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How to Win @work Social Networks, Leadership Styles & Generational Gaps –  OH MY!
3 themes work for or against you <ul><ul><li>Perception </li></ul></ul>Skills <ul><ul><li>Social </li></ul></ul>
Online and Offline Experience
You are a Network <ul><li>Whether online, in person, good, bad, or indifferent, people inherently have social networks wit...
Peers <ul><li>Peers are  independent relationships  that are binding because  of  similar experiences .  </li></ul><ul><li...
Cooperatives <ul><li>People who are   committed to a cause or goal  and willing to  put in effort . Accomplishment is best...
Influencers <ul><li>Influencers are those that  connect people  and spread information  organically.  </li></ul>Influencer...
Be Honest <ul><li>What is winning to you?  Acknowledgment? Credit? Accomplishment? A title? A lifestyle? </li></ul><ul><li...
It’s Lonely at the Top <ul><li>There is truth to this saying. </li></ul><ul><li>When you visualize your ‘win’ is it…  </li...
The Magic of Authenticity <ul><li>Authenticity   comes from… </li></ul><ul><li>Passion  (or  deep  interest )  about a top...
REMEMBER: No one should trust you  if you can’t trust yourself <ul><li>Take yourself seriously or no one else will either....
Leadership Ability, Strengths, and Craft
Practice your strengths <ul><li>There’s plenty of buzz about focusing strengths these days. Checkout  Strengthsfinder.com ...
Leadership isn’t a title <ul><li>The most  successful and respected leaders, lead by example and illustrate their strong c...
Give Credit Away <ul><li>Inevitably, great influencers go under scrutiny.  </li></ul><ul><li>Jealousy, intimidation, and s...
Each one, teach one <ul><li>&quot;[Being a good mentor] takes  good listening, observation, and collaboration skills .  It...
Ways Personality, Style, and Culture Can Clash
Talkin’ Bout My Generation Generation  Approx. birth range Key hot topics Radio Babies Before 1945 Radio, depression, savi...
Srsly, duz this matter? People have their own lenses on the world. Everyone’s opinions start out rooted in their own exper...
Social Norms only scratch the surface <ul><li>Business practices change over time. Most of today’s management practices we...
You can’t  make  people understand <ul><li>Some people don’t handle change and different processes well. One of the worst ...
Perceptions vs. ‘Reality’ <ul><li>It took many years to convince some that the world was round. Relationships and intentio...
A Recap of How to Win <ul><li>Focus on what Winning means to you </li></ul><ul><li>Take note of your influencers </li></ul...
KTHXBAI! <ul><li>@digitalcandy </li></ul>
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  1. 1. How to Win @work Social Networks, Leadership Styles & Generational Gaps – OH MY!
  2. 2. 3 themes work for or against you <ul><ul><li>Perception </li></ul></ul>Skills <ul><ul><li>Social </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. Online and Offline Experience
  4. 4. You are a Network <ul><li>Whether online, in person, good, bad, or indifferent, people inherently have social networks with those they know. </li></ul><ul><li>Types of social connections you have: </li></ul><ul><li>Peers Cooperatives Influencers </li></ul>Common goal
  5. 5. Peers <ul><li>Peers are independent relationships that are binding because of similar experiences . </li></ul><ul><li>Peers see each other at an equal footing regardless of title and don’t necessarily work together. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Cooperatives <ul><li>People who are committed to a cause or goal and willing to put in effort . Accomplishment is best achieved with complementary skills . </li></ul><ul><li>Cooperatives gain lasting respect through their reputation for getting things done. </li></ul>Common goal
  7. 7. Influencers <ul><li>Influencers are those that connect people and spread information organically. </li></ul>Influencers can range from powerful extraverted higher-ups in an organization to humble, experienced and independent introverts that live low on the totem pole.
  8. 8. Be Honest <ul><li>What is winning to you? Acknowledgment? Credit? Accomplishment? A title? A lifestyle? </li></ul><ul><li>Look at relationships around you. Do others share your goal? Are there peers in other industries that can give you a new perspective? Who are you influenced by? Do you influence others? Who makes the decisions necessary for you to reach your goal? </li></ul>
  9. 9. It’s Lonely at the Top <ul><li>There is truth to this saying. </li></ul><ul><li>When you visualize your ‘win’ is it… </li></ul><ul><ul><li>at the expense of others </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>or WITH and BECAUSE of your work with others? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Cooperation is necessary. You can’t do it all on your own. Pick and choose who you work well with and why. </li></ul>
  10. 10. The Magic of Authenticity <ul><li>Authenticity comes from… </li></ul><ul><li>Passion (or deep interest ) about a topic </li></ul><ul><li>A genuine comfort in an exchange of ideas </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Connection with whom you are communicating </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A personal experiene that links you to the topic </li></ul></ul><ul><li>An openness to listen or empathize </li></ul><ul><li>Why ‘Authenticity’ may feel ironically Unnatural </li></ul><ul><li>Pressure or expectation to perform </li></ul><ul><li>Intimidation </li></ul><ul><li>Fear of failure or rejection </li></ul>
  11. 11. REMEMBER: No one should trust you if you can’t trust yourself <ul><li>Take yourself seriously or no one else will either. It’s hard to overcome self doubt, but get comfortable with the following: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>I will be wrong sometimes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>I can admit it and move on when I am wrong </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>I can always learn best after a mistake </li></ul></ul>
  12. 12. Leadership Ability, Strengths, and Craft
  13. 13. Practice your strengths <ul><li>There’s plenty of buzz about focusing strengths these days. Checkout Strengthsfinder.com to learn more. </li></ul><ul><li>Make a point to exercise and experiment with your skills. Talk about it with others and be open to criticism. You already know you are good at it, but what does it take to be expert? </li></ul>
  14. 14. Leadership isn’t a title <ul><li>The most successful and respected leaders, lead by example and illustrate their strong convictions. They bring together teams based on unifying goals. </li></ul><ul><li>Typically, they start out as independent studiers. Then, they evolve into collaborators once they decide to act. Once the followers reach a point, the leader becomes a powerful influencer. </li></ul>
  15. 15. Give Credit Away <ul><li>Inevitably, great influencers go under scrutiny. </li></ul><ul><li>Jealousy, intimidation, and skepticism are natural human reactions to those that gather a following. </li></ul><ul><li>The best way to avoid the glaring spotlight is to share the limelight. It also helps your real cause take center stage. </li></ul>
  16. 16. Each one, teach one <ul><li>&quot;[Being a good mentor] takes good listening, observation, and collaboration skills . It takes imagination, because you have to see the potential in someone who isn’t yet able to demonstrate everything they’re capable of. It takes a willingness to explore and wander a bit instead of going down the path of least resistance .&quot; </li></ul>Kim Goodwin, VP Design & General Manager Cooper
  17. 17. Ways Personality, Style, and Culture Can Clash
  18. 18. Talkin’ Bout My Generation Generation Approx. birth range Key hot topics Radio Babies Before 1945 Radio, depression, saving, World war Baby boomers ~ 1946 to 1964 Portable radio, Tv, VCR, woodstock, vietnam Gen X ~1965 to 1979 Cable tv, CDs, DVDs, Internet, computers, space travel, aliens, & video games, cold war Gen Y/Millenials ~ 1980 - 1994 Portable internet, text messaging, DVR, social networking, open 24/7, entitlement, environment, economy, 9/11
  19. 19. Srsly, duz this matter? People have their own lenses on the world. Everyone’s opinions start out rooted in their own experiences and upbringing. Maturity is about looking outside yourself. Leaders need maturity and flexibility. Each generation, regional area, and industry have their own social shortcuts and jargon. Be prepared. No one person can know everything.
  20. 20. Social Norms only scratch the surface <ul><li>Business practices change over time. Most of today’s management practices were created at the time of radio babies, where uniformity in assembly lines was necessary for success. </li></ul><ul><li>Gen X works as a bridge generation that can balance the hard work ethic of boomers and the uniquely vibrant “think out loud” new generations that appear self-entitled. </li></ul>
  21. 21. You can’t make people understand <ul><li>Some people don’t handle change and different processes well. One of the worst things to say is that someone doesn’t ‘get it’. </li></ul><ul><li>Appreciate people’s limitations and move on. They may come around later if you keep from burning bridges. Respectfully disagree and leave it at that. </li></ul>
  22. 22. Perceptions vs. ‘Reality’ <ul><li>It took many years to convince some that the world was round. Relationships and intentions don’t have such a black and white way to prove who is right. </li></ul><ul><li>It’s normal to be upset or surprised when someone misconstrues your actions or motives. Learn to be direct and honest without being too harsh. Avoiding issues can cause more problems. </li></ul><ul><li>Look for ways to clearly make your point, appreciate someone else’s perspective, and know when to move on. Psychopaths, stalkers, and even fans or old friends can believe they are in a relationship with you that you don’t see. Don’t compromise what you believe, but consider the other side, and let people know where you stand. </li></ul>
  23. 23. A Recap of How to Win <ul><li>Focus on what Winning means to you </li></ul><ul><li>Take note of your influencers </li></ul><ul><li>Ask yourself, “Am I cooperative?” and “Am I authentic?” </li></ul><ul><li>Learn everyday </li></ul><ul><li>Practice your strengths </li></ul><ul><li>Give credit away </li></ul><ul><li>Admit mistakes </li></ul><ul><li>Be aware and sensitive </li></ul>
  24. 24. KTHXBAI! <ul><li>@digitalcandy </li></ul>
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