What Advice Would You Give Lyndon Wood as the new Chairman of Ecademy?

What Advice Would You Give Lyndon Wood as the new Chairman of Ecademy?



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Simon Harding

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What Advice Would You Give Lyndon Wood as the new Chairman of Ec

Hey I would not presume to give Lyndon advice. Seems he has his end figured out to me.

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Phillip Khan-Panni

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What Advice Would You Give Lyndon Wood as the new Chairman of Ec

I sent Lyndon a synopsis of the ROSEE meeting's comments. Broadly, I indicated that people felt Ecademy is a damaged brand and a diminished community, but that the community did/does exist. The interaction in the room was powerful and healthy, robust but enjoyable. Much concern about the negativity flowing through the blogs, and some about Lyndon's style and a feeling that he needed to match the rhythm of the members, that he needs to meet us, but perhaps be less active in the written area. I added that members were less likely to trade with one another than to collaborate, and would like the new Ecademy to help them improve their earnings. Important, also, to retain the same functionality as at present, especially Marketplace. Mike, is that about right? PKP

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Katie-Ellen Hazeldine

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What Advice Would You Give Lyndon Wood as the new Chairman of Ec

I wouldn't, if not directly asked.

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Mike Turner

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What Advice Would You Give Lyndon Wood as the new Chairman of Ec

It was unfortunate that Lyndon was unable to make the ROSEE event last night in London as there was an overwhelming amount of advice proposed. Phillip collated a broad representation of what was discussed which he will be forwarding to Lyndon. You missed a great night Robert. Mike

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Robert Craven

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What Advice Would You Give Lyndon Wood as the new Chairman of Ec

Looks like this blog might run and run.... RC

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John Paul

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What Advice Would You Give Lyndon Wood as the new Chairman of Ec

Do nothing (Wu Wei).

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Phillip Khan-Panni

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What Advice Would You Give Lyndon Wood as the new Chairman of Ec

I'd suggest starting by collecting together those who are already proving to be on-side, through their actions and the things they write in blogs and forums. It cannot be a one-man show.

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John Murray

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What Advice Would You Give Lyndon Wood as the new Chairman of Ec

Not to cheese off the paying membership when you don't get the precise answer to questions (or polls) posed, or in the manner hoped for?

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Mike Bailey

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What Advice Would You Give Lyndon Wood as the new Chairman of Ec

Do the vacuuming, remove the fluff.

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George Wallace

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What Advice Would You Give Lyndon Wood as the new Chairman of Ec

Bring together like minded people to work together Listen to what the members say filter it and then JFDI (Just ****** Do It) Set up a separate part of Ecademy for the running of the Ecademy business and keep it separate from the every day blogs Keep a document that shows what has been planned and implemented.

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Marcus Cauchi Sales Management Training

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What Advice Would You Give Lyndon Wood as the new Chairman of Ec

Gratuitous advice is generally worth what you paid for it!

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Lucas Wyrsch

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What Advice Would You Give Lyndon Wood as the new Chairman of Ec

Dear Robert, Another advice that I would give Lyndon is to learn all about Alibaba! Alibaba is a privately-owned Hangzhou-based family of Internet-based businesses that cover business-to-business online marketplaces, retail and payment platforms, shopping search engine and data-centric cloud computing services. Its products and services are designed to make the benefits of the Internet accessible to small businesses, entrepreneurs and consumers. It operates its business primarily in the People's Republic of China. Alibaba employed 25,000 employees in 2012! Alibaba.com, the flagship company of Alibaba Group, is the world's largest online business-to-business trading platform for small businesses. Founded in Hangzhou in eastern China, Alibaba.com has three major marketplaces. The company's English language international marketplace (www.alibaba.com) serves to bring together importers and exporters from more than 240 countries and regions. The China marketplace (www.1688.com) is developed for domestic business-to-business trade in China. In addition, Alibaba.com offers a transaction-based wholesale platform, AliExpress (www.aliexpress.com), which allows smaller buyers to buy small quantities of goods at wholesale prices. The company claims that together these marketplaces have more than 79 million registered users. Taobao Marketplace (www.taobao.com) is the biggest C2C online shopping platform in China. Founded in 2003, it provides a wide variety of product offerings. The company claims that it served more than 370 million registered users as of the end of 2010. Tmall.com (www.tmall.com) was introduced in April 2008 as a dedicated B2C platform to complement Taobao's C2C marketplace and became an independent business in June 2011. It is now a major online shopping destination for quality, brand name goods in China. eTao (www.etao.com) was beta-launched by Taobao in October 2010 as an independent search engine and became an independent business in June 2011. It is the most comprehensive shopping search engine in China, covering product results from most Chinese online shopping platforms. Launched in 2004, Alipay (www.alipay.com) is a third-party online payment platform. According to analyst research report, Alipay has the biggest market share in China. The company claims it had more than 650 million registered accounts as of the end of 2011. Alipay provides a payment service called escrow, in which consumers can verify whether they are happy with goods they have bought before releasing money to the seller. Alipay partners with more than 100 financial institutions including Visa and MasterCard to provide payment solutions for Taobao.com and Tmall.com as well as more than 460,000 Chinese businesses. Internationally, Alipay helps more than 300 worldwide merchants sell directly to consumers in China. It currently supports transactions in 12 major foreign currencies. Alipay is an affiliate of Alibaba Group. Alibaba Cloud Computing aims to build an advanced data-centric cloud computing service platform, including e-commerce data mining, high-speed massive e-commerce data processing, and as well as data customization. It was established in September 2009 in conjunction with the 10th anniversary of Alibaba Group. In October 2005, Alibaba Group formed a strategic partnership with Yahoo! Inc and acquired China Yahoo! (www.yahoo.com.cn), which is a Chinese portal with a focus on essential Internet services including news, email and search. Have fun and take care! Best, Lucas

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Lucas Wyrsch

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What Advice Would You Give Lyndon Wood as the new Chairman of Ec

The secret ascension of XING comes from a total absence of blogs, but from a strong combination of groups that organize offline meetings! XING knows basic free membership, very much like Ecademy but now comes four key differentiator: XING knows for different steps in the career of a XING member: Premium MembershipHandy advanced features for your business and career. Premium Members have access to handy features that can help you boost your career. They can see who visited their profile and then get in touch with them to find out more. They also have access to advanced search and filter functions to find the information they're looking for. Premium Members can also upload documents to their profile, receive references from other members, export their contacts as vCards, and much more.Group moderatorGroup contact person and conflict resolver Moderators manage their groups in terms of both content and administration. When a person takes on a moderator role on XING they assume responsibility for certain duties. For example, as the contact person for group members, they are responsible for sending newsletters, and determining the structure and description of forums. Furthermore, moderators are responsible for confirming new members, and for solving problems within groups.AmbassadorOfficial event organizer and local contact XING Ambassadors are brand ambassadors and point of contact in their area. They moderate official regional groups and regularly organize events in their area and help to support the networking activities of their group members.Xpert AmbassadorModerator with proven expertise XING Ambassadors are particularly active and dedicated XING members who are respected experts in their particular industry and help to support people in their groups both online and at official "XING Live! Events".What I've noticed from my experience with XING is that it really works and adds lots of value to XING members!

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Gareth Kane

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What Advice Would You Give Lyndon Wood as the new Chairman of Ec

Bring the Groups back to the foreground. For me Ecademy worked best when there were lots of sub communities, and when you hit the Front page it had both the latest Blog(verts) and the latest messages in your groups. Made Ecademy more relevant, valuable and friendlier. That's my hapenworth... G

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Mike Briercliffe

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What Advice Would You Give Lyndon Wood as the new Chairman of Ec

I'd find a way to stop this tripe: it pulls the level right down! Hello! My name is Mercy i am a young beautiful girl with full of love well i saw your profile please at(www.ecademy.com) i will like you to contact me back through my email adderss(mercy1100@yahoo.in) at the same time i will show you my photo contact me with this e mail (mercy1100@yahoo.in)

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Andrew Priestley

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What Advice Would You Give Lyndon Wood as the new Chairman of Ec

Hey Robert, I do lots of strategic audits, consulting and public speaking with SMEs and I have elevated this to one of the must-read books. Good book VERY happy to endorse it. VERY generous with your knowledge and experience and insights. VERY generous.

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Danielle de Valera

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What Advice Would You Give Lyndon Wood as the new Chairman of Ec

Don't be too quick to jump onto the page. Be humble. Wait, watch, listen and learn for at least one month.

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Alan Rae - Business Communicator

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Build on what makes/made this place unique

!) Hybid online/offline networking model 2) The only place on line with the tools to have a really serious discussion on business issues. FB and Linked-in don't have the ability to sustain parallel threaded conversations so no real depth develops. 3) The ability for activity to be seen on Google for promotional purposes. Your challenge is to identify the groups who can deliver the activity that's beneficial to themselves but which will really get some traction going with the outside world. Having said that there are two things it needs to do better - one is to handle the import of media better, the other I'd like to talk about offline.

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Lyndon Wood

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What Advice Would You Give Lyndon Wood as the new Chairman of Ec

If you are all reading my Ecademy Vision also posted some on this thread, you will see total focus, total direction, total dedication to making it all happen. The message and positioning is very clear with an emphasis of attracting new members to contribute and build for everyone. Ecademy will be the place to be for business to do business and for everyone to share knowledge and gather to bring the social aspects into play thus not wanting to lose the human capital that has been built so far but enhance its performance and subject matter to far greater things and to benefit everyone. The latest cutting edge technology is being applied you will be pleased. Lyndon

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Derek Sorensen

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What Advice Would You Give Lyndon Wood as the new Chairman of Ec

You have a site populated by mostly compliant thralls. Try to keep it that way; it will be easier to manage. Moderate content, not members. Online communities thrive on lively discussion. Avoid getting rid of the handful of people who have something worthwhile to say. That's been tried, several times, and ecademy is much the poorer for it. You are the owner, not a member. If you want to run this as a business rather than as a hobby, do not post. Have a lackey do that on your behalf. It's probably best if you don't visit the site either, and especially do not read blogs with titles such as "What Advice Would You Give Lyndon Wood ..." - the answers will only upset you. When in doubt, do nothing.

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Tom Evans

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What Advice Would You Give Lyndon Wood as the new Chairman of Ec

Breathe ...

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Lyndon Wood

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What Advice Would You Give Lyndon Wood as the new Chairman of Ec

Nice one Lucas insurance to the core ha At the moment I am mixed on the membership side so all thoughts are welcome. Free = profit has to come from somewhere to continue developments and give an ROI so would it be advertising or something else? Subscription = this does allow for some real great benefits as well as the ROI Pay per Day = Not convinced on this one yet unless i can be proven it works Overall I am looking at a "Pick n Mix" option so you select what you want and thats what you pay for with a min level of support to receive real business benefits My Vision is to make sure that overall everyone wins here. Businesses win sales and benefits and all the other things come with being involved in an online community and Ecademy evolves and creates a profit and can continue to build thus giving a true Global marketplace for everyone. What do you think? L

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Lucas Wyrsch

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What Advice Would You Give Lyndon Wood as the new Chairman of Ec

Dear Lyndon, dear Thomas, dear Robert and dear Ecademy readers! Start with the future! What is the future of our business life? Once we're tired, we'll retire! We need pensions from both sides, governmental social security and private life insurance companies. Start a global network of life insurance companies that offers and sells deferred pensions and life annuities! A life annuity is a financial contract in the form of an insurance product according to which a seller or issuer, a financial institution such as a life insurance company, makes a series of future payments to a buyer (annuitant) in exchange for the immediate payment of a lump sum, a single-payment annuity or a series of regular payments, regular-payment annuity, prior to the onset of the annuity. The payment stream from the issuer to the annuitant has an unknown duration based principally upon the date of death of the annuitant. At this point the contract will terminate and the remainder of the fund accumulated is forfeited unless there are other annuitants or beneficiaries in the contract. Thus a life annuity is a form of longevity insurance, where the uncertainty of an individual's lifespan is transferred from the individual to the insurer, which reduces its own uncertainty by pooling many clients. Annuities can be purchased to provide an income during retirement. The instrument's evolution has been long and continues as part of actuarial science. Medieval German and Dutch cities and monasteries raised money by the sale of life annuities, and it was recognized that pricing them was difficult. The early practice for selling this instrument did not consider the age of the nominee, thereby raising interesting concerns. These concerns got the attention of several prominent mathematicians over the years, such as Huygens, Bernoulli, de Moivre and others: even Gauss and Laplace had an interest in matters pertaining to this instrument. It seems that Johan de Witt was the first writer to compute the value of a life annuity as the sum of expected discounted future payments, while Halley used the first mortality table drawn from experience for that calculation. The Paris Hôtel-Dieu offered some fairly priced annuities that roughly fit the Deparcieux table discounted at 5 %. Continuing practice is an everyday occurrence with well-known theory founded on robust mathematics, as witnessed by the hundreds of millions worldwide who receive regular remuneration via pension or the like. The modern approach to resolving the difficult problems related to a larger scope for this instrument applies many advanced mathematical approaches, such as stochastic methods, game theory, and other tools of financial mathematics. Lets start with a global network of life insurance companies that provide future pension to our members! Have a great and happy day! Best, Lucas

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Lyndon Wood

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What Advice Would You Give Lyndon Wood as the new Chairman of Ec

Hi Ziona Well said. It's great having a real community feel and all the love in the room as long as we all benefit commercially as well. Here is a post I put in my group Ecademy Vision earlier which will give you a falvour of where I am coming from and part of it mirrors yours: I will add to this A place where you can trust. My first Vision: Ecademy will become: A place where leaders and members are rewarded. A place where everyone trades with each other and keeps it in the community. A place we can find each other easily. A place we will share learnings and knowledge freely A place we meet and debate and collaborate A place we join forces A place where opportunities are maximised A trading place - worldwide A place where you choose how you communicate and what you see A place that is home Ecademy will be the place of choice Globally for all business Are you in? Lyndon

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Fred Rutgers

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What Advice Would You Give Lyndon Wood as the new Chairman of Ec

Not only insurance Lyndon! There are so many member benefits I could think of. Immagine a loyal database of 650.000 people. Insurance Travel Hotels Car rental abroad Telecommunications Etc Etc Now I know, the cinics will say this is B.S not meaning Blackstar ;-) And yes many members love to be on Ecademy as long as nobody makes a profit on them. Commerce sometimes seems to be a swearword. But realy I think there are many services and products we can think of that offer members a whopper deal end also offer you a nice profitmargin! Cheers Fred P.s. Let's keep things moving!

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Phillip Khan-Panni

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What Advice Would You Give Lyndon Wood as the new Chairman of Ec

Here's what I said to Daniel Priestley. The 26,592 views and 386 comments would suggest a shared interest on those ideas. PKP

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Phil Shepherd

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What Advice Would You Give Lyndon Wood as the new Chairman of Ec

Have the pool of talent within the Ecademy network be the first port of call for services you need to buy. We all seek to do business with each other through building trusted relationships whenever possible. For example I am currently needing to buy some public liability insurance for the company and have asked for Lyndon's comparison site to be checked out as part of the process :) Phil

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Nigel Temple

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What Advice Would You Give Lyndon Wood as the new Chairman of Ec

Create more brand awareness. I am constantly surprised that my clients and seminar attendees haven't heard of Ecademy.

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Laurence Lowne

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Think small

Recreate Ecademy Local to complement Ecademy Global. Not everyone wants to do business outside their immediate area, and research somewhere will probably prove over 90% of business is done within 20 miles of where you are based. Laurence

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Gordon Wheaton

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What Advice Would You Give Lyndon Wood as the new Chairman of Ec

Good blog and question Robert. Best advice I can think of is be ORS Regards Gordon

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George Wallace

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What Advice Would You Give Lyndon Wood as the new Chairman of Ec

Have fun Listen to the members Work with the members Talk on the same wavelength as the members Go with the majority but listen to the dissenters good luck

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Dave Clarke

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What Advice Would You Give Lyndon Wood as the new Chairman of Ec

Enjoy it

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RealSteveHolmes Fading away soon

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What Advice Would You Give Lyndon Wood as the new Chairman of Ec

Do absolutely nothing. It seems to have worked so far.

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Richard J Francis

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What Advice Would You Give Lyndon Wood as the new Chairman of Ec

Be authentic, and genuine. That's about it really. Best wishes Lyndon

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Steve Hall

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What Advice Would You Give Lyndon Wood as the new Chairman of Ec

"To yourself be true"

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Martin Dewhurst

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What Advice Would You Give Lyndon Wood as the new Chairman of Ec

Draw upon every hurdle and challenge you've faced in your career. Use your successes as reference points, appreciate every critic, cynic and doubter for the fortitude they encouraged in your own abilities. Encourage and inspire the unfolding of a world class service, offline and online, that represents business excellence at every brand touch point and one that puts customer value at the forefront of every decision. In short, follow your heart at all times, think kosmically and act globally :-)

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Lyndon Wood

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What Advice Would You Give Lyndon Wood as the new Chairman of Ec

WOW plenty of observations there. Cant wait to share the "What Happens Next" manifesto with you all. See my post on the announcement as well Keep it coming please all welcome :)

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Ketan JOSHI

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What Advice Would You Give Lyndon Wood as the new Chairman of Ec

Think Beyond the UK ... We are a small community out there, often in remote places far from other Ecademy members - and we need more help and support from the "centre" .. K

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Fraser Hay

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What Advice Would You Give Lyndon Wood as the new Chairman of Ec

check thomas's timesheets and expense claims thoroughly, give him a small basic but big PRP bonus ;) study the Linkedin and facebook prospectus documents thoroughly for "real gems" and "nuggets", and consider how you could leverage the loyalty of the existing members, and how they can leverage your committment to ecademy.

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Georgina Lester

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What Advice Would You Give Lyndon Wood as the new Chairman of Ec

Listen - with heart, mind and business head, to the individuals and the community as a whole. There is a lot of resource here already. Talk with everyone ....... and often. Ask lots of questions and take note of the answers. Share ideas - we'll get behind the ones with legs. Be patient when 'we' the community don't quite understand - as it is likely that we don't understand just yet! Watch the blog page - it is the barometer of the whole community. You definitely know when there are clouds over head and when the sun shines by watching the mood of the 'front page'. Gut instinct has to play a part too - not everyone's truth is for the greater good. Set expectations where and when you can - we'll hold you to the things that you promise but be patient with you when things don't go quite to plan - as long as we know. Embrace the supportive community and embrace the support that will more than likely be offered. Enjoy the talent here - there is a MASS of treasure lurking in the shadows just waiting to be discovered. Ask when you need help in finding your way around - you are bound to get someone to guide you when you need and want to know more.

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Nick Braak

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What Advice Would You Give Lyndon Wood as the new Chairman of Ec

Keep your on the big picture. Watch and learn from the data and macro trends (membership, visits, time on site, search engine visibility, buzz, lack of buzz, churn, complaints) Build bridges back to the media. Get good press. Get any press. Leverage and integrate more the talents, needs and interests of the second and third largest group of site visitors after the UK. That's the USA and India. Set a single, consistent way for members and public to communicate with owners / staff with suggestions, complaints etc. Something like feedback@ecademy.com. Not the same as support for current members. Point all tweets, blogs, comments, rants etc, to send it to feedback. Then have someone acknowledge and respond to each and every one. Engage with the members and public audience in the same way Daniel Priestley did. Light-hearted and not overtly self-promotional. Champion and spotlight every win, success, new business started, new bridge built across the widest part of the community. That's outside Blackstar and across the entire world of the membership. Understand the language and cultural barriers that befuddle and turn away non English-as-a- first language speakers. Make the important communications to members clear and simple. Finally, don't listen too much to the members. Just go for it!

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Carolyn Williams

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What Advice Would You Give Lyndon Wood as the new Chairman of Ec

To Smile! ;) Photo shared by Sadie Murray C:)x

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