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Will Business Gamification Give Business Fables and Business Fiction New Life?

As business people we’re very serious. We look at situations on a detached analytical way that keeps emotions and and other frivolous things out of the equation. Right? Wrong. In fact one of the biggest trends in the business world is the gamification of work. We all know that people learn better through stories (which [...]

Too Much Mobile: Social, Deals, Games, Questions and Tracking [10 Links]

If, like me, your job is to keep up on the latest trends and then translate that into actionable strategies for business and you’ve been trying to find follow the mobile space, your head is probably spinning. Even just this morning when I opened up my RSS reader I was bombarded with blog posts all [...]

My Two Best Friends: Failure and Rejection

I got some pretty bad news this week. I was rejected. I think I actually deal with failure and rejection pretty well (once I get past the initial sadness then anger) and it’s only because I have lots and lots of practice. I don’t have a showroom of failures but I’m thinking about it. Like [...]

Do You Have A Showroom of Failures?

This morning Tarun Khanna spoke to our class. Tarun’s focus is on entrepreneurs and emerging markets. He’s the author of Billions of Entrepreneurs: How China and India Are Reshaping Their Futures-and Yours and Winning in Emerging Markets: A Road Map for Strategy and Execution. There were a lot of great ideas I still need to digest further but [...]

What’s So Hard About Being a Great Leader?

Seriously, what is so hard about being a great leader? I’m not asking what does it take to be a great CEO or what does it take to have the biggest most profitable business in your market. I just want to know what’s so tough about being a leader. During day 2 of HBS leadership [...]

The 4 + 2 Management Practices Every Great Company Has

Today was the first day of class (see previous post for details as to why I’m spending my spring break in a dorm room on the other side of the country). Nitin Nohria, the dean of HBS spoke at the close of our first day. Nitin presented some fascinating research he performed. Basically he wanted [...]

Spending My Spring Break at Harvard Business School

One of the biggest challenges I’ve had over the last two years is the shift from being “the social media guy,” the guy that came up with the ideas and had to implement them to building and leading a team of digital strategist across multiple large client accounts. I’ve spent a lot less time implementing [...]

Twitter Grows Up and Doesn’t Need @ev Anymore? I Liked @ev’s Twitter Better.

A few weeks ago I wrote about how Twitter was growing up. It had finally decided on a business model and was starting to lay down the law on it’s developer ecosystem. The cute little Twitter that used to shy away from silly questions like revenue and business models is gone. The figurehead for Twitter during [...]

2010 Social Media Prediction Report Card

Last year I did like every other social media blogger out there and made some predictions for 2010. I actually posted two different sets of predictions. My first set of predictions were 5 year predictions that I saw happening over the next 5 years. These were, in my view at the time, the far riskier [...]

Social Media Center of Excellence Or Cool Kid Clubhouse?

I truly believe that social media can solve a lot of real business problems, but one problem it can’t solve is human nature. Running social media inside a company is tough because large organizations support their large structure by creating silos. Being able to work across silos is a very valuable skill set for those [...]

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