Tuesday, October 25, 2016
"It isn’t what you know, but rather who you know."
Networking may be the most valuable skill set you can develop. It can help you throughout any point in your personal life and career.
Building relationships is more than handing out business cards at a trade show.
It is the genuine connections you make every day with a wide variety of people that involve a win-win-win. It is the way you develop relationships in your personal life and in the workplace that will determine your success.
Author of 2 linked in books and business coach, Lewis Howes has identified 10 requirements needed to become an effective networker.
1. Get involved.
You can't network sitting in your office chair. It takes getting up and getting out.
Circulate. Engage. Look people in the eyes. Involve yourself in the lives of others and allow them to become involved in yours. Be vulnerable and open and share your life as well as learning about others'.
2. Know who you are.
For others to have an interest in you, they need to have a reasonable understanding of who you are and what you do.
Present yourself well. Be ready to share your vision with the world at any moment. This means you have to get clear on exactly what your vision is. Get tour elevator pitch nailed and have your presentation pack ready!
Effective listening is one of the most important things you can learn in life. Be present and take it in.
4. Discover common ground.
Much of networking success lies in discovering mutual personal and professional attributes. Find out what's relevant and important to the person you are talking to. What is going on in the person's business? What is he or she passionate about?
5. Add value.
Once you know what people are looking for, find a way to add value to their life or business if you can. If you can’t immediately, keep on the lookout for ways to add value to whatever they are about.
It’s extra impressive when you follow up much later with an unexpected value-add.
Providing a warm referral is awesome!
The basis for a solid networking relationship is knowing, liking and trusting. Remember the things you learn and discover about those in your network. It is this memorization that signifies their importance to you.
Without a good memory (especially remember someone’s name) every meeting becomes a first meeting.
7. Follow up.
People have contact with many individuals every day for a variety of reasons, including you. You set yourself apart by following up. This shows them they are important to you. It is always a good idea to follow up with an email, and then a one on one coffee meeting.
You are an effective networker when you contribute to others by giving. Give information, time, energy, contacts and encouragement. Always keep your eyes open for people you can connect.
Pick the people who are experts at what they do and refer their business to others.
9. Ask for help.
You cannot help others unless you have helped yourself. To get help, be sure to ask for it, and be appropriate and specific.
I have had some great mentors in my life who taught me a lot about reaching out for help
10. Show appreciation.
Say “thank you” for everything. Even thank someone for thanking you (“I so appreciate that you took the time to acknowledge my effort”). Whenever you take the time to thank someone, you create an opportunity to further connect with them.
The more confident you are in your ability to network, the faster you grow relationships. And as we all know, relationships are everything.
Sunday, October 23, 2016
Tuesday, October 11, 2016
One of the critical tasks in retail is use of floor space within every store. In a huge chain like Walgreens, for instance, with more than 8,000 stores, this knowledge is difficult and expensive to obtain.
With the help of Cleveland, 29, Walgreens is using artificial intelligence to reduce the kind of out-of-stocks that cost retailers almost $400 billion annually, creating a fully automated robot inventory labeling system. In 2012, Cleveland co-founded COSY, a firm that uses advanced computer vision to allow mobile devices to accurately position themselves indoors. Think of how GPS and Google Maps have transformed so much of our world. Cleveland’s app wants to solve the same navigation challenges for places like supermarkets, houses, movie theaters or even your doctor’s office. “We are giving power through data that's never existed before,” says Cleveland.
Ivan Kayes note - Imagine if you had an rfid chip built in to every product... you could do an immediate Arocha check at the press of a button. When you check out, it automatically registers all your purchases.
What do you think?
Monday, October 10, 2016
To do that, he said, they needed to drive six pillars of cooperation, namely
- inter-linked dealings on food, water, and energy security;
- science, technology and innovation;
- education and human resource development;
- culture and tourism, and
- promoting inclusive and sustainable development.
These pillars could be absorbed in the public, private and people sectors and promoted together to create inclusiveness that will help formulate policy towards sustainable growth in Asia, he said.
- to become a global human resources hub,
- enhance engagement with private sector,
- in-depth expansion in investment and business activities,
- support toward academia and
- expand collaboration with other global partners.
Alibaba Group's chairman Jack Ma, who represented the ACD private sector told leaders at the summit during an interactive session that governments should use technology, notably financial technology, and have policies to help support the younger generation and small business.
"We believe that small is beautiful, powerful and wonderful," he told the ACD delegation. Ma said Asia was not only the fastest growing continent but also the best continent to solve poverty and inequality.
Thailand's Special Economic Zones, will help boost local infrastructure development and economic activity.
His Majesty the King's Sufficiency Economy philosophy would also help member states achieve unity in economic, social, environmental dimensions including quality of balance and happiness of the people, he said.
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon also sent a note of greeting - a recorded clip shown at the beginning of the ceremony - and voiced support for the ACD Vision, and bringing about inclusive and sustainable development.
The ACD ministerial meeting is held annually as a sideline meeting to the UN General Assembly every September.
Starting in 2002 with 18 founding members, the Dialogue now has 34 member states across Asia including major economic powers such as China and Japan and top oil dealing countries in the Middle East. Though called a summit, the event this time drew only seven heads of government including Prayut - the Sultan of Brunei Darussalam, the Amir of Kuwait, and two presidents from Iran and Sri Lanka. Other attendees included two vice presidents, two deputy prime ministers, 13 ministers or officials in equivalent positions, a premier's adviser, a Sultan's adviser and four ambassadors.
Saturday, October 8, 2016
Thursday, October 6, 2016
Sunday, October 2, 2016
The Watch allows Aetna to directly incentivize certain behaviors in its customers. And as the AI in the Watch becomes more sophisticated, the directions from Aetna could become more personalized with health guidance tailored to each individual.
I wonder whether this will be followed by Hcf or mbf or discovery health ... maybe a whitelabelled Apple Watch ?