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Monday, May 24, 2010

Re-inventing the purpose of the firm - Customer-centric Capitalism

It is wonderful and highly validating to see Irving Wladawsky-Berger write about this topic and highlighting Johnson and Johnson as a sterling example of a company that has embraced customer-centric capitalism. He even quotes the J&J credo, which readers of this blog may recognize from seeing it here a few years back.

While we have not quite reached tipping point, social media is tilting in the direction of sustainable Capitalism which Cleverly Centers on Customers....after all Capitalists without Customers are Capitalists without access to Capital! :-)

Wladawsky-Berger's whole article is well worth reading - tip of the hat to Alvis Brigis for pointing it out recently in his blog.

MIT OpenCourseWare: I'm invested

When Mentoring Goes Bad - Executive Adviser an MIT SMR / Wall Street Journal Collaboration - MIT Sloan Management Review

Extract of Principles for Mentoring relationships from the article

If you are mentoring someone, are you giving them enough of your time and interesting work?
Are the personality and work habits of your protégé similar to yours, and if not, are you able to make sure that doesn’t get in the way of working together?
Have you and your protégé clearly outlined his or her professional-development goals?
If you are being mentored, is the work interesting, and does your mentor give you credit for any projects you complete for him or her?
Do you feel like part of a team, and are you treated in an open, respectful manner?

When Mentoring Goes Bad - Executive Adviser an MIT SMR / Wall Street Journal Collaboration - MIT Sloan Management Review

MIT OpenCourseWare: I'm invested

Friday, May 21, 2010

PBS NewsHour piece on the Khan Academy and Salman Khan

Online K-12 Math and more - The Khan Academy, winner of the Tech Microsoft Education Award.

An inspiring story of how videos created for a 5th grade niece generated 1300 teaching videos now viewed by 100,000 people a month.

10 minutes at a time - a path to education, online, free and available to English speakers for now.... maybe other languages later?

MIT OpenCourseWare: I'm invested

Thursday, May 06, 2010

Video Sketches

Check out this SlideShare Presentation: If you are interested in enlisting the power of video, Michael Rubin wrote the slide deck on this. Digital story telling in 2-3 minutes gives voice to those drowned out by on-the-fly speakers