“In my own work, I’ve tried to anticipate what’s coming over the horizon, to hasten its arrival, and to apply it to people’s lives in a meaningful way.” Yesterday saw the passing of the probably much lesser known Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen. Quite possibly one of the most influential people of the late 20th and early 21st Centuries and not only because he helped popularize the most prevalent… Read More »What Will be Your Personal Brand Legacy?
There had been rumours in the past of LinkedIn seeking strategic partners or an acquirer, with several technology companies being the possible ‘one’. Yesterday saw the news that the successful one will be Microsoft.
My initial thought is I hope this has positive results for many of the areas that LinkedIn seems to be falling short on with technology and that Microsoft does not allow this purchase to squander or suffer like it has with Skype and other poor past acquisitions.
The challenge with any merger, big or small is the merging of leadership styles and cultures. Everything said initially is for the benefit of the stakeholders – investors, employees and users. The reality rolls out differently over the coming months, after all the deal does not close until the end of 2016, so don’t expect any wholesale changes until well in to 2017.
Naturally this was big news in the business world and a lot has been said, with much more to be said over the coming days and weeks. I have collected a few thoughts from the main parties involved as well as some social media, social selling and LinkedIn experts, here is what they had to say;
Can you spot the difference? Apparently over at Microsoft they can't! The logo on the left came from a 90's Windows95 commercial, the logo on the right, with great fanfare, was launched as Microsoft's new logo, the first for 25 years. Hope they asked for their Fiverr.com investment back!
Perhaps contrary to the belief of some, enthusiasm is one thing but leadership does not have to be all screaming! At a client branding workshop last week the subject of leadership or rather leadership brand came up and was a recurring theme throughout the company's retreat. Leadership both internally and externally is a strength for this client and something that I believe will be a key differentiator to their… Read More »Does your leadership brand determine the culture?
I had a great day yesterday at The Art Of Management event in Toronto and will be adding some more thoughts and insights over the next week. There were quite a number of people there tweeting live and also following as well as people like me who tweeted once they got back to their offices, homes and computers. The event # was #taom and I have put together a list… Read More »The Art of Management, Toronto, 16th October – #taom Twitter follow