Big Apple of Knowledge

I have no words to describe how much I love New York City. It’s the best place on Earth. That’s why I’ve been here my entire adult life.

The people, the sights, the sounds, if not always the smell, always combine to make me feel I’m home. That’s why I had to read the Forbes article this week about Fifty Important Lessons New York City Taught Me.

Here are my top five lessons:

  1. Walk
  2. If you don’t care, no one will.
  3. Mean a little to many, or a lot to few
  4. You get what you incentivize
  5. Be inspired

It’s important to keep sight of the small lessons in a city so big, otherwise you may find yourself lost.

What are your top lessons in this article? Please share!

Ritu Walia is an FG Analyst.

Remote Employees Are More Engaged? Really?

Employees who work remotely are actually more engaged with their teams than their “in-office” counterparts, according to a recent Harvard Business Review study. Surprised?

Our own Keith Ferrazzi has published advice on how dispersed teams can be more productive than co-located teams in Harvard Business Review, and yet my initial reaction was disbelief. How can individuals be more engaged with people they never see than with people down the hall? But author Scott Edinger proposes several possible reasons:

  1. Proximity breeds complacency.  Even co-located teams communicate primarily through email. It’s so easy to walk 100 feet to communicate personally that people take it for granted.
  2. Absence makes people try harder to connect. People make more of an effort to connect when they you don’t ordinarily interact with people.
  3. Leaders of virtual teams make better use of tools. When your primary form of connecting with people is virtual, you master many different modes of communication.
  4. Leaders of far-flung teams maximize the time their teams spend together. When remote people do finally get face-time with people they don’t see often, leaders do everything to maximize the precious time spent together.

Do you agree with Edinger’s suppositions? Have you noticed more engagement with remote teammates?

Ritu Walia is an FG Analyst.

The Greenlight Highlight: How A Young Professional Practices Relationship Mastery To Serve and Succeed

Maxwell Lyons
Sydney, Australia (as of three weeks ago)
Greenlight Member Since: July 2010

Elevator Pitch: “I love being stretched and attempting to play above my current capacity. Born and raised in a small town in Idaho, I owe so much of the success I’ve had in life to the relationships I’ve developed.”

What experience in your past was the moment you recognized how important relationships are to your success? 

I grew up valuing friendships, but hated “networking”. I viewed it as pretending to be something and someone you are not, and that never sat well with me. After I read Never Eat Alone, it flipped what I thought about networking on its head and showed me that my friends and my business contacts could be one in the same. That’s the moment it clicked for me that relationships can be powerful, as well as fun, in the professional world.

What’s the coolest things you’re working on at home or at work right now? Continue reading

Relationship Roundup

This week in the Roundup, how to identify and utilize top contacts, invest in yourself, use social media in business, connect through conversation, and build your community.

Relationship planning for success – If you’ve used myGreenlight’s Relationship Action Planning tools, the concept of the “Critical 100” will be very familiar. In this Harvard Business Review blog, authors Ram Charan and Daniel Casse offer the steps for identifying and utilizing the most important 100 people in your organization. Read the blog here: http://bit.ly/MIoTY6.

Investing in #1 – Often our focus on the relationships that sustain us and our goals can lead to neglecting ourselves. This Inc. Magazine article offers advice on carving out the time to invest in your own development. Read it here: http://bit.ly/OGQw3h.

B2B social media – Great tips from Social Media Today on the best uses of the medium for business. Read the article here: http://bit.ly/NxNm5Z.

Connecting with conversation – Every conversation we have is an opportunity to advance a new and important relationship, learn something new, and/or advance a goal. Learn more about how to get the most out of your conversation in this Entrepreneur Magazine article: http://bit.ly/OU0ApJ.

Building your community – As we build our personal and professional brands, we are also building our personal and professional communities. Read this WordofMouth.org blog on managing the fan, follower, and community member relationship here: http://bit.ly/Om3Pq2.

Kibibi Springs is myGreenlight’s Community Director.

The Greenlight Highlight: How a Seasoned Project Manager Uses Relationship Mastery to Foster Teamwork

Joseph Katucki
Wallingford, CT
Greenlight Member Since: June 2010

Elevator Pitch: “I’m not afraid of trouble, I like solving problems. I am a Project Manager specializing in turning around troubled projects. Currently I’m creating a leadership development program. I also mentor small businesses through the SBA’s SCORE program.”

What experience in your past marked the moment you recognized how important relationships are to your success? 

About five years into my professional career, I remember looking around the office and noticing who were getting fun assignments and promoted the fastest. It was those individuals who were personally and/or socially connected with the management chain.

What’s the coolest things you’re working on at home or at work right now?

I am leading the charge on an innovative leadership development program for the nearly 1,800 members of the Southern New England Project Management Institute (SNEC-PMI). It’s a program that includes a 360 leadership skills assessment, one-on-one feedback and coaching by a Center for Creative Leadership accredited leadership coach, three 3-day workshops facilitated by a hired consultant, and two 1-day events that will be open to the larger SNEC-PMI community.

The lessons I’ve learned about working with a volunteer organization have been invaluable. It’s taken a lot more time to get things moving and I have to approach every interaction with extreme generosity as every individual I rely on is there on a gifted basis. Continue reading

Company Cultchah: Habit Labs

Recently I highlighted to-do managing app Asana’s list of Company Values. This week I ran across another company with a great list.

Habit Labs is devoted to “writing the code for human behavioral change” – literally. They build apps designed to (so far) help people adopt new habits, achieve goals, and empty their email inboxes.

HL has an entire page devoted to their Company Axioms, part of which covers 8 Core Values:

  1. Believe, or leave
  2. Everyone gets true autonomy
  3. Create opportunities for everyone to do their best work, every day
  4. Show people how they are making an impact Continue reading

You’re Invited: Keith Ferrazzi and LinkedIn Founder Reid Hoffman LIVE

Join Keith Ferrazzi, CEO of Ferrazzi Greenlight, in conversation with Reid Hoffman, founder of LinkedIn and author of The Start-up of You: Adapt to the Future, Invest in Yourself, and Transform Your Career, at this month’s Social Capitalist Live Event, Tuesday, June 12 at 12:30 PM ET (NOTE UPDATED TIME!)

Register here for the live Webex event!

During the lively, 45-minute discussion with audience Q&A, you’ll learn:

  • The backstory: how and why Reid launched LinkedIn
  • How thinking like a Silicon Valley entrepreneur enhances success in any career
  • How Reid personally leverages his LinkedIn page
  • The keys to maximizing your network literacy, the ability to conceptualize, access, and benefit from the information flowing through your social network

…And much, much more! If you can’t make it, register anyway – we’ll send you a recording and transcript afterwards.

What people are saying about The Start-up of You:

“The Internet has fundamentally changed the architecture of business and society. This terrific book shows you how to live, learn, and thrive in a networked world.”

“Crammed with insights and strategies to help each of us create the work life we want.”

“…start with an idea and work over your entire career to adapt it into something remarkable. This book distills the key techniques needed to succeed.”

See you there!

Heidi Roizen Tells You How to Mint Your Own Currency

Social Capitalist Heidi Roizen is known as Silicon Valley’s most legendary networker, but she had to build those relationships from the ground up just like anyone else. In this week’s tip she shares advice about finding and creating the currency you can offer to build a generosity-based relationship with anyone.

Heidi says:

“I do think there’s something truthful in asking the questions of any relationship you build, what do you bring to the table for that other person? What is the context of the relationship? What can you offer? Everyone has something to offer, but I think that people don’t realize it, particularly those who are just starting out.

Let’s take a situation where you want to get to know someone in your community who runs a company. Maybe you can’t do something directly for them, but maybe they’re involved in a charitable organization and you can go volunteer, work to death, and help with membership. You can go and do something. And eventually, as I find in many charitable organizations, it’s pretty easy to work your way up the ranks, if you devote some time and energy to doing it. And eventually, you will end up in a circle with that person or have an opportunity to talk to them. Continue reading

Three Terrific Young Bloggers

Did you know that 53.3 percent of the blogging population is between 21-35 years old?

Here are three terrific bloggers that are at the younger end of that age group, in their early- to mid-20s:

  1. Matt Cheuvront of Life without Pants shares “the message that defines the metaphor behind life without pants – that life, both personal and professional, must ultimately be approached without restrictions.” This blog is able to capture those amazing moments of candor and reflection that we all have and make them an enjoyable read that is relatable and provocative.
  2. Jeff Goins of GoinsWriter.com introduces himself with, “I love compelling stories, worthy causes, and Pez candy. I’ve been writing for most of my life and started this blog in 2010.” With a very honest and no-BS writing style, this blog can be truly inspiring and make you finally take the leap into your next project.
  3. Grace Boyle of Small Hands, Big Ideas offers ” ideas and life as a woman in a tech startup, daily inspirations, career, moving, relationships, and ideas as a 20-something.” Grace wants to change the world, one word at a time.

Have you noticed a trend in the age of the bloggers you read? How does that affect your view of the blog? Please share!

Ritu Walia is myGreenlight’s Member Coordinator.

We Have a Winner!

We are pleased to announce the winner of our second scholarship contest. John Shelton has received a free one-year unlimited membership to myGreenlight. The prize (worth $699) includes unlimited access to all of myGreenlight’s resources.

John’s membership package includes all three of myGreenlight’s courses, three bonus courses, access to myGreenlight’s thought leadership series’ archived and live events, and access to the program’s alumni directory.

John’s entry submission was selected by myGreenlight’s Community Director, Kibibi Springs and Program Director Sara Grace because of his well-defined goal for the program. As a nonprofit manager for the Brewery Arts Center in Northern Nevada and a consultant for more than 30 years, John intends to use the program to help maintain his local non-profits’ donor base. He will apply the training towards strengthening critical relationships to the organization’s continued existence in the community it serves. Fully understanding the recent economic landscape and the shift in priorities for many towards self-preservation over altruism, he sees relationship building as an essential component for driving and managing the non-profits patrons and members.

“As the leader of this institution, I have to look beyond simply providing cultural services to the community and must work to find improved ways to connect personally with our citizens, creating partnerships that approach community problems collectively, and that build up all of us towards living and working in our community together,” says John.

MyGreenlight is happy to award this resource to John to use with his staff and board to serve a catalytic role in rejuvenating the community through cultural awareness and deeper relationships. We look forward to hearing John’s progress locally and how their successes can provide a model for the national nonprofit community.