Month: February 2011

Growing a Social Network

| | Social Media | 1 Comment
Social Networking for Women Marines in Business

Here’s a sneak preview of my presentation for tonight. I am talking with a group of Women Marines in Business about Social Networking. I don’t know how helpful reading the slides will be — they’re an outline — but I just adore the work my designer has done and I also love experimenting with new tools.
If  you like my designer’s work, too, and want to find out how to hire him, please »

Would an iPhone Make it Easier?

| | Weaving Influence | 18 Comments

A couple of weeks ago, my cell phone, left in a coat pocket, ended up in the dryer.

I heard the pounding and crashing in the dryer.

I did. I admit it.

Perhaps if I had gone to investigate, I might have rescued the phone in time. Elbow deep in dishwater, I kept washing.

By the time the cycle ended, the front of my phone had cracked.

I took it as a sign. I admit it. I did.

Valentine’s Day was the next day. I’m a Verizon customer. Verizon just got the iPhone.

I could see an iPhone in my future. I could feel it in my pocket.

It’s hard to justify the $30 addition of a data plan to »


| | Weaving Influence | 12 Comments

It’s been nearly a decade since I had a traditional job, but I remember well the boundaries (then) between work and the rest of my life.

Work began (mentally) when I got in the car, drove toward the office, walked through the office door.  Work ended when I walked to the car and drove toward home. My schedule stayed consistent, 8 to 4, Monday to Friday, with little variation.

Typically, I shared about my work day with my husband, talking through one crisis or another. I thought about my clients, deadlines, and coworkers at home, but not much. Occasionally, I took phone calls during evening hours or on the weekends from clients or their frantic family members.

Generally, my work »

What I See

| | Leadership | 1 Comment

We get more of what we’re looking for, says Laura Goodrich, the author of Seeing Red Cars.

If we focus on what we don’t want, we get more of what we don’t want.

If we focus on what we do want, we get more of that, as well.

I haven’t read the book yet, but the idea certainly resonates with me.

I’ll share some recent examples from my own life.

Friday, I attended a local social media breakfast. I connected with a lot of new people and enjoyed lots of great conversation.

The most memorable conversation, though, centered on the dearth of leadership in organizations.

The new friends I met lamented about the frustration they have seen — and »

The Morality of Labor

| | Weaving Influence | 4 Comments

I forget where I first read of Lawrence Kohlberg’s Six Stages of Moral Development, but it left an impression and I sometimes apply it to what I observe around the office.  The University of Chicago psychology student theorized that people should take eventual steps through life for making moral decisions, maturing in the process of honorable decision-making.

In brief and in my own words, the first level begins with avoiding punishment.  A child will do what is right so that there won’t be a swat on the backside.  The next level involves asking how to benefit from choosing right over wrong, seeking reward rather than dodging pain.

With growth comes recognizing what is accepted by society and mimicking what the »

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