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From Work-Life Balance to Work-Life Blend – Google, Twitter and Cisco Join a Panel to Discuss how to Prepare Companies for Gen Y

Two weeks ago, I was sitting in front of 250 people at the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco talking about a subject most Fortune 500 companies are dealing with today: how to prepare for the thousands of Gen Y employees about to descend on the work place. Last Tuesday, July 16th, I had the pleasure of speaking on this topic with Google’s Todd Carlisle, Director of Staffing, and Twitter’s Melissa Daimler, Head of Organizational Effectiveness and Learning. Doug MacMillan with Bloomberg BusinessWeek moderated the discussion.

During the course of the evening, we discussed an assortment of topics around how companies are creating an environment that these new generations of employees will want to work in. It’s clear Gen Yers work and interact in different ways and companies are having to adapt.

For example, all of the panelists agreed that companies must provide lots of opportunities for training and coaching. I firmly believe that the number one predictor of job satisfaction is great coaching. In five or ten years, I may not remember how I was paid in that particular position, but I will remember an impactful mentor and a skill I learned. Todd from Google brought up an interesting Googler to Googler program that they’ve implemented, that connects people to share their skills – everything from debugging a complex piece of code to teaching yoga. Melissa agreed, saying that if there is just one question that managers ask employees every quarter, it should be “what is the skill you want to learn.” After all, people are more loyal to building their skill set and their career path than any type of company.

The topic of work-life balance also came up, and each panelist talked about that in a different way. I believe that what used to be a work-life balance is, for Gen Yers, a work-life blend. This newest generation of employees is used to constantly flipping back and forth Read More »

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Calling all Introverts! Why You’re Wired to Collaborate

July 22, 2013 at 7:27 am PST

Extroverts get too much credit. There, I’ve said it. I’m not exactly sure what I mean by “credit”, but extroverts tend to stand out through their natural behavior. Extroverted leaders glide into rooms and engage instantly in the most important conversations. What makes collaboration so challenging for many organizations is the nature of the work:  teams come together, solve a problem and move on to a new challenge. Extroverts by nature fit easily into these stimulating situations where human-to-human interaction and engagement are the keys to success.

At this point you might be thinking, especially if you’re an introvert like me, “Is he about to give me the ‘buck up’ speech about ‘stepping up to the plate’ and ‘putting my voice on the table’”? My real message is simple: Both introverts and extroverts can help collaborative teams move faster and be more innovative – as long as you play to your strengths. Read More »

Collaboration and Interdependency, Anywhere

Change is afoot on a big scale and fast. We see it around us, we feel it, we talk about it, we experience it. We even know its name — the Internet of Everything (IoE).

Briefly put, IoE is a new way of connecting people, processes, data, and things.  Looking back, you can almost say that the Age of the Internet and of the Internet of Things have merely been preliminary stages designed to lead us where we are today: on a course that radically changes how we interact with the world around us. We have started on a new exciting journey. At every step we are uncovering new ways to create and share value, not just for the organizations we work for but in our personal lives as well.

Let’s take the world of business first.  It’s changing dramatically as we speak.  Here are a few leading transformational trends the effects of which I’m sure you have experienced yourselves  in one way or another.

We Are More Interdependent

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More and more expert surveys are finding that employees are working more collaboratively  now than they were in the not very distant past. For instance, according to research from the Corporate Executive Board  (CEB), two thirds of employees are doing more collaborative work today than they were just three years ago.  Collaboration technology is a big part of making us increasingly effective in this environment, delivering benefits including those that help us become: Read More »

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Is Your Company Prepared for Gen Y? Cisco, Twitter and Google Share Their Thoughts

We’ve all heard about Gen Y, or “millennials,” and how this new generation is poised to take over the workforce and change the face of Silicon Valley. Next Tuesday, July 16th at 6:30 pm, I’ll be joining thought leaders from Twitter and Google on a panel at the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco, to discuss an issue of critical importance – how to attract tomorrow’s talent and prepare for the incoming Gen Y workforce.

Gen Y is expected to make up nearly 75% of the workforce by 2025. How will this change the way we work, and what kinds of opportunities and challenges does this pose for local Silicon Valley companies? During this panel, I’ll share my thoughts on the biggest shifts in culture, management style, and recruiting strategy needed to attract the best talent of this new generation.

As many of you know, using today’s enterprise tools can feel like taking a trip back in technological time.  For businesses to succeed in the future they are going to have to adapt to the needs of Generation Y and that will often mean offering them more flexibility. According to the Cisco Connected World Technology Report, 66% of employees place higher value on workplace flexibility than on salary.

But it will take more than offering a flexible Read More »

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Summary: BYOD and Collaboration Don’t Have to be Next National Security Threat

July 9, 2013 at 4:12 pm PST

In a world where people are always on the go, it’s only natural that employees will use their own mobile platforms more often for collaboration.  However, the increase in the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) trend for collaboration purposes brings about a number of security concerns in the workplace.

There are multiple capabilities that go into delivering an enterprise-class BYOD solution. The recent attention around the National Security Agency (NSA) surveillance leak may have organizations across the globe reevaluating their strategies when it comes to BYOD security, but there are tools to minimize threats, such as: user authentication, network access control, and remote data wipe

We understand the need for an emphasis on security and have developed the tools to minimize the threat when it comes to your organizations’ BYOD strategy. Please take a look at our CTO of Collaboration, Laurent Philonenko’s recent No Jitter article about the many options and factors to consider when planning your BYOD security strategy.

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