Mastery is Progress

A couple of my employees were invited to speak at the local university recently to discuss their jobs and their career choices with students. They asked me if I had any advice for them that they could share; they may have regretted that question after 45 minutes of my response. You see, there seems to be a generation entering the workforce currently that is super smart and super ambitious but is missing a very important basic principle – that careers are built on mastery. Level 50 Perhaps it is the gamification of a generation or simple impatience, but achievement...

Content Curation Apps for the iPad

Sharing content that you think would interest your social media network (friends or followers) is a great way of starting conversations, getting noticed and making new connections.  I use a number of apps to help keep informed, monitor trends and ultimately share to my social media networks of choice (mostly Twitter). There are two methods of curating content for social media – original source curating or retweeting. Google Reader via Reeder As I’ve written before, one of the problems with relying completely on your Twitter (and other social networks) as your...

The Farmer’s Creed

There’s a lot written in blogs and in books about Values – both corporate and personal. Zappos, for example, created its 10 core values as the foundation for the entire company – their culture, their self-image, the benchmark against which each employee is measured.   Values become the collective morale compass for a business.  But its important that they are not owned nor defined by the marketing department.. the goal here should be to define how you and everyone behaves.   They are, after all, what you “value”. The same is true for you...

Content Discovery with Google Reader and...

I currently subscribe to 760 blogs. I find them invaluable for keeping informed and for spotting industry trends.  Some of them, many of them, are quite entertaining too. I use Google Reader to primarily control and centralise my subscriptions.  I also use Google Reader to read these blogs when I am on my PC, but I prefer reading them on my iPad using the Reeder app. Social media in its “firehose” format is a terrible way to keep up to date with blogs in my opinion.  Someone can write a blog, announce it and then post a tweet (or whatever) about it and unless...

You are what you do – reputation a...

I watched an interesting TED Talk a few weeks back by Sherry Turkle called “Connected, but Alone“.   In this lecture, she discussed how some people embrace online channels and social media because the can “edit” themselves.  Online, you can portray the person you want to be and not necessarily the person you are.  She contrasts this to real human interaction (i.e. conversation) where you are who you are – mistakes and all. I see this need to create a “persona” frequently and not always online – although that is where this...