100 Best Damn Career Mavens on Twitter (Revisited)

August 30, 2010

Tweet Just over a year ago, I wrote a post highlighting 100 must-follow career mavens on Twitter. Since then I’ve continued to curate that list, adding new promising voices and focusing in on those that dedicate their tweets to the career advancement of others. The result, I’m excited to say, is what I believe to […]

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The Single Most Important Reason Why Social Media Campaigns Fail

July 27, 2010

Tweet All companies that have used social media successfully have a common trait. It’s not the features or benefits of their products. There are thousands of companies making great products with exceptional and sometimes groundbreaking features that never make it. Products are not what inspire us to follow a company or spread their message. What […]

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10 Steps to Turn Your Professional Network into a Thriving Tribe

July 19, 2010

Tweet You are the leader of the most powerful organization in your work life—your professional network. How and where you lead it will determine what you get out of it. What many professionals don’t realize is that by turning their professional network into a self-sustaining organization or tribe, they will have positioned themselves to benefit […]

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Executive Book Summary: Cognitive Surplus by Clay Shirky (Part II)

July 14, 2010

Tweet This is the second post summarizing Clay Shirky’s new book Cognitive Surplus: Creativity and Generosity in a Connected Age (affiliate link). If you missed Part I, click here to read it before starting this one. The perfect social media strategy… doesn’t exist yet. Truth is that with just over five years of experimentation, we […]

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Executive Book Summary: Cognitive Surplus by Clay Shirky (Part I)

July 12, 2010

Tweet This is Executive Book Summary is the first in a series of book reviews. If you would like to check out the rest of my bookshelf, where I’ve rated several of my favorite books, click here. Clay Shirky (TED, Blog, Twitter) is the Godfather of social media. His work on Here Comes Everybody: The […]

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Anybody Can Do What You Do, But Only You Can Be Who You Are

July 1, 2010

Tweet Most executives that are honest with themselves know that the services they offer are virtually identical to those offered by competitors. Don’t believe me? Take a blank piece of paper and draw a line down the center. On the left side write the top five selling points you use to convince prospects to choose […]

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100 People Who Won’t Let You Fail, No Matter What

May 24, 2010

Tweet What if you had a century of peers that always had your back? I’m talking about building a small army of “Real Colleagues” that know you intimately and are there to support you whenever the need arises. They are the people that will go out of their way to help you with an introduction, […]

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Strengthen Your Web and Get Out of the Way

May 5, 2010

Tweet The truly successful networkers that I know meet new people for the sole purpose of adding value to the people they already know. When you meet somebody at a networking event, do you think about how that person can help you, or are you thinking about who in your network might benefit from an […]

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How to Make Unemployment the Most Productive Time in Your Career

February 22, 2010

Tweet When most of us find ourselves in transition we’re like the man in Plato’s Allegory of the Cave. Here’s the allegory in a nutshell: Imagine a group of people living in a cave lit only by a small fire. Now imagine one of them getting dragged out of that cave and brought out into […]

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Should Public Companies Be Afraid of Social Media?

February 1, 2010

Tweet Over the past three posts, I have focused on the unprecedented opportunities that social media offers professional stock traders and everyday retail investors. However, social media is also opening new doors for public companies willing to engage with shareholders and create an additional layer of transparency to their investor relations activities. While the vast […]

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