The 2011 Geosocial Universe [Infographic], via @davidmerzel’s BLOG

Here’s a quick rundown of who’s running the galaxy in 2011:

· Mobile: 5.3 billion mobile devices are used worldwide—that’s 77% of the world’s population

· Smartphones: 21.8% of all mobile devices are smartphones. Nokia is still leading this business.

· Skype: Mobile usage continues to increase thanks to Skype’s wise investment in apps and a mobile platform

· Facebook: Now tops 629 million registered users with almost 250 million people accessing the site via mobile

· Qzone: China’s version of Facebook, Qzone, is experiencing supernova-like growth with 480 million registered users

· Twitter: Broke the 200 million registered user mark with nearly 40% of people tweeting via mobile

· Email: Hotmail still dominates email

· Yelp: Yelp is topping 50 million unique visitors per month. Its move to team up with OpenTable earlier this year will only increase its relevancy

· Foursquare and Gowalla: These geosocial specialists are still growing, but growth seems to be slowing down a bit

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E3 2011 Microsoft PR Conference : key highlights.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 – Activision


Activision opened the show with the first gameplay footage of their newest release in their action packed franchise. As always, Xbox 360 owners will get all the content first for this game.

Make sure you ask Santa for this one!


Tomb Raider – Crystal Dynamics

Go on the adventure that made Lara Croft into the tomb raiding femme fatale we came to know. This game will bring more realism than ever before, watch your step, Lara is fragile and might just break something. Survive in hostile environments and find your way in dark places.

Electronic Arts


EA announced this year that their most successful EA Sports games would have Kinect integration. Fifa, Madden NFL and Tiger Woods PGA will now be controlled with the wave of a hand, or the kick of your feet.

Other than their sports series, EA also showed some new footage of Mass Effect 3, which will also have Kinect features.



Ubisoft took the stage this year at our keynote to present their Kinect integration for Ghost Recon; Future Soldier. In this game, you will be able to fully customize your weapons with the power of Kinect, it’s quite amazing, really!

Additionally, they announced that all of their Tom Clancy titles from now on will have some form of Kinect integration.


New dashboard experience and partnerships – Microsoft


Apart from games, we’ve also announced the new look and feel of the Xbox Dashboard, new features will be added such as Bing – which will allow you to search your console for the content you want. YouTube – To have your favorite video you would like to share with family and friends on your TV. UFC* – for all of you who like to play rough from time to time. And Live TV* – To watch the show you want, when you want.


Gears of War 3 – Epic Games / Microsoft Game Studios

Marcus Fenix is back and about to go out with a bang! This year, Epic games will bring us the final chapter in the Gears of War Saga. Cliff Bliszinski showed us new campaign footage his game together with rap icon Ice-T.

Run to the store as fast as you can and place your pre-order, you don’t want to miss out on this epic game!

Ryse – Crytek / Microsoft Game Studios


Last year we’ve teased you all with “Project Kingdoms”. This project now has a name; Ryse. You are a Roman gladiator and have to battle through enemies with the power of Kinect.

For this title we’ve partnered with Crytek who is renowned for their amazing graphics and physics. (Crysis, Far Cry, …)


Halo: Combat Evolved – Anniversary – 343 Industries / Microsoft Game Studios

To celebrate the 10th anniversary of Halo: Combat Evolved, we’ve decided to re-release the shooter that spawned an entire new generation of shooters. Experience Masterchief’s story like never before with new features, better graphics and online play!

Forza Motorsport 4 – Turn 10 / Microsoft Game Studios


Are you a car fanatic? Then this is something for you! Turn 10 promises us the best looking game for this year with a wide variety of manufacturers, TopGear integration, amazing online gameplay and the power of Kinect.

What are you waiting for? Start your engine!


Fable: The Journey – Lionhead studios / Microsoft Game studios

The world of Albion is in danger, and heroes are not born, they are made. Become a hero in the newest chapter in the Fable saga, and enjoy the world of Albion like never before thanks to the power of Kinect.

Disneyland Adventures – Frontier Games / Microsoft Game Studios


There is a little child in all of us, and whether you would like to awaken that child or play this game with your actual children, this  game will shower you with magic fairy dust and bring you to the enchanting world of Disneyland.

Go on many different attractions and interact with your favorite Disney character. Anything is possible!


Kinect Star Wars – Lucasarts / Microsoft Game Studios

Step into the world of Star Wars with Kinect, play as a Jedi, eat Stormtroopers as a Rancor monster, fight of the empire in you X-wing or go into a podrace.

Kinect Star Wars is fun for everyone, thanks to a wide variety of game modes.

May the force be with you.

Sesame Street: Once upon a monster -  Telltale games


Education made fun, thanks to the crew of sesame Street, learn to count with Elmo and overcome your fear of monsters with the Cookiemonster, This game will entertain the smallest gamers among us with an endless amount of fun.

…and cookies!


Kinect Funlabs – Good Science / Microsoft Game Studios

Always wanted to experiment with the technology behind Kinect? Then this is your chance, play around with Kinect Funlabs and amaze your friends when you scan your favorite toy and use it on your Xbox 360. Take pictures of yourself and experiment in a 3D world, want to know more? Then power up your Xbox 360 and have a go! Funlabs is available today!

Kinect Sports Season Two – Rare ltd / Microsoft Game Studios


The best-selling game for Kinect gets a sequel, Kinect Sports Two is more than 6 new sports, and it’s twice the fun with improved Kinect tracking, more fun activities and the sports you’ve been asking for!

If you liked Kinect Sports, you’ll love season two!


Dance Central 2 – Harmonix / Microsoft Game Studios

Can’t stop your feet when you hear a tune you like? Than this is what you’ve been waiting for, Dance Central 2 is better than ever with versus mode, over 40 tracks in the box and the possibility to transfer all of you Dance Central 1 songs and download content to this new version.

Halo 4 – 343 Industries / Microsoft Game Studios


Master chief is back! And will be ready to save us and the rest of the universe yet again holiday 2012!

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Thanks Guy Spaey for this summary !

How to reach the Next Level ?

Simon Vetter has recommended me a great book.

The Next Level
What Insiders Know About Executive Success

By Scott Eblin,

Much as Good to Great described what separates top companies from the rest, The Next Level: What Insiders Know About Executive Success shows executives what separates leadership success from failure at the next level.

Every day, high performers are tapped to be executives and then left alone to figure out how to succeed in their new role. When this happens, most executives rely on strengths that served them well earlier in their careers.

As executive coach Scott Eblin explains, this is why 40 percent of them fail. Moving successfully to the executive level requires knowing which behaviors and beliefs to let go, as well as which new ones to pick up. Like having a personal executive coach, this confidence-building book outlines a program for success based on frank advice from accomplished senior executives on what to do and to avoid.

Pick Up / What To Do

Let Go Of / Avoid

Personal Presence

  • Confidence in your presence
  • Regular renewal of your energy
  • Custom-fit-communications
  • Doubt in how you contribute
  • Running flat out until you crash
  • One-size-fits-all communications

Team Presence

  • Team reliance
  • Defining what to do
  • Accountability for many results
  • Self-reliance
  • Telling how to do it
  • Responsibility for a few results

Organizational Presence

  • Looking left and right as you lead
  • An outside-in view of the entire organization
  • A big-footprint view of your role
  • Looking primarily up and down as you lead
  • An inside-out view of your function
  • A small-footprint view of your role

 Source: The Next Level: What Insiders Know About Executive Success, by Scott Eblin, page 15.

See below a short video on these concepts.

Situational Leadership : How to implement this approach in your team ? via @davidmerzel’s BLOG

We’ve implemented the Situational Leadership within my Team at Microsoft.

The principle is that managers must use different leadership styles depending on the situation.

The model allows you to analyze the needs of the situation you’re in, and then use the most appropriate leadership style. Depending on employees’ competences in their task areas and commitment to their tasks, your leadership style should vary from one person to another. You may even lead the same person one way sometimes, and another way at other times


Take a look at the Video of Ken Blanchard (One Minute Manager)

Here-below more details but just read the book of Ken Blanchard

Behavior of the Leader

S1 – Telling / Directing – High task focus, low relationship focus – leaders define the roles and tasks of the ‘follower’, and supervise them closely. Decisions are made by the leader and announced, so communication is largely one-way. For people who lack competence but are enthusiastic and committed. They need direction and supervision to get them started.

S2 – Selling / Coaching</b> – High task focus, high relationship focus – leaders still define roles and tasks, but seeks ideas and suggestions from the follower. Decisions remain the leader’s prerogative, but communication is much more two-way. For people who have some competence but lack commitment.   They need direction and supervision because they are still relatively inexperienced.   They also need support and praise to build their self-esteem, and involvement in decision-making to restore their commitment.

S3 – Participating / Supporting – Low task focus, high relationship focus – leaders pass day-to-day decisions, such as task allocation and processes, to the follower. The leader facilitates and takes part in decisions, but control is with the follower. For people who have competence, but lack confidence or motivation. They do not need much direction because of their skills, but support is necessary to bolster their confidence and motivation.

S4 – Delegating – Low task focus, low relationship focus – leaders are still involved in decisions and problem-solving, but control is with the follower. The follower decides when and how the leader will be involved.   For people who have both competence and commitment. They are able and willing to work on a project by themselves with little supervision or support.

Effective leaders are versatile in being able to move around the matrix according to the situation, so there is no style that is always right. However, we tend to have a preferred style, and in applying Situational Leadership you need to know which one that is for you. 

Likewise, the competence and commitment of the follower can also be distinguished in 4 quadrants.
       Development Level of the Follower

       D4 – High Competence, High Commitment – Experienced at the job, and comfortable with their own ability to do it well. May even be more skilled than the leader.
       D3 – High Competence, Variable Commitment – Experienced and capable, but may lack the confidence to go it alone, or the motivation to do it well quickly.
       D2 – Some Competence, Low Commitment – May have some relevant skills, but won’t be able to do the job without help. The task or the situation may be new to them. 
       D1 – Low Competence, High Commitment – Generally lacking the specific skills required for the job in hand, but has the confidence and / or motivation to tackle it. 
      Similar to the leadership styles, the development levels are also situational.
      A person could be skilled, confident and motivated for one part of his/her job, but could be less competent for another part of the job.
      Blanchard and Hersey said that the Leadership Style (S1 – S4) of the leader must correspond to the Development level (D1 – D4) of the follower – and it’s the leader who adapts. By adopting the right style to suit the follower’s development level, work gets done, relationships are built up, and most importantly,
      the follower’s development level will rise to D4, to everyone’s benefit.

Steps in Situational Leadership. Process
        Make an overview per employee of his/her tasks
        Assess the employee on each task (D1…D4)
        Decide on the leadership (management) style per task (S1…S4)
        Discuss the situation with the employee
        Make a joint plan.
        Follow-up, check and correct.

Strengths of the Situational Leadership model. Benefits
        Easy to understand
        Easy to use

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