We’ll Be There! – 2009 World Business Forum

I’m so excited! I’ll be blogging at the World Business Forum where “top business, political and academic figures meet to debate the most pressing issues of the day.”  The line up includes Bill Clinton, George Lucus, Gary Hamel and a host of other incredible contributors.  (Really, check out the speakers list on the website World Business Forum .)  The dates are October 6-7.  If you can join us, the Forum will be held at Radio City Music Hall in New York City.  Please find us to say “hello.”

Julie Lenzer Kirk and I will be Official Bloggers at the conference.  We hope you check out our blog entries and follow us on Twitter as @yourboot (Julie) and @chiefcatalyst (Renee).  We’ll have access to all the speakers for questions.  What would you want know?  Who knows – maybe we’ll get a chance to ask your question! 

Again, check out the list of speakers and topics, and then send me your questions.  More importantly, I’d really like to be reporting on topics you find intersting. That will be far more exciting for both of us – trust me :-).

I’m really excited to be part of the conference and share my findings with you all.  Help me make it an interactive event and share the information with others who might be interested but who can’t attend.

See you virtually there!

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What you can learn from gardening

They say gardening is a great is a great outdoor activity. And, I have to agree a beautiful garden is something to be very proud of. What amazes me is the amount of work it takes to create a beautiful garden.

I think I went into having a large garden with beautiful stone walls thinking you set it up and that’s that. It should only take a little bit of maintenance each year – no problem. Unfortunately, it’s just not like that. A great garden is a commitment. To reap the benefit and glory of the color requires knowledge, care and feeding. And, as I just realized after a couple weeks of vacation, it cannot be neglected or the effort to recover is tremendous. And, it’s going to take me a few weekends to get this one back into shape.

Now, the initial task was quite daunting. I actually filled up three large garden bags overflowing with weeds. Only weeds. I have to admit it was impossible to get started. So, I decided to work in regions. Finish this one then move to the next one. Periodically, I’d stop to load a bag so that part didn’t look too daunting. In a couple hours I was done with phase 1. It felt great. Actually, the cornflowers and hydrangea look wonderful – now you can see them.

A friend stopped by and noticed all the progress. Boy, it felt great.

While pulling weeds, I started thinking I should use this “regional” method to get my work done during the week. It always seems so daunting.  As a result, I keep putting off the big things. But getting things done in parts is progress!  I’m going to break things down and plan the attack. It might work!

First Day of School

I can’t figure out why knowing the kids are going back to school this week is so exciting to me. Yes, I will have more sanity as I won’t be answering 50 questions: can you take us here or there? Can I go over to so and so’s house? Can you give me $20 for that thing I really don’t need? The endless chatter and interruptions will not be missed, and I will look forward to having a few hours each day where I don’t have to worry where they are, what they are doing, and if they have the common sense to deal with new situations.

This is different. I think there is something more primal going on. Each year I notice I respond to a “newness” that affects my attitude and drives what I want to be doing. I guess it’s like a need to “nest,” but for the company. You know what I mean – the need to get ready for something exciting or get prepared for things to come.

I wonder if this feeling is the mental anticipation that we experienced year after year of going back to see our friends, getting new teachers both good and bad, and getting out of the house with another year of experience leading to new independence. It’s burned in my brain. The weather has some affect as well.

This is simply an exciting time of year. I’m compelled to do new and fresh activities like planning for next year and designing new marketing campaigns that match the strategy. I’m even excited to get back to networking. (I have to admit I got a little burned-out on networking by June.) My energy is way up, my attitude is bright, and I see opportunity everywhere I turn.

I guess I don’t need to understand it, rather learn to leverage it. I’m curious. Do you get the same surge of excitement about what you’re doing this time of year?

To tweet or not to tweet – why ask?

It always cracks me up when people say ask why I Twitter.  Besides the fact that it’s called “tweeting,” I enjoy Twitter because I’ve met so many incredible people that I wouldn’t have otherwise met, or gotten to know folks I already knew better.  For me, tweeting is a way of connecting with people who have similar interests.  You can find people who like cars, money, music, Jesus, or bands.  You name it.  I also get great data from the Twitterverse.  I can search on any key word and find out what’s in motion on a topic – any topic. 

If you’re looking to get started on Twitter, just get folks who have an account to follow you then follow some of the folks they follow.  In time, you’ll get a nice stream of tweets scrolling by.  If you’re real new, just ask anyone who has a good following to “re-tweet” that you’re new and looking for followers.  I do it all the time when someone announces a new-be.  You just never know who might connect. I personally like the organic connection method over advertised automated methods.  Just seems more real. If your following isn’t connecting with you because of something you say or do, then what’s the point?

Then chat. Be yourself.  People who like what you say or like the questions you ask will connect with you, they will forward your tweets to their following, and before you know it you’ve got so many tweets to read you can’t keep up.  Check in on a regular basis.  One thing I did was have Monty Python quote night on Sundays.  It was so much fun how many Monty Python followers came out of the closet!  People looked forward to contributing.

I have to admit I’m not a big fan of people who use Twitter to sell directly unless they do it in a way that really helps others in the Twitterverse.  You can do it, but I’d think hard about how you do it. I’m also not a big fan of those who choose to show, describe or display body parts that are generally covered.  This seems to be a big trend lately. I’ve become a little more discerning about who I follow and even had to block a few. 

Come join us.  It’s a great place to play, learn and “listen.”  I have to personally think @rockingjude who helped me get connected to the Twitterverse and answered many of my questions early on.  And, no I do not know her.  She just helped a stranger who to this day is thankful she saw my tweet scrolling by asking a silly quesiton and took the time to help.  She totally rocks and is still quite special to me. TYVM

It’s all about me, isn’t it?

I still never seem to find the time to get this blog off the ground. I keep asking myself, “what can you say that others might find interesting?”  I finally concluded this is simply an excuse.   However, this idea did lead me to understand better what I’m trying to accomplish here.  After all, blogging is not like your typical marketing strategy where you can narrow in on a way to use a tool because you can identify a collection of people with common likes and interests, then play to that.  Anyone can wander by.

Instead I’ve decided this blog is less about you and more about me.  Why not?  It’s a great way to get to know someone…if you so desire.  (If not, my posts won’t be long enough to waste your time.)  Besides, my limited market research shows this is what most people are doing anyway – using their blogs to share themselves and their opinions.  It’s a nice way to get to know what makes people tick, so now I’ll share some of my interests.

Now I decided to actually post a blog, I’m discovering that it’s a great place for me to put my thoughts together.  Like slo-mo. I don’t know about you, but I rarely get to think through concepts like I used to.  Everything I do today is quite reactive.  I live for the “here and now” these days.  You know the feeling.  You struggle and struggle with an issue. But as soon as you walk away from it for 10 minutes  – poof, a different solution (often better) appears like magic.  That’s what this blog is about. Slowing down my thinking long enough to know what I’m actually thinking instead of how I’m reacting.

The only dilemma left is a tough one.  How am I going to take care of this and keep it going?  I’m hoping that might be easier now it’s all about me.  But you just never know, do ya?

That is the question

Most of us go through life wondering about what isn’t.  Why didn’t this happen?  Why can’t I have that?  Why oh why.

My question is: what is?  When I inventory what is, I’m quite pleased with all that I have and all that I’ve accomplished.  When I worry about what isn’t, I’m never pleased.  There is always something else.

I think I’m going to start taking into account those things that are here and now.  Not what could have been or what should have been. We all have a right to question what could have been, what would have happened if… But does it really move you in the direction of your dreams?  Identifying my dreams and setting goals to get there is the only way my dreams have come true.

And, occasionally, life throws in a wrench or two – just to keep it interesting.  No amount of worrying about “what isn’t” will fix that.  So, I’m going with “what is” because it’s all good. Seems like a mental perspective I can control quite easily.

Hello world!

This is my first attempt at starting a blog. Wish me luck! I still haven’t figured what all the hub bub is about.