I have always been a tech guy – not so much as a user, but as an imagineer – “what can this shiny new toy do for us?!” It was what got me to my line of work – studying … Continue reading From Technology to Purpose in 5 Steps
Three of my own professional ‘memories of summer’ resurfaced over the last week. Five years is an eternity in the history of ‘social / technology business.’ What were the conversations and conundrums in my professional life back then? It was … Continue reading Five Years Is A Long Time In Social
The MarComms team at Teekay is small and mighty (basically 5 people, no agency support); and works in perpetual beta mode. We are pushing hard, and breaking through to uncharted territory of what a modern MarComms team can do and … Continue reading 5 Ways We Are Redefining Modern MarComms
Social networking and the collaboration dynamic is transforming the enterprise, right? Whether it is your Jive or Yammer instance, or more recently ChatOps like Slack and Hipchat, people know each other more, teams are working out loud by default, and … Continue reading Public Vs. Private In Your Enterprise Social Network
Where to begin? OK, well, this is a data dump. It might even be a love letter. It is about a group of people who have helped me be better at work, more productive, more urgent, more optimistic, more open. … Continue reading Everyone, Anytime, Everywhere, Anything*
I thought, for a while there, that technology had unleashed me on to an unsuspecting world (just ask some of my warier colleagues). Technology as liberator! Technology that unlocks the door and then, wait for it, steps aside and ushers … Continue reading I Thought Technology No Longer Carried Such A Heavy Cognitive Load: Scratching My Head Out Loud #WOLweek
Email really is old school. It has reached the limit of its use case. Too much of my communication is transactional and/or emotional – and email does not work well for those outcomes. Email works for action and for details. … Continue reading I Like Liking. Thumbs Up Yo!
I wrote awhile back (about addressing the forces of social business in organizations) how technology is not the solution, people are. I titled one section People > Potatoes. According to the great techno-bible Life, The Universe and Everything: “It is … Continue reading People > Potatoes
As we reach the half-way point in the current International Work Out Loud week, a pause to reflect on the experience – from someone who has been through it before, as various depths of commitment. From someone who is still … Continue reading This Much I Know From Working Out Loud (So Far) #WOLweek
Four years ago, before “social” was a thing inside my company, I tried a few things out. One of them was an anonymous blog on the crappy old intranet in which I gently, but directly, skewered various big personalities and important people in the organization, through the voice of The Pundit.
The Pundit always referred to The Pundit in the third person. The Pundit was self-important and zealous, convinced of The Pundit‘s rectitude. The Pundit antagonized and poked colleagues throughout the world, trying to galvanize social discourse and watercooler chat that was visible to all. The Pundit was very edgy, a satirical representation of the back channel protagonists and gossip mongers that patrol the office corridors.
The Pundit, unsurprisingly, was a highly divisive character – hierarchy killing hero to some, rude and ridiculous troll to others.