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How to Commit Internet Suicide and Disappear from the Web Forever

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Sick of horribly embarrassing things showing up when potential employers Google your name? Tired of everyone knowing you live in a garden level dungeon apartment? Perhaps you just don't like the fact the internet makes you easy to find.

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John Sperling, University of Phoenix Founder, Retires. For-Profit Enrollment Declining.

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In 1976, Dr. John Sperling, started the popular the University of Phoenix  to help working adults obtain higher education, at the age of 55.  He's now retiring, at 92 years of age.


The article linked here questions his exit package, via:  


In the wake of lower revenue and the recent cutting of 800 jobs, Apollo Group is giving John Sperling a $5 million bonus, two company vehicles and a lifetime annuity of almost $70,000 per month -- all for simply retiring from the company he founded.


From  Wikipedia, updated in 2013:  


The University of Phoenix (UOPX) is an American for-profit institution of higher learning, headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona. It is a wholly owned subsidiary of Apollo Group Inc., a publicly traded (NASDAQ: APOL) S&P 500 Phoenix-based corporation that owns several for-profit educational institutions.


In October 2012, it announced plans to close 115 campuses due to a drastic drop in its profits.
The New York Times reported that "enrollments at the University of Phoenix and in the for-profit sector over all have been declining in the last two years, partly because of growing competition from other online providers, including nonprofit and public universities, and ...negative publicity about the sector’s recruiting abuses, low graduation rates and high default rates ... including many charges that the schools enrolled students who had almost no chance of succeeding, to get their federal student aid."


Forbes has this information listed for him:

Age: 92Source of Wealth: Apollo Group, self-madeResidence: Phoenix, AZCountry of Citizenship: United StatesEducation: Doctorate, University of Cambridge; Master of Arts, University of California Berkeley; Bachelor of Arts / Science, Reed College

 


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Deb Nystrom, REVELN's curator insight, January 30, 2013 4:21 PM

For someone pioneering online education for working adults, the article fails to mention in the bonus controversy that Dr. Sperling is 92 years old, a rather delayed retirement.  

As for the controversy, for-profit education and the Apollo Group of for-profit universities have been profiled on FrontLine, PBS for issues mentioned by the New York Times listed above.  

For good or ill, Dr. Sperling and the for-profit world of on-line education and those who adapt to shifts in higher education are definitely on the "Change Leadership Watch" roster.  ~  Deb

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Why Social Media Has Peaked and Needs a 'Sonny Corleone'-Style Demise - Forbes

Why Social Media Has Peaked and Needs a 'Sonny Corleone'-Style Demise - Forbes | HopeFaQtorY | Scoop.it
After attending a recent conference in New York and hearing some of the brightest social minds in the business and entertainment world discuss their ideas, one thing became very - painfully - clear: social media has reached its apex.

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Why Data Will Never Replace Thinking, DPPE, What's the Question? What's the Goal?

Why Data Will Never Replace Thinking, DPPE, What's the Question?  What's the Goal? | HopeFaQtorY | Scoop.it
The answers we get out of data will always depend on the questions we ask.

 

Useful.  It also reminded me of one of the tools we use in Whole Scale change thinking:  Data, Purpose, Plan, Evaluate, or DPPE.  Thanks to twitter follower  @resilientchange for this link this week.

 

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"Throughout history ....science has made huge progress in precisely the areas where we can measure things — and lagged where we can't."

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Excerpts:

 

Data-driven predictions can succeed — and they can fail. It is when we deny our role in the process that the odds of failure rise. Before we demand more of our data, we need to demand more of ourselves.

 

One key role we play in the process is choosing which data to look at. That this choice is often made for us by what happens to be easiest to measure doesn't make it any less consequential, as Samuel Arbesman writes, 

 

"Throughout history, in one field after another, science has made huge progress in precisely the areas where we can measure things — and lagged where we can't."

 

In his book,  political forecaster Nate Silver writes about a crucial element,

how we go about revising our views as new data comes in.


Silver is a big believer in the Bayesian approach to probability, in which we all have our own subjective ideas about how things are going to pan out, but follow the same straightforward rules in revising those assessments as we get new information.


It's a process that uses data to refine our thinking. But it doesn't work without some thinking first.


Read the full article here.


Perspective on change planning, facilitating, organizing, implementing or sustaining via Reveln.

 


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The Death of Link Building and the Rebirth of Link Earning - Whiteboard Friday

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Dealing with the aftermath of being hit by the Google zoo? In today's Whiteboard Friday, Rand discusses the egress of old link building practices and ingress of new (old) link earning strategies that will help your site stay relevant in the SERPs.

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The Internet vs. Facebook in 10 Years [infographic] - Brian Solis

The Internet vs. Facebook in 10 Years [infographic] - Brian Solis | HopeFaQtorY | Scoop.it
Social Media waait wel over??[infographic] "In 2011, Facebook was the size of the Internet in 2004" http://t.co/7fbecKZ9...

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Taboo Cards for Occupations

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Great materials from member Ridvan.  Thanks!


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8 Powerful Speaking Lessons from 57 Inaugural Speeches: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly - Forbes

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"To date, there have been 44 United States presidents - on  January 21st Barack Obama delivered the 57th Inaurgural Address."

 


Here are excerpts from eight (8) lessons the author, Margaret M. Perlis, learned from the best and worst of the inaugural addresses including:


Excerpts:


Keep It Real:  James Buchanan, our 15th president, was one of the worst in American history, when the issues of slavery and secession were reaching a boiling point. While Buchanan rejected slavery...he refused to challenge the constitutional establishment...and states that were threatening secession.

 

...His inauguration speech ...diminish(es) the severity of impending conflicts by peppering it with words like “simple” or “happy.”

 

Know Your Audience, Understand Your Outcome:


Abraham Lincoln’s second inaugural address was delivered to a war-torn and weary nation.  ...Lincoln’s brief 600-word address, ....one of the most powerful in U.S. history ...spurned triumphalism, instead choosing a tone of magnanimity: “both sides read the same Bible and pray to the same God, and each invoked His aid against the other.” 


Read the full text here.


For examples of the power of story, see these two examples:

A personal and a human story of overcoming adversity via a classic from Deb's blog:

Life & Limb: Change, Resilience and Learning from the Three-Legged Cat Several story & case study examples of how to build agility in a volatile business climate: Strategic Agility: Adapting to Now & Next 
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Deb Nystrom, REVELN's curator insight, January 27, 2013 3:55 PM

Via the highest office of the land, USA, change & progress is portrayed in ways that work and ways that do not, showing that storytelling and speeches are important to the leadership art of inspiration and influence.  ~  Deb


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How to write a newsletter that people actually read

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Blog post at Socialable : The most important thing you can remember when writing a newsletter is that most people aren't going to read it.

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Top 10 Competencies for Change Leaders - Gail's list

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"Change leader competencies that also include mindsets. All can be developed."

 

This is a handy list worth reviewing from colleague Gail Severini. There's more to come, including a top-ten competencies for change agents those who are the focus of the change.  ~  Deb

 

Excerpts:


Change Leaders' Competencies include:


1.  Determination and discipline - The leader …“Has a profound resolve toward the specific shifts the organization has identified as essential for its future success,...” And, has the personal discipline to ...ake difficult and challenging actions.

 

2.  Self-Knowledge and mindfulness - ...calm in the midst of high-stress, dynamic change. The ability to concentrate and be attentive to other people and concepts...are intricately connected.


6.  Integrative thinking - Once we accept that transformational change presents enormous ambiguity it becomes obvious that the ability “to hold two conflicting ideas in constructive tension”.


7.  Culture awareness - An understanding of the organization’s current and desired cultures [and] plans for making the shift.


10.  Make meaning - Making the change relevant to every resource who has to make the transition --the  unusual capability to put yourself in someone else’s shoes, to ...help them ...navigate their way through it. 

 

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What's Your Unadoption Strategy For Enterprise 2.0? - The BrainYard - InformationWeek

What's Your Unadoption Strategy For Enterprise 2.0? - The BrainYard - InformationWeek | HopeFaQtorY | Scoop.it
Stop fretting about adoption and start thinking about what needs to stop. What will you get rid of to make way for social collaboration?

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HopeFAQtorY! Get Out of/ In to - the Box and Be the Change! - education, care, inclusion, action, prevention, relief, sharity, solidarity,

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Our aim is: to be a space where we jointly can: Connect, Analyse, Lead, Inspire, Create, Empower, Solve - what ever ! = CALICES!
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Can't Smile Without You

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Classic song for teaching Can and Can't . Get the foldem lyric listening sheet here.

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It's got to be about Why, not How: How Great Leaders Inspire Action, Simon Sinek

"Why FIRST:  Communication and the Golden Circle:  Why, How, What?  Inspire where others do not.  Profit is JUST a result NOT a reason for existing."

 

Simon's examples include Apple (why so innovative?), Martin Luther King (lead major change, Civil Rights movement), and the Wright brothers (controlled powered manned flight that others did not achieve, tho' were working on.)

 

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"The goal is to do business with people who believe what YOU believe." ~ Simon Sinek

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Apple:  NOT, What we do, great computers.  Want to buy one?

RATHER:  Everything we do, we believe in challenging the status quo, we believe thinking differently. The way we challenge the status quo is making products that are beautifully designed, simple to use & user friendly.  We happen to make computers.  Want to buy one?

 

Counterpoint Tivo, which (until a recent court victory that tripled its stock price) appeared to be struggling.  

   

http://www.ted.com Simon Sinek presents a simple but powerful model for how leaders inspire action, starting with a golden circle and the question "Why?" 

 

Source here.


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Robin Martin's comment, May 11, 2013 12:39 PM
Thanks Deb!