With a mix of excitement and fondness, some news: today is my last day working for Sony. While many people were shocked when I told them I was leaving, when I gave some context they got it. So…some context. On a summer humpday in July, 2008 I was working at Toyota USA’s corporate headquarters in Torrance, California. Browsing the Internet like a typical 24 year old would on a summer...
Corporations aren't people, but they must act like... →
I love Seth Godin. It takes a lot of skill to say so much with so little. Watching the Progressive situation he described unfold, particularly in social media, has been disappointing - and illuminating. Two quick thoughts: Your reputation lies in the gap between your espoused values and your perceived actions. This goes for people, as well as a corporations. Social media has not created this...
The Slippery Slope of "Shared Value" →
To pick up the hanging question from the end of the above article of “does a “shared value” have to be born from the history and culture of an organization, or can we get out the dry erase markers and come up with a new one?,” I contend that it is neither. If a value is shared, then neither party owns it; it cannot be reinvented or reconstructed without both parties...
Narrowing the Topographical Gap Between Hearts
Minutes after the Great East Japan Earthquake, Twitter was on fire. I watched from Tweetdeck as #PrayForJapan shot to the top of the worldwide trending topics, hanging there for weeks. I remember sitting there proud and heartbroken at the same time; proud at the outpouring of global compassion and humanity, but heartbroken that the people in need of those prayers would most likely never see them. ...