Saturday, April 14, 2007

Leadership crisis & moving forward

If I told you that there was a way for you to resolve more of your business issues more quickly at the same time as you groomed your staff to make better decisions, work more efficiently together, align the components of your business for maximum profit, and boost morale, would you think I was crazy?

Would you think I was selling snake oil?

Well, what if you got the stakeholders in your business to get together (in the same room) periodically, bring up business issues, TALK to each other, and brainstorm solutions to those issues. Don't you think that would start getting things aligned? Wouldn't that create an atmosphere of cooperation? How do you think that would effect your business?

I call this a Solutions Task Force. It is NOT a committee. It is NOT "another useless meeting". It fosters communication, gets everyone on the same page & working together. It fosters ownership in solutions because it obtains buy-in.

Still think I'm crazy? Contact me & we'll give it a try in your business.

Saturday, March 24, 2007

Looking for Mr. SEO

Everyone wants to make their site show up higher in the page rank of search engines but search engine optimization (SEO) is an arcane art, not a science. Therefore, we get very frustrated when we try everything we can think of and what others tell us and don't achieve the desired results.

Well, Josh McCormack is here to help:

Search Engine Optimization (SEO) - A Primer

Here I'm going to tell you how to save $10,000 by doing for yourself what an SEO company would do for you. They'd talk to you for a while to figure out what you're trying to do, then look at your site, act like they're your customers, then give you recommendations.

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Yahoo! 360° - Yahoo! Groups Team Blog - Gmail Non-Delivery Issues

Yahoo! 360° - Yahoo! Groups Team Blog - Gmail Non-Delivery Issues: "Gmail Non-Delivery Issues

We've had reports that some users with Gmail accounts have not been receiving Groups mail since approximately March 14, 2007. This was a difficult issue to diagnose, because we were able to replicate the issue with some, but not all, of our test Gmail accounts. Some of us were missing Groups messages in our Gmail accounts, some of us were receiving them as usual. We appreciate those of you who wrote in detail about the problems your members were having on the Groups Technical Issues board and in email to Customer Care. Having detailed information helps us get to the bottom of issues faster."

Sunday, March 18, 2007

jaxtr Made The Pulver 100 for 2007

Good news for jaxtr fans!

jaxtr made The Pulver 100 for 2007!

"The Pulver 100 is the first and foremost listing of privately held growth companies that represent the future of IP communications. Originally introduced in 2002, the pulver 100 recognizes companies that have substantial real-world deployments and enjoy significant growth rates. The pulver 100 has become an indicator of the leading edge in IP communications, and the companies named to the 2007 Pulver 100 represent the future of the IP communications industry."

Check out The Pulver 100 at:

Vincent Wright
Chief Encouragement Officer
"Encouraging You. Encouraging The World"

Saturday, March 17, 2007

Leadership Crisis?

Here are just a few of the many articles lamenting the lack of skills in our society:

The Empty Escalator
Donna J. Bear

In business workshops around the world, millions of people are pursuing skills to help them become one of tomorrow’s corporate leaders. Trouble is, they’re far fewer than companies will need. And when these potential leaders arrive at the top, will they have the right set of skills? Developing leaders to feed the succession pipeline should be an ongoing HR initiative.

Graduates lacking the skills for work

Britain is awash with vacancies for graduates, yet employers are struggling to find university leavers with the right skills - or the right attitude - for the job.

The number of jobs available to British graduates will grow by more than a sixth this year, but employers are increasingly worried that picky university leavers lack not only the right skills and qualifications, but even the right outlook to get on in the world of work.

High School, College Graduates Lack Basic and Applied Skills, Employers Say

Written By: Krista Kafer
Published In: School Reform News
Publication Date: December 1, 2006
Publisher: The Heartland Institute

High school and college graduates lack basic and applied skills, say business leaders, according to two surveys released in October.

On October 2, the Conference Board, a global business membership and research organization, released the results of its survey of 431 employers on recently hired high school and college graduates.

While basic knowledge and skills such as reading comprehension and mathematics were deemed important, employers said applied skills--such as work ethic, communication, collaboration, and critical thinking--are even more essential to workplace success.

According to the survey, new job entrants lack both.

Does this signal a crisis in Leadership? Why does this condition exist? Have we focused on the short-term for so long we have finally gotten ahead of ourselves and stabbed ourselves in the back? Companies used to have management grooming programs to make up for the oversight in our education programs. Not any more, they cost too much.

But I ask you, does it really? "If you think education is expensive..."
Please let me know your thoughts...
It's Over: ICANN Terminates RegisterFly's Domain Registrar Accreditation » Daily Domainer: "It's Over: ICANN Terminates RegisterFly's Domain Registrar Accreditation
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RegisterflyThe party is over for Kevin Medina. The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) announced in a letter to Mr. Medina that RegisterFly will cease operating as an ICANN-Accredited Registrar on March 31, 2007.

ICANN also terminated RegisterFly's right to use the ICANN Accredited Registrar logo on its website. The logo however is still visible in the left lower corner of RegisterFly's homepage."

For more information, see: ICANN and The Register Fly meltdown

Thursday, March 15, 2007

True Networking

Effective networking between humans is more than just collecting a contact.
Establishing a true network of individuals requires active communication.
Communication or True Networking only occurs when connected individuals invest personal time in getting to know the other individual's talents & capabilities (see Paul's post "Networking for Business - Part 1"). This investment will take several Face-to-Face or telephonic discussions and e-mail doesn't make it.

Monday, March 12, 2007

AlignIT Advisors name Vincent Wright Networker of the Year!

Networking is something we all do every day of our lives. Many do their networking ‘accidentally’. However, many also have realized the power of networking and have made it one of their tools. A tool they use for their own benefit and to help others. There is a philosophy of “Giver’s Gain”, identified & defined by Business Networking International (BNI) as “The "Giver's Gain Philosophy" is an unselfish attitude that is contagious and promotes creditable, profitable, and lasting business relationships.”

Vincent Wright personifies this philosophy. He has created and nurtured over 200 discussion groups focused on networking. Most are further focused on a region or special interest. The “Grandaddy” of them all is called MyLinkedInPowerForum. Here, he has over 5,000 members helping each other improve their lives through networking.

Vincent also has a forum for job seekers to find tips and where jobs are posted. Thousands of jobs have been posted, and presumably filled, through MyJobTiger.

Vincent has given himself the title of Chief Encouragement Officer, and he earns it every single day. He has devoted thousands of hours to helping others on these fora with no recompense.

AlignIT Advisors would like to recognize Vincent Wright’s selfless dedication by naming him “Networker of the Year” and sponsoring his work.

Sunday, March 11, 2007

Saying Hello

When we meet someone for the first time, we generally say Hello, my
name is ---. Then engage in some discussion. If we 'click', we may
exchange business cards and, perhaps, set a date, time, place, method
to follow up. At some point, we may even invite that person to join us
in different venues. Perhaps invite them to join our Friday night
poker game.

Different people feel comfortable at different times and with
different people. The degree and speed with which we bring a new
person close to us is individual.

However, as we are inevitably in a rush these days, the online tools
seem to have removed all the caution and much of the etiquette from
some people. Either we don't have the time to say Hi, or think it
unnecessary and superfluous.

Every online forum I know of has a way to replicate the meet space
equivalent to the process mentioned at the start of this post. For
some reason though, the majority of people in the online venues jump
right over the introduction and go right to 'connecting'.

Why is there this dichotomy of the definition of 'connecting'? Why do
some think it is necessary to 'connect' before saying Hi? Would they,
upon meeting someone new, first give their address & telephone number
before saying Hello? I doubt it.

This also has nothing to do with the perennial Q v Q question. Notice
nothing has been said about the people involved NOT connecting. My
question is why the hurry? Why the neglect of etiquette or social norms?

Feel free to chime in. :P

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Networking for Business - Part 1

Whether it’s human or computer based, networking is synergistic. The whole is truly greater than the sum of the parts. When either systems are interconnected with other systems, there is greater power than when they are not.

In computer networks, the power of “the network” lies in the applications reachable through the network. In human networks, the power is in the reach of the network. In both cases, that power is exponential.

However, there is a difference. In computer networks, the extent that a node adds power is in the permissions to run the applications contained within the added node. In human networks, the power is in the strength of the connection. If you and I are connected, the power of that connection lies within the strength of our connection. The better we know each other, and our respective expertise, the more powerful the connection. The more powerful the connection, the more power an introduction from one to the other is.

In business, the better I know of your talents & capabilities, the more powerful my recommendation to others can be.

The most powerful network to date is LinkedIn. LinkedIn allows you to leverage the power of the network you have like no other. LinkedIn is still unique in the world of “social networks” in that it is a Business Referral network.

As with many things, when you start from the beginning and work your way back to the endpoint, it takes more time & effort than if you start at the endpoint & work your way back to the beginning. So it is with LinkedIn vs. the other networks available. Before LinkedIn, you had to query your entire network, and they theirs, to find a connection path. With LinkedIn, you search for your target & the LinkedIn system informs you of your available options in terms of paths to your destination. Much more powerful than the trial by error approach of trying to find the path going forward. In addition, if there are multiple paths, you can choose the strongest path (in terms of your 1st level connections) to the endpoint.