As someone expending a lot of energy at the moment trying to build a digital team I found this article interesting and agree with the majority of it. Much as I hate the ‘dog food’ term I think (5) is hugely important. I’m always looking for people who embrace the digital lifestyle beyond the 9 til 5. I don’t expect them to be as OTT with it all as me but I like to see something. I’ve linked to something similar from Tim Lloyd before http://clearmessage.wordpress.com/2013/07/11/8-behaviours-for-digital-comms-team/ and think between the two posts there is really something useful in outlining tactics for building digital teams.
Given my current employers I have started to take more notice of the world of statistics pretty much since I was offered the gig back in January. Given my absolute lack of mathematical knowledge this isn’t always easy! Occasionally I stumble on something that helps me understand a little more and this blogpost covering a recent talk from Nate Silver was one of those times. I have followed Silver a bit since he rose to prominence after his US election predictions and I think he does a good job of making things at least a little accessible.
This is not a two minute read – it is a proper long form profile of someone I think is extremely interesting. Mayer has had an amazing career and seems to be a pretty complex character. On the one hand an overly academic, cold, robot obsessed with data and details. On the other a publicity hound who splashes cash openly and throws huge parties for the great and the good in California. Can she ‘save’ Yahoo? I have no idea but she certainly seems to have got people talking about them again one way or another.