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

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Thursday
Apr122012

Enterprise Social Networks - The Heart of any Social Business

Yammer are our guest hosts today on Social Workplace Twitter Chat (#SWChat) which gave me the perfect excuse to write this post.

Social Networks in our personal lives have become so embedded in our culture that signs like "Follow me on Twitter" or "Like my Facebook Page" are becoming the norm. I even saw one on the side of a local bus recently requesting to follow the bus company on Twitter.

So if we have embraced social networks in our personal lives so readily to be better connected to our friends, why is it taking so long to do the same inside a company to better connect our employees?

A company that is socially connected is not just going to be more effective and more efficient, but it's going to have a knowledge reach spanning the entire company that any employee can tap into and make use of. This is the Power of the Enterprise Social Network and the heart of any Social Business.

"It's not important for you to know all the answers, but it's key that you know someone in your employee network that does"

Many of the presentations I now give uses this tag line because it's time we put more focus and attention on building employee social relationships. By doing so we build up employee trust and an expansive knowledge network which we can then utilise.

Let's take the following scenario:

Your CEO is tired of the scatter gun like approach to internal communications and wants something done about it. As your companies Head of Communications your CEO assigns you to deal with it quickly.

However, you already have a PR nightmare on your hands which is taking up all of your time...

So what do you do...

  • bluff your CEO and drag out the project with high level strategy stuff that talks a good project but delivers nothing (oh yeah, you know what I'm talking about!) ?
  • put in a lot of over-time?
  • assign someone in your team to take on the project and re-prioritise their priorities?

None of these responses are ideal and are unlikely to deliver a good solution.

However, for a company that has embraced Enterprise Social Networks, there is another way....put a "Shout Out" to your employees asking for active participants (volunteers to be part of the project team) and passive contributors (volunteers to contribute from the sidelines).

This "Shout Out" approach provides some great business benefits:

  • avoids duplication of time, money and effort if someone is already working on something similar in your organisation (in large enterprises duplication is often a common occurrence)
  • delivers a better solution as the volunteers are interested in the subject matter
  • allows you access to a large knowledge network to minimise risks and issues
  • provides a better chance of adoption as the employees themselves have been involved in the delivery of the project

I call this Open Collaboration (yes, I avoided using the term social) and have been trialing it now for a while with some great success.

This is just one example of what you can do once your company's employees are better socially connected which couldn't be possible without first developing your Enterprise Social Network.

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...