November, 2009

Apple's iconic presentations :


Recently a book came out The Presentation Secrets of Steve Jobs: How to be Insanely Great in Front of Any Audience. Jobs has mastered the art of presenting. I thought it would be interesting to look at his presentations over

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The Future of Sales is Social (the rise of social CRM)

Trends in the Living Networks

Last week I did the keynote presentation in a webinar run by ITNews and Oracle on How to spark sales using social media apps. My presentation was titled The Future of Sales is Social. The slides are below, and you can listen to the on demand webinar here (registration required).

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My Time Leading Tech at BusinessWeek - Social, Agile, and.

Social, Agile and Transformation

Today was my last full day heading technology at BusinessWeek (or CIO as my superiors acknowledge). I'm very proud of the BusinessWeek Technology Team's accomplishments during my tenure. Some of our product

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Fountainhead: Infrastructure Virtualization: The Next Logical Step


2010 will be an interesting year for virtualization - but not from the perspective you're probably thinking. It will be the year of the virtual infrastructure, not of the virtual machine. Yes, the O/S virtualization market is maturing as it

ABCs of Data Normalization for B2B Marketers

Data normalization. It’s not a far stretch to suggest that the topic isn’t exactly what gets marketers excited in their day-to-day workflow. However, if lead generation, reporting, and measuring ROI is important to your marketing team, then data normalization matters - a lot. In this eBook, we’ll break down the ins and outs of data normalization and review why it’s so critical for your marketing strategies and goals!

Autism and the “helicopter parent”

I'm not lost, I'm wondering

Every now and then someone will write an article - or a comment on an article - that pins the cause of autism on “overprotective&# parents.

- A Cop Killer and Broadband

Chief Seattle Greek Blog

Officer Tim Brenton. On Friday, November 6th at 1:00 PM, five thousand people gathered in Seattle to grieve for Seattle Police Officer Tim Brenton who was murdered in his police cruiser. At 3:30 PM the killer was caught , after a week of diligent detective work, and through use of video technology.

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Sky Business Tech Report: Interview on social media, online outsourcing, and how small companies are using technology to leapfrog big business

Trends in the Living Networks

I was interviewed this morning on Sky Business Tech Report. Some of the things we discussed in the interview are: * How social media such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and many others change how companies engage with customers, become more efficient, and being competitive.

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Turning Good Ideas into Operational Reality - Social, Agile, and.

Social, Agile and Transformation

Lots of companies these days are focused on innovation and idea generation. In fact, one of the major reasons CIOs are backing Enterprise 2.0 is to provide tools to the entire distributed organization for idea capture

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Leverage the knowledge in your company by first transforming it into a process based organization

Leveraging Organizational Knowledge

I am increasingly becoming a supporter of the principle that it is more efficient and increases the chances of success to leverage organisational knowledge with a stealth approach, meaning not in a direct open way, but indirectly and without advertising it as THE objective. The less a company’s culture is conducive to knowledge sharing (see my list of corporate culture traits not conducive to knowledge sharing ) the more this principle should apply.

A systems approach to food and nutrition - Michael Pollan’s “In Defense of Food”

I'm not lost, I'm wondering

Eat food. Mostly plants. Not too much. These seven words make up the entirety of the “eater’s manifesto&# that is the subtitle of Michael Pollan ’s book In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto.

Business Agile: A Roadmap for Transforming Your Management & Adapting to the VUCA Environment

Speaker: Peter Taylor, Speaker/Author, The Lazy Project Manager

Businesses everywhere are trying to “get business agile”—but it’s not easy to adapt to becoming this adaptive. How can conventional organizations succeed in this transformation? In this webinar, Peter Taylor will walk through the change process step by step, and look at a tried and tested transformation roadmap: benefits are outlined, solutions to common challenges offered, and tried and tested methods and tools provided. It will be a guide towards a decentralized and management style that offers more successful decision making through collaboration.

Mastering the Command Line


If you use *nix, no doubt you’ve spent some time on the command line. Here are a few of the most helpful tricks you can use in the bash shell to really optimize your time, impress your friends, and make everyone else feel inferior… not to mention become more productive. People familar with the command line can usually work considerably faster (for most tasks) than you can through a gui


Speaking at Future Forum - creating the future of the enterprise

Trends in the Living Networks

I first met Mark McCrindle when we were both part of a small team of futures thinkers engaged by a major bank for its innovation program. His company McCrindle Research provides a variety of research services focused on generational change.

ABC TV interview: The future of direct selling

Trends in the Living Networks

In March I gave the opening keynote at the Direct Selling Association's conference, talking about the breadth of opportunities in the economy and the role online social networks and communication might play in the future of the industry.

Does Seth Godin Get It? :


You can receive instant daily updates of this blog by following @thisissethsblog. I create the tweets automatically using a service called twitterfeed. It's free and it works really well. (PS PS this is my only presence on Twitter

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The 2019 Technographic Data Report for B2B Sales Organizations

In this report, ZoomInfo substantiates the assertion that technographic data is a vital resource for sales teams. In fact, the majority of respondents agree—with 72.3% reporting that technographic data is either somewhat important or very important to their organization. The reason for this is simple—sales teams value technographic data because it makes essential selling activities easier and more efficient.

Installing Git on a Shared Host


Git is a fantastic tool and is very useful for deployment. If you can’t install git system wide or don’t want to mess with installing it on the entire system here is an easy way to install it for a single user. This also works well on Mac OS X where installing git is more challenging than necessary. Script included I used this script to install git on 1and1

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Does Seth Godin Get It?


Earlier this week Seth Godin announced his first presence on twitter with the post Delivering blogs via Twitter. You can receive instant daily updates of this blog by following @thisissethsblog. I create the tweets automatically using a service called twitterfeed. It’s free and it works really well. (PS PS this is my only presence on Twitter… I’m focused on the blog and my books, and alas can’t tweet and do that at the same time


Apple's iconic presentations


Image via CrunchBase Recently a book came out The Presentation Secrets of Steve Jobs: How to be Insanely Great in Front of Any Audience. Jobs has mastered the art of presenting. I thought it would be interesting to look at his presentations over the years. Here are the three biggest announcements Apple has made. iMac (Jobs first product after returning),iPod, iPhone. Look at how his personal style has changed over the years

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Social Media Strategy Framework in Korean - ????? ?? ?????

Trends in the Living Networks

And one more! continuing our series of translations of Social Media Strategy Framework , today we are launching the Korean edition. See the original post for the full overview of the Social Media Strategy Framework in English and compilation of the framework in 11 different languages.

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More Effective Agile Leadership

Speaker: Steve McConnell, CEO, Construx Software

In this talk, Steve McConnell, CEO of Construx Software, distills hundreds of companies’-worth of real-world experience into the proven Agile leadership practices that work best. Steve will seamlessly thread together traditional approaches, early Agile approaches, modern Agile approaches, and the principles and context that underlie them all—creating an invaluable resource for Agile leaders, their teams, and their organizations.

What robots.txt tells you about corporate culture - the case study of Nike and Adidas

Trends in the Living Networks

Even if you are not a technical person, you may have heard about the apparently arcane robots.txt file which sits on websites but is seen only by computers, not by human visitors. The file contains instructions for search engines on what they can and cannot index and make searchable. Note that in the examples below # indicates a comment line that is not read by the computer; the other lines provide specific instructions to allow or disallow access to search engines.

The top 10 blogs for small to mid-sized businesses

Trends in the Living Networks

Blog search engine Technorati recently revised its blog ranking algorithms and created categories for the rankings. The list of the top 10 blogs for small business provides an excellent resource for attendees of our SME Technology Summit in Sydney on 1 December, where there will be deep insights into all of the topics covered by these blogs. Many of these blogs are for businesses of all sizes, but all of them provide valuable insights for small to mid-sized businesses. Check them out!

Agency co-creation: very hard to make it work but that's where the most value lies

Trends in the Living Networks

There's a great article in the latest issue of B&T Today on how Westpac, one of Australia's big four banks, is approaching working with its advertising and creative agencies. Here are a few choice excerpts from the article, which is well worth a read in its entirety. Jee Moon, director of brand and marketing at Westpac [said] that an agency roster based on co-creation, not simply collaboration, is key to establishing and maintaining a strong brand identity.

The next big market after ringtones: Download a new car engine sound

Trends in the Living Networks

The inimitable Richard Watson has come up with what just might be a big (and unanticipated) market: car engine sound downloads. Richard's fantastic bulletins are now openly available after long being a subscription-only service, used by many of the leading creative agencies around the world. To read the latest issue, go to and click on the Orange "Current Issue" button at the top left to read the latest bulletin.

The Time-Saving Power of Intent Data for Sales

By using the power of intent data, capturing buyer interest has become more feasible for sales. Not only that, but using it will save immense time during your workflow; a win-win on all fronts.

The rapidly building wave of online outsourcing and crowdsourcing

Trends in the Living Networks

The Age today has an interesting article titled Outsourcing on steroids that looks at the array of online technologies that are enabling the outsourcing of small tasks and the crowdsourcing of design, innovation, and other key business functions. I've noticed that in just the last few weeks mainstream media coverage of online service exchanges and crowdsourcing tools is picking up. As the article in the The Age concludes, "it’s certain crowd sourcing is a key business trend for the future".

Practical insights and advice on Everyday Enterprise 2.0

Trends in the Living Networks

Newsgator's Director of Enterprise 2.0 Consulting Christy Schoon has launched a new blog Everyday Enterprise 2.0 at the Enterprise 2.0 Conference in San Francisco. Christy says "I'm going to write in plain English about everyday Enterprise 2.0 from my own on-the-ground perspective working with living, breathing social computing champions at Fortune 500 companies.". One reason I love the blog is Christy's four standard recommendations to businesspeople on where to start with Enterprise 2.0

Keynote: Network to win! for global professional services network Kreston

Trends in the Living Networks

On Tuesday I gave the opening keynote at the 38th annual global conference of international accounting network Kreston International. Kreston are a very interesting organization. With revenues across the network of over $2 billion, they are the 13th largest accounting network in the world. The day of the conference they made the final step in becoming a network according to the IFAC (International Federation of Accountants) definition of a network.

SmartCompany webinar next Monday to feature SME Tech Summit speakers

Trends in the Living Networks

SmartCompany magazine is running a webinar on Monday 16 November at 2pm: How Small and Mid-Sized Companies are Using Technology to Drive Business Success. The webinar will provide a preview to some of the outstanding content at SME Technology Summit. Amanda Gome , Publisher of SmartCompany, will moderate the discussion and share some of her insights in running a young and rapidly growing company, as well in covering the best of what's happening in small and mid-sized business in Australia.

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Architect Your Organization for Effectiveness, Productivity, and Joy

Speaker: Ron Lichty, Consultant: Interim VP Engineering, Ron Lichty Consulting, Inc.

As a senior software leader, you likely spend more time working on the architecture of your systems than the architecture of your organization. Yet, structuring our teams and organizations is a critical factor for success. In fact, the impact of software architecture parallels the impact of organizational structure. We are excited to welcome Ron Lichty, co-author of a seminal book on managing software teams and a well-known speaker, he’ll speak to organizing for effectiveness, productivity and joy.

No Scrum Master? No Problem - Social, Agile, and Transformation

Social, Agile and Transformation

How should Enterprises fill the Scrum Master Role? I field this question very often and especially from members of technology organizations where agile and scrum in particular is being introduced top down from Management


Mark Pesce will keynote on Using the Network for Business Success

Trends in the Living Networks

Among our awesome cast of speakers at SME Technology Summit , our opening keynote speakers Mark Pesce and Tim Pethick are two of the those whose insights I most look forward to hearing. Both have fantastic experience and insights into where technology is today and where it's going. Mark's topic is below. Be sure to get along to see it! Using the Network for Business Success. The past five years have seen an explosion in the ways we can connect with one another.

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Free webinar on Implementing Enterprise 2.0 (and win a copy of the book!)

Trends in the Living Networks

My book Implementing Enterprise 2.0 has been selling at a very healthy and consistent pace since its launch earlier this year. The front page of the book's website features links to reviews of the book, including some very useful ones from ReadWriteWeb , CMSWire , and Inside Knowledge.

Happy Birthday, Dad

I'm not lost, I'm wondering

On February 17, 1986, shortly after excusing himself from the ice for a breather from the hockey game he was playing with my brothers and some friends, my father collapsed and died from “massive coronary failure&#. Had he lived, today would have been his 70th birthday. I usually refrain from writing anything that is overly personal here on this blog, but my dad deserves much of the credit for my interests and my direction in life.

How ZoomInfo Enhances Your Database Management Strategy

Forward-thinking marketing organizations have continuously invested in a database strategy for enabling marketing processes. Download this ebook to learn how to maintain a strategy that includes refreshed information, database cleanses, and an accurate analysis at the same time.