Tag Archives: social business

Working Out Loud in Berlin

I’m sitting on a plane heading back to NY, reading notes from 70+ people about working out loud. I met those people at the Social Business Collaboration Summit in Berlin. There, with attendees from companies as diverse as IKEA, KPMG, … Continue reading

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The doctor at the fast food convention

Can you imagine being a doctor at a fast food convention, trying to change the way people eat? Even if the attendees know the food is bad for them, they’ll be surrounded by it and by other people who eagerly … Continue reading

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The Value of Collaboration #5: Using purposeful communities to optimize spend

In some cases, collective efficiency is about specific kinds of cost reductions – printing, mobile bills, service costs. But sometimes it can be about a general technique you can apply to a wide array of costs. This post describes how … Continue reading

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The Value of Collaboration #4: Reducing the cost of internal communications

How much does your intranet cost? In addition to the core infrastructure, add all the different applications – content management systems, Sharepoint, blogs, wikis, etc. Then add the engineers that customize the tools to make them look like modern websites. … Continue reading

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7 questions you’ll face as you modernize your company

“Yes”, I was thinking to myself, “I’ve been there.” I was talking with two more large firms this week about modernizing work and they were sharing the challenges they’re facing. One firm is considering buying a social business platform and … Continue reading

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If Abe Lincoln had a social network

Last week, my coach and friend, Moyra Mackie, wrote a good post about the value of management by walking around (MBWA) and about the benefits of managers being available for their teams. She described how Lincoln is credited with using … Continue reading

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“The task now is to discover how far they can take us.”

We were sitting across the table at a cafe, talking about our current projects, when she asked me one of those easy-to-ask, hard-to-answer questions: “What’s your mission?” I talked about making work more effective and fulfilling at my firm and … Continue reading

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If you’re trying to change how your company works, you probably won’t

If you’re trying to make work better, you may be feeling, as Margaret Wheatley writes, “exhausted, overwhelmed, and sometimes despairing even as you paradoxically experience moments of joy, belonging, and greater resolve to do your work.” You may believe in … Continue reading

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Ask Me Anything (or how to steal the best ideas for making work better)

One of the best books I’ve read about being creative is “Steal Like an Artist” by Austin Kleon. It’s a short book, more graphic novel than academic text. And it begins with a basic truth about art that can apply … Continue reading

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“So she posted her solution online, and then…”

If you watch TED talks, you’ll hear this phrase over and over and over again. People who are aspiring to make a difference will share their work online so others can use it and improve on it. Yet it’s a phrase … Continue reading

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