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  • Relationships Archives - Steffan Antonas
    heart filters and experiences taken into account Most people make the mistake of just putting themselves in another s position and saying what would I do if I were in this situation This approach often leads to poor judgment calls misunderstandings and bad advice Why Because experiencing empathy isn t about how you think or feel at all It s about simulating what they are experiencing and relating to it Even in an identical scenario they ll never think feel or behave quite the same way as you would Of course we ll never get perfect at achieving empathy our brains are sadly wired to put ourselves at the center of the action The good news is that we can take steps to improve our approach to get better insights into the hearts and minds of others It starts by first taking ourselves completely out of the equation and then asking what is this person feeling thinking based on their experiences and how can I relate to that This is hard to do but it ll get you off on the right foot Once you focus on the shoes you ll be in a much better position to know what it really feels like to walk the mile Published November 23 2009 Author Steffan Antonas Category Psychology Philosophy Top Posts Comments 7 Comments The Cookie Jar Principle tweetmeme Give more than you take It s as simple as that If we embrace this one powerful principal in our lives individually we will enjoy meaningful vibrant relationships and collectively create a culture of abundance If we can t we end up with an empty jar We can all point to a friend or colleague who breaks the rule repeatedly They call only when they need something and they only show up or participate when it benefits them They forget that the act of taking from the jar implies that they will one day put back more than what they took In many ways selfishness is failing to recognize that when you chose to benefit from the effort or contributions of another you become part of a self sustaining cycle of give and take and that your actions alter the system s balance In the fog of self absorption we can loose sight of the truth and reality of the circumstances of both others and ourselves When we take more than we give everyone that depends on the contents of the jar loses Remember that every one of your relationships has its own jar We fill them with our time energy and love Sharing participating and giving before we take signal our good faith they are small promises that when it is our turn to take we have not forgotten our responsibility to keep filling the jar What we do take we should always strive to return with interest This simple principal is as true for individual relationships as it is for groups families and communities of any size When we agree

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  • Psychology & Philosophy Archives - Steffan Antonas
    ll be in a much better position to know what it really feels like to walk the mile Published November 23 2009 Author Steffan Antonas Category Psychology Philosophy Top Posts Comments 7 Comments Balance Grasshopper Building a startup can be an emotional roller coaster When passionate entrepreneurs personally have a lot at stake in a new venture increased stress and setbacks can mean higher levels of emotion in the work environment and critical team relationships can be put to the test Passion can be a double edged sword when things don t go well because it can fuel anger and resentment between team members who disagree with one another regardless of how much they individually care about the group s collective progress Emotional suppression to avoid conflict however shouldn t be the goal Every feeling has its value and significance and conflict is necessary and healthy Ideas direction plans etc all need to be challenged constantly in a healthy way for the group and the business to improve what they do and how they do it Finding the right emotional balance for each situation to ensure that conflict is constructive rather than negative is important Leaders especially should focus on setting an example of displaying appropriate emotion feeling proportionate to each new circumstance When emotions are too muted they create dullness and distance in teams when out of control too extreme and persistent they become pathological The right balance keeps teams engaged and challenging one another s ideas in constructive ways More Posts In This Series Infecting New Startup Recruits With Passion Hiring For Your Startup Set Clear Expectations from the Get Go Pick The Right Person for the Job AND The Group Published January 14 2009 Author Steffan Antonas Category Business Entrepreneurship Comments 3 Comments The Real Difference Between

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  • Culture Archives - Steffan Antonas
    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 new cultural framework requires a simultaneous top down and bottom up infusion of values Making it work is about getting managers figure out how to get great outcomes by setting the appropriate context rather than by trying to control

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  • Innovation Archives - Steffan Antonas
    are the patterns that emergence describes We reinforce those rituals every time we use Twitter by following the rules we ve made for ourselves and by reprimanding those that don t Retweeting is a perfect example of one of these emergent ritualistic behaviors in Twitter culture Retweeting has rules associated with it and the behavior has evolved over time I remember when it was common for people to full on write Retweeting username in front of a tweet burning up their 140 characters just to give another person credit Necessity for brevity of course has resulted in RT being the universally understood indicator over time but there was no rule that said they had to give another person credit at all but they figured out a simple way to do it because they wanted to Because it s the right thing to do Within months everyone was doing it Now it s a mainstay of Twitter culture at least until someone else comes up with a better briefer way to re broadcast someone else s message while giving credit Who knows maybe it ll end up being just R username Culture and social rules are always evolving Why Entrepreneurs Developers Should Care About Emergent Culture Since Twitter opened up it s API countless numbers of entrepreneurial minded developers have released applications and services that integrate with and build on Twitter my favorites include apps and add ons like Adaptive Blue s Glue Tweetdeck and Tweetsville for the iPhone Here s the problem because of Twitter s growth and popularity there are A LOT of people developing apps that don t really do anything different Some of them look neat and the UI is pretty but the fundamental functionality across many apps is the same which is BORING There is nothing remarkable about something that takes what everyone does already and repackages it into something that just looks prettier What a waste of creative energy A shiny new UI that does the same thing still makes it difficult for consumers to decide what to use The applications that DO stand out however are ones that have taken into account new emergent behaviors and built them into their design Tweetdeck and Tweetsville are perfect examples of apps that stand out for this very reason They were some of the first to incorporate cultural trends and add automated Retweet functionality into their UI The developers saw an opporuntity to take an emergent behavior that was cumbersome cutting and pasting someone elses message and adding RT username to the message and automate it Brilliant THIS IS DIFFERENT It adds value In all the noise these were apps that got noticed and talked about because they were fundamentally more useful because the developers were in tune with the culture Some Insights for Developers and Entrepreneurs So what can we learn from this example Here are some quick insights for entrepreneurial minded developers that want to pack a punch in the market Developers when you build

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  • Community Archives - Steffan Antonas
    of any size When we agree to be a part of the group whether the group is 2 or 2 million we accept an equal and shared responsibility for the jar Published July 6 2009 Author Steffan Antonas Category Community Psychology Philosophy Top Posts Comments 26 Comments Twitter Is Apple s Support Forum The iPhone 3 0 upgrade software was just released and within minutes iPhone and iTunes popup on the trending topics list as the iPhone community rushes to their computers to upgrade their phones Between the time I ran the search and took this screenshot there were over 1000 new twitter posts mentioning iTunes literally in the space of a minute Hundreds of people are all having similar problems asking questions helping each other Amazing And Apple is no where to be seen in the stream Lesson learned get your community manager and techies monitoring Twitter when someone pushes the RELEASE button Read More Published June 17 2009 Author Steffan Antonas Category Community Cyberculture Technology Web Strategy Built It Then Make Them Experts There s a lot we can learn about best practices for creating and releasing software or web services to the masses from watching the video gaming industry Successful video game companies know how important it is that they engage and immerse users quickly because they know they aren t just in the software business they re in the fun business and there s nothing fun about sucking at a game Recognizing this they ve developed innovative methods for getting complete novices engaged and enjoying the product as quickly as possible I call this the zero to fun metric Getting a user from zero to fun as fast as possible isn t just a gaming industry must Everyone wants to enjoy the experience of using software and the web and how much we enjoy the experience is largely a function of how adept we feel as users Making a user feel like an expert is key to making their experience remarkable and for that reason giving a user that feeling quickly should be one of the primary goals of any company releasing software or web services to the world Read More Published May 20 2009 Author Steffan Antonas Category Business Entrepreneurship Community Design Social Media Technology Top Posts Web Strategy Comments 5 Comments The Glue Community Gets What It Asks For I hope you didn t miss this in the wake of the Web2 0Expo excitement this week AdaptiveBlue released a few major upgrades to Glue yesterday that the community is no doubt going to love These guys consistently show how in tune they are with what their community wants and how committed they are to delivering value to the users it s all about the community right Here s what s been added Connected Conversations see video 2 below Smart Recommendations see video 1 below A Slimmer Glue Bar with more information Slick integration with Twitter Tumbler and FriendFeed right from the 2 cents box see video 2 below Automatic synchronization with your entire social graph via Facebook and Twitter The ability to see who the top users are in each category and follow them around the web Read More Published April 6 2009 Author Steffan Antonas Category Social Media Comments 7 Comments Status Culture Public vs Private and Why It Matters tweetmeme I recently made the decision to stop feeding my Twitter posts into Facebook The reason is simple I continually get negative feedback from my non Twittering Facebook friends on h ow I update my status Some hated how often I updated some didn t get what and RT was some didn t like that they couldn t join in on conversations that weren t actually taking place inside Facebook s walls and some people didn t like how impersonal most of my updates were I use Twitter like a shared feed reader a lot Not all the feedback was bad of course I don t mean to exaggerate I ve gotten quite a few Facebook friends into Twitter because they noticed the difference in how it s used and saw the value No my choice was because there s a significant difference in status culture between the two platforms and because I m a heavy Twitter user I would continue to violate social rules inside of Facebook and piss off my friends Recognizing the emerging differences in status culture is an important step to understanding how people behave on either platform and how we can shape interaction with good design In this post I ll offer some insights into the differences between Twitter and Facebook how they change people s behavior and argue that the differences in public ness and prive ness cause fundamental and important shifts in how people interact and use each platform Friends vs Followers How We Group Contacts And Establish Relationships Matters How we establish and organize our relationships makes a difference to how we interact on any platform The design of the connection mechanism drives who we can connect with how we connect and how we display our implied relationships and social responsibility to others Makes intuitive sense right Read More Published March 24 2009 Author Steffan Antonas Category Community Cyberculture Social Media Top Posts Web Strategy Comments 11 Comments Designing Remarkable Viral Widgets Image Credit http opengardensblog futuretext com As the popularity of blogging social media and open source development continue to explode widgets are taking root as a mainstay of the online social experience The interdependency of self publishing social media and open source platforms are ensuring that widgets those bits of code that allow us to aggregate publish and share a wide variety of different content information in one place are here to stay In fact the rapid growth in online cultural trends like lifestreaming microblogging and social browsing is creating increased demand for ways users can pull information from a diverse array of profiles and information sources aggregate them and publish them quickly

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  • Politics Archives - Steffan Antonas
    trait more than any other that predicts who becomes liberal and and who becomes conservative In this lecture Haidt draws on the latest from developmental and moral psychology and makes a very persuasive argument why openness to experience that craving for novelty diversity variety travel and new ideas tells us a lot about our political affiliations Whether you re currently on the fence about where to cast your vote this year or you ve been certain from day one I urge you to take the 20 minutes to watch this lecture because it s got some pretty sweet mind grenade moments and it may just change the way that you think about your own morality and change the way you engage others with differing opinions Here s one of my favorite quotes You can t just go charging in saying I m wrong and you re right because everybody thinks that they re right A lot of the problems that we have to solve are problems that require us to change other people And if you want to change other people a much better way to do it is to first understand who we are understand our moral psychology understand that we all think that we re right and then step out even if it s just for a moment and try to see it as a struggle that s playing out in which everybody does think that they re right and everybody has some reasons even if you disagree with them for doing what they re doing and if you can do that that s the essential move to cultivate moral humility and get yourself out of this self righteousness which is the normal human condition Published October 2 2008 Author Steffan Antonas Category Psychology Philosophy Comments 9 Comments The Simple Math Behind The Power Of The Swing Vote After the Democratic National Convention this week and the official announcement of the Obama Biden ticket there s been a lot of chatter about where Clinton supporters stand regardless of the clear message of Clinton s No Way No How No McCain speech at the DNC The reason for the chatter Analysts are trying to get a feel for what the true population of swing voters looks like More than ever parties are recognizing that their futures lie in winning at the center rather than at the extremes because the impact swing voters have on an election is so profound The math behind the power of the swing vote is actually quite simple In his book Microtrends The Small Forces Behind Tomorrow s Big Changes Mark Penn worldwide CEO of Burson Marsteller and chief adviser to Senator Clinton s presidential campaign offers an excellent concise explanation for exactly why swing voting as he puts it is king We hear it every day America is divided into two camps red and blue and the key to elections is just energizing the base Books have been written about it careers have been

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  • Videos Archives - Steffan Antonas
    For those interested I ve posted all of my footage up on Vimeo in a Web 2 0 Expo 2009 album All of the videos are between a half hour and 45 minutes long but well worth watching In the gallery below you ll find full videos of the following talks Building Sites Around Social Objects Web 2 0 Expo Jyri Engestrom Google Preparing for A New Kind of Customer Relationship in the Facebook Era Web 2 0 Expo Clara Shih Best Practices in Social Media Integration for Web Publishers and Content Providers Web 2 0 Expo Bob Buch Digg Beyond Buzz On Measuring a Conversation Web 2 0 Expo 2009 Katie Niederhoffer Marc Smith The Whuffie Factor The 5 Keys for Maxing Social Capital and Winning with Online Communities Tara Hunt Published May 12 2009 Author Steffan Antonas Category Technology Comments 3 Comments Why The Public Sector Needs To Commit To Scientific Research Speaking at the National Academy of Sciences 2 days ago the President reinforced the need for a sustained national commitment to science His firm stance that science is more essential for our prosperity our security our health and our environment and our quality of life is an important step in shifting the national consciousness to build a strong culture of innovation I particularly appreciated this explanation of why the public sector needs to commit to research Basic scientific research is scientific capital The fact is an investigation into a particular physical chemical or biological process might not pay off for a year or a decade or at all And when it does the rewards are often broadly shared enjoyed by those who bore its costs but also by those who did not And that s why the private sector generally underinvests in basic science and why the public sector must invest in this kindof research Because while the risks may be large so are the rewards for our economy and our society Right on Mr President Published April 30 2009 Author Steffan Antonas Category Uncategorized The Real Difference Between Liberals And Conservatives According to Jonathan Haidt there s one key personality trait more than any other that predicts who becomes liberal and and who becomes conservative In this lecture Haidt draws on the latest from developmental and moral psychology and makes a very persuasive argument why openness to experience that craving for novelty diversity variety travel and new ideas tells us a lot about our political affiliations Whether you re currently on the fence about where to cast your vote this year or you ve been certain from day one I urge you to take the 20 minutes to watch this lecture because it s got some pretty sweet mind grenade moments and it may just change the way that you think about your own morality and change the way you engage others with differing opinions Here s one of my favorite quotes You can t just go charging in saying I m wrong and you

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  • First Verizon Phones Running Android - People Are Successfully Hacking Away - Steffan Antonas
    got excited for good reason because the video is legit it s a hack job but it s being done succesfully Yesterday I wrote the owner of the Video to find out what the deal was and I just got the reply and I apparently I was so excited I didn t even spell Android right There you have it If you want Android on a Verizon phone and you re too impatient to wait for the first official release you might want to head over to the XDA Developer forums and contact DZO It can be done Gotta love good hackers Published September 28 2008 Author Steffan Antonas Category Technology Tags Android Hacks Verizon Comments 1 Comment Published by Steffan Antonas To the readers of this blog This post like all the others should be thought of as the start of a conversation so please share your ideas by joining in the discussion If you do please adhere to the following commenting rules 1 Be Cool no flaming and no spamming All inappropriate comments will be deleted 2 If you must curse please do so with style and taste 3 Put your URL in the website field and not

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