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Informational Networking

I’m available and busy in a job search. Hands down the best thing I have done is to connect with Business and Professional Exchange North Central (BPE). I have been privileged to sit at the feet of and learn from Chris Waymire, Master Trainer. He has helped me connect with great people! Sometimes hearing information again from other point of view helps pull the pieces together. That happened for me today.

bigbookpicflanaganRecently at a BPE Panel Discussion, I met Mr. C. Bruce Flanagan. I knew of Mr. Flanagan from multiple references Mr. Waymire shared in class from his book, “It’s Not About You. It’s About Them”. The book is available on Amazon and there is a kindle version. I am pleased that I purchased the book. At the discussion, we agreed to have coffee, and that is how I got to spend some time learning from Mr. Flanagan today.

After he asked me a couple of questions, he made the following suggestions.

  1. Make a list of 10 things you enjoy doing so much you don’t notice the time passing. Then you can list your top 10 skills.
  2. Incorporate your top 10 skills on your personal marketing sheet.
  3. Develop a brief STAR for each of those 10 skills.
  4. When networking, DON’T go to find a job. Instead, visit with people and get to know them. When opportunity presents, ask for 15 minutes of their time to listen to your skills and give you feed back AND tell them you don’t expect them to have a job, you are looking to learn from them.
  5. When you meet, have your personal marketing sheet in order. Talk through your skills with them and listen to their thoughts – take notes – they are important. HONOR THE TIME. At the end of the 15 minutes, ask for two people they think you should be talking with. That’s all.
  6. In the end you will have great information, your skills will be considered, and you have other people to talk with.

I’ve been in BPE with Mr. Waymire long enough that all of that was info I had heard in the past. Today, I was able to put the pieces together just a bit more. Special thanks to Mr. Waymire and to Mr. C. Bruce Flanagan for their efforts and time.

Looking for a job?  Me too!  There’s a LOT of help available! Know that it’s a full time job to find a job. In Indiana, let me URGE you to connect with Business and Professional Exchange. My chapter is BPE North Central. There are BPE chapters all over the state. If you aren’t in Indiana, find a comparable group!



BPE Shout Out to Brooksource!

The fine brooksourcelogofolks at Brooksource have a reputation for doing good stuff. I had the pleasure of meeting Justin Flynn and Paige Fehr at PMICIC’s Professional Day in the fall. I was really impressed with their professionalism in representing their company. I was very excited when Business and Professional Exchange (BPE) invited it’s membership to a networking meeting at the Keystone facility in Carmel. In addition to visiting with Just and Paige, I met Alison Agnew and Connor Killoren. I enjoyed reconnecting with Justin and Paige, and getting acquainted with Allison and Connor. These are top notch professionals who have a lot to offer in IT project support.

bpelogoIn addition to meeting Brooksource staff, I was in the room with the great people of BPE. It was great to reconnect with friends I have made over the past few months, who give their time to help others enter or re-enter the professional job market.

Brooksource gave a wonderful presentation not only about the company with tips on working with recruiters, but also an informative message on interviewing from the recruiter’s perspective. I always learn something at these events. bpelogo-7Some of the info was exactly in sync with what we have been learning at BPE Northcentral. But there was also some new and helpful information and suggestions given.

The Q & A session was also helpful to me. My fellow BPE members and alumni asked very good questions and received beneficial info from Brooksource.

If you are in Indiana and seeking a professional career, let me highly recommend that you connect with BPE. There are chapters throughout the state. My chapter is BPE North Central covering Kokomo and Lafayette. There is real help available. It is the right place to go for help. Also, if you are looking to pursue an IT Position, IT Project Management or Development, contact one of the fine Brooksource folks listed above. They can help!

What I Got at WVLN this Month

If you are interested in any workplace improvement of any kind in Indiana, you owe it to yourself to know about Wabash Valley Lean Network. I was introduced by Chris Waymire of Business & Professional Exchange North Central as a way to interact with forward thinkers in industry.  I am so grateful for this opportunity. WVLN meets monthly (usually at SIA in Lafayette) to discuss the application of Lean principles in various environments. This is is always a beneficial experience! Notes from the speakers are posted on the WVLN site. Here is what I gained from the February 5, 2015 meeting.

Visual Management. Lean principles focus on 5S, or more broadly, visual management. It’s about how can you visualworkplacestructure the workplace visually to eliminate the waste of redoing things. Rhonda Kovera of Visual Work Place Inc presented fabulous options for affordable and professional workplace visual management improvement. Much of this presentation was tailored for the manufacturing environment, however it has wide reaching application potential. I’ll have my eye on this was I proceed further into Project Management. In addition, Tim Martin of Martin & Bell Group, LLC presented a number of examples of visual management in the healthcare environment.

BraunAbility. I always learn something from talking to people at WVLN. There were several representatives from BraunAbility in attendance. I had a great conversation with John Lawrence about the company. He told me about the history and the mission of this great company whose wheel chair bound founder had to figure out how to get to work. Now BraunAbility manufactures wheelchair accessories for mini vans for people all over the country, right here in Winamac, Indiana.

If you are inglc-logosmallterested in learning more about the opportunities at WVLN, contact Pete Wagoner of Greater Lafayette Commerce.

The Problem With Education is the Teachers | Melissa Hughes, Ph.D. | LinkedIn

Several years ago I sat on the sideline and watched two soccer coaches and a referee have it out on one of the field during a young elementary game. Colorful cards flew and blew. Us parental types watched a while until something else caught our attention. Both teams of kids, on their own, went to the other end of the field and started kicking the ball around. Long before the “adults” figured out their stuff, the kids figured out what to do with a lot of drama over NOTHING!

I’ve learned in my pursuits in project management, that connecting with and understanding the stakeholders of a project is not optional. It is crucial to the success of a project. The PM can only delegate to a point. He or she must deeply understand the expectations of all involved.

This floods my mind when I hear someone blame economic problems on teachers. Rare is the administrator that understands his or her staff, much less the politician that has a clue of “stakeholdership” other than the ballot box.

Melissa Hughes, Ph.D., explains what is really going on. Brief read that effectively covers a lot of ground. Check it out!

The Problem With Education is the Teachers | Melissa Hughes, Ph.D. | LinkedIn.

The Truth About Porn Moms Need to Know – iMom

Dana Hall McCain wrote this article on    The Truth About Porn Moms Need to Know – iMom.  Wonderful article that highlights staggering realities of our times. These truths about porn are disturbing, and yet we must deal with them.

Stand up comics, sitcoms, and some music (and some music award shows) preach that porn is normal and an expected part of life. Mix that up with the convenience of our technology and there is trouble in the making. Many students speak the language of technology better than their parents. Just as with so many other “keeping up with the Jones” things, we should provide high speed internet – and who would think of being so controlling and invasive as to monitor and regulate it. Besides, it’s a real pain.

This trouble in the making is that it’s more of a virus than an explosion. It shows itself in attitudes and preferences. The effects can hide for years, and later surface in time to melt the intimacy of marriage away, and then the family pays for the sickness. It normalizes not only behavior that is destructive and wrong, but holds as the standard – evil goals for the impressionable mind. And on top of that, it cradles the soul to the fantasized ever moving target of addiction.

Think putting safeguards around the Internet in your house is a pain? It is! Expensive? Yes. Never ending challenge? Yep. But think it compares to a lifelong struggle of breaking this addiction?   Before deciding if it’s worth it, talk to someone who is in that place. Suddenly, the cost of avoidance is minuscule in comparison.

It’s not a fair fight! We can’t do nothing.