LiveTweeting: George C. Fraser: “Click: Ten Truths for Building Extraordinary Relationships”

George C. FraserYesterday, the BEAM employee resource group of McGraw-Hill presented George C. Fraser, author, networking guru and founder of on the occasion of the release of his new book, “Click: Ten Truths for Building Extraordinary Relationships”. Click Below are my tweets broadcast from the event:

  • LiveTweeting George C. Fraser author of ‘Click’: “Very good will get you fired. Today, you’ve go to be AMAZING.” Wednesday, 27 May 2009, 12:40 pm
  • George C. Fraser: It’s not just connecting – it’s all about following up Wednesday, 27 May 2009, 12:42 pm
  • George C. Fraser: Ultimate goal of all networking is to ‘click’. To make 1 + 1 equal 11 not 2. Wednesday, 27 May 2009, 12:44 pm
  • George C. Fraser: chemistry, fit and time all needed to create a win/win/win result. Wednesday, 27 May 2009, 12:47 pm
  • George C. Fraser: What are you not doing because you’re scared? Amazing people transcend their normal tasks and become leaders. Wednesday, 27 May 2009, 12:51 pm
  • George C. Fraser: You need three networks: personal (home); operational (community) and strategic. Wednesday, 27 May 2009, 12:55 pm
  • George C. Fraser: Your most important tool for sucess is not your computer it’s your ability to network. It’s all about relationships. Wednesday, 27 May 2009, 12:57 pm
  • George C. Fraser: education is just “table stakes” it gets you into the game. Next: What can you do? Then: Ability to build relationships. Wednesday, 27 May 2009, 1:00 pm
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LiveTweeting: Jim Collins: “How the Mighty Fall”

Jim.Collins.5.23Last night, BusinessWeek hosted an interview with management guru Jim Collins by BusinessWeek Executive Editor John A. Byrne on the eve of the release of Collins’ newest book, “How the Mighty Fall” which reviews companies that howthemightyfallhave fallen, and those who never gave up.

His approach seems to meld Elisabeth Kübler-Ross’ ‘Five Stages of Death’ with  medical staging terminology denoting the recoverability from serious diseases like cancer, to come up with five stages of a company’s decline. Below are the tweets I published from the site during the interview:

  • Live tweeting from the BusinessWeek Jim Collins event in NYC. Jim’s new book ‘How the Mighty Fall’Jim Collins: You can fall a very long way… a very long way… and recover.
  • 5 stages of decling companies:
  1. Hubris borne of success
  2. Undisciplined pursuit of more
  3. Denial of risk and peril
  4. Grasping for salvation
  5. Capitulation to irrelevance or death
  • Note: you can recover from all but #5
  • Jim Collins: Danger: Inflicting arrogant neglect on your core business in pursuit of the next thing. Ex: Circuit City letting Best Buy eclipse them
  • Jim Collins: Focusing on growth as the goal leads to a fall. Reason: lack of right people on board to handle it
  • Jim Collins: a wrong leader vested with power can bring a company down.
  • Jim Collins: One indicator of pending failure: frequent reorganizations (false sense you’re doing something)
  • Jim Collins: hoping for the one savior or acquisition to save the company is a sign of grasping for salvation
  • Jim Collins: Carly Fiorina at HP. HP got what it wanted a charismatic dynamic leader. But then tried to recover with the one big move Compaq
  • Jim Collins: you can never recover from Stage 5 capitulation to irrelevance or death
  • Jim Collins: determine “water line risk”. Risks below the water line sink the ship if they blow up
  • Jim Collins: End quote:

“Whether you prevail or fail, endure or die, depends more on what you do to yourself than what the world does to you”

Pay No Attention to The App Behind the Curtain

Slowly, the veil is being lifted on the ‘Business Exchange’, the new project I am working on at BusinessWeek. We’re now almost in open beta and at this point have taken the product out from behind the firewall and have invited some industry types in to take a peek.

Welcome to the Business Exchange

Welcome to the Business Exchange

And so far, the reaction has been pretty positive. We’ve been written up in the New York Times (“Topic Pages to Be Hub of New BusinessWeek Site” free reg required), as well as this article in Wired.Com (“BusinessWeek Goes Geek, Nixes Silicon Valley for Inside Job“) a personal favorite of mine.

Keeping in mind that this is still in early beta, I’d love to hear your comments.

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