These are likely not going to be earth shattering to you and some of them were mentioned in this post What Price Would You Pay For Your Dream Job? but since I have been sharing like have been the last week some friends are asking about what 2010 is going to look like for me.
You will find that 2010 is going to be as much about my personal life as the professional. While not overdue (unless you ask my longtime friends) it is time to invest as much in the personal me as I have in the professional part over the past few years.
In no particular order:
Learn to swim
Seriously, I do not know how to swim. As a kid I had a minor reaction to chlorine so when I was in a pool or enclosed hot tub my breathing would get a bit labored. When we went out of town the first and only thing I did was go fishing. No fear of the water but rather than be in it I was on it.
Find a slow dance partner
As if I have not declared this enough by now but it is time for me to explore the dating scene. Seriously, for real this time. I said this a few years ago in an email to some friends and I think they will disregard this statement.
And not so much the dating scene but find “the one”. I am not looking to be crazy bachelor guy but find chemistry, a connection.
My friends are already saying prove it. OK, I will. Any “referrals”?
Oh yeah, it would be awesome if she could tolerate my college football addiction :)
Ask for help
This one is simple and no need to get specific. It’s not an inferiority thing or I feel weak for doing it, just not my thing. But I need to ask for a hand when I need one.
Less thinking more doing
This one is simple too. I have a tendency to over think, over analyze, over project what will happen. Less brain, more brawn.
Build a think tank, consortium, dream team, loose confederation of colleagues
I am looking for folks who walk the talk in my local Recruiter/HR world. Not the folks who train on how they would use Twitter, LinkedIn, Social Media in general, SEO, job ads, build passive candidate pools, etc but who actually do.
And more than just why we should be doing these things, I want to elevate the conversation on how. I want to share my experiences with those doing the work who will do the same back. Many of us are two years in and should be able to show results, for better and worse.
While focused on my Minnesota colleagues I am looking for those around the U.S. who are doing this and not just talking about it.
There are opportunities to share material, promote each other for webinars, trainings and events. There are opportunities to cross promote services. Interested? Send me an email.
Last year between speaking at Recruiter/HR, Job Seeker and Social Media events and online with webinars I was in front of 2,200+ people and that does not count webinars where an attendee listened to more than one session. Feedback was really, really positive with requests to increase the number and kinds of sessions.
While I did everything for free last year some things in 2010 will come with a modest fee. I would like to be able to use the revenue stream to hire a full time marketing person. I need the help and I know having an extra brain and pair of hands I can do more in less time with less stress allowing me to focus on the other things on this list.
Deeply engage with and introduce my friends and colleagues to each other
I realized last year that my friends rarely cross over from each other. What I mean is, I have my long time friends going back to the college years, the Recruiter/HR friends and those in IT and “social media”.
So not only are my long time friends not integrated with my professional ones even the professional folks are a bit siloed (is that a word?).
Add on that because I have been so busy I have not seen some people in a really long time. To remedy this I am going to try scheduling Happy Hour’s and instead of inviting everyone keeping it to 20 or so knowing that 7-10 might be able to make it. A large enough group to have some fun with but small enough so everyone gets a chance to mingle.
Support local and affordable recruiter events
This past year our Minnesota Recruiters groups really hit its stride. I think I am done finding ways to mess it up, not that anyone ever really sees it. The content of the events is always well received, feedback is very positive. There is growing interest from other cities to do something similar. No, I am not going to get into the event planning business (oh hell no) but if I can in anyway help get an event put together, help with logistics, find speakers or otherwise promote an event I will.
So much good stuff comes out of our events and I gladly put our content against what the national events are doing. And assuming companies are going to continue to not train their staff or not want to send them to a warm destination these local events will likely grow in popularity and necessity.
Just be quiet
I need to turn my brain off at night. I need more time in a fishing boat and more hours on the bike. I just need my brain to be quiet. (and for all you laughing at me about being quiet generally, I hear your laughter and will find you...)
Truly enjoy the moment
I need to celebrate things more than I do. The most recent example is from the last Minnesota Recruiters event. We had three amazing events this year and after each one instead of taking a deep breath, seeing the good that came out of it, enjoying what was done I already move on to the next event.
This has something I have always done going back to when I was a kid playing sports. Instead of enjoying a victory I would be thinking about who we played next, how we could have played better and how I could improve.
I cheat myself and I need to stop it.
I get handcuffed because there is so much to write about, so many half done blog posts and links to share that I get stressed. It feels like a job that I am not doing well. I need to get back to my blog as therapy for me and a way to share what I am reading, who I am following, share a rant (OK many rants) and think out loud.
Time to feed the blog.
HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!