Leandro Perez

Why corporate email is bad for your business, and how to escape it.

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Regardless of what you call it — email overload, email fatigue, inbox clutter, or just plain email noise — corporate email is out of control. And if email is still the primary communication and collaboration tool in your organization, then your employees aren’t being as productive or innovative as they could be.

Here are 3 huge problems with email:

1.) Doing everything in email makes people dumb.

Undoubtedly, your employees are already drowning in a sea of CC’s, reply-to-alls, and endless email chains. Not to mention spam. Lots and lots of spam. It’s annoying, sure, but how bad is it really? (continued…)

Peter Crosby

What chefs can teach businesses about being focused and effective.

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By now, we all know that multitasking is a lie. Still, that doesn’t mean we don’t all have lots of things that need to be done efficiently every day — here’s how to make people more effective.

Dealing with the day’s to-do list takes focus. But in a hectic business environment, focus is often hard to come by. It’s a challenge that restaurant chef’s face every day, too. And they deal with it using a practice called “mise-en-place,” which roughly translates into “everything in its place.”

Essentially, it means that chefs start their day thinking through — and gathering up — the totality of recipes, tools, and ingredients they need to do their job that day. (continued…)

Internal Communication – Why Enterprise Social Networking Matters

Businesses are using enterprise social networking to improve internal communication.

The other day I was having a conversation with my friend who works at a relatively large and successful tech company. To my surprise she said she was thinking of leaving her job.

“Why?” I asked.

“Because everything is disorganized. Most of the key decisions are made behind closed doors and then not communicated to the staff,” she said.

Then my friend listed a slew of examples where things went awry because the latest decisions, changes, answers to questions, material and so forth had not been communicated to the team.

It turns out these communication issues are all too common in the workplace. (continued…)

tibbr Launches Web-Conferencing Meetings for Enterprise Social

We’re excited to announce tibbr Meetings, a solution to integrate web conferencing—Cisco WebEx, Skype and Google Hangouts—within your enterprise social network. This builds on our vision to create a platform that integrates with an employee’s application of choice, and to get work done faster.

Think about how long it used to take to set up a meeting. First you’d have to call so-and-so to find out whom to include. Then you’d have to create a calendar invite, add all of these usernames to it, copy and paste some webinar information, provide an agenda, include a supporting document after sorting through some file system … dial in, enter meeting codes and so forth. (continued…)

Unified Communications, Unified Company

Have you ever pondered how unified communications could positively impact your company? Maybe you have, and maybe you haven’t.  Think about how many times you have sent multiple e-mails or made multiple phone calls for days, sometimes weeks, on end without receiving a response.

Sometimes, that’s just the name of the game in the business world.

How could enterprise social media, which allows for nearly instantaneous communication, change that?  What might be some of the advantages of this type of communication?  Learn more about some of the benefits your company could experience unified communications.

Costs are reduced long-term.  Make no mistake about it – there will be an associated up-front investment in equipment, installation, and employee training.  (continued…)

In Enterprise Social Networking, Sharing Should be a By-Product of Work

In The World in 2012, part of a series of annual publications by The Economist, Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook’s COO, writes about the link between sharing and caring. You share photos of your kids because you’re motivated by the far-away grandparents who like to watch them grow up. You share because they care. Sheryl Sandberg’s argument is that social media flips the cause-and-effect and she outlines how you-care-because-they-share also holds true: compelling stories are brought to your attention allowing you to react and re-share with your social circles.

We like to draw attention to parallels between the world of social media and the application of social technologies in the enterprise. (continued…)