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Why would you want to waste your time blogging and building a following on social media networks? Why would you bother? It all seems like a lot of hard work.
This article struck an chord with me since I was in the middle of quizzing my son to prepare for a world history test. Jeff indicates it used to be very hard to get noticed, become an anthority, build awareness, and establishment your unique identity.
Whether we're talking about nobility and privledged classes in the 14-17th centuries in empires including the Chinese, Khan, Ottoman, or Europe - your birth right pretty much determined your place in life.
Advance forward a few years, and the gate keepers are no longer nobles and kings - but rather radio and tv - to get noticed you have to spend massive amounts of advertising.
Here we are at present day - social media has pretty much leveled the field for ANY individual to get noticed through branding, influence, thought-leadership, awareness, self-publishing. The tools are free. The only constraint is your available time.
If it's possible to do this, and the case studies are available in a wide range of industries, why are YOU not yet taking advantage of social media.
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Via Barry Deutsch
In a way, innovation is like sex: those talking about it most are probably doing it the least. Before founding IdeaFaktory, I've had the privilege (and collateral hair loss) of innovating at top Fortune 100 firms, where ‘talk’ was unavoidable.
Via Ricard Lloria
Empathy is about to hit the big time. The view that we are essentially self-interested creatures is being overturned by evidence that we are also homo empathicus, wired for empathy, social co-operation and mutual aid. Neuroscientists have identified a ten-section “empathy circuit” in our brains, and evolutionary biologists such as Frans de Waal have shown that we naturally evolved to care for each other.
This shift is starting to filter out from science and into psychology, business and social action. Smart advertising agencies talk about “empathic brands” that respond to their customers’ needs and make them feel socially connected – in 2013 they will be marketing them to you
By Roman Krznaric
Via Edwin Rutsch
The new power jobs in IT will shifting to developers: people who create applications and that drive businesses forward or create bone-dry simple IT infrastructure to make it happen.
Years ago I was delivering a keynote at a conference when my Yahoo Messenger client popped up on the screen on my computer (and the screens to which I was projecting). In front of hundreds of people, I received this plea from my 11 year-old daughter:
"Daddy, I cannot get the printer to work. Can you help me?"
After pausing to type back, "I will call you in a half hour," and closing the application, I received chuckles from a sympathetic and knowing audience of IT people. Right then I realized something: everyone who owned a computer and associated peripherals was the IT person when they went home. Moreover, because operating systems, applications and devices rarely worked flawlessly - despite the marketing hype - they required an enormous amount of human intervention to do even many of the basic tasks. It hit me: In the consumer IT revolution, I was nothing more than "human middleware."
Your business culture needs to be one that can attract, motivate and retain employees, build loyalty and commitment from customers to the success of your business, and support your endeavours to grow the business to greater heights.
If your business is not firing on all of these fronts, careful attention needs to be given to improving your businesss culture, and through these improvements, increase your bottom line.
This excellent article, acknowledges that it is extremely difficult to change a business culture, and it suggests four ways you can go about improving rather than completely changing, your existing business culture.
Via Daniel Watson
The Darwinian approach to business survival...
“It is not the strongest species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the ones most responsive to change.”
This insight, attributed to Charles Darwin, could easily be the most important business management mantra for the decade. With challenging economic times, increasing global competitiveness and the dominance of international markets by multinational corporations, now, more than ever, innovation and evolution are the best ways for small businesses to survive.
Here are five simple steps to evolution to help your business survive and thrive, both now and in the future.
Any improvement journey starts with developing an understanding of current behaviour and current performance. To create elite performance, teams need to understand the existing patterns of behaviour in the company. Why do other groups respond they way they do? How is your own group’s behaviour perceived? How will people respond to change?
Create your vision
Where do you want your business to be? A destination is achieved by taking a thousand steps in the right direction. Having a clear direction and communicating it to all your employees can help ensure that every action, everyone is taking, every day is working towards the same goal. All your management actions form part of this communication. People do what is measured. Make sure what you are measuring reflects the steps to your destination.
Teach the necessary skills
Business innovation brings some new challenges for existing teams and their players. Make sure you support your teams, and help them achieve their potential by giving them training them in innovation management practices. For your business to thrive in the future, all the different elements need to be engaged, motivated and aligned towards the goal.
Create an agile delivery plan
No matter how conservative or adventurous your innovation, you can move ahead with confidence without a plan made up of practical, pragmatic, achievable and measurable steps.
Flexibility is important – even vital. Agile practices are all about being open to learning at every step – re-evaluating the goals and the steps based on lessons learned. Don’t confuse agile with the idea of having no plan. Each lesson learned has to be reflected against where you are going, and a judgement of whether this step is an effective way to get there. Some of the most valuable lessons are an early realisation that you have slipped onto the wrong path, and need to step and start again.
Being adaptive is, by definition, all about developing skills and capabilities to achieve effective ongoing change. Relevant and consistent management practices and strong leadership are vital to guiding staff through the journey.
Strong leadership is an exactly the medicine that is required to develop confident, autonomous and aligned contribution from all of the people working on your team.
By using these five principles you can help to transform your business into an adaptable, innovative, efficient powerhouse. By setting up your processes to favour growth, you can give your business the best chance of evolving, surviving and thriving far into the future.
Today’s markets are fast-changing, customers are ever more demanding and competition is brutal. In this uncertain environment, agility is an exceptionally powerful competitive weapon for enterprises of all sizes to capitalize on market shifts.
Read this article to learn more about:How can companies turn volatility into opportunity? What are the key components that matter most in defining business agility? What are the different lenses through which leading companies are adapting their organizations to respond to this volatility?
Via The Learning Factor
Given the known failure rate of start-up businesses, all business owners who go down this path, need to be well aware of the traps that lie in wait for them.
Complacency and lack of foresight are common features in the make up of business owners, who did not succeed to make a good go of their start-up ventures, and addressing these two areas will help any new business owner avoid failure.
This excellent article, suggests that forewarned is forearmed, and it suggests 10 mistakes that every start-up should avoid making if they want to build a successful business.
Via Daniel Watson
Values must support your organization's purpose and desired future. Ask first, “What are our values?” Then ask, “Do our values enable us to fulfill our purpose and our potential?
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Via Ariana Amorim, Nick Burnett
“The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing” - Albert Einstein. I am always a little taken aback – although delighted by their candour – when delegates I am working with on coach ...
Via Adela Iepure, ACC
Just like nature, organisations are also asked to adapt to changing environments which is often driven by a quest to improve productivity and profitability. Despite this requirement, economic history shows that many have not managed change well, with Kodak, Blackberry, Nokia, General Motors, and Angus and Robertson being high profile examples.
Via Blue Sky Change
Leadership skills and management skills are different things and, especially within the project management industry, it's important to be aware of the differences. Just as a promotion to manager doesn't automatically mean ...
Via Morag Barrett