Principle-Centered Careers: Is it Still Possible?

By Philip J. Matisak, ABC, Past President, IABC Nashville

IMG_0054-001During a recent visit to Western Kentucky University, several members of the IABC Nashville Board of Directors visited with students to talk about what they could do with their degrees.  Many of the questions were about what a typical day is like in a variety of different jobs or professions—how can you find a job that is satisfying and offers growth, both personally and for careers? What would we do differently? Great questions.

There seemed to be a theme that surfaced regarding the advice that these seasoned professionals were giving. Whether it was from some of us who had been in several jobs over the years, or someone like me, who had been at one company for a career, we all seemed to agree—find a company or field of work that is in sync with your values and principles.

It’s no secret that not everyone can fit comfortably into any given company’s culture. Hiring and recruiting would be snap if that were the case. The challenge is finding your “right fit.” How do you do that? Sometimes it’s trial and error. But that can waste value career time at the wrong company or the wrong job. You could even be in the right company but the wrong job.

A starting place is understanding or discovering exactly what are your primary values. That might take some soul searching, some honesty and some work to really analyze what’s important in your life. And perhaps, as important is what makes those things important?

*Stan Slap, business management guru, would ask, “What was the Moment of Truth” when you knew this was an important value? A life-changing incident? Some call it an “ah-ha” moment. Does that mean some tragedy or near-death experience? Not necessarily. It’s simply an experience, observation or event when it struck you—Wow, this is real important to me!

You may not realize what that moment is at the time, but on reflection—when trying to figure out what drives your decision-making—you can see why a certain value or principle seems to impact your decisions. You realize, “ah-ha, yes!” this observation or experience is important—when I saw my new born baby or grandbaby, I knew family would be first in my life. Or, when I saw a lack of integrity which some people displayed, and how hurtful or counter-productive that could be to people and business— integrity would direct my life and decisions.

So, you’ve figured out what’s important. Now, in this world of “evil corporations,” is it possible to work for a company or clients that accepts and supports people who don’t leave their values at the front door and who speak up for what is right—and more importantly perhaps, one who listens, beyond rank and regardless of level of responsibility?

You may be surprised at the number of companies who do. In fact, most successful companies understand that principled employee engagement is critical to the success of the hundreds or thousands of people who come together for a common cause—a corporation—for the “good” of employees, communities, and environment.

David Koch, founder of Koch Industries, calls it “Good Profit,” the title of his recent book. It outlines how their company’s success is driven by a governing principle that not only rewards principled-centered people within their company, “people who help themselves by helping others improve their lives,” but actively recruits people based on values and principles first, skills second. He says people create “good profit” by “…creating superior value to customers while consuming fewer resources and always acting lawfully and with integrity…Good profit comes from making a contribution in society.” I was privileged to work at a company with similar values.

Is it possible to find a principle-centered career? Yes. How can you find these companies and careers? Talk to people work at potential employers and in those potential jobs – aka, network. A few weeks ago, I reviewed a resume for someone I met at an IABC luncheon. She recently introduced me to another person recently moved to Nashville, with whom I met, and we talked about many other people she should meet as she explores job and career opportunities in the area.

You never know which person will connect you to just the right person that will connect you to your dream job and career. They say we all know each other within six degrees. I’ve found that to be true at many times throughout the years. But you’ll never know that unless you really talk to people – and work your network.

We say, IABC is the only place to connect with communcators globally. We believe IABC Nashville is your passport! IABC is one great way to work your network. Over the nearly 35 years I’ve been a member, I’ve received a hundredfold return on my investment. I hope you have the opportunity to do the same. I’d be glad to help.

*Stan Slap is founder of SLAP.  I participated in a workshop facilitated by Stan called: I Left My Heart in Conference Room B. It was life-changing for me and how I lived and managed henceforth. I highly recommend his book by the same name. The fact that the workshop was provided by my company as management development spoke volumes to me about the company’s values and principles, and solidified in mind that they were in sync with mine.

Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmailby feather

Social, Video and Mobile for Internal Communications-East

social-media-video-new-orleans-642x380-revised-8-new-logo-642x360Social, Video, & Mobile for Internal Communications conference!

Driving engagement, boosting user generated content, improving the employee experience and culture through digital communication channels
April 26 – 28, 2017 | New Orleans

The conference is being hosted by the Advanced Learning Institute. There is a pre-conference workshop day on Wednesday, April 26. The main two-day conference is Thursday, April 27-Friday, April 28.

Since our Chapter is supporting this conference, IABC Nashville members who register will receive a $200 discount! When registering use the code “IABC Nashville”.

At the event, you will hear case studies and best practices from your peers at The Boeing Company, Royal Caribbean Cruises, IBM, and many more!

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to be surrounded by your internal and employee communications peers, learn best practices from leading organizations, and walk away with practical tips and tools to implement when you return to the office! 

Visit the ALI conference website to learn more!

Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmailby feather

IABC Nashville Announces 2017 Officers; Invites Area Communicators to Cabana’s on Jan. 18 for “The State of the News Media”

Originally published as: “IABC Nashville Invites Area Communicators to Cabana’s on Jan. 18 for “The State of the News Media”; Announces 2017 Officers” on PRNewsire

NASHVILLE, Tenn., Jan. 10, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — The Nashville Chapter of the International Association of Business Communicators has elected new officers for 2017. The new board members will be introduced at IABC Nashville’s Jan. 18 luncheon at Cabana’s in Hillsboro Village. MP&F Vice President Javier Solano will present “The State of the News Media.” Area communicators are invited to register online today.

The 2017 executive board members include:

  • President – Tom Kenley, Rogers Group Inc.
  • Past President – Phil Matisak, ABC, UPS (retired)
  • President-Elect – Gene Boulware, the Vincit Group
  • Secretary – Jennifer Fuqua, Meridian Surgical Partners
  • Vice President of Finance – Lysa Rigo, Ingram Barge Company
  • Vice President of Membership – Sarah Loeffler, Tanner Corporate Services
  • Vice President of Communications – Brandon Mize, StagePost
  • Vice President of Professional Development – Gene Boulware, The Vincit Group
  • Vice President, Awards – Mike Machak, Corporate Communications Consultant
  • Vice President At-Large – Genma Holmes, Holmes Pest Control, GSH Consulting, LLC
  • Vice President At-Large – Misty Moore, HCA
  • Vice President At-Large – Sherry Roberts, MTSU

This new slate is comprised of highly experienced communicators representing a variety of industries, including health care, public relations, video production, transportation, consulting and higher education.

“I look forward to working with some of the state’s top communications professionals to offer industry insight, outstanding speakers and networking opportunities to Nashville-area communications professionals,” said Tom Kenley, newly-elected president.

At the Jan. 18 event, Solano will take attendees through the key findings from the Pew Research Center in Washington, D.C., share takeaways from the 2016 election and explain what it all means for communicators who depend on the power and bandwidth of earned media. For more, visit the IABC Nashville website.

ABOUT IABC/NASHVILLE
IABC/Nashville is one of more than 100 chapters in 70 countries providing learning opportunities for its members and professional development sessions that offer new insights into the latest communication trends, technology and issues facing the industry. The chapter is diverse, with members representing area agencies, broadcast stations, corporations, universities and nonprofit organizations. IABC/Nashville also offers ties to job bank services and the annual ‘Gold Pen’ communication awards program. To learn more visit nashville.iabc.com.

 

Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmailby feather

How-to Workshop Jan.11

Go for the Gold!MC-Gold-Pens

IABC Nashville’s Music City Gold Pen Awards had a great first year back in 2016. Aligned with the International IABC Gold Quill awards, the awards recognize exceptional efforts of middle Tennessee communicators by highlighting best practices in business communications, management skills, thought leadership, and creativity.

Again this year, McNeely Pigott & Fox Vice President Javier Solano is offering to help area communicators navigate the changes and prepare their best entry in a special workshop on Jan. 11, from 4-6 p.m., at Rogers Group Inc. 421 Great Circle Road Nashville, TN 37228

He will be sharing his strategies and secrets to turn your 2016 projects into award winners to build your portfolio, resume and career. Javier brings a judge’s mindset to the workshop, offering tips and tricks to help you put forth the strongest presentation of your outstanding work and anticipate the critical review to come.

Take part to earn awards for your best business communications programs, impress your CEO/clients with third-party validation of your efforts, improve your B to B outreach and personal resume, and get feedback on your work from your peers. Join IABC Nashville for this special networking event. FREE TO MEMBERS!

You’ll learn…

  • Why you should take part in Gold Pen
  • How to put together a winning entry, step by step
  • What resources are available
  • Common problems
  • What’s the judges are thinking

For more information and all the details about the Award Program, see IABC Nashville Music City Gold Pen Awards.

Register Now

Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmailby feather

Join us on Jan. 18 for The State of the News Media

A generation ago, Daniel Patrick Moynihan famously said, “Everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not his own facts.” Is it still true in the digital age? Join us on Wednesday, Jan. 18, as we take a closer look at the State of the News Media in 2016.

javiersolanoMP&F Vice President Javier Solano will take us through the key findings from the Pew Research Center in Washington, D.C., some takeaways from the 2016 election and what it all means for communicators who depend on the power and bandwidth of earned media.

Javier Solano more than 15 years of experience managing marketing communications campaigns, including award-winning efforts on behalf of the U.S. Navy, the U.S. Department of Labor and the Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority.

At MP&F, Solano has received the staff-selected Best Writer award four times and the MVP award twice. He is bilingual and a frequent presenter on communications strategies, including media relations and Latino outreach.

Javier is a staff media trainer, leaning on his 10 years of experience as a reporter, mostly with the Orlando Sentinel. He has managed MP&F’s awards program for the past 6 years.

 

New Location!

Meet us at a new location for the new year! Connect at Cabana’s in Hillsboro Village Jan. 18, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Get the straight scoop, meet Javier and communications professionals from across the Mid-South. Discover who else will be in the room and connect you to great contacts for job, career and business opportunities!

RegisterButton3

IABC is the only place to connect with communicators globally —

IABC Nashville is your passport!

Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmailby feather