Several times I was struck by nice impressions and
surprises recently. What all of them seem to reveal
is that we should not take things for granted. We
should regularly check in on commitments.
LITTLE THINGS COUNT A LOT
A colleague sent me her revised business card. It had a
nice design but I do not recall it containing a Internet
presence link. What struck me most was that the font
color seemed to blend into the background. Have
NETWORK NEEDS TO BE READY WHEN YOU NEED IT
Another colleague happily shared that she received an
offer for a full time government position. She had a
number of concerns that she wanted to talk about and
a short timeline (3 days). This STRONGLY points to her
efforts at COMMITTED NETWORKING. She could
send the happy note and ask to speak. We spoke at
the recent ACS meeting and were up to date. I had
time or would make time to speak with her.
Not only did I offer ideas and directed helpful instructions–
request to speak with the hiring manager/supervisor and
have a offer letter in hand,– but also connected her with
a colleague in my network who knows about the concerns
she may have.
PLANNING IS ITERATIVE PROCESS
In the next few months, there will be a number of
engagements for me. Planning for one in three months,
I had offered and felt received verbal confirmation
for two topics. I wrote abstracts and sent them in.
Contact was made to make travel and hotel arrangements.
Then for some reason I thought, let me see what is
advertised for what I will present. Surprise!
Only one of the two presentations and the second
topic that was an add-on. That turned my head.
Before travel begins, I have a check list that also
includes all contact information and a plan to
share my travel details and a way to contact me.
Trust but verify early and often. It can be done in
subtle, yet friendly ways.
TEAMS: ADAPT AND CONTRIBUTE
Finally, over the last half year I have been working
with a strong team on a critical task. The leader
of the effort, takes special effort to ask me to
personally participate. So, not only do I listen
and try to remain in step with the group in offering
comments (disruptive or “me- too” quips hold back
progress), I make directed effort to meet and
exceed requests to follow through on
commitments, realizing of course that it is
the team effort and not what just I say that has