The NICE Initiative Framework for Collaboration: My Written Elevator Pitch

“Most people in corporate settings don’t know about the theme of collaboration as a work style.”

— Liane Bass, Online Education Specialist 1/8/15

“Your elevator pitch must be memorable, not memorized!”

— Alex Freund, Landing Expert Career Coaching 1/8/15

Today I attended an excellent workshop on the do’s and don’ts of elevator pitches, given by dynamic speaker and career coach Alex Freund. I had the honor of meeting him a few months ago when we were panelists at the Generate Buzz  personal branding event where I spoke about digital avatars and one’s digital footprint. It’s something I will be speaking about again at this webinar for HBA on 1/27/15, organized by Dr. Tasha Sims.

Alex has a real knack for pinpointing areas of strength and weakness  in an individual’s delivery of the service/product. But he also has a keen understanding of the role that individual takes on as both a job hire and a harbinger of change for the collective; the company that hires him or her.

Because in today’s shared economy, people need to think about what everybody needs, not just what they need. 

That’s why it’s time to think differently about the future of work and the forecast for entrepreneurship in the iEra. Especially with regard to best practices pertaining to balancing humanity and technology. This is needed for better mindsets, workflows, and outcomes (i.e. deliverables). It is therefore time to think about how to practically foster a purpose-driven workplace and a culture of innovation. One where people are both strategic and altruistic in the way they deal with others and approach problems.

This is why I wrote my book, The NICE Reboot. It is a blueprint for the art and architecture of collaboration; often considered a soft skill  solely rooted in psychology. In reality, it is equally rooted in professional and personal gravitas of creativity, which falls in the domain of talent management. So I’ve officially teamed up with the creative connector and catlyst Jo-Rose Portfolio, Principal of Capital-3 Staffing Solutions, to launch The NICE Initiative. Collaboration shares DNA with project management dynamics as well, which is why I’ve also teamed up with the meticulous and methodical mentor Chris Boyd, Principal of Simply Best Practice. I had the good fortune to have met them when they were panelists with me at the same event as Alex Freund.

Thank you Sara Greenhouse founder of Generate Buzz,  for organizing such a wonderful event, and one that brings new meaning to The Butterfly Effect!

The nature of The Butterfly Effect is such that change is inevitable. As I wrote in my latest white paper, which is posted on my Slideshare page:

The nature of the workplace and the psychological and intellectual makeup of its workforce will undergo real changes in the coming years due to the:

• Increase of women in the workforce, including management and CEO positions
• Hiring of different generations working together; some for the first time
• Convergence of the Technology and Entrepreneurial Revolutions sweeping the globe

It is therefore time to rethink best practices and both the process and the blueprint which showcase them. Outdated business models and mindsets are actually hindering corporate teams in terms of productivity, efficiency, and relevance.

What can we do to work smarter, not harder? Why do we need to methodically connect the “dots” between achievement and mastery of the goals we set for ourselves?
When does teamwork actually facilitate innovation and leadership? Where do we channel our resources? Who needs to work together? How do people actually work together to promote real change?

 Innovation requires change. The dimensions of change may vary between people, between their workflows in the corporate sector vs. the startup arena, and between job seekers and entrenched executives. But it is becoming clear that the catalyst for lasting, widespread change that sustains innovation is education. It’s what spurs the competitive, solitary, sometimes grueling nature of work. It’s what gives communication its wings to be free, and be more in touch with humanity. It’s what imbues the DNA of any endeavor, and what nurtures its creative transformation.

The NICE Initiative Mission Statement:

Creative Transformation Through Collaboration:

The architecture of collaboration begins with practically determining starting points for remediation of a problem. This is accomplished by implementing a 5 step problem solving hierarchy which seeks to proactively leverage “group think” while targeting the individual i.e. different people’s skills sets and social intelligence to complete tasks. The architecture of collaboration is approached from a project management perspective. The artistry of collaboration is approached from a talent management perspective. Together, both can harness the true power of balancing technology with humanity to create synergy, more effective workflows, and resource allocation and management. This results in the collective inculcating of a unique mindset which fosters leadership, prevention and recovery, and ultimately change.

 The NICE Initiative Call to Action:

It’s time to update best practices which align with the people and the planet, not just forecasted revenue. To create a self sustaining legacy and business model for the sharing economy, we need to reconfigure our trajectory and the steps along the way. We can help teams develop strategies to sustain a competitive advantage with regard to networking, customer retention, and profit margins. These strategies are taught within this framework:

NICE Initiative Framework for Collaboration:

1. Education

• Goals

• Strategy

2. Talent Management

• Personal Branding

• Bridging

• Networking

3. Mentorship

• Mentorship

• Reverse Mentorship

4. Quality Control (Troubleshooting)

• Communication

• Active Process

Prevention (Instead of Crisis Intervention)

☞ Research

☞ Backup & Recovery

The NICE Initiative Mindset: Transitioning From Me to We: 

The transition from Me>We is a necessity, not a luxury in the shared economy. Today’s workplace demands increased collaboration and transparency; especially in our globally connected, socially driven culture. We provide the blueprint for the implementation of better collaboration. One which transcends cultural barriers, gains and retains customer loyalty, and add value. We provided you now with a prototype, a framework to follow in terms of better balancing artistry and architecture, and humanity and technology.

I– What’s the future of leadership in the iEra? Today’s best practices includes honing my own skill set while facilitating productivity for your colleagues. The NICE Reboot provides a blueprint for both, including rebooting my mindset to become a better collaborator by connecting the dots re: catalysts for growth.

We– What’s The NICE Mindset? We are all works in progress, and having that mindset helps us fill in gaps by seeking out collaboration, thereby changing the trajectory of our actions re: balancing humanity and technology.

Us– What are the implications of having The NICE Mindset?                                                   1. Having this mindset enables us to increase our collaboration through diversified learning experiences through networking and group problem solving.

2. Having this mindset enables us to reduce our tendency to have silos and be perfectionists.

Join the Journey for Change! What do you want to collaborate on?

Penina Rybak, Founder/CEO Socially Speaking LLC







About penina4niceinitiative

Penina Rybak MA/CCC-SLP, TSHH, CEO of Socially Speaking LLC, is the author of "The NICE Reboot: A Guide to Becoming a Better Female Entrepreneur". She is an Autism specialist and educational technology consultant turned social entrepreneur. She is also a pediatric speech therapist and the creator of the Socially Speaking™ Program & iPad App. Her second book, "Autism Intervention in the iEra" was published in 2015. Since 2010, Penina has been a national/international speaker about social communication development, balancing humanity and technology, and best practices re: mobile and social technology. Connect with her on LinkedIn to learn more. You can also find her on Twitter: @PopGoesPenina, Facebook: Socially Speaking LLC, Google+ at The NICE Initiative for Female Entrepreneurship, and Pinterest and YouTube as well.
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