I guess missing a couple of weeks with the link dump, and building up a bit of a backlog, has worked out pretty well, as at the moment, I'm a bit ahead of things. As regular readers know, I'm somewhat obsessive about keeping up with Twitter, as it's my main news and job-lead source (and I'm, unfortunately, back to cranking out resumes as things that looked promising don't seem so much so anymore, and the “sure things” that I was involved in have evaporated), and when I'm busy with freelance/consulting stuff I have a very hard time blocking out the time. So, I guess my job search going into the toilet benefits you, as I have a lot of stuff to pass along!
I ran into one particular piece recently which really resonated with me, called Best Practices Suck, where the author, Ted Coiné, says: “Best practices are great and all – if your current practices are sub-par. After all, you have to start somewhere.” … and I totally agree. I'm always amazed when I run into some speaker who is pontificating about “best practices” and insisting that if one is not using a particular platform or program or piece of technology, you're “doing it wrong” and need to get in lock-step with their particular mode of doing things. Not only is every situation different (unless, I guess, you're the guy making the donuts and you have to put Bag A in the hopper X minutes after you've dumped in Bag B, etc.) but technology is evolving so fast (and, mind you, I'm coming to this from a communications, web, social media, etc. standpoint), that what's brilliant today is likely to be antique next year (AOL and MySpace are the classic cautionary tales), and if you're not re-inventing how you do stuff on a constant basis, you're going to find yourself left in the dust. Another example of this was a local social media trainer who was 100% locked into setting people up with the Flip … only to have Cisco Systems pull the plug on the brand earlier this year … leaving the “Flip guy” having to re-do all his material! Frankly, it's been my observation that the more insistent a person is on “best practices” the less able they'd be to “figure things out on the fly”, and having hard-and-fast rules about “how it's supposed to be done” is simply a way for them to look more competent than they are.
Oh, and I really wish more people thought like Ted Coiné … here's one of the “secrets of innovation” he presents in the same article: “Hire people from outside the world of big business – teachers, actors, small business owners, bartenders, history majors just out of school – to work on your staff. Don’t just teach them how you do things. Much more importantly, ask them to tell you what their fresh eyes think of your systems.” … heck, if that view was more prevalent, I'd have been hired within weeks of my last job disappearing, rather than always being the “square peg” for people looking to fill a “round hole”!
Anyway, here are another dozen things found on Twitter that I felt were worthwhile … hope you find them useful as well:
As always, these have been merged into the big alphabetical list, which is available as a .pdf “e-book” (now up to 43 pages) of nothing but links to job search info … download your copy here: TJS-LinkList-110826.pdf
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