Networking

Best way to describe how things get communicated in Hawaii, “Coconut Wireless”. Photo by @mike.shots.

I’ve been fortunate to network with a lot of business owners and leaders in the community with ideas to address challenges. One of the things I’ve realized since starting my independent consulting business is that I am coming across a lot of organizations/individuals that do not know of each other’s existence or do not have the capacity to reach out or learn about another organization.

Living in Hawaii the last 6 years has shown me that everyone has his/her limits. We are human, of course. What I didn’t expect to learn is that we all have a natural urge to help one another. The challenge is identifying the best resources to go from Point A to Point B.

Why am I writing about this? Like a lot of my other blog posts I just want to open up the conversation. In a way this is streamlining since currently there may be limited avenues to stream information. My goal is to continue generating content, anticipating the next step. This blog is not a data warehouse but it is a way to gather these thoughts and make it available.

Keeping that in mind, the more I work with organizations, the more I would love to share what we accomplish together. I’m looking forward to not just building relationships but to highlight where we started and where we go.

Do you have ideas to help the community? Do you see dots that need to be connected? Let’s talk story and holler @ me.

2017 Year In Review

Happy New Year! This artwork can be found at the Honolulu Art Museum. If you haven’t been there, make it part of your resolution. Plenty of inspiration.

Happy New Year!

I want to start off this blog with the top 5 blog posts I had in 2017:

  1. Seniors vs. Technology
  2. Hiking: Paved or the Unbeaten track
  3. Gaining Control: Keyboard Shortcuts
  4. Technology is Spoiling the Game
  5. Kaizen

It looks like I struck a chord with the challenge of our kūpuna (grandparents).  Check out the blog posts if you’re one of my new visitors.

2017 has been a year of growth for me. I got to connect with a lot of great, likeminded people in the community and continue to water these relationships. I went from working as an employee to shopping around for businesses to purchase to finally focusing on scoping my consulting business.  A lot of seeds I planted last year are now starting to grow. It’s awesome to see.

I got an opportunity to volunteer for a great event called Peace Day Hawaii and got to exercise my training skills by training how to navigate WordPress. Not only that but I was able to identify processes and provide an analysis of how the event was executed. All in all it was a great experience and I hope that I can help again this coming year.

Honolulu is not a bad place to have business and tech conferences. (Photo by D. Ramos)

I checked out quite a bit of conferences building up my toolbox and learning about the challenges local businesses are facing. One thing I realized is that a lot of people are operating in silos. I don’t think it’s anybody’s fault. It’s just a matter of prioritizing what we’re all facing day to day and that’s not a bad thing.

I was probably more excited about seeing how organized Hawaiian Airlines’ warehouse than most other people. (Photo by D. Ramos)

At the tail end of the year, I was able to tour Hawaiian Airlines with the Chamber of Commerce’s Young Professionals (YP) program. It was awesome to see their operations and I got even more excited when we met the inventory team. Learned a lot about how their facilities are organized so that they are running efficiently.

Join us every First Wednesday and bring your Excel headaches.

One of my biggest wins this year is establishing a meet up titled Spreadsheets n’ Brews. So far I’ve been able to help dozens of people with their challenges using Microsoft Excel. It might seem trivial but it’s part of my long term plans and it’s working. I really appreciate the good people at Village Bottleshop & Tasting Room for allowing my group to meet there since October.

Those are just some highlights from the top of my head. I’m pretty sure I’m missing a lot of other activities I’ve been involved. Got plenty of work to do. Wishing you the best for 2018.