Friday, June 20, 2014

Why I Introduce People in My Network

I received the following email from a fellow business professional in my area. He was following up on my having introduced him to another individual in my network who I thought would be able to help him explore career opportunities.

His brief note sums up why I connect people and the benefits of a large, extended network. Personally, it was gratifying to observe two interesting people in my network come together and help each other out. Note that I have omitted personally identifying details out of respect for both people.

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Hi Frank,

Last we spoke, I was looking at COMPANY ...

I wanted to let you know I'm starting a new role Monday where I'll be running the DEPARTMENT. I'm super excited and grateful to have a second chance at working in economic development in CITY. 

I also wanted to send you a huge thanks as your introduction to PERSON led to several other introductions which ultimately triggered the consulting work I've been doing for COMPANY for the last several months.  That gave me a huge leg up in winning this gig.

Looking forward to seeing you soon. 




Thursday, June 19, 2014

2014 IBM Digital Experience Conference

In July, I will be presenting at the 2014 IBM Digital Experience Conference, an event focused on the latest technologies, best practices, and the business benefits of delivering great digital experiences.

Below is the description for my session:

Session: BUS-S20

Date/Time:  Monday, July 21, 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Successfully Enabling Enterprise Content Management, Cloud, Mobile, and Social Business at Superior Group

Superior Group focuses on the agile delivery of people, process and project outsourcing solutions. Our session will detail how this organization accelerated its content management and social business needs by implementing a combination of content management, cloud, mobile, and collaboration solutions.

Attend this session and you will have an opportunity to learn from Frank Gullo, Director of Digital and Mobile Strategy at Superior Group and IBM Social Business Insights blog contributor, on how a mid-sized organization transformed its digital capabilities and grew employee engagement and customer impact by leveraging IBM Web Content Manager, Connections, and Sametime. Understand the best practices this organization developed, practical examples, and resources used that can also help you on your journey.

If you're attending the Digital Experience event, please be sure to say hello or attend my session. For more information, access the event website at http://www-01.ibm.com/software/collaboration/digitalexperience/event/.

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Father's Day, 2014

We talk of Father's Day, and think of one-on-one time with Dad, fishing and catch, and gifts of ties and tools. I appreciate gifts like these as much as anyone, but what I value most are the non-tangible gifts and life lessons that my daughter gives as a matter of course, that are part of the big girl she has become. Below are some of the many Father's Day "gifts" I have received over the years, and my thank yous to my daughter.

Thank you for helping me learn to put someone else's well being and interests above my own.

Thank you for reminding me of the importance of patience, especially when it's taking a long time to leave for work because a certain little person is taking her time getting ready and putting on her shoes.

Thank you for your laughter, silliness, and our crazy, kicking games.

Thank you for your willingness to try new things.

Thank you for your curiosity and endless questions of why and how things work.

Thank you for your creativity and all the artwork and pictures you have created for me.

Thank you for your hard work, and attention to your school and homework.

Thank you for trying so hard to listen, even when you are so angry and upset because you're not getting what you want.

Thank you for your love, on Father's Day and everyday.

Thank you for the gift of immortality, because I am you and you are me, and you will go on.


I love you, daughter.


Monday, June 09, 2014

NY Special Olympics 2014

I recently volunteered at the 2014 NY Special Olympics, during the volleyball matches on Saturday, July 7.

The games were intense and fun to watch, and the athletes were more than impressive. I also enjoyed spending time with two of my fellow volunteer firefighters. Reflecting on the day, I think what stayed with me the most is the fact that even if you struggle in some area and are not great at something, you can excel at something else. You can be excellent. Like how these special Olympians dominated at volleyball.


Friday, June 06, 2014

Do you mean social business or social business?

I recently started a discussion about social business in a LinkedIn Group, and thought it was worthwhile to reproduce here.

Do you mean social business or social business?

I've noticed an increase in the divergent usage of 'social business' recently. Among my peers who work in social collaboration technologies, there's an emphasis to define social business (quoting Charlene Li and Brian Solis) as "The deep integration of social media and social methodologies into the organization to drive business impact."

However, many other business professionals -- particularly those involved in social entrepreneurship -- define social business (summarizing the Wikipedia entry for 'social business') as a business or organization created to address a social problem.

It will be interesting to see how the different definitions evolve and if there will be any conflation. I would love to hear opinions from this group.

Link to Discussion on LinkedIn

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Queen of the Falls by Chris Van Allsburg

It was over two years ago, at the BIF-7 business conference in Providence, RI, when I had the opportunity to hear author Chris Van Allsburg speak. Like many in attendance, I knew of the author's celebrated Christmas story, The Polar Express, and I was curious to hear his talk.

The subject turned out to hit closer to home than I expected, as Van Allsburg's talk was about his newest book, Queen of the Falls. This was a lovingly rendered picture book which told the story of Annie Edson Taylor, the first person to survive a trip over Niagara Falls in a barrel. As Western New York native, I felt great appreciation to Van Allsburg for telling the story but surprise that Annie's story wasn't widely known. I was also excited to get the book and bring it home to my daughter, who had just turned four.

Earlier this month, I finally read Queen of the Falls to my daughter. Though I was tempted to read it to her back in 2011 when I first brought it home, the language and story themes prompted me to wait until she was older. As we finished, my daughter smile and remarked that she was glad Annie made it over the Falls and that the next time we go there, she wants to learn more about her.


Saturday, April 19, 2014

Social Insights Guest Blogging

Over the past few months, I've contributed to IBM's Social Insights blog. Here are my recent posts:

Social Business Jobs

The Impact of Social Business on Remote Work

10 Great Social Business Features of IBM Connections