This week my wife Kristine was telling me how much she enjoyed the animated film Rio. It was a cute love story, but I was curious why she liked it so much since she is not greatly fond of children’s movies. Her response surprised me. “Because they were chained together.“ The two macaws, a female… Read more about Chained Together
Why don’t we ask each other for help anymore? It wasn’t too long ago that barns were raised as a community, sheep were sheared as a group effort. When I was young we used to participate in the spring branding, immunizations and ear tagging for a friend’s cattle ranch. It was a time to get… Read more about Tackling it together
It takes a lot to catch my attention through email. LinkedIn did it this week, and they did it well. They did a brilliant job in perking my interest in both my closest connections and their recent stories. As a professional networking site, most of us see it as an interactive resume. Users barely log… Read more about LinkedIn got it right
Recently three types of events have been more frequent than I like within my community: funerals, layoffs, and health issues. These are all issues our friends experience, and our response is critical. When I was younger, I avoided conversations with someone struggling or grieving. I felt helpless. However, as I mature, these events become more… Read more about The hard things that count
This year I have had the opportunity to congratulate several graduates as they branch out in to the world with new degrees. As they head out on new or redefined careers they all are surviving on hope. That hope comes from us, the people in their community. I would love to report that I am… Read more about Of gowns and hope
Previously posted on The Huffington Post Last Saturday I watched Brian Solis’ interview with filmmaker Tiffany Shlain, the founder of Webby Awards. Brian was interviewing her about her new film Connected. Near the end Solis makes a statement that was thought provoking. He explains our connections today as greatly centered around ourselves in a type… Read more about Egocentric or Allocentric in our Connectedness
I rarely blog on Saturdays. There is something special about twitter conversations on Saturdays mornings though. I have very creative and inspiring people in my network of friends. And like all creative types, you are hard at work shipping throughout the week. Even though there is always a sense of light heartedness throughout, there is also a professional business tone on weekday posts. Saturday mornings are different. Humor seems to come naturally….
When you gather with people are you focused on building your network or are you connecting others. I am not saying that networking is bad. It is an essential part of doing good work. But I have found that the best way to make connections is to focus on others. I have had many opportunities to see this done well but a recent visit really stands out. Over the last few years I have enjoyed getting to know Chris Brogan. Last year we shared some great time together with friends in Portland after he spoke at The Portland Communicators Conference. We did not get a chance to see each other again until CES this year. Like before in Portland, instead of networking or catching up, Chris spent the time introducing me to people he felt I needed to know.