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Don't network, make contact
Feb. 11 2004 | The Globe and Mail | BARBARA MOSES.

Good networking is a two-way street. Skilled networkers don't think of themselves as networking but rather as exchanging information. Whenever someone tells me about a great networking experience they had, I ask them two questions. "What did you learn from them?" "What information did you pass on?"

In good networking there always is a mutual connection. Done well, networking is like the most graceful dancing. Both parties are stimulated by the interaction. No one feels used. At its best, there is a deeply satisfying emotional and intellectual connection. Done poorly, nothing is more off-putting.

Good networkers are "wired," with broad connections that range beyond their own professional boundaries and into all walks of life. They cultivate relationships with people who know how to get things done. Like good mentors, they are genuinely curious about people and what they are thinking, and like to make things happen for others. They like to bring together interesting people and ideas -- and they are as proud of making things happen for others as they are of the number of names in their personal organizer.
networking  Barbara_Moses  serving_others  personal_connections  emotional_connections 
december 2013 by jerryking
Why can’t today’s graduates get hired? -
Dec. 05 2013 | The Globe and Mail | by Margaret Wente.

“Everywhere, employers are looking to recruit young people with a strong complement of soft skills, such as the ability to communicate, think critically and work in teams,” John Manley, president of the Canadian Council of Chief Executives, said in a recent speech.

The real skills gap, business leaders say, is not the shortage of oil-field engineers and the glut of history BAs. It’s about the shortage of young people who are good at problem-solving, communication, teamwork, time management, persistence, loyalty and dedication. Survey after survey reports that businesses can’t find enough workers who are motivated, flexible and organized. As a recent piece in Time magazine declared, “The entry-level candidates who are on tap to join the ranks of full-time work are clueless about the fundamentals of office life. ”...“As recently as 10 years ago, organizations would hire for potential,” Ms. Moses told me. “But now they want people who can hit the ground running.” Employers have also become extremely risk-averse about new hires – another factor that stacks the deck against the twentysomethings. It’s hard to prove that you can do the job if nobody will give you the first one. As for the soft-skills gap, she thinks it’s overblown. For starters, today’s young adults have collaborated and worked in teams all their lives.

The trouble is that few companies do training any more, even the kind of informal short-term training that can break in someone new.
Barbara_Moses  Communicating_&_Connecting  critical_thinking  grit  hiring  job_search  John_Manley  loyalty  millennials  Margaret_Wente  new_graduates  persistence  problem_solving  skills  short-sightedness  skills_gap  teams  time-management  young_people 
december 2013 by jerryking
Dislike your co-worker? Get over it
Apr. 17 2013 | The Globe and Mail | by BARBARA MOSES.
Barbara_Moses  co-workers  workplaces 
may 2013 by jerryking
Career-defining moments signal need for change
After September 29, 2000 | Globe & Mail | Barbara Moses

Sometimes it's not after careful analysis but in an epiphany that people realize it's time to move on. It may occur as a result of a major event such as a life-threatening illness, or it may come in the form of a realization that the work we're doing is out of sync with our values or lacks meaning.

"A career-defining moment," Moses writes, "is, typically, a signal that you need to change your course -- or at the very least, sit down and think very carefully about your future." .... Before changing jobs or careers, be sure you aren't acting hastily. "When people believe that the grass is greener elsewhere, the danger is that they will jump jobs or careers prematurely," writes Barbara Moses in "The Good News About Careers: How You'll Be Working in the Next Decade" (Jossey-Bass/Pfeiffer, 1999 -- see our full review of Moses' book ).

"Instead of doing a thorough assessment of both their short-term interests and long-term needs, they move on at the first opportunity, in the belief that all kinds of things will work out in their new job," Moses writes. "Unfortunately, in many cases, they discover that their new job is not a panacea --that in many ways they were actually happier before."

Sometimes one or two irritants with a job become magnified in a person's mind, Moses says. But, she adds, a job doesn't have to be rotten in order for it to be the right time to leave. It may be that it's become so routine that a person needs a new challenge.
Barbara_Moses  Managing_Your_Career  career_paths  warning_signs  change  seminal_moments  career-defining_moments 
december 2012 by jerryking
O, brave new TempWorld
September 29, 2000| Fortune |Review by Larry Keller, Senior Writer
The Good News About Careers: How You'll Be Working in the Next Decade'
By Barbara Moses, Ph.D.(Jossey-Bass/Pfeiffer)

To cope with this uncertainty, Moses asserts that workers must learn to become "career activists."
Know what kind of work engages you and gives your life meaning.

Sell yourself. People in their 20s and early 30s are more comfortable doing this than those who are older, she says. For the latter, she offers advice on marketing oneself in a way that's effective without feeling like a phony.


See if you're closer to Barbara Moses' old- or new-style worker. More

Network with others. Moses stresses that this means developing mutually supportive relationships with others, not using people or indiscriminately exchanging business cards at every function you attend.

Stay current in your field and continue to develop skills and knowledge outside it.

...It's not just rank-and-file workers who must cope with a rapidly changing workplace. The challenges can be just as daunting for managers. Moses suggests they incorporate 10 strategies aimed at keeping the troops happy and productive.

Among her recommendations: Provide skill-building opportunities, sabbaticals, career planning, mentoring and flexible benefits. She also proposes that managers try to give employees a sense of ownership of the projects on which they work.

September 29, 2000
Managing_Your_Career  Barbara_Moses  books  gig_economy  book_reviews  self-reliance  freelancing  workplaces  generations  solo  contractors  millennials  rapid_change 
december 2012 by jerryking
Breaking free of the midwinter blues - The Globe and Mail
BARBARA MOSES | Columnist profile | E-mail
Globe and Mail Update
Published Thursday, Feb. 09, 2012
Barbara_Moses  Managing_Your_Career 
february 2012 by jerryking
Why Networking Isn't About Achieving Personal Gain
2004 | Wall Street Journal | By Barbara Moses. Good networkers
extend their connections beyond their immediate professional boundaries.
They cultivate relationships with people who know how to get things
done... They enjoy bringing together interesting people and ideas, and
they are as proud of making things happen for others as they are of how
many people are listed in their personal organizers. Skilled networkers
don't view staying connected with others as networking, seeing it
instead as exchanging information. The best networkers rarely expect a
personal payoff...having benefited from their contacts' kindness and
help, they`re seeking opportunities to reciprocate and hope they'll do
the same...Adept networkers are huge information synthesizers who can
see connections that aren't obvious between people, things and ideas.
From the initial presenting issue, they can identify a higher idea the
other person might not have seen and make creative referrals...they're
idea generators.
personal_connections  Barbara_Moses  connecting_the_dots  networking  tips  serving_others  Communicating_&_Connecting  idea_generation  ideas  non-obvious  latent  hidden  information_synthesis  referrals  value_added  packaging  personal_payoffs 
december 2010 by jerryking
Networking Silly Season
October 19, 2007 | Globe & Mail | Barbara Moses, Ph.D,
Barbara_Moses  networking  tips 
february 2010 by jerryking
Become the Consummate Connector
October 26, 2007 |Globe & Mail | Barbara Moses, Ph.D.
This week, a primer on how to network effectively to make an impact, and
make everyone's time worthwhile:
(1) Do your homework; (2) Get to the point quickly; (3) Make a
connection; (4) Give and take; (5) Recognize expertise; (7)
Err on the side of formality; (8), There is a time and a place; (9) Be a
connector; (10) Network broadly; Make it easy to connect; (11) Think
knowledge exchange; (12) Spark your connections; (13) Follow up; (14)
Pay it forward
Shine at networking
Barbara_Moses  howto  networking  tips  Communicating_&_Connecting  personal_connections  following_up  pay_it_forward  primers 
february 2010 by jerryking
How to survive the great unknowns
Sept. 15, 2004 | Globe & Mail p. C.3 reprinted in Women's Post | by Barbara Moses, PhD,
managing_uncertainty  Barbara_Moses  Managing_Your_Career  howto  uncertainty  unknowns 
november 2009 by jerryking
There's a price to being a player
Oct 19, 1998 | The Globe & Mail. pg. B.17 | by Barbara
Moses. We are all motivated by different things. The key to going after
what you want and making effective career decisions is being aware of
what makes you feel important. Know yourself. If you want to be a
player, don't be embarrassed. Some people, especially women, feel it's
somehow unseemly to want be a player, or to demonstrate the necessary
competitiveness. Try to identify what it means to you to be a player,
and the stage on which you want to play. Instead of just driving to
become a player in your professional life, look to be a player in your
whole life.
Barbara_Moses  self-analysis  motivations  Managing_Your_Career  self-actualization  Bay_Street 
october 2009 by jerryking
Avoid the pitfalls of going solo
Wednesday, April 14, 2004| The Globe and Mail -- Small Business
| by Barbara Moses

Park your ego; Stay connected; Get ready for the audition; Get to the
point quickly; Specialize; Be fabulous; Be generous with your expertise;
Show your personality.
Barbara_Moses  solo  management_consulting  self-employment  preparation 
march 2009 by jerryking
I spent my twenties obsessing about what I should do.
April 25, 2008 G& M column by Barbara Moses aimed at 20-something new grads confused about career and life choices.
Managing_Your_Career  Barbara_Moses  life_skills  career  millennials 
january 2009 by jerryking
Even in Uncertain Times, Quitting is an Option
Oct. 3, 2008 article by Barbara Moses offers advice that it is
still OK to leave a job if you're unhappy and prepared to search hard
for a replacement
career  Managing_Your_Career  Barbara_Moses  uncertainty  managing_uncertainty  unhappiness  turbulence 
january 2009 by jerryking

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