“When you are doing what you are doing and doing it well, that is when the opportunities present themselves.” – Daniel Gogolin “I don’t want Joda Creative to be just a place where we create beautiful things but a place where we do the hard work behind the scenes to distribute the content.”- Daniel Gogolin Daniel Gogolin,…
It’s possible you work in an office full of the behavior and belief that approvals and head nods are needed for every little action you take. You want to expense that in-flight wi-fi for $8 bucks, so you can work on the airplane? Seek approval. You want to bring your candidate or customer prospect a bottle of wine? Seek approval. Ridiculous… You have approval bugs in your head and they are coming out of your mouth.
Your need to get an approval is because you do not trust yourself to do something or maybe other people do not trust you. Work on trusting yourself and building trust in others. Brush out the approval bugs in your head by doing what you know is right for your business. Act. Do what it takes to land the top recruit, train the new guy/gal, market your product, get the sales deal or make someone’s life better.
Instead of wasting your time, my time and everyone else’s time asking for approval to do something, just do it, because you can do it. I’m not saying to buy expensive software without a plan or need for it, just because you want it. I am saying that most of us get psyched out on gaining approvals. These approvals become bugs in our head.
This past week I was at a social HR conference. Much of the talk was on why HR can not do things in their organizations. The typical theme of not being able to do employment branding or social media because marketing or their boss will not allow them, etc. There was also marketing people who said they couldn’t do it for some other approval type reason.
It is sad to see that smart people get paid to seek approval instead of acting. They are afraid to act in their company and make everyone’s life better. It is un-common for people to abandon the need for approval.
The universal questions, should always be…”Is it the right thing to do for your business?” AND “Did I inform the people who will be impacted and adjust as needed?” If so, then do it. Someone is paying you do make decisions and act. Not worry about seeking approval…
After a few years, I have decided to launch a podcast, but this is a different kind of podcast. No scripts. No attachment to fame seeking fakers. This podcast is called “Secret Tech Sauce”. It’s on iTunes and soon to be on Stitcher, SoundCloud, Libsyn and more…
Secret Tech Sauce is about adding value to the large circles of content creators, sharers, engagers and watchers. One episode at a time, one person at a time. This podcast is authentic, real and un-filtered.
Secret Tech Sauce is a way for me to move beyond blog posts to further connect, cultivate and create a community of people that do things that work and not also not work. People who care about their work and people who work for a purpose, not for a status. My co-hosts are Gabe Villamizar and Stephanie Krieg.
In order to kick this off on the right foot, here is what I ask of you:
1. Click on our iTunes link: http://hir.vu/STSpodcast (email subscribers click through)
2. Subscribe to the podcast
3. Click on the “Ratings & Reviews” tab
4. Give us “5 star” rating
5. Write a positive review
6. Click to tweet below:
Listen & subscribe to @secrettechsauce #podcast on @itunes! http://bit.ly/1EWoBfb #Marketing #Talent #Recruiting #Technology
PS – In your review, if you mention the HR Hound sent you…you will get a special something.
A hate-watch is a verb for the practice of watching a television show for the sole purpose to criticize or make fun. In politics and stars, people hate-watch in ad nauseam. See Nixon and Elvis pic. Used as a noun here, “many people are hate-watchers on social media”…
On LinkedIn, Bob claims he sold $3M in sales, is an expert in technology and a builder of high performing teams. You know Bob well enough to call BS on his LinkedIn profile. You periodically hate-watch his LinkedIn profile to make fun or criticize.
On Facebook, Sally claims to be an awesome mother, does the ALS ice bucket challenge, baker, loving wife, involved in her church/community and works a demanding business job. You know Sally well enough to say she is more into her debt with BMWs, boats, spa visits and vacation homes than she is with the content she puts on Facebook. You hate-watch in shock.
Meanwhile on Twitter, Quanda appears to be a rock star. She has 23k followers, is not afraid to say F#$k on her tweets, regularly tweets selfies and claims to be a writer. You know Quanda well enough to never hire her to do work, but get entertained by what she does on Twitter. You hate-watch out of entertainment.
Blogs, comments on blogs, social media and other avenues make hate-watching more transparent. If you are online, you are being hate-watched. People judge how they see you online or if they do not see you online and it is easy to fool someone or be fooled by someone.
Social media hate-watchers are actually fans of the people they watch but for some reason have become jaded by the people they watch. They enjoy the adrenaline they experience off of someone’s social media trainwreck life and hope they can turn themselves around.
Hate-watching is in your control. How does it influence your work and life…
Smooth move Twitter. Email subscribers click through for a pic…
Their latest redesign move allows a user to showcase their portfolio with pictures, quality tweets and retweets (click HERE for Mashable article). This is good for people who are looking to find workers (recruiters) and people who want to find work (entrepreneurs, candidates, etc). Even the good ole men and women of Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) reports that more than 75% of companies use social networking sites to recruit job candidates. LinkedIn is the obvious player here, but about 54% of recruiters use Twitter to screen and nurture talent. Twitter’s redesign move gives me confidence that more recruiters will use it to recruit.
Twitter has about 974M registered users of which about 429M users have never tweeted. This confident move sounds like it will help their adoption issue. Many people I speak with have Twitter accounts, but do not use it because they do not see the purpose. If they want to set themselves apart in the recruiting space, this move gives many of them more purpose. Kinda thought provoking to think almost half of Twitter’s users do not even use their product, but yet they keep trucking along just fine.
Soon, more and more success stories of how people found work on Twitter will be shared and bright people will figure out how to put an ROI case together to use it more and more. Nothing new, but big media will get hold of these stories, make a big deal about it, and lonely HR people who do not get on-board will be in the dark again…Nothing new on that front either.
Twitter is moving into recruiting more than before. Let’s see how this unfolds for HR Tech companies and big and small company recruiters and candidates. Time will tell…
Hey look at Greg (fake name). He is having a meltdown in front of his fancy work peeps. I hear him saying, “ F#@K, S$#T, I can’t do this.” Graphite hits the ground. Poor guy turns a fun game of tennis into an ego match with his executive buddies.
Greg is a good athlete. MBA from a famous school. What’s the matter? Greg latter confides in me for tennis pointers. Not a pro, but I know a thing or two about the sport. His main concern is how he looks when he plays the game. He wants to look good and beat his executive buddies at the annual company retreat in California. That’s his first problem. Caring how others think. I say to him, “Play like nobody’s watching. Play your own way.” In short, it worked. He made an executive decision.
That’s my hook. Famous news media everywhere, Wall Street Journal amongst one of them, are telling us how CEOs and Executives fear SoMe (that means Social Media). They tell us seven in 10 Fortune 500 CEOs have no presence on major social media networks such as Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, etc. Those who do, 4% have known Twitter accounts and 8% use Facebook under their own names.
I got it. Most of my profession attended #SHRM12 this past week. Not me. I was back at my organization adding value. At least that’s what I like to tell myself. Not sure what my clients would say. Anyways. Unless you were busy in South Beach partying with LeBron and the Miami Heat, you probably already know SHRM had a big show in Atlanta this week. Jealous you couldn’t’ make it? I know I was. So let me throw down 3 ways to take advantage of the knowledge shared from the #SHRM12 show without being there.
By now, most HR Pros are on the social media bandwagon. If you are on the wagon, get off for 2 minutes and read further. Who out there uses Hootsuite? You know – the app that will manage multiple social profiles and make them all homogeneous. Combining your social media messages may seem smart, but homogenization is for your milk – not your social accounts.
Skipped that day in chemistry? Let me catch you up.
Great ideas are every where. They can be found on blogs, at your work, home or maybe from Elmo. It is tough to describe what a great idea looks like. A great idea to you may sound like a stupid idea to someone else. What I have found with great ideas is that each one takes time to become great. They usually aren’t born over night. Successful people aren’t either, right? Have you ever thought of a great idea, shared it with someone else and received a bad response? I’m sure you have.
Doing something new and uncomfortable can be frustrating. So can running out of TP in a public restroom. Both situations create panic, fear and anxiety, but I promise I will not go into anymore detail about restrooms with you. Recently I had the opportunity to lead a 1 day mentoring program session. This involved matching up some…