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  1. ProducerJim Murray

    Jim Murray

    10 Ways To Ensure Your Communications Materials Are Giving Good ROI.
    10 Ways To Ensure Your Communications Materials Are Giving Good ROI.With more than a couple decades of small business communications experience, I have picked up and developed a lot of insights along the way. These aren't just platitudes or space fillers, but actual stuff that I work hard to incorporate into...
  2. Jim Murray

    Jim Murray

    This is another brilliant piece by my friend Ian Mirlin. It only takes a minute but you will enjoy that minute immensely and take away something very positive from it.
    Jim Murray
    Get lost.
    www.linkedin.com Drive someplace new without using your GPS, notice what you see. A 5 year old practicing Tai Chi with her grandfather on a porch. A lime tree growing among the oaks in a park. A street named...
  3. Jim Murray

    Jim Murray

    Some food for thought about content marketing from a content marketer.
    Jim Murray
    Content Marketing. Not Everybody’s Glass Of KoolAid
    www.bebee.com The core of this piece was actually the response to a comment on a post I did over in the Lumpy Kingdom of the Mighty Hamsters (LinkedIn) sometime...
  4. Jim Murray

    Jim Murray

    Bob Hoffman, one of my advertising heroes, sends me an email newsletter every week in which he exposes some a little bit more of the absurdity that is running amok in the ad agency business. Today he sent me an interesting article on Facebook advertising, and if that wasn't enough of a laugh he also attached this little gem, which I think you might find amusing.
    Dunkin Donuts - Saturday Night Live du 17/12 en VO avec Casey Affleck
    Dunkin Donuts - Saturday Night Live du 17/12 en VO avec Casey Affleck Extrait du Saturday Night Live du...
  5. ProducerGraham🐝 Edwards
    Disruption, dislodgement and optimism...
    Disruption, dislodgement and optimism..."Networking" is quite possibly the most overused word around, but that doesn't make it any less important; that's why it's overused I suppose. Connecting with people to build your network, expand your LinkedIn or beBee connections, and increasing...


    Mohammed Sultan
    14/01/2017 #5 Mohammed Sultan
    @ Graham Edwards.Innovation is disruptive only when it creates a high degree of change in consumers mind and their established routines or habits.Disruptive innovations usually take some time in order to stick in the buyers mind.But before you stick your new idea in consumers mind you have first to dislodge the competitor's idea or to shed out the idea that's already there in their minds and then replace it with yours.It's not an easy task and we shouldn't be too optimistic particularly when we find most companies are faced with a a very high rate of new product failures.For your innovation to be more disruptive than others you have to be more creative than others.To be more creative depends on generating a wealth of ideas ,developing them and seeing them through beyond recommendations to implementation and impact.What's really more disturbing is-Why do many consumers 85% + resist innovations although they are considered necessary and desirable?
    Harvey Lloyd
    14/01/2017 #4 Harvey Lloyd
    This more a philosophical comment and agree with the concepts presented here. We are trying to innovate and disrupt within our business.

    When our nation was growing at the clip it was after WWII disruption was daily. But when one thing got disrupted, the displaced people had many other opportunities to regroup and join the disruption. More jobs than workers. Today the disruption is greater and the population has reached a zenith of exponential growth when compared to earnings potential.

    So when we look at disruption from a personal perspective it is good for me. But for those disrupted it creates a different story. These are observations and not a condemnation of either side of this equation. But the current competitive environment is unsustainable within our growing population.

    I see the robotic industry as helpful and supportive of the human paradigm, but i also see a period of time where many folks are displaced from our current means of economic success. I think a cause and effect example is the union worker and the auto industry. The disruptive aspects of the technology is great as a buyer of cars but as a employee it pretty much sucks.

    Our current disruptive style of growth is a lot like musical chairs. Each time a chair is removed. But the dynamic of pro-creation is continuing. I enjoy the concept of public announcements of retraining of those disrupted but sense that this is more a sales pitch than what happens in reality.

    Food for thought.
    Brian McKenzie
    14/01/2017 #3 Brian McKenzie
    Disrupt & Dislodge - I got in spades, that damned Optimism is illusive in the Real World
    Mohammed A. Jawad
    13/01/2017 #2 Mohammed A. Jawad
    Aha...it sounds like 'shock, momentum and targeted results'. :)
    Phil Friedman
    13/01/2017 #1 Phil Friedman
    Clean, crisp, solid advice, Graham. My only caveat would be not to confuse optimism wth self-delusion. Sharing this in Business Hub hive. Cheers!
  6. ProducerJim Murray

    Jim Murray

    The Basics Of Branding Your Service Business On beBee (Or Anywhere).
    The Basics Of Branding Your Service Business On beBee (Or Anywhere).In some ways, this is piggybacking on Juan Imaz’ excellent article on personal branding on beBee by Juan Imaz. I didn’t really see it that way until, after the fact, I read Juan’s excellent article, and really showcases the beBee strategy in a very...


    Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman
    14/01/2017 #5 Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman
    Clear and concise advice, Jim. I like how you related your post to Juan Imaz's article on personal branding. Since personal branding is a popular term for 2017, professional info provided by pros such as Juan and yourself is very useful.
    Jim Murray
    13/01/2017 #3 Jim Murray
    #1 Thanks @Melissa Hughes. And Happy New Year
    Julio Angel Lopez Lopez
    13/01/2017 #2 Julio Angel Lopez Lopez
    Thank you, @Jim Murray very good information
    Melissa Hughes
    13/01/2017 #1 Anonymous
    Good stuff by a smart guy, @Jim Murray!
  7. ProducerAurorasa Sima

    Aurorasa Sima

    Did the executive coaching industry fail?
    Did the executive coaching industry fail?The dose makes the poison Currently, terms like authenticity, emotional intelligence, mindfulness are trending. We want to optimize the way we communicate, we want to be mindful, we want to grow and become more efficient and productive. Companies...


    Mohammed Sultan
    15/01/2017 #34 Mohammed Sultan
    #33 The concept has been developed specially for top management who are going to qualify for leadership positions and have no time to deal with everyday routine affairs.The intervention is done to widen the time window of the trainees based on a vision building exercise and how could they relate the current vision with the rapidly changing conditions in the marketplace.
    Aurorasa Sima
    15/01/2017 #33 Aurorasa Sima
    #31 That´s an interesting concept, Mohammed, thank you for sharing details. I will admit that I still did not fully understand - that´s probably owed to my lack of English language skills, or that I am not sure which industry/job roles you work with.
    Aurorasa Sima
    15/01/2017 #32 Aurorasa Sima
    #30 Thanks for clarifying, @Phil Friedman, that makes sense to me and I agree. Also ... often, coaches do things intuitively, but they need formal training to understand how they can make what they do intuitively accessible to others.
    Mohammed Sultan
    13/01/2017 #31 Mohammed Sultan
    #28 In "time leadership" we help the leader investigates h/his relation with "time and decisions" in a different way based on h/his "core interests" not his "core skills".The time horizon of time leadership will be stretched more beyond the traditional leadership tasks of operational visioning to the philosophical part of their org vision which includes its identity and purpose.Time leadership will lead to the emergence of a new set of an organizational "core competences" based on the common interests of its people and rooted in the success moments in which they have done things differently.Time leadership,at the end ,will help create an org "common intuition" and expand the cognitive span of its executives beyond the norm and the logic of the traditional leadership tasks.
    Phil Friedman
    13/01/2017 #30 Phil Friedman
    #29 Aurorasa, not saying that training is completely irrelevant. However, it is well known that practitioners who are successful with one approach in a coaching or clinical counseling field are very often successful using other approaches as well. While some are not successful using the same approaches, no matter what. Leading to the conclusion that the contribution made by the practitioner him- or herself is often the key to success. When it comes to dealing with human needs and frailty, you can't just read a book or take a course, and, wham bang, become good at helping people. In your case, for example, I personally perceive a level of empathy and sympathy that cannot be taught but must be nurtured and developed.
    Aurorasa Sima
    13/01/2017 #29 Aurorasa Sima
    #20 Hmmmm .. I think it´s a mix of experience and training you receive.

    After your "coach the coach" class you have to go out there and find clients to gain experience. After a while, what you have learned in theory and praxis will melt together into "your thing".
    Aurorasa Sima
    13/01/2017 #28 Aurorasa Sima
    #22 Could you expand on "time leadership", please? It´s not my area of expertise, but I would like to learn more about the concept.
    Aurorasa Sima
    13/01/2017 #27 Aurorasa Sima
    #19 I think I was more aiming at the delivery (including follow-up) than the quality of coaches.

    I have to say that I started coaching only 3 years ago (and not exclusively executives) so that I have definitely not seen it all or know it all.

    What you are saying about prices seems to be a good point. Maybe we should negotiate from the beginning on that follow-ups are necessary.
    Aurorasa Sima
    13/01/2017 #26 Aurorasa Sima
    #18 Well, that´s an interesting tax construct.

    I´m not saying that I think the quality of coaches is not good. Often it would help if there would be a follow-up after a training.

    What is difficult, especially if you can´t bill the time, is keeping people motivated to repeat whatever information has been shared until it became a skill or habit.

    Often, we go back to our stressful jobs and forget about the training/coaching right after it ended, even though we felt the content made sense and can help us.
    Aurorasa Sima
    13/01/2017 #25 Aurorasa Sima
    #21 Thank you for pointing that out and joining the conversation.
    Aurorasa Sima
    13/01/2017 #24 Aurorasa Sima
    #23 Thank you, dear Emilia. Your support and kind words are much appreciated!
    Emilia M. Ludovino
    12/01/2017 #23 Emilia M. Ludovino
    Great article @Aurorasa Sima, with great points and full of insights. It's always a pleasure to read something that I can relate and written based on years of experience. A big thank you for such a refreshing and real post. Best wishes!
    Mohammed Sultan
    12/01/2017 #22 Mohammed Sultan
    @Aurora Sima. The problem with leadership coaching is that many executives are trained on "core skills" not "core interests".Every executive based on his or her core skills wants to be a leader,but the question is ;are they really have deep interests in creative thinking and the instinct of taking risks rather than the ambition and the prestige of being leaders by the title?Nowadays, leadership training should go beyond "time management" to "time leadership" Executives are in a more need to be trained on how they conceive their leadership role for the future and in different boundaries.The more the coach can expand the cognitive power of the trainee ,the more the individual will be able to stretch his or her thinking beyond the norm, and the more the trainee will be able to pay attention to what's left unsaid or what else question? "Time leadership" training will surface the moments when the trainee has made something different.The more you analyze them you will find the themes or the threads that run through them, and the more you can help him/her to shape their core interests.Thank you for your insightful article.
    Robert Bacal
    12/01/2017 #21 Robert Bacal
    #20 Within each of the professional areas you highlight, there exists models and schools of thoughts that are student centred, client centred, and NOT practitioner centred. Of course, you'd have to have more than a passing knowledge about these disciplines to know that.
    Phil Friedman
    12/01/2017 #20 Phil Friedman
    #19 Pascal and Aurorasa, what People have to realize is that coaching -- like teaching, clinical psychology, and counseling -- is practitioner-centric. Methods, schools of thought, techniques all matter less than WHO THE PERSON IS who is doing it. Effective coaches grow organically, not made. And paying to take and complete a course doesn't turn someone into a coach. Of course, neither does standing on a rock and proclaiming oneself the leader of the next evolutionary level of mankind. Caveat emptor. Cheers!
    Pascal Derrien
    12/01/2017 #19 Pascal Derrien
    too many coaches are kill the coaching industry, in Ireland there is an abnormal ratio of coaches, consultants per square meter it is actually frightening. The excellent ones get shafted by the mediocre ones who offer great prices.....and average service delivery, they all worship gurus like Tony Robbins to a point of obsession.

    It is an industry that need to reset itself but is not homogeneous so maybe it is only a phase.... but I am tired and sometimes cynical when I hear the same things form interchangeable consultant. So to your quesiton, has it failed probably not but the edge is not too far either:-)
    Devesh Bhatt
    12/01/2017 #18 Devesh Bhatt
    One shoe doesn't fit all. It's not an excuse to deny core issues.

    It is derived from bad policies, bad processes, bad communication or bad people.

    I don't think it's a failure, it overperformed and is now normalising to the genuine people when people have become aware .

    They may not know your field but they certainly know how to evaluate coaches better.

    Funny thing in India, Hiring Executive coaches can save companies' tax but hiring an operations/business consultant gets both of us taxed. Clients want to hire an executive coach who teaches their manager operations in the guise of leadership. I don't pick up such assignments because the label would be very restrictive unless they mention my scope in the contract.
    Don 🐝 Kerr
    12/01/2017 #17 Don 🐝 Kerr
    @Aurorasa Sima It's great to see you active. Now, I don't know if it's IQ, EQ or FQ (careful pronouncing that last one) but I entered the professional working world in 1977. In the ensuing 40 years technology has made the great leap forward. From what I can see, human resource management (a misnomer if ever there was one) hasn't changed one goddamn bit except for the adoption of new jargon, lingo and buzz. For all of the corporate world's claims to care for the well being of their most valuable asset they continue to give short shrift to supporting the real humans who work for them. Wall Street, Bay Street, or The City - they demand quarterly results and if those are put in jeopardy by the collateral damage of human kind - too bad. Perhaps there are some shining examples that disprove this - Google, Aetna, Apple, Manulife? Not sure. That would be an interesting track to follow and maybe I shall for another day. In the meantime, thanks again for provoking thought in a meaningful way!
    Aurorasa Sima
    11/01/2017 #16 Aurorasa Sima
    #10 Thank you Harvey!
    Aurorasa Sima
    11/01/2017 #15 Aurorasa Sima
    Good point, Ian. Anything that has to do with changing your ressourceful brain is tricky. The approach you suggested would definitely be the way to go.

    I could see smaller companies with wise leaders adopting it. Large corporations, public companies not so much. It´s not easy to show the ROI on gratitude. Respect ends when sales targets are not met.

    And if companies adapt it ... I´m working on an article "mindfuless to go". Some companies ARE adopting mindfulness programs. But it´s more a play on the old game of increasing productivity and helping people who are suffering from too much pressure to endure even more.

    I deliver my EI training over a period of 30 days and then two more components on days 50 and 80. Supporting people after the initial motivations fades is the hard part.
  8. ProducerRenée  🐝 Cormier
    How small businesses can drive social change and create an impressive public image
    How small businesses can drive social change and create an impressive public imageThere was a time when doing good was left to those who ran charities, but in recent years we see a growing number of large corporations taking on corporate social responsibility initiatives, which are also known as CSR. You don’t have to own a...


    David Slone
    12/01/2017 #15 David Slone
    Great post Renee. Large corporates are leading the way and now is the turn of the SME! I'm passionate about the way businesses can be truly sustainable and for me that means more than just environmentally. Community sustainability is where we can all make a difference and it's not that hard to do. Thanks for writing this
    Renée  🐝 Cormier
    12/01/2017 #14 Renée 🐝 Cormier
    Thank you for sharing, Raul!
    Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    12/01/2017 #13 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    #10 LOL, that's cute @Renée 🐝 Cormier, ok, I can accept the Thank You :))
    Renée  🐝 Cormier
    11/01/2017 #12 Renée 🐝 Cormier
    #9 Thank you, Phil. Yes, the possibilities for contribution are endless, when you really think about it.
    Renée  🐝 Cormier
    11/01/2017 #11 Renée 🐝 Cormier
    #8 Thank you, David.Much appreciated!
    Renée  🐝 Cormier
    11/01/2017 #10 Renée 🐝 Cormier
    #7 I will thank you just the same, Lisa! Thanks! I'm so Canadian. :)
    Phil Friedman
    11/01/2017 #9 Phil Friedman
    You make a solid point here, @Renée 🐝 Cormier. Of your tips, I hope that readers will take #2 to heart. By matching the selected CSR to your industry, you open the door to in-kind contributions. And this applies not only to manufactured goods, but to pro bono services to charitable organizations. Marketers and copy writers can help with fund raising campaigns and client relations. Accountants can handle bookkeeping and financial reporting. Business consultants can help with organization and delivery of services. Well, you get the idea. Thank you for sharing this with us. I am sharing it to my network and in Business Hub. Cheers!
    David B. Grinberg
    11/01/2017 #8 David B. Grinberg
    Nice buzz, Renee, I'm also sharing on several other hives. Also, I concur with your assessment about Milos -- as he would say, "A good man deserves no less". Keep up the awesome buzz!
    Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    11/01/2017 #7 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    #3 I think we are all finding we can't see everyone who shared our posts. I hope I haven't offended someone by not mentioning because I never saw their name. @Renée 🐝 Cormier as always, well produced/written buzz with great advice. Ps: I did share to a few hives! Sharing to twitter too and NO, you do not have to thank me LOL
    Renée  🐝 Cormier
    11/01/2017 #6 Renée 🐝 Cormier
    Thanks for the share, @Milos Djukic. You're the best!
    Renée  🐝 Cormier
    10/01/2017 #5 Renée 🐝 Cormier
    Thank you for sharing, @Javier 🐝 beBee!
    Renée  🐝 Cormier
    10/01/2017 #4 Renée 🐝 Cormier
    #3 Thanks for the tip!
    Jared 🐝 Wiese
    10/01/2017 #3 Jared 🐝 Wiese
    I've noticed the same thing - if busy-ness gets in the way, we can miss who shares. One trick: go to home page (or original hive?) and you should see something like this at the top of your post:

    "X and Y more bees
    In [recently shared HIVE] and Z more hives."

    Then click on "Y more bees" to see who else... or Z more hives to go to each hive you did not publish to and see that way.
    Renée  🐝 Cormier
    10/01/2017 #1 Renée 🐝 Cormier
    Thank you to @Jared 🐝 Wiese , @John White, MBA and the others who shared this post. Wish I could see all the names of those who shared. Please know that your efforts are greatly appreciated.
  9. ProducerPhil Friedman

    Phil Friedman

    Five Ways to Improve Your Small-Business Profits ... Now
    Five Ways to Improve Your Small-Business Profits ... NowPRACTICAL STEPS FOR HIGHER GROSS PROFIT WITHOUT ADDED OVERHEADS... Preface:  This is the first installment of a serialization of my upcoming eBook, Small-Business Primer : Real -World  Tips for Starting and RunningYour Own Small Business. Subsequent...


    Phil Friedman
    05/01/2017 #30 Phil Friedman
    #26 thank you, @Mamen 🐝 Delgado, for reading and the kind words. I see small business as defined not by gross sales or number of employees, but by an essentially flat management structure. Which makes every freelance sole practitioner a small business person. Cheers!
    Phil Friedman
    05/01/2017 #29 Phil Friedman
    #25 I will look for your business writing more in future, @Renée 🐝 Cormier, cheers!
    Phil Friedman
    05/01/2017 #28 Phil Friedman
    #24 Thank you, Don, for saying so. I greatly appreciate your support -- in several different matters. Cheers!
    Phil Friedman
    05/01/2017 #27 Phil Friedman
    #23 Great to hear from you, Laura. And good to see another old LinkedIn friend here on beBee. Thank you for reading and joining the conversation. Cheers for 2017!
    Mamen 🐝 Delgado
    05/01/2017 #26 Mamen 🐝 Delgado
    Great idea for small businesses. I am freelance so it's not exactly my kind of business but I can apply a similar procedure for my voiceover recordings. I'll think about it...
    Thanks so much @Phil Friedman View more
    Great idea for small businesses. I am freelance so it's not exactly my kind of business but I can apply a similar procedure for my voiceover recordings. I'll think about it...
    Thanks so much @Phil Friedman for your generosity sharing your experience. Cheers!! 😉 Close
    Renée  🐝 Cormier
    05/01/2017 #25 Renée 🐝 Cormier
    #18 I'm glad you do! Thank you. I feel encourage to write more business related posts, now. They are always my favourite. :)
    Don 🐝 Kerr
    05/01/2017 #24 Don 🐝 Kerr
    Just chirping in again to say I'm looking forward to more episodes of this helpful primer. Well done @Phil Friedman
    Laura Donnelly
    05/01/2017 #23 Laura Donnelly
    Very nice work, as always Phil. I found the examples particularly helpful. I just finished a short stint managing a natural foods & vitamin store. I had been streamlining processes, improving food handling safety, and was just about to look at ways to increase sales. A lot of what you detail in your article can be applied to the grocery industry. Had I known about your book, I'd have made it recommended reading for the co-op board. That way we might have been able to get on the same page about what actually constitutes a viable business enterprise!
    Phil Friedman
    05/01/2017 #22 Phil Friedman
    #20 Thanks, bud, one curmudgeon to another.
    Phil Friedman
    05/01/2017 #21 Phil Friedman
    #19 Thank you, David, as always for your kind words and support. I've always considered you a friend and a comrade in the promotion of independent writers on social media, right back to the days on LinkedIn. My best to you.
    Jim Murray
    05/01/2017 #20 Jim Murray
    It would be the height of arrogance to critique this article. It would also be an exercise in futility because I have no criticism. Jolly good stuff. I shared it on LI and Twitter.
    David B. Grinberg
    05/01/2017 #19 David B. Grinberg
    #17 That's funny, Phil, I admire your sense of humor. However, the truth is that you are an invaluable asset to this platform. Your sharp intellect, wit, blunt reasoning, business acumen, writing skills, and constructive criticism are unparalleled (to name just a few of the qualities you bring here). That's why if you're going to Siberia, I'm going with you -- their population of 40 million can help grow this site. The only problem is that Putin may decide to annex it by the time we arrive. Oh well. Cheers, my friend!
    Phil Friedman
    05/01/2017 #18 Phil Friedman
    #16 Thank you, Graham, for reading and for the kind words. I am hoping that, if it's not overly arrogant to say so, by turning my attentions back to my business-related writing, I can help nurture a greater real-world small business presence here on beBee. One reason why I follow you and read your work, not to mention that of @Renée 🐝 Cormier, @Jim Murray, @Don 🐝 Kerr, and @John White, MBA.
    Phil Friedman
    05/01/2017 #17 Phil Friedman
    #15 Thank you, David, for the kind words. I am sure some people will be disappointed to discover it does not involve my being posted to Siberia. :-)!
    Graham🐝 Edwards
    05/01/2017 #16 Graham🐝 Edwards
    Damn you are good!. Every Millennial in business,no matter what function should read this, and eagerly wait for more. Thanks @Phil Friedman. You jogged my memory on something I'm about to get in to so this is appreciated! I better go write it down because the memory isn't what it used to be. lol
    David B. Grinberg
    05/01/2017 #15 David B. Grinberg
    Many congrats on your ambassadorship, Phil!
    Phil Friedman
    05/01/2017 #14 Phil Friedman
    #13 very true, Milos, on social media, one should never look a gift farce in the mouth. :-)
    Milos Djukic
    05/01/2017 #13 Anonymous
    #12 Well @Phil Friedman, when we are not sure then there is hope that something is true. As for the gifts they are essential for our own sake.
    Phil Friedman
    05/01/2017 #12 Phil Friedman
    #11 Well, Milos, I am not so sure about that... since I give away so much on social media. I suppose it could be considered a "loss leader" in search of seeking market share -- ala Amazon. Anyway, thank you for reading and for the kind words.
    Milos Djukic
    04/01/2017 #11 Anonymous
    @Phil Friedman, This is professional article and useful at the same time. You're a good businessman.
  10. Phil Friedman

    Phil Friedman

    PRACTICAL STEPS FOR HIGHER GROSS PROFIT WITHOUT ADDED OVERHEADS... https://www.bebee.com/producer/@friedman-phil/five-ways-to-improve-your-small-business-profits-nowPhil Friedman


    Phil Friedman
    03/01/2017 #1 Phil Friedman
    PRACTICAL STEPS FOR HIGHER GROSS PROFIT WITHOUT ADDED OVERHEADS... https://www.bebee.com/producer/@friedman-phil/five-ways-to-improve-your-small-business-profits-now
  11. Phil Friedman

    Phil Friedman

    Phil Friedman
    Not All Clouds Have a Silver Lining
  12. John White, MBA

    John White, MBA

    These behaviors not only make you look unprofessional; your co-workers will resent you too.
    John White, MBA


    Pamela 🐝 Williams
    17/12/2016 #3 Pamela 🐝 Williams
    you missed one John, the one I dislike the most: The multi-tasker. That person who sits in a meeting and reads emails and texts, or worse, writes them. When it's one of the company leaders doing it sets a bad tone for the whole meeting. When you are constantly repeating yourself because someone wasn't paying attention...GRRRR
    Max🐝 J. Carter
    17/12/2016 #2 Max🐝 J. Carter
    This is list is exactly why I was happy back in the day when United Healthcare brought in someone to teach us how to run more effective meetings,

    Another right on the money piece John.
    Aleta Curry
    17/12/2016 #1 Aleta Curry
    All very true, but why aren't the meeting's facilitators nipping this behaviour in the bud?
  13. ProducerRandy Keho

    Randy Keho

    Customers Aren't Fooled By Corporate Grandstanding
    Customers Aren't Fooled By Corporate GrandstandingThis is the 10th in a series of buzzes entitled, "Rage Against the Machine." It recounts my experiences as a maverick manager working withing the constraints of corporate America. You'll laugh, you'll cry, and wonder how the hell we made it this...


    Alan Culler
    02/01/2017 #8 Alan Culler
    @Randy Keho
    Thanks for the great story. It is my experience that customers know who does the work and are prepared to smile and shake the hands of the glad-handers, to a point. Unfortunately, leaders who are short on empathy and gratitude do much more damage than good.
    Thanks again.
    Don 🐝 Kerr
    17/12/2016 #7 Don 🐝 Kerr
    @Randy Keho I admire your restraint my friend.
    Pamela 🐝 Williams
    17/12/2016 #6 Pamela 🐝 Williams
    Walked that road, encountered a guru or two, and as in your case, nobody was fooled. Sometimes it's fun being in the trenches, seeing something turn around, but every once in a while you do just want to smack 'em! Thanks for the read Randy, very satisfying for the problem-solving soul :-)
    Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    16/12/2016 #5 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    A great ending to your story @Randy Keho (couldn't tag for some reason). Enjoyed this, you're a great story teller!
    Praveen Raj Gullepalli
    16/12/2016 #4 Praveen Raj Gullepalli
    Great story dear Randy! That was a lotta one-liners a la Kevin ;) Back to the story. Heck that's what happens when you do not deliver on your promises! You and Evelyn sure saved the day. And man, these loudmouths and credit-grabbing trouble shooters seem to be everywhere these days! Easy to find them. They do the least work and the most of the shoutin' / talkin' / emailin'! ;)
    David B. Grinberg
    16/12/2016 #3 David B. Grinberg
    Thanks for sharing this interesting series, Randy, and kudos on your storytelling ability.
    Randy Keho
    15/12/2016 #2 Randy Keho
    #1 Not for awhile, but it was funny when he finally did.
    The boss made him share my office with me when he stopped by to review the troops. It was share my office or set up shop in the breakroom.
    Pascal Derrien
    15/12/2016 #1 Pascal Derrien
    an interesting state of affairs in itself without having the need to baby sit a corporate guru, did he ever come back?
  14. ProducerDavid B. Grinberg
    User Engagement & Satisfaction: beBee Beats LinkedIn in Landslide
    User Engagement & Satisfaction: beBee Beats LinkedIn in LandslideIn case you haven't noticed, beBee is buzzing.As many beBee users already know, the startup affinity social network beats LinkedIn in a landslide regarding user engagement and satisfaction. These are two critically important social media metrics....


    Gloria 🐝 🐾 💫 ☕ Ochoa
    14/01/2017 #83 Anonymous
    Great article! With the changes that LlinkedIn is rolling out as well (taking away my toys!) beBee is getting even BETTER! (I am a little sad though that #beBee wont follow me back on Twitter! ROTFL! )
    Joris Plaatstaal
    14/01/2017 #82 Joris Plaatstaal
    Ah well. People will always be... people.

    After all, what we need is another fight....

    We just can't stop, do we?
    Harvey Lloyd
    09/01/2017 #81 Harvey Lloyd
    #74 I sense the stand off between the two great generations, one that was and one that is becoming, is a challenge for boomers to share what their wisdom so that we don't repeat mistakes. Curbing our communications so that they might listen or better understand (don't change the message itself.)is a worthy goal.
    David B. Grinberg
    09/01/2017 #80 David B. Grinberg
    #77 ...and @Javier 🐝 beBee, YOU are the most impressive and admirable social media CEO. Why? Because unlike FB's Mark Zuckerberg or LI's Jeff Weiner -- for starters -- YOU make it a priority to personally and directly engage users on this promising platform and respond to any user concerns with expedience and professionalism.
    To others I would ask: when was the last time you received any direct interaction, feedback or engagement from any other social media CEO?
    Never...that's what I thought.
    It's no wonder Javier was recently selected as a regular contributor to Richard Branson's Virgin.com blog. Lastly, for any detractors, this is not only sincere flattery but absolute reality. No other social media CEO comes close to Javier, who is far and away the most engaging online -- period!
    Facts are facts.
    Wayne Yoshida
    09/01/2017 #79 Wayne Yoshida
    #74 Thanks for pointing the activity in those Hives, @David B. Grinberg - no matter how you slice it, Students and College are prime target markets for everyone -- and the students and colleges will benefit from any platform that enables them to demonstrate their "personal brand."
    Wayne Yoshida
    09/01/2017 #78 Wayne Yoshida
    #69 Hey @John Vaughan - Thank you!
    Javier 🐝 beBee
    08/01/2017 #77 Javier 🐝 beBee
    beBee is the most complete platform to build your entire personal brand, engaging professionals through common interests - can be professional, can be personal. BE PROFESSIONAL, BE PERSONAL, BE SUCCESFUL !

    The platform encourages users to display their personal brand in addition to their professional profile.
    Bill Stankiewicz, 🐝 Brand Ambassador
    08/01/2017 #75 Bill Stankiewicz, 🐝 Brand Ambassador
    Lots of good posts here, thx David for creating a lot of buzz here. Like Javier has note: beBee is disrupting professional social networking by establishing connections through passions and common interests that create more professional engagement and deeper and more successful business relationships. Its important to note that beBee and LI are different , and I tell people to start using both for different purposes. LI is strictly professional and BB is a network affinity based. Many bee's I have been able to sign up are told not to mention my name, mention Javier & Juan, I love the application here at beBee & the interaction from the Co_Founders & all participants. Here to help folks, call me on 1-404-750-3200 or see me on www.savannahsupplychain.com. BEST Regards, continued success for all here from Bill Stankiewicz, Savannah, Georgia

    cc: @Javier 🐝 beBee @John White, MBA @Teresa Gezze
    David B. Grinberg
    08/01/2017 #74 David B. Grinberg
    #70 thank you @Harvey Lloyd for your excellent comments, which make perfect sense. Generation Z and their millennial predecessors are the largest population demographic and represent a new generation of leadership.
    In this regard, I would note the hives "College" and "Students" have a combined membership of about 100,000 and growing. There is an awesome infographic about the reasons why BB is an appealing platform for millennials. I also recently did a Twitter "Moments" about this. Naysayers certainly have the right and respect of bees top off for their opinions, but that doesn't mean they are right.Thanks again Harvey for your potent points and keep buzzing in 2017 🐝🐝✌️️🇺🇸 cc: @Javier 🐝 beBee @John White, MBA @Teresa Gezze
    John Vaughan
    07/01/2017 #73 John Vaughan
    #72 Would love to respond, @Harvey Lloyd, but don't get your "I noticed your data set on the repost..." paragraph

    Distrust is often (but not always) an underlying motivator for skepticism. A refusal to accept a common-ground of observable facts because "I have an opinion and I'm entitled to it" is pretty much the exact opposite of 'integrity'.
    Harvey Lloyd
    07/01/2017 #72 Harvey Lloyd
    #71 The embracing integrity part is the part that scares me. Anytime change is upon us, when it is needed, someone or entity becomes the arbiter of that change. I know that i dont want the arbiters to be our collective political geniuses. They started this mess and lost control of it.

    Yep i hate to generalize but market analysis is starting to come in on our younger kin. They dont like the comparative destructive commercials or marketing. They dont like contrast as a motivator, they want to see idealic assumptions about a brand.

    I noticed your data set on the repost. I'm showing my poor understanding of social medias prowess now. It would be interesting to see if you used a comparative picture or title vs a idealic picture and title within the repost if the demographic of readers would change. Or an experiment testing the idea of the comparative vs the ideals of the brand.

    That stuff fascinates me. How can a picture/turn of phrase mean so much. Maybe i am a little cynical. Just a little.
    John Vaughan
    07/01/2017 #71 John Vaughan
    #70 @Harvey Lloyd's generalizations about the Millenial preference for 'perceived affinity over observable fact' are probably valid. And not very pretty.

    Still, I believe that the faceBook-ization of discourse into self-serving 'echo chambers' and breathless 'fake news' is now being reconsidered. The historian in me senses a sea change in our collective skepticism.

    Maybe it's just wishful thinking on my part, but I hope that the socialNets are now ready to embrace a little integrity ... beyond the cheer-leading.
    Harvey Lloyd
    07/01/2017 #70 Harvey Lloyd
    @David B. Grinberg although data is sometimes important i also believe that BeBee is much larger than data sets. I believe the differences to the individual reader/poster is what should be highlighted. Our generation used data and technical matrices to evaluate things and didn't attach emotion to the matrix.

    Our younger generation doesn't really care for our generations methods of displaying comparative data. They prefer to hear why they should chose BeBee and make it relevant to them.

    My personal non supported opinion is that BeBees success will lie with these younger generations. I know in my business this was a hard lesson to learn. In start up many boomers held the positions of authority, life was good. After 15 years though many GenX have taken over these slots and am starting to see some the Y show up.

    I sense your desire is in the right place but would suggest that all the ambassadors and folks who wish to promote Beebe in America should consider ten years from now and the generations that will be available to the platform.
    John Vaughan
    07/01/2017 #69 John Vaughan
    #66 Claire, with all due respect to the folks who are doing the "view"-counting at both beBee and at LinkedIn, please consider: 'BeBee vs. LinkedIn : By the Numbers" https://www.bebee.com/producer/@john-vaughan/bebee-vs-linkedin-by-the-numbers View more
    #66 Claire, with all due respect to the folks who are doing the "view"-counting at both beBee and at LinkedIn, please consider: 'BeBee vs. LinkedIn : By the Numbers" https://www.bebee.com/producer/@john-vaughan/bebee-vs-linkedin-by-the-numbers

    The short Analysis: Sure, there are Big Shallow Numbers ... but also "sort of, but not really"

    ... with some Content:: "theMirror" https://www.bebee.com/producer/@john-vaughan/the-mirror-december-2016

    ... and Perspective: Measured caveats are offered by a couple of writers here regarding the deceptively shallow simplicity of 'beBee VERSUS LinkedIn' @Phil Friedman and @Wayne Yoshida are always worth listening to. Apples & oranges...

    ... of course, there's also the Environment itself. An overwhelming percentage of the comments in this thread (https://www.bebee.com/producer/@john-vaughan/the-magic-marker-exercise) come from beBee Promotionalists (https://www.bebee.com/producer/@john-vaughan/priming-the-pump)

    Finally - Just for variety's sake - there's the occasional LinkedIn Success story : https://www.bebee.com/producer/@john-vaughan/the-value-of-re-posting Close
    Claire 🐝 Cardwell
    29/11/2016 #66 Claire 🐝 Cardwell
    #43 I've pretty much abandoned LinkedOut as well, I also agree with @Jim Murray regarding posting on LinkedIn Pulse being totally futile. For example I posted an article yesterday and so far I have over 600 views on beBee and 9 on LinkedOut..... As the publishing platform on LinkedIn is so clunky I only post a teaser with a link through to the beBee article. Hopefully my 9 LI readers will also join beBee!
    Emily🐝 Bee
    21/11/2016 #65 Emily🐝 Bee
    SO HAPPY to bee here!!! (Sorry, I'm bad with the puns!)
    Camille Mari
    21/11/2016 #64 Camille Mari
    Must read, very interesting.
  15. ProducerAdam Weedy

    Adam Weedy

    Why do corporate initiatives fail?
    Why do corporate initiatives fail?I read this article on LinkedIn yesterday about CRM’s and I think it jogged some negativity. I made some comment about how the temptation to “understand” sales is ultimately a trap. In the early nineties, the only CRM that we had was a spreadsheet....


    Adam Weedy
    04/01/2017 #11 Adam Weedy
    #7 I agree with one of your points: The issue **is not** the tool. The issue is understanding the challenge at the ground level. John, thanks for taking the time to respond.
    debasish majumder
    11/12/2016 #10 debasish majumder
    nice insight @Adam Weddy! enjoyed read. thank you for the share.
    Aurorasa Sima
    11/12/2016 #9 Aurorasa Sima
    #7 Hey, John!!! Nice to see you here too (:
    Gerald Hecht
    11/12/2016 #8 Gerald Hecht
    #6 @Phil Friedman ...and much like "end-to-end online university software platforms"...the Chancellors, CIOs, Provosts, etc. will defend the chosen platform to the death. Why? Because they "made the decision to buy (lock the institution into a long term subscription) it! They aren't going to listen to the STUDENTS being ill-served by an inferior learning/content delivery/performance evaluation platform...or their parents who sacrificed their entire retirement to pay for their children's "education"...THEY WILL DEFINITELY NOT LISTEN TO BELOVED (by students) EXPERIENCED, EXPERT, ENTERTAINING, UNDERSTANDING, Ph.D. level FACULTY...who have been neutered by the platform...they are no longer "Dr Dreamy"; they are now the "preprogrammed, digitized "Dr. Dreamy Show"...lowering the (nevertheless constantly increasing...hmmm) cost of higher education because of the classrooms that now no longer drain huge amounts of money (because you need to turn on the lights and buy chalk)...ITS MADNESS...as Colin Powell asked in @Randy Keho original post IS IT A PIECE OF SHIT OR NOT? This doesn't matter!!! All that matters is the 6 figure salary of the CIO who knows how to code and *NIX Packet Filter about as well as my cat...and the even more technologically challenged Chancellor, Vice-Chancellor of Academic Affairs...and then the media attention is on: WHAT IS CAUSING DYSFUNCTION INHIGER EDUCATION? The answers are always that it is somehow the fault of: 1) Dr. Dreamy, 2) The students and/or their parents and grade/secondary school teachers, and 3) lack of online courses and associated software platforms.
    John Prpich
    11/12/2016 #7 John Prpich
    If you take a real close look at this Adam, you'll find that the root of the problem lay in the most misunderstood competency, decision making. If you asked Executives to defend their decisions, you'd find that they could be easily dissected. What's worse is that most individuals in leadership positions ignore data, which to me is mind boggling. I recall reading an article in Harvard Business Review, In God We Trust, All Others Bring Data. The core of program failures is the inability of the organization to assess the problem and then make a good defensible decision.
    In the case of the CRM's, like with many other digital tools, we forget that the focus should be on the process, not the tool.
    Phil Friedman
    10/12/2016 #6 Phil Friedman
    It is good to see that someone else in the world understands the smoke that is blown by the proponents of "CRM" systems when it comes to real business. I have consulted for several companies who had installed such software products, or were in the process of doing so, in the expectation that they would solve all their problems. Which never happens.

    n fact, the firm is lucky if the CRM system doesn't send them backward several steps, because of the data entry burden it places on people whose time is better spent selling and delivering the services and products at the promised level of quality, on time and on budget.

    All the customer communication and relations in the world won't amount to any more than a pile of bull chips if you don't deliver what you've contracted with the customer to provide. Excellent piece, @Adam Weedy. Cheers!
    Brian McKenzie
    10/12/2016 #5 Brian McKenzie
    The foot soldier with the ideas is the best job out there - it is a shame the pay was not commensurate with the performance we would do. Good Senior NCO's run the military. And the smart Brass - know it.
    Javier 🐝 beBee
    10/12/2016 #4 Javier 🐝 beBee
    @Adam Weedy welcome to beBee !
    Randy Keho
    10/12/2016 #3 Randy Keho
    Spot on, Adam. This is, perhaps, the most relevant post I've read in a long, long, time.
    Having rebelled against insane corporate initiatives for more than 20 years, and survived, I believe you've expertly summed up the false climate these initiatives create. Corporate leadership continually tries to force square pegs into round holes and then becomes infuriated when it fails to be accomplished.
    But, it's never their fault. It's yours for not having the ability to make it fit. As a result, I've witnessed more than a few members of my management team sacrifice their lives by following orders to lead a banzai charge.
    I've managed to not only survive but thrive by telling them that their helicopter is shit. Of course, that's after I've already achieved the goal by calling an air strike.
    Zacharias Voulgaris 🐝
    10/12/2016 #2 Zacharias Voulgaris 🐝
    I'm observing a v. similar trend in data science endeavors today. Many managers, usually unable to research this new tech adequately to make an educated decision about it, jump on the DS wagon. Their organization may lack the data or the budget to do anything useful with this new tech but they are convinced that they should go w. it anyway, since many other companies appear to benefit from it. Naturally this wastes a lot of their resources while damaging the DS field's reputation ans making its expectations even higher.
    Harvey Lloyd
    10/12/2016 #1 Harvey Lloyd
    @Adam Weedy your hitting the mark. I sense that corporations are stock piling last years newspapers of past events as a crystal ball of future income. I did one tour of leadership where we had sales folks in construction. Our sales were not where they needed to be and we were not closing enough of the deals we had spent so much time. I reviewed the two year old news papers and asked one question who is customer X? I got sales reports, personal opinions about, and competition metaphors.

    We were in trouble. We gathered inside folks and sales folks together and began a campaign of understanding who our customer representatives are as humans. Long story of method but this process took time and we eventually increased our close rate and our profits because we could now understand who our customer was, their language and their goals.

    Last years newspaper helps understand potential but doesn't show us the best way to communicate our product or services.
  16. ProducerLaine Schmidt

    Laine Schmidt

    Time to Start
    Time to StartIt’s Time for you to Get StartedWhat is it you want to do? Everyone has something…what’s your something?  Got it in your mind? Okay, now, why haven’t you gotten a move on that?We are going to talk about three things you can do to get you moving in...
  17. Max🐝 J. Carter
    Max🐝 J. Carter


    Max🐝 J. Carter
    07/12/2016 #2 Max🐝 J. Carter
    #1 Agreed.
    Deb 🐝 Helfrich
    07/12/2016 #1 Deb 🐝 Helfrich
    Of course, the problem is that the sort of person who often hurts is typically incapable of listening.... and not even being able to hear that you hurt someone is a far greater crime.
  18. Franklin Coetzee
    Franklin Coetzee
  19. ProducerRandy Keho

    Randy Keho

    Bad Reputations Can Be Quite Favorable
    Bad Reputations Can Be Quite FavorableThis is the ninth in a series of buzzes entitled, "Rage Against the Machine." It recounts my experiences as a maverick manager working withing the constraints of corporate America. You'll laugh, you'll cry, and wonder how the hell we made it this...


    debasish majumder
    04/12/2016 #11 debasish majumder
    stunning post @Randy Keho! corporate are all like birds of same feather across the world and thanks to social media, that we are now aware about their traits. they are detrimental by all means to the social style and fabric, hinder the natural growth of the society as well holistic approach of the society, where humans are being proven only rational beings. enjoyed read. thank you for the share.
    Phil Friedman
    04/12/2016 #10 Phil Friedman
    Randy, great post, great series. I don't know if eschewing corporate correctness for actually getting the job done right always brings one positive recognition or just monetary rewards, but... it does enable you to look in the mirror in the morning and not see a worm staring back at you. Which I personally rank high in the order of life's priorities. As I am sure you do, as well. Sharing this now. Cheers!
    Randy Keho
    30/11/2016 #9 Randy Keho
    It pays to be a badass @Jim Murray. There was no need to negotiate my raise today. I was graded exceeding expectations in all categories and received a 4.5 percent increase. Highest available is 5 percent. I'll accept it.
    Randy Keho
    30/11/2016 #8 Randy Keho
    #6 You get it, Robert. If I'd done some of these things outside of corporate American, I'd be considered a criminal and sent to prison, where I would receive advanced training and, probably, teach the professionals a thing or two.
    Randy Keho
    30/11/2016 #7 Randy Keho
    #5 Everything I talk about in this series happened just as I recounted it, Jim. You couldn't make this stuff up.
    Coincidentally, the boss wants to talk to me about a raise this afternoon. I just completed another year's service.
    If I hadn't taken nearly two years off to care for my father, I'd be in my 17th year with the company.
    When a position opened up locally (where I started), they called me back. I've been overseeing a new account, which is our second-largest.
    My new boss knows my track record. I worked with him at our South Chicago facility when we were equals.
    He knows he's in for a lively negotiation. I've already softened him up for a frontal assault.
    I've exceeded expectations and my customer contact considers me a God, having saved him more than the projected $150,000 in the first year.
    However, I know that raises top out a 5 percent, which no one other than top-level corporate executives receive (actually, their annual bonus is often three times their annual salary). I'm shooting for 3 percent, which is more realistic.
    It's usually a 2.5 percent across the board increase for managers. Your performance doesn't really matter, although you're supposed to get an annual review.
    I didn't, which surprised our HR manager. I had to tell her it was time and she alerted the boss-man.
    You gotta love corporate America.
    Robert Cormack
    30/11/2016 #6 Robert Cormack
    Hm, "Confessions of a Bad Ass." I like it, Randy. Now I'm going outside to see if the tires are still on my car.
    Jim Murray
    30/11/2016 #5 Jim Murray
    Are you really a bad-ass or do you just play one on beBee? Good story.
    Randy Keho
    30/11/2016 #4 Randy Keho
    Thanks for commenting @Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman @Kevin Pashuk @David B. Grinberg. I've made a career out of circumventing and/or changing the system without hurting anyone.
    There's always a way around stupid rules and they usually end up benefiting you, your co-workers, and the company. Problem is, they often make the powers that be look like fools. They don't like that, so they make more stupid rules. That's the corporate mentality.
    Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman
    30/11/2016 #3 Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman
    I agree with Kevin. There are rules and there are stupid rules. I worked for a company that had some useless rules. What a waste of productive employees. Too many useless reports, too many managers and not enough workerbees. Nice buzz, Randy.
    Kevin Pashuk
    30/11/2016 #2 Kevin Pashuk
    There are rules, and there are stupid rules. A good leader knows the difference and keeps the core objective in mind.
    David B. Grinberg
    30/11/2016 #1 David B. Grinberg
    Nice buzz, Randy. I've shared in three hives. Keep on trucking and buzzing!
  20. Jim Murray

    Jim Murray

    Since I will be moving at some time before Christmas, I have decided that that now is as good a time as any to do a little rebranding. This starts with what you see below, which is a new logo and positioning. This will serve as the anchor to a series of elements and a new web site which I will put together over the winter. The big difference is that these days, except for a business card, every branding element is now digital. What a world. Jim Murray


    Gerald Hecht
    03/12/2016 #4 Gerald Hecht
    #3 @Jim Murray wow; it seems like that happened pretty fast...very educational to observe something like this..they make it all sound like some kind of "classified/top secret phenomenon" on the Nightly Business Report.
    Jim Murray
    03/12/2016 #3 Jim Murray
    #1 Could be. 11.5 millions users, many of who are active says a lot of good things.
    Gerald Hecht
    03/12/2016 #2 Gerald Hecht
    @Jim Murray I do like the visual esthetic properties of the new logo; it is very "now"!
    Gerald Hecht
    03/12/2016 #1 Gerald Hecht
    @Jim Murray Is this platform becoming more mainstream? I definitely have a sense that it is no longer a pirate radio station.
  21. ProducerPaul Netscher

    Paul Netscher

    Avoid the unexpected in construction
    Avoid the unexpected in constructionProject Managers and contractors in general must be some of the most optimistic people on earth. It won’t rain during the project, materials will arrive on time, equipment won’t break down, our teams will produce the production expected of them for...


    Paul Netscher
    19/12/2016 #2 Paul Netscher
    #1 Thanks Lada for your comment. It's impossible to anticipate every problem, and we certainly couldn't allow for every problem. However it is important to research where ever possible. Certainly working across borders brings many problems and traps that has tripped up many a contractor - these could include different taxes, legislation, codes and specifications, visa requirements, importing materials and equipment and even exporting profits.
    Lada 🏡 Prkic
    02/12/2016 #1 Lada 🏡 Prkic
    I found this article very useful, like all previous based on your experience in project management. All these noted things need to be taken into consideration while managing a project.
    Yet some problems could not be foreseen, especially when it comes to disorderly market conditions of some countries. I was faced with some unexpected situations while I coordinated my last construction project because of disadvantages of existing regulations related to bankruptcy proceedings.
  22. ProducerJim Murray

    Jim Murray

    10 Things That Can Hurt Your Business, And You Probably Don't Even Know You're Doing Them.
    10 Things That Can Hurt Your Business, And You Probably Don't Even Know You're Doing Them.Just time for a short one today. We're off to St Catharines to do legal stuff and find some flooring for our new house. This is a listicle I put together a while ago for a small business network group I was talking to. Since there are a lot of...


    03/01/2017 #7 MPORANYIMIGABO Gerard
    Thanks a lot for your kind reminder, it is very helpful indeed
    Gerald Hecht
    03/12/2016 #6 Gerald Hecht
    And number 10. I always feel too embarrassed ...I thought (still sort of do...but now I'm beginning to wonder) that people would just do that if they felt that you really helped them...I always do --if they really did.
    Gerald Hecht
    03/12/2016 #5 Gerald Hecht
    This is very useful. I think that 2.
    Is especially important!
    Elizabeth Bailey
    03/12/2016 #4 Elizabeth Bailey
    I shared this on all my platforms, it definitely needed sharing. The fact that people would do some of those things at all is shocking. I take it you have been on the end of some, if not all of these misdemeanours.
    Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    30/11/2016 #3 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    Will be tweeting, I think this one will gain traction!
    Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    30/11/2016 #2 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    Excellent points.. short and to the point. Sharing!
    Mohammed A. Jawad
    30/11/2016 #1 Mohammed A. Jawad
    @Jim Murray Good, beneficial points that speak about how sluggishness, haste, unmindful greed and recklessness can mar business as well as a person's image.
  23. ProducerPhil Friedman

    Phil Friedman

    Differentiation Thru Conversation: BeBee and the Quest for Market Share
    Differentiation Thru Conversation: BeBee and the Quest for Market ShareTHE LION'S SHARE OF ANY MARKET GOES TO THE FIRM THAT BEST DIFFERENTIATES ITSELF FROM THE COMPETITION...Preface:  This piece could have been titled "With Some More Help For My Friends", as it is, in many respects, a natural sequel to "With a Little...


    Phil Friedman
    16/12/2016 #161 Phil Friedman
    Well yes, Nic, because there are a number of LinkedIn-malcontents on beBee who battled for nearly two years to keep LI from shooting itself in the foot -- which I guess it didn't do given its recent sale for $26 billion. Cheers!
    Nic Fester
    16/12/2016 #160 Nic Fester
    There you go @Phil Friedman offering my muscles some resistance once again. Smart man! You know, I wouldn't know so much about LinkedIn if it hadn't been for beBee...
    Phil Friedman
    16/12/2016 #158 Phil Friedman
    #157 Debasish, I agree with you, in the main. I know of no Ambassador who has openly said he or she will not accept the promised future contingent compensation when the platform is sold or gathers significant additional capital investment. So, despite a number of protests and assertions that beBee Brand Ambassadors are not "paid agents of the company", the fact remains that they are. And I don't really know whether that situation is any more questionable than Advocate or Influencer Marketing in general, in which product or services endorsers are paid for their positive reviews. What I do know is that it seriously dilutes the value of what we used to call in print-based marketing and advertising "independent third-party" endorsement. Cheers!
    debasish majumder
    16/12/2016 #157 debasish majumder
    to be very honest, all ambassadors are having an inherent desire to gain themselves financially. but, the hypocrisy is that, all are apparently show in ostentation that they are least bother of individual gain. beBee is becoming popular out of ambassadors sincere approach to make it a distinct one. our contributions are should be focused on making it an exquisite social platform. we must not deviate from our expression. lest we will prove that, we are equally crazy for dividend only, not having the patience to make this social networking site as a distinct one. however, nice insight @Phil Friedman! we need to introspect ourselves.
    John Vaughan
    16/12/2016 #156 John Vaughan
    #155 In the interests of transparency @Phil Friedman, I've zeroed out the negatives on your Comments #136, #138, and #141 here because they deserve it and just because it's .... right.

    I, too, will be impressed sh*tless when beBee embraces ethical fairness with the same vigor as they put into promotion, LinkedIn-bashing, and a self-serving interpretation of 'positivism'.

    Thanks again for being a useful, trusted contributor.
    Phil Friedman
    16/12/2016 #155 Phil Friedman
    #152 Thanks, John. Interesting to note that someone zeroed out the ups on my comment on your post, and has done the same thing here on your comment on my post. It is a prime example of how you cannot give the user base tools for expressing anonymous dissent and expect it not to be used and abused punitively and spitefully. When you click a "relevant" on a piece, hovering over the notice pops up a list of those, including you, who have clicked relevant. But there is even more motivation to bring transparency to actions which are negative expressions.
    Phil Friedman
    16/12/2016 #154 Phil Friedman
    #153 Thank you, Jared, for reading and sharing... and for the kind words. Cheers!
    Jared 🐝 Wiese
    15/12/2016 #153 Jared 🐝 Wiese
    Very solid piece, Phil. I enjoyed it a lot and am sharing...
    John Vaughan
    13/12/2016 #152 John Vaughan
    Nice, much-needed "truthing', @Phil Friedman. Thanks

    Definitely agree that beBee would be well-served to embrace some of the viable Group Management techniques that were pioneered-and-them-abandoned by LinkedIn. Sounds familiar. At the very least, there's the "well, duh' insight that abandoning support for Groups was why many of us abandoned LinkedIn.

    I believe that we also agree about the problematic role of advocacy ambassadors in "priming the pump" (https://www.bebee.com/producer/@john-vaughan/priming-the-pump), 'most are spending their time in concierge services and in boosting each other on beBee itself"

    Not that there shouldn't be a role for knowledgeable solutions folks to crowdsource some wisdom into a platform that's still struggling (imperfectly). For a coupla weeks there, I think beBee even toyed with the notion of offering equity compensation (i.e. 'ambassadorship') for something other than self-marketing, but not for long... Too bad. It is what it is *shrug*
    Phil Friedman
    10/12/2016 #151 Phil Friedman
    #128 #129 Thank you, Juan, for reading and commenting. And for the kind words. Contrary to a few (very few) interpretations expressed in this thread, I have in no way said that I wanted to control how beBee develops or how it's operating procedures have to be. As always, I have only expressed my opinion and recommendations as to what I believe would be advantageous to the stable growth and ultimate success of beBee -- based on my experience in business and as an active user of social media since about 2009. And I believe that you and Javier understand that. My thanks to you for what you guys have done to keep the platform open to independent writers and to keep the playing field reasonably level. Cheers!
    Max🐝 J. Carter
    08/12/2016 #150 Max🐝 J. Carter
    #149 So what you are saying here Phil is that you want the power to choose who can give you a critique of your work.


    It seems to me that the more eyes you have on it, the better chance you have of someone catching something the others would miss.

    In my mind you are only limiting your own potential for growth in this practice.
    Phil Friedman
    08/12/2016 #149 Phil Friedman
    #148 Pretty obviously, Elizabeth, closed groups should not predominate on a "social" media platform. But, as a natural matter, they would never do so because the owners of most groups want high membership numbers. But sometimes and for some purposes, a closed group works best. (Closed in the sense that only group members can see the interactions.) I own a long-established writer's group on LinkedIn, which was closed, And because it was, members could comfortably discuss their work candidly, critique each other's ideas, styles, and so on -- and in general have a sometimes raucous good time without fear of being ridiculed by trolls or others.

    I also own an industry-specific group there, which is composed mostly of industry professionals and business people in that sector, and before LI changed the rules concerning moderation, we had many very informative and intense conversations about issues pertaining to the particular industry sector involved. You just can't do that when anybody and his brother can willy nilly post whatever blather they feel like posting, relevant or not, informed or not.

    My point is that private and closed groups can work out better when set up and run properly. As I'm sure you will agree, although one had the right to speak his or her minds, we don't have the right to force everyone to listen or to expect free access to all conversations.

    Thank you for reading and commenting. Cheers!
    Elizabeth Bailey
    07/12/2016 #148 Elizabeth Bailey
    Well I may as well add my ha'pennys worth. I hate the thought of being excluded from a group I requested to join, but ... I am a member of a number of closed VA groups on Facebook which is a safe place for VAs to ask for advice or help. It is a very valuable resource and I wouldn't be without it.
    Robert Bacal
    07/12/2016 #147 Robert Bacal
    #141 I agree that more tools are good. I also believe that if you want TOTAL control over the tools you get, set up your own damned forums on your own domains, and then you can do exactly as you wish, and stop being dependent on, and whining to companies that owe you nothing.

    Why smart people continue to rely on third party platforms, WHILE complaining all the time is beyond me. You and others bash linkedin incessantly, and no doubt you'll do the same if BeBee doesn't do as you wish.

    Such a sense of entitlement, and helplessness. Get off your duff and do it. The only way to get what you want.
    Phil Friedman
    07/12/2016 #146 Phil Friedman
    All - your engagement and contributions to this conversation are genuinely appreciated. For those who may not have seen or read it, the following post is recommended as a precursor of this one: ( https://www.bebee.com/producer/@friedman-phil/affinity-networking-is-on-the-line ) Thank you all for all your contributions. Sometimes the comments and discussion are more important than the post itself, and this is, I think one of those times.
    Phil Friedman
    07/12/2016 #145 Phil Friedman
    Thank you, @Andrew Goldman and @David B. Grinberg for liking and sharing this post.,I think the conversation is important, indeed, more important than the piece itself. Thank you, as well, for your support.
    Max🐝 J. Carter
    07/12/2016 #144 Max🐝 J. Carter
    #141 Thanks for the profile view Phil on Li I appreciate yo tasking an interest in me.
    Max🐝 J. Carter
    07/12/2016 #143 Max🐝 J. Carter
    #141 The Ted Unoffical grou Ideas wiorth spreading.

    I was a moderator for a while and got an intimate look at the process.

    It really is as simple as adding the ability to add moderators or admins to a hive and then it is a matter of the hive owner working with hive members.

    It's this simple Phil, beBee in spirit is about including people and not using the same old tired processes to exclude people based on personal whims or a need to have the the illusion of control fulfilled
    Phil Friedman
    07/12/2016 #141 Phil Friedman
    #139 Really? Being a MEMBER of a group has nothing to do with it. And if you were a MANAGER of an LI group with 500,000 members, please tell us which one. I am saying that as an experienced owner and/or manager of several profession- and industry-specific groups and of one of the few business-related hives on beBee, my considered opinion is that the additional tools suggested in this post would help make management of certain types of hives more feasible. I am not suggesting that anyone tell you how to run your hive(s) or groups. You may do as you wish. What I don't see is why you don't want to reciprocate and allow me to run my hive(s) the way I see fit. Let's just agree that this is a matter of opinion and personal preference and leave it at that.
    Max🐝 J. Carter
    07/12/2016 #139 Max🐝 J. Carter
    #136 No one is forcing anyone to take on the responsibility of running a hive.

    Phil I spent more than a year in Li's biggest group with over half a million members and the best way to address your issue is to allow Hive owners to give others in the Hive administrator privileges and then it is all volunteer and takes inspiring your Hive to work with you.
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  25. ProducerJim Murray

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    29/11/2016 #5 Claire 🐝 Cardwell
    You are right @Jim Murray re buying timeshares on the moon! There is rather a lot of information overload out there, but if you don't write well then people won't bother to read your posts or your companies posts in the future.
    Jim Murray
    28/11/2016 #4 Jim Murray
    #2 Thanks @Jerry Fletcher. Anybody who has been on both sides of the digital divide knows this to be true.
    Jerry Fletcher
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    Couldn't agree more, Jim. Having run Ad agencies, Direct Marketing and PR firms the facts don't lie. A salesman in print, broadcast or digital will always build Brand and the trust that goes with it.
    Mohammed A. Jawad
    26/11/2016 #1 Mohammed A. Jawad
    There's tremendous difference with the transition from advertising copy to digital content. In the former, everything worked out within a set of rules and precautions, and in the latter there's more disruption with either information overload or ineffective information. @Jim Murray Thanks for making things clear.
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