Why You Have to Up Your Networking Game.

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I meet a lot of people each and every day.

Recently, I’ve met with some great connectors that I’ve known but not at a networking event. One on one. In their offices for a glass of wine, a coffee or over lunch.

They said they were tired of the old networking game.

The large group networking game was very popular during the Great Recession and its sputter of today. The shotgun approach. In the depths of the Recession any activity was progress. The fire of the recession is not out. The embers are still red hot for the folks who are looking into the fire of losing their jobs. It happens every day, even in these days of low unemployment.

The people I met with are great networkers. Many are much better than I in their ways so I listen to their comments. Maybe I can incorporate what works for them into my ways.

They often tell me that they are networking less and in different ways. Continue reading

The Best Companies to Work For in the New Normal

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I had a nice Starbucks today with a new friend today with a great smile. She came to me through a great connector. She was looking for her new gig.

She used to have a job that she loved but she had reached the career ceiling at her former company. Not sure what that means in the New Normal. It was a Fortune 500 company. We have all heard of it. There is one right down my street. She had been there for years. But she wanted to try working in a different industry.

Smart career plan in the past but career plans are harder to follow in the New Normal. Continue reading

Networking with Uber.

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I love Uber. I first used it in Chicago on Memorial Day Weekend this year.

I used to work at JWT Chicago in the Hancock Building. I felt the power of working in a 100 story building in my early 30’s. The lights of the city were always on.

When we hosted client lunches on the 95th floor I felt that I could see my hometown Toronto.

The office was founded in 1891 I was told. Twenty years after the Chicago Fire.

Unfortunately JWT Chicago closed a few years ago in the New Normal. Continue reading

Do You Help Your Friends Who Have Been Fired?

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I do because many people that I hardly know have given their friends to me.

You get a call or an e mail from a former co-worker or a friend.

“Hey buddy I just got let go.  No way. That sucks. You are great. You will find a job soon. They will miss you and be sorry soon that’s for sure.”

“Can you have a Starbucks with me?”

“I would love to but I have a convention or something else coming up but I have a guy you should connect with.” Continue reading

The Irony Of New Business In the New Normal.

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Yes we all live in the New Normal. The starting date was September 15th 2008 when Lehman Brothers went down. The largest bankruptcy filing in the U.S. as Lehman had a value of 600 billion.

I am not that good at Math but if you multiplied the 17 Million people that lost their jobs in the great recession by their average salary would you get 500 or 600 Billion? Probably close.

Everything stopped and changed around the world.

If you are 4 or 65 your life has been changed by this event. Continue reading

Is the Recession Over?

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I know the Recession well. I remember sitting in a Starbucks with some friends in Laguna Niguel in August 2008 and taking about starting a networking group to help people in transition. Snap your fingers and Laguna Niguel Connectors has almost 4000 members. People needed a place to go when the world melted.

Things seem to be getting better on the economic and employment front.

I read the OC Register today.  Unemployment in the land of milk and honey and housewives on TV is down to 4.9%.  Things aren’t that good  over at the Register though. Continue reading