Lots of comments on this twitter post "Ever have(non-internal) meetings w/ someone & u know 5 min in that it isn't going to work..do you stay, be courteous or bail, I've done both" I thought I'd move th dialogue here.
My concern in bailing is as @mbertulli mentioned some people just don't make good impressions or don't articulate well what they are trying to convey and there actually may be a very good fit that takes a fullÂ hour or a couple meetings to ferret out.
The flip side of that is if there really is no fit and you see it before they do then there is no point in wasting both your and their time.
Any examples of either approach working because in the moment I really just want to politely excuse myself and get to other productive work.
Interested in your thoughts?
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Jordan on Success
"'I have missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I have lost almost 300 games. On 26 occasions I have been entrusted to take the game winning shot… and I missed. I have failed over and over and over again in my life. And that's precisely why I succeed''."
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In todayâ€™s post from Saul he says â€œIf Wal-Mart or some cultural shift has turned what you do into a commodity, don't argue. Find a new place before the competition does. It's not easy or fair, but it's trueâ€.Â It is something I hear a lot of complaints from folks about but I think we all need to realize that personally, professionally and for your business, if you are not moving forward you are moving backwardsâ€¦.there is no standing still.Â Markets get commoditized as they mature, it happens.Â What separates the good from the bad (companies, leaders, people) is that they constantly innovate, constantly look forward and are prepared to cannibalize their own work in order to create a sustainable, dynamic, growing business or career.
Thanks for the reminder Sethâ€¦.donâ€™t complainâ€¦ACT!
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My company Ivara operates in a fantastic market that is full of opportunities to engage with a robust, knowledgeable group of employees, customers, competitors and thought leaders. While the current economy presents challenges for us and our customers alike it is also a great opportunity for us to band together and share our experiences (good and bad) and help each other come out the other end of this downturn a stronger, more profitable and better serving community than we were before. To that end we all have to do our part in the community and it starts with adding value. I am a huge Twitter participant and one of the biggest messages that you get from engaging in this medium is exactly thatâ€¦engage!
Like everything in life, you get out of something what you put into it and when building a community you should always be making deposits into the community bank so that at some point you are able to make a withdrawal. As I am familiar with it I will use my industry as an example but it could be applicable to any industry. Our industry is focussed on supporting industries on the road to operational excellence and providing people, process and technology to facilitate and sustain change in their organization ensuring improved uptime, productivity and quality from their operations. Many operational and maintenance folks are not entrenched in the online world to the same extent we areâ€¦.and why would they be? Historically, other than personal interest, there has not been a ton of value add content and guidance online to assist them in improving how their assets run and are maintained. This is the first challenge in building a communityâ€¦.providing enough valuable content consistently for them to want to engage with you using a new medium.
How do you get offline people online???
In a wordâ€¦persistence! Over weeks, months and years continue to provide meaningful free content for people so they can use what you know to improve their business and solve their day to day business problems. Then connect the content to the people. The content can be delivered in an immeasurable number of ways. We have started in the last year or so with a program to deliver blog posts, twitter updates and webinars online in addition obviously to the company website. All of these are good delivery vehicles especially at the beginning where less sophistication for your community is probably better. We have now added a free online reliability conference that is open to any and all customers as well as some prospects. What works in your space? Give it some thought, plan out some ideas, throw out some trial balloons and feel your way along. the only thing I know 100% for sure is you MUST start and you must start now. If you donâ€™t someone else will. Be there for your customer and community, be a leader and show them you are committed not to your own success but to theirs and that you want to provide them with tools, ideas, resources that will help make them look like stars in their organization.
I am fortunate that we have a community with many other people who are true experts in our field who have been forging the path online for us to follow. It is now time for me and our Ivara to step and contribute to the community and make our overdue contributions to the community bank.
How has it been building a community in your industry? What lessons have you learned? please share so we can all learn and foster healthy, vibrant communities in our respective spaces.
We have a long way to go but I am committed and persistent and believe in our community!
I am a reader! I love to read but rarely find the time to be able to dedicate hours to get into a book. Wasnâ€™t convinced that audio-books were for me but I have spent a chunk of time on the weekend listening to the legend Seth Godin new book Tribes on my iPod. If you have not â€œreadâ€ a book using audio I would encourage to give it a try. When Seth is making a point that is particularly relevant for me I like to stop, pause, replay and give it some thought, even make notes on how that applies in my situation.
Tribes (link to paper book) is a great read for any business leader and there are several good points that I will use to write further blog posts about my thoughts on certain topics but some of the highlights are:
- â€œBe Remarkableâ€ â€“ think about it! be worthy of remark. It is easy to become irrelevant and become a â€˜one ofâ€™ in your industry. Donâ€™t be afraid to rock the boat, in fact you have a responsibility to rock the boat. More to follow in separate post but in the meantime think about itâ€¦are you worthy of remark? Is your Company?
- The Rules of the Game Change Everyday â€“ If you are playing the game by the rules of yesterday it is clear you will not win the game of tomorrow. YOU MUST CHANGE. YOU MUST FORCE CHANGE IN YOUR ORGANIZATION. Past success is in no way an indicator of future performance.
- Lead your Tribe â€“ People want and need to be led. Find the Tribe members in your company, find the Tribe members in your customer base and provide the voice, tools and ability for them to get together and drive the change you need. EVERYONE in your organization can be/is a leader. Permission is not required, only initiative and faith.
Whether it is Seth, or Tom Peters, or whoever reading and pushing yourself to think about things differently is critical to driving change and being successful. What have you read this week? How did it effect the way you think about your world whether it be politically, professionally, personally. Continue to grow as a personalâ€¦.there is no such thing as standing still, you are either moving forward or moving backwards.