Dear KaizenBiz Community,
It is with some sadness that I write this open letter. So many of you have participated and listened to our conversations on Twitter. Since I took over the chat four years ago, it has been an honor and a privilege facilitating the online chat, finding interesting topics and introducing guests. As you may remember, the mission of the chat was/is to apply critical thinking, enhance our skills and deepen our self-understanding in a kaizen (incremental steps) sort of way as we gathered each week. However, it seems we have reached an end of a chapter.
Explored so many business topics and ideas
Over the last four years we have discussed various topics such as
- critical thinking as an opportunity for renewal
- how kaizen benefits the management and operations of a business
- gender and risk-taking
- marketing framing perception
- the global economy
- patent trolls and their potential effects on innovation
There are many more topics ranging from leadership, branding, influence that are worth reading and taking the time to consider.
We have had such interesting guests over the years that deserve our thanks for taking the time to present their ideas and engage with us as we applied critical thinking. Here are the guests who added so much to our knowledge and understanding:
- Chanelle Schneider (@WriterChanelle and member of the KaizenBiz community)
- Lois Martin (@LoisMarketing and member of the KaizenBiz community)
- Judy Gombita (@judygombita and member of the KaizenBiz community)
- Nick Allen (@cleanwebvc)
- Eve Blossom (@lulanartisans)
- Taylor Davidson (@tdavidson)
- Danny Brown (@DannyBrown)
- Valeria Maltoni (@ConversationAge and founder of the #KaizenBlog chat which later became #KaizenBiz)
- Richard Winter (@COSCFO)
- Debra Ellis (@DebraWEllis and member of the KaizenBiz community)
- Deb Carducci (@villalusso)
- Art Markman (@abmarkman)
- Jose Baldaia (@jabaldaia and member of the KaizenBiz community)
- Linda Naiman (@lindanaiman and member of the KaizenBiz community)
- Nick Kellet (@NickKellet)
- Ken Rosen (@Ken_Rosen)
- Frederique Murphy (@IrishSmiley) and Kate Cobb (@executiveonline)
- Karima-Catherine Goudiam (@karimacatherine and member of the Kaizenbiz community)
- John Twohig (@John_Twohig)
- Colin Gautrey (@colingautrey)
- Kevin von Duuglas-Ittu (@mediares and member of the KaizenBiz community)
- Ed Dolan (@dolanecon)
- Ric Dragon (@RicDragon)
- Cathy Larkin (@CathyWebSavvyPR and member of the KaizenBiz team and community)
- Dr.Janice Presser (@DrJanice)
- Neal Schaffer (@NealSchaffer)
- Steve Abbot (@SJAbbot and member of the KaizenBiz community)
- Nilofer Merchant (@nilofer)
- Sarah Robinson (@SarahRobinson)
- Melissa Lamson (@melissa_lamson1 and member of the KaizenBiz community)
- Alice MacGillivray (@4KM and member of the KaizenBiz community)
- Tom Asacker (@TomAsacker and member of the KaizenBiz community)
- John R. Bell (@JohnRichardBell and member of the KaizenBiz community)
- Stephen Denny (@Note_To_CMO and member of the KaizenBiz community)
- Les McKeown (@lesmckeown)
It is with deep appreciation that I thank each and every one of our guests for the time they put into writing the framing post for their topic as well as being live on the Twitter chat.
Special thanks to the team
Over the last four years, there have been a few people who have helped make the chat work. First and foremost, a special thank you to CASUDI (also known as Caroline Di Diego). CASUDI has been an advocate and inspiration. There have been times when I could not be physically present for the chat and Judy Gombita and Lois Martin were able to substitute as chat hosts. Many thanks for your generosity and high level of competence! Bernd Nurnberger contributed by setting up our LinkedIn page where we can still connect. Many thanks to Cathryn Hrudicka for sharing each and every post on her blog. Her generosity and support is deeply appreciated. Many thanks to another avid supporter is Eric Bryson who helped announce the chat each week. Finally, a grateful recognition to Cathy Larkin who has been my right hand person as well as tech and Twitter chat advisor.
To a talented and brilliant community
Over the last couple of years, our community has changed due to many members becoming busier in their careers. While it is great to see so many deserving professionals becoming more successful, we miss their warmth, insight and expertise on the chat. You, the community, have been excellent participants in taking a deeper dive into all kinds of topics. Due to your intelligence and curiosity, I found myself learning about economics, holacracy and so many other topics. Besides meeting people that I am delighted to know, KaizenBiz has deepened my own skills and knowledge. It has been a joy to have people from Japan, India, Africa, Portugal, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Canada, Colombia, Mexico and the United States sharing their expertise, insight and opinions on so many topics.
That said, over the last six months, attendance on our weekly chat on Twitter has dwindled to just a handful of people. With that in mind, it seems time to put the chat on an indefinite hiatus.
Let’s stay connected
While the conversations may not be as regular as meeting each week on Twitter, it is still possible to remain connected and share ideas in our LinkedIn group. I also suggest that if you find or write an article that is the thought provoking type that we would discuss on one of our #KaizenBiz chats, that you post it on Twitter and feel free to use the chat hashtag. I hope you will reach out and let me know your thoughts about putting the chat on a hiatus due to low attendance. You can always connect with me via my website or on LinkedIn.
As of this Friday, 26 September 2014, we will not meet on Twitter.
My best wishes for your success, keep thinking and developing your skills and you!