Archive for April, 2012

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In a recent post on Inc., Geoffrey James detailed the 8 Core Beliefs of Extraordinary Bosses. In truth, most of the information imparted seems fairly straight forward, an extraordinary boss sees “business is an ecosystem, not a battlefield,” and extraordinary boss  believes their employees to be peers, not their children and so on. While these do hold true in the standard business sense, I couldn’t help but think how they pertain to the new medium of mobile devices and their prevalence in the workforce. This led me to the question: Do extraordinary bosses believe in mobility?

As I examined each of the 8 core beliefs I began to see a pattern emerge. The extraordinary boss believes in empowering those around them with the tools to do their jobs. This is a key facet of the march towards a mobile based workforce and a key to allowing BYOD to become the norm of any successful organization.  What is necessary, however, is for there to be an “extraordinary boss” that gets the ball rolling.

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You know that old saying; “I feel like a kid again.” We say it when things from our past remind us of how things once were. Maybe it’s the smell of a wood burning fire, or a song from a time past. Today, I’m feeling like a kid again when I look at what’s happening with Mobility. It’s the latest and greatest craze and everyone is jumping on board the mobility train. But for me, and I’m sure a lot of other people, it’s feeling very reminiscent of a time not so long ago. A kinder, gentler time when computers sat under desks and an SGI machine was something to get excited about. I’m talking about the dawn of the web and the changes it brought, not just to our everyday lives, but to our core existence. As we move into this new frontier of a mobile life, we can take a look at many lessons to be learned from the boom of the 1990’s when Mosaic changed the way we looked at our computers. In the early 90’s, computers were mainly used for functions such as email and finance in the corporate space, and for word processing and games in the home. With the onset of AOL and CompuServe, we began to see a quantum shift in the way people used computers, however. They were no longer just a functional tool; they were becoming part of the consumer landscape. This wasn’t lost on advertisers who flocked to spam and other functions during the AOL days. But what really changed this medium forever was the invention of a little application called Mosaic that brought the Internet to the masses in the form of the World Wide Web. People went from using their computers for basic work functions to turning it into an entertainment hub where they could find the latest news, movie info and restaurants. I was there in the early 90s and actively participated in the birth of an industry. Virtual everything sprouted up, some good, some not so good and we all rode a wave of excitement and prosperity. That is, until the bust.

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