Ideas, Leadership, and Vision.

Talking Story is a business blog about management and leadership, and I publish it to encourage everyone in those roles to seize greater initiative with what I believe is a badly needed reinvention of work today. Managing with Aloha presents a “How To Begin” this in your own circle of influence, based on what I’ve learned up to now, and Talking Story continues the learning in an interactive way and in today’s moments of opportunities. I do this for my own learning too.

So that being said, I blog for business reasons; That last paragraph is as short as I can write about “Why I blog.” However my business and my work and my purpose in life all mesh together on the same path, and with the same purpose, it is my ho‘ohana.

In the post just prior to this one, I introduced Doug Murata, and as I wrote it my thoughts kept going to another new business blogger, Matt Sunshine, a gentleman who also received a TypePad gift subscription within the generosity of K.Todd Storch, one of our Ho‘ohana Online Community mentors, author of Business Thoughts.

The name of this post, Ideas, Leadership, and Vision, is the name of Matt’s new blog, and I encourage you to visit him as well – with that blog name, how can you resist?

I have a bit more evangelizing to do here: If you are thinking of blogging for business, don’t fall for that misconception that you have to be a CEO, business owner or entrepreneur to begin – start blogging and you may actually get to be one faster! In my mind, you just have to love the art and science of business.

Talking and writing about concepts like management, “ideas, leadership, and vision” are not reserved for owners, gurus and the so-called big guns (who may be too set in their own big ideas anyway) — they are fire starters for people who have something good to say about them. People like Doug and Matt.

I’ve been reading Matt’s blog with much interest since he turned it on, for his excitement, enthusiasm, and positive outlook is infectious. He is very engaging in his willingness to put his thoughts out there: raw or experienced (and he’s got some quality experience to share), it doesn’t matter. As a management coach, he makes me wish he didn’t live so far from me, for I would truly love to haul him into some of the classes I now do on Managing with Aloha so he could touch people personally the way he is doing with his new blog.

There is one and only one regret I have with Talking Story: I wish I had it when I was still in my last corporate gig, managing 380+ employees within eight different departmental disciplines. Personally, I would have had a field day, for I would have coached my mid-level managers with another highly effective venue in my coaching arsenal. The effect a blog could have had as a better intranet within the company is a whole ‘nother topic.

Matt has a category called “Getting Started.” And if you haven’t visited him yet, start there.

Matt and Doug: just one more suggestion if I may. Turn on those trackbacks! (Hey Dave and Rosemary, you too!)

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KnowMore Blogging has arrived!

To celebrate my 100th Post here on Talking Story I had offered my TypePad gift subscription to a new business blogger. I am very pleased and excited to announce that Doug Murata, the businessman who was awarded the prize, has begun his new business blog! Visit him at KnowMore Blogging, which he describes as

“A weblog created for Business Mavens to share their knowledge, experience, and know-how.”

I am very excited for Doug, and for all of us who have discovered the richness to be found on business blogs. It is nearly impossible to be a business blogger today and not turn into an evangelist for the medium itself, for after all these years in business I have come to know that a healthy business does not stand alone: a healthy, thriving business is well networked in rich, mutually beneficial relationships with other business people. A business blog is a great catalyst for creating those new business relationships, because it is based in the sharing of knowledge. There may be no better way to start a friendship with another professional than to say, “There is so much we can learn from each other. Let’s do it.”

I first met Doug through Talking Story, and we then met personally. Knowing Doug as I have come to, I must tell you there is much he can teach us drawing from his own experiences. However I also know he has an insatiable appetite for new learning himself. Share your aloha with him at his new blog, and invest in your own well being as a manager and as a leader.

As I wrote in my first comment on Doug’s blog, “E komo mai a‘o alaka‘ina kakou” we come to share in learning. We will all be the better for it.

Visit KnowMore Blogging.

Eavesdropping on January’s Talking Story

eaves’ drop per n.
[Probably back-formation from eavesdropper, one who eavesdrops, from Middle English evesdropper, from evesdrop, place where water falls from the eaves, from Old English yfes drype.]

January has been jam-packed with energy: a great way to start 2005.

If you’ve had some trouble keeping up (we all do) this post is a Talking Story CheatSheet for you. Per the good old referral logs these were the most popular posts this month in descending order of hits: (this is as objective as it can get, and I am incapable of picking my own favorites. Guess you could also call this Rosa’s reality check.):

1/7/05 How this coach (me) reads a blog. My friends, here’s no doubt about it: blogging for business (I love David’s “citizen publishing” term for it) is at a tipping point. When I first started Talking Story my own searches for “business blogs” in particular always came up empty, and I found the few there were, by finding the marketing and branding blogs first. That was only about six months ago, and now 15,100,000 entries came up in my last try. I wrote more on blogging this month than I originally intended to, because I got so many questions about it from both SLC and Talking Story subscribers: you can scroll through the January archives if you want to see them.

1/3/05 January: Day and Time for the Ho‘ohana Community. Our theme of community did strike up some things; very satisfying to see. Remember you can take in the whole discussion by clicking on the Monthly Ho‘ohana category link. If you are new to Talking Story, you can read the what-is-it? on Ho‘ohana „¢ in the first blurb of the next popular post, Introducing the Ho‘ohana Online Community. More for first-timers on my About page too.

1/25/05 Introducing the Ho‘ohana Online Community. I am incredibly excited about this addition to the Ho‘ohana Community. Even if you read this post the first time around, I’d like to encourage you to read it again, for the blog authors involved have added their mana‘o to the comment conversation for you. Good stuff, great resource. I will be featuring them next month in another Ho‘ohana Talk Story: stay tuned!

1/14/05 Community disengagement does matter. Funny, not one comment left on this post, but it kept coming up every single day after I posted it. Just because people don’t comment here doesn’t mean they aren’t thinking about what they read ” something to remember if you are a memo writer or email blitzer in your company. Watch for other signs of the effect your words can have. Write thoughtfully, and responsibly.

11/8/04 Let’s define Values. Yes, from November. The search engines seem to love this one: people type in “define values” pretty consistently. The ironic thing is that one of my fears with Managing with Aloha was that people were getting weary of value discussions, thus the first sentence on my book jacket reads, “Values may be the most frequently spoken word in business today ”” Hopefully you’ll soon be able to see I’ve updated the entire discussion in the ChangeThis Manifesto I’ve been writing.

Comments are open if you still want to Talk Story on any of this. I’d love to hear your thoughts.

As I usually do, on the first of the month I’ll update the Best of Talking Story list that’s on the left column of my About page with this top 5. So head over there now if this is old news to you (much mahalo to my Talking Story faithful!) and want to see what’s still there.

Bonus: This wasn’t in the top 5, but it was pretty close, and I really don’t want you to miss Todd Storch’s Customer Service feature. If you’re only seeing it now, it will take some reading time, but do bookmark it if you can’t devote your attentions to it right away: you’ll be glad you did — have something handy to take notes. Todd’s added a feature link for it on his Business Thoughts homepage too.

fyi Managing with Aloha has its own category link for book discussions and updates. Book Preview. What others are saying. Category Link.

Please remember:
Check back on February 1st for a new Ho‘ohana „¢!

Amazing how this community thing works.

Here I just introduce him, and Chris blogs today about a Managing with Aloha value I don’t believe I’ve mentioned here on Talking Story yet:

Nana i ke kumu, which means look to your source, or go the well, meaning the inner wellspring inside you that keeps you healthy first so that you can be a better giver to others. (Nana i ke kumu is one of the final chapters of Managing with Aloha.)

Chris calls it the Oxygen Mask Principle which is a great way to explain it. It’s something that is so very logical, yet we all have difficulty with it – it’s just never going to be okay to be "selfish" even when it’s a kind of behavior-for-self that is very good for us. We need to Malama (take care of) ourselves in self-respect for our own spirit.

I do remember that I wrote a monthly Ho‘ohana along the same lines just prior to starting Talking Story, and it stimulated a lot of emails, mostly from very tired women. However as Chris explains, men aren’t immune to needing Nana i ke kumu either. Here it is if you’re interested, it was about taking sabbaticals. It also explains how my practice of taking my holiday ho‘omaha germinated in my head.

Mahalo Chris, thank you for a reminder we all need.