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  • Not back to school – Lessons for every student

    Not back to school – Lessons for every student

    Just about every Friday for the last eight years and four months, I went to school - but no more.  I was a consultant to the Schulich School of business, where I gave 288 presentations, coached over 2100 students, and mentored 128 of them at 7am almost every week. I [More]

  • Prospecting on LinkedIn

    Prospecting on LinkedIn

    Who doesn't have a LinkedIn profile?  And who doesn't understand the importance that relationships play in building a business, making a sale, or getting the job?  Yet why do most people seem mystified about using Social Media (and LinkedIn in particular) pro-actively for their professional success? Of course, there are [More]

  • Social Infrastructure

    Social Infrastructure

    Look around, and you are surrounded by advertisements: which ones catch your eye?  Likely, the ones that are the loudest.  Unfortunately, the race to the loudest is making it hard for anything to get through. One of the key reasons for corporate interest in digital is that it is a [More]

  • Social Networking Integration

    Social Networking Integration

    Have you ever considered how some words (and technologies) are so important, yet in the fullness of time completely disappear?  Buggy whips, Barrel makers ("coopers"), and Telex machines are but a few examples.  Not fifteen years ago, the term "ebusiness" was popular, until people figured out that there was no [More]

  • Generation Gap

    Generation Gap

    Look around: who are the Digital go-to people in your office?  Look around again, and identify the people with the strongest business acumen.  In almost all organizations, the first group is younger, with-it hipsters, while the second group is typically much older.  Getting these groups on the same page can [More]

  • Corporate Success Factors

    Corporate Success Factors

    It's always easy to look at other organizations - or other people - and marvel at their incredible foresight, acumen, and investment.  To look at some of the most successful companies and their products - Apple and Google come to mind - and say "They were just lucky" is too [More]

  • Can you ever have too many friends? (yes)

    Can you ever have too many friends? (yes)

    Are you still playing the numbers game with your Social Media accounts? When you first sign up, you aim for ten connections.  Then 50, 100, 250, and finally the coveted 500 - you've arrived.  And then you aim for 1000.  Then 2000.  How many is too many? As I look [More]

  • Seven Social Media Job Search Steps

    Seven Social Media Job Search Steps

    Even from the most committed employees, one question comes up over and over again: where does Social Media fit into my next job search.  It might be couched in different language (How do I develop professional profile/How do I take advantage of Social tools for support, etc), but the question [More]

  • Six Steps to Strategic Blogging

    Six Steps to Strategic Blogging

    Chances are that you are not a blogger.  But chances are relatively high that you like the idea of being one. During my last 100 or so presentations, I asked the audiences if they blog: surprisingly, only a sprinkling of  hands typically go up. When asked if they like the [More]

  • Back to the Basics

    Back to the Basics

    Wake up, wash, dress, and eat breakfast. Scan the headlines, scan LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, and Blog comments. Read and respond to comments in your communities. Then start the day. Check voice mail. Check email, and respond to emails from LinkedIn groups, Facebook, and Twitter direct messages. Then see if there [More]

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