Thursday, July 2, 2015

GETAROUND: Active owners earn $10,000 per year per car.

Is it possible to actual share your vehicle and make money at the same time?
The Sharing Economy
The Sharing Economy is a socio-economic ecosystem built around the sharing of human and physical resources. It includes the shared creation, production, distribution, trade and consumption of goods and services by different people and organisations.
See GETAROUND the online website that helps car owners make thousands per year sharing their car with a trusted community.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Essay II: How to solve your Economic Problems

Why write about focusing your attention, on learning to use humor, and the need to make emotional connections? How does practical wisdom and the proper use of humor, help with solving life’s problems?  Use humor to focus your own attention and make emotional connections with others.  

When something seems wrong, it is time to reflect on your life and your journey.  So when something really seems wrong, almost enough for loud complaining, start writing in your daily diary. 

Loud complaining is frowned upon or even not allowed, especially in libraries.   All the signs say SHUSH …..  Please be Quiet.  So if you are in a library the best solution is not to complain out loud, leave and travel to a place where you can complain as much as you want.  Even do a primal scream if you think it will help.

I was in the Union College Library and the golden tongue wisdom spoke to me through the staff.  I called my lawyer who represented me in court on a landlord – tenant disagreement.  Immediately the librarian approached me and told me I was talking too loud on the phone.  I continued my conversation, and another minute went by, he approached me again and told me to lower my voice.  What was the message?  It was SHUSH … I am very annoyed and bothered by hearing your voice.  Gaining perspective and having conflict and mediation training at business school I was wise enough to apologize and agree … my voice need to be softer.  I definitely felt embarrassed and by the way he approached me I knew I was not on dean’s list this semester.  Since I wanted to put some of my leisure reading to good use, “Leading with Humor” in Harvard Business Review came to mind.  Using humor to make an emotional connection with the librarian, by giving him a tickle during the exam cram period, would have been the best solution.  Was this a humorous situation or a not humorous situation? 

The volunteer experience
So I wanted to turn my volunteer work into something more useful in an effort to solve my economic problems.  Today I use the word useful, as I adopt a need for practical wisdom.  My practical wisdom tells me that economic problems are solved first by increasing income or simply adopting habits of good decision making and right actions to reach economic solutions.  The application of phronesis boils down to using common sense.    Time spent on getting the right education and getting more than several practical degrees, I finally realize that I just need people smarts and common sense. 

Goal:  Clear all obstacles to finding a source of income or getting a job.
Priorities:  All tasks are directed at meeting that goal.
Take Note Any Obstacles:  Best to view your new job as task leader towards project completion.  Set priorities see the practical use of your efforts and acknowledge success

Phronesis –           The Habits that enable you to
      Make the Right decisions
                                Take the Right actions
                                Relentless pursuit of excellence

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Essay I: Solving Economic Problems

The first essay on solving economic problems is about finding ways to improve your personal financial situation by increasing your income or bringing in more revenues.   If you are working on your personal finances, the chances are you need to increase income by finding a job that pays you more money.  If you are unemployed then you may just need a job.  If you are currently working, you need to get a raise, get a promotion or establish a second stream of income.  A second stream of income can be created either by securing a second job or starting a small business.

To minimize the time associated with the task of increasing your personal income, don’t spend a lot of time over analyzing the problem; instead write a paragraph or so about the best solution.  The solution should paint the ideal scenario, in a descriptive paragraph, by making statements that provide the information needed to determine how to find what you are seeking.

Decision Making Skills:  Making good decisions determines your level of success in life.  It seems like common sense but maybe many of life’s decisions are based more on common sense, less on your feelings.  Decisions cost more when you have more responsibility, at work and at home.  So developing your abilities to analyze the potential outcome of your decisions,  and being able to estimate their likelihood,  helps with the decision making process.

 Making the selection:  You hear of an opportunity from a colleague or a friend, and it offers the best opportunity for work quickly.  The real reason is you have bills piling up and you have current expenses that require you bring in additional income.   This prevents you from spending the savings you have accrued in the past.

Making the selection:  You find an open job opportunity in the newspaper.   The company becomes a target company as soon as you decide to apply.  You need connect to the hidden network by contacting employees within the organization.  In order to build the network, send email notes; make phone calls, and arranging face to face meetings.    The real goal is to get back to work quickly so if someone tells you about a job opening and gives you information about who is the hiring manager.   Then you can contact the company and arrange an interview.

Doing the Work: 
The ideal situation is to send out an application for employment.  Get called up the next week for an interview where you get a chance to meet the managers and co-workers.  Have a conversation and find you have many traits and qualities they are looking for in an employee.  You are highly skilled or have the potential to learn the job quickly.  The interview goes well.  In two weeks you are handed an offer with a start date and a salary, bonus and benefits.  The salary range is acceptable and you accept the offer and set a start date.   You have a reliable means of transportation and have the proper dress to start working.  You have two weeks to prepare, how do you prepare?

Goal:  Clear all obstacles to finding a job thus increasing income.
Priorities:  All tasks are directed at meeting that goal.
Take Note Any Obstacles:

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

National Womenbuild Week 2014

There is a great movement to promote volunteerism across the US.  The reason is rankings of states have been based on the people's effort to help by volunteering.  Volunteering to keep busy, or to be altruistic, or to make friends or for professional networking or to find a job.  Many factors are influencing me to work on the Habitat for Humanity Womenbuild Program in Schenectady New York.  The one that stands out is the fact that I still remain unemployed after years of study at the university and years of networking in the hidden job market.  This week marks the 3rd week of volunteering to help support the vision of creating a world where everyone has a decent place to live.  This Saturday we raise the walls on the 7th Womenbuild house and it commemorates national womenbuild week.  This volunteer to professional network has a great cause.  Today I met 4 women that decided to help paint the concrete and wood structure with indoor and outdoor paint.

Effective Networking - for Employment and Career Opportunities

How many people know that I need employment is a question I wonder about everyday? I noticed that close to everyone I have met at networking events has avoided direct mention of the topic. I found it curious that very few people have approached me about the status of my job search.

Finding opportunities can happen at networking event, I guess that is all about the nature of the hidden job market.  I learned about HJM after sending hundreds of online resumes to potential employers. Recently I decided humiliation due to lack of success drove me to publically analyze and reflect on the outcome of my networking efforts.

The IEEE foundation funded the making of the documentary I just watched. I have spent more hours volunteering for IEEE that I wish to admit. Since IEEE sponsored the event, I had expected to know about the showing of the new documentary on Charles Proteus Steinmetz titled 'Divine Discontent'. But it was an unannounced event.

At this networking event, most everyone met at the auditorium 1/2 hour before it started. Many of the attendees found seats early. Quite a few people attended, mostly from the college or retired employees of GE. Since the refreshments were served in the auditorium, it was difficult to connect with anyone before the event.  I was luck to pass out 3 networking cards, but received not one in return.  It appears that no one is following the standard networking practice of business card, elevator pitch and handshake. Fortunately for me, one of the three people I gave the pitch to worked as HR at Global Research GE. Anyway the luck of the draw on that encounter.  Now here comes the follow up on the event.

Monday, March 3, 2014

Oh what an Opportunity

The Career Fitness Program & exercising your options by Judith C Kilday.

After taking a deep breath, I thought about my talks with Allison. Again it was an exercise and I patiently attempted to re-frame my attitude. Attitude they say is the deciding factor which creates success. Maybe just one of may factors. At the same time a friend who I realized later was one of the best friends I could ever have, gave me a book. It was just because he cared, he surprised me but he had a helpful nature. The book "I don't know what I want but I know it is not this" was written by Julie Jansen. Julie Jansen has written a step by step guide to finding gratifying work.

What I did discover was working through both books, required grit and commitment. The time was more than I wanted to commit to my professional development. Made me ask a question, what were the results of my efforts?

Monday, February 24, 2014

13 Reasons You're Not As Successful As You Should Be by Jim Kukral

#1 Reason You’re Not As Successful As You Should Be – Laziness
#2 Reason You’re Not As Successful As You Should Be – Entitlement
#3 Reason You’re Not As Successful As You Should Be – Fear
#4 Reason You’re Not As Successful As You Should Be – Negativity
#5 Reason You’re Not As Successful As You Should Be – Stop Thinking
#6 Reason You’re Not As Successful As You Should Be – No Goals
#7 Reason You’re Not As Successful As You Should Be – “They”
#8 Reason You’re Not As Successful As You Should Be – No “X” Factor
#9 Reason You’re Not As Successful As You Should Be – Time Waste
#10 Reason You’re Not As Successful As You Should Be – Social B.S.
#11 Reason You’re Not As Successful As You Should Be – Think Small
#12 Reason You’re Not As Successful As You Should Be – Don’t Want It
#13 Reason You’re Not As Successful As You Should Be – Don’t Believe