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  • Riddles For Linchpins - Steffan Antonas
    Subscribe via RSS Find Me Twitter Facebook Instagram Flickr Vimeo Pinterest Email LinkedIn Proudly powered by WordPress Theme Designer by Array Riddles For Linchpins I found this video this morning It s a 5 minute stream of offbeat interesting and disturbing questions to help exercise your noodle It s a fun way to wake your brain up Riddles for linchpins from Seth Godin on Vimeo Published January 27 2010 Author

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  • Business Archives - Steffan Antonas
    a whole new approach the scientists who ve been studying motivation have given us this new approach It s an approach built much more around intrinsic motivation Around the desire to do things because they matter because we like it because they re interesting because they are part of something important And to my mind that new operating system for our businesses revolves around three elements autonomy mastery and purpose 1 Autonomy the urge to direct our own lives 2 Mastery the desire to get better and better at something that matters 3 Purpose the yearning to do what we do in the service of something larger than ourselves These are the building blocks of an entirely new operating system for our businesses After presenting the findings of studies performed by leading scientists and economists at the London School of Economics Dan sites some examples of how this new work paradigm is being put into practice in leading firms Worker Autonomy 20 Percent Time and Innovation 20 Percent Time Done famously at Google Where engineers can spend 20 percent of their time working on anything they want They have autonomy over their time their task their team their technique Okay Radical amounts of autonomy And at Google as many of you know about half of the new products in a typical year are birthed during that 20 Percent Time Things like Gmail Orkut Google News Results Only Work Environments ROWE an even more radical example something called the Results Only Work Environment The ROWE Created by two American consultants in place at about a dozen companies around North America In a ROWE people don t have schedules They show up when they want They don t have to be in the office at a certain time or any time They just have to get their work done How they do it when they do it where they do it is totally up to them Meetings in these kinds of environments are optional What happens Almost across the board productivity goes up worker engagement goes up worker satisfaction goes up turnover goes down Published September 1 2009 Author Steffan Antonas Category Business Entrepreneurship Design Psychology Philosophy The Future Of Work Netflix s Freedom And Responsibility Culture I came across this awesome 128 slide presentation from the CEO of Netflix today below The presentation is meant to be read rather than presented and offers a quick fire reference guide on the values behaviors and skills Netflix upholds in the effort to create a culture of freedom and responsibility for their business Regardless of your position in your current organization these slides are worth spending some time absorbing they represent a massive and necessary shift from the values and thinking that define rigid cultures of control and process adherence to those that create cultures that set the appropriate context for workers to form nimble effective teams who constantly innovate share ideas and challenge and learn from one another At it s core this

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  • What Would Proximity Sensors Do For The Mobile Web? - Steffan Antonas
    different unique use cases based on foot traffic for business and being social New Kinds Of Retail and Restaurant Loyalty Programs What if a store or restaurant had it s own short range sensor that knew when you walked in the door and alerted the sales staff about your sales history and personal shopping preferences What if you were fed instant information on in store sales based on your favorite items or wish lists How would any of this change your relationship with your favorite venues Enabling The Smart Home What if your home automatically knew your preferences for lighting music air temperature etc and automatically adjusted the environment and your devices as you walked from room to room Navigating People Businesses What if you were at a conference and you re in a crowd of people Would it be useful if your device could tell you when you last saw a person you re about to run into or that six steps behind you is someone you went to high school with What if it could tell you that the product that s being sold at the store you re passing is on sale at another store in the same area The web knows these things we just don t have a useful way to get that information automatically fed to us when we re on the go Why Mobile Devices Using the phone as a sensor instead of an embedded RFID chip in our skin for example seems like a logical next step for these types of applications because it makes participation optional and manual It might seem whacky now but you d probably be surprised how many people would be on board if the the privacy to utility ratio was right What are your thoughts on this

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  • Leadership Archives - Steffan Antonas
    plan are clear to everyone from the very beginning all it really takes to move things forward is keeping people motivated and on task If everyone knows their role and team members direct themselves to get their part done you really only need someone to organize and report which isn t necessarily leading It s managing Effective leaders are the ones who take charge in a group when a task

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  • Here Come The GeoWeb Wars - Steffan Antonas
    a quick video overview of what the app does Expect Competition For Geolocation Services To Heat Up This Year There have been a lot of apps like Around Me to hit mobile devices over the past 12 months Google of course is the sleeping giant for geoweb services and they ve started to release location based offerings this week that will start to challenge the space and put the squeeze on smaller players Last week Google announced a mobile search service called Near Me Now that makes their mobile search page location aware giving mobile users access to a lot of the same type of information that apps like Around Me do Yesterday Google also announced Place Pages targeting local businesses which many believe is another maneuver meant to dethrone Yelp as the de facto resource for local venue information and customer review data We ll see how this one plays out You can expect a lot of me too players to show up very soon so it ll be interesting to see how if at all Google innovates and sets the pace As the web gets denser and geo tagging scales up to put all the data into context there s going to be a lot of opportunity for innovation across the board so we can only hope for startups to think way outside the box and give us all things we ve never seen before I know one thing access to location information and maps on my iPhone has turned me into a heavy user of geoweb services in my daily life and I m itching to see what s coming The war is on Published January 15 2010 Author Steffan Antonas Category Technology Tags Geoweb Google iPhone Yelp Comments 5 Comments Post navigation Previous Post When There

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  • Community Building Archives - Steffan Antonas
    Cisco I d seriously consider creating social spaces online for their hacker community to share their content There s obviously a large segment of people who are so happy with their Flips that they re willing to SUPER GLUE bits and pieces on the front and keep on shooting away If you give those individuals a place to find each other they all find the best hack and they ll be happier customers for it And guess what if Cisco joined in the conversation in these spaces and reached out to their hackers empathized and told them that they re working on the issue they could direct those individuals to sign up for a free email notification list where they could find out about new product releases and Cisco would suddenly have a hyper targeted group of loyal customers to tap on launch days that they could easily please with special launch day offers etc etc Smart companies treat feedback groups like the Flip Hackers as an asset that can be nurtured developed and used to their advantage Strong loyal communities don t have to start out as die hard fans Published January 6 2010 Author Steffan Antonas Category Community Social Media Web Strategy Comments 6 Comments Beyond Buzz Diving Into How You Actually Measure Online Conversation One of the hardest questions to answer definitively when it comes to social media is How do we measure ROI when it comes to conversation Starting a blog and getting on Twitter and Facebook is a good start but even if you re producing great content at a good clip it s hard to measure the value of the conversations that you generating This is especially true in the beginning when you re building a new community from scratch Common questions I ve heard are What s relevant and what kinds of interaction should I be focusing on Which kinds of people should I be focusing my attention on What types of people are important to recruit to sustain interaction and keep my community vibrant How do we focus on the signals and block out the noise What are the most useful social metrics Measuring conversation is tough but it s not impossible and there are a few people out there who are thinking about it deeply and coming up with useful solutions This 45 minute talk I recorded on my Flip at this year s Web 2 0 Expo given by Katie Niederhoffer and Marc Smith is to date the best resource I ve found for getting a deeper understanding of interaction patterns that matter and what types of people make communities tick To my knowledge it s the only video taken of the event so please forgive the ahem less than HD quality of the recording Katie and Marc share rich data on what the interaction patterns look like for the types of people that you want to recruit for your community Hint It s always a very special few that

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  • Social Media = Positive ROI - Steffan Antonas
    Media Positive ROI Katie Wynner and I have been putting together a presentation we re giving in Long Beach CA this week on Social Media Marketing and she came across this video on Social Media ROI The video showcases several of the best known Social Media ROI examples along with other effective Social Media Strategies and data that I ve seen from recent reports released on all the tech hubs

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  • The Phone Book - Designing Interactive Storytelling Experiences For Parents & Kids - Steffan Antonas
    Kids It takes about 30 seconds to realize that this product is a perfect marriage between digital and analog The interface is simple and the story telling is rich and engaging What a fantastic way to bring together parents and children Not only does it encourage reading it also inspires creativity This video was originally posted on Alex Rainert s blog EverydayUX one of the best blogs on the web

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