Saturday, February 26, 2011
One too weak, one too active....
I do spend a good deal of time on LinkedIn.
Make no mistake, it pays me dividends in work and life.
It's the Facebook of business.
But a select few were hogging my update page.
With good and interesting information - but too much.
Then there are the um. other posts.
The ones meant for Facebook [ I crinkle my nose at that word ]
A week ago a peer of mine confessed to me ......
"You post too much on LinkedIn, it's annoying"
Me?!?!? But then I realized that I was caught between worlds.
Too much on LinkedIN...not engaged enough on Twitter.
Just because you can link them, doesn't mean you should. Got it.
So three steps here....
1) I'm going to "hide" the updates of those who post too much on linkedin. Yes, I'll miss their useful updates but when you swear or post too much about your day or dinner - I'm out
2) I've partially disconnected my two accounts. Good for you LinkedIn, they have a new feature where you can still post but in a modified way.
3) I am going to commit to learning how to use Twitter. Found out that I've missed a few opportunities because I didn't know. I just don't want to end up like this guy.
So, I'm going to learn from the jedi masters in my business network who put out useful information....
The Agents of Good
Paula Attfield at Stephen Thomas
Thanks for teaching me how to do it right!
Just one confession to be clear.
I started using LinkedIn a lot more when we had a baby and I was home a lot more.
I'm using Twitter a lot more because I finally got a smartphone
So THAT's how I'll manage the time. Waiting for the bus!
Now my profiles will hopefully look and be more like this
Wednesday, February 16, 2011
Yesterday I sat with a mentor in my life. Someone I observe often.
They helped me a ton a few years ago by letting me watch how they solved problems
- management problems
- strategy problems
- interpersonal problems
- family problems
- life problems
It was of huge value early in my career
There plenty of great mentoring programs out there
But what I'm talking about isn't formal
It's three face to face meetings a year - that's it
Just let young professionals understand why you're human
ESPECIALLY if you have a rep of being superhumanly awesome
Let 'em see inside the kitchen of your mind.
Like my cooking mentors
Urban Peasant, Wok with Yan and Pasquale
Was with another brilliant professional today
In their sector they were unmatched and the sun is setting on their working life
But they didn't build a successor. No direct mentoring at all.
And now a professional legacy is dying. What a waste.
So! Hot shot. Start today.
40 year old Directors. Start today.
30 something up and comers. Call a big name. Ask to buy them lunch.
DON'T SAY "can I pick your brain"
- that's what zombies do
"Can I listen and learn"
I know, it's hard for me to shut up too.
Saturday, February 12, 2011
Let me just go on a tangent for a second. I WANT THAT TIE/POCKET SQUARE COMBO - I've been scouring the internet - I will pay anything. *ahem* back to the topic at hand.
Three smart cookies got me thinking....
Malcolm Burrows asked about a digital estate plan
Promod Sharma went through a social media black out
Susan RoAnne asked the question....service or spam?
We have insurance for our physical stuff...what about our digital stuff?
Anyone who knows me knows that I'm a huge promoter of LinkedIn.
I don't use Facebook and haven't invested in other social media
(ok, I have a Twitter account - but because it's connected to my LinkedIn!)
I have put all my eggs in one basket.
I have important contacts in there
Blog posts with ideas I want to remember
Recommendations that are important to my career
Book reviews of great reads
If LinkedIn starts to pull a Facebook, or if the service goes down or under
Thanks for the thought!
So I backed as much as I can up today.
Nothing huge, just cut and paste into Word.
But if there's a digital disaster... I'll be ok.
Something you might want to consider?
Go on the attack, do it right now.
(Ps. LinkedIn has a really cool "export" into Excel function!! )
After all, the best defense...
Sunday, February 6, 2011
It's a question more boomers are asking themselves as they care for aging parents - as they age too
Many of us in sectors that serve "seniors" need to understand the challenges they face.
Have more resources in our network to help them when we can't or shouldn't.
Those of us with family need to start having the tough conversations around these issues
Who can help? Sherri Auger.
A great teacher and speaker in my network - she should be in yours too!
Recently Sherri co-wrote this powerful book (with former Macleans editor Barbara Wickens ). The book includes:
- How to emotionally deal with illness, aging and death of a loved one
- Actual scripts for families looking to have honest conversations
- How to navigate the very confusing Canadian health and aging care industry
- The actual resources needed and steps to take when someone dies
Through her company "Caring Matters" she has been helping people deal with the tough questions for almost two decades.
Check out her blog or her book.
I asked several peers of mine to review the book they all came back with the same response.
They couldn't stay objective. The book taught them how to start acting now!
Here's one email I got from a Director of fundraising who I expected a technical response from..... "My mother is 81 and lives on her own. For her, it is improper to talk about private issues. Death and estate planning are two of those very private subjects.
Therefore, my brothers and I are in the dark, so to speak,
when it comes to knowing about her end of life wishes.
After reading the book I called my mom and told her we need to iron out both her end of life wishes, and her late life wishes. I also said we need to make contingency plans should her health fail. Initially she was reserved and uncomfortable. But, after a few calls she agreed to a series of meetings to work out details.
In our most recent phone conversation, my mother thanked me for caring and confided that she just “didn’t want to bother anyone”. For our meeting next week, we will start going over a number of items, including several that were brought to my attention by the book.
Thanks again for putting me on to “Now What”. The process has begun for us."I have watched Sherri speak from years of experience.
I would trust my loved ones to her expertise and care.
Do you want to understand your aging clients or donors better?
Book Sherri to speak to your team or group.
Don't be caught asking......"Now What?!"
Wednesday, February 2, 2011
His insight and experience caused him to make a powerful note at a speaking engagement last month when he was talking about the state and future of "legacy planning".
He mused on the concept of a digital will and executor.
Wonderfully enough he wrote about it recently in this really educational blog collective he's a member of. He also mentioned this new book.
I had heard of the concept a little while back when I tripped over this quirky little powerpoint and this really great interview on CBC's digital wonderland, Spark.
A very cool but important planning thought.
I made my quick digi-will last night. How 'bout you?
Think about it - or watch this 2 minute video.