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Conventional wisdom is usually a disaster. An organization full of people with a solid work-life balance is liable to be both stress and profit free. As long as engagement is a surrogate for lower wages, it’s going to be a suspicious variable.

User Generated (free) material, the heart of Marketing 2.0, Web 2.0, Enterprise 2.0 and Work 2.0. The whole version 2.0 thing seems to be a wealth transfer scheme. Out of the pockets of users and employees and into the pockets of their organizations. The collaboration backbone depends on a level of commitment that could only be understood as workaholism.

To say that the media (professional and decentralized) provides a hearty diet of completely mixed and contradictory ideas is to put it mildly.

This week’s links are intended to push against widely held ideas.

  • Should You Hire Workaholics At Your Startup?
    This article says “No”, sort of. The debate is an interesting one. The standard search for well-balanced, well rounded excellent contributors is a little misguided in a world of neurotics. The interesting question raised here is how you get the team to have that special something.
  • 5 Tips for Startup Hiring
    The article is a set of reminders for the rest of us. Recruiting is Marketing. More often than not, the best employees are the ones that find you. Figure out how to be found.
  • The Real Cost of Free
    Cory Doctorow takes a hard look at the cost and benefit of free content. He notes, interestingly, that the loudest voices for free content are the greatest beneficiaries. The tech community is squarely behind the idea of free content while the creative community has a more mixed view. This matters because the ultimate laws and policies regarding intellectual property are in serious flux. Social media and recruiting approaches that depend on individually generated content continue to be risky.
  • Can Social Networks Be Generated Automatically?
    What’s most clear about networks is how little we understand them. Almost all network analysis is based on the observation of artifacts of the relationship (email, postings etc). Very little effort is being expended to monitor actual networks. The difference between the two (observed artifacts and actual relationships) is huge.
  • How to Break The Trust of Your Customers in Just One Day
    The realities of the ‘freemium’ model might just be a little different than the hype. Here’s the story of a company that offered free services then raised the price. It’s a model of recovery from a major public screw up and good insight into the viability of companies offering free services.

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