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Three Reasons I’m a Networking Diehard

When two of your good buddies offer you the same personal challenge in one day it’s time to make sure you are clear with yourself about the answer. Because sometimes your unconscious mind uses your good buddies to get your attention. Adam Kreitman asked me today if I was riding the “social networking spiral” and since he’s one of my top go to people for all things on line I paid attention. Seems he’s seen a lot of people get caught up in playing around on social networking sites without having a purpose in what they do and think they are networking. Must be where the terms “twitterholics” and “FaceBook fanatics” come from. Adam has written an amusing blogpost on social networking addictions - if you think you might be suffering from one of the “holics” or “fanatics” syndromes go read it now! Later I got a FaceBook email from another good buddy (please tell me you appreciate the irony here) who wanted to know if the networking events I attend actually produce anything or if it’s mainly a chance to talk to peers and preach to the choir. Granted, I spend several hours a week networking, combining live events with online forums and personal meetings with social networking sites’ communication tools. I’m certifiably committed to the people who make up my various networking circles and I add new relationships to those circles almost daily. So it seemed like a worthwhile exercise to try to figure out exactly what I accomplish with this time other than having a darn good time and calling it work. Diehard Rationale #1 Networking...

Why Gurus Don’t Live on Mountaintops

I never pictured myself as a guru. For one thing, they apparently spend a lot of their time at the top of very high mountains. Mountaintops tend to be chilly places and I’m not fond of temperatures below 60 F. Nice place to visit but I wouldn’t want to live there. For another they were always male, serene and scantily clad. I’m female, serene only by extreme discipline and well come on, let’s not go there (especially not at those temperatures.) In fact, the list of why I did not strive for guru status goes on and on and gets much more serious than altitude, weather and wardrobe. I thought I understood why gurus lived on mountaintops. It was to avoid the throngs of people who wanted to know the secret to “life the universe and everything”. It was to keep from falling victim to the ego trip of knowing you were wiser than the average bear. It was to prevent the world from squandering their hard won insights into what makes the sky blue and the wind blow. Anyone who wanted to share in the guru’s enlightenment had to pay a pretty steep price (or at least climb a pretty steep hill.) Some of my dearest friends are gurus. Literally. Defined as “a teacher and guide in matters of fundamental concern”. And none of them live on mountaintops. Because how do you add value from the top of a mountain? These modern gurus act (and dress) a lot like the rest of us. They bear more resemblance to Pindar in The Go-Giver (written by a couple of my...

Inspiration can be Humbling

Today I had my thoughts taken out of my head, massaged into one succinct sentence and handed to me wrapped in a compliment without ever sharing a word. So what’s a girl to say except, WOW! I was writing a blog post last night. I decided the power of my passion was interfering with my objectivity, clicked “save now” and stumbled off to bed hoping tomorrow would, figuratively as well as literally, be another day. Today I received this email: This post was for you: http://hellomynameisscott.blogspot.com/2008/12/attributes-of-approachable-leaders-part.html Happy New Year! Scott GinsbergThat Guy with the NametagAuthor, Speaker, Coach, Entrepreneur Scott, I am, as usual, inspired and humbled. “If they can’t come UP to you, they’ll never get BEHIND you.” Yeah – that’s what I was trying to say. Exactly. This is why you rock - businesses, brainstorms and lunches - because you don’t waste words and you don’t leave anything out. Since I cannot possibly improve on your list I am going to table the When “Because I Said So” Doesn’t Cut it Anymore blog post for another day and hope everyone who reads this has the good sense to take you up on your offer to send them the full “17 Ways to become a Thought Leader” list. Lunch is on me, bring your...