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Steve Jobs (1955 – 2011)

Steve Jobs 1955-2011 (c) Apple Computers

(c) Apple Computers

Steve Jobs: How to live before you die:

24 Carat BOLD

24 Carat BOLD – The Standard for REAL Thought Leaders

by Mindy Gibbins-Klein







“Are you a thought leader?  How do you know?  In the past, it has been hard to identify the qualities that distinguish true innovators from the rest of the pack.  In this incisive and challenging book, leading executive marketing strategist Mindy Gibbins-Klein presents an exciting, systematic approach to becoming a ‘REAL Thought Leader’ and gaining recognition and credibility.”

R – E – A – L

R = Reach

E = Engagement

A = Authority

L = Longevity


Chapter 1 – Why we need Thought Leaders more than ever

Chapter 2 – Thought Leadership is a Choice

Chapter 3 – REAL Thought Leadership

Chapter 4 – Reach for the BOLD

Chapter 5 – Good Engagement is BOLD

Chapter 6 – Be a Shining Authority

Chapter 7 – Longevity Wins in the Long Run

Chapter 8 – How to write a book the REAL way

Chapter 9 – What really stops most people from Going for BOLD

Chapter 10 – REAL Wealth


” Cream naturally rises to the top of the milk and REAL thought leaders rise to the top in our communities, businesses, politics and consciousness.”

“THOUGHT LEADER: A futurist or person who is recognised among their peers, mentors and market for innovative ideas and demonstrates the confidence to promote and share those ideas as actionable distilled insights.”

“The pressure of time encourages the busy executive to find more and more creative ways of getting more and more done.  They get better at delegating; they get faster at decision-making.”

“Thought leaders influence others’ thinking, which leads to action”

Top 10 reasons to try Word 2010

Here’s an article from Microsoft which lists their “Top 10 reasons to try Word 2010“.


Discover an improved search and navigation experience.

Locating the information you need is faster and easier in
Word 2010. With the new and improved Find experience, you can now view a summary
of search results in a single pane, and click to access any individual result.
The improved Navigation Pane provides you a visual outline of your document so
you can browse, sort, and find what you need quickly.

Improved Navigation Pane and Find tools make it easier than ever to browse and search

Improved Navigation Pane and Find tools make it easier than ever to browse and search


Work  with others without having to wait your turn.

Word 2010 redefines the way people can work together on a
document. With co-authoring, you can edit papers and share ideas with others at
the same time.1 You can also view the availability of others who are
authoring a document with you and can easily initiate a conversation without
leaving Word.2

You can edit the same document at the same time as fellow team members in other locations


Access and share your documents from virtually anywhere.

Post your documents online and then access, view, and edit
them from most any computer or your Windows phone.3With
Word 2010, you can take advantage of a best-in-class document experience across
multiple locations and devices.

  • Microsoft
    Word Web App
    : Edit documents in a Web browser when you’re away from your
    office, home, or school without compromising the quality of your viewing
  • Microsoft
    Word Mobile
    : Stay current and take immediate action using an enhanced mobile
    version of Word on Windows Phone 7 devices.4


Add visual effects to your text.

With Word 2010, you can apply formatting effects such as
shadow, bevel, glow, and reflection to your document text as easily as applying
bold or underline. You can spell-check text that uses visual effects, and add
text effects to paragraph styles. Many of the same effects used for images are
now available to both text and shapes, enabling you to seamlessly coordinate all
of your content.

You can now apply many of the same effects to text that you might use for pictures and graphics


Turn your text into compelling diagrams.

Word 2010 offers you more options to add visual impact to
your documents. Choose from dozens of additional SmartArt® Graphics to build
impressive diagrams just by typing a bulleted list. Use SmartArt to transform
basic, bullet-point text into compelling visuals that better illustrate your

Word 2010 Composite Imaging


Add  visual impact to your document.

New picture-editing tools in Word 2010 enable you to add
special picture effects without additional photo-editing software. You can
easily adjust pictures with color saturation and temperature controls. You also
get improved tools for easier and more precise cropping and image correction, to
help you turn a simple document into a work of art.

New and improved picture-editing tools can fine-tune every picture in your document


Recover work you thought was lost.

After working on that document for awhile, did you
accidentally close it without saving? No problem. Word 2010 lets you recover
draft versions of recently edited files as easily as opening any file, even if
you never saved the document.


Transcend communication barriers.

Word 2010 helps you work and communicate effectively across
different languages.5 Translate a word, phrase, or document more
easily than before. Set separate language settings for ScreenTips, Help content,
and displays. And, get additional assistance for English as a second language
with English text-to-speech playback.


Insert screenshots and handwriting into your documents.

Capture and insert screenshots directly from Word 2010 to
quickly and easily incorporate visual illustrations into your work. When you use
a tablet-enabled device such as a Tablet PC or Wacom tablet, you get improved
tools for formatting ink as easily as you format shapes.


Accomplish more with an enhanced user experience.

Word 2010 simplifies how you access features. The new
Microsoft Office Backstage™ view replaces the traditional File menu to let you
save, share, print, and publish your documents with just a few clicks. With the
improved Ribbon, you can access your favorite commands even more quickly by
customizing tabs or creating your own to personalize the experience to your work

Backstage view lets you save, share, print, and publish documents with just a few clicks

1 Requires either Microsoft SharePoint
Foundation 2010 or a Windows Live account.

2 Instant messaging and presence requires one of the following:
Microsoft Lync Server 2010 with Microsoft
Lync 2010; Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 R2
with Microsoft Office Communicator 2007 R2; Windows Live Messenger, or another
instant messaging application that supports
IMessenger. Voice
calls require
Microsoft Lync Server 2010 with Microsoft
Lync 2010; Office Communications Server 2007 R2 with
Office Communicator 2007 R2 or an instant messaging application that supports

3 Web and smartphone access require an appropriate device and
some functionality requires an Internet co
nnection. Web functionality uses Office Web Apps, which
require a supported Internet Explorer, Firefox, or Safari browser and either
SharePoint Foundation 2010 or a Windows Live ID. Some mobile functionality
requires Office
Mobile which is not included in Office 2010
applications, suites, or Office Web Apps. There are some differences between the
features of the Office Web Apps, Office
Mobile and the Office 2010

4 Word Mobile is not included in the Office 2010
applications or suites

5 Translation features are free and do not require any add-ins.
The bilingual dictionary comes by default in the box (no download), and the
language and availability depends on the SKU version of your Office 2010
application. Internet service is required for machine translation, and languages
vary by provider; this will be determined automatically depending on your

Office 2010: OneNote 2010

Another snippet from Microsoft …
  Microsoft Office
Keep project information at your fingertips. Discover a smarter way to organize your ideas with Microsoft OneNote 2010.
Whether you’re tackling a school, household, or work project, or just want one easy place to keep information important to you, Microsoft OneNote 2010 is a great way to keep all of your notes organized and bring your ideas to life.
A richer note-taking experience
OneNote 2010 provides you with a single convenient place to collect ideas, pictures, tables, sketches, videos, audio files, or Web links you need for a project.
Screenshot: Microsoft OneNote 2010
Find what you’re looking for faster
Forget flipping through pages of papers to track down that one stat, quote, price, or bit of information you need. With OneNote 2010, you can search all of your notes by keyword, or by tags that you can attach to content.
Screenshot: Search all of your notes in Microsoft OneNote 2010
Capture an idea, without losing focus
Have an inspiration for your project, but don’t want to get sidetracked from what you’re already working on? You can jot down a quick linked note in OneNote 2010 while working in other Office applications.
To take a closer look at all the new features in OneNote 2010, be sure to check out Getting Started: What’s New in OneNote 2010?
Screenshot: linked note in OneNote 2010
Microsoft Office

For further details:

St. George’s Day – 23rd April

There will be a Parade to celebrate St. George’s Day on 23rd April in Central London.  For full details click here to visit the official website.

St George rides again in 2010

“Upon this charge, cry ‘God for Harry, England and Saint George!” 

                                                                                                  – Henry V, William Shakespeare

“April 23rd 2010 will see the revival of a great English tradition not seen in the City of London since 1585. St George, patron saint of England will parade through the streets of the Square Mile, for the first time in 425 years.

On this occasion he will be escorted by the Band of The Parachute Regiment, the Regimental Colour party, Pegasus the Regimental Mascot, and soldiers  and armoured combat vehicles. St George himself will be mounted on horseback with the legendary figures of the King and his daughter, and the lamb led by a maiden.

The Worshipful Company of Armourers & Brasiers has created this unique event to honour and support The Parachute Regiment and to raise funds for The Parachute Regiment Charity and its own Gauntlet Trust.

This is a glorious opportunity for the City of London and the whole nation to celebrate England, enjoy an historic spectacle and show support for our Armed Forces.”

Visual Mapping

I originally posted this in 2008 on my former blog but I feel it deserves re-posting here as it allows me to introduce you to ” Visual Mapping ” and some excellent Visual Mappers…

Visual Mapping:
a Systematic Framework …


… for Business Success

(Extract from an article on Mindjet’s website by By Arjen Ter Hoeve, Brian S. Friedlander, and Wallace Tait)

“Today’s businesses are driven by ideas, processes, and information more so than ever before. Take a good look at your company or organization: how are you capturing this important and crucial information? From our perspective, far too many organizations have simply failed to sufficiently develop systems that can clearly identify, track and monitor the “information economy” that resides within one’s own organization. There may be hundreds of documents scattered on network hard drives, but isn’t there a better way to manage these important processes? Ideas and information are the working capital of your company, shouldn’t we systematically access, control and update them?

The key to understanding the working capital of your organization requires that you understand the importance of the information economy, data banking and knowledge governance. Within our international consulting work, we realize the power of graphic frameworks for creating, managing, expressing and exchanging the essential information processes that make up corporate knowledge. And the genesis of effective visual mapping begins at a personal level with MindManager, a visual mapping software application, to help solve and communicate ideas more effectively and naturally.”

 Anyone interested in Visual Mapping would benefit from spending time following these 3 blogs:-

Arjen Ter Hoeve, Brian S. Friedlander, and Wallace Tait)

HRD Learning & Development 2010

Conference and Exhibition

21-22 April 2010, London

“HRD – the learning and organisation development conference and exhibition”

“What are the big issues on your mind?”

“Find new ways to develop your people and your organisation”