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Learn to Love Networking. Rami Niemi “I hate networking.”

Learn to Love Networking

We hear this all the time from executives, other professionals, and MBA students. They tell us that networking makes them feel uncomfortable and phony—even dirty. Although some people have a natural passion for it—namely, the extroverts who love and thrive on social interaction—many understandably see it as brown-nosing, exploitative, and inauthentic. But in today’s world, networking is a necessity. When we studied 165 lawyers at a large North American law firm, for example, we found that their success depended on their ability to network effectively both internally (to get themselves assigned to choice clients) and externally (to bring business into the firm). Fortunately, our research shows that an aversion to networking can be overcome. 1. Most people have a dominant motivational focus—what psychologists refer to as either a “promotion” or a “prevention” mindset. Consider a work-related social function you feel obliged to attend. 2. 3. 4. How I Tried to Crowdfund My Tuition, but Got Twenty Potential Clients Instead — Teaching & Learning.

It all started earlier this year when I got accepted at MakeGamesWithUs Summer Academy.

How I Tried to Crowdfund My Tuition, but Got Twenty Potential Clients Instead — Teaching & Learning

MakeGamesWithUs is an iOS game publishing company with its focus on helping those who want to learn about game development. It recently announced its first Summer Academy program, an extensive two-month course dedicated to train students in game design, development, marketing and much more. The program attracted more than 1,000 applicants in the first month itself, and witnessed similar numbers in following months. For a final batch size of less than 200 students, the program can boast of being extremely selective, and difficult to get into. Despite the odds, I got admitted, but I still had a big hurdle yet to cross before I could celebrate my success. Seek the masses. How to Build Your Personal Network From Scratch. We know that opportunities often come our way thanks to the people we know.

How to Build Your Personal Network From Scratch

Unfortunately, many run into a conundrum: in order to meet people, you first need to know people. In hyper-competitive industries, access is everything, and the path to success will be much harder if you do not connect with people in your chosen field. In 2005, Circa CEO and serial entrepreneur Matt Galligan lived in Williamsville, Illinois, a small town where he was on the outside of any entrepreneurial community.

He spent his downtime creating music podcasts which helped him plug into a community of podcasters that shared tips and tricks with each other while promoting each other’s shows. One of these podcasters happened to be Derrick Oien, the COO of “I was a kid who grew up in a town of 1,000 people and cornfields, the idea that you could even do this didn’t even begin to cross my mind,” he said. You started in rural Illinois and now have a few companies under your belt. And then? Email them.

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A Tool for Mapping Your Goals and Resolving Career Indecision - Bill Barnett. By Bill Barnett | 12:00 PM August 23, 2012 When deciding whether to take a job offer, you’re hoping to maximize attainment of your objectives.

A Tool for Mapping Your Goals and Resolving Career Indecision - Bill Barnett

If an opportunity scores highly against all objectives, you’ll quickly know what to do. But your choice may not be so easy. You may have two good options. Or one opportunity may be better on some objectives, but worse on others. Michael (name has been changed) faced this situation. Everything came together one day in four minutes. Michael didn’t let the numbers tell him what to do, but the way he filled in the matrix showed that consulting was best for him. This matrix isn’t new. Start Designing Your Life. The #1 Career Mistake Capable People Make. How to cultivate a personal learning network.


LGT Venture Philanthropy - iCats Program. Tech Savvy Skills You Need to Acquire Before a Social Media Crisis (Checklist) There are so many technical aspects of your social media crisis plan that need to be executed quickly and efficiently in a crisis.

Tech Savvy Skills You Need to Acquire Before a Social Media Crisis (Checklist)

If you’re equipped with a webmaster, IT professional or in-house web developer that’s great! However, one thing we know for sure about social media crises is that they tend to happen at the worst possible moments. So what happens if your web savvy employee isn’t there that day? What happens if you absolutely need to stream your Twitter feed to your corporate website or add a new Facebook tab to your fan page, and no one is around to help you? There’s so much stress involved in a social media crisis, that you don’t need to add more to the list by being caught unprepared and unequipped.

The following is a checklist with basic but likely tech savvy and developing skills that more than one person on your team should be equipped with. Who should be capable of accomplishing all of these web tasks in a crisis? What have I missed? Photo by: William Brawley. Managing Your Boss. A quarter-century ago, John Gabarro and John Kotter introduced a powerful new lens through which to view the manager–boss relationship: one that recognized the mutual dependence of the participants.

Managing Your Boss

The fact is, bosses need cooperation, reliability, and honesty from their direct reports. Managers, for their part, rely on bosses for making connections with the rest of the company, for setting priorities, and for obtaining critical resources. If the relationship between you and your boss is rocky, then it is you who must begin to manage it. Penelope Trunk. Where Young Professionals Connect and Grow.