Great to see my friend Mitchell Levy on The TedX Stage.
They Need To Be Understood
But there is so much more.
For the longest time, my sentence description for what I do is ‘translate’
Tech Speak to Business Speak.
Sales Speak to Marketing Speak.
English Speak To American Speak.
Corporate Speak to Customer Speak.
I didn’t start that way … but when I look back at what I have done and attempt to explain what some would consider to be an eclectic career – that is the common thread. Back in 2012 I wrote this.
I was prompted to write this as I was thinking today about a dialogue I had with a good friend of mine around the People First initiative … dialogue modified to make sense out of context …
ME: I am thinking that IF People First is focussing on the
futurepresent of work …. (since ALL language you read is really about impact on corporations and society – not really on the individual), then one aspect I want to be talked about is IF you are an individual – what is the language YOU should use?
For example …. I am not ‘talent’. You are not going to ‘acquire me’, so why does a corporation talk about ‘talent acquisition’. On the flip side – I have mobility and can move around and YOU dear corporation have to jump to this piper, who is playing my tune.
Make sense ?
Friend: Makes sense.
I don’t frame it as a ‘corporate and you’ thing.
I frame it as an understanding, sense making and modelling thing where the refreshed and healthier models can live in various contexts.
ME: I frame it as the interface / intersection where the translation occurs. That is where I hang out, always have done – which in turn plays to …
“ an understanding, sense making and modelling thing where the refreshed and healthier models can live in various contexts.”
Flagging and highlighting this now and will come back to it later.
Technology To Solve Society’s Problems
.. more like ‘really?’
Students who take this course will be:
Positioned to serve as the company AR experts
Qualified to teach AR to co-workers, bosses, and partners
Armed with applicable AR use cases
Ready to create memorable customer experiences
Able to initiate low-risk, low-cost, affordable pilot programs
Able to decide when to implement AR or VR solutions
Confident using AR to attain, retain and train bright new employees
Prepared to represent employers to the AR community
Ready to build a framework of AR technology options
Able to find tech and AR experts when and as needed
Able to review a video version of the class
All you need to do is register and go from what I can see.
… It Isn’t Your Dad’s News
I met someone the other day and having looked over their website, I happened to mention that the RSS feed from the site’s blog was called ‘RSS Feed’ – and not something useful like ‘John’s RSS Feed For All Things Amazing’ …..
The reply :
“It’s so funny when you mentioned the RSS feed – I didn’t know people still did that so I’ll definitely look into it.”
This person strikes me as very bolted into the world of business and tech, definitely switched on to the social media circus circuit … and her response is all too typical of what I hear from so many people. Which in turn means that I think it is one of the most serious issues we face today.
Surely you jest Mr. Philpin? I do not ….
(Consider the news that emerged over the weekend that Facebook 'unknowingly' sold advertising to Russian Troll Farms .. "The ads -- both traditional advertisements and sponsored posts -- were intended to sow discord among the American electorate by amplifying "divisive social and political messages," Stamos said. These ranged from "LGBT matters to race issues to immigration to gun rights." Allow that to sink in for a moment - and I know you would never be caught out by such obvious false influences .... except you are. We all are. All the time. That is why the art of the con is alive and well. And no, RSS doesn't fix that all by itself - but it sure does help.
I wrote a long reply to my new friend about why RSS was important … and when it was finished, decided not to send it, but rather turn it into a blog post and just send the link, because it is something I come across a lot. This article is a personal position on RSS, a recognition that it needs to get easier and a plea that really – if you want news – getting it from your Social Feeds is not a good idea. Continue reading
It’s The Clickbait Headline I Object To
The photo above shows many ‘Millenials’ swarming around a septuagenarian. Issues are not driven by age, no more than your birth-date predicts your future. It is all about how you think, how you act and what you want and accept.
And it just keeps getting worse. Continue reading
In Business … Not Just Architecture
I published this to BizCatalyst recently … the essence being that in America it seems to this Englishman that there is a long standing tradition of using facades to so many office and house designs, to make them appear ‘grander’ than they are. Even barns when you look around.
I compared that thinking to business and found some worrying things. So, ask yourself these questions about your business …
It’s A Particle And A Wave
It’s a little deep for the weekend, but what the hell..
I’d like to have a channel that’s for serious releases only. If something is a maintenance release, or just the beginning of an idea, it wouldn’t be thought of as important. However, when a technology has matured and is ready for other minds to consider it, there ought to be a way to get it looked at.
What Great Names
… but that’s not what prompted this post – that was this (cough … a few years ago … I’m just catching up on some background reading). In that post he referenced Brent’s post where Brent highlights the issue of typing a long email and sending it to one person – yet wouldn’t it be cool if it was just out there. I know what he means – I have a few posts in here that started life as an email. So this one is unusual – this is a post first – and then I will email a link to both the chaps – not these chaps – Bent and Manton.
Edge Cases Are Real
I just had to switch servers, one that has a lot of parked domains. That meant going to three different registrars (I know I have to consolidate) and entering the new IP address in place of the old one. Why haven’t we created another level to DNS that lets this just be a matter of changing a constant in one place.
I feel his pain … and I know where the solution lies … it’s called #CustomerTech – some might know it as #VRM – it’s an initiative that Dave’s good buddy Doc Searls has been driving for the past ten years.
Companies like Digi.me and JLinc are at the vanguard of this thinking … apps for people to manage vendors.
I mean if we can have a single financial app to manage our banks, brokers and bonds – surely it is way easier to have a single app that manages our DNS servers? I guess the problem is that people that need to manage DNS servers are edge cases to begin with … but multiple registrars to manage their multiple DNS servers … that sounds like it’s the ‘edge of the edge’.