Monthly Archives: August 2010

RSA Animate – Drive: The surprising truth about what motivates us

Really interesting…


Am I Cleopatra Or Thomas Edison?

It has been a very challenging year.  Personally and professionally I continue to face obstacles I could not have imagined.

I asked myself last night at 2 a.m. if like Cleopatra I was in denial.  Were the problems so big that I really was going to have to flat out just take it on the chin?  I know I can get up, dust myself off and start over.  I’ve done it before and it has always led to something better.

On the other hand I thought maybe this was the 9,999th time I didn’t come up with the right plan and like Thomas Edison I would find the solution(s) on the 10,000th try.

What I have learned over the last year is that you don’t solve problems with the same thinking that created them. You have to do whatever it takes to clear your mind so you can think creatively.  You have to control fear so that you don’t become obsessed with what you woulda/coulda/shoulda done.  Living in the past is one thing – trying to recreate it is insanity.

So, again today I chose perseverance.  I found my way through two seemingly insurmountable and strangely related problems.  Will it be easy? Hell no!  Can it be done? Hell yes!

I don’t know if that’s how Thomas Edison felt but I know he died a lot happier than Cleopatra!

Social Media Policies And The Workplace

Any employer who believes that reducing or denying access to social networks on company desktops and/or laptops prevents problems is kidding him/herself! A social media policy is imperative…but only if you want to stay in business!

Amplify’d from

A social media policy is a living document reflecting management’s ethos about how much latitude the organization encourages with online public conversations. As an organization becomes comfortable with social media and its interactions with the Fifth Estate over time, the policy will likely encourage more transparency and authenticity. It will also reflect lessons learned, some of them painful, but necessary experiences on the path towards more extended networked communications.



Weapons Of Self-Destruction

Imagine what the world would be like if every brilliant idea had been given proper care and feeding.  If when it grew too large to contain it was sent off into the world so others could benefit.  If it spawned other brilliant ideas once it found the right partners.


It’s a little depressing to think of all the problems in the world and how we might have already found the answers if it weren’t for weapons of self-destruction.

We do it to ourselves and it ends up hurting us collectively.  Here are a few I see every day.

Mistaking work for production or sales.

Refusing to look for inspiration outside our own industries.

Keeping the same relationships whether it’s friends, colleagues or a networking group.

Failing to be direct.

Fear of expanding services or offerings because someone else already does it.

Unwillingness to say no when necessary.

What weapons of self-destruction do you see?  How can we help ourselves and others stop using them?

The Social Train

Best take on it yet!

Corporate leaders demand that management follow them. Managers demand that employees follow them. Organizations think the consumer will follow them and their offerings. The game has changed and people are following people rather than brands and institutions. To lead the game or change it you have to hear what the market is saying. Listening to your own rhetoric is not listening to the market. The ROI from social media is called listening and learning to predict based on the conversations of the market.



Don’t Give Up The Niche!

I went to a multiclass reunion over the weekend.

It all started on Facebook as “The Liberty Center Experience”.  Liberty Center is a small town and in the last forty years has graduated in total fewer people than some large schools have in two grades.

It was great! We did the same things we did in high school: Ate, gossiped, laughed like mad.

We spent some time discussing why only half the people who signed up showed up.  There were a variety of reasons brought up and I wasn’t sure. Shoot – most of the organizations I know have the same problem.

Here’s the thing.  I think we spend too much time worrying about why we can’t get more people to want to be there.

We’re a niche.  We’re not worth less because there weren’t more of us. Do I wish others had come? Absolutely.  But renewing old friendships and even talking to someone I had never spoken to before was so enjoyable I don’t want it spoiled by focusing on the quantity.

Like every other niche quality is the only thing that matters.