After day 2 of the Dale Carnegie Leadership seminar, I’m getting lots of great knowledge. It’s also interesting to take this with a junior colleague, and will compare notes on our experiences.
Most interesting thing today was seemingly small. During an exercise in which we each covered a sheet with post-its, then organize them by columns, the trainer saw my messs and remarked, "I see you’re right-brained." Somehow I think he may have observed that early on.
The kicker. Later on, we all wrote compliments on cards for the other attendees. One called me "organized" based on my post-it sheet. Ok, I’ll take that.
Spending a few days this week attending a Dale Carnegie leadership training seminar for work. This is a program the SHIFT management generally sends junior managers and managers-to-be to, but for a number of reasons I am attending this time around.
I joined SHIFT as senior management, and my "coming up through the ranks" consisted of real-life experience at other companies, but I have never been sent away for formal training. So, this is a great opportunity to get some ideas and methods from outside my own office…and my own head.
Where do you get your leadership ideas? How do you keep it fresh?
A few less-than-consequential things picked up this past weekend at PodCamp Boston 3. There’s only four to start, but that’ll do:
Quote of the weekend: “This is where I ran out of Schlitz.” Joe Cascio, describing the end of inspiration for assembling his presentation on distributed microblogging. I decided to adopt the phrase as any expression of running out of steam. I was completely out of Schlitz the Monday after PodCamp, for instance.
By the way, Joe pointed me to the inspiration for his turn of phrase:
“I’m working on my personal bland.”
That was actually me, misspeaking at a moment when I was totally out of Schlitz. There are some folks out there who could stand to work on their personal bland, now that i think on it.
Yet another quote (paraphrased):
“The light saber doesn’t make a mess– it cauterizes the wound as it cuts through.”
Wandering Troubador Chris Brogan solidified my musical ambivalence with multiple renditions of the Counting Crows’ “Mr. Jones.” As an antidote, and for the last word, I submit this far superior “Jones” song, the great Billy Paul singing “Me and Mrs. Jones.”
I read a nice post by Geoff Livingston at www.livingstonbuzz.com yesterday on Internet fame. He went off on the idea of being popular for popularity’s sake, like current Wired cover girl Julia Allyson. I agree, but it obviously works for her. She has a goal and she’s reaching it.
For those of us who use social media in business, Allyson’s goals are shallow and ultimately useless. I don’t want to get invited to parties, I want to trade information and help my clients and my employer.
The key, and Geoff was generous enough to include me as an example, is a deft mix of the personal and the professional, and giving as much as you get.
Allyson follows very few people on her Twitter account. Is she being interactive and social? That’s just one outlet, so it’s hard to judge her overall.
I operate on the idea that every one I converse with online has something to teach me. Who and when? Finding out is part of the fun.
In fact, the audience was so integral that I developed what will now be known as the “Cass pass” – calling on John Cass, who had his arm raised, when Greg asked me a question I needed to chew on before answering. That gave us all a good 5-7 minutes (I kid, John!).
For my part, I tried to hold up the PR end, coming from so-called traditional PR but having social media as part of the mix, and the conversation got me thinking about how do social media marketing agencies, and PR agencies that have social media skills along with the traditional chops, co-exist? (Part of my answer is that my employer, SHIFT Communications, works with C.C. Chapman and the Advance Guard work together on a client- and PodCamp sponsor- mDialog)
Other bits raised: Who is responsible for social media conversations (perhaps that depends on the organizations’ goals)? Who is doing social media right (I favored some smaller software builders and their quick-response habits on Twitters as great examples for all companies)? How can companies make their news stream interactive– or social (yes, we talked about the Social Media Press Release)? How do we best serve “lazy bloggers (I brought up the old “rip and read news” as an analogy)?
We didn’t solve the problems of the world, but showed a lot of people (there were about 140 ion the room) are thinking hard about these issues. Please have a look a the videos and give out your thoughts.
Ever notice that if you stop something for a while, you do it even better when you pick it up? Sometimes you need a fresh perspective- and a little rest, whether you are brainstroming creative ideas, writing a document, or looking for your keys.
I find the same effect occurs in physical activity. My bike training has been sporadic lately, especially with PodCamp 3 this past weekend, but when I got on this morning, I was flying; 26.8 miles at over 18 mph.*
I also used the same "take a break" method to find my misplaced helmet.
Since I mentioned my biking, I should plug the Pan Mass Challenge, which I am riding in 12 days. I still have $900 to raise, and would appreciate your help. Just go to www.doughaslam.com and click the blue PMC logo at the right- thanks!
*Estimate- I dropped my trip computer and it now thinks it is Canadian. I did the km to miles coversion in my head.
Well, PodCamp Boston is over for another year. What did I learn? I found people were asking me more questions than in the past. Is that because I’ve been around? Perhaps, but what I can say is that it is nice for an SEO professional to be able to talk content and messages with a PR professional, or for people with a common past to compare notes as well as talk to each other about what they are doing now.
And in the third year of PodCamp, I am stilll meeting people I have known online for awhile. I finally got to see Karen Cardoza, aka "@mrsb" for the first time, among many others! That’s her in the photo of course.
Share your Pod camp thoughts here, or look for other things tagged "pcb3" to catch up on what went on.
Kudos to Mr. Penn, Mr, Brogan and the rest the crew for making this happen!
Whew, I’m tired, or as @joecascio would say, "This is where I run out of Schlitz."
Day 1? PodCamp Boston 3 has gone in a whirl, to be honest. After helping the harder-working volunteers with registration, it was off to my part in a panel with Greg Verdino of crayon, Adam Broitman of Morpheus Media, and Philip Robertson of ooVoo, on "Smart Social Media Marketing." The time for the panel flew by fast, but I think I represented the more forward-thinking elements of the PR industry. I will post more once I get ahold of video and photos from the session.
In the afternoon, I eschewed the regular session rooms to sit in on two chaired by Chris Brogan. The first was a big meetup about traditional media and what they need to do regarding social media.
The second (pictured) was a smaller group discussing Chris’ "naked" post (go to www.chrisbrogan.com and search "naked"). How much is too much to give away and how do you charge for the rest?