Leadership supply chain

As it follows…

1. Do exactly what you’ve told to do. Don’t question your supervisor, obey your teacher.

2.  Ask professors edgy questions.

3. Tell your boss or teacher what it’s your best choice among the best available alternatives. Push them, or better, push yourself.

4. Surround yourself with authentic people who is always creating forward motion.

5. Push, encourage and inspire your team to do things differently. Trying different, failing differently, asking differently. Something that it’s not in their plans.

6. Demand encouragement and motivation. Exchange passion.

7. Launch things that can have an impact.

8. Teach others how to create an impact. Increase discernment about opportunities that scare your team and you.

9. Start all over again.

And that, my friends, is what a leadership supply chain looks like.

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Like a heart beat

You work for a decade or two for being tremendously fascinating, you learn, fail, try again, make something happen and ship, change things. And then, you find yourself on the top of your career, ahead of the competition, rockstar, you.

When in the top, the last thing you want to be told it’s that the top it isn’t as high as the first time you thought about it. In fact, at the end, there’s  no such top. That was just an illusion made by the system. Heck. What now?

The world is changing faster than ever, this massive and overwhelming change has been with us from the day we were born, it’s like a heart beat, if it stops, we will die.

And yet, we are still horrified with the fact that change will come. Why don’t we accept change and its journey and see where it can take us?

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Not fair

Of course it isn’t fair:

Training for years.

Paying the tax fear.

Investing in a house.

Trusting in education.

Believing university is the key.

Working for your boss.

Doing what you were told to do.

Subscribing for a Community Manager course.

Opting for a MBA.

Paying attention to critics.

Asking for permit.

Buying the BMW.

Launching a factory business.

And then, suddenly, everything disappears.

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Vote for the work that matters

I’ve an idea, when asking for vote (whatever), first encourage voting for other people’s work, not yours. And second, give credit to those who are excelling.

The work that really makes a difference and creates resonance is the work that comes up to the surface naturally by its brilliance, excellence isn’t an accident, nor depends on others opinion, no less than their vote – or approval. It’s something personal and it happens when someone decides to put all her energy, effort, passion and enthusiasm in trying to change those that impact with that project, idea, business or social initiative.

Don’t look at popularity, or recognition or re-affirmation as KPIs for the work that matters. Seek to do the hard task, commit for the big responsibility, walk the rocky road, seek the uncertain path, stand out in the middle of complexity. These are the moments when the important work occurs, that job, the one that leaves positive impact on people.

Another idea, invest the time you spend on promoting your work as the best in the world, in providing value and utility to your clients, readers or community, keep making something happen and breaking new ground. Be generous.

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What you can do with this opportunity to create change

Communicating, marketing, selling, gaining visibility, sharing content, writing posts, maximising your brand’s reach, starting promotions, working from home, optimising your time, tweeting, uploading photos or building your personal brand. These are only some of the things that you can do with the social web and the Internet of things; but I guess you already knew this!

the opportunity to chenge things

What we don’t see is the other side of the social web; the side that changes it all. How can we dedicate our time to social media yet show no interest or dismiss the importance of people?

That is my favourite part. This is what you can do with this entire new world in front of you:

  • Make an impact on the world.
  • Develop your professional profile and both your professional and personal skills and competences.
  • Create connections and interactive bridges.
  • Start-up your business.
  • Connect with people you don’t know personally.
  • Build a community of people interested in something they have in common.
  • Head a charity cause.
  • Modify the expected result.
  • Study, learn and grow.
  • Find a purpose.
  • Start a movement that inspires others.
  • Start a new business – it’s never been easier or cheaper!
  • Gather ideas together and check out what happens when they hit the market.
  • Decide how you’re going to help those in need.
  • Communicate with and reach anyone you wish.
  • Start a revolution.
  • Educate people through shared knowledge and experience.
  • Share stories that are worth knowing.
  • Add value to your industry.
  • Create your own story.
  • Change people.

How can you do this and more? That’s where you need to step up and work towards this tirelessly.

Reading the above, I think we sometimes don’t realise the times we’re living.

Photo credit: Benoit Tremblay.

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Social Media Adoption Process

How do you keep focused on Social Media? Is social Media something you have born with? or otherwise, something you can learn and develop? Have you ever thought if Social Media has an adoption stage?

As you – I suppose – Scarcely have we learned through all this thing called Social Media by chance or casualty, nor at the University or by attending a Social Media Masters course.

I learned by:

  • Leaning forward
  • Taking the lead
  • Challenging assumptions
  • Questioning everything
  • Failing dramatically
  • Using “their” glasses, not mine
  • Making mistakes – minors and majors
  • Saying YES, where everybody said NO
  • Reinventing myself over and over
  • Having the right attitude
  • Being Irreverent
  • Exploring new paths in search of adventures
  • Taking risks
  • Having thousand of arguments
  • Reversing how people use to see things
  • Agreeing and disagreeing (most of the times)

Social Media Adoption Process

However, beyond all these learning I realized that I’ve followed a singular path to learn how to focus, approach and engage my understanding about Social Media.

I summed up in a procedure I called the Social Media Adoption Process

Learning in Social media - Isra Garcia

The Process

The process starts as follows:

  1. You get insights and perspectives by reading, listening and commenting – basically feedback – that is to say, by being an active player in the Social Web.
  2. These insights and perspectives lead you to create an idea.
  3. Then, you move from thinking to doing when you put in practice the idea. However, you don’t know if you’re going to succeed with the first idea – hopefully – Therefore, you experiment with the idea.
  4. During the experimental phase there’s 2 possibilities: A. You succeed, then you’re done, congrats! B. You fail – I love this one – this leads you to another different step.
  5. When you experience failure, best thing to do is laughing at yourself – Yes, laugh at you – don’t take things seriously, think about it as a new opportunity to learn something new, share your failure with your community, make it part of your story, and more important, celebrate it!
  6. When you laugh and rest importance, you distress yourself from the failure, so you’re more open and eager to receive sincere feedback from your community, followers, subscribers or friends – in this case, true friends –
  7. Undoubtedly, good feedback (note how I use the word good) steps you to a new level of understanding and learning – there’s no greater experience that sharing for improving – The key resides in how you ask for feedback, to who and where, but this is another adventure…. So, taking what you learned from failing, laughing and from others’ feedback, you correct your first idea. Let’s say a blogging approach focused on your community: the tone, subjects, message… instead of what you wanted to publish – your initial idea –
  8. All those steps you’ve taken when you failed have changed – either slightly or radically – the way you approached the idea for first time, so what you’re really doing is trying different – in my opinion, the key reason
  9. Once you get here, it gets easier, if you try different, and succeed – not you’re not done – try different again and you’ll succeed again, and for the sake of Social Media, keep trying different. Nevertheless, should you fail, keep trying different. Because, when you’re trying different you’re leaning forward, and the person who is leaning forward the most, wins the race.

With me? What’s your take?

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What You Can Learn

hope you learn something else than nothingPrepare yourself to be outside your comfort area…

  • If you embace change , you can learn how to succeed tomorrow.
  • If you don’t accept the commandments of this brainwashed society, you can Learn how to be an insubordinate.
  • If you break the rules, you will find that life is easier that people think.
  • If you ask your university teacher why is she using the same book as your sister did 10 years ago, you can learn that paying attention to your curiosity makes you different.
  • If you think outside the box and seek what is truly helpful and valuable for you, you can learn how to be an irreverent
  • If you realize that by your own, you can make a difference in this world, you can learn that impossible is nothing.
  • If you challenge the people that tells you how to behave and what to do, you can learn who are you
  • If you say yes where everybody else say no, you can learn how to be the best in the world.

So…If at any time you choose learning something, hope will be this…draw your map, be a Mapmaker.

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What makes us give the best of ourselves?

This post was first published on the General Management UPDATE! for Fundesem Business School, area in which I participate as a guest blogger every 2 weeks. Thanks to Enrico Ahrens and Oana Damian for this wonderful opportunity.

Let’s think for a moment…How do you overcome difficulties? how do you surpass your own expectation? what motivates you? what makes you go beyond the line? or what is the reason that pushes you going the extra mile?

Yeah, it may sound foolish to ask this…You could reply my family, money, work, prestige, success or any material thing, and that’s OK, even it’d make sense! But, thinking carefully and paying attention to small details, we could be inspired by things like:

Fear is your strength

Let’s say I’m your boss and I told you that we’re about to close the company, because of the starting of the dramatically decline of textile on Spain. Everything you had fought for, all your dreams, your future and more important your family and their future. As days go by, things are getting worse, until the day we’ve to close the company and you and me have to start a new life from the bottom line, at that moment fear is running through your body. Is this the end? Are you kidding me? it’s only the beginning. I’m going to be clear in this; It’s OK being scared, so am I most of the times, we all scare for some different reasons, stop worrying about yourself, show people what is inside of you, don’t be afraid of being yourself and being fearful. Because if you do so, and deeply believe in you, in who you are and what you do, you will become what you know you already are, so go and have some fear, it what really awakes our brave self.

Be Proactive!

Being proactive it’s one of the key elements. We always must – and this is a great must – try to see solutions instead of problems, make things happen and not wait them to happen. It’s essential to us assuming and believing that everything occurs is under our area of influence, so we’ll always be able to choose. I like to thing that we’re the only ones responsible for our acts, hence we and only we, tailor our decisions either they’re right or wrong. we need and should want to make mistakes – and of course, recognize them and ask for forgiveness when we feel to – because experience has taught me it’s an unforgettable way to learn and improve,  are you OK with me? I am open to admit failure, as I believe it is also a great path to learn. What say you? Give a go and plan for failure, I sometimes plan for falling, hence I am ready to stand up and carry on. we don’t want to afford what people can think about us, it’s something that I am not concerned about at all. That is to say, know who you are, what  you can do, what you want to do and who you want o be. I know that  you change things – I am doing it now – though, which is even greater for me it is, I have realized I want help people changing things – perhaps you – improving their life, being proactive or trying to find a meaningful goal.

Attitude is the Key

It’s the only thing that will make you fall part from the mediocrity, and yes it’s learnable! but it’s a long road to walk, hope you’re ready. Sir Richard Branson used to say “Hire from attitude and train for skills”, want to know what is going to make you indispensable? I bet you know…heck, it’s the Attitude, towards life, work, family, friends, problems…life is not the way it’s, but the way we want to see it.

You’re Free!

I realize now of how happy I’m, happy because I feel completely free to build my story. I don’t let anybody decide or choose for me, not to mention the circumstances or facts. I’ve always managed my life in my way, I’m not going to judge the way it has been, – I’m not here for that – I only can judge the way I’ve made it possible. Your mileage could vary, but I’m sure you get the point!

Question Everything!

Change hasn’t been made by asking permission, but for asking forgiveness. It’s OK being irreverent, being curious and think outside the box, and of course it’s better acting in that way, you’ll find yourself in troubles most of the times, but someone said once that life it’s a beautiful struggle – I really love this quote! – OK, I can hear you saying that there’s no point of acting in that way without thinking in the consequences, yeah, OK, fine! However, think about a job for a life, a safe environment, TV advertisement, newspaper industry, call dealers or automated behaviors taught in school days…we live in a society where we’ve been planned to act in a very common way, the question is…does it mean that we’re doing it Right? or someone installed the wrong program?

What really interests you

It’s learning about life, developing yourself as in the professional as in the personal side, know more about everything, get new approaches, travel around the world, meet other cultures/people, your family and best friends or solve economic issues. It works too, if it makes you happy, of course. Are you in the list? get your reasons.

Your Soul

It’s vital feeding your soul…Knowing that my family and best friends believe in me. freedom, joy, do what I want to do when I want to, change, finding a partner equal to me and be loved works greatly well for me? what about you?

What about your Goals?

Set up a short/mid/long-term goal and set up deadlines to carry out them. It will make you go further that you can think. Makes sense?

Be a Catalyst for Change!

I believe in change as a part of human nature and as a part of everyone’s life. I consider change as a challenge, a challenge that keeps us aware, ready, flexible and expectant. I think change is the engine that makes us improve, expand our knowledge and gain valuable experience, as well as it’s be able to show us things from a different perspective. I’d dare to say that I embrace change in the sense of the meaning. Why? It’s simple. You cannot resist changing, because change wanders among us every day, so it’s impossible to fight the forces of change. What’s more, today, it’s even more difficult not to accept that change is becoming part of our day-to-day, hence trying to stop change  is exhausting.

I BELIEVE embracing change is something that has to do with thinking different, being irreverent, acting different, being yourself, do whatever it takes, challenge the status quo or stands out from the crowd. I do like to think that’s fun shaking your life from time to time to see what happens. Then, change is how ready you’re to adapt and deal with these new waves.

Vision for the Future

Note how I set apart vision from goals, I think it’s completely different. What’s your dream? How do you want being remembered when you die? What would you like people say about you when you won’t being with us? difficult to assume, but essential to understand. Set up an attainable and realistic dream, it has to be aligned with your values and principles and should respect your morals and ethics. Mine “Follow my dreams wherever they may go, and do whatever it takes to reach and make them possible

How do you think you’ll reach your vision for the future? that’s to say, How are you going to meet this dream? Do you know it? Nice! Now put it in words that make sense. Not as easy as you thought, huh? I’ll give you mine here too:

“It is reaching the highest standards of my values and principles, through determination, commitment, imagination, freedom, choice and empowerment. Whilst, I am irreverent, thoughtful and optimistic about life and change.”

Know your Mission

Are you tracking me? As I said earlier in this post your mileage may vary or even the keywords can be different, here I’m just telling you what it works for me – and it does it extremely well – when you find what it moves you, that is the first step, now apply, integrate in your life and make a comprehensible usage of them.

You?

How does it work for you? How does it sound?

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We Are Social Media Adventurers

Are We Social Media Adventurers?

Yes, we’re, indeed! Why? Because, I believe it’s exactly what we do, we are social media adventurers searching for new paths that lead to revitalizing and energizing experiences. We not only play strong, have fun and try, but we do all this things in a very different way, every time we face challenges and most of the times with uncertainty, fear and risk, isn’t it exciting?

As social media adventurers
, we believe that in today’s world a single person can make a difference, we’re IRREVERENT by nature and also, determined to at least try to make things happen, and… If we fail, be sure we’ll get up and “try different” – again and again – until we make it possible.

We are here to say YES, where everyone else says NO
, but also showing them that we’re able to engage communities through Social Media marketing. With Social Media, we can create movements and start leading small communities or bigger ones. But more important than this, it makes people believe that the change is possible. We have a big responsibility that goes far from our daily job in the office. We’ve the opportunity to tell others how to change the world!

As brave adventurers, we know where we are going and how to get there, but this isn’t enough for us, we always like to transcend our limits and go beyond the common communication and marketing barriers, so we will be able to offer an unforgettable interaction experience to our audience.

Undoubtedly, Social Media is a new world to explore and discover. I believe that as Social Media adventurers, we’re always looking to open new footpaths, we’re in a continuous search of new stimulus and excitements that makes feel us “hooked” to the Social Media adrenaline! This at the same time causes an irreversible addiction, which always claims for more and more challenges and breathtaking experiences – heck, I can’t wait for more! –

As Social Media Adventurers, we’re comfortable and familiar with taking great risks, we embrace change, mainly because we believe that the only constant thing it’s the change itself, no matter if the result wasn’t the expected outcome, we’re ready to take the lead and keep on playing, even harder than ever, because…have I mentioned it before? We deeply believe in ourselves every day of our lives and it turns being the best strategy!

As Social Media Adventurers, we are naturally irreverent – Yeah, I love being irreverent and I’ve mentioned this above – we’re eager to stand out from the crowd and challenge the Status-quo with our visions, beliefs and principles, but above all, doing this with an unstoppable wish to help the community and brand compelling reasons to believe in themselves. At the end, change’s made by changing, so we won’t hesitate to go the extra-mile for establishing human relationships and tying brand and communities.

As Social Media Adventurers, we are all struggling in the jungle and resisting the supernatural forces of change. However, what makes us unique is – in words of my friend Enrico, “we’re fans of the flexible planning“. That is to say, we move at the same time as trends and market opportunities, evolving at the same time as the social media ecosystem. We’re ready to ride the waves, we’re ready to take positions and emerge from the bottom as Social Media Adventurers who are willing to take the pulse of this new communication and marketing reality. Nevertheless, we can’t do it alone, we need you, we need you to join us and be our sidekick, our wing man. We want to share what we’ve learned, because as Social Media Adventurers – who have get through endless successes and failures – we all we know that, no matter how unbelievable and breathless our journey is, it doesn’t make any sense if we cannot share this experiences and adventures with somebody, this is the best gift that we can deliver, share both successes and failures… And not only share them, but celebrate them too. Okay, it’s obvious that successes are celebrated. Now have you failed? Great! Heck with the failure itself, celebrate it! Failure means the opportunity to learn something new.

As Social Media Adventurers, we serve to a cause, you! So, despite the depth of the gap, we’re determined to dig in the online world to find the best opportunities that can guide you to build a better future for yourself, your brand and those around you.

As Seth Godin said: “Good enough has stopped being good enough long time ago, now we´ve the opportunity of being great”! Let me add: “With Social Media, Yes! So…Why don’t we take it?”

Are you with me? What do you think?

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My Social Media Resolutions For 2010

It has been almost 3 weeks since my last posting,  my 3 words for 2010. Perhaps, it couldn’t be most proper moment to talk about the resolutions for this uncertain and puzzling coming year. If you’re a top blogger, a twitter fanatic, a social media addict or trendy enough, You may think this was a topic for being discussed at the beginning of January, that it’s not hot anymore or that isn’t going to increase the traffic through my blog and so on…but I don’t care, I really believe that’s what life is about, caring only for things are worth of it. I’ve been working on my resolutions for 2010 and my unique aim is to share them with you, hoping they empower your goals and encourages you to carry on with them to the end of the year, I might even want you to review and reconsider your resolutions – if applicable – Last but least, I’d like to see if we agree at some point  and comparing and contrasting mine with yours.

Undoubtedly, a big challenge where a great amount of effort is required!

My Prof. Resolutions

  • Managing my social time as Chris Brogan said in managing social media time. I’ll focus ½ my efforts on reading and looking for content, ¼ on comment and giving feedback and ¼ on creating and delivering content.
  • I’ll intend to spend no more than 4 hours a day.
  • Organizing my mind and get straight to the point, sometimes, when I’m talking with people I’ll get stuck and lose plenty of time trying to explaining details, which make no difference at all. Therefore, I’ll focus my efforts on omit these inefficient costly talks and get to the point.
  • I’ll follow my 3 words and develop my goals based on them.
  • I’ll be conscious about what kind of content I’m sharing, when I’m going to deliver it, to who and with what purposes.
  • I’ll work harder than ever to make my goals happen, I’ll start trying by doing and putting in practice and not by thinking and writing.
  • I’ll work when other slow down, when nobody knows, when nobody does (holidays, summers, Christmas, etc.)
  • I’ll work overnight, but, most importantly I won’t let anybody know how hard and long I work.
  • I’ll give thanks to my folks, my closest friends, my family, these people who has supported me unconditionally and has always been there no matter the situation, I’ll give them thanks and say how much I love them and care about me. I won’t let myself loose the contact with they neither.
  • I’ll share what I do and how I do, because I understand thank the knowledge don’t belongs to me, even though you, it belong to all of us. I’ll try to explain better what is going on around us for after sharing it.

Blogs

  • Create my travel diary blog and post everyday.
  • Continue working on my newly pressed 2 blogs (Israel Garcia’s No-Blog and “Hablando Sobre Marketing”).
  • No more than 4 Tags per post and 3 categories.
  • Write short bur effective conversations instead of bring long and left-brainers posts.
  • Post regularly weekly in each Blog Monday-Friday.
  • Write longer and descriptive titles.
  • Build interest  and trust on my readers and catch their attention.
  • Make call to actions to truly call the readers to action.
  • Deliver the kind of content I’ve promised in the title.
  • Display my thoughts, expertise or whatever I might want to say mostly of the times in less than 600 words.
  • Write according what’s hot on social media and marketing.
  • Write thought-provoking posts.
  • Don’t spend more than 1.30min. blogging.

LinkedIn

  • Build new professional relationships and connecting with more potential contacts.
  • Broaden my network preferably in the States as is from where I’d like to stand up.
  • Help empowering people, finding job positions, introducing new connections that make possible business or offering my services to their personal endeavours.
  • Sharing and exchanging all kind of content and knowledge with the people I’m connected with.
  • Create a LinkedIn group, with its own identity and values with the aim of being helpful for the crowd and offer those resources and content that make them better.
  • Being more active  on the discussions: participle in at least 2 daily (I’m in more than a 25 groups so, I guess I’ll have to pick the most suitable conversations according to my needs)
  • My great challenge on LinkedIn is Q&A: I’ll be responding at least 1 or 2 weekly.

YouTube

  • I’ll create content through video posts delivering talks about social media and marketing, I reckon this approach will be more personal and engaging for the audience. Social media should be more personal and trustworthy, I’ve always though that human relationship is what really matters.

Email

  • As I get stuck with so much daily info, I’ll remove from those readers and email lists, which I consider they’re not worth nor giving me value.
  • I’ll delete rapidly all kind of content that don’t meet my needs.
  • I’ll use the email only as a communication channel with people I’m not working with (friends, relatives, girlfriend, etc.)
  • I’ll be also more concise in terms of replies just to save time.
  • No emoticons, no fancy fonts, no colors, no “hello”, no “regards”, etc.

Google wave

  • Due to its collaborative functions, I’ll use it to work closely with my partners and even clients.
  • I’ll combine the waves with Google talk and Google docs to boost its use and make it more dynamic and efficient.
  • I’ll use it just when really makes sense and fits in my workflow.

Twitter

  • Delivering and sharing worthwhile information.
  • Increasing blogs traffic.
  • RT best resources and links.
  • Delivering crossover content according with groups of targets.
  • Sharing inspiring thoughts and quotes.
  • Being more efficient, communicative and punchy in the 140 characters.
  • Decrease the number of low value users I’m following already.
  • Increase follower in terms of high value users.

Facebook

  • Communicate and deliver specific content to my crowd.
  • Knowing how they are and what they’re up to.
  • Being in contact with my family, closest friends and people around me.
  • Increase the number of friends that truly know.
  • Searching interests according to my friends profile.

Now, I’d like to hear from you. What’s your take? Does this make sense? Do you agree with me? disagree? What are your social media resolutions for 2010?

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