'Einstein's Razor' Awards for 2012

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Einstein said “things must be made as simple as possible but no simpler”. This thinking inspires every aspect of my workflow and the tools I select for myself and my clients. With that in mind, here are the 20% of the tools that yield more than 80% of my results…

Einstein said “things must be made as simple as possible but no simpler”. With that in mind, here are the 20% of the tools that yield more than 80% of my results…

http://storify.com/e1evation/top-content-marketing-tools-for-2012

#hottoppix for June 18, 2011

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Things we’ve been tracking in the past 24 hours…

 

Wisconsin has an IT worker shortage

“A common perception is that in the aftermath of the dotcom crash of 2001, the market remains flooded with information technology (IT) workers with skills, but no jobs.

However, the reality is just the opposite. In fact, an IT worker shortage is hitting companies across the nation, including southeastern Wisconsin.

As the baby boom generation drifts off into retirement, the next generation is not as large, and the talent pool is not as deep. That equation recently prompted Microsoft Corp. founder Bill Gates to declare that North America has a “pretty significant shortage” of IT workers.

The Wisconsin Department of Work Force Development projects that there will be approximately 12,745 IT jobs in Wisconsin by the year 2014, which would be up 12.3 percent since 2004.” Click here to read more…

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Better than TV

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Interesting perspective on the use of time and intelligence…

“I was recently reminded of some reading I did in college, way back in the last century, by a British historian arguing that the critical technology, for the early phase of the industrial revolution, was gin.

The transformation from rural to urban life was so sudden, and so wrenching, that the only thing society could do to manage was to drink itself into a stupor for a generation. The stories from that era are amazing– there were gin pushcarts working their way through the streets of London.

And it wasn’t until society woke up from that collective bender that we actually started to get the institutional structures that we associate with the industrial revolution today. Things like public libraries and museums, increasingly broad education for children, elected leaders–a lot of things we like–didn’t happen until having all of those people together stopped seeming like a crisis and started seeming like an asset.” Source: Gin, Television, and Social Surplus – Here Comes Everybody

Television is to us, however, what gin was to the British a few hundred years ago and smart people are beginning to take notice…

“Clay Shirky has noticed the trend of talented people putting five or six hours an evening to work instead of to waste. Add that up across a million or ten million people and the output is astonishing. He calls it cognitive surplus and it’s one of the underappreciated world-changing stories of our time.” Source: Seth’s Blog: But it’s better than TV

Think about it! How much time do YOU spend watching tv? How could you use that time to take over your world?

How to fail in 2010

I had the privilege earlier in my career to work closely with the great Jeff Martin [the guy Steve Jobs credits with the 'Think Different' campaign and you know Steve Jobs doesn't often give credit!]. Jeff’s response to stupid ideas was to say ‘Well, that’s a great going out of business strategy’. My friend Dana VanDen Heuvel outlines some great ‘going out of business strategies’ in this guest column in the Green Bay PressGazette…

Congratulations! Your business made it through 2009, one of the toughest years since the Depression, and now you’re ready to accelerate into the rebound. After all, optimism is one of the hallmark traits of most successful business people. We know that we can’t sell in the past and believe that the best lies ahead of us.

There are a few things that can, if you do them, hinder your progress immeasurably, virtually sealing your demise in the New Year. If you do these things, failure is all but assured. However, if you heed this advice and act positively in the other direction, your success is all but guaranteed. Source: Guest column: How to fail in business in 2010 | greenbaypressgazette.com | Green Bay Press-Gazette

Go to the source to get 6 pointers on creating your own personal ‘going out of business strategy’…

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I love to see my customers succeed…

wvwatchdogKudos to Steven Allen Adams who was recently named the top political blogger in the State of West Virginia by the Washington post…

“Who is the best political reporter in the Mountain State? That would be Steven Allen Adams, of West Virginia Watchdog, according to a Washington Post Top-50 list. We would like to congratulate Steve on a job well done.

“I’m am humbled to be chosen by the Washington Post for this honor,” said Adams. “West Virginia Watchdog is only two-weeks old, so that fact that someone has taken the time to nominate our website and my writing tells me that we’re doing something right. Now I must work to live up to the honor bestowed upon me.”” Source: Washington Post Names West Virginia Watchdog State’s Best Political Reporter

Steven’s West Virginia Watchdog site is proudly powered by e1evation, llc! Special thanks to my team of Heather and Jesse who did all the heavy lifting…

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