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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Entries in social workplace (11)

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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Friday
Aug242012

Social Leadership Deconstructed (#SWChat)

Thanks to everyone who took part in this weeks Social Workplace event.

Social Leadership Deconstructed

 

Introduction

On January 12th we had Lisa Petrilli and Steve Woodruff as guests on #SWChat discussing Social Leadership which was a fantastic and very popular event.

Seven months on we returned to the topic to see if and how things have changed.

The Social Workplace
A socially connected company where collaborative working across geographical locations, lines of business and management chains is second nature, enabling innovative solutions to every day business challenges
Social Leadership
Ambassadors of The Social Workplace. Leading by example the necesssry change in behaviours required to improve communications, learning, productivity, and all round engagement through the better use of social tools

 

Event Questions

Q1) Can Social Media help leaders to become better leaders [ref: http://on.wsj.com/HCGnTx ]?
Q2) Is there a danger to focus on the tech side of Social Leadership, forgetting the soft skills of being a great leader?
Q3) "Social flattens company hierarchies" - Who are the winners and losers here?
Q4) What are the main barriers Social Leadership faces today in helping people to become better leaders?
Q5) All managers can become great Social Leaders - Agree / Disagree?

 

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Twitter Channel

Hashtag: #SWChat

Guest: n/a

Moderators: @DavidChris (host) ; @lttlewys (co-host)

 

 

Spreecast Social Video Channel

Participants (confirmed): Colin Hope-Murray, Lesley Price, Jamie Notter, Jenn Emerson, 

Producer: @LizCpher

Palyback: (see below)

 

 

 

 

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Thursday
Feb092012

Line Between Social Work & Social Play (#SWChat)

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

Line Between Social Work & Social Play?

With employees beginning to use social media at work, the line between work and play has become a little blurred. This event discussed the risks associated with the use of social media in the workplace.

Event Statistics

  • No. of Tweets = 897
  • No. of Contributors = 100
  • Reach = 341,000
  • No. of impressions = 4,500,000

Summary

Full Transcript Report via @hashtracking

Questions Asked

Q1: Is the line between social work and social play becoming more blurred, and what are the consequences ?
Q2: Who determines what is to much info to share ?

Shared Reference Material

 

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Thursday
Jan262012

Social Intranet & Enterprise Social Media (#SWChat)

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

Social Intranet & Enterprise Social Media

Andy Jankowski of EnterpriseStrategies.com was today's Guest Host.

Andy is an Enterprise Social Media researcher, advisor and public speaker. During the last 16 years he has served as a trusted advisor for several industry leading organizations including Andersen, Ernst & Young, JP Morgan Chase and Oracle. He is a career long student of enterprise communication and collaboration and loves sharing what he has learned. Andy is a frequent conference speaker and an avid road cyclist. He enjoys connecting people and dots.

What is The Social Intranet ?
"I define intranet as, 'an internal website that helps employees get things done'. What makes an intranet social is the addition of two very important elements; Authorship (the ability for everyone to create content) and Connections (the ability to see the people behind the content and connect with them in some meaningful way). These definitions were originally developed by ThoughtFarmer and I think they are spot on. " - Andy Jankowski
What is Enterprise Social Media ?
"Enterprise Social Media I define as social media being used holistically by employees, both for internal and external communications and collaboration, to engage with both other employees and with customers. A social intranet is by definition limited to employee to employee communication behind the firewall. Enterprise Social Media spans both internal and external and breaks down the barrier between employee and customer --- enabling social business" - Andy Jankowski

Event Statistics

  • No. of Tweets = 667
  • No. of Contributors = 84
  • Reach = 217,000
  • No. of impressions = 2,000,000

Summary

Full Transcript Report via @hashtracking

Questions Asked

Q1) How does The Social Intranet differ from a traditional styled Intranet ?
Q2) What are the business benefits and challenges of implementing a Social Intranet ?
Q3) With the recent explosion of social technologies, can the Intranet (Social or otherwise) survive ?
Q4) What is it that is now making companies embrace the idea of Enterprise Social Media ?
Q5) How do you sell Enterprise Social Media to those leaders whom still show scepticism ?
Q6) How is Enterprise Social Media improving employee engagement ?
Q7) How do you see Enterprise Social Media impacting the general use of email ?
Q8) In 140 words or less, why is Enterprise Social Media the future of business ?

Shared Reference Material

 

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Thursday
Nov172011

Can The Workplace Survive Without Email? (#SWChat)

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

Can The Workplace Survive Without Email?

Email is a massive drain on resources and people's time. With many conversations taking place now on social platforms, can email survive in the digital age?

Event Statistics

  • No. of Tweets = not available
  • No. of Contributors = 47
  • Reach = 108,287
  • No. of impressions = 1,059,974

Summary

Top 21 Tweets

Questions Asked

Q1) Is email reduction / removal just communication displacement to another platform and therefore offers no real value ?
Q2) What's stopping your company transitioning from email to a social communications platform today ?
Q3) Your MD decides to replace your company email server with a social comms platform in 3 years. How would your employees react ?
Q4) If you had to define an Email Charter, what top 3 tips would you like to see in it ?

Shared Reference Material

 

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