Links for June 14 2009

Your Success as a Leader Depends on the Kindness of Strangers by Tammy Erickson on HarvardBusiness.org

Who’s Minding the Store in Corporate America? by Charles H. Green on Trust Matters

The shift in working practices by Max Stone on The Evolution of Carlos

What Social Media Isn’t by David Finch on Social Media Explorer

Twelve things every IT professional must know about their enterprise by Mark McDonald on Gartner’s Blog Network

When to Ignore the Big Picture by Steven DeMaio on HarvardBusiness.org

“Alignment” by Tim Walker on Hoover’s Business Insight Zone

Our Responsibility To Our Communities by Amber Naslund on Altitude Branding

Direct and useful project feedback by Seth Godin on Seth’s Blog

Sorry is not the final word, just the beginning by Lisa Winter on UCSC Extension in Silicon Valley

The Lie of Community by Micah Baldwin on Learn to Duck

“Good enough” instead of “absolutely perfect” by JZ on Signal vs. Noise

Build a Culture of “Thanks” by Steve Roesler on All Things Workplace

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Seth Godin – You’re Boring

I read Seth Godin‘s post titled “You’re Boring” the other day and shrugged my shoulders.  OK Seth…most companies and products ARE boring…what’s new? Products have always been boring.  So have companies.

I found myself bored with Seth after reading his “You’re Boring” post.  In the post, he writes:

You don’t get unboring for free. Remarkable costs time and money and effort, but most of all, remarkable costs a willingness to be wrong

Well Seth..I agree with you but haven’t you been saying this for years?  Where’s the new stuff.  Have you become boring?

Of course this probably isn’t the most popular sentiment in the world.  But…I’m willing to be wrong here.

Seems as if everyone is enthralled with Seth. His book “Tribes: We Need You to Lead Us” still gets a lot of play on the web. You know what?  I thought Tribes was kind of boring and didn’t really say much that hadn’t been said before.  The book actually felt very repetitious. I had a hard time turning each page.  Dare I say I was bored reading the book?

Now…don’t get me wrong…I’m pretty boring myself.  Have I said much on this blog that is unique?  Not really.    But I haven’t made my career telling others they’re boring…Seth has.

Seth – I love ya man but how about something new?  Like you say in your post, “Remarkable is a choice”…make a choice please…start saying something remarkable. I don’t want to shrug my shoulders after reading your blog.

I wonder though…how many shrug their shoulders after reading my blog?  I’ll be thinkin on that one.

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Links for April 26 2009

How I failed as a Product Owner and the lessons I learnt in the process by Martin Proulx on Analytical Mind (hat tip to Craig Brown for the link)

The Crucial Difference Between Creativity and Innovation by Mark McGuinness on Lateral Action

Leader vs. Ruler: Which one are you? by Jurgen Appelo on NOOP.NL

Culture Matters by Jamie Notter on Get Me Jamie Notter

A company’s corporate homepage is Google.com by Len Kendall on Marketing Profs Daily

Get On the Right Side of the Fence by Chris Brogan

5 Warning Signs of a Project In Danger by Georgina Laidlaw on WebWorkerDaily

Managers unprepared for the recovery by Nic Paton on Management News

What you say, what you do and who you are by Seth Godin

What San Francisco/Silicon Valley can learn from the Twittering company: Zappos by Robert Scoble

You Think You’ve Got Morale Problems? by John Baldoni on HarvardBusiness.org

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