Popular themes from the Sharewords Cloud @Robin_Dickinson Sharewords:’the easiest way for us to recommend you.’ Great Concept! @hollingsworth


Popular themes from the Sharewords Cloud

Robin Dickenson’s RadSmarts has been moderating a very active discussion around his concept of ‘Sharewords : the easiest way for us to recommend you‘. It’s generated around 153 retweets and over 900 comments so far, so it definitely resonates with many people.

I’ve taken the liberty of building a word cloud to get a feeling of what the main themes are. Have a look…

Business, People, Delivery and Advantage clearly stand out.

Excellent to see the focus Robin is generating around profitability and customer value. Keep it up Robin, Great work!

and yes, I’m starting to ponder my sharewords 😉

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Melbourne @Pitch_Club, @AnthillMagazine Meetup and the CrowdSourced COO?…@peterchristo @jamestuckerman #nscm


Melbourne Pitch Club, Anthill Magazine Meetup and the CrowdSourced COO?

After my first #nscm Coffee morning in Sydney last week and all the interesting folks I’ve met, I decided to attend the Melbourne Pitch Club event this evening. To my pleasant surprise the event was merged with an Anthill magazine Entrepreneurial evening, so there was lots to learn, listen to and contribute, as well as meeting a few more interesting people. Four entrepreneurs were on stage talking about some lessons learned, with James prompting them to distill the essence of their journey to date. The mix of people was great as was the discussion around ‘ageism’ 😉 and funding approaches. It seems there is an opportunity for more experienced folks (in the corporate sense) to work with, for or mentor the brains trust – the ‘younger’ crowd who have the energy, vision and guts to create these amazing businesses , without them having to learn some of the business basics the hard way.I’m not being patronising here at all, but I do believe there’s a point where your experience, energy and passion collide to create some value for those around you.

A common theme seems to be the access to someone able to coach and actively participate in these buisnesses as a sounding board and, as James put it, someone to work for and be accountable to in terms of deadlines.

Once the startup has funding, the board and directors often play this role, but I’m seeing an opportunity to support startups in the very early stages. How to make this viable will require some creativity, but some things you do for the love of it and to see bright people and ideas succeed. Maybe the ‘pay it forward’ approach pays off in the longer term. The birth of the Crowdsourced COO? Time for my thinking cap…

The Intrepreneur

These theme came up this evening and it was good to hear that it’s a common issue. I have always considered myself an Intrepreneur (see my LinkedIn Profile), as I’ve spent most of my working life inside enterprises as a change agent, always swimming upstream or at least across the current, driving change. A very rewarding and at times frustrating experience, as often ideas are stillborn as the nature of the corporate is that they lag innovative thinking by a few years. The Intrepid Intrepreneur, however, has vision, determination, foresight and influence and this, combined with the Entrepreneurial opportunity and community, can be a powerful combination. Your thoughts?

Bookmonkey

and lastly, a shoutout to Ken Ihara from BookMonkey.com.au for his 90 second pitch at the end of the evening . This always takes guts and courage, so well done! Check him out and support this great cause – driving down the prices of books in Australia!

 

 

Twitter gives free Limo ride! #nscm @SOUTHSYDNEYLIMO @hollingsworth @BTRoam @FromBrooke @DBendall @Robin_Dickinson @Rog42


Twitter does have real world value

Serendipidy again. Gotta love the power of this ‘public SMS system’. In Sydney for two days and I decide to tweet @hollingsworth to catch up for a coffee. He does a #tweetmyride to see if anyone is in the area and next thing you know, Nick from @SOUTHSYDNEYLIMO is parked outside my hotel collecting me with @hollingsworth! So, once again, @Twitter has tangibly impacted my life. I travelled in style with Tony & Nick (highly recommended – classy, professional service and excellent car), spent a few hours meeting some interesting, stimulating people over great coffee (Thanks Caffe Prego in Mosman) and have sniffed out some Melbourne Meetups. Try doing that without Twitter!

So what did we discuss?

Mobile phone dev platforms, iPad envy, how to set up Posterous and Feedburner to manage podcasts, consulting, ID management, branding, social media, social media tools, P&L focus, Microsoft vs Apple, performance boosting ideas, sharewords, Identity Evangelism, and much more.
A nice balance of geeky, business, and interesting stuff.
Highly recommended, so if you can get to one, do it. Follow #nscm for the next one…

The disconnect between Enterprise and the real world is astounding!

I’ve spent the bulk of my professional career running IT Professional Services business’ in customers, outsource and offshore providers, and I’m astounded how slowly corporates move and don’ t realise the power and value of the’ upside down model’ as @lukerides describes it (the power shifting from the corporates to the consumer).

Our employees currently operate completely in ‘consumer’ mode in their private lives and have to shift gears (often down) in their working environments. Our challenge over the next few years is going to be how to fully embrace the appropriate technologies and practices to leverage what @rossdawson calls the Living Network. Most IT environments, from engineering to project management to enterprise architecture survive on their knowledge workers, but are very poor at creating the right environments to reduce the ‘friction’ in these natural networks to enable better collaboration. The simple ‘connecting’ example above is very simply and easily achieved through Twitter + willingness + zero friction, and my experience with Crowdsourcing here and here is similar, but very hard to replicate inside a corporate environment.

There are very good, practical financial and business reasons not to move fast on some of these issues, but the cost of not doing anything is the real risk.The ‘ROI’ is hard to justify and equally hard to measure (except in coffee, chats and Limo rides!), but we know intuitively that it works and delivers value. How we bridge the divide is the big question. I have some views and approaches for a future post, but I’d be interested in any thoughts or comments?

Special #WorldCup pages created by Twitter. Also watch the opening concert online #aus #rsa #SouthAfrica #Bafana


Twitter has created special pages to follow the World Cup in South Africa.

TechCrunch explains it all here

The South Africa vs Mexico opener is here

and the general World Cup Page is here

Watch the World Cup Opening Concert here online

 

Twitter over capacity again? This is the second day in a row I’ve been on the Twitter site and get the’ Twitter Over Capacity’ message. What’s up #twitter ?


This is the second day in a row I’ve been on the Twitter site and get the’ Twitter Over Capacity’ message. What’s up #twitter ?

Get your Face in Space on one of the last 2 remaining @NASA shuttle missions. Sign up now.


I love Space stuff and am definitely going one day.  (Target Date : September 2020), so this is a small step in the right direction.

Crowd funding will get me there (easy – current price $200,000 per flight on Virgin Galactic. 10 years time due to Crowd Volumes the price should drop to around $20,000…)

 

Sign up for one of the last 2 remaining Shuttle Missions now. http://faceinspace.nasa.gov/index.aspx

From the NASA site Fly Your Face in Space

NASA wants to put a picture of you on one of the two remaining space shuttle missions and launch it into orbit.”

Join us. I’m on mission STS-134 and number 562 from Australia…
Do it. You know you want to 😉

Meeting #Crowdsourcing startups one day, @Cisco the next…and many surprising synergies #TIEcrowd @rossdawson @hollingsworth @paulwallbank


Serendipity. A word that’s popped up many times over the last few days.

I get a tweet. I go to the Crowdsourcing event in Sydney. I go to the Cisco Insight 2010 event on Tuesday. @rossdawson who hosted the Crowdsourcing event is speaking at the Cisco event. I catch up with Ross. We discover other mutual opportunities. He blogs about it here. I LinkIn to someone I met at the Crowdsource event on Monday. This may lead to further opportunities. My blog traffic rises tenfold. All this in 2 days.

Very interesting series of events and some lessons learned.

  • Keep the faith and work hard on your online presence. LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook and Blogging works.
  • Electronic only ‘relationships’ don’t exist. Nothing replaces meeting in person. One physical meeting creates more momentum than hundreds of electronic interactions. If you doubt this, review which ‘relationships’ on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn etc are the most meaningful, and 90% of those will be with people you have actually met.
  • Pay it forward. Social media is only effective if you’re giving without expecting anything in return. There are definite business benefits and rewards, but that’s the spin-off, not the objective. A bit like fishing – the pleasure is in being absorbed in the fishing, not just catching the fish.
  • Get involved and participate in a community. Calling all pockets is a waste of time.
  • Understand your unique combination of skills that forms your personal value proposition, and don’t get overwhelmed by the ‘everything has been done before’ feeling that the mass of data on the web creates.
  • If you have a great idea, just do it. now. quickly. See seggr, Task Exchange , Ideas Culture , Freelancer, and DesignCrowd for proof.

OK, back to the Cisco Event. What was interesting? (My personal views)

  • Cisco (a $133B tech product company) cares about social media and the impact and opportunities in our future. So should you. Take it seriously
  • We’re moving towards the Internet of Things rapidly.
  • Collaboration is the major challenge and opportunity going forward.
  • Managing multiple providers is a key differentiator and future skill (Gartner said this a few years ago when they spoke about the move to multi-sourcing and the need for organization to become expert vendor managers). I believe Crowdsourcing will face a similar challenge  / opportunity for whoever can get this right.
  • Project  / Programme Management has a major opportunity to get more agile here and operate in all these areas – Internal formal PMO’s, Outsourced Project Services, Cloud based PM, Crowd-based Project Management and the various supporting Saas PM tools. Massive opportunity to play across these areas, I think.
  • It was interesting to observe the two ends of the spectrum. Micro business Crowdsourcing vs large scale Cisco both driving the same message and strategy. “Smart + Connected”. In @Cisco’s case, it’s in the Network and in Crowdsourcing’s case, it’s in the Living Network.
  • Cisco also spoke about their internal Virtual Expert Organisation offering, which is actually ‘Private/Enterprise Crowdsourcing’?

And finally, I think I’ve gone over to the Dark Side. I found myself #tagging my written notes 😉