Is It Time For Some Crazed Magic In Your Work Life? Let’s Work Out Loud Again #WOL

John Stepper is preparing his e-book for publication on the topic of working out loud. John’s approach is nurturing and community-led. It has network theory at its heart, it is a transformative experience of turning inside-out the norms of (knowledge) … Continue reading Is It Time For Some Crazed Magic In Your Work Life? Let’s Work Out Loud Again #WOL

Ponder, Ponder, Ponder, Collaborate, Re-think, Revise, Submit. A Young Professional’s Story.

I am helping some young people – students and recently graduated – with a personal branding class, producing mini-BrandBoards. One of the input questions is “What is your work philosophy?” There are some good answers (well, all answers are good … Continue reading Ponder, Ponder, Ponder, Collaborate, Re-think, Revise, Submit. A Young Professional’s Story.

Hustle + Flow: How To Possess A Distinct, Undeniable Swag

Last week, in sharing this beta process of constructing a Work Manifesto For The Social Age, Richard Martin added his always excellent input…

I protested that hustle was all about action…

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3 Things I Learned From Being An Anonymous Enterprise Troll

Four years ago, before “social” was a thing inside my company, I tried a few things out. One of them was an anonymous blog on the crappy old intranet in which I gently, but directly, skewered various big personalities and important people in the organization, through the voice of The Pundit.

The Pundit always referred to The Pundit in the third person. The Pundit was self-important and zealous, convinced of The Pundit‘s rectitude. The Pundit antagonized and poked colleagues throughout the world, trying to galvanize social discourse and watercooler chat that was visible to all. The Pundit was very edgy, a satirical representation of the back channel protagonists and gossip mongers that patrol the office corridors.

The Pundit, unsurprisingly, was a highly divisive character – hierarchy killing hero to some, rude and ridiculous troll to others.

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When The Eyes Of Your C-Suite Are Staring At You (Unblinkingly), Your #ESN Will Fail

Enterprise Social Networks flatten organizations, they release untold energy and stories and knowledge, content that floods through the network and makes the company come alive…right? Well, it depends who is watching. Everyone in social business will tell you that executive sponsorship is critical for the successful evolution of your social enterprise endeavour. Well, yeah, but no. I agree that support is required, some engagement too. But ownership top-down roll-outs, not so much. Case in point… A friend told me a story the other night: –begin– I got an invite to a yammer network from a developer colleague. Seems like Yammer is … Continue reading When The Eyes Of Your C-Suite Are Staring At You (Unblinkingly), Your #ESN Will Fail

We Want In Our Public Lives What We (Already) Have In Our Private Lives

I often point at my iPhone at work and say “Why can’t things work here (location) like they do for me here (device)?” I was on a video call last week with the Adjuvi team – Dion Hinchcliffe and Larry Everson – Dion made such a simple, powerful point… "App store is your personal IT dept." – @dhinchcliffe nice! — Jonathan Anthony (@ThisMuchWeKnow) July 10, 2014 It brings to mind an article I have been heavily influenced by, called Brands as Patterns by Method. It uses the iPhone interface as a mechanism to discuss how to organize artifacts and themes. So, we have EVERYTHING … Continue reading We Want In Our Public Lives What We (Already) Have In Our Private Lives