The Beginner’s Mind at Work

by Benson Hendrix Image by moonlightbulb “In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities, in the expert’s mind there are few.” – Zen Master Shunryu Suzuki, “Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind” One of the concepts in Zen Buddhist philosophy is the idea of the “beginner’s mind.” This is the idea that people should approach a subject with excitement, an open mind, and no preconceptions, regardless of how much knowledge they have gained about a subject. When someone gains experience and a certain comfort level with that expertise, they might run into the “expert trap.” Starting to think of themselves as “experts,” or “guru-ninja-superjedi-badasses.” Experience is a wonderful thing to have, and is necessary in both personal and professional growth. When it […]

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The Meme to End All Memes

by Beth Harte and Geoff Livingston The anti-social media guru meme received a death wish from Shel Holtz last week. As early co-authors of two top 25 posts that put some early flames to that fire, we couldn’t help but take notice. And we thought to ourselves why just stop with the anti-social media guru meme, there are so many rehashed tired conversations that could stand for a shorter shelf life. With that, this is the meme to end all memes! Or at least these 10. This is written with a bit of east coast humor so take it tongue in cheek, please. 10) Social Media Gurus. We’re going to give Shel (and Jason Falls, who started it last year) […]

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The El Show Episode 28: Social Media’s Ills

Episode 28 of the El Show featured Albert Maruggi social media’s relevancy, and the GOP’s political social media. Here’s a breakdown of Episode 28: Albert hypothesizes that social media could become a fad Internet fame and societal hierarchies going back to biblical times… Catastrophic things like robbery or drastic privacy violations could shake social media up… The average person may decide that social is not a good use of time: Chatter vs. knowledge. The destruction of trust and community management Intermission: Polish presidential death conspiracy theories How do you monetize social media? Download or listen to the El Show Episode 28 today! Also available on iTunes! Geoff Livingston on Google+

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