As companies embrace the notion of a reputation economy fueled by the power of social platforms this brings a new set of challenges for management and employees. I was at the Salesforce #cloudcrowd event in Sydney recently and we were discussing this issue with guest speaker Peter Coffee. The issue is that companies increasingly require employees to interact online on behalf of the company but … Continue reading The Reputation Economy, Employees, and Privacy
As we move away from the power structures and ways of thinking that governed the twentieth century we are seeing a desperate rearguard action from the power elites who ruled that time. Dying Dinosaur Industries in their Death Throes A good example of this is the film and music industries, whose centralized model of creation and distribution is breaking down. The proposed US anti-piracy legislation … Continue reading The evolving power shift and our hyperconnected society
It is sad to hear of Steve Jobs’ passing. Not unsurprising news given his long battle with cancer. But the heartfelt responses to his death made me think. How many other leaders of big companies would elicit similar responses? Hardly any I suspect. His was a remarkable career, and the impact of his ideas brought to life will resonate for a long time. But must … Continue reading Vale Steve Jobs: a leader with great passion
This post was inspired by Michael Kordahi, well known to many as @delic8genius, who put out a call encouraging to geeks to share their geek origin stories. My geek origin is shrouded in the mists of time. It was so long ago that there is no only one photographic record [update: which is now in the hands of Michael Kordahi, heaven help me]. But there was … Continue reading My Geek Origin story, what’s your story?
There is so much pressure on people these days to be successful. And I do not think we are encouraged to stop and think what success actually means for each of us and for society in general. Many of us seem to be on a treadmill. Go to school, get good grades and get into a good university and then get a good job. Then … Continue reading Success but on whose terms? What about personal brands and character?
Girl Develop IT Sydney kicked off well last night with thirty eight students, led by the indomitable Pamela Fox and a number of teaching assistants. Women from all sorts of jobs and backgrounds came along to grapple with the basics of web development – with the youngest still in high school. The first session covered the basics of HTML and history of the web. Next … Continue reading Girl Develop IT Sydney launches successfully #ozgdi
One thing I’m passionate about is the possibilities opened up for all of us by technology. And techincal literacy is an important way that we can open up those possibilities for women. Another thing I’m passionate about is people who make a difference – those who get up off the sofa and take action. Sara Chipps is someone who has seen a need and taken … Continue reading Inspiring: Girl Develop IT #becauseiamagirl
Here is another post in my series on inspiring women. This time it is my friend Annalie Killian, who is also known as Catalyst for Magic (yes that is really the job title on her business card) or as @MaverickWoman on Twitter. I’ve known Annalie for many years and have always been inspired and energised by her. Over the years she has evolved as an organisational … Continue reading Annalie Killian … a woman Catalysing Magic
Had an interesting conversation with some friends recently and it got me thinking about what we work for. In Western societies many of us work, in addition to money and sustenance, for self-actualisation (in a Maslowian sense). Many of us pick work that is meaningful to us and which meets our aspirations. But many also toil away in work that has no significance beyond a … Continue reading What do you work for?
Not really – especially for women – according to some research by Guido Heineck that was cited in the Daily Telegraph recently. None of this is a surprise to me due to a long participation in business and, in particular, male dominated areas such as finance and IT. Some of the research merely confirmed personal experience, for example “…results suggest that only females’ earnings are … Continue reading Does being nice pay off for women?