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Reflections on Collaboration, Blogging and Other Stuff

Reflections on Collaboration, Blogging and Other Stuff

Graham Edwards
Graham Edwards is a seasoned sales and marketing leader with over 25 years in the biotech
industry. Graham is an accomplished leader and visionary with a reputation for effective
strategy, creative problem solving and execution. Well recognized for his ability to drive
growth, Graham brings a wealth of cross-functional skill sets in sales and marketing, strategic
g and execution, business development, process improvement and succession

 

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Graham is especially passionate about working with start-ups but loves to drive results for any business in
need. Well known for his strategic excellence and problem solving, Graham's tendency toward creative
thinking allows him to develop some rather interesting and effective solutions for his clients.

Renée Cormier

Few public relations & communications specialists have as diverse a background as Renée
Cormier. Add published author, employee engagement specialist, sales and marketing
— strategist, entrepreneur and educator to her list of accomplishments. In her career Renée has
Ie leadership roles in sales and marketing, developed and implemented national marketing
4 © Kirategies and was responsible for teams as large as 28 strong. She brings a wide range of
experience and talent to her work.
Renée really shines in communications. She is known for developing and implementing comprehensive
communications strategies and generating results through flawless implementation. With such strong
business acumen, passion for her work and a natural talent for business strategy, Renée is definitely
considered an important resource for her clients.

Recently Graham Edwards and I finished our blogging series,聽Ten Questions to Help You Mind Your Business. It was an interesting and enjoyable experience that taught me a few things about myself and proved a few things I already knew. Below are some thoughts on my experience.

Deadlines motivate: Nothing can motivate you like a deadline. I work in a deadline driven industry, and sometimes that鈥檚 a bit stressful, but nothing forces action like your commitment to meeting a deadline.

It鈥檚 great to have an accountability partner: Graham and I have been meeting regularly since we met on beBee over a year ago. We discovered we enjoy having someone to set goals with and neither of us is inclined to disappoint the other by not committing to our goals.

I like doing what I say I am going to do: If people are depending on me to do something, I really don鈥檛 want to disappoint them. I try very hard to meet my obligations and do good work. That鈥檚 important to me, which brings me to my next observation.

People make time for things that are important to them: Trust me when I tell you that my life has gotten very hectic and complicated in the last several months. Times are changing quickly for me, and sometimes it is difficult to keep up. I am driven to meet my commitments, so I take a deep breath and try to clear my mind, and miraculously, I manage to squeeze in the time to meet my obligations. It鈥檚 all good. I鈥檝e discovered that we all do what is important to us and we put off the things (and people) that are not aligned with our priorities.

Answering 10 questions is a great way to develop content: If you are ever at a loss for blog content, just think of ten questions your customers or readers might want to ask you. The answer to each question is a blog post. When you are finished the series, compile the posts into an e-booklet. Take snippets and post them into tweets, memes or those really cool, no frills LinkedIn updates that seem to be gaining more notice on LinkedIn than other content.

beBee members are pretty cool people: We have such an engaged community on beBee. What writer doesn鈥檛 love to receive insightful, positive feedback? The beBee community is alive and well!

Graham and I aren鈥檛 really that different: My buddy, Graham, fancies himself a contrarian and a unicorn. I鈥檓 not so sure he鈥檚 as different as he thinks. As we answered each question, I expected to see very different answers, but more often than not, our answers were similar, but expressed differently. Graham is actually a pretty cool guy. He鈥檚 smart, dependable and very disciplined. He鈥檚 also very decisive and somewhat set in his ways, but I can forgive him for not always agreeing with me. Great collaborators need a little push and pull in order to get the best out of each other. I think our blog series demonstrated that perfectly!

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Comments

Ren茅e 馃悵 Cormier

5 years ago #5

#2
Thank you for all your support, .

Ren茅e 馃悵 Cormier

5 years ago #4

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Thank you, Susan \ud83d\udc1d Botello!

Jerry Fletcher

5 years ago #3

Thanks Renee. the lessons are there even for those that prefer to work alone. Collaboration is a skill that is more often needed n business these days.

David B. Grinberg

5 years ago #2

Thanks for sharing these insightful lessons learned, Renee, and kudos again to you and Graham\ud83d\udc1d Edwards for an informative and important series.

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