Why I Don’t Blog About Social Tools

I re-edited this John Wall jumper photo with Snapseed, one of my favorite social tools for photo sharing. People frequently ask my opinion about social networks and applications. While I oblige requests individually, generally I don’t proactively seek to give advice or blog about tools unless the discussion revolves around a macro trend or impacts strategy. It comes down to positioning, long term viability and personal interest. Geoff Livingston on Google+

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The Past Beckons

I think about the past a lot. Who doesn’t? Of course, like most people I cherish the great memories. And then there are the difficult ones. There’s nothing I can do to change them (Boy, that LIVESTRONG tattoo sure seems like a bad idea now). Few things can amend unresolved issues with others. The only thing the complete past — good and bad — offers is experience. Experience to draw upon, contemplate, and possibly use to become wiser and evolve as a human being. This is true for both business and personal life. Yet, dwelling on the past for too long is one of the most unproductive exercises one can engage in. Geoff Livingston on Google+

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Just Quit and Leave

How often do we see big dramatic ends to blogs, declarations of account deletions, mass unfollowings on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, etc.? I’m not sure what anyone gains out of these posts and statements other than attention. Personally, I find a pie in the face works just as well! All jokes aside, I know some folks enjoy the discussion, but I don’t. It’s a waste of my bandwidth, and in the case of social networks, these declarations seem to cause more drama than anything else. People don’t need to justify pulling the plug on anything online. How anyone chooses to invest their time is a personal choice! Geoff Livingston on Google+

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Business Resolutions for 2013

A new year is upon us, and like many others I have a few resolutions for my business and online life. In addition to discussing the environment more frequently, here are some of my goals: Less Travel Last year was my worst travel year since 2009, doubling my normal road time. This travel was in large part to support Marketing in the Round. By my calculations, I traveled at least one day a week 60% of the year, and from March until December it was more than 80%. The impact on my family and personal exhaustion was significant. Geoff Livingston on Google+

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My Retirement Jobs

I dream of retirement, a time when financial earning seems less necessary and the vain pursuits of glory have passed. There’s a long way to go still, but those greener pastures sit in my mind. I will always work when that time comes. In fact, I know what those three retirement jobs are already… Usher at My Local Baseball Stadium Geoff Livingston on Google+

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Judging versus Supporting Others

Image by Sabrintha Linda You know the old glass is half full metaphor. Well, that applies to the way we talk about and critique others. We can support the strong points someone offers, or we can tear them up. This is particularly true of teams, communities and other group activities. Harvard Business Review ran a great piece by Rosabeth Kanter a few months ago about creating a positive culture of respect. “Winners can maintain high aspirations and act generously toward others,” said Kanter. “Losers are more likely to blame others and disdain them as mediocre, creating a culture of finger-pointing and infighting.” Geoff Livingston on Google+

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