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10 Must-Read Social Media & Leadership Stories From June 14-18

1. Fine pointers that every business needs to learn in order to ‘humanize‘ their web presence.

2. 5 good reasons you don’t need to panic when mistakes happen.

3. 10 hiring mistakes you should look out for.

4. Legacy and leadership questions at Pixar.

5. Leaders have to be careful of their…knees. Odd, but captivating comparison.

6. 11 useful pointers that can help you optimize your time at the office.

7.  The key to corporate survival is having the skill to fall asleep on airplanes–a well-written, personal, story.

8. What doctor’s don’t learn in medical school. Very interesting lessons and ideas that can be applicable to leaders.

9. Scott Adams on how to pick winning companies. Trust your feelings of disgust.

10. Top 10 CEOs….in prison.

Art work entitled Forces of Nature 5, by Yael Dresdner.

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Get to Know Your Work Neighbor

I have been in the same office on 34th street for many years and, like all of us, I’m caught in the patterns of routine. But every so often I’m reminded that we are enriched by getting to know the people we work with.

We’re enriched by the side conversations, the extra cups of coffee, and  the extra discussions that allow us to build intimacy with those we work with.

A younger colleague of mine began working in a research & administrative capacity at our Cornell office about a year ago. Essentially we had no real work interface with the exception of him doing me a favor every once and a while. Our quick chats grew over time and soon they developed into genuine discussions. Soon I found myself dropping by his desk asking him for his feedback on some ideas that had just caught me. A mutual exploration began to occur as we both found common interests about what makes people proactive.

I began to marvel at his world outside of work. Little to my knowledge, he had been actively involved with a group of community friends and colleagues who were developing a new charter high school in Plainfield, New Jersey called the Barack Obama Green Charter High School. It’s set to open this fall and it will give many young people in Plainfield a different type of education.

Outside of his work at Cornell my friend has been involved in the grass roots movement to help his community create an innovative charter school. With my interest in leadership, I became more and more enthralled about how my ideas on the subject could be integrated with his efforts.

Last week, I was in Plainfield for a fundraiser for the new school. We heard Professor Cornel West speak about issues of leadership, race, and class. He delivered an impassioned and an intellectually artful presentation, linking the efforts encapsulated in the charters school to the wider issues of poverty, opportunity, and local control in the 21st century. Professor West delivered a presentation grounded in the American ethic of mobility, enriched by cultural history, but at the same time pragmatic in its implication, well worth the traffic jam on the Pulaski Skyway.

I was enriched by the evenings experience and I have already began to explore what implications it has for my own thinking. Had I not reached across the cubicle, made a friend down the hall, I would have just gone to the gym that evening, watched a little PBS, read a book, and would not have learned as much I did in Plainfield.

Today, I’ll head into the office, my friend, the social entrepreneur, will be back in his desk and I’ll be meeting with my students, but we both will have shared an outside work experience that has enriched our lives and our work.

The next time you walk down the hall thinking you don’t have time to get know the people around you, think again.

Picture Credit: Somedesignerguy

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Reviewing the Twitter Club: 3 Generations & Social Technology

Yesterday, we looked at how 3 different generations interact with and process the internet, social technology, and social media.

Here’s our matrix:

Social Technology and The Generation Gap
The Glibbers The Roamers The Clingers
Real Time Short Term Long Term
Bits of Information Chunks of Information Complete Information
Coded words Quick Sentences Full Pages
Delete Search/Bookmark Save

So, in most cases, the younger generation of office workers is compromised mostly of Glibbers while the older generation is, by and large, comprised of Clingers. That leaves the Roamers–the in-between group who are captivated by technology, use it, but are generally a step behind.

Why is this important?…