Our affinity process highlighted the potential of so many workshops we could develop, but the first four we’re prioritizing include personal/professional branding, networking, leadership self-assessment, and facilitation.
In addition to creating the lesson plan and handouts, we’ll create pre-assessments, post-workshop evaluations, facilitator materials, and a webinar for each topic.
In California, we’ll pilot the personal/professional branding workshop. In preparation, I’m reading Reid Hoffman’s new book The Start Up of You. In it he articulates something I’ve been trying to find language for — about keeping your identity separate from your employer. It’s such an important point at a time when people shift jobs every couple years.
Inevitably people ask about whether their Twitter feed is their own or their organization’s voice. I think that is hard to answer, and I know that you can lose your job or face other real-life consequences for something you say on your own Twitter feed because that’s happened to people — journalists, politicians, etc.
The point is that you can write about your world outside of work; use your blog or LinkedIn profile or Twitter feed to discuss your independent projects, reading, networking, etc. Representing yourself as a professional is, I guess, an unspoken expectation.
I’m excited about the chance to work with young foundation professionals on these issues and to learn from them how these concepts play out in their own careers.
* Russ is my old boss from Idealist, and my collaborator on the EPIP project now.