This week’s Philadelphia meeting was a
personal opportunity for me to act as a
connector (See Gladwell for more in depth
description) for members who came
A connector is a willing person who
places your needs above his or her own.
The connector has a cache with people
in her network in which a certain value goes
along with her recommendation. The
following examples might be representative.
FINDING AN INTERNATIONAL POSITION
A professionally dressed Asian lady SS
asked for a mock interview. We had the
chance to get to know each other and
defined what outcomes we sought in our
mock interview session. We covered all the
ground we set out and then talked about
some deeper goals she had.
SS really wished to find a position (not
going into the details of field) that would
allow her to return to her homeland and
be closer to her family.
Being very sympathetic to her wish but
not tuned to ways that could help her, I
suggested that she make contact through
the career consultant program with Dr.
Mukund Chorghade who is a highly esteemed,
multicultural leader, program organizer and
chemist who might be willing to chat with
her to help her pursue her goals.
Conversations later in the week with both
SS and Dr. Chorghade confirmed that
contact and conversation. was most fruitful.
FINDING A SABBATICAL ARRANGEMENT
AT AN AMERICAN UNIVERSITY
VC visited the appointment desk at the end
of Tuesday and indicated that he was not
interested in resume, CV or mock interview.
He did, however, want to have the chance
to speak with someone to explore how he
might set up a sabbatical in the US taking
leave from his Italian university.
My suggestion was that he make contact with
Dr. Louis Kirschenbaum, an eloquent, “Colin
Powell-like” (always tells the truth) professor
of chemistry at URI. Here is the communication
Dr. Kirshenbaum shared with me:
Hello Prof. Kirschenbaum.“Dear V
I am writing upon advice
Eustace to figure out if we might be
able to meet for a short chat over
ways and procedures and
opportunities to spend one or more
years in a
research university .
I am an associate professor in Polymer
Italy, with a tenure to be
granted in about 2 and a half years (this
probably not allow me to take any
sabbatical until then).
If you are
available, I will be in Phila
until saturday and of course at the
(not available on thursday
morning - I have a talk at a PMSE session)
Thanks for your attention
These connections emerge over and over
as leading ways to help make progress and
grow careers. This item is #46 in a list of