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Twitter Leadership Follow Friday Project (@CEO_INGDirect @JohnBRogers @Nilofer)

Last week we launched Weekly Leader’s Leadership Follow Friday Project with @WallyBock, @Tom_Peters and my podcasting partner @PamFR. To recap:

We’re going to present our FollowFriday choices here on the website because it’ll offer a few more characters to help develop the “character” of the Twitterers we think you should follow from a leadership perspective. We won’t overwhelm you: we’ll only present three a week and many of them are pretty well known. But occasionally, we’ll try to surprise you with someone who may not be on your Twitterscope.

For week two, I decided to focus on three Twitterers who have also played a significant role in making the Weekly Leader podcast a success.

Peter Aceto ING Direct CanadaIt’s only fitting that we start with Peter Aceto, CEO of ING Direct Canada (@CEO_INGDirect) because he was our first Weekly Leader way back on episodes 1 and 2 in April of 2009. Peter and I connected via Twitter when I asked him to come on the podcast. If you have not listened to his episodes click right on over there now! Peter joined Twitter in February 2009, has 1,500 updates, 2,700 Followers and Follows 876.  He updates mostly about business and leadership with the occasional tweet about family stuff like his sons’ hockey games. You’d be hard pressed to find a more active and engaging CEO on Twitter and you’ll learn a lot about leadership and using technology in business from a non techie perspective if you follow him.

Local Motors Jay Rogers CEOLife in the fast lane is the best way to describe Jay Rogers (@JohnBRogers). Literally! He’s the CEO and Co-Founder of Local Motors, a new, exciting, innovative, crowdsourcing car company located in Wareham, MA just down the road from Weekly Leader World Headquarters. It seems like I interviewed Jay so long ago (episodes 9 and 10) because he has driven his company so far so fast!  Weekly Leader was pleased that we were well ahead of the curve on this story which recently made the cover of Wired magazine.  (I’m sure Chris Anderson listened to our interview;-) Check out the podcast to hear Jay’s amazing life experiences, the great Local Motors story and some excellent leadership advice. Jay joined Twitter in August 2008 has 1,264 updates, 1,284 Followers and Follows 1,989. Interested in innovation, leadership and hot cars? Follow @JohnBRogers. Bonus: Follow @LocalMotors too!

Nilofer Merchant Rubicon New HowFinally, Pam recently interviewed Nilofer Merchant, CEO of Rubicon Consulting and author of The New How: Building Business Solutions Through Collaborative Strategy (@nilofer). Nilofer was one of our more recent Weekly Leaders (episode 33) She’s an active updater with 4,087 since joining in January 2008. She has 3,105 Followers and is Following 506. She’s a very engaging Twitterer with a lot of her recent exchanges understandably being centered around her book. Nilofer also has a great blog where there’s lots of discussion going on in the comments. Want to follow a smart leader? Then @nilofer is a great choice.

Hope you enjoy and follow our picks for this week’s Twitter Leadership FollowFriday Project! I hope to get other members of the Weekly Leader team to participate in this project and would love to get your feedback about who and why you Follow people on Twitter.

About the author

Peter A. Mello, Founder/Editor Founder of Weekly Leader and Sea-Fever Consulting, LLC, a leadership development and strategic communications consultancy. Previously, CEO of an international nonprofit organization and COO of a national insurance/risk management services firm. Peter has been leading people and managing organizations for over 30 years, writes a leadership column for MarineNews magazine and blogs about maritime culture at Sea-Fever. Follow him on Twitter.

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