The 42+1 Live to Air Leadership Interview Series hosted by Robert Lavigne

42+1 Live to Air Interview Series with Robert Lavigne



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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

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

“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.

Woke up angry. Hitting snooze. Life on the edge!

Life on the edge!

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 Insights: Make your dream world your reality, or keep hitting that snooze button.

 

Never Mind Christmas, Forget about Boxing Day, Give me Re-Boxing Day AnyDay

Well forget about the 25th going forward.

For me Christmas is now the 26th with the 27th being re-boxing day.

Great day the 26th 🙂

Best XMAS Gift: Q-Tips

Best Meal: Spagetti Squash with roasted veggies, mushrooms and spices

Best Time: ’nuff said

Give Me Re-Boxing Day ANYDay. So great to be out of the GTA for a few days. Continue reading

Christmas Sucked, but Boxing Day to New Years though will ROCK THE FREAKING COTTAGE

So happy to be out of Toronto.  Spending the week at the cottage.

Just finished cutting some great footage for Warrior Muay Thai.

Have some tribute videos to cut for Fozzy.

Have a short film submission under wraps for a Australia’s TropFest in Feburary 2011.

Have a podcast on Customer Service in the Social Era to prep for (see below).

Your customer will have an experience with you – good or bad – planned or random. Please join me to hear from some of the leading world experts in the area of Customer Experience and CEM. We’re live Sunday evenings at 9:00PM ET at http://www.ImprovingCustomerExperience.com or podcasts are available on this site and through iTunes.

 

The world can suck my ass!!!! Don’t Piss Me Off!!! – Tribute to Thomas Jefferson

Life@42 Scale Exhibit #TOZOO 

I figured that title would get your attention 😉

I spent my 42nd Birthday at the Toronto Zoo in full Disconnected Zen.

On that day, I took a picture that would become the foundation of what I call The Life@42 Don’t Piss Me Off!!! Scale.

The concept is that we react very differently at the three degrees of conflict resolution.  Most people exhibit very clear signals as they progress through failed conflict resolution.  You need to be very knowledgeable as to what counter-position you wish to take at those various degrees.  Similarly, you need to decide whether it is smart to continue to engage.  As with every conflict resolutions there are always two variations on a theme that exhibit and are dictated by the very counter decisions we take.

For this I am reminded of one of my favourite quotations from Thomas Jefferson.

In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock.” —Thomas Jefferson

So I present to you The Life@42 Don’t Piss Me Off!!! Scale. Continue reading

2011 – “Give Me Fringe or Give Me Death” – Google (Search) vs. Facebook (Discovery)

My thanks to Sara for including my view of Google (Search Model) vs. Facebook (Discovery Model) in her recent blog entry.

My friend, Robert Lavigne ( @rlavigne42) has this brilliant insight about Facebook vs. Google:

We are shifting from a search model to a discovery model. The very nature of this terrifies Google who have made their fortune on search. Facebook on the other hand is based entirely on the discovery model. The discovery model taps into the 3 degrees of connectivity (friend, friend of friend, … ). As such, it allows us to become aware of things that we didn’t know about in the first place. Yes you can search on it, once you hear about it for more details, but how does new knowledge get discovered in the first place? Via a social network based on the concept of weak ties and disconnected interests. In a world where content is become so readily available, the real value is in the semantics of the content. As such, content is free and context is where the value is. The discovery model allows us to use our social network to put not only context on the content being acquired, but also exposes our insight to that of others. Simply put search cannot compete with the discovery model as you need to know what you don’t know first before learning something new.

Sara brings up a comment regarding the recent Facebook Cartoon Character Campaign against child abuse. In her blog she states

The famous Facebook cartoon character campaign. It started at the end of November, a week later the children’s charity, the NSPCC, claimed it had no involvement in it. You can read more here and here.

The campaign generated 90,000 fans of the call to action with a clear measurement for engagement (changing their profile pic). The fact that the NSPCC claim they had no involvement in it, speaks volumes for the social era we are living in when even the marketing campaigns of brands are being run successfully within a crowd-sourced community. The fact that the NSPCC could not generate similar levels of ROI and ROE speaks volumes to closed-networked marketing silos that are pre-dominant in many organizations.

Which leads to the questions. Who truly owns your brand? Are you engaging with those using your Brand without your involvement? Are you opting to leverage that campaign or shut it down?

Is your company fully collaborating with your market-space to generate levels of marketing your 1.0 organization cannot remotely entertain mentally or physically?!?!

Take Care,
Rb

Is eMail Dead? Good question. Let’s ask the Knowledge Workers Toronto Panel for insight.

Tonight, I was fortunate to be the Master of Ceremonies for a panel discussion on the topic “Is eMail Dead?“.  The event in question was the year ending social event for the Knowledge Workers: Toronto – Methods meetup group.

The panel consisted of:

Martin Cleaver representing the Technology Perspective,

Stephanie Barnes representing the Process Perspective, and

Connie Crosby representing the People Perspective.

Related Link: Social Media Is Not Killing Email

#mclarenmailgate

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
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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

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

Fame…Fortune…Family…Facebook…Fatality and our Final Resting Place

Life is short and it is often shorter for others. Today, I put together a tribute/memorial video for a FB connection of mine. Paul had lost a racer friend to a brain aneurism (correction: Stomach Aneurism) at the age of 35, shortly after I celebrated my 42nd birthday.

For a while now, I have pondered whether society is ready for the reality of the Facebook Graveyard.  The reality is that we are connected to far more weak ties than any other generation in the history of mankind.

With a Baby Boomer generation reaching the end of their line and sudden GenX deaths, will humanity become stronger or weaker when surrounded by the massive amount of sickness and death that comes with having a strong social network.

It is not ironic, but probable happenstance, that I first connected with Paul when I put together a tribute for another fallen racer.  Paul is responsible for the Mark Donohue Reunion.  The reunion commemorates both the life, times and memory of Mark.  In a mark of irony, Mark died from a brain hemorrhage after an F1 crash at the 1975 Austrian Grand Prix.

What are your thoughts on the upcoming Facebook Graveyard?

Take Care,

Rob / @RLavigne42

Third-Party Video of Matt at the Mark Donohue Reunion.

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December 3, 2010 Update:

Video is featured in a tribute to Matt Drendel blog entry by Dede Seward.

In tribute to Matt Drendel of the Porsche Community – CEO/Founder of Heritage Motorwerks LLC.

Correction to the details regarding the cause of Matt’s death.

Paul Powell wow…..I made a mistake on that obit, he died of a stomach anurism, not a brain….my mistake…..sorry

December 7, 2010 Update:

Video is featured in a blog entry by PorschePurist.

I was told the Drendel one went out to 5,000 people today on Porschepurist.com

It unbelievable how these have gone out and how much everyone loves them, all cause of YOU

All the best,  Paul Powell

Porsche Collector and Patron Matt Drendel Passes Away at 35 | Porsche Cars, Products and LifeStyle

How are you doing? What are your plans for closing out 2010?!!?

Today, I received an inquiry by a connection on LinkedIn.  He inquired

Rob,

How are you doing? What are your plans for Christmas?

Jay

I used the opportunity in replying to Jay’s inquiry to put together a summary that is worthy of a blog entry to share with those who will eventually inquire on the same subject in the coming month.

WOW!

A blog generating time savings and cost savings as opposed to multiple e-mails and synchronous messaging.

HOW CAN THAT BE?  YOU CRAZY MAN! eMAIL RULES!!!!!

<sarcasm mode off ;-)>

Here was my reply for your shared transparent reusable content store 🙂

Hey Jay,

Nice to hear from you. Keeping things on the down low and cost free mode again this Christmas. Zero income in 2010 will do that for ya! Not saying that actually as a complaint, but a status of reality. 2010 has been a tough year to say the least. However, it has also been an amazing year.

I kept building up TheDigitalGrapevine (#TDGv) and my Personal Brand RLavigne42. I spent massive amounts of hours in the video editing suite putting out over 200 videos in 2010 alone. The sheer difference in quality from when I started is huge. Here is the latest piece I did based on footage I took last night and was fully edited and live by start of business day today.

#TDGv #Movember: @RLavigne42 “Stealth-Mo” Reveal and Prostate Cancer Awareness Segment

I also have a multi-segment vodcast series based on a one hour live interview/Q&A as a monthly keynote for an Agile practitioner in the GTA area called Collaboration in the Social Era with Robert Lavigne (231 views so far)

Turned 42 and launched my Life@42 (2 years in the works) social novel . Currently, it is a new blog mixing old and new content from the last 2 years and the upcoming year. The plans for it are far far greater however.

Here is some of its initial material that is interest to my current state.

They knew not what they unleashed in the haste to retain their crumbling status quo.

#TDGv #Movember: My Motivation is to change the face of men’s health

My primary data store My Thoughts Enclosed… is still live since it’s launch in March 2009 and has catalogued every aspect of my research over the last two years. That covers over 15,000 tweets to key thoughts and artifacts and hundreds and hundreds of personal and aggregated entries. Couple of reads you would enjoy.

The Three Gears of Enterprise Social Media Adoption

A Brief Background on the Emergence of @RLavigne42

20 Things Every Gen Y Needs to Know Today

Of all the ventures this year, my creation of #TDGv Studios is probably the biggest success of the lot outside of building up my personal brand worldwide. The last interview I did was with a connection in Iraq (now in Washington DC). Not a job interview, but actually being interviewed for his blog.

Here is the entry that links to the announcement of moving from The @Rlavigne42 Podium to the soon to be very formal #TDGv Studios

Words of Thanks for Givings and the Launch of #TDGv Studios

If you now do a search on Robert Lavigne on Google Canada and hit I’m Feeling Lucky, I am the top hit in Canada for that name. All based on leveraging my @RLavigne42 Digital Footprint across 20+ social networks and 2.0 sites.

Long answer, but figured I would likely convert this to a blog entry as the question will come up a lot I am sure in the coming month.

Having said all that….

HOW ARE YOU!?!?

Thanks Again and Merry XMas.

Take Care,

Rob / @RLavigne42

P. A. I. N….P. A. I. N…PAIN #Fail #Learn #Adapt #Grow

During my transition from a 1.0 to a 2.0 member of this global community, I was in a lot of pain (mental and physical).  That pain however, was nowhere as bad as the pain I was in on my 40th birthday when I put in motion Life@42 #Click4More.

It is not ironic than, that I was first introduced to Travis Pastrana around the same time. Travis to me has come to symbolize the power of focussed determination amongst massive and substantial failures at great pain to oneself and those around him.  Travis feels no fear during the day, but suffers nightly terror attacks unbeknown to himself but suffered often by those close to him.

During the same time, I was introduced to Robert Kavanagh.  Robert has a great story about both his own transformation and the value proposition of a company he is very proud of “The Art of…” Productions.  One day perhaps, Robert will let me share those stories captured in that majestic theatre which symbolized his aspirations.

<this spot reserved for the interviews with Robert ;-)>

The key to Travis’ success was his continued vision towards his ideal state of grace and determination to drive it to the checkered flag.  #FAIL to him was but a mere shift in air currents that required a course adjustment to achieve the perfect landing at his destined destination.  Travis Pastrana having conquered stunts, nitro circuses, GenY Games somehow called X, rally racing, uncountable world records, is now targeting NASCAR victory in his rookie 2011 year.

Closer to home, Robert was instrumental in me attending The Art of Management, The Art of Marketing and The Art of Cooking.  During those wonderful events, I got to listen, learn, interact and become socially connected to many of the speakers.  On Thursday, December 2, 2010, I am fortunate to be having a 20 minute skype chat with Mitch Joel of Six Pixels of Separation.  Not only was I able to develop “weak ties” with Mitch thanks to Robert, but I will be able to hear first hand from Mitch on what he thinks of Enterprise 2.0 (my passion for these last 2 years).

So to Travis, Robert and Mitch, I would like to dedicate this #TDGv Video to you.

Thank You Travis for your inspiration.

Thank You Robert for your generosity.

Thank You Mitch for your hospitality.

Take Care,

Rob / @RLavigne42

Food for Thought: Attitude, Integrity, Music, and No Regrets

What happens when your tattoo scans as 47.99 as opposed to 42

Last night, I attended one of my regular meetups of which I am a co-chair of.

In the process of introducing the speaker for the night, my fellow members (Paul and Martin) thought they would play a trick on me.  They wanted to scan my barcode tattoo to see if it would register as 42.

Instead without my knowledge, they scanned another bar code that read 47.99.  The joke however was on them, they had intended to have the barcode read 41.99 to make fun of the fact that I was not quite 42.

Want to see the tattoo being inked in real time?  Well you can’t as you would have had to be there at the time.  However, do enjoy this nice time-lapse video to the tune of Pink Floyd with guest guitarist Douglas Adams.

In Tribute to Malcolm Gladwell: After 2 years of putting in my 10,000 hours. School is out and time to Engage!

Malcolm Gladwell states via wikipedia

Throughout the publication, Gladwell repeatedly mentions the “10,000-Hour Rule”, claiming that the key to success in any field is, to a large extent, a matter of practicing a specific task for a total of around 10,000 hours.

In honour of the last day of class, this selection of videos is in tribute to his learnings.

Tomorrow is a Brave New World! Tomorrow I am turning 42.

December 3, 2010 Update:

Click the following widget to hear me do a live reading of this blog. http://thedigitalgrapevine.com/TDGv/Lifeat42/%23TDGv%20Life@42%20Intro%20Blog%20Read%20Live%20Take.mp3%20

Tomorrow on November 19, 2010, I am turning 42.  I have been a huge fan of Douglas Adams for decades now.  The number 42 has been at the core of many of my beliefs for my entire life.  On October 10, 2010, I celebrated 10/10/10 (101010 is binary for 42) by getting the tattoo that I had been planning for decades.

Two years ago I turned 40.   On that day overlooking the Grand Canyon, I made the harsh decision to either challenge the cultural state of my employment or be forced to move into the far more terrifying world of unemployment for the unemployable.  I had ballooned to 265 pounds, puking 3-4 times a week from the tension, and my wedding engagement was falling apart all around me.  I simply was not in a good physical or mental state of being.

The Genesis Moment of http://Lifeat42.com/ captured in a picture.

At the Precipice of Life overlooking the Wonders of the Past, the Realities of the Future, while Being in the Present!

I was working in an extremely toxic and unproductive work environment.  An environment built around silos, traditional networking, office politics, zero transparency, zero tolerance and yet zero accountability.  Sadly and fortunately, in January of 2009, I was told my services and opinions would no longer be welcomed.  I was released to the wilds of an economic downturn having worked in a closed network for 20 years.

I had started with this company a mere two years prior with the hopes of bringing a more transparent, agile and collaborative infrastructure to an archaic and chaotic operational model.  Overcome with office politics, zero engagement and poor executive leadership, I simply failed.  I was not alone, in a four year prior, the company had four (count them four) Directors of Applications Development.  I cannot count the other members of the management team that were affected by the environment (past and present).  All I know is that I dedicated myself to the task for the two years while I was there.  I constantly put my neck on the line to move the company towards the vision I had for it.

Upon my departure, I was blessed with kind referrals by those who shared my vision and appreciated my efforts.  These two recommendations, of the twenty-two I currently have on my LinkedIn Profile, are amongst the ones that touched my heart the most.

“Rob was instrumental in turning a dysfunctional, 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

“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

But this is not a story that dwells in the past.  On my 40th birthday, I set in motion what I called Life@42.  It was a vision for what kind of person I would be on this momentous day, what kind of people I would be connected to, and hopefully what kind of employment my passion, knowledge and leadership would be fully engaged and aligned in.

So I set forth on March 2009 to not only recreate myself, but my environment and knowledge as well.  March 2009 was the genesis of @RLavigne42 and I look forward to recounting that in a future blog entry.

Tomorrow is my 42nd birthday.  Tomorrow is the day that I have been working on for two years now.  I have failed and I have succeeded in ways that I couldn’t imagine during those two years.

Take Care,

Rob / @RLavigne42