The Favorites Game: Charlene Li Opens Up

By: Kristen Clarke

The bestselling author and social-media expert shares her favorite app, guilty pleasure, and more.

To best leverage social technologies, "you have to give up control but still be in command to get things done," said bestselling author Charlene Li in her session "Open Leadership: How Social Technology Can Transform How You Lead" at the ASAE 2010 Technology Conference & Expo in December.

How open do you need to be? Li urges organizations to analyze for today and set goals in terms of how they "explain, update, converse, crowdsource"; provide an open mic; and serve as a platform for members' conversations. Read more from Li about open leadership in "Being Open is the New Way to Lead" from the July 2010 issue of Associations Now.

Below, Li opens up about some of her favorite things:

Favorite app: Gilt Groupe [a shopping application].

Favorite smart phone: iPhone.

Favorite social media innovation: RSS [Real Simple Syndication].

Favorite question to ask CEOs: Why aren't you blogging?

Favorite Facebook example of good relationship building: Kohl's.

Favorite blog: Lifehacker.

Favorite technology failure: Apple 3: I was one of about 1,000 people to buy it in 1980, and it was ridiculously bad and cost almost $10,000.

Favorite topic to discuss: Relationships.

Favorite characteristic of open leadership: Humbleness.

Favorite guilty pleasure: Watching every video of Survivor.

Favorite virtual game: I have so many! I guess Aqueduct, Toontown (a [Disney] kid's game I play), and Fruit Ninja, an iPad game.

Contributed by Kristin Clarke, a business journalist and writer and researcher for ASAE. Email: [email protected]