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  • Stabilize Your Life With Others Via a Strong Conscience

    Moving From Me To We Blog @ Say It Better
    Kare Anderson
    11 Aug 2015 | 1:56 pm
    At the end of last year, Pope Francis suggested it was an apt time to examine our conscience — yet it behooves us to do that more often. That’s not always easy but always vital as Todd Essig suggests, citing Peter Seeger and Martin Luther King. Acting with integrity “causes good things to find their way back to you, but it takes effort,” writes Frank Sonnenberg. Conversely, people who act untrustworthy “hurt themselves every day” by losing the trust of colleagues, customers, friends and loved ones – but we already know that at least intellectually. What Sonnenberg provides…
  • The Four Dimensions of Open

    Cisco Blog » Collaboration
    Jonathan Rosenberg
    27 Aug 2015 | 10:25 am
    Last week, I posted about our Project Thor , our effort at creating a royalty-free next-generation video codec. This post generated lots of comments – which is great! But also illustrated that there is a lot of confusion about what it means for something to be open. I’d like to remedy that here and describe the four dimensions of open. Yup, four. Dimension 1: “Open as in Open Source” One dimension of open is whether the technology is available in open source [...]
  • Millennial Malarkey

    The Culture of Collaboration
    Evan Rosen
    13 Aug 2015 | 1:05 pm
    “The people under 30 get it. It’s second nature to them.”  “We have a bifurcated workforce.”  “Let’s just turn the keys over to the Millennials. They get it. We don’t.” These are some snippets of conversation from well-intentioned change agents who overemphasize generational differences while attempting to transform their organizations into collaborative enterprises. In The Bounty Effect: 7 Steps to The Culture of Collaboration®, I identify this scenario as the Generation Gap Trap. It’s a trap, because overemphasizing generational differences reinforces fear and…
  • What Caused the Worldwide Productivity Slowdown?

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    Alexandra Levit
    28 Aug 2015 | 5:00 am
    At a time when business productivity should logically be speeding up, why is the opposite is happening? While skimming the paper of my youth, the Washington Post, I came across the intriguing... Get the whole story and more on The Fast Track
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    Moving From Me To We Blog @ Say It Better

  • Stabilize Your Life With Others Via a Strong Conscience

    Kare Anderson
    11 Aug 2015 | 1:56 pm
    At the end of last year, Pope Francis suggested it was an apt time to examine our conscience — yet it behooves us to do that more often. That’s not always easy but always vital as Todd Essig suggests, citing Peter Seeger and Martin Luther King. Acting with integrity “causes good things to find their way back to you, but it takes effort,” writes Frank Sonnenberg. Conversely, people who act untrustworthy “hurt themselves every day” by losing the trust of colleagues, customers, friends and loved ones – but we already know that at least intellectually. What Sonnenberg provides…
  • Four Tips For Creating a Credible, Quotable Comparison

    Kare Anderson
    30 Jul 2015 | 1:53 pm
    1. Compare your message to something or someone familiar  Examples: A Cuban, after apologizing because he could not offer his guests anything to eat, described the results of Castro’s Revolution: “The three successes were education, healthcare and sports. Three failures were breakfast, lunch and dinner.” “I call architecture frozen music.” ~ Johann Wolfgag von Goethe 2. Evoke a vivid, mental picture Example: “Ten times as much funding is devoted to research on the prevention of male baldness as malaria, a disease that kills more than one million people each year.” ~ Bill…
  • Articulating Their Specific Talent Can Help Them Strengthen It

    Kare Anderson
    26 Jul 2015 | 3:46 pm
    When I was a Wall Street Journal reporter, my bureau chief bluntly told me one day that I took too long when interviewing some individuals — and sometimes that was a good thing. I got insights about the interviewees’ views on other topics. He told me that, when I finished writing the story I was assigned, I should write notes about their answers to questions I asked that were not directly related to the story. Then in future stories, I might see where one of those interviewees had an unexpected yet relevant angle and quote them. In effect, my bureau chief showed…
  • Proven Ways We Happily Accomplish More With Others

    Kare Anderson
    20 Jul 2015 | 9:55 am
    Don’t Inadvertently Support Others in Becoming Seasoned Takers Help others to become more helpful for each other  — thus building collective self-esteem and opportunity. I’m sure that you’ve feel that heady, immediate, hedonic high when someone sought your advice, used it and experienced a turnaround, breakthrough or other benefit. Yet your well-intentioned giving can have contaminating, unintended consequences. Those who continue to ask for and get help from you, without giving back at all over time, are likely to become takers – not just with you but also with others.
  • Take the Bright Way to Make a Bad Situation Better

    Kare Anderson
    18 Jul 2015 | 8:40 am
    When told to tackle the widespread child malnutrition in Vietnam in 1990 as an employee of Save the Children, Jerry and Monique Sternin could easily have become overwhelmed. Plus the country’s foreign minister told them, “You have six months to make a difference.” Instead of looking at the macro problems such as polluted water, he asked the mothers in one village to meet with him to discover, together, the healthiest children and to then discover why. They found that the mothers of healthier kids were feeding them four meals a day (using the same amount of food as other moms…
 
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    Cisco Blog » Collaboration

  • The Four Dimensions of Open

    Jonathan Rosenberg
    27 Aug 2015 | 10:25 am
    Last week, I posted about our Project Thor , our effort at creating a royalty-free next-generation video codec. This post generated lots of comments – which is great! But also illustrated that there is a lot of confusion about what it means for something to be open. I’d like to remedy that here and describe the four dimensions of open. Yup, four. Dimension 1: “Open as in Open Source” One dimension of open is whether the technology is available in open source [...]
  • What Future Do You See?

    Rowan Trollope
    26 Aug 2015 | 7:00 pm
    The future fascinates me. I grew up reading Isaac Asimov, Ray Bradbury, and Kurt Vonnegut. And watching every sci-fi movie that came out. Robots, aliens, utopia, dystopia – I loved it all. Today, imagining what the future looks like is a big part of my job. In June, I got to participate in a futurist session at Cisco Live where I had to make one prediction about what the year 2025 would be like. (See Ambient Computing below or watch [...]
  • Cisco Products Receive Highest Scores in 3 of 4 Gartner Critical Capabilities for Unified Communications

    Thomas McCafferty
    26 Aug 2015 | 9:11 am
    The evaluation is complete. And we think Cisco Unified Communications scored well. Very well, in fact. Just released, the 2015 Gartner Critical Capabilities for Unified Communications is a product-centric overview of UC vendors. The report digs deeper into the vendors represented in the 2015 Magic Quadrant for UC . In Gartner’s words, it’s “intended to help organizations define their requirements and select specific products that match their needs as aligned with one of the use cases.” In the report, Gartner evaluates the effectiveness of vendors in addressing user needs in four…
  • Cisco Named as a Leader in Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for Unified Communications 2015

    Thomas McCafferty
    17 Aug 2015 | 9:24 am
    Cisco Unified Communications Delivers a Full Experience As I read the latest Gartner Magic Quadrant for Unified Communications by Bern Elliot and Steve Blood, August 10, 2015, one word stood out: full. full:  adjective – not lacking or omitting anything; complete It’s a word that Gartner mentions when describing leaders. “Leaders have a full UC offering and strong market presence, and demonstrate success in the field. They have a strong presence in related markets to expand their footprint in UC. These vendors and their channel partners [...]
  • Cisco Delivers Improved Lync Interoperability

    Thomas McCafferty
    12 Aug 2015 | 12:11 pm
    Did you know that Lync is a fully supported client in Cisco Collaboration Meeting Room (Cisco CMR) meetings. When we say interoperability we mean it. Even when that means supporting proprietary protocols. For instance, to ensure that Microsoft Lync and Skype for Business users can fully experience the power of Cisco conferencing. IDC released the IDC MarketScape: Worldwide Unified Communications and Collaboration 2015 Vendor Assessment last month. In it, Rich Costello notes that Cisco is “perennially the worldwide market share leader in enterprise IP telephony solutions, as well as…
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    The Culture of Collaboration

  • Millennial Malarkey

    Evan Rosen
    13 Aug 2015 | 1:05 pm
    “The people under 30 get it. It’s second nature to them.”  “We have a bifurcated workforce.”  “Let’s just turn the keys over to the Millennials. They get it. We don’t.” These are some snippets of conversation from well-intentioned change agents who overemphasize generational differences while attempting to transform their organizations into collaborative enterprises. In The Bounty Effect: 7 Steps to The Culture of Collaboration®, I identify this scenario as the Generation Gap Trap. It’s a trap, because overemphasizing generational differences reinforces fear and…
  • Collaboration to Change Product Use and Brand Perception

    Evan Rosen
    10 Aug 2015 | 1:26 pm
    The Apple iPod began as a music player and became a video player in part because consumers discovered a new use for the device. The brand perception then shifted.  Lego Mindstorms began as company-provided software and hardware to create small robots. Then consumers hacked the code, changed the products together and Lego ultimately began providing the source code and collaborating with its customers on new products. In time, consumers began perceiving Mindstorms as a collaborative activity. As in these cases, sometimes consumers collaborate to alter a product or its use and this ultimately…
  • Accenture Scraps Reviews, Rankings and Joins The Bounty Effect Bandwagon

    Evan Rosen
    23 Jul 2015 | 2:30 pm
    Nothing impedes collaboration more than outmoded recognition and reward systems. And replacing annual performance reviews and rankings advances collaborative culture, behavior and organizational structure. Many organizations promote themselves as collaborative while simultaneously reinforcing internal competition through annual performance reviews and rankings. This process squanders time and distracts the organization while pitting team members against one another. Performance reviews and rankings incent team members to hoard information and maintain hidden agendas rather than share ideas…
  • Coffee and Collaboration

    Evan Rosen
    2 Jun 2015 | 6:25 pm
    In San Francisco, where I live, coffee plays a major role in lifestyles and work styles. People stand in long lines at artisanal coffee businesses for coffee that’s sourced, roasted and prepared with care. It has become de rigueur for leading technology and social media companies to make artisanal coffee available to team members. Google stocks beans from the better San Francisco purveyors in snack areas throughout its “Googleplex” in Mountain View, California. Team members can grind the beans, brew a cup, or pull a shot of espresso on demand. As the artisanal movement in coffee, often…
  • The Collaborative Value of Getting Lost

    Evan Rosen
    26 Jan 2015 | 2:11 pm
    Remember when it was possible to get lost? Global positioning systems (GPS) and satellite-based navigation tools have rendered losing one’s way an anachronism. Something is lost, though, in the inability to get lost. And that something is serendipity. So what’s wrong with that? And what does this have to do with collaboration? Travel involves some structure. You may know approximate departure and arrival times. You may have an idea where you’re going and even some sort of a plan. Like travel, collaboration involves some structure. Balancing structure with serendipity is necessary to…
 
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    The Fast Track

  • What Caused the Worldwide Productivity Slowdown?

    Alexandra Levit
    28 Aug 2015 | 5:00 am
    At a time when business productivity should logically be speeding up, why is the opposite is happening? While skimming the paper of my youth, the Washington Post, I came across the intriguing... Get the whole story and more on The Fast Track
  • My Team’s Workload Is Too High! What Should I Do?

    Alison Green
    27 Aug 2015 | 5:00 am
    When the demands on the team you lead are higher than your group realistically can get done, how can you tackle the situation without just throwing up your hands and saying “no, we can’t do all that”... Get the whole story and more on The Fast Track
  • What Are The Critical Skills For A Business Process Analyst?

    Denise O'Berry
    26 Aug 2015 | 5:00 am
    To be really good in the Business Process Analyst role, there are key skills you must have. Most of these skills can be learned. But where do you start if your dream is to do this type of work?... Get the whole story and more on The Fast Track
  • Getting the Most Value from Your Subject Matter Experts without Burnout

    Alison Green
    25 Aug 2015 | 5:00 am
    It’s great to have subject matter experts on your team. In addition to your own team benefiting from their expertise, they may end up being highly sought by other teams too, which can raise your... Get the whole story and more on The Fast Track
  • How and When to Offer Praise to Your Team to Make the Most Impact

    Anita Bruzzese
    24 Aug 2015 | 5:00 am
    If you’re stingy with praise – or too effusive – it can derail your team’s productivity and engagement. There is an art to offering words of praise, and every leader needs to learn it. There has been... Get the whole story and more on The Fast Track
 
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    Collaborative Journeys

  • Use Brain Science to Create Extraordinary Workplaces for Older Workers

    Ben Ziegler
    24 Aug 2015 | 12:09 pm
    I remember an upbeat, if not simplistic, marketing message from yesteryear (and still out there), that life was sequential. First we work, then we enjoy the fruits of our labour; “Freedom at 55”. Today, our approach to work and aging is changing. Look at this graphic, via thought leader, Age Wave: Older workers are remaining older workers, longer. Advantages go to organizations that hire and retain older workers. Older workers increase the collaborative potential of an organization. Older workers want to continue learning, and like everyone else, have some fun along the way. HR and The…
  • How Government System Designers Can Effectively Communicate With Poor People

    Ben Ziegler
    11 Aug 2015 | 9:43 am
    This article, Homeless people left out by high tech, in my local newspaper, last week, touched a nerve. The disconnect between Government online system designers and the end-users of those systems is often all too real. It needn’t be that way. Navigating complex online systems can be a challenge for many of us, never mind the homeless, and others living in poverty.Unfortunately, system designers are often insulated from the impact of their work, particularly the user interface. I’ve seen it. A lot. I spent a career as an information systems design consultant, and worked on many a…
  • How to Accelerate the Development of New Collaborative Relationships

    Ben Ziegler
    21 Jul 2015 | 11:50 am
    When I look around my city, Victoria, I see lots of complex issues and challenges on the agenda; municipal amalgamation, sewage disposal, transportation mix… These are big items. Many stakeholders are involved. Each issue has many components to it. If people try tackle the issue as a whole, collaboration gridlock often follows. Better to subdivide the problem. The catch is that it typically requires more people; people willing and able to come together, in collaborative relationships. Image source: drawingoutideas.ca Why more new collaborative relationships? Our capacity to form new working…
  • Don’t Let Your Decision-Making Get In The Way Of Success

    Ben Ziegler
    13 Jul 2015 | 4:34 pm
    “I don’t want my decision-making to ever cost me in an event like this.” Those words were spoken by professional golfer Jordan Spieth after his Masters golf tourney victory, in April this year. Precious insight from a young man of 21. That strategy is obviously still working for Spieth, currently, the world’s hottest golfer; witness this shot, and his victory, at the PGA (Pro Golfers Association) Tour event this past weekend: (Video not displaying? Watch it on YouTube) It’s interesting watching Spieth. He combines incredible skill and youthful zest, along with…
  • Patients as Partners: Shifting The Balance of Power

    Ben Ziegler
    9 Jun 2015 | 6:10 pm
    “Yes, doctor.” It’s easy to agree with your doctor. After all, she knows what’s good for your health. Right? You do, too. Right? Discussing one’s personal health, in a collaborative way, can be a very difficult conversation. Image source: 123RF.com Call to action Last month I participated in the Patients as Partners Provincial Dialogue conference in Vancouver. I was there offering input from a Family Caregivers of BC perspective. Patients as Partners, as a concept, is not new. It does though reflect a trend; decision-making around personal healthcare decisions should be a…
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    Leader Networks blog

  • The Marketing Technology Tsunami: How To Avoid Disaster

    Vanessa DiMauro
    18 Aug 2015 | 7:25 am
    As our summer fun winds down, we Marketers kick into planning season for Q4 and beyond. One of the biggest areas of focus these days is on Marketing technologies as enablers to the overall strategy. Given the wide and varied range of marketing technology, it is increasingly important to focus on the big picture and then find the right tools to support the mission. To help enable holistic thinking, I have invited my colleague Lisa Nirell to share a guest blog post on the topic. She brings the “birds eye” view with her keen perspective and experience. Lisa is the Chief Energy…
  • 6 Things Rock-Star Community Managers Never Do

    Vanessa DiMauro
    24 Jun 2015 | 5:53 am
    Over the past ten years, my blog has offered many suggestions on community management strategy and operations best practices, as well as ideas for programs and lots of practical advice. But one thing we haven’t done (until now) is look at community management from the inside out – from the community manager’s perspective. It’s no secret that community management is one of the most challenging roles for a knowledge worker. Success relies on minute-by-minute mini decisions, driven by an overall strategy. Great community managers must be equal parts therapist, improv comedian, shepherd,…
  • 8 Ways to Use Social Media to Drive Engagement

    Vanessa DiMauro
    12 Jun 2015 | 10:18 am
    Social selling. Sounds good, right? Millions of modern marketers from around the globe are discovering that they can use digital channels to reach their buyers online. Sounds simple, obvious really. “We’ll use LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook to post information and images about what we do and they will flock.” But is it really that easy or is this a rerun of Field of Dreams? Build it and they will come has never panned out online. We tried this with online communities and the internet is awash with digital litter of empty forums and unanswered questions. Yet, we are at it again building…
  • Why Building Social Capital Matters In Business

    Vanessa DiMauro
    9 May 2015 | 7:50 am
    I’ve been a little quiet on the blog lately because I have been busy with clients and giving talks – lecturing on social selling at Cisco’s Partner Summit to teaching about knowledge management at Columbia’s IKNS program (see photo above) and a few other stops along the way. While each venue had a different focus, the common theme across them all is that to succeed using social channels, one needs to be intentionally focused on relationship building. The strength of your relationships – the trust you build on and offline – translates into your strategic value. Your…
  • “Just Keep Doing What You’re Doing?” Stop, Then Find Your Way

    Vanessa DiMauro
    2 Apr 2015 | 5:04 am
    I sometimes hear managers say to their reports “Just keep on doing what you’re doing.” As soon as I hear this, I begin to wonder: “Do they know where they’re going with what they’re doing?” When it comes to social business, “keep on doing” often means the firm’s online activities may be taking them far, far away from the goals they set out to reach. A clearly-articulated strategy and well-defined goals are key elements of business success. To be worth the time and effort, every business activity should contribute to moving the organization in the right direction and…
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    The Social Workplace

  • Results of BLR’s Employer Branding Survey

    Elizabeth
    19 Aug 2015 | 8:35 am
    In June, BLR conducted an employer brand survey to solicit input from companies on what they are doing for internal and external employer branding stack up against each other. The purpose of the survey was to provide insight into the following questions and more: How many companies are devoting programs to both internal and external branding? Who at the organization is typically responsible for such programs? What role do prospective, high potential (HIPO), and alumni employees play in branding? How are businesses monitoring their brand and reputation? Which branding strategies are…
  • The Journey from Candidate to Hire Touches Every Aspect of the Employer Brand

    Elizabeth
    13 Aug 2015 | 6:28 am
    It’s no secret that talent acquisition is evolving faster than it ever has and much of it has been due to candidate expectations of employers what we like to call the “consumerization of the candidate experience.” Candidates expect an experience on par with the consumer experience and when they make purchase decisions (and what is a career choice other than “our most important purchase decision”), they want an experience that is transparent, relationship-based, personalized and flexible. So what does that mean for talent acquisition organizations? Smashfly, a company who specializes…
  • Ten Company Culture Killers [#infographic]

    Elizabeth
    30 Apr 2015 | 11:08 am
    Great infographic by OfficeVibe, an employee engagement company. It’s a list of the ten things that will destroy a company’s culture and cause low employee engagement. Here are the company culture killers: This infographic was crafted with love by Officevibe. Learn employee engagement facts that will stop company culture killers from growing in your company.
  • What contributes to decreased employee morale?

    Elizabeth
    1 Apr 2015 | 10:00 am
    ​Employee morale is perhaps one of the most important but most difficult things to manage. It’s critical to maintain high morale in order to increase retention, but it’s often difficult to get an accurate read on how employees feel and what is causing them to be dissatisfied.​ [HR Daily Advisor] At my previous company, we worked with PricewaterhouseCoopers to conduct an audit of employee exit surveys and found there were some interesting comments and points as to why employees were leaving. While most managers believe that employees leave for more money, the results of the survey…
 
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    Collective Self

  • Together

    lori
    23 Aug 2015 | 9:09 am
    a flash poem inspired by my We Shall Dance With Mountains friends. Amazing photo by Joe Milmoe…   Together distant galaxies being born an opening hand stretching across the womb of space touch the darkness with spinning fingers new fingertips encountering creator being created breathe in the heavy water here on the sea floor expel star dust wiggle new toes we dance apart as light within the dark as dark we soothe stiching parts back together discover within ourselves hellbender salamander
  • Welcome to the Void

    lori
    11 Aug 2015 | 5:27 pm
    so welcome here sitting in the sun at a rusty table lunch with caregivers in front of Useless Bay sparrows bathe in dust at our feet fluff and primp without shame we admire the audacity together we swing across Alzheimer’s through marriage troubles creative projects travel waistlines back into Alzheimer’s seamlessly belly laughs to tears nuts and bolts to wild imaginings pain, fear, and giggling back out of ourselves someone says “I can see when she is leaving this space-time continuum” I think “Yes! That’s it!” our grateful multiselves grateful we don’t have watch this…
  • Letting It Be

    lori
    8 Aug 2015 | 10:40 am
    a flash poem inspired by my new We Shall Dance with Mountains friends…   Letting It Be soft paused cat nose to velvet bumblebee nose children down on the beach yelling to one another in self-created language: “Unda buda!” shout lungs “Oggie buggie buda!” echo other lungs my brain begins to translate decides just let it bee eyes shift to a new spot in the far tree where eagle sits watching her perfect huge and bumbling brown twins practice soaring preparing for their approaching family vacation eyes spot my favorite human neighbor being walked by his timid…
  • Loving to Pieces, Autopoiesis

    lori
    28 Jul 2015 | 1:45 pm
    Flash poetry (created and shared online in <10 minutes) inspired by an amazingly prolific and resilient researcher friend. I turned a research abstract into a poem on the fly for him. That’s me apparently: nerdy poems on the fly, no waiting. Isn’t life beautiful?   Loving to Pieces, Autopoiesis emergence resurgence convergence moving away some days from reduction mind-sets to dance with holist approaches honoring context squeezing self-organizing systems loving to pieces, autopoiesis misty-eyed chaotic systems tickling multi-agent systems blushing running across the field…
  • I Break My Heart Each Morning

    lori
    8 Jul 2015 | 3:30 pm
    I break my heart each morning so there is room for her her memory and story her history inside of me disease that slowly separates her away from her beyond disease a slow release of precious self to daughters mom we broke ourselves each morning let our hearts be wounds now find those hearts a gentle gauze wound around the world  
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