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Trusted relationships

Today was a bad day. I wanted to call in sick today but felt guilty due to an important meeting that afternoon. Nothing went according to plan. Nothing worked. And everything just heaped on.

Luckily, I just kept plugging. Even more luckily, I had a trusted person help me out.

A while ago I was given some advice from a coach that I should find people whom I can give permission to give honest feedback and continue to foster that. Hearing things, even if I may not want to, can be invaluable.

That was exactly one of the golden moments today. In a meeting that was 100% virtual someone was really sharp with me. Knowing I was off, I sent a side message to another person in the meeting asking if it was me or them? I was very grateful that they said I was a bit sharp first. I thanked them for their honesty and made an effort to improve.

Afterwards I asked them if my efforts showed. Unfortunately I had to log off before they could respond, but the fact that there were no further moments I think shows that there was a positive shift.

I remember from my studies long ago about the (probably now antiquated) purple tail parable. It boiled down to someone had a purple tail and people kept telling them about it, but it didn’t sink in until they had been told seven times. Something psychological about that 7th time is when we finally hear what we are being told. I think paying attention to what we’ve been told – hopefully sooner than 7 times! – will help us in our relationships and career.

Pokemon Go and the future of busines

Pokemon Go has taken over everything it seems. Everyone is talking about it, many are playing it. I’ve seen a lot of stories – good and bad – as well as how this is impacting business. From developing new businesses (uber driver for Pokemon hunting, at slow speeds to simulate walking) to how to regulate it in the office.

What I haven’t heard from anyone yet is how this will change business in the future. We already have the ability to have targeted ads at bus stops and technology that was so far fetched that Star Trek predicted it decades ago. But how can augmented reality impact shopping and improve our lifestyles?

Pokemon Go is changing not just gaming, but our very lives. Those who think of how to use similar (or better) technology to improve business, lifestyle, and health of the world will be on the cutting edge. I’m willing to bet, as my dad says, dollars to donuts, that in two to three years we will see the beginnings of what entrepreneurs and visionaries are starting to work on right now. In five years this sort of thing will be common place. In ten years we will have evolved way past this and onto the next life changing thing.

How can you prepare your business to function better, faster, more efficiently, increase margins to position itself in that future? How will your workforce change? How will your policies and procedures change? Think about the myriad opportunities for team building, recognition, retention, even impacts on health insurance rates and employee wellness programs. How about recruiting? Compensation plans and strategies?

At the very least we know that battery life will improve exponentially in the next year or two. lol I look forward to when transporters aren’t just for Sci Fi media. đŸ˜‰


http://opencloudconsortium.org/At my work I’m in groundhog mode: keep my head down, do my work (well), and just get by. It is not something I would say is worthy of A or rockstar players, is not something I’m proud of, and has a number of reasons why that I won’t go into.

With that in mind, I was pleasantly surprised when I received a formal recognition from a new hire that I was “mentoring.” Mentoring is in quotes as that is what the program is called, it is not mentoring as most would think.

“Your  guidance and support has given me a fresh outlook on innovation. Having you as a mentor has made a difference in the professional I want to be in my role. Thank you for all that you have shared!”

I appreciate the managing up she is doing. But, I feel a bit chagrined. I told her what is realistic. ‘In 20 months I have never used this program. Be aware it exists and what it offers, don’t stress about the ins and outs of how to use it.’

I dunno. I don’t think I’m innovative.

Yet, on the flip side, at the nonprofit I volunteer for, in training my successor as Director of the Department of Administration I find that >75% of what the department does is due to my seeing a need and getting the programs initiated. This could be seen as innovation. But again, getting performance reviews in place, applicant tracking, showing multi-year trends in reports, adding photos to the Annual Report – those aren’t innovative type things.

What do you think is innovative? Have you done anything that is viewed as such? Share!