Maintain the chain. There are so many fitness goals and programs you can get into. If you live anywhere like I do, the guys from 24 Hour Fitness are on the corner downtown recruiting people like gangbusters. With all these fitness routines and exercises you can find, it’s hard to see through the noise. A simplified resolution is to create an exercise chain and all you need is a calendar. Now for the month of January make a pact to exercise every day. Each day you exercise, you put an X through that day on calendar. Your job is to not break the chain. I’ve personally found this to be an awesome motivator because you can see all the progress you’ve made and it would hurt too much to break the chain.
Twittering etc. is useful but it can't compromise the kind of thinking that occurs in a blog. Michael is right with regard Scoble. Chattering and conversations are a way of discovering and forming ideas, but at some point hitting pause to assemble something more than a tweet is critical.
I really like how FEDEX is breaking down the barrier between internal and external comms, posting announcements like this to their blog. Really interesting to read the comments which blend both internal and external comms.
This gets at a point I made yesterday in terms of evolving comms strategies where the onus is shifting to direct communications and engagement.
I like these suggestions. though they needn't define you as a workaholic - they are equally applicable for just being productive. I like these two suggestions:
Broadcast your communication preferences. Don’t be shy about letting people know you prefer email to phone calls, and update your status message so coworkers know when you’re around.
Pick a social network for each persona, and be strict about who gets in. Maybe Facebook is for friends and LinkedIn is for business. Or maybe you have a secret identity on Facebook for your buddies or a password-protected personal blog. The web offers many wonderful tools for updating folks about your personal life, but the best ones offer you a way to keep others out. Use these filters, especially if you don’t want to offend coworkers or clients with the latest tale about your ex. Don’t rely on them not finding you. They can — and will.
The divisions between personal time and work time and between physical and virtual reality will be further erased for everyone who is connected, and the results will be mixed in their impact on basic social relations.
Some of the other highlights from the report:
The mobile device will be the primary connection tool to the internet for most people in the world in 2020.
The transparency of people and organizations will increase, but that will not necessarily yield more personal integrity, social tolerance, or forgiveness.
Mark Leibovich asks the question "what kind of relationship will the Obama Whitehouse have with the media?".
It's a fascinating read, getting at some of the tenets of Obama's communications strategy. Some of which runs counter to what many companies are thinking today:
The paradox of this scene was that the Obama campaign’s communications strategy was predicated in part on an aggressive indifference to this insider set. Staff members were encouraged to ignore new Web sites like The Page, written by Time’s Mark Halperin, and Politico, both of which had gained instant cachet among the Washington smarty-pants set. “If Politico and Halperin say we’re winning, we’re losing,” Obama’s campaign manager, David Plouffe, would repeat mantralike around headquarters. He said his least favorite words in the English language were, “I saw someone on cable say this. . . .”
I'm not sure those of us in the businessworld have this luxury but it's worth asking the question, should we just ignore blogmedia? I don't think so...
Communicate through the mediums your audiences care about - don't pander to convention:"The campaign bragged that Obama never even visited with the editorial board of The Washington Post — a decision that would have been unheard of for any serious candidate in a previous presidential cycle. “You could go to Cedar Rapids and Waterloo and understand that people aren’t reading The Washington Post,” Gibbs told me last month in Chicago."
A focus on directly reaching audiences: "The campaign highlighted its mastery of new political media that included a vast database of e-mail addresses and an ability to quickly put up Web sites and use blogs, online video and text messaging. They viewed themselves as “game changers” (the 2008 cliché for innovators), avatars of a New Way organization that had more in common with a Silicon Valley start-up — think Google or YouTube — than with any traditional political campaign that came before it."
Messages were tightly controlled: "Obama’s operatives spoke with a single voice and a precise message and only when they wanted to. They did it with a smile, not complaining — at least not publicly — about how the press was the enemy. And they did it using interactive tools that bred a feeling of real-time connectedness between campaign and voter."
Skip the intermediaries and go direct - engage and demonstrate openness: "In recent weeks, the incoming president has begun delivering a weekly video address online — the Obama version of the traditional weekly radio address. Plouffe has initiated a kind of online suggestion box, where voters are invited to write in and discuss the issues they are most concerned about."
Put communications at the center of your operations. Obama shares on thing in common with all the great CEO communicators - his communications leaders are direct reports and work directly with him. Non-stop. Andy Grove's communications leaders sat one cube away. When Peter Blake's America's Cup winning team started the assault on the cup the communicaitons team sat within arms length. "Like Bush’s, Obama’s campaign brain trust was unusually small and close-knit. This was especially true of the candidate’s traveling orbit — “the plane” or “the bubble,” as it is known in campaign shorthand. Gibbs was a relentless presence there, usually at Obama’s side. ... Having a White House spokesman who is close to the president has advantages. “When the you-know-what hits the fan, knowing of what you speak is an invaluable asset,” said Jody Powell, who served as President Carter’s press secretary for his entire term in office. “How can you expect someone getting thirdhand information to get any respect from the press or public?”
From the title it got me thinking... how often is a CEO's tenure defined by the relationship they have with the press? Clearly, content is king. If you've got a steady stream of great news flowing from a great strategy, coverage normally follows. At the same time, a CEO can have an equally important role in defining the tenor of media relations. I've worked for a few that simply despise the media - at every level relations were antagonistic. Where it is more open and engaging, the dialog becomes valuable for both the company and the media.
Either way, the notes that headed my way on my last two appointments to lead communications mirrored Gibbs... “Congratulations. And condolences.”