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Entries in change management (3)

Friday
Jun222012

Socialising Your Intranet (#SWChat)

Thanks to everyone who took part in this weeks Social Workplace Twitter Chat event (#SWChat).

Socialising Your Intranet

This weeks #SWChat was a Guest Event with Angela Ashenden from MWD Advisors.

Angela is a Principal Analyst and leads MWD’s Collaboration research program. She is also a highly accomplished and experienced IT industry analyst and public speaker.

Based on her extensive experience in the field and as an industry analyst, Angela has advised clients on technology and management issues relating to collaboration, enterprise content management, portals, workflow, enterprise search and e-learning.

Event Statistics

  • No. of Tweets = 1300
  • No. of Contributors = 98
  • Reach = 239,000
  • No. of impressions = 2,500,000

Summary

Full Transcript Report via @hashtracking

FREE Prize Draw Winner

This weeks event included a FREE Prize Draw where the winner was chosen randomly from those participants who also included #SocIntr in their tweets during the 1 hour event.

MWD Advisors are pleased to announce that Alan Jerram was drawn as the winner and wins a 1 YEAR FREE subscription to the MWD Advisors collaboration online research library worth £295 (~470 USD).

Also Steve Cassady, Tom Spiglanin, Samantha (@smccollo), Sasha Taylor and Lesley Price as runners up all receive a copy of MWD Advistors "Socialising the Intranet" report worth £200 Absolutely FREE !!!

Bonus Prize

All participants who took part in #SWChat can also download the"Socialising the Intranet" report by first registering with MWD Advisors. Deadline is 31st July 2012.

Questions Asked

Q1) Many companies try building a Social Intranet but fail to deliver a suitable solution - why? 
Q2) How critical is the cultural aspect to building a successful Social Intranet?
Q3) People are resistant to change. How can you encourage employees to embrace the Social Intranet?
Q4) Employees tend to adopt social at different speeds. How do you address this?
Q5) How can you avoid the Social Intranet becoming "yet another thing to learn/use"? 
Q6) What are the key integration elements to delivering a successful Social Intranet?

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Sunday
Oct232011

#SWCONF is nearly here...

I'm sooooooo excited....

Why?

The Social Workplace Conference (#SWCONF) in London is just over a week away!

This is a great looking conference with some fantastic speakers which I have admired for many years. I am truly honored to be the opening keynote at this conference, which has made me work even harder to ensure i bring great content. And I promise NO death by powerpoint!

But what do I choose to talk about? :

  • The Oracle journey of Social discovery?
  • Why being social in the enterprise is no longer just a nice to have but a critical component of how we need do business?
  • How to gain senior management buy-in to create The Social Enterprise?
  • Is Social Media really ther right term we should be using?
  • How to develop Social Readiness and mature your Social Business Infrastructure?
  • How traditional and social communications can and need to co-exist?
  • The death of email is coming...

All the above I will cover but there is one topic that I am so passionate about which I have been working on for the last 3 years that I have to talk about - OPEN COLLABORATION.

OPEN COLLABORATION for me is at the heart of The Social Enterprise and it is what's going to change behaviours in the workplace.

If you don't know about this conference then check out the details over at #SWCONF and if that doesn't whet your appetite then check out my interview with Vic Okezie - Social Media behind the Firewall

If you haven't got your tickets yet for the conference and are thinking of going, then hurry there is currently a 20% discount if you quote the code TWITTER20.

Hope to see you there...

Tuesday
Nov242009

The right way to approach change

I had an interesting discussion today with one of my social media change agents who is struggling to convince their team that a social business community is a much better solution for 100 people to communicate and collaborate than an email distribution list.

The response from the team is not an unusual response. So why were they struggling?

Two reasons:

1. Empowerment
To be an effective social media change agent you MUST to be empowered by the Sponsor to make the necessary changes to improve the overall efficiency and effectiveness of the team. In this case they were not, and they need to go back to the Sponsor to gain that empowerment and to have that communicated to the rest of the team.

2. Approach
The approach was wrong. The focus was on the removal of the email distribution list and to replace it with a social business community. It was a tool focused approach.

One of the earliest blog entries I read that really opened my eyes on how to approach a social media strategy was The POST Method from groundswell.

People, Objectives, Strategy, Technology.

Repeatedly I have seen people start a blog, or create a social business community because it is "the cool thing to do". A couple of months later they seem surprised when nobody is commenting on the blog or sharing / collaborating in the social business community.

What the social media change agent should have done is:

1) gain an understanding of the social capabilities of the group
2) be clear on what it is they wanted to achieve (i.e. what are their information flows - content, audience, sensitivity, frequency etc...) and identified any issues / challenges they wanted to overcome
3) plan how the group is to adopt any change in their information flows, including a clear communication strategy on how to transition from the old way of working to the new, and over what time period
4) identify the right technology based on the business needs

The end result is still the same - they need to implement a social business community, however the approach and reasoning is something even a hardened sceptic can follow and appreciate.

The tools are the enabler of the strategy, they do not define it!