Can We Give Them Extra Time?

This should not be happening.  How is it possible that life expectancy is going down for any demographic segment in the U.S.?

Check out this video and then head over to the Designed to Move site to learn more.

Hat tip to Philip Auerswald (@auerswald) for sharing this!

Are You Ready For the Social Era?

 The times they are a changin.

-Bob Dylan

Go ahead.  Dig in your heels.  Shove your head in the sand.  Keep telling yourself that the good old days are still here.  It’s your call.  But  when the unstoppable force hits what you think is an immovable object, perception will be upended by reality in a none to flattering way.  In other words, shit will hit fans, asses will find slings.

While you were busy managing your workforce the pendulum swung.  Business will never be the same.  Sure, there’ll be Mastodons around for a while, but the ice age is over. They can move to higher ground, or migrate towards the polls, but these are temporary moves.  A handful of firms are starting to figure out how to succeed in the new paradigm.  Connecting, engaging and co-creating is the new path forward.  Using social media to communicate and take won’t get you very far.  Success breeds imitation and today’s vanguards are garnering plenty of it, so it won’t be long before the herd heads in this direction.  Fair warning, predators are waiting in the bushes to pick off the laggards.

Not everyone will lead, but anyone can lead.

-Nilofer Merchant

So what am I getting at?!

Nilofer Merchant (@nilofer), HBR blogger and one of my favorite thinkers, just released a new book, “11 Rules for Creating Value in the Social Era.”  I recommend reading it yesterday.  It’s a short, crisp read on the what, why and some of the how of the Social Era.  Nilofer doesn’t have all the answers, but I think she’ll help you begin the transition from today’s road to ruin to tomorrow’s path of sustainable prosperity.  It’s short enough that I don’t want to give away the milk, so you’ll just have to take my word on this one…  Or, I guess you could go read Nilofer’s latest post, which introduces the book.

I opened this post by inviting you to do what exactly what your gut reaction is probably telling you as the social era sets in.  Go with what got you there.  Run scared.  Duck and cover…

Alternately, you could wake up from your stupor, pull your head out of your rear, and start dealing with reality.  The tidal wave of change is upon us.  If it hasn’t hit your business yet, it will soon.  Open your eyes.

It’s your call.

Need more convincing?  Check out the clips and comments from readers.

Monday Music Blogging: Ray Lamontagne’s “Hold You in My Arms”

I’ve got a mountain of half written posts that I’ve started recently, but am now back in school, so it may stay a bit thin around here for a while.  For now, here’s a soul filled tune from Ray Lamontagne.  The song, and Ray’s intro, speak to the crazy way we go about life.  Speaking of which, it’s never a bad time to reconsider your approach.

Hold You in My Arms – Ray Lamontagne

When you came to me with your bad dreams and your fears
It was easy to see that you’d been crying
Seems like everywhere you turn catastrophe it reigns
But who really profits from the dying
I could hold you in my arms
I could hold you forever
I could hold you in my arms
I could hold you in my arms forever

When you kissed my lips with my mouth so full of questions
It’s my worried mind that you quiet
Place your hands on my face
Close my eyes and say
Love is a poor man’s food
Don’t prophesize
I could hold you in my arms
I could hold you forever
And I could hold you in my arms
I could hold you forever

So now we see how it is
This fist begets the spear
Weapons of war
Symptoms of madness
Don’t let your eyes refuse to see
Don’t let your ears refuse to hear
Or you ain’t never going to shake this sense of sadness
I could hold you in my arms
I could hold on forever
And I could hold you in my arms
I could hold forever