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  • 10 Business Reasons to Meet and Collaborate Virtually Instead of In-Person

    Collaborative Journeys
    Ben Ziegler
    21 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    It used to be that meeting virtually was frowned on, when meeting in-person was an option. These days, the preferred choice is often flipped.   Let’s meet and collaborate virtually, first.  Virtual collaboration is increasingly the way to make a difference. As a virtual meeting facilitator, here’s ten scenarios I’ve found well served with a virtual meeting, even when many/all of the participants are co-located in the same geographical area: Add a (remote) voice to the conversation.    Adding a distant expert, or person-in-the-know, to the conversation, can help with…
  • How to Have More Happiness Moments

    Moving From Me To We.com
    Kare Anderson
    16 Jul 2014 | 7:41 am
    An elementary school teacher in rural Arkansas made a bracelet of charms of each student in her class so she could continually remind herself of how she cared about each one, and her passion for teaching them.The rest of the story is the real clincher for seeing that happiness can be a choice.She wakes up each morning with the painful fatigue that most face when they have the chronic, erratic and incurable disease, multiple sclerosis.Many would give up and quit working yet some don’t, as Shawn Achor shows in his new book Before Happiness. Why do different people in the same situation…
  • 3 Reasons To Pay Attention To Intercloud

    Cisco Blog » Collaboration
    Marcus Gallo
    21 Jul 2014 | 8:06 am
    Back in March, together with our partners, we announced plans to build the world’s largest global Intercloud . We consider this [...]
  • 8 Subtle Ways You’re Sabotaging Your Work Relationships

    The Fast Track
    Alexandra Levit
    28 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    Do you know your colleague’s children’s names? If you want her to help you later on, you might want to memorize them. The devil is in the details. While it’s of course important to focus on the big... Follow The Fast Track on Twitter: http://twitter.com/intuitquickbase & Google+ at https://plus.google.com/u/0/b/106377964303068533661/+quickbase
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    Online Collaboration Latest News - Robin Good Newsradar
    28 Jul 2014 | 8:08 am
    ... areas of emphasis currently when we talk about collaboration. Evidence that the rules are changing. 10,579 Israeli students took the largest online civics class online in February, taught ...
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    Moving From Me To We.com

  • How to Have More Happiness Moments

    Kare Anderson
    16 Jul 2014 | 7:41 am
    An elementary school teacher in rural Arkansas made a bracelet of charms of each student in her class so she could continually remind herself of how she cared about each one, and her passion for teaching them.The rest of the story is the real clincher for seeing that happiness can be a choice.She wakes up each morning with the painful fatigue that most face when they have the chronic, erratic and incurable disease, multiple sclerosis.Many would give up and quit working yet some don’t, as Shawn Achor shows in his new book Before Happiness. Why do different people in the same situation…
  • Can You Keep Your Cool When Under Fire?

    Kare Anderson
    29 Jun 2014 | 12:15 pm
    When you most want to smash someone in the face or run out of the room, remember this ironic opportunity. Cooling off someone else’s anger can be a way to actually bring that person closer. Warning: Don’t add fuel to the fire by suggesting that they calm down.Hint: “the opposite of anger is not calmness, it’s empathy,” notes Mehmet Oz. So, when someone’s angry at you, that empathy must start with you.Here are five actionable tips that have helped me, when I’ve used them, which is not often enough. None will work all the time, and some will work better for your personality style…
  • How Can We Be So Wrong About What Others Are Thinking?

    Kare Anderson
    26 Jun 2014 | 10:36 am
    We are overly confident about our capacity to read other people, even our spouses. Trying to “detect the emotion someone is feeling by looking at a picture of their face or looking into someone’s eyes” (two common mind reading tests) actually worsens our accuracy, according to MindWise author and behavioral science professor at the University of Chicago, Nicholas Epley.This flies in the face of common wisdom that, to boost understanding, we should, metaphorically step into the other person’s shoes. As Dale Carnegie famously suggested as his Principle 8 in How to Win Friends and…
  • How Power Connectors Become More Highly Valued

    Kare Anderson
    26 May 2014 | 3:05 pm
    “The way to get someone to like you immediately is to find a commonality. Almost any commonality, no matter how trivial – a shared alma mater, an interest in running, a love of dogs – will get the ball rolling,” Influence author, Robert Cialdini told Reinventing You author, Dorie Clark, notes Judy Robinett in her new book, How to be a Power Connector.Sure people like people who are like them. That’s the Familiarity Effect. Some of the most enduringly popular entertainers, for example, have what’s call high Q scores, including Tom Hanks, Ellen…
  • Is That The Story You Want To Keep Telling Others?

    Kare Anderson
    8 Apr 2014 | 11:49 am
    Writing of her secret life as a prostitute, a blogger with the pseudonym Belle de Jour had a backstory worthy of a movie script. In fact it was turned into a Showtime TV series. She wanted to have a satisfying next chapter of her life story so she wrote about it. You see she’s “a respected specialist in developmental neurotoxicology and cancer epidemiology.”Few of us lead a startling double life yet many may want to play a new role, with different scenes, settings and characters.To re-shape the story you are living,  view it as a movie. That’s what Donald Miller did when…
 
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    Cisco Blog » Collaboration

  • 3 Reasons To Pay Attention To Intercloud

    Marcus Gallo
    21 Jul 2014 | 8:06 am
    Back in March, together with our partners, we announced plans to build the world’s largest global Intercloud . We consider this [...]
  • The World Cup, Piano Movers, and IVR

    Jeff Campbell
    14 Jul 2014 | 8:49 am
    As I write this, it’s World Cup time, reminding me of an old saying that in football (or soccer, as we Americans [...]
  • Mud, Lightning and Collaboration

    Andy Johnston
    10 Jul 2014 | 9:30 am
    Despite having spent most of a weekend stood in mud, rain and thunderstorms at the Glastonbury festival , I’ve spent time since [...]
  • Cute Babies, Collaboration, and Competition

    Kim Austin
    8 Jul 2014 | 5:47 pm
    Call it conditioning, call it culture, call it what you want. Competition hinders collaboration. A lot of organizations like to talk about collaboration. That’s great… if you actually reward collaboration. We’re more often conditioned to compete for the one top spot: first to the finish line, highest score, best results, employee of the month, cutest baby, Stanley Cup.
  • How to Start Transforming Your Workplace

    Carl Wiese
    1 Jul 2014 | 9:08 am
    It’s clear that many of you understand the benefits of creating activity-based work environments. You want to create spaces in [...]
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    The Fast Track

  • 8 Subtle Ways You’re Sabotaging Your Work Relationships

    Alexandra Levit
    28 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    Do you know your colleague’s children’s names? If you want her to help you later on, you might want to memorize them. The devil is in the details. While it’s of course important to focus on the big... Follow The Fast Track on Twitter: http://twitter.com/intuitquickbase & Google+ at https://plus.google.com/u/0/b/106377964303068533661/+quickbase
  • How to Get Your Big Idea Into the Marketplace

    Anita Bruzzese
    28 Jul 2014 | 4:30 am
    It takes more than a good idea to be successful. You also have to figure out its strengths and weaknesses, and how to handle challenges that threaten it ever seeing the light of day. Without a game... Follow The Fast Track on Twitter: http://twitter.com/intuitquickbase & Google+ at https://plus.google.com/u/0/b/106377964303068533661/+quickbase
  • How Leaders Can Keep a Team Engaged After Telling Them “No”

    Anita Bruzzese
    25 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    How do you keep people engaged after telling them “no”? That’s often a question with which leaders wrestle, knowing that saying “no” can be demoralizing, and even push employees to start... Follow The Fast Track on Twitter: http://twitter.com/intuitquickbase & Google+ at https://plus.google.com/u/0/b/106377964303068533661/+quickbase
  • How to Know if Your Technical Skills Need an Upgrade

    Alexandra Levit
    24 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    The market for continuing education in technical fields is exploding, but are re-skilling efforts worth it? The answer is: it depends on your situation. According to the 2014 Udemy Skills Index, an... Follow The Fast Track on Twitter: http://twitter.com/intuitquickbase & Google+ at https://plus.google.com/u/0/b/106377964303068533661/+quickbase
  • How to Delegate Last-Minute Work Without a Mutiny

    Alison Green
    24 Jul 2014 | 4:30 am
    No matter how well you plan out your team’s work, you might occasionally need to delegate an urgent project at the last-minute. Here’s how to do it without sending your team into rebellion or causing... Follow The Fast Track on Twitter: http://twitter.com/intuitquickbase & Google+ at https://plus.google.com/u/0/b/106377964303068533661/+quickbase
 
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    MacNN | collaboration News

  • Rumor: Apple working with Swatch, Timex, more for 'iWatches'

    23 Jul 2014 | 8:16 pm
    Though Swatch is perhaps best-known these days for pooh-poohing the idea that Apple's forthcoming "iWatch" health device would "be a revolution," a new rumor from anonymous sources claims that the Swiss watchmaker may be among other watch firms working with Apple to bring the "iWatch" technologies to a wide range of co-branded devices for different markets. While such...
  • Briefly: Aquafadas and Kobo magazine collaboration, new Sonos app

    13 May 2014 | 1:09 pm
    Digital e-magazing software publisher Aquafadas and e-reader maker Kobo have begun collaborating, in light of Aquafadas' cloud-based eZine publishing offering. The Aquafadas Cloud Authoring platform allows Kobo to digitize magazines on a mass-focused level, and has done so for more than 200 titles and a total of over 7,000 issues....
  • Mendeley Desktop research collaboration tool reaches 1.0

    28 Jul 2011 | 6:45 pm
    Mendeley, a collaborative social network for researchers combined with a cloud-based document management and storage application, has hit several milestones lately: over 1 million individual users, over 100 million research papers in its database, and the release of Mendeley Desktop 1.0 for all three major platforms. The app works as a PDF document management tool and offers levels of public and p...
  • OmniPlan 2.0 project management app adds collaboration focus

    18 Jul 2011 | 6:00 pm
    The Omni Group is launching an update to its project management software, OmniPlan 2.0 today. The update adds collaboration capabilities, allowing managers to create and share projects with a team, and syncing over MobileMe, Omni Sync Server or a WebDAV server. Other added features include support for fiscal calendar years for scheduling according to business protocols, the ability to save filters...
  • IBM brings Lotus communication app to the iPad

    8 Jun 2010 | 5:35 pm
    IBM has announced that its Lotus messaging and collaboration utility will be available on the iPad. Lotus Notes Traveler will allow users to connect with enterprise e-mail, calendar and contact information from Lotus Domino servers and other mobile devices....
 
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    Collaborative Journeys

  • Out of This World Collaboration

    Ben Ziegler
    28 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    Summer is a time to chill with some good reads.  And what could be better than some ‘out of this world’ escapism!  This week I read An Astronaut’s Guide To Life On Earth, by Chris Hadfield.  Hadfield was the Canadian commander of the International Space Station (ISS), a multi-nation collaboration, for 5 months in 2012/2013.    Hadfield’s book is part biography, personal, and so informative and entertaining (e.g., details on peeing in zero gravity).  His journey is one of life-long focused learning, involving thousands of small steps.  Uber achiever and achievement. The…
  • Effective communications: High-context in a low-context virtual world

    Ben Ziegler
    24 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    Keeping communications high-context in the virtual world can be a frustrating exercise.  Virtual interactions tend to favour low-context, direct and impersonal, forms of communication.  If you’re from a high-context culture, beware. Here’s a two-minute screencast I created to look at the high/low context conundrum, and what you can do about it: http://collaborativejourneys.com/wp-content/uploads/High-context-communications.mp4 This screencast is part of a self-paced e-course on virtual collaboration that I’m working on.   The course will be available later this summer…
  • A Lesson from a Golf Champion: Separate Process and Outcome

    Ben Ziegler
    22 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    Rory Mcllroy won last week’s British Open golf tourney.  The British Open (aka “The Open”) is considered one of the 4 majors; i.e., global golf’s most influential competitions.   Mcllory’s assessment of his triumph was revealing, and included some insights, on letting go, and detaching oneself from the outcome.  Zen-like. photo credit: Ross Kinnaird/R&A Only 25, Mcllroy is golf’s current ‘boy wonder’. He kept media and fans on edge during the week, until after his victory, with his “secret 2 words”; words he used as a personal mantra, during the week.  What were…
  • 10 Business Reasons to Meet and Collaborate Virtually Instead of In-Person

    Ben Ziegler
    21 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    It used to be that meeting virtually was frowned on, when meeting in-person was an option. These days, the preferred choice is often flipped.   Let’s meet and collaborate virtually, first.  Virtual collaboration is increasingly the way to make a difference. As a virtual meeting facilitator, here’s ten scenarios I’ve found well served with a virtual meeting, even when many/all of the participants are co-located in the same geographical area: Add a (remote) voice to the conversation.    Adding a distant expert, or person-in-the-know, to the conversation, can help with…
  • Communications and Making “Common” – In Real Life and Virtual

    Ben Ziegler
    16 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    Most of us advocate for better communications between people.   What exactly does it mean though, ‘communications’? Apparently its roots are Latin in origin, and mean to make “common”.   If we think of communications as making common, getting on the same page, then its part and parcel of effective collaboration.   And that making common, and collaboration, can happen anywhere, face-to-face, aka In Real Life, or in virtual spaces. Making common is one of the many things you should know as a facilitator of effective communications. Here’s a short screencast I…
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    Perficient Portals and Social Business

  • Why Social Needs to be Part of Your Portal

    Glenn Kline
    23 Jul 2014 | 9:22 am
    IBM’s 2014 Digital Experience Conference started Wednesday off with a great session by Mac Guidera, Social Workforce Strategist from IBM, titled “Why Social Needs to be Part of Your Portal.”  The session was very insightful blending a mix of statistics, trends, best practices and insightful thoughts. Social Business Patterns Patterns represent modernized processes with dynamic, repeatable and measurable “people interactions” created by building social into work and life.  These patterns are repeatable way to interact an engage, share innovative ideas, finding…
  • IBM Portlets Running on Liberty Profile on IBM Bluemix

    Mark Polly
    23 Jul 2014 | 9:22 am
    You may not have heard of the Liberty Profile, unless you are interested in running WebSphere Application Server in a cloud environment like BlueMix.  Saurabh Agarwal and Jaspreet Singh presented this session at the IBM Digital Experience Conference. What is this Liberty Profile? Liberty is a lightweight WebSphere Application Server that is already embedded in IBM Bluemix which runs on Softlayer.  By lightweight, I mean that the install of the server is fast, startup is fast, and it is optimized for cloud. Liberty is really targeted at developers and improving the experience for developers.
  • Consumer Engagement at Florida Blue with IBM Digital Experience

    Mark Polly
    22 Jul 2014 | 3:49 pm
    Glenn Kline of Perficient and Phani Kanakala from Florida Blue presented a case study of how Florida Blue, Florida’s largest healthcare payer, uses IBM Digital Experience to engage consumers.  Florida Blue’s mission is “To improve the health and well-being of Floridians and their communities”.  This really is a good reason to engage customers. Florida Blue has been using IBM Digital Experience platforms since 2008.  Every year Florida Blue added new features and new sites to their customer experiences.  The IBM platform allowed the business people to manage content…
  • IBM Digital Experience in the Cloud: New Options and Capabilities

    Mark Polly
    22 Jul 2014 | 1:55 pm
    Tony Higham and Paul Kelsey spoke about deploying IBM Digital Experience on both an on-premise and public cloud.  There are 5 properties of the cloud generally recognized in the market.  IBM is fully supporting each of theses properties: On-demand & Self Service – its there when you need it Broad Network Access – a global network with fast access from any device Resource Pooling – customers share computing resources at some level.  IBM is not really embracing shared hardware.  They are really into private instances on bare metal. Rapid Elasticity – you get what…
  • Integrating IBM Digital Experience and Microsoft SharePoint

    Mark Polly
    22 Jul 2014 | 10:21 am
    Jason Cornell spoke at the IBM Digital Experience Conference about how well IBM Digital Experience software integrates with SharePoint. When IBM talks about integration with SharePoint, its usually how to display SharePoint content or apps within WebSphere Portal. There are a bunch of ways that IBM has enabled out-of-the-box integration with SharePoint: IBM has Web Application Bridge to pull in SharePoint sites, libraries, lists, wikis, blogs, announcements and so on.  The Bridge displays content from SharePoint as-is or you can intercept the HTML produced by SharePoint and do some…
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    Leader Networks blog

  • TLC for Community Managers – Tips To Avoid Burnout

    Vanessa DiMauro
    17 Jul 2014 | 11:05 am
    Community management burnout – its impact and how to avoid it – is an evergreen topic at every gathering of social media practitioners.  It is a tough, never ending job that knows no bounds – all done through email and online communications. I doubt there are many other professions where time online is so high.   We all know the problem exists, however until the typical online community scales their resources to offer their fierce leaders some breathing room, it remains a job hazard.  My favorite insider community manager joke is “I am smiling from my wrists…
  • Social Business and the Responsive Enterprise

    Vanessa DiMauro
    7 Jul 2014 | 5:35 am
      The Social Business era has arrived, and with it, individual customers now have a voice. “Listen to me,“ they shout from digital rooftops. “Meet my needs and exceed my expectations,” they demand – online and offline. They’re not passive recipients of products, services and one-way messaging any more. Since the dawn of commerce, businesses have tried to get closer to their customers. That day is here. Customers are clamoring for greater intimacy with firms they trust, to drop the veil, raise the shades, get close and personal, have a real conversation. Sadly, many customers get…
  • Social Media for Strategy-Focused Organizations

    Vanessa DiMauro
    19 Jun 2014 | 11:17 am
    By Vanessa DiMauro and Adam Zawel As social media is growing up, so is executive leadership’s understanding of how it can support or enable an organization’s strategy. My colleague Adam Zawel, community director for Palladium Group’s online community and I wrote an article about the powerful impact social can have in aligning strategy with operations. Palladium was founded by leadership giants Drs. Robert Kaplan and David Norton.  The firm helps organizations effectively and sustainably execute their strategies through the use of the Balanced Scorecard, Strategy-Focused…
  • Secrets of Great Communities And Community Managers

    Vanessa DiMauro
    12 Jun 2014 | 7:51 am
    Last week I delivered a presentation “Secrets of Great Communities and Community Mangers” at the KAConnect conference.  It was a wonderful, inspiring event for knowledge management professionals in the Architecture & Engineering (an $11B industry). Given the focus of their practice, this industry is fueled by a unique balance of structure and creativity.  The gauntlet had been dropped on helping make sense of the complexities of employing  professional collaboration to create buildings, cities and parks.  While there are many things to be said about this topic, here are 5…
  • 56 Lessons From 20 Years of Online Community Building

    Vanessa DiMauro
    28 May 2014 | 5:41 am
    Ever wonder what it takes to succeed with online community strategy and operations?  Here are 56 lessons learned culled from 20 years of online community building experience. 1.  To succeed at online community building, your organization must be able to give members a reason to convene – online or offline. 2.  Take time to validate your community strategy with prospective members. They will likely help you make important adjustments to the plan. 3.  The sponsoring organization must create a balance of “gives” to members and “gets” from members – no community can be one-sided;…
 
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    The Social Workplace

  • How HR can Align Employee Engagement to Business Success

    Elizabeth
    14 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    As a professional who leads HR communication and strategy, discussions on how to analyze, increase and measure employee engagement are a regular part of my meetings with HR executives and senior leadership. And what I’ve come to realize is that employee engagement means different things to different people… and how you achieve engagement has differing thoughts as well. But a common theme that surfaces in all my conversations is how to equate an engaged workforce to being successful as business? For some companies, engagement means providing the tools necessary to be more…
  • Enabling The Social Workplace Through Social Technologies

    Elizabeth
    27 May 2014 | 2:34 pm
    Image courtesy of equatehr Through my own conversations, I have seen a shift in the C suite towards having a better understanding that social technology is no longer a “nice to have” but a “must have” in today’s results-driven workplace. There has been significant growth in the deployment of cohesive social platforms as a communications tool to help employees not only understand how their individual role contributes to overall business success but also as a valuable information tool for knowledge sharing and collaboration activities. However, while “72 percent of…
  • 2014 CMO’s Guide to Social Platforms

    Elizabeth
    26 Mar 2014 | 6:24 am
    Since 2010, CMO has released its annual infographic that highlights the social platforms that matter to marketers. For this year’s guide, CMO.com teamed with data visualization specialist Visual.ly to help with both content and design. For 2014, the Big Four are joined by newcomer SlideShare, 2013 entries Google+ and Pinterest, and Instagram, which makes its second appearance since2012. As in past years, each platform is evaluated by four key criteria: SEO, brand awareness, customer communication, and traffic generation, with performance compared with the past two years (except in…
  • Employees Are Your Best Brand Advocates #infographic

    Elizabeth
    25 Mar 2014 | 11:56 am
    Why is it so important to leverage your employees as brand advocates? Because they’re TWICE as trusted as your C-level executive!
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    Collective Self

  • The Morning After

    lori
    24 Jul 2014 | 12:21 pm
    so many empty plates dishes piled high corks found in corners furniture askew memory too what did I do? beside stained counters trash overflows its cans and there’s pure audacity in that recycle bin what will the neighbors think? candles broke their dams poured beyond imagined boundaries fell asleep together in self-chosen shapes the flowers are relaxing too hoping to get lucky their bravest petals off exploring table tops while tired balloons hover dirigible now they drift in settled, happy air and find content in stillness it was easy to love the party it’s easier still to love…
  • Questions for the Gentle

    lori
    22 Jul 2014 | 3:43 pm
    How did you do it my ancestral poets? How did you feel this world so completely when the gentle and the kind suffer while the greedy and mean run so many things? How did you embrace this world where war in all its forms spreads like fire where self-delusion and distraction trump noticing where exploitation, rape and weapons are just good business? How do you do it girls crouched and running through the rubble? Parents burying found pieces of your children? How do you give anything more to this world when so much of you has been taken when fear, rage and despair are your closest neighbors…
  • Summer Rhythm

    lori
    16 Jul 2014 | 12:44 pm
    Slow beat the summer heat watermelon eat stop admire earth-hardened feet catch warm-air nap eyes at rest beneath cap swim again one more lap that leap oh that leap from dock to lake felt better than crack remember and shivers still race down my back. Select sweet berries by the bucket load spy rabbit catch toad deer stroll past salad-bar the road garter snake wake grass alive under foot happy startled dog wag-leaps won’t stay put tide comes up surrounds our knees turning our faces in, to the breeze, becoming flowers to sunny bumbling bees. Wandering summer rhythm a warm night dance…
  • Writing After Midnight

    lori
    10 Jul 2014 | 10:19 am
    Now is the time to dance with your demons let your fear run amuck self-rattle your cages. Now is the time to howl at the moon, mourn your dead, your departed, your drifting away. Now is the time to flail, wail, scream hope that you’re dreaming wish you were dead. Free darkness to scare us bare us, beware us, blow us wide open, tear us apart. Find hunger unites us pain un-uptights us panic forges humble beings able to receive sincere praise. Grown fierce we move on now, even death cannot stop us and well she should fear us. Humans become human writing after midnight. Share this on…
  • The Voice of Unease

    lori
    8 Jul 2014 | 11:21 am
    One day I will hear the voice of unease before her tears fall. I will take her small hand, slow down, allowing the ample time she demands to reacquaint us with this lucky life. And when I do, we will see a neighbor teaching her dog how to dance. We will notice nervous new bird parents racing to feed crying baby. We will shut our eyes and pull that warm breeze into our souls. I will stay with her until we relax and breathe deeply: until we stubbornly insist on being the me I prefer to be. Share this on Facebook Share this on LinkedIn Tweet This! Share this on Google+ Get Shareaholic
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    Partnering Resources

  • Free Tool: Project Execution Assessment

    Maya Townsend
    9 Jul 2014 | 2:30 am
    Image from aeu04117 on flickr. The best strategies are simply good ideas… until someone implements them. How well does your organization execute? Our Execution Assessment measures performance along five critical dimensions: Strategic Clarity – How well has the organization defined the strategy? How will you know you’re successful? How adept is the organization at understanding progress and adapting to changes that affect the strategy? Right Resources – Does the implementation team have the skills, knowledge, and resources they need to succeed? How well have decision…
  • How to Mobilize a Weary Workforce

    Maya Townsend
    25 Jun 2014 | 11:42 am
    We are challenged to keep employees engaged, innovative, and productive. Yet, they often come across as weary, tenacious survivors. Many of them are tired, stressed, and worried about the future. Employees know enough not to talk about the challenges of keeping up amidst the tumult of organization life, the rapid change, the threats of layoffs, and the continuous “raising the bar.” But in quiet, off-line conversations, they talk about being tired, unengaged, and simply surviving. The costs of non-engagement are high. We live in a world of increasing competition, pressure to lower costs,…
  • Three Ways Human Networks Can Help Drive Change

    Maya Townsend
    11 Jun 2014 | 6:57 am
    The technology vice president of a local financial services company was frustrated. A bottom-line strategy depended on the success of a recent reorganization. Unfortunately, the reorganization was not generating the expected results. In fact, people were behaving just as usual, despite new reporting relationships and a redesigned divisional structure. This situation is more often the case than not: leaders design and institute strategies that fail to achieve results. According to a 2006 McKinsey survey, only 38 percent of change initiatives were completely or mostly successful at improving…
  • How to Help Managers Lead Change

    Maya Townsend
    28 May 2014 | 6:44 am
    Image: Lindsay Phillips on clker.com. We’re undergoing significant change and I can’t be everywhere. What can I do to help my managers lead change? Always Do This Make sure your managers always know what’s going on. That significant change is just one item on their very full plates. As soon as a client hollers, the change will get placed on the back burner unless you help keep your managers focused. Information updates should be on every staff meeting agenda. Be sure to cover what’s new and different since the last staff meeting, what’s on the schedule for the coming month…
  • 3 Ways to Supercharge Your Onboarding Process

    Maya Townsend
    7 May 2014 | 6:58 am
    3 Ways to Supercharge Your Onboarding Process They were hired with good intentions, but they never really fit in. Their fault? Think again. If your company is like most, your onboarding process is a big part of the problem. Remember your first day on the job? You probably made some judgments right away about the company and your decision to work there. Your employees do the same. Over their first few days, they learn what leaders think is a good use of time, how their time will be spent, and what’s expected of them. Too often, people’s onboarding experience leaves them feeling bored,…
 
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