FROM AN EMAIL EXCHANGE ABOUT “LIVELINESS”
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Sent: Tuesday, December 04, 2007 8:50 AM
To: John Reinke
Subject: Re: Has anyone tested the “liveliness” of their LinkedIn “network”?
Okay, I read and re-read this.
I am not sure what you are exactly trying to say.
I recognize LinkedIn as a social networking tool. Outside of that, the voluntary and or involuntary act of CHAT or IM exist only where there are willing participants.
I would chat if there was something to chat about.
Perhaps, if you develop a forum that you wish to chat about or subjects that you would like feedback, you might draw the sustainable interest in the participants.
Outside of that, not everyone had a 6 sigma mentality and or even the slightest idea what that entails.
I, myself, am confused at times about the ‘how’s', the ‘who’s’ and the ‘what’s’.
But, after all, it is only social networking. Not like it is dating or any other real and tangible way to communicate…right?
How you doin’
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>Okay, I read and re-read this.
Sorry, I wasn’t clearer.
>I am not sure what you are exactly trying to say.
LinkedIn is a “strange duck”. It’s not “networking”. It’s probably more than a “yellow pages for recruiters”. Folks are fooled into an “activity trap”
and think they are “doing networking”.
>i recognize LinkedIn as a social networking tool.
Tool? Hmmm, not sure of that.
>you might draw the sustainable interest in the participants.
I’m not trying to “draw the sustain able interest”. I’m trying to figure out what is the proper place for LinkedIn within my own thinking.
>not everyone had a 6 sigma mentality
OK, if you’re not into 6sig. Then, let me phrase the same question in “plain English”. If LinkedIn is a tool, then what value has it provided me that justifies the attention, work, money, or time that I put into it?
>But, after all, it is only social networking.
SO, it should be considered like MySpace, Facebook, or Friendster? I bet that’s a minority opinion.
> Not like it is dating or any other real and tangible way to communicate…right?
>How you doin’
Get ready for the next layoff, jobsearch, and my next to last job. :-) Fatalistic. But, best not to be surprised.
Thanks for the thoughts
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Regardless of how solid one thinks one is in the job they are doing somewhere, it’s wise to be “aware”. I’ve pontificated often on the need of “salarymen”, as the Japanese wisely call those of us who are working for a paycheck, that you are only sure of the last paycheck that cleared the bank! It’s nice to believe in mutual loyalty between employer and employee, but, like most myths, hitting that “iceberg of reality” can put a big hole in YOUR boat. Bear in mind, it may not even be the employer’s “fault”. But even if it is, you must be prepared for when “the show closes”.
You always have to see the NEXT layoff in your future. It maybe next week, next month, next quarter, next year, next decade … … but be assured there WILL BE one! Sooner or later. Like a snowstorm, flood, or tornado, there’s going to be one. Salarymen must be prepared for it!
Give 100% to your employer for that is what you bargained for. Then, give 100% to finding your next gig. Never ever get caught by surprise.
In my patented copyrighted super-secret Coke-like formula for “how many months will I be burning not earning”, I have a factor for your to rate your employer. Factor is ONE for gooferment workers. (Although that may change if your work for the IRS and Ron Paul gets elected. But you get the idea.) Factor is FIVE if you work on WALLSTREET. How likely are you to get NUKED? The point is there is always some probability that you’ll get tossed out on your year. Just yesterday, I heard a senior exec at my employer tell a room full of folk “no job is safe”. So, I’d be a fool not to heeded my own advice.
And I may be a the big fat old turkey hisself and a FOWG to boot, but Mama Reinke didn’t raise no fool. (Where do you think my obsession with working comes from? Her Scarlet O’Hara-like dream of never being hungry gain!)
So, it’s get busy NETWORKING to prevent NOTWORKING!
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