Listly Lists versus YouTube Playlists, featuring the 42+1 Live to Air Interview Series with Robert Lavigne

Life@42: A Look Back

When I turned 42, I launched the Life@42 : A Leadership Social Novel; this ‘social novel’ would be my blog researching into the fields of:

  • Enterprise 2.0,
  • Social CRM,
  • Social Media,
  • Personal Branding, and
  • Leadership.

When I turned 43, I needed to decide whether or not I would continue with Life@42. I decided to launch the 42+1 Interview Series as a compliment to Life@42: A Leadership Social Novel. The format of this series would be me reaching out to thought leaders in my now established social network to have in-depth conversations on YouTube, and now Google+ Live to Air. Topics included so far in these conversations have been:

  • Empire Avenue,
  • Collaboration,
  • Social Business,
  • Gamification,
  • Management Consulting,
  • Team Leadership,
  • Virtual Offices,
  • Telecommuting,
  • Social Selling, and
  • Inbound Marketing.

On my 44th birthday, I launched Social Media Rehab as the sequel to Life@42. However, I have continued using the Life@42 blog to chronicle the 42+1 Live to Air Interview Series due to express interest.

42+1 Interview with Robert Lavigne and Dan Keldsen on Collaboration

On November 1, 2012, Robert Lavigne did a Live to Air Interview with Dan Keldsen using Google+/YouTube Hangout. During the one hour session, they discussed “Why is Collaboration so HARD!” Further discussion ensued about Enterprise 2.0, Social Business, Gamification and Personality Poker.

42+1 Interview with Robert Lavigne and Greg Lowe on Collaboration

Posted on March 22, 2013

42+1 Interview with Robert Lavigne and Mark Fidelman on Socialized!

On October 18, 2012, Robert Lavigne did a Live to Air Interview with Mark Fidelman using Google+/YouTube Hangout. During the one hour session, they discussed Socialized!, Social Business, Enterprise 2.0, Social CRM, Collaboration, and Culture.

A recent example of a company that was impressed with the 42+1 Live to Air Interview Series is Listly. They featured the 42+1 Live to Air Interview Series in their newsletter, showcasing it as a prime example of using Listly to create a list of video interviews. Welcome to Issue 4 of List Makers Digest In their blog entry they outlined the following uses of lists for videos:

A Listly playlist has the following advantages:

8 Ideas to Collect, Organize & Embed Video Playlists

View more lists from Nick Kellet

Collections of Interviews

I reached out to the co-founder of Listly and extended an invitation for Nick Kellet to be a guest on a future episode of the 42+1 Live to Air interview Series <=== Live to Air will take place on May 13, 2013 <<<. We will be talking about @Listly@Gifttrap, and community building. LivetoAir

42+1 Live to Air Interview Series with Nick Kellet

A part of that conversation with Nick, Listly cofounder, resulted in him asking me for a comparative analysis of a YouTube Play List to a Listly list as well as any feature enhancements the social platform could benefit from.

Here is my comparative analysis of

YouTube Playlists vs. Listly Lists.

Things that I like about YouTube Playlists

Building a YouTube Playlist

Each playlist has a title and a description. A playlist can be public or private. You have the ability to tag entries as well as the playlist. You have the ability to drag and drop the videos within the playlist. You can add a video to the playlist from the video itself or add it using a url.

Navigating a YouTube Playlist

When I do a Google search on my playlist name it brings up the playlist at the top and the popular YouTube videos from the interview series. You have the ability to play all the videos in the playlist using the ‘play all’ button. You have the ability to do a quick sort by view title, date, random, and reverse. And there are like and dislike playlist options.

Embedding a YouTube Playlist

You have the ability to allow others to embed the playlist. An embedded playlist has play next, play, and view playlist to select, this allows you to navigate the playlist. You have the ability to share and embed your playlists on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Tumblr, Blogger, MySpace, StubleUpon Digg, Reddit, and even email.

Advanced Functionality of a YouTube Playlist

Each playlist entry has the ability to have a video introduction, this introduction can be done using a webcam, a text intro with effects and duration established and preloaded audio, or you can upload an intro video. Every playlist entry can have a note which is separate from the title and description. You can adjust the start and end time for each entry, aka you don’t have to have the entire video play, (note you can feature just a segment of a larger interview just in your playlist).

Things that I like about Listly Lists

Building Listly Lists

A Listly list has a title and a description, a headline image, has tags, source url, the ability to disable dislike, and disable moderation of items. Curation mode allows you to drag and drop to reorder. You have the ability to link to an item with link or item nolink allowing for both embedded media or straight text.

Navigating Listly Lists

When I Google search on my Listly List it brings up my Listly List as well as some YouTube videos below it that have been included in the list. You can follow a list versus subscribing to the YouTube channel. You have the ability to vote up and vote down list entries. You can order the list via crowd rank, curated, alphabetical, newest, or queue. You can do inline viewing of the video. You can filter based on the tag. And you can comment on a list entry.

Embedding Listly Lists

You can embed the list using WordPress, universal code snippets, or iframe code snippets. However to embed the list in WordPress requires a plug in as well as a publisher key which is free with registration. You have the ability to share a listly list on Facebook,  Twitter, Linkedin, Google+, as well as email. You can relist an entry in your own list from someone else’s entry.

Advanced Functionality of Listly Lists

You have the view count of the list meaning how many people have seen the list. You have the ability to flag a list item with I’ve seen this entry which also has a count of how many people have seen this. You have a comment count. You have list statistics which includes views by host, who are the curators, and who are the followers. Listly has a used label as well as an advice label (see pictures). Advice Label use label

This Life@42 Blog Post was produced in collaboration with Ditto General Transcription Services in Brantford, Ontario. Thank you Rebecca Rienzo.

This Life@42 Blog Post was produced in collaboration with Ditto General Transcription Services in Brantford, Ontario.
Thank you Rebecca Rienzo.

New to Google+? What is Google Plus? – A Life@42 Workshop with Robert Lavigne, Your Social Business Mentor

On February 1st, 2012, I introduced Google+ to the #BRANTS Social Business Hangout.

Every Wednesday night, I mentor the local Small and Medium-sized Businesses (SMBs) in the Brantford area on Social Business (e.g. Enterprise 2.0, Social CRM, Social Media).

Each week as part of this meetup, I also record a live podcast called “What’s on YOUR Mind? #BRANTS, which is hosted by #TDGv Studios.

The podcast that night was on Inbound Marketing

Episode 11 – A Social Business Hangout on Inbound Marketing

After recording the podcast, we typically have a round table discussion on the topic at hand.

This week, I was asked to do a Life@42 Workshop on Google Plus instead.

I make a point of always recording my presentation, so that I can share it with those who are not physically in attendance.

With that I present to you two alternate versions of my Life@42 Introduction to Google+.

Life@42 VideoDeck Version of Robert Lavigne Presentation on Google+

Life@42 Workshop: Google+ Introduction – Social Business Hangout Presentation in Brantford #BRANTS – YouTube

Picture-in-Picture Version of Robert Lavigne Presentation on Google Plus

Google+ Introduction Presentation by Robert Lavigne to #BRANTS Social Business Hangout (@RLavigne42) – YouTube

Take Care,

Robert Lavigne, Your Social Business Mentor

Announcing the Launch of the #BRANTS Social Business Hangout in Brantford, Ontario

Today, we are proud to announce that Life@42 will be featured in a new Meetup in Brantford, Ontario.

#BRANTS Social Business Hangout

The first event will by invitation only.  This will allow us to iron out the format and content with some fellow advocates of Social Business within the #BRANTS Community.

PSST… If you were one of the lucky people who received an invitation

CLICK HERE for Event Details

Salut Gilles! A #TDGv Racing Chat with Allan de la Plant and Moe Sport.

Salut Gilles! – #TDGv Racing Segment featuring Allan de la Plante, 2011 Honda Toronto Indy Interview 

#TDGv Racing: Free Indy Friday featuring Allan de la Plante (Take 1) 

#TDGv Racing: A Chat with Moe Sport aka Ryan Chalmers (Take 1) 

#TDGv Racing Season Two is Under Way: Vortex Weekend Teaser 

#TDGv Racing

A Historical Reflection into the Canadian Fascination with Motorsports in the Social Era

#TDGv Racing: Season Two (2011)

#TDGv Racing: Season One (2010)

Most Downloaded Show to Date: BlogTalkRadio’s The Customer Experience Show – Episode 40 with Robert Lavigne, Enterprise 2.0 Mentor and Leader

“Social Business is your

Social Media Strategy!”

Robert Lavigne (@RLavigne42)

UPDATE (August 2011): My Social Business segment on The Customer Experience Show remains their #1 most downloaded episode to date.  It recently passed the 1,000 download mark.  None of their other episodes reached this milestone at this time.

This week I found out that my guest appearance on BlogTalkRadio’s The Customer Experience Show was their most download episode to date (March 2011).  In celebration of this milestone, I put together this promotional video for the episode.

Episode 40 with Robert Lavigne (@RLavigne42) features

“How can a Business Leverage Social Media”

Social is just an Element. Media is Media!

Media fundamentally is all about Exposure, Influence and a Call to Action.

There are two forms of measurement:

  • Quantitative: Return on Investment (ROI) – Tranditional Media Measurement
  • Qualitative: Return on Engagement (ROE) – The Social Measurement Factor

Social Media scales the level of Call to Action  to the Three Degrees of Connectivity.

“What is a Social Media Strategy?”

Remember the Faberge Shampoo Television Commercial

“I’ll Tell Two Friends…And You Tell Two Friends…And So On…And So On…”

Social Media (2000^2000) Provides an Exponential Reach that Traditional Media (2^2) cannot.

Social Media has given us a challenge of Scale.  A Social Media Strategy allows you to Scale.

Social takes your Strategy across the Board.  Social is but ONE Element.

Media Remains Exposure, Influence and a Call to Action

As Heard on BlogTalkRadio’s

The Customer Experience Show

Episode 40 with Robert Lavigne, Enterprise 2.0 Mentor and Leader

Forever Reach Out! For if you remain a Silo, you will Fail from its Heavy Weight and Loneliness!

Robert Lavigne (@RLavigne42)

416-704-0042

The Three Gears of Enterprise Social Media Adoption

adapted by Robert Lavigne(@RLavigne42)

“Only through engaging using a Third Gear philosophy will you achieve the real value proposition that Social Media can deliver. Whether it is within your organization using Enterprise 2.0, or outside of your organization using Social CRM, your mindset and attitude in using the tools will determine your success or failure and not the tools themselves.”~@RLavigne42

Engage with Robert Lavigne (@RLavigne42)

Enterprise 2.0 Mentor and Leader at The Digital Grapevine

This is my personal brand.

Seasoned GenX Leader Capable of Leveraging the Technically Savvy GenY Knowledge Worker

Nice.  Simple.  Tweet-able.  Tagged.  Contextual.  To the Point.

My personal brand is a clear indicator of both who I am and who I wish to mentor towards making an organizational shift leveraging the values of Enterprise 2.o, Agile Development, Transparency and Accountability, Collaboration and Engagement, and providing a cultural shift both within your organization and across your customer base.

It only cost me two years and 10,000 hours worth of effort, research, networking, and financing!

Do you have 10,000 hours to waste or money to burn?

No?

Then leverage my findings and social network, and engage with

Robert Lavigne (@RLavigne42)

Highlights and Achievements

  • Enterprise 2.0, Social Media, Social CRM, Personal Branding,
  • Video Production, Video Editing,
  • WordPress, Wikis, YouTube, Linkedin, Twitter, Facebook,
  • Agile, SCRUM, PMBOK, RAD, Methodologies,
  • SaaS, SOA, .NET, JAVA, N-Tier, Architectures,
  • Networking, Staffing, Leadership, Mentoring,
  • Strategic Planning, Innovation, Cost Savings,
  • Product Management, Sales, Marketing Support,
  • Project Management Professional (PMP),
  • Honours Bachelor of Commerce (MIS),
  • English (fluent), French (spoken),

Robert has been responsible for products that have evolved from the “Paper Napkin” stage through to Tier-1 implementation at major Telecommunication Providers.

Robert Lavigne has been recently researching and networking in the fields of Enterprise 2.0, Social Media, Social CRM and Personal Branding to compliment his existing Agile Development and Leadership experience.

This evolutionary knowledge furthers the delivery of Real Corporate Value (RCV). The use of modern social networking tools and related mindsets fully engages business relationships and departmental convergence.

Rob subscribes to the need for further contextualization of accessible content to achieve real returns in the field of Competitive Intelligence and Business Innovation.

Work History

Current (2009-Present)

  • Enterprise 2.0 Mentor and Leader at The Digital Grapevine (#TDGv) (Self-employed)
  • Social Media Producer, Editor and Director at #TDGv Studios (Self-employed)
  • Enterprise 2.0, Social Media, Social CRM and Personal Branding Micro-Blogger and Researcher at The @RLavigne42 Tweet Round-Up (Self-employed)

Past (1992-2009)

  • Director, Applications Development at BBM Canada
  • Manager, Application Development at Accruent
  • Development Manager at ADP Canada
  • Team Strategist at Compass360/Racing
  • Director, Research and Development at NTG Clarity / Metaplus
  • Engineering Manager at Daleen Technologies
  • Application Development Manager at Mediconsult
  • Manager, Application Development at Akanda Innovation Inc.
  • Senior Workflow and Messaging Consultant at IKO Technology Services
  • Systems Engineer at Electronic Data Systems

Recent Publications

What is a Social Media Strategy

answered by Robert Lavigne (@RLavigne42)

How can a Business Leverage Social Media

answered by Robert Lavigne (@RLavigne42)

Rave Reviews

“I highly recommend Robert and his organization for getting the best possible business outcomes through the leveraging of 2.0 technology. He makes life easier and delivers to exact project specification on-time and on-budget. He also brings fresh, creative ideas to the table that add value. I can’t wait to work with Robert again on our next project.” January 18, 2011

“Over the past year (2010) Rob has offered extremely valuable advice to our organization – specifically on branding and marketing more effectively by leveraging various social media tools. Rob is a brilliant professional that is passionate about driving change in the business world. His ideas are genius and the amount of value he has to add to any organization open-minded enough to engage his services, is limitless. I am grateful to have stumbled upon him. Thank you Rob, for shaking things up and getting us to think outside the box!” December 20, 2010

“Robert’s numerous years of experience as an enterprise IT director and leader, coupled with his unparalleled passion for Enterprise 2.0, Social Media and Enterprise Knowledge “ROI vehicles” make him a great asset to any organization which is poised for explosive growth in the near future!” May 28, 2010

“It was a pleasure working for Robert. I was always amazed by his ability to excel in managing so many different multiple projects, motivate by his own example so many people. He is a rare combination of the person, who quickly understands the business needs, who at the same time is a bright and aggressive manager and technically competent specialist, proposing the best plans and generating the best ideas, and who at the same time was always warm and interesting co-worker. I would strongly recommend Robert as a director or manager and colleague.” January 17, 2009 “

Rob was instrumental in turning a disfunctional, disconnected and difficult to deal with department into one that was effective, organized and much more receptive to business needs. He is a very committed, dedicated and engaged individual who is a also an able communicator. He is a great ‘translator’ between technical and client-facing staff, and learns quickly. As a significant internal client of Rob’s department, I know that our company has benefitted greatly from Rob’s personal involvement and also from the improvements that he made to the department as a whole.” December 19, 2008

“Rob was an integral part of the genesis of Compass360 Racing in Grand-Am. As part of our three-person start-up, he worked with our then-Crew Chief on team logistics, crew travel and per diems, and helped organize components of our one-car effort, including traveling to every race and leading the crew. More recently, Rob created a detailed written account of not only his experiences during that first year, but also a look at the years between then and our rise to become one of the top teams in our NASCAR-owned series, including chronicling our 2009 triple-crown championship. He has also written extensively about issues and solutions for firms using Enterprise 2.0 strategies.” December 18, 2009

My Recent Guest Co-Host Spot on The Customer Experience Show interviewing Tom Feeney

On February 18, 2011, I was asked to co-host Episode 46 of The Customer Experience Show with Tom Feeney on blogtalkradio.

Tom Feeney is the president & CEO of Safelite AutoGlass®, the nation’s leading provider of vehicle glass repair and replacement services. In his 20 years with the company, he has been instrumental in establishing Safelite AutoGlass® as a national company and a well-known brand, which now serves more than 4.5 million customers annually and provides mobile service options to 95 percent of the U.S.

This was my second co-hosting gig on this podcast since appearing as a guest on Episode 40.

BlogTalkRadio’s The Customer Experience Show – Episode 40 with Robert Lavigne

Host Name: Customer Experience
Show Name: Episode 40 – Robert Lavigne

Date / Length: 1/2/2011 9:00 PM – 30 min

Description:

Robert is a PMP and has acquired over 20 years of business-enablement via technological innovation. During these years, he has contributed to over 60 major projects and 15 commercialized products in both Startup and Enterprise organizations. He is passionate about growing businesses via the enablement of new technologies and innovative approaches and has been responsible for products that have evolved from the “Paper Napkin” stage through to Tier-1 implementation at major Telecommunication Providers. Robert has been recently researching and networking in the fields of Enterprise 2.0, Social Media, Social CRM and Personal Branding to compliment his existing Agile Development and Leadership experience. This evolutionary knowledge furthers the delivery of Real Corporate Value (RCV). The use of modern social networking tools and related mindsets fully engages business relationships and departmental convergence. Rob subscribes to the need for further contextualization of accessible content to achieve real returns in the field of Competitive Intelligence and Business Innovation.

“Knocking Down Silos” by becoming a Real Human Being. A #TDGv Tribute to Dave Howlett, RHB (@RHBDaveHowlett)

Happy Birthday Dave!

Here is the reprinting of the My Thoughts Enclosed… classic summarizing much of the early concepts and session layout that became his very successful RHB Nation.

JUNE 17, 2009 · 09:30

“Knocking Down Silos” by becoming a Real Human Being

On June 17, 2009, Robert Half sponsored an executive business breakfast with Dave Howlett as their featured speaker.  I was fortunate to have been invited to the event by Igor Abramovitch, Division Director for RHT.  Dave Howlett is the Founder and Managing Director of RealHumanBeing.Org and presented the audience with his solution for “Knocking Down Silos”.  When I first heard about the session, I figured it would be another traditional organizational silo presentation.  My expectations were quickly and forever changed when I started truly listening to what Dave had to share.  I purposely use the word “share” because the presentation did not feel in any way preachy, lecturing, or disconnected from what each one of us is capable of doing in our daily lives.

Dave Howlett is a very talented speaker who infuses his presentation with a great deal of humour and sincerity (and the right blend of sarcasm).  The content of his presentation is not only interactive in nature, but also pulls from the real life relationships he has made over years of living the RHB mindset.  Dave does not consider himself a motivational speaker, but I can attest that he is clearly an inspirational speaker and a testament to Toastmasters.  By his own accord, he teaches a philosophy versus prepackaged tips and tricks to get you by in work and life.  Like all successful philosophies however, the key is whether you can walk the walk and not simply talk the talk.  To achieve this, often you need to change you current learned behaviour and those you surround yourself with.  That in itself is a daunting task, but Dave has provided a community approach to helping you achieve those ideals as we all need a support group regardless of our initiatives.

While I am in no way capable of presenting the information covered as well as Dave can, I have attempted to capture the highlights on his presentation to share it with you (with Dave’s kind permission).  I highly recommend to anyone trying to get out of cynical and stereotypical silos mindset to attend one of Dave’s presentations (RHB Events).

Through Good Times and Bad Times

Dave presented us with an interesting observation. He brought up the analogy that those we define as successful tend to also have the largest fences and gates around their homes.  The higher you rise, the larger the gates get around you.  Those gates are often imposed upon for protection, but more often they are self built for alternative means.  Dave put forth the notion that people tend to establish fake barriers around themselves and proceed to justify their behaviours and stance behind those barriers.  They feel in control behind those gates, but often are left alone in their cynicism and stereotypical views of the outside world.  They become the angry old man that we have all seen sitting alone on the park bench.  This figurative and illustrative point is a key factor in typical corporate silo disconnected mindsets.  Simply put, being busy and successful is not an excuse for being rude and self-focussed.

Dave brought up the all to common corporate belief structure that those in your department are “great” and those in the other departments must be “morons and idiots”.  These are Dave’s words and not mine, but I think we have all been in those situations whether it is putting down the IT department, the HR department, or whatever individual/group you may disagree with.  Do you consider them “idiots” simply because they are not doing what you think is right?  Dave reminds us all that you should not treat people like a category and asks “Can you be proud of yourself and still respect others beliefs?” Your task is not to judge them in advance, but let their own actions determine how they choose to operate and be perceived.  Dave puts forward the notion that everyone deserves at least one shot at being a Real Human Being (and some need a few kicks at the proverbial can to get it right).

Dave comes from a military background and knows all to well what it feels like to be the new kid in the room.  Being a military brat myself, I know what it is like to move from base to base every two years and how difficult it can be on all parties.  He also knows full well that both sides of any conflict have their perceived good guys.  What side of history you are on often dictates whether you are remembered as a Freedom Fighter or a Rebellious Insurgent.

In this economy and in life in general, nobody is indispensable and yet everyone has the potential to bring value to an organization.  What Dave reminds us that is it is more important to treat people the way they want to be treated and not as you would like to be treated.  We are getting more and more grounded into an innovation-based economy.  You cannot afford to get behind the times and get stuck in the old mindset of treating people the way you would like to be treated.  Regardless, old angry men will always be old angry men as long as they think that everyone else is a “moron” (once again Dave’s choice of word ;-))

If you have not fallen into this corporate silo trap, you are already on your way to being a Real Human Being and you have my respect for being able to rise above this petty behaviour.  As you can probably tell, I do not make any illusions to having never fallen into that mindset.  I think most of us, especially in highly political environments have cast that stone.  The key to Dave’s philosophy is how quickly you realize it is happening and how long you stay in that mindset.  Sometimes, however, you need to change your environment before it changes you for the worse and you no longer recognize the person you have become.  Sadly, in good times, we tend to ignore those basic facts and arguments which are often much clearer in hard times.

It is with this in mind, that Dave presented that fact that “When times are good, we tend to create bad habits“.  There is a lot of truth to this statement.  When times are good, we tend to get so wrapped up in the moment that we forget the basic rules of behaviour and ethics that got us to those good times.  It is with that, that Dave followed his point with “When times are bad, we can use that time to create good habits“.  You need to know how to manage yourself and others in hard times.  The tools and techniques (basic reward models) that were so easily available to us during good times are now gone.  The collapse of institutions caused by bad behaviour in good times (GM, AIG, the list goes on and on and on sadly) is especially true in the current state of the economy.  Using the focussed guidance and awareness that one is granted during hard times is a key factor in redefining not only ourselves but also our organizations to rekindle the basic truths that make for a successful and complimentary relationship.

On a side note, it is appropriate and ironic that as I am writing this section, that my playlist just kicked into “Best I Can” by Queensryche while in full shuffle mode.

Good Guys and Amazing Women

Personal Branding is one of my favourite research topics these days and the topic of upcoming posts.  On that note, I highly recommend the work that Paul Copcutt has been performing on this topic now for some time.

Branding is what you want people to say about you and/or your company.  What is true about Personal Branding is that “if you have to say it, you are not it“.  Dave emphasized this point very clearly in his presentation and it is one that I fully subscribe to.  You need to earn that reputation as it is not one that can be labeled successfully through marketing.  You may achieve short term success by marketing yourself that way, but things eventually fall into the places they belong.

On that note, Dave re-introduces us to the age old statement “He is a good guy, tell him that I sent you“.  He proceeded to then introduce many of us to the lesser known (to us men at least ;-)) female equivalent “She is an Amazing Woman“.

Dave outlined that “Good Guys“/”Amazing Women” are found in that very small intersection of Knowledge, Personality, and Reliability.  Knowledge is simply experience and skill.  Personality can be considered “fit“.  Reliability is whether you are able to deliver on what you set out to do.  Now this can be a very difficult intersection for many of us to achieve given our daily challenges in toxic environments.  However, it is my shared belief that trying to be a good guy whenever you possibly can is a great start in achieving that intersection.

The three elements (Knowledge, Personality, Reliability) that define the intersection that makes someone a “Good Guy” are wrapped by a fourth element.  The fourth element is giving back and this is one of the reasons I am investing as much time in this post as I am (once again with Dave’s full approval for sharing his content via this blog).

Dave equates this fourth larger circle as the environmental rebranding of the individual.  It is with that in mind that I recall one of the attendants discuss after the session that he “does not buy into this recession mentality“.  I found that statement to be fairly symbolic of the fourth element as he is ensuring that he is supporting those he believes in during these tough economic times through economical interactions and knowledge acquisition and sharing.  You sir (whoever you are) are a “Good Guy” at heart.

If your goal is to become a consistent “Good Guy“/”Amazing Woman“, Dave outlined three basic codes of conduct for building your reputation towards that ideal.

RHB Code of Conduct

  • Assume everyone is intelligent
  • Have passion for what you do
  • Get over yourself.

Third Gear Philosophy

Dave proceeded to remind everyone that how you drive is how you live and work.  Now, considering my last three cars have been sports cars (TA, 951, TT) and I drive them hard and fast, I was intrigued by his statement ;-).  What Dave was eluding to, was his Third Gear philosophy.   He uses the analogy of how you drive you car in heavy traffic situations and I will attempt to summarize them for you here.

1st Gear

First Gear people are those who will not let you merge to the point where they will inch their car as far as possible to actually stop you from being able to merge.  These individuals suffer from a “only looking for #1 mindset” and have a “me, me, me” attitude.  They are also the ones who are most likely to exhibit constant road rage both in and out of the car.  First Gear individuals also tend to go out of their way to avoid doing work that is not their primary task.  They are the first to complain and exhibit the highest forms of arrogance: stereotyping and lack of compassion of others needs.

Now everyone has been in a first gear situation, but as Dave points out, what is important is how long you stay in first gear.  Those who fester and stay in first gear can start to manifest sociopath attributes to the point where they can become the very people discussed in the book Snakes in Suits (a book which I found to be a highly fascinating read).

2nd Gear

Second Gear people are those who will begrudgingly let you merge, but expect to see a wave of thanks in return.  More importantly, they are likely to revert easily to first gear if they do not get their wave.  They tend to attach actions to expected outcomes. Their eye for an eye, tooth for a tooth mindset works in both positive and negative aspects.  Everything depends on whether their expectations were met.  If they value the relationship, they will go out of their way to assist.  If they no longer value the relationship, they will not help again.

On a positive note, they do perform an honest days work for an honest days pay and have a collaborative mindset at heart.  Most people fall into the second gear mindset and for the most part tend to find a proper balance in their work/life environment that seem to meet their needs (notice I said “seem to”).  However, as with cowbells there is always a need for more to make the music right.

And this brings us to what Dave is promoting as the gear for a Real Human Being.

3rd Gear

Third Gear is the mindset that Dave recommends that you strive to drive your life in.  Third Gear people are those who will gladly let you merge with no expectations of thanks or reciprocation.  They didn’t do it for the wave, they did it because it was the right thing to do.  They have cleared their personal road rage and have disassociated themselves from other peoples anger.  They may let 20 people merge and only get 5 waves for their efforts.  However, those 5 waves have far more value to them because it was not expected and was genuine.  They tend to be embarrassed when someone makes a big deal of something they just do because it is natural to them.  They realize that work involves a two way flow which leads to trust which then leads to real problem solving.

Watch your Weekend Challenge

Dave presented us with three simple tasks that help us practice becoming Real Human Beings.  He called it the “Watch your Weekend Challenge“.  It is made up of three elements: Watch, Weekend, and Challenge.  To be effective, this must be done with a Third Gear mindset.

Watch

Watch is exactly that a watch.  When you compliment someone, you should be complimenting them on something that they were not born with.  There is a huge difference between commenting about someones appearance and commenting on something they have purposely choosen to wear as a form of personal expression.

Weekend

Weekend is, yep you guessed it, the weekend.  What a person does with their free time says a lot about a person (and I am choosing to Blog so I probably need to look into that).  You should make a point of asking someone what they did on their weekend.  Ask and listen and pay close attention to the passion you will see in their eyes and maneurisms when they discuss something they are genuinely interested in.

Challenge

Okay, by now you should see a pattern.  Challenge is …. yep challenge.  Ask a person what is their largest challenge.  What keeps them up at night?  This is what you can help them with if it is within your capabilities.  When you help someone with a challenge, you are not only showing genuine interest in them, but also that you care about them as individuals and want to empathize with their distress.  This shows them that you have their best interests at heart and this will go a very long way in building the necessary relationships needed to meet the challenges you both face in the work place.

Friday Thank You Cards

At the beginning of the presentation, Dave hinted to us about an intriguing challenge, which he proceeded to outline in detail at the end of his presentation.  What made it even more intriguing is that he indicated that his own statistics showed that young females tended to be successful in the challenge and older males tended to not be.  Being an older male, my first reaction was “well I will prove those statistics wrong”.

Dave put forward that on every Friday we should mail out two (2) Thank You cards to individuals who either had a lasting impact on our lives or simply did a good thing for us recently.  As an added control mechanism, Dave instructed us to ensure that he was a recipient of one of the cards to prove that we took on the challenge.

So on that note, the challenge is to go out and purchase ten (10) Thank You cards, ten (10) stamps, and start giving back to those who have given to us.  I am taking up that challenge as a constant reminder that you are only as good as the people that you surround yourself with.  No matter how good or bad things are, it is always a good time to thank someone for helping you (it is simply the right thing to do).  The key is to not wait nor expect for them to say Thank You in return.  If you find that the people you are thanking question your motives, you clearly have been living life in first gear.

One that note, I am publicly thanking both Dave Howlett and Igor Abramovitch for their time and effort in trying to make organizations more successful and reminding ourselves that we can simply be a Real Human Being.

Yours in 3rd gear,

Robert Lavigne, RHB

#TDGv Person of the Year: Dave Howlett, RHB (@RHBDaveHowlett). “Knocking Down Silos” by becoming a Real Human Being. Happy Birthday Dave!

Today is my pal Dave Howlett’s birthday.  On this day, I would like to not only celebrate a strong influencer on the #TDGv Social Business Model.  I would like to celebrate by paying forward his message that I captured in a My Thoughts Enclosed… entry.   I wrote this blog post very early in the genesis that became my personal brand @RLavigne42.

With that I bring you the re-printing of my tribute to Dave Howlett, RHB.

Knocking Down Silos” by becoming a Real Human Being

Happy Birthday Dave,

Rob

“What is a Wiki?” answered by Martin Cleaver (@mrjcleaver) and Dan Keldsen (@dankeldsen) with an intro by Robert Lavigne (@RLavigne42)

On January 28th, 2011, Dan Keldsen of Information Architected Inc, and I co-presented an Enterprise 2.0 and Collaboration Workshop to the 5TH Annual AFMNet HQP Professional Development School.

The Advanced Foods and Materials Network (AFMNet) is “Canada’s front line of research and development in the area of advanced foods and bio–materials — from new, lower cost antibiotics, to improved frozen food quality to faster healing wound dressings.”

As part of the workshop, we discussed the opportunities Wikis present to organizations wishing to fully leverage the collaboration within their communities.  When the question was asked, “What is a Wiki?“, we turned the microphone over to my Knowledge Workers Toronto co-chair Martin Cleaver to share his insights.

Martin Cleaver at Blended Perspectives has been providing Wiki Consulting services since 2001 and keenly watches developments in the collaborative technologies and practices industries.

Blended Perspectives offers:

  • Industry Strategy: an evaluation of strategic impacts of Wikis for your enterprise in the context of your industry.
  • Business Value Articulation: Which processes a wiki would best showcase the value in your firm. don’t worry, we’ll also tell you when a wiki is not the best solution.
  • Technical selection: vendor-neutral, we’ll help you and your internal stakeholders reason with the plethora of commercial and open source solutions in today’s market place.
  • Technical Implementation We’ll help you determine your infrastructure choices around hosting, inside or outside the firewall and help you integrate it. Installation, Systems administration, Plugins, LDAP, datawarehouse and embed into existing portal systems too.
  • Cultural adoption:we’ll help you quietly launch the service to ensure you gain credibility and mutual support processes with your internal staff; this service includes leadership messaging and participation, rewards and metrics and training and coaching.
  • Staffing Choices: as we move into a world where mass collaboration is increasing important, hiring the right people with the right values and skills is vital. We can help you gain these new competencies.
  • Wikis are a powerful class of Enterprise 2.0 application that fundamentally changes the nature of sharing information. Unlike many E2.0 applications that are still early stage, the paradigm and feature set of wikis have stablized to a point where their utility is widely accepted. As an application, a Wiki serves as a good first step toward the collaborative workplace.

#TDGv Eqentia Playlist is now Live! “The Most Versatile Aggregation & Curation Platform”

Watch the full #TDGv Eqentia playlist featuring  “The Most Comprehensive Aggregation, Curation and Re-publishing Platform”.

Eqentia is a powerful enterprise platform for aggregating, curating, consuming, analyzing and re-publishing web news content. It is used for knowledge tracking, competitive intelligence, content marketing, social newsrooms, SEO enrichment, thought leadership or any custom content.

The Anatomy of a Vlog #NSFW – Will this Nightmare be Avenged Sevenfold?

I spent a lot of long hours working on #TDGv Studios in 2010.

I drank a lot of Red Bull working on #TDGv Studios in 2010.

I listened to a lot of Avenged Sevenfold working on #TDGv Studios in 2010.

Here was the result of that #TDGv Studios Video Editing Sprint.

#TDGv MuayThai: Derrick Henriques (Warrior Muay Thai) vs Cole Spitzig (Phady’s Muay Thai) – 140 Lbs

#TDGv Praise from Dan Keldsen (@dankeldsen) for Robert Lavigne (@RLavigne42) and The Digital Grapevine

I was asked by Dan KeldsenInformation Architected Inc,  to present Stephen Shapiro’s Innovation Personality Poker® to the 5TH Annual AFMNET HQP Professional Development School.  The Advanced Foods and Materials Network (AFMNet) is “Canada’s front line of research and development in the area of advanced foods and bio–materials — from new, lower cost antibiotics, to improved frozen food quality to faster healing wound dressings.”

I first heard of Dan when he presented “Why Is There Resistance to Enterprise 2.0?” at the Enterprise 2.0 Conference in San Francisco.  Dan offered his insights into why some companies have been slow to embrace enterprise 2.0 software. Dan Keldsen, with Carl Frappaolo, discussed usage among senior management, IT and users, then reveal which group is the most resistant to change.

Even though Dan and I had known each other for close to two years, this was the first time we actually met in real life.  Our collaborative friendship evolved from engaging on Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook to gaming with Nick Furious (me) on XBOX Live on a near weekly basis.

It was an honour that he requested me to co-chair this workshop on a topic we both share a great interest and experience in.  In was even more of an honour when Dan shared his thoughts on our collaborative effort in putting together this workshop.

“Recently Rob was my wingman and collaborator on an Enterprise 2.0 (Collaboration/Innovation) workshop.

As I knew it would be (although we had previously “only” collaborated virtually), he was the perfect addition to my team.

His help in logistics, banter, and running the Personality Poker/team-building segment was a truly great win for this session.

His far deeper than average take on YouTube, Facebook and Branding/Engagement was also something I hadn’t fully appreciated until he kicked into action live and on the spot.

What we hadn’t planned on or anticipated, he took in stride and adapted to, which made the logistics and pains that *could have* happened as someone flying in from out of country, more than tolerable – it was outright insanely successful.

If you happen to be looking for a “get it done” guy who knows business, people and tech, Rob is the man for the job.

Rob – thank you for the partnership – It was fantastic working with you on this project and no doubt we’ll do more in the near future – both in-person and virtually.

For everyone else – Contact me any time and I’d be happy to go into further depth as a reference check.” February 3, 2011

Thank you Dan for your kind words and being part of a very collaborative venture and friendship.

The event was a great success as expressed by the testimonials by some of the over 75 attendees that took part in our Enterprise 2.0, Social Networking and Collaboration Workshop.

“What is a Social Media Strategy?” answered by Robert Lavigne (@RLavigne42)

Social is just an Element. Media is Media!

Media fundamentally is all about Exposure, Influence and a Call to Action.

There are two forms of measurement:

  • Quantitative: Return on Investment (ROI) – Tranditional Media Measurement
  • Qualitative: Return on Engagement (ROE) – The Social Measurement Factor

Social Media scales the level of Call to Action  to the Three Degrees of Connectivity.

Remember the Faberge Shampoo Television Commercial

“I’ll Tell Two Friends…And You Tell Two Friends…And So On…And So On…”

Social Media (2000^2000) Provides an Exponential Reach that Traditional Media (2^2) cannot.

Social Media has given us a challenge of Scale.  A Social Media Strategy allows you to Scale.

Social takes your Strategy across the Board.  Social is but ONE Element.

Media Remains Exposure, Influence and a Call to Action

Originally Aired on BlogTalkRadio’s The Customer Experience Show – Episode 40 with Robert Lavigne

“How can a Business Leverage Social Media” answered by Robert Lavigne (@RLavigne42)

There is No MAGIC SAUCE or SECRET FORMULA!

There are however THREE elements to being a Social Business!

  1. Transparency
  2. Engagement
  3. Collaboration

Transparency, Engagement and Collaboration have been in successful businesses forever!!!

Business has ALWAYS been about SOCIAL!  Business is about trading Stories and Wares!

Business is Business, and Business is Social! Social Media Success is Business Success!

Transparency and awareness drives Engagement.  An Engaged workforce is Collaborative!

Is your IT/Business Strategy Driven by FEAR? Knock Down the Silos to Drive Engagement!

Originally Aired on BlogTalkRadio’s The Customer Experience Show – Episode 40 with Robert Lavigne

Fresh #TDGv Praise from Jim Bowie (@Jim_Bowie) and Toronto Homes, Real Estate & Mortgages

It is always appreciated to hear back from people you have mentored in the art of Social Media and Social Business.  Today, Robert Lavigne (@RLavigne42) of The Digital Grapevine (#TDGv) received this praise from Jim Bowie (Real estate agent in Toronto. Motorsports, photography and rock n roll fanatic. Livin’ the dream!).

“Robert and I had met through our mutual passion for motorsports, but Robert’s prowess in all things digital and social media really impressed me. Robert has been instrumental in helping me to focus my social media strategy for my real estate practice. I look forward to sharing success stories based on best practices that I have learned from Robert. If you need digital media mojo, ping Robert Lavigne.” February 11, 2011

“Jim Bowie is not only a very respectable Real Estate agent based in Toronto, Canada, but a true racer at heart.  He is the only person I know who actually owns an Indianapolis 500 ring for his team winning effort with Arie Luyendyk‘s second Indy 500 Championship in 1997.” said Robert Lavigne upon hearing of the praise.

Jim Bowie recognizes that a Facebook/Twitter/YouTube feed cannot be all self-promotion.  This philosophy is clearly outlined in Robert Lavigne‘s groundbreaking post The Three Gears of Enterprise Social Media Adoption on his original blog My Thoughts Enclosed…

“Only through engaging using a Third Gear philosophy will you achieve the real value proposition that Social Media can deliver. Whether it is within your organization using Enterprise 2.0, or outside of your organization using Social CRM, your mindset and attitude in using the tools will determine your success or failure and not the tools themselves.”~@RLavigne42

Jim makes a point of infusing his feed with a mix of insight, photography, music and racing to compliment his actual Real Estate opportunities.  This provides his client base with not only a diversion to the typical “me, me, me” age of marketing, but also insight into his personality.

Make sure you check out Jim Bowie’s Real Estate Facebook Page if you or someone you know live in the GTA (Toronto, Ontario, Canada).

Today I got a call from a recruiter looking for a “2.0 guy”. Needless to say my reply shocked and surprised him.

Today I got a call from a recruiter that I know and respect.  I was however surprised to hear what company/position he was pitching to me.  You see I had previously applied to that company shortly before becoming a “2.0 guy” (Life@42: 2010/11/18/hello-world/).

When listening to what they were looking for (apart from a “2.0 guy”), I was shocked and saddened to hear that the role was more or less a carbon copy of the role they tried to fill over a year and a half ago.

I know what I have been able to achieve in that same timeframe by embracing the core social business elements of transparency, engagement and collaboration (#TDGv Collaboration).

I know how much I have progressed in the same timeframe by  understanding the real value of being a knowledge worker within a social business (My Thoughts Enclosed…).

I know what can be achieved in a short timeframe when you start incorporating communities, crowdsourcing and corporate alignment.

http://twitter.com/s_diplomatiKa/status/23517187343917057

So I struggled to understand how this heavily funded organization could literally still be at the starting gate given the parallel timeframe we both shared.

You see not only had I applied for the role way back then, but I also know one of the consultants that used to work for that organization.  Between that inside knowledge and the obvious lack of forward momentum on their corporate goals, I issued many challenging questions before even considering sitting down for a potential interview.

There is a strong difference between hiring a “2.0 guy” and becoming a “2.0 organization”.  So instead of simply saying no thank you, I attempted to shed some light as to what the organization would actually have to do if they really wanted to not waste another year and a half of their time and someone else’s investment.

When all was said and done, I shared the following e-mail with him that I would like to share with you as well.  The e-mail contains artifacts that to me best exemplify the lessons that I have learned about what it means to be a “2.0 organization”.  I would hope that you all would take the time to listen and read these before thinking of hiring a “2.0 guy” to attempt to become a social business (and as such not #FAIL in your goals).

I am happy that you understood the difference between arrogance and a company being able to “handle the truth” as you put it. To me I would be simply taking a position for the money if there was not a real alignment and that would not serve either parties properly.

The following are great artifacts that will help you a) better understand my position, b) better align my value proposition and c) provide information that is much better than a resume for your clients. All that and provide you with some great social business guidance for you and your own brand.

Here is a recent podcast I was a guest on. There is a little promo message at the beginning, so just ignore that (either that or download it via iTunes)

Here is also a key blog entry that has been getting some good traction (with accompanying video that I did).

Finally here is an interview I did with an Iraqi blogger that targets GenY and Project Managers.

Brand Conversation with Robert Lavigne

Brand Conversation with Robert Lavigne

Which brings up the big question. How many of your candidates have been a guest on a successful BlogTalkRadio/iTunes Podcast, highlighted by a major community for his views on the use of Social Media, and featured in an entry in Iraq 😉

And to answer your question, how do you sell me (and make a cut). How about looking at your entire client base and ask the question “who would benefit from hearing this information?” Would be more than happy to keynote some sessions for your client base on the content that is outlined in the podcast and blog entries.

Take Care and Happy 2011.

Rob

Robert Lavigne (@RLavigne42) featured tonight on the Customer Experience Show (BlogTalkRadio)

Tonight I am the featured guest on Customer Experiencerss, a Blog Talk Radio Show.

The message is coming loud and clear. Customers want more! More respect, more choice, and more help! And they also want less! Less hassle, fewer procedures, less aggravation. They want a better experience every time they deal with you. Please join us to learn how to deliver that “more” and that “less” to your customers. Each week, trailblazing experts in Customer Experience will share what’s new, what’s exciting and what you can do to transform how your customers perceive you and your company. Interactive, provocative, test out new ideas, remember classic wisdom. Hear and be heard.

Among the questions that might be asked tonight are the following.  If you want to hear my answers, please tune in tonight Sunday, January 2, 2011 at 9pm ET.

Question 1:

Robert, tell us how you got into the social media scene, especially given you are of an age where you did not grow up with it.

Question 2:

As we get started, let’s define in two minutes or less, what you mean by “Social Media” and “Social Media Strategy”.

Question 3:

There are a lot of charlatans out there, claiming to know how to work social media for business. How do you tell those who actually know what they’re doing from those who claim they do?

Question 4:

Give me three good examples of how companies are using Social Media in practical day to day business of building exceptional Customer Experiences?

Question 5:

Can you also give some examples of what they are doing wrong?

Question 6:

Everyone wants to put the tag “Social” on everything.  Is Social CRM just another gimmick?  What does it really do to enhance Customer Relationships?

Question 7:

In your tag line you make reference to GenX and GenY.   What are the differences in expectations of Customer Experience by both groups?   What do companies need to know to serve these groups?   Can you give us some examples?

Question 8:

Surely not every company needs to use Social Media.  How does a company know if it should be looking at Social Media.  More important perhaps, what are the signs that a company really doesn’t need to pay that much attention to Social Media?

Question 9:

If a company could only do one thing in Social Media, what should it be?

Question 10:

What is the number one mistake they need to avoid?  Give some examples if you can.

Question 11:

If a company is just starting out, what are the top things that they should do to get started?

Question 12:

If it took you 2 years and 10,000 hrs to learn how to effectvely leverage social media, how is a company going to accomplish this?

 

CUTE CAT ALERT!!! 2010 Seasons Greetings from Robert Lavigne (@RLavigne42) and Karen Thomson

Karen’s cats, Luba and Spike would like to extend seasons greetings on behalf of both of us.  Seasons Greetings Everyone.

Don’t Let the Opportunity to Collaborate with Robert Lavigne (@RLavigne42) Tick Away – Engage Now!

This is my personal brand.

Seasoned GenX Leader Capable of Leveraging the Technically Savvy GenY Knowledge Worker

Nice. Simple. Tweet-able. Tagged. Contextual. To the Point.

My personal brand is a clear indicator of both who I am and who I wish to mentor towards making an organizational shift leveraging the values of Enterprise 2.0, Agile Development, Transparency and Accountability, Collaboration and Engagement, and providing a cultural shift both within your organization and across yours customer base.

It only cost me 2 years and 10,000 hours worth of effort, research, networking, and financing!

Do you have 10,000 hours to waste?

No?

Then leverage my findings and social network, and engage with Robert Lavigne (@RLavigne42).

Introducing my Step Cats: Luba and Spike – Don’t Let Your Life Tick Away From You

Don’t Let the Opportunity to Collaborate with Robert Lavigne (@RLavigne42) Tick Away – Engage Now!

Engage with Robert Lavigne (@RLavigne42) – Enterprise 2.0 Mentor and Leader at #TDGv

This is my personal brand.

Seasoned GenX Leader Capable of Leveraging the Technically Savvy GenY Knowledge Worker

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Have signed up for BranchOut on Facebook (already ported my LinkedIn details)

 

Robert LavigneBranchOut Member

“Seasoned GenX Leader Capable of Leveraging the Technically Savvy GenY Knowledge Worker”
Toronto, Ontario

Summary

Robert Lavigne is currently available for hire to assist you in formulating your Enterprise 2.0 strategy and corporate integration. 

Robert Lavigne, PMP (@RLavigne42) has acquired over 20 years of business-enablement via technological innovation. During these years, he has contributed to over 60 major projects and 15 commercialized products in both Startup and Enterprise organizations.

Rob is passionate about growing businesses via the enablement of new technologies and innovative approaches.

Robert has headed numerous mission critical software development departments with multi-million dollar budgets. He has been accountable for systems responsible for the payment of millions of monthly payrolls. Systems under his care have calculated the market-driving audience metrics for both the TV and Radio industry in Canada.

Robert has been responsible for products that have evolved from the “Paper Napkin” stage through to Tier-1 implementation at major Telecommunication Providers.

Robert Lavigne has been recently researching and networking in the fields of Enterprise 2.0, Social Media, Social CRM and Personal Branding to compliment his existing Agile Development and Leadership experience.

This evolutionary knowledge furthers the delivery of Real Corporate Value (RCV). The use of modern social networking tools and related mindsets fully engages business relationships and departmental convergence.

Rob subscribes to the need for further contextualization of accessible content to achieve real returns in the field of Competitive Intelligence and Business Innovation.

Specialties

* Enterprise 2.0, Social Media, Social CRM & Branding * Agile, SCRUM, PMBOK & RAD Methodologies * SaaS, SOA, .NET, JAVA & N-Tier Architectures * Networking, Staffing, Team Building & Mentoring * Strategic Planning, Innovation & Cost Savings * Product Management, Sales & Marketing Support * Win-Win Negotiations, Partnerships & Prioritization * Project Management Professional (PMP) * Honours Bachelor of Commerce (MIS) * Bilingual: English (fluent), French (spoken)

Professional
Network

Robert is connected to 18,920 people at 13,162 companies.

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Huge Praise for #TDGv Studios by Kru Zubair Khan of Warrior Muay Thai

Zubair Khan (client: Warrior Muay Thai)

Zubair hired Robert Lavigne (@RLavigne42) as a Business Consultant in 2010

Top qualities: Personable, Expert, Creative


“Over the past year (2010) Rob has offered extremely valuable advice to our organization – specifically on branding and marketing more effectively by leveraging various social media tools. Rob is a brilliant professional that is passionate about driving change in the business world. His ideas are genius and the amount of value he has to add to any organization open-minded enough to engage his services, is limitless. I am grateful to have stumbled upon him. Thank you Rob, for shaking things up and getting us to think outside the box!” December 20, 2010

Watch #TDGv MuayThai for more!

Robert Lavigne, PMP (@RLavigne42)

Seasoned GenX Leader Capable of Leveraging the Technically Savvy GenY Knowledge Worker”

The @RLavigne42 Podium, TDGv Racing , TDGv Racing: A Management 2.0 Fable Closure

As part of this announcement,

Robert Lavigne (@RLavigne42) formally announcing his engagement with #TDGv Studios as their Producer, Editor and Director for Social Media Creativity and Innovation.

I have closed down The @RLavigne42 PodiumTDGv RacingTDGv Racing: A Management 2.0 Fable and am now focussing on Life@42 as part of the launch of #TDGv Studios going into 2011!

RLavigne42 and The @RLavigne42 Rear View Mirror remain my Facebook mirrors to my 16,000+ Tweets to my 2,000 Enterprise 2.0 Management Consulting Feed Followers.

#TDGv Studios is a Collaborative Digital Agency – Produced, Edited and Directed by @RLavigne42

Segments include:
#TDGv Collaboration
#TDGv Engage
#TDGv MuayThai
#TDGv Out4Milk
#TDGv YYZGTA
#TDGv Promo
#TDGv Live
#TDGv Agile
#TDGv Racing
#TDGv 101010
#TDGv Mosport
#TDGv VideoDeck

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Press Release: Robert Lavigne (@RLavigne42) formalized today as Social Media Producer, Editor and Director at #TDGv Studios

#TDGv Studios

Press Release

#TDGv Studios is a Collaborative Digital Agency – Produced, Edited and Directed by @RLavigne42

Segments include:
#TDGv Collaboration
#TDGv Engage
#TDGv MuayThai
#TDGv Out4Milk
#TDGv YYZGTA
#TDGv Promo
#TDGv Live
#TDGv Agile
#TDGv Racing
#TDGv 101010
#TDGv Mosport
#TDGv VideoDeck

Robert Lavigne (@RLavigne42) formally announcing his engagement with #TDGv Studios as their Producer, Editor and Director for Social Media Creativity and Innovation.

Experience

 

Self-Employed; Management Consulting industry

December 2009 – Present (1 year 1 month)

This is my personal brand. Nice. Simple. Tweet-able. Tagged. Contextual. To the Point.

“Seasoned GenX Leader Capable of Leveraging the Technically Savvy GenY Knowledge Worker”

My personal brand is a clear indicator of both who I am and who I wish to mentor towards making an organizational shift leveraging the values of Enterprise 2.0, Agile Development, Transparency and Accountability, Collaboration and Engagement, and providing a cultural shift both within your organization and across yours customer base.

It only cost me 2 years and 10,000 hours worth of effort, research, networking, and financing!

Do you have 10,000 hours to waste?

No?

Then leverage my findings and social network, and engage with Robert Lavigne (@RLavigne42).

Robert has 1 recommendation (1 client) including:

 

Self-Employed; Management Consulting industry

December 2009 – Present (1 year 1 month)

#TDGv Studios is a Collaborative Digital Agency – Produced, Edited and Directed by@RLavigne42

Segments include:
#TDGv Collaboration
#TDGv Engage
#TDGv MuayThai
#TDGv Out4Milk
#TDGv YYZGTA
#TDGv Promo
#TDGv Live
#TDGv Agile
#TDGv Racing
#TDGv 101010
#TDGv Mosport
#TDGv VideoDeck

 

Self-Employed; Management Consulting industry

February 2009 – Present (1 year 11 months)

* Researching the fields of Enterprise 2.0, Social Media, Social CRM, and Personal Branding as a means of providing Real Corporate Value (RCV) for Small, Medium, and Enterprise-sized organizations

* Socially Networking within the ranks of thought leaders and analysts generating an oversight on emerging thoughts on business enablement via culture and technology innovation

* Successfully studied for and earned the Project Management Professional (PMP) accreditation on initial attempt

* Provided Tweet Round-Up Conference Coverage of LotusSphere 2010, DreamForce ’09, E20 Summit ’09, E20 Conference ’09, and Web2.0 Expo ’09 (among many others)

Network: 2000+ @RLavigne42 Followers, 16,000+ emergent tweets aggregated over 300 blog entries, 600+ LinkedIn connections with leading thought leaders and emergent minds

Budget: Priceless

Research Topics: Enterprise 2.0 (#E20), Social Media (#SocialMedia), Social CRM (#sCRM), Personal Branding (#Branding), Agile Development, and Leadership.

Robert has 2 recommendations (2 partners) including:

Robert Lavigne, PMP (@RLavigne42)

“Seasoned GenX Leader Capable of Leveraging the Technically Savvy GenY Knowledge Worker”

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Education
  • Project Management Institute
  • Lakehead University
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Phone:
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Birthday:
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#TDGv Introduction: Robert Lavigne (@RLavigne42) – Social Media Producer, Editor and Director at #TDGv Studios

Robert Lavigne (@RLavigne42)

Social Media Producer, Editor and Director at #TDGv Studios

#TDGv Studios is a Collaborative Digital Agency – Produced, Edited and Directed by @RLavigne42

Segments include:
#TDGv Collaboration
#TDGv Engage
#TDGv MuayThai
#TDGv Out4Milk
#TDGv YYZGTA
#TDGv Promo
#TDGv Live
#TDGv Agile
#TDGv Racing
#TDGv 101010
#TDGv Mosport
#TDGv VideoDeck

Engage with Robert Lavigne (@RLavigne42) – Enterprise 2.0 Mentor and Leader at #TDGv

This is my personal brand.

Seasoned GenX Leader Capable of Leveraging the Technically Savvy GenY Knowledge Worker

Nice. Simple. Tweet-able. Tagged. Contextual. To the Point.

My personal brand is a clear indicator of both who I am and who I wish to mentor towards making an organizational shift leveraging the values of Enterprise 2.o, Agile Development, Transparency and Accountability, Collaboration and Engagement, and providing a cultural shift both within your organization and across your customer base.

It only cost me two years and 10,000 hours worth of effort, research, networking, and financing!

Do you have 10,000 hours to waste or money to burn?

No?

Then leverage my findings and social network, and engage with Robert Lavigne (@RLavigne42).

#TDGv Studios featuring the Video Production and Editing of @RLavigne42

Watch #TDGv Collaboration for more insight.

Connect with Robert Lavigne (@RLavigne42) to discuss your Social Media needs.

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WIP: Thoughts on the Traditional Resume and an @RLavigne42 #TDGv Submission

Engage with Robert Lavigne (@RLavigne42)

Enterprise 2.0 Mentor and Leader at TheDigitalGrapevine (#TDGv)

Watch #TDGv Collaboration for more insight.

Robert Lavigne, PMP is currently available for hire to assist you in formulating your Enterprise 2.0 strategy and SMB/Corporate integration.

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This is my Personal Brand.

Seasoned GenX Leader Capable of Leveraging the Technically Savvy GenY Knowledge Worker

Nice. Simple. Tweet-able. Tagged. Contextual. To the Point.

My personal brand is a clear indicator of both who I am and who I wish to mentor towards making an organizational shift leveraging the values of Enterprise 2.o, Agile Development, Transparency and Accountability, Collaboration and Engagement, and providing a cultural shift both within your organization and across your customer base.

It only cost me two years and 10,000 hours worth of effort, research, networking, and financing!

Do you have 10,000 hours to waste or money to burn?

No?

Then leverage my findings and social network, and engage with Robert Lavigne (@RLavigne42).

LinkedIn Resume | Robert Lavigne, PMP (@RLavigne42) - Enterprise 2.0 Mentor and Leader

LinkedIn Resume | Robert Lavigne, PMP (@RLavigne42) - Enterprise 2.0 Mentor and Leader

Feel free to Link In to get to know me better.  I am a firm believer in the development of weak ties to broaden our knowledge and collaborative network.

Eagerly Awaiting the Arrival of The New Small by Phil Simon

Delivery!

All

You should all have your books by now–or early this week, depending on where you live and the holiday mail traffic.

If you think that this would be a good gift for your small business clients, let me know. I can order copies at a pretty significant discount to the $19.95 price.

Again, thank you all for supporting the project.

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Attending: Meet the Playbook Event Details by RIM/Adobe (Toronto, Canada – Tuesday December 14th, 2010)

I just got invited to attend the

Meet the Playbook Event

Sponsored by Adobe and Research In Motion

an exclusive invite-only event and the only Canadian one in the series.

Come and get inspired to bring the next generation of immersive apps and content to the BlackBerry PlayBook. Walk in with your ideas and walk away knowing how they will turn into revenue generating, brand building assets for you and your customers. You could be developing a tablet or multiscreen strategy for a client or considering how to develop a version of your already successful Flex or AIR app for the BlackBerry PlayBook.

Thank you Alexander S. Bosika, Co-Founder, MobileMonday Toronto.

Update: December 15, 2010

Here are my tweets/notes from the event.

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Robert Lavigne (@RLavigne42) Testimonial for Knocking Down Silos with Dave Howlett, RHB

My testimonial to Dave Howlett, RHB and his Knocking Down Silos seminar went live today.  My segment is at the two minute, 10 second mark.

I also make a brief appearance with Executive Career Management LeaderMartin Buckland at the six minute, 30 second mark.

A Life@42 FB Snapshot in Time

Life@42
This is my personal brand.Nice. 

Simple.

Tweet-able.

Tagged.

Contextual.

To the Point.

“Seasoned GenX Leader Capable of Leveraging the Technically Savvy GenY Knowledge Worker”

http://RLavigne42.com/

E20 Mentor and Leader

Information
Genre:
Documentary
Studio:
http://www.TDGv.net/
Website:
http://www.Lifeat42.com
Starring:
www.RLavigne42.com
Directed By:
www.RLavigne42.com
Written By:
www.RLavigne42.com
Plot Outline:
http://Lifeat42.com/about
http://RLavigne42.com/about
http://TDGv.net/about
http://TheDigitalGrapevine.com/about
Release Date:
November 19, 2011
Awards:
http://Twitter.com/RLavigne42
http://Facebook.com/RLavigne42
http://YouTube.com/RLavigne42
Description:
Engage with Robert Lavigne (@RLavigne42) – Enterprise 2.0 Management ConsultantThis is my personal brand. 

“Seasoned GenX Leader Capable of Leveraging the Technically Savvy GenY Knowledge Worker”

Nice. Simple. Tweet-able. Tagged. Contextual. To the Point.

My personal brand is a clear indicator of both who I am and who I wish to mentor towards making an organizational shift leveraging the values of Enterprise 2.o, Agile Development, Transparency and Accountability, Collaboration and… (read more)

Screenplay By:
www.RLavigne42.com
Produced By:
www.RLavigne42.com

The @RLavigne42 Resume: My Updated Resume! How does yours Compare?

Engage with Robert Lavigne (@RLavigne42)

Enterprise 2.0 Mentor and Leader at #TDGv

This is my personal brand.

“Seasoned GenX Leader Capable of Leveraging the Technically Savvy GenY Knowledge Worker”

Nice.  Simple.  Tweet-able.  Tagged.  Contextual.  To the Point.

My personal brand is a clear indicator of both who I am and who I wish to mentor towards making an organizational shift leveraging the values of Enterprise 2.o, Agile Development, Transparency and Accountability, Collaboration and Engagement, and providing a cultural shift both within your organization and across your customer base.

It only cost me two years and 10,000 hours worth of effort, research, networking, and financing!

Do you have 10,000 hours to waste or money to burn?

No?

Then leverage my findings and social network, and engage with Robert Lavigne (@RLavigne42).

Engage with Robert Lavigne (@RLavigne42)

The Three Gears of Enterprise Social Media Adoption

“Only through engaging using a Third Gear philosophy will you achieve the real value proposition that Social Media can deliver. Whether it is within your organization using Enterprise 2.0, or outside of your organization using Social CRM, your mindset and attitude in using the tools will determine your success or failure and not the tools themselves.”~@RLavigne42

Brand Conversation with Robert Lavigne

“By becoming a transparent organization that engages in Social Media, your employees and clients are not only the conduit of such stories, but the storytellers themselves.” ~@RLavigne42

“Each layer of my social network provides an added level of credibility to the personal brand I am promoting and an opportunity for others to relate it to their own social network.” ~@RLavigne42

Year End Clearance or New Year Savings? How Would You Rate the Quality of the @RLavigne42 Stream?

At this time Robert Lavigne (@RLavigne42) has the following core statistics to his network.

Facebook: 653 Friends

Twitter1,977 Followers 176 Listed

LinkedIn647 Connections link you to 9,495,869+ professionals

How Would You Rate the Quality of the @RLavigne42 Stream?

a) LOVE IT/ENGAGING – kindly subscribe to Life@42 in your stream

b) HAPPY/INFORMATIVE – kindly continue to be or become FB friends

c) HATE IT/SPAM – kindly unfollow thanks

Take Care,

Rob / @RLavigne42

It’s Alive….It’s Alive!!!!!!! From ashes and dusts falls the falcon.

To commemorate this blogs first actual subscription (you know who you are :-)), I have launched the official FB page to companion this new effort on my part.

Basic Info

 

Genre:
Documentary
Studio:
http://www.TDGv.net/
Website:
http://www.Lifeat42.com
Starring:
www.RLavigne42.com
Directed By:
www.RLavigne42.com
Written By:
www.RLavigne42.com
Plot Outline:
http://Lifeat42.com/about
http://RLavigne42.com/about
http://TDGv.net/about
http://TheDigitalGrapevine.com/about
Release Date:
November 19, 2011
Awards:
http://Twitter.com/RLavigne42
http://Facebook.com/RLavigne42
http://YouTube.com/RLavigne42
Description:
Engage with Robert Lavigne (@RLavigne42) – Enterprise 2.0 Management Consultant 

This is my personal brand.

“Seasoned GenX Leader Capable of Leveraging the Technically Savvy GenY Knowledge Worker”

Nice. Simple. Tweet-able. Tagged. Contextual. To the Point.

My personal brand is a clear indicator of both who I am and who I wish to mentor towards making an organizational shift leveraging the values of Enterprise 2.o, Agile Development, Transparency and Accountability, Collaboration and Engagement, and providing a cultural shift both within your organization and across your customer base.

It only cost me two years and 10,000 hours worth of effort, research, networking, and financing!

Do you have 10,000 hours to waste or money to burn?

No?

Then leverage my findings and social network, and engage with Robert Lavigne (@RLavigne42).

Screenplay By:
www.RLavigne42.com
Produced By:
www.RLavigne42.com

This can happen in seconds! Who do you have running your #SocialMedia Presence? Think Again!

Today marked a living nightmare for a Social Media Community Manager.

One second a few mostly harmless posts on your wall.  Followed quickly by a few others in quick succession.  Then suddenly, the flash mob that is attacking your wall switches their profile pictures in a manner beyond your control and harmless to your brand.

What does your intern Social Media Expert do?

Do they delete the offending posts?

Do they engage with the offending comments?

How do they diffuse the situation?

Do they give up and simply Lock Down?

How will they get them to Stand Down?

#TDGv Studios: Announcing the ReBranding of The @RLavigne42 Podium

I am proud to announce that after a year of researching, playing, learning, adapting and assimilating, The @RLavigne42 Podium is ready for prime time.

Effective today the @RLavigne42 YouTube channel will be called #TDGv Studios to commemorate the occassion.

Currently under development are the following Playlists and Projects.

#TDGv Out4Milk