<strong><a href="http://beyondbridges.net/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/briansolis.jpeg"><img class="alignleft size-thumbnail wp-image-2046" src="http://beyondbridges.net/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/briansolis-150x150.jpeg" alt="briansolis" width="150" height="150" /></a>Q: What advice would you give to someone who feels stuck in their career? </strong>

I’m an introvert, and I still can’t work a room to this day. I’m not a good self-promoter. But I am passionate and I will share that passion with you given the opportunity. One of my gifts as an introvert is the power of observation. Observe what is happening around you and decide where you want to be. Where I am now, and where I want to be, is separated by my actions and words. As an introvert, one of the things I learned by participating in online communities is there’s a sense of confidence that spills online into the real world. If you look at the true power of knowledge, it’s not just what you learn in the classroom, it’s the power of observation. If you let what you see touch you, once you feel it, you’ve also been given the gift of empathy.

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He’s a wise man that Brian ( @briansolis ) Solis

            <a href="http://beyondbridges.net/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/images.jpeg"><img class="alignleft size-thumbnail wp-image-3273" src="http://beyondbridges.net/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/images-150x150.jpeg" alt="images" width="150" height="150" /></a>Just re-launched <a href="https://www.rebelmouse.com/fractals/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">my RebelMouse site</a>. Thanks to Susan (the morpher) <a href="http://twitter.com/morphwithus" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">morphwithus</a> for the memory jog       

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Behavior and Gamification …
… the world is about people, their behaviours, their thoughts – can they be modified ?

Collaboration and Content …
… we all work together and produce – so that others can enjoy – do they ?

Intelligence and Analytics …
… you need to understand if what you are doing and writing and saying and videoing and is working – is it ?

These are the philosophies I focus on – where do you focus ?

            <strong><a href="http://beyondbridges.net/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/3-leg-stool.jpg"><img class="alignleft size-thumbnail wp-image-2140" alt="3-leg-stool" src="http://beyondbridges.net/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/3-leg-stool-150x150.jpg" width="150" height="150" /></a></strong><strong>Large Corporations ...

… helping them understand the fast and ever changing world around them .. so that they can change with it

Technology Companies …
… understanding their offer and working out how to make it a success

The Creative Professional  
… networking, connecting and working to help them succeed in the post internet world

 These are the markets I focus on – where do you focus ?

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… that forces transparency, openness , engagement and thus accelerates all aspects of business

Intelligence  
… to make sense of the ever forceful and widening firehose of material from which we drink daily

Knowledge  ….
… that breeds wisdom upon which is built the Future of Work

That is what interests me – what do you love ?

            <a href="http://beyondbridges.net/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/danielpink.jpeg"><img class="alignleft size-thumbnail wp-image-2101" alt="danielpink" src="http://beyondbridges.net/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/danielpink-150x150.jpeg" width="150" height="150" /></a>After three consecutive posts essentially complaining about one single Forbes article - thought I would switch direction a little.

I did NOT quite hear this on NPR yesterday. The one I heard was a lot longer and more detailed – and maybe it isn’t available online yet – but it was Daniel Pink – talking about his ‘new’ book ‘To sell is Human.’

The link will take your through to the NPR article from December – and embedded there you can listen to the whole interview. It is just GREAT, or if like me you like transcripts ….

All that said- great stuff – and off to order

A couple of highlighted quotes for you ::

“Sales was built for a world of information asymmetry — the seller always had more information than the buyer.”

“The best salespeople are ‘ambiverts’, not extroverts” – I will let you look up ambivert

And – his new ABC of Selling – remember the ‘Always Be Closing’from Glengarry Glenross ?

Attunement is the capacity to take another’s perspective, to understand their interests, and to see the world from their point of view. Buoyancy is the capacity to stay afloat on what one salesman calls an “ocean of rejection.” Clarity is the capacity to make sense of murky situations, to curate information rather than merely access it, and to move from solving existing problems to finding hidden ones.”

Of course – you know what I am going to say. Don’t forget what you have learnt. If you were always closing in the past – why would you stop now ?

Oh – and if you want to get the book – click on the image below. It will take you straight to Amazon.

 

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If you don’t know Sprout Social – maybe it’s time you did.

Read what Venture Beat have to say about them.

You get a free 30 day trial, costs $39 per month to manage up to 10 profiles.

And the user list includes;

Yahoo, Microsoft, Mailchimp, Fender and Benjamin Moore.

Here’s a list of what they say they do :

  • Publish and schedule updates across social channels with a single click
  • Monitor your brand and competition across social channels and the web
  • Connect with highly targeted customers through Discovery tools
  • Measure success with robust reporting and analytics
  • Collaborate with our team, tasks and permissions tools

Enjoy

So SproutSocial brings all conversations from multiple social networks down to a single stream, with full conversation history in one place. Multiple users can dip their toes in that same stream without crossing wires, and queue up content to be released at optimal, spaced times.

“For people who aren’t used to a bunch of information on the screen, something about the efficiency of our interface resonates,” says Howard.

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Don’t do advertising on this blog.

Not a big fan of Groupon – no real reason – just not my kind of company.

So imagine your surprise as I provide this link to essentially an advert for design help needed by Groupon. Seriously – all kinds of designers, all kinds of media, all kinds of locations – hell, you don’t even need to join them – work as a contractor or freelancer.

Off you go now …..

            <a href="http://beyondbridges.net/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/stepwise-progess.jpg"><img class="alignleft size-thumbnail wp-image-764" title="stepwise-progess" src="http://beyondbridges.net/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/stepwise-progess-150x150.jpg" alt="" width="150" height="150" /></a>I have two big posts in the works. One of them is about 'The Future of Work'. You'll see what it is about when I get it finished. In the meantime, just saw this entry into Seth Godin's blog.

Bottom line – on the face of it is about the rat race – as we called back in the 50s and 60s (funny how we knew it then  and still did nothing about it) … but more deeply it is about ‘the man’ – more of that in that post I talked about – but it centers on my ongoing reflection on the changing nature of work.

What struck me, were these words:

industrial systems (and the marketing regime) adore the mindset of ‘a little bit more, please’, because it furthers their power. A slightly higher paycheck, a slightly more famous college, an incrementally better car — it’s easy to be seduced by this safe, stepwise progress, and if marketers and bosses can make you feel dissatisfied at every step along the way, even better for them.

via Seth’s Blog: If your happiness is based on always getting a little more than you’ve got….