Wednesday, June 25, 2008

There Are No Secrets Anymore

There are a couple of things I've noticed this week that I thought were both interesting and thought-provoking. All of them point to what Valeria Maltoni has called the "Myth of Privacy," which is to say that there is no real privacy. It is becoming very easy to find out just about anything you want to know about just about anyone. It is all transparent, a useful and dangerous thing for a networker.

Glassdoor is a site that provides people with an insider's look at a company. It operates under the principal of "you show me yours and I'll show you mine." Once you share your perspective on your current company, your job, and your salary, you get access to the information that others have entered about their companies, jobs, and salaries. By the same token, LinkedIn Companies is a great tool for finding out what sort of people are working at a company, what sort of people they are hiring, etc. I'll try to get around to posting about that in the near future.

Springwise, which had a nice write up on Glassdoor, says its has a "network of 8,000 spotters, who scan the globe for smart new business ideas, delivering instant inspiration to entrepreneurial minds." It is a fascinating source of creative new ideas. And, as I've said, ideas can make all the difference in your networking.

The source of all this was the latest Weekly Executive Coach e-mail from The Ladders. I can't speak much to the $100K jobs they post, but the articles and websites they list in their e-mail are always interesting. I recommend reading Dean Tracy's article on Search Strategies: Back to Basics, which has some excellent advice on networking, even if you are not looking for a job.

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