The future of tech.

Jay Baer recently said Facebook is striving to be the communication layer, Google the information and Amazon the commerce. It made me wonder, what is the future of tech?

For the past 5-8 years we have watched these platforms evolve at a rapid pace and we've gone along as quick as we could, but what does that say for their future? Will they continue to evolve and us with them? Will our needs change? Or, will business needs change altogether?

It's a challenging question and it begs me to wonder what should we plan for? Should we plan for Google to own the information space (or do they already?) Should we plan to not text from our mobile devices because all chatter will happen using Facebook messages?

Tech has become interwoven in our lives to utter extremes but one thing I've noticed is after a short time, we find ourselves abandoning old tools for new ones? Yes, Google has been around but does that ensure it will be for the foreseeable future?

We will continue to ask these questions but above everything else, I dare to ask, are we planning for people?

 

What we really mean by social business.

If your employees aren't your biggest fans, you've got problems way bigger than social media.

Good employee advocacy takes years to built with many meaningful programs put in place.

1. you need culture

2. advocacy is born from culture, not technology or marketing

3. guidelines - they encourage partciipation 

4. options

5. give employees a choice of social advocacy roles

 

My father.

Dad, thank you for always giving us the freedom to discover who we are.

A girls father is one of the most important role models she'll ever have. My father has truly influenced every moment, every decision and every stage in my life. He is eternally optimistic, loving, accepting and calm.

I always joke because my father's Facebook posts get more interaction than any brand page I've ever seen. But it's because he has touched so many people's lives. Growing up, I have memories of my father cooking us pizza. "Mario's specialty pizza," he would call it. I can just see him in an apron, cooking in the kitchen and setting the table. My mother sometimes worked late in the early years, so dad would pick us up from school. The point in me telling you all this is that both of my parents were equally a part of my life. My mother didn't do most of the heavy lifting and neither did my father; it was truly split down the middle between them. I look back now and am so appreciative of seeing that throughout my younger years. It has impacted me in how I will build a life with my partner someday.

My father always encouraged me to go after the impossible, to not live a conventional life. His subtle messages made all the difference. He never questioned my decisions, he always gave me his honest opinion but trusted me to make the best choice for me in the end. He is a visionary and this is where I get that from. He's always looking ahead, to innovate and how to make it better. I owe this to him.

He's lived with 5 women: my mother, sister, me and our two cats! He always embraced our power and never discouraged us to take on new challenges. The narrative he used in lessons taught was always embracing us as women. He always let us know we could do anything we wanted.

But perhaps the biggest gift my father has ever given me is that he loves my mother. He has never pretended to be perfect and has made mistakes as we all do. But he always owned up to them and never denied their impact. He always strives to be better and has an incredibly forgiving and loving heart.

I hope I can give my children a father one day like mine. I know now that this is the greatest gift I could ever give them – to love their father unconditionally through the good and bad.

I love you daddy. Thank you.

Sheryl + Bey.

Time's 100 Most Influential People list for 2014 was groundbreaking. Grouped together is an eclectic mix of the human condition, from all walks of life. In past year's, the list has been pretty predictable. Not this year. 

Sheryl Sandberg's note on Beyoncé was one of the most raw and real pieces of tribute writing I've ever read. Read it below.

She's the boss

Beyoncé doesn’t just sit at the table. She builds a better one. Today she sits at the head of the boardroom table at Parkwood Entertainment.

In December, she took the world by surprise when she released a new album, complete with videos, and announced it on Facebook and Instagram. Beyoncé shattered music-industry rules — and sales records.

One song includes words by novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: “We say to girls, ‘You can have ambition, but not too much.’ ” Beyoncé has insisted that girls “run the world” and declared, “I’m not bossy, I’m the boss.” She raises her voice both on- and offstage to urge women to be independent and lead.

In the past year, Beyoncé has sold out the Mrs. Carter Show World Tour while being a full-time mother. Her secret: hard work, honesty and authenticity. And her answer to the question, What would you do if you weren’t afraid? appears to be “Watch me. I’m about to do it.” Then she adds, “You can, too.”