Friday Hi-5 Features, 7 October 2011

Sound issues this morning with the accompanying video, but I did not want to wait any longer to publish this post. Last week, I sounded like a foghorn and unable to record video, but I did scrape together some features to highlight. So, here we go…we will start with fresh slate and sound next week! Keep reading for a chance to win a Blogworld Expo LA pass…

Welcome to today’s Friday Hi-5 Features! Each week we will explore the best picks in the following categories: technology/tool; fiction book; non-fiction book; post of the week; and offline inspiration.

This week, a “superhero” theme was evident in all of the selections.


Heroclix Online – Gamification may be hot now, but I have always found games to be a source of fascination and learning. As an adjunct professor, I assigned students create-your-own Monopoly and Life projects to be scored and played as a final instead of a standard exam. And as an adult, I was introduced to Heroclix by a former supervisor as a game to improve my strategic process. My love for comics and motivation to win made Heroclix a favorite and now it is available online. Get ready to assemble your power team of superheroes/villains and prepare to go to battle in this digital arena. See you there!

Non-Fiction Book

A Sense of Urgency by John P. Kotter – In Kotter’s earlier book, Leading Change, he outlines the eight steps of successful change management. The very first step is increasing a sense of urgency. Kotter explores this first principle in depth and how superheroes in the organization can begin to establish a true sense of urgency and actionable next steps instead of a flurry of activity. There is a lot of buzz about culture shift…start living it.

Fiction Book

Vampire Academy: A Graphic Novel adapted by Leigh Dragoon and based on bestselling series by Richelle Mead – Many of us are time-starved and do not have the luxury to read a fiction book, much less, a mind-numbing quick read palate cleanser. Enter the graphic novel. Many traditional books are now being adapted into this visual format and I have to admit, I am enjoying these fun reads. Give it a try.

Post of the Week

Last week, I participated in two chats focusing on embracing community heroes. At the start of the week, I had the privilege of hosting the #sm129 chat where we discussed how to take the pulse of the community and find superstar folks and trends. Great insights from folks like Tom Webster and Meg Fowler, so please read the transcript. Later in the week, the #BWEChat guest, Liz Strauss, discussed the value of supporting and amplifying community members. This chat gave me several items to digest, so please read this transcript too!

And on that note…speaking of embracing the community hero, I am extremely excited to announce that I will be speaking at the upcoming BlogWorld Expo in LA about how to take the pulse of your community! And the wonderful folks on the BlogWorld Expo team have given me a pass for the conference to give away to one of you lucky folks. For a chance to win, please post a comment below about your best tip on how to embrace the heroes in your community.

Offline Inspiration

Before the #sm129 and #bwechat discussions last week, I was inspired to use the theme of “superheroes” after the hilarious 26 September episode of Castle about the Sword of Lone Vengeance graphic novel. You can check out the panels from the comic or the full episode. I am not a murder mystery fan, but the witty dialog and cast chemistry of this show is always fun.

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  • Teresa Basich

    So! Best tip for embracing the heroes in your community? I’d say one of the best things community managers can do for those people is openly support them. It’s hard to strike a balance between cheering on those heroes and supporting the overall progress of the community, but if you can find community champions who really go above and beyond and advocate their contributions they’ll become advocates for you and support *you* even more in return.

    Let your heroes share their stories, and let them engage others to share stories, as well. Let them set the tone for the community and give them permission to guide newcomers and assist in maintaining good community health. Let them be your eyes and ears. If you can support them that way you’ll have satisfied, loyal community members for a looooong time. :)