• Review of Social Gravity

    Recently on a trip to Florida I was afforded the opportunity to read Social Gravity. The book is an excellent read.   For the purposes of full disclosure, I must admit that I am friends with the authors. I have come to know them through their public speaking engagements, and my involvement with some of the organization that have paid them to speak at events.

    From my experience the authors,  Joe Gerstandt and Jason Lauritesen did it differently than most folks out on the speaking circuit. It seems that most authors write a book and then go out on the road to promote their book.  These two guys have worked their way up from the trenches and now are addressing audience of 1000+ people.  Now they have a book under their belt. The book is very representative of the way and the type of subjects that these guys speak about.

    The book Social Gravity speaks to the intersection of networking, social media applications and a changing workplace.  Throughout the book, they ask the reader to make lists, action plans or perform evaluations by listing items. It is somewhat reminiscent of a seminar (of one).

    In the book they push the reader to identify how they network, as well as how they feel about networking in general. And so after a little bit of introspection, then Jason and Joe unabashedly tell you how it really works.  Next they throw the subject of technology on top of networking.

    With your new found knowledge the authors then push you to use you this knowledge as they fully explain what the Six Laws of Social Gravity are and how to use them to your advantage.

    I enjoyed the book. I got a lot out of it. And these guys to me,  are like an old favorite band. Whenever they put out a new recording I would purchase it – no questions asked.  Whether in person or in print Joe and Jason have a track record of putting out great material.

    I think you should buy and read this book!

     
  • Meet Gilmore at Friday’s in MSP

    Recently I was headed home from a trip and found myself in the Minneapolis  St. Paul airport. My wife and I had about 3 hours to kill, and we were hungry.  So we thought we would take our time and find the best restaurant in the airport. After a little work, it appeared that Friday’s would probably the best bet, since we wanted to sit down, have a drink and eat a leisurely meal.  We still had a little trepidation about our selection.

    As we got close to the front of Friday’s, there was this young man who was out front of the restaurant, nearly acting as a carnival barker (not quite that obnoxious, but he was trying to draw folks into the store).  He greeted us, welcomed us and made sure we were seated quickly and had a waitress taking care of us.  So, Gilmore (pictured here), did good by me.  We were actually seated outside the restaurant, in what would be sidewalk seating in any other venue. This afforded me the ability to people watch in the airport and to watch Gilmore do his thing.

    And actually watching him was amazing. He brought people into the store that probably were not going to come in and eat.  He greeted many airline employees, by name (so they all knew him).  Gilmore handled a few special requests.  Even those that chose not to stop got a kind word from him.  After watching this, I told my wife, I bet this guy is increasing business by 20%.  Unsure of my number I decided to find out. I summoned the manager to my table to talk about Gilmore.  Actually the truth be known, when Gilmore was on point out front of Friday’s business usually increases by 15%, and the manager told me, EVERYONE in the restaurant is more upbeat and happy.

    From an HR prospective he is a rock star. What make’s him so good?  It is not all of his employer’s doings.  There is this fire inside Gilmore and people like him, who have the need to excel, to compete, to do well and to be happy.   That fire is not necessarily transferable to other employees, but he does affect them – in  a positive way. We need more people like Gilmore Harris, in this world, and when I see them it renews my faith in people and makes me smile inside.

    So if you happen to pass through MSP check out Friday’s on the “C” concourse and see if my man Gilmore is working.  If he is you will be dining there – no doubt!

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    Update…09/16/2012 Thanks to Lori for another Picture of Gilmore.  (A guy that loves his job and is good at what he does!)

     

    Gimore… Killing it every day at MSP!