A few network connections have decided to work out loud next week. This calls for an INTERNATIONAL WORK OUT LOUD WEEK proclamation! Austen Hunter has the schematic, which he shared to a Yammer customer network: Of course, number one is the most important: Do something! #WOLyo is action oriented. My guess is that my #PKyvr33 process will suffice as my participation to the week. Look out for #WOLweek #WOLyo! for others’ efforts. Last night, at dinner, my partner Lori said: “You are discussing [the opportunity of] elevation through connection and community.” I like that, elevation. It will definitely synthesize somehow into … Continue reading #PKyvr33 Day 3: International Working Out Loud Week #WOLweek #WOLyo!
The TMWK brand arose from iterative work. It came from real action, real outcomes – the TMWK BrandBoard process. It came from working out loud trying to effect change in the workplace, to support people build their reputation and explain their individual advantage. Retrospectively, I considered the underlying themes of delivering a personal branding program. I identified five ideas that simply described the output / outcome. They happened to create a neat apronym – F.R.E.S.H. Fun.Revealing.Entertaining.Shareable+Social.Heartfelt. Now think about how you relate to another person. You meet someone at a party, or a conference, and an outcome is that you connect … Continue reading The Person To Person Economy: Be F.R.E.S.H.
The #unSquirrel Manifesto and approach is simplistic: share, without too much thought, what you know, with whomsoever you know. The more you share, the wider and deeper will be your network of influence and support, the more you will (un/re)learn. Sharing is not about perfection and earth-shattering content – #unSquirrel is not high falutin’ journalism or activism. It is about delivering on this thought: maybe there is someone who might find this interesting. Person to person, how much simpler could it be? Is an audience of one sufficient? It depends on what you are trying to achieve, right? If you read Seth … Continue reading The Person To Person Economy: #unSquirrel
Manifestos should be uncomplicated, simple to follow. They should end with an invitation to step right this way. The #unSquirrel Manifesto has its first follower, the always shiny, happy Austen Hunter. And his #unSquirrel share is PERFECT. @ThisMuchWeKnow recruitment advice: attitude, intellect, knowledge …in that order (from @LassySD) #unSquirrel pic.twitter.com/2cEPmMPfNR — Austen (@AustenHunter) May 19, 2014 There is no great need to dissect why it is a perfect #unSquirrel (each #unSquirrel should be given away lightly, with little fanfare or expectation), but a few things that struck me: Austen learned something and made a scribbled note he shared it simply, with … Continue reading #unSquirrel In Action: A Simple Use Case
Post-it notes are the best way you can include many people into a process to learn. Adults learn by doing, writing something down and sharing it in the open puts skin in the game for everyone. All meeting should involve post-it notes. It is the #unSquirrel manifesto in action: #unSquirrel today! ←This Much We Know.→ Continue reading The #unSquirrel Manifesto: The Visual
This is a real surprise. I think we have been educated to believe that those that share, know. They are the teachers, the experts. Their share is a broadcast to the unwashed, the unknowing. Ha! Not so. I have learned that as I share, I learn! Sharing today is much more about conversation and co-creation than it used to be. Little now is fully formed before others get to see it and start to add to it. This working out loud, in perpetual beta, is our beta gift to the world, and the world returns the favour by driving the … Continue reading #unSquirrel Manifesto 8: As I Share, I Learn
This is the simplest comparison I have crafted so far to explain the old to new paradigms that are happening in our organizations and communities. #unSquirrel is ALL about share. We do not broadcast for our own ego. We do it to connect, support, challenge – ourselves and others. We give away our knowledge – in the knowledge that by doing so we will help others and ourselves. The old model was to save our knowledge, to squirrel it away and somehow “monetize / influencize” it at the opportune moment. But when was that moment, and with whom? Let the network … Continue reading #unSquirrel Manifesto 6: Share Is The New Save
A critical recoil against sharing by many people is “No-one will like it! What if it adds little value?” My belief: who cares? According to Sturgeon’s Law, 90% of everything is crap. In this I also believe. If true, few of us have the chance to adds much value much of the time, but perversely, this should NOT stop us sharing. It should encourage it, because all the pressure is off yo! Do not over-think it. Have a thought, or an idea. Write it down, take a photo. Upload to the social channel of your choice. Done and done. Let’s … Continue reading #unSquirrel Manifesto 5: So What If It Is Crap?
What do we share when we #unSquirrel? Well, at work, our work will do for a start. Working out loud, in the open, is about the gift of knowledge, of assisting others (often unknown) in leveraging your skills and experience and attitude. Where does one begin? Somewhere. Share a project update (as widely as possible). Engage in a conversation about a topic on which you know things, or want to know about. Suggest an idea when no-one ask for it(!) Invite others into a project to help you. Do something. Do the opposite of what so many of us do, … Continue reading #unSquirrel Manifesto 4: Work Out Loud #WOLyo!
The #unSquirrel process is nothing to do with fear and loathing. It is an journey of opening yourself to the world. However, sometimes, you need a place to push off from. Oftentimes, we have been told that our opinions do not count. We have been worn down. #unSquirrel is about drawing a line in the sand, and saying no more. As you share, people will question you, will complain,, they will wonder (out loud) why YOU think YOU are so important. Sometimes, you need an enemy of sorts. ←This Much We Know.→ Continue reading #unSquirrel Manifesto 3: Something To Add