Wednesday, October 30, 2013

The Fourth Gretzky

Once again it is time to present SMARTKETING’s annual Gretzky award to the individual who we believe is skating to where the puck is going to be.  This year the award goes to world renowned architect, Zaha Hadid.

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Born in Baghdad, Iraq, now residing in London, Zaha Hadid is considered by many the leader of bold, unconventional “futuristic” architecture.  Her list of achievements are numerous, but she stepped into the world spotlight back in 2004 when she became the first woman to win the Pritzker Architecture Prize, architecture’s equivalent of the Nobel Prize.  In 2008 she was ranked 69th on Forbes list of “The World’s Most Powerful Women.”  She won the Stirling Prize, a prestigious honor awarded by the Royal Institute of British Architects two years running, 2010 and 2011.  Her list of achievements goes on and on!

By awarding Ms. Hadid the fourth Gretzky award, hopefully for the world travelers reading this post you will check out some of her modern structures.  One you are all familiar with is the London Aquatics Center that was utilized during the 2012 Summer Olympics.  She is currently working on the 2020 Tokyo Olympic stadium.  One structure closer to home that her firm was recently commissioned will be the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University.  In addition to her team of over 400 people working on an estimated 950 projects in 44 countries around the world, Ms Hadid also dabbles in designing avant-garde furniture, wine bottles and yachts.  I recommend you click here for more information.

Dame Zaha Mohammad Hadid, congratulations!  We applaud you!

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Cup of Joe

I was at my local bagel café when the manager asked me: “Where did the term a cup of Joe come from?”  The dude with dreadlocks next to me immediately googled “cup of Joe” and we all instantly learned nobody is 100% sure.  You have to love google!  

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One popular theory is Josephus Daniels, Secretary of Navy under President Woodrow Wilson on June 1st 1914 issued General Order 99 which prohibited alcohol aboard all naval vessels.  Consequently, the strongest drink aboard all ships was coffee, thus annoyed coffee drinking navy personnel began to call coffee “a cup of Joe.”  Is General Order 99 still in effect?  Another google search indicated yes, alcohol is still not allowed to be consumed onboard United States warships.  However, the only exception to this rule is if the crew has gone more than 45 days since last pulling into a port, then the commanding officer can authorize a “beer day.”  The crew would then be limited to consuming no more than 2 beers provided they do not have any duties in the next 4 hours.

English researchers have several theories about the origin of “cup of Joe.”  First Joe is the shorten version of two slang words: java and jamoke.  Note: The word jamoke was originally the slang created for java and mocha.  The second theory dates back to 1836 when “Joe” came into existence as a slang name for “the common man.”  Thus “cup of Joe” became known as the “common man’s drink”.

Bottomline: No one is 100% sure of where the term “cup of Joe” came from.  This much I do know.  Google’s Mission Statement – Organize the world's information and make it universally accessible and useful.

Google: Mission Accomplished!

Monday, October 21, 2013

Special Day

Back on this day in 2008 I officially entered the blogosphere when I posted Outsourcing Makes $en$e.  Blogging has been an adventure; a fun learning experience.  Blogging is a great way to stay connected!  Thanks to your readership, I am looking forward to Year Six.    

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Thank You
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 Go raibh maith agat

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Authenticity is Priceless

Sunset at Montmajour, a work of art by Van Gogh, originally believed to be a fake, recently was authenticated due to to extensive research conducted by the Van Gogh Museum.  Reading about this made me think about online networking via social media and the whole concept of authenticity. 

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It has been over three years since I explored the value of authenticity as it relates to networking.  Back in June 2010, LinkedIn was a worldwide business oriented community of 65 million registered users.  It has since expanded to 225 million users in more than 200 countries.  I continue to be an advocate of LinkedIn.  It is a great tool to connect with new people outside your immediate sphere of influence, but more importantly a way to aggregate information that enhances your overall business skills/knowledge base.   

As I have posted before, there are two types of networkers on LinkedIn.  Situational networkers (what’s in it for me) and sustainable networkers (people who sincerely value and nurture long-term connections).  Unfortunately as LinkedIn has grown, I have encountered more situational than sustainable networkers.  For me, the key difference between the two types of networkers is authenticity!  What establishes an individual’s authenticity?  For starters, sustainable networkers always listen, engage and establish common interests/bonds.  In addition, they are committed to maintaining the connection by consistently checking in and sharing information over the long haul.  When I examine some of the initial connections I made when I first stepped up my LinkedIn game, few people outside my original pre-Web 2.0 network have established their authenticity.  

When it comes to networking, authenticity is priceless!