Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Connecting for Business Outcomes - Journey Continues

Over the last two years, I've had the opportunity to follow my passion of connecting for business and social benefit. In July 2008, I took a break from corporate life to write a book, set-up a consulting practice (ConnectGen) and speak professionally as a thought leader about the Power of Connection for business outcomes. It's been a fantastic experience and the connections and networks I've developed over that period will stay with me for life.

On July 1st 2010, I enter the next phase of my connection for business journey as I join the team at UXC Connect as their Director of Marketing, Sustainability & Innovation. UXC Connect (formerly Wang, Bull, Olivetti and more recently, Getronics) is part of the ASX-listed UXC Business Solutions Group, Australia's largest independent IT services company. UXC Connect works with customers to understand their business issues to help them deliver the right business outcomes through the most appropriate technology. Their focus is on keeping customer's business running long-term through infrastructure, workspace, environmental and managed sustainability.

I relish the challenge of growing UXC Connect's business in Australia by applying my traditional & social marketing/solutions experience and expertise to the business. I will also continue to be a thought leader and professional speaker on topics relating to social and business innovation, sustainability and connection through information technology.

Thanks and much appreciation to all who have - and continue - to support me.


Tuesday, June 22, 2010

The Princess of Dreams Sings - Lee Safar

Something cool happened to me last week and I wanted to share it with you.

When I was younger and despite having close family and friends, I had - like many of us - moments of self-doubt and a feelings of isolation. 

Specifically, I'd wonder and worry about who would there to help me through life's twists and turns. To help me through these times, I'd listen to a song by Irene Cara called "Out Here On My Own" from the Fame soundtrack. I've always related to this song. The specific lyric that spoke to me was:

"When I'm down and feelin' blue, I close my eyes so I can be with you"

It was my way of coping by dreaming about the person who would be with me through life's trials and tribulations.

So back to the cool thing. I re-connected with my extremely talented singer friend, Lee Safar two years ago. To me, she is a Princess of Dreams and is an Angel of Inspiration to many through her music and Dreamangel work. I'd been hounding her for months to do a cover of this special song at one of her gigs. She politely said she'd consider it and didn't expect to hear back as she jetted off to Los Angeles to further her singing career.

Lee came back to Australia in early June to play some gigs in Sydney. Last Friday, I attended the first of her two shows at the Piano Bar in Sydney's King Cross. Lee had given me the honor of introducing her that evening and she did hint that she was going to do "that" song. I prepared my trusty Flipcam to record the moment on video (despite the occasional car horns, police sirens and drink shakers going off in the background).

Then, this happened ... I'll let Lee finish the story through the video 

Always interested in your thoughts via comments on this post.