Authentic Leaders are the Future

I stumbled across this video as I was doing some research for our upcoming BOOST (Bolder Organizations Optimize Social Tools) program. BOOST is developed to train leaders in authentic leadership for the new social paradigm. Buzz words aside, we are talking about awareness, acceptance, passion, translated with clarity in a communicable format that works within the confines of social tools and is presented by the leader themselves. This short piece produced by Harvard in August is a beautiful validation of the efforts we are making. Listening to Charlene Li talk of Open Leadership again provided further affirmation of the need. Read More

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Reflections on Rise of Social Commerce #rsc10

Here are some my takeaways from the Altimeter Group’s first event, The Rise of Social Commerce in Palo Alto. Before discussing the presentations, I have a few personal reflections. Face time is so critical. Having conversations with like-minded peers is empowering, validating and challenging all at once. Having the opportunity to directly say out loud “thanks for the retweet” with a smile rather than a :), gave me particular pleasure. The quality of participants and the genuine passion for the subject of the new social paradigm was impressive. It was a pleasure meeting you all. I look forward to continuing the conversation. So now to the presentation takeaways (slides and agenda here): Read More

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Lessons Resonate in Images

Avatars and their meanings The avatar we create or image we post is the profile we portray for the masses that learn and process information visually. Why are we not be more mindful of that when we post? Of course, this is logical, and we hear over an over that images are more interesting to look at than text. Our mothers advised that you never get a second chance to make a first impression. When was the last time you looked at your profile picture? Is your logo up to date? Does it say anything about your business, or is it just a fancy way of writing the name? “A picture speaks a thousand words.” Imagine that. A thousand words is certainly more than 140 characters or 100 word profile.

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Video as a Game Changer

I was very inspired by watching this recent TED talk by founder Chris Anderson.  It speaks volumes to the importance of presence, awareness and the power of video sharing.  I have recently been working on a collaboration with two very talented individuals for leadership seminars to touch on just this.  With careful preparation, the delivery of complex messages can spread and grow.  Not everyone is comfortable in the spotlight, but many have stories to share.  Authenticity and Clarity in our stories, messages, word choice, objectives, and the impact of our non-verbal cues and as well as props usage can have an immense impact.  We can no longer hide in the corner office as leaders, founders and innovators.

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Leading up to The Rise of Social Commerce #rsc10

I arrived a couple of days ago in sunny California to get myself adjusted to the time zone before the Altimeter Group‘s Rise of Social Commerce event. I must say I have been quite looking forward to meeting like minds to discuss the future of social. I have been following their work for a couple of years now. Their professionalism and focus on the true social (not just the latest shiny tools, but the relationships, and how they impact organizations).

I had lunch today with Lora Cecere from Altimeter. Great to hear her story and what brought her to social and working from the enterprise side. From food chemistry to systems to social. Great stuff. Each is so unique and it is what makes this field so interesting. Thanks Lora. I look forward to meeting the rest of your team. I am sure there will be opportunities in the future for collaboration, especially with BOOST.

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