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Saturday, February 26, 2011

Twittervenger or Twitternoyance?

Two connected profiles.
One too weak, one too active

I do spend a good deal of time
on LinkedIn.
Make no mistake, it pays me dividends in work and life.
It's the Facebook of business.

But a select few were hogging my update page.

With good and interesting information - but too much.

Then there are the um. other posts.
The ones mea
nt for Facebook [ I crinkle my nose at that word ]

A week ago a peer of mine confessed to me ......

"You post too much o
n LinkedIn, it's annoying"
Me?!?!? But then I realized that I was caught between worlds.

Too much on LinkedIN...not
engaged enough on Twitter.

Just because you can link them, doesn't mean you should. Got it.

So three steps here....

1) I'm going to "hide" the updates of those who post too much on linkedin. Yes, I'll miss their useful updates but when you swear or post to
o much about your day or dinner - I'm out

2) I've partially disconnected my two accounts. Good for you LinkedIn, they have a new feature where you can still post but in a modified way.

3) I am going to commit to learning how to use Twitter. Found out that I've missed a few opportunities because I didn't know. I just don't want to end up like this guy.

So, I'm going to learn from the jedi masters in my business network who put out useful information....
The Agen
ts of Good
Scott Fornum

Claire Kerr

Paula Attfield at Stephen Thomas
Jenny Henry
Kimberley MacKenzie

Thanks for teaching me how to do it right!

Just one confession to be clear.

I started using LinkedIn a lot more when we had a baby and I was home a lot more.
I'm using Twitter a lot more because I finally got a smartphone

So THAT's how I'll manage the time. Waiting for the bus!

Now my profiles will hopefully look and be more
like this

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

a challenge to leaders - you need to be a mentor

Two leaders, two days.

Yesterday I sat with a mentor in my life. Someone I observe often.

They helped me a ton a few years ago by letting me watch how they solved problems
- management problems
- strategy problems
- interpersonal problems
- family problems
- life problems

It was of huge value early in my career

There plenty of great mentoring programs out there

But what I'm talking about isn't formal

It's three face to face meetings a year - that's it

Just let young professionals understand why you're human
ESPECIALLY if you have a rep of being superhumanly awesome

Let 'em see inside the kitchen of your mind.
Like my cooking mentors
Urban Peasant, Wok with Yan and Pasquale

Was with another brilliant professional today
In their sector they were unmatched and the sun is setting on their working life

But they didn't build a successor. No direct mentoring at all.

And now a professional legacy is dying. What a waste.

So! Hot shot. Start today.
40 year old Directors. Start today.

30 something up and comers. Call a big name. Ask to buy them lunch.

DON'T SAY "can I pick your brain"
- that's what zombies do

"Can I listen and learn"

I know, it's hard for me to shut up too.

Get lunchin'

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Do you have social media insurance?

Welcome.....to your everything.

Let me just go on a tangent for a second. I WANT THAT TIE/POCKET SQUARE COMBO - I've been sc
ouring the internet - I will pay anything. *ahem* back to the topic at hand.

Three smart cookies got m
e thinking....

Malcolm Burrows
asked about a digital estate plan

od Sharma went through a social media black out

Susan RoAnne asked the question....service or spam?

We have insurance for our physical stuff...what about our digital stuff?

Anyone who knows me knows that I'm a huge promoter of LinkedIn.
I don't use Facebook and haven't invested in other social media
(ok, I have a Twitter account - but because it's connected to my LinkedIn!)

I have put all my eggs in one basket.

I have important contacts in there
Blog posts with ideas I want to remember
that are important to my career
Book reviews of great reads

If LinkedIn starts to pull a Facebook, or if the service goes down or under

What then?

Thanks for the thought!

So I backed as much as I can up today.

Nothing huge, just cut and paste into Word.

But if
there's a digital disaster... I'll be ok.

Something you might want to consider?

Go on the attack, do it right now.
(Ps. LinkedIn has a really cool "export" into Excel function!! )

After all, the best defense...

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Thinking ahead - A powerful Canadian Resource

Now What?!

It's a question more boomers are asking themselves as they care for aging parents - as they age too

Many of us in sectors that serve "seniors" nee
d to understand the challenges they face.

Have more resources in our network to help them when we can't or shouldn't.

Those of us with family need to start having the tough
conversations around these issues

Who can help? Sherri Auger.

A great teacher and speaker in my network - she should be in yours too!

Recently Sherri co-wrote this powerful book (with former Macleans editor Barbara Wickens ). The book includes:

- How to emotionally deal with illness, aging and
death of a loved one
- Actual scripts for families looking to have honest conversations
- How to navigate the very confusing Canadian health and aging care i
- The actual resources needed and steps to take when someone dies

Through her
company "Caring Matters" she has been helping people deal with the tough questions for almost two decades.

Check out her blog or her book.

I asked several peers of mine to review the book they all came back with the same response.

They couldn't stay objective. The book taught them how to start acting now!

Here's one email I got
from a Director of fundraising who I expected a technical response from..... "My mother is 81 and lives on her own. For her, it is improper to talk about private issues. Death and estate planning are two of those very private subjects.

Therefore, my brothers and I are in the dark, so to speak,
when it comes to knowing about her end of life wishes.

After reading the book I called my mom and told her we need to iron out both her end of life wishes, and her late life wishes. I also said we need to make contingency plans should her health fail. Initially she was reserved and uncomfortable. But, after a few calls she agreed to a series of meetings to work out details.

In our most recent phone conversation, my mother thanked me for caring and confided that she just “didn’t want to bother anyone”. For our meeting next week, we will start going over a number of items, including several that were brought to my attention by the book.

Thanks again for putting me on to “Now What”. The process has begun for us."

I have watched Sherri speak from years of experience.

I would trust my loved ones to her expertise and care.

Do you want to understand your aging clients or donors better?

Book Sherri to speak to your team or group.

Don't be caught asking......"Now What?!"

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Your digital legacy?

A fascinating mind in the world of philanthropic gift planning, Malcolm Burrows, has a very cool job.

His insight and experience caused him to make a powerful note at a speaking engagement
last month when he was talking about the state and future of "legacy planning".

He mused on the concept of a digital will and executor.
Wonderfully enough he wrote about it recently in
this really educational blog collective he's a member of. He also mentioned this new book.

I had heard of the concept a little while back when I tripped over this quirky little powerpoint and this really great interview on CBC's digital wonderland, Spark.

A very cool but i
mportant planning thought.
I made my quick d
igi-will last night. How 'bout you?

Think about it - or watch this 2 minute video.