Professional Networking – Facing The Room

•June 20, 2008 • 3 Comments

This series of posts on building your personal networking skills is meant to serve a couple of purposes. If you remember from one of my first posts I’m hoping that skilled networkers may pick up a gem or two to add to their understanding. These posts also serve those who are not good at networking and those who know they need to network and have been afraid to take the first steps. So, much of this starts at the very beginning, laying the ground work and a foundation to build on. This probably doesn’t need to be said, but I’ll say it anyway: I work in the IT field, and many of the folks in IT, especially the technologists, may not have the best…er…social skills? That is really my intended audience. I learned a bunch of this the hard way, and I want to help out my colleagues so they can learn from my mistakes. […]


Professional Networking – What Does Networking Mean To You?

•June 19, 2008 • 7 Comments

I finished part 2 of 3 internal lunch-and-learn sessions on professional networking for my colleagues at LUCRUM yesterday.  Someone later on asked me if it was podcast.  Unfortunately, no.  I really gotta remember to capture opportunities like that.  I’m sure with time I’ll develop better habits.  I’m not yet the guy with camera and the recorder always going.  Although, that brings me to a post I’ll get out here once I have it thought through.  The title?  Probably A Word Paints A Thousand Pictures, as I’m a somewhat voracious reader and I’ve been dismayed at the death of imagination that the proliferation of images and video on the ‘net has caused. […]

Kroger, I Got A New Idea For You

•June 17, 2008 • 5 Comments

Kroger, my wife loves you. Specifically the Marketplace store. She’ll drive past you just 2 miles from our home to shop at your West Chester Marketplace store off 129 at Cin-Day road. That’s a $4 gas surcharge while driving the Suburban, and she’ll do it anyway. No matter how much I try to explain this. I love you, too, Kroger. Why? Lots of reasons. You’re local. I could shop at W**-M*** or even bigg’s, but why when my friends work for you and my neighbors work for you. In fact, if you opened a store within my township I’d shop there to keep as much of the tax revenue as local as I could. And recently, you wow’d me with your handling of the yogurt recall. […]

Education and Disappearing Fathers

•June 16, 2008 • 1 Comment

My family lives in the Fairfield school district. Fairfield may not be the strongest district in the region, but I have to personally applaud them for supporting our kids to the extent possible, and for being straight up with families and parents when they cannot. […]

The Power of Facebook

•June 13, 2008 • 1 Comment

Last year’s f8 keynote (May ’07) given by Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, announced an extensible platform for reaching millions of users almost immediately. I think I’m a year too late on this one, but this Tuesday’s WSJ invigorated my enthusiasm. With 80,000,000 (yes, that’s 80 MILLION) active users interacting through 55,000 social sub-networks and 25,000 applications where 95% of Facebook users have installed at least one application, this is demand waiting for supply.  Talking about Facebook applications in an article Some Facebook Applications Thrive, Others Flop, it seems logic and common sense rule the day when it comes to successful adoption. Hopefully not news to anyone, your Facebook application has to do something useful to gain adoption. Facebook director of platform marketing, Ben Ling, says […]

Listen In On Doug Ross Talk About Web 2.0

•June 12, 2008 • Leave a Comment

I alluded to a podcast with Doug Ross, CTO of Western & Southern Financial Group, in my last post.  You can listen in here.

– Andy

Where The Heck Have I Been?

•June 12, 2008 • 3 Comments

Okay, I guess the question begs the other question, “do I really think I’m so self-important that it really matters where I’ve been?” Hopefully I’m not. I certainly don’t want to come across that way. Last night Kishore asked me where I’ve been in so many words, so I wanted to get it out here to clear some of the air. I have so much content in my head that I’ve fallen into paralysis analysis. So with this post I’m going to forget where I’ve been and start over going forward. […]