6 Reasons You Should Know What Twitter is Saying about You

Every day 140 million new tweets are generated. That’s 1 billion every 8 days. The chart below shows what people are doing with their tweets — the 6 reasons you need to be plugged in. Directly below the chart is a brief video you might find interesting while you’re thinking about Twitter. Twitter just turned five years old.  Who would have ever thought that this 140-character novelty would live to see its first birthday, nevermind fifth.  In the cyber world that is practically old age.

Image originally posted on Zengage, The Zendesk Blog



Free Personality Profile

The DISC index maps one’s personality on four points: Decisive, Interactive, Stabilizing, and Cautious.  Tony Robbins very generously has made this assessment available – at no charge – via his web site.  Allow yourself 15 to 20 minutes of interrupted time.  You will receive two complete assessments.

Let me know if you want to compare results!

Social Networking Rehumanizes Corporations

Boomers and Zoomers make up the fastest growing social networkers on the web.  Why is this important to know? We grew up with Ralph Nader and developed an insatiable appetite for cynicism and exposing contradictions.  The web community is open to – and some say searching for – opportunities to catch companies acting in ways incongruent to their branding message.  No matter the motive, this is a very large, vocal group.  Social media provides power and immediacy.

Social media has the power to bring transparency to the table

Commercial relationships are now being fueled by conversations — not advertising.  There is nowhere to hide from the reaches of the Internet and social media. And there is no way to control the conversation.   The smartest corporations are leveraging these interactive opportunities into new relationships. For a real life example read Forging Relationships: How CME Group Uses Social Media.

Authenticity is an expectation

The public, more than anything else, expects a corporation to be real.  I recommend this article from Sustainable Life Media – The ABCs of Social Media: Authenticity, Boldness and Credibility.

Keep Your Foot on the Gas

Achievement is a form of change management.  If you think about it, the very act of goal setting begins with dissatisfaction with some current state followed by dreaming of what could be and finally deciding to make it so.

Once you know where you want to take things it’s important to commit to sustained effort and follow through. There’s nothing like momentum to keep things moving in the right direction and power you through obstacles so keep your foot on the gas!

Hesitation kills progress just as surely as mediocrity destroys continuous improvement.

I Couldn’t Fix the Brakes So I Made the Horn Louder

Mechanically inclined people love to figure out how things work.  We’re the kids who live to take apart clocks and computers just to see if we can put them back together again.  We’re the people who find schematics endlessly engrossing.  And we’re the colleagues who insist on getting at root cause versus treating symptoms when systems go wrong.

We’re very useful people to have around — but we can also drive people nuts with our relentless drive to understand and rebuild.  If you are one of these people, or if you work with one, these tips may help bridge the gap between the need to move forward and the analytical’s need to dig deeper.

1.  Come to agreement on the importance level of the matter.  Fixers tend to fall in love with problems quickly and may not immediately apply the hierarchy of needs.

2.  Identify one or two items to take away and share as key learnings.  Is that enough?  Maybe that’s all the time we have available.

3.  If the matter seems more serious and truly merits a deep dive, table it for a solutioning session.  When the time comes get the right people in the room and invite your analytical friend to the party.  You’ll be glad you did.

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Walking the Technology Tightrope

There’s a new injury popping up in emergency clinics around the world…  People everywhere are walking into traffic, bumping into parked cars, stumbling, and just generally getting hurt from not watching where they’re going.  The villain?  Texting while walking.

It’s just the latest in what I’m calling Cyborg Morphing.  Rick Mercer says it best in this video (thanks to JD in Winnipeg for suggesting it).

I can’t remember the last time I was in my car without a bluetooth device firmly implanted in one ear — or in the airport without searching for a comfortable seat next to an electrical outlet to recharge a battery.  Like many, I use my Blackberry as a daily alarm clock which means it lives next to my bed and I get to see the red flashing “email waiting” indicator at night as I’m drifting off to sleep (in case you’re wondering, I don’t check email in the middle of the night). 

At a recent sports event I saw at least 20% of the parents in the crowd displaying typical Blackberry posture — head down thumbs flying — as they worked their smart phones.  One parent told me she might be distracted by work from time to time but portable technology for her means the difference between being able to attend or being stuck in front of her laptop in an office and completely missing the event.

PDAs and smart phones are blurring the line between work hours and downtime.  What have technological advances done for you and what behaviours have you found to successfully balance on the technology tightrope?