When loss blots out all other light, that’s when the stars around you shine the brightest.
It’s counterintuitive, I know. The times when life is bleakest, what you’ve sown is reaped in the form of torches guiding you through the blackest labyrinth.
This time last year was tough for me, having lost my father in July and then my mother in December. Both were very ill, and it took quite a toll on me, my family, and my world of work. This included my usually dedicated participation in the TalentCulture community and #TChat Events.
There’s a kindhearted warming that can occur in times of desperation and need — like coming in from a freezing rain to thaw in front of a fire, surrounded by supportive family and friends. This reciprocal positive power moves us into lighted places, into rebirth, into healing, into growth, into bettering ourselves so we can better others, in turn. The economics are simple and powerful. Yet, they require transparency, authenticity, trust and love — essential elements that cynics squash like bugs underfoot.
Healing Power: Community To The Rescue
Thank goodness for the light (as we watch the bugs scurry into hiding – or their metamorphosis into believers). This uplifting energy is the heart of community — and the heart of community is you.
We see community spirit at work time and again, when help mobilizes after global disasters, disease, war, and injustice — or simply when we grant a child one magical wish. (Here’s to all Batkids in the world!) It’s okay to get good news once and a while, you know?
After this rally from my greater Northern California community last weekend, I was uplifted. And coming on the eve of #TChat’s 3rd anniversary, it reminded me of the mutual support that comes from within our TalentCulture community — through bad times and good.
That’s one of the most powerful aspects of online communities like ours. They spring from the wild, virtual earth, in many different forms. They’re often vibrant and complex, even in their simplicity. Their roots are nurtured by the diverse individuals who come to learn, network, share and support one another around relevant topics, both personal and professional.
That’s what #TChat has become since its founding. The proof is evident after 150 Twitter chats, and 50 radio shows in the past year alone.
The first #TChat occurred on November 16, 2010, and the topic was emotional intelligence, which seems appropriate, since most of the time we try to be self-aware and manage our emotions — whether we agree with one another or not. Trust and mutual positive regard are just as important in our community interactions as they are in the larger world of work.
Best of #TChat
Since then, my favorite #TChat events include all of them. Although it’s tough to choose, I’ll list just 15 here that stand out:
- Moving, Schooling, and Finding Your Voice
- Community Beginning the Social Revolution
- Performance Reviews: Like Bad High School Movies
- IRL Networking Is Face-to-Face, not F2F
- Freelancers Make Better Business Biscuits
- Hobbits, Jedis, Fealty and the World of Work
- Getting Workplace Recognition Right
- Real Brands Humanize
- The Business of Talent: Magic?
- Office Space: Work in Progress
- Open Leadership: Going Deep
- HR Data: What Really Counts?
- 101 Ways To Save The Day With A Paperclip
- Engagement As Energy: #TChat Lessons From #HRTechConf
- Mobile Hiring Hits The Fast Lane
I’m so excited that #TChat continues to break new ground as one of the largest and longest-running online learning and networking communities in the “world of work.” A very special thanks to the thousands of loyal participants who have participated during the past three years.
And a very special thank you to those who keep the weekly wheels of #TChat turning each week:
- Meghan M. Biro
- “KK” Kruse
- Tim McDonald
- Cynthia Trivella
- Nancy Rubin
- Chantal Bechervaise
- Nancy Barry-Jansson
- Michael Kaulkin
- Megan Burkett
- Jocelyn Aucoin
- And many, many more!
New To #TChat? We’re Just Getting Started
If you’ve only just discovered #TChat, welcome!
The TalentCulture (#TChat) Community is an open online network of business leaders and innovators, human resource and recruiting executives, organizational development and learning professionals, HR technology vendors, industry consultants, job seekers and more who collectively create, curate, crowd source and share timely “world of work” news and information critical for all professionals to grow and succeed in business today.
And that means you and you and you and you…
What’s your role in the TalentCulture Community? Just as it’s always been since the beginning:
Sharing your real world expertise and candid perspectives.
Actively participating with others in expanding the depth and breadth of your reach.
Contributing as much as you benefit.
This is an exciting milestone for #TChat — and we have all of YOU across our wonderful community to thank. So thank you again. We look forward to moving forward with you all!
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