Small Talk

Internal interview? Want to meet more of your e team and make a good impression? Then prepare. As the boy scouts say: “always be prepared”. Recently a client of mine was going to have breakfast with the CFO of her very large corporation. She did not know him well but wanted to create a relationship with him and have him keep her in mind when one of his direct reports moved on. We discussed what she needed to know and how she might conduct herself in the meeting. Here is how we broke it down. 1. Learn the issues the senior team is focused on Ideally everyone in the company should know the strategic priorities. She recognized that she needed to bone up on these so she knew them, too. She was thinking in advance what she will say to him. I suggested she read the meeting reports and ask others about him. She had and was going to outline them again for...
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The Pop Up Job

Today, the New York Times reported a story on two professors at Stanford who created a case study of what they called a “flash organization” named True Story. True Story is a card game and mobile app in which players trade stories from their daily lives, resembled that of any company. There was a content division to churn out copy for game cards; graphic designers to devise the logo and the packaging; developers to build the mobile app and the website. There was even a play-testing division to catch potential hiccups. The producer of True Story wasn’t really a firm: The workers were all freelancers who typically had never met and, perhaps more striking, the entire organization existed solely to create the game and then disbanded." Flash organizations are ephemeral setups to execute a single, complex project in ways traditionally associated with corporations, nonprofit groups or governments. Thus those who are recruited are working in a “Pop Up” Job. Each project began with...
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Easy steps you’re likely not doing on your LinkedIn profile

I have written about LinkedIn before but it is improving regularly and you need to take advantage of these tips and LinkedIn's improvements. Using LinkedIn is a very effective and efficient tool to get your “story of success” in front of the thousands of people in your career field who need to hire professionals just like you – or just you! First, pay attention to your LinkedIn profile. It’s been said that “one picture is worth 1,000 words” for a reason: the “non-verbal” but visual language speaks to what people think and feel about you on first impression, to hook their interest. Your best photo will have a well-lit background and present just you with a friendly, professional appearance. Second, don't paste-in your resume! List your functional (not official) title, company, and general timeline for each job listed in reverse-chronological order. Also, cluster promotions in years (“promoted 4 times in 10 years” or “promoted Years X, Y, and Z”) instead of listing all...
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