Nature Is Networked Too

How lovely to discover that Nature, bigger-than-thou, that ALWAYS wins out over time, is networked, like a cooperative enterprise. Although we’re accustomed to thinking of trees as individuals, competing with each other for sun and nutrients, recently uncovered evidence suggests that they cooperate, with more mature individuals transferring carbon and nutrients to less mature individuals through their root systems, mediated by the action of fungi. If forests actually are more cooperative enterprises than we have heretofore imagined, singleton, isolated trees might be regarded as being in an unnatural state, like the isolated team member of a virtual team. A little … Continue reading Nature Is Networked Too

4 Ways #SocBiz Leaders Are Preparing Organizations For Disruption

Reviewing the McKinsey report on Disruptive technologies: Advances that will transform life, business, and the global economy… I was struck that the top 4 ideas are all items that touch on knowledge work, social business, collaboration and sharing. They are all items where “we” SocBiz practitioners can and should be leaders of thought and leaders of action in our organizations. Thoughts and actions that will save our organizations vast amounts of time and money; and may, indeed, allow them to survive. Hussah! ←This Much We Know.→ Continue reading 4 Ways #SocBiz Leaders Are Preparing Organizations For Disruption

7 Answers To 7 Questions You Will Face As you Modernize Your Company

The always excellent John Stepper has captured the questions we have all (been) asked as we journey the social highway. In my simple, naïve way, here are my answers to them 1. “Can we do that?” Yes we can! Let us coopt the fervor and self-belief of Obama ’08. No hiding, no long verbose explanations. Self-declare a new reality. 2. “What if people say something they shouldn’t?” They won’t. Ever. Of course there is miscommunication and confusion wherever we look (and lawyers, especially, look quite hard). We all make mistakes. But no-one with a name and photo attached to their … Continue reading 7 Answers To 7 Questions You Will Face As you Modernize Your Company

Working Out Loud Makes EVERYONE Curious(er)

I was reading a Yammer community social stream today on the topic of ‘working out loud,’ something I have engaged with at work (via yammer) and in this blog. A theme within that circulated throughout the hour long discussion was the power of curiosity. Working out loud allows the curious to participate with you. And, contrary to some opinion that ‘broadcasting’ your own stuff is self-centred / showing off, those that share are also curious – because they are inviting that feedback / co-creation. They want to learn and to grow. Someone commented in the stream: “The best cure for … Continue reading Working Out Loud Makes EVERYONE Curious(er)

Can IT Be The Department of Yes?

Discussing technology that powers the social enterprise, as I do, one clear distinction I have experienced is how it is MarComms / HR-types that “get it”; and IT-types that fold their arms and harumph about it. I spoke at a couple of Microsoft ‘social’ events this year about adopting social technology in the enterprise – using my company as a case study. Within the enterprise social community there is this natural conversation happening about ‘what if..’ and ‘Yes! And…‘ Conversely, in the MSoft audience were mainly IT-types, and there was a collective head scratching about the meaning of social. Instead, … Continue reading Can IT Be The Department of Yes?

“Access trumps possession. Access is better than ownership.” #SocBiz Aha!

“Access trumps possession. Access is better than ownership.” – Kevin Kelly, Founder, Wired This is the incredibly prescient KK from 2009 on the power of access. Of course, this message speaks powerfully for the opportunity of social/open business; and what tools like ESNs (Enterprise Social Networks) offer: giving others access to shared knowledge trumps possession/ownership of the same. Gosh, I hope there are “Aha!s” all round. ←This Much We Know.→     Continue reading “Access trumps possession. Access is better than ownership.” #SocBiz Aha!

Did I Just Pat Microsoft On The Head?

I am a confirmed fan of Yammer, my Enterprise Social Network (ESN) of choice. I suppose I might be considered a super-user, in that I sponsored Yammer in my organization, use it every day, and am the main user in my network. So the above may colour my perspective, but reading an overview of how Microsoft is using Yammer inside the company, I felt like giving them a hug and saying “It’s OK, everything will be alright. It will work out in the end.” It just seems weird that the company that owns (through a $1.2b purchase) the(?) leading ESN … Continue reading Did I Just Pat Microsoft On The Head?

Ten startling reasons to use an Enterprise Social Network

Originally posted on The ESN Surgery:
In today’s climate, it is not about drafting in more resources to get more done; the challenge is to get more out of the resources you already have. So how do you do this? By using a collaborative environment such as an Enterprise Social Network you can improve productivity and hence profit. Below I have assembled a collection of startling statistics relating to issues that can often be addressed by using an Enterprise Social Network. 1.     Companies that have highly effective internal communications had 47% higher returns to shareholders over the last five years,… Continue reading Ten startling reasons to use an Enterprise Social Network