This week, I’m sharing some links that I have found very useful for provoking conversations within my social networks.
I will not only share the link, but try to offer some ideas for the context in which the piece can be productively shared.
Daniel Pink has written an accessible and compelling piece in which he introduces the term “ambi-vert” (part introvert, part extrovert) to describe a collection of traits that contribute to one’s success in the business world. What I love about this piece is that it captures conversations that I’ve had with real people about their experience in social media. Many people find that they are uncomfortable in room full of strangers with whom they are supposed to be networking, whereas online they feel they can be more engaging and build business connections more easily. These are traits and experiences that many people have, including your clients and prospects and business colleagues. This is a great piece to share if you want to get to know someone in your network better. Credit goes to Michael Kitces for bringing this one to my attention.
This post is actually an answer to a question on Quora, the increasingly popular Q&A site (even more popular now that LinkedIn closed down their Answers feature). Great content can be found on Quora when knowledgeable people answer important questions. Here, Robert Scoble offers some valuable insight into traits of a good startup CEO. But these traits are just as applicable to virtually any CEO or C-suite leader operating in the social-local-mobile and digital age. Got any business leaders in your social networks? This is a killer share. This one came to me through Quora’s regular email push.
If you haven’t heard about Uber yet, you must read this. It’s a very interesting hired car business model that is threatening massive disruption to the heavily regulated taxicar industry. Most interesting here though is a very relevant discussion of innovation in the context of regulated industries. As a consultant working in the financial services space, I know regulated industries and how much resistance there is to business model innovation. Can innovation occur at all within heavily regulated industries? The author of this piece thinks not. What do you think? What do your network colleagues think? Great way to start a conversation AND let people know about Uber. Credit goes to Paul Morosin for finding this one.
If you’ve spent any amount of time online, you know that it’s kind of like the wild west out there when it comes to commenting. While some people really step forward with thoughtful, helpful contributions, others’ cruelty, ignorance and thoughtlessness can take your breath away. The more anonymous the commenter is allowed to be, the more extreme the comments. This article from Scientific American take a deep look at the state of commenting online and offers some practical solutions for addressing the challenges.
Sometimes eye-candy is all you need to spark a good conversation and Google’s new Tel Aviv office sure isn’t hard on the eyes. This space is so over-the-top awesome that it’s bound to trigger some virtual water cooler chat in your networks. Check out these chairs.
Perhaps the most response I got this week from any share was this post about kindness as a leadership strategy. People need to be inspired and talking about kindness as a strategy both for getting things done and doing well by people seems to resonate. Interestingly, this article got retweeted and liked by predominantly female members of my social networks. I wasn’t conscious of this before I shared it, but the piece kind of acted as a magnet for engagement with women in my networks. Maybe it will do the same for you – or maybe your experience will be different.
I’m always interested to hear what pieces you like most and why. Don’t be shy – send me your feedback anytime.