More really cool stuff in the news

As I said a few days ago, I really love Tom Peters’ Wire Service… there’s just so much cool stuff happening in the world, it’s tough trying to keep on top of everything, but this is a great help. Just posted to the site in the past 24 hours or so are the following articles that I think are really cool…

  • Moguls of New Media in the Wall Street Journal – how ordinary people are building HUGE networks across the new media, and what that means for all of us…
  • Business model innovation is the toughest type, as Kodak is discovering in Business Week…
  • Why ‘Social media’ – where we talk about what’s hot and what’s not ourselves rather than being the passive recipients of information from the ‘media’ – is a far more powerful form of communication than the old media that we’re used to, with a story on yelp.com
  • FastCompany’s thoughts on blogging and women taken from the BlogHer06…
  • How to build congruence in a company branding (hell for ANYTHING – from a Church to a community group) we need to build that brand from the inside
  • The Nike Stanford Business School… Nike’s founder has just dumped $105m for a new campus! With many of my friends having or doing MBAs, while others criticise them, here’s another reminder that there might just be something of value in hanging around the odd lump of sandstone for a little while. At least there was when Philip Knight did his back in 1962!

I’m no expert in most of this stuff… but it seems just too fascinating and cool to ignore!

Speaking of business schools, I’ve been told that a head of the UQ business school said as an excuse for the low quality of lecturers on campus (I thought that they were okay but oh well), that “We’re no Harvard”. If this is true I am embarrassed to think that such a weak cop-out might ever be uttered from any one’s mouth, never mind the man responsible for the UQ Business School. If you want to be great, you have to first think great… mediocrity will just come along in its own good time, but with greatness or anything else that you actually want to create rather than just hope for, the heart must first by made to conceive before the eyes will be permitted to discover.

Australia does not have the luxury of superior talent anymore. Nor do we have the luxury of superior access to capital or a stable political structure. China, India and the rest of the world is developing fast and they will take jobs, money and power wherever it might be available. The only way that we can retain strength is if we value what we have and build upon it for future generations. Mediocrity is stealing from our grandchildren.

There is too much information to have it all… how are you figuring out what you need and what you don’t?