links for 2010-10-03

  • App developers praise Apple's iOS for its strong market share and revenue stream, but a huge number see Android as the platform with the most diverse potential over the long haul. Among the more than 2,000 developers surveyed this past month by IDC and Appcelerator, 72 percent said Android is best positioned to power a larger and greater variety of devices in the future, compared with 25 percent who said the same about Apple. As a result, 59 percent of the app developers favor Android's long-term outlook versus 35 percent for iOS, according to the "Appcelerator IDC Mobile Developer Report, September 2010." (PDF)
  • A classic interpersonal challenge that we often see in otherwise-intelligent managers is the desire to “add value” to their team member’s great ideas. These leaders like to display their brilliance by continually adding their input — even at the expense of other people’s ownership and commitment. This happens quite often. For instance, imagine you’re an entry-level employee, and Joe is your manager. You come to Joe with an idea that he reluctantly agrees is great. You’ve been working on this idea for months, and you’re really excited about what you’ve accomplished. Joe likes the idea, but rather than just saying, “Great idea. Congratulations!” he has the need to add, “If you just make these changes, it can be even better.”
    (tags: leadership)
  • If you and I met to have coffee for 30 minutes every day for the next year, could you share something with me that could help me address issues that matter to me? I asked an owner of a service providing business this question recently, and after a long pause, her response was “I’m not sure.” It was a leading question; I knew the answer before I asked it. I appreciated her honesty, but I’m not sure she appreciated how critical my question was. Your value, what you can do uniquely well to help others, is your currency. If you are remarkably good at helping others with something that really matters, then you will merit fair if not impressive compensation and rarely want for work.
  • Have you ever considered that every email you send makes an impression on someone? Each impression plays a small, but important role in defining your personal brand. Just as every product has a brand, so do each of us. We’re all branding ourselves every day, in every way—by how we sound on the phone; by our appearance; by our level of physical fitness; by how we acknowledge people, and through our email communications. If the people you have corresponded with via email over the last 30 days were surveyed and asked to describe your personal email brand, what would the results show? Now take a minute to think about your goals and consider the person you need to become to achieve your goals. Would these survey results be consistent with this image?

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