Why networking matters to me

by George Pastidis

I had great time during holidays. I did lots of things with family and friends, visiting my home town, Athens. Among the highlights of my holidays were a reunion with former colleagues and friends from a mobile operator I worked for 25 years back, an old-school (literally and metaphorically) party with my friends from my elementary school and several get-togethers with friends from my Scout group. Not to mention tens of one-on-ones with buddies from my youth. A friend noticed those interactions of mine and he said to me that I am way too nostalgic. This feedback got me start thinking. Is there something wrong with me? Why I like so much staying connected with the past? Does this mean maybe that I have no life now? I did not go to see a therapist. But I did try to give my self some explanations, some answers read more…

Two things I learned in 2019

by George Pastidis

It sounds perhaps like something other than growth mindset, speaking only about two things that I learned this year. I should clarify then that I am only referring to the two tip top things I learned in 2019. Two things that I believe they’re of great significance and they meant a whole lot for me. Two things that I feel peers and friends should pay the utmost attention in and benefit from because they are success drivers read more…

I have socks, thank you

by George Pastidis

I spent last Monday and Tuesday at the Unleash HR Conference and Exhibition, taking place in Paris convention center. Amazing event with great speakers, innovative companies, interesting services, good organization and super energy. A lot to learn and definitely worth investing two work days there. But there was a BUT! read more…

Leaving the sandy beaches sunsets behind

by George Pastidis

Leaving the sandy beaches romantic sunsets behind to get back to work, it is never easy. It is actually particularly challenging for me that I have every time to say goodbye to my home country, family and friends. But it’s a tough job we all gotta do and we need to identify our little tips and tricks for making it easier. We must plan smart to smoothen up our return and make it work for ourselves and the organization we work for read more…

Nick Kyrgios, the myth-buster

by George Pastidis

He consistently smashes his rackets and occasionally he puts them on a flight mode. Although he entered Washington Open with five racquets, he would have played the final with one only if his father had not shipped few more and some networking with FedEx had not helped in getting them in time out of the customs. He sometimes swears at the spectators, when he gets pissed off (and this does not happen rarely), he often spits on the ground and being sarcastic with the umpire is every day business. Hardly a player on the tour, including the big three, avoid his trash-talking that brings in mind more of boxing behaviors and less of tennis. read more…

How difficult is it to be and behave as a pro?

by George Pastidis

A week ago, a guy sent me an invite to connect in linkedin. I did not know him but being consistent with my belief that social media is not for connecting with people you know only but for expanding your network and given that he was dealing with conferences that is not far from things I am involved in, I accepted. A day later, he invited me to speak in a sales enablement event in London. I thanked him, I said that it initially sounds good to me but we need to meet and discuss this for making sure I am the right fit and of course that the event is of value for me and the organization I work for. read more…

Scout camps: a toolbox for leadership

by George Pastidis

I have said and written several times that the Scouts make leaders. The biggest toolbox of leadership skills they provide though to their members is nothing but the annual summer camp. Kids and youth have there the chance to lead in small groups, build their confidence, get autonomous, deal with problem solving and develop their creative thinking. read more…

5 Books that I read and loved this year

by George Pastidis

It was a year ago, again right before summer vacation, that I started recommending few of my favorite books. Last year, I focused very much on sales, sharing books like SPIN Selling which was the bible of sales for four decades, The Challenger Sale which really shook up the sales training industry few years back and Three Value Conversations a practical hands on book which helps sales people to create value for their customers and capture value for their organisation. read more…