THE AUGUST GROUP NEWSLETTER

OCTOBER 19, 2009

VOLUME 3, NUMBER 42


Rochester’s Premier Professional Networking Organization

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Have you been effected by a Layoff or Downsizing Seminar @ Bagel Bin
Monday, October 19, 11:30am - 1:00pm.

Mega-Networking Event @ Johnny's Irish Pub
Wednesday, October 21, 4:30pm - 7:30pm.

2009 National Veterans Job Expo @ RMSC 
Thursday, October 22, 1:00pm - 4:00pm.

Planning for a Successful Retirement Seminar @ Bagel Bin
Monday, October 26, 11:30am - 1:00pm.

LinkedIn LIVE! - Rochester, benefiting Habitat - A "Pay It Forward" Event @ the Daisy Flour Mill
Tuesday, October 27, 5:30pm - 7:30pm.

Jumpstart: Prioritizing and Productively Tracking Your Contacts @ The Bagel Bin
Wednesday, October 28, 11:00am - 1:00pm.

Social Media for Job Hunters @ the Fairport Library
Thursday, October 29, 7:00pm - 8:30pm.

Interviewing at 50+: How to Counteract the Age Factor @ the Fairport Library
Friday, October 30, 9:30am - 11:30am.

Making Career Decisions Easily @ Fairport Library
Monday, November 02, 7:00pm -8:30pm.

DR Networking on the Road
Tuesday, November 03, 5:30pm - 730pm.

Jumpstart: Creating Powerful Marketing Plans @ The Bagel Bin
Wednesday, November 04, 11:00aam - 1:00pm.

Rochester Works 1st Annual Career Conference @ Doubletree Inn
Tuesday, November 10, 8:00am - 4:00pm.

Resume Review @ the Fairport Library
Monday, November 16, 7:00pm - 8:30pm.

Mega-Networking Event @ Johnny's Irish Pub
Wednesday, November 18, 4:30pm - 7:30pm.


Job Postings

Hidden jobs are welcomed for sharing at jobs@augustgroup.org. If the job your neighbor, friend or family shared with you is not right for you, it might be perfect for an August Group colleague.  This is a great place for practicing "give to get." With 1600 members, what can happen here when members own the content?

We welcome volunteers to coordinate the job postings on a weekly basis. Employers and members submit jobs that must be readied for inclusion in the newsletter.  A lack of help means fewer jobs get posted in a timely manner. Why not be the first one to see new postings.


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Words of Wisdom

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  • " Whatever you focus on is what you get; negative or positive, so focus on the positive and you'll bring more positive into your life."
    ~ Marion Licchiello

  • " Life is problems, success is solving problems, and all achievers are problems solvers. When problems surface, it is an opportunity to learn something you didn't know before then. Be prepared because they will surely come."
    ~ Balogun M. Adewale

  • " Everything you want is out there waiting for you to ask. Everything you want also wants you. But you have to take action to get it."
    ~ Jack Canfield


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  • Deb Mourey's - Hell in the Hallway - http://www.hellinthehallway.net/

  • Rob Ewanow's - http://robewanow.wordpress.com/

  • Chris Bigelow - http://www.chris-bigelow.com/

  • Greg Taylor - Sir LinkedAlot - A Recruiter's Perspective

    Sir LinkedAlot launches LinkedIn LIVE!, a Pay it Forward, Networking for a Cause Event on October 27. Learn more about this if you have found networking events unproductive in the past. Proceeds benefit Flower City Habitat for Humanity. Be sure to return often for daily updates on this event. We're adding benefits and features regularly as we sell out the event. Registered interest on LinkedIn Events presently is 220 and exceeds capacity. Register and pre-pay to make sure you can attend.


Feature Articles

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Volunteers Needed for The August Group December 1st, 2009 Career Fair
The August Group December 1st, 2009 Career Fair Committee is looking for volunteers. If you are interested, please send your name and contact information to careerfair@augustgroup.org


August Group Members in the news

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Weekly Columns

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This article is compliments of Sue Schnorr, Exclusive Contacts Count Associate in NY.

Network Inside

By Anne Baber & Lynne Waymon

No matter where you work (corporation, government agency, non-profit, or institution) networking at work has never been more important. Why?

  • To keep getting the big picture. Things change fast.

  • To keep up with what’s going on.

  • To bolster the bottom line. Understand that your job depends on the success of the organization. Promote your organization's products and services even if you’re not in sales!

  • To venture into the white spaces. Look at the organization chart. "The organization chart is not the business," caution authors Geary Rummler and Alan Brache in their book, Performance: How To Manage the White Space on the Organization Chart. "The greatest opportunities for improvement often lie in the white spaces between the boxes on the chart Đ in the functional and interpersonal interface Đ those points where the baton is being passed from one department to another or from one individual to another."

  • To uncork bureaucratic bottlenecks. If you create temporary project teams to tackle problems and launch initiatives, you’ll make a name for yourself. Increase collaboration with other departments. When the corporate communications department at a major telecommunications firm invited the human resources department to lunch, it was the beginning of a rich collaboration. As people got to know each other, they integrated their strategic planning so that a human resources request for the production of a training calendar was on the corporate communications department’s schedule. If you collaborate, you can negotiate to even out workload, so all the projects don’t hit at the same time.

  • To expand your knowledge base. Figure out what resources you need and put together a network made up of people representing many different interests and areas of expertise. If you introduce your contacts to each other, you can encourage information and skill sharing among all the members of the group. Your networks can be a kind of informal, highly customized personal, business yellow pages. Get out of that rut. If you network, you expose yourself to new ideas and ways of doing things. This “cross pollination” almost always benefits the organization.

  • To create your safety net. You need to network to

    • increase your visibility within the corporation, non-profit group, or government agency so that opportunities find you!

    • take responsibility for your own career self-management. If you network effectively, you’ll create career opportunities for yourself.

    • explore options in case your job goes away.

  • In these days of rightsizing and re-structuring, it's smart to keep your ears open for opportunities within your organization and to make yourself visible. Determine what skills you have that could be used in other areas of the organization. Figure out how to showcase those skills. What can you do so that others become aware of your capabilities?

  • Maria offered to manage the 10-K run for a local charity. Sue noticed how much the community sponsors liked working with her and how well organized she was. When a job opened up in Sue's department, she thought of Maria.

Assess Your Corporate Culture

Is your organization network-friendly? To determine how supportive your workplace is, ask yourself these questions:

  • Is there recognition at the top that networking is valuable?

  • Do corporate executives ever mention networking?

  • Is training offered? (You can suggest networking workshops.)

  • Is networking during office hours considered not working?

  • Are you encouraged to belong to professional associations and to attend both monthly meetings and conferences?

  • Are you encouraged to volunteer in the community, serve on boards, etc.?

  • Is it easy– and expected – for you to collaborate with people in other departments: to venture out into the white space on the organizational chart?

  • How much money does your organization spend on professional association dues and conferences? Collateral expenses, such as travel, lodging, etc.? Is anyone tracking whether the organization is getting its money’s worth?

  • Are networking activities/goals in your annual performance plan?

  • Are you rewarded when your networking contributes to the success of the organization?

Recognize that in some organizations, networking violates the cultural ground roles. If that's your assessment, talk with your boss and your colleagues about the reasons for encouraging inside networking.

And recognize that in some organizations the word “networking” makes people uncomfortable. Don’t be fooled. A lot of networking is probably going on, but under the alias of “relationship building,” or “teamwork” or “collaboration.”

Some forward-thinking organizations are deliberately working toward creating a more collaborative culture, setting up mentoring programs, sponsoring women's networks and minority networks, providing ways for people to interview others and discuss lateral moves and opportunities for upward mobility.

Even if you've decided that your organization's culture isn't very network-friendly, you'll still find networking ideas that will work for you. Focus, not on self-serving objectives, but on serving customers, streamlining internal processes, getting the job done, and impacting the bottom line.

Sidebar

How Strong Is Your Inside Network?

Use this quiz to rate the strength of your current inside network.

  1. Do you know people at all levels of the organization? Do they know your name and what you do?

  2. Do you know all the people whose work intersects yours in any way?

  3. Do you know people who have jobs you might like to have someday?

  4. Are you involved in any cross-functional efforts or interdepartmental activities (temporary assignments, committees, task forces, special projects, volunteer activities)?

  5. Are you plugged into the grapevine? Do you find out quickly what's up?

  6. Do you take every opportunity to meet face-to-face to define and discuss complex problems, shifting priorities, areas of responsibility?

  7. Do you know and talk with others about trends that will impact your job in the future and tools to get the job done today?

  8. Do you have effective internal channels through which to send information?

  9. When you see a problem that involves people from various areas, do you take the initiative to bring people together to solve it?

  10. Do you drop by to see people – even when you don't need anything?

Could you say "Yes" to most of those questions? If not, make building your inside network a priority.

Anne Baber and Lynne Waymon are principals of Contacts Count, a nationwide consulting and training firm that specializes in business and professional networking, and career development. They are co-authors of six books. The most recent is Make Your Contacts Count: Networking Know-How for Business and Career Success (2007, AMACOM). Fortune 500 companies license their training programs. Put the tools of networking to work in the service of business goals. Visit www.ContactsCount.com and www.FireProofYourCareer.com 301-589-8633.

This article is brought to you, compliments of Sue Schnorr,
President, Training Insights, Inc.
Associate, Contacts Count
70 Linden Oaks, 3rd floor
Rochester, NY 14625
585-442-3443
www.training-insights.com  / www.contactscount.com/sueschnorr.html


Anne Baber and Lynne Waymon are principals of Contacts Count, a nationwide consulting and training firm that specializes in business and professional networking, and career development. They are co-authors of six books. The most recent is Make Your Contacts Count: Networking Know-How for Business and Career Success (2007, AMACOM). Fortune 500 companies license their training programs. Put the tools of networking to work in the service of business goals. Visit www.ContactsCount.com and www.FireProofYourCareer.com 301-589-8633.


Contributed by Hannah Morgan, Training Specialist at RochesterWorks

Sales 101

Hannah's blog this week includes writings on recent topics about Selling Yourself.

Hannah composes her blog outside of work hours as a personal passion to assist those in career transition.


Book Reviews and Good Reads

Other Offerings - Share Yours
Got a book you'd like to share with others and lead in discussion? It's a great way to contribute, add value and get known. Provide the story line on the book and submit it to Greg Taylor at gtaylor@excelsiorsp.com for discussion, coordination and promotion.



Feature Articles

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