ec Newsletter #71 A wee rant...
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Are you being dumb…?
We’ve lost two large clients over the last year – and I don’t normally mind – grass is always greener and all that…
But in the past week two very senior managers of those entities have (in one instance) said in the press that she doesn’t understand how Facebook can benefit her community ratepayer funded stakeholders - and the other senior manger professed in a public meeting that he didn’t understand or know anything much about Cloud Computing and how it could help his very large community owned infrastructure company.
Now I don’t want to be all negative and ranting about this so I’m going to cover why I think this is a problem and what these people should be doing to rectify their lack of current knowledge.
Not understanding how social media (especially Facebook) works at the grass roots level is tantamount to rolling out the retirement card at your place of work and getting all your former co-workers to sign it as you walk out the door…
There have been many trends in computing that effect businesses such as the role of PC’s on every desk vs. “the old” way of having a main computer in the computer room accessed by dumb terminals.
Cloud computing offers so much (and has done for the last 4 to 5 years…!) that every smart business person should have already had it on their radar for some time.
Being on top of the latest thinking sets you and your business at the head of the pack – you don’t need be “on the bleeding edge” and actually making new pathways – there are a huge amount of knowledge available from a variety of sources that you can use to upskill yourself.
Here's some places to find information:-
The internet is the first system available to pretty much anyone that has itself as the largest body of work on how to use it better.
I’ve posted regular newsletters online since the middle of 2008 covering the latest trends and ideas – and web sites such as http://www.mashable.com/ or http://www.youtube.com/ are full of great ways for business people to use technology better.
Using Google can help with specific requests to better understand a phrase or to find solutions for a particular business issue.
There are still a few “tree-ware” (paper ;-) based magazines available on the subject of technology and business – and even newspapers have stories about how businesses have been founded or are using the latest technologies.
So forgive my rant – that’s all – you can get back to your work now – oh and make some time to learn about something new this week…
Bonus Web Sites:
This site should be a regular visit for you – it is a great resource for current thinking of some of the worlds best thinkers and presenters.
There are topics here for the whole family…
And here’s one just to pass on to your teens: -
The Khan Academy - http://www.khanacademy.org/
This is a free web site that has thousands of resources of lectures for your teens (and your) education…
If they need a little help with anything from High school – they will find it here…
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