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Yesterday at work I had the pleasure of sitting with the managing director and various interested parties at work to discuss the future of technology. One of the really interesting parts of this discussion was the fact that I was constantly able to speak of the technical aspects and our MD would always bring that back to business realities.
During the meeting we watched an amazing video called Shift Happens and also Shift Happens 2.0 which raised a lot of interesting points about globalisation. The video is very US-centric, but realising the implications on Australia is honestly quite eye opening.
If you haven’t seen these videos already, I strongly suggest watching them. If you’re in a business that is potentially effected by the statements, I even more strongly recommend considering what this means to you and how this will effect your life. Because it will effect your life.
In a world of outsourcing, our lives change daily and the effects of growing economies such as India and China are effecting our lives all the time.
- Can I be replaced by someone overseas?
- Am I costing my company money, or making my company money?
- Are there necessarily advantages of having me sit in my seat in Sydney?
TalentBar wrote an interesting article today on the value, and declining value, of information provided by social networks such as LinkedIn. My own company, Xpand, are expert at using social networks to find information, however it can become easy for anyone (ourselves included) to get caught up in the vastness of this information. Excerpt from Time to get beyond LinkedIn:
Twenty years ago, you had to build contact information databases the old fashioned way: a ton of cold-calling. But this aspect of our business is going the way of $2 gasoline.
We have to move beyond this initial shock of so much contact data. Master the tools, but then move on – because the value of that simple data is declining every day. Remember, executive recruiters and their clients often know the five obvious potential candidates. So why do they use a recruiter?
Whether you’re in recruitment or any other industry that may require you to gather corporate information, there is a lot of evidence to suggest these tools are highly valuable, but are also losing their value. Clients now have access to our networks and are motivated to use them as cost-cutting methods to outsourcing recruitment.
Value the data you have at your fingertips, but don’t allow the vastness to confuse the fact that the data you have is useless if you do not utilise it as urgently as you would any other lead available in your network.
Apple’s announcement a week ago to launch movies in Australia is the best news ever, I’ve already purchased far too many!
Evernote is probably the best tool I’ve found to date for managing notes!
- Wearing converse all-stars – Yep, you bet, I started wearing cons back when I was in high school (which is a long time ago, seriously) before they took flight after the release of I, Robot and Will Smith gave his cheese ball selling pitch.
- Using a white computer – I only just got in, but I had a Mac before every third person at the local Starbucks had one. Although Starbucks are closing in Australia now so I anticipate a downturn in Apple product sales.
- Listening to Powderfinger – I once bought two album’s titled “Parables for Wooden Ears” and “Double Allergic” and got called weird by all my friends. Fast-forward to their 1st major release “Internationalist” and everyone is listening.
- Google – I used to use Google on a daily basis before Gmail, calendars, online shopping, videos and everything else. In fact, I used to use it when it was only a search engine and only had two buttons on the interface.
- Burning CD’s – I started burning CD’s around the time most people I knew were buying CD players. I remember blanks cost around $10 each and I remember hearing things like “CD media won’t ever last, why did you buy a CD burner?”
- Blogging – before there were blogging engines, there was notepad. When I was 15 (quite some time ago, as I’ve mentioned) I ran a website which I updated almost daily, manually updating
- Hating Big Brother – Just the other day I hear my media queen mother spout “Big Brother has lost it’s appeal.” Newsflash: it never had any. To all the people saddened by the fact it’s the last year: cry me a river, losers!
- Mobile Browsing – I began browsing the web back in the days of monochrome dot-matrix on my Nokia 7110. It sure sucked hard, but try and beat that for keen!
Plus there are also a few things I do now that I hope will be cool one day (i.e. watching Star Trek, wokring 60 hour weeks and using stupid phrases like “crap ya later!”)