Suddenly, Facebook Shuts Down Apps Left And Right (Repost)

Facebook has started shutting down apps with tens of thousands of active users left and right, AllFacebook writes.

The reason is Facebook didn’t really police these “small” apps before and now has rolled out an algorithm that automatically shuts them down if they post too often to users’ walls, etc. The problem is that Facebook didn’t tell app makers it was going to do this, so these just woke up Friday and saw their app had been shut down, and very understandably freaked out.

This isn’t too big a deal — most app makers will simply tweak their app to get them back in compliance and move on — but it shows how miscommunication can turn a routine adjustment into a big freakout.

Marketing Take-Away:  Miscommunication can turn a routine event into a huge problem that requires the extra effort to explain and correct – not to mention fix the PR aspect of the issue.

Original link: http://www.businessinsider.com/suddenly-facebook-shuts-down-apps-left-and-right-2011-6
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Getting Naked (Review)

Getting NakedGetting Naked – Shedding the three fears that sabotage client loyalty

Getting Naked is much more of an autobiographical pieces compared to Lencioni’s other titles, in fact it’s written in the first person.

While Four Obsessions of the Extraordinary Executive is, in my opinion, the “rosette stone” of the Lencioni titles I’ve read (I still have one last one to read – Silos, Politics and Turf Wars), Getting Naked is the other bookend. While Executive is “bigger picture” on developing a health organization, Naked is the practical day-to-day tools use to serve your clients, regardless of your industry, business or position.

While the information is hugely practical, it is simultaneously challenging – a great combination.

If you had to read just one Lencioni book, I’d recommend Executive. If your list was for just two, add Getting Naked – a great “bookend” collection. If you wanted to read three – add Dysfunctions of a Team would be the next addition. After that add Meeting to death. To round out the “top five” I’d say either Temptations for senior/executive staff or Miserable Job for mid-level management or staff (more of a 5a or 5b selection).

 My Rating: 4.5 out of 5

The Five Temptations of the CEO (Review)

Five Temptations of a CEOThe Five Temptations of the CEO

Two things I found interesting about this particular Lencioni book: 1.) The “style” of the fable was much different that any of his others – still really enjoyable, but very different. 2.) This one was more introspective and self-evaluating than any of the others – again, still really good, just noticeably different. All of his books have had a take-away for you individually, but also had greater implications for you as a group or team (…dysfunctions of a team…questions for a family…meetings, etc. Even the extraordinary executive was focused on building a healthy organization.) Regardless of your position in your organization, the principles are still valid.

Additionally, I couldn’t help but consider how so much of the text could also be applied to a marriage.

My rating: 3.75 out of 5

The Four Obsessions of an Extraordinary Executive (Review)

The Four Obsessions of an Extraordinary ExecutiveThe Four Obsessions of an Extraordinary Executive

I think this may have jumped into the position of my favorite Lencioni book. Perhaps because of viewing it through the lens of the theme that can have the most impact on the organization that I work for, but more I think because (so far) this seems to be the “Rosetta Stone” of Lencioni themes.  With the objective of a healthy organization, the 5 Dysfunctions of a Team has greater context, Meeting to Death has greater context, 3 Signs of a Miserable Job has greater context. The fact that Lencioni mentions The Five Temptations of a CEO (next on my list to read) as tool in the Model section of the book suggests its place in the “hierarchy”. Although there is also a light reference to Silo’s & Turf Wars

For anyone just starting to be introduced to Lencioni’s writings, I would suggest that this be the first one. I say that while at the same time recognizing I still have 5 Temptations, Getting Naked and Silo’s & Turf Wars to read.

My rating 5 out of 5 – add this to my highly recommend/”must read” titles.

Three Questions of a Frantic Family (Review)

3 Big Questions for a Frantic FamilyThree Questions of a Frantic Family

Good read – again, not necessary my favorite Lencioni book, but I still liked the concepts discussed and the model for his books (Introduction, Fable, Model). However he presents a “simplified” process to help bring “simplicity” to families by bringing clarity to purpose, priority and progress. It creates good discussion starters for parents and families.

My rating 3.5 out of 5

Dangerous (in a good way)

Seth's BlogDangerous (in a good way)

A path on the way to building a reputation:

– When someone asks you a question, they get an answer bigger than they ever expected.

– When someone gives you a project, they get a plan scarier than they hoped for.

– When you take on a project, you finish it.

If this is your reputation, what sort of projects and gigs will you find yourself getting? Not a good way to fit in, but an excellent way to be the one people seek out.

Texas Beer Joint Sues Church Over Lightning Strike

Lightning StrikeTEXAS BEER JOINT SUES CHURCH OVER LIGHTNING STRIKE

Drummond’s Bar began construction on an expansion of their building to increase their business. In response, the local Baptist church started a campaign to block the bar from expanding with petitions and prayers. Work progressed right up until the week before the grand reopening when lightning struck the bar and it burned to the ground.

After the bar burned to the ground as a result of the lightning strike, the church folks were rather smug in their outlook, bragging about “the power of prayer,” until the bar owner sued the church on the grounds that the church “was ultimately responsible for the demise of his building, either through direct or indirect actions or means.” I

In its reply to the court, the church vehemently denied all responsibility or any connection to the building’s demise. The judge read through the plaintiff’s complaint and the defendant’s reply, and at the opening hearing he commented, “I don’t know how I’m going to decide this, but it appears from the paperwork that we have a bar owner who believes in the power of prayer and an entire church congregation that now does not.”

Comment:

I know this has been passed around the internet multiple times, but I still think it’s funny. Everything I’ve read, this is not a true story, but it does cause me to consider. When you are in the day/time/situation when you’re challenged in what you believe what will you do. Also, a great warning to believers concerning arrogance and pride.