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By Scott Brown


Abstract:

Using Austin Powers’ nemesis Dr Evil as an example when considering information management may, on the face of it, appear to be a bit far-fetched but Scott Brown shows the similarities between Dr Evil and upper management. And, from there, he gives a few lessons on how to deal with your executives and avoid being "incinerated!"


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Using Austin Powers’ nemesis Dr Evil as an example when considering information management may, on the face of it, appear to be a bit far-fetched but Scott Brown shows the similarities between Dr Evil and upper management. And, from there, he gives a few lessons on how to deal with your executives and avoid being "incinerated!"

What's Inside:

Dr Evil is an excellent depiction of upper management – VPs, CEOs, directors and other high level positions that we agonise over in libraries, whether we work in corporate, public or academic settings. As librarians and info pros, we really want to connect with these folks so that they know and understand the value of the services and products we provide. At the same time, they often confound us because we don’t know how to build a relationship with them. Dr Evil knows that he needs information. So be creative in how you share your information with your executive. Keep him alert and informed, if he’s open to that – or keep his team informed.

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Scott Brown is the owner of Social Information Group (http://www.socialinformationgroup.com), an independent information practice that focuses on the effective use of social networking tools for sharing and finding information. His forthcoming book, "Social Information: Gaining Competitive and Business Information Using Social Media Tools" will be published in late 2012. He has worked with libraries, Fortune 500 companies, startups, government organisations and individuals to help them understand and effectively use these tools for their clients, and to drive increased visibility and return on information resources. He has over 20 years of experience in library and information organisations, in public, academic and corporate settings. Scott is a regular speaker nationally on many areas of information work. He is also a professional coach.

You can follow him on Twitter at @socialinfo.

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