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    Cisco Blog » Collaboration
    Andy Johnston
    28 Aug 2014 | 11:04 am
    I recently read a great article that talks about how midsized companies can take advantage of slow periods to visit customers, [...]
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  • 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…
  • The “Top Project Managers” – Biggest Obstacles

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    Dan Schawbel
    27 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    For the second post in this series, I talk to the project managers who made up the “Top 14 Project Managers to Follow on Twitter” List about what have been the biggest obstacles they’ve faced... Follow The Fast Track on Twitter: http://twitter.com/intuitquickbase & Google+ at https://plus.google.com/u/0/b/106377964303068533661/+quickbase
  • Deepen Your Friendships

    Moving From Me To We.com
    Kare Anderson
    5 Aug 2014 | 5:24 pm
    “When you throw mud you get dirty,  Adlai Stephenson once dryly remarked when advised to criticize his opponent who was launching vicious, personal attacks against him in a political campaign. He lost. Yet others, including me, believe you lose ground when you throw mud.  Instead, praise the part of someone that you genuinely admire when you are tempted to “go negative.”That way you can avoid being stained by your own criticism via spontaneous trait transference.  That’s where listeners automatically and unintentionally associate with you the trait you cite in…
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  • Deepen Your Friendships

    Kare Anderson
    5 Aug 2014 | 5:24 pm
    “When you throw mud you get dirty,  Adlai Stephenson once dryly remarked when advised to criticize his opponent who was launching vicious, personal attacks against him in a political campaign. He lost. Yet others, including me, believe you lose ground when you throw mud.  Instead, praise the part of someone that you genuinely admire when you are tempted to “go negative.”That way you can avoid being stained by your own criticism via spontaneous trait transference.  That’s where listeners automatically and unintentionally associate with you the trait you cite in…
  • 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…
 
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    The Culture of Collaboration

  • Health Insurance Company Experiences The Bounty Effect

    Evan Rosen
    11 Aug 2014 | 6:17 pm
    When Presbyterian Health Plan denied Dave Bexfield of Albuquerque, New Mexico reimbursement for a multiple sclerosis treatment trial, Bexfield launched a campaign to recover the $200,000 he spent on the treatment. He contacted media, bombarded Presbyterian with calls and emails, and ultimately lined his garage walls with the insurer’s denial letters, according to an August 1, 2014 column by David Segal in the New York Times. The treatment was a stem cell transplant trial sponsored by the National Institutes of Health. The trial worked in that Bexfield no longer takes M.S. medication and the…
  • Collaboration Keeps Martini Thriving for 150 Years

    Evan Rosen
    10 Aug 2014 | 5:39 pm
    Winemaking, at its best, involves collaboration. Making vermouth adds a layer of complexity to winemaking and therefore requires an extra dose of collaboration along with added alcohol, sugar and botanicals. Martini, also known as Martini and Rossi, is the top-selling vermouth producer globally. In the building known as Department 54 at Martini near Turin, Italy, winemakers and herbalists Making vermouth involves blending wine and botanicals. (Photo: Gary Sexton) collaborate to blend wine with botanicals. These include such herbs as dittany from Crete, a purported aphrodisiac, and the bitter…
  • Fixing General Motors and Curing Veterans Affairs

    Evan Rosen
    28 Jul 2014 | 3:39 pm
    General Motors chief executive Mary Barra has vowed to change the company’s culture and has testified before Congress that GM has taken steps to increase internal transparency and information sharing. This commitment follows a report exposing that GM discouraged raising or sharing safety concerns. The company commissioned the report, because GM failed to recall thousands of cars with defective ignition switches for eleven years. Similar calls for culture change have followed the Veterans Health Administration’s wait-for-care and numbers fudging scandal. President Obama has remarked that…
  • Pope Francis Promotes Collaborative Structure

    Evan Rosen
    30 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    The least collaborative organization is changing its structure. Which organization? Well, here are some of its characteristics. This global enterprise pays a few people to make decisions while everybody else follows orders. The CEO’s direct reports act like a royal court and compete for face time. Senior leaders often live lavishly and consume conspicuously. Headquarters micromanages satellite offices. Bureaucracy and formality reduce efficiency.  Internal competition runs rampant. The command-and-control organizational structure quashes dissent. Sound familiar? This description fits many…
  • Bankruptcy of Purse--and of Culture

    Evan Rosen
    9 Mar 2014 | 5:38 pm
    Can an organization’s culture portend disaster? For the answer, we need look no further than some of the most high-profile corporate scandals. Lehman Brothers, Worldcom and Enron— companies that experienced some of the largest bankruptcies in history— used accounting gimmicks which stemmed from bankrupt cultures. Command-and-control, internally-competitive, autocratic, star-oriented organizational cultures breed unethical and—in extreme cases—illegal behavior. Now Big Law gives us a new don’t-let-this-happen-to-you poster child for embracing the right culture. Leaders of the once…
 
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    The Fast Track

  • How Leaders Can Reach Their Full Potential – with Kevin Eikenberry

    Dan Schawbel
    29 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    I spoke to Kevin Eikenberry about how leaders can reach their full potential, how they can get ahead without isolating their team, and how a leader’s ego can get in the way of their success.... Follow The Fast Track on Twitter: http://twitter.com/intuitquickbase & Google+ at https://plus.google.com/u/0/b/106377964303068533661/+quickbase
  • What to Do When an Employee Makes a Serious Mistake

    Alison Green
    28 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    Assuming that you don’t employ robots, at some point you’ll have employees who make mistakes. (Although if you do employ robots, no need to read further.) Some mistakes are routine – a typo here, a... Follow The Fast Track on Twitter: http://twitter.com/intuitquickbase & Google+ at https://plus.google.com/u/0/b/106377964303068533661/+quickbase
  • Digital Royalty’s Amy Jo Martin: Why Innovation Is Worth the Work

    Alexandra Levit
    28 Aug 2014 | 4:30 am
    Innovation looks good on paper, but few established organizations are able to make it happen in practice. When I interviewed Digital Royalty’s founder Amy Jo Martin, the bestselling author of... Follow The Fast Track on Twitter: http://twitter.com/intuitquickbase & Google+ at https://plus.google.com/u/0/b/106377964303068533661/+quickbase
  • The “Top Project Managers” – Biggest Obstacles

    Dan Schawbel
    27 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    For the second post in this series, I talk to the project managers who made up the “Top 14 Project Managers to Follow on Twitter” List about what have been the biggest obstacles they’ve faced... Follow The Fast Track on Twitter: http://twitter.com/intuitquickbase & Google+ at https://plus.google.com/u/0/b/106377964303068533661/+quickbase
  • First-time Manager? Here’s What You Need to Know

    Alison Green
    26 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    If you’re new to managing, the skills that served you well up until this point probably aren’t going to be enough to bring you success managing a team. Managing well requires a whole different set of... 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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    Collaborative Journeys

  • Offering a Continuum of Choices is a Trusted Collaborative Problem Solving Technique

    Ben Ziegler
    25 Aug 2014 | 9:11 am
    When we’re stuck on a problem, and filled with negativity, the options lean to either/or.  When we articulate the spaces in-between, new possibilities emerge, a continuum of choices.   A continuum of choices reduces the risk of either/or, win/lose, and encourages collaborative problem solving. image: drawingoutideas.com Offer a continuum As a contract court mediator with Mediate BC, I often rely on continuum.  Lawsuits are filed.  The disputants arrive for the mediation. They come in with win/lose mindset.  “I’m right, you’re wrong”.  Their world is black and white.
  • 3 Preconditions for Effective Communications

    Ben Ziegler
    21 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    Ever reached out, across the virtual divide, and found your communications efforts less than stellar?  (Yep.)   Somehow, the conversation seems to have barely begun, before the scene deteriorates and communications fall apart.   Puzzled as to why things unfolded that way?   Maybe, the conditions weren’t in-place to begin with, for effective communications to happen. image source: drawingoutideas.com Effective virtual and I Real Life communications are similar.   In either scenario, if we have some common ground between us, we increase the likelihood for successful communications;…
  • Camp: The Professional Development Format of The Future

    Ben Ziegler
    18 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    When I was kid, many summers would find me at camp.   Invariably camp was fun, challenging (new things, new people, different rules…), and always a learning experience.   What if today’s “professional development” experience was like camp? image source: museumtwo.blogspot.ca MuseumCamp 2014 Nina Simon is Executive Director of theSanta Cruz (California) Museum of Art & History.   Through herMuseum 2.0 blog,  I’ve come to appreciate her participatory verve and insights.  Take her recent (July 30- Aug 2)MuseumCamp 2014- where else would a professional…
  • Communicating With Your Audience in Their Culture

    Ben Ziegler
    14 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    To communicate effectively we need to already have some areas of commonness between us.  Culture is one of those areas.   When facilitating virtual teams or in local cross-cultural contexts, I sometimes underestimate the differences between cultures.  It’s easy to auto-pilot into my culture’s way of doing things.  And, that’s not always a good thing. Culture and Commercials Through the Twitter serendipity connections engine, I came across a Japanese car commercial, promoting the 2014 Mercedes GLA car.  It’s definitely “different”, from my perspective.
  • The risk of letting others do your work: Loss of connection

    Ben Ziegler
    11 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    When I let others do my cooking, I hand over control.  And, in handing over that control, I sacrifice connection.  When I choose to go fast food over home cooking, I’ve removed myself from the connection between food ‘au naturel’ and finished product.  There is risk-reward in letting others do your work.    No human, or brainy computer for that matter, can track all connections.  Sometimes a leap of faith is required; e.g., even though I don’t know all the supply chain connections required to make a city bus, I believe in the value of public transit. Yet, getting…
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    Leader Networks blog

  • Spotlighting *Your* B2B Online Community – Call for Participation

    Vanessa DiMauro
    18 Aug 2014 | 9:56 am
    Calling all B2B community builders, the Big List is back! In 2011 Leader Networks, a well known social business research and consulting firm, researched and published a list of the top 71 online customer communities –drawing attention to thriving, dynamic, communities that didn’t receive much fanfare due to their focused audiences and limited public exposure. It holds true today that little is known about many of the most vibrant and visionary B2B communities due to their role as competitive advantages and their importance to their company’s strategic mission. In fact some of the…
  • Highlights from the 2014 Social Business Benchmark Study

    Vanessa DiMauro
    11 Aug 2014 | 5:54 am
    Another summer brings a new set of Social Business Benchmark study results! For the past three years, in partnership with the Society for New Communications Research (SNCR), we at Leader Networks, conduct an ongoing study on the impact social practices are having on organizations. Unlike the other studies that focus mainly on social media marketing, we examine the social footprint across  four important areas: Strategic intentions, operations, staffing, governance and organizational impact. This ongoing study has yielded responses from over 190 organizations, with 17 industries represented.
  • Social Marketing and Gender Equality through Power Networking: 4 Common Trends Related to Transformation, Power and Influence

    Vanessa DiMauro
    5 Aug 2014 | 12:52 am
    For my last (but certainly not least) guest blogger in the summer series, I have invited Dr. Patrica Fletcher to share her thoughts about the impact of social on transformation, power and influence.  Patti is a real powerhouse herself – she  is the global leader of the Cross-Portfolio Marketing and Social Marketing Center of Excellence teams at IHS, and is the Co-Founder and CEO of PSDNetwork, LLC.  Her work centers on enablement and culture change with a particularly interesting focus on women in the boardroom.  I am inspired by Patti and her work and am sure you will be too! Read…
  • Measuring What Matters: Those Addictive Numbers

    Vanessa DiMauro
    29 Jul 2014 | 4:27 am
    I’ve done it. It’s gone. Cold turkey. After years of asserting we need to measure what matters in social business – as opposed to just tracking outcomes we can count easily — I decided to take down the social sharing counter on my blog. You can still share our blog items on social media tools – please do! –but we won’t be quantifying every act of sharing anymore. Walking the talk? Well, the fact is my social sharing tool was unreliable. When the Leader Networks site re-launched about a year ago, we “lost” all our counts. Thousands of tiny emotional validations which…
  • 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…
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    Collective Self

  • How to Be Heard by a Total Asshole

    lori
    20 Aug 2014 | 2:57 pm
    Be quiet for gratitude. Give yourself time to notice the privileges sent your way today. Not everyone is so fortunate. When you see how lucky you are, you show up humble. When you see how lucky you are, you can listen and connect. Lose sight of that and in one breath, one single moment, you become the asshole in the conversation. Today I am lucky for the friends around me, for the earth and sand I walk on, and for the ocean I draw deep healing from. I am lucky to have access to community, to food, to new ideas and skills, and to resources immeasurable. I went to bed feeling safe, and I walked…
  • What Does a Poet Do?

    lori
    17 Aug 2014 | 3:32 pm
    for Alice Walker Do you know that poets in our hardest moments in quiet attic battlefields sit with you to weep with joy? Do you know that humans at our most afraid carrying hearts so tender act because your actions give us faith in ourselves? Do you know as yet another person loses sight of humanity taking precious life precious limbs taking almost everything that matters pointlessly again and again and, fuck, not again, until I want to rip the American  and, this month, the Earthling badge off my burning human uniform hurl them into dark forgiving space submerge my inner being in…
  • Even Neck Deep in Shit, I’m Glad for Your Company

    lori
    11 Aug 2014 | 7:01 pm
    A promise to my family… Today, I will listen, not judge. Today, I will not trade in a deep ocean of love and respect for the red-hot coal of contempt. Today, I will forgive those who appear to judge me and those who appear to choose narrow self-interest above love. Today, when I mess this up, I will forgive myself and start again. Because we are worth it. I am making the choice today to love all beings regardless of—and usually because of— our faults and flaws. We are not united in our perfection: we never were. We are united in our imperfections. Wise women say that the cracks are…
  • 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…
 
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    Partnering Resources

  • The Bottleneck Effect: Are You Getting In Your Own Way

    Maya Townsend
    27 Aug 2014 | 6:39 am
    If you’re the black hole in your department, consider how to leverage your network to get out of your way and get more done. Managers are responsible for product delivery, project implementation, new ideas, and service improvement. But all too often, things don’t go as planned. If you’re in this situation, you might gain feedback like this: You’re not performing up to expectations You need to do better Brush up on your time management Your staff lacks skills and knowledge Your department is under-resourced You may have worked on this feedback without satisfying results. What do…
  • Large Group Ice Breakers: Free Twenty Questions Activity

    Maya Townsend
    30 Jul 2014 | 4:38 am
    Image by Sheila Swan-Scot on flickr. Effective large group ice breakers can be hard to find. I’ve often see leaders simply blow off the initial icebreaker as a waste of time since it’s so hard to find a short, engaging, helpful activity. However, icebreakers have a good purpose: they help people get oriented to who is in the room, focus their energy on the meeting, and participate actively. Twenty Questions is an easy icebreaker that quickly gets people talking and laughing. It can be used with groups as small as ten and as large as two hundred. (Actually, it might be possible…
  • 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…
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  • Mobile projects now available

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    15 Aug 2014 | 11:03 am
    Tweet Hope you have found some time to enjoy summer. We are also back with update news: from today on you can also start and test mobile projects for iPad, iPhone or Android. The post Mobile projects now available appeared first on Notism - A smarter way to discuss visual content. Free design team feedback & prototyping tool..
  • Video collaboration now available

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    2 Jun 2014 | 12:47 pm
    Tweet Yes you heard right video has arrived. Use the whole Notism toolset to review video: Notes, Sketches & Selections. Every time you use a tool Notism adds a timeline marker to the videofile. So it’s really easy to flip back and forth the feedback frames. The post Video collaboration now available appeared first on Notism - A smarter way to discuss visual content. Free design team feedback & prototyping tool..
  • Share and Win

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    21 Feb 2014 | 12:52 pm
    TweetSupport us with a tweet and be in with the chance to WIN 1 of 5 ENTERPRISE subscriptions for a whole year AND 1 of 5 great silkscreen prints by the great guys at stellavie (Include the hashtag #notism to enter the draw) The post Share and Win appeared first on Notism - A smarter way to discuss visual content. Free design team feedback & prototyping tool..
  • Replace or add new screen versions

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    13 Feb 2014 | 8:14 am
    TweetWhen uploading new files to your project you can now choose whether you want to add a new version or replace a current version. This feature is also available for bulk uploads. The post Replace or add new screen versions appeared first on Notism - A smarter way to discuss visual content. Free design team feedback & prototyping tool..
  • Vote Notism at the #netawards

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    13 Feb 2014 | 8:12 am
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