Monthly Archives: February 2013

Paying It Forward

I have always believed that good people and connections to good people are one of the most important success factors in business. In Latin America, fostering connections to key decision makers and thought leaders through family, academic, political, social and business ties is of paramount importance.

In the last 8 years, I have seen my network grow exponentially. I have worked hard in growing my connections and making sure my connections know that they are valuable to me. I thank them. I congratulate them. I ask them for advice. I listen to them. I dialogue with them. I help them out. I treat them as I would want to be treated. And as I grow my experience and network in this region, I can’t help but look to examples of great leaders, managers and employees – great people – that took some time out to help me or someone I know. That’s what makes them great – their ability to embrace a larger greater good through small acts of kindness.

It’s good to be connected in Latin America – and in other regions of course – but it’s great to be connected to people who pay it forward.

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Savvy Saturday February 23, 2013

“It isn’t what we say or think that defines us, but what we do.”

Jane Austen

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If You Are Not Accessible You Are Not Social

I saw the above tweet from Vala Afshar ( today and it inspired me to write this post.

I think that the use of social media has greatly impacted our way of doing business and of interacting with each other, our friends, and our stakeholders. It has also made business leaders more accessible – you can follow their thoughts on Twitter, read their blogs and find out what their company is doing on LinkedIn. Nevertheless, true accessibility means being open to receiving feedback (good, bad or ugly) from your followers -incl your clients, investors, employees, providers, etc.

I have found that there are some leaders that are still very cautious about listening to 5 minutes of unsolicited feedback because of where it is coming from or what it might mean – to be precise, it may shed light on what they may be doing wrong and it may be from the most unexpected source.

We all like to be right but isn’t it preferable to be proven wrong at an early stage rather than months later? I also think there is nothing wrong with being wrong – at least you have tried to do something different and were not tied to the status quo. I would just prefer to know that I am wrong earlier than later…

When doing business – especially internationally – you have to be more open and listen to opinions from all sources – why? because being accessible doesn’t make you less important, it makes you more engaged in seeking out the truth and what is best for you, your business and your stakeholders. Be Social and Be Accessible.

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Savvy Saturday February 16

“No one can make you feel inferior without your permission.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

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The Power of Partnership

Tomorrow is Valentine’s day and this is a short post on partnership. I believe that partherships in business are like partnerships in personal life. They should be serious, founded on truth and have the same (life) goal(s) in mind.

OverĀ 4 years ago I organized a 2000+ person event to support a project that was near and dear to my heart. I chose a theme for the event that epitomized the project. I called it “socios con futuro” (“partners with a future” in English). It was a way of showcasing the power of partnership, of saying that all who were involved in the project were partners – in the difficulties and in the triumphs – and that through our unity, we had a future together.

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Savvy Sunday February 10, 2013

Sometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are simple. Dr. Seuss

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Savvy Saturday Feb 2, 2013

People make shoes, not money. Peter Drucker