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Episode 43 – When Your Side Hustle Is Really Just a Hobby

As a Success Charger, admittedly, you’re different.  You see opportunity where others only see roadblocks, but let’s be honest about this one.

What is wrong with simply having a “hobby”.  Why does EVERYBODY seem to think they have to be “hustlin” or “grindin”.  When really, so many of those same people, are just…well….”Strugglin”.


Dan Pink’s book, Free Agent Nation, rocked my world when I read it nearly 10 years ago.  In the text, he explains how the world is basically shifting from what we think of as a traditional employment world, to a “gig economy” world (I’m pretty sure “gig economy” is a newer term, but you get it, right?)

There’s only one problem.  Too many of the very companies who would prefer to pay for talent ONLY when they REALLY NEED IT, have build vast systems to support a “traditional business model” and they often find themselves ill-equipped to actually execute on a plan that the “gigsters” would LOVE…. Being able to work on projects as a free-agent on an “as-needed” basis with enough frequency to be able to effectively blend work with the lifestyle they prefer.

I think we’re on our way to seeing Pink’s reality, it’s just taking longer than many people would like.  Leaving many with a strong DESIRE to be a free agent stuck in a purgatory between what they really want and the harsh realities of the ever-expanding cost of living.  (Television used to only cost the price of the TV itself, you know….and it wasn’t that long ago.  Now….$200+ month is not uncommon just for the “content”.)

So this week, we beg the question, “Do you REALLY have a side hustle, or is that stuff you work on after work just a “hobby”….and by the way, there is NOTHING wrong with having a good ol’ fashioned hobby.

Sound off in the comment section below or  drop us a quick note at podcast@ideacharger.com and let us know your take.

Does your side hustle make money?  Do you actually do anything for fun anymore, or are you  trying to “monetize” EVERYTHING you do?  Or, are you a hipster who still goes to coffee shops for the **gasp** actual coffee?

2016 Gulf Coast Symposium on HR Issues – Notes

THANK YOU!

The 2016 Gulf Coast Symposium on HR Issues is underway, and I appreciate your attending one of my sessions.  As promised, this is where you will find slides, bonus materials and more, for the two sessions delivered on May 12, 2016 in Houston, TX.


No Budget, No Problem!
How Every Leader Can Continue to Develop Talent in ANY Economic Environment (9:00 AM, May 12, 2016)

As promised, this is where you can find the complete slide deck from my presentation.  It will be posted within a few days of the conclusion of the 2016 Symposium (Hey, I didn’t want you to look ahead at all of the awesome graphics, hugely important research findings and info BEFORE you had a chance to experience the session….Thanks for understanding!)

Until then, here is a list of the NINE KEY ACTIONS OF CONNECTED LEADERS.  Watch this site for details of a forthcoming podcast episode of the Success Charger Podcast (it’s free) where we will dig even DEEPER into each Key Action. (If you’ll scroll up to the upper right-hand corner of this page and leave your email address, we’ll notify you when the next episode is ready to go!)

  1. Always Demonstrate Empathy
  2. Focus on Outcomes – Not Hours
  3. Share Accountability
  4. Become a N.I.N.J.A.
  5. PRO-active > RE-active Coaching
  6. Maximize Transparency
  7. Encourage Innovation
  8. Develop Presentation Skills
  9. Model a Learning Culture

TOURNAMENT OF CHANGE
How to Experience Championship Results in Turbulent Times (3:45PM, May 12, 2016)

If you were with us in the Unique Zone at the 2016 Symposium, you know that this wasn’t a PowerPoint presentation AT ALL.  In fact, it was less of a “breakout session” and more of an EXPERIENCE. I hope you  had as much fun learning at the session as I did putting it together for you!

We’ll do our best to share some of the key elements here and I’ll load up the “promo PowerPoint” that was sent into the Symposium organizers ahead of time, too. Again, we’ll get it up on the site soon.


PODCAST

In the meantime, if you like to hear great stories, I invite you to check out my free, weekly show “The Success Charger Podcast with Scott Cooksey” available to stream or download from SuccessChargerPodcast.com , iTunes, Stitcher Radio and other fine podcasting sites around the interwebs.

You might especially like Episode 38 where I interview John Verdone of DDI (Development Dimensions International) about why he believes EVERYONE should become a facilitator.

Bridging the Knowledge Gap with Gen X

Companies today are facing a serious issue.  While gathering research for an upcoming conference presentation, Scott stumbled into some fascinating research that made him pause about how to address the knowledge gap present in companies today.

According to Pew Research Center, members of the Baby Boomer generation represent less than 35% of the total U.S. workforce.

Of late, there has been a LOT of talk about the Millennials who now hold the title of the “largest percentage of the U.S. workforce”.

 

The problem is…this current downturn in large areas of the economy (read: energy sector, manufacturing, and more) is leading to an increasing number of early retirement and voluntary layoff packages being issued, further shrinking the number of vastly experienced people from some very complicated industries.

A quick look at the media offers much attention for the ballyhooed Millennials, but are they ready to take the helm in YOUR company?

There is a better solution already present in your companies, and it’s the ranks within Generation X.

pew statsIn this episode, host Scott Cooksey shares his insight gained from his experience working closely with the front-line leaders within these companies and shares some easy to implement tips EVERY COMPANY should be utilizing to help bridge the pending knowledge gap before it’s too late.

Leave a comment below and let us know what YOUR company is doing to bridge the knowledge gap!

Scott Cooksey is a speaker and leadership consultant based in Houston, TX.  To learn more about having him present at your industry conference or work with your company, visit www.IdeaCharger.com

Have questions about the podcast? Email Scott anytime at podcast@ideacharger.com

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Be A Connector, Not A Commodity!

“It’s not always the most popular person who gets the job done.”

-Gordon Gekko, Wall Street

Are You A LION? WHY?

I have had the privilege of working with leaders from over 1,000 companies over the years. My personality is one that suggests I have never met a stranger.  Networking is something intuitive for me, yet I find the idea of LinkedIn Open Networker (LION) appalling.  In fact, I would rate it one step above a cold caller who believes the phone book is a list of your personal contacts.

(NOTE:  For my younger readers, a phone book is a huge listing of households and businesses every land-line telephone number in a particular city or metropolitan area.  These used to be provided free of charge for everyone and delivered to your house annually.  The most impressive use I ever saw of an actual phone book was seeing it ripped in two in a feats of strength act at a school assembly.)

Big Data Is Not All Its Cracked Up To Be

Algorithms rule the world.  Everything is math. Data is meant to be crunched.  But, not all data.

According to my LinkedIn profile, my “network” has over 1,700 connections.  If you quickly do the math of “connections of connections of connections” I apparently have a “reach” of about 4 gazillion people.  The problem is, most of those people, until I offer a bit of knowledge useful to THEM,  do not care about me or the connections I have.   The point here is NOT about how many connections one has, rather, it is about the quality of those connections that truly counts.  For the record, I have personally interacted or held some kind of conversation with nearly every one of the people I am connected to on LinkedIn. (There are most certainly a few who slipped by me in a weak moment or as result of some long forgotten exchange.)

Add Value First, Reward Will Follow

If you speak as part of promoting your business, you should encourage your audience members to connect with you.  LinkedIn, however, may not be the most appropriate place.  Friends you met at a party, but don’t necessarily have any significant common ground with professionally, likely are good enough for Facebook.  If you find someone’s perspectives interesting, but not sure you are willing to commit to more than an arm’s length admission, Twitter works great.  Should you have a meaningful exchange with someone under the auspices of business, however, LinkedIn is likely appropriate.

In a previous article, I shared how you could leverage connections you have collected on Facebook into your business world. Whether you are “old hat” with LinkedIn or just getting started, I recommend beginning to build value with people you already “know”.

Say It. Don’t Spray It!

Plenty of people claim to be “networking experts”.  I have known many over the years.  The problem is, if they have to TELL YOU they are a “networking expert”, I would offer they probably have a large of business cards, but no earthly idea of what to do with all of those contacts. Here’s a photo of what I found in the desk of a previous co-worker who complained he wasn’t able to generate more sales: Business Cards

If only he had ever just tried to contact half of those cards to learn what problems they needed help with TODAY.

Here’s the gold:

Find out what problems or challenges your contacts are needing help with today and connect them with someone else you know who can offer assistance or BEST SOLVE that problem! Just GET INVOLVED with your network!

Hey, LIONs:  Less IS More!

Stop collecting connections and building a useless “network” of people with whom you never actually get to know, interact, or connect!

In my experience, a list of 100 people you know well and interact with regularly with a specific message  yields much greater results than building a long list of people whom you hope, pray, and wish someday might buy from you.   Be of assistance to your network and you will build a loyal following for life.  Who knows, they might even refer some business your way.


Scott Cooksey works with organizations to build sustainable, lasting, profitable relationships with clients and reignite the power of teams.  Learn more about how he can work with your organization or speak at your event by visiting www.IdeaCharger.com.

How To Fix America

GroverClevelandPopularVoteMapAs I write this post, it is Election Day in the United States.  This particular election is dubbed the “mid-term” election, as it is the midpoint of the current presidential term.  For many states, this is a key opportunity to set the stage on both the federal and state levels of government for the opportunity to make changes for the next two years.  Hope. Change. Better. Worse.  You have heard it all before, right?  Well, sort of.

Have a conversation with any toddler, anywhere in the world, and you will get an example of “cause and effect” thinking.  While the child’s brain develops, they begin to learn that when they do “this” then “that” happens.  Of particular note in our house, for example, is when bad behavior results in loss of privileges like watching her favorite shows on the iPad. [Who knew a two-year-old in 2014 would be a fan of the 80’s sitcom A.L.F and the comedy classic I Love Lucy…at least THIS week?]

As an adult, another truth begins to emerge.  Watch any well-written television drama, read a great novel, or simply pay attention to the decisions you make in your own life and it becomes quite evident that “what happens to us” is more a collective result of multiple actions, rather than a simple “cause and effect” result.

Enter the “disconnect”

We have a problem.  This water-based marble hurling through space that we call “Earth” isn’t sitting still, nor is its future completely dependent upon a single decision by any one person.  If you watch the political ads in any campaign cycle, you’d think the End Times were upon us…and it is all the fault of ONE PERSON–namely whomever the political opponent the ad’s producers seem to be attempting to discredit in favor of their own candidate.  I hate to break it to you, people, but it just isn’t that simple.

What we need in this country is innovation.  Perhaps it is YOUR IDEA that has been cooking in your brain over the past few weeks, months or years.  Maybe YOUR COMPANY has collected the talent, resources and capital necessary to launch the NEXT BIG THING, but you cannot seem to get it launched due to that ONE OBSTACLE in your way.  Or could it simply be that your mojo is in need of a reboot?

Here are the facts:

  • Infrastructure is horribly expensive and often already out-of-date by the time it is actually put into service.
  • Employers feel squeezed by regulations, lack of employee loyalty and global economic pressures.
  • Employees feel squeezed by an ever-connected workplace, a lack of employer loyalty, and wages that have simply NOT kept up with the true cost of living in America today.
  • The Democrats blame the Republicans.
  • The Republicans blame the Democrats.
  • Lobbyists blame everyone, but most importantly….
  • It has ALWAYS BEEN THIS WAY—You are out of excuses!

Turn off your cable news stations.  Stop buying into the hype and Niagra Falls-like bombardment of misinformation coming at you today.  The solution IS SIMPLE.

Figure out what YOU want, need and are willing to work for.  Let’s roll up our sleeves and PLUG IN YOUR IDEA CHARGER.  It’s time to move ahead and make success happen for YOU.  It’s really not up to anyone else.

DAMN THE TORPEDOS!

Sound off below and share you are going to DO FIRST to change your trajectory and get yourself back on track! You are not alone. Let’s get you POWERED UP! Tell us what you need!