What I expect from @danielpriestley #ecademy

Daniel Priestley has recently taken over as Managing Director of Ecademy, as part of the re-structuring that occurred when the company was sold last autumn. All change is potentially disruptive and can be uncomfortable. However, rather than complain or criticise, I thought I would state my own expectations of Daniel in a 12-point plan.

I would welcome your comments and input.

Let me start by saying that I believe a chief executive must be a leader, so some of the points are about leadership in general. Also, this is not personal, so I shall express it in general terms. I expect the MD of Ecademy to address:

1. VISION: where are we going? How will the vision of the founders be altered or extended? The Vision needs to be defined and communicated clearly to members and to the outside world, within a set time frame.
2. CULTURE: That's defined as "the way we do things in Ecademy." How should we change that? It will be essential to put the right people in key jobs, define the Ecademy value system, then get out of the way. Allow members to contribute their expertise as appropriate.
3. METRICS: Determine what members want to get out of their membership, and consult them on how they want to measure their RoI.
4. VISIBILITY: Be seen, attend meetings, including ROSEE and OSBSD.
5. WHAT WORKS: Get to know what is already working well, find out why and give it more juice.
6. COMMUNICATION: This is the key skill for any leader. Have an open channel to and from members, reply to emails, give talks, write on forums.
7. INITIATIVES: Support the activities of members, such as Boardrooms, OSBSD and ROSEE.
8. COLLECTIVE STRENGTHS: Harness the intellects, expertise and energies of members. They ARE Ecademy. Understand what they bring.
9. TEAMWORK: Commit to working in harmony with members, especially those who have demonstrated a willingness to step up to the plate.
10. CONSISTENCY: The leadership of Ecademy should speak with one voice.
11. PLANNING: Declare a plan for progress so members can see how they can share in the realisation of the Vision.
12. MEMBERS: Be interested in them for what they have to offer, not merely as prospective customers for your own projects.

I realise that looks like a Grand Plan, but only for the sake of completeness. In brief, the new MD of Ecademy needs to give members reasons (a) to stay, (b) to contribute, and (c) to follow him. It goes, almost without saying, that the leader of a networking club needs to interact with his members.

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John L. Evans

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One concern I have - there are a number of groups of people who it is impossible to invite, because the invite tool rejects them. Amongst these people are anyone with an @AOL.COM address. I believe there are others. My limited knowledge of the reasons for this are to do with it being too hard to register with and meet AOL's spam rules. Julian said, "Their spam filters are overly aggressive so I've just given up trying to send to them." It would be wonderful to get this fixed - I must have attempted to invite over 10,000 people who have been rejected in this way. Cheers John

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please Ronald, keep it simple, "loving yourself just like you are" is most important. And you know it! And the hardest work also! You know I like you the way you are, because you are Ronald. What else can be more important? That's all. And off to bed now

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@Ronald Please remember to be Ronald first! Profiling is diverting attention of being you.

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@Ronald - please describe it in the your excellence language of attention. "supportive people are more (than others) fast to give and slow to receive" I like to learn more how to be high quality wax ;-) S

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Phillip Khan-Panni

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What I expect from @danielpriestley #ecademy

Richard, Thanks for that detailed response to my original blog. I'm not going to reply to each point you raise, because enough has already been written, but I'd like to answer a couple of them, because they are pivotal. Why do I assume any change is necessary? Because the old model did not succeed (which is why it had to be sold). In addition, any newcomer will want to make changes. As to the involvement of members, it stands to reason that someone physically remote from us cannot be expected to turn up at meetings. Equally, no organisation can succeed without (a) leadership and (b) the sharing of the load. Finally, let's consider what I mean by consistency. I mean two things: (1) the brand values must be clearly defined and evident in every experience of Ecademy, and (2) decide on the nature of the club and make sure every member of the management team behaves in support of that vision. Do I think this is of interest to anyone else? Well this blog has attracted a viewing score of over 20,000 in under three weeks. I think I may have struck a chord. PKP

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Richard J Francis

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My thoughts ahead of Wednesday..

Philip, I haven't met you yet - but I have met Daniel via KPI. A program I - and many others - have had (or are having) great benefit from. I see (I think) having had a week or two to reflect on this where you might be coming from. In view of this - I've made some quick notes around your points. There is still a little doubt over me making Wednesday - but I'm going to do my best to get there despite some considerable pressures on my time this end. 1. VISION: where are we going? How will the vision of the founders be altered or extended? The Vision needs to be defined and communicated clearly to members and to the outside world, within a set time frame. To me - many people have defined the vision of ecademy quite well as a place for people to come and share experiences and get support. It's random (perhaps a bit wild occasionally) in nature - but that's it's strength Philip. Other networks (Linked-in etc) are for more 'structured'. 2. CULTURE: That's defined as "the way we do things in Ecademy." How should we change that? It will be essential to put the right people in key jobs, define the Ecademy value system, then get out of the way. Allow members to contribute their expertise as appropriate. First off - before anything is changed in anything - you need to ask yourself first - Should I change anything? Is anything actually broken? Definition of the 'ecademy value system' might well be really interesting aspect to explore though. 3. METRICS: Determine what members want to get out of their membership, and consult them on how they want to measure their RoI. Similar to 2 4. VISIBILITY: Be seen, attend meetings, including ROSEE and OSBSD. Why do think this is important? I'm not suggesting you are wrong - but ecademists are located increasingly all over the world Philip. To some (maybe) making a monthly FTF meeting a near mandatory exercise in London as an indication of the success of ecademy may be seen as elitist, impractical, even irrelevant to some. I have great people in my ecademy network- some of them I would struggle to recognise in the street if I ever met them. I hope one day I do - but it's not vital I do for them or me. You can still support people - without filling the bar of a London hotel. 5. WHAT WORKS: Get to know what is already working well, find out why and give it more juice. Juice is a commodity. The more juice you serve up in one area - the less there is elsewhere (unless you have a lot of juice)... 6. COMMUNICATION: This is the key skill for any leader. Have an open channel to and from members, reply to emails, give talks, write on forums. Does this not already happen? You also have to remember - leadership in ANY organisation is NOT about ONE person (or even a few people). That is a responsibility of ALL organisation members. We all drive that (or should) as much as ecademy management. Years back - one brave soul posted up something entitled "are ecademists a bunch of sycophants"? That was in response to the many many excellent blogs and articles written by 'unknown' members of ecademy that got ignored or 'liked' / responded by 1 or 2 people. Thomas Power posts up "I've just bought a Mac" and about 10 000 people like/ post a response and your inbox is full for the next month with responses. Here I have to say Philip - Daniel has actually stated great organisational leadership is NOT continually paying homage to one person ("our beloved leader"). I've heard him state this in a room full of 200+ people - so I'm delighted he believes that. I trust him running ecademy as a result of that. I renewed my membership of ecademy because of that. 7. INITIATIVES: Support the activities of members, such as Boardrooms, OSBSD and ROSEE. See above.. 8. COLLECTIVE STRENGTHS: Harness the intellects, expertise and energies of members. They ARE Ecademy. Understand what they bring. Agree - but I don't think you can police that process. I certainly think you can try and add value to it with great supportive processes. I'd be keen to hear your thoughts on that.. 9. TEAMWORK: Commit to working in harmony with members, especially those who have demonstrated a willingness to step up to the plate. Step up to the plate can de defined many ways. Is someone who lives on say - the African continent (with a dodgy internet connection working once a month - and little cash - but a potentially great life changing idea) worth any less than someone who is always at an event in London? I don't think they are frankly. The person in London most probably has a client or two in London - or a dental appt on the same day - and they can claim their travel expenses anyway - so what the hell. That person in Africa may have invested a week, a month, a year in that one life-changing thought. They may have had to hand over a big bit of their day's pay to get online maybe - or make some other sacrifice. 'Stepping up to the plate' is a term I heard used (and misused) a lot in corporate life. For some - that step is big, for some that step is small. For others - that step is a damn lucky trip over their own shoe-laces... 10. CONSISTENCY: The leadership of Ecademy should speak with one voice. I think (I think) I get what you mean here Philip - do you mean with what the purpose and values are? The head of IKEA (Ingvar Kamprad) was the master of this - every action, every word pointed to the same purpose. Ditto Buffett. Is that what you meant Philip? 11. PLANNING: Declare a plan for progress so members can see how they can share in the realisation of the Vision. You will kill some of the randomness with that - unless you are super-careful! 12. MEMBERS: Be interested in them for what they have to offer, not merely as prospective customers for your own projects. Again - I think I know what you mean. I'm assuming a relevant example is advertising KPI via ecademy? Am I right? Over the years I've been in/out/around ecademy I've seen all manner of behaviours. Open, supportive, closed, selective, random, controlling, sneaky, awe-inspiring, bullying, loving, ranting, chest-beating, practical, and ..... not enough day. My guide is this (for what it's worth). Listen first, help second, sell third. Kind of works for this 'ol bugger - but everyone's different.

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Carolyn Williams

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@Let us not forget that Carolyn, Julia and others were voices crying in the wilderness, asking for these events to be restored, but nothing happened. That is why I took the initiative independently. Carolyn says I am a paying subscription that says I endorse quality or...

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Phillip Khan-Panni

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Thank you for that endorsement of Daniel, John. Interesting that you wrote, "I would like to see more events where we can all come together to collaborate, help and support each other". That is exactly what I had in mind for ROSEE to do. I believe that Ecademy contains a wealth of talent and creativity. By bringing together like minded people, we can enhance one another's performance, aspirations and achievements. Will Ecademy, under Daniel's leadership, contribute to that process? We wait to hear what he has to say. Let us not forget that Carolyn, Julia and others were voices crying in the wilderness, asking for these events to be restored, but nothing happened. That is why I took the initiative independently. Thomas asked me if I had the courage to declare my expectations. Well, you have seen the result in this blog and the tsunami of interest it has generated. ROSEE is still in its infancy, but it can become a centre of excellence, a catalyst for collaboration, unlike the self-interested focus of some other networking clubs. I'm so glad you will be joining us on the 23rd. PKP

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John Cassidy

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Having got to know Daniel pretty well over the last 10 months whilst on his brilliant KPI accelerator program and subsequent GSD group I expect he, Marcus and Jeremy have some pretty awesome plans up their sleeves for Ecademy. He has built a fantastic and supportive KPI community which naturally mirrors the Ecademy ethos, both of which I am honoured to be a part of. Combing the 2 seems like the next logical step both from a business point of view and for sharing his vision of the entrepreneurs revolution. Personally I am a big fan of meeting people in person and although I have been fairly quiet here recently, mainly due to my commitment to the KPI program I would like to see more events where we can all come together to collaborate, help and support each other. These are still tough times for businesses and I believe we should all be part of the same TEAM - Together Everyone Achieves More Needless to say I have a huge amount of respect for Daniel, he is a natural leader with a brilliant business mind (which I have and am still learning so much from) and takes support to beyond the next level. I trust him and the minds of the team around him have thought of the best options to lead Ecademy onwards and upwards. Looking forward to the ROSEE event on the 23rd, which I have also posted about on the KPI forum...

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Phillip Khan-Panni

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What I expect from @danielpriestley #ecademy

I see that Daniel has been booked in (possibly by someone else on his behalf). Julia, it's your turn.:-) And if anyone else is reading this and does not know about the meeting on April 23 when Daniel will explain his Vision for Ecademy, details are here. And if you want to attend an earlier meeting (April 18) when Daniel will ask for your thoughts on Ecademy's direction of travel, go here. PKP

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Phillip Khan-Panni

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These are the people who have participated in this matter, either by booking themselves in for ROSEE 3 or commenting on this blog. I may have missed out one or two, for which I apologise. Many in the longer list are abroad or too far away for a London meeting, and some have other engagements on April 23. BOOKED IN PhillipKhan-Panni William Buist Sharon Eden Mick Say Thomas Power Penny Power Mike Turner Stephen Bailey Vicki Wusche Simon Dixon George Wallace Stella Holman Martin Camden Edwin Huang Martin Dewhurst Ian Moncrieff Macmillan Marcus Ubl Beth Burgess Shelley Fishel Shelley Collins Daniel Priestley Matt Hodkinson NOT BOOKED IN Julia McDaid Mike Morrison Steve Holmes George Parolalista Valeri Bocage Stefanie Lang Imran Ahmed Carolyn Williams Andreas Wiedow Danielle de Valera Kathleen McLaughlin Henry Lu Ade Awokoya Paulina Sygulska Peter Claes Vincent Wright Jeremy Harbour Karin Sebelin Rajen Kantaria Fiona Brownsell Richard Singleton Ronald Wopereis Ian Kaye Michael Hargreaves Dylis Guyan Vladimir Dimitroff Stuarte Harris Colin Lucas-Mudd Victoria Bullis Kevin Anchi Oscar Rottink Paul Dunn Michael McHugh Emma Boyd Wina Emery Abha Banerjee Gelie Akhenblit Simon Harding Michael Q.Todd Abel Aureli Shyam Panchavati Nick Wallington D Yusuf Ty Tyson Dave Turner John Jeckmans Melanie Edgar Beth Worthy Tony Waithe Annabel Kaye Marlene Shalton Robert Craven Ted Fannin James Knight Lesley Morrissey John Evans Gordon Wheaton Karen Thomas Strashimir Yosifov Neil Warren Elizabeth Vega Peter van de Waal-Palms Rob Hines Sadie Murray David Driscoll Dominic Fernandez N. Bhashyam Crystal Central Barney Douglas Robert Oosthout Stuart Chalmers Norman Feiner Tim O'Donnell Norine Peardon Anthony Haley Lisa Thomka Iain McGuigan Thomas Surlas Arthur Partridge Albert Wright James Bailey

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Phillip Khan-Panni

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Is this a record?

Over 19,000 views in two weeks, and 357 comments so far. Is this a record? More importantly, does this topic resonate with the mass of Ecademy members? Is there widespread interest in Daniel's Vision for Ecademy? He will reveal his thinking at ROSEE on April 23. Details here.

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Neil Warren

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"Does LinkedIn have something similar?"

Yes it does Philip, assuming a) you have a LinkedIn profile and b) are in an open Group - or Open Q&A threads. When in a Group, of course the subject matter is much more relevant and tightly defined, but I see that as a good thing, and here's a sample which is just petering out but has been running for 4 months, and includes 226 comments from about 10 times that direct Group membership (so 10% "involvement ratio" on that rough measure, rather than 2% on this one), and includes the author of the book (Matt Dixon) from the States to help us out... http://www.linkedin.com/groups/From-Hunters-Farmers-Challenger-are-1328087.S.81970057 And then here is an example from our main site, with this new idea that you can also use your LinkedIn profile to comment on totally "open" or non-LinkedIn sites... http://www.modernselling.com/news-and-events/sales-editorial-comment/connect-collaborate-books-change-your-life-selling-sales-management-20114023.aspx ...where you can click on the names of the people talking with me, to see our mutual relevance to each other, and to the topic which is engaging them. And that's what I'm suggesting Ecademy could easily become too, like a kind of (ORS) passport and ID business card / CV, representation of yourselves, to the wider world, as well as within Ecademy and any "common causes" you discover or offer in here. The thinking that dictates "You are either IN and DOING Ecademy, in Ecademy clothes, or you're dead (or don't count anyway)", is what I think (ironically) is killing Ecademy. Your longer term success will then depend on Daniel / Colleagues / Hard Core coming up with something more than "it's a nice profile" to make the whole community bond, and each member want to put in the time to maintain theirs, or pay for anything, but that's true of "business networks" generally, whether online or off.

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Phillip Khan-Panni

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So many words

... and quite a lot of thought, Albert. This blog has clearly demonstrated a few significant things. There have been nearly 18,000 views, but only 350 comments. What does that tell you? - lots of interest - much lower level of active participation However, within those 350 comments we have quite explicit indications of what members want Ecademy to be, This thread had provided the opportunity for people to say what they want. That is also one of the benefits of an open forum like this. Does LinkedIn have something similar? The design of Facebook's equivalent actually inhibits the length and scope of contributions. Perhaps you meant to say that there hasn't been much from Daniel as yet. But he has agreed to state his Vision and position on 23rd April at ROSEE 3. I'm happy to wait until then. Meanwhile he knows what members (or the active ones at least) want Ecademy to be. He'll tell us what he is able to provide. Meanwhile, we members continue to shape the club to suit our own preferences. Why not jump in? Start by joining us on April 23 to hear what Daniel has to say. Or even earlier -- on the 18th, when he wants to hear from those prepared to get involved.

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Albert Wright

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So Many Words So Little Thought

Is it just me who is amazed by how so many words can produce such little thought and not as yet any clear conclusion as to what needs to be done to make ecademy both an interesting place to be and a viable commercial business?

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Arthur Partridge

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and Contingency

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Thomas Surlas

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It's always exciting to see new perameters set. New Ideas must be welcomed by all with opened minds and unbridaled involvement. Contained sensitivity is a must while making note of questionable concerns. Premature, overactive response should be contained but expressed. MD must have reigns while perfecting his vision.

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Iain McGuigan

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My twopennyworth

I don't think that Daniel needs to engage with the members in fact I would go as far as to say he should consider further disengagement if he wants to create a working business model that pays its way. The other big successful Social sites have little to no management / member engagement. I would say that all the engagement with the members by the former owners has largely been the reason for the failure of the site to be fully viable (No business sold for a £1 can be considered a success from a finacial perspective). This thread is a perfect example of Ecademy navel gazing that goes on here amongst the members and which the "management" have allowed to go on and worse added to. There has been two much listening too and doing stuff to mollify the members (several u turns over membership fees etc spring to mind) which has led to a hotch potch of a site with, to my mind, no clear reason for being. This is not the way to attract new members and more importantly keep them. I have been a member for a few years now and watch as people almost go through a 6-8 month life, start off enthusiastic, become prolific, get disillussioned and disappear. This means the site is not delivering and this needs to be addressed. For Ecademy to be viable there needs to be a defined target market - not just small businesses - there are very few small business members they are nearly all one man bands at present. With respect to the Ecademy community I do not believe that the answers are going to come from within. I believe Daniel and his team need to decide who their target market is and then build the site around achieving that aim. If that loses current members then sobeit. I obviously have thoughts as to how I would change the look, functionality and make up of the site but as I have alluded to above they are irrelevant. Ecademy at present is not fit for purpose - Daniel must make it fit for purpose if he is to get his £1 back. Pick a course, then stick to it and don't get waylaid by stroppy blogs and comments. Of couse all of the above is a member talking and I have of course advocated the Management take no notice of members so please disregard all the above! Kind regards Iain

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Daniel Priestley

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What I expect from @danielpriestley #ecademy

If you have a strong connection with the 12 points raised in this blog and would like to contribute to the leadership and future of Ecademy, please join me at this event prior to ROSEE on the 18th of April. http://www.ecademy.com/module.php?mod=meeting&mid=38106

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James Bailey

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I don't think I've been here long enough to expect anything. However I would like to be able to post blogs here for free.

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Phillip Khan-Panni

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What I expect from @danielpriestley #ecademy

Here's an interesting development -- when I posted this blog, someone privately accused me of attacking Daniel and Ecademy. In my reply to Neil Warren (above) and elsewhere in this thread, and in the BS Community forum, I have found myself defending and justifying Ecademy. I suppose that means I am looking to improve, support and sustain this club. Lisa very kindly called me a teacher, but I am really still finding my way in online networking. I spend more time here than in other networking clubs, perhaps because I know my way around it better than elsewhere, although Neil has pointed me towards some alternatives that I shall investigate. Meanwhile, I am still awaiting Daniel's response.

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Michael Hargreaves

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Here is an interesting article on ecademy - where it was on its 10th anniversary and predictions of where it would be 10 years later: http://techcrunch.com/2008/02/08/ecademy-the-ten-year-old-business-social-network/ I think that one of the things that coming out of this blog is that Daniel has an excellent platform from which to promote KPI to business owners in a manner that is consistent with Penny and Thomas' initial intentions for ecademy. That's what I expect Daniel should/would do.

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Phillip Khan-Panni

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Open, Random & Supportive

Well, now, Neil -- consider the huge number of views and comments on this blog. Don't those stats answer your question? The side issues to which you refer have been introduced and not blocked. That's both open and random. What began as a statement of my own expectations has given rise to a wide variety of opinions and recommendations, not all of them congruent with mine. And that's all right. There has been endorsement by the founders and by the new MD, together with support for networking in the flesh. I don't know why all that has given you dyspepsia, but no one has stopped you from ranting. Up above you wrote: Am I wasting my time and effort, if it is just going to collapse in a month / year / 5 years, like so many others The answer is no, you are not wasting your time, and nor will Ecademy fold, so long as its members participate and do not expect something for nothing. ROSEE stands for Revived Old Style Ecademy Event, as was explained above, but I'm quite happy to repeat it here. These monthly gatherings of Ecademists used to be free, but proved too expensive to sustain, so they were dropped. In response to demand, I have re-started them. But not free. Why not come along? You'd be most welcome. Just go here.

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Neil Warren

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Open, Random & Supportive

Several other examples have been highlighted by my getting involved with this single page discussion (above - way, way above, something about joining dots and circles), and now with Outlook emails guiding me to all sorts of sub-discussions and time lines and "to the side" stuff, about "How are we doing so far?" and "Summary" and "Rosee" (whatever the hell that is) and whether or not physical meetings in London might be the answer. So Number 1 then Daniel / Phillip, might be to re-examine whether this is an ORS web-based community, with ease of access and engagement? Or some kind of advertising platform to get people to physical (and profitable?) offline gatherings? Someone somewhere (above) was complaining about having been sold a BlackBelt package that ought to be worth a small fortune to his children. And my "clash" with the authorities came when I discovered that trying to build on the relevance and prominence of my Open Random & Supportive (free, if I contribute) package, would henceforth be a chargeable item, and so rather more Klosed, Kommanding & Kontrolling than ORS - notwithstanding the substantial Power-Effort that had gone in to promoting same?

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Phillip Khan-Panni

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Over to you Daniel

>will let everyone know about an upcoming event for people who would like input into the direction and culture of Ecademy That's the next step. This blog attracted over 15,000 views in about 3 days, with over 300 comments and two summaries. Now you know what members want. If you want specifics from the movers and shakers, why not call a meeting in the next 2 weeks, to inform your Vision statement at ROSEE on April 23rd.? We've done the talking. Let's take action!

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Phillip Khan-Panni

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The reason for my question was that I wondered how many (if any) comments on this blog have been rude or abusive. Very few have been removed, and the remainder (over 300) have been pretty positive. That's encouraging. So too are the 15,000 views!

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Phillip Khan-Panni

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What was the last comment removed? Who removed it? Why was it removed?

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Shree K Maharjan

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Hello I hope Education is not only for rich people so you have to spread the light of education from your level to every corner in the rural areas of developing country Like Nepal. I hope your vision will benefits many children's who are still backward in education due to the poverty. So we are trying to assist the those family for the income generation activities handicrafts and herbal farming in the family " Mother will Earn, Daughter will Learn" using the maximum local resources. But we are looking such partnership from the international level to market our products because we are not in condition and that level to participate in the international exhibition for the market promotion of our products. So please share in your network so that we may find some partner to support in our activities. Please visit www.shewd.org for more details for mail at shewd2001@yahoo.com

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Stephen Bailey

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I've said it already. This post is just so I can be the 300th comment ;)

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Norine Peardon

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What I expect from @danielpriestley #ecademy

Leading a very large group is a tough challenge unless you have the assistance of many others. Leadership is time consuming. Most of Ecademists have many other ventures requiring us to task 50 hours in 24 hours. It is welcomed when our leaders know we have our own lives to tend to irreguardless of our memberships in extra curricular activities. Hopefully, the "new" leadership in Ecademy will be respectful of the constraints on members' time. Solar Bird Bath OHS Class of 1959 Golden Reunion Nap

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Phillip Khan-Panni

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What do you expect from @danielpriestley #ecademy

So far this blog has attracted nearly 13,000 views and 271 comments. So what do YOU expect of Daniel and of Ecademy? Karin has brilliantly taken my summary of the points made and grouped them under headings for easier assimilation. Does it stop there? Daniel has agreed to speak at the next ROSEE meeting on April 23rd, outlining his vision and plans for the future of Ecademy. Shouldn't you be there? Please go here and put your name down. Will we see you there? PKP

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Stuart Chalmers

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I think Daniel may need to become Superman!

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Carolyn Williams

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Wow! Impressive. I've enjoyed reading this and concur Maintain the vision and ethos created by the Powers #Happy Friday C:)x

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Carolyn Williams

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Summary: Treating us like the OK adults most of @EDWIN @ DANIEL

Edwin @People have emotional attachments to businesses they deal with. Isn't it said that when most people buy a product it's because they like the people they deal with. Thomas and Penny do generate an enormous amount of affection and goodwill because of who they are, the type of people they are and their journey with Ecademy; we have made an emotional connection with all of that...... Maybe, because of our emotional connection with the company, we would like to know, even if we have no financial interest as shareholders in the company". Precisely my point. A change of ownership, as you correctly pointed out and gave the example of BMW with JLR (as a note of interest JLR engines have been made by Ford employees in Bridgend, the workforce (family) I've lovingly nurtured and coached in terms of health and fitness, coming up for 22 years. :) ) ... I'm one Black Star that bought membership on a decision based around the owners of a brand. I believe in and feel I am mature enough to be told of the SALE. I was not referring to ££££ transactions??. Being patronised in this thread is not a healthy trait. Edwin you said "But there *will* be a difference in how you view that company even if only immediately after the change of ownership" I certainly do view all this differently as the facts are now begining to emerge. Daniel @I understand it's not a great response. It's the truth though, so I am not able to share the details". I respect that confidentiality. Thank you for your individual replies, I appreciate them. C:)

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Michael Hargreaves

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What I expect from @danielpriestley #ecademy

A comment on Daniel's, is that you are right the membership doesn't know of what has happened over the past six months and that, like calls, for articulating your plans is very much up to you. There is undoubtably a natural synergy between ecademy and your KPI program. All small business owners need to develop their KPI online - and ecademy (not exclusively) is good for this. It has sadly also become a major "venting" platform - which is very uncommercial. Hopefully, the level of interest in this blog demonstrates the level of ownership (brainspace) that members have in ecademy. I like to think of ecademy as a yet undeveloped online high-street where business people can hang their shingle and start conversations to promote their wares to people who are actively looking for pre-purchase advice for goods and services. It would be a nice feature if there were integration with LinkedIn which is important for professional B2B service providers vying for the attention of corporate buyers - which are not ecademy's natural market. Cheers

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Phillip Khan-Panni

PKP

What I expect from @danielpriestley #ecademy

The summary I posted above contains the thoughts of the 200 or so comments on this blog. I did not wish to edit. After all, it's not my right to exclude anyone's thoughts. Neither did I have the time or the inclination to group them as Thomas wanted. It's not a list of 100 tasks. It's a list of what members want to tell Daniel. My list can form the basis for a business plan, but it would be presumptuous of me to construct it. Thomas, if you want to create a structure and group those ideas, why don't you go right ahead and do it? You are the Chairman, so you are entitled to do that. I am not. PKP

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Stephen Bailey

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What I expect from @danielpriestley #ecademy 11447 views and ...

239 comments. Interestingly though, only 13 people are signed up for ROSEE 3 so far. Excluding myself, I know 10 personally and of them have enjoyed numerous interactions with 70% of them. Who else will be there on 23rd April ?

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Carolyn Williams

carolynwilliams-253741

Summary ~ Treating us like the OK adults most of us are?

Neither of your answers William or Thomas tell me anything. So let's continue forward in the dark!! I buy M&S food because of the value and reputation. Sainsbury's because of value, brand and reputation. So forgive me if I want to know who I'm am signed up to in Ecademy for the same reason. Yes, it is because Penny and Thomas have made this their family brand that I ask the question and wish them luck but please could we be informed too? C:)x.

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Ted Fannin

tedfannin-526027

What I expect from @danielpriestley #ecademy

Can I see the business plan? I think most of these answers could be found there.

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Carolyn Williams

carolynwilliams-253741

Summary ~ Treating us like the OK adults most of us are?

Hi Phillip, cc Thomas and Daniel, Still my flabber is gasted hearing that Ecademy was sold. Is it me or does'nt that sound hollow in light of open, supportive and transparent in giving us this vital information sooner?. Treating us like the OK adults most of us are? I highlight the question you included in your summary Why no official statement about the company's sale? Then go on to ask that the following points be looked at again in light of the SALE. VISION: where are we going? How will the vision of the founders be altered or extended? The Vision needs to be defined and communicated clearly to members and to the outside world, within a set time frame. MEMBERS: Be interested in them for what they have to offer, not merely as prospective customers for your own projects. Thank YOU Phillip for the brief Skype exchange enjoyed last night. C:)x

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John L. Evans

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What I expect from @danielpriestley #ecademy

I have been following this for a while. I am amazed at the number of comments about letting him find his feet, play himself in, have time to plan.... Swamps and alligators....!! When I get hired as a professional Interim, I would love to have 6 months to find my feet: We're expected to hit the ground running, make the perm'ies look good and not fall flat on our face. He's had time, and we have only now, apparently, incidentally, found out (although unconfirmed) that ecademy was sold heralding new management, over 6 months ago. However, to date we have had no vision, just questions. Well Daniel, you've had enough answers to be able to cross-match them to your plan, and enough additional advice (and things you hadn't thought of) to build a vision for the future, so come on!! 'FESS UP!!

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N Bhashyam

dr-nbhashyam-263898

What I expect from @danielpriestley #ecademy

You may consider adding.. Prepare a perspective plan specifying Ecademy ,say ten or twenty years hence , with derived yearly action plans and associated monitoring and reporting system.. N Bhashyam

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Wallace Wood

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What I expect from @danielpriestley #ecademy

Well-said, Phillip. As Founder/CEO of both a professional trade association and its respective foundation, I sometimes find the mine field of leadership to be hidden by a fog. Having this outline will definitely help me, personally, to see through that fog. Thanks again.

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Phillip Khan-Panni

PKP

Summary

In addition to my original 12 points, these seem to cover all the suggestions above. Please add anything you feel I have overlooked. • Leave us to use the site as we wish • Maintain the vision and ethos created by the Powers • Need visible leadership • Give Daniel time and space to settle in • Daniel is a great guy with energy and passion • Ecademy needs a spring clean • Why no official statement about the company's sale? • Members need to put more into the club • Ecademy needs up-to-date technology to rival other clubs • Make it easier for customers to find us through Ecademy • Need for timeline page for all members to see what's going on • Improve communication with members • Connect with the movers & shakers in Ecademy worldwide • Be competitive against other networking sites and clubs • Members must create the relationships, the MD must provide the technology • Important to maintain a sense of community and belonging • Social investment in humanity • Let it be the village or town you choose to live in • Love has got us so far • Its specialness is the intimacy and closeness • Its strength is that members feel empowered to do things for others • do more to support events like OSBSD and ROSEE • much here is brilliant and needs to be preserved, e.g. SEO • involve the community in the changes to come • it's no one person's community. It's ours • encourage members to belong, contribute & thrive • capture & nurture the considerable goodwill in Ecademy • people want group meetings to attend • get rid of elitism • ROSEE is a welcome, valuable initiative • Ecademy has good heart and brain • reduce the number of Ecademy sponsored groups • structured plan for the future including the security of BlackStar life membership • more support and marketing for the Boardrooms • enable tracking down like-minded people • make the site's look & design more modern • contact inactive BlackStars & find out why • open forum meeting is a good idea but not for blue sky thinking • get feedback on specific proposals and direction of travel • explain the new structure • Is Jeremy's role to help prepare Ecademy for a sale? • Will revenue from Ecademy go to the new owners' other businesses? • a good CEO needs visibility and audibility • make eCademy the "go-to" site for progressive, virtually-connected professional individuals • what is he future involvement of the founders? • Why wasn't this conversation held months ago? • create space for people to contribute to making something extraordinary happen • people want it for free and you pay all bills • this is a good place to share and network, learn and trade • There is a great latent energy here which could and should be leveraged • where are the lines drawn between KPI, Triumphant and Ecademy? • offline events are important, e.g. OSBSD & ROSEE • s Ecademy a business providing a community for its members, or a self-run community? • if members don't like what they are seeing, they will walk • You (Daniel) are reliable, credible, responsive, and empathetic • the only way that to avoid criticism is say nothing,do nothing, be nothing • The difference between Ecademy and other social networks is that it has heart • Members must use Ecademy, get involved, or it won't work • We need more leadership from members • there has to be some communication from the leadership (not necessarily the leader) • Ecademy is a 14-year old start up • Replace free membership with 30 or 60 day free trial • D Priestley is a fine chap • Flow everything down in a structured manner Thanks. PKP

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Stuart Chalmers

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What I expect from @danielpriestley #ecademy

I think eCademy has been doing quite nicely with steady improvements and lots of interaction. The list above is a lot of work but I expect much of it will be done as a matter of course. As a pro-active and re-active forum I'm sure members feedback will help to provide a guiding wire.

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Phillip Khan-Panni

PKP

Huge under current of interest?

Over 10,000 views in two days is pretty remarkable by any standard. Clearly this topic has resonated strongly with the membership at large, and we have seen a wide spread of attitudes, beliefs and expectations. I have produced a summary of the views expressed here and passed it on to Daniel, to make it easier for him to respond in whatever way he decides. The 12 points I listed may not be comprehensive, and they clearly do not match everyone's list, but they are my own expectations. They are not demands. Daniel cannot know what is expected of him unless we tell him, and we have done that here. He will declare his vision at the ROSEE meeting on April 23rd. Why don't you come? Several people have written to say they were surprised and dismayed to read that the company had been sold. I learned that only last week, and decided to make it public after a conversation I had with Thomas on Monday. Ecademy is changing. In my view there is a need for visible leadership, better communication and greater interaction and participation by the membership. By you. If you want Ecademy to match your own expectations, you need to get involved. PKP

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Robert Oosthout

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What I expect from @danielpriestley #ecademy

Dear Phillip, Although your statement on your expectations you have from Daniel is clear and positively meant, there is something I want to share with you. The point is when you come from expectation you can wait for the moment you will be disappointed. So I like to create a more powerful context for this conversation and that is coming from possibility. So when you come from possibility what can you create that will empower Daniel to produce the best results he can? Have fun and kind regards, Robert Oosthout.

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Barney Douglas

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What I expect from @danielpriestley #ecademy

I feel that the list of expectations was decidedly corporate standard stuff. When you appoint a new MD in today's business world you should expect someone to bring the diplomacy of Mahatma Ghandi, the business acumen of Steve Jobs, the durability of Queen Elizabeth II, the physical stamina of John Bishop and the willingness to walk away without an obscenely inappropriate pay-off when things go wrong.

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Kuruvilla Abraham

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What I expect from @danielpriestley #ecademy

Check blog post http://mumblingskeptic.blogspot.in/2012/03/streaming-mind-14-measure-for-measure.html for simple rules of problem analysis and decision making. Also on how to avoid number number-numbness

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Crystal Central

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What I expect from @danielpriestley #ecademy

No word yet from Daniel.

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N Bhashyam

dr-nbhashyam-263898

What I expect from @danielpriestley #ecademy

I am sure under Daniel's leadership Ecademy will become a platform of excellence encouraging and providing active cooperative support to participating entrepreneurs to achieve the best. N Bhashyam

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Dominic Fernandez - www.computants.org

dominicfernandez-230171

What I expect from @danielpriestley #ecademy

Check this out > http://www.ibotoolbox.com/teinvited3.aspx?jid=5662 Don't know how they do it!?!

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David Driscoll

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What I expect from @danielpriestley #ecademy

What members much take into account is that D Priestley is a fine chap who is going to do a fine job. Don't be affraid of change it's stimulating and exciting stuff. If he's allowed to call the shots then let the chap call the shots but allow for all types and sorts. You will come across members that you just can't please and to those members the reply is start your own. Go for it. Who's Daniel Priestley? The world may see the explosive side of this dynamic, fast thinking, no stopping the issue man.

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George Wallace

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What I expect from @danielpriestley #ecademy

The first post by Phillip was great since it started with a set of requirements of a potential way forward. Being a Systems Engineer if you are going to change something you should start at the top and work out what you want to do. Do not fiddle around in the weeds. Flow every thing down in a structured manner. This means creating a top level model and flowing it down to an agreed level. Using requirements. Once you reach there the existing architecture should be mapped to what is required. This will allow you to find out what you would like to change. By then managing it against the budget you can decide what you are going to do and what you can afford. Plus you can do trade studies with what is available for potential solutions. It may sound complex but doing this saves a lot of money by working out where you are going first. I did this on major projects not only did it get competed faster it saved millions and reduced the rework to next to nothing at all. Plus you can accept the system by testing the requirements.

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Sadie Murray

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What I expect from @danielpriestley #ecademy @James

"One of the things I admire about you is your ability to make commitments and stick to them. Based on the commitment that you have made to Ecademy, and the members. You need, but more importantly deserve our support. "... James, and based on your endorsement, I am now more confident of our future with Daniel! That is the intangible of Ecademy. How many of the other platforms i.e. Linkedin, Facebook, XING etc would you find a subscriber/participant who is in a position or willing to vouch for the Daniel of their Network as you have.? "I have found you to be reliable, credible, responsive, and empathetic" and more importantly, because I know you, like you and trust you James...I also believe!

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Michael Q Todd

michaeltodd2-178689

What I expect from @danielpriestley #ecademy

I have just learned today that Ecademy was sold. What I have seen in the past few years is an almost complete lack of understanding of how to leverage social media. Employment of someone savvy in this direction even as a consultant would be highly beneficial I feel. Even someone with a small amount of belief and skill in social media would retain and enrol so many new members and also completely change the format of the site. This is not so much an expectation but more of a repeat of previous repeated comments.

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Sadie Murray

sadiemurray-275058

What I expect from @danielpriestley #ecademy

@Karin I love that you believe the best in everyone - until and unless they prove otherwise. You are a positive influence to everyone who has the privilege of interacting with you.

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Sadie Murray

sadiemurray-275058

What I expect from @danielpriestley #ecademy

Interesting conversations - I must admit that my initial reaction to the blog was, we (Ecademy) are members of a networking platform which, as Penny so aptly articulated, "is unique, is a community of like-minded people who understand relationships in business and how to succeed through knowledge sharing and caring for your business peers". Not a Corporate entity with a hierarchy, pay for performance and a weekly/monthly salary for each employee. Therefore I don't have a sense of entitlement and am grateful and appreciative for what Ecademy is:…a complex networking community that works; that operates with mutual respect, accountability, incredible sensitivity, compassion and support. I will also clarify that I am a business owner doing business primarily in the USA and Canada not in the UK, or the EU. Yet, I have been a vendor of goods and services for members of Ecademy and will continue to seek opportunities to do so. Why? I believe some of the most ethical, brightest and best talent gravitate to this "Community"! I can only imagine and am excited to see what the future holds for us! Thank you Phillip for the thought-provoking blog; Daniel for your overview. Thanks to each of you for your comments and contributions in an effort to finding the best solutions for keeping Ecademy on the leading edge!

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Peter H. Claes

peterclaes-97717

What I expect from @danielpriestley #ecademy

Well said Ronald, i joined Ecademy because Geert Conard, a BE BS asked me, ... , after some time i met Thomas & Penny in person. I still don't know why there was a match because in the last few years we had a lot of discussions. I became a Blacky for life ( on a moment i couldn't afford it), what brought in my business, to be honest, not much... how ever, i met a lot of members in the past years, several became good friends :-) I joined as coleader and leader Ecademy Belgium, organised several events and after BS Belgium closed down after a heavy lost of trust in the board, i managed to keep several members around the table ( B4F - Business 4Friends, a gang of Belgian BS and other Ecademy members) who are doing a kind of boardroom their own way. Since a fews months, i passed the leadership to Erik. I think it was 4 or 5 years ago, i joined the Ecademy Support team ( runned that time by Leslie). Today, i'm keeping the support team together in good and bad times, 24/7, and believe it or not, we are just with 4 people for all the ecademymembers. I know that Thomas & Penny are happy we stayed together and trying on a daily base to help out are members ( all members ). To be very honest, i have no idea wich direction the new MD will go, i never met him or talked with him, but T & P have my trust and i have theirs ( i think ;-) ) So, an old Ecademy Europe / NL leader - Cornelis De Maijer - is organising this years International Ecademy Day in Holland. If you want to meet us, please register and join us. A lot of the old gang will participate and will discuss about ..... This time a nautical event at this beautiful yacht!

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Imran Ahmed

businesschums-668885

What I expect from @danielpriestley #ecademy

Hi I have been reading and following the blog closely. In my opinion Daniel has really evolved ecademy into a platform where entrepreneurs passion and success can thrive. Simultaneously he has kept with the ethos and vision of both Thomas and Penny. I believe ecademy remains a unique, exciting and positive environment for us to all grow and further our development . Kind Regards Imran Businesschums

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Rob Hines

robhines-602366

What I expect from @danielpriestley #ecademy

Although I joined a while back it is only just recently that I have decided to get my head around using social media and specifically Ecademy to greater effect. In some ways hearing that the company was sold last year via an email request to add to this blog does not exactly fill me with inspiration. As there are many successful businesses, from retail outlets to restaurants and beyond that are bourne out of someones vision and passion, yet when they are sold the very things that made them successful disappear! Now I don't see this as an issue with Ecademy as those who made it successful in the first place still seem to be involved. What the future holds we will hopefully find out about as time goes on but please lets give Daniel the chance to come to grips with it all ............. who knows what will come out of careful consideration and reflection on what has been posted on this blog. After all, once a vision and strategy for the future shape of Ecademy is put in place it will be up to all of us together to make it work and be successful!!! So it will never be cast in stone!!!!

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Dr Peter van de Waal-Palms IV, PhD

drpetervandewaalpalmsivphd-50472

What I expect from @danielpriestley #ecademy

I have been contributing to websites such as ResearchGate.com about the Global Economic Meltdown casued by the Federal reserve banks . I have not contributed to this site because I havre not figured out how to do it other than to comment on the contributions of other . I have things to say beyone such a comment function to the writing of others

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Gordon Wheaton

gordonwheaton-294525

What I expect from @danielpriestley #ecademy

I do agree with you Philip and think this is a good blog. Though I don't think we should expect to much from Daniel at this stage. He has only just joined and we should give him a bit more time to settle into his new role Regards Gordon

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John L. Evans

locris-23877

ECADEMY SOLD!! What I expect from @danielpriestley #ecademy

The worst possible example of effective communication, or the best possible example of appalling communication? This is no way to find out that ecademy was "sold" - was it? It appears that some people were in 'the know' whilst others were not, and the network that we were asked to comment on ecademy, comments which are now being used as 'recommendations' on the new front page, were mostly treated like mushrooms...... Or am I simply the last to know? Cheers John

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Albert Wright

albertwright-77660

What I expect from @danielpriestley #ecademy

As usual the comments seem to me to be a total mixture from banal to brilliant. My problem is I don't want to spend so much time reading it all - I need a way of dropping the dross and drivel and getting to the nugetts of gold. But how?. I've read all the comments from 27th march onwards and then backwards. Starting anywhere and reading in any direction I am no wiser. Who is it that will pull stuff together and provide some clarity on where next and why? Talking / blogging without a direction is neither thinking nor doing. To me this blog has gone on too long and seems to be going round in circles. There is energy and effort but with no clear purpose. Whatever happens will someone offer to do a one page summary of the meeting on April 23rd for those not able to be there and post it at the top of this thread so there is a new, clear jumping off point?

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Elizabeth Vega

elizabethvega-671585

What I expect from @danielpriestley #ecademy

Philip, Powerful, articulate and honest principles and words. You clearly are an expert wordsmith. However, even more important than your well crafted message is that its purpose is to achieve results that are worthy and worthwhile.

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Neil Warren

neil-warren-40272

Joining up some dots and circles

Cutting to the chase and setting aside my own history of Ecademy use, what drives me in this whole UK (and global) online business space, is... a) How easy is it to do things on / with? b) Is it anything like a "common currency"? c) Does it aid two-way and multi-way communication? d) Am I wasting my time and effort, if it is just going to collapse in a month / year / 5 years, like so many others, and comparable to dumping our vinyl and cassette collections? Ecademy probably pioneered the ground, but LinkedIn, for business people, in the UK, is hands-down winner. Therefore, whilst we also transitioned since 2006 on ModernSelling.com (UK Sales Professionals "community") from being a "just read it" magazine, to mag + bolt on blog, to all the above plus LinkedIn Group, to now "log in with LinkedIn" status (and drop the bolt-on any minute now), the driving force has been giving easy access and trusted profiles to the maximum we can (750,000 or so UK people have "sales" as a key word in their profiles). So, if Ecademy were to facilitate same, where does that take you (us)? Or maybe, if you think that your Betamax will still be a tasty alternative to their VHS, could you offer a universal adaptor? (hint... http://www.oneall.com/services/single-sign-on/ What is the offer to anyone who does work in a "company" or are similarly associated? (see Company LinkedIn video second down on this page... http://www.modernselling.com/news-and-events/sales-editorial-comment/modern-selling-multi-media-pack-sales-direction-database-2012-eselling-challenger-sale-video-discussion-Neil-Warren-20124059.aspx ...and maybe also use that page to think about how "log in with Ecademy" might work? There's more - of course - but I reckon that'll keep you busy for now Daniel (and All - and hello to those I know already). Hope it helps of course - Neil

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Ted Fannin

tedfannin-526027

What I expect from @danielpriestley #ecademy

I have been sitting here and so far read over half the comments posted. I see there are many involved members that want to see Ecademy move forward. As for raising money, do we have a goal in mind and for how long will that goal take us to? What about giving a free 30 or 60 day trial to the network and do away with the free. If you are worried about losing people, have$10.00/yr member dues. I know all the free account people are thinking "shut up" but I would pay $10 dollars to be a part of this community. I even would go as far to say I would probably be more involved, knowing that I am paying for it. $10 dollars is hardly anything but if even half the free members contributed that much that would be a start for raising money. The bottom line is keeping it free for our convenience is not paying the bills for Ecademy I know Ecademy needs some Techy people to get involved with the website, have we set a plan to what we want to achieve with the changes to the, I am going to call it, The New Ecademy). This is not just for one person to decide and have all the pressure of racking his brain of what is working and what isn't. I have read multiple comments about this not being as manageable as Linked In. Since Daniel wants to revamp the site why don't we post a forum about what would make this site better and be realistic? What makes Linked In better? One simple change I noticed is moving the comment box to the top, so when a person click to add a comment, they will see it the box appears under that button. If you don't know to scroll down to the bottom of the page, might think the button is broke. Maybe a forum for website suggestions? How is the tech team coming along? I know not many people here know me but I aim to be more involved with such a great community.

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Peter chalkley

peterchalkley-358775

What I expect from @danielpriestley #ecademy

What I have read is only right for the job the person is doing . best of luck to him and may he do what is need to be done to make ecademy even better.

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Strashimir Yosifov

strashimiryosifov-519294

What I expect from @danielpriestley #ecademy

Into nowadays dynamic world it seems to be easier to achieve success than to keep it long. So the vision is the most important topic of this excellent 12 points list and it is worth to have a separate discussion. The fact that Ecademy currently has fewer members than other social networks may also be a kind of advantage for it. Its members have more close profiles and it would be easier to address common interests. Also it should be less expensive to keep the site running. The vision has also to define a technological policy. It is obvious that the site needs improvements and it is good that Daniel has addressed that problem. In the long way however a complete redoing should be necessary. The IT world is changing fast and maintaining old and deprecated code will become too expensive and difficult at some point. The definition of the technological policy will be of crucial importance for the future of Ecademy. There are excellent IT people among the members of the community and I believe that they may be of help. Best regards, Strashimir www.jec-bg.com

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Carolyn Williams

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Phillip, Daniel, Ty and all...

Love Ty's comment so much I wanted to repeat it!! "Still not getting why this conversation didn't happen months ago. *scratches head*" Phillip was nudged by myself, Julia and several others following on from Business : Off Line Networks ~ Bring Back London Ecademy Events. We then rallied members to support Phillip LISTEN UP everyone Phillip has arranged the next London Ecademy Networking Event. Since then Phillip has carried out ROSEE 1 and ROSEE 2 successfully with lovely Thomas and Penny attending both. I see it as a natural progression, that this blog discussion has now taken on a life of it's own and rightly so. Phillip was right to ask all these pertinent questions, I would think he has been listening to his ROSEE attendees. I live in Swansea but feel the pulse greatly and so lend my support in whatever way I can. What I have missed is the dynamics Daniel. So no doubt you are a clever dynamo but would welcome a real life debate so that we can see why we invest in our membership as opposed to Chamber of Comerce or BNI or Best Networking etc. The social media tools are vital but not at the expense of the membership. We are trained well by William but this investment also applies to our expectations. I am only too familiar with 'being seen on paper to follow procedures' but they have to be authentic. Looking forward to meeting you all at ROSEE 3 (re arranging my Ford Days again if possible?) when I hope to be visual. I shall have to wear my Grand Slam face on St. George's Day! See you all and Mick Say hopefully on April 23rd. Loving the Sunshine! C:)xx

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Phillip Khan-Panni

PKP

Being a start up is good

When things do not change they grow stale. There is an opportunity to make Ecademy even more to our liking. I know Daniel has been criticised for low visibility, but I understand he has been trying to make Ecademy financially viable. The necessary funds will come from a combination of three sources: 1. Investors 2. Advertisers and sponsors 3. Members Investors will not be interested if Ecademy is not potentially viable. Advertisers and sponsors will not pay to place themselves before an audience with no money. I'm told that members, other than Black Stars, pay little for what they get. I don't think Daniel has all the answers. How can he have? Let those with strong views declare what they'd like to see in Ecademy, and step forward to help make it happen. I started ROSEE because no one else would. The bonus has been the sense of togetherness that has been obvious in the two meetings we have run so far. But that is not enough. I have a vision for ROSEE, which is to make it a centre of excellence, with members sharing expertise so that we can all become more successful in the work we do. That will be a measurable benefit with a cash value. Should it be available free? I don't think so. And that is the dilemma facing Ecademy -- how can they provide commercial as well as social benefit at low or no cost. Who has the answer? PKP

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Martin Dewhurst

martin-dewhurst-30038

What I expect from @danielpriestley #ecademy

Like that Stuarte! After all, the spirit of innovation and newness springs from the idea of everyday being the first day.

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Stuart Harris

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To summarize

Ecademy is a 14-year-old startup.

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Karen Thomas

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What I expect from @danielpriestley #ecademy

I look forward to seeing what happens on the near horizon. Karen Thomas www.kazthomas.org

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Rajen Business & Digital Coach & Mentor Kantaria

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What I expect from @danielpriestley #ecademy

The views being expressed and exchanged in the discussion are a demonstration of the talent, expertise and goodwill ingrained in Ecademy:) Thomas and Penny should be smiling satisfactorily too as it also demonstrates a result of their legacy: a culture of supportive leadership as well as a supportive membership!:) I would observe that when there is change there has to be some form of communication from the leadership (not necessarily the leader), even if only to say carry on as normal in the interim:) That stops rumour mills, speculations and innuendos, even if from only a minority. It may be difficult but still possible in the online world. A digital coach anyone?! BW's Rajen

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Lesley Morrissey

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What I expect from @danielpriestley #ecademy

Ecademy is a business tool and from the days when I worked on customer support and best practice and ran training for new Ecademists, the premise is hasn't changed. Like any other tool it only works if you use it properly. The difference between Ecademy and other social networks is that it has heart - you don't see the owners of LinkedIn or Facebook chatting with their members in open forums. We all know who they are, but they are sitting in ivory towers beyond most people's reach. Penny used to describe Ecademy as a virtual town, with a high street (the blog and status updates) and various places to hang out and socialise (the groups). You go where you want and talk to who you want (and she encourages us all to be reasonably polite and courteous to each other). With that analogy - like every town there are people who like different aspects and use some facilities and not others. There are people who don't like living there, moan a lot and will eventually move to somewhere they feel more comfortable. The people who are really interested in making the place better don't just moan, they take action - they get elected to the local Council and try to make positive changes - and are usually criticised by everyone else for their efforts. Yes, of course it will be great to see Daniel at Ecademy events, here and in other countries, but the success of Ecademy is largely in the hands of its members. If you don't use it, get involved, bring your friends along, it won't work in the long term. For those who care enough work out what you could do to help rather than moaning about the current state of play.

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Daniel Priestley

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What I expect from @danielpriestley #ecademy

Yesterday Phillip Khan-Panni raised 12 key expectations he had from the leadership at Ecademy. Before I begin to formally address the 12 points, I want to meet with some key people to get input. Ecademy isn't a dictatorship, it's a community. I will soon post details of an event where anyone interested can come and have input. Additionally, please let me share some more of the backstory about my role as MD. In Autumn last year I was appointed as MD. This was because Ecademy was in urgent need of technology and funding solutions. Both of these things I had short term answers for however both needed long term solutions. As part of my agreement to join the board of Ecademy, Thomas and Penny would remain as the figureheads and visionaries of Ecademy while I assisted behind the scenes to secure a funding partner and technology partner. Over the last 5 months, that's been my main focus. I personally never saw it as my job to get in the way of Ecademy. I write several blogs on Ecademy each month and propose ideas. These ideas are discussed like other people's blogs and I get interesting insights as a result. My main focus however is the two big important tasks that secure Ecademy's future - technology support and funding. These issues are the big, hairy, urgent issues. In the early days of Ecademy it was compared to groups like the IoD and BNI. In comparison it offered great value. Lately Ecademy get's compared to Facebook and LinkedIn. People ask - "Why do I need to pay for things?? ... I get a multi-billion dollar platform for free at Facebook!" Revenue from subscriptions, sponsorship and advertising has diminished over the last 3 years. At present, no one draws a wage from Ecademy, no one has any support staff (which makes it hard to stay on top of the dozens and dozens of messages) and many expenses are absorbed personally by the team. So it's important that we focus on the issue of funding. When I put it like that, it might seem that things are pretty bad however that isn't the case either. Ecademy has a rich 14 year history. It has exuberant and passionate fans. Ecademy plays host to 500,000 member profiles and 130,000 blogs. It has 3 million unique visitors a year who visit our profiles and blogs. Ecademy has several unique value propositions for it's users. It's awesome for SEO... Post on Ecademy and within hours you're on page 1 of Google. It's a powerful blogging platform ... Most blogs get 100+ views and 2+ comments in under 24hrs without the author having to drive any traffic. Ecademy has a great community with many people sharing insights and connection inside the group. For all of those reasons, I'm confident in our ability to get funding and to solve our technology desires. So to all the people who said they want to help revitalise and reinvent ecademy here's what I need from you: Blogs: Post thoughtful, engaging blogs on Ecademy and stand up to anyone who is being a bully... The culture of Ecademy is a "supportive place for entrepreneurial people to get connected, get insights and get noticed"... If it's just me asking bullies to ease off, it won't work. We all need to co-create a supportive community. Even offering a supportive comment on a blog you enjoyed really helps. Profiles: Please make sure your profile is up to date with a photo and a bio that you are proud of. Give it the once over and see if you can make some improvements. Input: Give me your input on Phillips 12 points. What do you want to see as the vision, culture, metrics, etc. Events: Start coming to the events we run so we can engage more. I know I wasn't at ROSEE but I do attend 5-10 events a month as do Thomas and Penny. Get Back To Where You Once Belonged! ... Ecademy is the little guy up against the big guys. It's been here a long while and it will stay around a long while too if we all get behind it. Supporting me on those 5 points really will help me to do the work of getting new partners and support on board. As always I'm grateful to all the support I already get from Ecademy members and I will naturally do more to ensure this community continues to grow. PS: I will soon be posting dates of an event where interested parties can have input on the 12 key points Phillip raised.

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Robert Craven

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the 'elephant in the room'

Phillip's timing with the original question is perfect. He has named the 'elephant in the room'. It is a credit to TP/PP/DP etc that the curiosity and interest in the future of Ecademy comes from people caring about it (past/present/future). A few thoughts to try to summarise the comment-fest to date: 1) There is a great latent energy here which could and should be leveraged. 2) Credit to ecademy for the volume and variety of opinions shared (mostly very positive and encouraging). Sometimes it feels like the tail is wagging the dog but that is the curious nature of such a club/community. A big 'thank you' to all those who have bothered to comment. 3) Credit to Daniel for taking on the task in hand. A big 'thank you' from me. 4) There are no rule books for running online communities, precious few role models (if any) that can be copied or learnt from. 5) Daniel is bright. He will no doubt be applying or working through a template similar to Philip's to make sense of the challenge and the future. 6) Leadership and communication is what is being called for. All eyes are on Daniel. He will take counsel wisely and carefully. Everyone is waiting with anticipation. Robert

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Martin Dewhurst

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What I expect from @danielpriestley #ecademy

What I expect from @danielpriestley #ecademy Daniel uses a perfect analogy, he describes the difference between two kinds of entrepreneurs .. 1) Those who make futile attempts to erect tents from the outside, pulling on the tent's fabric in the hope it will stay up. 2) Those who risk standing within the tent and raising it from within. I expect Daniel will weave his own unique brand of magic into this community. He's already deep into the process of helping to raise a city of tents in the desert of ideas. And like my friends in the Sahara, the tent is a special place in the heart of the community. Here's to great expectations :-)

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Marlene Shalton

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What I expect from @danielpriestley #ecademy

What I know of Daniel & his KPI programme is no less than what I would expect from him. He leads these groups well with great innovation & versatility. What I would expect from a great leader of such a site as Ecademy is good communication so that we are aware of his ideas, thoughts & vision for the company.

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Annabel Kaye

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What I expect from @danielpriestley #ecademy

I don't view ecademy in the same way as many members - I don't have that sense of personal ownership or even entitlement that so many members demonstrate so ably. For me this is a good place to share and network, learn and trade. I am sure it could be better - everything is capable of improvement, but I have no burning issues. This to me is not a cause or a lifestyle or a relgion but an on and off line network where I chose to spent time and make connections. As long as that is a good experience I am happy. The effectiveness of that experience is largely down to me and my skill set and effort. It is enjoyable learning and improving. I hope Daniel enjoys his new role - it will certainly be a challenging one. Another Daniel did famously well in the lion's den. Hope this one does as well.

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Tony Waithe

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What I expect from @danielpriestley #ecademy

Hi Philip, I met Daniel at Ecademy's 14th Birthday lunch party, where we discussed some interesting ideas as to what he would do & how that could benefit members of the community. I told Daniel about my plan to create a forum for the Hairdressing Community, as I am currently in the process of developing the first of many tools for the hairdressing community. Hairdressers have been using the same designed tools for many years which today may be considered old fashion (there's a saying in the Industry that "if it aint broke don't fix it") However, I know many hairdressers who express stress pains in their wrists, elbows, back muscles and their feet, so have come to an understanding that something must be causing the stress & from my own experience when using styling tools to service my clients hair, I detected a number of tools which could be redesigned ergonomically & help to create less discomfort for hairdressers. I considered that the best group to pull in to test these ideas & eventually & obviously buy & use them would be the people who would benefit from using the tools, hence, the idea to create a forum for Hairdressers. Since I last spoke with Daniel, there has been some amazing developments. Ive managed to win the support & endorsement of Great Ormond Street Hospital Charity, who are involved with over 2500 Hair Salon Owners around the UK including World Famous Hair stylist John Freida, Trevor Sorbie & Errol Douglas & I have also won the support & endorsement of VTCT (Vocational Training Charity Trust), who are the National & International Qualification Body for the Hair & Beauty Industry & are the Authority who awarded me with a World Class Qualification when I trained to be a Hair Stylist. VTCT have Qualified millions of Hair dressers around the World and are an extremely valuable part of my plan to pull in thousands of hairdressers in the UK, Europe & beyond. Whilst I am getting on with building the foundations of my enterprise, I hope that Daniel will continue to drive his Ideas through, embrace your 12 point plan, follow the examples set by Ecademy's Founder & Chairman & hopefully at some point see how Ecademy & its members can make an impact in a year which is promoting the long awaited Olympic Games, The Queen's Diamond Jubilee, The Race for Mayor of London, the "Make it in Britain" Exhibition & so much more that have been planned for 2012 on the shores of the UK.. The Sun has been shinning over Britain these past few weeks for a very special reason & that reason I believe is to give us the energy to Make things Happen in 2012 (so lets do it), then we'll all have something to celebrate at the end of the year! I've started with the Man in My Mirror. All the Best Tony T (Great Ideas Factory UK)

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Simon Dixon

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What I expect from @danielpriestley #ecademy

"If I had listened to what my customers wanted, I would have invented a bigger candle" Thomas Edison I trust Dan to do the right thing based upon listening and experience and I don't expect him to consult me on everything as it is impossible. There are far too many opinions in Ecademy to make any change at all. Sometimes too many opinions is counter productive. I don't know what is next for Google and Facebook, but they have a track record for creating things I did not know I needed that make more people use it and therefore make it more valuable to me and I trust them to do so. I get pissed off when something changes and I can't figure out how to find the button, but I trust they are doing the right thing most of the time. And I trust Dan and team to do what is right for the business. We are all business people and understand that incorrect business decisions means servers don't get paid and I think everybody forgets that Ecademy has to pay bills and is also a business just like yours. If you ask your customers what they want from you, they want the world, they want all your time and they want it for free and you pay all bills. As business people I thought we all knew this. You have a hard job Ecademy team and I appreciate your massive efforts.

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Beth Worthy

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What I expect from @danielpriestley #ecademy

Great vision. I enjoy being here.

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Melanie Edgar

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What I expect from @danielpriestley #ecademy

I joined Ecademy in 2010. I'm somone who was transitioning from being an employee to working for myself. Like other contributors to this thread I question how valuable ecademy is to me. I was paying to have my profile on the site and although I spoke to a couple of people I have learned al lot from my existing network accessed in part from my own contacts and contacts made on Facebook and Linkd In. What has moved me forward is being able to find people who have been in a similar position to me or who are working in my field or who are experts in Social Media and coaching. Interestingly some of the people I have met also put on courses have webinars that I have either attended or listened to and I then have gone on to be able to contact them and continue a relationship. Althought this is what I thought I would be getting from Ecademy I didn't and I found it difficult to use. I did not feel like I was engaged with Thomas Power even tough I recieved frequent emails. I like the vision for Ecademy and wish you all the best for the new leadership. I will be looking to see if Ecademy is a network I will use in the future.

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John Jeckmans

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What I expect from @danielpriestley #ecademy

I am not going to read thru all of the comments, recomments, etc. I will simply add to the starting point by referring to my comment on a blog by Penny on institutional vs networked leadership. Institutional Leadership vs Networked Leadership Likes (2) by John Jeckmans [33.40:163] on 16-Sep-09 10:20am : Reply Common denominator is leadership. So, what is leadership? According Wikipedia: Leadership is and has been described as the "process of social influence in which one person can enlist the aid and support of others in the accomplishment of a common task". A definition more inclusive of followers comes from Alan Keith of Genentech who said "Leadership is ultimately about creating a way for people to contribute to making something extraordinary happen." I like the last one, but would like to amend it as follows: "True leadership is ultimately about creating space for people to contribute to making something extraordinary happen, something worthwhile in furthering the development our society in total ." If whatever you set out to do, whatever people, project, organisation, enterprise, country, etc you lead is only selfserving and does not contain something that is for the benefit of all, it will require repression, actively pushing people. If it is of benefit to all, people will instinctively start following you, helping you to achieve what you set out to do. Institutional leadership is powerbased, it can take many forms. From pure to enlightend dictatorship, but allways leading in terms of preset goals, most of them set by financial markets. Investors, banks and other institutions all at a distance from the organisation and it´s goals. Powerbased leadership in itself uses energy (energy drain), requires control. People working in such an organisation, most of the times, are feeling drained after a working day. And slogans as "TGF" (thank god it´s Friday) appear. I do realise that there are times, situations where you need this type of leadership in order to get things done or changed, mostly because it is apparently an utopia to believe that all people have equal access to the needed information to decide for themselves on "what is it that is for the good of all". The inequality in access to information and learning prevents a fully networked society, prevents an open communication, prevents the possibility of a full co-creation of our society. Networked leadership, as I see it, is based on co-creation, is based on equal access to information, is based on open communication, and is also based on a shared goal within an aligned team. Where team alignment is made possible by the leaders of the team. They allow & create the space where people can contribute to the shared goal, and in doing so get energised and not drained. Penny is one of those persons who really show networked leadership quality. A structured, military precision planned roadmap into the future based on escaping the present (or past) into a single determined future? it will not fly!!! Completely loose, like a ship on drift, just following the tidal waves and the winds, no steering, no set direction? This wil not sail either!!! So, again for me: "True leadership is ultimately about creating space for people to contribute to making something extraordinary happen, something worthwhile in furthering the development our society in total ." Idealist? Yes Realist? Yes Pessimist? No

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Dave Turner

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What I expect from @danielpriestley #ecademy

Thanks Phillip. Excellent article. Rob from SIM only deals

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Ty "Blackturtleneck" Tyson

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What I expect from @danielpriestley #ecademy

Still not getting why this conversation didn't happen months ago. *scratches head*

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Michael Q Todd

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What I expect from @danielpriestley #ecademy

What Steve Holmes said. That he lets me write what I like. My sole expectation

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Victoria Bullis

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What I expect from @danielpriestley #ecademy

Phillip, As usual, your posting is well thought out, sophisticated and--as always, is an inticement to me to read... I LIKE very much what you have written, and have read the blog several times; I 'feel' that there is a 13th point, and have been wracking my brain, trying to see what it may be...without any success. Is it possible, pls, for you to come up with a 13th ? Visibility, and some even generic response/acknowledgement to those attempting to offer specific, powerful avenues of support is something I feel would be very valuable for the head of ecademy to adopt... Victoria

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Simon Harding

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What I expect from @danielpriestley #ecademy

Good 12 points from Phillip ! I like Ecademy but use LinkedIn, Twitter etc and FB far more because they lead to almost instant results in an international business. I think there is great potential in the Groups function here and some of the SEO ability. I have interacted briefly with Daniel some time ago about Groups potential here but I guess its still early days yet for him.

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MD Yusuf

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What I expect from @danielpriestley #ecademy

Thomas Envisioned for Business People to Connect Globally Clipping Path Service

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Shyamsunder Panchavati

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What I expect from @danielpriestley #ecademy

Every responsibility come with certain amount discretion.That is what he needs immediately.The freedom to do things differently,in his own way.(even the freedom to err occasionally, Thomas is right about giving Daniel some time.(Thomas should know, as he has worn the "Crown of Thorns" longer than any one else.) For me basically,It is not what you expect from Daniel,more importantly, it what you expect from other members of Ecademy. Of course the least you expect is restraint, people should allow him to work his way towards and his and Ecademy's success.And react only when it is absolutely necessary, that too by way of a subtle nudge to change his direction. Shyam

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Abel Aureli

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What I expect from @danielpriestley #ecademy

Of course, he cannot completely satisfy everyone, but I am sure that any MD should be interested in listening to the various question and requests from the many subscriber, and then evaluate them to see which ones are the most important to the majority of the subscribers. Usually there are too many voices on a page to search for the right one. So, making and keeping things as simple as possible it will help many people. He also has to keep in mind that not every person, especially those who have a certain age, like myself and who could not go to high school, are able to understand some of the technical words which often we see on the net. Pastor Abel Aureli, Missionary to Italy www.operitaly.org Tapscott Endorsement: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GuVe74Wiahg Photo show: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zidYHPwuo5Y

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Michael Hargreaves

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...and of Thomas and Penny?

Can someone enlighten us of the future involvement of the founders? I get confused as to whether the business has been sold in its entirety or whether there has just been a sale of Glenn's (and any others') stakes in the empire. I was only wondering the other week if the sale had proceeded as all had been very quiet on the issue of Daniel and his business partner's involvement.

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Gelie Akhenblit

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What I expect from @danielpriestley #ecademy

Change is good and always brings room for improvement and new opportunities! The organization will always reflect the attitude of it's current leader and as long as the leader is in-line with the organization's core values - the transition should be smooth. During my time of working with various local networking groups, I have seen groups flourish under proper management and completely fall apart under poor management. Some of the groups that fell apart were EXTREMELY strong with prior leadership. It all really comes down to having the right leader and management team in place. So what constitutes the "right" leader? In my opinion, this person needs to truly understand the concept of networking, care about the members on an individual level (even if the Member Services representative answers customer service emails) and treat everyone with respect. You are never "too big" to care about your members individually. If the members feel that they are being heard and their needs are being met, they'll continue to be engaged and stay a part of the networking community. However, if they feel the new leader's focus is not in their best interest...they will move on. I like and agree with the 12 points listed out in the initial post and am very excited to see what the future holds for Ecademy! :)

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Abha Maryada Banerjee

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What I expect from @danielpriestley #ecademy

Watching yet again ! Have met Daniel once in Jakarta very briefly, the dynamism was visible..so wish him the best Personally I find Ecademy to be a great place to, wonderful people, good friends,knowledge sharing, partnerships...but less organic and slow momentum. Given that we are living with twitter and facebook..this could either be a differentiating factor..or the dampening factor..Maybe a mid path as far as the interface is concerned would be appealing.. How can we contribute? Now I have two profiles..I am not sure when that happened.I am posting from one, and the my profile is elsewhere..tech probs....? http://www.ecademy.com/account.php?id=64085 Best Regards Abha Banerjee www.abhamb.com

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Wina Emery

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What I expect from @danielpriestley #ecademy

I have been using ecademy more than linkedin before "prob 1 year ago". I got business contacts mostly from ecademy before and we used to share news without paying. but now since ecademy not allowed me to do those general social networks anymore, I'm now using linkedin. so shame that ecademy not allowed members to socialize and communicate as much as members want but have to pay...which I think the point of building social network site is communicating for free, it means by writing blogs, forums, mails and more. Please correct me if I'm wrong This is only my concern with ecademy and wish a good luck to Mr Daniel. PS: I'm hardly connect with anyone from ecademy members. From more than 800 social networks I have going to, I selectively choose which social network site I used and ecademy is one of them.

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Emma Boyd

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What is Ecademy?

I agree most with Oscar & Michael - not seeing Ecademy's distinctive space. From comments above I see people who may have known each other offline (in the UK), who started something online, failed to ride the wave & are now wondering who they are. So am I ;+} If Dan has been 'working like a dog', well done but where are the results? Every CEO has their style, it doesn't matter how s/he does it, but it should be well underway by now - it's not solely about technology or layout, it's about quality of dialogue & knowing your purpose. Perhaps he has been sidetracked by in-fighting & hamstrung by not wanting to ruffle feathers. Find your meaning or realise you are irrelevant - perhaps Ecademy could have their own LinkedIn group, it would save you the cash & leave you to make your money in other ways, that's Business. Cheers from sunny Singapore, E

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Michael Mchugh

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What I expect from @danielpriestley #ecademy

I tend to be more active on LinkedIn than eCademy. It's not a considered preference, just a matter of familiarity. What I expect from the new MD is to encourage me to alter my preferences - in favour of eCademy. I see that as a microcosm of the overall health and sucess of eCademy. What I note from the mail-out is a mixture of leadership and management points. As MD, I expect Daniel to a manager... the best manager. I don't need to 'follow' the MD of eCademy: there are plenty of intellectual leaders around. So, in line with my particular preferences, I expect him to make eCademy the "go-to" site for progressive, virtually-connected professional individuals; and in that I endeavour, I wish him every success. Mike ====

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Edwin Huang

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What I expect from @danielpriestley #ecademy

Regarding Jeremy's comment that "Surely a good ceo is heard, but not seen", a good CEO needs visibility and audibility.

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Edwin Huang

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What I expect from @danielpriestley #ecademy

We have heard what Ecademy means to Penny (here and before). William has written about our being the community, with which I agree. We have heard (previously) about what Ecademy has done for Daniel when he first arrived in the UK. Thomas mentions Marcus and Jeremy "preparing for what's coming next". PKP (I trust Phillip doesn't mind the abbreviation) mentions "we should give [Daniel] the space and the support to make the changes necessary to bring even more benefit to members … We need to meet him halfway." Maybe I have missed any past pronouncements but I haven't read what Daniel wants for Ecademy and its members, wherever they are. No doubt, whatever changes are impending will be good but we don't know what these are, yet. What is a reasonable timescale for a new MD to make known his preliminary / initial / anticipated thoughts on where he wants a company to go? Once we know where / what the direction of travel is then we can do our part and meet Daniel and the management team halfway. And in this regard of playing our part, it is not just the members who shout the loudest that are the only ones willing to participate. I believe that the open forum discussion that Daniel proposes is a good idea but not if it is for 'blue-sky thinking'. Too many voices going off in all directions shouldn't be what a MD, who has been in post for 6 (?) months and who is looking for contributions to his own vision, needs or is looking for. I don't often say this (well, never, actually) but the way that HM Revenue & Customs has been conducting some of its consultation exercises with members of the tax and other professions has been applauded by all concerned in how to get feedback on specific proposals and direction of travel. The Government has a definite agenda in mind and seeks opinions on how best to implement the ideas. Sometimes specific proposals are dropped after realisation that they are wrong or impractical. Sometimes, with the weight of feedback, proposals are totally reconstructed and a new line of enquiry opened. Where, sometimes, 'open' questions are asked on whether we think the agenda is correct, usually the variety of feedback is so great in these instances that it is virtually useless. At this juncture, my view is that there needs to be a distinction between Ecademy the communities grouping where we the subscribing members participate, and Ecademy the company providing value to its shareholders. PKP mentions (first sentence) "the re-structuring that occurred when the company was sold last autumn". Perhaps a useful starting point for Daniel would be to start from here, explain the new structure (it's all going to be public knowledge anyway in due course) and provide his perspective on what he and his team 'brought to the table', other than funding, In this regard, Jeremy's profile suggests one of his key strengths lies in the buying and selling of companies, and I recall he wrote a series of blogs on this topic. Is Jeremy's role to help prepare Ecademy for a sale or is he working on attracting other funding into Ecademy. I shouldn't really say "or" as the two are often linked. Alternatively, as we are stakeholders but not shareholders, is the management team only concerned with our views on Ecademy, the communities grouping and would that team prefer us not to know about the future of Ecademy, the company? Finally, just to comment on two points Daniel mentions: "Despite what most people initially assumed, I have resisted funding the site simply by pushing my other business on Ecademy members". Unless Triumphant Events has been brought into the Ecademy corporate group (or vice versa), I would have thought that the income derived from Ecademy members from any of the other businesses would go to those other businesses and not to Ecademy, thus not providing funding for the Ecademy site unless there's a system of cross-lending, which gets messy for non-related groups. Secondly, maybe I am reading too much into the use of language but the use of the word "just" in "I want Ecademy to stand on it's own feet and not just be used to fill events" is, to me, revealing.

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Paul Dunn

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What I expect from @danielpriestley #ecademy

Was it JFK who said, 'Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country'?

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Oscar Rottink

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What I expect from @danielpriestley #ecademy

Not sure how I got here some time ago. Think I don't have a valid reason to react on a thread like this so please ignore me if you get bothered because of my ignorance. I'm a designer from The Netherlands. Worked many years at an advertising agency for major clients (before it went bankrupt). Me as a neutral person who didn't participate much (well not) doesn't really get an idea of this site and it's underlying concept. It's nice to see people who are involved react and bring up idea's but those are the people already loyal to ecademy.com. I looked around a few times and wondered what the difference is with a site like LinkedIn (might sound like a curse, didn't meant it that way). The site is user unfriendly from a designer/usability kind of guy like me. The looks are from early 2000. With LinkedIn using some apps I can easily expand and combine networks together, time is money. And I don't wanna sound negative, but what makes this site unique? I love to see people putting lots of effort in writing blogs and discussions like this. But I miss the proposition and a professional look and feel. Like I said, I don't have any right to be in this discussion but I just don't know what value it will add to existing networks. So I think it would be a good start to get this more clear to new users. And ok, I live in The Netherlands, maybe not a real target audience but I think it would be great if you get the path to the future more clear. And be realistic about it. I don't know anything about the history of ecademy.com but now I'm here.. it feels like a kind of project someone once it was started wanted to get it sold for lots of money and disapear. I might be wrong, just don't know. But it's the look and feel who contribute to this feeling. And please, don't take my message personal. It's just I don't know what this site adds to my network at this time. Might get better in the future, lots of people are involved and that's only a good thing.

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kevin anchi

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What I expect from @danielpriestley #ecademy

Thanks for the tips kevin

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Phillip Khan-Panni

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What I expect from @danielpriestley #ecademy

>take up the initiative ourselves That's why I started ROSEE -- to allow members to meet in person and strengthen relationships that may have been started online. Why not come along?

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Martin, "Work -ability", Camden

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What I expect from @danielpriestley #ecademy

A summary of the existing answers to the 12 points would help. A summary of Daniel Priestley's initial thinking on the 12 points would help. I specialise in improving things, but it helps me greatly to improve on something if I have a rough idea of today's starting point. I would like access to ways of tracking down like-minded people, but I haven't yet found a powerful way of doing this with Ecademy as it stands. Does anyone have any ideas as to what could be done to help members in this way?

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Mick Say

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Nice One Phillip

Hi Phillip - all Well done Phillip great blog, masterfully written. From my perspective - Ecademy has good heart and brain - Penny has give it it's heart and Thomas, Glen, William and Julian gave it it's brain. The rest of us - the members are the blood flowing through both. I enjoy the community and I have met many real friends in Ecademy during my 4 years journey. I want to continue to meet new people in the virtual community and at physical meetings. In terms of building community - I think Daniel should devise a way to reduce the number of Ecademy sponsored groups and have a central core of Ecademy "owned" groups designed to bring us all together. Currently there are too many groups. (I am not suggesting a culling of privately owned groups - just the Ecademy sponsored ones). Building community is the key to future vision ? Have at least one regular Ecademy monthly networking meeting - central to the main core of membership. The members will drive the culture of Ecademy if the "Management" listen - and if they don't we'll all drift away. I am sure Daniel is a good listener. I would (if time and dates allow) like to attend the future and culture meeting. Not Essential that Daniel be seen at all monthly meetings - possibly he should set the dates and try - but we all have busy lives. Time off for good behavior will be allowed. :-) I would love to see a structured plan for the future and see that that plan includes the security of BlackStar life membership without a degradation of services or functionality. I would also like to see more support and marketing for the Boardrooms which provide a fantastic service to their members. Good Luck Daniel - I wish you well and will support where and when I can... Regards - Mick

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Colin Lucas-Mudd

colinlucasmudd-652037

What I expect from @danielpriestley #ecademy

I only have one comment here Thomas. Oh gosh, two—more on that in the PS. The one comment is that Daniel executes the vision that built ecademy in the first place. That he listens and parses feedback, then applies it to the vision that created the leader, but not the followed (other than concept), in B2B and NetworkedCommentator2NetworkedCommentator networks. Now to the PS. As I typed 'Thomas', and then again 'Daniel', I had to backspace over the '+' that my lizard brain and muscle memory inserted. Create the API, find a way to link it. Leverage the inevitable. Apply a filter that defines the audience as something way above the norm then gets it, and them, recognized as such.

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Vladimir Dimitroff

vdimitroff-19310

What I expect from @danielpriestley #ecademy

To call me. Last time I expected this from the Pope - and you know what happened next? Next day I got a call from an HMRC inspector. God works in mysterious ways! Serious, though: I expect Daniel Priestley to call me. He knows why.

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Stella Holman "The Connector"

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What I expect from @danielpriestley #ecademy

Good to get matters out in the open and find out people's thoughts. The news about the company being sold is new and a bit of a shock to me! I do agree with what Jeremy says " Members creating the relationships and environment that they want, and the job of the CEO to provide the technology and the platform to enhance that experience." The event last night with speaker Philip Calvert gave a good example how people can bring their communities over to Ecademy and make use of the technology on this site. After joining the Ecademy Support Team, I built my business services around this site and utilised the ongoing technical instructions from Julian Bond to help others on a voluntary and also paid level. I attended the seminars, read the blogs and the books written by key-people on here and learn how to use Social Media inline with Ecademy. 2009 I took the initiative to organise the pre-Ecademy event and met lots of people, helped them use the site and kept myself in employment. I was sorry when in March 2010 the London Event stopped; glad that Phillip has taken this in hand, using his expertise as a speaker to add vitality and continuity to each event, I will support it and help newcomers and my connections by meeting them pre-event. I am sure the changes that Daniel, Jeremy and Marcus etc bring to the site will be in favor of all and I look forward to them. Best wishes Stella Holman

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Dylis Guyan

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What I expect from @danielpriestley #ecademy

I have recently read a book called "The Power Of Presence" by Kristi Hedges. It is about unlocking potential to influence and engage others. It talks about Executive presence being the corporate IT factor. It is directly linked to your ability to get noticed, forge trusting relationships and get others on board with your vision. However, every new leader needs time to familiarise themselves with the situation and I am sure that Daniel is totally committed to the job in hand. Having read all of the comments, I think it is clear that people want more "Presence" from Daniel, which I'm sure we will see very soon. Here's to a very bright future for Ecademy with a special "presence" of it's own.

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Michael Hargreaves

michaelhargreaves1-108752

What I expect from @danielpriestley #ecademy

Recently after a non-ecademy meeting that I attended in London earlier this month someone commented on ecademy that they had been a member. This person who is very switched on - online - said ecademy should work but for some reason it doesn't. What I think a very passionate membership at ecademy wants is for ecademy to work! You only need to look at the number and quality of responses to see that the membership is passionate. To work it will need a visible leader more than a visible blogger. One of the things that I see emerging out of LinkedIn is that people want group meetings to attend. Meetings should be encouraged - as they were in the early days - as an opportunity to get Word of Mouth going. Around the world there are enough government programmes that provide Boardroom opportunities at no cost.So my overall expectation of Daniel is that the "elitism" that has developed be extinguished.

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Phillip Khan-Panni

PKP

What I expect from @danielpriestley #ecademy

Ian and Jeremy -- a community without a leader is simply a crowd, and will thrash about until it eventually crashes on the rocks and sinks. The CEO does not himself have to conduct all 12 points, but he does have to deliver on them, if necessary by delegating and managing that delegation. The key element is good communication. People will go along with a leader if they know what he is trying to achieve and how he is getting on, especially if he engages with them as he goes along.

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George Wallace

georgewallace1-619875

What I expect from @danielpriestley #ecademy

What an excellent discussion. Have booked a ticket for 23rd April. Should be interesting with a large attendance. Have only been a member for three weeks and just finding the way around. I joined Ecademy after attending a KPI presentation. Would like to know what the connection will be between Ecademy and KPI will be in the future.

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Richard Singleton

richardsingleton-65720

What I expect from @danielpriestley #ecademy

One of the many special things that I have enjoyed about Ecademy has been the interactions with Thomas and Penny, their blogs, comments on blogs, likes - even of my meagre contributions. That has felt very personal, even if it is done by someone acting on their behalf - I have wondered, I mean how do they get the time?! Of course they have had a broad public profile, and so have been visible and yet personable leaders. That is quite a hard act to follow. But it would be good to feel that this kind of personal involvement, interaction and presence would continue. Best wishes to you Daniel. Richard S.

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Ian Kaye

iankaye-39375

What I expect from @danielpriestley #ecademy

Completely agree with Jeremy Harbours point: Should this not be more about the members creating the relationships and environment that they want, and the job of the CEO to provide the technology and the platform to enhance that experience.

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Robert Craven

robert-craven-22343

What I expect from @danielpriestley #ecademy

Reading the various comments, the community appears to be asking for leadership and direction from Daniel. There is still a great deal of goodwill in this community and he needs to find a way of capturing and nurturing the goodwill... while also satisfying the various stakeholders. No mean task. Robert

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Matt Oliver

mattoliver-483491

What I expect from @danielpriestley #ecademy

Maybe time to sellout to LinkedIn. if they are even interested

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Phillip Khan-Panni

PKP

What I expect from @danielpriestley #ecademy

Richard, you should have been at ROSEE on Monday evening. You would have felt, and heard me remark on, the sense of belonging to the same tribe. Most of the people there were exuding a sense of mutuality, of belonging, of LIKING one another. That is the basis for ROSEE, and could become the basis for Ecademy. It has always been Penny's hope, expectation and core belief, but the community was sent off course in recent years by some high-powered but misguided people. In a way, we (the community) are taking Ecademy back. Through such initiatives as ROSEE and Andrew Horder's OSBSD, we are rebuilding the bonding that cannot work through online activities alone. ROSEE is new and is developing that bonding first. As we become established, I envisage that we will share expertise and help one another become more successful in business, as friends and caring colleagues. I totally endorse Willam's assertion that the community or any subset of it doesn't belong to any one person. It belongs to us. But it's a two-way street -- you (collectively) need to get involved, attend meetings, respond to blogs and forum posts, provide support and encourage those who take initiatives. PKP

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Gail Robinson

gailrobinson-337916

What I expect from @danielpriestley #ecademy

Please keep in mind international trade and the value of data. Much more defined than social? Just a couple of thoughts. As we go...in to a future that embraces individual strength and compassion with collective intelligence?

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Rajen Business & Digital Coach & Mentor Kantaria

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What I expect from @danielpriestley #ecademy

AAAh we all know, or at least understand, what happens when there is no Openess, Randomness and Supportiveness....either way!:) Maybe the way ahead is to answer the 13 points and go fror Crowd Funding...or Ecademity Funding?:) Hopefully we can lead until the leader is ready to?! Sorry Daniel...no offence intended:) Best Rajen

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What I expect from @danielpriestley #ecademy

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Rachel Kopit Cunha

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What I expect from @danielpriestley #ecademy

As I don't know what to expect, I'll try to translate a saying we have here in Brazil - anything that comes will be profit... Good luck, Daniel!

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Richard Morris

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What I expect from @danielpriestley #ecademy

This thread is a great read - thanks Phillip. The one thing I have not seen well expressed yet is to define and communicate what ecademy is and by definition is not. Although these relate to vision and culture, I think I'm saying something different. That will enable us to identify with it and its people and engage or to see it as a place for others. I think I would use the word belong here. I have joined ecademy but do I feel I belong here? "Belong" has deeper emotions attached to it that saying I'm a member. I am reminded of the East Herts YMCA vision (I am a trustee) - That all young people can belong, contribute and thrive. Consider substituting "young people" for "members" and maybe we're closer to what I mean. Personally, I have always found ecademy engaging and supportive both from the top and from within and look forward to it to continue to being so through the changes. Good luck and let me know if I can help... Richard

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Paul Lange

pauljlange

What I expect from DP! #leadership via @pauljlange

I've never had a good interaction with Daniel. Probably just collateral damage from his rapid growth over the last several years and I always believe it is best to hit the reset button. This great community Ecademy expects great things from it's leaders. We've had that from Thomas, Penny, Glenn in the past. I look forward to seeing that grow under Daniel's leadership.

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Ronald Wopereis

woepwoep

What I expect from @danielpriestley #ecademy

wonderful posting, Penny ! thank you so much for sharing warmest regards, Ron

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William Buist

WilliamBuist

What I expect from @danielpriestley #ecademy

There's some great discussion here and some good points for us all to consider. I'd like to add my thanks to Phillip for starting the discussion and driving it thorough his conversations with Daniel and others, and for Daniel and Thomas and Penny for taking part. We need to do more of this. I think it is worth looking at a few things. Whether it was right or wrong to seek to build the community without venture capital or other serious investment can be debated at length and changes nothing about the site today. What's clear now though is that at the time it needs investment it's also one of the hardest times to get it, in a very competitive market. What makes it special makes it possible, and that's the membership, the community, the intimacy and the caring. That too makes it harder. How much of what the few of us see as special is because of the intimacy and the closeness. For all the debates about quantity vs quality Ecademy is a small and personal community. We need to fund whatever is needed to keep that intimacy. It's strength is that members feel empowered to take the opportunity to do things for others here as Philip has done, as Andrew Horder has done within the Blackstar community and as many others have done in Ecademy meetings around the country. We need to do more to support these events and the efforts of members to make them happen. Daniel's highlighted that he is seeking out a new Technical Team to fast track changes to the site, and that's a key part of what's needed. There's much here that is brilliant and needs to be preserved, the SEO being one such benefit, but there is much that complicated, and much that is outdated. The user experience and user interface is an ever changing ever difficult to get right aspect of the site. Individual functions may be hated by some and loved by others, and there's no doubt that change will be difficult to get right. We need to do more to ensure that the community is involved in that. Another aspect is to make it easier for people to focus their time when on Ecademy, guiding and supporting people seeking the best content, following more closely the blogs and contributions of the members they like, and getting better and more targeted alerts, both online and via email as they choose. We need to do more better to communicate with members as they wish to hear from us. None of these changes will be easy or can happen overnight, but if we can agree a common vision and aims then we can surely head quickly in the right direction. Most of all we need always to remember it's our community, Not Thomas' or Penny's or Daniel's or mine. It's ours.

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JACK BLASE

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What I expect from @danielpriestley #ecademy

Excellent!

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Penny Power

penny-power-1001

What I expect from @danielpriestley #ecademy

I am so happy to see this open discussion and thank Philip for creating it and Daniel for taking part The comparisons for Ecademy to other networks have always been constant. When we started in 1998 we were compared to The Chamber and IoD and BNI, these were the main Business networks at the time Then came LinkedIn, faceBook and twitter, and we were then compared to them Ecademy stands alone, it is unique, it is a community of like-minded people who understand relationships in business and how to succeed through knowledge sharing and caring for your business peers. Ecademy remains the most special part of my life outside of my marriage and my children. It is unique and beautiful and everyday I am in awe of the people within it. It has had its great days, it has had its lows. When we were HIGH we were criticised and attempts to sabotage occurred. When we hit the challenges of keeping the Community going and kept funding it from our own pockets, working long hours on other business interests to fund the community, we were supported by some (I remember a special moment in a Boardroom in Farnham when I was hugely supported) while others kept digging the knife in and loved (as a few still do) to asume we were over. We learned the first time we hit pain in 2001 that Ecademy was not ours to turn the lights off, you cannot close a community. Ecademy is so many things to me, it is a social investment in Business Humanity, it is a family, it has provided me a method of working while our kids grew up and needed us close to them at home, it has provided us with a global network (the UK is 35% of the traffic), it has given so many thousands of people friendships that run far deeper than business, to me it is my greatest achievement and I am so so proud of it and all those who have believed in it and worked so hard for it. It cannot be defined, you cannot define a community, it keeps on living, it expands and it contracts, it loves and it unconditionally supports, it is living, and beats to the heartbeat of the nations and global Small Businesses, it reflects the fears and it reflects the joys as a small business itself it has empathy, it is you, it is me, it is US. Daniel is a good, good man, he, Marcus and Jeremy believed in Ecademy enough to put their name and money to it. Things cannot change over night, but the appetite is there to allow Ecademy to rise again. I see it in the names that are returning, I see it in the events that I go to, I see it and feel it. Do I want it to thrive, yes I do, but not for financial reasons, Ecademy has a place in the Business World and I believe it would be an enormous loss of Business Humanity if it was closed. Those of you who have believed in Ecademy have created a Business Community, not a machine, a real UK asset, which while it may not be big, beautiful and have squillions of $ to its name YET, but I believe it is what is needed, depth and values in business relationships will win through. LOVE in business is needed by an increasing number of disconnected people, we are still gaining many, many new members across the world, there is a good reason for that. Lets it be what you want it to be, create the home, village, town that you want to live in and lets support Daniel and Marcus as they were the ones that stepped forward and I believe in them, have great love for them and trust them with my baby that is now all growed up! with love to you all, it is love that has got us this far.... I believe it can take us a lot further. Penny x

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Jeremy Harbour

unity-23450

What I expect from @danielpriestley #ecademy

How scaleable are the points mentioned. How many of the 12 points does Mark Zuckerberg regularly do. Is there a risk in having a lot of personal engagement and then growing? Everyone would complain that they dont get as much. Should this not be more about the members creating the relationships and environment that they want, and the job of the CEO to provide the technology and the platform to enhance that experience. Surely a good ceo is heard, but not seen.

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Vincent Wright

vincentwright-62922

What I expect from @danielpriestley #ecademy

Time doesn't permit me to read all the comments but, it does permit me to do a quick read of your "12-point plan", Phillip. Thanks for organizing them and sharing them with us. From my quick read of your "12 points" I'd like to encourage the inclusion of a 13th point: Competition. As someone who had super-passionate feelings for Ecademy back around 2004 - before Linkedin and My Linkedin Power Forum - I've long thought that there were great, useful, beneficial lessons which Ecademy could have and should have learned from competitors and prospective competitors - many of whom started with less and grew quite robustly over the past 8 years... To paraphrase John Donne: "No site is an island unto itself"... (NOTE: I'm amazed at Thomas Powers' social media footprint... Proving to me that he's been acutely aware of competing sites...And I applaud him and the team in integrating Ecademy with other social media properties "off the island"...yet, and still, I believe paying greater attention to competition provides intimations as to what Ecademy can and, perhaps, should be doing for a much more powerful future Ecademy)

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Peter H. Claes

peterclaes-97717

What I expect from Daniel Priestley

what i expect from the MD of Ecademy ... or maybe it's better to send a pm about this to Daniel P ... so far as some members already mentioned, no reaction. So what i expect from Daniel: . be visible for all members . answering messages from our members . getting to know who is really behind Ecademy (not only in the UK but around the world) . meeting the members on fe. international ecademy days, or BS days, ... but to be honest, this blog is not the place to discuss this all, a 1-2-1 or a visit to all communities around Europe (and the rest of the world) will be more then welcome. So Daniel, my personal message : get in touch with the people who brought ecademy to the next level, the people who run some services for Ecademy 24/7, .... Grtz from across the channel Peter H.

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Carolyn Williams

carolynwilliams-253741

What I expect from Daniel Priestley

Great to SEE you Daniel as Penny says and writes so well, we need to get the chance to know you, so that we can decide if we want to follow you. To date I've not been convinced but I do love to be persuaded otherwise. I look forward to an open discussion around the table 'face to face'. Thank you for addressing Phillip 12 points. Some of these are my 'key' points also. C:)x

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Stephen Bailey

stephenbailey-133543

What I expect from Daniel Priestley ... ROSEE 3

Key note speaker. Subject - My Vision for Ecademy. KPI - All Ecademists who have been exposed to KPI to any extent MUST attend. ;)

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Daniel Priestley

danielpriestley-111581

What I expect from Daniel Priestley

Firstly, I welcome your 12 points. I really do. After 14 years, Ecademy is a very special place but also it needs to reinvent itself and to revitalise it's loyal fans. In order to do this: 1. I will set about getting Ecademy members good answers to the 12 points you have raised. 2. I will host an event for anyone who would like to have an open forum discussion about reinventing and revitalising Ecademy. To give you a little bit of insight to what's been happening behind the scenes let me share a few points. When I was announced as MD last year, I immediately had two major issues to solve. Firstly, to find a technology partner who could help create some of the changes we want to make to the site (I want to update the look of the site and clean up some of the underused features). I was faced with the problem that the main tech team member was leaving and the site is quite complex. With that in mind, I've been working on getting a better understanding of our tech requirements and getting to know some new tech providers who are now beginning the preliminary work. Secondly, Ecademy operates in an industry where it's main competitors are insanely well funded and Ecademy is massively under resourced. Sponsorship income, advertising income and subscription income has been harder to get and so has investor/VC funds. With that in mind, I've been working in the background on several funding solutions. Despite what most people initially assumed, I have resisted funding the site simply by pushing my other business on Ecademy members. As many people know, I run a successful events company and a training business. To date, all we've done is hosted two banners for events and sent a few emails in line with the previous partnership I had with Ecademy prior to joining the board. I want Ecademy to stand on it's own feet and not just be used to fill events. Much of the time spent working on Ecademy has been behind the scenes and sadly I can easily see how most people would assume I'm not doing much. I have spoken at many conferences and evangelised the Ecademy brand; it's resulted in some of the new bloggers who have popped up in the last 5 months. I have a lot of understanding for people who want to see a stronger sense of community and leadership within this tribe. I agree whole heartedly that I need to up the game again. I will post a blog shortly addressing the 12 points raised in this blog and will let everyone know about an upcoming event for people who would like input into the direction and culture of Ecademy moving forward. Thanks again to Phillip for bringing these issues forward and for hosting the brilliant ROSEE events.

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Carolyn Williams

carolynwilliams-253741

What I expect from Daniel Priestley

I feel we need to differentiate btw what a great Manager and what a Dynamic Leader is. They are two different roles and skills. We need brilliant Captains time to settle in, we also can expect leadership if it comes naturally. I do feel Phillip has highlighted some concerns of mine. C:)x

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Nick Wallington

nickwallington-676537

What I expect from Daniel Priestley

I knew he would shine. Every new manager needs time and space to get settled. From my understanding and perception the very best managers are the ones who have taken many years to become great. They became great long term successes, not here today and gone tomorrow. I also know that failure helps to make a good manager great, by understanding what and where the mistakes were made, what works and what doesn't but also because it gives a manager a new and different perspective and experience. This I know first hand. Success takes time. I look forward to helping in any way I can so please feel free to call on me Philip. All the best

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Phillip Khan-Panni

PKP

What I expect from Daniel Priestley

I just had a very constructive conversation on the phone with Daniel. He told me he is very keen to involve members who can contribute to making Ecademy the place to be, and share in the leadership of the enterprise. He accepted the points in my blog as positive and worth making. I think we should give him the space and the support to make the changes necessary to bring even more benefit to members. But he cannot do it all on his own. We need to meet him halfway. PKP

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Sharon Eden

sharoneden-561851

What I expect from Daniel Priestley

As Alice said, 'Curioser and curioser! Warmly... Sharon

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Nick Wallington

nickwallington-676537

What I expect from Daniel Priestley

Great points and certainly worth the attention. As this is a networking club, maybe it would be a good idea for all of us who use Ecademy and get the benefits from it, to make suggestions on how to better the vision and the future of Ecademy and to offer our assistance in areas that require more than general management; areas such as helping with the various functions to bring Ecademists together for networking purposes. After all that is what this club/company is all about isn't it? I am happy to be the first to offer my assistance. It would be my pleasure to help in any areas where I can add value.

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Andreas Wiedow

andreas_wiedow

What I expect from Daniel Priestley

My hopes are limited there will be enough funds to keep the site running so I can keep on using it as html-editor and post the content on my own website. Otherwise . . . after one or two requests as customer addressing technical issues on the site . . . I haven't noticed any response thus far. After months. This goes in line with some information that there's not only new management but also new ownership since last year. Which hasn't come to my attention before last week or so. And would need to be confirmed with an official statement to be taken for real. So in general not too much expectations here. No expectations no disillusionment. Rather much space for improvement :-)

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Nick Wallington

nickwallington-676537

What I expect from Daniel Priestley

I have great faith that Daniel will rise to the occasion and give us his insight and vision for the future of Ecademy ;) Daniel seems full of passion and sincerity from the times I have met him, so I can only assume he wants the very best for Ecademy as its new Managing Director.

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Phillip Khan-Panni

PKP

What I expect from Daniel Priestley

No word yet from Daniel. PKP

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Nick Wallington

nickwallington-676537

What I expect from Daniel Priestley

You have put together a great structure for the vision of Ecadamy. As I am still very new I am still learning my around but I already get a sense of who the major participants are here. What are Daniels views on this? It would be great to hear them.

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Phillip Khan-Panni

PKP

What I expect from Daniel Priestley

Everything went very well last evening, and we were well supported by Penny and Thomas Power. Sadly, none of the new management team came. PKP

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Carolyn Williams

carolynwilliams-253741

What I expect from Daniel Priestley

Expectations are not always met. Great points well observed and made. I concur as I have seen little to be fair of engagement here in terms of leadership. We are in need of greater leadership full stop. Hope all went hunkydory last night Phillip?. C:)x.

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Phillip Khan-Panni

PKP

What I expect from Daniel Priestley

You do that anyway, don't you? I'd be interested to see if anyone tried to stop you :-) PKP

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RealSteveHolmes Fading away soon

cvsage-38854

What I expect from Daniel Priestley

That he leaves me alone to write what I like. Nothing else.

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