My nephew qualified today as a medical doctor, and what a time. He will shortly be sent to the front line in a local hospital in Leeds, later in London. This is the journey he decided on many years ago, … Continue reading Death Poem
Consider tangential ways to create a ‘me’ meme so others can really know me. (Decide on ‘photo!’) Look for inspiration. Have fun doing it. Share, hopefully. Let serendipity strike. I HEART twitter, almost every day, in some small way. ←This Much We Know.→ Continue reading Twitter Is Often Serendipity Squared
I have learned many things from writing the TMWK blog for a year, with more than 260 posts. Here are 10 revelations, so far. I want to separate out a key piece. Because the blog is me working out loud, sharing my knowledge, perspective, beliefs and opinions, it is the CLEAREST, most precise way you can know me (well, unless you KNOW me IRL). I say This Much We Know. I mean, this is who I am, how I move out into the world. If you read this blog, you know me, you know my motivations, my focus, my gift and … Continue reading This Much We Know? You Will Know Me From This Blog
I started this blogging idea watching my kids learning about the world for the first time with “the child’s clear eye…”; and comparing it to my own curiosity I have in unlearning / relearning so many of the social and work rules I have come to question and challenge. It is also to capture those effortless moments of childhood and not to forget them. Acknowledging my kids’ genius is vital work. These posts seem to be popular with mummy bloggers, especially on WordPress. The most popular post: Curious Kids: The Child’s Clear Eye Discover more by searching for Curious Kids. ←This … Continue reading TMWK Best Of 2013 5: Curious Kids
Everyone loves a good year in review. Here is one for the TMWK blog. Always finish on a high, so let’s start at the bottom of the heap. The post that had the least readership was, IMHO, a fun little gem. I correlated Sturgeon’s Law (that 90% of everything is crap) to an invitation to write, to work out loud! Clearly, 99% of everyone thought it to be a crap idea. Pity. ←This Much We Know.→ Continue reading TMWK Worst Of 2013: People Don’t Like To Know That 90% Of EVERYTHING Is Crap
I closed out 2013 with a series of posts on personal branding and the BrandBoard process we excel at here at TMWK. To welcome the new year, here is a quick review of the content. It’s Me > You Every Time It starts with you. How you define yourself is the most important thing – more important than how other people define you. You own your brand. More >> Do You Have A Head-Heart-Hand Brand? We cannot be all things to all people. Don’t try it. Focus on where you make the difference. We find that most people have a … Continue reading Want To Know About Personal Branding? Step Right This Way…
The number one area of reading everyone should be doing to better understand the(ir) human condition is modern advances in neurology – we have come to understand more about the workings of brain in the last 20 years than in the previous 10000 years. I remember as a Economics undergrad participating in game theory studies with my professors as they pulled apart long standing arguments about rational decision-making. It is fascinating stuff. So, when we look at your personal brand, part of the process is to reflect on how we make decisions, because it definitely informs how we show up. … Continue reading Dissecting Your Personal Brand: How Does Your Brain Work?
Or, How John Hagel, David Armano, Hugh MacLeod and Harold Jarche Kickstarted Me. Here’s how it began. 2011 Back story: In my MarComms job, I had two projects front of mind – launching an Enterprise Social Network (we were the first company in the world to completely replace our intranet with Yammer) and developing a bunch of infographics on business performance (turning heavy PowerPoint slides into something more digestible). Independently, I was mentoring some young communicators who were trying to work out their pitch and career paths. I spent a lot of time thinking about these topics; with plenty of online … Continue reading What Does A Friend Look Like In The Age Of Social?
By film number VI, Rocky Balboa made have had some brain damage, but boy can he deliver a punch(line). I go back to this video extract (minus the intro-outro titles) at least once a year – it is the best piece of advice about working on change I have heard. Let me tell you something you already know… It’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward…You gotta be prepared to take the hits. Sometimes, when we talk about change, about the future of work, about embedding social inside the enterprise etc. we can get bogged down … Continue reading Everything I Learned About Change, I Learned From Rocky Balboa.
[Take 1: How We Learn] [Take 2 –Selling Social Business Is Hard] Jarche explains the simple power of redundancy and repetition. As we learn in digital networks, stock (content) loses significance, while flow (conversation) becomes more important – the challenge becomes how to continuously weave the many bits of information and knowledge that pass by us each day. What we need is “A professional learning network, with its redundant connections, repetition of information and indirect communications…” The first step for an individual to participate is to create an input. Write. Share. Converse. Opine. (Dis)Agree. Add. Propose. Link. Collate. Curate. Spew. Apologise. … Continue reading Redundancy And Repetition Are Good For You: Take 3 –Blogging Is Good For You Too
I asked someone recently a question that seemed quite natural to ask. It felt good. I didn’t over think it. It just made sense at the time. I asked her: How can I help? I was reminded of this brief exchange recently when I read this article on the networking power of asking the same question (I think, via @Nilofer) I think it might be the most important question we can ask each other in the next 10 years, and not just because it will help us network (always a useful skill). Now, there is nothing other-worldly about what I … Continue reading Hello. I’m Jonathan. How Can I Help?
There is a default way to start a blog. It goes something like this: “Welcome to my blog! “So, I’ve been [experimenting with X for a while / practicing X for many years] and I thought it was about time that I shared some of my stuff with [“the Universe” / “my fellow enthusiasts” / “y’all”]. “This blogging is all a bit new to me, so please don’t be too harsh. I will try to post regularly, but I do have a life! LOL! I hope you enjoy it. Please feel free to comment below. I look forward to hearing … Continue reading This Is How It Always Begins…”Welcome To My Blog”