do. Maybe it is due to outside forces or our own internal conflicts that can lead us down that road. But you are right. There is a reason. And likely, a steadfast one. So grab it by the reigns and go because you just never know. And if whatever it is doesn't work out, then perhaps it is leading you to the next thing that will. Growth doesn't come without challenges. We just have to be willing to accept them and learn from them - even if we don't understand the lesson at first. Thank you for sharing this. I really enjoyed reading it.09/01/2017 #3 Ali Anani@John Whitehead- I enjoyed immensely reading your buzz and experiencing the imposter syndrome. I know the feeling and your buzz triggered some memories. I like some doubts for short times because they make me try to do better. However; if should the syndrome stay for prolonged times it could be very harmful.
I am sure @Sara Jacobovici shall enjoy reading this buzz as you wrote "One of the biggest lessons I've learned is to expect the unexpected: be open to opportunities as they arise and don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone". Only last week she wrote on the relationship of imagination and expecting the unexpected. Sharing09/01/2017 #2 Harvey LloydThis was a good discussion about the "imposter syndrome", i have never heard it labeled. This is a concept that when traveling in uncharted areas of growth can become a battlefield of the mind.
I am not sure we can avoid it. There seems to be a competitive communications style that feels it must challenge people in their growth. This would establish a narrative of constant seeking understanding in the area of your growth. Early in my small business journey i was lucky and had a few mentors who recognized my blind exploration and provided complimentary guidance.
Great thoughts here and certainly is a worthy topic.07/01/2017 #1 David B. GrinbergNice post, John. I would emphasize the many employees need to improve their "soft skills" in today's mobile, digital and virtual Information Age. This is especially true for Millennials and Gen Z, the biggest age demographics who also represents the next generation of leadership. It's good to know you are training people on "soft skills" -- as mastering these skills enhance interpersonal communication and customer service, among other things. Keep buzing in 2017, John!