Dealing With Life’s Curveballs

Dealing With Life’s Curveballs

Laura Pittman: Dealing With Life’s Curveballs

Marc Mawhinney’s podcast Natural Born Coaches is a show about people in the business of coaching others in business, lifestylMarc Mawhinney Natural Born Coaches cover170x170e, etc. Click on the show logo to go visit his iTunes link and Subscribe to his show.

Marc has a great show that I listen to and recommend. You can check out one of Marc’s podcast episodes below.

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Laura Pittman was a professional in the corporate world who was thrown a curveball in her career – but instead of letting it defeat her, she picked herself back up and used the experience to help other women dealing with professional challenges!


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Marc Mawhinney Natural Born Coaches

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Community, Collaboration and Congregation

Community, Collaboration and Congregation

 Enterprise Collaboration For Business

Enterprise Collaboration means using communications tools to enable geographically distributed employees and work groups to cooperate with each other to achieve a business objective or goal.

Social Business Value Creation Model

Michael Brito in his book Your Brand – The Next Media Company, states that organizations must use a Social Business Value Creation Model when they are evaluating whether to use enterprise collaboration. That basically means you don’t want to collaborate just for collaborations sake. There must be value created. That value will depend on what your business goals are. However, the most typical goals that are used as a Return on Investment are:

  • Revenue growth
  • Decreased costs due to less use of call center staff, improved business process, etc.
  • Product and process innovation
  • Employee satisfaction – through morale increase, employee retention and hiring top talent.

As we look at our company and what benefit would enterprise collaboration have for it these are the types of returns we should look at.  One of the greatest benefits is the development of an internal community.

Communities are important. When I started in the lending business, I asked a Realtor what sub-divisions she worked in. She advised me that they were Communities, not sub-divisions.  Wow, that’s a great way to look at it. When you are selling homes, people are looking for a sense of community. Communities are about belonging, being part of the greater good, being a valuable part of a congregation or family.

A “Subdivision” is a piece of land divided into smaller plots of plots, dividing the group into smaller, not familiar parcels.  Real estate is not the only area where a community is subdivided.  Businesses, especially those that grow rapidly and those that have locations scattered geographically. In business this type of subdivision would be referred to as Silos.

Business Silos Toppled

Organizations like ours, with multiple lines of business and products can often develop business silos. Silos can lead to duplicate business processes or poor processes.  Often in soloed organizations there are subject matter experts that can be utilized cross-functionally but aren’t.  There are opportunities for cross-selling that go unnoticed because there isn’t shared knowledge leading to loss of potential revenue. A collaborative enterprise will be able to topple silos that prevent knowledge transfer and improved processes.

Training and Knowledge Transfer

In organizations, like ours, there are often employees that have vast knowledge in their area of specialty, and periodically other areas. Often these team members don’t feel appreciated when then cannot offer their expertise as needed. In a collaborative enterprise, teams are able to leverage the knowledge of various departments. Because the information is seen by many people not just those that emails are sent to. This knowledge can be collected and made searchable. This will allow two potential benefits to occur.

  • Employee Satisfaction – Employees will feel a greater sense of worth when they can contribute to the company and to the growth of others.  This will in turn lead to the ability to hire higher quality talent when they learn that there is high employee morale.
  • Reduction in costs – There will be less reliance on help-desk or call centers. When the knowledge is shared in a collaborative environment, people can learn from others, others can transfer their knowledge, and the shared knowledge can be stored and searched for later use.

Corporate Culture

A company like ours that has a defined corporate culture wants that culture to continue as it grows and expands. Oftentimes, as businesses grow and disperse, it become more difficult for the offices away from the corporate hub to maintain touch with the culture carriers and begin to feel that separation.

The use of email, an informal messaging tool, does not allow expression of emotions or feelings of congregations. Email today is fast becoming the voice mail of the past. No one likes to be sent to voice mail.  These days with the vast quantity of emails in one’s inbox, they too, often stack up and go unmonitored for hours, days at a time. This often leads to frustration.

A sense of community. Enterprise Collaboration tools that use social media as foundation work to create a familiar way to share work related information and knowledge with social integration that people are comfortable with. It provides the opportunity to share this information real-time with multiple members of the community at once, where these people congregate, like a community.

That is where we want our company to be. A Community! A community where people congregate to share in like-minded goals and the same culture. Enterprise Collaboration tools provide the social atmosphere and the acceptance of social media provides the growth of this tool.  Corporate culture will be able to thrive with the ability to congregate together as one community.

A collaborative enterprise would benefit a fast growing and geographically diverse company like ours. While email is a good communications tool, it keeps the community within the local areas and teams. Providing a collaborate environment displays to the entire organization the common goals of the company. Everyone can congregate over one collaboration platform instead of many water coolers.




 Some great articles on Enterprise Collaboration

The 12 Habits Of Highly Collaborative Organizations

When it comes to the future of work and collaboration I’ve worked with and researched hundreds of companies.  Collaboration is indeed a top priority for many business leaders but knowing what makes organizations successful can be a tricky thing.  After all no two companies are like and their strategies and technologies can be quite different. In addition collaboration initiatives come from different departments with different budgets, they have different uses cases and corporate cultures, and different approaches, goals, and measures of success.  So if there is so much variety here then how do we know what makes organizations successful?  The answer lies in chess.


What Makes Collaboration Actually Work in a Company?

“I’ve yet to meet a CEO who didn’t want his or her company to move faster,” wrote Ron Ricci, a Cisco executive. In this disruptive era, the companies that will survive are those that can adapt most swiftly. Rapidly exiting the Home Networking business, as Cisco did recently, couldn’t have happened if the firm had not developed a clear, transparent and collaborative decision making process according to Ricci and his Cisco colleague and co-author of The Collaboration Imperative, Carl Wiese.

How Collaboration Tools Can Turn Your Company Into A Social Business

Social networks for business help enterprises collaborate securely across departments, offices and countries. Many available tools give employees a sense of online community and help forge connections between different parts of the business and your customers.

However, some business leaders struggle to understand the benefits of the “social business”. Furthermore, organizations that have made the leap often find that after embracing the technology initially, employees’ enthusiasm soon dies down and only a handful of workers continue to use the technology.

So, how can businesses develop a long-term social business strategy? We spoke to a number of experts to find out.



Other Good Content on Enterprise Collaboration

5 Reasons Why Collaboration is important in Today’s business

Michael Brito Interviews Maria from Yammer

4 Ways to Achieve More Value with Enterprise Collaboration

10 Predictions for Enterprise Collaboration in 2015








4 Ways To Fight the Fears that Cripple Your Success

Antone Media Announces 1st Podcast. Goal Getting Podcast Launched

is Excited to Announce the Launch of our First Podcast

Goal Getting Podcast launched February 25th, 2015.  Get the Goals You Set!

Fear of Failure, Fear of Success, The Impostor Syndrome are fears that affect our success.  Do you suffer from these?  I wrote the speech linked here for my 10th Speech in the Competent Communicator manual for Toastmasters International. I am a member of a company Toastmasters Club.  Completing the CC as it is called is a big step for me.

Creating and launching the Goal Getting Podcast has been exciting and I have put a log of hard work in getting this launched.  I have achieved my goal that I set.  However, it wasn’t easy.  It should have been easier this time around. I did a podcast back in 2004.  It didn’t take me very long to get it up and running.

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3 Ways Your Mind Kills Your Dreams

Dream Big! Follow Your DreamsDream Killer

I was fascinated about motivational speakers. I loved to go to hear motivational speakers because I get really excited. It is almost riding a roller coaster.  They talk about cool things like new cars, big houses, traveling in motorhomes, luxury yachts and the big dreams.

A good motivational speaker will get you pumped up, they will get you motivated.  They should, that’s their job.  I have walked away from these motivational speakers ready to go tear up the world!

Then my stinkin’ mind would kick in –

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Did I Just Waste The Entire Year

Without Direction, Your GPS can't help you.

Where to you want to go?

Have you ever been driving down the road and all of a sudden just come to the realization that you are farther along than you thought you were. You wonder,

Wait, How Did I Get Here?

You were driving, thinking or Not, and now you are miles down the road. That is a form of hypnosis. You were in a high state of suggestibility and with the monotonous road, the distractions the sensations of all around you suddenly you were somewhere you were not expecting to be.

That is how life is without a Clearly Defined, Written Goal. You just kind of wake up and you aren’t where you expected to be.

Did you want to be somewhere else? Did you think you would be someplace else in your life when you woke up on New Years Eve and you fell like you wasted the entire year?

I moved recently and there are many nights when I get off the train and get in my car and leave the station towards my house, I look up and realize that I am driving to my old house. I just made the turn to go right back where I was before.

What am I rambling about? What I am saying to you and, to me, is that if you don’t plan where you want to go every day, every time you do something, it is easy to fall into the rut of doing what you did before. You have to define what you want to do and be able to keep track of what you are doing to make sure you get there.

The GPS won’t get you where you are going if you don’t give it a destination.

I talk about Goals and how to set them effectively. As someone who claims to be an expert in this, sometimes I feel that I don’t practice what I preach. Much like driving down the road and realizing you aren’t sure how you got where you are, we often do this in life. We are busy with the things we are doing, thinking about all of the “traffic” in our lives, the things going by us, the things in front of us slowing us down, the people behind us with their high beams on pushing us forward. Next thing you know, we are not where we thought we were or would be.

We will be starting our Goal Getting Podcast soon. You can go over to the website and join the Goal Getter Nation to get email updates.  Just click on the picture below.

Goal Getting Podcast Don't Just Set'em, Get'em

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Thank You All – 2014 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 660 times in 2014. If it were a cable car, it would take about 11 trips to carry that many people.

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Should you Sell your eBook on Amazon or your Blog? – Jeff Bullas’s Blog

Cover of my eBook - 9 Steps to Successful Goal Achievement

9 Steps to Successful Goal Achievement

I just finished writing my eBook – 9 Steps to Successful Goal Setting and was wondering if I should try to sell it on Amazon or here on my blog. I think it was timely that I ran across this post by Jeff Bullas.  Jeff has pointed out a lot of great things on his post that would be very beneficial.

I plan to give my new eBook to listeners of my podcast Goal Getting – Don’t Just Set’em, Get’em – The Goal Getting Podcast at not cost, yes FREE.  Look for it to launch in early January.  And when you see it and send me your email, I will send you your Free Copy.

But I have to think. Do I want to sell it on Amazon.  That would be cool to be a published author.  It has been one of my goals. I should do what I can to achieve that goal.

What does Jeff have to say?

Should you Sell Your Book on Amazon or Your Blog via Jeff Bullas’ Blog.

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