My Crazy Prediction?

In September 2008 I made a prediction, that email as we know it today will no longer exist in 10 years time.

Read The Death Of Email by 2018

Will I be proved to be a:
or Fool?

Time Remaining:

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Saturday
Nov172012

Infoglut: Excuse Or Reality? (#SWChat)

Introduction

 Infoglut: The result of too much information to be able to make an informed business decision.

With so many social channels now available, the flow of information we have to consume is increasing causing companies real problems on how to cope with their communications. But is Infoglut real or is it just a case companies have to adapt their strategy to manage communication flows better?

This event looked at whether Infoglut is real and how to manage communication flows better.

Event Questions

Q1) Is social media the problem or solution to infoglut?
Q2) Is infoglut really a problem or have we just become lazy in how we manage our information flows?
Q3) "...and one ring to rule them all" -is a single social platform the key to manage all information flows effectively?
Q4) Scheduling time slots to only consume content makes us more effective. Agree / disagree?
Q5) What top 3 tips would you recommend to eliminate infoglut?

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Spreecast Social Video Channel

Participants: Greg Lowe, Colin Hope-Murray, Jenn Emerson, Alastair Walker

Producer: @LizCpher

Playback: (see below)

 

 

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Friday
Nov092012

Managing The Cultural Change (#SWChat)

Introduction

Any company undergoing a social business transformation has to address the cultural change for sustained adoption. If you don't plan to deal with the change in mindset of your employees then you are planning to fail.

When I talk about the culture of social business I'm referring to the human behaviours of what it means to be social in business and the change in mindset associated with sustained change.

The culture of a true social business is about being open, transparent and encouraging trust amongst your peers and colleagues. It's where much more value is placed upon the benefits of networking and relationship building with employees to work together on the companies goals.

I often use the phrase 'Social Business is said to flatten hierarchies'. This doesn't mean it replaces them, but instead creates the framework to allow the right employees to collaborate and focus on the objectives to deliver regardless of the job title they hold.

"For every piece of the knowledge pie you share, you will receive two in return."

This event debated how companies should manage this cultural change to be successful in their social business transformation and reveals the new CHANGES methodology designed to help any business evolve to become a true social business. 

Event Questions

Q1) Top down management policies are the best way to change an entrenched culture. Agree / disagree?
Q2) Are methodologies like The CHANGES Methodology, essential for changing hearts & minds for social collaboration?

Q3) What 3 top tips would you advise any organization dealing with a dramatic cultural change (e.g. no internal email)?
Q4) Cultural change in any organization has to be driven from HR. Agree / disagree?
Q5) Many people in an organization will always fear change. How do you overcome this fear/resistance?

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Spreecast Social Video Channel

Participants: Tbd

Producer: @LizCpher

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Friday
Nov022012

Email Is DEAD. So What's Next? (#SWChat)

Introduction

It won't come as a surprise to you that talking about the death of email is my favourite subject. When we talk about workplace productivity, email is the biggest blocker to being efficient with most of us spending between 3-6 hours a day purely reading and sending email.

Back in September 2008 I made a prediction, that email as we know it today will no longer exist in 10 years time (see The Death Of Email by 2018 ) and when I did I was literally laughed at by most people.

Time Remaining of my prediction:

Today no one seems to be laughing.

In fact quite the opposite. Companies like Atos have already stated that they will ban internal email by 2014 and other comapnies are following suit. There are even social products on the market today that are integrating email into them. Is this the beginning of the end of email?

On today's live panel debate it was the general consensus that email is not dead today, however we do need to start addressing the behaviours in how we use email. Stopping cc, bcc, and reply all were some of the key messages (see full playback below).

One thing is clear, the next generation coming through are not brought up on email but instead on social applications like Facebook and Twitter. These behaviours they are bringing into business and is why today we are beginning to see a communication gap between traditional and social which needs to be addressed.

There are still 6 years to go on my prediction of the death of email as we know it, a prediction that people are now debating rather ridiculing.

So before you send your next email STOP, and THINK, is there a better way - a more SOCIAL way of communicating your message.

Event Questions 

Q1) Email is dead. Agree / disagree?
Q2) A week without email. What would be the real impact?
Q3) Is integrating email with social tools into a single platform the next big thing in comms?
Q4) What email etiquette would you advise others when communicating with you?
Q5) If starting a new company with 1000 employees, what comms tool(s) would you use internally today?

(watch video panel playback below of these questions being debated)

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Spreecast Social Video Channel

Participants: Greg Lowe (from car); Jenn Emerson; Luis Suarez; Richard Rashty

Producer: @LizCpher

Recording: (watch playback embedded below)

 

 

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Saturday
Oct272012

Twitter Etiquette: Tips & Tricks IV (#SWChat)

Introduction

As the #SWChat community are massive fans of Twitter, and the 3rd party technology and Twitter's own policies are changing regularly, #SWChat likes to revisit how brands and people should use Twitter to engage better.

This was the 4th Twitter Etiquette event in the series and again we shared the latest tips & tricks to really get the best out of Twitter personally and professionally.

Event Questions

Q1) What is an manageable number of #Twitter followers you should have at any one time?
Q2) What are the DO's and DON'T's for creating a #Twitter bio?
Q3) Is it better to send lot's of tweets rarely, or tweet moderately but often?
Q4) What are the DO's and DON'T's for a #Twitter avatar?
Q5) What bad #Twitter Etiquette really annoys the hell out of you?

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Spreecast Social Video Channel

Panelists (confirmed): Colin Hope-Murray; Greg Lowe; Emily Atkinson

Producer: @LizCpher

Playback: (see below)

 

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Friday
Oct122012

Next Generation Innovation (#SWChat)

Introduction

Innovation & technology have always walked hand in hand, but with the explosion of social media and social networks in recent years, how has this impacted innovation in business?

This event debated how the evolution of technology, and people's mindset to adopt these new technologies, has changed the very fundamentals of Innovation.

Event Questions

Q1) 90% of businesses believe Innovation is a priority. But where is the real value in investing in Innovation?
Q2) How important is failure to be a successful Innovator?
Q3) Should Innovation be taught better through our education system?
Q4) How has social media and social networks impacted Innovation today?
Q5) Due to the introduction of collaborative networks, has innovation now become part of our daily work culture?

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Spreecast Social Video Channel

Panelists: Terri Griffith, Colin Hope-Murray, Greg Lowe, Jenn Emerson, Mark Oehlert

Producer: @LizCpher

Playback: (see below)

 

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