Filed under: Technology
Since I am mobile this week, working from internet cafes and coffee bars, I thought I’d pay tribute to those establishments who provide free wifi to mobile folks like me 🙂 Hat tip to Christian Anderson of Jobster for the original note with this video on Facebook. My favorite is the shot of Windows 95 – how old school!
Filed under: Uncategorized
Thanks for visiting the NEW Research Goddess blog! You probably noticed on the old site that I mentioned I’d be moving and changing my look. I will still be updating the content, but I wanted to start pointing traffic here in the meantime. There are a couple reasons I’ve decided to do this: the first one is that my old URL was spiresearch.blogspot.com, and since I’m no longer with SPI (SearchPath International), I thought it was about time I stopped using the name 🙂 Secondly, I want to remain true to the “Research Goddess” name that I came up with when I started blogging (thanks to Jim Stroud for helping me come up with a cool ‘brand’ for myself!), so here we are!
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Filed under: SourceCon
To all who have been patiently awaiting its arrival, the new SourceCon website has made its debut! Make sure you check it out – the dates and location of SourceCon 2008 are up, so mark your calendars for this event!
Congrats also go out to Scott Hajer and Dan Harris for naming the new SourceCon newsletter – The Source. Both Dan and Scott submitted the name The Source and they will each be receiving a special prize!
Keep your eyes peeled as the newsletter rolls out VERY SOON!
I posted something a few weeks ago about a dilemma a colleague of mine was having regarding the misrepresentation of an individual who was calling in to their company to gather information. The purpose of that post was not to call out all phone sourcers as rusers. The purpose of that post was to draw attention to the practice of blatant misrepresentation of that individual and his actual place of employment. I think we could all agree that this person’s tactics were underhanded and do in fact give a bad name to the practice of good phone sourcing.
There has been a lot of talk lately about ‘rusing’ – the “art” of bending the truth to get someone’s contact information at a company. OK – that might not be a fair definition, so let’s check out some actual dictionary definitions of a ruse:
“a deceptive maneuver (especially to avoid capture)” – WordNet
“a trick, stratagem, or artifice” – Dictionary.com unabridged
“a crafty stratagem; a subterfuge.” – American Heritage Dictionary
“a clever trick or plan” – Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary (Beta Version)
So now that that’s out of the way, I want to address some of the comments I’ve seen and heard regarding this method of sourcing.
Several people alluded to the idea that this practice is a matter of one’s moral compass. I ask this of all you who have children: do your children think that lying is wrong? If so, who teaches them that? Probably you, right? I am not here to point fingers at ANYone on this topic. I’m human just like you, and yeah I’ve lied. I have lied to my parents about being out with a boyfriend, to my teachers about not having homework done, to my music teacher about practicing my oboe, etc. You get the point. Anyone who says they don’t ever lie, just did 🙂 But I wanted to put this into perspective here – where along the way did it become OK for us to lie? When I worked in an office I had a quote up on my cube that reminded me, “The right to do something doesn’t mean doing it is right”. We all have the right to lie (for the most part, unless you are under oath!), but that doesn’t mean that doing it is right.
Others say “business is business” or “the company that hired me doesn’t seem to care”. I beg to differ – with all the strategic partnerships that companies form, there is legitimate concern of the credibility of those a company will partner with. We are judged on the company we keep. Whether that judgment is right or not is irrelevant, because we all do it. Companies are becoming more conscious about this perception, and I’ll bet that if the search firm they hired was caught, fined, and/or publically reprimanded for unethical or illegal business practices, they would either seriously rethink, or completely stop doing business with that search firm.
For the record, I do absolutely no phone sourcing. I do all of my outreach via email. I am upfront and honest about who I am, what company I represent, and what my intentions are when I contact people. I kind of have to be, because I work for a public relations company! If you have any questions about this, you can talk to my boss or any of the people I have contacted regarding new opportunities. Any of them would be more than happy to share their experience of interaction with me.
Call it what you want, it’s still a lie. I don’t participate in it, neither do lots of others, but ultimately you have to make your own choice as to whether you want to do it or not. Judgment is not being passed on anyone here, but I urge you to just think about these things. There is a ripple effect to everything we say and do. Let’s all go back to being excellent at what we do!
Filed under: Article Reviews
My new friend Scott Williamson over at Career Waymark wrote a neat post today titled “Work Smarter: Emphasize Strengths, Don’t Fix Weaknesses“. Very interesting take on how to be most productive in your job function. He says “so many people think they can do or get better at their job by trying to fix weaknesses and this is where they usually end up failing. Mostly because they’re trying to get better at something they don’t have an aptitude for or really enjoy.” This can be both a good and a bad thing. Some people would argue that you’ll never improve at your weak areas if you just ignore them; that you must persevere through some activities that you don’t like in order to be well rounded. Others (like me) would say that if you have an area of weakness in which one of your coworkers excels, then focus on what you each do best and you’ll have great team productivity.
Enjoy the article!