Best of Leadership Blogs 2010

OK, I'm late to the party. 

Mr. Remarkable, Kevin Eikenberry (@kevineikenberry) has the voting booth open for The Best Leadership Blogs of 2010. Well, he opened it up on November 16 and I managed to be on the side of a mountain with a client group. Really. But that's another post. All Things Workplace was one of the 11 blogs nominated and we're again honored. The blog receiving the most votes will be the winner and you are allowed one vote per email address. Each of the other nominees is in my RSS reader and many are close, online friends who bring a unique, quality perspective to the leadership table.

If you believe All Things Workplace contributes to your knowledge  as a leader I would appreciate your vote. Even if this isn't your "go-to" blog, do take time to recognize one of the other leadership writers. 

To all of you who have already become part of the All Things Workplace community, sincere thanks.

--Steve Roesler

 

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HR Online Influencers: Top 25

I've been tracking John Sumser’s unfolding list of top 100 HR influencers with interest

Top 25 Digital BadgeJohn has now published a new list which uses algorithms to rank online footprints and identify the top 25 online HR influencers -we're ranked at #19. Check out the HRExaminer site for info on all of the writers; you'll find some unique contributors.

I found John's approach to the rankings refreshing. He took time to decide upon a set of meaningful criteria and stuck to them. The ranking is a combination of three different percentages:

  • Reach: This score (a percentile) estimates the number of people who see the material. It’s a measure of "eyeballs" or audience size.
  • Resonance: This measures the number of inbound links, mentions, blogroll listings, & community participation
  • Relevance: This score describes the fit of the individual's work with a cloud of keywords.

Many thanks to the other influencers and contributors for linking here.  And special thanks to you for reading!

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How To Join in The World Business Forum 09 Online

I'm looking forward to meeting the bloggers listed below at next week's World Business Forum 2009 in New York City.

We'll be using the #wbf09 hashtag for real-time updates of the conference.

Anyone can participate  in real time by following the #wbf09 hashtag on Twitter. To join in, simply use the #wbf09 tag in your tweet. You can pose a question, share an opinion, or reply to anyone directly. To reach a specific blogger, just start your tweet with their Twitter ID.  (For example, to reach me, simply start your tweet with @steveroesler and use the #wbf09. I’ll see it and reply.)  Including #wbf09 in any of your tweets will make it visible to anyone participating in the conversation.

Here's a list of folks you can follow at  WBF09:

Wall Street Journal | Kelly Evans | @Kelly_Evans
Wall Street Journal | Paul Glader | @PaulGlader
The Huffington Post | Shahien Nasiripour | @huffbusiness
BusinessWeek.com | Reena Jana  | @RJMAC
Reuters  | Felix Salmon  | @felixsalmon
Newsweek | Katie Paul  | @newsweek
Business.com: What Works for Business | Daniel Kehrer  | @whatworks
asmarterplanet.com | Adam Christensen | @smarterplanet
Jossey-Bass on Leadership | Carolyn Carlstroem | @josseybassbiz
mashable.com | Ben Parr | @benparr
billgeorge.org | Zach Clayton | @bill_george
The Big Picture | Barry Ritholtz
Purse Pundit | Jacki Zehner 
Execunet | Lauryn Franzoni | @LaurynFranzoni
Execunet | Robyn Greenspan | @Robyngreenspan
Execunet | Joseph McCool
Execunet | Jeffrey Sherman Thompson
1 to 1 Media | Don Peppers | @donpeppers
Path Forward International | Julie Lenzer Kirk | @YourBoot
Path Forward International | Renee Lewis | @chiefcatalyst
Thought Bright Blog | Robert McNeill
Working Knowledge | Andrea Meyer | @AndreaMeyer
Working Knowledge | Dana Meyer | @WorkingKnowledg
Business Boomer | Arabella Santiago | @businessboomer
Information Playground (EMC) | Steve Todd |  @SteveTodd
Social Media Blog Stu | Stuart Miniman | @stu
Insights on Leadership and Employee Engagement | Michael Lee Stallard  | @MichaelStallard
Innoblog | Renee Hopkins | @Renee_Innosight
Business Strategy Innovation Blog | Braden Kelley | @innovate
HSMInspiringIdeas.com | Graciela Gonzalez Biondo | @HSMAmericas
Gizmodo.com | Joanna Stern | @gizmodo
Time Leadership | Jim Estill | @JimEstill
Goodness500.org | Michael Mossoba | @creativemichael
All Things Workplace | Steve Roesler  | @steveroesler
Orrin Woodward Leadership Team | Orrin Woodward | @Orrin_Woodward
Influential Marketing | Rohit Bhargava | @rohitbhargava
GDGT | Peter Rojas | @peterrojas
Brain Leaders and Learners | Dr. Ellen Weber | @EllenfWeber
Brain Based Biz | Dr. Robyn McMaster | @robynMcMaster
Triple Pundit | Jen Boynton | @triplepundit
Triple Pundit | Nick Aster | @triplepundit
Triple Pundit | Ryan Mickle | @triplepundit
Marketing Thoughts Blog | Ken McArthur | @kenmcArthur
Training Magazine’s Training Day Blog | Margery Weinstein | @margeryw
Awake at the Wheel | Jonathan Fields | @jonathanfields
Hot Mommas Project | Kathy Korman Frey @chiefhotmomma
Hot Mommas Project | Amber Hunnicut | @HotMommasIntern
Youth Entrepreneurship Lady | Julie Kantor | @NFTEJuliek
Vault.com | Philip Stott | @VaultCareers
Vault.com | Linda Petock | @VaultCareers
Economist Mom | Diane Lim Rogers @EconomistMom
Hank Wasiak | Hank Wasiak | @hankwasiak
Chris Brady's Leadership Blog | Chris Brady | @rascaltweets
The Complete Innovator | Boris Pluskowski | @bpluskowski
PR Mama | Stephanie Smirnov | @ssmirnov
Ramblings from a Glass Half Full | Terry Starbucker | @Starbucker
Conference Hound | Jordan Enright-Schulz | @conferencehound
Conference Hound | Bruce Carlisle | @conferencehound
Successful Blog | Liz Strauss | @lizstrauss
Collaboration Solutions in Industry Segments | Bob Preston | @BobPrestonCCO
5 Blogs Before Lunch | David Allen Ibsen | @daveibsen
Fast Company Expert Blogger | Seth Kahan | @SethKahan

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Migration, Multi-tasking, And Baseball

Last week the logic board in my trusty White MacBook--one of the originals--died. It was my main (read "only") computer. It was backed up.I took it to the Apple Store where they informed me that I could get a Macbook_white new logic board for $600+ in 48 hours if I sent it to California. They also (kindly) let me know that if I were willing to wait 5 days it could be replaced locally for $280.

Now, watch my logic (this is why I stay away from Las Vegas):

"Hmm, I could save a good chunk of money by waiting 5 days.Yes, that's the frugal thing to do. But I can't be without a computer...I am a digital business guy. Aha! I'll get a featherweight MacBook Air that will be healthier for my back and my productivity will not only continue, it will skyrocket."

Macbookair So, after plopping down $1799 and having the Apple folks transfer my data to the new MacAir, I left the store with a smile and an unburdened back: I was no longer hunched over with the extra weight of that $1799 in my wallet.

Immobilized by the World Series

No sooner did I get home and fire up the blogging platform than: Voila! The World Series!

Phils I'm from Philadelphia. Those of you in the U.S. who follow baseball know that us Philly folks have spent our entire lives--except for the 1980 World Series (when I was living in Saudi Arabia)--watching the Phillies play the adult equivalent of T-ball. Not this year. Our guys did themselves well and won the whole thing.

Which is how I learned:

I cannot multitask. Sort of.

It seems that I could, in fact, chew gum and watch baseball; eat food and watch baseball; read Cigar Aficionado Magazine and watch baseball; but I could not work and watch baseball. Nor could I post any blogs and get to the celebratory parade. After a full day of trying, I couldn't even get to the parade.  Every route and mode of transportation known to humanity was inaccessible.

Then: Lo and behold, the original White MacBook came back in two days--not five. (I could have spent that $1799 on a helicopter and hovered over the stinkin' parade).

I Did Not Disappear. I Migrated.

Now it was time to re-transfer everything back to the original White MacBook. As an Apple user since 1987 I knew it would be a breeze. Just plug the Firewire connection  between the two computers and click on "Migration Assistant." Stop back in a few hours and all would be perfectly duplicated. Then, start the posts flowing again.

Oooh: no Firewire on the MacAir. No problem: I'll do it wirelessly.

Twelve hours later I sensed something might be amiss when the screen told me I had another 19 hours to go. 

No problem. Off to the Apple store to get a USB to Ethernet adapter for $29 + tax.

Back home, click on Migration Assistant, "You have 19 hours until. . ."

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Off to the Apple Store with both computers and an appointment with an Apple Genius. Genius tells me to leave both computers, he'll do the transfer, stop back in a few hours. Perfect timing. It's 6 pm, the Apple Store closes at 9, and Borders is across the street.

I return at 9 at which time the Genius informs me there is still "more time" to go on the transfer. I inform him that I could have done that. In fact, I already had. Since I need the MacAir to complete something for a client I leave with both laptops.

The next morning I arrive back at the Apple Store where I am greeted by name (I can't mention the exact name as this is a family blog). Today's solution: Leave the computers all day plus over-night; collect them in the morning.

The next morning I arrive back at the Apple Store where I am greeted by the same name. However: Today's Genius proudly announces that the migration is complete. He thinks I am ungrateful when I allow that it didn't take the population of Ireland that long to migrate to the U.S. during the potato famine.

When I arrive home and quickly boot the machines, it is immediately apparent that everything had been transferred--but not migrated. That is, the programs were not attached to their respective passwords and registrations.

So I have spent the past 48 hours doing all of that manually. And my face again wears the smile of a Happy Mac.

For the two of you who stuck with me all the way through this totally self-absorbed attempt at catharsis, I thank you.

All Things Workplace will now resume it's regular broadcast day.

 

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Join Kevin Eikenberry & Me On Wednesday!

On The Air With Kevin Eikenberry and Remarkable Leadership

If you want to learn more about becoming more productive, more satisfied, and more effective, I hope you'll connect with Kevin Eikenberry and me on Wednesday, October 15 at 2 p.m. Eastern Time.

Kevin_sweater_nobkgrd_left_facing_2 You can register here free!

We're going to be covering a lot of ground in an hour: leading, shared responsibility, tapping into your real talents, and making your team even better.

Bonus: I'll be giving away--free of charge--one membership to Kevin's Remarkable Leadership Learning System to an All Things Workplace email subscriber. If you want a chance to win something of genuine professional value--  Remarkable Leadership Learning System--fill in the email box in the upper-right sidebar in the yellow box above "Get email updates."  You will be eligible if you register as an email subscriber by midnight on Friday, October 17. The winner will be announced on Monday, October 20th.

See you at 2pm ET on Wednesday, October 15!

Note: If you are totally unable to join us, we'll have the program available afterward for a nominal fee.

 

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Age of Conversation 2 Update

We live in an online world where content leads to conversations that continually re-shape the content.

There is probably more interactive learning online than in many classrooms. If this is so, it makes sense to gather a group of involved "conversationalists" and do something to heighten awareness.

Aoc2cover Age of Conversation 2: Why Don't They Get It? is scheduled to be published shortly. Proceeds will again go to the kids helped worldwide by Variety Children's Charity.

I'm honored to be a contributor. This is a group of marketing, business, design, and thought leaders whose sites will add some daily spark to your RSS reader:

Adrian Ho, Aki Spicer, Alex Henault, Amy Jussel, Andrew Odom, Andy Nulman, Andy Sernovitz, Andy Whitlock, Angela Maiers, Ann Handley, Anna Farmery, Armando Alves, Arun Rajagopal, Asi Sharabi, Becky Carroll, Becky McCray, Bernie Scheffler, Bill Gammell, Bob LeDrew, Brad Shorr, Brandon Murphy, Branislav Peric, Brent Dixon, Brett Macfarlane, Brian Reich, C.C. Chapman, Cam Beck, Casper Willer, Cathleen Rittereiser, Cathryn Hrudicka, Cedric Giorgi, Charles Sipe, Chris Kieff, Chris Cree, Chris Wilson, Christina Kerley (CK), C.B. Whittemore, Chris Brown, Connie Bensen, Connie Reece, Corentin Monot, Craig Wilson, Daniel Honigman, Dan Schawbel, Dan Sitter, Daria Radota Rasmussen, Darren Herman, Dave Davison, David Armano, David Berkowitz, David Koopmans, David Meerman Scott, David Petherick, David Reich, David Weinfeld, David Zinger, Deanna Gernert, Deborah Brown, Dennis Price, Derrick Kwa, Dino Demopoulos, Doug Haslam, Doug Meacham, Doug Mitchell, Douglas Hanna, Douglas Karr, Drew McLellan, Duane Brown, Dustin Jacobsen, Dylan Viner, Ed Brenegar, Ed Cotton, Efrain Mendicuti, Ellen Weber, Eric Peterson, Eric Nehrlich, Ernie Mosteller, Faris Yakob, Fernanda Romano, Francis Anderson, Gareth Kay, Gary Cohen, Gaurav Mishra, Gavin Heaton, Geert Desager, George Jenkins, G.L. Hoffman, Gianandrea Facchini, Gordon Whitehead, Greg Verdino, Gretel Going & Kathryn Fleming, Hillel Cooperman, Hugh Weber, J. Erik Potter, James Gordon-Macintosh, Jamey Shiels, Jasmin Tragas, Jason Oke, Jay Ehret, Jeanne Dininni, Jeff De Cagna, Jeff Gwynne & Todd Cabral, Jeff Noble, Jeff Wallace, Jennifer Warwick, Jenny Meade, Jeremy Fuksa, Jeremy Heilpern, Jeroen Verkroost, Jessica Hagy, Joanna Young, Joe Pulizzi, John Herrington, John Moore, John Rosen, John Todor, Jon Burg, Jon Swanson, Jonathan Trenn, Jordan Behan, Julie Fleischer, Justin Foster, Karl Turley, Kate Trgovac, Katie Chatfield, Katie Konrath, Kenny Lauer, Keri Willenborg, Kevin Jessop, Kristin Gorski, Lewis Green, Lois Kelly, Lori Magno, Louise Manning, Luc Debaisieux, Mario Vellandi, Mark Blair, Mark Earls, Mark Goren, Mark Hancock, Mark Lewis, Mark McGuinness, Matt Dickman, Matt J. McDonald, Matt Moore, Michael Karnjanaprakorn, Michelle Lamar, Mike Arauz, Mike McAllen, Mike Sansone, Mitch Joel, Neil Perkin, Nettie Hartsock, Nick Rice, Oleksandr Skorokhod, Ozgur Alaz, Paul Chaney, Paul Hebert, Paul Isakson, Paul McEnany, Paul Tedesco, Paul Williams, Pet Campbell, Pete Deutschman, Peter Corbett, Phil Gerbyshak, Phil Lewis, Phil Soden, Piet Wulleman, Rachel Steiner, Sreeraj Menon, Reginald Adkins, Richard Huntington, Rishi Desai, Robert Hruzek, Roberta Rosenberg, Robyn McMaster, Roger von Oech, Rohit Bhargava, Ron Shevlin, Ryan Barrett, Ryan Karpeles, Ryan Rasmussen, Sam Huleatt, Sandy Renshaw, Scott Goodson, Scott Monty, Scott Townsend, Scott White, Sean Howard, Sean Scott, Seni Thomas, Seth Gaffney, Shama Hyder, Sheila Scarborough, Sheryl Steadman, Simon Payn, Sonia Simone, Spike Jones, Stanley Johnson, Stephen Collins, Stephen Landau, Stephen Smith, Steve Bannister, Steve Hardy, Steve Portigal, Steve Roesler, Steven Verbruggen, Steve Woodruff, Sue Edworthy, Susan Bird, Susan Gunelius, Susan Heywood, Tammy Lenski, Terrell Meek, Thomas Clifford, Thomas Knoll, Tim Brunelle, Tim Connor, Tim Jackson, Tim Mannveille, Tim Tyler, Timothy Johnson, Tinu Abayomi-Paul, Toby Bloomberg, Todd Andrlik, Troy Rutter, Troy Worman, Uwe Hook, Valeria Maltoni, Vandana Ahuja, Vanessa DiMauro, Veronique Rabuteau, Wayne Buckhanan, William Azaroff, Yves Van Landeghem

Preview of Book Cover designed by David Armano

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With Thanks: Best of Leadership Blogs 2008

What a treat!

Best_of_blogs_2008_winner All Things Workplace has been recognized by voters as the Best of Leadershp Blogs for 2008.

I'm "in transit" right now but wanted to say 'thanks' to all who participated and will add to the post later.

A thank you as well to Kevin Eikenberry and his staff who worked hard to manage the details.

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Are You Who You Say You Are?

In order for people to trust you and me, we have to be who we say we are. The totality of our lives need to match our actions and promises. And when we stumble and fall, we quickly ask forgiveness and demonstrate that we can get back on track again.

Three things converged this week to prompt me to write this article:

1. A request to design a survey to help a leadership team determine whether or not they are living up to who they say they are. (The fact that they care enough to initiate that kind of activity is probably an indication of what the overall results will be).

2. Participation in Carnival of HR 38: CSR & Social Justice hosted by Natalie Cooper at Changeboard.

3. An email alert from Dr. Peter Vajda at SpiritHeart  regarding the recent G8 summit in Japan which focused on famine and an urging by its leaders to "stop wasting food."

The G8 leaders are shown in the photo below at the summit.

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You can read the entire Daily Mail Online article for a more complete commentary on the scenario. Also, Peter has done a very thoughtful piece in this month's free SpiritHeart newsletter. You may be quite surprised at how he approaches the situation.

"What on earth were they thinking?"

In a world begging for leadership, this is at best a botched opportunity to gain help for those souls who cry out for a morsel of food each day.

I don't begrudge anyone a decent meal after a full day of work. But don't we all question the actual commitment and intentions of people who do the opposite of what they ask of others--and, on a grand scale.

Every day we're faced with decisions that will either deepen and affirm our character in the eyes of others; or, paint us as a caricature of our selves.

Character or Caricature?

There's an easy-to-remember reminder to help guide our decisions today.


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Update: Age of Conversation 2

Drew McLellan and Gavin Heaton are shooting for an August release of Age of Conversation 2.Peoplemobimage_2

The purpose of this effort is to improve the lives of children around the world by donating the proceeds to Variety: the Children’s Charity.

As soon as the book is available, we'll post the details at All Things Workplace.

In the meantime, here is a list of contributors whose blogs you just might want to check out:

  1. Adrian Ho
  2. Aki Spicer
  3. Alex Henault
  4. Amy Jussel
  5. Andrew Odom
  6. Andy Nulman
  7. Andy Sernovitz
  8. Andy Whitlock
  9. Angela Maiers
  10. Ann Handley
  11. Anna Farmery
  12. Armando Alves
  13. Arun Rajagopal
  14. Asi Sharabi
  15. Becky Carroll
  16. Becky McCray
  17. Bernie Scheffler
  18. Bill Gammell
  19. Bob LeDrew
  20. Brad Shorr
  21. Brandon Murphy
  22. Branislav Peric
  23. Brent Dixon
  24. Brett Macfarlane
  25. Brian Reich
  26. C.C. Chapman
  27. Cam Beck
  28. Casper Willer
  29. Cathleen Rittereiser
  30. Cathryn Hrudicka
  31. Cedric Giorgi
  32. Charles Sipe
  33. Chris Kieff
  34. Chris Cree
  35. Chris Wilson
  36. Christina Kerley
  37. (CK)
  38. C.B. Whittemore
  39. Chris Brown
  40. Connie Bensen
  41. Connie Reece
  42. Corentin Monot
  43. Craig Wilson
  44. Daniel Honigman
  45. Dan Schawbel
  46. Dan Sitter
  47. Daria Radota Rasmussen
  48. Darren Herman
  49. Dave Davison
  50. David Armano
  51. David Berkowitz
  52. David Koopmans
  53. David Meerman Scott
  54. David Petherick
  55. David Reich
  56. David Weinfeld
  57. David Zinger
  58. Deanna Gernert
  59. Deborah Brown
  60. Dennis Price
  61. Derrick Kwa
  62. Dino Demopoulos
  63. Doug Haslam
  64. Doug Meacham
  65. Doug Mitchell
  66. Douglas Hanna
  67. Douglas Karr
  68. Drew McLellan
  69. Duane Brown
  70. Dustin Jacobsen
  71. Dylan Viner
  72. Ed Brenegar
  73. Ed Cotton
  74. Efrain Mendicuti
  75. Ellen Weber
  76. Eric Peterson
  77. Eric Nehrlich
  78. Ernie Mosteller
  79. Faris Yakob
  80. Fernanda Romano
  81. Francis Anderson
  82. Gareth Kay
  83. Gary Cohen
  84. Gaurav Mishra
  85. Gavin Heaton
  86. Geert Desager
  87. George Jenkins
  88. G.L. Hoffman
  89. Gianandrea Facchini
  90. Gordon Whitehead
  91. Greg Verdino
  92. Gretel Going
  93. & Kathryn Fleming
  94. Hillel Cooperman
  95. Hugh Weber
  96. J. Erik Potter
  97. James Gordon-Macintosh
  98. Jamey Shiels
  99. Jasmin Tragas
  100. Jason Oke
  101. Jay Ehret
  102. Jeanne Dininni
  103. Jeff De Cagna
  104. Jeff Gwynne & Todd Cabral
  105. Jeff Noble
  106. Jeff Wallace
  107. Jennifer Warwick
  108. Jenny Meade
  109. Jeremy Fuksa
  110. Jeremy Heilpern
  111. Jeroen Verkroost
  112. Jessica Hagy
  113. Joanna Young
  114. Joe Pulizzi
  115. John Herrington
  116. John Moore
  117. John Rosen
  118. John Todor
  119. Jon Burg
  120. Jon Swanson
  121. Jonathan Trenn
  122. Jordan Behan
  123. Julie Fleischer
  124. Justin Foster
  125. Karl Turley
  126. Kate Trgovac
  127. Katie Chatfield
  128. Katie Konrath
  129. Kenny Lauer
  130. Keri Willenborg
  131. Kevin Jessop
  132. Kristin Gorski
  133. Lewis Green
  134. Lois Kelly
  135. Lori Magno
  136. Louise Manning
  137. Luc Debaisieux
  138. Mario Vellandi
  139. Mark Blair
  140. Mark Earls
  141. Mark Goren
  142. Mark Hancock
  143. Mark Lewis
  144. Mark McGuinness
  145. Matt Dickman
  146. Matt J. McDonald
  147. Matt Moore
  148. Michael Karnjanaprakorn
  149. Michelle Lamar
  150. Mike Arauz
  151. Mike McAllen
  152. Mike Sansone
  153. Mitch Joel
  154. Neil Perkin
  155. Nettie Hartsock
  156. Nick Rice
  157. Oleksandr Skorokhod
  158. Ozgur Alaz
  159. Paul Chaney
  160. Paul Hebert
  161. Paul Isakson
  162. Paul McEnany
  163. Paul Tedesco
  164. Paul Williams
  165. Pet Campbell
  166. Pete Deutschman
  167. Peter Corbett
  168. Phil Gerbyshak
  169. Phil Lewis
  170. Phil Soden
  171. Piet Wulleman
  172. Rachel Steiner
  173. Sreeraj Menon
  174. Reginald Adkins
  175. Richard Huntington
  176. Rishi Desai
  177. Robert Hruzek
  178. Roberta Rosenberg
  179. Robyn McMaster
  180. Roger von Oech
  181. Rohit Bhargava
  182. Ron Shevlin
  183. Ryan Barrett
  184. Ryan Karpeles
  185. Ryan Rasmussen
  186. Sam Huleatt
  187. Sandy Renshaw
  188. Scott Goodson
  189. Scott Monty
  190. Scott Townsend
  191. Scott White
  192. Sean Howard
  193. Sean Scott
  194. Seni Thomas
  195. Seth Gaffney
  196. Shama Hyder
  197. Sheila Scarborough
  198. Sheryl Steadman
  199. Simon Payn
  200. Sonia Simone
  201. Spike Jones
  202. Stanley Johnson
  203. Stephen Collins
  204. Stephen Landau
  205. Stephen Smith
  206. Steve Bannister
  207. Steve Hardy
  208. Steve Portigal
  209. Steve Roesler
  210. Steven Verbruggen
  211. Steve Woodruff
  212. Sue Edworthy
  213. Susan Bird
  214. Susan Gunelius
  215. Susan Heywood
  216. Tammy Lenski
  217. Terrell Meek
  218. Thomas Clifford
  219. Thomas Knoll
  220. Tim Brunelle
  221. Tim Connor
  222. Tim Jackson
  223. Tim Mannveille
  224. Tim Tyler
  225. Timothy Johnson
  226. Tinu Abayomi-Paul
  227. Toby Bloomberg
  228. Todd Andrlik
  229. Troy Rutter
  230. Troy Worman
  231. Uwe Hook
  232. Valeria Maltoni
  233. Vandana Ahuja
  234. Vanessa DiMauro
  235. Veronique Rabuteau
  236. Wayne Buckhanan
  237. William Azaroff
  238. Yves Van Landeghem 

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Nominated for "Best of..." Help Out With a Vote!

All Things Workplace has been nominated for the Top Leadership Blog of 2008 by a crack team put together by Kevin Eikenberry. Nominated796594

This really is an honor, especially after seeing the other nominees.

I would appreciate it if you would cast your vote here for All Things Workplace. If you've enjoyed the posts and learned something new, it would be terrific to see that acknowledged in the most "bloggy" way:-)

And thanks, as always, for your daily support and comments.

--Steve Roesler

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All Things Workplace Named One of Top 50 Productivity Blogs

Top50blogs1 We're jazzed to find ourselves on this distinguished list. Evan Carmichael does a very credible and thorough job providing motivation and strategies for entrepreneurs.

Since we're talking productivity, here are some of my "must reads" when it comes to organizational life and productivity:

Wally Bock at Three Star Leadership. This is where you'll find the "how to" of developing managers along with experience and depth of thought to support the suggestions. He also analyzes the business news of the day in ways that make it meaningful to office and cube dwellers everywhere. Wally, quite simply, knows his stuff.

Jim Stroup examines issues of Managing Leadership from every angle and every level in organizations. When he gets on a roll with a topical series, I don't miss a post.

Kris Dunn, The HR Capitalist, will help you tackle on-the-job issues like this one.

You'll never think of presentations and design the same way again after following the guidance of Garr Reynolds at Presentatation Zen.

Whether you are planning to leave corporate life or just change careers, the "Two Pams" will be happy to aid and abet your escape: Escape from Corporate America / Escape from Cubicle Nation.

For blogging tips and resources that flow throughout the day, ConverStation's Mike Sansone is in my reader.

Brainiacs everywhere can get their synapses connected by Dr. Ellen Weber at Brain Based Business along with equally brainy colleague Dr. Robyn McMaster.

David Zinger will keep you on top of employee engagement with his writing as well as his totally engaged  Employee Engagement Network.



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Changes: Return to Regular Reader Comments

ATW Update:

1. Old is New.

I've returned to the regular Typepad comment system that we used here since the start of All Things Workplace.

The Disqus system was a bit confusing to some. Most of all, many readers commented or sent emails saying that we had already established a "community" here and that it was comfortable commenting and tracking comments in the usual manner. It's important to me to create the atmosphere and methodology that will continue to prompt good conversation with maximum ease.

I'm going to be interviewing Daniel Ha from Disqus regarding where it's headed and what he hopes to see happen down the road. He is a very responsive, hard-working guy with a model that could work well as a result of listening to users--which he is doing.

Magic 2. Your comments that disappeared will re-appear.

I can't put them back in the "comments" section, so I'm going to do a post using the comments. That way we can keep things rolling without losing the contributions and thoughts added in recent days.

3. Speaking of recent days...

This week has been a blur. The great "hamster-wheel-of-consulting life" is continuing to spin at record speed through next Thursday. Am working on a client project that involves being in-person in NYC as well as coordinating tele-conferences and calls with Europe and China. Those of you involved in that kind of scheduling and the time zone/sleep trade-offs made to accommodate participants will recognize the routine. (There isn't one!).

I am going to post along the way...they may pop up on the feeds at unusual times.

Thanks so much for your willingness to try out the new system, offer honest comments, and keep the discussions rolling at the same time.

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Disqus Comment Question for Readers. Help!

I implemented the new Disqus comment system last week. The idea was to allow commenters to see threads easier, "join" a community, blah blah blah.

Comments have actually decreased slightly and I've even gotten an email or two from experienced bloggers who can't get their comments up.

Please tell me what your experience has been. I believe there are some good possibilities here and that perhaps I need to do a post on how to use it (although that seems a bit crazy for something that is supposed to be user-friendly). It is a change.

Any thoughts or comments about your experience with Disqus?

With thanks,

Steve

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Life In The Conversation Lane: AoC 2

41eevukp5l_sl160_ The front end is done.

This week 275 authors submitted their individual chapters for Why Don’t They Get It,  a follow up to The Age of Conversation. (All proceeds go to my long-time fave, Variety, The Children's Charity.)

The segments of the new book, set for an August release, are:

        • Manifestos
        • Keeping Secrets in the Age of Conversation
        • Moving from Conversation to Action
        • The Accidental Marketer
        • A New Brand of Creative
        • My Marketing Tragedy
        • Business Model Evolution
        • Life in the Conversation Lane

Here is a bit of "The Paradox of Large" from my "Life in the Conversation Lane" chapter:

“Large systems have the money and people to create massive change. But what they most want to change is revenue from the outside, whether it's in the form of money, donations, or souls.

What they really don't want to change is life on the inside. And the inside is all about. . .”

Take some time to click and visit the “Age of Conversation 2 - Why Don’t People Get It?” authors:

Adam Crowe, Adrian Ho, Aki Spicer, Alex Henault, Amy Jussel, Andrew Odom, Andy Nulman, Andy Sernovitz, Andy Whitlock, Angela Maiers, Ann Handley, Anna Farmery, Armando Alves, Arun Rajagopal, Asi Sharabi, Becky Carroll, Becky McCray, Bernie Scheffler, Bill Gammell, Bob Carlton, Bob LeDrew, Brad Shorr, Bradley Spitzer, Brandon Murphy, Branislav Peric, Brent Dixon, Brett Macfarlane, Brian Reich, C.C. Chapman, Cam Beck, Casper Willer, Cathleen Rittereiser, Cathryn Hrudicka, Cedric Giorgi, Charles Sipe, Chris Kieff, Chris Cree, Chris Wilson, Christina Kerley (CK), C.B. Whittemore, Clay Parker Jones, Chris Brown, Colin McKay, Connie Bensen, Connie Reece, Cord Silverstein, Corentin Monot, Craig Wilson, Daniel Honigman, Dan Goldstein, Dan Schawbel, Dana VanDen Heuvel, Dan Sitter, Daria Radota Rasmussen, Darren Herman, Darryl Patterson, Dave Davison, Dave Origano, David Armano, David Bausola, David Berkowitz, David Brazeal, David Koopmans, David Meerman Scott, David Petherick, David Reich, David Weinfeld, David Zinger, Deanna Gernert, Deborah Brown, Dennis Price, Derrick Kwa, Dino Demopoulos, Doug Haslam, Doug Meacham, Doug Mitchell, Douglas Hanna, Douglas Karr, Drew McLellan, Duane Brown, Dustin Jacobsen, Dylan Viner, Ed Brenegar, Ed Cotton, Efrain Mendicuti, Ellen Weber, Emily Reed, Eric Peterson, Eric Nehrlich, Ernie Mosteller, Faris Yakob, Fernanda Romano, Francis Anderson, G. Kofi Annan, Gareth Kay, Gary Cohen, Gaurav Mishra, Gavin Heaton, Geert Desager, George Jenkins, G.L. Hoffman, Gianandrea Facchini, Gordon Whitehead, Graham Hill, Greg Verdino, Gretel Going & Kathryn Fleming, Hillel Cooperman, Hugh Weber, J. Erik Potter, J.C. Hutchins, James Gordon-Macintosh, Jamey Shiels, Jasmin Tragas, Jason Oke, Jay Ehret, Jeanne Dininni, Jeff De Cagna, Jeff Gwynne, Jeff Noble, Jeff Wallace, Jennifer Warwick, Jenny Meade, Jeremy Fuksa, Jeremy Heilpern, Jeremy Middleton, Jeroen Verkroost, Jessica Hagy, Joanna Young, Joe Pulizzi, Joe Talbott, John Herrington, John Jantsch, John Moore, John Rosen, John Todor, Jon Burg, Jon Swanson, Jonathan Trenn, Jordan Behan, Julie Fleischer, Justin Flowers, Justin Foster, Karl Turley, Kate Trgovac, Katie Chatfield, Katie Konrath, Kenny Lauer, Keri Willenborg, Kevin Jessop, Kris Hoet, Krishna De, Kristin Gorski, Laura Fitton, Laurence Helene Borei, Lewis Green, Lois Kelly, Lori Magno, Louise Barnes-Johnston, Louise Mangan, Louise Manning, Luc Debaisieux, Marcus Brown, Mario Vellandi, Mark Blair, Mark Earls, Mark Goren, Mark Hancock, Mark Lewis, Mark McGuinness, Mark McSpadden, Matt Dickman, Matt J. McDonald, Matt Moore, Michael Hawkins, Michael Karnjanaprakorn, Michelle Lamar, Mike Arauz, Mike McAllen, Mike Sansone, Mitch Joel, Monica Wright, Nathan Gilliatt, Nathan Snell, Neil Perkin, Nettie Hartsock, Nick Rice, Oleksandr Skorokhod, Ozgur Alaz, Paul Chaney, Paul Hebert, Paul Isakson, Paul Marobella, Paul McEnany, Paul Tedesco, Paul Williams, Pet Campbell, Pete Deutschman, Peter Corbett, Phil Gerbyshak, Phil Lewis, Phil Soden, Piet Wulleman, Rachel Steiner, Sreeraj Menon, Reginald Adkins, Richard Huntington, Rishi Desai, Beeker Northam, Rob Mortimer, Robert Hruzek, Roberta Rosenberg, Robyn McMaster, Roger von Oech, Rohit Bhargava, Ron Shevlin, Ryan Barrett, Ryan Karpeles, Ryan Rasmussen, Sam Huleatt, Sandy Renshaw, Scott Goodson, Scott Monty, Scott Townsend, Scott White, Sean Howard, Sean Scott, Seni Thomas, Seth Gaffney, Shama Hyder, Sheila Scarborough, Sheryl Steadman, Simon Payn, Sonia Simone, Spike Jones, Stanley Johnson, Stephen Collins, Stephen Cribbett, Stephen Landau, Stephen Smith, Steve Bannister, Steve Hardy, Steve Portigal, Steve Roesler, Steven Verbruggen, Steve Woodruff, Sue Edworthy, Susan Bird, Susan Gunelius, Susan Heywood, Tammy Lenski, Terrell Meek, Thomas Clifford, Thomas Knoll, Tiffany Kenyon, Tim Brunelle, Tim Buesing, Tim Connor, Tim Jackson, Tim Longhurst, Tim Mannveille, Tim Tyler, Timothy Johnson, Tinu Abayomi-Paul, Toby Bloomberg, Todd Andrlik, Troy Rutter, Troy Worman, Uwe Hook, Valeria Maltoni, Vandana Ahuja, Vanessa DiMauro, Veronique Rabuteau, Wayne Buckhanan, William Azaroff, Yves Van Landeghem

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Galba Bright, Friend and EQ Expert, Has Died

Please note this from Galba's wife, Sandra, at Galba's blog:

It is with deep regret that the family and friends of Galba Bright wish to inform you of Galba’s untimely passing.

Galba Galba Francis Adeyinka Bright, Human Resource Consultant and Author, died at his office on March 31 of natural causes, leaving his wife Sandra, numerous family members, friends, associates, readers and fans.

Out of respect, the Tune up your EQ website created by Galba will therefore be offline for a short period.

We thank you for your understanding at this time and appreciate the interest you have shown in Galba’s work and ideas.

Should you wish to post comments about the personal impact of Galba’s thoughts and writings, please feel free to .. .go to his blog.

The Service of Thanksgiving for the life of Galba Bright will be held at St. John’s Methodist Church, Montego Bay, Jamaica, at 1.00 pm on Sunday, April 19, followed by interment in Dovecot of St. James Memorial Park, Orange, St. James.

Much love and comfort to Sandra and the many family and friends who have been touched by Galba's life, including Jo Jordan who emailed me with the news.

There will no doubt be more here--and elsewhere--in the days ahead.

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What's In Your Reading Pile?

Books I received a "tag" from Jim Stroup at Managing Leadership. The meme is fun and useful.

The idea is to share what one is reading at the moment or is waiting in the wings to be opened and perused. A second part of the game is to share sentences 6-8 from page 123. So, why not?

At the recent Blogger Social 2008 in NYC I received an advance copy of Steve Cone's Words That Sell Brands, Grip Fans, & Sometimes Change HIstory. If you want a fun and educational take on marketing, the official release date is April 24th.

Cone's thesis: It's time to re-claim the power that a well-crafted line can muster for any business anywhere on the planet.

Cone's teaching aids: A long trip down memory lane to resurrect the slogans, jingles, and taglines that many of us can't get out of our heads; a look at those that never entered our heads, and why not; and a "how to" for create "powerlines" that define your business.

Now, that's an offer I just couldn't refuse:-)

Page 123, 6-8:

The mind is the ultimate media mixer. It sees and hears billions of impressions. Yet, it retains only those impressions, those powerlines, that thrill and chill and inspire the thought, "I couldn't have said that better myself."

More books in the reading queue

I'm usually pretty darned eclectic in my reading. But, with all of the goodies distributed at the Blogger Social, I now have a stack of marketing-oriented tomes that dwarf two others I"ve started. Here is a partial list of what's in progress:

Churchill, Ray Jenkins (now in paperback)

Zen & The Art of Stand Up Comedy by Jay Sankey

Step Into The Spotlight ('cause All Business is Show Business) by Tsufit

Personality not Included Why Companies Lose Their Authenticity--And How Great Brands Get It Back, by Rohit Bhargava

Now it's my job to pass the torch and tag:

Jo Jordan at Flowing Motion

David Zinger at Employee Engagemen: Results That Matter

Tom Clifford at Bringing Brands To Life

Chris Bailey at Bailey WorkPlay

This could provide one heck of a reading list for the summer. . .

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Thanks, Slacker Manager

Picture_1 As my hard drive goes south while making diesel engine sounds, I'm warmed by the honor bestowed upon All Things Workplace:

The Order of the Golden Slacker

Many have commented over the years regarding my ability to appear as if I am actually working. None has seen fit to recognize the expertise required until now.

Deepest thanks, guys.

Now, off to the Apple Store for (hopefully) a new hard drive. . .

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Let Alltop Do Your Online Legwork

Time-saving Suggestion:

If you are looking for ways to be more productive with your online time, check out Alltop if you aren't already using it.

The Alltop FAQ itself offers a time-saving kind of explanation:

Q. How do the Alltop sites work?

A. We import the stories of the top news websites and blogs for any given topic and display the headlines of the five most recent stories. When you place the cursor over a headline, we display part of the story so that you can decide if you’d like to read it. To read the story, click on its title. To go to the home page of the site, click on its domain name.

Q. How often do you update the feeds?

A. Approximately every ten minutes.

It's put together by folks who know what they're doing: Guy Kawasaki, Will Mayall and Kathryn Henkins.

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How About Some Good Reading?

Oblogblack Thanks to Troy Worman from OrbitNow! , there's a new blog meme recognizing outstanding bloggers. You'll find a breadth and depth of good reading here.

(And thanks, Troy, for including All Things Workplace).

  1. 100 Bloggers
  2. 37 Days
  3. 3i
  4. 43 Folders
  5. A Clear Eye
  6. A Daily Dose of Architecture
  7. The Agonist
  8. All Things Workplace
  9. All This Chittah Chattah
  10. Angela Maiers
  11. Antonella Pavese
  12. Arizona High Tech
  13. A Writer’s Words, An Editor’s Eye
  14. Badger Blogger
  15. Bailey WorkPlay
  16. Being Peter Kim
  17. Brett Trout
  18. Best of Mother Earth
  19. Beyond Madison Avenue
  20. Biz and Buzz
  21. Bizhack
  22. BizSolutions Plus
  23. Blog Business World
  24. Bloggers Showroom
  25. Blogging for Business
  26. Blogher
  27. Blog Till You Drop!
  28. Bob Sutton
  29. Brain Based Business
  30. Brains on Fire
  31. Brand Autopsy
  32. The Brand Builder Blog
  33. Branding and Marketing
  34. Branding Strategy
  35. Brand is Language
  36. BrandSizzle
  37. Brandsoul
  38. Bren Blog
  39. Business Evolutionist
  40. Business Management Life
  41. Business Pundit
  42. Business Services, Etc.
  43. Busy Mom
  44. Buzz Canuck
  45. Buzz Customer
  46. Buzzoodle
  47. Career Intensity
  48. Carpe Factum
  49. Casual Fridays
  50. Change Your Thoughts
  51. Chaos Scenario
  52. Cheezhead
  53. Chief Happiness Officer
  54. Chris Brogan
  55. Christine Kane
  56. Church of the Customer
  57. Circaspecting
  58. CK’s Blog
  59. Come Gather Round
  60. Community Guy
  61. Confident Writing
  62. Conversation Agent
  63. Converstations
  64. Cooking for Engineers
  65. Cool Hunting
  66. Core77
  67. Corporate Presenter
  68. Crayon Writer
  69. Creating a Better Life
  70. Creating Passionate Users
  71. Creative Think
  72. CRM Mastery
  73. Crossroads Dispatches
  74. Cube Rules
  75. Culture Kitchen
  76. Customers Are Always
  77. Customer Service Experience
  78. Customer Service Reader
  79. Customers Rock!
  80. Custserv
  81. Craig Harper
  82. Daily Fix
  83. Dawud Miracle
  84. Dave Olson
  85. David Airey
  86. David Maister
  87. David S Finch
  88. Design Your Writing Life
  89. Digital Common Sense
  90. Director Tom
  91. Diva Marketing
  92. Do You Q
  93. Duct Tape Marketing
  94. Empowerment 4 Life
  95. The Engaging Brand
  96. Essential Keystrokes
  97. Every Dot Connects
  98. Experience Architect
  99. Experience Curve
  100. Experience Matters
  101. Extreme Leadership
  102. Eyes on Living
  103. Feld Thoughts
  104. Flooring the Customer
  105. Fouroboros
  106. FutureLab
  107. Genuine Curiosity
  108. Glass Half Full
  109. The Good Life
  110. Great Circle
  111. Greg Verdino’s Marketing Blog
  112. Hee-Haw Marketing
  113. Hello, My Name is BLOG
  114. Holly’s Corner
  115. Homeless Family
  116. The Idea Dude
  117. I’d Rather be Blogging
  118. Influential Marketing
  119. Innovating to Win
  120. Inspiring & Empowering Lives
  121. Instigator Blog
  122. Jaffe Juice
  123. Jibber Jobber
  124. Joyful Jubilant Learning
  125. Joy of Six
  126. Kent Blumberg
  127. Kevin Eikenberry
  128. Learned on Women
  129. Life Beyond Code
  130. Lip-sticking
  131. Listics
  132. The Lives and Times
  133. Live Your Best Life
  134. Live Your Inspiration
  135. Living Light Bulbs
  136. Logical Emotions
  137. Logic + Emotion
  138. Make It Great!
  139. Making Life Work for You
  140. Management Craft
  141. Managing with Aloha
  142. The M.A.P. Maker
  143. The Marketing Excellence Blog
  144. Marketing Headhunter
  145. Marketing Hipster
  146. The Marketing Minute
  147. Marketing Nirvana
  148. Marketing Roadmaps
  149. Marketing Through the Clutter
  150. Mary Schmidt
  151. Masey
  152. The Media Age
  153. Micropersuasion
  154. Middle Zone Musings
  155. Miss604
  156. Moment on Money
  157. Monk at Work
  158. Monkey Bites
  159. Movie Marketing Madness
  160. Motivation on the Run
  161. My 2 Cents
  162. My Beautiful Chaos
  163. Naked Conversations
  164. Neat & Simple Living
  165. New Age 2020
  166. New Charm School
  167. Next Up
  168. No Man’s Blog
  169. The [Non] Billable Hour
  170. Note to CMO
  171. Office Politics
  172. Optimist Lab
  173. The Origin of Brands
  174. Own Your Brand
  175. Pardon My French
  176. Passion Meets Purpose
  177. Pause
  178. Peerless Professionals
  179. Perfectly Petersen
  180. Personal Branding
  181. The Podcast Network
  182. The Power of Choice
  183. Practical Leadership
  184. Presentation Zen
  185. Priscilla Palmer
  186. Productivity Goal
  187. Pro Hip-Hop
  188. Prosperity for You
  189. Purple Wren
  190. QAQnA
  191. Qlog
  192. Reveries
  193. Rex Blog
  194. Ririan Project
  195. Rohdesign
  196. Rothacker Reviews
  197. Scott H Young
  198. Search Engine Guide
  199. Servant of Chaos
  200. Service Untitled
  201. Seth’s Blog
  202. Shards of Consciousness
  203. Shotgun Marketing
  204. Simplenomics
  205. Simplicity
  206. Slacker Manager
  207. Slow Leadership
  208. Socially Adept
  209. Social Media Marketing Blog
  210. Spare Change
  211. Spirit in Gear
  212. Spooky Action
  213. Steve’s 2 Cents
  214. Strategic Design
  215. Strength-based Leadership
  216. StickyFigure
  217. Studentlinc
  218. Success Begins Today
  219. Success Creeations
  220. Success From the Nest
  221. Successful Blog
  222. Success Jolt
  223. Talk to Strangers
  224. Tammy Lenski
  225. Tell Ten Friends
  226. That Girl from Marketing
  227. Think Positive!
  228. This Girl’s Weblog
  229. Thoughts & Philosophies
  230. Tom Peters
  231. Trust Matters
  232. Verve Coaching
  233. Viral Garden
  234. Waiter Bell
  235. Wealth Building Guy
  236. What’s Next
  237. Writers Notes
  238. You Already Know this Stuff
  239. Zen Chill

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Curious George Wined and Dined on Age of Conversation Tour

By the time Curious George reached the southern part of New Jersey we could tell that Tour Director Steve Woodruff and AoC contributor C.B. Whittemore had already set George's star-status expectations pretty high. He's already sporting a monogrammed chapeaux thanks to C.B.

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George started off by putting together his posse for the South Jersey stay. He decided to make new friends the quick way by sharing Arun Rajagopal's take on Digital Media Conversationalists.







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CG
used his resources to dazzle Minerals Technologies  VP Jim Brownhill and wife, Toni. When Jim started an after-dinner rave about virtual teams, The Curious One suggested a look at the way Luc Debaisieux approaches the whole idea of Shared Consciousness.


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Unable to contain his inner lounge lizard, George commandeered the piano bar with the hope that Director Tom would use his show-stopping rendition of Feelings in an upcoming video.



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Barb and I will miss CG (even though his tastes are becoming a little high-maintenance already). Tuesday he makes the commute with me to Manhattan where he'll no-doubt hit on Greg Verdino for dinner and a show.





Most of all: Curious George cares about helping kids through Variety:The Children's Charity.

You can be a part of that with your own copy of The Age of Conversation. With 103 ideas from 103 different authors you'll be the best-informed person in the room, whether it's a meeting room, banquet room, or social setting.

Here are the more than 100 authors who hope you'll join the conversation and reach out to kids in need as a result:

FORMATS & PRICES :

Hardbacks $29.99
Paperbacks $16.95
E-book $9.99

Background
Dedication
SITE : www.ageofconversation.com
About the authors : Arun Rajagopal
Google map of the authors:  Matt Dickmann

   

AUTHORS :

A Anderson   Roger
Andrlik Todd
Annan Kofi
Armano   David
B Bannister Steve
Beck Cam
Behan   Jordan
Berkowitz   David
Bird   Susan
Blair Mark
Bloomberg   Toby
Brazeal   David
C Carroll   Becky
Chatfield   Katie
Clark   Tony D.
Clasper   Emily
Clifford Tom
Collier   Mack
Corbett   Peter
Corrigan   Chris
Cotton Ed
D Dawn   Wells Kimberly
De   Krishna
Debaisieux   Luc
Desager   Geert
Desai   Rishi
Deutschman   Pete
Dickman   Matt
E Earls Mark
F Facchini   Gianandrea
Farmery   Anna
Fleischer   Julie
G Gerbyshak   Phil
Giorgi   Cedric
Glaza Bob
Goren   Mark
Gorski   Kristin
Green   Janet
Green   Lewis
H Hagy Jessica
Handley Ann
Heaton Gavin
Hill Dr.   Graham
Hoet Kris
Hook Uwe
Howard Sean
Hruzek   Bob
Huntington   Richard
J Jackson  Tim
Jacobsen Dustin
James AJ
Johnson   Stanley
Jones Spike
Jussel   Amy
K Kay Gareth
Kerley Christina (CK)
Klaver   Kim
Koopmans   David
Kukral Jim
L La Grou John
Long Karl
M Magno   Lori
Maltoni   Valeria
Manning   Carolyn
McEnany   Paul
McKay Colin
McLellan Drew
Mishra Gaurav
Monty Scott
Morton   Michael
N Newlan Chris
Nulman Andy
P Payn   Simon
Polinchock   David
R Raasch   Joe
Rajagopal Arun
Rasmussen   Ryan
Reece   Connie
Reed   Emily
Reich Brian
Reich   David
Renshaw Sandy
Rice Nick
Roesler   Steve
Rosenberg   Roberta
S Sacrum
Sansone   Mike
Schaber   Patrick
Schoeniger   Gary
Shevlin   Ron
Shiels Jamey
Silverstein   Cord
Snell   Nathan
V Vellandi   Mario
Verdino   Greg
Vineberg   S. Neil
von Oech   Roger
W Whittemore C.B.
Wilson Craig
Woodruff Steve
Worman   Troy
Wright   Nick
Y Yakob   Faris

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Age of Conversation: The Musical

Page_1_6 Before The Age of Conversation made it possible for people globally to help kids through The Variety Club, we raised money the old-fashioned way in Philadelphia: we sang for it (false_alarm.mp3).

I wondered when the shot on the left taken from an ABC broadcast would come in handy:TaDa!

Back in the day, our group did the Philly-Atlantic City circuit singing acapella street corner doo-wop . During one of our "Hey, We're Not Dead Yet!" revivals we did a spot on a TV show to help raise money for the Variety Club--a charity that has always been huge in the Philadelphia area. It was an honor to be a part of it. (Note: Yes, the suits glowed in the dark).

Great Buzz, Great Book, Great Cause

Fast Company, Business Week, Ad Age , and other publications worldwide have latched on to the phenomenon: 103 authors writing from 103 perspectives on the impact and future of social networking. My "chapter" on page 84 is "Want to Change the Organization? Change the Conversation."

The authors use their specific expertise as a starting point for looking at the Age of Conversation. You'll find the breadth and depth fascinating, with perspectives ranging from marketing to customer service, writing, blogging, branding...

Mine is where I'm most comfortable: organizations and workplaces. Here's an excerpt from my "chapter:"

            Critical Conversations Reaching Critical Mass Create Meaningful Change

Forty years ago we talked about tasks, got them done, and went home. Thirty years ago we added attention to “the process” and talked about “how” we approached the task—and we spent time learning more about who we were.  And now, it’s about task + process+ meaning.  “What is it about your organization—or the change you want to make—that enhances the meaning of my life’s work?”

Visit These

Drew McLelland, Gavin Heaton, and   David Armano provide regular updates on the global buzz and the sales generated for charity. For a look at what's happening locally, as well as some good reading, take some time to visit the authors listed below. You'll see why this is the Age of Conversation!

Gavin Heaton
Drew McLellan
CK
Valeria Maltoni
Emily Reed
Katie Chatfield
Greg Verdino
Mack Collier
Lewis Green
Sacrum
Ann Handley
Mike Sansone
Paul McEnany
Roger von Oech
Anna Farmery
David Armano
Bob Glaza
Mark Goren
Matt Dickman
Scott Monty
Richard Huntington
Cam Beck
David Reich
Luc Debaisieux
Sean Howard
Tim Jackson
Patrick Schaber
Roberta Rosenberg
Uwe Hook
Tony D. Clark
Todd Andrlik
Toby Bloomberg
Steve Woodruff
Steve Bannister
Steve Roesler
Stanley Johnson
Spike Jones
Nathan Snell
Simon Payn
Ryan Rasmussen
Ron Shevlin
Roger Anderson
Robert Hruzek
Rishi Desai
Phil Gerbyshak
Peter Corbett
Pete Deutschman
Nick Rice
Nick Wright
Michael Morton
Mark Earls
Mark Blair
Mario Vellandi
Lori Magno
Kristin Gorski
Kris Hoet
G.Kofi Annan
Kimberly Dawn Wells
Karl Long
Julie Fleischer
Jordan Behan
John La Grou
Joe Raasch
Jim Kukral
Jessica Hagy
Janet Green
Jamey Shiels
Dr. Graham Hill
Gia Facchini
Geert Desager
Gaurav Mishra
Gary Schoeniger
Gareth Kay
Faris Yakob
Emily Clasper
Ed Cotton
Dustin Jacobsen
Tom Clifford
David Polinchock
David Koopmans
David Brazeal
David Berkowitz
Carolyn Manning
Craig Wilson
Cord Silverstein
Connie Reece
Colin McKay
Chris Newlan
Chris Corrigan
Cedric Giorgi
Brian Reich
Becky Carroll
Arun Rajagopal
Andy Nulman
Amy Jussel
AJ James
Kim Klaver
Sandy Renshaw
Susan Bird
Ryan Barrett
Troy Worman
S. Neil Vineberg

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Do You Want 360 Feedback? Then Blog.

6a00c2251c3baa549d00c2251d0adbf21_2 This is my 200th blog post. I'm astounded.

For those of you who blog regularly (which is probably the bulk of those reading), you'll empathize with the "astounded part". It seems like a moment ago in time when I took a deep breath, wrote a post, clicked "publish," and then wondered what on earth I had done. ("If I'm lucky, no one will find me. But wait--what if I write and no one pays attention?!").

One hundred ninety-nine posts later it occurs to me that this is about the best exercise in 360 degree feedback that a consultant/writer could get. Where else can you say what you're thinking and doing professionally and, almost immediately, receive comments on its impact and clarity?

From a professional development point of view, it doesn't get much better. Those of you who take time to comment, email, encourage, and critique add to the further development of ideas and solutions to take into the workplace. And my clients of have been the beneficiary of much of your feedback and clarification.

What Workplace Issues Are People Seeking to Understand and Resolve?

I use three behind-the-scenes tracking systems to help me understand something about you, the readers. One of the most helpful statistics show the actual words that are entered into a search engine that then leads the reader to All Things Workplace.

That information is valuable. It tells me what topics might be most helpful at a certain point in time; and it also conveys a sense of what is going on inside of companies worldwide. Here are the most-searched keywords that led people to this blog:

#1: Strengths and Weaknesses.

People appear to be seeking more insight about this than any other topic.

#2: How to manage organizational change.

We're all faced with it, and it's not just a we-have-a-new-CEO phenomenon. Readers are seeking methods to initiate it as well as cope with it.

#3. Trust and Integrity.

People everywhere are confronted with situations that bring these to the surface. I was afraid that some of the posts that dealt with these were too lengthy. I shouldn't have been. They are topics of deep  meaning to almost everyone; the ones who aren't paying attention are, perhaps, the ones who are causing the concern.

#4. Communication in the workplace.

Communication is an umbrella word that covers: Presentations, Conflict, Relationships, and the frequency and quality of communication in an organization. It usually shows up as the #1 or #2 concern on every corporate employee survey I've ever seen.

#5. Leadership.

This surprised me. I thought it would be #1. Since this blog doesn't use Leadership as a keyword or title, the stats may be somewhat skewed.

Perhaps the most powerful lesson in all of this has been: There are people on every continent looking to connect in a meaningful way around topics of mutual interest. The person who doesn't risk something in order to start a conversation will always be left wondering, "What if I had...?" So if you've got something to add to a conversation, take a deep breath and do it. It will come back to exponentially.

Heartfelt thanks to each of you who has made that happen here.

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Change the Conversation--Change the Organization

Ageconversation Conversation and discourse are powerful. So why not use that power to lift up those who need help and encouragement?

That's exactly what Gavin Heaton  and Drew McLellan decided to do when they initiated an eBook project whose proceeds will go to  Variety, The Children's Charity.

Titled The Age of Conversation, 100 bloggers are creating the final product, including my piece on how conversational change helps drive organizational change. Whether you're a corporate animal, marketeer, or creative artist, you'll want to add this broad-based thought piece to your reading list. And you'll be helping kids who need your help.

All of the submissions are due April 30, and I'll be giving an update on how you can get your copy.

In the meantime, check out the blogs from this wide-ranging list of contributing authors:

Gavin Heaton
Drew McLellan
CK
Valeria Maltoni
Emily Reed
Katie Chatfield
Greg Verdino
Mack Collier
Lewis Green
Sacrum
Ann Handley
Mike Sansone
Paul McEnany
Roger von Oech
Anna Farmery
David Armano
Bob Glaza
Mark Goren
Matt Dickman
Scott Monty
Richard Huntington
Cam Beck
David Reich
Mindblob (Luc)
Sean Howard
Tim Jackson
Patrick Schaber
Roberta Rosenberg
Uwe Hook
Tony D. Clark
Todd Andrlik
Toby Bloomberg
Steve Woodruff
Steve Bannister
Steve Roesler
Stanley Johnson
Spike Jones
Nathan Snell
Simon Payn
Ryan Rasmussen
Ron Shevlin
Roger Anderson
Bob Hruzek
Rishi Desai
Phil Gerbyshak
Peter Corbett
Pete Deutschman
Nick Rice
Nick Wright
Mitch Joel
Michael Morton
Mark Earls
Mark Blair
Mario Vellandi
Lori Magno
Kristin Gorski
Krishna De
Kris Hoet
Kofl Annan
Kimberly Dawn Wells
Karl Long
Julie Fleischer
Jordan Behan
John La Grou
Joe Raasch
Jim Kukral
Jessica Hagy
Janet Green
Jamey Shiels
Dr. Graham Hill
Gia Facchini
Geert Desager
Gaurav Mishra
Gary Schoeniger
Gareth Kay
Faris Yakob
Emily Clasper
Ed Cotton
Dustin Jacobsen
Tom Clifford
David Pollinchock
David Koopmans
David Brazeal
David Berkowitz
Carolyn Manning
Craig Wilson
Cord Silverstein
Connie Reece
Colin McKay
Chris Newlan
Chris Corrigan
Cedric Giorgi
Brian Reich
Becky Carroll
Arun Rajagopal
Andy Nulman
Amy Jussel
AJ James
Kim Klaver
Sandy Renshaw
Susan Bird
Ryan Barrett
Troy Worman

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Great Blog Now At A Magazine Stand Near You

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Guy Kawasaki's blog appears in Entrepreneur Magazine as hard copy next month (March).

Will this lead a significant number of blog fence-sitters to the online world?

Is it telling us there is a demand (certainly there is the opportunity) to upload our content into wider distribution as print material?

As they say on U.S. TV, "Film at 11."

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I Like These Blogs, Part II

Favorites_logo Yesterday  I was trying to squeeze in my list of some blog recommendations before the plane took off from Florida. Didn't quite make it!

So here is the second part of the list. They do not represent all of the blogs that I read and enjoy, but I think they will strike a chord with those of you who visit All Things Workplace .

Steve Farber has a lot of energy and it shows clearly on Extreme Leadership .

Business professionals will enjoy the thoughts and advice of trusted adviser David Maister .

Interested in research about the human mind and understanding more about how we use it? Then give a click on Brain Based Business.

If you're anything like me, you don't buy into every programme-du-jour and pop psych paperback that claims to have "the" answer to important workplace issues. That's why Bob Sutton from Stanford is a must-read. The same can be said for Slow Leadership.

Thirty percent of my professional practice has to do with coaching and creating executive presentations. That's why I appreciate Garr Reynolds' Presentation Zen. Garr knows what's genuinely important when it comes to how graphics should be designed and used to support your story.

And finally: Guy Kawasaki offers a range of tips, stories, insights, and breaking news for entrepreneurs.

Do have a Happy New Year! I look forward to our time together in 2007. 

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I Like These Blogs, Part I

I'm trying to practice what I preach and lighten my load a bit while I spend the last day of the Christmas getaway here in Florida. (I've included the blogging view from the back porch in hopes of explaining the level of relaxation I'm feeling  before heading back to the Northeast).Puntaporch1

Although we're looking ahead to the New Year, I thought I'd take a moment to share some bloggers that have made the past year enjoyable. They are listed in no particular order and represent folks that continue to offer helpful insights and useful information. Some have become blogosphere friends through their comments and emails and for that, I am thankful.

I hope you enjoy them, too.

Valeria Maltoni at Conversation Agent. Valeria is a connector and communicator extraordinnaire. . . and her writing and networking reflect it.

If you are looking for a great take on marketing then by all means visit John Moore at Brand Autopsy.

The pursuit of happiness wouldn't be complete without The Chief Happiness Officer, Alex Kjerulf.

OK. Do you want to learn how to write crisp, punchy copy? Click Copyblogger .

Wally Bock is always adding information over at Three Star Leadership.

I'm just finishing up a book review to send off to Lisa Haneberg at Management Craft.

Own Your Brand will help you do just that. And if you want to help a good organization, join Mike Wagner in his quest to bump up the profile of the Kiwanis Club of Des Moines, Iowa, USA.

Oops. Had to break this into two parts because for some reason, the pilot won't hold the flight while I finish this post.

See you tomorrow with more of the blogs that have become favorites during 2006. . .


 

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Happy Hour Is 9 to 5: Check It Out

Cover_1If you're thinking about work and happiness in the same sentence, check out Alex Kjerulf's book release today titled Happy Hour Is 9 to 5.

In a world with its share of cynics, Alex is different. He keeps people focused on positive things in the workplace that lead to a happier work life.

Alex even created ways for readers to have the information depending upon personal preferences and resources. You can get a bound copy, download it on pdf, or even read it for free online.

He's definitely working at making people happy.

Congratulations, Alex!

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Boomers Making A Difference

Here at All Things Workplace we've posted on issues of age and ageism in the workplace. Boomers Making A Difference  is a new blog from Linda Franklin. She's writing on different life issues related to that demographic.

Stop by her blog, see what she's up to, and let her know the kinds of info that could be helpful.

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