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A Social Org is a Conversational Org

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I talk a lot about a social organization and James Tyer and I will elaborate in our book, Social By Design, but I thought it would be helpful to share what we mean. A social organization is a conversational organization. And yes, all types exist and are encouraged as knowing people on a deeper level […]. communication conversation Organizational Design

The Unsurpriseable Organization

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12 years ago… “What? People aren’t responding to our ads!? Quick! We need to engage with them on social media!” ” 8 years ago… “What? People are using their phones to find info and do research? Quick! We need to have a mobile strategy!”

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Every Leader is a Follower Too

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Let’s be honest, when people say “leader” they really mean manager or someone in the c-suite. Next, people think if these folks could become better listeners, build trust, reveal their failures, do the thing and everyone will follow, etc. then the trickle-down cultural effect will be amazing. Well, it’s not. Like you, I’ve been reading […]. leadership Organizational Design #management

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The 702010 Learning (Department) Model

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I’ve always felt L&D as a department was kind of forced into that space since that’s how traditional organizational design works; skills, tasks, departments, etc. But unlike Accounting or Marketing, “learning” doesn’t play nice with ROI. We have also come to accept that “learning” doesn’t come in one flavor, i.e. training. Most, however, subscribe to […].

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Digital Learning Tips and Tricks from Neuroscience

Speaker: Margie Meacham, Chief Freedom Officer, Learningtogo

Join "Brain Lady" Margie Meacham for a quick-paced review of the latest tips and tricks as revealed by neuroscience. Learn how the brain works - and, in doing so, discover how to make your training stand out amidst the daily clutter of the online experience.

Social Leadership: Encourage, Support or Model? Pick One.

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Three ways leadership can advance social in their organization are through encouragement, support, or modeling. Let’s say if you have to have leadership pick only one, which would it be? I’d argue it’s modeling. Here’s why. By the very connotation of the word, Leader, Leaders lead the way. They go first. They don’t direct, they […]. leadership Social networks social platforms

The System Always Wins

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Just beyond the org chart of authority and decision-making is what keeps it all in place; the systems of communication, trust, information flow and rewards. Change Organizational Design Syracuse

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Saving the Company but Killing the Culture

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It’s a fact, the Business Cycle happens. Ride the wave of prosperity and growth and eventually suffer and endure the phases of contraction and pain. When things are good, good companies spend time on their employees and work to create an open and “engaged” culture. They know that employees who stay when they’re wanted to […]. collaboration Culture engagement leadership

Is Your Organization Being a Hypocrite?

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Corporations are psychotic, was a general sentiment I shared in a Twitter exchange with Paul Joycelyn the other day. However upon examination it’s far more accurate to say companies of all sizes can be hypocrites. Just look at what they say and do on the outside? Are they applying the same on the inside? Is […]. communication Culture openness

Game of Work

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I contend that beliefs form from repeated behaviors. This could be your own behavior, an observed behavior, or a behavior projected on you by another’s story (an authority tells you). I also contend that our behaviors are influenced (guided or supported) consciously or unconsciously by systems.

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L&D is Primed to Drive Enterprise Social, So Why Aren’t They?

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L&D, if they want it, is rightly positioned to lead organizational social. At it’s very core social is about community, collaboration and sharing. Those last 2 are vehicles for knowledge, strategy and tactics to be transmitted and are how new ideas flourish and old problems are solved. L&D’s function is helping a business achieve optimal […]. community E2.0 enterprise 2.0 ESN organizational learning Social Learning

A Social Organization Is Naturally Motivating

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Dan Pink in his 2009 book Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us stated that Motivation is a result of three elements. It’s when people have Autonomy, are gaining Mastery, and have a sense of Purpose. You don’t need clever HR initiatives, new CM systems, or fancy mission statement changes to keep employees motivated. What you need is […]. collaboration communication connection Social Business

Seeing 90-9-1 As a Math Equation to Solve

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The famous 90-9-1 of social networks is often debated as the numbers vary some based on perspective. Regardless of the numbers, most people lurk, many people contribute and a few people create. If you’re looking to up participation in your organizations ESN, here’s my advice, don’t put much energy in the 90 at all. Instead […]. collaboration communication enterprise 2.0 ESN Social Business social platforms

Collaboration and The IKEA Effect

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What’s the IKEA Effect? Simply, it is a form of narcissism where we tend to appreciate and overvalue the things WE create ourselves. So a reason we may love IKEA furniture is less about how inexpensive it is but more that we built it with our own two hands. Going it alone, as noted, can […]. collaboration

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Need to Measure Social? Look Down More.

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According to a recent CLO Magazine article/survey, executives added or supported social tech for 3 very big and very common reasons: increase collaboration (47%), increase engagement (42%) and create a culture of continuous learning (60%). Each is sincere but since an investment has been made, measurability is desired and rarely found. There are two problems. […]. community organizational learning Social Business Social Learning

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We Trust, We Watch, We Learn

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Most of what we’ve learned from our father’s was through watching them; how they spoke, how they treated others, how they worked. We learned far more through observing them than from what they told us to do, far more. We trusted them, so we watched them and we trusted because we respected them. This is […]. community Social Business Social Learning

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What is Organizational Social Design?

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6 years ago, shortly after I turned in my resignation to move on to a larger leadership role, the COO of my company called me to his office in an effort to convince me to stay. At the end, when he knew I wanted to move on, he asked me a question I never saw […]. Connectivism Organizational Design Social Learning Social network #OSD #OD #socialbusiness

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3 Psychological Barriers to Leadership Buy-in

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One battle those in the enterprise social space continue to fight is the battle for leadership buy-in. I was reminded of this by two articles I read recently, one by Andrew Gerkens in his recent “The real reasons senior leaders won’t use your ESN” and the other by Rich Millington of Feverbee who wrote in […]. cognitive dissonance enterprise 2.0 learned helplessness Social Learning cognitive Dissonance ESn leadership Learned Helplessness Psychology social networking

View from the Learner's Perspective: ROI and the Triple Bottom Line of Learning

Speaker: Lonna Jobson, Instructional Design Team Lead, Inno-Versity, and Miriam Taylor, Chief Learning Strategist, Inno-Versity

Learners make an investment when they participate in learning initiatives - an investment that is often overlooked. Their schedules, priorities, and even their colleagues’ schedules are impacted. The Triple Bottom Line of Learning acknowledges the learner as a crucial stakeholder in the learning process. Join Miriam Taylor and Lonna Jobson of Inno-Versity as they continue in this series by looking at eLearning from the learner's perspective!

The Dark Side of Empathy (in Organizations)

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One of this biggest recurring issues those in the social organization space contend with is the problem of organizational silos and how a more connected organization can bring about greater innovation and responsiveness. All very true and something Jon Husband and his principle of Wirearchy brought to light in the last 20 years. However more […]. communication enterprise 2.0 openness Culture empathy hierarchy power

We Don’t Have Time For That Social Stuff

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Many leaders argue that their people don’t have time to create content, share knowledge, answer questions, reflect on their own work, blog, etc – you know, social behaviors. No time? There is plenty of time but it’s being wasted. But where? A quick Google search on the topic of time wasting at work revealed endless […]. collaboration Social Learning Social networks

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The Cart & Horse of Org Social

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Company A has [insert any social platform name here]. They have these amazing participation metrics and results. Company B has [insert any social platform name here]. They have the opposite. Must be that company B is not doing the same adoption activities, right? Must be the culture, right? Must be leadership, right? I’m not going […]. Culture Social Business social platforms

Why Wait for the Storm to Hit?

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You can sense it. An economic slow down is approaching. The dreaded “R” word. When it hits and demand drops, savvy business leaders make moves – fast! Time is critical, head and heart come into play but in the end those functions, process and people that don’t appear to impact the bottom line are deemed […]. collaboration Culture Learning learning and development organizational learning

View from the Learning Team: ROI and the Triple Bottom Line of Learning

Speaker: Andrea Mikulenas, Instructional Design Team Lead, Inno-Versity, and Miriam Taylor, Chief Learning Strategist, Inno-Versity

As a learning leader, you are regularly faced with a dilemma: prioritize the needs of the learners, or succumb to the budgetary demands and deadlines of the C-suite? This proverbial tug-of-war is a constant in learning development - but it doesn't have to be. Join Miriam Taylor and Andrea Mikulenas of Inno-Versity as they dive into the second layer of the Triple Bottom Line of eLearning – the Learning Leaders!

Do For You

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This past Friday morning I met with four enthusiastic folks involved in tech from a local company for a casual coffee about using social media. This is a bit of a departure from my usual posts but they had such great questions and perspectives that I thought it could benefit others to share the advice […]. community

Some Simple Truths about Us and Learning at Work

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We tend to, in the age of lots of information, make more out of things than we need to and should. What motivates us and how we learn are not impervious to this bombardment. And yes I know there is a lot of science and research happening but there is also a lot of common […]. Charles Jennings community conversation Learning experience reflection social learning work

Is Digital Transformation Simply About Getting Small Again?

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A recent HBR article stressed that the digital transformation movement is not about technology and rather it digs deeper into the workforce behaviors and beliefs. It even provided a pretty succinct definition: digital technologies provide possibilities for efficiency gains and customer intimacy. –Digital Transformation is Not About Technology HBR, March 13, 2019 What’s at the […]. Social Business Digital Transformation

The Heart of Organizational Social: Middle Management

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The two things you’ll often hear given as a advice about where to start your expansion of organizational social is 1. Get the leaders (c-suite) on board and/or 2. focus on the workers and the work itself (grassroots). There is certainly truth that each of these groups being engaged is important but it can be […]. enterprise 2.0 ESN leadership #ESN #socialbusiness #management

View from the C-Suite: ROI and the Triple Bottom Line of Learning

Speaker: Jerry Zandstra, Co-Founder, Inno-Versity, and Miriam Taylor, Chief Learning Strategist, Inno-Versity

One of the secrets of the C-suite is that they are always dealing with scarcity. Money spent in one place cannot be spent in another. One hundred thousand dollars spent on learning will not be available to spend on marketing or hiring, or any one of several dozen other budget items. Join Miriam Taylor and Dr. Jerry Zandstra as they take a look at learning, training, and development from the C-suite perspective!

Internal Comms Taking the Informal Social Learning Torch

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Social learning is alive and well. Especially in the informal sense but formal social still needs encouragement. I made this realization at SwoopChat today (a Swoop Analytics users event) where I was delighted by the numerous internal comms people I met and listened to. I learned that many were thinking beyond social tech adoption (even […]. collaboration communication enterprise 2.0 social platforms

L&D’s Last Mile Problem

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Amazon is moving so fast on getting you stuff in hours not days and it feels like this will happen in the next 2-3 years. What’s the impact? Goodbye 7/11. This is the world we live in. Convenience is king and the need to run to the quickmart for the one off item is on […]. L&D Social Business social media

How to Correctly Use MBTI

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MBTI is trash but trash can be treasure, it all depends on your approach to it. The fact is the science behind Myers-Briggs is super sketchy. It fails 2 basics requirements needs to be solid; reliability and validity. Adam Grant, Organizational Psychologist, wrote a great breakdown of all its flaws back in 2015 in this […]. cognitive dissonance reliability

All That Glitters is Not Social Gold

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What if everyone in your organization was regularly engaging on your ESN? And not just the ESN but also in a Chat platform too? You’d be pretty excited. And when I say “engaging” I mean more than a GIF here and a “like” there but real responses and content in text form, sentences written with […]. Culture leadership Social Business Social networks #OSD #OD #socialbusiness

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The Triple Bottom Line of Learning

Speaker: Jerry Zandstra, Co-Founder, Inno-Versity, and Miriam Taylor, Chief Learning Strategist, Inno-Versity

Traditional return on investment (ROI), while a long standing and important concept in the business world, often falls flat when it comes to showing the full picture of a learning initiative. Join experts from Inno-Versity as they propose a new model for finding the ROI of learning, and learn how to make your learning valuable for everyone involved.