Becoming a Better Listener

Social Media, etc.

I’m a problem-solver. That’s one of the reasons I became a social strategist. I’m always on the look out for better solutions and ways to transform theory into practice. The downside to this is that I tend to not be the best listener. If you’re telling me anything that involves a problem my mind immediately focuses on that and begins to work on pulling together a variety of potential solutions. So even though I may nod and give some superficial “hmmmms…” and “then what?s” a decent part of my mind is elsewhere. While some may call that a strength- and to be sure it has often come in handy when a quick resolution is needed- it is also a potential weakness.

Social strategists must be strategic listeners as well as effective problem solvers. This can be difficult in our fast-paced world. The pressure comes externally as well as internally to…

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Директор по Маркетингу Чек-лист для соискателя

Целесообразный Маркетинг | Артём В. Комлев

Чек-лист для соискателя

Ниже приведён чек-лист, в котором перечислены основные требования к соискателям на позицию “Директор по маркетингу”. Отмечая уровень достижений в каждой строчке таблицы, можно легко сформировать свой текущий профиль и определить общий уровень квалификации. Это поможет уточнить свои зарплатные ожидания и скорректировать стратегию профессионального развития.

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Desert Garden at the Huntington Library

Desert Garden at the Huntington Library by gardeninacity


Some time ago I wrote a post about why I don’t plant succulents in my own garden. Ever since then, I have felt the presence of an invisible host waiting to pounce and shout, “Aha! Now you admit the error of your ways!”

Approaching the Huntinton Library's Desert Garden. Approaching the Huntinton Library’s Desert Garden.

We saw the Desert Garden at the Huntington Library on the Monday before Christmas. This garden is fun, exciting, fascinating, and visually powerful. But did it make me change my mind? Read on to find out.

Once the estate of a California plutocrat, the Huntington Library is now a privately run institution featuring extensive gardens, art displays, and libraries, all open to the public. The Desert Garden, covering 12 acres, was the inspiration of William Hertrich, the estate’s chief gardener in the earlier part of the 20th Century.

Desert Garden at the Huntington Library Smooth and spiky: Golden Barrel Cactus (Echinocactus grusonii) and Agave parryi. I know…

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