Today, we are featuring a guest post from Daniel W. Rasmus, the author of Listening to the Future. Rasmus is a strategist and industry analyst who helps clients put their future in context.
He uses scenarios to analyze trends in society, technology, economics, the environment, and politics in order to discover implications used to develop and refine products, services and experiences.
Most plans are one dimensional. They use the best thinking from experts to create a narrow range of possible variances to a set of underlying assumptions. You might get lucky and see those assumptions manifest themselves, or you might be incredibly wrong. If the future doesn’t fit your assumptions, you will find your organization, at best, scrambling to react, at worst, selling off its assets to the highest bidder.
If watching trends is your answer, be cautious. Watching trends can be a ticket to following a trend over a cliff. With all of the uncertainty in the world, we need to not just understand trends, but the context that will reinforce a trend and see it realized, or derail a trend into irrelevancy. There is no good way to forecast the future, but there is a good way to anticipate the forces that will be in play in the future, and understand their implications so you create a resilient organization ready for not just one future, but for any future.
This June at Enterprise 2.0, I’ll be assisting in the facilitation of a workshop on Organization Next. Given the title of the conference, some might call it Organization 2.0, but I’m not keen on version numbers for ideas. I am interested, however, in helping people understand how to think about the future in a more robust way.
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Tags: Enterprise 2.0, enterprise social software, quad
One of the challenges of online training is making sure your audience is involved. “Reading the room” is possible with webcams, but until now, that video has been less than optimal.
But we have good news: we have retooled our product to bring high-quality video to Training Center; offering a more natural class environment with dynamic face-to-face interaction. We have also streamlined the user interface to make using Training Center even easier.
Click here to see a quick tour!
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Tags: education, high quality video, learning, teaching, training, Training Center, video, WebEX
I was over in Cisco’s building 32 the other day and was about to meet with the collaboration team when I saw something that looked a lot like Facebook running on a Cius and an iPhone. As I went over to explore, I met Raghurama Bhat and Ashish Chirputkar, the two ‘humble’ engineers who created Cisco Quad, our enterprise social collaboration platform.
I started wondering how Bhat and Chirputkar had the time to develop Quad, how internal development began, and why a Facebook,Twitter or LinkedIn for the enterprise makes sense. So with my HD video camera already in hand, I recorded this interesting feature interview. These two engineers and their team had a huge impact on how work is now done at Cisco where over 70,000 employees live their days in Quad to get their work done and collaborate.
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Tags: Cisco, Cisco Cius, Cius, cloud, e20, enterprise social software, mobile, network, quad, social media, Social Network, technology, unified communications, video
Together@WebEx is a terrific resource with on-demand WebEx recordings from a host of leaders and trainers focusing on a number of topics.
Today, we are focusing on leadership. The webinars below are free and accessible at any time so you can listen to them at your convenience. You do not need a WebEx account to view these recordings.
Watch How to be a Great Leader: Five Key Attributes
Most organizations have enjoyed lower turnover over the last several quarters, yet retention is still top of mind as the economic recovery continues. “Great leaders keep great people” is an easy idea to agree on, but how to identify and develop great leaders is a difficult question to answer. The discussion includes five specific attributes that differentiate great leaders from Read More »
Tags: Inder Sidhu, leadership, Recordings, Together@WebEx, WebEX
When Alexander Graham Bell said, “Mr. Watson — come here — I want to see you” into the first telephone, could he have imagined that the “see you” would someday be so literal?
Over the coming weeks, I’m going to share with you a series of behind the scenes videos about Cisco Cius, a first-of-its-kind mobile collaboration tablet built for business. In this first video, Chuck Fontana, director of Product Marketing for Cisco Cius shows how making a mobile video call with Cius is as easy as making a phone call.
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Tags: Cisco, Cius, collaboration, tablet