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What I’m Reading: Are You Dealing With A Real Expert Or A Fake? 7 Ways To Tell

Real experts have no trouble saying: “I don’t know.”

They’ve got a clear sense of how far their expertise extends, and where it ends. They never, ever want to mislead you. Therefore, real experts will be the first to admit when the question you’ve just asked exceeds their personal knowledge. If they’re really good, they’re likely to introduce you to someone who does have a good answer for you. Remember your days in grade school, and the embarrassment a student felt when he or she had to admit to the teacher, ‘I don’t know?’ Real experts have overcome that reluctance.

via Forbes


Unleash the Superpowers of Employee Advocates [Infographic]

Marketing Profs created an infographic about the “superpowers” of employee advocates. Having been such a public advocate of a company back in my Crocs days, I definitely believe that employee advocates can really change the game when it comes to brand perception and engagement online. Of course, it only works when the culture is right, when the employees are empowered, and when the product really backs up everything. If you work for a company where everyone drinks the proverbial kool-aid, then you’re probably very familiar with the data in the infographic.

Infographic from Marketing Profs:


Confidence and Creativity and the Process.

The writer Chester Himes once said “A Fighter Fights and A Writer Writes.” The emphasis is on doing, on the process, on the ability to accomplish what that takes. Henry Miller, in the first passages of A Tropic of Cancer, already declares himself an artist and proceeds to produce one of the masterpieces of modern literature (at least one of the most legally controversial). The balance between producing and confidence is an interesting one – one that I’ve been thinking about a lot.

There are certain things that I have a lot of confidence in. Trying to figure out how to gain confidence in some other things – such as design work, visual arts, coding, and video/music production. Perhaps these are just personal projects. Perhaps they will shape part of my career. But these are things that, even if I don’t do them professionally, will help me get a better understanding and allow me to make better decisions when I do have to make choices around them.

Also, in the process of thinking about this, I’ve discovered a book to add to my reading list: Creative Confidence by Tom and David Kelley.

Creative Confidence by Tom and David Kelley