Most people involved in modern business know of the rivalry between Steve Jobs and Bill Gates. It was common knowledge that Jobs considered Microsoft products inferior and that there was a professional rivalry between them. Yet, it may escape attention that there is generally a common respect, even among rivals and adversaries, between successful people.
It’s interesting to note that Bill Gates sent a letter to Steve Jobs as he was dying. Yes, even Bill Gates had an appreciation for Steve Jobs, his often quoted adversary and critic. And Steve reportedly kept that letter by his bed – ostensibly to comfort himself in his last days. How fascinating. I think that says a lot about both men.
A Worthy Opponent
Jobs made no secret of his disdain for the Microsoft empire and it’s rise to power. In many ways it seems that Steve was actually propelled by a quest to do something “better” for the consumer. The best stories, the great epics, involve rivals and titanic struggles. This one, for all of it’s mundane techy detail, was no less fascinating than the greatest good vs evil stories of historic battles.Continue reading
Outsourcing, In-sourcing, Consulting and Contracted Collaboration - part 1
When should you Consider Outsourcing, In-sourcing or Consulting? Will these empower your company, or dilute your creative energies? Do they offer gains of intellectual property, or risk losing them? Beware of formulaic answers, but seek sound methodology. Using consultants has distinct benefits that should be considered and some risks to avoid. Not every consulting engagement is alike. Many smaller companies do not realize that they can generally set the terms of usage of consultants. If you cannot do so with one company, you can simply shop for another provider who will work with terms that you like. Even if you are locked into a contractual engagement with one company, there are usually short term remedies that allow you to step around those contracts for certain situations.
Talking about Tech Origins
In the late 1980s and through the 1990s MCI, the bygone telecommunications innovator, built internal consulting teams within their company to develop new products and new services that completely changed the face of telecommunications; driving the innovations that make so many amazing things possible today, which are now part of our every day life. They invested billions on creative transformation. There are walls lined with patents and a list of hundreds of innovations in technology, all of which were birthed in that technology incubator.
As evidenced by Rupert Murdoch’s political endorsement making the news. Described as a “computer neophyte” the 80 year old Murdoch used twitter to communicate his political preference.
Why? Because Murdoch is smart and understands that the easiest way to propagate a message widely and fast is via the social communication engine that is all the rage.
You can create new conversations, re-energize stale relationships and engineer all of your relationships’ communications just by riding the wave of technology with solid planning, processes and policies.
There are more people waiting to hear from YOU.
Many people believe that they can’t participate in the social media milieu due to the fact that they don’t have adequate tools or knowledge in order to feel like they are actually getting something from the experience. Whether they are intimidated by the interfaces available on twitter Facebook various blog platforms or whatever method a person chooses to use, we can help.
A good example is how I’m writing this post. I’m not actually “writing”, this article, I’m speaking it.
I’m using something called Dragon dictation. Microsoft and Google and any big player that you come across will probably be deeply involved in voice recognition technology. Another solution is to use a composite tool or something that will aggregate all of your social traffic into and understandable interface. There are a lot of players out there. Some you may have heard of some you may have not, similarly the social network cloud is crowded with people trying to get your attention.
With Social Gillie you get a clear roadmap of the confusing wilderness of social media and more effectively communicating with your employees, your supply chain, dependent organizations, partners and of course, your customers or constituents. We’ll show you the tools you need and help you develop the most effective process for using them. Our custom solutions are cost-effective and can leave very little footprint on your organization or can effectively supplement any aspect of your social media management that may be missing.
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