Les héros anonymes

Plongez avec elle dans un Esprit: celui des “Héros Anonymes”, ces personnes qui, dans l’ombre, font la Révolution.


L’idée maîtresse est de révéler des anonymes généreux et courageux qui font de la France un grand pays de la solidarité.
Les maîtres mots sont : solidarité, action, proximité et divertissement.

(Pour en savoir plus Dreamshake.com)


Turn your new Linchpin contacts into a Tribe of Linchpins – Conference Call June 22 7pm GMT


7pm GMT (1900 GMT) Tuesday, June 22, 2010

The purpose of this call is to discussion how to take a random collection of Linchpins who may have met for the first time last week, and build a group who can make a difference together.  This call can be especially beneficial to those who had only a few people show up.

The call will last 75-90 minutes.

There will be an agenda posted Monday night/Tuesday morning prior to the call.

If you have a topic or idea to share, let me know by Monday Noon EDT US (GMT-5).

Just so we are clear on the timing.

London – 8pm (GMT +1)

East coast USA – 2pm (GMT -5)

West coast USA – 11am (GMT-8)

(If I’m wrong here, someone correct me.)

If at your Meetup, you met someone who you want to partner with on developing a Linchpin group, invite them to join the call. I’ll be posting this same info to the Linchpins are everywhere blog.

Send Skype connection to Ed Brenegar at Skype: edbrenegar.

Questions, thoughts, other info: contact me at ed<at>edbrenegar<dot>com.

Skype Conference for Linchpin MeetUp Organizers – What’s Next for your Tribe?

Now that Linchpins are everywhere (raise the flag) MeetUp day has passed. What do we do next?


If your experience was like mine, an incredible opportunity has been created.  People have met. They’ve shared stories and contact information, and expressed a desire to meet again.

The preeminent question for us all who were organizers of these meetings is how to create a group that is sustainable? How do we act differently so that this group doesn’t languish and die like so many others that get formed around a networking event?

The key is focusing on relationship building. This was the purpose of my one pager that I created this morning – A Post Linchpin MeetUp Action Plan.  Of course this is easier said than done.

Here’s my proposal for follow up action.

I’ll host a Skype conference call about next steps. Basically, we talk through what needs to take place to turn a group of acquaintances into a tribe of Linchpins.

I’m going to put some additional material together that explains how I work with groups to develop them as Collaborative Network Groups.

Here’s what I need to know.

1. Are you interested in a Skype conference call? Yes, No, Maybe.

2. When is the best time for you? I’m open to doing it any time but over this coming weekend.  I work on short notice, so if Thursday or Friday is best, fine. If next Monday or Tuesday, that works for me. What time? Please designate by GMT + or -. I’m GMT-5.

3. What specific questions/situations do you what to address? As far as I am concerned, everything is fair game for discussion. More than anything, I want this call to be supportive of our efforts to create stronger relationships in our local communities, so that Linchpins can make a difference that matters. I welcome you ideas.

My Skype name is edbrenegar.

A Post Linchpin MeetUp Action Plan

Post Linchpin MeetUp Action Plan

Relationships First. Activities Second.

The natural tendency following an exciting networking event is to activate the participants as a group. While social activities are fun, they can also distract from the initial stages of relationship building. Create an environment for trusting, caring relationships, and the activities will follow naturally.

Step One: Reconnect
As soon as possible, reconnect with everyone using a social media vehicle that everyone feels comfortable using. Help everyone else to reconnect with the other participants, too. Ask questions about what they liked about the event and about scheduling a follow up meeting.

Step Two: Discover
Typically, a networking event is a lot of story telling, identifying connections with other people, and sharing contact information. The next step is to formalize introductions. Create an event or series of events where each person can introduce themselves to the rest of the group. Have them answer questions that help the rest of the group get to know them, their passion, and how it is expressed in their life and work. Have each person share what their expectations are for a-group-like-this. It is important that the group defines what their group is to be.

Step Three: Give
The best networking groups are oriented toward giving, not getting. Do something as a group that benefits someone or some other group. Set up an online meeting space where participants can contribute to help each other’s work through solving problems, exploring issues and how to fulfill their opportunities.

A one page copy of this action plan can be downloaded at http://edbrenegar.typepad.com/Post%20Linchpin%20MeetUp%20Action%20Plan.pdf

Asheville Linchpin MeetUp

The Asheville, North Carolina MeetUp at Pack’s Tavern on Pack Plaza was a great success. Lots of passion, new relationships forming, and a huge appreciation for being a Linchpin. Let’s do this again soon.


Bev Greene and Ken Wolfe

IMG_1896Dani Webb and Welles Bricker

IMG_1906 Tom Heck, Lynn Huffman, Chuck Greene (back facing), Bev Greene, Miah Kavanaugh, Tracy Sigler and David Bourne

IMG_1907Miah Kavanaugh, Ed Brenegar and David Bourne

Linchpins – Grow your business based on values.

I’ve just received some infos about a new linchpins group based in the Biznik platform :

“Following the book’s core concepts and more, this group shares practicals business tips, stories and more in becoming and remaining a Linchpin at work or in your own business.

Share your best practices, ideas, stories and experiences here!

Grow your business and grow yourself based on values and you too will be indispensable to your clients and employer. “

Good luck !

Thanks to Kirk Bennett !