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August 2, 201510:09 AM

Extraordinary Workplaces

Episode #473 of Six Pixels of Separation - The Mirum Podcast is now live and ready for you to listen to.

Where is the best place to work? It's easy to rattle off some of the hottest companies coming out of Silicon Valley or by just looking at the cover of Fast Company. Don't confuse a great product or service with its work environment. And, we're not just talking about the brands that offer up free food and massages to their employees. In turns out, that there is a ton of research on the subject of what works at work, the problem is that a lot of it is very academic, and has yet to breach the mainstream. Well, social psychologist, Ron Friedman, is here to fix that. His book, The Best Place To Work, looks at the latest science and research around the subject of workplace excellence. He's reviewed thousands of academic studies and turned it all into practical tips any business can use to increase performance and to transform their workplace. Ron is also the principal at ignite80, a consultancy that offers leaders practical, evidence-based techniques for working smarter and empowering others to produce their best work. Enjoy the conversation... 

You can grab the latest episode of Six Pixels of Separation here (or feel free to subscribe via iTunes): Six Pixels of Separation - The Mirum Podcast #473.

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August 1, 2015 9:07 AM

Six Links Worthy Of Your Attention #267

Is there one link, story, picture or thought that you saw online this week that you think somebody you know must see?

My friends: Alistair Croll (BitCurrent, Year One Labs, GigaOM, Human 2.0, Solve For Interesting, the author of Complete Web Monitoring, Managing Bandwidth: Deploying QOS in Enterprise Networks and Lean Analytics), Hugh McGuire (PressBooks, LibriVox, iambik and co-author of Book: A Futurist's Manifesto) and I decided that every week the three of us are going to share one link for one another (for a total of six links) that each individual feels the other person "must see".

Check out these six links that we're recommending to one another:

  • How Our Brains Make Memories - Smithsonian. "I'm speaking at OSCON this week about what the future will look like -- an intersection of big data, smart agents, and augmented reality -- and one of the key points is that when we delegate memory to machines, it'll change what we remember, and with it, how we act. I came across this Smithsonian article on how we form memories; fascinating stuff." (Alistair for Hugh).
  • The Faulty Walnut - The Book of Life. "Continuing on this thread, here's a thoughful piece I found via Philosopher, Alain de Botton, on how bad our brain is at thinking, and why we should be aware of our own fallacies. Actually, the whole damned thing is good reading; as it explains, we only have 500,000 hours or so on this mortal coil, so we'd better pay attention." (Alistair for Mitch).
  • The Videos That Are Putting Race and Policing Into Sharp Relief - The New York Times. "This has been an extraordinary year in race relations in the US. Extraordinarily bad in so many ways, but one of the most striking things is the way in which video technology (bystander cellphone video; police body cams) has surfaced this appallingly long catalog of brutal (often deadly) police interactions with citizens. This almost-daily stream of examples of abuse will surely change the way policing is done... and perhaps will help shift our understanding of what it means to be black and white, help shift how we understand the role of race in our societies, help us reevaluate abstract things such as power structures, and concrete things such as how we train our cops." (Hugh for Alistair).
  • Dave Grohl, Chad Smith and more on Ringo's drumming - Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. "Famous drummers talk about what was so great about Ringo Starr's drumming. Lovely little video." (Hugh for Mitch).
  • A Visual Introduction to Machine Learning - R2D3 - "I get to see/have access to a bunch of interesting things. Whether it's through the types of forward-thinking conferences that I am invited to, or the company I keep with certain interesting startups in Silicon Valley. Machine learning is, without question, the most important technological evolution that is taking place. Yes, machines are learning (like, artificial intelligence, etc...) on their own. Most people (especially marketers) haven't thought much about this, but they should. So few businesses even understand the power of marketing automation. As machine learning becomes more pervasive (and it will), it's going to change everything. This is one of the best introductions to machine learning that I have ever seen." (Mitch for Alistair).
  • How the way you type can shatter anonymity - Ars Technica. "Forget your fingerprints or your eyeballs, what if we could identify you by the way that you type? Sounds crazy? Nope... it's true. Imagine it being impossible to shield your privacy online, just because how you type is as unique of an identifier as your DNA." (Mitch for Hugh).

Feel free to share these links and add your picks on Twitter, Facebook, in the comments below or wherever you play.

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July 27, 2015 9:18 AM

We Should All "Pull A Kardashian" On Twitter (It's Not What You Think)

Every Monday morning at 7:10 am, I am a guest contributor on CHOM 97.7 FM radio broadcasting out of Montreal (home base). It's not a long segment - about 5 to 10 minutes every week - about everything that is happening in the world of technology and digital media. The good folks at CHOM 97.7 FM are posting these segments weekly to SoundCloud, if you're interested in hearing more of me blathering away. I'm really excited about this opportunity, because this is the radio station that I grew up on listening to, and it really is a fun treat to be invited to the Mornings Rock with Terry and Heather B. morning show. The segment is called, CTRL ALT Delete with Mitch Joel.

This week we discussed:

  • How many times do you shoot out a tweet, only to realize that you made a spelling mistake or grammar error? It happens to me all of the time. I hate it. One, I'm known for my writing, so it sits out there, and it annoys me. Two, on platforms like Facebook, you can go back and edit your posts. You can't do that on Twitter. So, you have to delete it and repost it. Kind of a pain. Thankfully, we have people like Kim Kardashian with a direct line to the folks at Twitter. Over the weekend, she emailed Twitter to ask why they don't allow tweets to be edited. She also tweeted it. Sure enough, Jack Dorsey (Twitter co-founder and current CEO) responded that he thought it was a great idea. Let's see if it happens. While I know Kardashian wasn't the first to recommend this, she may be the one who gets this feature to actually happen. When we make a mistake on Twitter and fix it, we should say that we "pulled a Kardashian." 
  • I'm here in Florida, this week, and it's stunning to see just how busy the shopping malls and stores are. I thought brick and mortar retailers were struggling in the Amazon world. While, it doesn't feel like it from my vantage point, we had an amazing turn of events last week as Amazon reported their quarterly earnings. The company posted a surprise second-quarter profit and big numbers from their web-services business. The implications of that were massive. Amazon has had a 55% stock pop this year, while Walmart has slid by about 16%. The biggest news? Amazon now has a larger market cap than Walmart. Amazon's market cap is now $246.5 billion.
  • App of the week: Spyglass (and, yes, it's $3.99).

Listen here...

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July 26, 2015 7:42 AM

Steal The Show At Work

Episode #472 of Six Pixels of Separation - The Mirum Podcast is now live and ready for you to listen to.

Michael Port is often called into organizations to talk about marketing. Sometimes, he's called in to speak about how to increase sales. Other times, he's the guy that big corporations call in to build better lead generation and networking strategies. With that, he's a former professional actor, and bestselling business author of five books (Book Yourself Solid, Beyond Booked Solid, Book Yourself Solid Illustrated, The Contrarian Effect and The Think Big Manifesto), with his sixth, Steal The Show, about to come out. With Steal The Show, Port is bringing together all of his skills in an effort to help business professionals present themselves better. While I've known Port's work since his first business book, most recently he has become an often-talked-about horse whisperer for very powerful speakers. Now, he's taken this master-class content and turned it into a book (and training platform). Personally, I believe that an individual's professional success is directly correlated to how strong their presentations skills are. Port is a master. Enjoy the conversation...

You can grab the latest episode of Six Pixels of Separation here (or feel free to subscribe via iTunes): Six Pixels of Separation - The Mirum Podcast #472.

By Mitch Joel

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July 25, 2015 8:26 AM

Six Links Worthy Of Your Attention #266

Is there one link, story, picture or thought that you saw online this week that you think somebody you know must see?

My friends: Alistair Croll (BitCurrent, Year One Labs, GigaOM, Human 2.0, Solve For Interesting, the author of Complete Web Monitoring, Managing Bandwidth: Deploying QOS in Enterprise Networks and Lean Analytics), Hugh McGuire (PressBooks, LibriVox, iambik and co-author of Book: A Futurist's Manifesto) and I decided that every week the three of us are going to share one link for one another (for a total of six links) that each individual feels the other person "must see".

Check out these six links that we're recommending to one another:

  • What happens when pirates play a game development simulator and then go bankrupt because of piracy? - Greenheart Games. "Games get copied a lot-- so much so that it's hard to make a living at it. So, when you're making a game about making a game, what happens when people who pirate it encounter piracy? Suddenly, they become pretty practical about it." (Alistair for Hugh).
  • Enter Restricted Government Areas in Virtual Reality - The Creators Project. "There's plenty we're not supposed to see, top secret and redacted. Much of that privacy happens through tech, and James Bridle is trying to reveal these secrets with tech too. In this project, the artist makes immersive environments so any citizen can see private tribunals, and late-night airfields that are otherwise hidden from sight." (Alistair for Mitch).
  • Web Design: The First 100 Years - Idle Words. "Maciej Ceglowski, creator of pinboard.in (inspired by Delicio.us) writes about the myth of Moore's Law, and what the web is really good at (connecting knowledge, people and cats), and what we're trying to make it do (eat the world). He makes the case that we might lose this wonderful web of cats, knowledge and people, and we should be careful." (Hugh for Alistair).
  • The world is getting better all the time, in 11 maps and charts - Vox. "I've never met a doomsday/bad news story I didn't fall in love with, but it's always good to check the data. Of course, there are lies, damn lies, and statistics... never mind info viz. But still. It's encouraging to see some charts that suggest everything isn't going down the toilet." (Hugh for Mitch). 
  • CrossFit's extremely lucrative business plan is also deceptively simple - Quartz. "When I ask you about which businesses are super-hot right now, I bet you're inclined to talk about the stuff coming out of Silicon Valley, or other tech hubs. Being a startup has become synonomous with having an app or some cloud-based business. I first saw CrossFit back in 2001, when it was a simple blog with one different type of workout every day, that could be done with some simple gear and in a garage. To see it now, is to see a real thing of beauty. Go ahead, look to Silicon Valley for your case studies, I'd rather look a brilliant business models like CrossFit." (Mitch for Alistair). 
  • Cool at 13, Adrift at 23 - Well @ The New York Times. "I ran into some friends that I had not seen since high school. It was an amazing experience. I really loved them as friends, had re-connected thanks to Facebook, but we never saw each other in our 'protein forms.' As is the case in these scenarios, we started talking about others we went to school with. I wondered what had happened to someone we all thought was the coolest in our grade? 'Oh,' said one of them... 'not so great anymore...' It turns out that this individual is struggling. I wondered why. ' hey peaked in high school', suggested one of them. It gave me pause. Then, a couple of weeks later, this article came across my radar. We all want our kids to be liked and accepted, well, it turns out that you may want your kids to not be so cool in high school, after all..." (Mitch for Hugh).

Feel free to share these links and add your picks on Twitter, Facebook, in the comments below or wherever you play.

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July 24, 201511:48 PM

The Theory of Everything

Here's something to blow your mind this weekend. Philosopher, author, journalist, educator and someone that I admire to the point that I would do (almost) anything to get him on an episode of Six Pixels of Separation, Alain de Botton,... Read more

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July 23, 201511:32 PM

Shocking Shopping Experiences At The Mall

We pulled into your typical American shopping mall this afternoon. It was shocking. My world is, obviously, different than the average consumer. I spend my time looking at how disruptive digital technology is for business, and how brands can better... Read more

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July 22, 2015 6:58 AM

Kill Your Managers

What is this Holacracy of which you speak? If there's one thing that businesses are constantly looking for, it's a better (and more efficient) way to manage its people. We've moved from the industrial age to the Internet age, and... Read more

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July 20, 2015 8:40 AM

700 Million Appliances Will Soon Be Connected To The Internet

Every Monday morning at 7:10 am, I am a guest contributor on CHOM 97.7 FM radio broadcasting out of Montreal (home base). It's not a long segment - about 5 to 10 minutes every week - about everything that is... Read more

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July 19, 2015 8:48 AM

The Internet That Could Be With David Weinberger

Episode #471 of Six Pixels of Separation - The Mirum Podcast is now live and ready for you to listen to. When I think about what the Internet means to me and to business, I often think of David Weinberger.... Read more

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