Had a great time at this year's conference! Got the opportunity to meet a lot of outstanding talent as well as make connections with several Supply Chain University programs. Kudos to everyone at Intel who helped plan out our visit....already looking forward to next year in New Orleans!
I got serious about figuring out my "personal brand" about a year ago. I knew that this was an essential step in mapping out the rest of my career goals. I also knew that no one else could answer this question but me. What I didn't know was how hard it would be to finally get that light bulb to go off. What were my true strengths and passions? What was I authentically and naturally drawn to? And then, there was that million dollar question: if money was no object, what would I choose to do with the rest of my life?
When I first asked myself that question, the answers that kept coming back to me were very simple. I would rest more, spend time with my family, and focus on community service. All great stuff, but none of these things were exactly leading me to my next career move. This was a hypothetical question after all! I'm not over here with a silver spoon; I needed ideas that could actually produce an income. So I went back to the drawing board. But whenever I focused on this question, these same things kept popping up.
Finally, I took a step back. Why was rest so important to me? Well the answer came to me immediately: because I was utterly and completely exhausted! After spending months juggling a hectic work schedule along with an equally hectic schedule at home with my kids, it was time to admit that a break was long overdue. Career planning while I was in this mode was almost like asking a hungry person to go grocery shopping...you don't care about making healthy choices, getting good deals, meal planning, or anything else...you just want food! I had to allow myself some real down time to rest and recharge TODAY if I was going to figure out where I wanted to go TOMORROW.
The same was true for spending time with family. While I won't have the kind of free time I would love to spend with them until I retire, I could still find ways to connect more often even while I am still in the workforce. Simply acknowledging that this is a big priority for me went a long way in allowing me to put this part of my life in better perspective, and to start making choices to start enjoying more family time even while I continue to work.
Once I slowed my schedule down a little, recharged my batteries, and started hanging out more with my family, I knew I was ready to try again. I spent a weekend clipping images from the web, creating a visual poster with all of the things that I love. I put the images in a PowerPoint file, but Pinterest is a great tool for this, too. When I was done, I put the poster away for a few weeks, so I could come back and study it with fresh eyes.
In the end, I was finally able to answer the question. If money was no object, I would spend my time using my talents for organizing, communicating, and leading to help other people. I still had more exploration to do before I figured out my personal brand, but putting myself in a position to answer this million dollar question was an important step in my journey.
There are some things at work that you can get done by yourself, but in large part you will have to rely on others to help you get things done. Not surprisingly, the "used car salesman" approach of fast talking and high pressure tactics aren't the way to go. Instead, focus on building relationships, listening, and picking your battles. And take a long term view. It's ok to plant the seeds of change today, with the understanding that your ideas might need time to take root.
Read the article "7 Things Really Persuasive People Do" on Inc and join in the conversation: http://www.inc.com/kevin-daum/7-things-really-persuasive-people-do.html?cid=sf01002
By tapping into the bright minds outside its walls, the company believes it can improve the innovation that goes on inside them. “You pretty quickly start to understand, you can’t do it all,” -Beth Comstock, GE’s senior vice president and CMO, who is heading up GE's open innovation push.
Read an interesting article today about how GE is using crowd-sourcing to generate ideas. And no, it isn't because they lack the internal brainpower. Instead, the company is finding that taking specific business problems to the "global brain" of the internet can result in first-class solutions at a fraction of the cost.
But what about the flip side? How fair is this business model to the individuals that submit ideas and receive a few thousand dollars while the company that uses the idea could potentially reap millions? What checks and balances should be put in place to ensure that both sides fairly benefit from this practice?
Is your company using crowd-sourcing to generate ideas? If so, what do you think are the pros and the cons?
Read the full article here: http://www.wired.com/2014/04/how-ge-plans-to-act-like-a-startup-and-crowdsource-great-ideas/