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Oaxaca
London
Social media practitioner, social network designer
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Oaxaca is now following Lynda Gratton
Aug 31, 2016
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This is a tale of how two medium size B2B companies that provide professional services to some of the world’s most iconic brands embraced Slack, how it affected the way they work, the value each of them derived, and how different the outcomes were resulting from its use. Continue reading
Posted Feb 25, 2016 at Winning by Sharing
When people tell me they admire my freelance career, when they tell me it must be nice to sleep in, when they then break eye contact Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2015 at Winning by Sharing
@Dave. I am relatively new. I haven't read your Flatland essays yet but be assured I'll get to them. You might find Tom Standage's book Writing on the Wall interesting, in which he cites research that asserts that in most mammals the neocortex of the brain is 30-40 percent, whereas in primates it's 65 percent and in humans 80%. The neocortex being the part of the brain where higher functions like spatial reasoning and conscious thought. He goes on to make a convincing argument that humans are wired for social networking and as such it's no surprise why social media is so successful. It keeps the invisible lines of (social) connection between us alive. And of course, the two most interesting things in the world are me followed by other people - in that order. According to the 'social brain' theory our need to constantly analyse the complex, fluctuating dynamics of our social relationships without which we would not be 'safe' unless we're a member of one or more social groups. Jane Howard sums up the social value of trust extremely well: “Call it a clan, call it a network, call it a tribe, call it a family, call it a community. Whatever you call it, whoever you are, you need one.”
Hello Dave. Trust is very interesting to me. Research produced by IBM over ten years ago concludes; “Individuals in higher-trust societies spend less to protect themselves from being exploited in economic transactions. Trust is an economical substitute for extensive contracts, litigation, and monitoring in transactions and thus economises on transaction costs.” This statement caught my eye: Our very survival depends on our ability to surround ourselves with people who believe what we believe. It reminded me of superb piece of research published last year that examines the power of group affinity and why it makes no difference how much evidence or information we're presented with that's contrary to our beliefs and values, if it means being rejected by the group we belong to. Kahan doesn’t find it strange that we react to threatening information by mobilizing our intellectual artillery to destroy it. He thinks it’s strange that we would expect rational people to do anything else. "Nothing any ordinary member of the public personally believes about the existence, causes, or likely consequences of global warming will affect the risk that climate changes poses to her, or to anyone or anything she cares about," Kahan writes. "However, if he/she forms the wrong position on climate change relative to the one that people with whom she has a close affinity — and on whose high regard and support she depends on in myriad ways in her daily life — she could suffer extremely unpleasant consequences, from shunning to the loss of employment." Read the whole thing - it's fascinating. http://www.vox.com/2014/4/6/5556462/brain-dead-how-politics-makes-us-stupid
Humanity's progress must be situated on the side of being rather than of having. Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2015 at Winning by Sharing
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All we need to bring about a fundamental change in the electoral system is to include a check box on the ballot paper, along with the list of the candidates that says none of the above. Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2015 at Winning by Sharing
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My belief was that the Internet was going to empower people to create their own businesses. What has happened is the opposite. A few immensely powerful monopolies have sprung up, and wherever you look, it’s winner takes all. In whatever niche I look at, there are a handful of big winners, with thousands of losers. Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2015 at Winning by Sharing
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In the world of travel, every so often you experience a type of customer service you only expect from taking an entire floor of the Ritz, Savoy or Mandarin Oriental. You know, the kind of service a superstar gets when they're paying £100,000 a night. Lawrence of Morocco just showed me how that kind of service can be done by a small business steeped in its own history that's been operating for many decades as a tour operator in Morocco. Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2015 at Winning by Sharing
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In 1972, in Beijing, Henry Kissinger asked Chou En-lai, the then Chinese foreign minister if he thought the French Revolution of 1789 had benefited humanity. “We Chinese feel it is too soon to tell,” Chou answered. Continue reading
Posted Dec 18, 2014 at Winning by Sharing
Are some football managers experts in collaboration? Continue reading
Posted Oct 16, 2014 at Winning by Sharing
If all your life amounts to is the pursuit of the Perfect Selfie, the Greatest High Score, the Largest Number of Mega Awesome Totally Fake Friends — congratulations! You’re a proud member of Generation Stupid. Continue reading
Posted Oct 5, 2014 at Winning by Sharing
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Judging by the questions and reactions on Twitter it seems that 'agents' working at the coal face feel a little powerless in their ability to influence internal social collaboration and perhaps underrate the value they can bring to their colleagues. Continue reading
Posted Sep 26, 2014 at Winning by Sharing
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Sep 26, 2014
For those of you that want to manufacture your own income: you need an education and not a degree. For those of you that already have a degree, but want to move forward in a new direction: you need an education. Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2014 at Winning by Sharing
Competition that kills isn't pre-announced, it catches an unsuspecting incumbent by surprise. It's one of the main reasons why the ROI of social collaboration in large enterprises is that you get to exist in 5 years' time. Too few executives really understand this. Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2014 at Winning by Sharing
Completely agree. Social business is about humanising corporations.
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No one describes the concept of fractional work than Odesk, the world's leading platform for freelance work in what they are calling the digital nomad movement in this stunning new video. Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2014 at Winning by Sharing
Humanity's progress must be situated on the side of being rather than of having. Continue reading
Posted Dec 30, 2013 at Winning by Sharing
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I'm wondering if the LinkedIn statistic that shows the number of recommendations you've given versus what you have received is a good measure of whether you're a giver or taker? Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2013 at Winning by Sharing
Oaxaca is now following Dave Cohen
Oct 4, 2013
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I've always argued that comments on blog posts, news articles and discussion threads are a goldmine of information and in many cases provide much richer insights than the original post. Continue reading
Posted Sep 25, 2013 at Winning by Sharing
The biggest lesson learned is that value creation is the point of collaboration, not the act or tool of collaboration itself. Continue reading
Posted Sep 17, 2013 at Winning by Sharing
Although this is a TV commercial it tells a very touching human story. Something our Western advertising industry seems incapable of these days. Continue reading
Posted Sep 15, 2013 at Winning by Sharing
Very clever video from IBM on the definition of social business. So clear, so simple. If there was an Oscar category for best business video this would win it for turning a complicated set of ideas into plain English. Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2013 at Winning by Sharing