Replicate Others’ Success or Craft Your Own Path

“How would you describe your approach to your craft, your program?”

I was led to answer this question when I told a friend that I was taking a Master Class from Steve Martin. I was gushing about how he thinks about the whole performance of comedy. Seriously, if you have any interest at all, check it out. I honestly enjoyed the class. Bonus: it was Steve Martin.

There was, of course, a ton of fascinating information on everything from how he crafted his personas to editing each and every single joke with a preciseness that only comes from being the perfectionist and craftsman he is.

What piqued my interest, and something I wanted to share was his discussion about trends and leaning into new ones, or even creating one yourself.

Steve reminisced about what a working, successful comedian looked and sounded like when he was first breaking into the industry. Most other comics dressed in jeans and leather jackets sporting long beards and shaggy hair. It was the late 60’s and early 70’s; I’m sure you get the picture.

He realized he should be different. He needed to be unique to be seen. In his class, he discussed the importance of “looking for the vacuum” rather than being like everyone else. Continue reading “Replicate Others’ Success or Craft Your Own Path”

Mismatched

Companies buy keywords and other targeting options to identify the jobs that might fit Linkedin users. But do they?

I received an email this week, as I do every week, from LinkedIn telling me that a company had a role I might be interested in. The role, Sales Order Management Specialist, was just one among many other similar roles. Instead of immediately hitting the delete button (my usual reaction to this weekly email), I think it’s time to question LinkedIn and their customers — is it me or you?

For starters, let me explain why this particular job listing clearly isn’t a fit for me. Some of the key requirements include:

  • 2 to 5 years of order management or order admin experience
  • Strong customer service and communication skills
  • Proficient in Microsoft Excel and Outlook

I absolutely meet those requirements, technically. Even ignoring my current role as CEO, my previous job had me leading revenue operations for what is now a $1B media company. I think even the employer in question would agree that I’m not the candidate they’re looking for. Is the data scraped from my profile not clear? Continue reading “Mismatched”