Tag Archives: business relationships

One Hit Wonder: Where Networking Ends and Failure Begins

One Hit Wonder:  Are you one of these networking failures?  Try this scenario: Whoa! You just hit the jackpot. The conference you just attended yielded a lot of great new leads. The first thing you do when you get back to the office?  Jump onto LinkedIn and start sending connection requests to them, of course. Unfortunately, that’s where most people’s interactions die a lonely death, and you become a one-hit wonder. Networking means more than just exchanging contact information. It’s about sharing ideas. Asking for advice. Posing questions for community problem solving.  Building common experiences. But if you simply just… Read »

Open Letter to Career Industry Professionals

When I first got started in my career (the one preceding this one), I discovered something powerful that had profound impacts throughout my life. It transcended my work. It shaped my thinking. But more importantly, it helped me grow. I got involved in professional organizations.  These memberships truly have a “push-pull” effect on your own professional and personal development. You only get out of it what you put into it.  True: sometimes, they are like a demanding mistress, hounding you to get deadlines done that are critical to the organization but have absolutely nothing to do with your paid “daytime”… Read »