THE TOP 10 PEOPLE THAT SHOULD BE IN YOUR NETWORK

A lot of the time, we wonder how people move form one industry to another without even blinking. They get job offers that are not advertised. besides creating the job themselves. Its from having good networks, resourceful networks.  This will require effort on your part, getting out of your comfort zone.  What events are happening? Which ones align with your interests and career growth? Go there.  It’s better to think in terms of a career jungle gym than a career ladder, this way you’ll grow more.

Here are the top 10 people that you should have in your network :

1. The Mentor

This is the person who has reached the level of success you aspire to have. You can learn from their success as well as their mistakes. Heed their wisdom and experience. This relationship offers a unique perspective because they have known you through several peaks and valleys in your life and watched you evolve.

2. The Coach

The coach is someone who comes in at different times in your life. They help with critical decisions and transitions and offer an objective perspective with no strings attached.

3. The Industry Insider

This is someone in your chosen field who has expert level information or access to it. This person will keep you informed of what’s happening now and what the next big thing is. Invite them to be a sounding board for your next innovative idea.

4. The Trendsetter

This is someone outside of your chosen industry that always has the latest buzz. It can be on any topic you find interesting. The goal in having this person in your network is to look for those connections that spark innovation via the unconventional. It will also help you keep your conversations interesting.

5. The Connector

This is a person who has access to people, resources, and information. As soon as they come across something related to you, they are sending you an e-mail or picking up the phone. Connectors are great at uncovering unique ways to make connections, finding resources and opportunities most people would over look.

6. The Idealist

This is the person in your network you can dream with. No matter how “out there” your latest idea is, this is the person that will help you brainstorm ways to make it happen. Without judgment, they are focused on helping you flush out your dreams in high definition, even if you don’t have a solid plan yet on how to make it happen.

7. The Realist

On the flip side you still need the person who will help you keep it real. This is the person who will give you the raised eyebrow when your expectations exceed your effort. These are not people who knock down your dreams, rather they challenge you to actively make your dream happen.

8. The Visionary

Visionary people inspire you by their journey. They are similar to the Idealist, but the visionary can help you envision an actual plan to reach your goal. One personal encounter with this type of person can powerfully change the direction of your thinking and life.

9. The Partner

You need to have someone who is in a similar place and on a similar path to share with. In fact, partners do a lot of sharing. This is a person you can share the wins and woes with. Partners will also share resources, opportunities, and information.

10. The Wanna-Be

This is someone you can serve as mentor to. Someone you can help shape and guide based on your experiences. One of the best ways to tell you understand something is to be able to explain it to someone else. And sometimes, one of the best motivators for pushing through obstacles and hardship is knowing someone is watching.

Do a quick analysis of the people in your current network. Do you have the above? Obviously you will need to have more than 10 people in your network. Strive to have a diverse network by adding people from different industries, backgrounds, age groups, ethnic groups and so on that fit into the roles listed above. You will not get to where you want to go by only including people from your current profession or business, its  limiting your potential opportunities.

 

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source :careerealism.com

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THE 4TH WANGARI MAATHAI MEMORIAL

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September 25, 2015 marks the fourth memorial anniversary of Professor Wangari Maathai passing.

On this day the Green Belt Movement (GBM) will lead a people’s march to encourage communities to raise their voices on climate change and the natural environment.

Approximately 500 community members and partners will march in Nairobi starting from the historical Jeevanjee Gardens through Moi Avenue, Haile Selassie Avenue, and Uhuru Park and then to Freedom Corner where participants will be addressed by various speakers.

A similar march will take place in Western Kenya, Kitale where GBM has trained Community members as Trainers on Natural Resource Management.

That’s the way I do things when I want to celebrate, I always plant a tree. And so I got an indigenous tree, called Nandi flame, it has this beautiful red flowers. When it is in flower it is like it is in flame.

Wangari Maathai

13TH YOUNG ENTREPRENEURS CORNER

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Date :24th september 2015

Time: 5pm-9pm

Location: tin tin restaurant, Nairobi

entry : Ksh. 800 (advance tickets)

Ksh. 1000 (at the door)

Small business owners are great when it comes to creative and innovative ideas. But their main challenge is effective marketing on what is typically a shoestring budget. For many, marketing has always been something of a challenge. It’s often not a skill that many have a great deal of experience in when starting out.

The objective of this event is equip Small business owners with the techniques, strategies and principles that large organisations use to gain market share and captivate their audience in this ever evolving business environment. Participants will learn;
• How to successfully engage their customers
• What marketing strategies work best for SMEs?
• The methodology behind successful marketing campaigns
• How to create big marketing ideas with small business resources

 

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Hope to see you there!

Ythera Mwangi

WOMEN IN TECH AFRICA LAUNCHES KENYA CHAPTER

WOMEN IN TECHAFRUCA

 

Date: September 10th 2015

Time : 6pm – 8:30pm
Theme: Women Leadership and the African Technology Dialogue
Target Audience: Women working in the technology sector and technology thought leaders across Africa
Location: iHub Nairobi,4th Floor, Bishop Magua Centre, Ngong Rd, Nairobi, Kenya

We would want you to invite you to attend

Speakers

Wambui Kenya – Managing Director – Africa at ThoughtWorks

Amrote Abdella -Director, Venture Capital & Start-ups, Microsoft Africa Initiatives

Linet Kwamboka CEO at DataScience LTD (Nairobi)

Amanda Gicharu Kemoli Co-Founder & Program Director Tech Republic Africa

In context of the theme we would l these ideas:
The Climb: playing to your strengths for career leadership
How do we support the entrepreneurs, how can we invest in the businesses that African women want to build/are building.
Entrepreneurship in Africa
Failure and Career Growth

Women in Tech Africa has membership of over 500 women in over 30 countries in Africa and will be launching Chapters in South Africa, Nigeria, Uganda, Kenya, Zambia and Canada in addition to Ghana by December 2015

About Women in tech Africa
In order to identify and learn from other Women in Technology across Africa, Women in Technology across Africa spear headed and run the first Pan African women in tech virtual meet up which brought together over 150 women in technology roles across Africa and was featured in CNN.
The success of this process resulted in an established a formal Pan-African Network of Women in Technology to organise regular activities to provide effective support to women in technology across the African continent.

source: event Facebook page

WOMEN IN TECH AFRICA LAUNCHES KENYA CHAPTER

WOMEN IN TECHAFRUCA

Date: September 10th 2015

Time : 6pm – 8:30pm
Theme: Women Leadership and the African Technology Dialogue
Target Audience: Women working in the technology sector and technology thought leaders across Africa
Location: iHub Nairobi,4th Floor, Bishop Magua Centre, Ngong Rd, Nairobi, Kenya

We would want you to invite you to attend

Speakers

Wambui Kenya – Managing Director – Africa at ThoughtWorks

Amrote Abdella -Director, Venture Capital & Start-ups, Microsoft Africa Initiatives

Linet Kwamboka CEO at DataScience LTD (Nairobi)

Amanda Gicharu Kemoli Co-Founder & Program Director Tech Republic Africa

In context of the theme we would l these ideas:
The Climb: playing to your strengths for career leadership
How do we support the entrepreneurs, how can we invest in the businesses that African women want to build/are building.
Entrepreneurship in Africa
Failure and Career Growth

Women in Tech Africa has membership of over 500 women in over 30 countries in Africa and will be launching Chapters in South Africa, Nigeria, Uganda, Kenya, Zambia and Canada in addition to Ghana by December 2015

About Women in tech Africa
In order to identify and learn from other Women in Technology across Africa, Women in Technology across Africa spear headed and run the first Pan African women in tech virtual meet up which brought together over 150 women in technology roles across Africa and was featured in CNN.
The success of this process resulted in an established a formal Pan-African Network of Women in Technology to organize regular activities to provide effective support to women in technology across the African continent.

source: event page on facebook

‘IF I KNEW THEN’ THOUGHTS FROM RALPH LINSALATA

RALPHAs promised here’s more from the Harvard business school’s class of 1963, here is a special edition from Ralph Linsalata

 

Ralph T.Linsalata

On leadership

Outstanding leaders:

  • Recognize opportunities and see trends before everyone else
  • Develop people at all levels
  • Clearly and passionately communicate the company’s vision, goals, and core values
  • Live those core values every day and in everything they do
  • Continue to learn from and listen to others without regard for their level in the company
  • Accept the responsibility for all decisions — not just the successful ones
  • Maintain a positive can-do attitude, no matter how difficult the circumstances, but are honest in describing the situation
  • Focus on the priorities and do not get distracted by self-indulgences and needless low-priority items
  • Make all the people in the company feel that their roles are important to its success and that you appreciate their efforts

On Business :

It is easier to make the correct decision when you have extra cash. If your company is short of cash, it is easy to make the wrong decision, although sometimes cash shortage is a fact of the job.

A strong team around you is critical. Loyalty of your direct reports is important, especially if you have earned it.

Never use the pronoun “I” except when taking responsibility for a problem or mistake. When success occurs, it should always be “we” or “they.”

Communication with all employees is critical. Strategies must be explained repeatedly — as many as 20 times — before most people really understand them.

The right culture is also critical. It takes a long time and an exceptional amount of effort to change a bad culture. Most companies fail because they do not have the right culture.

All competitive advantages last for a very short time. You have to be paranoid to stay as the leader of a successful company.

Great companies invest in their people. They encourage people to achieve the seemingly impossible, knowing they are allowed to fail so long as they make intelligent decisions and do not put the company at significant risk without the consent of their management.

On Marriage and family

  • Tell your spouse and children that you love them every day, no matter how you feel.
  • Do not bring your problems home with you.
  • Realize the joy that comes from helping your spouse and children excel in their fields of interest and enjoy themselves.
  • Develop within your family a sense of obligation to help others.
  • Spending quality time with your family — not just time — is critical.
  • Choose a spouse who will understand and support you, and one for whom you will do the same. Life is much better if you can help each other grow and expand your knowledge, experiences, friends, and capabilities.

On career :

  • Find an industry that gets you excited and a company that places excellence and integrity at the top of their list of core values.
  • Identify the areas in which you can truly excel. What you do well is not work — no matter how hard it is and how many hours are required.
  • Learn everything you can about your company, its industry, and your job. Understand both the details and the big picture.
  • Always be willing to help others, because many will later help you.
  • Befriend and work with the best people, because they will make you better.

Life’s Lessons :

Put your family first and, when things go wrong at work, put the problems aside and enjoy time with your loved ones. Family vacations are the best times you will ever have.

If you find an industry and position that you like and are good at, stay in it until you have achieved significant success, even if it means you have to join a less-than-first-tier firm.

You will have the most enjoyment working with people who are smart, of high integrity, and committed to achieving something substantial.

Never stop learning, and be willing to take a risk in your career.

Success is highly dependent on many variables — not just you. Do not fool yourself that you can do anything and turn around any product, project, or company without the right people and resources.

Constant and honest introspection and visualization of what you want for your future are important.

Almost everyone has good intentions and excellence within them, if they’re put in the right position and given the opportunity to learn and develop.

On Happiness and success :

Happiness and success are defined by the importance of:

  • Your family
  • A few true friends
  • Being one of the best in your field
  • Enjoying what you are doing and feeling a purpose beyond having a job
  • Focusing on your objectives and priorities
  • Giving back to others not as fortunate as you
  • Never forgetting who helped you get to where you are

On Wealth :

In our society, it is difficult to not consider wealth as a yardstick of success. However, never consider wealth as your number one-measure of success. Achieving outstanding knowledge and performance should be your primary goal. If you achieve this, the wealth will come either financially or through respect and recognition by others.

Turning Points :

What did I learn from the turning points in my life? Look for great colleagues, role models, and teachers. Be certain to understand the opportunities relative to the risks, and how the risks can be avoided. Recognize your strengths and weaknesses, and act accordingly. Play to your strengths while you work, but work on your weaknesses.

 

About Ralph T. Linsalata

Dr. Ralph T. Linsalata, PhD, is a Founding Partner of Media Advisory Partners, LLC. Dr. Linsalata was the Senior Vice President of Corporate Planning & Development at Novell Inc. He joined Cambridge Technology Partners Massachusetts Inc. in December 1999 as its Executive Vice President, NEWCO Investments. Dr. Linsalata served as Chief Executive Officer of Lexidata Corporation, Silc Technologies, and Envoy Systems Corporation. He served as Executive Vice President of Cambridge Technology Capital and Cambridge Technology Capital Fund II. He served as Senior Vice President of Venture Investments at Novell Cambridge Technology Partners and Novell Technology Capital Fund I, L.P. He was a General Partner of Lightspeed Venture Partners and Investment Banker of Laird Technologies, Inc. He served as Chief Executive Officer of GestureTek, Inc. He also served as a Chief Financial Officer of Applicon Incorporated, and sales and finance positions with IBM. Previously, Dr. Linsalata served as a Senior Vice President of Hill Holiday Advertising, Inc. holding positions as a Strategic Consultant and Managing Director of that company’s interactive group since March 1997. From 1994 to 1997, he served as Chief Executive Officer of Weston Corporate Development, Inc. Dr. Linsalata served as the Managing Director of Hill, Holliday Interactive Group, building web sites for clients moving to the “New Economy“. He served as Senior Vice President of Hill, Holliday, Connors, Cosmopulos, Inc. Initially at Hill, Holliday, he helped build the Strategic Consulting Group, which was involved in the development of brand building and brand management strategies. Dr. Linsalata has extensive experience in venture capital and private investments as well as senior executive experience in venture capital-backed technology companies. His prior experience includes roles as General Partner of Weiss, Peck and Greer Venture Partners, L.P.; Vice President of General Electric’s venture capital subsidiary; investment banker with Laird, Inc. Dr. Linsalata serves as Director of Telogis, Inc. and Redleaf Group, Inc. He served as a Director of Amperion, Inc. He holds a B.S.E.E. from Case Institute of Technology, an M.B.A. from Harvard University, and did post-graduate work towards a Ph.D. at New York University

 

Sources : http://www.bloomberg.com

: hbs1963.com

 

Have a blessed day,

Cynthia Mwangi