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May 25, 2006

Being a leader

Positive Sharing - Blog Archive - How NOT to lead geeks

I've always told people that motivational seminars just rehash things you probably already know and just need to be reminded of. The post above talks about how not to manage geeks. I've had a lot of conversations lately on improving employee morale and investing in people and making them feel valuable are touched on.

We often spend too much time putting out fires not realizing that neglecting our employees makes fighting each one even more difficult.

Posted by beamz at 11:35 PM | Comments (0)

May 15, 2006

User contributed content

Church of the Customer Blog: The 1% Rule: Charting citizen participation

Recently I've been a part of some groups planning online community strategy and stumbled across this article. It basically says that of a couple of online communities approximately 1% of users generate the content. A number of roughly 10% comment and interact but don't necessarily seed new content.

Online communities don't sprout overnight and that is the biggest challenge for people to understand, especially those who may now manage communities but weren't part of their build-out.

Using other brands and sites for cross promotion can only work so well before the community must build itself through interaction and viral marketing. This is why there usually is some sort of key element that raises the barrier to entry by competitors.

Some examples:
1. Disruptive technology
2. Featureset differentiation
3. Cost advantage

These things can help spur community growth outside of the traditional pace.

Posted by beamz at 10:21 PM | Comments (0)

May 8, 2006

Regrets and investing in yourself

I Will Teach You To Be Rich: What will you look back at yourself and say?

iwillteachyoutoberich.com took a choice quote from Seth Godin and it starts off like this, "Do you want to invest your personal brand, your personal time, in recruiting that's not getting you anywhere? Or are you actively trying to change it or leave?" I should be doing this every single day of my life but I like many others forget. I should be asking myself, "Am I investing in myself to reach a goal, whatever goal that may be?"

The answer is both yes and no. I'm making changes so I can answer yes most of the time. I believe my friend Ade would be able to answer yes.

Posted by beamz at 7:22 PM | Comments (0)