Lucky 7

Here we are again. Another chance to dazzle you with ITSinsider secrets. Thanks Charlie for giving me another opportunity to talk about myself in the blogosphere. Don’t you know I’m shy? 🙂 I did this a while ago for Luis Suarez at year-end ’07. The list was 8 then, so maybe the recession has impacted the true productivity required to get this job done. You can see those 8 here.

So, first the rules:

  • Link your original tagger(s), and list these rules on your blog.
  • Share seven facts about yourself in the post – some random, some weird.
  • Tag seven people at the end of your post by leaving their names and the links to their blogs.
  • Let them know they’ve been tagged by leaving a comment on their blogs and/or Twitter.

Now, my 7 wonders:1. My middle name is Regina. It is Latin for Queen. ‘nuf said.2. I take in strays.3. My favorite writing instrument is a Papermate black flair felt tip pen. Second favorite is a #2 Dixon Ticonderoga pencil.4. My (yet unrealized) dream has always been to live on a horse farm.5. In the 90s I had a powerhouse of advisors to my company including Esther Dyson, Gary Fernandes, Mort Meyerson, and John Oltman. (But didn’t tell anyone.)6. I married for love and divorced for money.7. I’ve only flown first class to Europe.With that, I’ll harass the following 7 people to keep the party going:Jude HammerleLauren CooneyEmanuele QuintarelliLawrence LiuDavid TerrarKimberly HatchSigurd Rinde

Throwing Sheep in the Boardroom

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I received a book from Wiley today that looks really interesting, “Throwing Sheep in the Boardroom.”  The authors, Matthew Fraser & Soumitra Dutta hail from INSEAD and the American University of Paris.  According to the press release, ” The book combines pop sociology with rigorous economic and organisational analysis, offering at times alarming case studies from the world of business and society at large.”That’s enough to get my attention.The authors go further with, “rather than feeling threatened or paranoid, today’s business leaders need to understand the Web 2.0 phenomenon, accept that it won’t go away, and embrace its potential to transform the commercial world.”I really enjoy the promo video too.  I hope the book lives up to its promise.  I’ll let you know.

Speaking of extreme makeovers…

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So, I’ve decided to do something about “the Fat thing.” In my “8 things you don’t know about me” post, I mentioned someday I’d get around to making the vanity investment. That time is now. I’ve been incredibly inspired by a blogger, Jennette Fulda a.k.a. PastaQueen, who chronicled her spectacular weight loss journey online on a blog. She’s since written a book, which I’ve purchased and am enjoying thoroughly. Jennette lost over 200 pounds the old-fashioned way: eating well and exercising. I figure why try to improve on her success? I’m going to do exactly everything she did… short of moving to Indianapolis. It’s going to be a long haul, but ohwell. My life is fairly boring day-to-day anyway, so this will enable me to invest my energy in something which will yield a positive result in many ways.I also started a Social Network on Ning for anyone in Austin interested in trying (or currently on) the South Beach Diet. I’m hoping that my use of social tools will make the journey more enjoyable. I need to lose over 100 pounds (shock horror!), but I began the diet 10 days ago and have already lost 14 pounds, so I’m on my way.Take a look at this clip on NBC. I’m trying really hard not to worship her (but I am following her on Twitter)!

Jennette Fulda on NBC’s Today Show from PastaQueen on Vimeo.UPDATE: 7/7/09  It’s been nearly a year since I posted this. I had some good success with SBD. I lost about 25 pounds. Somewhere heading into the holidays, I gave up the fight.