Archives for February 2011

From Bud to Boss: Secrets to a Successful Transition to Remarkable Leadership

If you’ve read my blog before, you’re aware that most of my posts have to do with growing your business. Past posts have talked about how to get found online, making connections with others in person or using social media, and the challenges of being an effective solopreneur. Since I’m also a contributing author for the Lead Change Group’s blog, you’ll sometimes see cross-over pieces touching on character-based leadership here as well.

In today’s post, these worlds collide and the result is Remarkable, if I do say so myself! Whenever I get to write about my favorite subjects at once and read a great book, it’s a win-win situation!

Kevin Eikenberry, a member of the Lead Change community, is launching his latest book “From Bud to Boss” tomorrow, and a request for reviewers went out a couple of weeks ago. Many of us in the community are helping to #buildthebuzz about this book using our collective blogging and social media talents.

Even if I wasn’t enthralled with the way this book is being marketed (which I am), this book is definitely one I’d recommend. Kevin and his co-author, Guy Harris, have created an instruction manual that belongs in the hands of every new leader on the planet (and in the hands of some more experienced leaders too).

“From Bud to Boss: Secrets to a Successful Transition to Remarkable Leadership” is that missing handbook for first-time leaders that comes alongside them and gently teaches them the things they need to know. Broken into six parts, the book covers topics such as succeeding in your transition to leadership, the nature of change, working with various communication styles, providing effective feedback and coaching, transforming groups into teams, and developing a commitment to success.

Remarkable Principles within the book highlight key points that often say more about human nature and life in general than specifically about leadership. These principles are worth taking note of, and stopping and pondering for a time. Kevin and Guy recommend keeping a journal as you read through the book, and these principles are good stopping places to make notes and visualize their application to specific circumstances you are faced with in your leadership role.

Bonus Bytes point to practical and immediately useful extras that can be found online related to the current topic. These may include checklists, tools, greater detail on a subject and more. These resources, coupled with the information in the book, go a long way towards providing you with the tools and resources you need to succeed in your new role.

But the thing I liked the most in the format of the book was that each chapter ended with Now Steps. These were actionable items that you could go and do now to improve your leadership. They were just a summary of points from the chapter, but instead, where additional items that took the chapter’s content one step further; helping you ingrain the lesson in your heart and mind.

The entire premise of the book is that you can successfully transition into your new leadership role, but that your goal shouldn’t be simply to be a leader. Instead, as you focus on becoming a Remarkable leader, you surmount many of the problems that other leaders get bogged down by. As you focus on controlling what you can and influencing who you can, you keep a proper perspective, riding the middle of the wake between tasks and people. This analogy refers to the two-sided wake that a boat leaves behind it. As you move towards either side of the wake, the waters are rougher. However, staying in the middle of the wake allows you to effectively use both edges of the wake to create Remarkable results in your team and for your organization.

If any of this sounds like information you could benefit from, I strong suggest that you pick up a copy of “From Bud to Boss” and being your journey to Remarkable leadership today! Visit the launch site on February 15th, and get some great bonus materials along with your book!

Should I Upgrade My Facebook Page Now or Wait?

[Update: Please note that this post was originally published on February 11th, 2011, and applies to the upgrade that was applicable at that time. It is not relevant to subsequent Facebook upgrades. For other Facebook-related articles, go here.]

If you’re an admin of a Facebook page, you will soon be invited to upgrade your page to the new format. Just as profiles were recently redesigned, Facebook is redesigning pages as well. Here are some thoughts to help you make your decision.

Thankfully, Facebook offers you the opportunity to preview the upgrade on your specific page before actually making the change. I highly recommend that you do that. It will help you understand where some familiar things have been moved to (like your tabs will no longer appear at the top of the page; instead, they’ll be along the left-hand side as navigation links). It will also help you preview your landing page to make sure it still works properly. Right now, there seems to be a bug that affects some landing pages, but not all. With this bug, the content of the page is being truncated so that information on the right-hand side is cut off. The width is still supposed to be 520px, but seems to be shortened by as must as 30px for some pages.

Be aware that this preview opportunity is intended to help you discover and resolve issues before Facebook creates any problems for you. You can opt to wait to upgrade, but all pages will be upgraded in March. (I’ve read three conflicting dates so far ranging from the 1st to the 31st.) You’re only delaying the inevitable if you do wait. So, use this time wisely to review your page, make any changes you need to make, and be prepared for the new layout.

So, what are some of the pros about this redesign? The two biggest seem to be that if you improperly categorized your page when you created it, you now actually have the ability to change that. I know that’s been a huge issue for many businesses. Second is that you can now post on other pages as your page instead of as yourself. That gives great visibility to your page, and encourages people to come like your page rather than trying to connect with you as a friend, thus clarifiing the blurred lines Facebook previoulsy created between business and friendship.

And some cons? If you manage multiple pages, you can no longer access them through the Account menu. I still have not found a way around that, other than to search on each of the pages you administer, and hope you don’t forget any. Personally, I administer a couple dozen pages, so I’m not a fan of that technique at all! But for those of you that only administer one or two pages, it shouldn’t be a problem.

Another con is that the wall filter has been changed so that the most popular posts on your wall float to the top. That means newer posts with fewer interactions will be buried on your wall (which will now function more like a newsfeed), unless you change the filter from “Everyone” to just your page. But then you’re missing out on the interactivity of what others are posting on your wall. Tough call to make, and one that I need to review some more. The purpose of this change is to ensure that viewers see high quality content each time they visit the page, but that means that content editors are going to have to be even more particular about creating engaging content so that they can overcome the popularity of an older, engaging post.

For more details about the change and what specific things you’re going to see, check out: Inside Facebook’s Page Redesign Guide.

If you’re an Aleweb client (or wish to become one) and have specific questions, or want input as to whether to upgrade or wait, contact us!