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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

 

 

DATA is the new OIL

February13

REALLY smart people are going to be the refinery.

…remember I said that over the next thirty-six months.

pay A LOT of attention to this. do it!

“By visualizing information, we turn it into a landscape that you can explore with your eyes, a sort of information map. And when you’re lost in information, an information map is kind of useful.”  – David McCandless

“Over the next year, I’m hoping to get a better grip on some of the questions raised by the data revolution: In what situations should we rely on intuitive pattern recognition and in which situations should we ignore intuition and follow the data? What kinds of events are predictable using statistical analysis and what sorts of events are not?” – Victor Lamm

peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

brian patrick cork

AIG Shareholders are Citizens too

January9
AIG Is Thinking About Suing the Government for Bailing It Out – news.yahoo.com

It’s been almost five years since AIG‘s stock dropped 60 percent in a day leaving the company doomed to failure, when Uncle Samswooped in with $182 billion to rescue it. But AIG must have a short memory, because on Monday…

on one hand, AIG would not be around today to level a lawsuit against the government had it not been for the loan. but, if their interpretation of the law is correct, the government could have pursued a different philosophy through the loan. they had the option not to gouge AIG, right? today, AIG is simply taking a step to look-out for it’s shareholders, which is appropriate.

AIG shareholders are Citizens too. but, I wonder if AIG failed to make a contribution to the correct political campaign?

peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

brian patrick cork

just be READY

December14

just Be READY

I probably have the coolest job on the planet. I get to walk, and daily, with men whom change the world.

so, I am currently coaching a very storied executive whom is currently on retainer with an organization. he is frustrated because they pay him a fair amount of money each month, but won’t take action (at least not quickly) on some of the initiatives he is pressing for.

here is my latest message to him. he had sent me a text this morning thanking me for letting him “vent”. it’s something of a pep-talk. but, many of you may find in relevant to your own situation(s), today:

“We can also call it, “processing”.

You have a deeply rooted sense of integrity. So, you are some-what offended, but definitely frustrated, with the [COMPANY REDACTED] guy paying you but not fully leveraging your keen desire to be a valid change-agent. I find your mind-set admirable. Just don’t cut off your own nose to spite your face.

I meant what I said in closing yesterday. The [COMPANY REDACTED] guy values you. He may not know precisely what to do with you. But, he feels you are a good investment. Maybe having you near him inspires some level of confidence. Consider just taking that for what it’s worth.

I used to keep a Viper then a Shelby in my garage, “just in case”. One of my favorite memories is having a bad day and my knee was sore so I could not go for a run. I pulled the Viper out of the garage, headed for the mountains and just opened-that-bitch-up. I could do things in that car, or with that car, I could not with almost any other. Ear-to-ear grins. White-knucles. I felt great – and, it was all worth it. That moment still helps with situations such as this when I can relate it to you.

Yer a really good bloke, [CLIENT NAME REDACTED]. Just be ready.”

this may-or-may-not have anything to do with me being Racer X.

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