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FYI: I'm moving from this Google+ account to  +Lisa-Marie Pierre. I had many posts, photos, and circles over here, but unfortunately Google currently only allows the transfer of circles. I'm starting fresh over on +Lisa-Marie Pierre , but feel free browse my old posts over here. Maybe one day I will be able to transfer them over. 
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Today, I read a Wall Street Journal article on moving a career search online. Reading through the article brought back memories of my own job search efforts.

When I finished graduate school, it took me almost 2 years to find permanent work. I was getting plenty of freelance gigs, but it was inconsistent. One month I might have had 8 clients, then I would go two months with not one client. I would spend hours searching online for job postings and applied to hundreds of jobs.

I was so in need of consistent pay, that I even applied for a newspaper delivery gig (can you believe it?!?). When I couldn’t even get hired as a newspaper delivery person, I knew I had to switch up my strategy, but I wasn’t sure how.

I’ve always been active in my community and decided to fill up my spare time with volunteer work. I got involved with the LI Small Farm Summit as a communications volunteer and interacted with many community members and leaders. A random conversation with another volunteer, led to a lunch meeting, which eventually led me to my work at Hofstra University, which has been such a great experience.

I’ve read many advice articles that suggest networking events as a sure way to get job leads, but over the years, I’ve had my best success volunteering. The people I have volunteered with are CEOS, educators, small business owners, and more; all these people have connections. When you get involved with community projects, you get to showcase your skills and personality without seeming pressed for a job.

Get involved with your community and network in a different way, because I can attest that many jobs are not publicly advertised and who knows maybe like in my case, a position will be created just to suit your talents.

Anyone else find that searching for a job or opportunity is best done offline?
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March 7 to 9, at Hofstra University, join academics, practitioners, and community leaders for an interdisciplinary discussion about sustainability that bridges the environmental, economic, and social spheres within complex urban regions.

Keynote speakers:

Dr. Robert Bullard, Dean, Barbara Jordan-Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs, Texas Southern University will discuss how to achieve livable communities for all.

Mr. William Fulton, Vice President and Director of Policy, Development and Implementation, Smart Growth America, will discuss how cities and states pursue prosperity.

Dr. Burrell Montz, Chair, Department of Geography, East Carolina University, will discuss severe storms in suburbia and setbacks to sustainability.

In addition to these keynote addresses, the conference will include presentations of cutting-edge research in the areas of Hurricane Sandy, public health, architecture, economics, education, and more.

Registration and program: http://www.hofstra.edu/outsidein
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Interruption is the death of me. When I am working on a project, I'm secluded and focused. I get so wrapped up, I often forget to eat and bathroom breaks are a nuisance. When people interrupt me, I get extremely irritated because I know I get distracted easily. In this article by +Steve Pavlina  he discusses how interruptions by people or technology disrupt productivity to the point that projects get unfinished, contain more errors, and take longer to complete. How do you deal with interruptions?
 
New at Steve's Blog: Please Don't Interrupt
http://www.stevepavlina.com/blog/2013/01/please-dont-interrupt/
Did you know that a task that's interrupted takes 50% longer and causes 50% more mistakes than an uninterrupted one? It takes a while for our brains to get into a focused state where we're able to con...
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Why Billion-Dollar, 100-Year-Old Companies DIE

In this blog, I am going to talk about why large companies typically can't innovate... What goes wrong? Why do they ultimately DIE?

The year 2012 marks the death of Kodak, a $26-billion, century-old "cornerstone" company of the U.S. R.I.P.

Did you know that Kodak actually invented the digital camera that ultimately put it out of business? Kodak had the patents and a head start, but ignored all that. Why? That's what this blog is about.

To put an exclamation mark at the end of the Kodak story: In this same year, Instagram, another company in the image business, was acquired by Facebook for $1 billion... The catch is, Instagram had only 13 employees at the time.

This is the difference between a "linear" company and an "exponential" one.

One of the biggest challenges that large companies have today is creating an environment that allows for innovation. Everywhere the rate of change is so fast that large U.S. companies are in constant danger of disruption. Not from competition in China or India, no. They're in danger of being made obsolete from two guys/gals in a garage in Silicon Valley, or anyone, anywhere, empowered by exponential technology, willing to risk it all, driven by their passion.

Whether it's steamships disrupted by the railroads, or railroads disrupted by the airlines, it's typically the large entrenched incumbents that are displaced by innovators. It happens over and over and over again... Why?

Here are my four primary reasons:

1. True disruption means threatening your existing product line and your past investments. Breakthrough products disrupt current lines of businesses. My rule of thumb is: "You are ether disrupting yourself, or someone else is." Most companies and boards are not willing to change, give up near-term profits (public companies are driven by quarterly perspectives) in return for long-term gain. These companies that are linear, myopic and inertia-driven will ultimately follow the path of Kodak.

2. Companies have too many experts who block innovation. True innovation really comes from perpendicular thinking. While this isn't always true, I've met too many experts who are fantastic at telling me why a breakthrough can't possibly occur. Think of it this way: experts whose field is disrupted are no longer experts, are they? They're now "has-beens." Plus, as we'll see below, a true breakthrough requires massive risk... risk to reputation, something that an expert has spent decades building and protecting. This is why, to some degree, peer-review science really leads to incrementalism versus breakthroughs. This is why the National Institutes of Health, according to Michael Milken, funds more researchers over the age of 70 than under the age of 30.

3. Technology is changing exponentially -- disruption is coming from outside the field -- and large companies are unable to keep up. Technologies that used to be in a completely different field are now disrupting complete new arenas. Who would ever have thought that biology would be a disruptive force in the energy/fuel business? Or in the insurance business, with rapid genome sequencing being able to predict what disease a person is likely to have? Or that synthetic biology would become the new programming language for the 21st century? Companies that depend only on their internal experts cannot possibly evolve fast enough during these times of explosive innovation. They are the large, lumbering, doomed dinosaurs surrounded by thousands of rapidly evolving small furry mammals.

4. The day before something is truly a breakthrough, it's a crazy idea. And experimenting with crazy ideas requires a high degree of tolerance for risk-taking. Large companies and government agencies have a lot to protect and therefore are not willing to take big risks. A large company taking a risk can threaten its stock price. A government agency taking a risk can threaten congressional investigation. Remember what happened with the solar-panel company Solyndra? It manufactured thin-film solar cells. The Department of Energy, through the Energy Policy Act of 2005, helped fund the company. The company filed for bankruptcy in August 2011, and then the witch hunts began... Who was to blame? How could the government back a losing idea? Clearly, the only option for a government bureaucrat who sees this is NEVER TO TAKE A RISK AGAIN...

The Department of Energy made an investment that failed, and it got raked over the coals for that failed investment. This is ridiculous. The fact of the matter is, the government should be making a lot of risky investments, the majority of which are likely to fail. But if every time the government makes an investment that fails, it gets negative front-page news and pulled into congressional investigations, pretty soon the government is no longer making any risky investments and progress become incrementalized.

So it really is difficult for large organizations or government to make disruptive change. For that reason, the how of creating approaches that limit risk but allow for upside is very important.

Can large organizations be innovative? Can they take risks?

The answer is YES... And the subject of my next blog.

This is a remarkable story. More to come!

In my next blog I'm going to share with you how Lajos Reich, Chief Technology Officer for GE Healthcare in Hungary drove record innovation despite the limitations of working in a large company.

NOTE: As always, I would love your help in co-creating BOLD, and will happily acknowledge you as a "contributing author" for your input. Please share with me (and the community) in the comments below what you specifically found most interesting, what you disagree with and any similar stories or examples that reinforce this blog that I might use as examples in writing BOLD. Thank you!
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I created a new gmail account and want to have Google+ connected with that account. Anyone know if there is a way to transfer my account (posts, images, circles) to that new email address or do I just have to switch back and forth between accounts? 
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i wish i had a definitive answer for you...but you may want to search +Denis Labelle's stream.  he posts awesome info related to g+ and there could be references to what you need in his stream.  if i come across something (that is not from denis) i'll share.  luck!   
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Call for Papers: The Journal of Suburban Sustainability. Deadline is rolling, but to be considered for the special conference issue, submit papers by 3/25. http://scholarcommons.usf.edu/subsust/
Suburban Sustainability (ISSN 2164-0866) seeks to be the premier dissemination vehicle for scholarship on sustainability issues in suburban and metropolitan settings. The suburbs have emerged as the n...
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Hofstra University is hosting a sustainability conference March 7 to 9, 2013. Sessions will include topics on Hurricane Sandy, education, transportation, public health, etc.  Keynote speakers include Dr. Robert Bullard, the father of the environmental justice movement, Dr. Burrell Montz, severe storm expert, and William Fulton, smart growth expert. Visit the website for more information on how to register!
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Anyone know of a program/website that will allow me to go through my Google + circles (new and old connections), so I can delete and add people? I don't know if I am doing it wrong, but I find it difficult to comb through my list and it is overwhelming. 
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Global warming was a key issue 43 years ago. 43 years is a long time to not have made any major policy or industry changes. http://www.hulu.com/watch/67649
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Though finals are in a week or so, I thought I could provide some advice that might help for future semesters or post-grad.
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