December 12, 2013
This article was sourced from the Leading Company website, and written by Gordon Spence and Padraig O’Sullivan.
“We want to be innovative” is a catch cry of most Australian organisations.
Little wonder. Australian companies are among the least proficient innovators in the OECD and seem to fail at creating the conditions needed for innovation to flourish.
Peter Drucker’s famed comment: “innovate or die”, applies today more than it ever did. The forecasted end (or slowing) of the resource boom coupled with comparatively high labour costs means Australian firms have to find new ways of competing.
To be clear, the term innovation refers not to a random moment of ‘eureka!’ insight. Rather, it refers to a constructive process where idea generation (creative thought), experimentation and trial-and-error learning are combined in a search for products or services that provide a competitive advantage.
It is a highly complex, multifaceted process that draws on individual and collective inputs. It is, therefore, an innately social process and the ‘people factor’ must be handled well if innovation is to result.
There are many reasons why innovation fails. According to innovation researchers, 64% of leaders fail to back innovation projects (due to risk aversion), 40% of projects fall over due to turf wars, and 35% of the time it is due to poor project implementation.
Interestingly, a lack of ideas is not a common reason for innovation failure. So, if Australian businesses aren’t short on ideas, what’s stopping us?
Find out by clicking here…
December 9, 2013
When it comes to standing out online, your best bet is to offer your own original content. Blog posts or tweets that revolve around your unique ideas will make you a standout candidate according to Alexis Grant from this article on mashable.com.
But the truth is, not everyone has the time, writing ability or even confidence to grow a quality blog or social media account, and plenty of people who don’t have a blog still want to move up the career ladder, into more challenging and better-paying positions.
What if there was a way to show the world just how smart you are, without creating your own content?
Well, there is, and it’s a tactic you should seriously consider: sharing other people’s content.
Whether you curate on Twitter, Pinterest, LinkedIn, Tumblr or all of the above, here are five things sharing content created by others says about you — and why it can move your career forward.
1. You know your industry inside and out.
When you share an abundance of interesting information, people begin to realize you know your stuff. Not only do you know what’s going on, but you understand what’s valuable to people in your industry and what they want to read, which is just as important.
Even if you don’t consider yourself highly knowledgeable on a certain topic — if, for example, you’re looking to change careers and are using your online presence to pivot — you’ll become knowledgeable on that topic as you sift through blogs and tweets looking for quality information to share. In other words, curating content can help you become an authority in your field and help others see you as an authority.
2. You’re innovative.
3. You enjoy helping others.
4. You’re familiar with the big (and little) players in your field.
5. In some cases, you have access to those industry players.
Read the above points in more detail by clicking here…
December 6, 2013
Think of two people who work in your organization: one a level or two below you, and the other a level above. Now imagine getting an email from each of them. Ask yourself how long it would take you to answer those emails.
Chances are the one from above you respond to right away. And the one from below you are likely to answer when you can get around to it.
That difference in response times has been used to map the hierarchy in an organization. And it reflects a more general principle: we pay more attention to those who hold more power than we do – and notice less those who hold less power.
The relationship between power and focus shows up starkly in interactions as simple as two strangers meeting for the first time. In just five minutes of conversation, the person of higher social status generally gives fewer indicators of attention, like eye contact and nods than does the one who holds less social power. This attention gap has even surfaced even among college students from wealthier and poorer families.
That analysis of response times to email was done using the entire email database of Enron Corporation, which became available to researchers after it was used to investigate the firm’s collapse. The program for detecting the social networks in an organization through email analysis was developed at Columbia University, and proved remarkably accurate.
Continue this article by Daniel Goleman found on the Linkedin website, click here…
December 3, 2013
Have you updated your LinkedIn profile lately? According to William Arruda from this article from the Forbes website you should.
Over the past decade, LinkedIn has become an essential personal branding tool. It has never been more important to build and maintain a stellar LinkedIn profile. The virtual professional network has morphed from an online resume and networking site to a comprehensive personal branding resource. Here are nine eye-opening reasons why you need to polish your LinkedIn profile right now!
1. It has millions of members. With over 225 million members, LinkedIn is the world’s largest professional network. Today, it’s assumed that you have a LinkedIn profile. If you don’t have one, can you be taken seriously as a career-minded executive? Brand-conscious leaders don’t turn their backs on two hundred million prospects.
2. It shows up at the top of Google searches. When someone googles you, your LinkedIn profile will likely show up in the first or second spot – that’s some powerful Google juice! This is important because, according to a Gravitate Online study of over 8 million clicks, more than 94% of users clicked on the first page results while fewer than 6% clicked to the second page. The first and second positions get 50% of all clicks.
3. People are researching you. All kinds of people use all kinds of ways to learn about you. LinkedIn gives you an opportunity to control what they discover about your strengths and, more important, about your brand. Who are these people? People you know. People who want to know you. People who matter: Your prospects, employees, manager, clients, competitors. They all use LinkedIn to learn about others. They search for you before meeting you for the first time, or after reading an article that you were featured in, or when deciding whether to respond to your email.
4. It’s packed with invaluable resources.
5. You don’t know what you’re missing out on.
6. You’ll stay ultra-current.
7. You’ll automatically remain connected.
8. It’s the most efficient way to manage your network.
9. It’s the ultimate personal branding platform.
December 1, 2013
We are getting to the time of the year where we take a few extra minutes to reflect on the year that was. Regardless of how you measure success, for CKI People the 2013 calendar year has been a good one. We continue to work with great clients across a range of industries, have a growing network of professionals in both the consulting and contracting arenas, and we have won work with new clients and maintained and grown relationships with existing clients. However we are aware that this has not necessarily been the same experience for the wider consulting or indeed general employment market. Particularly for Melbourne, the year has been a tough one, with many organisations choosing not to fill vacated roles or worse, widespread redundancies. I believe the signs for an improved market in 2014 are becoming more positive with many market indicators suggesting better times ahead; for example an improving US economy, China’s growth forecast, market analyst forecasting a lift in interest rates, companies in full acquisition mode and so it goes. All good indicators for better times ahead and CKI People will be there to work with our clients and consultant network to take full advantage of the upswing!
For those of you ‘between opportunities’ make sure you keep yourself busy with networking activities, ie coffee meetings. For 10 Tips for an Awesome Coffee Meeting, make sure you check out the article below. Also see if you agree with the article discussing 50 Rules for Doing Business in Australia. These and many more articles across a range of topics to add to your Christmas reading list.
Wishing you minimum stress and maximum good times in the weeks leading up to Christmas!
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