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Contributing in Online Business Communities

View My Profile on FocusOnline communities are an excellent way for people to interact with other individuals who they can help or who can help them.  For business and technology professionals, they also represent a way keep an eye on trends and thought leadership within ones industry that can help solve a company’s issues.

They also provide one element of career growth, in that they expose a professional to tips, tricks, issues and concerns of peers in other organizations in a reasonably safe environment.  And, lastly, they provide for professional networking.

One of the most vibrant communities that brings together all aspects of business, is Focus at www.focus.com.  This community bring together Sales, Marketing, Customer Service, Technology and more, to solve business problems for businesses small and large.

To aid in your professional growth, it is highly recommended that you set aside at least 15-20 minutes each day, or 3-4 hours each week, to participate in communities such as these.  (LinkedIn also provides various interactive groups, but I am starting to prefer the arrangement offered by Focus.)  You will start to see that these are good places to learn and grow.

So, set some time aside to contribute and collaborate with your peers, and you will see your value increase, whether it is to your employer, your peers, your clients or your partners.

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Posted: Wednesday, January 27, 2010 8:15 AM by Logik!
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Andrew S. Baker aka ASB aka Logik!

Andrew S. Baker is a business-savvy, hands-on IT leader with expertise in mentoring people, mitigating risk, and integrating technology to drive innovation and maximize business results. He creates competitive advantage for organizations through effective IT leadership: implementation of processes and controls, and architecture of robust business solutions.

Mr. Baker has successfully led a number of high-performance technology teams in designing, deploying and maintaining secure, cost-effective computing environments for well-known companies, including Warner Music Group, The Princeton Review, Bear Stearns, About.com, and Lewco Securities.

For over a decade, Andrew has exhibited thought leadership on technology and business topics via mailing lists, technical forums, blogs, and professional networking groups, along with contributions to podcasts, webinars, and over 20 technical/business magazine articles. He also serves on several boards and committees for non-profit organizations, and within the Seventh-day Adventist church.

His personal interests include Astronomy, Basketball, Bible Study, Chess, Comics, Computers, Family Life Ministries, Reading, Strategy/Role Playing games, and Professional Networking...

A summary of Andrew's current résumé is available here, and he can be reached on a variety of social and professional networks, including LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter.