Independent Minor League Baseball. Baseball at its best. Fewer steroids, fewer and less rowdy fans, but still that lovely green grass of a baseball field so lovingly called a diamond and the smell of hot dogs and beer. The Flyers' tag line: Orange County's Greatest Show on Dirt. I love baseball but not just any baseball. Well, almost any baseball - I just love the sport. I love watching a team get it together and make something magical happen, like a double play or a close call at home.
How did I come by these tickets? Well, I could say I paid my hard-earned cash for them or I won them in a raffle or I have season tickets through work, but the truth of matter is a little more exciting and rewarding. I went to a networking luncheon. That's all, that's it. I showed up at a networking luncheon, did my pitch (low and outside), had a nice, hot lunch and some refreshing iced tea, hung around for the message, and did a little schmoozing. The marketing manager for the OC Flyers has been diligently presenting the team at all chamber events and giving away tix in drawings at the end of each of these events. "All pitchers are liars or crybabies." ~Yogi Berra funny This day, Ms. Marketing Manager stood at the front of a full room and said, "Anyone who who wants tickets, come see me after lunch. I want to pack the stadium, so I have as many tickets as you would like for free." I found her afterward, made my request and she handed over seven general admission tickets and said, "Enjoy the game." I smiled broadly..., did I mention I love baseball? So, tonight I am taking my son and several of his friends to the game.
"I just want to thank everyone who made this day necessary." ~Yogi Berra The rewards of networking are not typically a baseball game. Sometimes, they are even richer. Sometimes, networking results in a new client or even a new job. Maybe, if you are lucky enough, a new friend. The rewards of teamwork are not typically another number in your win column or a call of "Safe!" at home plate. The real rewards go hand in hand with networking and socialization. So often we hear individuals say, "I'll just do it myself." or "I want it done right, so..." Well, you can't really do this thing completely alone. You have to have clients, HMs, candidates, applicants, partners..., your network. Legendary basketball player Michael Jordan made a poor attempt at professional baseball but, above all else, he understood teamwork. He said, "Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence win championships." Teamwork and intelligence. So, step lively at the plate, swing for the fences, make the saving catch, and slide when you need to. But know there's a bench waiting to tweet, update, blog, and forward whatever you toss their way. Truly comprehend: Your team's a lot bigger than it used to be. by rayannethorn…
d us each to connect with individuals we never would have otherwise. I receive notifications daily from social media users that would like to connect with me. If I am able to fully review a profile of some sort that provides a positive reason for us to connect, chances are I will.
But to the converse of that, should I not be able to decipher who it is, the actual person that wishes to connect, I have decided that that person does not get to connect with me. The fact that they do not reveal their true identity stumps me. What are they trying to hide? It’s not like they are Bruce Wayne and Batman or Clark Kent / Superman.
I had a conversation with someone on twitter recently about this. Their profile was blank. Nothing but their twitter name, not even a location. How am I supposed to even want to connect? Why would I believe we have anything in common? Why would I want to share the details of who I am, where I reside, what my profession is, why I think a conversation is relevant if there is no reciprocation involved?
Granted, my details are already open, that information is already out there, anyone can find me. But in order for me to engage, to share even more of myself, there must be a two-way information exchange. The individual referenced earlier made this statement on Twitter: "Transparency is overrated... sometimes it's better to separate personal opinions from business persona." I could not believe it. Transparency is overrated - as in providing your name, profession, and location. Overrated. And then on top of that, hiding your identity and stating an opinion. Why would the opinion be believable if the person isn't?
I have been trying to wrap my head around this for the last five days. Anyone who posted on social media that transparency is overrated would never get my business BUT, and here's the kicker, how would I even know who this person is and whether or not I am already doing business with them? I fear the zealots that just like to stink up the place with self-righteous statements. I crave information with absolutely no dread of overload. I will continue down the path I have already chosen. Where I know who I am and so do you.
hose best, look inside myself and try to find out and understand why I act and react the way I do, become better at what I do, and improve as a writer, recruiter, businessperson, mother, friend, and human being.
I love that I get to write every day. I love that I get to discover a new way to think. I love that I get to do it here on RecruitingBlogs. This has been my writing home for three years. The courage I have found, the stamina I have built, the catalog of work that grows daily, and the friends I have made.
I blame Bonus Track for teaching me that I can do anything to which I set my mind. So, I'll continue to write, for at this point, I am not really sure that I can stop. I will continue to question what goes on around me and in our arena. I hope that with this practice, my work improves and my mind stays sharp.
There are a few people that must be thanked. Jason Davis aka Slouch has been so supportive over the years. Thanks so much Jason. To John Sumser who challenged me from the very beginning when he leaned in and said that I would never be able to do it. My children allow me to retreat nightly to my computer behind closed doors, I couldn't ask for more. And of course, if you read? Thanks so much!
When I started this project, I committed in my head to two full years. I am three quarters of the way there; I will make it. How can I stop now? I would say it is not in my nature, but as a result of my commitment to Bonus Track, my nature has changed. For the better. And therein lies my purpose...