Networking for new hires

I gave a presentation on social networking for new hires to the GBS Application Services Foundations new hire network.12 people attended, and a few more dialed in, including one person from Poughkeepsie. (Yay international companies!) We had a lot of fun during the roundtable introductions. After things settled down, I gave my presentation.

The key thing I learned while preparing the presentation is that people can get by without paying special attention to social networking, but some effort can help people really transform their lives into extraordinary ones. I talked about the intersection of passion, knowledge and skills, and opportunities. If you learn more about what you’re passionate about, you’ll find or create or attract opportunities to learn more about and practice those passions or to use your knowledge and skills. The more you learn, the more you’ll be able to appreciate your passions, and the more opportunities will be open to you. It’s a beautiful cycle that makes things get better and better.

I also gave a number of quick tips on how to be more effective at social networking using events, conversations, notebooks, business cards, personal sites, blogs, articles, presentations, and other tools and opportunities. All these things can help you learn, reach out, and share what you’re learning.

The key thing I learned while giving this presentation was that although people could quickly identify passions outside work, job-related passions didn’t come to mind. I believe that it’s possible to love your work. My dad taught me this. I know that even if there are difficult days and boring days and lost days, if there’s that underlying passion, all those days will be worthwhile.

I’m glad to say that my work allows me to exercise some of my passions. So, what am I passionate about?

I’m passionate about helping people connect. I believe that interesting things happen when we bring different kinds of people together, and that’s why I love how blogging and other forms of social media allow people to bump into people outside their teams. I not only get to help people connect and collaborate, I even get to help companies figure out how to help their people do so.

I’m passionate about helping new hires connect with the rest of the organization and vice versa. I believe that a good social network can not only help new hires learn what they need to learn but also get opportunities to discover and make the most of their passions. I want to help new hire networks challenge and catalyze people’s growth in addition to providing basic social support. I want to help new hires get connected and share what they learn. Because I’ve been helping people connect using these new tools, new hire networks approach me to find out how I can help them. =)

I’m passionate about helping people share what they’re learning. I believe that teaching as you learn helps you learn more effectively. I want to help people share the tidbits that they’re learning and passing those tidbits along to others who are learning too. I not only get to lead by example, I also get to coach others.

I’m passionate about spreading enthusiasm, energy, and passion. I believe that people can be happy at work and in life. I want to learn from people who are happy and successful, I want to be an example to others, and I want to help others along the way. I not only get to share my passions with my coworkers and with other people outside the organization, I also get to encourage others when they need that extra burst of energy.

I’m passionate about communication skills, presentations, public speaking, and storytelling. I believe that presentations should be more than just bullet points and that communication should be more than just talking at people. I want to share what people are learning, inspire people to action, and help them inspire other people in turn. I not only get to learn more about communication skills and practice them by frequently giving presentations, I also get to share what I’m learning and influence the way other people communicate.

What are you passionate about? What knowledge or skills do you want to develop, and what opportunities would help you be even more effective?

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  • http://nii.ahene.com Nii A.

    “Iโ€™m passionate about helping new hires connect with the rest of the organization and vice versa.”

    This is key, especially at a large company. When I was at eBay it never ceased to amaze me how little one part of the company (say QA) knew about another (Product Development). As a project manager I was fortunate enough to work with many teams and groups, but as you could imagine an entry level programmer, or financial analyst doesn’t have that same type of visibility.

    To help bridge the information gap, several other new hires and I created an informal ‘New Hire Group’ to meet, connect and interactive with other new hires across the organization. While largely social, the group enabled us to inform each other of what we were working on. Looking back, I think I learned more about the inner workings of the company though the group and similar networking than through ‘traditional’ means
    -N

  • http://officenet.blogspot.com Leo Piccioli

    Hi Sacha, very interesting post.

    When you wrote about the intersection of:

    Passion
    Knowledge and Skills
    Opportunities

    It reminded me of Jim Collins’ Hedgehog Concept (those that built great companies were in the intersection of wnat they can be the best in the world, what drives their economic engine and what they are deeply passionate about).

    Now, getting to me:

    What am I passionate about? Sharing knowledge. Mine and others’. I live in a country (Argentina) were it is very uncommon for people to share their knowledge around… But in our company we manage to improve that (with my own blog, uploading videos to youtube, decks to slideshare, etc.), but it is still mostly depending on my own effort. I am not a too good evangelist (I am only the boss ;-)).

  • http://officenet.blogspot.com Leo Piccioli

    Just a quick usability tip: I added my previous comment and got to the post again with no comment and no message stating it would be reviewed. Only when I tried to submit again the exact same comment WP told me it was already received.

    BTW, I like what you write.

  • http://officenet.blogspot.com Leo Piccioli

    I do not understand… Just posted the below comment and did not appear, after that posted the one at 10:16 and it appeared… Just in case, there it goes again! Sorry for the inconvenience. (I found an HTML mistake… Maybe that’s the reason)

    Hi Sacha, very interesting post.

    When you wrote about the intersection of:

    Passion
    Knowledge and Skills
    Opportunities

    It reminded me of Jim Collins’ Hedgehog Concept (those that built great companies were in the intersection of wnat they can be the best in the world, what drives their economic engine and what they are deeply passionate about).

    Now, getting to me:

    What am I passionate about? Sharing knowledge. Mine and others’. I live in a country (Argentina) were it is very uncommon for people to share their knowledge around… But in our company we manage to improve that (with my own blog, uploading videos to youtube, decks to slideshare, etc.), but it is still mostly depending on my own effort. I am not a too good evangelist (I am only the boss ;-)).

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