What type of problem(s) do you solve?

Think of something: We network ONLY to SOLVE problems.

And if it is the case that we network only to SOLVE problems, isn't it helpful to help each other know the answer to this most basic question when we invite them to connect with us on Linkedin? 

The reason I mention this is that there are some great people who are great at inviting us and, thus, they solve a networking problem for some of us: whom to invite.  




Some of the very people who solve one problem for us CAUSE another problem:  they leave us not knowing what problemsthey solve avocationally or even PROFESSIONALLY.

In other words: We don't know what drives them.   We don't know what they do.  We don't know what problems they specialize in solving.   We don't know what problems we can solve, together. 

Avocationally, I like promoting myself as a "Chief Encouragement Officer".   I like that as an avocational title because it helps me "accentuate the positive" - all day long.   For me, just thinking of the term "Chief Encouragement Officer" has a bi-directional benefit: It helps me remember my preferred purpose for my discussion groups.   And the title helps encourage me, too.   (And yes, Chief Encouragement Officers need encouragement, too!) 

Professionally, as a Recruiter for client companies and as a Branding Coach for individual job seekers, I solve employmentproblems.   Thus, professionally, I like considering myself a "Chief Employment Officer".   And I like doing that because "Employment Solves Problems". 

Those who help us understand what problems they solve help solve the decision-making problem of connecting with them.

OH! By the way! *I* solve human optimism problems!

Thanks, and Keep STRONG!!
+Vincent Wright, 

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Comment by Barry J Pechner on November 22, 2015 at 2:25am

About 45 years of my work experience was in the field of manufacturing.  I started as an assembler in an electronics company, in 1956, called Air Associates and renamed as Electronic Communication Corp., in Teteboro, N.J.  I worked my way up to final tester for the Air Force Inspector, that accepted or rejected our monthly submissions of the highly secret automatic gun firing mechanisms, for the F-104 all weather jet fighter. This sophisticated 28 pound electronic module gave the pilot the ability to maneuver his plane, so that his target aircraft was centered on a screen and a simply press of a button on our unit would automatically fire the guns. (1957)   Company moved to W.Coast, of Fla. but I was unable to relocate, since my wife had just given birth to premature fraternal twins and she needed my Mother's help for quite a while.  Spent a year at Edo Corp. in N.Y working on Sonar Equipment for the Navy. Father-in-Law's illness required me to assist brother-in-law in his Tomato Repacking business for two year and a year in his Automotive Insurance Agency.  A Head Hunter offered me an opportunity to try our for a Plant Supervisors job for a company that made specialized carrying cases and trunks in Manhattan. I was tested by an out side source and won the position with a high score. After about a year, I was contacted by the same Head Hunter again with an offer to be the Production Mgr. for Hygiene Manufacturing Co. in Brooklyn. (Maker of shower curtains)  Another year past by and I saw an ad for a high paying Quality Control Manager's job  for Columbia Cable and Electric Corp. also in Bklyn. The Head Hunter found me again after two years an d suggested an Ass't Production Manager's job at APL Corp., also in Bklyn, and I spent a few years there. They injection molded, decorated and packaged plastic household product and blow molded the first Excedrin bottles for Bristle Myers. A few years later I saw a great opportunity in an ad for a Production Foreman's job at Aurora Toys, in W. Hempstead, N.Y. Although an initial step down, that became my second home for seven years where I moved to Production Mgr. and finally to General Manager of their Juarez, Mexico production facility for two years. Aurora was sold Marks Toys in 1978 and I was responsible for negotiating the sale of the Mexican operation to California based Allegretti and Sons. They wanted me to stay on for 6 months during the transition which I agreed to.  Upon return to N.Y. My boss at Aurora in N.Y. and I teamed up as manufacturing consultants for a few years and did well. He was in an auto accident and passed away so I interviewed with Standard Motor Products of Long Island City for Plant Superintendent and won that position.  Too may bosses caused me to leave that job and I took a Plant Manager's job for a Metal Stamping Company on Long Island and after two years the Head Hunter caught up with me again and got me a V.P. of Manufacturing position closer to my home in Stony Brook, L.I.  I stayed there a few years an decided to take another chance at consulting. So I did that successfully for about 4 years. Two of my sons were in the catering truck business and asked me to help them with their business, and so I did that for a few years since my business was slowing down.  My wife worked at Stony Brook University Hospital and coaxed me to take a job in the property control department which was about a mile from home.  I applied, got the job of maintaining the Albany Data Base for all of the fixed assets on campus, in the hospital and the veteran hospital.  I finally retired from there in 2011 due to my wife lengthy illness. After her passing in 2014, I moved down to N. Carolina and started a business with one of my sons which will launch shortly on Kickstarter.  if interested, visit  www.iflipm.com                     

My diverse training, experience and expertise in the manufacturing arena is extensive and I am open to discussing manufacturing problems with any and all members needing help or advice.


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