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Bring Google Fiber to Dayton

Google is looking to conduct an experiment where they  will provide ultra high speed broadband internet to a community in the United States.  Here in Dayton, a group has organized a campaign to bring this project to Dayton.  I love the idea, and thought I would do my part to support the cause.  The group, […]

Social Media In Crisis

Yesterday I was asked by my friend and former colleague Natasha Baker to help with a video project for Sinclair Community College.  I was interviewed and the video will be used with videos of other respondents in an upcoming presentation to academic leaders from around the country.   I was asked to answer a question about […]

Sharpen The Saw

Habit 7: Sharpen the Saw Sharpen the saw is the last of Covey’s 7 habits.  (There actually is an 8th Habit, but that is another book, and perhaps another post.)  Sharpen the Saw is the habit of personal renewal.  The metaphor of “sharpening the saw” is simple –  It is counterproductive to spend all of […]

Synergize

Habit 6: Synergize Synergy is where all of the previous habits come together.  It is the payoff.  To quote Stephen Covey “Synergy is the highest activity in all of life.”  “The essence of synergy is to value the differences.”  By doing so, the human gift of creativity can be levered to produce new and exciting […]

Seek First to Understand

Habit 5: Seek First to Understand, Then to be Understood Habit 5, Seek First to Understand, Then to be Understood, is a continuation of Habit 4, Think Win/Win.  It is the idea that to truly think win/win, one must start with listening.  Thus the idea that one should seek first to understand, then to be […]

The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Social Media – Think Win/Win

Habit 4: Think Win/Win Think Win/Win is the first of 3 outwardly focused habit Covey presents in his book, The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People.  These are known as habits of interdependence.  These habits are designed to build lasting and meaningful relationships with other people – relationships that are mutually beneficial, based on principles, […]

The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Social Media – First Things First

Habit 3: First Things First This habit is a critical one, and one that gets a lot of attention.  Before we delve into First Things First, let’s take a step back to place this habit in the proper context. Covey’s first three habits are described as habits of independence.  They are introspective in nature.  When […]

The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Social Media – Begin With The End In Mind

Habit 2: Begin With The End In Mind Covey’s second habit, “Begin With The End In Mind” deals with imagination, conscience, self-awareness and leadership. This habit is based on the premise that in life, all things are created twice.  There is the mental creation, or the vision, and then the actual creation, the fruits of […]

The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Social Media – Be Proactive

The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Social Media – Habit 1: Be Proactive What does it mean to Be Proactive?  I view being proactive as taking responsibility for how you interact with the world. Stephen Covey discusses the idea that there is a space between stimulus and response, and that we as human beings, possess the […]

The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Social Media – Introduction

I am always looking for ways to better understand social media.  One source of explanatory information I find to be surprisingly useful is a book that was written long before the days of Facebook, Google, and Twitter – Stephen Covey’s 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.  You may be wondering what Covey’s book could possibly have […]