Peter Crosby

tibbr vs. The Holidays: Which brings people together better?

Holiday FeastIt’s the holidays again. A time when, instead of going somewhere restful and rejuvenating like Bali or Cozumel, people burn off their precious vacation time doing something far less relaxing: Visiting family. Why? Because that’s what you do, you visit family around the holidays. It’s a tradition as old as using leeches to cure migraines (and for some, just as painful).

If you ask most folks “What’s the best way to bring people together?” they’ll tell you that nothing pulls in disparate individuals from all corners of the Earth better than a family holiday celebration. But are “most folks” right? Or is there a better, less argument-prone approach available to you? (continued…)

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The Hollywood comedy about knowledge management you’ve probably seen.

Photo of Hollywood sign in Los Angeles, CA Believe it or not, way back in February of 1993, the writer/director, Harold Ramis, created one of Hollywood’s most enduring comedies about poor knowledge management. Starring Bill Murray, Chris Elliot, and Stephen (you’d recognize him if you saw him) Tobolowsky, the movie tells the age-old tale of a man whose inability to easily access stored knowledge causes nearly irreparable harm to his job performance.

Certainly, Mr. Ramis wasn’t breaking any new ground with the genre — “bad knowledge management” is a classic Hollywood comedy trope. Regardless, the serious point of his film couldn’t have been any clearer: “Knowledge management is critical to competing in today’s business environment.” That may have even been the tagline on the film poster. (continued…)

Peter Crosby

What Ancient Rome knew about innovation that modern companies could learn.

Roman Forum In Rome 62188619 proThe ancient city of Rome converted a prime swath of centrally located land from a marketplace into an area that had tremendous significance to its citizens. It was a place where people gathered and interacted, where discussions, debates, meetings, and other activities took place. This place was called the Foro Romano, or Roman Forum.

Forums were critically important to societies of the time — some even date back to independent villages in the prehistoric period. Clearly, the human need for community and social interaction seems baked into our DNA. But there were more reasons for a forum than simply to have a place to people-watch and pontificate about the superiority of Roman theater to the Greek’s. (continued…)

Peter Crosby

How an internal social network can make you a better leader.

Historically, the job of “managing human beings” has been a strictly top-down endeavor handled by someone who was either a stirring, inspirational orator or an intimidating, military strongman (sometimes both). And these “managers” usually had to — or more typically, wanted to — make huge, life-altering decisions all on their own, without any assistance or insights from the people they were “managing.”

This megalomaniacal “I’m in charge!” style of management has worked spectacularly well in some instances, but it has failed miserably in just as many others, if not more. Top-down management just isn’t the ideal strategy for dealing with every group in every situation. (continued…)

Peter Crosby

How to get more from your Marketing department [How-To]

howtotuesday2If you’ve been in Marketing more than a few years, then you know it’s gotten progressively more complex, with more and more technologies, media outlets, social networks, and opportunities to capitalize on and continuously monitor (for help, try the new TIBCO Engage™ platform).

There are a lot more moving parts in Marketing these days so seamless, reliable communication and collaboration are key to staying on top of it all. To that end, here are some examples of all the ways that tibbr, the industry-leading Enterprise Social Networking platform, can help solve many of the common problems found in modern Marketing Departments. (continued…)

Peter Crosby

TIBCO THEN: A look back at the first TIBCO NOW.

Tibco now A really great tactic on television today is the “After” show, where the producers of a popular Reality or TV show create a new show based entirely around talking about a show that’s already been aired (think Talking Dead, or Watch Watch What Happens Live).

Frankly, it’s a genius way to get some extra mileage out of successful work that you’ve already done. And, at the tibbr blog, we’re not above using such a cheap, underhanded tactic to pad our posting stats, so here’s our official AFTER-TIBCO NOW wrap-up of all the stuff that happened at TIBCO NOW 2014 over the last three days (well, that I remember). (continued…)

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We interrupt our regularly scheduled blog to bring you a better one.

blogcastIf you’re reading this blog today, you’re just wasting your time. Why? Because today is the first day of TIBCO NOW, our User Conference formerly known as TUCON. That’s why we shuttered this blog and cabbed it over to the SF Marriott Marquis where all the really interesting stuff is happening. Luckily for you, we’re live-blogging the whole thing: Every keynote, every session, and every break-out. In fact, there will be so many—wait, why are you still even reading this…?

Read the “TIBCO NOW” live blogs — um, well…now » (continued…)

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Is your ESN walking dead? Here are 5 ways to reanimate it.

Zombie Nothing is more horrifying than setting up an Enterprise Social Network only to later find that it’s deathly quiet and only populated by lurking zombies, default avatars, and digital tumbleweeds. Like spooky graveyards in horror movies, ESNs are places people tend to avoid unless they see other humans there, too (preferably, live humans). So if you want to make sure your Enterprise Social Network discussions stay alive and active, you need to exorcise the demons of dullness and complacency.

Thankfully, it doesn’t require getting a priest or whittling down any wooden stakes. No, to prevent your ESN from experiencing this kind of slow, inexorable death, we’ve stitched together five ideas for jolting some life back into your company’s digital discourse. (continued…)

Peter Crosby

Democracy: It’s not just for government anymore.

Parthenon on the Acropolis in Athens, GreeceIf history is any guide, voter turnout for America’s upcoming mid-term elections will be disappointingly low. Whatever the reason — people don’t know there’s an election, they’re disenfranchised, or just too busy to vote — it’s still not an indictment of democracy as a whole.

Despite a few problems, democracy is still the best system we have for making important decisions that affect a lot of people. But does democracy have any practical place in the business world? Does it have any real-world applications for large enterprises? Or is democracy antithetical in this world of autocratic, top-down corporate decision-making?

Let’s vote on that to find out. (continued…)

Peter Crosby

What your employees aren’t telling you could be hurting your business.

man with zipped mouthEvery smart business relies on the open, free exchange of business-critical communication throughout the organization — from their front-line workers to their top-floor management and everyone in between. It’s important that information like customer complaints and insights or employee problems and solutions, ‘bubble up’ to decision-makers who can course-correct and make adjustments to the business.

Without the tips and observations of employees at all levels, the company’s decision-makers are deciding things without an accurate view of the landscape. And in a modern business climate where tiny errors can have outsized consequences, this lack of insights and information is exposing you (and your shareholders) to an untold number of potentially unpleasant surprises. (continued…)