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    There is more to demography than you think (Part 1)

    Title: There is more to demography than you think (Part 1)

    Date: 3/16/14

    Podcast Guest: Justin Buszin, Ph.D.

    By: Darren Weinstock, MBA

     

    Hello.  Today we discuss demography and how it touches our everyday lives.  An interesting conversation, as demography is NOT TOP of mind for many of us.  Please take a listen.  

    This is Part 1 of the series.  Part 2 involves how demography is involved in environmental, business and public health.

    Thank you Justin for your time today!

    Darren

     

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    Do you know who is like you?

    Title:  Do you know who is like you?

    Date: 1/26/2014

    By: Darren Weinstock

     

    Hello!  Hope all is well!

    So I’ve been thinking about what to write for a post.   One thing that keeps on coming back is my personality.  Yes, this post is about me.  BUT WAIT!  There’s more for you!!!! The people who know me, know who I am, what I stand for, my background, etc.  (mostly).  I remember about 9 years ago I took this test for work called the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator.  The results were pretty spot on.  I am an ESFJ.  Extravert-Sensing-Feeling-Judging.

    Here is an excerpt from www.personalitypage.com.

    “ESFJs at their best are warm, sympathetic, helpful, cooperative, tactful, down-to-earth, practical, thorough, consistent, organized, enthusiastic, and energetic. They enjoy tradition and security, and will seek stable lives that are rich in contact with friends and family.”

    Sounds pretty much like me.  This website, www.celebritytypes.com/esfj contains famous people who are ESFJ’s too!  I’m with some pretty good company!  Larry King, Colin Powell, Regis Philbin, Barbara Walters, Elton John, etc!

    Want to know what type you have?  There is a quick 28 question test here: www.celebritytypes.com/test.

    If you care to share your type with us on Facebook or Twitter, that would be great!

    Getting to know what type you have can help you with team work, your career, and personal life (not to get TOO “touchy-feely”)

    Thanks!
    Darren

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    Podcast: Introducing Myriad Of Ideas’ Services

    Title:  Podcast: Introducing Myriad Of Ideas’ Services

    Date: 1/11/2014

    Author: Darren Weinstock, MBA

     

    Afternoon!  I am pleased to announce the Myriad Of Idea’s Services.  Please take a listen and you can review the service offerings at www.myriadofideas.com/services.  The Podcast is a quick 3 minute overview.

    Thank you for your time and have a great day!

    Darren

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    Thank you Vets!

    Dad, Great Uncle Frank, Grandpa Frank Talarico, Uncle Marvin, Uncle Brian, Family friends Mr Recktenwalt and Mr Schaller , Friends Ed Schneider and Mark Bernas thank you for serving our great country!

    AND

    Denise, Chris, Scott, Ed, and Steve – Thank you for currently serving!

    Thank you for again!

    Darren and Family

     

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    Thank you Vets!

    Dad, Great Uncle Frank, Uncle Marvin, Uncle Brian, Family friends Mr Recktenwalt and Mr Schaller , Friends Ed Schneider and Mark Bernas thank you for serving our great country!

    AND

    Denise, Chris, Scott, Ed, and Steve – Thank you for currently serving!

    Thank you for again!

    Darren and Family

     

    PODCAST 69: What I’ve been up to…

    Title: PODCAST 69: What I’ve been up to…

    Date: 11/09/2013

     

    Hello!  It’s been a bit (~2 weeks) since I’ve done a podcast.  Been pretty busy.  Please take a listen…

    Thanks!

    Darren

    PS the Podcast Myriad Of Ideas Logo is new too! 🙂

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    What would you take on a 14 day hike into the Jungle?

    Title:  What would you take on a 14 day hike into the Jungle?

    Date: 10/31/13

    By: Darren Weinstock & Dr Greg McCann

     

    Afternoon!  Last night Dr. McCann and I sat down to talk about the equipment his group takes on the trek into the jungle to place wildlife cameras.  Please take a listen, you won’t be disappointed!
    Darren & Greg

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    Blog Operations: Behind the Scenes

    Title:  Blog Operations: Behind the Scenes

    Date: 10/27/2013

    By: Darren Weinstock

     

    Evening.  So about 8 months ago I started myriadofideas.com.  Is that important?  Not really, other than it hasn’t felt like long.  I’ve ready numerous books on social media, all pretty good stuff.  This stuff is challenging though!  Like tonight I sat down to write this blog, and I’m like where do I start with this blank canvas?

    Really!  This stuff is not easy, and that is a good thing!  Over the weekend I laid out a plan to post relevant content every day from now to December 31st.  That’s a pretty big (but achievable) plan.  Now not every piece of content is going through the website.  I have a MYRIAD of channels I plan to use. 😉  From the website, to Twitter, Facebook, Google+, Pinterest, YouTube, iTunes, and the latest that I have focused upon- LinkedIn (many thanks to Sandra Long@Post Road Consulting).   Please do click on the social media links to the left and follow me.  Thanks!

    So the last two blog posts have laid a foundation for me to build upon.  Now is the time to continue the rapport with my friends, followers, circles, etc.  If you are a fellow blogger, then lets team up to build off of each other.  If you are somebody that owns a small business or has a particular interesting hobby, then contact me as I would love to help you share your stories!

    Have a great rest of your weekend!

    Darren

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    Title: An Autobiographical View: A Solid Foundation (Part 2 – At Work)

    Title: An Autobiographical View: A Solid Foundation (Part 2)

    Date: 10/20/2013

    By: Darren R. Weinstock, MBA

     

    Hello!

    Today’s post is about creating a solid foundation in your career.  I have built this “solid” foundation by doing three things pretty well:

    • striving for informal mentors
    • performing like an internal consultant
    • maintaining credibility with my work

    By putting your own spin on these three topics, you will grow as an employee.  They are only ideas that work for me. 😉

    I once had a sorta new (<1 year tenure) co-worker ask me, “hey don’t take this the wrong way, but how have you made it 12 years here”.  I replied, “Well I don’t know, doesn’t seem like 12 years.  I just do my work and I have a handful of really close coworkers that I can rely on and learn from”.  In all actuality, these “close coworkers” are really informal mentors.  I  made a conscious decision towards the beginning of my career to always stay in touch with people I deem as trustworthy, hardworking, loyal, helpful, kind, cheerful, and knowledgeable.  Sounds sorta familiar to the Part 1 post (the Scout Law), now that I think of it.  These coworkers are at all levels of the organization; from Executive VP to Marketing Associate.   I interact with them on a weekly and/or monthly basis.  Their values (above) tell you that they help me understand the lay of the land, bounce ideas off of, train in software that they are experts in, and/or just shoot the breeze.  Notice that I mention multiple informal mentors.  This is for a couple of reasons, coworkers come and go, different skills, different needs, etc.

    I perform like an internal consultant.  That being that I don’t work like a “black box”, data mule, or an order taker.  For those that don’t know what a data mule is: It’s a person that spits out data without adding any value to it for the requester.  By the way, that’s my personal definition.  I look to add value to the project by acting like a consultant.  Whereas, I will review the person’s request, communicate to uncover more details, and then fulfill the request.  This process minimizes the need for rework.  If I were to simply take the request at face value and spit back the data/report, then I would be basically a drone or computer.  This way I get “skin in the game” and help navigate to a solution that is best for the company.

    I maintain credibility by checking my work, tying out the numbers, and the following process.  I learned very important thing about 3 years into my career, whereas my VP had me add a “Title, Request, Assumptions, and Results” tab to every single report that I created.

    • Title- A general sentence of what the request is about.
      • Prepared by: Darren Weinstock
      • Prepared for: requester’s name
      • Date:  obvious 😉
      • Version: obvious (this is more for a report or project that is refreshed)
    • Request- A copy/paste from the requester’s email (or paraphrased meeting content).
    • Assumptions-  This is where I put all of my assumptions. Basically what the report covers and what it does not.  It can also have some SQL, criteria, explanations.
    • Results-  Most of the time this area is a very high level summary.  I leave the rest of the Excel file’s tabs as the results.
    • Screen shot of tool used-  Depending on what tool I used, I will put a screenshot. This allows me to later determine what tool I used and sometimes what server.

    Another part of credibility is the ability to stand behind your work when questioned (yes, that does happen sometimes).  This process above allows you to use the data as your “foundation” to stand upon.  Without it, all conversation is subjective nonsense.  Just my point of view.  Sometimes the “telephone” game can occur and the requester did give you the right request, but it wasn’t anything she/he or you did wrong.  The request misinterpreted the request from his/her higher up.  Rework then is inevitable.

    In summary, this post hit upon three topics that will help you succeed at your career. No matter if you are a financial analyst, marketing manager, administrative assistant, or Vice President.  You can take your own approach on implementation, but using these tools will only help.

    Thanks for your time and have a great week!

    Darren

     

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    An Autobiographical View: A Solid Foundation (Part 1)

    Title: An Autobiographical View: A Solid Foundation (Part 1)

    Date: 10/13/2013

    By: Darren R. Weinstock, MBA

     

    Hello!

    This blog post is about about the foundation to my personal/professional life that my Parents, Wife, Siblings, and close friends helped me to build.  There’s much to be said about family & friends.  There’s good and bad, ups and downs, laughing and crying, annoying and rejoicing, etc.  This post isn’t about that type stuff, rather how I became who I am.

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    I was going to write this part last, but figured you may get bored with the length of this post.  I remember a few things that keep on coming back to me over the years.  The first was when I worked at my Dad’s gas station, and some of the customers would just come in and toss their money at me.  I would say to myself, who “the f-ck do you think you are?!”  “Am I below you?”  Am I dirt?.  It’s sorta funny now, cause this has added to who I’m NOT.  I make sure to talk to gas station attendants or the supermarket cashier, etc.  Pretty much anybody.

    The other was when my best-friend and I slept over a kids house (not a close friend of ours mind you).  Honestly I don’t even know why we were sleeping over his house anyways.  And we woke up to his Dad totally screaming at him.  We were both like Whisky Tango Foxtrot is going on.  Very strange.  But it made us both very uncomfortable.  The point is both of our parents were not and ARE NOT screamers or beaters.  They genuinely cared for our well-being and never forced a sport or activity upon us.  They suggested goals or taught us, then supported us.

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    Since I like to give  detail (the analyst in me).  This all came to mind between when I was updating my LinkedIn page on Friday and the trip to the gas station earlier today.

    It’s amazing how much stuff I’ve accomplished in my life so far (and I’m not done yet).  But I couldn’t of done it all without a “Solid Foundation” – Family & Friends.  From my Parents signing me up for soccer at age 5,  to Cub Scouts, to Boy Scouts, to Eagle Scout, MBA, working remotely, leading a soccer team, still living in my home-town, etc.  “Solid Foundation” can translated to core values.  The previous activities/achievements all provided me with core values.

    Do you know the old saying, “the apple doesn’t fall too far from the tree”? –reviewed here .  Well I have my Mom’s attention to detail & empathy and my Dad’s analytic and jovial personality.  You add on the competitiveness of soccer, the Scout Law (A Scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean, and reverent.), education, self starting, leadership, and dedication.  You have me.  BTW my Dad would always put and “sometimes hungry” to the Scout Law, annoying our Scout Master.

    I started to learn Lotus 1-2-3 in like 1992, before even Excel!  How?  Why?  Because my Dad owned a small business, and I helped with the books.  He taught me.  Start with the ‘/’.   I’m baffled to learn that some people I run into at work (and elsewhere) don’t know how to use Excel.  This is 2013!  How did you make it through business college?!  Sorry, little rant there.  But it was strange when my Four year old knew how to point and click on a column.  (and I do have proof!).

    Scouts taught me a ton.  My Dad and (little) Brother are also Eagle Scouts.  Not a coincidence I am one, too.  I lead a Troop of 40 scouts to a National Jamboree in 1993.  I only knew about 5-6 scout, this was a great experience in leadership, public speaking, organization, conflict management, etc.  In 1992, we did a Father and Son 50-mile canoe trip down the Delaware Water Gap.

    Like I mentioned in my “What have you been doing?: Darren Weinstock” podcast, it was my Dad that mentioned to me early in my undergraduate years to “hey you should take a look at getting your MBA”.  I decided my college sophomore year to get pursue my MBA.  It was in the MBA program that I met my girlfriend and now Wife, Shelly.

    My Siblings have been there every step of the way.  From being in soccer with me, to helping mow the lawns, painting the house, raking leaves, to just talking, or playing video games.  In no way am I minimizing their part in who I am today.  They are my Siblings! 🙂

    Next post- Marriage and my Professional career.  And what’s to come in the future.

     

    Thanks for you time!

    Darren
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