4 Things Bloggers Will Love About Triberr!

Do you ever find something special that needs to be shared? Here’s one for all the amazing under-appreciated bloggers out there.

“A rising tide raises all boats”

The other day a friendly fellow 8pm Warrior (Andrew Syiek) told me that I needed to get the 8pm Warrior community involved with Dino Dogan and Dan Cristo and their new Triberr project.  (It’s hard not to believe in Twitter when you see how it brings people/ideas together)

It’s only available by invitation (see below), but Dino was kind enough to invite me into his tribe.  Thanks to Dino, this 8pm Warrior blog now goes out to more than 2,900,000 other people who follow my fellow tribe members.  2,900,000!

How?

Triberr creates close knit groups that “automagically” retweet each other’s blogs at staggered regular intervals (not all at once).

Here’s what that does for a blogger:

  1. Increases exposure to each post. My readership is up 200% since joining Triberr earlier this week.
  2. Provides more value to your followers. Since it provides excellent content from your tribe, your followers get even more good stuff coming from you.
  3. Increases your Klout influence score. Everyone in your tribe mentions you each time you post.  This means major Klout points.  I’m also getting a lot of retweets of the automagic posts (see #2).  More engagement = higher Klout score.
  4. More feedback. Your fellow tribe members will become built-in blog buddies. My comments are up 300%.  (Thanks for all the discussion!)

Dino was nice enough to let me start a tribe for 8pm Warriors and I wanted to invite my fellow blogging warriors to join me.  If you consider yourself an 8pm Warrior and write great content, check out our new tribe and fill out the “Contact the Chief” form to get an invite.

Here are some other tribes that may be interesting to you as well:

If you’re interested in an invitation to another topic, please post below and I’ll see what I can do to help.  Let’s make it special.

Have a great night,

Aaron@Biebert
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Social Comatose? Time for Sleeping Leaders to Awake!

(This post is the 2nd in a five part series about participation in the world of Social Media)

Any leader who hasn’t embraced the social web by now must be near retirement or in a coma.

Either that, or they’re in China.

I don’t have a problem with 90 year old retirees ignoring Social Media.  However, the rest of us will have to learn to live in a world that gets its news and information from the internet and the millions of blogs, tweets, updates, and posts that are shared each day.  They are the mail, magazines, and conferences of a new age.

The rise of Social Media cannot be ignored.

Last year I volunteered to form the social media program for a large healthcare association. The goal was to engage the membership, improve communication, spark collaboration, and let non-members know what they were missing.

As part of the plan we began discussing upcoming conferences, sharing pictures, and sharing ideas and best practices.  All good things.

However, there is always someone who doesn’t get it.

The CFO of a large healthcare system informed me that he was irritated about this change.  His entire group of employees (thousands of people) was not able to access the association’s information on Linkedin, Facebook, and Twitter, but then he eagerly defended his policy of blocking all social media sites.  He didn’t want his employees wasting time.

He didn’t get it.

In reality, what he must have not wanted was informed employees, cutting edge information, reduced consulting costs, and free advertising or recruiting.  He was too afraid of letting go.

It looks like he’s in good company.

According to the the annual PwC CEO survey, only 57% of  CEOs indicate they will not “significantly change” their strategies to meet new realities of social media usage by their customers.  Even more disturbing, 10% of marketing leaders (the most educated on this topic) still indicate that social media is not important to their company.

They’re sleeping and won’t see the iceberg ahead!

Of the four types of participation on the social web, acting like you’re in a coma is the only one that I believe is wrong.

Here’s why:

So much information is available on Facebook, Twitter, and Linkedin to help organizations be quicker, smarter, and faster.  Ignoring this information amounts to leadership malpractice.  Using healthcare as an example, just look at these Social Media tools that are available for:

No matter what industry you work in, there are similar resources.  If you know someone who is asleep at the wheel of a department, division, or organization, it’s time to wake them up.

The world has changed.

Have a great night,

Aaron@Biebert

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Warrior of the Week: Ryan J. Sheets

Meet Ryan J. Sheets, the VP & COO of Clear Medical Solutions, an innovative healthcare staffing & consulting firm that is changing the healthcare world.

Ryan is the best person I have ever worked with.  Ever.

  • He’s always thinking.
  • Every client loves working with him.
  • Every team member loves working for him.

Healthcare is a 24/7 world, and Ryan has given up thousands of hours of sleep and “personal time” to support his team or help with complex client needs, regardless of what hour they may pop up.

Sometimes he’s a 3am Warrior.

Yet, never does he complain.  Never does he snap on his colleagues or clients, no matter what they do.  He gives.  He gives. And then he gives more.  Just when you think there is no more to give…

…he gives some more.

He’s a true servant leader and his passion for people is helping change an industry.  This probably sounds ridiculous, but after working with thousands of people, he is the best I have ever worked with.

That’s why he’s this week’s 8pm Warrior of the Week.

If you know another 8pm Warrior that deserves to be featured, please let us know by sharing a link to their blog/website in the comment section, tweeting @8pmWarrior, or posting info on the 8pm Warrior facebook forum.

Have a great night!

Aaron@Biebert

6 Predictions for the Next Decade

Since I spend so much time researching business, social media, healthcare, and technology, I thought it would be fun to offer some predictions for the next 10 years.  I’d love to hear your thoughts on these.

1)  Healthcare will become our largest monthly expense. With Baby Boomers reaching retirement age at the rate of 10,000 a day starting in 2011, demand will sky rocket for age related medical services such as joint replacements, heart operations, home care, and more.  At the same time demand for care rises, a shortage of caregivers (nurses, doctors, etc.) will cause problems with availability and access.  This will cause a significant rise in prices.

Unlike the 90’s and 00’s when the US found relief for the nursing/physician shortages by importing foreign workers, the next decade will witness the rise of demand from the growing and aging middle class in countries like China, India, Brazil, Russia, and India.

2)  Say goodbye to DVD’s, BlueRay Disks, CD-ROM’s, and any other disks you use.  While you’re at it go ahead and say goodbye to Cable TV too.  The internet will be replacing physical forms of transferring information, and will make driving to the Blockbuster to rent a movie a thing of the past.

3)  Facebook will become the undisputed center of the internet. Since it will control so much information and attention, it has the potential to someday become the largest company in the history of the world.  People will not only use it for connecting with others, but for shopping, video chatting, learning and other major activities on the internet.  Also, gone will be the days of filling out forms.  Instead, people will use their facebook profiles to automatically fill in information requests on nearly every website.

4)  Very few people will have computers at home. They will play games, watch videos, surf facebook, write emails, etc. on their mobile devices (iPhone, Android, BlackBerry, etc.) or tablets like iPad or Samsung Galaxy.

5)  Wires will become nearly extinct in the home. Cable, home phone lines, and USB type cords will all be replaced with wireless connections like 4G wireless internet (and 5G, 6G, etc.) or Bluetooth.

6)  An aging world begins to cause problems. In developed nations around the world, fewer babies will be born and populations will begin to decrease, changing the way people think about business, immigration, and real estate.  This will particularly be evident in Japan and Europe.

These are just my humble opinions, and I would love to hear your thoughts and predictions as well.  I would invite you to comment here on the blog, the 8pm Warrior Facebook forum, the 8pm Warrior Networking Group on Linkedin, or use the #8pmPrediction hashtag in twitter.

Have a great night (and decade)!

Aaron@Biebert

Thank you notes

I’ve had all day and two separate Thanksgiving meals to think about what I’m thankful for in my career.  I thought I would share a couple of these thoughts with you.

  • Thank you to those who have helped form our new ideas.  You are some of the best and brightest people I know.
  • To all those who dared to try our new ideas, those who could see the vision before others could:  Thank you!  (It was visionaries like you who brought us the airplane, submarine, and spaceship)
  • I’m thankful for the lessons of life that make us better, more caring, stronger.  They’ve made us who we are, even though they hurt so much.
  • To those who choose to work with us, and allow us to pursue our dreams.  Thank you.  I will not forget your gift. 
  • To those who keep working, when the going gets tough.  Your strength inspires me.  Thank you.
  • To those who’ve said “Yes”, when it was easier to say “No”.  Thank you.  (It was your “Yes” that gives us a tomorrow and a future.)
  • Thank you to the friends who share our story with their friends and colleagues.  You are the sponsors of our tomorrow.

To my team members, friends and family:  Thank You for your support!

You mean the world to us.

The Things We Make…

…Make Us.

At least that’s what the Jeep said this summer when they unveiled their newest creation (here’s the YouTube link: http://bit.ly/b9TFd2).  It just begs the question:

What do you make?

“A business that makes nothing but money is a poor business” – Unknown

When we started the Clear Medical Solutions group back in 2007, we decided that we were going to “make” happiness for the people we work with, and guess what? 

It “makes” us happy.

With so many nurses, physicians, therapists, HIM’ers, and leaders suffering from fatigue, burnout, and mountains of paperwork, we figured happiness is something that would make a huge impact in our industry (and more importantly, our world).

So now every day we get together to pursue happiness for our people.  I always say that I’m the luckiest guy because I get to love my work, help people, chase goals, and make a career out of it every single day.  Yeah, it’s a battle sometimes (especially in this economy)…but it’s a battle worth fighting. 

Thanks for all the support.

If you know of any healthcare organizations that need someone, our people can be the solution.  We’ve built a nationwide medical community and we’d love to put it to good use making a difference. 

Let’s work together.

Presentation Day

In preparation for my HFMA webinar today, we’ve taken the last week to discuss Social Media in healthcare, and how it can be helpful for work related activity.  Obviously there is a lot of information out there and so much changes every week.  Don’t hesitate to ask a question on the comments section below if you have one.

For all of my friends in the HFMA, feel free to join us at noon Central today for my presentation called “Making Social Media Work for You”.  I plan to make the case for why it’s important in the professional world, and spend some time helping ease the transition into the world of Social Networking.

Space is limited for this free webinar, so reserve your seat now at: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/402846665.  After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the Webinar.

Have a great day!

Aaron

Linkedin for Healthcare 101

Linkedin does such a great job of keeping you in contact with your professional network that I personally believe it will replace your Rolodex or address book.  It’s inevitable.

It updates itself, allows you to ask questions of your entire professional network in one shot, and keeps you in touch with your offline groups and associations.  With a new member every second, it won’t be long before nearly every one of your colleagues is on it.

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The first step is to register on Linkedin.com and go through the setup process.  For help on getting started, make sure you follow each step and check out this guide for new Linkedin users.

In the Information Age, people can Google your name and find out if anyone’s complained about you online, anytime you’ve been in the local paper, or just about anything else that people write about you.  When using Linkedin, you will be able manage the information that’s publically available about you and create a search result that is positive, professional, and near the top of the search results.  This is especially important for leaders, physicians, and others who depend on their reputation for their livelihood.

You can also gain new information and insights from other professionals in private group settings.  This can come in handy if you have a simple problem/question, but don’t want to pay a consultant for the answer.  Your peer network can and will help.  I use several groups to get peer support all of the time, and I swear by it.  Guide to asking questions on Linkedin

In the coming years our industry will face severe shortages for just about every type of work.  One benefit to Linkedin will be the ability to post job openings or do networking in order to find the right candidates for openings in your department.

Just like facebook, some great communities have formed on Linkedin to provide peer support and helpful Q&A.  Here are some of my personal favorites:

I would recommend using the search box on the top right of the Linkedin screen to find other associations that you are a member of offline.

If you have any questions, feel free to post them as comments below.  I’ll try to help you out!