On Monday and Wednesday, , I told you about some great lessons that I learned in co-creating and presenting a research-based tribute to my professional idol, H. Keith Hunt last week In Dublin, Ireland. This project took the form of a bibliometric analysis, one could not have existed without the contributions of my friends Laura Egan and Newell Wright. I’d like to offer a few more of those terrific teachings today, rounding our list learnings to an even Dublin dozen.
To set the context, I hoped to create a tribute to Keith suitable for publication in the Journal of Consumer Satisfaction, Dissatisfaction, and Complaining Behavior. However, the article that inspired me, one based on the great management guru Peter Drucker, used a methodology called bibliometric analysis, which left me completely baffled.
Four more lessons:
9. After our conversation about the article about Peter Drucker, Laura and I decided to let our powers combine, Planeteer style, to create a bibliometric analysis tribute to Keith.
- LESSON: Collaborate. Pool your powers to create something better than either person could or would create alone.
10. We brought the idea to our journal editor, Newell, who pledged and provided incredible support for our project.
- LESSON: Know how a system works, and partner with those in charge, gatekeepers and decision-makers, to assure a strong foundation for your project.
11. In putting our paper together, I had the opportunity to talk to several of Keith’s past colleagues and even family members. This led to even more wonderful stories, relationships, and perspective about the career I have chosen.
- LESSON: Great ideas can blossom and grow bigger and brighter than expected. Let it happen and let others join the party.
12. And now moving forward, more opportunities have come about to continue my work with research partner.
- LESSON: When opportunity knocks, get up and answer the door. Or maybe YOU represent an opportunity. So start looking for the right door to tap.
Thank you for reading this long story about a year-long project, one that led to new relationships, an expanded network, and a whole lot of happiness and satisfaction. Not to mention a journal publication and conference presentation, which is one of the ways my professional contribution is measured. I hope some of these lessons resonate.
What do you think? What did I miss?
See you tomorrow!