When do you need a personal, social network the most? Think about that for a moment. When is your network of business professionals the most valuable to you? When you need a new job. Right?! That’s when most of us turn to our network of professional colleagues. The Dumped CEO Sitting across my desk was a newly dumped CEO who was on the wrong side of an acquisition. “Tell me about the depth and strength of your professional network,” I asked. His face sunk. "You mean the people … [Read more...]
Improving Conference Attendee Experiences
Experiences are better when conferences are built around people. The conference experience greatly improves for all stakeholders when they are built around people and their relationships. Traditional Conference Experience The traditional conference is built around logistics and content. The majority of the conference organizer's time is spent selecting and scheduling speakers. Organizers choose speakers based on their submitted session proposals including their content. Then the meeting … [Read more...]
Six Uber Important Conference Connections
During school, we focused on what was in our heads. We took exams, got grades, received diplomas and worked towards degrees. During work, we focus on doing the job right. Our work is an open-book exam and we access lifelines from our colleagues to the Internet. Accessing our networks is encouraged and welcomed. Success today is based on having great connections. Relationships with thought leaders and advisors. Links to relevant and contextual online content. Ties with others that have similar … [Read more...]
Are You Prepared To Lead Your Organization Into The Future?
Many organizations continue to view the future as a linear progression from the past. Their leadership thinks they can predict what happens next. Nothing could be farther from the truth. The Myth Of Organizational Linear Progression Authors Jeanne C. Meister and Karie Willyerd discuss why this belief is fiction in their book The 2020 Workplace: How Innovative Companies Attract, Develop And Keep Tomorrow's Employees Today. They posit that an organization's linear progress is a myth … [Read more...]