All posts filed under: Leadership

Middle and operational management: major challenges

…… Part of The Basics series. First published in February 2013 …… Pressure on the organization after top management is on board Going digital inside an organization will be a lot easier if the C-suite is a driving force. That’s the case with most early adopters of the digital workplace. They have strong, visible and active support from the top. However the majority of organizations are still struggling to get the top team in tune with their digital initiatives.

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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”.

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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.

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Who is in the elite Digital Workplace leadership class?

Being part of the leadership class in Digital Workplaces means your organization can say “yes” to one of these 3 criteria: Our intranet or digital workplace is the way of working for our people. Social collaboration is well-established in all or part of our organization. We have a Digital Board, responsible for strategic decisions across all our digital channels, both internal and external.

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How democratic should “enterprise 2.0” be?

…… Part of The Basics series. First published in August 2011 …… EICIM – European Internal Communication & Intranet Meeting took place the 5th and 6th of October, 2011, in Warsaw. (2017 note: links no longer active.Overall, it was an excellent intranet  & internal communication conference-  a first class event with international and Polish speakers. The conference finished with a round table discussion led by a Polish TV journalist who took us into the “human territory of ‘enterprise 2.0’ ” and triggered some thought-provoking discussions from the audience and the round table speakers.

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Senior manager blogs: a paradox in the “now” era?

…… Part of The Basics series. First published in August 2011 …… This is part 3 of a 3-part series on senior manager blogging inside the enterprise. Part 1 “Pseudo senior manager blogs“. Part 2: Senior manager blogs: reality check. Out of synch? So, is it really a question of time? Or is it a communication problem? The biggest paradox of a blog is that it is supposed to be the “voice” of the blogger, yet we are dealing with the written word.

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Senior manager blogs: reality check

…… Part of The Basics series. First published in August 2011 …… This is part 2 of a 3-part series on senior manager blogging inside the enterprise. Part 1 “Pseudo senior manager blogs“.   Part 3 A Paradox? Blogging ethics Blogging ethics are based on three fundamental principles: authenticity, transparency and interactivity. Posts are not intended to be internal press releases carefully crafted by a corporate communication director.

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Pseudo senior manager blogs

…… Part of The Basics series. First published in August 2011 …… This is part 1 of a 3-part series on senior manager blogging inside the enterprise. Part 2 Reality Check. Part 3 A Paradox? Where are the real web logs? It’s easy to forget that the word “blog” originated from “web log”, meaning a journal or diary published on the web. The idea of “web log” underlines a key requirement for a blog. It is supposed to be the “voice” of the blogger. Remember the Vichy blog fiasco on the worldwide web in 2005? Today, something similar is happening inside companies.

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