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  • How and Where Will You Work in the Future?

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    Marcus Gallo
    22 Apr 2015 | 12:02 pm
    My previous blog post considered enterprise agility and our individual responsibility to take some level of ownership by being more present and connected. This week at UC Expo in London I met many industry colleagues, and it sparked off some interesting conversations. Two themes emerged that made me think about what work might look like in ten years time: 1) Balancing artisan creativity with the art of making money We agreed that the mass-market appeal and adoption of some technologies and devices have lead [...]
  • It's the data plan, stupid: The dark side of digital transformation

    ZDNet | Collaboration 2.0 RSS
    9 Apr 2015 | 10:34 am
    Data costs are now central to the economics of both individuals and the companies they buy things from. Digital strategy has to understand customer mobile data costs and associated mobile back-end development goals and budgeting.
  • How to Cope Effectively With Discomfort at Work

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    Alexandra Levit
    24 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    There’s no way to prevent change and the discomfort that comes along with it, especially in the unpredictable 21st century business world. What you can do, though, is learn to be at peace while chaos... Get the whole story and more on The Fast Track
  • Social Media Becomes a Lifeline in the Nepal Earthquake Aftermath - Global Voices Online

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  • A Basic 3-Step Model to Help You Resolve a Business Dispute

    Collaborative Journeys
    Ben Ziegler
    21 Apr 2015 | 3:00 am
    “This is taking up way more time than its worth”. Those are words I often hear from people weighed down by a business dispute. As a mediator of business disputes (and other non-criminal civil disputes), here is a basic 3-step framework model that I commonly use to help people move from dispute to resolution. You can use this model, too. 1. Seek to Understand   Almost everyone finding themselves in a dispute initially see themselves as “right” and the other as “wrong”. I’ve found the most valuable way to get people to move beyond their win/lose mentality is help them expand…
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    Cisco Blog » Collaboration

  • How and Where Will You Work in the Future?

    Marcus Gallo
    22 Apr 2015 | 12:02 pm
    My previous blog post considered enterprise agility and our individual responsibility to take some level of ownership by being more present and connected. This week at UC Expo in London I met many industry colleagues, and it sparked off some interesting conversations. Two themes emerged that made me think about what work might look like in ten years time: 1) Balancing artisan creativity with the art of making money We agreed that the mass-market appeal and adoption of some technologies and devices have lead [...]
  • “Hold Me Closer, Tony Danza” Customer Experience and Cisco Context Service

    Zack Taylor
    20 Apr 2015 | 7:45 am
    Due to a middle school crush, I became a fan of Elton John during the most prolific point in his career, releasing a series of records I still enjoy today. Always looking to impress, I’d listen to the albums again and again looking to memorize the lyrics if the chance for a sing-along ever presented itself.  If a verse was hard to understand, I’d take my best shot, which occasionally produced comic results. Little did I realize there’s a cottage industry of [...]
  • What to Know: Virtual Face-to-Face Engagements for Midsize Business

    Craig Smythe
    14 Apr 2015 | 1:54 pm
    Have you ever imaged what your company would look like if you only employed the best and the brightest employees? Midsize business leaders, just like enterprise companies, need to recruit and retain the most capable employees. They recognize that because today’s talent is on the move, the best employees may not be local. There is a new understanding for midsize organizations: To remain competitive, they need new ways to support engaging face-to-face virtual interactions. Midmarket organizations also recognize that as [...]
  • Collaboration Technologies Can Help Reduce Travel Costs Without Reducing Relationships

    Aleisha Render
    13 Apr 2015 | 7:31 am
    Did you know these corporate travel facts? On average, companies spent more than 10% of their total annual budget on expenses related to business travel in 2014, according to Aberdeen . Non-compliance with corporate travel policies is a top-three challenge for 57% of executives surveyed by Travelport . Nearly 85% of respondents to the Travelport survey say rising airfares and hotel rates have negatively affected their corporate travel programs. One of my favorite things in life is to travel and to explore [...]
  • Cisco and VBrick – Enhancing Enterprise Webcasting for Cisco Collaboration Customers

    Thomas Wyatt
    8 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    Over the past five years, we’ve seen an incredible shift in the way that organizations all over the world are using video every day. From an engineering team conducting their weekly meeting from multiple locations around the globe, to an employee being able to join an all-hands meeting from an iPad while on their balcony in Beijing, video has become a critical part of the workplace. And it’s not just real-time video; more and more employees are demanding ways to [...]
 
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    The Fast Track

  • How to Cope Effectively With Discomfort at Work

    Alexandra Levit
    24 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    There’s no way to prevent change and the discomfort that comes along with it, especially in the unpredictable 21st century business world. What you can do, though, is learn to be at peace while chaos... Get the whole story and more on The Fast Track
  • Why Managers Are Afraid to Ask for Help and How They Can

    Alison Green
    23 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    It’s tough to ask for help! As a manager, you might feel like you’re supposed to have all the answers. But asking for help isn’t a sign of weakness. Ever wished you could ask for help but felt... Get the whole story and more on The Fast Track
  • What the Army Taught Business About Project Failure Causes

    Denise O'Berry
    22 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    When a project fails, companies typically rush into the “blame game” with fingers pointed directly at the project manager. But it’s not necessarily their fault. And it’s important... Get the whole story and more on The Fast Track
  • 9 Ways to Tell if Someone is Uncoachable

    Alexandra Levit
    22 Apr 2015 | 4:30 am
    For some, coaching efforts are likely to fall flat. Root these employees out before you spend budget needlessly. Executive coaching is professional intervention with a focus on developing the skills... Get the whole story and more on The Fast Track
  • Team Productivity – What You Need to Know This Week

    Alison Green
    21 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    Here’s a look at three interesting stories currently in the news with ramifications for your team’s productivity. 1. No-meeting days are gaining popularity If you think you spend too much time... Get the whole story and more on The Fast Track
 
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    Collaborative Journeys

  • A Basic 3-Step Model to Help You Resolve a Business Dispute

    Ben Ziegler
    21 Apr 2015 | 3:00 am
    “This is taking up way more time than its worth”. Those are words I often hear from people weighed down by a business dispute. As a mediator of business disputes (and other non-criminal civil disputes), here is a basic 3-step framework model that I commonly use to help people move from dispute to resolution. You can use this model, too. 1. Seek to Understand   Almost everyone finding themselves in a dispute initially see themselves as “right” and the other as “wrong”. I’ve found the most valuable way to get people to move beyond their win/lose mentality is help them expand…
  • How I Flip a Training Workshop

    Ben Ziegler
    2 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
    “Flipped” learning is based on the premise that group time should focus on group interactions, and that content that you can learn on your own should be kept there; i.e., on your time. Most people are familiar with the flipped classroom model. Workshops, and certainly meetings, can be well served by taking a ‘flipped’ approach. Approach training from a different perspective. As a facilitator, here’s how I apply a flip mindset  to training workshops: Well in advance of the workshop I send out a questionnaire/survey to the registered workshop participants. My…
  • Respectful Workplace and Construction Companies

    Ben Ziegler
    31 Mar 2015 | 10:44 am
    Employee: “What do you mean I can’t tell him to fuck off?” Boss: “No, you can’t. Our new Respectful Workplace Policy requires that people treat each other civilly and politely. Telling him to f-off won’t cut it anymore.” Established construction companies are in transition. Historically, the construction industry, especially worksite tradespeople and workers, more-or-less accepted coarse language, harassment, even bullying… as part of the work environment. Male dominated… Early in my working life, I spent a handful of years managing engineering construction…
  • Love Your Clients: Give Them What They Want

    Ben Ziegler
    12 Feb 2015 | 1:28 pm
    It’s “love” week. Valentines Day is this Saturday, February 14. Of course, the love we offer this week need not be reserved for our partner-in-life or partner-of-the-moment. Why not extend it to your clients, in the workplace? If I were a syndicated advice columnist, Dr. Love, here is how I would respond to this readers’ question: “Dr. Love: How can I show my love for the people I serve, my clients?” x Anonymous Great question, Anonymous. Here’s how: You know the Golden Rule; we should do onto others as we would do onto ourselves. Here’s my advice. Don’t do it. Forget about…
  • The Three Sisters Approach to Managing Conflict in the Organization

    Ben Ziegler
    5 Feb 2015 | 12:09 pm
    We need to learn more of the old ways, and adapt them to today’s situations. Where I live, the oldest ways are of Aboriginal, Indigenous, Native origin. In Master chef and educator Dan Barber’s agitating book, The Third Plate: Field Notes on the Future of Food, he pays respect to the Iroquois’ Three Sisters Strategy, a farming strategy that shouted out to me… “Here is a guide, Ben, to managing conflict in the workplace and organization.” Thank you associative mind. The Three Sisters Strategy “Iroquois planted most of their corn – alongside dry beans and squash, a…
 
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  • Mobile is at the Top of CEO’s Agenda for Digital Transformation

    Mark Polly
    22 Apr 2015 | 6:17 am
    You’ve probably heard a lot about mobile in the past two years.  In PriceWaterhouseCoopers 18th annual Global CEO Study (2015), 81% of CEOs said that mobile technologies are strategically important to their business.  PWC says, “The sheer ubiquity of mobile devices today has revolutionised customers’ ability to obtain information – which has, in turn, transformed how they perceive value and the type of relationships they want to have with companies.” PWC Technology Infographic Everyday we see more and more evidence that mobile has to be a top priority for large and…
  • How George Proposed to Jane & Why CIOs Should Care: 2 of 2

    Sheri Hastings
    21 Apr 2015 | 3:51 pm
    We are not too far away from that kind of scenario playing out for all of us every day. Maybe three to five years, if not sooner.  This is coming and it WILL require a change in how organizations need to evolve to market, sell, deliver and support their customers  As companies design their support sites they are going to have to consider how the data they have about customers will be used,  not just by their own company but by other companies in a common data cloud. They will need to know and understand and proactively support and engage customers like George. They will also still have to…
  • How George Proposed to Jane & Why CIOs Should Care: 1 of 2

    Sheri Hastings
    21 Apr 2015 | 3:48 pm
    So many of the conversations from the Oracle Modern Customer Experience conference in Las Vegas are still on my mind. Many participants focused on how companies design the CX experience for the millennial generation. It was eye opening and frankly, also a bit perturbing. It was perturbing because as a baby boomer I don’t always understand how millennials think. In general, as baby boomers we want to be the ones to initiate our exchanges with the companies we patronize. We usually don’t usually want the people we buy from to have a deep and personal understanding of us. The idea of a…
  • Change Management in an Agile World

    David Chapman
    14 Apr 2015 | 5:50 pm
    The Agile method of IT project management has become increasingly popular over recent years, and rightfully so – it is a fantastic way of developing a new or improved technology.  It’s incremental and iterative approach allows for quality deliverables at project completion. This methodology, however, has caused many a headache for Change Management practitioners, who want to know what is coming when so that users may be prepared through communication, training, and other adoption techniques.  The challenge for Change practitioners is that frequently (usually), our IT counterparts in on…
  • The King’s New Ship – A Change Management Metaphor

    David Chapman
    14 Apr 2015 | 10:54 am
    Change Management is vague, frequently misunderstood term in business today.  I spend a lot of my time helping clients understand what we’re talking about when we talk about Change Management, and more importantly, imparting its value and the criticality of this discipline on projects today.  I heard a great metaphor this morning for describing Change Management, and it goes like this. One day, the king commissioned his shipbuilding team to build a bigger, better, and faster ship.  The new ship could transport much more cargo each month, increasing the revenues for the…
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  • “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…
  • Joining the Customer Journey Using Online Communities

    Vanessa DiMauro
    25 Feb 2015 | 12:43 pm
    Every marketer from Boston to Bejing seems to be focused on something called the “customer journey.” A Google search on this two-word phrase returns over 627,000 results. It’s one of those “Eureka!” moments – organizations realize buyers start researching a firm’s products and services long before they reach the point of purchase. These firms are now scrambling to find and engage with those customers while they are still on the move and before they arrive at a sales destination decision. But I gotta tell you, this is not news to those of us in the online community world. In…
  • An Interview With Rahul Sachdev, CEO of Get Satisfaction

    Vanessa DiMauro
    7 Feb 2015 | 7:17 pm
    As part of our ongoing interview series,  I had a chance to speak with Rahul Sachdev, CEO of Get Satisfaction, about his role, and vision of the future of online communities. He also shared some examples of exciting communities and what they can accomplish when customers and companies work together to solve problems and innovate. Here’s what he had to say… Vanessa:  Can you tell me about your background? Rahul:  I joined Get Satisfaction as CEO in February 2014 but I took an interesting path to get here. At heart, I am a technology guy who loves entrepreneurial environments and…
  • Community Manager Appreciation Day 2015: Looking Ahead and Back

    Vanessa DiMauro
    24 Jan 2015 | 8:30 am
    It’s that #CMAD time of year again: Hooray for community managers! Let’s celebrate those digital leaders for their tireless, selfless, thoughtful work which creates, sustains and expands online communities around the world. As anyone who has ever taken on the role can tell you, the online community manager’s job is one of the most demanding and most misunderstood in the knowledge work world. You can see for yourself by doing a job search on “online community manager.” The variety of tasks, responsibilities, requirements, skill sets and educational attainments…
  • How to Build the Online Community that Builds Trust

    Vanessa DiMauro
    15 Jan 2015 | 6:52 am
    Recently, I had the honor of being interviewed by Barry Feldman about online communities and how they can be a powerful trust-building vehicle when they are done well – which ain’t always easy to do.  An expert interviewer, Barry is able to pull great ideas out of his victims  interviewees to make for an informative and (entertaining) content.  I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed being interviewed! This article originally appeared on KISSMetrics blog. ___________________________________________________________________ Want to build an online community? When you…
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    The Social Workplace

  • 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…
  • Is Your Social Brand the Authentic You?

    Elizabeth
    27 Jan 2015 | 11:43 am
    Branding is no longer just for companies. People are increasingly ‘packaging and marketing’ themselves to find employment, whether that’s as a freelancer or for a company contract. The social branding trend is booming; there are how-to guides, blogs, articles and advice columns popping up everywhere with tips on how to perfect that brand and how to use it to connect with others. Social branding: Building a brand on social media. Social media offers an affordable way to build your brand online, engage more people and easily interact with potential and existing customers and/or employers.
  • “Learn, Plan and Do” your way to a Social Intranet

    Elizabeth
    20 Nov 2014 | 3:36 pm
    The corporate intranet is (or should be) the hub of all employee activity and transactions; where employees go to manage money, career, life events, and health. Taking your intranet to the next level means to not only stop pushing static content, but to also use social technologies to enhance the every day activities and transactions necessary for employees to learn, plan and do their jobs; thereby making them more efficient, engaged and productive: a social intranet. Social Intranet (sō’shəl) • (ĭn’trə-nĕt’)An intranet that utilizes social technologies to enhance the every day…
  • Is Email Dead for Employees?

    Elizabeth
    14 Nov 2014 | 8:03 am
    With such a strong focus these days on digital communication channels, my company recently conducted a communications channel audit of our 40,000 employees. The results of the survey show that email remains, today, the NUMBER ONE preferred method of communication with the Intranet coming in second. I know that many organizations are seeking new ways to engage with employees but when you have an organization where more than 50% of the workforce is disconnected — either intentionally or because of the nature of their work — slick, new digital solutions don’t always resonate with the…
 
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    Collective Self

  • Sentience (first draft)

    lori
    10 Apr 2015 | 5:06 pm
    It’s day 10 of #NationalPoetryMonth. Today I’m publishing a poem in progress. This is a first draft and is not finished. First an experience happened: four deer stepped out onto the road and walked directly toward my car down the middle of the road, causing me to stop and look them in the eyes before they moved on. A feeling arrived: awe at our connection to each other and to everything. Then a question: what will happen when we humans begin thinking about ourselves as one generation instead of 5 different generations? And as one with everything? Then some words began to show up…
  • Our Home is a Poem

    lori
    6 Apr 2015 | 12:51 pm
    Happy National Poetry Month, day 6! Today I created a found-object poem. I took 20 snapshots of words and images around our home and made a poet out of them. Fun! Our Home is a Poem You are here welcome you rock grab a beach bucket an empty journal or some art supplies I am at the beach alone or chillin with my Gnomies the birds or the best husband ever living the Yoda life faces turned seaward beneath a Scooby Doo moon Guests you are welcome so be at your ease help yourselves to some booze or make yourselves some tea wabi your sabi alone with a book or check the tide chart come join your…
  • Almost Imperceptibly Earth

    lori
    5 Apr 2015 | 11:16 am
    Celebrating National Poetry month by writing a poem a day in April. Today, a springtime nursery rhyme showed up…   Almost Imperceptibly Earth opens when we welcome shifts when we dance riffs when we improv crinkles when we laugh slows when we listen aches when we weep changes when we change rocks us to sleep
  • content to be everything

    lori
    4 Apr 2015 | 12:06 pm
    April is National poetry month in the U.S. I’m writing a poem a day to celebrate this year. Happy April!   Content to Be Everything lit from above warming green leaves with dusted-red edges unfurl new learning of selves connected I am leaf branch tree runner root seed forest perch food shelter paper pencil book board house home earth-bound sometimes floating free sometimes wind-bent sometimes rain-fed sometimes at times felled at times drowned destroyed and reimagined often yet content as everything content content to be everything
  • When Alien Beings Ask “Why Poetry?” I Offer Them This.

    lori
    2 Apr 2015 | 6:46 pm
    Hello and welcome to earth [bow with your hands pressed together near your heart.] [Oh, and if they offer a hand, flipper, tentacle, or anything else to shake, shake it. If they want to hug, hug.] here in the vastness of space [throw your arms open wide and look around] here where seasons and tides are gifts of convention where time and distance are fluid invention where music is solace and sunlight is grace we breathe poetry we can’t help ourselves [improv a little something to accompany the energy of words: maybe bounce, dance, spin in a circle, or hum something] we can’t help…
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  • The Evolution of Audience Response Tools

    Brittany Valente
    31 Mar 2015 | 7:56 am
    Remember when audience polling meant those cumbersome, black devices that looked like TV remotes? Today’s audience response tools have taken on many different forms. There are standalone polling apps such as Conferencies.io and Polleverywhere, which are simple, cheap, reliable and easy to use. Microsoft’s Bing Pulse allows audience members to tap a screen as often as every five seconds to share their positive or negative reactions and has been used by news organizations to garner audience reactions to speeches (including President Obama’s State of the Union address). “Newer on…
  • 10 Things to Ask When Planning a Meeting

    Brittany Valente
    25 Mar 2015 | 7:52 am
    Whether you have planned 100 meetings or none at all, there is no doubt that the list of questions to ask seems endless. Next time you are tasked with being the “planner”, impress your boss with new perspectives and show them your thought process. Everyone will feel kept in the loop and prepared for the coming meeting. Use the questions below to organize your thinking and reasoning while using them to make decisions for the perfect meeting or corporate event. 1. What are my goals and my organization’s goals for this program? Choose the desired accomplishments: To…
  • Open Office vs. Closed Office Debate

    Brittany Valente
    13 Feb 2015 | 8:15 am
    The trends are screaming that open offices are in and cubicles are out. The reasoning is to improve collaboration but how about productivity? January’s Work Design TALK at our Tysons Corner location brought together some of the design industry’s top professionals. They were asked what they love and hate about open office spaces vs. closed office spaces. If you still don’t know what you think about it, this quick debate will surely confuse you more. Hosted by: Work Design Magazine Videographer: Jason Cheung of Lost Note Productions The post Open Office vs. Closed Office…
  • Are we living in the office?

    Brittany Valente
    2 Feb 2015 | 8:30 am
    Convene was excited to host one of Work Design Magazine‘s TALKS about residential design in late January. Expert panelists in the design industry focused on the convergence of residential design characteristics into the workplace and trying to understand a bit more about those gaps in the open-work environments. Opinions were also given on what aspects of residential design can help to improve office environments to make them more productive and more comfortable. The Panelists: Kamran Arshad, principal designer at Coalesse Ruth Jansson, principal and director of interiors at Leo A…
  • Optimize Your Experience with Corporate Event & Meeting Agencies

    Brittany Valente
    28 Jan 2015 | 9:40 am
    Ever wonder what your planning agency associate is really thinking? Earlier this month, Helms Briscoe and NYC &Co gathered at Convene’s Grand Central conference center for a panel discussion on “How Best to Work with Helms Briscoe.” The panelists featured at the event were a group of Helms Briscoe associates and each one gave the audience a chance to pick their brain on the planning process as well as what it’s like to work with clients. Key takeaways when working with a meeting planning agency: 1.   Be aware that the marketplace has turned into a seller’s market and is…
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