Year: 2012

Digital workplace survey – a resounding success

…… Part of The Basics series. First published in October 2012 ……

The survey closed with participation from over 360 organizations around the world. some comments

Intranet people – the new strategic players in the digital workplace

Intranet practitioners are clearly positioned to become strategic players in the broader digital workplace (which includes but is not limited to the intranet). (more…)

The digital workplace: why, how and what

…… Part of The Basics series. First published in August 2012 ……

If you want to invest 20 minutes that will change the way you communicate, take a look at this video from TedTalks by Simon Sinek, author of “Start with Why“:  “How Great Leaders Inspire Action“.

His premise is that great leaders have always communicated starting with the “why”, not the “what” and not even the “how”. They progress from the “why” to the “how” and finish with the “what”. (more…)

Would Your Digital Workplace Make It On Kickstarter?

…… Part of The Basics series. First published in August 2012 ……

Kickstarter is a crowd-funding platform for creative and innovative projects. Kickstarter is simple:

  • You set a goal of how much money you need.
  • You set a deadline for reaching your goal.
  • You want people to pledge money to support your project so you set up a series of awards.
  • You promote your project, you work your networks, etc.
  • The more a backer pledges, the better the award.
  • If you reach your goal, you get the money the backers pledged.
  • If you don’t, they keep their money.


Clarifying the word “collaboration” to reduce confusion and conflict

…… Part of The Basics series. First published in May 2012 ……

Confusion and misunderstandings around “collaboration”

The word “collaboration”  is creating lots of confusion these days. In several recent client projects, I’ve seen firsthand to what extent different interpretations of “collaboration” have triggered serious misunderstandings and even internal conflict. I can’t count the number of meetings I’ve been in where people use the word collaboration to describe quite different things. (more…)

Digital Workplace Trends 2012 – what’s unique

…… Part of The Basics series. First published in April 2012 ……

Digital Workplace Trends 2012 differs from other intranet research for 3 reasons.

  1. It covers the broad scope of the “digital workplace”: the managed, social collaborative and mobile dimensions.
  2. It defines “leadership class” organizations and gives you facts and figures for your own strategies and business cases.
  3. It deals with real, current challenges because the survey itself is developed in collaboration with the participating organizations.


Choosing the Right Digital Board Model

…… Part of The Basics series. First published in April 2012 ……

A high-level, strategic Digital Board has three areas of responsibility: decision-making, coordination and leadership.

Two fundamentally different models exist for a Digital Board, each with a unique approach to the “who” and the “how” of high-level governance.

This post describes the areas of responsibility in more detail, looks at the two models and offers guidance about which model best suits different contexts. (more…)

“Management and stakeholders” reinforced in new Digital Workplace chart

…… Part of The Basics series. First published in March 2012 ……

This is version 2 of “Points to include when building a Digital Workplace”, originally published February 20. Read the original post here to get the full picture. The basic idea is that the Digital Workplace has many dimensions. You must start wherever you have openings. Things must happen in parallel. A traditional linear project approach will not work. This V2  diagram is the result of discussion following the first version as well as lots of conversations in person and by email with other people. (more…)