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Twitter-Driven Revolution for Voice

Wednesday, June 24th, 2009

In my book, The 8th Habit—From Effectiveness to Greatness, I wrote about some of the seismic shifts we’ve seen in our world—changes that have created a fast evolving world. These new realities define our new Knowledge Worker Age and the challenges and opportunities that face people and organizations all over the world.

Today, we are seeing such a seismic shift unfolding before us with Twitter social media and technology. If you weren’t familiar with what Twitter is, I’m sure you’ve heard of it by now.  Iran is undergoing a movement that has the potential of revolutionizing their state and society as people take to the streets protesting recent election results. Through this innovative tool, the people’s voices in Iran are being heard loud and clear throughout the world.

I wrote in the 8th Habit that the crucial challenge of our world today is this: to find our voice and inspire others to find theirs. On page 104 I specifically wrote about the effects of the internet in the democratization (finding voice) of our world. Here is the excerpt:

The Democratization of Information/Expectations
No one manages the internet. It is a sea change of global proportion. For the first time in history the pure voice of the human spirit rings out in millions of unedited conversations unfettered by borders. Real-time information drives expectations and social will, which ultimately drive the political will that impacts every person.

What are your thoughts? How are social networking applications changing your life, giving you voice and shaping the world we live in?

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Nothing Fails Like Success

Monday, June 1st, 2009

Are you struggling to make changes or respond to changing conditions? I know many people right now are being forced to change the way they work or live because of our turbulent environment. What we might all consider in these times is what the great historian Arnold Toynbee once said:

Nothing fails like success.

What does that mean exactly? Well, if you consider the challenges you’re facing, you might just be using an old approach that isn’t equal to the challenge. In other words, when we have a challenge and the response is equal to the challenge, that’s called success. But once we have a new challenge, the old, once successful response no longer works. That’s why it’s called a failure.

We have to examine our paradigms (our view of things), our tools, our skills to determine if we’re approaching the problem in the right way. As a first step, we may even step back and make sure we’ve correctly defined the problem. Then we need to see if, based on the evidence of results or lack of results, if we need a new approach.

As you ponder your challenges, consider if you need a new mindset, a new skillset or toolset. You may need to adjust your view, try a different perspective or a new way to think about it. Then you may need to acquire some new skills or tools to tackle the problem. What ever the case, you may need to find a new model to drive success. This can be an exciting proposition because you will most likely find new growth and development in the process—this is success!

Remember: nothing fails like success. Be vigilant and be ready to continually learn and adapt to new challenges, which will surely come your way.

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