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Miki
Phoenix AZ
Writer, Trainer, Daddy-O
Interests: Being a Dad, writing, photography and training.
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So true. Music is portable and does carry memories well. While I like music, it never had the same ability to imprint for me the way objects do. For instance, I can remember specific conversations while holding objects, but not as easily from listening to music. Music translates into images for me, but more a mash of emotions than specific experiences beyond the thing I was doing when I heard it, if I'm lucky. I got into popular music in high school. Prior to that it was primarily classical because family wouldn't listen to much else. Maybe there is something in that? It wasn't until maybe 5 years ago that I started to concisely seek out music I haven't heard before.
Sounds good. Audio please.
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Thank you for defining social media a bit. On the work front, my guess is that CEO's are seeing SOCIAL and MEDIA as two separate words. Both original words are antithetical to getting any kind of work done. They miss the boat entirely, or refuse to see the boat while others that say they understand that social media in the workplace may have it's uses, see only barriers to implementation: new technology and other infrastructure costs for servers and bandwidth, manpower, content managers, costs that didn't exist on the bottom line prior to now. Then, there are those that would say, I'm fine in my new clothes; I don't care to let the decisions be made by someone that makes in a year what I get paid in a month. Who would I be if I allowed the decisions of the many (idiots) to influence or dictate how my business is run? You need a degree to figure out how forces in the industry shape the decisions we make. Who indeed would have the insight to listen to those that were closest to the customer? Who better to position resources where they would have the biggest impact without having to worry about 37 flavors of 'No' along the way to a solution? Who best to form a Vision that galvanized a workforce into teams of visionaries and empowered local leaders focused on solving problems by sharing ideas across units, departments, sites and devisions? (Instantly) The thinking behind today's top down pyramid power structure is backwards. The picture needs to be reversed with the broad base of workers closest to the customers informing down towards the bottom on process, flow and change that is rightly lined to meet the vision of the management (at the bottom) flowing upwards. Leadership is about providing direction; that's why they call it the Lead, and It's sharply focused tip of the pyramid. That is of course if leadership is willing to provide the direction, a few resources, and trusts that the power of many minds can produce astounding results if all focused on the same ideas. An argument: Garbage in, garbage out, goes the expression in editing. Some feel that social media is like an experiment where you plant garbage and everyone waits to see what fruit it will bear. (more garbage ideas) The Social part of the picture here is the democratic nature (voting) combined with the notion that the best idea will rise to the surface while other tangential thoughts may solve issues in other parts of your business without even intending to. Just about everything we enjoy today was the result of several 'one offs' of things that already existed and were combined with yet more combinations of ideas. As long as there is someone to tend the garden. Not all the seeds sprout award winning ideas, but is what they have now working? I think the problem is that it is and it does work now. Just a lot slower and at a much greater cost than it should or could. If only I were the CEO... If you think I'm crazy because it's unnatural to change the direction of an ocean liner or an organization quickly, then you're looking at a solution as if it were a problem. Realize, with social media, that you're capable of staying the course, only reaching your destination faster.
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Enjoyed meeting you at the PHXCC! You arbitrated a long standing argument between my wife and I about exposing my 3 year old son to video games by coming down smack dab in the middle with a balanced approach; Go with Wii and enforce some equal reading time. I think we'll also add a third prong: go outside in equal measure. We'll see how it goes. Something during the mention of all your sponsors by name in the podcast reminded me of a show I can't remember the name of to save my ass now, but you or someone here may remember it....we would have been between 4 and 6 I think when this was airing...a 30 something lady (long dark hair?) would read the names of kids while we watched as the huge loli-pop would twirl as she called out the names of children. The center of the giant swirling treat would fade through kids faces as their names were called out. Every kid's but mine. Not bitter. No. It sounds ridiculously like a bad acid trip, but hey, it was the early to mid seventies and I swear it was an actual show. Besides, that's too crazy to make up. Can anyone name the program? I grew up in the Oakland, Alameda area in case it was only local.
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