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All you can eat pickles with every meal! Check out this blurb at Seth's Blog.
Like Steve, I have much to be thankful for on this day, and I count all of you in the blog Synergy online community among my blessings.
Where ever you are, do as we do in Hawaii: Grab the goodness of this holiday from America to eat, drink, and be merry, and to give thanks.
Mahalo nui, Rosa
More Thanksgiving posts:
From Lifehack.org: Reap Joy from this thanks-giving holiday.
From Talking Story: It is a day for Thanksgiving.
"People with low job satisfaction are most likely to encounter emotional burnout, reduced self-esteem, anxiety and depression..."
I'll be reading the rest of this shortly.... I am intensely curious now...
Cooperative processes are not the automatic results of implementing collaborative, real-time communication technologies, but the result of a carefully designed and systematically maintained virtual team development plan.
For those of you who have already exposed themselves to the positive advantages made available by the use of cutting-edge communication and collaboration technologies, this should sound as a familiar melody. How many times have you been witness to technologically-based collaboration projects that have miserably failed? Why is there so much disjoint between technology potential and the productive use that business team members make of them?
If the solution is not in the technology enabling such networked business teams to easily interoperate, where is it then?
I can see standards for processes, whether service or manufacturing but for managing relationships? Gee have we come thus far that we need a standard on how to behave when working together?
Frank Post, Marketing Director of British Standards said,
"With outsourcing and off-shoring becoming typical operations for business, there is an increased emphasis on managing effective external relationships. In larger organizations there is also often a need to manage internal relations between businesses and departments. The new standard on relationship management will provide a structure for managing these effectively".
“The standard will address the most challenging aspect of relationship management by providing a strategic framework to facilitate cooperation and integration. It will have wide applications for Government, Industry and Societal organizations on how to collaborate and manage valuable business relationships,” said Mr Post.
There is joy in approaching something with clean margins. Virgin thought comes to mind and where does one take it from here/there? The world is open to all possiblities.
There is also wonder in approaching something with writing in the margins. You do not approach it alone. You are there with more than the author. The path less traveled becomes an option.
The pencil/highlighter is good for hard copy. Commenting (on blogs) is good for soft copy.
Where do we go from here?
You can help to take us there!
This is open for comments, don't be bashful.
Another reason, connected to this first one, is that the truth, even in its business-suited boringness, is good enough for us. In fact, our truthfulness is newsworthy in itself. Our truth sells us, our business, our products and services without the need to resort to sensationalism. This is not the case in far too many other types of media reporting.
I’ve gone through several changes in the ways I spend my time since being self-employed, one being a purposeful effort to get more involved in community events that I previously did not have time for in corporate life. These include public hearings and townhall meetings where I’ll painfully watch beleaguered community leaders and public officials do their best to truthfully engage with their constituents. I’ve come to know them and their situations well enough to know the difference between when they are open and engaged in the conversations being had, versus being cagey and carefully choosing their words. I’ve seen the same people do both things, and it’s not because of which side of the bed they got up on that morning. It’s because it’s an open meeting as opposed to a closed one, and there’s a reporter in the room.
Sadly, when someone is there from our local newspaper, much communication will simply stop except among the more vocal (and usually more extreme in their thinking) who just do not care anymore, their levels of frustration with something are so high.
I recently had to step into one of these situations as a facilitator, and the outcome, what ended up only partially reported in the local newspaper, truly saddened me. Half-truths and reports of struggles without mention of the victories which need to be celebrated in this case, and should be to help everyone with some much-needed community healing. The result of the session was overwhelmingly positive, but if you only read the newspaper report, you get a completely different view.
Sensationalism sells newspapers, but it is so irresponsible when it proliferates hurt and distrust among people who may rely on it as their primary, or only, source of communication about an issue which concerns them. Information blinders have been erected, and hurtful emotions are so wrongly riled up. Creative synergy, where alternative solutions will happen, has a much longer uphill climb to take.
I don’t know how reporters who knowingly and intentionally engage in this kind of writing can sleep at night.