October 27, 2011
So, last night we had a #TChat on Blogging… something I’ve done for years & since one of our team members, Matt Charney, was out sick? I gladly wrote the preview for it. But that being said, my blog is surely far from perfect. I’ve actually made some amateur-hour bloopers lately & so have been doing some thinking about what exactly makes my blog “Blogtastic” for ME – and a couple of changes I need to make.
1) I’m not good at “series” posts. I’m still stuck in the middle of the Unemployment Series – major brain block – so it’s just not there & the Roller Coaster posts I wrote? I didn’t like, so didn’t publish. Should have finished it before I posted the first one… lesson learned. Anyway, I don’t like series posts & probably won’t do many (if any) going forward. I will unseat the block in my brain & finish the Unemployment series up soon, though. Mean it. Really. Promise.
2) I really love the music and taking a more lighthearted tone w/ things we tend to take too seriously. There are enough serious blogs & people… but just because I’m slightly flippant about something here? Doesn’t mean I don’t respect it. #justsayin
3) Per Lesly, I need to work in #jerkface in my blogs more often.
That’s really about it. Other than that, is there anything YOU’D like to see more/less of? If there are no comments, I’ll assume my blog is perfect.
September 8, 2011
Originally Posted at: TalentCulture.Com by Kevin W. Grossman
Maybe we would be better off putting economists and seasoned (small) business leaders in office. Because maybe then we’d create a better private sector environment that brings back a job growth heartbeat.
I didn’t want to make this week’s recap political, but that’s difficult to do when all I hear is crazy extremism with little to no economic basis for growth, and certainly no viable plans. At all.
Tonight is the President’s job speech, and the anticipation for more of nothing is palpable. And the Republican debate last night was just more of the same, meaning more of nothing.
What ails the global economy is unprecedented. We haven’t seen this many people out of work for longer than six months since before World War II, and we haven’t seen this many emerging markets and simultaneous downturns and financial market meltdowns since the end of WWII.
I wrote yesterday that most mainstream economists agree 100% employment just isn’t possible or even should be possible. Consider NAIRU, which is an acronym for Non-Accelerating Inflation Rate of Unemployment:
“Any given labor market structure must involve a certain amount of unemployment, including frictional unemployment associated with individuals changing jobs and possibly classical unemployment arising from real wages being held above the market-clearing level by minimum wage laws, trade unions or other labour market institutions.”
Wait, I forgot. We’re human. We also have to consider corruption, taxes, tariffs, regulations, greed, exploitation, violence — all of which can stifle micro and macro economies, so it’s no surprise that we couldn’t have zero unemployment even if we really wanted to.
And political extremism is killing any hope for a healthy business market and job growth in this country. By the numbers, the greatest job growth comes in small business, the global innovators and incubators of the new millennium.
Sure, there are still inherent problems with our recruiting processes here, there and everywhere, as well as a major skills shortage and (bidding) war for specific talent that inflates the market while other sectors lie flat, but the good folk on last night’s #TChat helped to solve all that.
Hey, maybe we should put all of you into office. Yes, that’s the new plan and we can still have our economists as advisors.
A very special thank you to Jessica Miller-Merrill (@blogging4jobs) for moderating last night and the entire Zero Unemployment movement for making a difference!
You can read Matt Charney‘s precap here and here were the questions from last night:
- Q1. Is zero unemployment possible? If so, what would be the major repercussions?
- Q2. Is job search broken? If so, what can be done to fix it?
- Q3. Do recruiters and employers make the hiring process too complex? If so, how?
- Q4. Looking at the job market today, do you see a jobs crisis or a war for talent?
- Q5. What’s your advice on job creation (in 140 characters or less?)
- Q6. What will the (job outlook) look like for Generation Z? Better or bleak? Why?
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September 8, 2011
Right now, it’s a little before 8am and I’ve been up for close to 4 hours. I’ve “touched” 79 people between twitter messages, replies, responding to emails & Facebook messages/posts. I’ve left 32 voicemails; 18 of which are returning calls & have had 9 conversations. I’ve started the Asian-Inspired Skewers that we’ll be serving for dinner marinading in the Sesame Ginger sauce I made this morning. (1) I’ve set up two lunch appointments for next week, confirmed a request received for a date & scheduled a Coaching session for a friend of mine. (2) I’ve got a training session during my normal lunchtime; so, I’ll meet a friend of mine up at the gym for our “lunchtime workout” shortly before my behind can apply for its own continent code. (3) And this is all on my first cup of coffee…
Wednesdays are busy days for me; but this is not outside of the norm. I’m not Superwoman; but a lot of this doesn’t feel like work because… for me, it’s all about Relationships. You could say that connecting w/ people, building relationships? That’s part of my purpose. I did a personal inventory, of sorts, about what matters to me many years ago and then built my life around those things. My relationships, my career, my outside activities/association involvements? They all align with those things that matter to me and help me work towards the achievement of my purpose. I didn’t look for all of that to define me; rather, I defined myself first. Which is probably why I frowned a bit when I pulled this article up from Forbes: ”How Can I Find a Career That Gives Me Purpose?”
It’s not a bad article; but the author never outright explains your Career? Is NOT What Gives You Purpose. It’s hinted, it’s implied, but this is one of those things that should be shouted from the rooftops. If you’re looking for your Career to provide your purpose; you’re likely to be sorely disappointed. Furthermore, I think it’s why as a Recruiter, I received so many calls from disillusioned, confused professionals.. people who got everything they wanted professionally to find it wasn’t really what they needed. Your Company can’t provide your sense of purpose; no matter how fantastic it may be. But, it can accentuate the purpose you find for yourself. So, instead of looking for the cool, philanthropic company that cares today and ditching it tomorrow because as it turns out, you aren’t in it to save the world? Try this instead:
Find YOUR Purpose & Discover Your Mission. Here’s how:
1. Do some brainstorming. Ask yourself these questions and do some word-associations to find the answers:
a) What do you think are your super powers? (aka: what do YOU believe you do well)
b) What have others recognized as things you do well?
c) What’s important to you?
Now take the answers from those 2 questions and make one word list. How many of those words/phrases have similar meanings? If there are any, then try to see if you can’t come up with one word or phrase that covers them all… think of that phrase as the ‘umbrella policy’ with all the other words as riders underneath it.
2. Now that you have a consolidated, streamlined list… prioritize it. A big part of the reason I think so many of us don’t have a honed sense of purpose is we don’t prioritize that which is important to us. You’ve got your list of abilities and what matters to you… so… put a sense of order to its importance. Number it up, my friends – from least to greatest.
3. Look at your list. It’s a nice mix of topics, subjects, things, people who are important to you & your natural proclivities and abilities. Now take a moment to ask yourself, “Does this cover what I’m passionate about??” If not, then ask yourself, “What ARE you passionate about?” Write that down.
4. You’re ready to form your purpose by integrating your ordered, consolidated phrases with your passion(s). Work those together to form a sentence or two. Here’s mine to use as a pattern:
Crystal Miller exists to foster relationships; connecting people together w/ myself & others to help them improve their day, interests, relationships, careers, businesses & lives… and in the process, bring a little sunshine to others.
That’s my purpose. Write Your Purpose Down. Let it sit for a few days and look at it again. Does it still look right? Work with it until it does – no more than 20-30 words or so.
3. Once you have a written purpose; you can use that to evaluate pretty much your entire life & make sure the things you’re engaged with align with that purpose.. rather than being things you fell into. That might mean you have some changes to make in life; but when you do, much of your tasks stop feeling like ‘work’ & you can accomplish So.Much.More.
Here’s to finding your own purpose… let me know if I can help.
(1) While talking to a friend of mine in England about #TChat tonight.
(2) This? Is HILARIOUS to me – I’m so not Dr. Dating but I do totally get how girls think… ’cause I am one. So, sharing some insights with a friend who needs some help w/ his game. I do this w/ a lot of my guy friends, come to think of it.
(3) Actually, is there such a thing?? :p
August 20, 2011
As many of you who follow me on Twitter already know, I’m a -HUGE- fan of #TChat. So much so, that my Twitter promotion of the #TChat channel earned me the title of #TChat Ambassador. For those that don’t tweet or didn’t yet know? #TChat is the Twitter Channel for TalentCulture and focuses on the World of Work. ”The World of What?” You might ask? Let me borrow from their website: The World of WORK. It’s all about the re-engineering of business today, of the way we work and the why of it all in the 21st century. It’s about re-imagining how we acquire, empower and retain our workforce today, with emotional connectivity and global cultural inclusivity. It’s about the intersection of Talent + Culture. At that intersection, you’ll find:
- People who are inspired by incredible individuals driving organizations and creating dramatic change.
- Brands that are humanizing themselves as layers of hierarchy yield to emotionally-connected leaders.
- Innovative expertise which catalyzes transformational growth online and in real life
And I think that’s completely energizing & absolutely something I want to be a part of. Plus, the Founders Kevin W. Grossman (1) and Meghan Biro are truly inspiring. Kevin’s fantastic & I’ve decided that Meghan is my #Talent Wonder-Twin! She and I have an amazing amount of fun together and we’ve yet to meet ‘in-person!’ Fortunately, with today’s social technology, that’s not stopped us from realizing there’s some really exciting opportunities for synergy here on top of providing reciprocal digital sunshine! So, of course when Meghan called Friday (3), I couldn’t even really tell you which one of us threw out the opportunity to make my ‘unofficial #TChat Ambassador’ status a little more official by joining TalentCulture’s team of merry bloggers. But, I can
tell you I jumped at the opportunity!
I’m looking forward to it; it’s just a blog about once a month or so… but, it’ll be exciting to be able to contribute to something I’m so passionate about! It’ll be something a little different than what you’d often see on my site; the articles there will feel more traditionally professional and I’m fairly certain will not have embedded music videos in them.
I’ll be writing mostly about Talent Marketing, Social, Relationship-Building, & Recruiting… will let you know more as we get things firmed up! In the interim, though… make sure you join with all of us for #TChat on Wednesday nights:7-8 p.m. ET & 6-7 p.m. CT & 5-6p.m. MT & 4-5 p.m. PT. Search for hashtag #TChat on Twitter or your favorite Twitter client and join the conversation. #TChat welcomes global input! Join up from wherever in the world you might be.
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(2) @MeghanMBiro on Twitter & founder of TalentCulture, LLC
(3) Not gonna lie, pretty sure it was mainly to socialize and bat around some fun; which I’m completely okay with!