Recently, our friends at IBM were kind enough to ask Mark and me a few questions about our book, A World Gone Social. The following one-minute+ YouTube video covers some of what we uncovered in five years of research…. Read More»
The platforms and tools you use aren’t all that important. Sorry Facebook and Twitter and LinkedIn. Sorry Chatter and Yammer and Jive. All of those tools, those media, are absolutely helpful and in a broad view necessary to run your business today. But none of it is sufficient. Want to know what is sufficient, as in absolutely non-negotiable? Being social. Putting people, not process and hierarchy and title, front and center in your leadership. That’s why I insist…Your success or failure right now, this year, and ever more over the next five years, is going to be determined by only one thing…… Read More»
In the five years it took us to research A World Gone Social, nothing came as more of a delight to me personally than the emergence of the social CEO. When the leader gets the power of social, change from an Industrial Age mindset to one of the Social Age won’t just be another short-lived initiative like all the rest. Once the CEO is social there won’t be any turning back: the organization will go social, too.
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Can one question transform the way people experience you as a human being? Can one question, asked in a warm and playful spirit of inquiry, validate even the least-friendly people you meet, and in doing, win you a new friend… or even a free cab ride in New York City?
Recently, Leaguer and friend Susan Mazza introduced me to a remarkable couple, two of her dear friends who she thought I should collaborate with on a project I’m exploring for ExchangeGain. And she told me, for the sake of this project, it’s the husband, Juergen, who has the skill sets most relevant to me.
But life isn’t all about relevant skill sets, is it?… Read More»
I’ve never donated a cent to my alma mater, William & Mary. I’ve given a little directly to the swim team, but not to the alumni association or the college directly. Even in the two years I was running my own nonprofit foundation, this good cause did not make the list of organizations we gave to. I loved W&M while I was there, and I love it now. So why haven’t I ever donated to my old school?… Read More»
Are you striving to fill a bottomless ego, as I was on my first at-bat leading a company? That is a necessary experience for most of us. If you’re still there, you likely stopped reading this post before you got this far, because you’re the person with the plan. Self-doubt is for the other guy. And because you’re afraid of your own doubt, you are your own bottomless pit…. Read More»
If you’re a consultant, contractor, speaker, or some manner of service provider, and if you’re really good at what you do, then the following is for you.
If you’re an employer, and you aren’t struggling financially, and if you want to attract, keep, and get the most out of top talent, then it’s also for you, though you’ll have to take your employee’s perspective as you read…. Read More»
Are you afraid? You need to tap into your deeper driver, not the obvious surface driver like promotion, wealth, recognition, or whatever success means to you. You need the perspective that today’s endeavor isn’t the end-all…. Read More»
There are so many fundamental personality differences between a professional manager and the typical entrepreneur, it’s hard to compare the two at all. A manager runs things. A founder creates things. Founders, or entrepreneurs, are much more like artists than they are like corporate executives. Which type are you? Do you have what it takes to start something from nothing, from absolute thin air? I’ve devised this short personality profile to help you decide. … Read More»
In the Social Age, it’s how we engage with customers, collaborators and strategic partners that matters; it’s how we create workplace optimism that sets us apart; it’s how we recruit, retain (and repel) employees that becomes our differentiator. This isn’t a “people first, profits second” movement, but a “profits as a direct result of putting people first” movement.