These conversations are all about the art and the power of networking. It's connected to the idea that every single one of us is no more than six degrees from being connected to one another. The connections we make and the relationships we build make us the incredible people we are today and that we will become tomorrow. This is a collection of lessons learned by people from different backgrounds and on different journeys. This conversation is for those who want to improve their networking skills and cultivate more meaningful professional relationships.
I sat down with Alex Ju just weeks away from his graduation from the University of Texas at Austin to talk about networking, relationshiping, the job search process for a graduating senior, and how he managed to juggle multiple priorities during his time college career. Alex is a friend, a Texas Wrangler brother, and an all-around good guy who's got a very bright future ahead of him as he begins his career with Lockheed Martin in Littleton, Colorado. I especially appreciate his personal mantra - put yourself out there, stay humble, and be resilient.
About Alex Ju
Alex Ju was born and raised in Houston,Texas. After graduating from High School in 2014, Alex decided to follow in his parents footsteps and attend their alma mater, The University of Texas at Austin. While there, he studied mechanical engineering and economics. In addition to his studies, Alex was elected to be the President for Texas Wranglers, a Spirit Organization, focusing on community service in Austin. He led an organization of 108 college students to serve the school and local community. During the summers of 2016 and 2017, Alex returned home to Houston, Texas and interned with TechnipFMC in new product development and supplier quality improvement programs. The new product development internship, he was exposed to the product development process, including concept selection, detailed design, prototyping and functional testing. In the supplier quality improvement internship, he gained knowledge and skills in root cause analysis by assisting suppliers in quality improvement and learned the importance of building relationships with suppliers by working collaboratively with them to drive product quality improvement. During the Summer of 2018, right before his senior year of college, Alex interned at Ford Motor Company as a Process Engineering Intern at the Van Dyke Transmission plant in Detroit, Michigan. Alex was tasked to optimize production cycle time for machining transmission cases. By applying Six-Sigma principles, Alex collaborated with Union Automotive Workers to implement three improvement ideas to reduce the cycle time by 19%, resulting in a total cost saving of more than $4.5 million over the next five years. After graduating from college in 2019, Alex will move to Colorado to work for Lockheed Martin as a manufacturing engineer.
Alex can be found on instagram (@alex.xiaoju) and can be contacted at email@example.com
Marcos and I have been friends since Fall 1993, when we were both attending the University of Texas and going through the Maverick program (www.texaswranglers.org) together. Despite time and space, we've managed to stay closely connected over the years and I've always been fascinated by the work he does writing and directing movies. I recently had the opportunity to catch up with him when he was on tour (literally, he was walking to dinner with the band when we did this interview) with In The Valley Below, promoting his new movie, "The Pink Chateau". We talked about his journey from Austin to Manhattan to Miami to Hollywood and all the twists and turns along the way, in addition to the power of networking and building effective relationships.
Writer/director Marcos Efron was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina and raised in Houston, Texas. Following a short career in finance, Marcos moved to Los Angeles and learned his craft from the ground up, writing and directing commercials, short films, and award-winning music videos. He is a Nicholl Fellowship Quarterfinalist (screenwriting fellowship for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences - aka the Oscars) for LOVE NOTES, a script based on his Sundance short film "Common Practice." Following that, Marcos co-wrote and directed AND SOON THE DARKNESS with Amber Heard and Karl Urban for Studiocanal. Other work includes the rewrite of AMAPOLA for Fox International, the one-hour series BIRMINGHAM for Sony TV, the book-to-series adaptation of IRONFIRE with Jon Cassar (“24”) directing, the adaptation of the young adult novel THE DECLARATION for Laurence Mark Prods/Sony Pictures, and the adaptation of the historical memoirs TRIALS OF THE EARTH for Morgan Freeman and producer Kerry Hamilton. Marcos has just wrapped production on the feature-length music video for In The Valley Below. His next feature is slated to shoot in 2019, with Lynwood Spinks (PASSENGERS) producing. Marcos’s first novel, the young adult adventure BEYOND CITADEL, is available in paperback and e-book on Amazon.
Marcos can be found on Instagram (@marcos_efron) and Vimeo - http://www.vimeo.com/marcosefron/directorreel.
Interview Date: April 15, 2019
Interview Location: Virtual (Zoom)
I sat down with Del Keffer, a Columbus, Ohio native and 40 year veteran of durable goods distribution to talk about relationshiping, the power of listening and investing in others, and our shared interest and commitment to making Kirby-Smith Machinery, Inc. a great place to work. Del is incredibly passionate about, and steadfastly believes that, trust-based business relationships and teamwork drive superior results. As Kirby-Smith's VP of Sales, I appreciate his leadership and ability to bring out the best in people.
Tune into my conversation with Brandy Schade as we talk about #relationshiping, #strengthsfinder and how one size does NOT fit all when it comes to #networking and building meaningful relationships.
Brandy Schade is a Gallup Certified Strengths Coach who has been helping individuals and teams leverage their strengths to increase performance over the past five years. Her background spans statistics, programming, processes improvement, system analysis, speaking and coaching. She has spent time working in product, pricing, sales, development, delivery, operations, consulting and emerging technology across industries such as life and health insurance, actuarial consulting, fitness and travel technology. Reach out to Brandy today to maximize your strengths!
#Gallup #StrengthsFinder #CliftonStrengths #Coach #StrengthsCoach #StrengthsFinder2.0 #GallupCoach
Be sure to tune into my conversation with Sean Self, Founder and CEO of Self Opportunity, a recruitment solutions company based in Lewisville, TX. I had the pleasure of working with Sean years ago (as a client) and we established a relationship of trust and respect that we need more of in today's business environment. Sean has a great story to tell about how his career got started, the value of putting yourself out there and saying "yes", and some great thoughts on how to prioritize your time as it relates to networking events and commitments.
#networking #relationshiping #dfw #recruiting #selfopportunity #MOTM #baldisbeautiful
Tune into my conversation with Jan Watson, Founder and CEO of Better Job Fit, Inc., as we talk about #networking, #relationshiping, finding a job versus creating a job, behavioral diversity, what it means to "play it small", and so much more!
About Jan Watson
With over two decades of global business development and job-placement experience ranging from the corridors of Capitol Hill to the front lines of the healthcare industry, Jan is recognized as being on the cutting edge of science to position people in their strengths. With an impressive track record in domestic and international sales, marketing, and training, she is a powerful presenter, trainer and author committed to creating positive company cultures, seamless teams and helping individuals transition strategically into their next career path and purpose.
In 2009, Jan left the top ranks of a multi-national ophthalmic industry leader and started her consulting firm, training and mentoring individuals and groups to become more efficient individually and collectively, maximizing their strengths. While surveying and analyzing scientific results of individual behavior traits and their influence on successful team dynamics and employee turnover, Jan found that true diversity extends beyond the external and physical, but to the differences we can’t see, Behavior Diversity™. Individuals possessing extremes of such behavior traits as assertiveness, decisiveness or sociability, may perceive themselves as being bullied, causing feelings of isolation or may perceive others as weak or unengaged, leading to turnover. Understanding individual ranges and how to bridge behavior “resistance gaps” decreases miscommunication, facilitates safe and healthy conversations, and increases workplace satisfaction rates.
Social Justice and Workforce Development Programs
As Jan’s desire to help others create dynamic change grew into her life’s purpose, she transitioned her company into the non-profit organization, Better Job Fit, Inc. She is committed to social justice and counsels the Veteran and Foster Care populations, maintaining strong alliances with non-profit agencies such as The River Jordan Legacy, American Veterans Alliance and Vet Power to create internships and permanent placements for those in transition and too often neglected or overlooked in their struggles to start over.
Take a ride with Bruce Waller and I in the "carpool lane"! In this episode, we talk about networking, vulnerability, the importance of showing up, three different types of networks (external, internal and social), and Bruce's book, "Find Your Lane". Tune in to find out why Bruce is one of the HR icons of our time!
You can find Bruce at www.brucewaller.com and you can find me at www.sethmccolley.com.
Mike Caracalas is a friend, former boss, leadership coach and author. I sat down with Mike to talk about the importance of networking, pivotal networking moments in his career, and lessons learned along the way. Join us for a real, honest conversation about relationshiping and the power of being comfortable with yourself.
You can find Mike at www.caracalas.com and his book is "Corporate Life is Hell".