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  • Opportunity Makers Have Mutuality Mindsets

    Moving From Me To We.com
    Kare Anderson
    15 Sep 2014 | 1:51 pm
    Like many of you, I passionately believe that we can live happier and higher-performing lives with others when we enable others to use best talents together more often. Hint: a mutuality mindset probably matters more than your smarts, money, title or contacts in this increasingly complex yet connected world.   That belief is at the heart of my TED@IBM talk on September 23rd, which you can watch live: “The Web of Humanity: Becoming an Opportunity Maker.” I am in awe of the line up of speakers on “how to reimagine the world.” Here’s one method to spur greater…
  • Journey to the Cloud: a Smooth Transition

    Cisco Blog » Collaboration
    Marcus Gallo
    10 Sep 2014 | 9:54 am
    I speak with many business leaders about “the cloud” and how best to use it to improve collaboration . Quite often, discussions [...]
  • The energy sector's perfect storm

    ZDNet | Collaboration 2.0 Blog RSS
    1 Sep 2014 | 10:20 pm
    The energy sector has never looked more interesting - can the staid utility industry embrace the digital transformation strategic models required to stay relevant or will they be crushed in the emerging battle between tech and energy companies?
  • Workplace Success – What You Need to Know this Week

    The Fast Track
    Alison Green
    16 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    Here are three stories people are talking about this week. 1. Is the 40-hour work week dead? Technology was supposed to make our work lives run more efficiently, but as anyone who’s ever been... Follow The Fast Track on Twitter: http://twitter.com/intuitquickbase & Google+ at https://plus.google.com/u/0/b/106377964303068533661/+quickbase
  • Video: "See Eyewitness Testimony Fail"

    Online Collaboration Latest News - Robin Good Newsradar
    16 Sep 2014 | 3:24 pm
    Studies abound on the lack of confidence in eyewitness testimony, and teaching about it is a staple in International Baccalaureate Theory of Knowledge classes when we cover ...
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    Moving From Me To We.com

  • Opportunity Makers Have Mutuality Mindsets

    Kare Anderson
    15 Sep 2014 | 1:51 pm
    Like many of you, I passionately believe that we can live happier and higher-performing lives with others when we enable others to use best talents together more often. Hint: a mutuality mindset probably matters more than your smarts, money, title or contacts in this increasingly complex yet connected world.   That belief is at the heart of my TED@IBM talk on September 23rd, which you can watch live: “The Web of Humanity: Becoming an Opportunity Maker.” I am in awe of the line up of speakers on “how to reimagine the world.” Here’s one method to spur greater…
  • What Actually Makes You Seem Likeable?

    Kare Anderson
    6 Sep 2014 | 10:36 am
    When I was an “on-air talent” on an NBC show, one of the first things they tested before I was hired was my likeability, what the TV industry and others dub the “Q” factor. Even though I tested high on that range I was keenly aware that it mattered more than my journalism experience, smarts, willingness to work hard or aptitude for this job. In fact, I believed that at least three other candidates were better qualified.  Others call this effect the Mitt Romney mistake.Your early smile, sustained attention and warm nods – how much do these behaviors affect others? Enough to…
  • 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…
 
 
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    The Fast Track

  • Workplace Success – What You Need to Know this Week

    Alison Green
    16 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    Here are three stories people are talking about this week. 1. Is the 40-hour work week dead? Technology was supposed to make our work lives run more efficiently, but as anyone who’s ever been... Follow The Fast Track on Twitter: http://twitter.com/intuitquickbase & Google+ at https://plus.google.com/u/0/b/106377964303068533661/+quickbase
  • When Teams Collide: How to Merge Two Teams into One

    Caitria O'Neill
    15 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    Your company has decided to merge departments, each with multiple teams and different processes, competing products, or dissimilar cultures. In other words, before breakfast you’ve become the proud... Follow The Fast Track on Twitter: http://twitter.com/intuitquickbase & Google+ at https://plus.google.com/u/0/b/106377964303068533661/+quickbase
  • Why Playing Dumb Can Be a Smart Career Strategy

    Anita Bruzzese
    15 Sep 2014 | 4:30 am
    Think back to the dozens of conversations you have had over the last 24 hours. Did anyone say anything dumb? Well, yeah, you may think. Now, think about how you responded. Did you jump in to correct... Follow The Fast Track on Twitter: http://twitter.com/intuitquickbase & Google+ at https://plus.google.com/u/0/b/106377964303068533661/+quickbase
  • Mari Smith – Is Facebook Still Relevant for Business?

    Alexandra Levit
    12 Sep 2014 | 5:35 am
    With millions of teens shifting their attention away from Facebook to other forms of social media, the question in everyone’s mind is: is Mark Zuckerberg’s brainchild still relevant for business? I... Follow The Fast Track on Twitter: http://twitter.com/intuitquickbase & Google+ at https://plus.google.com/u/0/b/106377964303068533661/+quickbase
  • How to Make Performance Evaluations Useful to Your Team

    Alison Green
    11 Sep 2014 | 4:30 am
    There’s a reason so many people have come to dread performance evaluations: They’re often handled as an obligatory bureaucratic exercise that takes up far more time than they’re worth – if they have... 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

  • Learning about your community via YouTube: An example from Uruguay

    Ben Ziegler
    15 Sep 2014 | 4:11 pm
    My mind churned after a fascinating article in Saturday’s Globe and Mail newspaper. A story from Uruguay; on putting a face on the nation, via YouTube; Tiranos Temblad.  Hola, YouTube – the new way of learning more; about your place, people, community, brand.  And, telling a story. About Tiranos Temblad – an example from Uruguay Two artists are documenting the life of Uruguay, one week – and dozens of hours of YouTube footage – at a time.  The artists are filmmaker Augustin Ferrando and photographer (ex-dentist) Fernando Montoro, partners in work and life.  On…
  • Writing tips for storytelling from Billy Wilder

    Ben Ziegler
    9 Sep 2014 | 8:41 pm
    Summer is always a good time to vary perspective.   On the book front this summer, “Conversations With Wilder“, by Cameron Crowe, offered me some new perspectives on story. Billy Wilder (1906-2002) was a legendary Hollywood movie writer and director. (Double Indemnity, Sunset Boulevard, Some Like it Hot, The Apartment and many more). Conversations with Wilder is visual candy; many photos of famous folks, interspersed with entertaining stories and reveals. Wilder’s Tips for Writers and Storytellers Wilder’s tips are more than just adhoc tips.  They hang together.
  • 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…
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    Perficient Portals and Social Business

  • How to Implement Lighter Weight Portals, Part 2: Portlets

    Mark Polly
    16 Sep 2014 | 10:25 am
    In part 1 of this series, How to Implement Lighter Weight Portals, I wrote about the infrastructure and installation aspects of Portals. To make the tasks of managing and installing portals, I recommended cloud solutions and for IBM, their PureApplication system both in the cloud and on-premise. In Part 2, I turn my attention to applications and how to make task of developing portal applications more lightweight. The goal of a portal is to combine applications and content at the glass for a user.  By this definition alone, we should always think of how to make lightweight portlets.  If you…
  • Using Mapping to Show Up-to-Date Content

    Michael Porter
    4 Sep 2014 | 9:45 am
    Sometimes I’m amazed with what some of our developers do.  I’ve seen so many examples of code just thrown together. I’ve seen that code produce infinite loops, slow down load time by a factor of 10, and take down servers.  So when I see an example of someone thinking through how to efficiently create code, I’m amazed.  Anyway, Parshva Vora, a Sitecore developer here at Perficient, just blogged on how you can use mapping to create agile code and more efficiently get at the latest content.  I’ll use some of his own words Let’s talk about motivation first. I…
  • Why Patient Portals Remain Healthcare’s Enigma

    Michael Porter
    3 Sep 2014 | 7:54 am
    CIO.com has an interesting article about why patient portals just aren’t popular.  I think the author, Brian Eastwood, gets some things right but also misses some key reasons or challenges.  Here’s what he got right. Adoption just isn’t very high. No one is using the patient portals that are out there. Doctors don’t use portals………….and they don’t have patients who use portals.  In other words, if a medical provider still thinks the best way to communicate is when someone is sitting in front of them then things won’t change. The…
  • How to Implement Lighter Weight Portals

    Mark Polly
    3 Sep 2014 | 7:11 am
    One of the complaints we often hear about horizontal portal systems is they are complicated and feel “heavy”. What makes a system feel heavy and how can we lighten the load? In a typical portal application we have to integrate multiple applications, content and document management systems, security, search, personalization, page management, etc, etc. is it any wonder why a portal would feel heavy when you try to bolt together all these systems? Some vendors have taken the approach that they will build all of these components into their horizontal portal, which makes them seem…
  • Forrester Digital Experience Wave

    Mark Polly
    30 Jul 2014 | 2:10 pm
    Last week Forrester published their first Wave on Digital Experience Platforms.   I was at the IBM Digital Experience Conference and it sounded like IBM was expecting good news from Forrester in this wave.   In fact, Stephen Powers from Forrester was the Keynote speaker at the conference and one of the principal authors of the Wave.   Much to every one’s surprise, the Wave came out with nobody listed as a Leader.  Adobe, hybris (SAP), IBM and Sitecore came out as the Strong Performers followed by many others in the Contender category. Nobody was listed as a Risky Bet. So what…
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    Leader Networks blog

  • Big List 2.0: The Top 106 B2B Online Customer Communities

    Vanessa DiMauro
    8 Sep 2014 | 11:00 am
    I am thrilled to share the most comprehensive directory of B2B online customer communities on the web and perhaps even the planet! We published our first Big List in 2011 and just finished an exhaustive period of research and review to bring you the following 106 dynamic communities. From IT pros and CIOs to plumbers, baristas, and dentists. From frequent fliers to small business owners, you’ll find them all and more, right here. The Big List functions as a much deserved acknowledgment of B2B communities and their dedicated community managers, fierce executive champions and collaborative…
  • 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…
 
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    Jellnet

  • Scheduling a Video Chat With Joseph Karwat

    JellVideo
    16 Sep 2014 | 3:31 pm
        You can reach me via video chat by following these instructions: You will need a free JustKnock account.  See www.jellnet.com/JustKnock for registration information.  But basically you’ll need a webcam equipped computing device running Chrome, FireFox or Opera. I maintain virtual office hours Monday thru Thursday from 10am to 3pm PST (San Francisco).  Just knock on my virtual door (www.JustKnock/jk) anytime during those hours.  I’ll be happy to discuss any topic you feel is relevant.  Please make sure you are clearly visible in the video frame. Note: When you…
  • The webRTC Tsunami is Coming

    JellVideo
    11 Dec 2013 | 1:35 pm
    Within the next 18 months four major  tech industry innovations will converge to create a massive tsunami that will engulf traditional forms of real-time video communications.  This webRTC tsunami will reshape the telecommunications industry.  Firms that resist or fall off the wave will find it difficult to survive.   New firms that learn how to ride the wave will succeed and reap massive rewards.  The convergence of: webRTC’s adoption by Microsoft (Internet Explorer) and Apple (Safari, IOS) in addition to existing adopters Google (Chrome), Mozilla (FireFox) and Opera will firmly…
  • Yahoo’s Brain Freeze

    jellwpadmin
    22 Nov 2013 | 8:26 am
    Will Yahoo go the way of MySpace.com I’m a big fan of Yahoo’s CEO Marissa Mayer. By all accounts her patient and thoughtful approach to turning around Yahoo has been stellar. So it’s really difficult to make sense of her recent edict banning Yahoo employees from working at home. The ban is really old school. It also shows that her faith in Yahoo’s staff has been shattered. But what is most troubling, is what the ban says about Yahoo and Ms. Mayer’s ability to manage a knowledge based workforce. Google would have recognized this as an opportunity to create a new…
  • Jell Networks to Distribute SoliCall Pro Software

    jellwpadmin
    22 Nov 2013 | 8:25 am
    Press Release For immediate release:  San Francisco, California/Tel Mond, Israel-  Wednesday, January 2, 2013 Media Contacts: Moses Benjamin Director of Marketing SoliCall www.solicall.com Joseph Karwat CEO Jell Networks LLC. 415-462-0263 jkarwat@jellnet.com www.jellnet.com Jell Networks to Distribute SoliCall Pro Software —Solution Improves Hands-Free Desktop Video Collaboration Audio Quality Business professionals across the spectrum are dramatically increasing their use of desktop video conferencing to maximize productivity.  However, due to the wide range of devices…
  • 7% of US Workers Work Full Time From Home

    jellwpadmin
    22 Nov 2013 | 8:23 am
    The Census Bureau’s Survey of Income and Program Participation finds about 9.4 million Americans, or 6.6% of workers, worked exclusively from home on their primary job in 2010, up from 4.8% in 1997.
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    Collective Self

  • Pickle Recipe

    lori
    4 Sep 2014 | 12:18 pm
    We could argue all day about what is and isn’t a poem but let’s not. Keep your perspective. I’ll keep mine. Let’s make pickles in lieu of argument. in my notebooks grocery lists and recipes are tucked among poems like lighthouses for coming back into this body some days they are my favorite poems yesterday two neighbors and I crafted this one together Bread and Butter Pickles, double batch 50 pickling cucumbers 10 onions 4 red bell peppers 8 garlic cloves 1 c salt 6 c cider vinegar 10 c sugar 4 TBS mustard seed 4 tsp celery seed 1 tsp whole cloves 4 tsp turmeric there…
  • 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…
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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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