Get Excited About Change – A Checklist for Coping

Get Excited About Change – A Checklist for Coping

Yesterday I sat in a really interesting presentation; you know where you find yourself leaning forward and sitting on the front of your seat? Well, this was one of those. I was watching one of Australia’s leading agents of change in Real Estate address a team of property agents about the inevitable change facing their industry.

For me, it was a powerful glimpse into an industry I know well, both as a consultant and as a client. Everything Mark McLeod said to his audience resonated with me, because I’d heard a similar diatribe many times before in the boardrooms of the traditional media organisations I had worked with over the last 25 years. It was that familiar and awakening warning

The Power of Positivity in Social Media

The Power of Positivity in Social Media

We all know that social media has all of this power and influence. I mean, social media IS THE Conversation Currency of today. Just ask your teenager, but if you don’t believe them listen to this: There are 1 Billion people on social media There are 5 Billion Likes a Day 500 Million Tweets are tweeted a day We all know about social media’s negative sides; like how our children have lost the art of communication, how cyber bullies now have a place to thrive, and how we all have so-called friends that aren’t really our friends at all. A 2013 study carried out by Michigan university even said Facebook could actually be making us miserable. It’s not to say that I don’t agree with those implications in at least some ways, but the point for me is that we can’t forget about the good it has done. Surely something as ‘powerful’ and ‘influential’ as social media can be channeled to affect positive change.  Just last week for Mental Health Awareness Week we saw cyberspace buzzing with positive affirmations around the globe. World Mental Health Australia created an initiative on their www.1010.org.au website where users could make a mental health promise for themselves...
Unfriend? Ad Block? Dislike? It’s a thing!

Unfriend? Ad Block? Dislike? It’s a thing!

Over the last few weeks we’ve seen substantial chatter about how to digitally UN-engage in 2015. iOS9 now lets you block ADS on your phone, Facebook is testing a NOT LIKING something button (which by the way is NOT going to be Dislike!) and this week Fair Work Australia found someone guilty of bullying because they UNFRIENDED a colleague on Facebook. Why the sudden need to be able to cyber-vote with one click? Are we now so used to getting what we want online that we can no longer tolerate what is not absolutely meeting our every need? The jury is out.   I have written recently about iOS9 and ad blocking, and how it presents an interesting conundrum for users; namely if we block ads, it makes our viewing experience more streamlined, but by choosing to block ads, we are also blocking the revenue stream the content providers survive by. The good news? No ads. The bad news? The possibility of no content in the long run.   So let’s have a look at what happens if only the strongest (who can sustain life without advertising revenue) survive. Content providers will have to make money through other streams...
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