The 31 Habits of the World’s Best Connectors “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.”- Aristotle **Creativity Update: I’m holed up in Lake Tahoe all week putting the finishing touches on our upcoming How to Connect with Anyone course – so I’m taking a quick breather to get this out to you! For those of you not a part of our pre-launch Insider’s Team, you can still join us and get early access at a nicely discounted price, plus the special report on The 7 Pillars of Connecting with Anyone. Given the upcoming launch, I wanted to share some content from one of our modules. Enjoy! Habits Create Results. Over the years of my deep study and fascination with people and social dynamics, I’ve noticed that the world’s best connectors do things in a pretty similar way. We all know the people who meet people with ease, seem to always have the influencers in their corner and are constantly surrounded by passionate and inspiring people. Whether they know it or not, they all follow a set of habits. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.
IBM Midmarket CEO Study: Collaboration and Transparency Key to Providing An Edge IBM continued its rolling tide of market insights with the announcement this morning of its global study of midmarket CEOs. The headline: Nearly twice as many smaller- and medium-sized business CEOs see creating a more collaborative work environment with a higher level of openness and transparency as a top priority compared to the findings from the IBM CEO study conducted in 2010. A total of 45 percent of midmarket CEOs see the need to create a more open business environment, a close to 50 percent jump from two years ago. The study also unearthed the following: Impact of Social: Changing The Way Products And Services Are Marketed CEOs also discussed the whirlwind of “social”change they’re witnessing. Despite the surge in social media adoption around the world, only 15 percent of midmarket CEOs are using social media platforms to connect with the individual consumer today. Rising Complexity, Escalating Competition Drive Partnering Greater Openness, Transparency, And Focus On Talent Like this:
11 Simple Ways to Create Genuine Connections with the People Who Make Failure Impossible ‘You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.’ ~Jim Rohn Editor’s Note: This is a guest post from Scott Dinsmore of Live Your Legend. There’s probably one thing we can agree on: The people around you dictate your success. They can also forecast our failure. There is no faster, more effective way to fill the gap between where you are and where you aspire to be than having the right passionate and supportive people in your corner. Environment is everything. But it can be intimidating to change our surroundings, and most of us aren’t doing a thing about it. Over the past couple years in creating How to Connect with Anyone, I’ve surveyed, interacted with and interviewed over 10,800 people on this very topic. The responses were terrifying… We know how important it is to connect with the right people. We know how many things could be possible if we changed our surroundings. Yet so few of us know how to tackle it. So we do nothing. The reason this happened was simple … 1. 2.
The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg McKeown | 10:00 AM August 8, 2012 Why don’t successful people and organizations automatically become very successful? One important explanation is due to what I call “the clarity paradox,” which can be summed up in four predictable phases: Phase 1: When we really have clarity of purpose, it leads to success. Phase 2: When we have success, it leads to more options and opportunities. Curiously, and overstating the point in order to make it, success is a catalyst for failure. We can see this in companies that were once darlings of Wall Street, but later collapsed. Here’s a more personal example: For years, Enric Sala was a professor at the prestigious Scripps Institution of Oceanography in La Jolla, California. What can we do to avoid the clarity paradox and continue our upward momentum? First, use more extreme criteria. By applying tougher criteria we can tap into our brain’s sophisticated search engine. Second, ask “What is essential?” Conducting a life audit.
Bad Service Can Be Good Business - Bill Taylor by Bill Taylor | 9:30 AM August 8, 2012 It’s hard not to be surprised by what you read in the newspapers these days, but a recent report in the New York Times left me downright floored. Richard Bove, a high-profile securities analyst who focuses on bank stocks, wrote a commentary that excoriated Wells Fargo for lousy service — so much so that he announced he’d moved his business to a different bank. But that same commentary praised Wells Fargo as a company and upgraded its stock to a buy! Bove’s basic argument? Fair enough, let’s rethink. But there is a method to the no-frills madness of CEO Michael O’Leary and his colleagues. You don’t have to like Ryanair to love its strategic confidence — and to understand why it treats customers the way it does. Not talking to customers certainly makes it hard for certain categories of customers, especially older users who aren’t adept at online interactions. But back to Richard Bove. I’m sorry, but I think this is backwards.
How can i love my husband again (Based on the psychology of love) Research says that the attraction phase that couples usually experience in the beginning of the relationship fades after few years and that this phase is usually replaced by another phase of mutual respect and deep intimacy. Contrary to common beliefs and also to common researches you can make yourself fall in love again with a person that you loved before even if you currently don’t have emotions for him. In addition to this you can make yourself fall in love with someone whom you had never had any emotions for. Read this article to know how you can do this. Yes it is , by doing the following techniques you can restore love back to your life and love your husband again: Familiarity : People usually fall in love with those they are familiar with. Want to know more? How to make someone fall in love with me? How to have a healthy relationship? How to stop loving someone who doesn't love me? How to make someone fall in love with me? How to get over anyone in few days?
IBM Launches New Mobile Collaboration Platform, Integrates Big Data Search and Analytics Another mobile content collaboration platform? Big Deal! Except this is from IBM, and while we know that IBM does collaboration quite well already, the difference with the newly released IBM Content Navigator is that it also integrates with its data analytics and Big Data capabilities, making it a pretty formidable tool for workers on the road. Mobile Content Access Basically this is a new IBM mobile platform with a couple of added extras that will really give it some muscle. We don’t really need to go into the importance here of access to information via mobile device; study after study has shown, if sales of smartphones and tablets were not enough to convince. But there’s all kinds of access, and if you are working in an enterprise that has some of IBM’s bigger on-premises solutions than you’re really going to miss them if you can’t get into them remotely. Content Navigator While many mobile platforms are built with this in mind, some are better at it than others.
Project Big Step to connect county's unemployed with skilled construction jobs Dane County Executive Joe Parisi announced a new project Monday that aims to increase local employment by connecting residents with construction jobs. Parisi announced Project Big Step during a press conference, saying the county is in the midst of a skilled labor shortage. He said the program will be a partnership between the building trades, contractors, labor unions, Madison Area Technical College and community organizations such as the Urban League of Greater Madison. The Big Step program will assess upcoming construction projects and to analyze what skills trade workers and laborers may need to complete a certain job, Parisi said. He said this project will then feed people into apprenticeship programs so there will be training to match the description of the jobs most needed. The challenge will be matching the demand for skilled labor with the people that are still looking for work, Parisi said. The statement said officials plan to build and implement the program in the coming months.
Social Media Marketing Mistake Every Small Business Makes You constantly extend your virtual handshake in every possible direction... yet no one embraces it. Very few people follow, connect, or "like" you. Why? This is the fourth in my series where I choose a topic, pick someone smarter than me (finding smarter people is turning out to be way easier than my ego prefers), and we trade emails. This time I talked to Shama Kabani, the founder and CEO of The Marketing Zen Group and the author of The Zen of Social Media Marketing. Shama's premise: Most social media marketing efforts fail because, at a fundamental level, people don't use social media to connect with businesses--or even with each other. Jeff: You realize this premise is completely opposite from what most people think? Shama: And that's why most businesses get poor results. Jeff: You're going to have to explain that. Shama: I did my graduate thesis on Twitter back when it only had a few thousand users. While I was doing the research I had this light bulb moment. Jeff: I get that. 1. 2.
Managing and Motivating Employees in Their Twenties - Michael Fertik - The Conversation by Michael Fertik | 3:10 PM January 19, 2011 I’ve been lucky to work with some awesome employees in their twenties. While that formative decade is long and dynamic for each person; in a companion post I’ve offered some observations on the differences between Generation Z and Generation After-Lehman; there are some consistencies in how best to manage and motivate excellent twenty-somethings. Younger people are especially hungry both to learn and to receive affirmation that they are doing a good job. I’ve found the best ones are generally much more motivated by incremental education and acknowledgement than they are by a modest bump in salary. Of course, the same qualities that make younger colleagues so responsive to the education and praise you offer may also make them susceptible to negative feedback loops, so be mindful of the context into which you toss them. The best managers of younger employees are people who would otherwise love teaching for a living. Ask frequent questions.
How to Overcome Shyness: 17 Steps Edit Article Help with ShynessUnderstanding Your ShynessConquering Your MindConquering Social SituationsChallenging Yourself Edited by Ben Rubenstein, Rhiana F, Serena Greenslade, Nicole Willson and 104 others Does the simple thought of talking in front of people make you want to stick your head out the window after a shower in hopes of getting a cold? If so, you are far from alone. Many people in the world suffer from mild to extreme shyness and are struggling to overcome it. Ad Steps Part 1 of 4: Understanding Your Shyness 1Think about the root of your shyness. 5Conquer the list. Part 2 of 4: Conquering Your Mind 1Use this shyness as a Cue. 8Identify your social value and strengths. Part 3 of 4: Conquering Social Situations 1Get informed. 5Look and act approachable. Part 4 of 4: Challenging Yourself
Social curation is much more than just a market In 2010, “curation” popped up on tech blogs and VCs’ radars. Since then, people have been asking whether curation is a legitimate trend, a new market to be exploited, or just the latest buzzword. Some people, including GigaOM writer Bobbie Johnson, have wondered if curation is a bubble, and if it is, when is it going to burst? One of the characteristics of online activities that transcend simple markets is that they are analogous to behaviors that seem to be hardwired into humans. Humans also love to collect things — from tiny stamps to shiny cars. Compared to creating original content, curation is even easier. Our love of curation is being further democratized on the Web with the explosion of tools and startups that approach curation in different ways and with different business models. Some examples of curation services include the following sites: Pinterest, in case you’ve been living under a rock, is a site for collecting and sharing photos and videos. I agree with his perspective.
Stay Connected to Those You Love with Audio Conferencing Since many people use some type of electronic device these days, adding the phone conferencing software or service should be easy. Many such services offer full time customer service support, so if you have any installation problems, you can get them solved right away. These service providers also make it simple for those who might ordinarily be out of touch to stay connected. People with mobility challenges or chronic illnesses do not have to worry about the difficulties of operating a telephone. Many electronic devices are compatible with accessibility options and features that make connecting to audio conferencing calls easy. Anyone who is simply listening in on the calls will need speakers, and if they desire to talk they will also need a microphone. Having impromptu family reunions with bedridden great aunt Tilda in attendance and reliving college days with friends that live all around the world are all possible through this amazing technology.
Make a Great First Impression: 7 Smart Tricks Research shows that customers decide whether or not they want to work with you within two seconds of meeting you face to face. That puts the burden on you to make certain that those two seconds really count. The only way to do that is to prepare ahead of time. These tricks may help. 1. Your energy level is dependent upon your overall level of health. This does not mean that you need to be a bodybuilder or Hollywood thin. 2. Different industries have different norms about what's appropriate in terms of personal appearance and meeting behavior. 3. Your semiotics are the signals that your appearance immediately communicates to other people. As far as is practical, make sure you are consciously creating a set of visual signals that is most likely to communicate that you're the kind of person that's it's appropriate to do business with. 4. There are three parts to your greeting: your smile, your words, and your handshake (or your bow, in some parts of the world). 5. 6. 7.