Technology – Communication or Connection?

28 06 2010

There are tens of thousands of businesses making many millions a year in profits that still haven’t ever heard of twitter, blogs or Facebook. Are they all wrong? Have they missed out or is the joke really on us?

They do business through personal relationships, by delivering great customer service and it’s working for them. They’re more successful than most of those businesses who spend hours pontificating about how others lose out by missing social media and the latest wave. And yet they’re doing business. Great business. Not writing about it. Doing it.

I’m continually amazed by the number of people on Twitter and on blogs, and the growth of people (and brands) on Facebook. But I’m also amazed by how so many of us are spending our time. The echo chamber we’re building is getting larger and louder. More megaphones don’t equal a better dialogue.

We’ve become slaves to our mobile devices and the glow of our screens. It used to be much more simple and, somewhere, simple turned into slow. We walk the streets with our heads down staring into 3-inch screens while the world whisks by doing the same. And yet, we’re convinced we are more connected to each other than ever before.

Multi-tasking has become a badge of honour.

I want to know why.

I don’t have all the answers to these questions but I find myself thinking about them more and more. In between tweets, blog posts and Facebook updates.


– Howard Mann – speaker, entrepreneur and author of Your Business Brickyard.


How Iceleand’s Volcano Damaged the Planet

28 06 2010

How to get ahead

23 06 2010

You are a business. How can you cut your marketing budget?

You are a person. How can you get ahead.. get promoted.. get recognised.. grow in influence?

Short answer: Do insanely awesome work.

That kind of work markets itself and you.

– Adapted from a quote by author Rajesh Setty


23 06 2010

Nobody has the answers.

Nobody is listening to you.

Nobody is looking out for your interests.

Nobody will lower your taxes.

Nobody will fix the education system.

Nobody knows what he is doing running the country.

Nobody will make us energy independent.

Nobody will cut government waste.

Nobody will clean up the environment.

Nobody will tell the truth.

Nobody will avoid conflicts of interest.

Nobody will restore ethical behavior to the government, the private sector, and soceity.

Nobody will beat world hunger.

Nobody will spend your tax dollars wisely.

Nobody feels your pain.

Nobody wants to give peace a chance.

Nobody predicted the Iraq War would be a disaster.

Nobody warned that the housing bubble would collapse.

Nobody will stand up for what’s right.

Nobody will be your voice.

Nobody will tell you what the others won’t.

Nobody has a handle on this.

Nobody, but YOU, that is.

Never forget, a small group of people can CHANGE THE WORLD.

No one else ever has.

–          Micah Sifry, cofounder of the Personal Democracy Forum.

A Creed for Humanity

23 06 2010

I value the act of unconditionally accepting EVERY person I  encounter in this world.. friend or stranger, similar or different.. Regardless of age, personality, flaws, faults or even bad choices they may have made. While I may be aware of their failings, I recognize that the failings I see so easily in others are, more often than not, far smaller than those present  in myself.

While I love my family and friends in a special way – a different way – I  affirm the inherent worth and value of strangers just as much as that of those I hold dear.. I refuse to demean, to gossip or put another human being down.. in their presence, or in their absence. The only criticism I utter will be constructive words that encourage change, spoken to their face. I will give them the dignity of seeing the best in them, overlooking the negatives, emphasizing the positives.. and remembering that they too have people they love and would die for, secret hopes, dreams and memories, joy, pain and fears, things they dislike about themselves and long to change, things they wish they could be – and things they could be, if only they were encouraged enough.

And I realise that I never know how much I may find myself in need of that very same stranger’s goodwill one day.

I see every person I meet as a soul created unique, with infinite value and destined to live with purpose.. If they have lost sight of this or lost their way, I will not judge them or leave them on the road of life as I pass by; I will rather be a light illuminating their darkness, a sign of hope pointing the way to a future of transformation, discovery, realization and freedom.


There are many in the world who are dying for a piece of bread, but there are many more dying for a little love. I am a little pencil in the hand of a writing God who is sending a love letter to the world.  ~Mother Teresa

“You’ve heard the saying, ‘Love your neighbour and hate your enemy’. But I say, love your enemies! …That way, you’ll be acting as true children of God. For he gives his sunlight to both the evil and the good, and he sends rain on the just and the unjust alike. If you only love those who love you, what value is there in that? Even corrupt criminals do that. If you are kind only to your friends, how are you different from anyone else? Even the most immoral and heartless people in society do that.” ~Jesus

Love …believes the best in all things, hopes all things… ~The Bible

If we could all hear one another’s prayers, God might be relieved of some of his burdens.  ~Ashleigh Brilliant

Dare to reach out your hand into the darkness, to pull another hand into the light.  ~Norman B. Rice

God has not called us to see through each other, but to see each other through.  ~Author Unknown

Wherever a man turns he can find someone who needs him.  ~Albert Schweitzer

He has the right to criticize who has the heart to help.  ~Abraham Lincoln

He who gives when he is asked has waited too long.  ~ Author Unknown

Charity sees the need, not the cause.  ~German Proverb

Obstacle, or Opportunity?

22 06 2010

Think you’ve got too much on your plate?

Struggling to cope?

“Why me”?

Change your perspective…

See this as an OPPORTUNITY… To inspire others and impress yourself with what you can accomplish and overcome… To send a message of HOPE to others that they too can surpass all expectations… To raise the bar and set a new standard of excellence and achievement… To DOMINATE your circumstances, not BE dominated by them… To create an enduring legacy that will inspire future generations… To give yourself a story to tell your grandchildren… To show that you can’t be beaten… To do something amazing… to put a dent in the universe.

How to Improve your Health

21 06 2010