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Was Daniel Pink educated by the Jesuits?

February 17, 2011 Leave a comment

I read Daniel Pink. I love the Pink Blog. I love Drive. I think his studies and TED talk on motivation are interesting, moving, and a hot plate for new research in higher education. Personally, his mention of “grit” in Drive has led to a small campus project revolving around what could possibly make my institution’s students stand out amongst superior business school students.

Along with this blog, I also try to do a small quote of the day e-mail to a group of people who first showed interest in it 2 years ago when I started it. Since I have taken over a director position, it has been extremely difficult to keep up and maintain it. However, I try at least once a week to send the small group a quote, a story, or a link to a blog post I found interesting. The last one I sent the group was a series of questions that Daniel Pink wants us to ask ourselves at the end of our day. Here they are:

How did the day go? What success did I experience? What challenges did I endure?

What did I learn today? About myself? About others? What do I plan to do — differently or the same — tomorrow?

Who did I interact with? Anyone I need to update? Thank? Ask a question? Share feedback?
Read them again. If you are Jesuit trained having worked at an institution and/or have been educated at an institution that is affiliated with the Jesuits, you could see this:

How did the day go? (Contemplatives in Action) What success did I experience? (MAGIS: Striving for Excellence) What challenges did I endure (Contemplatives in Action, MAGIS)

What did I learn today? (Care for the Whole Person) About myself ? (Contemplatives in Action) About others? (Being Men & Women for Others)

Who did I interact with? (Being Men & Women for Others) Anyone I need to update? Thank? Ask a question? Share feedback? (Contemplatives in Action)

So while Mr. Pink may not have been educated by the Jesuits, it certainly sent a message that fits right into their values. Or…perhaps it wasn’t his education or his thought process in making them. Maybe it was my own education and “lens” of processing that has led me to see things in light of the Jesuit values.

Either way, those series of questions are important and interesting to ask yourself – even just once a week. Try it out and see what your answers are…were you surprised?

Rock on,



Special thanks to Deb Cady Melzer, life coach, mentor, and former supervisor for pointing out the Jesuit message in every day occurrences and surroundings.


Snow/Ice Day + Tweetdeck = Reflection

February 2, 2011 3 comments

I write about Twitter perhaps more than I should. I could write about my 52 books in 52 weeks journey that many others are also doing. I could write some responses to some of the articles in my Gmail from the Chronicle of Higher Education because they are usually good for starting ideas. I could write about what is it like to live in a house with two 100lb dogs, 3 cats, and 1 ferret. I could write movie reviews. I could, I could, I could…but I choose Twitter because there is just SO much that comes from this service that you can talk about.

Today I have a few simple words: community, growth, gratitude.

I’ll elaborate briefly on each because if I don’t limit myself, this would turn into an e-book of cliches, raves, and analogies.


I use Tweetdeck and currently have about 15 columns on the desktop application. When I open it I immediately see feeds for #SAchat, #StudentActivites, #highered, #edtech, #saLEAD, amongst a few others. My favorite part about this is that Twitter went from being a professional development and news delivery service to something resembling a block party. No longer is it necessary to wait for a regional/national conference to discuss higher ed with colleagues. No more is there the need to stalk Facebook to start conversations or catch up on what is going on in your colleagues lives.  No more is there a need to count on the newsletters from professional organizations to hear about the latest practices in the field. Twitter is now an on-demand, at your desktop, come and get it venue for all of those! When I open Tweetdeck…it is like opening my front door to see the neighbors and say hello. While we may not see their faces or some may not follow you back, people are sharing, teaching, and learning. I can’t help but think that sometimes looking at the #SAchat feed is like Tim Allen on Home Improvement walking into his backyard to talk to Wilson, the sage who never showed more than his eyes from behind the fence.

If you want to see this community in action, watch some of the self made hashtags some have created to support each other including: #saGrow #saDOC and a much smaller, more focused one that is great to follow to keep some #saDOCs going with support, #statsjail.


Watching Twitter and a following some of the thought leaders (@ReyJunco, @EricStoller) and social media celebrities (@EdCabellon, @StacyLOliver, @The_SA_Blog) in higher education has led, to what I think, has been the most developmental year in my professional career. I joined Twitter as an #saGrad when it first arrived on campus but did not know how to use it. I became engaged with 2 years later Twitter while in a position that had allowed me the time to explore this realm of social media. Since then, I have moved into director position at my alma mater which is a huge opportunity with lots of responsibility and an obvious need to growth professionally with my approach, thinking, and presence. Twitter has been my advisor throughout this entire process. As I continue to grow in my position and expand my reach on Twitter as well as other social media avenues – it has been those that I follow that have served as my coaches. In addition to those already mentioned, following the likes of @Kathy_Petras @OberBecca @DebraSanborn @CarolynGolz @CindyKane @jefflail @tbump and…well I could go on for a while with all of the followers that have taught me something since day 1 but remember I said keeping it brief. The point is this, Twitter has become the watering hole for professional development due to the community I follow and participate in. Twitter has become the backchannel for the larger conference that takes place in Higher Education, it’s called “everyday in the office.”


As I have already given shout outs to many Twitter users that show up on my stream and whose tweets I constantly favorite to read later, I must give thanks. I am a better professional, communicator, creator, writer, contributor, participant, supervisor, student, mentor, coach, advisor, presenter, and person for the growth, support, connections, network, skills, advice, role models, and opportunities that Twitter has afforded me.
And it should come as no surprise that the catalyst for all of this was stumbling upon 6 letters and 1 character: s-a-c-h-a-t and #.

Thanks for reading. I hope this post encourages you to reflect today if you are sitting at home on this snowy/icy day away from the office.



Living in the Backchannel: In Real Life

January 27, 2011 Leave a comment

Living in the backchannel has led us down a path of what it is like to connect with people before you leave for a conference, how the knowledge sharing in the backchannel could become overwhelming and fulfilling, and how contributing to the backchannel led to a more focused approach to note taking during sessions. Now, in the finale of the series, I will share with you what happens when the backchannel becomes a reality channel.

It started with the keynote speech during lunch which featured not only a panel including Dr. Susan Komives but a table including Chris Conzen (@clconzen), Becca Obergefell (@OberBecca), Fred Kuo (@FredjKuo), and Robyn Kaplan (@Rkaplan13). Immediately the smart devices came out and the others at our table were curious about what we were doing. They listened to our explanation of Twitter, how we used it, and how it was a resource. By the end of the keynote, they had signed up and started tweeting but the best was yet to come…

With the keynote coming to a close, the moderator offered up a Q &A session for the audience. This meant the opportunity to ask Dr. Komives a question and get the answer straight from her, IN REAL LIFE! I was overwhelmed, I had no questions. So I did what any Twitter savvy person might do…I went to the backchannel and the backchannel didn’t disappoint.

I stood up and addressed Dr. Komives, “Hi, this question is for Dr. Komives coming to you via Twitter actually from Cindy Kane at Bridgewater State….”  Snickering, she answered the question, commenting that she knew Cindy and that she didn’t know how to use Twitter but perhaps she would learn. I immediately offered to teach her if she’d like which was greeted with some subtle laughter from the audience. Nonetheless, it had happened, Twitter was brought to the forefront and people were now aware of the power behind it – the backchannel was in real life. (Social media side note: Dr. Komives mentioned that she knew Cindy because they are Facebook friends.) Still, the best was yet to come…

Throughout day 2 of the conference a tweetup was being planned and organized throughout sessions and the lunch, this would be the backchannel in real life to the nth degree. After sessions, a select group of professionals milled about the second floor lobby trying to match faces to Twitter profile pictures. At first it was like a massive blind date; you had known this person via Twitter, conversed with them via Twitter, now it was time to get together and talk. After a few familiar faces popped up and a few tweets searching for people as they stood on opposite sides of the lobby were sent – the tweetup was underway. For almost 45 minutes, opinions, knowledge, wisdom, ideas, thoughts, stories, tweets, and a few “who should I follow?” answers traveled within the amoeba shaped ring of professionals. This was the power of Twitter. It had brought conference attendees whose only contact with each other (for the most part) had been electronic communication (some of whom only knew of each other for a matter of hours!) together. This was one of the most unique experiences LEI 2010 offered yet it wasn’t on the schedule, it was purely attendee driven, and it was organized via Twitter. It had empowered new professionals, re-energized seasoned professionals, and inspired all to utilize the backchannel in the future.

As I am out of words for this post, I will leave you with an image courtesy of Mike Severy (@MikeSevery), showing upwards of over a dozen professionals networking and discussing leadership topics in more than 140 characters and in real life at the tweetup. The backchannel had become a reality channel.


Joe Ginese (@JoeGinese) is the Director of Student Activities and Orientation at Nichols College in Dudley, MA.

New Year Resolutions

January 6, 2011 1 comment

So the new year is here and I have made some lofty expectations for myself for 2011 on the basis that this is a whole new DECADE not just a year.

That being said, here is the list for 2011:

– Blog post a week
– Final blog visitor total for 2011 – 5,000+ (approx 2100 in 2010)
Twitter Followership – 1K  Completed sometime in August
– Read a book a week
(1/2 – 1/8) – Smashed by Koren Zailckas
(1/9 – 1/15) – Judaism by Charles Foster Kent and Gustav Karpeles
(1/16 – 1-22) – Drive by Daniel Pink
(1/23 – 1-29) – Open Leadership: How Social Technology can transform the way you lead by Charlene Li
(1/30 – 2/5) – After the Fire: A True Story of Friendship and Survival by Robin Gaby Fisher
ook 6: Poke the Box by Seth Godin 
Book 7: Bossypants by Tina Fey
Book 8: Gunn’s Golden Rules: Life’s Little Lessons for Making it Work
Book 9: Enchantment: The Art of Changing Hearts, Minds, and Actions
Book 10: Linchpin: Are You Indispensable? by Seth Godin
Book 11: Soup: A recipe to nourish your team and culture by Jon Gordon
Book 12: Wooden: A Lifetime of Observations and Reflections on and off the court by John Wooden
 Book 13: The Orange Revolution by Adrian Gostick and Chester Elton
Book 14: Laughing and Learning: An alternative to shut up and listen by Peter M Jonas
Book 15: Moneyball by Michael Lewis 
Book 16: Leader’s Legacy by Kouzes & Posner
Book 17: DIY U 
by Anya Kamenetz
Book 18: Leading with the Heart by Mike Krzyzewski
– Travel at least twice with my girlfriend outside of New England and have it NOT be higher education related.
– Get published in a journal (online or press)
– Create a YouTube Channel – Done 1/14/2011
– Redesign this blog and purchase domain for it
– Pay off final credit card debt from previous engagement  Done 5/29/2011
– Start a new credit card debt from a new engagement
– Start level 1 of Rosetta Stone Hebrew*sort of hangs on the previous goal
– Start Judiasm conversion process*see above
– Reach 100K miles in my car (low hanging fruit, I’m already at 94K!) –Complete 3/4/2011
– Make it to level 3 of Rosetta Stone Italian
– Learn/teach 10 new recipes with girlfriend from her new cookbook
– Get to level 50 in Call of Duty Black Ops multiplayer (Nerd alert) Complete 3/3/2011
– Complete Burn with Kearns 5 DVD training set
– Lose 10-15 lbs
– Participate and finish 1/2 marathon – Done 6/5/2011
– Participate and finish the WarriorDash  Done 8/14/2011

That’s pretty comprehensive so I think I’ll stop there. I post this not as a way to brag or a way to meaninglessly post content today. I post this to not only hold myself accountable to this but I also hope to blog about each one as I accomplish it. This strategy should spur some interesting posts, thoughts, opinions, and actions for both myself and the few of you that read this.

Perhaps this post is an online post-it for myself and really does not contribute to YOU (the reader) but perhaps one of my goals inspires you.

Perhaps this post will leave you to hold me accountable when you see I haven’t posted anything about any of my goals.

Perhaps this post will simply leave you wondering, “What the hell is a WarriorDash and why would anyone do that?!”

In any of those cases, thanks for reading and I hope it leads to an entertaining, enlightening, and inspiring 2011 for you, me, and those around us.

Take care – rock on – go and set 2011 aflame.


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2010 in review

January 4, 2011 Leave a comment

The stats helper monkeys at mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads This blog is on fire!.

Crunchy numbers

Featured image

A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 2,100 times in 2010. That’s about 5 full 747s.

In 2010, there were 62 new posts, not bad for the first year! There were 18 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 3mb. That’s about 2 pictures per month.

The busiest day of the year was May 28th with 56 views. The most popular post that day was Swipe, scan, satisfaction!.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were,,,, and

Some visitors came searching, mostly for hi my name is, billboard, billboards, great billboards, and best billboards.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.


Swipe, scan, satisfaction! May 2010
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About Me February 2010
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Conference + Hashtag + Twitter = Backchannel Attendees June 2010


Hi! My Name Is… May 2010


The Curious Commuter talks Higher Ed – Digital Dissertation June 2010

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