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Peter Crosby

Why companies that already have SharePoint still need a social network.

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If you already have a SharePoint instance up and running at your company, then you may think that you don’t also need a social network — it’s a pretty common misconception. People think, “Why do we need a social network when we already have SharePoint?”

On the surface, the question does make sense; after all, there seems to be a lot of functionality cross-over between SharePoint and a social network. A lot of the features you’d find in a typical social network look a lot like what you’d get in the typical SharePoint deployment. If that’s the case, then why would you need to add anything else? (continued…)

Peter Crosby

Is the Apple Watch too ‘personal’ to be any real help in the Enterprise?

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The new Apple Watch is being lauded as a breakthrough in mobile, wearable technology. And while it has a lot of things going for it, the device begs a lot of questions, too. Is the watch suited for use in the enterprise? Or is it just a fun, personal device for consumers? Where Apple is concerned, that’s never an easy question.

Ostensibly, the original iPhone wasn’t intended to make in-roads into the corporate world and yet it nonetheless did — in a big way. Today, Apple’s iOS commands over 60% of the enterprise mobile market. So there’s little doubt that people will use the Watch for business, regardless of Apple’s intent. (continued…)

Peter Crosby

How technology is changing the workplace (and how to capitalize on it).

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There was a time when people could drink alcohol during the workday and smoke cigarettes inside the office. But other than a few changes due to health and safety laws, the corporate workplace hasn’t really changed much since the ’60s. Sure, desktop computers and email were a seismic shift in the ’80s, but most people still did their job at an office and spent much of their time behind a desk.

These days, the workplace is changing in very real and transformative ways — ways that can produce competitive advantages for companies that can take advantage of these new opportunities. (continued…)

Peter Crosby

How to prevent users from exposing your company’s naked secrets online.

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The recent high-profile theft of celebrities’ personal photos has put the topic of cloud security in the news lately. But this negative attention was fairly unwarranted considering that the hacks had little to do with cloud security per se and more to do with a security threat that’s harder to address using technology.

The convenience of the cloud makes it easy for users to overlook (or outright ignore) any potential security risks to their personal information. Instant access to contacts, photos, documents, email and virtually all other digital content is hard to give up once you’ve lived with it for awhile. (continued…)

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Read Gartner’s 8-step strategy for convincing your company to go social.

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The benefits of an Enterprise Social Networking platform are, by now, fairly well-known to most technologically savvy businesses. But simple awareness of this burgeoning technology by from top management doesn’t always translate into a “Buy one now!” decree. Most times, management and boards need to be sold on the idea. And that means presenting a compelling case.

Like it or not, justifying the financial investment required to become a social organization takes a bit of forethought. In fact, the research firm, Gartner, says that insufficient planning and financial specifics are some of the top reasons why social pitches fail to convince business leaders. (continued…)

Peter Crosby

How a high-touch retailer is gaining a competitive advantage with high-tech.

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A retail clothing store probably isn’t the first business that comes to mind when you imagine “early adopters” of new technology. That’s because, at its core, the bespoke clothing industry hasn’t really changed over recent years (centuries?). It is, and pretty much always has been, a high-touch business rather than a high-tech one.

But that’s all changing thanks to The Men’s Wearhouse. The largest chain of men’s tailored clothing in North America, with over 1,000 locations across the U.S. and Canada, is now using tibbr to connect and engage.

How The Men’s Wearhouse connects all of its employees.

Watch the video below to hear their Executive Vice President, James Bragg, explain why an Enterprise Social Networking platform like tibbr makes a lot of sense for a service-focused organization that prides its self on always offering a superlative customer experience. (continued…)

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How to hang on to employee expertise when your workforce keeps changing. [Webinar]

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Turbulent economic times (whether positive or negative) often result in drastic changes to a company’s labor force — unavoidable lay-offs or abrupt hiring booms can cause chaos in ways you might not expect. Unintended consequences of workforce upheaval include sudden and massive gaps in basic company functions and knowledge. Critically important activities that need to be done — ones that you usually take for granted — can now easily get dropped or fall through the cracks.  

That’s why it’s more important than ever before to have a system in place to constantly collect and retain all company information, even the seemingly rudimentary stuff. (continued…)

Peter Crosby

How to get more work from employees without making them work more.

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Employee productivity is the key to increased company productivity, and the key to increased company profits, as well — at least, in theory. Because unlike machines and soulless robots, humans are generally incapable of performing at high levels for extended periods of time without breaking down, either mentally of physically.

So how do you increase human productivity in industries where the work can’t be done by tireless robotic automatons (who will one day rise up and enslave us all)? How do you get soft, squishy humans to produce more without turning them into human-hybrid cyborgs? The answer isn’t what you’d expect. (continued…)

Peter Crosby

New study shows what really makes people more collaborative.

thumbs-up Back in the 16th Century, Sir Francis Bacon (arguably) coined the now-famous Latin quip: “Scientia potentia est” (i.e., “Knowledge is power”). And while the phrase can have a very noble interpretation, it’s more often a justification for withholding information to gain an advantage over others.

For centuries, this approach was very effective against external enemies. But when this kind of “information hoarding” is used against people within a single organization or business — that is, people ostensibly on the same side— it can have far-ranging and negative repercussions for everyone involved.

Cooperation isn’t just for kindergarteners.

Restricting the free flow of information isolates people and teams, cutting off communications, fostering complacency, and destroying trust. (continued…)

Peter Crosby

How to get more departments more involved in more parts of your business.

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As an organizational business tool, “departments” are pretty much unavoidable. They’re a semi-logical way to categorize people by functionality and focus. But an unintended consequence of departments is that they tend to isolate people from the rest of the business. Categorization puts metaphorical blinders on people that, while helping them focus on their primary tasks and objectives, also prevents people from knowing what else is going on in other areas and needlessly limits their potential contributions.

Take Human Resources, as an example. Typically, HR people play three critical roles, that of administrative expert, employee advocate, and change agent. Yet, in recent Harvard Business Review blog post, “It’s Time to Split HR,” a business advisor/author argues that Human Resource’s skills and knowledge should benefit other areas of the business, too. (continued…)