Thursday, July 19, 2012

Google Knows Where You Are

Trip to Holland last April easily traced
Should you allow Google to track your whereabouts?

Whether or not you should allow Google to track your location at any given time or not, that's a question a lot of people find difficult to answer.

Some are clearly against geo tracking. In fact, the thought alone is so repulsive to them they won't even consider whether or not it may have some advantages. After all, it remains a private matter. Or does it?

Is turning such functionality off sufficient enough to "protect yourself" against it, or do we continually witness an increasingly number of online interactions which eventually makes it impossible to hide our tracks?

Cons are easy to find. Any pros..? Easy to find friends and family when you need to. Supporting rescue teams to help save people from danger. Documenting holidays, like I did (see picture). Sophisticated augmented reality apps... There's more.

I'd like to hear your thoughts on Google geo tracking, as it remains an extremely sensitive issue, for sure. Should we allow it? If so, why? What are, in your opinion, the pros and cons of geo tracking?

BTW, a lot of interesting material online about the effects of geo tagging, and the like. As well a growing number of apps making clever use of it, e.g. foursquare. Does this mark the end of "Yellow pages" and the like!?

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

World's Shortest Post on Business?

How short could a focused message on business really be? Here's my suggestion.

Are you somehow dependent on other people to reach targets? Then stay focused on:

(1) INFLUENCE to build *trust*
People can achieve anything if there's trust. Trust is the heart of human capital. To build trust you must know how to INFLUENCE them. Trust precedes results.

(2) EXECUTION to produce *results*
People thrive when they are focused on goals and deliver results. Results is the engine behind cashflow. To get results there must be EXECUTION and a clear path to how goals can be reached.

That's why INFLUENCE and EXECUTION is the essence of what I do ;-)

Share insights on trust!

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Are You Manage-able?

In case you didn't know, good managers are manageable first.

Manage-able, or "able to be managed", is a trait of leaders.

In other words, before becoming a great leader you should first qualify as an obedient follower with the ability "to be led" - willingly.

1st Level of Leadership
Managers and leaders who never learned the lesson of "manage able" tend to be anything but "able managers". Look up  manageable in the dictionary and you'll find a wonderful list of characteristics managers should posess. Not those attributes that most people think of first, but that's because most people have not yet understood real leadership.

How to get there? To become an able manager fully submit proactively to the management of your own manager. We may call it "effective leadership training".

2nd Level of Leadership
Wondering what the higher level of qualified leadership is? No more craving to always be in charge and to satisfy the need for "glory" by being in the spotlight with all the attention.

How to get there? You practice servant-leadership by serving the people you lead and turn them into leaders. In a very real way, the ultimate kind of leadership is returning to the position you were in when you began your journey, but this time, with rich perspective, you help others travel the same road more successfully than you did yourself.

BTW, management and leadership are not the same, but in this setting they are purposefully mixed ;-)

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Higgs Boson

ʍǝıʌ ɟo ʇuıod ʇuǝɹǝɟɟıp ɐ ɯoɹɟ ǝɟıן ʇɐ ʞooן oʇ pǝǝu noʎ sǝɯıʇǝɯos...

The past few years I've been passionately following the search for the Higgs Boson, or in coloquial language "The Higgs". Being presented today, this is a major milestone in human history.

As I'm posting this the CERN presentation is shared as a live feed via the web in several places. Here's a picture of CMS - this is how it's done - how the particle is located.

Don't get it? Here's a brief explanation of "Higgs Boson", and underneath it how scientists have been looking to locate the Higgs with the Large Hadron Collider (LHC).