A few days ago I asked where you get your inspiration from these days: Grab some inspiration and tip the scales.
If you consider yourself a student of business, get inspired by some of these headlines. Then, click in, and see if you take away a lesson on the same MWA business value that I match the articles up with.
My answers are at the bottom of the post. I’ll narrow down the choices for you by putting the Hawaiian Technorati Tags up here for a change:
Have a good weekend. Can’t believe the month is almost over”
From David: Blogging is a civilized process. This post is a gem, and it speaks of far more than just blogging.
Excerpt: The basic building block of society is the group which is small enough that each member has a voice in it and is recognized for what they can contribute. When this exists, there is a sense of community and a common purpose and the group is supported by the actions of its members. Individuals form into small groups in order to interact effectively with the rest of society.
From Anita: Small Business Network Replacing Old Boy Network? Be sure you click in to the article Anita references too.
Excerpt: It used to be the old boy network. Powerful businessmen would take care of their own, finding good jobs for anyone who managed to graduate from the right school or move in the right circles.
Nowadays, it’s just as likely to be small business owners — with nothing to tie them together except being business owners in the same community — who take care of their own. They may offer advice to one another, help each other successfully bid on projects, provide cross referrals, and otherwise help make each other successful.
From Wayne: Interviews: Success is only a few words away. Wayne has an idea in this post about doing a press release for your business which intrigues me in its possibilities. I’ve done this for my book, why not for my business itself? The MWA Press Release.
I really think Wayne’s whole article is a goldmine: business-people, particularly those (like me) who have taken so much of their past experience journey as operators, don’t think like marketers enough.
Excerpt: The first step is to think like an editor. You want to provide information suited the media outlet’s target readership market. That is what the editor demands and will expect from you. It’s up to you to make that information available, with yourself as the knowledge source.
From Lisa: Be a reason to stay with a company. Lisa’s post is directed toward managers, and she gives me the perfect opportunity to say this: with all the coaching I have done over the years, I am convinced that the number 1 factor that influences whether an employee stays with a company or not is his or her relationship with the manager they report to. Are you someone they want to work with?
Excerpt: There are few jobs that offer the challenge, impact, and opportunity to contribute like management. If you are a manager, you have the chance to affect how people experience work and their overall satisfaction. You can change lives. Actually, all managers DO change lives, some change lives for the better.
From Terry: Google here, Google there, Google everywhere. Okay this one is fun and games, but also reference-seriousness all wrapped up in one. And of course, from Terry, the Google king.
Terry’s also way better than me at short, concise posts … if I give you an excerpt here I’ll give it away … click in!
From Stephan: Learning and Unlearning. Engineer2Entrepreneur is a newly discovered blog for me, and I find that Stephan asks some good questions.
Excerpt: "The unexamined life is not worth living." Socrates said. And the only way to examine your life is to ask yourself, "Why?" Why am I doing this? Why did I do that? Why did that work? Why did that fail? Why?
"Why?" is the key question to making a difference. Drilling down through all the reasons why will lead to a thorough examination of what is important and what is not.
From Beth: Why I’m doing this, and What you’ll find here. Beth has recently made a switch in her website publishing platform, and I love the way she’s given herself such a fresh new start (that’s a big hint!)
Excerpt: The Three Legged Stool of Leadership– The first question I asked in my book was "What kind of leadership does the world need?" and the answer I give is in terms of two competencies and one foundational value: Skill, Wisdom, and Compassion.
David’s Post: ‘Ohana: The human circle of Aloha. ‘Ohana includes family, community, and those you choose to have a special bond with.
Anita’s Post: Kākou: A couple of possibilities here — ‘Ohana and community, Lōkahi and the synergy of teamwork — but I’d have to give the nod to Kākou as the value of inclusiveness, where “all of us, together” is simply a smart strategy.
Wayne’s Post: Again, several possibilities. My thoughts (and inspiration) were with ‘Imi ola, and having a better marketing strategy incorporated into your goals. However on the interviewing vein I think about ‘Ike loa, and how this kind of networking increases our knowledge currency.
Lisa’s Post: Ho‘ohanohano, to conduct yourself with distinction as a manager, and treat others with aloha, dignity, and respect.
Terry’s Post: ‘Ike loa, to seek knowledge and wisdom. Of course” However another subtle message here, for Google has taken search to a whole new level, and that is absolutely KÅ«lia i ka nu‘u — striving for the pinacle of excellence in your field.
Stephan’s Post: Another on ‘Ike loa, the value of learning? Yes, however Stephan also gets me to think about Nānā i ke kumu here, when we look for answers introspectively, within the varied layers which make us the whole of who we are – remember the part where he says we don’t have to be specialists in our lives?
Beth’s 2 Posts: Ka lā hiki ola, and “the dawning of a new day.” Come on now, if you stuck with my hint and didn’t get thrown off track with the excerpt, that one was easy!
Inspired? On Monday, you’ll be ready to manage with Aloha!
Did you miss Weekend Learning Links Vol.1? It’s here.