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July23

I’m feeling on top of my game, today. this despite only using Google-centric products. this includes:

Chrome, a Chromebox, Airdroid, (very slick and polished – especially for an Android/ Chrome App) Gmail, an Android device, and an Nexus 7 (tablet).

one of the best parts of my own “job” is connecting best-of-class people.

this morning I had a Gartner executive tell me recently that my rolodex is worth $1B. while I’m skeptical, myself, I’ll warrant the number could be relevant depending on what part of the globe the sun happens to be setting on a particular moment.

this afternoon I had a coaching client report in last night after I had connected him with a past executive coaching client. My response to him was:

“You both breathe ‘rare air’. Bad-asses have their own radar. The Laws of Natural Selection create the right kind of pack.”

one of the best things I ever heard my Grandad say was,

“if you’re going to judge a man, do it by those around him”.

Let’s be part of the Solution.

brian patrick cork

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Riding the Waves of Business

April6

business is like a glassy-fronted wave. you need to know how to approach it and enjoy the ride as opposed to killing yourself working against the wrong currents.

metaphors are great at cocktail parties. but, they are awesome if you understand them, and know how to leverage their foundation.

I recently described the state of our economy to several of my clients through the following analogy:

“Everyone has been wondering when the economy would kick-back-in. However, it’s official, we are in crazy business mode across most of the country. What made the difference? Well… I think someone bought some foreclosure property, and while repairing their landscaping discovered a hidden lever (probably by the saline pool box). They pulled it and the lights came on everywhere. Now its a mad rush to get into the action. Welcome back everyone. Let’s build empires, shall we.”

that got a lot of attention and it went viral. I fielded some radio host chatter, and might get some national sound-bite opportunities.

more importantly, it’s true and evident. and, that’s great news for everyone, providing you, “play your cards right”, or depending on the “wave you ride”, and if you can view business like a chess board (I do). neither has to be a gamble those words imply. however, gambits provide opportunities. NOTE: gambits require information and understanding. experience certainly helps.

in any event, see below for a quick Linkedin exchange I had late in the week with the emphatic Rick Stengard.

Rick StengardRick Stengard Well said. It’s also true that corporations have been quietly cutting expenses and leaning out operations over the past 5 years. Everyone’s ready to get back to making money. We have one big road block left. The Federal and State Governments are now faced with a similar challenge to cut the fat. Have no doubt that will be a painful process but will benefit everyone in the end.

Brian Patrick CorkBrian Patrick Cork I don’t agree that corporate cut-backs have been “quiet” in nature. But, the pain is certainly evident. Meanwhile, we as a business community simply and collectively have decided it’s time to go back to work. Historically, government does not track to the commercial sectors. Instead of running parallel, they are often contrary to one another. But, look for the media’s hand in much of the signaling. Once they decide to write great news it will be a self-fulfilling prophecy.

On the other hand, this is simply how commerce works in terms commoditized business.

To wit… When one industry flags, others prosper. That said, the guys that own the Atlanta Ferrari and Maserati dealerships will tell you that cars are flying off their lots. Guess whom is buying them? Minority government contractors. More on that later. I bet I get a call from Mayor Kasim Reed as this comment is likely ignite the potential for a fire-storm. But, it’s accurate information. And, it offers insight into “how things work”.

Business is like a glassy-fronted wave. You need to know how to approach it and enjoy the ride as opposed to killing yourself working against the wrong currents.

oedipus rescued from tragedybeyond my correspondence with Rick I always find references to our government relative to business (and the economy) curious. while our current government has no clue how to stimulate the economy, the notion of government work is generally a oxymoron. but, here is the best part of this post, and I’m curious to see if people pick-up on this… when government expenditures and productivity flag, that is when they start bringing in high-powered and expensive consultants to bring everything back-online. and, in that regard, they behave just like corporate America (and, global commerce, for that matter). look for staffing and consulting companies to be exploding. that’s always a great indicator that the light have come-on and people are dashing about madly pulling levers and pushing buttons.

Ernst & Young is forecasting a growth in it’s own revenues of over $3 Billion dollars over the next twenty-four to thirty-six months.

“Over the next two decades, rising per capita wealth in rapid-growth markets will generate a significant growth opportunity for multinational companies. Understanding this market, and developing products and services that meet its needs, will become a strategic priority that cannot be ignored.”

that comes from one of my guys at E&Y on the innovative task force.

peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

brian patrick cork

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the price of admission does not always equal success

March5

This Startup Is Charging $3,000 For Its Database of the World’s Most… - venturebeat.com

“Imagine having access to a rolodex of two million of the wealthiest people in the world: bankers, private equity folk, and venture capitalists.”

Brian Patrick CorkThis fascinates me, today. However, once published I will ask to be placed on the “do not call list”.

While you want to earn the privilege of being in such a database, few of us will want to be accessed and bothered by people that want things from us. I’m wondering if those investors that put up $60m have thought this through.

I kind of doubt they would want to be contacted by the strangers that have to buy this list themselves. If you are in that database you probably already know many of the other people involved and could call from your $3000 a day jet.

Ayn Rand would smack the people on this list with her desk copy of, Atlas Shrugged. thi smight be a good example of some people pushing others on to a “burning platform”.

peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

brian patrick cork

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Social Networking is like a Sexual Orgy

February15

so…

I’m fairly confident that “social networking” and “social marketing” will ultimately find credibility in our lives, and hopefully in my life-time. I do believe the cloud (all great things begin heavenward, do they not?) will host our greatest Thought Leadership. however, behind all great Thought Leadership we need subject-matter-expertise – informed decision making – to sustain and execute it.

that said, I’m reasonably convinced that my choice of wording for the subject heading of this post will raise eye-brows, significantly.

I have issues, to be certain. a genuine bug up my butt, if you will, when it comes to social networking, for example.

just like an orgy, social networking is (currently) shallow. we don’t really know much about the people with whom we are connecting to.  yet, we are investing a great deal of ourselves in them, and generally making big decisions. or, we aren’t making enough of an investment in that crowd and making decisions and taking actions based on shallow information and thinking. I had a fifty-seven year old Coaching client inform me yesterday that he has a Linkedin profile because of peer pressure. I asked him if he was fifteen. then it occurred to me that his situational awareness around all of this is like that of a fifteen year old facing a Board of Directors (read, Where do you fit in today’s Business?, for perspective)

run with me, here. what about informed decision-making? What are we consenting to?

its juxtapositional, by definition. and, that means its either good or bad with a paradigm at stake.

but, it’s all about awareness.

that’s my role in your lives. that’s me being the Heterodox (it’s been awhile since I’ve used that term), and a Jeffersonian Heterodox, at that. I value the story, possibly the tradition, but I question everything relentlessly until I come to my irrefutable conclusion. today, the social platform is a long ways off from being the solution – just like empty sex is certainly no way solve our human needs. we need meaningful connectivity to thrive, make better decisions, be healthy, and to be part of the Solution.

Food for thought… If DATA is the new oil, what if we are the refinery? now what?

perhaps a great example of this is “crowd funding”. this is a direct result of the crowd sourcing efforts spawned by the advent of social networking and mobile technology. we want it all to work; to make life simpler, if not easy.

consider:

is Kickstarter and crowd funding illegal?

and,

Using Kickstarter to payoff your mortgage!

ponder this…

statistically (and, I’m referencing work we’ve done through www.briancork.com and www.brianthebusinesscoach.com - with our endless polling and research), if you are a decision-maker under thirty six you are entering your power-band years towards influence. and, you are, or want to, make quick decisions on mobile devices based on quick bursts of shallow DATA and information often garnered through some form of mass hysteria, crowd sourced, motley crowds, rabble group thinking (i.e. google+1, Linkedin, Facebook, etc). hey… is there a correlation in that that Facebook  is attached somehow seventy-two percent (72%) of all divorces, yet Linkedin does not have a “divorced” box you can check or form a group around?

people that want to skirt certain rules and regulations and/ or don’t meet qualified investor standards are using this process to side-step accountability and then responsibility. people funding Kickstarter projects for example might as well hand their money to strangers in bathroom at night clubs.

good may come, yet. just be responsible. think. think.

peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

brian patrick cork

 

 

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