Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Beware of Collaborative Intent

A lot of people and a lot of companies talk about collaboration.

But, are a lot of them actually doing it?

Beware of Collaborative Intent

Signs --- STOP collaborate and listen (Vanilla Ice)

I'm an optimist.

If someone says they want to collaborate… Believe them!

But ask them a few questions. Read On!

Side note: Don't get too wrapped up in the governance aspects of the data and the collaboration yet.

Governance is absolutely critical to any collaborative success but don't let it get in the way of the collaborative intent!

We can use Microsoft SharePoint and we can use Box and we can use other ECM solutions. And we can also throw Enterprise Social Networks like Yammer, Slack, Jive (and soon Microsoft’s Skype), and we can use traditional consumer social networks of Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and, and, and.

We’ve Heard It All Before

Have you heard the comment …

If we could just be a little more collaborative.

Ask and consider:

  • What does that really mean?
  • What does it mean to be collaborative?
  • What does it mean to be more collaborative?

What can you do about it?

Collaboration requires commitment. There are aspects that need to be considered, but as I mentioned above … if people say they want to collaborate … Believe Them.

Seek to help them understand what they are asking for. Then seek to propose a solution that meets their needs.

Great Collaboration Solutions Start on the Whiteboard
Not the Keyboard

Hard Questions Ahead

Ask these hard questions (and expect answers … dig into their replies)

  • Ask, what do they want to do?
  • Ask, what do they think they're missing now?
  • Ask, what would they expect to be the result of more collaboration?

The Killer Value Question

Now that you know about their Collaborative Intent …

Ask, the killer value question.

If we could accomplish this for you…

What would this be worth to you?

If at least the majority of the people are in agreement that this is indeed and in fact what they want to do then…

Consider asking the next question.

So … What is your collaborative intent?

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imageThank you to Harmon.ie for recognizing me as one of the Top 25 Influencers to the SharePoint Community. I am honored and humbled to accept your award.

As part of my commitment to the community I will continue to seek ways to do more in the SharePoint and Office 365 worlds. Especially as more and more collaboration efforts and more Collaborative Intent is being considered, sought, and executed.

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image credits: Harmon.ie 

clip_image001Jeff is business advisor, mentor and community engagement expert. He has spent most of his career in the Enterprise Content Management industry. He brings over 20 years of Channel Sales, Partner Marketing and Alliance expertise to audiences around the world in speaking engagements and via his writing. He has worked for Microsoft, Kodak, and K2.

Tweet him
@jshuey or connect on LinkedIn, Facebook, or Google+ He is active in the Microsoft Partner Community and is the co-founder and President of the IAMCP Seattle chapter.

He is a contributing author to
Entrepreneur, Elite Daily, Yahoo, US News and to the Personal Branding Blog

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Saturday, September 10, 2016

Why I do Pay It Forward Fridays

The idea, the concept and the practical application of paying it forward it easy. There is no wrong way to do it. It can be as simple as holding a door open for someone or it can be buying someone’s coffee or paying their toll.

It doesn’t need to cost money and
it doesn’t need to take a bunch of time
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Why Fridays?  Why not every day?

Well, you’ve gotta start somewhere!

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I’ve also been asked … Why Pay It Forward?

Well the answer is simple … because I can.

Guess what? So can you!

How did I get started?

I’ve been posting Pay it Forward and Giveback posts for about 5 years now. Like most people, I have always paid it forward in one way or another. But, on that day 5 years ago I was in my local coffee shop and realized I had no money and had left my wallet at home too.

Doh! I had already ordered and I felt a little silly saying … “sorry, I don’t have any money” and just then the person in front of me said … “Don’t worry. I’ve got you covered” and then he added “just pay it forward next time” which got me thinking and tweeting.

My first #PIFF Tweet:
It’s Pay It Forward Friday – do something nice for someone today & don’t expect anything in return.
#PIFF #giveback

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Others have asked why only pay it forward on Fridays? What about the rest of the days? The simple answer is you’ve gotta start somewhere.

paying it forward is
a habit that becomes infectious.

Truth be told … I’m always on the lookout for ways to pay it forward. Whether it’s helping friends find jobs or just smiling or saying hello … paying it forward is a habit that becomes infectious.

Paying it Forward is Easy

It’s something I’ve done for as long as I can remember and thanks to the reach of social networks I have been utilizing them to share the PIFF efforts over the last five years.

I use the hashtag #PIFF which to me stands for
Pay it Forward Friday.

If you like it … use it. If you want to use the more traditional #payitforward that’s OK too.

Let’s start a movement … and Pay It Forward … on Fridays and every other day that end in the letter y.

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This is an excerpt from my post on the leading career site for Millennials ---
The Personal Branding Blog

I've been writing for the PBB for 3 years and have over 150 posts on topics ranging from career advice, networking, hiring, listening & communicating across generations and taking necessary breaks. 

Read and Comment on my posts here

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clip_image001Jeff is business advisor, mentor and community engagement expert. He has spent most of his career in the Enterprise Content Management industry. He brings over 20 years of Channel Sales, Partner Marketing and Alliance expertise to audiences around the world in speaking engagements and via his writing. He has worked for Microsoft, Kodak, and K2.

Tweet him
@jshuey or connect on LinkedIn, Facebook, or Google+ He is active in the Microsoft Partner Community and is the co-founder and President of the IAMCP Seattle chapter.

He is a contributing author to
Entrepreneur, Elite Daily, Yahoo, US News and to the Personal Branding Blog

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Do you have a Knack for style?

imageIf you do … GREAT!

If you don’t … you now have a friend that can help.

Enter … The Knack Team.

Former Microsoftie and now CEO of a Seattle startup Laura Jennings had an idea. Source local products from the Pacific Northwest to make it more personal and easier to do personal and corporate gift giving.

imageThe Geekwire team did a better job than I have describing what they are up in their Startup Spotlight.

Pro Tip: Try out Knack this month and take 25% off on all purchases with this discount code: Shuey25

 

 

Please Note: I do NOT take a cut here. The Knack team was kind enough to extend this offer for people like myself that attended their recent kickoff event. So, please try Knack and buy a few gifts for your family, friends and colleagues

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You’ve Got a Friend in Knack

I had the pleasure of being able to attend the launch of the Knack wine event. I knew Kirsten Andresen from my time with the Social Media Club and some of the events we worked on together. She is a PR professional thru and thru. If you know her you know what I mean.

I also met most of the Knack team. Deb Ryan, Reed and a few others that make the Knack magic happen. Laura has built a solid team.

imageOne of the coolest things that the Knack team does is the source things locally. I may be a little bit biased but one of their local sources happens to be Strideline. The company that makes customized socks.

I am also happy to say that Laura is also part of the Microsoft Alumni Network. If you are also a member you might see Laura and crew at the next Reunion with a Purpose. I’ll be there too along with a few hundred passionate, committed and very entrepreneurial former ‘softies like Laura.

Why Knack?

I like the cleverness and packaging of the way the Knack team is putting everything together (curating … if you must). The clear paint cans are cool and fun,

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One thing I really liked was the College Care Packages. If you are like me … we have a kid in college. Wouldn’t it be cool to surprise them with a gift package every so often (monthly?) to really make their day?

Well, the Knack team has made this very easy. It’s quick, personable and customized just for your student (or grandkids of whatever).

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It’s that easy.

When should you use Knack?

It's simple. Anytime you need to give a unique gift. And, especially one that's from the Pacific Northwest. Check out the website. See how creative you can be.

imageFind them in these places on the web and in the social sphere. Don’t be confused by other Knack’sters … look for Knack Shops.

I am being very intentional and specific here because I want you to check out Knack and see how cool the site is … AND help out the local vendors they have selected.

As a gift to you … I have been allowed to share a discount with you. And, it’s valid for the whole month of September … for as many purchases as you want to make.

Use the code:
Shuey25

To get 25% off any and all purchases you make before the end of September. (Thank you to the Knack team for making this available)

Getting in the Knack of Gifting

For your next corporate or personal gift … don’t knock it out of the park.

KNACK it outta the park!

Thanks again to Laura Jennings, Kirsten Andresen and the whole Knack team. I wish you all the success in the world and I think you’ve got a Knack for gift giving.

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Image Credits: Knack, Geekwire

Image result for full disclosure Full Disclosure: I was slightly compensated for this post. A little food, wine and a sample gift box. But, even without those relatively modest “gifts” I was already a fan and supporter of my former Microsoft colleague and the company and team she has built.

Saturday, September 3, 2016

Surfing IS an Olympic Sport

I wrote the core of this post a few months ago. But, I have updated it with the news about The Olympics.

It was just as the idea of surfing in the Olympics was being floated.

Well, now we know …

Surfing WILL be in the Olympics in 2020

imageSurfing may also come to the prairies. What this could mean for you, for your community, for the surfing culture, for the hotels and other industries that stand to make a buck. Think “merch” for the culture and sponsorships aplenty. Surfing in the Olympics and on The Prairies could revive the surf industry in ways we have not considered yet and with a new group of customers. Think Millennials, Gen Z and The Alphas.

I expect a lot of advertisers will jump into the mix here --- hotels, clothing companies, cities that want to attract surf-dollars and many more.

Are Surfers the Ultimate Athletes?

Perhaps the Inland Surfers will find out that Surfers May Be the Best Athletes on the Planet (read this post about why this is true).

The world will be watching to see in 2020.

Will you watch surfing as an Olympic event?

With Kelly Slater's new device that might happen, but it seems they have chosen what I would prefer. A natural beach break. They have selected Chiba in Japan (on the coast, obviously)

Read More about Surfing in the 2020 Olympics:

You may see more “Inland Surfers” too

You may also start to see more "surfers" in your neighborhood. Unlike the FlowRider devices that you may have seen on cruise ships and water parks this innovation might bring more traditional surfing to the prairies. And possibly to the Olympic games too.

If you want to see Kelly Slater's new innovation in action watch the video.

Kelly's Wave from Kelly Slater Wave Co on Vimeo.

Surfing is a Culture

People want to be a part of the surfing lifestyle. They'll spend money to travel to far off places to experience the lifestyle. Even if they never get in the water. The surfing industry figured this out many years ago. Companies like Billabong, Quicksilver, O'Neill, Ripcurl, Volcom, RonJon and many others made sizable businesses out of the surfing lifestyle.

I expect other companies across different industries are ready to capitalize on the surfing lifestyle too. I think the Kelly Slater Wave Company may just have the innovation need to get mass retailers, hoteliers and other luxury brands to jump in (pun intended) to the future of inland surfing.

As I have written about before surfers just may be the best athletes in the world. Perhaps not ironically, the point of this post involves the challenges of "naturally occurring waves" and other conditions in the oceans.

Imagine the Possibilities

  • Imagine the corporate sponsorship opportunities
  • Imagine the "merch" opportunities.
  • Imagine having everyone in your town saying "dude"

Beyond the traditional surfing vendors ... who have struggled as a whole ... there are huge opportunities for many other companies to get involved. Everything from mass market retailers like Target to hoteliers like Marriott that can build, support and, of course, sponsor events. 

Just like with the Las Vegas hotels today ... you'll be able to rent a cabana "wave side" and be able to watch your significant other, your kids, or even the top pros ply their skills on a perfect wave.

Consider:

  • Eco-Tourism without the carbon tax of a long flight to the tropics.
  • Surfing at high altitudes in places like Mexico City and Denver
  • Being able to say you've "Surfed Kansas"

Kelly Slater is a very smart guy. In addition to having the skills to be able to win an unprecedented 11 World Surfing titles he has also setup a business with merchandise (aka merch) in the form of all sorts of clothing, restaurants, and more. I think the "more" part is where Kelly Slater is in a great position to offer his wave pool services ... for a fee. Capitalism is OK! 

Beyond the obvious Hair Care, Sun Protection, and Surf Equipment vendors. All of which stand to make new equipment and sales into this burgeoning market. There is a whole new set of options coming into the forefront. A little like the beach volleyball craze of 20 or so years ago (I know they still have events, but they were a big deal a few years back) there are parallels to the Rise of Inland Surfing. There will be product tie-ins, cities and states can play a role, and communities can behind something that is generally just good clean fun.

Beyond the Obvious

Everything from bringing the surf culture to landlocked areas to developing new equipment, new types of contests, and new rules of engagement. There are other traditional water sports that often need the ocean (or at least a body of water) to encourage users and host events.

  • SUP - Stand Up Paddle boarding
  • Windsurfing - Bring in the big fans (it's been done before)
  • Spongeboards - They may have their own times for sessions
  • Skimboards - Have you see what they can do on a skimboard?

These are just a few ideas.

What ideas would you apply if you had access to a Perfect Wave?

  • Surf at night? Surf at Dawn? Surf without The Landlord?
  • Company events?
  • Logos on the waves and at the venue (as noted in the pic) - this is not a slight to Kelly Slater or the business he is building. Making surfing accessible is a noble cause and one that others businesses and people will pay to be a part of ...Ride That Wave!

Teach them Well

If they are smart they can extend the surf culture. By including lessons for surfing --- which should include everything from the obvious - how to stand, how to turn, how to duck dive. To the not so obvious, but extremely critical ... especially for those that want to take their "Inland Surfing" skills to the real ocean. Things like etiquette, wave selection (in the real ocean is very different than a perfect wave), where to paddle out,who to defer to (and why).

imageWho Remembers the movie North Shore? Where a surfer from a wave pool had to learn the hard way that the ocean (and the locals) are unforgiving.

What about the Olympics?

While I don't personally like the idea of the exact same wave every time this is what may be needed in order to get Surfing categorized as an Olympic sport. I was trying to think of other sports where the conditions are a variable as they can be in surfing. The only things I could come up with were skiing, snowboarding and rowing / canoeing. All water based sports that are done outdoors. But, even in snowboarding the condition of "the wave" is fixed - at least in terms of the shape. The snow, wind, sun, etc. can impact the run-to-run conditions.

I personally think wave selection is part of the definition of a true surfer. Knowing how to pick the right wave from the set based on tides, bottom conditions and many other factors that make surfing so unique. And to be honest, hard and somewhat inaccessible.

So, I think the way to get surfing into the Olympics is to make a standardized set of conditions. In this case the wave is the easiest factor to control. With the Kelly Slater Wave Company designed pool there is an advantage in that the pool can go to every city the Olympics are held. No longer is there a need to be close to the coast or to wait for just the right conditions.

I think we will see surfing in the Olympics. (Update: Now we KNOW we will)

Surfing the Prairies

I think we will also see surfing in The Prairies and other landlocked areas. The time is right. I predict the Kelly Slater Wave Company will do well here. So will a lot of other companies. I think Kelly Slater is smart enough to know that you cannot do it all. And, the good news is ... you don't have to. There is a market today. 

People want to get in on the Surf Culture. Companies will pay to be a part of the surf culture. Most important people will pay for be a part of the surf culture.

As for the Olympics ... Let the Games Begin!

For everyone else ...

Game on!  Surfs Up!!  Everyone in the Water!!!

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Image Credits: Kelly Slater Wave Company
Thanks to my friend Joe for pointing out what Mr. Slater is up to and for a few of the ideas espoused here.

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This is part of my on-going series of posts where I try to have a little fun and share a little of my insights on People, Process and Technology.

This is cross posted to LinkedIn here.

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clip_image001Jeff is business advisor, mentor and community engagement expert. He has spent most of his career in the Enterprise Content Management industry. He brings over 20 years of Channel Sales, Partner Marketing and Alliance expertise to audiences around the world in speaking engagements and via his writing. He has worked for Microsoft, Kodak, and K2.

Tweet him
@jshuey or connect on LinkedIn, Facebook, or Google+ He is active in the Microsoft Partner Community and is the co-founder and President of the IAMCP Seattle chapter.

He is a contributing author to
Entrepreneur, Elite Daily, Yahoo, US News and to the Personal Branding Blog

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Friday, August 26, 2016

Are you Getting your 60?

surfing-1210040_1920Whatever you do …

Just get your heart rate up!

Counter the newest fear.

That ... Siting is the new smoking.

It's not a new concept, but it's one that is worth revisiting.

The main thing is that people
Get Their 60

Meaning 60 minutes of combined exercise each day.

In case you missed it there have been numerous articles and segments in the paper and on the radio over the past few years. This segment from NPR - Offset Your Office Sitting ... in Just One Hour A Day! - from just a few weeks ago hit all the hot buttons:

  • Sitting is the new smoking
  • Getting 60 minutes of exercise is best AND it can be broken up into chunks.
  • Anything to get the heart rate up

Do Water Sports Count?

YES! And, if anyone comments / complains ... just tell 'em:

Hey, the science backs it up!

Whether you are charging the waves, cruising the flats or racing ... science says ... getting your heart rate up ... even a little bit helps.

Think Interval Training. The idea where you go for relatively short periods for as hard as you can. Anyone who has played field or court based sports has likely done wind sprints. Which means ... Interval Training is also not new. You can find more here.

You CAN do Interval Training on the Water

If you are committed to water sports you can and should consider Interval Training to get your 60 minutes of exercise.

I do a lot of LSD Cruising on my SUP

I do a lot of LSD Cruising on my Stand Up Paddle board (SUP). Where LSD means Long Slow Distance. During these LSD sessions I can work on stroke form and try different things. Deeper or longer pulls. And, in these LSD sessions I can switch things up - long pulls, alternating sides at a different cadence, deep pulls, paddle rotation, etc.

Then when it comes time for Interval Training (Getting my 60) I can put those techniques to work. Whether it's 10, 20 or 30 second sprints ... as hard as I can for longer periods. Use whatever works for you.

The advantage of being on the water is ... you can jump in right after you finish.

Remember ... When you are out smiling on your surfboard, stand up paddle board, wind surfer, kite board or whatever "board" you choose ... you can let people know. 

I've got science backing me up.

My personal favorite kind of board meeting is like the the picture below. They are the best ... with friends, in the water, chatting, laughing and bonding.

I have been fortunate to have enjoyed more than a few of these.

How about you?
What will you do to get your heart rate up?

How will you Get Your 60?

HR Question: If you are part of a corporate human resources team ... Have you considered adding board sports to your employee benefits?

Caveat: Of course, there are risks. That's part of getting the heart rate up, right?

I'll be the guy smiling ... and knowing that science is on my side while I Get My 60.

Ride on! And, See you on the water!

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This is part of my on-going series of posts where I try to have a little fun and share a little of my insights on People, Process and Technology.

This is cross posted to LinkedIn here.

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clip_image001Jeff is business advisor, mentor and community engagement expert. He has spent most of his career in the Enterprise Content Management industry. He brings over 20 years of Channel Sales, Partner Marketing and Alliance expertise to audiences around the world in speaking engagements and via his writing. He has worked for Microsoft, Kodak, and K2.

Tweet him
@jshuey or connect on LinkedIn, Facebook, or Google+ He is active in the Microsoft Partner Community and is the co-founder and President of the IAMCP Seattle chapter.

He is a contributing author to
Entrepreneur, Elite Daily, Yahoo, US News and to the Personal Branding Blog

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Thursday, August 18, 2016

I can’t tell you how energizing it is to see this community grow

Community-EngagementBut, let me try.

Yesterday I spent time with some of the people in the incredible SharePoint Community. Before you stop reading … this is not a post about SharePoint.

This is a post about Community!

It’s about a few of the things that make for a great community. Ultimately a community is NOTHING without people. The people make it all possible. The people keep it going. And, the people are the ones that (when done right) get to shape, define and develop the community as they see fit.

How do you go about the points mentioned below?

  • Community Building
  • Community Growth
  • The Future of Communities

    A few more factors to consider?

    • Will your community be around when you are gone (maybe not from this earth, but from the community itself)?
    • Is your community self-governed?
    • Is your community able to grow and adapt with the times?

    I have been involved in some amazing communities over the years. Many of them related to work and a few related to sports. But, I can tell you the one community that I have tremendous respect and admiration for is the SharePoint community.

    I was involved in the early days when there really wasn’t much of a partner play. But, through the hard work, dedication and commitment from a lot of people the community continues to grow and to give back.

    The SharePoint Fest Community

    imageAs I posted on Facebook yesterday I was stoked that David Wilhelm allowed me to drop in on the SPFest Seattle event.

    It was a great chance to catch up with some of the people that make the SharePoint Community great.

    Some of them are listed below on the FB post and a few are shown in the picture block below too.

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    Is your community built to last?

    The SharePoint Community is going on 20 years and … is still growing. Sure, it has changed. Much like the questions I posed above the community has adapted.

    SharePoint as a product has continued to grow too. The Father of SharePoint, Jeff Teper, is still actively involved in the effort as are quite a few industry partners. Many of these partners have been there since the beginning. By itself SharePoint the product would have never made it this far.

    It’s the Community that keeps it growing.

    Hot Topic – Need More SharePoint?

    SharePoint Saturday Redmond is coming back on October 29th. Sign up today!
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    in your area here.

    Either to attend … or better yet …
    to give back what you have learned.

    Together we are all part of the community.

    Some of the smiling faces that keep me coming back for more include the following people, but there are so many more. Many of them work behind the scenes to keep the events running and to keep the community thriving.

    Many of them travel long distances and commit their own resources to share what they know. For that I thank them.

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    Enough about Me … How about you?

    As mentioned … this is not a post about SharePoint. Rather it is a post about community. I continue to be really excited about the vibe and energy of the SharePoint Partner community. The SharePoint community is alive and well. How about yours?

    What’s your Community Vibe?

    What keeps your community growing?

    What will your community be in 20 years?

    Drop a comment here. I’m sure there will likely be a few smirks and snarks (at least in a few people’s minds), but please share your thoughts here. Good and bad in relation to communities, community development and community vibe.

    clip_image001Jeff is business advisor, mentor and community engagement expert. He has spent most of his career in the Enterprise Content Management industry. He brings over 20 years of Channel Sales, Partner Marketing and Alliance expertise to audiences around the world in speaking engagements and via his writing. He has worked for Microsoft, Kodak, and K2.

    Tweet him @jshuey or connect on LinkedIn, Facebook, or Google+ He is active in the Microsoft Partner Community and is the co-founder and President of the IAMCP Seattle chapter.

    He is a contributing author to
    Entrepreneur, Elite Daily, Yahoo, US News and to the Personal Branding Blog

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  • Monday, August 15, 2016

    Three Things that Make Partners the Trusted Experts

    imageWhy are partners the trusted experts?

    It's simple.

    This post is about Platform Providers, but it can also be applied to end customers and all the other vendors that support the whole partner ecosystem.

    Again, it’s simple.

    It’s Three Things

    Partners have three things that platform providers need.

    This is not rocket science!

    and it’s something I've been saying for years. This is the partners Secret Sauce.

    Partners have Three Things that Platform Providers Need:

    1. Secret SauceFeet on the Street
    2. Subject Matter Expertise
    3. Access to the C-Suite / Influencers

    That's it!

    Image result for full disclosure Full Disclosure: I am paraphrasing something Steve Ballmer said many years ago when I worked on the nascent Microsoft Developer Platform Evangelism (DPE) team. Now this team is called Developer Experience (aka DX) under my former mentor and all around good guy Steve Guggenheimer.

    So, What Does This Mean To Your Business?

    Again, it’s simple.

    If you are in a business that utilizes partners in your Go-to-Market strategies make sure you follow The 3R’s of Good Partnerships.

    Make sure you Realize, Recognize and Reward these three points.

    Let me say that again. This is an important point.

    If you work with, reply upon, and have expectations for partners:

    • Include them in your planning efforts.
    • Include them in your execution efforts.
    • Include them in your compensation efforts.

    In a word … Treat them like Partners!

    Because if you do … always remember:

    Partners have three things you need.

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    If you want a bit more on partnering read these:

    What are your ideas about The Partner of the Future?
    I am in the process of developing an on-going series being developed around this theme. It is going to change the way we work with partners. If you have ideas and want to collaborate on this effort ping me.

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    This is part of my on-going series of posts where I try to have a little fun and share a little of my insights on People, Process and Technology. 

    A subset of this is cross posted to my LinkedIn page here.

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    clip_image001Jeff is an expert in the Enterprise Content Management industry. He brings over 20 years of Channel Sales, Partner Marketing and Alliance expertise to audiences around the world in speaking engagements and via his writing. He has worked for Microsoft, Kodak, and K2. He is currently the consulting with Microsoft and partners to drive Community Engagement and Alliances.

    Tweet him
    @jshuey or connect on LinkedIn, Facebook, or Google+ He is active in the Microsoft Partner Community and is the co-founder and President of the IAMCP Seattle chapter.

    He is a contributing author to
    Entrepreneur, Elite Daily, Yahoo, US News and to the Personal Branding Blog
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