I hate seeing others dismissed. I find I do it more than I like myself. Often it results from a gap in understanding someone from a different generation group, profession or point of view. No matter the root, it is a quick way to disconnect ourselves from others. And just like any offense, it is… Read more about Dismissing Others
Two worlds today exist today on the web. One of trolls who bait others into flame wars and one of active thriving conversation and community. A few months back I shared a post with a good friend. We have an ongoing conversation about web communications. He is a successful business consultant and like most executives… Read more about Two worlds of the web
While doing research writing policies for my former employer, I ran across Intel’s social media policy. To this day the one line that still sticks with me is “if it gives you pause, pause” meaning that if anything makes you stop and think maybe it should not be shared on the web or wise counsel… Read more about Giving Pause in Google + (or anywhere)
No, this has nothing to do with the elevator pitch. To get to that you have to first have a conversation in an elevator. Recently at a convention I noticed that I have an uneasy feeling every time I ride in elevators with people don’t know. The convention was in the same place I was staying I was constantly going up and down to and from either a meal or a workshop.
Why am I so uncomfortable….
A few months back I was going through a few personality tests. The last one I took was the Core Value Index. I learned a big lesson from the CVI. I value relationships so much that I have a tendency to delay or stall closing a deal when doing business. On the other end of… Read more about Cutting to the deal
A friend challenged me last week to be more edgy in my posts. Why though? Here is some back story. I am passionate about a few things. I use this blog to vet out those passions and thoughts. Some posts are wrought out of frustration. Sometimes I just need to air an idea. It usually unfolds like this. I write unedited (kind of like now) getting the words onto the page. I don’t hold anything back. I edit a draft once or twice. If it is a topic that might be sensitive, or I am struggling with flow, I will ask my wife to take a look at it. She will usually point out a snarky or elitist tone. Neither of wich are my intent. I used to get defensive, arguing that she didn’t get my point, that I was being contrary on purpose. I have softened to her wisdom though. She will remind me that people listen to calm and cool over hot head and stupid. And she is…..
I have written a few times about busyness and hyperconnectivity but it really hits home and illustrates the outcome of these two when it impact someone in realtime. John Saddington, who I enjoy reading daily wrote recently about being stood up by friends. Now I don’t know the reasons John’s friends had for standing him up but I can guess that it came down to schedules.
Saturday mornings can be gobbled up by family and or other things and when a person is stretched thin things begin to fall aside. I know in my own schedule when I am over booked, overworked over whatever, I end up messing up even the things that are in my schedule. Some may say they can handle a busy life, but really for…
Quora calls them policies, but they feel more like rules to me. My first two days on Quora were initially refreshing, different and then a bit frustrating. I enjoyed searching subjects I am interested in, like company culture, core values, connecting, influence, and technology. I jumped right in where I felt I had value to add, just as I do anywhere else. The difference though is that on the second day it became apparent that the administrators had a very distinct view of what those policies entailed. I was scolded right away by posting a reference to a very relevant blog post I had written. A user had asked what the community thought about using your own influence on social media to drive attention to a clients brand. That was not good etiquette I guess and I was accused of self-promoting. Then I added a note and a link to Michael Hyattâ€™s post…