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Brian Patrick Cork is living the Authentic Life

the age of Decision-Making

May21

I started thinking about this two years ago when the target protagonists would have been thirty four and thirty five years old. Any professional person today is at risk of realizing a status of “lost generation”. We don’t have enough mentors. And, if people try, they probably don’t know how. That’s another topic for debate destined for another time. But, I’m confident it set’s the stage for an audience that will feel it’s truth at the back of their collective necks.

Today that focus group is best exampled by thirty five and thirty six year olds. I say that because thirty five is the most difficult year for people in their personal and professional lives. It’s the proverbial cross-roads. Through my Coaching practice I realized the epiphany that thirty five is the truest point of mid-life crisis. That is, in itself, another terrific topic.

It can be argued that the most significant difference between decision-makers today is how they receive and process information, and then what they do with it in terms of “situational awareness”, relevance, and execution.

For example, most decision-makers (I can define this better some other time – but, broadly executives from startups to the Fortune 1000) that are under thirty five are comfortable receiving critical information on a mobile device (ie. smart phone of iPad), trusting it’s veracity, distributing and sharing it, and, most importantly, acting upon it. Remarkably, this includes texting. When you think about it, you’ll begin to notice that decision-makers over thirty five are still more comfortable with a desk top computer. NOTE: We more often today include Powerbooks/ laptops in this category. And, more and more over thirty five decision-makers don’t like to use SKYPE for business because they are concerned about how they will be perceived (that is yet ANOTHER great topic, for later). So, under thirty five decision-makers are more likely to believe what they read on the internet is true (it’s the old-line thinking: “if it’s in writing it must be true”). And, with the crowd-sourcing mentality of that age demographic they want to rely on that type of information. It’s a “herd” mentality. Some times the effort results in a self-fulfilling prophecy. But, more often than not they are making decisions that alienate them from their older peers because it’s not genuinely informed decision-making based on emperical research.

DATA, Information, Mobility, and Bandwidth are HOT industries probably because we want more visual-oriented information piped through our mobile devices. An example of this is the growing popularity and proliferation of Video Blogs. But, these are rarely done by people over thirty five. But, much of the information is derived from sources like Google (which I find jaw-droppingly naive and astounding), Facebook and Tumblr (that is a VERY broad generalization).

This schism is broadening. The amazing thing is the cut-off point is so dramatic. But, the level-of-trust between these groups is dropping-off at a remarkable pace. A result that we are tracking is the fall-off in numbers of “young” executive hires and promotions. And, reduced value placed on post graduate degrees like MBA’s. But, the hiring of CPA’s is tracking upward. Probably because the internet can lie, but numbers won’t.

More later.

Let’s be part of the solution.

brian patrick cork

that’s it for Skype

May10

evidently it’s official.

Microsoft, a modern day evil empire, paling only in comparison to Facebook and Google’s potential, has agreed to acquire SKYPE.

I own interests in SKYPE, and will now be rid of it.

I rarely used the service, now an application found on the iPhone, iPad and Android devices (and, others, I suppose). but, only twenty minutes ago, I deleted them, and unceremoniously, from my devices.

SKYPE is now part of the problem.

peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

brian patrick cork

unacceptable

May5

We continue to evaluate the Apple iPad and it’s best applications for our business and that of our hearty and ferocious partners.

Obviously Voice of Internet Protocol (VOIP) is an emerging must – especially when it comes to global business strategies and tactical realities. This makes SKYPE a careful focus for my team.

It should be noted that, here, in the United States, AT&T originally prohibited VOIP applications from using the cellular network. However, under pressure from Optimistic Gentlemen, in October 2009 AT&T announced iPhone VOIP applications were now acceptable on its network. Unfortunately, this acceptance does not, it turns out, extend to the iPad 3G, even if customers buy the same $30/month unlimited data plan available for iPhone 3G/3GS use.

Thusly, it’s war, or something akin to it, then – and, we’ll begin with commerce..

This is after all, the ideal challenge for Prudent but Optimistic Gentlemen. We must champion the solution and strike fear in the hearts of purveyors of the problem.

Peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

Brian Patrick Cork

fooling smartphones

May4

Hearty and ferocious readers of this Blog know that I use (certainly experiment with) a lot of new technology.

As changes become more permanent, startups and ministries benefit by the transition as we gift them the hardly used equipment. This is a good opportunity to remind readers that we have a philanthropic organization – brian cork Philanthropic, with approximately $500,000 set aside for educational and social improvement initiatives. Contact me at: brian@unsinkablebriancork.com to nominate organizations and students.

In any event, most of you know that I’ve approved our organizational use of the Google Nexus One (Android platform). This will supplant, short or long-term our use of the Apple iPhone. NOTE: The Nexus One is a GSM device and is not compatible with CDMA networks such as Verizon and Sprint. We’ve used AT&T for years. T-Mobile thought they had an exclusive for the Nexus One. But… We cheated. We picked up several of the unlocked handsets, dropped-in our AT&T SIMs cards, and we are in-motion and waxing productive. I can’t come up with anything positive to offer around T-Mobile other than thanking them for making it so easy to get what I want – elsewhere.

In any event…

There are two versions of the current Nexus One device. Both versions support four GSM radio frequencies (850/900/1800/1900), but the supported 3G/UMTS bands will differ depending on the version selected. When ordering (you can try that, here), you’ll be able to select either of the following devices:

  • 3G coverage on networks that use the 850 MHz, 1900 MHz, and 2100 MHz frequency bands (recommended for use on AT&T in the US); and/ or,
  • 3G coverage on networks that use the 900 MHz, AWS, and 2100 MHz frequency bands (recommended for use on T-Mobile in the US)

In addition, it should be noted that the Nexus One will deliver 2G/EDGE speeds on GSM networks and also supports WiFi. The latter being critical if you’ve picked up Apple iPad and like the idea of the Mobile Hot-Spot capability (we do).

These cover most major GSM mobile providers worldwide; however, if you’re unsure of the bands supported by your mobile service provider, please contact your provider directly prior to purchase.

Also remember that voice and data coverage, including both 2G/EDGE and 3G coverage, are dependent on your specific mobile carrier’s network and coverage areas. For example, it’s almost impossible to even make a cellular telephone call in the San Francisco Bay area. So, having access to WiFi (think SKYPE) is an emerging requirement to engage in meaningful business. Check with your mobile carrier about the availability of voice and data services in your area.

See? I helped you – all of you, again.

Peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

Brian Patrick Cork

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