Make Your Work Enjoyable! Have Some Fun.
Last week was awesome, packed with fun and productivity. I am on Overload but recovering. Actually, that is a bummer. As you know, I often write about my preferred ways to conduct business. In fact, last week I wrote about a very productive business meeting over cigars and beer. I find that I am most productive in a relaxed, friendly environment that supports a free flow of ideas. I am sure that I am not unique in this respect, as this is the perfect environment to achieve “breakthrough” thinking. Breakthrough thinking leads to solutions for vexing problems and ways to exploit opportunities. This week was packed with events that were both fun and productive. Well, what made this such a good week, Jim? I am glad you asked!
The fun began with an early morning breakfast meeting on Monday. Six of my Consultants from ITB Partners met to discuss our strategic positioning and branding for our emerging consulting group.
Tuesday morning I attended the monthly BENG meeting which featured Abby Kohut presenting “Success for the Seasoned Search.”Abby Kohut is known in the job search world as Absolutely Abby, She is the President of Staffing Symphony, LLC, and author of “Absolutely Abby’s 101 Job Search Secrets.” This is the second time I have attended a presentation by Abby. Both were excellent! Following the BENG meeting, I met with a friend’s son who is in transition and enjoyed lunch and cigars with two Alumni buddies. What a great day!
Wednesday, ITB Partners’ conducted its monthly meeting hosted by Cari Pirello and Jessica Prior at the offices of Marketing Workshop. Marketing Workshop is a full-service marketing research company and one of my clients. Eighteen Members and guests participated in this event. The meeting began with a presentation by Cari and Jessica which showcased their capabilities. Later, Cari took us on a tour of the facilities, providing added perspective to their business. This event was useful on several levels. It exposed our group to a valuable resource and provided Marketing Workshop with insight into our capabilities. That meeting was followed by my monthly poker game with colleagues and Alums, including cigars and a few beers of course. Another great day!
Thursday evening I attended a networking event hosted by Walter Gupton of McGriff, Seibels & Williams of Georgia, Inc. I made two good connections to build our consulting group and caught up with a few friends in attendance. Following this event, I enjoyed a quiet dinner with my Bride. She brought me up to date on the state of her business which is important as I am her business manager. Another enjoyable and productive day.
Friday was mostly spent on administrative tasks. but I did have a few important phone conversations. I capped off the week, later that afternoon, with an important recruiting meeting over a cappuccino.
I get a charge out of spending time with people, especially friends and business associates. I enjoy hearing about their goals and aspirations, personal and professional. I enjoy a free flow of ideas that lead to breakthroughs. I enjoy connecting friends and trusted advisors to one another. I suppose that explains my career choice. These attributes have served me well as an executive recruiter. They are useful in my work to build ITB Partners.
Progress comes from the free flow of ideas. I find that a relaxed, non-threatening environment leads to greater creativity which supports problem-solving. I am energized by this kind of exchange, so I seek out or create these opportunities. That’s why my preference is to include an element of fun in my work. Setting the stage for a productive exchange of ideas is critical to the process. Regrettably, it is not realistic to expect 100% achievement of that goal as some aspects of life and business are tedious and sometimes unpleasant. Even so, I aspire to have as much fun as possible while becoming ever more productive. My recommendation to you is to do the same.
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Author of: Fighting Alligators: Job Search Strategy For The New Normal