The pandemic has to be recorded in history as two momentous years for intense introspection. I know I have expanded my thought processing and I hope you have taken it as a growth opportunity for increasing your inward improvement.

Understood, a nonprofit “dedicated to helping those who learn and think differently thrive at home, in school and in life” published a single page that hangs on my wall “15 growth mindset questions” that I will spin into ways to rethink your LinkedIn presence.

12. What strategy can you try?

I like this one the least of the 15 questions in the series, because it is imprecise. You always try strategies in everything you do, simple to highly complex. We work best within processes and organized methods towards achieving goals, yes that’s “strategy.”

So perhaps I am being too stringent in bristling at “strategy” and should focus more on “try.”

To try is half a dose of success. To try is to evaluate all processes and select the one that seems best suited. And to implement it. And to tweak it midstream, and to either finish the trial, or toss it and try another, better, version of the strategy.

Yes, try.

That’s why I get frustrated at hacks, simple shortcuts , and other methods of evading the effort of trying. Like copy-pastes of your resume into LinkedIn. We can sense that a mile away. It emanates of angle-cutting, simplistic lack of respect for the purpose the profile is intended, that is, to make someone want to contact you. No one seeks a faster pace to a dead end. Don’t think we can’t see what you are doing.

Take the time and effort to be strategic in what you place on your profile and try to entice us enough to fully engage with you.

I am trying to like this question more, and now see it in a new light because I employed a strategy to respect it in a new way.

How about you on LinkedIn?

You need to try. And try again until it’s just where you want it.