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Gregory Esau

Gregory Esau 

Smart Swarming The Future of Organization

Occupation: Consulting. SmartSwarm Management and Consulting (SmartSwarms Management and Consulting)

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ISOOSI Research Engine3,482*Roles and Stories in Effective Marketing* with Dr. Mani Saint-Victor ( @118176779352783168766 ) and @107656088609554509650  In our last show we discussed how words shape brands, both to those within, and without the company.  Building from that understanding of words, tone, voice, this week we go to the *Customer's story* and how we find and play our role in that story. Its fine to define ourselves to ourselves, in a fixed context of simply describing who we are, what our mission is, and similar things... But how does that matter to the potential customer who is wrapped up in their own problems right now?  How do we present ourselves in relation to a specific issue and mindset without losing any of that true definition of ourselves. In this episode we'll revise the importance of 'story', but from the perspective of the customer's story rather than our own.  We'll discuss how we fit ourselves into a vital and needed role in that story, and how to play that role effectively, powerfully, believable, and above all, truthfully. *Links* G+ Hangout Event: http://isoo.si/Ab23D Watch on YouTube: http://isoo.si/t3B2S Main Comment stream: http://isoo.si/Ab23D Related recommended reading: http://isoo.si/q5FWn Join our wonderful guests @118176779352783168766 and @107656088609554509650, the   #isoosichat   regulars @113426828273677356184, @106515636986325493284 and @116843668885160648294 for this discussion.Roles and Stories in Effective Marketing2014-07-01 21:00:0074  
Wade Harman22,088Relationship Marketing Community HOA Join @111552522175915203592 of @108827198716965466311 as we talk to some prominent members in the relationship marketing community!  If you're not in the community, come and join us here http://goo.gl/4O0V8v If you are in the community and would like to come hangout live on air, let me know in the comment section and we'll invite you in and see what you've been up to!The Relationship Marketing Community HOA2014-05-23 20:00:0025  
David F “SmallBizDavid” Leopold4,052Using the Google+ Hangout on Air tool, David discusses his new book, *"Google+ Hangouts for Business"*  with "SmallBizDavid".  Details are being finalized for a "virtual book signing".    The Event's official sponsor is *"PlusMyReach"*, a new Google+ Event  analytical tool.                                                      *PlusMyReach*                                                http://plusmyreach.net          Our "Engagement Metric" is the only Google+ tool that measures total Engagement of your HOA Event (before, during, and after)---and tells you what the "Reach"  of the active engagers is.  The tool is essential to help you make critical Marketing decisions. Event Hashtag:  #PlusMyReach ABOUT *"Google+ Hangouts for Business":* Author: David Amerland Google+ Hangouts™ can help you build brands, shorten sales cycles, improve customer  service, train staff, align employees behind strategy, and a whole lot more. You name it,  someone’s doing it successfully with Hangouts. You can, too—and Google+ Hangouts  for Business will show you how. David Amerland completely demystifies Hangouts:  the hands-on tools, best-practice techniques, opportunities, even the etiquette. Amerland  reveals exactly how to profit from Hangouts, even if you have absolutely no video or  business social networking experience. You’ll discover why Hangouts isn't “just another”  video or conferencing technology—and why the difference makes it so valuable to your  business.  Then, Amerland shows you how to:  • Master the unique dynamics of real-time marketing (and avoid the pitfalls) • Confidently run a smooth, professional Hangout, stay in control, and handle the  unexpected • Rebroadcast your Hangouts to everyone (or just the people you choose) • Use Hangouts even if you don't use the Google+ social network • Plan Hangouts that build trust, consumer engagement, and brand equity • Connect at a deeper personal level, and establish an online identity that reflects  who you really are • Do it all at low cost—or maybe no cost at all Whatever your business, this quick and easy guide will help you build powerful new  connections within your company, with your best customers and prospects—with  everyone you need to reach."Google+ Hangouts for Business"---David Amerland releases his new book2014-04-04 16:00:00121  
Yifat Cohen87,066*If you've ever wondered...* What is Google+ and why you can ignore it no more... How online life became exactly the same as offline life & what it means to your biz... The one word that will change everything you do now Online Exposure is a given, this is what you should really worry about  DIVING IN... What are Hangouts and how they can: Give you back your time.. Free you from business travel (give you back those special family moments)... Increase collaboration... Level the Media play field - you can do better than famous TV stars... Do it professionally - just like the TV stars.... Make you money from the things you LOVE to do... Then join @114482686646572776469  as she interviews me about Google+ and Hangouts... *Leave your questions in the comments so I can get them answered* PS. If you haven't heard my talk at Eben Pagen's event a few weeks ago and you didn't receive my 3 strategies for increasing visibility and positioning, but you want to - then RSVP and show up. *Oh, and invite your friends - because great things are better shared* ;) ------------ #howtohangout   #howtogoogleplus   #newbie   #hangoutsonair   #gplusgotogal   #gplustraining   #googleplustips   #hangoutstrategies  How Google+ Hangouts Allow You to Monetize Your Passion2014-04-02 21:00:00192  
Meloney Hall4,214Teacher Says, “ Okay, class --  you better take notes for this lesson.” Fifteen students take notes vigorously as they try to keep up with writing cursive on their lined notebook paper. Eight Students do not take any notes at all.  They might ask for someone’s notes later. One Student draws doodles as a form of note-taking.  She gets laughed at and told to “grow-up” and take notes the right way.  I’m kind of embarrassed I listened to those peers; I need to gain those skills again!  So much easier to retain the information when you can draw pictures with your written notes (printed, not cursive).  How about the Digital Way of taking notes today?  That’s what +113865527017476906160  will be showing us during the HOA broadcast with me.  I will be interviewing Sacha Chua on Wednesday, March 12th at 6:00pm ET / 3:00pm PT about how she uses SketchNotes for taking notes in a digital format.  Free-flow handwriting and techy all at the same time!  She’s a woman in science and technology, so she really loves gadgets!    She uses SketchNotes, and it’s really very fascinating!  Watching her do them LIVE is really the best!  I know Sacha as a fellow HelpOuts Provider, and I have seen her do this for many HOA’s.  This is why I wanted to interview her --  you’ll say WOW like I did when I first learned about her and what she does.    This is a link to give you the basic idea of what the system is and why it is so handy for students, business people, and anyone else who needs to retain information.  And if you’re into saving paper, then this is a true match for you!  I like to think of SketchNotes as a digital white board.  http://www.core77.com/blog/sketchnotes/sketchnotes_101_the_basics_of_visual_note-taking_19678.asp Select YES or MAYBE to get a reminder on your calendar.  It will also help mark the spot if you can’t watch live, but will want to watch the replay.  You’re in for a techy-treat!  Hope you’ll be watching! Visual Note-Taking with Sacha Chua2014-03-12 23:00:0033  
Social Media Hangout5,770Join the owners and moderators of the Social Media communities on Google+ (Strategy, Professionals, Creative, and Discussions) as they introduce you to this brand new HOA series: Social Media Hangout! as well as the Social Media communities. 3:00 PM EDT (Eastern Daylight Time - NEW YORK TIME ZONE) This means: 7:00 PM GMT (Greenwich Mean Time) http://smhangout.com Featuring the likes of: @103008963082975341976  @107665939201638457855  @107022061436866576067  @113690073826160821557  @102572320061138442096  @117547081660023231214  @115516333681138986628  and more to come, keep an eye out for announcements this week! We just may sneak in a few surprises and gifts for viewers, so this is one HOA you definitely don't want to miss. Brought to you by @109836237376101025302, as well as our wonderful partners: @102987204232298235213 @115515796589038584989 @118277786822373935125 @102577254872201879750 @110898358562182430662 and @116266498226740184904 Social Media Hangout: Greetings and Salutations2014-03-09 20:00:00167  
Ronnie Bincer115,209*Learn How to Start a HOA (Hangout on Air) best practices mid-Feb '14* _It is no secret that things change a lot here on Google Plus... come learn the latest suggested way to start up a Live HOA Broadcast._ This live training event will take you step-by-step through the process for setting up and starting your own Hangout on Air (HOA) using Google Plus and the Hangouts Menu. There are other ways as well, but this one is the way that Google is wanting us to use, so I'll treat it as the 'best way' to start things up for now. Things have recently changed to make this method better than it was before for marketing your HOA Event. This training event will go through the steps you'll need to take to get going and after the slides have been shown there will be some time for Q&A. *Invite your friends* and leave questions in the comments for us to address... _we'll get to them if they relate to the Hangouts menu method we'll be covering here._ Find out much more about Hangouts and HOA by becoming a part of the *Hangout Mastery* membership group. Details here www.bit.ly/HangoutMastery === === #HOAtips   #HangoutsOnAir   #ScheduledHOAEvents   #HOAevents   #EventsTips   #HangoutMastery   #TheHangoutHelper  How do I start a Hangout on Air? Best practices mid Feb 20142014-02-13 19:00:00262  
Jim Shankle1,818It's always a pleasure hearing +David Amerland discuss _*"The GSS/G+ Connection"*_ because it's a subject area with many facets. For mobile viewers click on this YouTube Link - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S76tXQ5qZ30  The time for the Event is translated to your local time zone. As a reference, it starts at 7:30 PM ET. _Google Semantic Search_ and its direct connection to, and support by, Google+ (what I am starting to call _"The GSS/G+ Connection"_) is remarkably deep and important. Yet David explains it with such simplicity, ease, and freshness that it's very understandable and enjoyable no matter your level of experience. Unquestionably, there is a wealth of material in this subject matter which means David will never be over-exposed or fail to peel back yet another layer of this *very large* onion every time he appears in an HOA. Thursday night he is joining my _MBA Marketing Strategies_ class at John Brown University (Rogers Center in Northwest Arkansas) via Google Hangouts On Air. David will explain _The GSS/G+ Connection_ from an MBA's and marketer's perspective. He will also introduce some unique "life applications" that should be pursued as an extension of the emerging power of GSS and Google+. Our session will start at 6:30 PM CST for those interested in seeing Marketing Strategies examined from David's unique perspective. *Two facts backing my conclusion that David has struck a deep vein...* 1) He had 22,000 Followers when I started communicating with him 5-6 weeks ago. Today his Followers number over 150,000, and 2) His game-changing book _Google Semantic Search_ - 230 pages (including an extensive Bibliography for those who want to explore the subject even further) that mines (as David calls it) a "semantically dense" subject. Proof that GSS/G+ is a critically important subject for MBA students (everyone really) was on display last week. Friday for an enjoyable and fast-paced hour, David, +Mark Traphagen  +Ronnie Bincer   (aka "The Hangout Helper") and +martin shervington  discussed how Google+ is changing behavior on the internet - to the better - https://plus.google.com/u/0/events/c0n7nndld5gebbjat1of0dhb124  Even after a full hour, there were many unaddressed questions - reflecting that the session could have continued for the rest of the day. Based on the enjoyable chemistry of these four professionals, most their large audience probably would not have left them had it continued. Come join us Thursday night to continue the discussion. #mktgmba  MBA Marketing Strategies - David Amerland Explores "The GSS/G+ Connection" at John Brown University2013-11-08 01:30:0062  
John Blossom126,553*Join Us for Chromecast Fridays! Episode 5* Hang on to your hats, it's yet another Friday on the horizon and another chance to join #Chromecastfridays , when we get together in an On-Air Hangout to talk about the new Google #Chromecast TV streaming device and all things streaming to your TV. Lots to talk about this week - new content partners for Chromecast, the @102139249949018843498 may be coming to @115229808208707341778 soon, Sony's baking up a TV bundle and launching its new PS4 soon, +TwitchTV is expanding its coverage of live computing gaming and more! I will be taking a break next week for the holiday weekend, so please come join us! Chromecast Fridays! Episode 52013-08-24 03:00:009  
John Blossom126,553I hope that you'll have some time to stop by Friday for Chromecast Fridays!, our weekly get-together in On-Air Hangouts. Much to discuss as the world of Chromecast continues to burst open with new sources of content - file streaming from Dropbox, Plex in the wings, a Raspberry Pi wannabe and more! Tell your friends about  #chromecastfridays ...Chromecast Fridays! Episode 32013-08-10 03:00:009  
Craig “The Tech Teacher” Chamberlin80,517*Tune In Monday Night on YouTube at 9 PM EST for PCM Tech Talk Live!* In today's LIVE broadcast, get ready to discuss these topics with Craig Chamberlin while on the air on YouTube! - Your Questions! Anything Goes! - YouTube Will Let Channels Charge Subscribers - Nintendo Trying To Get Developer Support for Wii-U - iPad Teaches Kids Programming - Windows 8 Updates With Your Permission - Brand New Fitbit Wearable Tech! - Playstation 2 Officially Going To Die - Apple Having Trouble Signing New Carriers? - Xbox May Not Require A Constant Internet Connection - Senate Voting To Tax The Internet... Again. - 3D Printed Handguns, As Many As You'd Like For $8000 - Adobe Moving Software to The Cloud *Read all of the articles for tonight's episode in the official flipboard PCM Tech Help Show Magazine: Episode 50* http://flip.it/ctGKE *Join the Community!* https://plus.google.com/communities/103552239261416834535 #googleplus   #googleplushangouts   #gplus   #gplushangouts   #livestream   #hangoutsonair   #hoa   #techhelp   #xbox720  #xbox360 #3dprinting #3dhandgun #3d #printing #technews #adobe #cloud #adobecloud #cloudcomputing #cloudsoftware #youtube #windows8 #ipad #programming #youtubevideo #tv #broadcasting #freebroadcasting #makemoneyonline #tvdying #nintendo #fitbit #wearabletechPCMTTL! 50: YouTube "Paid Subscriptions" Further Kill Traditional TV. Tech News! Live Q&A!2013-05-06 21:00:3811  
Ronnie Bincer115,209*Watch the 9th in the series about Google Plus Communities (GPC)* _Google Plus Community (GPC) "Managing LARGE Communities" focus_ Special Guest: @115980322864066690488 - owner/moderator of a *Large & Active* Public GPC on Google Plus (41k+ members inside *Google+ Updates* http://goo.gl/RPt17 ). Listen and watch as Clayton, @116024884086268367178 @116049412326685043114 & @108210288375340023376 discuss the latest developments for GPC and what goes on behind the scenes when building & managing a large Public Community. If you are on mobile you can watch here:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ZyKKb33ypQ *Feel Free to Share this Event with others to help them get up to speed!* Learn about what to do when your GPC grows and becomes a bigger part of your day. Learn how to best take advantage of Large GPCs. *_Scroll Down for more info..._* Find all the previous discussions in this YouTube playlist: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLh2TCfgo3UtvWhn9rV0qox1Vj2KHykLl1 or if you prefer check them out here... To get ready, you can *watch part 1 here:* http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QIvlKooab-c *watch part 2* via this link here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P1PWWSrnzhA  *watch part 3* via this link here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ica-tWpmSnY *watch part 4* via this link here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wrQEgBE8Xcg *watch part 5* via this link here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fEkKTx0KgIo *watch part 6* via this link here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gUwocBZfs3o *watch part 7* via this link here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j86RsqZaw0w *watch part 8* via this link here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SUAYbdelgfY *watch part 9* via this link here (this one): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ZyKKb33ypQ Tell your friends, come join in the discussion as we will try to bring in some of the comments from the stream into the live show. *Feel free to share this event and invite others to join in!* - - -  #communitytips  #googlepluscommunities   #communities   #onairdiscussions   #community #GPC #GPCtips #GooglePlusTips  - - - Google+ Communities Overview after 5 months - Large Community Focus2013-05-02 21:00:0082  
martin shervington1,424,664Ronnie is my main go to guy for all questions about YouTube. As such, I thought I would grab some time and ask him things like: Why should people on Google+ be looking at YouTube now? Anything we should be avoiding doing when we get started? What does he think about monetizing videos? How can people use it for business? Are there ways to get better YouTube search results? What top tips does he have for people getting started? How does he approach doing analysis? How can we increase our subscribers and why is this useful to do? And many more to follow... Just click on 'YES' and we will see you then!Loads of YouTube hints and tips for Google Plussers, with Ronnie Bincer2013-04-01 18:00:0068  
United Nations Human Rights1,278,256In the lead up to the first Forum on Business and Human Rights, taking place from 3 to 5 December, we will host a Hangout on Google+ on Thursday, 22 November at 3pm CET: http://google.com/+unitednationshumanrights Take part in the conversation and make your voice count now! http://bit.ly/W9dn0FBusiness Forum Hangout Make your #VoiceCount Google+ Hangout Series (I)2012-11-22 15:00:00138  
Yifat Cohen87,066*Do you feel like a good parent when you give your child juice for lunch instead of french fries?* I would. *And I would be wrong.* If you're like me, you're probably going through the same parent's dilemma as I am - *how do I keep my child healthy while allowing him to enjoy all the goods out there?* This is such a big thing for me that my step son has named me a healthologist (there's more to it, join the Hangout to get the whole story - it's worth it). *Quality - Quantity - Timing* My daily struggle with what to put in my child's mouth so that he has a healthy diet is shared with many parents, I'm sure. What to put in his lunch box other than peanut butter and jelly? What's for dinner? (my daily nightmare) Did he have enough protein today? Did he eat fruits? He had a cup of juice, does that count as one serving? What about dessert - can he have some? Should it be home made? Sugar or not..? And why do I keep craving sweets after a meal? *Myth and Reality* Dr.@100118793214522675509 is the author of The Step Up Diet: From Scratch...The Quality, Quantity and Timing Solution to Childhood Obesity. In the book, Dr. Katalenas breaks down myths that we use as a basis to our purchasing decisions, like - *Sugar-free or calorie-free drinks are a good option to reduce or maintain weight in children.* *A serving of fruit juice is equivalent to a serving of fruit.* *Some canned pasta dishes contain a whole serving of vegetables and are a good alternative for the busy family.* *As a children’s drink, chocolate milk is equivalent to regular milk.* And the one I'm most guilty of - *Toddlers should take a vitamin supplement every day.* *IF YOU'RE A PARENT CONCERNED ABOUT YOUR FAMILY'S MEALS, YOU SHOULD JOIN OUR HANGOUT* Bring your questions to Dr. Katalenas and get a step by step advice on how to get started on healthy meals that you can fit in your busy schedule. Grab Dr. Katalenas book here: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0095M3RUY/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B0095M3RUY&linkCode=as2&tag=myubifone-20 *About Dr. Katalenas:* After growing up in Spain, Dr. Katalenas moved to the United States in 1984 to learn English and to become a pediatrician.  A Board Certified Pediatrician, Dr. Katalenas graduated from the University of Oviedo Medical School, located in Northern Spain, in 1982. She worked as a General Practitioner in her hometown of Oviedo, and also performed Clinical Medical Research Projects at the University Medical School. She has served as Chairman of Pediatrics at Round Rock Medical Center for three years, most recently in 2008. She is Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics for the University of Texas Medical Branch, a supervising physician for the Resident Program for UT Southwestern Medical School and a Clinical Instructor for the University of Texas School of Nursing.Yes, you CAN you give your kid french fries for dinner! If...2012-10-25 18:00:0033  
Mick Fealty14,199All across the world, systems are crashing. In banking we've seen debt slicing and long haul internal systems like that of RBS/NatWest/Ulster Bank literally falling apart. In Europe post war notions of solidarity are being stretched to bursting as sovereign nations argue over the degree to which fiscal sovereignty can be shared.   Further afield the Arab nations continue in popular tumult after several generations of acquiescence under varying degrees of autocracy. Yet like Greece, Spain and Portugal to the north - each just one or two generations ahead - the Arab world is finding that democracy does not come in a shiny, ready wrapped box. Even in more settled democracies, once venerable institutions are finding huge problems keeping up with the speed at which their citizens can communicate, not through them but around them.   Why not join our panel this Friday for #DigitalLunch  at the usual time, where we will attempt to serve starters about 1pm and finish before the hour is out? #DigitalLunch: Crashing systems2012-09-28 14:00:007  
Yifat Cohen87,066*WHAT IS THE PATH TO DISCOVERING WHO YOU ARE AND WHAT YOU STAND FOR?* _I want to live, not merely survive_ _And I won't give up this dream_ _Of life that keeps me alive_ _I gotta be me, I gotta be me_ _The dream that I see makes me what I am_ ~Sammy Davis Jr *WHAT IS YOUR DREAM?* When you first start your *Google+ presence* you must decide *who you're going to be in public*.  How do you go about figuring it out?  @115633934578783827271 became a self stylized "unconventional consultant" because he couldn't imagine himself as anything else but. He is now dedicating his life to bringing this whole social business divide between us ("social") and business (capitalism) together in a unified and harmonious fashion. *LET'S EXPLORE THE POSSIBILITIES* Join us tomorrow to explore the ways Gregory found what he stands for, and how you can go about doing the same. *LIVE BRAINSTORMING*  We'll talk about life's journeys, about dreams, values and the masks we put on...about finding what really matters and going for it full force. Come share your passions with us!Making Your Life Count.2012-08-28 18:00:0032  

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2016-07-09 19:14:41 (26 comments; 1 reshares; 7 +1s; )Open 

Well, Yes

People that understood relationships, networks and its theories already operate in the new paradigm. Do we really care about the narcissistic 'node' collectors?
The 'smart' networkers operate as "network orchestrators" or "high value connectors".

Most reshares: 3

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2016-07-11 18:46:20 (0 comments; 3 reshares; 4 +1s; )Open 

A Blueprint
For Building a 21st Century Company

For my money, this is very good. I've shared this before, it needs to be shared again.

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2016-07-12 18:57:29 (3 comments; 0 reshares; 11 +1s; )Open 

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2016-07-21 20:44:10 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 4 +1s; )Open 

Dealing With Complexity

This is refreshingly straightforward.
I'll add, knowing how to differentiate between complicated and complex is a necessary skill.
Via +Jeffrey J Davis 

Dealing With Complexity

This is refreshingly straightforward.
I'll add, knowing how to differentiate between complicated and complex is a necessary skill.
Via +Jeffrey J Davis ___

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2016-07-21 20:31:18 (3 comments; 0 reshares; 6 +1s; )Open 

GLIA
This Is The Key Premise

The next generation of capitalism is the workers owning the means of production, or having a stakehold.
We call it mesh or network capitalism.

A gig co-op?___GLIA
This Is The Key Premise

The next generation of capitalism is the workers owning the means of production, or having a stakehold.
We call it mesh or network capitalism.

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2016-07-21 20:21:05 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

The Three Ps
And Learning from Failure

Anyone can start a business. Remarkably few can do it successfully.

Bill Gates once said that “It’s fine to celebrate success, but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure.”

It doesn’t matter if it is an tech-related problem that involves making an app or a piece of software; or a local environmental problem where you solve California’s water crisis; or a global problem as to finding a cure for cancer. As long as you have a balanced amount of obsession, a fantastic diverse interdisciplinary team coupled with great execution of your ideas and a great problem to solve – you will be successful. Just as importantly, to add to this mix, you will also always need the three Ps – Passion, Patience and Perseverance.

I'll add:
Developing a deep and broad understanding of the problemyou're so... more »

The Three Ps
And Learning from Failure

Anyone can start a business. Remarkably few can do it successfully.

Bill Gates once said that “It’s fine to celebrate success, but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure.”

It doesn’t matter if it is an tech-related problem that involves making an app or a piece of software; or a local environmental problem where you solve California’s water crisis; or a global problem as to finding a cure for cancer. As long as you have a balanced amount of obsession, a fantastic diverse interdisciplinary team coupled with great execution of your ideas and a great problem to solve – you will be successful. Just as importantly, to add to this mix, you will also always need the three Ps – Passion, Patience and Perseverance.

I'll add:
Developing a deep and broad understanding of the problem you're solving, and/or the value you are creating.
Not working closely enough with whole support your goods/services is a direct relationship to a lack of understanding.___

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2016-07-21 17:48:55 (2 comments; 1 reshares; 0 +1s; )Open 

Peak
Blockchain

The hype was awesome.
The reality is radically different.

Peak
Blockchain

The hype was awesome.
The reality is radically different.___

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2016-07-21 01:46:36 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s; )Open 

Is The Billion Dollar Brand
Stll A Business Model

Probably. New entrants to specific markets are chipping away though.
Others are gloomier. EY, a consultancy, recently surveyed CPG executives. Eight in ten doubted their company could adapt to customer demand. Kristina Rogers of EY posits that firms may need to rethink their business, not just trim costs and sign deals. “Is the billion-dollar brand,” she wonders, “still a robust model?”

Via +John Hagel 

Is The Billion Dollar Brand
Stll A Business Model

Probably. New entrants to specific markets are chipping away though.
Others are gloomier. EY, a consultancy, recently surveyed CPG executives. Eight in ten doubted their company could adapt to customer demand. Kristina Rogers of EY posits that firms may need to rethink their business, not just trim costs and sign deals. “Is the billion-dollar brand,” she wonders, “still a robust model?”

Via +John Hagel ___

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2016-07-20 17:34:57 (3 comments; 2 reshares; 6 +1s; )Open 

Schrodinger's
Hierarchy

Most interesting.
Via +John Foster 
But in a modern workplace, people have less-defined jobs and move laterally from project to project, said Deloitte's Josh Bersin, who worked on the study. "We're now operating businesses as networks of teams," he said. Companies that haven't already made this shift are thinking about it—92 percent of those surveyed cited organizational redesign as the top priority.

Schrodinger's
Hierarchy

Most interesting.
Via +John Foster 
But in a modern workplace, people have less-defined jobs and move laterally from project to project, said Deloitte's Josh Bersin, who worked on the study. "We're now operating businesses as networks of teams," he said. Companies that haven't already made this shift are thinking about it—92 percent of those surveyed cited organizational redesign as the top priority.___

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2016-07-19 22:20:19 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

Blockchain
And The Enterprise

There was a period, for about six months (or less) back in the fall of 2014 where the lofty thought of the blockchain technology had a whisper of hope of disrupting (lol) the status quo.
That's not going to happen now. Not that this piece was any kind of definitive indication of that, but rather the more sober realization that enterprise applications will predominate.

That's one angle, the other is the idea of self-organization amongst the masses is almost laughable. We're incapable. Technology can not solve that.
There will be diversity, a somewhat more "leveling" of the strata, through the worlds of small business. Community platforms will offer hope to those with the skills and philosophy.
But lets not get caught up in any delusions of the end of capitalism, and the rise of some new kind of... more »

Blockchain
And The Enterprise

There was a period, for about six months (or less) back in the fall of 2014 where the lofty thought of the blockchain technology had a whisper of hope of disrupting (lol) the status quo.
That's not going to happen now. Not that this piece was any kind of definitive indication of that, but rather the more sober realization that enterprise applications will predominate.

That's one angle, the other is the idea of self-organization amongst the masses is almost laughable. We're incapable. Technology can not solve that.
There will be diversity, a somewhat more "leveling" of the strata, through the worlds of small business. Community platforms will offer hope to those with the skills and philosophy.
But lets not get caught up in any delusions of the end of capitalism, and the rise of some new kind of "decentralized power".
We had the chance in 1995, and completely missed the mark by a ridiculously wide margin. 2015 offered another kick at the cat, we've missed that too. Such is the fate of the masses.

IBM’s new service lets supply chain customers build and test blockchains in a secure cloud using a version of the company’s LinuxOne system. The service is aimed at companies that need to track high-value items through complex supply chains.___

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Remembering "The Death of Distance"
And The Rise of The Digital Nomads

Geography still matters.

Free mass communication works well for spreading hate and fear, but when it comes to getting work done, and being part of the action, living in proximity is the choices we mostly make.

Via +John Hagel 

Remembering "The Death of Distance"
And The Rise of The Digital Nomads

Geography still matters.

Free mass communication works well for spreading hate and fear, but when it comes to getting work done, and being part of the action, living in proximity is the choices we mostly make.

Via +John Hagel ___

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2016-07-18 22:24:21 (2 comments; 1 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

Anti-Fragile?
How Resilient Are Our Systems?

This isn't about cascade failure.
With the advent of Stuxnet, the weapons of mass destruction no longer need bombs to disable a nation's infrastructure.
Technology is also likely to be at the center of the next major geopolitical battle. The anti-immigration, anti-one percent, anti-capitalism and anti-everything else we’re seeing right now isn’t just going to go away in a society where people feel their voices are not being heard. They’re going to continue to try to affect change, and increasingly, they will rely on technology. And it’s that same technology that is likely to ensure that all future wars bear little resemblance to previous ones.

Via +Nick Benik 

Anti-Fragile?
How Resilient Are Our Systems?

This isn't about cascade failure.
With the advent of Stuxnet, the weapons of mass destruction no longer need bombs to disable a nation's infrastructure.
Technology is also likely to be at the center of the next major geopolitical battle. The anti-immigration, anti-one percent, anti-capitalism and anti-everything else we’re seeing right now isn’t just going to go away in a society where people feel their voices are not being heard. They’re going to continue to try to affect change, and increasingly, they will rely on technology. And it’s that same technology that is likely to ensure that all future wars bear little resemblance to previous ones.

Via +Nick Benik ___

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Beauty
Is In The Beholder Of The Eyes

“It’s extremely beautiful just to look at these patterns,” he said. “We were kind of captured by the beauty, and had, purely out of curiosity, the desire to understand the patterns better.” He and his collaborators also hoped to figure out the patterns’ function, and how they were generated. He didn’t know then that these same questions were being asked in numerous other contexts, or that he had found the first biological manifestation of a type of hidden order that has also turned up all over mathematics and physics.

Via +Giorgio Bertini 

Beauty
Is In The Beholder Of The Eyes

“It’s extremely beautiful just to look at these patterns,” he said. “We were kind of captured by the beauty, and had, purely out of curiosity, the desire to understand the patterns better.” He and his collaborators also hoped to figure out the patterns’ function, and how they were generated. He didn’t know then that these same questions were being asked in numerous other contexts, or that he had found the first biological manifestation of a type of hidden order that has also turned up all over mathematics and physics.

Via +Giorgio Bertini ___

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Autonomous
Bureaucracy?

I've never been a fan of "Holacracy". I like "Teal" better, but not by much. (I am trying to like Teal, but it's a struggle).
Maybe because I am the consummate outsider. I get that at some point the informal needs to be formalized somehow, yet......yet...dogma is hard to avoid.

I favour the ad hoc learning approach as individuals and loose collectives, while understanding formalized organizations with their spectrums of bureaucracies would find that difficult.

The challenge is, and always, understanding the principles of distributed (decentralized?) networked style organizations, bureaucracies, and power. For me, I'm not so much worried about bureaucracy (those crossers of Ts and dotters of Is that are a necessary functionality of business) as I am about fiefdoms and silos, that concentrate power... more »

Autonomous
Bureaucracy?

I've never been a fan of "Holacracy". I like "Teal" better, but not by much. (I am trying to like Teal, but it's a struggle).
Maybe because I am the consummate outsider. I get that at some point the informal needs to be formalized somehow, yet......yet...dogma is hard to avoid.

I favour the ad hoc learning approach as individuals and loose collectives, while understanding formalized organizations with their spectrums of bureaucracies would find that difficult.

The challenge is, and always, understanding the principles of distributed (decentralized?) networked style organizations, bureaucracies, and power. For me, I'm not so much worried about bureaucracy (those crossers of Ts and dotters of Is that are a necessary functionality of business) as I am about fiefdoms and silos, that concentrate power at the expense of the organization's ability to move adaptively through the landscape.

I've used the surgery metaphor often, so I'll highlight it here from the article:
While there’s much to learn from these and other vanguards, any bureaucracy-bound organization that wants to overhaul its management model will have to invent its own map. The challenge is not unlike that faced by the first surgeons who attempted to transplant human organs: the stakes were high and the protocols few.

This is very useful for understanding what's necessary more than "Holacracies" and "Teals": Explorers.
New maps, new ways of seeing the territory, new ways of seeing your people, along with new ways of comprehending new value creation (bureaucracies emerge to manage established value exploitation [AKA Rainforests and Plantations]) in this new(-ish) world Products as a Service and all the Grand Etcetera that entails.
We'll leave aside for now the spectrum of "mass customisation" to "luxury customisation".___

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2016-07-18 17:24:32 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 6 +1s; )Open 

Great Expectations
Are Not Assumptions

What a bullseye this is. Any project, with any degree of social complexity, it is of vital importance to understand and manage expectations. More often than not, expectations are unaligned with reality.

Great piece by +David Grossman be explicit about expectations___Great Expectations
Are Not Assumptions

What a bullseye this is. Any project, with any degree of social complexity, it is of vital importance to understand and manage expectations. More often than not, expectations are unaligned with reality.

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2016-07-17 15:45:24 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

Sales Culture
And The De-Ballmer-fication of Microsoft

I can hear the cheers from Redmond from up here.

Sales Culture
And The De-Ballmer-fication of Microsoft

I can hear the cheers from Redmond from up here.___

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2016-07-17 15:41:37 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 5 +1s; )Open 

The Four Forces
Shaping AI

An interesting enough matrix for analysis. Currently data is the scarcity for training AI. If there's to be a game changing from today's landscape, it will be smarter algorithms that can learn from much smaller data sets.

Via +John Hagel 

The Four Forces
Shaping AI

An interesting enough matrix for analysis. Currently data is the scarcity for training AI. If there's to be a game changing from today's landscape, it will be smarter algorithms that can learn from much smaller data sets.

Via +John Hagel ___

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2016-07-16 19:51:50 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 7 +1s; )Open 

Back to the Basics
And The Limits of Mathematics

Equations do not a reality make.

Back to the Basics
And The Limits of Mathematics

Equations do not a reality make.___

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2016-07-16 00:03:25 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 6 +1s; )Open 

The Ethical
Supply Web?

This has many long-term implications for ethical products with a transparency that allows end consumers to make more informed decisions about the social quality of the products they buy.

The Ethical
Supply Web?

This has many long-term implications for ethical products with a transparency that allows end consumers to make more informed decisions about the social quality of the products they buy.___

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2016-07-16 00:00:01 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

An Important Part
Of The Puzzle

I'll set aside for now my issues with the semantics of the "sharing economy".
This multi-faceted development for more distributed business models and their ecosystems is to me a vital piece of that puzzle.

An Important Part
Of The Puzzle

I'll set aside for now my issues with the semantics of the "sharing economy".
This multi-faceted development for more distributed business models and their ecosystems is to me a vital piece of that puzzle.___

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2016-07-15 16:13:50 (1 comments; 1 reshares; 5 +1s; )Open 

Listening
There's More To It Than Just Listening

What a fabulous set of insights into what makes effective listening.
What we also get is different layers of expectations and the context of the conversation.

Listening
There's More To It Than Just Listening

What a fabulous set of insights into what makes effective listening.
What we also get is different layers of expectations and the context of the conversation.___

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2016-07-14 18:17:04 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

Communities pf Aspirations
Communities of Practice

The two are inter-related, or could be.
Together or separately, such communities can be powerful engines of growth, at the personal level, and the communal level.

I personally find this both interesting and instructive, as this is a stage three strategy for growing the cross-business, cross-industry, cross pollinated with local governments ecosystem that can "design, develop, and deliver" the future of urban auto mobility.

Communities pf Aspirations
Communities of Practice

The two are inter-related, or could be.
Together or separately, such communities can be powerful engines of growth, at the personal level, and the communal level.

I personally find this both interesting and instructive, as this is a stage three strategy for growing the cross-business, cross-industry, cross pollinated with local governments ecosystem that can "design, develop, and deliver" the future of urban auto mobility.___

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2016-07-14 16:27:25 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s; )Open 

Money, Currencies, Debt, Interest, Printing, and Money Supply

Some interesting thoughts, and proposals here.
Interest encourages lending, and isn't necessarily the bogieman of debt.
Taking on debt is a necessary part of the ledger for bringing in capital for growth, so that isn't necessarily the bogieman either.

Who controls either of those is the issue, but that is not straightforward either.
Nonetheless, the idea "money" as a commons, and localized at that, is a very intriguing one.
I've not the expertise to lay out in detail the issues that such a schemata would, or could, run into, but my readings of the history of currencies tells me there would be.

While I think there's enough here worthy of further exploration, I would like to have a "room" smart enough to examine this further. This is a pretty... more »

Money, Currencies, Debt, Interest, Printing, and Money Supply

Some interesting thoughts, and proposals here.
Interest encourages lending, and isn't necessarily the bogieman of debt.
Taking on debt is a necessary part of the ledger for bringing in capital for growth, so that isn't necessarily the bogieman either.

Who controls either of those is the issue, but that is not straightforward either.
Nonetheless, the idea "money" as a commons, and localized at that, is a very intriguing one.
I've not the expertise to lay out in detail the issues that such a schemata would, or could, run into, but my readings of the history of currencies tells me there would be.

While I think there's enough here worthy of further exploration, I would like to have a "room" smart enough to examine this further. This is a pretty short piece, so the definitions of governance and financials with the various contexts are scant at best.

"Local Standards of Value" I think are easy to conceptualize, and much more difficult in the wilds of people and other external pressures.
Bitcoin and Ethereum's efforts are instructive in this regard.___

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2016-07-14 15:39:30 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s; )Open 

The Great Wage Flatline
After Recognising the Problem, Then What?

Business is now waking up to the consequences flat or falling wages have on the prospects for their businesses. While this cause and effect should have been obvious 30 years ago, at least it's better late than never.
So now that businesses are waking up to the implications of this reality, the questions that are begging: What are they going to do about it? Businesses have tended to support governments and their policies that put downward pressure on wages, and weaken labour unions. Logically, and in "self interest", they would change this pattern. Will they? The ideological gymnastics will be crippling.

Most people growing up in advanced economies since World War II have been able to assume they will be better off than their parents. For much of the time, that assumption has proved correct:... more »

The Great Wage Flatline
After Recognising the Problem, Then What?

Business is now waking up to the consequences flat or falling wages have on the prospects for their businesses. While this cause and effect should have been obvious 30 years ago, at least it's better late than never.
So now that businesses are waking up to the implications of this reality, the questions that are begging: What are they going to do about it? Businesses have tended to support governments and their policies that put downward pressure on wages, and weaken labour unions. Logically, and in "self interest", they would change this pattern. Will they? The ideological gymnastics will be crippling.

Most people growing up in advanced economies since World War II have been able to assume they will be better off than their parents. For much of the time, that assumption has proved correct: except for a brief hiatus in the 1970s, buoyant global economic and employment growth over the past 70 years saw all households experience rising incomes, both before and after taxes and transfers. As recently as between 1993 and 2005, all but 2 percent of households in 25 advanced economies saw real incomes rise.

Yet this overwhelmingly positive income trend has ended. A new McKinsey Global Institute report, Poorer than their parents? Flat or falling incomes in advanced economies, finds that between 2005 and 2014, real incomes in those same advanced economies were flat or fell for 65 to 70 percent of households, or more than 540 million people (exhibit). And while government transfers and lower tax rates mitigated some of the impact, up to a quarter of all households still saw disposable income stall or fall in that decade.___

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2016-07-14 03:02:24 (0 comments; 2 reshares; 7 +1s; )Open 

Profound
To Say The Least

This is utterly fascinating.

___Profound
To Say The Least

This is utterly fascinating.

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2016-07-14 02:56:17 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

How A Government Clandestine Effort to Shut Down Iran's Nuclear Program
Created the World's Most Virulent Malware

In light of the upcoming documentary, Zero Days, about the legendary virus Stuxnet, the story of how Kaspersky Labs tracked it down.

How A Government Clandestine Effort to Shut Down Iran's Nuclear Program
Created the World's Most Virulent Malware

In light of the upcoming documentary, Zero Days, about the legendary virus Stuxnet, the story of how Kaspersky Labs tracked it down.___

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2016-07-13 20:09:02 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 5 +1s; )Open 

Whither Yon Unicorn?
The Thousand Monkeys @ A Thousand Typewriters Approach Is Yielding Mixed Results

I find this fascinating. Given seemingly an explosion (A "Cambrian" one at that!) of startups, culture, knowhow, innovation camps, bootcamps, hackathons, Solve for Xs, VCs, Angel Lists, and much so forth and so on, the numbers are not backing up the action.
Incubation takes longer, requires more failure, and maybe more monkeys than we thought.
What's happening, and what isn't happening is more complex.

Note the metaphor at the end of these three paragraphs:

These high-growth firms, then, are the kinds of companies that matter most if we’re trying to understand the impact that startups are having on the economy and on innovation. And according to a May report from the Kauffman Foundation, such startups are being launched at a briskerra... more »

Whither Yon Unicorn?
The Thousand Monkeys @ A Thousand Typewriters Approach Is Yielding Mixed Results

I find this fascinating. Given seemingly an explosion (A "Cambrian" one at that!) of startups, culture, knowhow, innovation camps, bootcamps, hackathons, Solve for Xs, VCs, Angel Lists, and much so forth and so on, the numbers are not backing up the action.
Incubation takes longer, requires more failure, and maybe more monkeys than we thought.
What's happening, and what isn't happening is more complex.

Note the metaphor at the end of these three paragraphs:

These high-growth firms, then, are the kinds of companies that matter most if we’re trying to understand the impact that startups are having on the economy and on innovation. And according to a May report from the Kauffman Foundation, such startups are being launched at a brisker rate than in recent years. Even more telling, new work by the MIT economists Scott Stern and Jorge Guzman shows that in 15 U.S. states between 1988 and 2014 there was no long-term decline in the formation of what they call “high-quality” startups. Stern and Guzman have figured out the characteristics of startups that are trying to become high-growth firms, which include being chartered in Delaware, registering for patents, and not being named after the company’s founder. What they find is that the rate at which these kinds of startups are being formed has not dropped—in fact, 2014 saw the “second-highest level of entrepreneurial growth potential” ever. In places like the San Francisco Bay Area, unsurprisingly, the rate of high-quality startup creation is at an all-time high.

But there is a catch. While Stern and Guzman show that high-growth firms are being formed as actively as ever, they also find that these companies are not succeeding as often as such companies once did. As the researchers put it, “Even as the number of new ideas and potential for innovation is increasing, there seems to be a reduction in the ability of companies to scale in a meaningful and systematic way.” As many seeds as ever are being planted. But fewer trees are growing to the sky.

Given the networked nature of the digital economy, perhaps it should be no surprise that the rich get richer.___

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2016-07-13 18:38:00 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s; )Open 

The Age of Abundance?
The Future Will Be Far Messier

Somewhere between the age of abundance, and the age of technological mass unemployment, is the more likely future of a messy, uneven distribution and political opportunistic populism.
Getting closer to a more optimistic future for the masses is going to take a lot more than dazzling technological progress.
It's going to take new economic thinking, more inclusive business models, and significant advancements in governance.

The Age of Abundance?
The Future Will Be Far Messier

Somewhere between the age of abundance, and the age of technological mass unemployment, is the more likely future of a messy, uneven distribution and political opportunistic populism.
Getting closer to a more optimistic future for the masses is going to take a lot more than dazzling technological progress.
It's going to take new economic thinking, more inclusive business models, and significant advancements in governance.___

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2016-07-12 23:21:46 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 6 +1s; )Open 

Social Network Analysis
And Financial Contagion

This is a fascinating bit of work. For one, it shows a more advanced way of dealing with the structural issues of banking's dealings that were in part the cause of the 2008 crash, that many of us were unaware of. That's a plus.

Otoh, “We’re still a little bit in the stone age of mapping out financial networks. That’s the really frightening part.”

Nor can a new topology eliminate the kind of unchecked risky behaviours that go on within the various financial institutions that can have exponential consequences.

Social Network Analysis
And Financial Contagion

This is a fascinating bit of work. For one, it shows a more advanced way of dealing with the structural issues of banking's dealings that were in part the cause of the 2008 crash, that many of us were unaware of. That's a plus.

Otoh, “We’re still a little bit in the stone age of mapping out financial networks. That’s the really frightening part.”

Nor can a new topology eliminate the kind of unchecked risky behaviours that go on within the various financial institutions that can have exponential consequences.___

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2016-07-12 18:57:29 (3 comments; 0 reshares; 11 +1s; )Open 

Wait? Whut?
There's Other Ways To Judge People?

I've been adrift ever since people switch to MP3s...

Via +Jeffrey J Davis 

___Wait? Whut?
There's Other Ways To Judge People?

I've been adrift ever since people switch to MP3s...

Via +Jeffrey J Davis 

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2016-07-12 17:45:36 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s; )Open 

Lessons of the Day
Governance Matters

If we've learned anything from the trials and tribulations with Bitcoin and Ethereum, governance matters.

Lessons of the Day
Governance Matters

If we've learned anything from the trials and tribulations with Bitcoin and Ethereum, governance matters.___

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2016-07-11 20:56:59 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

Meta Of The Day
The Sharing Economy

This is not what most people think of as the "sharing economy". But in thinking of how to introduce this thought provoking post from +Tim O'Reilly , it occured to me that this system of guaranteed basic income is just that, sharing the spoils of hyper-capitalism.
Capitalism creates, it doesn't distribute. And please, let's not mistake or conflate the financialization of business as 'capitalism'.
By sharing the spoils, we take the politics out of distribution, and create a much more stable consumer base that does not have to rely on credit to function.
The capital creatives will still do well, and perhaps even better in a distributed, "shared" economy.
I also really like the distinction between machine made products, and human made "artisan" products, and hence, two... more »

Meta Of The Day
The Sharing Economy

This is not what most people think of as the "sharing economy". But in thinking of how to introduce this thought provoking post from +Tim O'Reilly , it occured to me that this system of guaranteed basic income is just that, sharing the spoils of hyper-capitalism.
Capitalism creates, it doesn't distribute. And please, let's not mistake or conflate the financialization of business as 'capitalism'.
By sharing the spoils, we take the politics out of distribution, and create a much more stable consumer base that does not have to rely on credit to function.
The capital creatives will still do well, and perhaps even better in a distributed, "shared" economy.
I also really like the distinction between machine made products, and human made "artisan" products, and hence, two different economies.

Note that Nick said “we won’t run out of work,” not “we won’t run out of jobs.” Part of the problem is that “the job” is an artificial construct, in which work is managed and parceled out by corporations and other institutions, to which individuals must apply to participate in doing the work. Financial markets are supposed to reward corporations to pursue work that needs doing. But as Rana Foroohar has noted in her excellent new book Makers and Takers: The Rise of Finance and the Decline of American Industry, there is a growing divergence today between what financial markets reward and what the economy really needs.___

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2016-07-11 20:15:21 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s; )Open 

The Trick, As They Say, Is Knowing What Good Government Is, And How To Get There
Good Governance, and Democracy--An Oxymoron?

We can still have a government "for the people, by the people", but there's little evidence that democracy as practiced today will get us there.

How does government hold the promise of faster growth? Noah Smith discusses a paper by economists Daron Acemoglu and Jacob Moscona of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and James Robinson of the University of Chicago.

Acemoglu and Robinson are known for making the case that strong institutions such as property rights and the rule of law, are the key to allowing countries to unleash their productive potential. But more recently, they have come up with an even bolder thesis. Government, they say, might be central to technological progress itself.

These additional institutions include strong education, research spending, infrastructure, and lack of discrimination.

They find evidence for their case by examining the relationship between post offices and patents. They find that over the long term, having a [government run] post office is correlated with a substantial increase in patenting activity.

There are more details in the piece below, but it certainly makes sense. Innovation can flourish only if people have the time and means to work on it, which means infrastructure, education, etc.

Ronald Reagan was wrong. Government is not the problem; it is the solution -- at least good government is.___The Trick, As They Say, Is Knowing What Good Government Is, And How To Get There
Good Governance, and Democracy--An Oxymoron?

We can still have a government "for the people, by the people", but there's little evidence that democracy as practiced today will get us there.

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Yes

Interesting read: "Skills are of course important, but choosing your teams based on their potential, ability to adapt and their resilience will offer you an employee who is connected, open to new ideas and new experiences."___Yes

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2016-07-11 18:46:20 (0 comments; 3 reshares; 4 +1s; )Open 

A Blueprint
For Building a 21st Century Company

For my money, this is very good. I've shared this before, it needs to be shared again.

A Blueprint
For Building a 21st Century Company

For my money, this is very good. I've shared this before, it needs to be shared again.___

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2016-07-11 17:46:04 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 5 +1s; )Open 

"I Don't Know"
Versus
Unquestioning Confidence

In other words, take the time to validate, or invalidate the assumptions upon which you're making your decision.
And to be sure, context matters. Simple, complicated, complex, and unknowable are each very different environments. A better than average decision maker would understand the differences, and what's required in each.

What about mindset? We know people put credence in confidence. However, it seems to me there’s a difference between someone who’s confident after laboring over a thoughtful decision and someone who’s confident with a snap judgment. It seems to me there’s a difference between someone who’s unsure after serious contemplation and someone who’s unsure about a quick pick.

[...]

In one case, the new vice president of a troubled business broughttogether ab... more »

"I Don't Know"
Versus
Unquestioning Confidence

In other words, take the time to validate, or invalidate the assumptions upon which you're making your decision.
And to be sure, context matters. Simple, complicated, complex, and unknowable are each very different environments. A better than average decision maker would understand the differences, and what's required in each.

What about mindset? We know people put credence in confidence. However, it seems to me there’s a difference between someone who’s confident after laboring over a thoughtful decision and someone who’s confident with a snap judgment. It seems to me there’s a difference between someone who’s unsure after serious contemplation and someone who’s unsure about a quick pick.

[...]

In one case, the new vice president of a troubled business brought together about thirty managers, each with decades in the business. The managers considered the war game an amusing waste of time. They all knew the answer already, they said, and no other options were possible. Then, role-playing their business and its competitors, they discovered that their already-known answer simply would not work. The manag­ers suddenly found new options. We war-gamed one, and it worked, and they rolled it out in real life, and it worked. The new VP got promoted.___

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2016-07-11 17:28:27 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 4 +1s; )Open 

A Story That Warms The Heart
And Stirs The Curiosity Of What May Be

Music stirs the soul. That of course we already know. Music, and our humanity are so intertwined as to be inseparable.
(see This Is Your Brain On Music [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/This_Is_Your_Brain_on_Music] to understand just how intertwined we are with music)
Is there more to the power of music than perhaps we realize?

Mystery of 101-year-old master pianist who has dementia

At first glance, she was elderly and delicate – a woman in her 90s with a declining memory. But then she sat down at the piano to play. “Everybody in the room was totally startled,” says Eleanor Selfridge-Field, who researches music and symbols at Stanford University. “She looked so frail. Once she sat down at the piano, she just wasn’t frail at all. She was full of verve.” Selfridge-Field met this woman, referred to as ME to preserve her privacy, at a Christmas party around eight years ago. ME, who is now aged 101, has vascular dementia: she rarely knows where she is, and doesn’t recognise people she has met in the last few decades. But she can play nearly 400 songs by ear – a trick that depends on tapping into a memory of previously stored musical imprints – and continues to learn new songs just by listening to them. She has even composed an original piece of her own. ME’s musical talent, despite her cognitive impairments, inspired Selfridge-Field to spend the last six years observing her, and she presented her observations today at the International Conference on Music Perception and Cognition in San Francisco, California.___A Story That Warms The Heart
And Stirs The Curiosity Of What May Be

Music stirs the soul. That of course we already know. Music, and our humanity are so intertwined as to be inseparable.
(see This Is Your Brain On Music [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/This_Is_Your_Brain_on_Music] to understand just how intertwined we are with music)
Is there more to the power of music than perhaps we realize?

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2016-07-11 15:55:00 (10 comments; 2 reshares; 8 +1s; )Open 

Things That Make You Go "Hhhmmmmm"
Credit...Dept Does Not An Economy Make
#rockandahardplace   #CYA   #humannature  

By my estimation, a kindergarten education is sufficient enough to know this is an untenable situation. Castles made of sand. Even kids know these are unstable structures.

But yet, here we are, and the powers that be, or wanna be, are, effectively, powerless....powerless to do anything about it.
And that's for one reason, and one reason only--nobody wants to step up, and take the responsibility for systematically and predictably raising interest rates.
That's the domain, the job of central banks.
Now, you don't need a conspiracy theory to explain why they don't. Just a rudimentary understanding of human nature. As anyone who's ever climbed the ladder knows, one thing you have to learn, andin... more »

In a new 40-minute video presentation called “Crazy,” Williams highlights the extraordinary levels of global debt and unprecedented monetary policy we’ve seen since the 2008 financial crisis.

“The investment landscape today is unlike anything we’ve seen in our lifetime,” he says.___Things That Make You Go "Hhhmmmmm"
Credit...Dept Does Not An Economy Make
#rockandahardplace   #CYA   #humannature  

By my estimation, a kindergarten education is sufficient enough to know this is an untenable situation. Castles made of sand. Even kids know these are unstable structures.

But yet, here we are, and the powers that be, or wanna be, are, effectively, powerless....powerless to do anything about it.
And that's for one reason, and one reason only--nobody wants to step up, and take the responsibility for systematically and predictably raising interest rates.
That's the domain, the job of central banks.
Now, you don't need a conspiracy theory to explain why they don't. Just a rudimentary understanding of human nature. As anyone who's ever climbed the ladder knows, one thing you have to learn, and institutionalize in your habits is the CYA rule. Never, ever stick your head up above the savanna. Always, always, stay low, and Cover Your Ass. Let someone else take the fall.
Central bankers aren't necessarily malicious, they're just human.

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2016-07-11 03:00:35 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s; )Open 

It pays to ignore the hype when #startups appear to be too much of a good thing. Author makes a similar point about Tesla, and I agree with him. I'm not convinced the brand will be around for the long-haul, at least not without some significant blips down the road.

It pays to ignore the hype when #startups appear to be too much of a good thing. Author makes a similar point about Tesla, and I agree with him. I'm not convinced the brand will be around for the long-haul, at least not without some significant blips down the road.___

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2016-07-10 16:28:43 (0 comments; 2 reshares; 4 +1s; )Open 

We're Not As Smart We Think We Are
And That's The Problem

I tell you though, it's thin gruel making a living trying to convince firms and people of that.

We're Not As Smart We Think We Are
And That's The Problem

I tell you though, it's thin gruel making a living trying to convince firms and people of that.___

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2016-07-09 19:14:41 (26 comments; 1 reshares; 7 +1s; )Open 

Well, Yes

People that understood relationships, networks and its theories already operate in the new paradigm. Do we really care about the narcissistic 'node' collectors?
The 'smart' networkers operate as "network orchestrators" or "high value connectors".

Well, Yes

People that understood relationships, networks and its theories already operate in the new paradigm. Do we really care about the narcissistic 'node' collectors?
The 'smart' networkers operate as "network orchestrators" or "high value connectors".___

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2016-07-09 15:01:32 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 4 +1s; )Open 

Unlearning
So We Can Learn

+john seely brown on what it means to unlearn, so we can learn new processes to value creation.

Unlearning
So We Can Learn

+john seely brown on what it means to unlearn, so we can learn new processes to value creation.___

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2016-07-08 21:43:54 (1 comments; 3 reshares; 9 +1s; )Open 

Business school students are taught to extract resources instead of creating value.
Need I Say More?

A tidy bookend to the rise of financial engineering mentality I shared a few days back.

This is the money shot:
Even today’s business elites are worried about its impact: In a 2015 poll of over 2,700 Harvard Business School alumni, respondents said that they were more concerned about growing inequality than ever before. They saw it as a serious threat to the country, and to the bottom line of U.S. corporations. According to Harvard Professors Jan Rivkin and Michael Porter, and Harvard Business School Senior Fellow Karen Mills, who reported on the findings, respondents “remain pessimistic on balance about the likelihood that firms will lift American living standards by paying higher wages and benefits in the near term.”

By all means, kids, lets leave themess ... more »

Business school students are taught to extract resources instead of creating value.
Need I Say More?

A tidy bookend to the rise of financial engineering mentality I shared a few days back.

This is the money shot:
Even today’s business elites are worried about its impact: In a 2015 poll of over 2,700 Harvard Business School alumni, respondents said that they were more concerned about growing inequality than ever before. They saw it as a serious threat to the country, and to the bottom line of U.S. corporations. According to Harvard Professors Jan Rivkin and Michael Porter, and Harvard Business School Senior Fellow Karen Mills, who reported on the findings, respondents “remain pessimistic on balance about the likelihood that firms will lift American living standards by paying higher wages and benefits in the near term.”

By all means, kids, lets leave the mess to someone else to clean up.___

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2016-07-08 19:04:28 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

The Higher Ambition
Of Creating Social and Economic Value

This isn't an either-or option.

The Higher Ambition
Of Creating Social and Economic Value

This isn't an either-or option.___

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2016-07-08 19:03:14 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s; )Open 

Case Study

The audacity of providing ID in India. Fascinating read.

Case Study

The audacity of providing ID in India. Fascinating read.___

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2016-07-08 18:33:19 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

Holacracy
Your Worst Organizational Nightmare

A top down plan to stop top down planning.

An HBR article by Gary Hamel says: While the goal was laudable  — to eliminate managers and organizational politics  —  the all-or-nothing implementation of this new and mostly untested management model left Zappos in turmoil. Staff turnover jumped to an unprecedented 30%, and many of those who remained were confused and demoralized. In 2016 Zappos fell off Fortune magazine’s Best Places to Work for the first time in eight years.

Holacracy
Your Worst Organizational Nightmare

A top down plan to stop top down planning.

An HBR article by Gary Hamel says: While the goal was laudable  — to eliminate managers and organizational politics  —  the all-or-nothing implementation of this new and mostly untested management model left Zappos in turmoil. Staff turnover jumped to an unprecedented 30%, and many of those who remained were confused and demoralized. In 2016 Zappos fell off Fortune magazine’s Best Places to Work for the first time in eight years.___

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2016-07-08 18:09:15 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s; )Open 

Felix Velarde
Captures the Essence of Glia

And the essence of my purpose.

Felix Velarde
Captures the Essence of Glia

And the essence of my purpose.___

2016-07-07 18:31:03 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

Changing Change

I really like the synthesis here.

Changing Change

I really like the synthesis here.___

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2016-07-07 15:59:14 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s; )Open 

Adding Value
To The Future of Auto Mobility

+John Hagel riffs off of the Meeker Report, with a solid set of questions around the player aggregate.

The Glia Model is roughly based on the scenario below, and can be described as the "operating system" for the wide variety of players in the ecosystem that can add custom value to the customers. People I talk to love that idea, because as a whole, we're all working to make their life simpler, or even add measurable value.

How will value be created and captured? In other words, what are the emerging opportunities in the future of mobility? I’ve argued that value will increasingly be created by maximizing customers’ “return on mobility.” That means not just getting them from point A to B, but perhaps suggesting instead that they go to C with a quick stop at D. Delivering on that valueproposit... more »

Adding Value
To The Future of Auto Mobility

+John Hagel riffs off of the Meeker Report, with a solid set of questions around the player aggregate.

The Glia Model is roughly based on the scenario below, and can be described as the "operating system" for the wide variety of players in the ecosystem that can add custom value to the customers. People I talk to love that idea, because as a whole, we're all working to make their life simpler, or even add measurable value.

How will value be created and captured? In other words, what are the emerging opportunities in the future of mobility? I’ve argued that value will increasingly be created by maximizing customers’ “return on mobility.” That means not just getting them from point A to B, but perhaps suggesting instead that they go to C with a quick stop at D. Delivering on that value proposition will take trusted mobility advisors, data aggregators, fleet operators, and OS providers, to name a few, all working seamlessly in a complex ecosystem.___

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2016-07-07 03:27:16 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 5 +1s; )Open 

And....
Why It Is So Rare

“Genius is the power of leaving one’s own interests, wishes, and aims entirely out of sight… so as to remain pure knowing subject, clear vision of the world.”___And....
Why It Is So Rare

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2016-07-07 00:38:50 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s; )Open 

“The Chinese government normally expects its businesses to obtain a leading role in emerging industries,” he said. “China’s Bitcoin businesses have achieved that.”

A fascinating article on numerous fronts.
Two main points:
1) The mining, its miners, and therefore the power is pretty concentrated.
2) Mining at scale uses a lot of electricity (Bitcoin mining machines in his facilities use about 38 megawatts of electricity, he said, enough to power a small city.)

“The Chinese government normally expects its businesses to obtain a leading role in emerging industries,” he said. “China’s Bitcoin businesses have achieved that.”

A fascinating article on numerous fronts.
Two main points:
1) The mining, its miners, and therefore the power is pretty concentrated.
2) Mining at scale uses a lot of electricity (Bitcoin mining machines in his facilities use about 38 megawatts of electricity, he said, enough to power a small city.)___

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2016-07-07 00:26:36 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

Economics Ignorance
And Its Costs

Beating the drums of economics awareness is a fool's errand, yet we're paying the price for it.

Via +Mark Thoma 

Economics Ignorance
And Its Costs

Beating the drums of economics awareness is a fool's errand, yet we're paying the price for it.

Via +Mark Thoma ___

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2016-07-06 23:33:01 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

Fine Tuning
Wisdom of the Crowds

In short, what you're trying to weed out is people who cannot conceive of what answers other might have. That is, if it's their idea of answer, it must be right. What other answer could there possibly be!

Via +Bernd Nurnberger 

Fine Tuning
Wisdom of the Crowds

In short, what you're trying to weed out is people who cannot conceive of what answers other might have. That is, if it's their idea of answer, it must be right. What other answer could there possibly be!

Via +Bernd Nurnberger ___

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