Links for March 6 2011

  • Lessons From a Corporate Insider: Dream Big, but Think Small by Mark Ivey on MarketingProfs Daily Fix Blog

    Quote: Rather than delude yourself into thinking you’re going to change an entire company, be smart. Start with focused, achievable goals and programs. Think small.

  • People do not want to create content for your brand by Matt Rhodes on FreshNetworks blog

    People do not always want to create content for your brand. They do, however, have many other needs that will lead to the same outcome for you. Proper time spent planning and investigating who you are looking to engage and what their motivation is is time well spent. It will help you to understand what both parties will get out of any engagement, and help to ensure that your campaign is not one of the many examples of social media where people really don’t want to engage with you.

  • How to get good at making money – (37signals)

    Quote: The lesson: People are happy to pay for things that work well. Never be afraid to put a price on something. If you pour your heart into something and make it great, sell it. For real money. Even if there are free options, even if the market is flooded with free. People will pay for things they love.

  • Not Another Suit on Jonathan Salem Baskin’s Dim Bulb

    Quote: I’ve got a better idea. Don’t add a job description at all. Just do better at all the management consultant blatherese that you’ve already paid for. If you walk the talk even only slightly more each new day from the last, you’ll be well along the path to happier customers. You don’t need to add a suit in order to do it.

  • The Four Personas of the Next-Generation CIO – R “Ray” Wang – The Conversation – Harvard Business Review

    Quote: Just as previous technology and business shifts have changed the role of the CIO, the new, more consumer-oriented business models of the social revolution will favor a new breed of business and technology leader. These leaders will have to navigate myriad converging and disruptive technologies, align new initiatives to both business value and technology feasibility, and identify strategies to leverage existing investments to fund innovation.

  • All departments are not the same – by Neil Ward Dutton on Opinion – CIO UK Magazine

    Quote: Here’s the core of the issue: although IT outcomes are increasingly pervasive within business, IT provision has to be seen from a different perspective. Not only is IT provision not universally spread out across business teams and functions where the outcomes have impact, but it shouldn’t be distributed in that way, either.

    This is a dynamic that’s not found anywhere else on an organisational chart.

Links for Feb 27 2001

  • It is all about The Customer by Neil Pearce

    Quote: Too often we in the IT department are seen as being out of touch by other people within the business and make strange decisions where we do IT for the sake of IT are often at the heart of it. This doesn’t mean that you don’t experiment to learn if something has value, but does everybody really need the latest iPad to figure out if it has a business benefit? Technology is great but it is an enabler to make lives better for Customers and profits for the business. We need to and must want to use our technology, process and people skills to make better products and generate wealth for our investors.

  • The end of the IT department – (37signals)

    Quote: You no longer need a tech person at the office to man “the server room.” Responsibility for keeping the servers running has shifted away from the centralized IT department. Today you can get just about all the services that previously required local expertise from a web site somewhere.

  • Leadership and Knowledge Management by Mike Myatt on N2Growth Blog

    Quote: It’s one thing to possess knowledge, but it’s quite another thing to leverage it. Leaders who don’t understand the value of distributable and actionable knowledge not only limit opportunities, but they’re also building huge contingent operating liabilities. One of great challenges for any leader is to break down cultural tendencies that foster silo-centric thought patterns. Savvy leaders understand that controlling knowledge diminishes value, while releasing knowledge creates value

  • Companies Aren’t Communities by By Michael Idinopulos on Enterprise Social Software Blog | Socialtext

    Quote: In the enterprise, we need to take a more pragmatic approach. As the old saying goes, “The business of business is business.” Social software fails when it tries to turn businesses into consumer-style communities. It succeeds when it turns businesses into better businesses.

  • Conversations and Success by Wally Bock on Three Star Leadership Blog

    Quote: Here’s the sequence. Show up a lot. Have conversations. Relationships will develop and the odds for success will improve

  • Calling the Shots: How to Be the CEO of Your Own Life by Flexo on Get Rich Slowly

    Quote: There was a time in my life when I wasn’t making any difference for myself, for my future. My finances suffered, my attitude suffered, and I was headed for imminent disaster. Now, I call the shots — all of them. I still have a lot of work to do and more to learn, but now I’m motivated by the idea that whether I succeed or fail, it’s only the choices that I make that lead me to that point.

Links for Feb 13 2011

  • Which is better, thought or action? by Laura Rose on UCSC Extension in Silicon Valley

    Quote: Everything begins with a thought. Without thought there is no action. The idea of the action normally occurs to you before you execute it. Then your action begets a result. And the result normally stimulates a new desire or thought. Without action, there is no “new thought”. We’ll acquire similar thoughts…because thinking does beget more thinking. But we would continue to think “the same”. It’s the action that brings exploration, growth, development to our circle.

  • What’s the use case? by Seth Godin

    Quote: The most effective way to sell the execution of an idea is to describe the use case first. And before you can do that, you need to have both the trust of your client and enough information to figure out what would delight them.

  • The hazards of binary thinking and poor scope definition by Jeffrey Phillips on Innovate on Purpose

    Quote: Far too frequently we find that our clients struggle to generate new ideas because their problem scope or problem definition is too narrow or too rigid. The scope then keeps the team cycling through the same issues and same ideas, and doesn’t allow any new thinking or ideas.

  • 2011: The Year Enterprise IT Finally Gets A Social Life by Tony Zingale on Business Insider

    Quote: Why do I think Social Business will flip the switch and go mainstream in 2011? Early adopters of Social Business are reporting real ROI on their investments. That’s no surprise considering social media and social technologies have saturated the consumer space.

  • A Super Bowl Servant Leader by Scott Eblin on the Next Level Blog

    Quote: “I don’t think about the things I have to do, I think about the things I can do to make my men successful.” There’s a lot of other things that one could say about servant leadership, but if you’re looking for a brief definition of how it works, I don’t think you can do much better than what Tomlin said. Does servant leadership guarantee you win every game? No, of course not. Does it make a positive difference? I think it does.

Links for Feb 6 2011

Links for Jan 9 2011

Links for December 12 2010

If you'd like to receive updates when new posts are published, signup for my mailing list. I won't sell or share your email.