Why Ecademy Leads the Field in the Digital Age

The mind is the connecting link between the formed and the unformed world. What we think turns into reality.
Throughout her life, Penny Power's thoughts have always been about other people and how she could help make the world a better place, not just for herself and her family but for everyone.
Technology, she thought is a better way of doing things, so how could it be used to bring people closer?
She started to move in the direction of her dream gaining the enthusiastic support of Thomas and countless others along the way. It was a great idea, called Ecademy and in 1998 far ahead of its time. This would be a community of people from all over the world, meeting, sharing ideas and information, and connecting.

Everything has a price. Both Penny and Thomas were willing to pay whatever price was asked by investing all of their time, energy, money, ambition and courage, turning this dream into reality.

The world has changed massively since 1998. We have all paid a price for this rapid, continuous, pervasive, change in that it has seriously stressed out and demoralized people, causing them to be more distrustful than ever before. Reduced loyalties between employers and employees, pressures of cost-cutting have all taken its toll.

The technology has also made it fiercely competitive,
Other networks springing up with great financial resources and highly sophisticated technology. Their focus was on functionality and monetisation.
Penny and Thomas continued to focus on teaching people and helping them connect with others.


Why will there never be another Ecademy?

Everything filters from the top. You can't build a culture, what ever is at the top filters down through the ranks.

Penny is part of a rare breed of self actualizing, right brain thinking and non-assertive High Blue entrepreneurs that get set on fire with an idea, and have the courage to step outside their comfort zone, and pay whatever price it takes to accomplish their dream.

The concepts and principles embedded in Ecademy all had the priority of relationships. Close and personal, coming from High Blue Penny, and stimulating, socializing and interactive coming from High Yellow Thomas. This is what flows through Ecademy.
Emerson said, it is impossible to recognize the qualities in another person unless you have those qualities yourself.
25% of the people in the world look at and filter the world through High Blue Penny's warm supportive and nurturing eyes and ears. 25% of the people look at and filter the world through High Yellow Thomas's fun-loving, enthusiastic, optimistic eyes. Chances are good that anyone in the world that is a High Blue or High Yellow will like Ecademy, because it focuses on what right brain thinking people feel is the most important, which is relationships.


But what about the other 50% of the world that are left brained thinking?

Non-assertive left brain thinking High Greens are having a lot of difficulty with all of the changes taking place in the world. They are not used to going with the flow and have trouble being flexible with people and situations. Their priority is tasks in setting up systems and procedures. High Greens can learn an enormous amount in Ecademy in how to adapt to the changes that are taking place in the world today.
When High Greens join Ecademy they can sometimes be put off with the openness
of the majority of members, the fast pace, and too much emphasis on the touchy feely side, not to mention those of us that are disorganized and illogical.
Right Brain thinking High Blues and High Yellows need High Greens, to balance out our limiting patterns.


It's difficult for left brain thinking, assertive High Reds to come to grips with what is happening in the world today. High Reds are used to being Number1,Numero Uno!
They have two governing needs, the need to achieve and the need to control.
High Reds areas of brilliance means that they can out -accomplish anyone.
They work impressively by themselves and focus on what needs to be done and do it.
Up until recently their way of doing things worked very well. They relied heavily on authority, control and command, my way or the highway.
But the world has changed; it's not about authority it's about influencing others to do things because they want to.
It is a challenge for High Reds to come to grips with the reality that the only way that they can control a situation today, is through Giving.

One of the areas of brilliance of High Reds is their ability to focus intently on what needs to be done. They are great at building things; however, being sensitive to the needs of others, is generally not one of their strengths.
One of the limiting patterns of High Reds is their inability to identify with the group.

Facebook, Linkedin and Google have great technical functionality. However because they are being heavily influenced by their High Red Founders and administrators the emphasis is on tasks and not people.
High Blue Penny knows that the greatest craving in all of us is our desire to be appreciated.
High Blues are generally risk aversive. They avoid risks and seek security unless that latch on to an idea that is so big that they can't let go.
With all of the changes that have and are taking place, people haven't changed. We all have the same needs and wants.
Penny's dream, of creating a community where people feel valued has never been more important than it is today.

Ecademy was ahead of its time in 1998, and remains ahead of it's time today.



Chaten Parmar

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Why Ecademy Leads the Field in the Digital Age

"Why Ecademy Leads the Field in the Digital Age" I would disagree with the statement above. My opinion is by no means meant to be any type of insult to Thomas or Penny Power at all. I don't know them, never spoke/met with them and probably not even sent them a PM before and with ego's & personailty aside, anyone can say they've done well for themselves and did well to take that first step in 1998 (and it paid off). They deserve a "well done" and a pat on the back because what they did was not easy. However speaking about Ecademy, I'd say it's not a leader in the digital age, its a follower, if that. Ecademy is and has been very confused for the last 5 years. Its changed its original brand of "connecting people" to something else completely (possibly link farm). It has followed trends rather then set them and struggled to keep up with new competition as well as the old. The idea and innovation that was originally there faded away. Based on the progress and changes made on every revision of Ecad in the last 5 years it seems as though: - Technical Research & Development is minimal (theres no new substantial innovation) - Design development is minimal (again no innovation) - Brand development is minimal ( again no innovation) Ecademy needs to simplify, re-up and innovate to become the leader. It has the basis and building blocks already there, it just needs some some fresh fire.

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Robert Hill

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Why Ecademy Leads the Field in the Digital Age

Some great words of wisdom James. Times and events move far quicker in the digital age and although the reasons you point out why Ecademy leads the field is true but also it is the most cost effective, most interactive and user friendly network out there and has helped me to understand the benefits of networking. iMA has been great for Ecademy and for me personally, on the surface it is a light hearted addition to the friendliness of the network but at its core there is a great deal more it can offer. But Ecademy must not stand still and hopefully strive for even greater things, keep up the good work Penny and Thomas.

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Mick Say

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Why Ecademy Leads the Field in the Digital Age

Hi James Nice post my friend. You said: "a community of people from all over the world, meeting, sharing ideas and information, and connecting." This is what I love about Ecademy - I have friends all over the world I met here.. Meaningful friends who I hang out with on Ecademy and on other networks and many I have met in person... Long live Ecademy - Mick

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Nigel Temple

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Why Ecademy Leads the Field in the Digital Age

Hi James Great post. I have never found a community like Ecademy - which is why I am still here, 12 years after I signed up in 2000. All the best Nigel

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George Wallace

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Why Ecademy Leads the Field in the Digital Age

Interesting article brilliantly written. Have found Ecademy really good. Have never seen such a community before. Where every one helps each other and the number of contacts that you can build breath taking. Am still getting my head around the different colours and what they actually mean. I am high blue and certainly step outside of my comfort zone daily. Found the Daniel Priestly blog fascinating.

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David Holroyd-Doveton

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Why Ecademy Leads the Field in the Digital Age

Brilliantly written James, Ecademy is indeed unique as are Penny and Thomas. They are life changers. David

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ziggy wolski

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Why Ecademy Leads the Field in the Digital Age

James, in a sense you have written quite a genuine and truthful account of Ecademy and the founders Penny and Thomas Power. They have achieved a hell of a lot since 1998 and they did it with 110% passion, hard work and sacrificed their freedom and from here on it will get tricky.New management without the same drive and passion will take the shine of Ecademy and subscribers will drop off or they may get disorientated with the direction the new team is pushing the company. I've being out of the loop for sometime on account of being ill and a little to busy but I've being seeing some negative bloggs and comments since I've come back in as a visitor. Not a nice thing to see for Ecademy I believe has something for everyone not just the academics or sales faternity pushing products. James iAM aHigh Red and proud to be tagged as a High Red and here I disagree with you on your interpretation of us High Reds. We are not blinded with tunnel vision nor are we set hard like cement, we are soft and flexible and sometimes fade into yellow, blue or green. To some we may seem a little queer but we are straight, we are sensitive and caring and not self opinionating like some think and we are in focus with what is happening in the world around us. So James, I speak for myself and yes I am defending us High Reds. Ecademy like everything that is networking or social networking and digital is going to change and fade like Yahoo was overshadowed by Google. Yahoo is still around but not with the same drive as when it was founded and likewise the same will happen to Ecademy. Kind regards, Ziggy Ecademy

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Jeff Mowatt

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Mike, I mean my comment (in the link) is a contra. If I'm left brained as suggested how come what I'd posted some time ago from our website in 2008 is being repeated in Penny's blog about social capital. I didn't of course write the original, though the author and I had committed more than talking about it and invested our time and money to do it, rather than making money from selling it.

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Jeff Mowatt

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Why Ecademy Leads the Field in the Digital Age

I find a contra indication to what's being said here and it will be found in this blog I'm a High Green allegedly.but it seems that I'm having no problem understanding the changes in the world and sharing that understanding here. Jill Bolte-Taylor illustrates the difference between left and right brained thinking.

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Sam Borrett

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Why Ecademy Leads the Field in the Digital Age

James, I couldn't have expressed it better. They have more than their share of criticism, stalkers, people who think they only think of themselves and their so called Digital empire. However any person with an ounce of sensitivity knows that whatever their personality traits and we all have them, their motives are absolutely fine. We all are "self cherishing types" and most of us want the best for ourselves and do little for others. Penny and Thomas in my book, for all their effort, blood, sweat and tears have got little back in financial terms, relatively speaking but much in emotional wealth absolutely speaking. Sam

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Sadie Murray

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Why Ecademy Leads the Field in the Digital Age

"Penny's dream, of creating a community where people feel valued has never been more important than it is today." Yes indeed!! Signed - Your Friend Across the Pond .. IMA High Yellow ;-)xx

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Shelley Fishel

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Why Ecademy Leads the Field in the Digital Age

Hi James This is a beautifully written blog and I totally identify as I am a High Blue and relationships and nurturing are very important. The value in the IMA colours here, is as an indication that we each have different filters through which we view the world and communicate. It is useful to be reminded of this from time to time. What you write about Penny is very true and I have learned much through being a member here and met lots of wonderful people in this community!

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David Pitcher

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Why Ecademy Leads the Field in the Digital Age

Hi James Such praise for Penny and Thomas is very well placed. I was introduced to Ecademy and social networking generally by Penny. I attended a talk she gave at an evening hosted by Nick Williams at which he gave everyone a copy of 'Know me Like me Follow me' . What she said but more importantly who Penny is convinced me to sign up and get involved. For me it is the personal connection right to the top of Ecademy which makes it special. Suggestions and comments from anyone contribute to how it works and I hope that will continue. I have one minor concern and that is about taking iMA colours too seriously. Any labels we give or receive may become self confirming and so limit a person's professional or personal development. Otherwise an excellent posting which makes very interesting points and identifies further areas of development. Thank you David

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Nick Ingram

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Why Ecademy Leads the Field in the Digital Age

I've tried to read most of this, but the thud of my skull on the keyboard frightened the cat! All a bit NLP for me. NLP? 'Next Loser Please'.

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Keith Lawrence

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Why Ecademy Leads the Field in the Digital Age

Hi James, Thanks for the Nightingale & Allen references; like you I grew up on a diet of that stuff along with Norman Vincent Peale ('The Power of Positive Thinking') and many others... It's all excellent staff that I still refer people to frequently. [My personal favourite still being Dale Carnegie's 'How to Win Friends & Influence People' - which I read or listen to frequently to remind me of what should be obvious...] The danger in these resources is the reality that there are some who feel that readingh the stuff is enough and don't follow through with the actions; funnily enough I have the same problem with excerise books & videos which don't work well when I read/watch them (which unfortunately is all I do... :-)) Would be good to meet up some time - as Penny suggested some years ago I recall :-) Keep reading/watching, taking action and motivating others to do the same - it's all we can do! Best regards, Keith

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Thomas Power

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Why Ecademy Leads the Field in the Digital Age

Appreciate this James thank you ;-)

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Keith Lawrence

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Why Ecademy Leads the Field in the Digital Age

Interesting article - leaving aside Mike's comments re left/right (whgich I'll investigate further - thanks Mike) I'm happy to agree with most of the sentiment. However I have to disagree with your second line "What we think turns into reality." This was the whole ethos of the so-called 'Positive Thinking' movement... which continually seemed to missed the point that the thinking is just the start - but (to quote Peter Thomson) 'ACTION is the key' It was the significant action that Penny & Thomas took that brought Ecademy to it's current position, and for which we should be grateful. (Not underestimating the importance of the thinking preceding the action :-))

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Mike Morrison

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Why Ecademy Leads the Field in the Digital Age

Interesting pitch for iMA also interesting comments about "left & Right" brain thinkers - there is no such thing, see: http://scienceblogs.com/neurophilosophy/2007/10/the_left_brain_right_brain_myt.php http://voices.washingtonpost.com/answer-sheet/daniel-willingham/willingham-the-leftright-brain.html http://www.positscience.com/human-brain/facts-myths/brain-mythology as a metaphorIt's ok, but to mean any more than that is just perpetuating this long term myth I am interested to understand how can you justify "Ecademy was ahead of its time in 1998, and remains ahead of it's time today"? in what context? against what measures?

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