Archive | December, 2008

The Typealizer analyzes my Blog

According to The Typealizer, this blog’s author (your’s truly) is of the type:

INTP – The Thinkers

The logical and analytical type. They are espescially attuned to difficult creative and intellectual challenges and always look for something more complex to dig into. They are great at finding subtle connections between things and imagine far-reaching implications.

They enjoy working with complex things using a lot of concepts and imaginative models of reality. Since they are not very good at seeing and understanding the needs of other people, they might come across as arrogant, impatient and insensitive to people that need some time to understand what they are talking about.

The Typealizer scans the text of the blog and determines which Myers-Briggs typology the author is writing from. More on how it works here.
My only surprise is that this app nailed my personality type. Very cool.

A Tribe of 1 Million

If you ask Brian Johnson what he is up to, he’ll tell you he is giving away 1 million subscriptions to his popular educational service Philosopher’sNotes. What you may think is, “what is the catch? What is the business angle here?”

There is no doubt a business case to be made for this kind of attention, but I will offer, what Brian is really doing is creating a tribe.

I am listening to Seth Godin’s Tribes on audiobook as I write this. Seth defines an emerging understanding of our evolving marketplace as a collection of tribes, groups of people aligned under a common goal or interest and under unifying leadership. Tribes are everywhere, just looking for leaders.

Brian is stepping into that leadership role. You know Brian’s tribe already. They are the folks that find most mass media intellectually un-stimulating, and find exciting tidbits here and there on the internet. They feel a vision of a better world and would love to lend a hand helping us get there but they are not yet clear just how to do it. They love exploration in their own ideas and the world around them. They are ready for change and would love for someone to point them in the right direction.

I am joining Brian’s tribe. Not only am I joining, but I am recruiting!

Aside from the fact that Philosopher’s Notes is a great way for busy people facing information overload to digest and understand essential ideas from the great thinkers of the past and today, and the fact that he is giving us a subscription for free; joining this tribe is the first step in connecting me with a virtual township of like minded individuals.

I expect Brian at some point to ask me if I want to receive information on special offers and products similar to the content I find in Philosopher’s Notes. I will eagerly click “yes.” Part of my participation in this tribe is the sincere hope that Brian will leverage the power of 1 million people to guide me to the things that are relevant to me. I want him to edit the deluge of information online for me so I can focus on what I really want to be doing.

I have argued about the death of the banner ad and the evolution of how businesses and organizations promote themselves. I would rather participate in a number of tribes than be constantly bombarded with irrelevant information.

I agree with Godin in that tribes like Brian’s are the future of promotion (read connection) in our evolving marketplace. Good luck in your goal Brian, I look forward to reaping the rewards of my participation.

The New Man turns 1 year old!

On December 13th my podcast, The New Man turns 1 year old. We have published 40 episodes talking with the nations experts in men’s issues, relationships, sexuality , and authenticity. We have generated a sizable audience and it is a project I am proud of. It has certainly been an amazing and fun year.

In celebration of our birthday, we created a new Community Website and a CD gift set of our best shows of this year. We want to make it easy to share The New Man and open someone to a whole new possibility for living with these insightful and entertaining dialogues.

Check out The New Man Community site and I would love your feedback and any suggestions to improve the experience.