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Coolest Job in the World?

Jim Grubb is a great guy. He was one of first guys I met at Cisco and his tastes are as diverse as his knowledge of technology is broad. He is a photographer. A pilot. A skipper. And he’s also Cisco Chairman and CEO John Chambers’ “Chief Demonstration Officer.” Carmine Gallo (@carminegallo, if you’d like to follow him on Twitter) interviewed Jim for BusinessWeek and Jim shares his “Four Steps to a Lively Demo” for us all.Gallo writes, “The last thing he wants to do is bore people. “The bottom line is this-you want the audience to get more out of the message,” says Grubb. “They’ll remember more of the presentation if you engage them and entertain them.” Grubb is able to do this because he has the ability to take complicated subjects and make them interesting, exciting, and easy to understand. And while Cisco’s demonstrations are probably a bit more extravagant than what you have planned at your next product demo, he says the same principles for successful presentations still apply. Above all, says Grubb, prepare thoroughly (hundreds of man-hours go into one of his 10-minute demos), tell a story, and have fun.” Sounds like advice for any communications professional. Read the full story here.I clearly think that Jim has a pretty cool job…is it the coolest job in the world?

Cisco Chairman and CEO John Chambers Statement on Senate Passage of Stimulus Package

“Passage of the stimulus package in the Senate sends a message to all Americans that we are investing in the future of our country. From broadband, healthcare information technology, Smart Grid and education, a foundation will be laid to help stabilize our economy and create growth that will benefit all Americans.”

The Twitterati Mean Business

I have something to confess: I am not much of a Twitterer @ascohen. Although I like to blog, and I have become relentless on Facebook, powered by the sagging belt syndrome of carrying an iPhone and a Blackberry that have allowed me to become an ambidextrous Web 2.0er, alas, I have not yet fully jumped to the”Jitter of Twitter.” But I have seen it, enviously, in action. Our CTO, Pamasaree Warrior is one of the most Tweeted Cisco figures (over 4500 followers) http://twitter.com/Padmasree, with Doug Gourlay and the”Hole in the Data Center” gang following rapidly on her heels http://twitter.com/CiscoDC. At our Collaboration Launch in September, I observed about 80 of the world’s leading analysts Tweeting away for days, turbocharged by Cisco presentations on our strategy and a ready supply of coffee and caffeinated soda. Read More »

Cisco CEO in WSJ.com: “The Biggest Opportunity of our Lifetime”

Cisco Chairman and CEO John Chambers contributed a guest column to the Wall Street Journal management page which is now online. In the column he says the current economic downturn gives us “the biggest opportunity of our lifetime” to fundamentally re-architect the way we manage, as well as how we utilize IT in healthcare, education and energy.He writes:”The current economic environment has been described in many ways: the greatest crisis in a half-century; the first meltdown of global proportions; the greatest threat to U.S. leadership.I believe we should describe it another way: the biggest opportunity of our lifetime. We now have the opportunity to re-invent the way we manage companies and get work done. With the government considering a stimulus package, we have the ability to invest this funding in the areas that could potentially transform companies, industries and our economy.”Read the full column here. (WSJ.com requires a paid subscription)Chambers wrote an op-ed in the San Jose Mercury News in January on the importance of broadband entitled “Time to Broadband Our Economy.”

IPv6 Transition: Ready or Not?

Remember the rush to prepare for Y2K? Well, there’s a similar imperative for customers to prepare for the transition to IPv6 as the number of IPv4 addresses diminishes as we near 2011. What’s driving this? The increasing number of devices and the fact that more and more emerging countries are connecting to the Internet and requiring IP addresses.If you take a look at the IP addresses throughout the world today (see image of the world with primarily N. America and Europe, Japan, Australia”lit” up) you can imagine the impending shortage as emerging countries eventually do get connected.Take a listen to Cisco CTO wireless, security and access routing Pat Calhoun as he provides the highlights of a customer panel he hosted last week on the successes and challenges of transitioning to IPv6. Customer panelists represented the following organizations: Read More »