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Career Management With The Help of Technology: Nurturing Your Network Wed 25 Feb 09

This is the fourth in a series of four posts regarding managing your career with the help of technology.  I've chosen the title words very carefully as I wanted to talk about the life-long process of career management not to be confused with the job search process.  Oh for sure, the job search process is a part of this but the management of your career should not start and stop with each job search you go through.  I am eager to learn what has worked well for you.  Please leave your comments and suggestions. 

Watering_plants_at_dunwoody_jstownsley Okay, you've told people who you are, branded yourself and have established your network, time to kick back and relax, right?  Not exactly.  Your network is really about relationships.  It needs care and attentive nurturing.  Would you be inclined to help out a former network who only calls every few years when they need something from you?  Of course not.

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Interesting and Useful Links Tue 24 Feb 09

Getting & Keeping IT Top Management’s Attention on The Business of IT regarding keeping senior IT management involved in a project.

Six ways to make Web 2.0 work on McKinsey Quarterly regarding how to successfully use Web 2.0 technologies.

Another Password Analysis on Schneier on Security regarding how weak we all make our passwords.  Excuse me for a few seconds while I go change mine.

Breaking Your Browser's 'Padlock' on Forbes.com regarding how hackers can us a software tool that can steal information even from supposedly ''secure'' sites.

Raising Expectations with the “New” Social Media on IT Business Alignment (IT2B) regarding how the instant nature of social media creates an expectation of an equally instant response.

Why Microsoft Will Never Be Cool (And Should Stop Trying) on Cracked.com regarding Microsoft's new retail stores.

Are Corporate Executives Clueless? on Inquiries Into Alignment regarding the task of being an executive.

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Guest Post - The Courage To Lead Mon 23 Feb 09

Terry_oceanport Terry Seamon is one of my favorite bloggers.  He writes Here We Are. Now What?, a blog dealing with leadership, transition, and as he says "Facilitating wisdom to make the world a better place."

He is running a series of guest posts on the topic "Leading in the Crisis" and has honored me by asking me to guest post on this topic.  You can find my post "The Courage To Lead" on his site.

Thank you Terry.

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Twitter's Corporate Message Wed 18 Feb 09

Using the microblogging service to connect with customers.

Twitter is a microblogging service where people answer the question, "What are you doing?" in a 140 characters or less. It started about four years ago, has experienced phenomenal growth and is now one of the most popular social networking services on the Internet. You can follow other people's postings, or "tweets," as they are called.

Hindenburg_burning I held off using Twitter because, frankly, I just didn't see the point. I had no interest in reading about what TV show someone was watching or what kind of coffee they were drinking. And to be honest I really couldn't imagine anyone being interested in what TV show I was watching.    To paraphrase Herbert Morrison, "Oh, the inanity!"

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Interesting and Useful Links Mon 16 Feb 09

Some interesting posts I've found recently

I Know It When I See It on Andrew McAfee's Blog regarding what constitutes an Enterprise 2.0 product

A couple of timely and timeless posts by Terrence Seamon on "Here We Are.  Now What?" Leading in the Crisis - 2  and Leading in the Crisis

The big and small of IT on Andrew McAfee's Blog regarding the impact of 2.0 on big and small companies

The increasing cost of information technology on Thinking Faster regarding the cost of IT being more than just the cost of processing power

What is "net plus thirty" on an invoice? on the The Business Blog at Intuitive.com - an interesting look at how we communicate.

Code Reviews and Sex Orgies on NOOP.NL regarding the positive aspect of peer pressure in software development

The Internet we have is just fine on ThreatChaos regarding suggestions we need a new Internet

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Comments and Trackbacks Sun 15 Feb 09

I love comments and trackbacks!  To keep these useful for everyone I've added a statement about my policy on Comments and Trackbacks.  You can always find the link to this in the footer at the bottom of the page if you have any questions.

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Career Management With The Help of Technology: Branding & Marketing Yourself Wed 11 Feb 09

This is the third in a series of four posts regarding managing your career with the help of technology.  I've chosen the title words very carefully as I wanted to talk about the life-long process of career management not to be confused with the job search process.  Oh for sure, the job search process is a part of this but the management of your career should not start and stop with each job search you go through.  I am eager to learn what has worked well for you.  Please leave your comments and suggestions. 

In the first post in this series I talked about "Who You Are" which on the surface sounds like it is about your "brand", but it is different.  Think about Chevrolet and Ferrari.  Who are they?  Well they are both car companies.  What's their brand?  Ah, big difference!  Your brand is what distinguishes you from all the other people in the same role.  Think about the group of programmers or analysts you work with.  Through their actions they've established a brand as "the go-to guy in an emergency", "the plodder", the "yeh, I can make that work", or the "that can't be done" person.

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Interesting and Useful Links Mon 09 Feb 09

Thought I'd share some interesting links.

IT vs Sales: The YouTube Version on The Business of IT

Top 10 Steve Jobs Quotes Of All Time The Best Article Every Day

CIO’s - Start working on your Personal Brand on Aligning Technology, Strategy, People & Projects by Eric Brown

Innovating like the Marines on Innovate On Purpose 

IT Project or Business Project? on IT Business Alignment (IT2B) [Also take a look at Eric Brown's post about this article]

The Great Library of Googleplex by Nicholas Carr on Rough Type

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Technology in the Airline Industry Fri 06 Feb 09

Changes In The Airline Industry Making New Demands on IT

At_the_airport_giacomo_p Kim Nash has an interesting article on CIO.com, What the Airlines Can Teach You About IT and Business Strategy.  The article discusses how the events of the past few years have created new demands on the airline's IT groups.  Dealing with legacy system while trying to provide new services and features is a challenge.

Just in case anyone from the airline industry is reading, I thought I'd remind you of some suggestions to put on your to-do list.

"At the airport" photo by Giacomo P.

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Between Jobs Ministry Wed 04 Feb 09

A Great Resource For Houston Job Seekers

Bjm_175_2 My old friend Gerry Fusco who runs the Senior Manager Group at Between Jobs Ministry asked me to stop by and talk with the group about my experiences in job hunting and what I see employers are looking for today.  It was a great experience.  BJM is doing lots of good things helping people find jobs at all levels from entry-level to C-level.

If you are in a job search and are in the Houston area you definitely need to go to BJM.  It is the best networking and job search resource in town.  I think it is probably one of the best in the country. 

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