Wednesday, January 30, 2013

How Many Wings Do You Have?

Today, it feels like everything I pick up is giving me the same message.

Maybe that's because I've been reading this timely new book.

Tom Friedman's "It’s P.Q. and C.Q. as Much as I.Q." column today underscored the need to act faster than ever, given what he terms "the Great Inflection."

Friedman quotes Microsoft's Craig Mundie:  More and more things you know and tools you use “are being made obsolete faster”  and recommends another equally-excellent book on much the same topic but for the workplace rather than social media “Race Against the Machine: How the Digital Revolution Is Accelerating Innovation, Driving Productivity, and Irreversibly Transforming Employment and the Economy.”

The winners won’t just be those with more I.Q. It will also be those with more P.Q. (passion quotient) and C.Q. (curiosity quotient) to leverage all the new digital tools to not just find a job, but to invent one or reinvent one, and to not just learn but to relearn for a lifetime.  

Named for the only insect able to move in any direction when its four wings are working in concert, The Dragonfly Effect reveals how everyday people achieve unprecedented results through harnessing the incredible power of social media.

How fast are you able to move your wings?  It starts by knowing what your "wings" are, whether coping with the new world of work or media:

1.  Think Human.
2.  Dream with Purpose.
3.  Connect with People. 
4.  Turn Ripples into Waves.

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