Social Media: Beware what you share!

So we've all heard, no doubt, that it's important to be careful about what we share on social media platforms. But, has it ever occurred to you that you might be affecting your FUTURE by what you say/don't say?  I had a first-hand look at exactly that recently, and it really drove the message home.

A few weeks ago, I was attending an event in Southern California. The event was pretty much unrelated to my business; oh, there were a few people there who knew what I do, and I had some acquaintances there who know me pretty well. But, in general, there was no "connection" to me, to SocialSmarts, to my business.

At the end of the evening, a group of us were sitting around a table, chatting about the event.  I knew most of the people at the table, but then some other folks sat down and joined us -- people I didn't know. After introductions were made and independent conversations broke out between groups of two or three people, as they often do in these types of settings, one of the ladies that had just joined us leans over to me and says, "Excuse me, but do you know 'such-and-so?'" (more…)

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Leadership and the Iceberg

I was recently reading the "Habitudes" study guide by Dr. Tim Elmore and a passage really struck me:

The iceberg represents your leadership. The 10% above the water is your skill. The 90% below the water is your character. It's what's below the surface that sinks the ship.

Isn't that so very true?  I would even take it one step further and say our "action" or our behavior represents that 10% above the's what people see.  And, typically they see what we do, what we say, how we act.  The 90% -- that "under the water" part is what drives the action, what motivates the behavior.

Because the character part is such a significant part of who we are, it's important that this part be aligned in such a way that it supports "who" we want to be.  (more…)

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John F. Kennedy and the job search

From the title of this post, no doubt you're thinking, "Where the heck is she going with this?"  I hope you'll forgive me "adapting" one of history's most famous quotes to make my point, but the other day I got to thinking about what's "missing" when job seekers go out for a position.  As I've shared previously, 95% of the job seekers out there think getting an interview and landing a position is about selling yourself. Truly, however, it's not.

The problem with trying to sell something is that it kicks in other people's instinctive aversion to being sold.  The job search process is no different. If you believe the process is about your trying to convince a potential employer that they need to hire (buy) you, it can be a tough "sell."  It's not that they don't like you or that you aren't qualified, but so are the likely other multitudes of candidates that are all trying to "sell" themselves.

So, what should you do differently? Simple: don't sell; increase demand. And that's where John F. Kennedy comes in. (more…)

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