Building Relationships not Just Connections


Building Relationships not Just Connections

GeoSpatial Connect Job Seeker Coaching

No matter at what point you are in your career, moving up the ladder or even just trying to get onto it, it is all about building relationships not just connections.

It is very easy these days to build lots of connects on Facebook, Linked In, Google Plus, etc , I can even show you a strategy on how to build good quality connections in a short period of time, but are these connections good for your career.

Let’s have a look at three broad areas and why both sides of the equation can be important but it will be very obvious which side you should be leaning towards. These broad areas are “Quality versus Quantity”, “Mentors versus Colleagues” and “Networking versus Chatting”.

Quality versus Quantity

I have almost 8000 connections on Linked In, there may be a good chance you are one of these people, but how many of these people do I really know and connect with on a regular basis, to be honest not many. That is not to say I have not had at least one e-mail conversation with a great majority of them but there are probably only a couple of hundred people that I converse with on a regular basis. In many ways business and finding a job can be seen in this category, so it is a real numbers game. The more people you connect with the more likely you are to find people you resonate with. The aim of the game is to find enough quality people to build a professional relationship with. Find people that are doing the sort of role you would like to be doing, or work for the company you would like to work for. Reach out and introduce yourself, connect, follow and ask questions. Build the relationships as this is what will get you a job or promotion or anything you desire.

Mentors versus Colleagues

When you are building your quality list of connections, look for people who can help you on the journey. As mentioned above, people in the role you would like to have, or who work for a company you would like to work for. These are the sorts of people who can mentor you or give you the inside running on a job vacancy that may be coming up. Don’t disregard your college mates or other work colleagues as one day they may be in the position of influence but build the relationship with the people who can help you right here, right now.

Networking versus Chatting

It is very easy today to waste time chatting to your connections about the weather, the results of the weekend sports, family or any irrelevant small talk. Don’t get me wrong this is important in building a solid relationship as you want the people you are connecting with to feel a genuine connection, but too many times we waste time chatting about nothing and forget to ask simple questions that will help us to get to the crux of why we are networking. Networking is probably the most important part of the job seeking process but it is one part that most people do not put time into. When I ran GISjobs Australia for over 10 years, I would say that less than 25% of all GIS industry roles were filled through advertising or through external recruitment agencies. That means that most jobs are filled through word-of-mouth, well before they are advertised. Make an effort to be involved in your local business and user groups, get know in your industry, be an active participant not just expecting things to flow to you without any effort.

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Dean Howell

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What comes to mind when you hear the word chocolate? For me it is happiness. To others it is temptation or the ruination of their diet. This word association exercise often leads to the milk chocolate versus dark chocolate debate. I happen to prefer dark chocolate. I also like the idea that I have justification for eating it by means of scientific proof. With every bite I am turbo boosting my brain in the areas of attention span, reaction time, problem solving (ie., how can I get more chocolate?), vision, and blood pressure ( I rarely hear of anyone that does not like chocolate with the exception of the young son of my mother’s friend, a self-proclaimed chocoholic. After having had too much exposure to chocolate, he pronounced his preference for… (gasp) Vanilla!

The first to discover the wonders of chocolate were the early Mesoamericans dating back to 1900 BC. The Mokoya (pre-Olmec), Olmecs, Mayans and Aztecs all made chocolate an integral part of their cultures as the cocoa plant can only thrive within 20 degrees of the Equator. The Aztecs attributed the cocoa plant as being a gift from the feathered serpent god, Quetzalcoatl. People were quite literally offering up their lives as sacrificial victims to ensure a good crop. Well, I really don’t know how many people went willingly to their death. I believe that many of may have been captured in war or offered up as tribute.

Cocoa beans were considered a valuable currency of its time as well as being a source of a tasty savory drinkable treat. Beans were first picked, fermented and dried. The beans were then fire roasted and de-shelled and ground to a fine powder using a metate or grinding stone. The cocoa powder would also have ground corn or seeds incorporated into it. Cold water would be added to this mix and stirred until foamy ( Imagine the fury when someone encountered counterfeit ceramic beans!

In the 1500s, the Spanish Conquistadors appreciated the monetary value of the bean, but did not appreciate the taste of the indigenous concoction. It is said that Hernán Cortés came up with the idea of adding sugar to the cocoa drink. I can see it now, Hernán Cortés competing on Iron Chef! It was the Spaniards that came up with the sugar, vanilla, nutmeg, clove, allspice and cinnamon remix of chocolate to be served warm or hot. There is a debate whether it was the Dominican or Benedictine monks had the leg up on chocolate transmission from the New World and remastering the concoction to Old World tastes (

Chocolate was not preferred by all. Pope Pius V in 1569 declared that one could partake of a chocolate drink on a Friday and not break the fast ( It is similar to beer getting the same papal seal of approval during the Lenten season in Germany. However, the ladies of the Spanish court knew a good thing when they tasted it. Thus the very first chocoholics would come into being. They loved their chocolate drink so much that they were not content to drink chocolate several times a day, but insisted on drinking it during church services as well. This did not go over well with the bishops who ended up banning it during long sermons (

Needless to say, chocolate fever spread throughout Europe between the 1600-1700s. With the invention of the steam engine in 1730, chocolate grinding was mechanized and prices fell, making chocolate more affordable and chocolate drinking houses start popping up. In 1755 chocolate make its appearance back across the Atlantic Ocean to the 13 colonies which later would become the United States (

Mars, Incorporated (the manufacturer of M&Ms and other chocolate goodies) has recreated and markets the early colonial chocolate drinking mix at So if you are as intrigued as I am, your homework assignment is to give this stuff a try and give thanks to the ladies of the Spanish court that made all of this possible.

My apologies to those of you who want to know all about the invention of solid chocolate and the marketing of candy bars via Mr. Cadbury, Mr. Lindt, or Mr. Hershey. I encourage you to investigate further on your own. — Jenny

Does Our Education Really Educate Us ??

“Teen shoots many at school, 15 killed”, “School student stabs teacher”,“ Four College students abducted for forgery, made billions by fraud”, “High school students made MMS of classmate, arrested”, “Engineering student hacks reputed MNC’s account”

Such headlines aren’t a surprise when we pick up the morning newspaper and this phenomenon doesn’t confine to a specific culture/society or environment. It is global. What’s that which makes these happenings take place in such plenty? Why does our education system more and more failures to actually educate the generation? What’s injecting this ascending hazard among mid-education young fellows? What is that which proclaims so called education process a fatal fiasco? Where did moral shaping and strong character building extinguished from education process which happens to be the mightiest tool of socialization? Where do we need to plaster? Please share your concerned views and healing remedies.

Geography ( Bhoogol) : Study of Bhoolok

Lovely Discussion about Geography. In India in Hindi language we call it BHOOGOL (Means Earth as a Sphere). Infact it is not so as it looks, the actual word was BHOO-LOK ( The whole earth that includes BHOO ( Earth) and LOK ( All that animate and inanimate that exist on the Earth) LOK means not only the People, After that – LOK converted in to LOG (People).
In hindi language there is a principle of VARN VIPARYAYA ( use of other or opposite letter in pronouncing any word) as sometime we call LUCKNOW as NAKHLAU.In the same way we have used LOG as GOL and after adding BHOO in it the word became as BHOOGOL. So the study of BHOOGOL or GEOGRAPHY primarily was the study of the whole of the Earth so that Man could live wisely with it, with the best co-operation with nature and feeling one god in every one in animate and in inanimate. After that who has not got the real sense, changed it and well understood word LOK got the existance as LOG so they made it as the study of LOG (People) so it was understood as the study of Earth Surface and it’s People.Afterwards in the word People they have included other features, useful for MAN as Flora and Fauna etc while in the previous concept of Bhoolok (INDIAN GEOGRAPHY) man, flora and fauna etc all were included in LOK because earlier we have never used the concept of SHOSHAN. It was the concept of PAR HIT SARIS DHARM NAHI BHAI ( there is nothing valuable except the well being of others whether it be animate or inanimate). If i can give any life to any tree by troubling myself then it’s the best work because the same god resides within that tree as lives within me.
So I am sure noone can underestimate Geography as a Subject. The only need is that we could understand it in full terms as it was earlier as BHOO – LOK = BHOOGOL.

Nature and Nurture

The inquiry into how nature and nurture influence behavior and mental processes has an impact on our personality. Here, nature means the heredity and nurture means the environment. Frascis Galton was one of the first investigators who studied scientifically how nature and nurture influence our behavior and mental processes. Galton came on to result that nature influence the person, totally ignoring the nurturing side such as socio-cultural aspects and family traditions. Later on, many studies are conducted in this field to study the influences of both nature and nurture. Perhaps, one reason people have so often debated nature and nurture relationships is because human have a strong tendency to think rationally in either/or categories. In reality, it can be concluded by the research evidences that nature and nurture lie along a continuum, where some traits influence by the genes, while others are based on environmental factors. Finally, we can conclude that both nature and nurture are inter-dependent and they interact to make us who we are. Therefore, the modern approach should not proceed towards the debate of nature vs nurture, rather it is nature and nurture, both interact to influence our behavior and mental processes which determine our personality.

Educational Technology

Educational technology is not the medicine or the so called ‘Rambaan’ for all the illness & diseases in education , it just provide a way to effective teaching and learning, depending upon how to use these hardware and software technologies. Here, educational technology doesn’t meant the computer and internet only, it is the use of any tool or technique to make learning easy, interesting, accessible and effective. Thus, teachers are the best technology in any classroom whether traditional or modern web-based classroom.

Poverty is not only a lack of income

 Amartya Sen defines poverty as a lack of basic capabilities to lead the kind of life one values. Poverty should therefore not be seen only in financial terms. Poverty has three dimensions: poverty of income and productive assets, poverty of access to essential services, and poverty of power, participation and respect. Deprived of these essential attributes, people will not be able to realize their full capabilities, and therefore will not be able to benefit from,contribute to and have an influence on development.