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5.0 out of 5 stars smart cover partner for iPad, July 7, 2011
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The New Small: How a New Breed of Small Businesses Is Harnessing the Power of Emerging Technologies
The New Small: How a New Breed of Small Businesses Is Harnessing the Power of Emerging Technologies
by Phil Simon
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars It Can Be Easy (& More Enjoyable) Being Small, March 2, 2011
The New Small is a refreshing take on technology and small business, and portrays how passionate people can be about their work when technology truly supports their efforts.


The Yahoo! Style Guide: The Ultimate Sourcebook for Writing, Editing, and Creating Content for the Digital World
The Yahoo! Style Guide: The Ultimate Sourcebook for Writing, Editing, and Creating Content for the Digital World
by Chris Barr
Edition: Paperback
Price: $14.09
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41 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Yahoo! Style Guide: Write Digital Content Everyone Will Read, July 7, 2010
There's a lot of information packed into The Yahoo! Style Guide a new book from Yahoo!. While other style guides and manuals have kept the topics of writing, user-interface, webpage coding, and SEO separate-The Yahoo! Style Guide brings it all together-making it a one-stop-guide for every member of your digital team.

One of the most useful chapters in the book is on copywriting for search engine optimization (SEO), and includes tips about keywords, links, page titles and metatags. People and search engines don't scan pages in the exact same way but there are some similarities to keep in mind, e.g. both need to know: what a page is about, what's important, options for acquiring more information.

There are excellent suggestions too, about how to "write for the world." We're reminded that the Web is a worldwide medium and "site visitors probably come from more than one country and more than one culture. Collectively, they probably speak several languages. It's a good practice to make the text on your site clear to as many people as possible." Five best practices we're urged to put into practice are: 1) Keep the sentence structure simple, 2) Include "signposts": words that help readers see how the parts of a sentence relate, 3) Eliminate ambiguity, 4) Avoid uncommon words and nonliteral usages, and 5) Rewrite text that doesn't translate literally.

You can read through the style guide from beginning to end and use it as a reference when stumped with a punctuation question, wondering how to write a perfect title for your email newsletter or streamlined text for mobile devices. The book is filled with loads of great tips. One of my favorites is on editing with screen-reading software so you can hear the page read aloud to you. (In Windows, Narrator or Ease of Use in Windows Vista and on the Mac, Text-to-Speech.)

The Yahoo! Style Guide is also available online with a companion website and includes additional resources and updates. You'll find a good companion in The Yahoo! Style Guide.
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Open Leadership: How Social Technology Can Transform the Way You Lead
Open Leadership: How Social Technology Can Transform the Way You Lead
by Charlene Li
Edition: Hardcover
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars How A Book On Leadership & Social Technology Can Transform the Way You Think!, June 5, 2010
Charlene Li `s new book, Open Leadership: How Social Technology Can Transform the Way You Lead, opens with a memorable story about musician, Dave Carroll, and his unfortunate incident when United Airlines damaged his guitar. Nine months later, when Carroll hadn't made any progress being compensated for his guitar, he did something a little different to vent his feelings. He made a music video called "United Breaks Guitars" and posted it on YouTube. Charlene writes, "Within three days, the video had over one million views, and Carroll's anthem became a viral sensation. By the end of 2009, there had been over seven million views and hundreds of news stories about Carroll's experience." With this story, Charlene lays the groundwork for her new work about the ways in which social technology has changed the shift in power, where "individuals have the ability to broadcast their views to the world."

Throughout the book, we learn from one example after another, how leaders need to find a way to communicate as openly as they can, and how this comes more easily for some than others. Charlene includes Open Leadership Self-Assessment tools so leaders can determine where they fall in the spectrum. She offers hope too for those who may not naturally be inclined towards openness by suggesting they start small. As she says, "It's hard to suspend a mind-set that's driven you throughout your professional career-it may feel completely unnatural to you and go against every fiber in your body."

The book also includes useful Action Plans and Open Strategy Checklists. We learn too how leaders can (and should) partner with the optimists and strong collaborators in their organizations, and create a culture that supports being open.While all leaders won't comfortably gravitate to blogging or maintaining a presence on Facebook, Charlene gives two great examples of how some businesses have found workarounds. She tells the story about Bill Marriott, the CEO of hotel chain Marriott International who started blogging in 2007. But Marriott wasn't comfortable with using the technology and couldn't even type so a member of the communications staff records what he wants to say, transcribes it, and posts the text and audio file on his blog. John Chambers, CEO of Cisco Systems, was concerned that blogging wouldn't be a good fit for him so instead he tried a video blog.

The last chapter of the book, "How Openness Transforms Organizations" includes seven recommendations: 1) create a sense of urgency with information sharing, 2) identify the values that will carry you through the transformation, 3) lead by example, 4) encourage risk taking; reward risks taken, 5) start small to win big, 6) institutionalize systems and structures, 7) be patient.

With many valuable lessons and tools of the trade, Open Leadership will rightfully take its place on the virtual and brick-and-mortar Best of Business Book shelves for years to come.

If you had to answer the question right now, would you say you and your organization are open to practicing open leadership? What would make it possible?


The Next Wave of Technologies: Opportunities in Chaos
The Next Wave of Technologies: Opportunities in Chaos
by Phil Simon
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $43.12
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Next Wave of Technologies is Now, April 28, 2010
Phil Simon collaborated with an impressive network of experts to write about a wide spectrum of Enterprise 2.0 technologies. The book demystifies topics you may have thought were hands-off to you: SaaS (software as a service), enterprise search and retrieval (ESR), service-oriented architecture (SOA). The book also covers topics which may feel more mainstream at this point such as cloud computing, mobile technologies, and social networking.

The Next Wave of Technologies is a must-read for IT professionals who are scrambling to keep up with the implications of new technologies and a book for their colleagues who need to interface with them. Students and consulting firms will also benefit from reading the book. Simon writes, "...it does not provide all of the answers to any one technology, but summarizes the questions that readers should be asking themselves."

One thing is clear, we can't bury our head in the sand until the next wave of technologies settle. All of us who want to stay current and competitive need to have a good picture of the choices out there today and the effects they will have on the ways we communicate professionally and personally.

The next wave of technologies is now!


Engage: The Complete Guide for Brands and Businesses to Build, Cultivate, and Measure Success in the New Web
Engage: The Complete Guide for Brands and Businesses to Build, Cultivate, and Measure Success in the New Web
by Brian Solis
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly & Utterly Engaged, March 18, 2010
Brian Solis does much more than introducing us to social media tools. Engage! is truly an education. If you take the time to do your homework, trying out the suggested resources, your efforts will most definitely pay off. There's something for everyone in this book regardless of where you are on the new media learning curve.

I found myself captivated by several things in particular: social media dashboards, aggregation and syndication, geo location and mobile networking, social objects and social media optimization. Engage: The Complete Guide for Brands and Businesses to Build, Cultivate, and Measure Success in the New Web is a book you will be able to pick up on any given day and find what you're looking for as a way to keep on track with your social media goals and objectives.

Great book. I highly recommend it!

Debbie Hemley


Get Seen: Online Video Secrets to Building Your Business
Get Seen: Online Video Secrets to Building Your Business
by Steve Garfield
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $18.95
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Do Not Pass Go. Get Seen, Now!, January 13, 2010
I've enjoyed reading Steve Garfield's book, Get Seen, tremendously! In addition to be engrossed in the book, I spent a lot of time trying cool tools I had not come across before like streaming video on qik.com and creating quick & easy blog posts by emailing [...]. I followed Steve's directions for creating a playlist on youtube (something I hadn't done before), looked into vimeo, blip, and checked out audio boo and interwebs which I learned about from a jing screencast Steve did on things he had tweeted about.

Steve Garfield's book made me feel like a social media kid in a very well stocked candy shop!

Debbie Hemley
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Trust Agents: Using the Web to Build Influence, Improve Reputation, and Earn Trust
Trust Agents: Using the Web to Build Influence, Improve Reputation, and Earn Trust
by Chris Brogan
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars How to be a Good Person, September 27, 2009
Trust Agents is more than a business book. It's more about quality than quantity, and less about Social Media. But the irony is that it's all of those things rolled into one. When you get right down to it, Trust Agents contains the ingredients for how to be a good person in life--business and personal. I loved reading this book, and think it should be everybody's goal to be a Trust Agent. A world of Trust Agents. As John Lennon said, "Imagine all the people, Sharing all the world."

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Sticks and Stones: How Digital Business Reputations Are Created Over Time and Lost in a Click
Sticks and Stones: How Digital Business Reputations Are Created Over Time and Lost in a Click
by Larry Weber
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $21.98
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Reputations will never be the same again, September 26, 2009
If you care about your reputation, the reputation of your business or organization, or for that matter, the ones you have any affiliation with, then you must read Larry Weber's new book, Sticks & Stones. You won't think about reputation the same way again!

Debbie Hemley


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