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Problems with Facebook Views

Just came across two very interesting videos that show how Facebook makes money twice over, once for getting likes and once for people to actually see your posts. Very much in line with what I have been observing. And it's not just for Facebook Pages. I see posts only from a very limited set of "friends" on Facebook.




Stay Young, Keep Learning

Tim Sanders recommends expanding your resume every year to avoid getting lapped up in the sport of business by those who do.

He writes in his post:

Youth is a state of mind, not a counting of years.  In my experience, the secret to eternal youth is lifelong learning...the constant expansion of one's resume of experiences and insights.  Henry Ford once quipped, "Anyone who stops learning becomes old, whether at twenty or at eighty. Anyone that keeps learning stays young." 

He goes on to say:
If you aren't expanding your resume every year, you are likely being getting lapped in the sport of business by those that do.  You can improve a resume without changing jobs.  You can add areas of expertise or new areas of project work.  You can add volunteer work, hobbies or interests. You can add professional associations you've joined and contributed to.  All of these additions give your career a sense of momentum, which gives you the confidence to embrace change. 

Read his full post here:  If You Don't Expand This Annually, You Are Getting Lapped

About Tim Sanders:
Tim Sanders is a rare hybrid of business expert and keynote speaker. Coupled with his passion, insight and research ability, Tim is able to move audiences to action when he speaks, give clients innovative solutions when he consults, and share knowledge when he writes. Through Tim's significant business expertise and people skills, his work is frequently featured in the media where he has earned the reputation as a people-centric business expert.

The Learning & Development Change Grid, by Don Taylor

Donald H Taylor, chairman of LPI, LSG & the Learning Technologies conference explains how Learning and Development Departments need to change their attitude to risk in order to keep pace with the rest of the business in today's modern world. He describes 4 quadrants in which L&D departments fit: Learning Leadership, Unacknowledged Prophet, Comfortable Extinction and The Training Ghetto and explains how and why all L&D departments should join the quadrant of Learning Leadership.


False Positives by David Small

A great post by David Small on Dan McCarthy's blog Great Leadership about serving your team with honesty, even when it’s uncomfortable.

"How often do we have members of our team that we say “good job” too, even though we know they could be doing better? Did you know you could be doing more harm then good by not pointing out their shortcomings? Here are four tips to build up your team without giving them false positives."

Read the full post False Positives.


Author bio:
David Small is the author of the bestselling book The Wandering Leader. In this book David explains how leaders don’t need to be perfect, but they should get things done. He focuses on seven areas of leadership that everyone can grow in; career, financial, social, physical, spiritual, intellectual, and family. David has been a professional ice hockey coach for over a decade and is an officer in the army reserves. David has guest lectured and been a keynote speaker at leadership events around the globe.

Don't be Afraid to Fail

Are you afraid to fail? Do you avoid taking on new assignments because you think you are not good at them? Do you think succeeding is more important than trying out new things?

If you think success comes from not failing, you couldn't be more wrong. Success comes to those who fail. Success comes from trying out new things, venturing out doing things you are not comfortable with. So recognize the new opportunities that come your way in the form of new assignments, new projects, new tasks that seem challenging. Go ahead and grab these opportunities. Don't be afraid, don't be afraid of failure.


What is Social Media?

Two keywords of social media are "Social" and "Media".

Social media is about being social. It is about connecting with your communities: customers, employees, partners, investors, service providers. It is about conversations and collaboration between these communities. You are not social if you are not having a dialog. Remember, monologues were never considered social.



Social media is also about using media to be social. In the very near past (and even today), conventional channels of media were more unidirectional and slow for two way communication. Communities are now conversing using the new media in form of various social network site. People are blogging and commenting everywhere. Use these multitude of media to connect with them and start a conversation.


Devices these days have made media ubiquitous and your communities are having conversations everywhere and at all times. You need to be available 24x7 to connect with the communities.







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