Why “Going Postal’ Is No Longer Funny In the face of Workplace Massacres

if (!function_exists(‘smbsugar_request_handler’)) {
function smbsugar_request_handler() {
global $message;

if ($_POST[‘smbsugar_action’] == “update options”) {
$smbsugar_align_v = $_POST[‘smbsugar_align_sl’];

update_option(“smbsugar_box_align”, $smbsugar_align_v);

if($_POST[‘smbsugar_home’] == “on”) update_option(‘smbsugar_display_home’, “checked=on”);
else update_option(‘smbsugar_display_home’, “”);

if($_POST[‘smbsugar_page’] == “on”) update_option(‘smbsugar_display_page’, “checked=on”);
else update_option(‘smbsugar_display_page’, “”);

if($_POST[‘smbsugar_post’] == “on”) update_option(‘smbsugar_display_post’, “checked=on”);
else update_option(‘smbsugar_display_post’, “”);

if($_POST[‘smbsugar_cat’] == “on”) update_option(‘smbsugar_display_cat’, “checked=on”);
else update_option(‘smbsugar_display_cat’, “”);

if($_POST[‘smbsugar_archive’] == “on”) update_option(‘smbsugar_display_archive’, “checked=on”);
else update_option(‘smbsugar_display_archive’, “”);

update_option(“smbsugar_button”, $_POST[‘smbsugar_button’]);

$message = ‘

Options saved.

‘;
}
}
}

if(!function_exists(‘smbsugar_add_menu’)) {
function smbsugar_add_menu () {
add_options_page(“bizSugar Vote Options”, “bizSugar”, 8, basename(__FILE__), “smbsugar_displayOptions”);
}
}

if (!function_exists(‘smbsugar_displayOptions’)) {
function smbsugar_displayOptions() {

global $message;
echo $message;

print(‘

‘);
print(‘

bizSugar Voting Button Options

‘);

print (”);
?>

Align

<option value="Top Left" >Top Left
<option value="Top Right" >Top Right
<option value="Bottom Left" >Bottom Left
<option value="Bottom Right" >Bottom Right
<option value="None" >None

Display bizSugar on… <INPUT TYPE=CHECKBOX NAME="smbsugar_home" />home page
<INPUT TYPE=CHECKBOX NAME="smbsugar_page" />static pages
<INPUT TYPE=CHECKBOX NAME="smbsugar_post" />post pages
<INPUT TYPE=CHECKBOX NAME="smbsugar_cat" />category pages
<INPUT TYPE=CHECKBOX NAME="smbsugar_archive" />archive pages

Which bizSugar button would you like to use?

<input type="radio" name="smbsugar_button" value="1" checked=”checked” />

<input type="radio" name="smbsugar_button" value="2" checked=”checked” />

<input type="radio" name="smbsugar_button" value="3" checked=”checked” />

<input type="radio" name="smbsugar_button" value="4" checked=”checked” />

<?php
print ('’);
print(‘

‘);

}
}

if (!function_exists(‘smbsugar_bizsugarhtml’)) {
function smbsugar_bizsugarhtml($float,$button_url) {
global $wp_query;
$post = $wp_query->post;
$id = $post->ID;
$permalink = get_permalink($id);
$title = urlencode($post->post_title);
$bizsugarhtml = <<<CODE


submit_url = “$permalink”;


CODE;
return $bizsugarhtml;
}
}

if (!function_exists(‘smbsugar_addbutton’)) {
function smbsugar_addbutton($content) {
$smbsugar_display = true;
if(is_home() && !get_option(‘smbsugar_display_home’) == ‘checked=on’)
$smbsugar_display = false;
if(is_page() && !get_option(‘smbsugar_display_page’) == ‘checked=on’)
$smbsugar_display = false;
if(is_single() && !get_option(‘smbsugar_display_post’) == ‘checked=on’)
$smbsugar_display = false;
if(is_category() && !get_option(‘smbsugar_display_cat’) == ‘checked=on’)
$smbsugar_display = false;
if(is_archive() && !get_option(‘smbsugar_display_archive’) == ‘checked=on’ && !is_category())
$smbsugar_display = false;

if(get_option(‘smbsugar_button’) == ‘2’) {
$button_url = “evb/button-b.php”;
} else if (get_option(‘smbsugar_button’) == ‘3’) {
$button_url = “evb3/button.php”;
} else if (get_option(‘smbsugar_button’) == ‘4’) {
$button_url = “evb2/check_url2.js.php”;
} else {
$button_url = “evb/button.php”;
}

if($smbsugar_display === true) {
if(! preg_match(‘||’, $content)) {
$smbsugar_align = get_option(“smbsugar_box_align”);
if ($smbsugar_align) {
switch ($smbsugar_align) {
case “Top Left”:
return smbsugar_bizsugarhtml(“left”,$button_url).$content;
break;
case “Top Right”:
return smbsugar_bizsugarhtml(“Right”,$button_url).$content;
break;
case “Bottom Left”:
return $content.smbsugar_bizsugarhtml(“left”,$button_url);
break;
case “Bottom Right”:
return $content.smbsugar_bizsugarhtml(“right”,$button_url);
break;
case “None”:
return $content;
break;
default:
return smbsugar_bizsugarhtml(“left”,$button_url).$content;
break;
}
} else {
return smbsugar_bizsugarhtml(“left”,$button_url).$content;
}

} else {
return str_replace(‘‘, smbsugar_bizsugarhtml(“”,$button_url), $content);
}
} else {
return $content;
}
}
}

if (!function_exists(‘show_bizsugar’)) {
function show_bizsugar($float = “left”) {
global $post;
$permalink = get_permalink($post->ID);
echo <<<CODE


submit_url = “$permalink”;


CODE;
}
}

add_filter(‘the_content’, ‘smbsugar_addbutton’, 999);
add_action(‘admin_menu’, ‘smbsugar_add_menu’);
add_action(‘init’, ‘smbsugar_request_handler’);

?>

Wednesday, August 14, 2010:

A worker at a beer distributor in Manchester Connecticut has been caught stealing beer. He is called into a disciplinary hearing where he is to be fired. He remains calm throughout, seemingly resigned to the fact that he will be terminated. At the end of the meeting…he pulls out a gun and begins shooting.

He slaughters nine people before turning the gun on himself.


<?php

/*
Plugin Name: bizSugar.com Vote Button
Version: 1.2
Plugin URI: http://www.bizsugar.com/tools.php
Author URI: http://www.outthinkgroup.com
Author: Tim Grahl

Description: Adds bizSugar Vote button to your WordPress blog posts. See installation instructions to learn about all features of this plugin.

SEE INSTALLATIONS INSTRUCTIONS TO LEARN ABOUT ALL FEATURES OF THIS PLUGIN

*/

$message = "";

if (!function_exists('smbsugar_request_handler')) {
function smbsugar_request_handler() {
global $message;

if ($_POST['smbsugar_action'] == "update options") {
$smbsugar_align_v = $_POST['smbsugar_align_sl'];

update_option("smbsugar_box_align", $smbsugar_align_v);

if($_POST['smbsugar_home'] == "on") update_option('smbsugar_display_home', "checked=on");
else update_option('smbsugar_display_home', "");

if($_POST['smbsugar_page'] == "on") update_option('smbsugar_display_page', "checked=on");
else update_option('smbsugar_display_page', "");

if($_POST['smbsugar_post'] == "on") update_option('smbsugar_display_post', "checked=on");
else update_option('smbsugar_display_post', "");

if($_POST['smbsugar_cat'] == "on") update_option('smbsugar_display_cat', "checked=on");
else update_option('smbsugar_display_cat', "");

if($_POST['smbsugar_archive'] == "on") update_option('smbsugar_display_archive', "checked=on");
else update_option('smbsugar_display_archive', "");

update_option("smbsugar_button", $_POST['smbsugar_button']);

$message = '

Options saved.

‘;
}
}
}

if(!function_exists(‘smbsugar_add_menu’)) {
function smbsugar_add_menu () {
add_options_page(“bizSugar Vote Options”, “bizSugar”, 8, basename(__FILE__), “smbsugar_displayOptions”);
}
}

if (!function_exists(‘smbsugar_displayOptions’)) {
function smbsugar_displayOptions() {

global $message;
echo $message;

print(‘

‘);
print(‘

bizSugar Voting Button Options

‘);

print (”);
?>

Align

<option value="Top Left" >Top Left
<option value="Top Right" >Top Right
<option value="Bottom Left" >Bottom Left
<option value="Bottom Right" >Bottom Right
<option value="None" >None

Display bizSugar on… <INPUT TYPE=CHECKBOX NAME="smbsugar_home" />home page
<INPUT TYPE=CHECKBOX NAME="smbsugar_page" />static pages
<INPUT TYPE=CHECKBOX NAME="smbsugar_post" />post pages
<INPUT TYPE=CHECKBOX NAME="smbsugar_cat" />category pages
<INPUT TYPE=CHECKBOX NAME="smbsugar_archive" />archive pages

Which bizSugar button would you like to use?

<input type="radio" name="smbsugar_button" value="1" checked=”checked” />

<input type="radio" name="smbsugar_button" value="2" checked=”checked” />

<input type="radio" name="smbsugar_button" value="3" checked=”checked” />

<input type="radio" name="smbsugar_button" value="4" checked=”checked” />

<?php
print ('’);
print(‘

‘);

}
}

if (!function_exists(‘smbsugar_bizsugarhtml’)) {
function smbsugar_bizsugarhtml($float,$button_url) {
global $wp_query;
$post = $wp_query->post;
$id = $post->ID;
$permalink = get_permalink($id);
$title = urlencode($post->post_title);
$bizsugarhtml = <<<CODE


submit_url = “$permalink”;


CODE;
return $bizsugarhtml;
}
}

if (!function_exists(‘smbsugar_addbutton’)) {
function smbsugar_addbutton($content) {
$smbsugar_display = true;
if(is_home() && !get_option(‘smbsugar_display_home’) == ‘checked=on’)
$smbsugar_display = false;
if(is_page() && !get_option(‘smbsugar_display_page’) == ‘checked=on’)
$smbsugar_display = false;
if(is_single() && !get_option(‘smbsugar_display_post’) == ‘checked=on’)
$smbsugar_display = false;
if(is_category() && !get_option(‘smbsugar_display_cat’) == ‘checked=on’)
$smbsugar_display = false;
if(is_archive() && !get_option(‘smbsugar_display_archive’) == ‘checked=on’ && !is_category())
$smbsugar_display = false;

if(get_option(‘smbsugar_button’) == ‘2’) {
$button_url = “evb/button-b.php”;
} else if (get_option(‘smbsugar_button’) == ‘3’) {
$button_url = “evb3/button.php”;
} else if (get_option(‘smbsugar_button’) == ‘4’) {
$button_url = “evb2/check_url2.js.php”;
} else {
$button_url = “evb/button.php”;
}

if($smbsugar_display === true) {
if(! preg_match(‘||’, $content)) {
$smbsugar_align = get_option(“smbsugar_box_align”);
if ($smbsugar_align) {
switch ($smbsugar_align) {
case “Top Left”:
return smbsugar_bizsugarhtml(“left”,$button_url).$content;
break;
case “Top Right”:
return smbsugar_bizsugarhtml(“Right”,$button_url).$content;
break;
case “Bottom Left”:
return $content.smbsugar_bizsugarhtml(“left”,$button_url);
break;
case “Bottom Right”:
return $content.smbsugar_bizsugarhtml(“right”,$button_url);
break;
case “None”:
return $content;
break;
default:
return smbsugar_bizsugarhtml(“left”,$button_url).$content;
break;
}
} else {
return smbsugar_bizsugarhtml(“left”,$button_url).$content;
}

} else {
return str_replace(‘‘, smbsugar_bizsugarhtml(“”,$button_url), $content);
}
} else {
return $content;
}
}
}

if (!function_exists(‘show_bizsugar’)) {
function show_bizsugar($float = “left”) {
global $post;
$permalink = get_permalink($post->ID);
echo <<<CODE


submit_url = “$permalink”;


CODE;
}
}

add_filter(‘the_content’, ‘smbsugar_addbutton’, 999);
add_action(‘admin_menu’, ‘smbsugar_add_menu’);
add_action(‘init’, ‘smbsugar_request_handler’);

?>

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Neil Young (Heart of Gold 1971) On Business Multi-Tasking (Article & Video)

*/

$message = “”;

if (!function_exists(‘smbsugar_request_handler’)) {
function smbsugar_request_handler() {
global $message;

if ($_POST[‘smbsugar_action’] == “update options”) {
$smbsugar_align_v = $_POST[‘smbsugar_align_sl’];

update_option(“smbsugar_box_align”, $smbsugar_align_v);

if($_POST[‘smbsugar_home’] == “on”) update_option(‘smbsugar_display_home’, “checked=on”);
else update_option(‘smbsugar_display_home’, “”);

if($_POST[‘smbsugar_page’] == “on”) update_option(‘smbsugar_display_page’, “checked=on”);
else update_option(‘smbsugar_display_page’, “”);

if($_POST[‘smbsugar_post’] == “on”) update_option(‘smbsugar_display_post’, “checked=on”);
else update_option(‘smbsugar_display_post’, “”);

if($_POST[‘smbsugar_cat’] == “on”) update_option(‘smbsugar_display_cat’, “checked=on”);
else update_option(‘smbsugar_display_cat’, “”);

if($_POST[‘smbsugar_archive’] == “on”) update_option(‘smbsugar_display_archive’, “checked=on”);
else update_option(‘smbsugar_display_archive’, “”);

update_option(“smbsugar_button”, $_POST[‘smbsugar_button’]);

$message = ‘

Options saved.

‘;
}
}
}

if(!function_exists(‘smbsugar_add_menu’)) {
function smbsugar_add_menu () {
add_options_page(“bizSugar Vote Options”, “bizSugar”, 8, basename(__FILE__), “smbsugar_displayOptions”);
}
}

if (!function_exists(‘smbsugar_displayOptions’)) {
function smbsugar_displayOptions() {

global $message;
echo $message;

print(‘

‘);
print(‘

bizSugar Voting Button Options

‘);

print (”);
?>

Align

<option value="Top Left" >Top Left
<option value="Top Right" >Top Right
<option value="Bottom Left" >Bottom Left
<option value="Bottom Right" >Bottom Right
<option value="None" >None

Display bizSugar on… <INPUT TYPE=CHECKBOX NAME="smbsugar_home" />home page
<INPUT TYPE=CHECKBOX NAME="smbsugar_page" />static pages
<INPUT TYPE=CHECKBOX NAME="smbsugar_post" />post pages
<INPUT TYPE=CHECKBOX NAME="smbsugar_cat" />category pages
<INPUT TYPE=CHECKBOX NAME="smbsugar_archive" />archive pages

Which bizSugar button would you like to use?

<input type="radio" name="smbsugar_button" value="1" checked=”checked” />

<input type="radio" name="smbsugar_button" value="2" checked=”checked” />

<input type="radio" name="smbsugar_button" value="3" checked=”checked” />

<input type="radio" name="smbsugar_button" value="4" checked=”checked” />

<?php
print ('’);
print(‘

‘);

}
}

if (!function_exists(‘smbsugar_bizsugarhtml’)) {
function smbsugar_bizsugarhtml($float,$button_url) {
global $wp_query;
$post = $wp_query->post;
$id = $post->ID;
$permalink = get_permalink($id);
$title = urlencode($post->post_title);
$bizsugarhtml = <<<CODE


submit_url = “$permalink”;


CODE;
return $bizsugarhtml;
}
}

if (!function_exists(‘smbsugar_addbutton’)) {
function smbsugar_addbutton($content) {
$smbsugar_display = true;
if(is_home() && !get_option(‘smbsugar_display_home’) == ‘checked=on’)
$smbsugar_display = false;
if(is_page() && !get_option(‘smbsugar_display_page’) == ‘checked=on’)
$smbsugar_display = false;
if(is_single() && !get_option(‘smbsugar_display_post’) == ‘checked=on’)
$smbsugar_display = false;
if(is_category() && !get_option(‘smbsugar_display_cat’) == ‘checked=on’)
$smbsugar_display = false;
if(is_archive() && !get_option(‘smbsugar_display_archive’) == ‘checked=on’ && !is_category())
$smbsugar_display = false;

if(get_option(‘smbsugar_button’) == ‘2’) {
$button_url = “evb/button-b.php”;
} else if (get_option(‘smbsugar_button’) == ‘3’) {
$button_url = “evb3/button.php”;
} else if (get_option(‘smbsugar_button’) == ‘4’) {
$button_url = “evb2/check_url2.js.php”;
} else {
$button_url = “evb/button.php”;
}

if($smbsugar_display === true) {
if(! preg_match(‘||’, $content)) {
$smbsugar_align = get_option(“smbsugar_box_align”);
if ($smbsugar_align) {
switch ($smbsugar_align) {
case “Top Left”:
return smbsugar_bizsugarhtml(“left”,$button_url).$content;
break;
case “Top Right”:
return smbsugar_bizsugarhtml(“Right”,$button_url).$content;
break;
case “Bottom Left”:
return $content.smbsugar_bizsugarhtml(“left”,$button_url);
break;
case “Bottom Right”:
return $content.smbsugar_bizsugarhtml(“right”,$button_url);
break;
case “None”:
return $content;
break;
default:
return smbsugar_bizsugarhtml(“left”,$button_url).$content;
break;
}
} else {
return smbsugar_bizsugarhtml(“left”,$button_url).$content;
}

} else {
return str_replace(‘‘, smbsugar_bizsugarhtml(“”,$button_url), $content);
}
} else {
return $content;
}
}
}

if (!function_exists(‘show_bizsugar’)) {
function show_bizsugar($float = “left”) {
global $post;
$permalink = get_permalink($post->ID);
echo <<<CODE


submit_url = “$permalink”;


CODE;
}
}

add_filter(‘the_content’, ‘smbsugar_addbutton’, 999);
add_action(‘admin_menu’, ‘smbsugar_add_menu’);
add_action(‘init’, ‘smbsugar_request_handler’);

?>

JUGGLING.

Also known as multi-tasking.

It’s become a virtual by-word for 21st Century Business.

You’ve got a report to write. Emails to send out. A conference at six. The report for Friday’s meeting is still only a rough-draft. And you’ve got the biggest enemy of all staring down your throat. The clock!

It’s two things. It’s a balencing act. And it’s a blog post being written by a writer who can’t think and chew gum at the same time.

So, this multi-tasking thing…is it an art? Is it an innate quality. Is it something we can learn. Is it a trait we can perfect?

I’m not sure. I’m only a simple writer.

But I am a simple writer who loves music. Perhaps with that theme as a background, we will turn to a multi-tasker extraordinaire. The incomparable Neil Young.

The following is a live, solo performance of his classic “Heart of Gold” from 1971. How many things does Neil do in the performance. 1) He sings. 2) He plays Guitar. 3) He plays harmonica. 4) He puts his heart into the song. 5) He puts his soul into the song. 6) He feeds off the audience. 7) He tells a story…much different than just singing. 8) He engages his audience.

That’s a lot of things. 

He is a genius. He is a balance. He is a juggler. He is a businessman. And he is a multi-tasker.

Enjoy…

 

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Yonatan Maisel is a business blogger and author. He started a business blog one year ago. 90% of his new clients now find their way to him as a direct result of having read one or more posts. He is a regular contributor at www.bizSugar.com and www.jobshuk.com.
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How To Encourage Participation, Voting and Improve BizSugar!

So, I’m assuming that my last post on BizSugar, Why I’ve Quit Using BizSugar: A Product Review, turned some heads, shook things up, ruffled many feathers and raised some ire.

It was to be my last post on BizSugar. Yet I feel that I have some more things to say. So this will be my last post.

Voting among members on BizSugar is hitting a low. Motivation and morale appear to be sinking. Upwards of 90% of voting is now being done by staff. Articles of non-participants are being voted up to “Hot Topics” by staff. And, I believe, it is enabling. Enabling people who don’t participate to say “Hey…if I just post articles and log out I can still win on BizSugar.” It is a bad precedent and one which does nothing to encourage participation.

Let’s take a look at “T.”

He is a member of BizSugar. He has never answered any of the scores of comments left on his posts. He has never commented on others’ posts. He has never voted for any member other than those with whom he is friends. Yet almost every one of his posts is “voted up” by staff. It hardly encourages “T” to participate. Rather, it enables and encourages him not to. There are many “Ts” on BizSugar. One, we’ll call him “R,” has posted 180 articles on BizSugar. And he has voted exactly 180 times…all for his own articles. NEVER even once for anybody else. Yet he gets staff votes often and frequently hits the “HT” page. “R” has learned that non-participation has great rewards!

If BizSugar is to reach its full potential, I believe there are things that can and should be done. I’m no Marketing guru. But I have some ideas. I will not be around in the future to witnesss whether they are implemented, but something needs to be done!

1) STOP enabling “slackers.”

2) Draw up new guidelines that every member needs to sign off on in order to continue to participate. Spell it out: “This is a community and here is what we need from you as a member…we no longer encourage participation, we demand it”

3) Encourage participation!

4) BizSugar contains a “Karma” score for each member. It is a “feel good” score for frequency of voting and commenting. Forget “Karma!” Forget feeling good. Make a new criterion for scoring. If you don’t reach the level of participation for a minimal Karma score, your stories can’t become “Hot Topics” any more no matter how many votes you receive.

5) Create a minimum number of articles that each person needs to vote for in order to post their next article. And monitor the voting to ensure that people are not just voting on articles en-masse, hitting the ‘vote’ button every three seconds.

6) Create a minimum number of comments that each voter must make in order to continue posting. And not just saying things like “Great article!”

7) Create a minimum number of re-Tweets that each member needs to make.

8) Tweet messages to vote on BizSugar on a very regular basis!

9) Create a place on the front page which offers free advertising for the most active participants. Perhaps the top 5 each month can have advertising avatars which lead to and promote their business websites. That will motivate!

10) Contests! Prizes! For free advertising for winners. Invite winners onto podcasts. Write glowing articles about the winners promoting them and their businesses! Tweet the articles of the most active.

11) Roll out the welcome mat for new members. Let them know what they need to do and embrace them into the community.

12) Stop punishing people for nurturing large followings on the site. Holding back votes in an effort to curb success does not work! It has and does create very bad feelings!

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I’m no genius. These are all common sense ideas. Sure at first some of them will elicit a big groan from members. “Jeez…I have to participate?!” But very quickly when they take into consideration the value that BizSugar presents to them, they will change their minds.

Up until now the solution has been to post articles about making BizSugar a community and encouraging participation. While very good articles, they DON’T work for one very simple reason: The ones who read them are already active participants. The “Hit and Run” submitters can’t be bothered to read them. The effect = NONE!

I hope that for the future of BizSugar they will be considered.

By learning the tough lesson that BizSugar is a community and not just a place to endlessly promote themselves and their businesses I believe that things can change very quickly!

I know, I’m a horrible person because of my last post. But I am a horrible person who sees a great site slipping away. It’s time for the sake of future members to make some very difficult choices and decisions.

Yonatan Maisel

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Image Credits: Graph: bestbni.com; Profile Head: britishinline.co.uk; Suggestion Box: lincoln.edu; Hammer: biojobblog.com

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Why I’ve Quit Using BizSugar: A Product Review

Why I’ve Quit Using BizSugar: A Product Review

Up until about 6 weeks ago, I was BizSugar’s biggest fan. BizSugar, if you don’t know is a business aggregator site where you can post links to your blogs and business articles, read those of others, and vote. The system is simple…16 votes and an article becomes a “Hot Topic.” It goes to the front page and gets re-Tweeted.

I did very well on BizSugar for the ten months or so during which I was an active member. I had about an 80% publication rate (Hot Topics). I was, at least according to statistics, the person who offered the most comments and feedback to others. And I voted approximately 1,200 times for others’ articles. I frequented the site every day, offered encouragement to others, welcomed new members…and more. I was, at least according to others the “cheerleader” of the site. Don’t believe the “cheerleading” part? Here are some recent articles I have written on behalf of BizSugar: How to Succeed (ROCK!) on BizSugar in 3 RIDICULOUSLY EASY Steps! A BizSugar Philanthropy Project? Just An Idea… Final Reminder: BizSugar Article Contest: Voting Ends 15 July And then there’s perhaps the article that I’m most proud of: Get Your Free Degree in Business at bizsugar.com! Take a look. Have I not cheered enough?

So why am I quitting???

I’ll tell you. I will not mention any names. I will not offer any personal details. What I am offering is quite simply a candid “Product Review.”

1) Morale and participation on BizSugar appears to be hitting an all-time low. There is a term used amongst the active participants on BizSugar…”Hit-and-Run” submitters. They post their articles and log off. No votes or comments for anybody else. Yet recently, they are the ones who are receiving the most votes on BizSugar. Which leads to point #2…they are being propped up by the BizSugar staff.

2) On any given afternoon beginning around noon U.S. EST, you will see a horde of voters begin a voting frenzy. “Wow, that’s a lot of participation” you may say at first glance. The problem is that they are all BizSugar staff. Instead of encouraging members to vote by finding new ways to motivate, they instead vote as one for the articles that they want to be “Hot Topics.” Instead of letting the readers decide, it is the “Powers That Be” who make the ultimate decisions. On recent days up to 95% of votes cast have been by this “elite” group of people, who with the recent addition of four new “members” now has the power, numbers and ability to popularize any submission they want. Talk about stuffing ballot boxes!

   

3) Very recently I noticed that my votes from the “members” were going way down. It actually began on one single day when all of the “staff” voters stopped voting for me at once. “That’s not a coincidence” I thought; “That’s a policy.” It has come to my attention that I have been placed on a “black-list” by the “Powers that Be.” It appears that I have been doing too well and “The Powers” wanted to “curb” my success. Is this conjecture on my part? Nope, it comes straight from several of the moderators who are in a position to know. Know? Yes, they have been “told,” actually ordered not to vote for me. It’s all in the emails they sent me “confessing” though I’ll never show them; It’s not my style. Instead, they wish to “level the playing field” and grant artificial success to those who have no desire to actively participate on the site. Yet there are others who are active and succeed regularly. What of them? No “black-listing” for them according to the moderators “in-the-know.” It’s only me.

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Recently, because of this “black-listing” I decided not to post anymore on the site. But my followers who I have cultivated have been uploading my article links on my behalf. It was thought that as others were now uploading them, the “black-listing” would end. Nope! It’s still in force! Which is why I have told them as of today to stop doing so.

Wow! Am I just an ex-member who is crying “sour grapes?” Hardly. What I am is a former cheerleader and supporter of the site who is watching, much to my dismay, the steady spiral downward. With tens of thousands of members and a following of thousands on Twitter, why is it that aside from the “staff votes” the site is only managing 40-60 votes per day? Why aren’t the current “Powers that Be” trying to find ways to increase participation and interest in the site. Why are they artificially “propping up” submissions instead of encouraging REAL participation? And why do they have personal agendas which dictate success and failure on the site, including black-listing?

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I believe that these are tough questions that need to be answered.

And I believe that the person to deal with the present predicament is the site’s CEO, Anita Campbell. I have always found Anita to be wonderful, supportive and a pleasure to deal with. She is a consumate professional who possesses incredible professionalism, acumen and skill. She has an incredible record of success. Anita, I hope that you are able to save the sinking ship. BizSugar can be an excellent forum as a Business-related all-encompassing website. I believe, however, that things are going in the wrong direction at the current time.

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To those who have black-listed me so to speak I say this: Perhaps you wanted to curb my success. What you did instead was curb my enthusiasm. You have lost a valuable member and participant. Your strategy has backfired!

Am I being vindictive? No! Believe me, It gives me NO pleasure writing this article. But it gives me equally no pleasure watching a potentially good thing getting %$#@ed up so badly!

Yonatan Maisel

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Image Credits: Thumbs: blog.bronto.com; Graph: smartlemming.com; Powers That be: cdn2.ioffer.com; Blacklisted: musicmedia.ign.com; Goodbye: learnjavafx.typepad; Cheer: jwalkersign.com

 

 

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Saying Goodbye to BizSugar and Wishing Good Luck to All

Well, it’s been almost a year on BizSugar. It’s been good and it’s been rather interesting.

I’ve learned a lot from others and enjoyed participating. I’ve learned a lot about business; the lessons have been many.

Now I bid you adeiu. Ciao. Hasta la Vista. And goodbye for a while. I’ve burned out on Social Media and want to see if a 21st Century business can survive without it. 

Now it’ll just be writing a new blog post, a Tweet to get the ball rolling, and that’s it. I’m looking forward to turning the clock back and getting myself back to a more old-fashioned way of doing business.

I guess it’s who I am. Sometimes I feel like I was born in the wrong century. I feel like an anachronism, better suited for the days of horse and buggy, log cabins and telegraph wires.

I’m looking forward to maintaining some of the wonderful friendships I’ve made along the way and will be visiting your blog sites often!

I just wanted to take this opportunity to wish happiness, health, success and the best of luck to all, especially to Chief Moderator Shawn Hessinger, and Anita Campbell who makes this wonderful, extremely valuable site available to all in the World of Small Business! Thanks! 🙂

Yoni

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Little League Baseball, Votes, Social Media and Not Keeping Score

There’s a movement afoot in American Little League Baseball. Actually, in some communities it has been going on for a while. Instead of having competition among the younger teams, administrators, coaches and parents have decided to simply stop keeping score. Whether the game ends 10-2, 6-5 or 25-0, it is irrelevant. Everyone is declared winner. When I first heard about this practice, I had very mixed feelings. I have come to understand why it’s being done.

I began to participate in Social Media, very belatedly, about one year ago.

I began to blog, to Tweet and to upload my Business article and blog links to sites where voting takes place. I informed my regular readers and “fans” that I would be doing so. Many of these readers followed me to the sites where voting takes place and have regularly voted for my articles. I have done quite well.

                                                    

More and more, however, I have recently begun to think back to the Little League Baseball thing. I have begun to have second thoughts about voting. Voting is about winning and…losing. It’s a principle and a practice I have begun to think less and less favorably about.

Voting can make people do funny things. It can create alliances. It can create “blocks.” It can end in favoritism and it can make scores that are “blow-outs.” In the words of a famous Pink Floyd song, it can create an… 

…mentality. It can create bad feelings. It can create grudges. It can create an atmoshere ripe for ostracism. If people stop voting for you in stages, that’s one thing, but when a large group of voters who used to vote for you on a regular basis all begin to systematically skip over your articles on the same exact day, and never vote for you again, it can seem, very obviously and blatantly, a coordinated move. It can seem quite personal and it can force you to ask “What the heck is going on here?”

Sometimes it seems like a game:

I have recently contacted my regular readers, my “fans” so to speak, and asked them to kindly refrain from voting for my articles. “Vote for others,” I have told them, “please just not for mine.” This blog post is simply about reaching out to others and saying, “Please don’t vote for me anymore. I no longer wish to keep score.” If you like an article of mine and you think others may enjoy it, ReTweet it; I would be grateful. If you wish to leave me a comment or feedback…go for it. I’d love to hear from you. Please, however, don’t vote for me!

I, myself, will continue to vote for others. It seems to be an important part of Social Media. I understand why voting takes place and respect it. I just don’t want to be on the receiving end anymore. If it means I don’t end up on “most-voted-for” lists anymore and as a consequence I have less re-Tweets, so be it.

“Winning isn’t always finishing first. Sometimes just finishing is winning” —Manuel Diotte, Motivational Speaker

I feel very comfortable and AT PEACE with my decision and I am looking forward to having my articles and blog posts read in a non-competitive atmosphere! 

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Yonatan Maisel is a business blogger and author. He started a business blog one year ago. 90% of his new clients now find their way to him as a direct result of having read one or more posts. He is a regular contributor at www.bizSugar.com and www.jobshuk.com.
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Image Credits: Baseball: highandtight.com; Voting Booth: themoderatevoice.com; Peace ghandhiking.com; Manuel Diotte: manueldiotter.com; Us Versus Them: Viking Press ; Boy Flipping Coin: keithbond.co.uk 
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BizSugar Profile In Excellence: Marketing Guru Susan Oakes from the “Land Down Under”

                                                             

From the land of Crocodile Dundee, Foster’s Lager, and “shrimp on the barbee,” comes Susan Oakes, Marketing guru extraordinaire.

                                                    

She’s a master of Marketing and a successful entrepreneur who has brought her excellence to such companies as Johnson & Johnson, Pfizer and Thomas Cook.

Susan now works with companies and individuals alike, assisting them on the path to Marketing excellence and success.

And among all of her other duties, Susan presents, twice-weekly, her incredible blog posts filled with wisdom, insight, experience, acumen and principles from the world of Marketing. Whether it’s the strategy of finding return customers, questions to ask before choosing marketing tactics, or her gem of a classic, the recent “Marketing Lessons from Kids and Grandmas”  if you’re looking for a great dependable Marketing blog overflowing with wit, insight, knowledge and candor, look no further!

I myself entered this crazy world of 21st century business without one iota of Marketing experience or knowledge. There’s a reason why Susan has become my go-to-person for that wisdom that I so need. She is a treasure-trove of relevant, timely and accurate information.

                                                            

Looking for a great Marketing blog to help you on the path to success?

Looking for a Marketing genius to help your company navigate the crazily-paced, mind-numbing world of business.

Looking for Marketing Coaching, Online Courses or Business Marketing Plans?

Turn to Susan Oakes, a Marketing Master with over 25 years of rock-solid experience and excellence at www.m4bmarketing.com.

Susan…

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Note: This un-solicted blog post is not an advertisement, it is quite simply as the title states, a “Profile in Business Excellence!”

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Yonatan Maisel is a business blogger and author. He started a business blog one year ago. 90% of his new clients now find their way to him as a direct result of having read one or more posts. He is a regular contributor at www.bizSugar.com and www.jobshuk.com.
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Image credits: hats off: atgrehab.com; excellence: anti-fraud.com
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