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The Bridge Between Recognition and Reputation

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Mashable just published an article I wrote titled “You Will Be Googled“.   You are being searched online more than you know — non-celebrity people searches represent over 10% of Google’s search volume.   In the Mashable article I offer some tips about how to optimize your search results to build your personal brand.

At MeritShare, Travis Pearl and I are working to build a service that makes it easy for anyone to give recognition.  We built MeritShare because we know that sharing recognition is one of the most powerful but underutilized practices in business.   We are on a mission to make work better, one thanks at a time.

We are also building a bridge between recognition and reputation by allowing people to provide public recognition online (and discoverable by Google).  Check out this search on Drew Hackleman.  His MeritShare award page shows up in the first page of a Google search for his name.  He told us his mom was Googling him and found this nice surprise.   Who doesn’t like making their parents proud?

On the MeritShare blog today, Travis provides 3 easy steps on professional branding at MeritShare.

So go ahead, give a co-worker some props and make your mom and pops proud.

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Gaza VS Israel: The Arab Spring

Egyptian President Mohammed Mursi

Thankfully a crisis has been averted and a cease-fire will last.  The deal was brokered by Egyptian President Mohammed Mursi.

Mursi’s ascendency to the presidency is the result of the Arab Spring that ousted Mubarak.  Mubarak has been ineffective in the past to broker such deals because he was perceived as too pro-Israel and cold to Palestinian interests.   In previous conflicts Mubarak shut down it’s borders to fleeing Palestinians, Mursi has opened them up.  Mursi comes from the Muslim Brotherhood, which is a parent organization to Hamas.  The Brotherhood has traditionally not had a friendly stance towards Israel, and that quite possibly provided the credibility needed to convince Hamas.

Much of what I write is simply paraphrased from several articles, so this isn’t new information or particularly insightful.  I wrote this mostly as an update to a previous post.

Let’s hope this cease-fire is permanent and Egyptian President Mursi can continue to be an effective force of moderation and diplomacy.

Gaza VS Israel: The More I Know, The Less I Know

After reading reports of of more kids being killed in the Gaza, and the Huffington Post’s 78 point headline “Flatten All of Gaza” I wanted to know the causes of the recent Middle-Eastern flare-up.  On Saturday most of the major news sources indicated that Israel retaliated against a Hamas-claimed bomb that landed in Jerusalem.   I’ve never visited or lived in Israel but that feels pretty close to home.  I respect Israel’s right to defend itself, we would and have done the same in the US.  I decided to dig deeper to understand the other side of the story and could find no information on what led Hamas to provoke an attack.  Mind you I only spent a couple of hours doing this investigation.  A story and explanation could have been provided, I just didn’t find it.

The next day I found an article in the Atlantic where a writer based in Israel created a time line from multiple sources and both sides of the conflict.   She had to pick a starting point and puts a caveat in the article that her choice of November 8th is arbitrary.   After reading through the article, my conviction on the issue was weakened.  It really isn’t clear who really provoked the recent events — the more I know, the less I know.

The one thing I do feel is that this time I don’t think it will end well.  Bomb’s are just hitting too close to sensitive areas and Hamas’ capabilities are getting too strong for Israel not to act.   Israel’s “Iron Dome” was only able to stop 17 of the 60 rockets sent at them.  The best defense is a strong offense.

Lot’s of innocent lives will be lost and maybe it’s easier for us to accept this when we know there is a clear guilty party.  There isn’t and we can’t rationalize or accept this situation as anything less than the worst of what we stand for.  We are no better.  Remember Iraq with our non-linear retaliation for 911 and “pre-emptive” defense against weapons of mass destruction that did not exist?

I’ll leave you with an image I hope to see in the future — the flag of peace for Israel and Palestine.