A big project I’ve undertaken suddenly stalls out. I…
Research what went wrong, ask questions, start Googling,
and build Excel spreadsheets.
Run away or switch to something I am more comfortable
Immediately brainstorm solutions and quickly change
Look for someone else to blame.
Analyze the challenge, engage people smarter
than I am in problem solving, and move ahead with a solid “Plan B.”
Nothing I touch ever stalls out.
I keep reading about social media--- YouTube, blogging, LinkedIn, MySpace--- How do I deal with
Ignore it! Who needs “social media” when I have
three friends and my dog?
These sites are old news! There’s nothing novel
for me to learn.
Explore these sites, and others that seem interesting.
Discuss with colleagues the best way to incorporate the technology into the business plan.
Post videos, write a blog, and get a Facebook page.
The best way to learn it is to use it!
Spend 10 minutes Googling social media, get frustrated,
and move on to something else.
My favorite office gadget is my…
Telephone. I love hearing my own voice, and I think
others appreciate it too.
Scanner. I can scan, and then e-mail my work off
to someone else to finish when I get bored. How convenient.
Copier. Everyone in the office should be filled in
on the latest and greatest ideas. There needs to be a copy for each team member.
Laptop. It’s great for playing hooky. I can e-mail
my office that I’m not coming in.
Blackberry. 9-5?!?? Think 24/7.
Post-its. I never remember anything. And, I’ve never
mastered the whole “typing” thing.
At team meetings and group activities I am the person who...
Sits quietly, taking copious notes on my PDA.
Jumps in every few minutes to share my brilliance
with the team.
Waits my turn. I only present an idea after I have
fully researched it and know exactly what I want to say.
Does not work well with others. I typically work solo.
Supports others when they introduce a creative idea.
I want to seem like a good team player.
Steals others' ideas, changes a few words, and then
presents the thought like it was my own.
My competitor just launched a product/business similar to mine. I...
Meet with my colleagues to discuss new ways to differentiate
Let it go. I worked hard on the product/business
when we launched. And now, I’m not interested in working on it anymore. They can have it!
Come to work over the weekend to develop a new concept
that will outdo the last product/business.
Feel guilty. I told the competitor about the product/business
accidentally over drinks last Saturday.
Am sure that someone else will figure out what to
do. I don’t worry myself too much about things like this.
Tell my co-workers not to worry. I have plenty of
foolproof schemes up my sleeve for new products/businesses to start up.
While at networking events, you can always find me...
In the center of the room, telling whoever is around
how fabulous I am.
Strategically introducing myself to potential clients,
handing out my business card, and planning to follow-up on building my network the following
morning via e-mail.
At the buffet. The best part about these events are
the free pigs-in-a-blanket and cheese puffs.
Spending the entire evening talking with the first
person I meet at the door. Why waste time introducing myself to lots of strangers?
In the corner, talking with the colleagues I came
with. I don’t really like meeting new people.
Making a game plan with my co-workers. The best plan
for these gatherings is to divide and conquer the room.