The Rock.Paper.Scissors newsletter is out: An Introvert’s 6 Step Guide to Networking

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This month’s Rock.Paper.Scissors e-newsletter focuses on networking.  Missed the newsletter?  Check it out. (Not on my monthly e-newsletter mailing list? Whatsamatter you?  Sign up for free here.)
In a recent post I shared the article ‘An Introvert’s 6 Step Guide to Networking’ from my newsletter.  Missed it?  Check it out here.  In this post I’ll share my networking related resources, both serious & tongue in cheek.
Results of some Nexus Related Networking

  • See fellow Canadian Azita Ardakani, founder of LoveSocial a ‘small & mighty communications agency focused on human interaction.’  
  • Check out Resonate, which teachers leadership skills to women in Rwanda using storytelling.
  • Or Geeks on a plane, “we travel by planes, trains, and automobiles … with the sole mission of uniting geeks and exploring cross-border opportunities.”

Networking Resources on the Lighter Side

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Stress levels related to the weight of your shopping bag

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Photo Credit: bottled_void via Compfight cc

Research in the Journal of Consumer Research found a correlation between how heavy the shopping bag you’re carrying is with your stress level.  The heavier the bag, the more we tend to feel stressed.

“We found that carrying a heavy load leads consumers to feel that an unrelated event is more important and more stressful,” said Dr Meng Zhang, who led the study.

It’s an interesting perspective.  When applied to women’s purses, does it mean that those of us who consider ourselves prepared (one woman quoted in a similar article carries shoe polish – ‘just in case’) are indeed weighing ourselves down?

Does it mean that detail oriented Carrot Life Lenses™ need to take note of (at times) head in the clouds Mountain Life Lenses™?

Food for thought.  Carry that thought around for a while & muse upon it.

Source: The Telegraph.

~~TGIF- each Friday I rejig & re-post a blog entry from my www.life-lenses.com blog, which is about enhancing our perspective & worldview.~~

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The Rock.Paper.Scissors newsletter is out: An Introvert’s 6 Step Guide to Networking

Introverts unite
This month’s Rock.Paper.Scissors e-newsletter focuses on networking.  Missed the newsletter?  Check it out. (Not on my monthly e-newsletter mailing list? Whatsamatter you?  Sign up for free here.)
Have any of these ever happened to you?

  • You find yourself standing alone amidst a sea of interesting looking folks, all of whom look like they know everyone else but you & what’s more, are talking to everyone else but you.
  • Coming home from a conference you find yourself with a pack of business cards, most of which you can’t remember meeting the owners of or why you collected them in the first place.
  • You’re working on a project that you’d love to involve uhm, what’s her name that you met at that uhm, event that you can’t remember the name of nor where she worked.  Insert groan of despair.
All of the above, of course, are related to networking.  Speaking of which last month I got a chance to attend the Nexus Summit in NYC[*].  I’ve used that event to demo how I networked, guiding you through the process step-by-step. 
In the meantime as summer (or winter depending on your hemisphere) starts to wane & the scent of the next season is starting to waft in I wish you well with your own connecting.  Let me know if you try anything from my article The Introvert’s Guide to Networking’ & how it goes.  Download the article here.
In the next post I’ll share some networking resources, both serious & tongue in cheek.  Can’t wait?  Simply click on the link at the beginning of the post to be taken to the full newsletter.
“Nexus is a global movement of 2000+ young people from over 70 countries working to increase and improve philanthropy and impact investing by bridging communities of wealth and social entrepreneurship.
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The truth about bees & elephants

Truth about bees and elephants

Dominique Thoenes is an environmental artist & creative director (that’s her work above).  She had an art show at the UN recently which stopped me in my tracks.

Besides her gorgeous art was information about Dr. Lucy King, who get this, found a very strategic connection between bees & elephants.

Before I tell you what that connection is, know that elephants & people have been competing recently for land & resources.  The consequences for everyone have not been great.

Enter Dr. King.  She discovered that ‘elephants run from bee sounds & that they communicate about the threat of bees to other elephants using low frequency rumbles.’  What’s that got to do with the price of butter?

Dr. King uses these findings to make ‘fences’ out of bees – in other words, she uses beehives as fences to protect crops.

It’s a great example of thinking outside the box, or fence as it may be.

~~TGIF- each Friday I rejig & re-post a blog entry from my www.life-lenses.com blog, which is about enhancing our perspective & worldview.~~

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Is it the end of knowing? Here’s 13 Google Search Tricks That Make Life A Whole Lot Easier

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Photo Credit: dullhunk via Compfight cc

While listening to a recent TED talk via NPR on Unstoppable Learning (do yourself a favour & listen, it’s terrific) Sugatra Mitra talks about how we may be heading into the age of not needing to ‘know’ things.  He recommends we use what he calls S.O.L.E.’s (self-organized learning environments) to surf & learn.

It’s got me thinking.  Which made me perk up when I saw this Huffington post article on Google search tricks.

My fav?  The Google timer.  See below.  Who knew!?

Set A Timer

The Scenario: Your brain is fried and you want to take a break on YouTube. You also want to make sure you don’t get sucked down the rabbit hole.

The Solution: Type “set timer for” into the search bar and a Google timer will appear as the first result. Enter the time you want in hours, minutes or seconds and start the timer. Google will start beeping at you when your time runs out.

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Perspective truly is everything

Screen shot 2013-02-18 at 5.38.39 PMPerspective is truly everything.  What do you see above?  A mansion?  An idyllic, huge pool?

Screen shot 2013-02-18 at 5.38.48 PMWhat about from this view?  A little smaller?  A little more contained?


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Here’s ‘reality’ (from Shaun McLane’s facebook page).

~~TGIF- each Friday I rejig & re-post a blog entry from my www.life-lenses.com blog, which is about enhancing our perspective & worldview.~~

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2000 years of cultural migration mapped in just over a minute

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Photo Credit: Matt Ming via Compfight cc

How cool is this – 2000 years of culture mapped in just over a minute.  Take a peak & marvel at the innovative way cultural movement is portrayed.

Northeastern University researchers map 2,000 years of cultural migration:

[The researchers] tracked the birth and death locations of more than 150,000 intellectuals (culled from several databases, including the General Artist Lexicon, the Getty Union List of Artist Names, and Freebase) in Europe and America over the span of the last two millennia. They then visualized the results by mapping the geographical trajectories of these artists and thinkers over their lifetime, marking birth places in blue and death places in red.

I originally saw this post here.

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How do you get guerrillas to demobilize? By appealing to their human side

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Photo Credit: harrystaab via Compfight cc

Jose Miguel’s Wired article ‘How I Tamed Guerrillas with Guerilla Marketing’ speaks for itself, in its quest to turn perspective on its head.  The setting?  Deep in the Columbian jungle.  The problem?  Getting Guerrillas to demobilize.  The answer? Appealing to the guerrillas human side.

In our quest to find new things to say, we became overwhelmed by the personal stories we heard. One deeply-in-love couple was separated by their commanders, because falling in love is forbidden in the lower ranks; the woman’s testimony, recorded for radio, was heard by her boyfriend, who immediately left his group to find her. There was a mother who had been made to abort repeatedly but wanted to have a family; a son who missed Christmas so much he had decided to risk his life to return.

We realised the human side would never wear out. So we installed Christmas trees near where guerrillas moved soldiers and supplies. At night these nine gigantic trees covered in lights delivered our message: “If Christmas can come to the jungle, you can come home. Demobilise. At Christmas, everything is possible.” There was a 30 per cent year-on-year increase in demobs.

We went to the towns where most of the guerrillas had been born and asked locals to send small messages or gifts to the guerrillas a few kilometres away. We then set out to deliver thousands of heartfelt messages with small gifts such as toy cars and a few pieces of religious jewellery. Each note or gift was put in a separate floating illuminated ball that travelled down-river into the guerrillas’ hands (the army later picked up the uncollected balls). Again, the power of human emotions proved invaluable.

Happy  day from a Heart Life Lens™.

~~TGIF- each Friday I rejig & re-post a blog entry from my www.life-lenses.com blog, which is about enhancing our perspective & worldview.~~

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Dr. Seuss meets push pins – “The Best Use of Office Supplies We’ve Ever Seen”

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Need some quick comic relief with a touch (okay buckets full) of creativity?

Check out this short video, about an adventurous girl named Elastika which I found on The Muse & is from .

Who knew there were so many creative ways to use push pins & elastics?!

A GIRL NAMED ELASTIKA from Guillaume Blanchet I Filmmaker on Vimeo.

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The Rock.Paper.Scissors newsletter is out: 6 free resources for Value Innovation via Blue Ocean Strategy

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This month’s Rock.Paper.Scissors e-newsletter focuses on Value Innovation (e.g. how to create something valuable and innovative)  I learned from reading the book Blue Ocean Strategy.  Missed the article?  Check it out. (Not on my monthly e-newsletter mailing list?  Sign up for free here.)

After a whirlwind trip to Vancouver, Washington &  New York I’m back in Nairobi.  It’s gray, rainy & overcast.  A good day to reflect … on innovation.

A couple of weeks ago I posted my most recent e-newsletter based on the book Blue Ocean Strategy- How to Create Uncontested Market Space & Make the Competition Irrelevant.

As promised, here’s the follow-up post with innovation related resources.

  • Check out the presentation I created based on the book
  • Or read the whole, yummy book
  • Watch the video of a case study from the book (3:24 min), which uses the 6 path framework of making something functional have more emotional appeal (about cement of all things).  In other words the authors suggest that one way of being innovative is crossing wires – turning something that is usually, inherently functional or practical into an emotional appeal.  Or vice versa, turning something that is usually emotional, into something functional/pragmatic.  Either way, the process can yield some surprising results.  Like making cement very emotional.  Take a peek at the video to see what I mean.

On the lighter side, here are some resources to tickle your funny bone:

I hope those resources are helpful for you.  Let me know what innovative practices you’re up to.

 

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